Communal divide to the fore in Asansol

first_imgFor a city with a centuries-old history of mining coal and producing steel, a gate at the entrance to Asansol, describing it as the “City of Brotherhood”, was scarcely noticed by residents and passers-by until a few years ago. However, after March 2018, the message put up by the city’s civic body is not only hard to miss but also presents the paradox the city is grappling with.In March 2018, Asansol burnt in hatred. Over 26 years after the city witnessed a divide along communal lines post-Babri Masjid demolition, the city appeared to be divided again. People were killed and prohibitory orders remained imposed for weeks as riots broke out over processions during Ram Navami. As the constituency gears up for polls on April 29, 2019, the fault lines of the communal divide seem more pronounced.Days before the polls, Trinamool Congress nominee Sreemati Dev Varma (Moon Moon Sen) had several events lined up earlier this week on Monday. At a crossing on the Domohani Road in Ward No. 31 of the Asansol Municipal Corporation, the 65-year-old actor made a brief speech to a crowd of a few hundred, largely comprising women and children.“The sound of azan from your mosque is the same as that of shlokas from the Gita,” she began. “Will you vote for those who want to divide us,” she asked in an apparent reference to the BJP.Ms. Sen, who represented Bankura Lok Sabha seat in 2014, had no hesitation in telling the audience that she is not familiar with Asansol and was contesting as per the wishes of her party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Her speech was replete with references to her mother, Bengali screen legend Suchitra Sen. Asked about her chances here, Ms. Sen’s reply reflected the wit of a politician: “Ask me what are the chances of Mamata Banerjee becoming Prime Minister and I will tell you its cent per cent.”Challenges galore The arithmetic of the last Assembly polls, held three years ago, may be with the TMC — it had won five of the seven seats in the Asansol LS constituency. But there are other challenges for the party. A TMC MP from Kolkata admitted that prime among them was of keeping the party’s flock together. This was one of the reasons why an outsider was given the ticket.Defending the seat is Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo. The singer-turned-politician’s greatest weapon this election is a song that has already courted a lot of controversy. Beyond the open coal mines of Raniganj where people can be seen carrying coal — mostly smuggled from the mines — on bicycles and their heads under the scorching sun, Mr. Supriyo is in the midst of a very busy campaign. As his convoy passes through Pandabeshwar, his supporters distribute booklets on the work he has done in the past five years, with his song playing in the background. Refuting the Election Commission’s reservations about the song, Mr. Supriyo expressed happiness at the over one lakh views it had notched on the Internet. “Why will you vote for Moon Moon Sen who is asking for votes in the name of her dead mother? What about the living and their problems?” he told a small gathering. While reminding people to play his song, the MP also raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ during his campaign.Corruption from coal and freedom to allow religious processions found echoes in the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he addressed the public meeting at Polo Grounds in Asansol the very next day (Tuesday). Just on the other side of the railway tracks, where the Prime Minister addressed the public meeting, Noorani Masjid and its adjoining areas still bear the scars of last year’s violence. “There was an unfortunate incident last year. What happened then should not recur any time in the future,” said Maulana Imdadullah Rashidi, referring to the riots. The cleric’s 16-year-old son was killed in the riots but he defused the situation with love, threatening to leave the city if members of the community targeted others.Another flare-upEarlier this month, a communal flare-up was also reported at Barakat in Asansol over a Ram Navami procession when authorities had to intervene, make arrests and suspend Internet services in the area. Imam Rashidi tried to downplay the incident. “There were some rumours in Barakat. Everything is quiet now. Elections will come and go. Asansol needs to, and will return to, where it was before 2018,” he said, his voice reflecting the same sanity and reason he had put forth a year ago.For Imam Rashidi, Asansol is really the city of brotherhood. “We are brothers living together here for centuries. Those who are used to hate will never realise what brotherhood means,” he said.last_img read more

Kenya was let down by internal politics: Steve Tikolo

first_imgWhile many players from Test-playing nations yearn to make a single appearance at the World Cup, it is his sheer grit, talent and determination that has seen Kenya’s Steve Tikolo represent the associate country in as many as four World Cups.It was his astute captaincy that saw him lead the African country to the semi-finals of the 2003 edition but Tikolo feels it was the management of the game in the country that took its eye off the ball when Kenya were on their way up the cricketing ladder.”The management let us down after our performance in the 2003 World Cup. While most teams would use the platform to take the leap into the next level and try to get Test status, we remained an associate nation. We failed to capitalise on the big break and internal politics broke the team down,” Tikolo said.”It was evident in the 2004 Champions Trophy and that was the reason I quit captaincy and led the players’ strike against the management. While others teams have grown from strength to strength, we went down over the years,” he said.While his return to international cricket from retirement hints at the lack of talented youngsters coming up, Tikolo believes financial constraints have also played a part.”There is definitely a lack of talent at the grassroots level but that has more to do with financial limitations more than anything else. If we had the financial backing like may be the Indian team has had over the years, I am sure more players would come into the fold. At present not too many people are keen to play cricket in Kenya,” he said.Being the only player to have played in each one of Kenya’s 23 matches in the World Cup, Tikolo will definitely be under pressure, but he doesn’t want to get bogged down.”I have been there and seen it all so I know what to do. Pressure of performing is something I have become used to. It doesn’t really affect me. I will just use all my experience to bring out the best in me and hope that I can help the team put up a good performance,” the 39-year-old said.Commenting on the youngsters to watch out for, Tikolo said: “We have three really talented players. While spinner Shem Ngoche will be shouldering the bowling responsibilities – especially with the sub-continent wickets helping the slow bowlers – Tanmay Mishra and Alex Obanda are promising batsmen,” he said.Tikolo feels the team has had a good preparatory camp in Dubai and the warmup matches in Sri Lanka will definitely stand them in good stead.”We had a very good time in Dubai and the facilities at the ICC academy there was top-class. Further, acclimatisation has been taken proper care of by the ICC as they arranged two warm-up games for us. Although we didn’t win our matches, we got a feel of the wickets in the sub-continent,” he said.”Also, the trip to India in early January helped us immensely as many of our guys got a feel of sub-continent conditions for the first time.”advertisementlast_img read more

Opposition must allow House to function, says Government

first_imgThe government on Monday said it was ready for a debate in Parliament on Sports Minister Ajay Maken’s statement on CWG – which had blamed the NDA government for the appointment of sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi – appealing the Opposition to “allow Parliament to function”.  The appeal came after the Opposition moved a privilege motion against Maken for allegedly misleading the House.                Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal asserted that the government was ready to discuss Maken’s statement on CWG in the House. He, however, said that the Opposition must not hold Parliament to ransom. “We want the House to function under any circumstances. The constitutional process must be followed. All political parties should contemplate. We are for discussion,” Sibal told reporters in Delhi. The government said “parties can have conflicting views”, but the House must be allowed to function. “It is important that the House is allowed to run. Many important bills are pending. We are all responsible to the people of India. We request the opposition to raise the issue inside Parliament,” Sibad said, adding, “We are very happy for any debate.”  The Group of Ministers on media also met to firm up government response to the criticism saying, “we expect the media to regulate itself”. Law Minister Salman Khursheed said, “Let’s strengthen the democracy. Let there be an open debate and the country will decide who is right and who is wrong.” “It is not about a person. During NDA’s regime no one said that BJP leader should resign so that House should function,” Sibal added. Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan kumar Bansal also met leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun jaitley. The government, however, asserts that it will not accept the privilege motion against Maken.advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: Virat Kohli rates his knock of 149 vs England as second to Adelaide

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Indian Express)Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a magnificent knock of 149 leading his team from the front in the first test v England.At a point when India were on a verge of conceding a lead of over 100 runs, Virat shouldered the responsibility building partnerships with the lower order and reaching a century at the same time.This knock of 149 saw his surpass his total score of 134 scored in 2014 in just one innings. Virat had a horrid time in 2014 with his average reading just 13.4. Putting an end to all the speculation surrounding his poor form in England, he scored a scintillating 149.When asked about if this was one of his best knocks of his career, Kohli stated that he still rated the 141 scored against the mighty Aussies in Adelaide as his best knock.“This knock could probably come in second to Adelaide. It still remains very special to me because it was the second innings and we were chasing a target. I had clarity that we are chasing a target and not once did I think that we’re not. It is a beautiful zone to be in and today I’m very happy and very grateful to have the opportunity to help the team this way and pull us back in the Test. We’re here to compete, we’re here to fight and we’re going to continue to do that,” he said at close of play to BCCI.TV.Kohli further clarified that he put team’s performances as his first priority even though he faced an equal pressure on himself to score in England.“I try to prepare the best way possible that I can and help my team as much as possible. It wasn’t only about getting to the three figure mark but continue from there on. I was very disappointed when I got out as well because I thought we could have taken a 10-15 run lead.”“But in hindsight we wouldn’t have been able to bowl so just accept what god has blessed on me. I am very happy with my preparation and not worried about the world,” he said.India are now set a stiff target of 194 to chase in order to win the first test. It will be interesting to see which team will come on top and clinch the all important win. Let’s wait and watch.Also Read:England vs. India: Cheteshwar Pujara’s exclusion from the starting XI whips up selection debate for Team Indialast_img read more

4 Steps to Ace a Video Interview

first_imgBlame it on technology or cost cutting efforts but either way companies are increasingly using video interviews to weed out job candidates.For some companies it’s used in the beginning stages of the interview process while for others it’s all they’ve got. For job candidates it means they have to be tech savvy and comfortable seeing themselves on video if they want to make a lasting impression.When it comes to video interviews there are two types: real-time ones in which the job candidate answers live questions from the interviewer and pre-recorded ones where the job candidate is given a list of questions and is expected to give answers via a video recording. While some of the rules differ depending on the type of interview, there are universal ways to ace the video interview. Here’s how.1. Practice and then practice moreFor many of us the thought of doing an interview via video stirs up all sorts of anxieties and insecurities, which is why career experts say you have to record yourself a bunch of times and watch your mock interviews once they are done.“In general, practicing makes a huge difference in how you come across in a job interview,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “With a video interview, it’s even more important, especially if you’re not accustomed to the format.” According to Skillings, practicing will make you feel comfortable on the day of the interview so you can concentrate on the interview questions being thrown your way.  “If you are worrying about how to use the technology or how you look, it will only distract you,” she says.If the interviewer requests you use a specific type of technology to connect make sure to install it ahead of time and be comfortable using it well in advance of the interview.2. Create the right lighting and backgroundRegardless of if it’s a live video interview or a recorded one, you want to make sure the hiring manager sees you in the best light possible, which means you want your environment to be neat and void of any distractions like a blaring TV or a child running around in the background.  What’s more, Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion, the staffing company, says the background should be free of any posters or paintings that could distract the interviewer. “The lighting and the background are extremely important to an interview. If the lighting in the room is too dim, it will be hard for the other person to see you,” says Mazur. “Add light and test out different lighting scenarios to ensure that you’re illuminating the room.”Where you position the camera also matters. Skilling says to make sure your Webcam is set up so it’s just above your eye line. If you have a separate webcam put it above your monitor. If it’s built into your laptop, Skilling says to raise the laptop up a bit. “This shot-slightly-from-above angle is most flattering for everybody,” she says.3. Dress professional from top to bottomSince it’s a video interview many people wrongly assume they can dress professionally from the top up and don a pair of jeans or PJs on the bottom. While you will be sitting down for the majority of the interview what if you have to get up to point at something? You don’t want the interviewer to think you aren’t taking the interview seriously or are too lazy to put on a pair of dress pants. “Dress and act as though you are headed to an in-person interview, because the same rules apply,” says Mazur. “Although the video interview may seem more relaxed because it’s done virtually, it is still a regular interview and you should treat it as such. Watch your posture and gestures and make sure that you are speaking clearly for the interviewer to understand what you’re saying.”Although it may seem strange doing it over video, but Skillings says you want to make sure your making eye contact during the interview. She says the best way to do that via a webcam is to position the window with the image of the person interviewing you as close to the webcam as you can. By doing that when you look at the interviewer you are also looking at the camera and will feel most like natural eye contact to the person on the other side, she says.4. Be concise Whether you are doing a live video interview or a recorded one the last thing you want to do is drone on and on and bore your interviewers. That’s why, Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer at  iCIMS, the maker of talent acquisition software, says job candidates have to be concise during the video interview. “Ever notice that advertisements are generally on the short side? Well- it is for good reason. Most people have limited attention spans, especially busy people, like job recruiters and hiring managers,” she says.  Vitale says to make sure you are providing answers that are long enough to get your points across but also keep the attention of the person interviewing you. “A good guideline for interviews is to make sure it is ping pong match of conversation between you and the interviewer,” she says.last_img read more

8 Amazing Jobs Hiring Now

first_img Physical Therapist/PT Flexible Part to Full Time RehabCare Fall River, MA Project Manager, Cupertino Electric, Inc.Location: San Jose, CADescription: “Project Managers are responsible for acquiring and managing CEI projects in line with CEI’s goals, financial parameters, and within the project’s timeline and specification with the purpose of optimizing revenue growth, profitability, and customer satisfaction. PM’s are responsible for developing the project execution plan.”What Employees Say: “Encouraging management, potential for growth within any department, flexibility in career, great culture makes everyone feel like family. The CEO and upper management interact with employees on a regular basis and are open and welcoming.” —Current Marketing AssociateLearn More 2.5★ Have a hard time dragging yourself out of bed in the morning? Get knots in your stomach on Sunday night? Or do you just spend most of your day at work going through the motions, with no real sense of purpose or excitement? If you exhibit any of these symptoms, you might be suffering from job fatigue. The cure: shaking things up with a new job at a new company.But with millions of open jobs available, it’s not always easy figuring out where should you start. If you need some inspiration, we’ve pulled eight hot jobs at great companies that are waiting for great candidates like you to apply. Whether you’re interested in art, academia, health, or tech, there’s a position here to pique your interest. Registered Nurse Mercy Saint Louis, MO N/A 23 hours ago 23h Dishwasher – Atria Blankenbaker Atria Senior Living Louisville, KY Physical Therapist, Well Care Home Health CareLocation: Pender, NCDescription: “Well Care’s Physical Therapists (PTs) perform evaluations and treatments according to practical guidelines for home health care. S/he is responsible for the physical therapy of patients in all stages of life. Duties include developing care plans, consulting with patients and overseeing PTAs. The (PTs) provide care to 5-6 patients per day and travel throughout their given territory.” What Employees Say: “Good caseload mix with Orthopedic as well as complex patients with CHF. I have the best clinical manager who is great working through the Oasis [minefield] and I have learned more from her than at any other company I have worked.” —Current Physical TherapistLearn More Browse Open Jobs Professor, Ohio State UniversityLocation: Columbus, OHDescription: “The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the Moritz College of Law in civil rights and civil liberties law. The research agenda of the successful candidate will also focus on civil rights and civil liberties, which could include such areas as race law, critical race theory, gender and the law, sexual orientation and gender identity law, disability law, poverty and economic inequality law, human rights law, criminal law and procedure, and constitutional law.”What Employees Say: “Great environment, decent size city and great opportunities for growth especially in the agricultural, food, nutrition and health related disciplines. The university supports faculty and researchers. Benefits overall are good, great 401K match and paid vacation time.” —Current Senior Research ScientistLearn More 3.3★ 3.3★ 4.4★ Energy Advisor, TeslaLocation: New YorkDescription: “Energy Advisors are an innovative, hybrid retail sales integration within Tesla. In this role, you will engage with potential customers in our sales locations, exciting them about learning and experiencing our innovative products and programs.”What Employees Say: “I’ve met the most amazing people working in this company. We are all truly in it for the mission. The company has fantastic benefits. There are plenty of opportunities for overtime. I feel like I found myself because I work for this company.” —Current EmployeeLearn More Hospice Aide – CNA St Croix Hospice Cedar Rapids, IA 23 hours ago 23h Material Handler Circle Graphics Burbank, CA 23 hours ago 23h 2.7★ 3.3★center_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Therapeutic Behavioral Support Specialist Maryhurst Louisville, KY Senior Software Quality Engineer RenPSG Indianapolis, IN 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse (RN), CVICU CHOC Children’s Orange, CA Consultant, DellLocation: Overland Park, KSDescription: “Provides technical and consultative leadership for Consulting technical solutions opportunities on a range of complex engagements, focused on an industry or service offering. Responsibilities may include analyzing requirements, implementation, customization, integration and documentation for the customer, project management, change management, etc.”What Employees Say: “Good team structures, collaboration across many business units, not afraid to experiment, supportive of further education, and good focus on work life balance. Flexible working arrangements with remote working options. Good access to employee resource groups.” —Current Senior Marketing ManagerLearn More 3.4★ Electrical Engineer, Barge Waggoner Sumner and CannonLocation: Nashville, TNDescription: “[Responsibilities include] leading electrical design portions of projects in a multi-discipline environment. Designing facility electrical systems using AutoCAD and/or BIM modeling software for projects for facilities including commercial, institutional, federal, DOD, utility, and industrial facilities. Designing site utility and lighting systems. Preparing calculations and analyses of electrical systems such as lighting and power systems. Interaction with other project design team members and clients to obtain and document Basis of Design Criteria.”What Employees Say: “I have been with BWSC for many years and grown with the company. The company is based on ethics and client service. We all strive to do the best for our clients and the communities in which we work. The company cares about its employees and our clients. This is a great place to work!” —Current EngineerLearn More Art Producer,  ArenaNetLocation: Bellevue, WADescription: “You’re an experienced producer with a strong background of working with artists. You understand the human and technical requirements of making great products in a fun, dynamic, modern game development studio. You have a deep understanding of what artists need from their environment, toolset, and producer to create immersive worlds and triple A games.” What Employees Say: “They really care about their employees. They truly want you to love working there and be happy. All roles are very stable(AFAIK there’s never been any layoffs in 10+ years). Culture is friendly and supportive.” —Current Game DesignerLearn More 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Brewer I, Craft Brew AllianceLocation: Portland, ORDescription: “Work closely with brewing team to achieve desired quality and production targets. Oversee Inventory and quality management of raw materials. Monitor progress of beer through production cycle via brewery information system. Work with other departments throughout the brewing, racking and packaging process. Other duties as assigned throughout the brewery to assist other departments as needed to accomplish organizational goals.”What Employees Say: “Great job experience! Mid size employer means medium-high work load while creating real-time value. You will be able to work with various departments, locations, and leaders across the company. Competitive benefits and a wide array of perks, everything from beer launch events, pizza Fridays, to random raffle giveaways. Exemplifies ‘work hard, play hard’ [motto]. Culture is very healthy and refreshing!” —Current EmployeeLearn More Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Greenwood, IN 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ Journeyman Electrician BACKUS ELECTRIC & AUTOMATION LLC Manitowoc, WI 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Strategies for Successful Job Searching with a Criminal Record

first_img 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – Cardiopulmonary CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h If you’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, then you know it can put a bit of a wrench into your job search. You may have a harder time landing that first interview or face reluctance from hiring managers. However, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on finding the job that you want and that helps you fulfill your potential. It’s possible to overcome this challenge with good information, access to the right resources and a targeted effort. Carisa Miklusak, a careers expert and the CEO of tilr, outlines the seven things that you need to know for successful job searching when you have a criminal record.Jobs and job fields where restored citizens tend to succeedWith the labor market in a rapid evolution, employers are under pressure to recruit from new talent pools, and they’re increasingly becoming more open to and practiced in hiring restored citizens, or those with a criminal record. Likewise, restored citizens are excelling across a number of industries and roles.While some organizations have loosened background check policies to expand their talent pools, others are proactively working to incorporate restored citizens into their talent strategies because they believe they’re dedicated and have an excellent work ethic. Some of the job positions where I’m seeing restored citizens being placed with good success include logistics, manufacturing, graphic design, counseling, driving, painting, landscaping, cooking, tech and engineering, sales and marketing, and certain government jobs.Hiring Those With Criminal Records: Glassdoor, Lawyers’ Committee & More Take a Stand More challenging job fields for those with criminal records Certain fields can be tougher to enter depending on where you live. Many states have rules that restored citizens with specific prior offenses may not work with children, be first-responders or hold public office. Some states extended this to attorneys. It is important to look into what the laws and regulations are in your state when you’re looking for a job to understand what’s definitely off limits. Companies that tend to hire from this demographicA number of companies are known to hire restored citizens, and they typically have specific recruitment, onboarding and management programs to ensure a successful and positive employee experience. A few that come to mind in three popular industries are Kohl’s, PetSmart and Ace Hardware (Retail), Denny’s, Chili’s and Olive Garden (Hospitality/Food), Xerox, Sprint and Manpower (Business Services). These are just a few examples, and the list of companies that will consider employing people with records is growing. It makes a lot of sense for job seekers to focus on entry-level roles as a way to break into companies that help restored citizens grow, develop and accelerate through their organizations.  Sidenote: Here is a recent list of major companies that hire restored citizens: http://www.jailtojob.com/companies-hire-felons.html 12 Companies That Will Make You Want to Come to Work on MondayKnow your rights as a job seekerRights for restored citizen job seekers vary by state, so you should spend some time familiarizing yourself with your local policies and laws. In New York, for example, the Fair Chance Act is working to make it illegal for employers to ask about criminal record until a job offer is made. Only then can the background information be disclosed and the decision made. This forces employers to focus on qualifications and creates a balanced playing field for restored citizens. However, this is not true in many states. You absolutely have the right to: Feel proud and know that you offer valuable skill-setsFeel comfortable in the process, given that the hiring of restored citizens is becoming a common and accepted practice.Interview the same way a job seeker without a criminal record would interview. Focus on your skills, the job and how you can contribute to the company. 23 hours ago 23h LPN-Updated Competitive Wages! CareOne Hopewell, VA Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Milpitas, CA 23 hours ago 23h Resources available to those with criminal backgroundsThere are job programs and grants that focus specifically on helping job seekers find stable employment, housing and more. The Second Chance Act (SCA) helps to provide funds to various programs across the country. Examples of these programs can be found in cities such as Chicago (CTA Second Chance Program), and nationally with resources such as the National H.I.R.E. Network. It’s also worth noting that a number of colleges not only accept but also have initiatives to attract and support restored citizens.The 45 Questions You Should Ask In Every Job InterviewHow much to elaborate on an application or during an interviewIt’s important to include anything that will appear on your background check. In fact, you should consider running your own background check so you know what an employer sees. It’s always better to proactively discuss your situation with an employer, rather than addressing it once they find from your background results. Of course, before disclosing information, confirm that a background check will be run. When filling out an application, read questions carefully and do not offer information that is not requested. When discussing your past incidents with an employer, be confident and focus on your learning lessons and your commitment to prove you are a restored citizen with great value to offer. You are not required to disclose anything that is not on your formal criminal background. For example, if you were accused of a crime but then ultimately not charged, or falsely arrested and then cleared, you are not required to disclose this history. You are also not required to share details that are not asked of you directly.6 Anecdotes You Need to Rehearse Before Your Next InterviewAdvice to persevere on your job path without getting discouragedNot all companies do background checks. They require verifications of your identity, but may not conduct a background check. For those that do, they are looking for specific types of offenses that they have decided are not tolerable to their business. This does not mean that they are screening out all candidates with a criminal background. Furthermore, there are a number of companies that are specifically looking to recruit restored citizens and have launched purposeful programs to do so. Perhaps most importantly, the market is becoming more open to the idea and practice of hiring restored citizens. Not just because the traditional talent pool is decreasing, but also because employers are realizing that restored citizens offer an engaged, loyal, disciplined worker ready to grow with the company and contribute to their success.  As president and CEO of tilr, Carisa drives the strategic vision and day-to-day execution with a relentless passion for the new workforce marketplace, which results in innovative and sustainable solutions. Prior to founding tilr, Carisa was the founder and CEO of tMedia, a digital media and training firm that she conceptualized and grew into a $5 million company with many Global Fortune 500 clients. Carisa honed her digital recruitment skills at CareerBuilder, where she spent more than seven years building multi-million-dollar business units that resulted in new profit streams for the company. 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Lead Line Cook/Line Cooks IL MITO Trattoria e Enoteca Hartland, WI N/A 3.4★ CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) – Weekend Op Days Westminster Village, West Lafayette Inc. West Lafayette, IN 3.4★ 3.4★ 3.5★ 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Sales Lead Generation Specialist RMM Solutions Milwaukee, WI 23 hours ago 23h Lube Technician Heiser Automotive Group Glendale, WI CMA/Certified Medical Assistant – Part Time Traveler Matrix Medical Network Portland, ME Commercial Apprentice Plumber Kennedale Mansfield Plumbing Fort Worth, TX Mechanic – Equipment & Fleet Yellowstone Landscape Group Durham, NC 2.4★ 2.6★ N/A 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Arsenal need to sign a player like Santi Cazola says Parlour

first_imgArsenal will attempt to sign a midfielder in the mould of Santi Cazola this summer, according to club legend-turned-pundit Ray Parlour.Cazola has been out of action since October after sustaining an Achilles injury, which is also set to keep him on the sidelines for at least the next few months.And Parlour believes it is vital to find another player to replace the accurate passing provided by the diminutive Spaniard.”He’s been struggling with his Achilles, they really missed him last season,” Parlour said on talkSPORT.”I’m sure that Arsenal would be looking into the market to try and attract a player of his quality. It’s very hard to find, he’s a superb player. “If you could get Cazorla at 23-years-old now, that’s the sort of player they need, who can open doors up for you. “I think the midfield at the moment, I think (Granit) Xhaka had a good end to the season as well, but they are very similar sorts of player. “(Mohamed) Elneny, (Francis) Coquelin, they need that little bit of creativity to get through the lines. “To make sure if (Mesut) Ozil stays to get him on the ball a little bit more and get (Alexis) Sanchez on the ball a little bit more. “That’s the sort of player they need in the transfer window coming up.”last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Crystal Palace defender Zeki Fryers

first_imgBarnsley have signed defender Zeki Fryers on a three-year deal after his contract with Premier League side Crystal Palace expired.The 24-year-old graduate of Manchester United’s academy was released in June after three years with the Eagles.Fryers, who has also played for Tottenham and Standard Liege, has previously featured in the Championship on loan for Ipswich Town and Rotherham.He arrives after defender and captain Marc Roberts joined Birmingham.last_img

Tips for collecting past-due payments from clients

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal has a great piece today on how to get what you’re owed by clients. As always, the best remedy is prevention: setting clear expectations about payment when you work out your contract. But if the person or company using your services doesn’t abide by the planned payment schedule, you can do more than just send a strongly-worded email. Some tips from the article:Offer incentives: Maybe a client who pays early gets a small percentage off the bill.Offer penalties: If the contract specifies late fees, send a reminder of the consequences along with the first bill.Call and write: Don’t just send a reminder by letter or email.You can also check out–and contribute to–our forum thread on clients who don’t pay. When we surveyed independent workers about this issue in 2007, 77% of respondents reported experiencing a problem with nonpayment at some point, so there should be plenty of resources right here from our membership.last_img read more

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first_imgQuick announcement from one of our New York discount partners! In celebration of its 5th birthday, you can now join 3rd Ward at their opening-day prices You’ll gain access to a world of coworking possibility plus save up to 30% off their current rates. Hurry! This Throwback Sale only lasts until 11:59 pm, Monday, May 23. Click here to join >>> www.3rdward.com/membership/throwback-fu All the rain in NYC this week must be making for creative fertility – capitalize on it!last_img

Who, Us? We’re Just a Powerful New Union, That’s All.

first_imgOn the bus ride back to New York City at the end of the day we were pooped. Pooped but proud, and pumped to keep pressing to get this bill passed! We were pleased to see that so many policymakers agreed with us that extending the rights and protections that regular employees have to us freelancers is pretty common sense. If you didn’t catch all the reporting-from-the-scenes #LobbyDay action on Twitter last week, I’ll fill you in on one our most successful advocacy actions yet! Last Tuesday, dozens of brave, dedicated freelancers got up before dawn and braved the rain to lobby for the Freelancer Payment Protection Act.Six in the morning is early for a bus ride, but it was more than worth it! Members were joined by two representatives from the National Writers Union, including the President of their local, folks from Loosecubes, who provided us with snacks and wi-fi for the ride, and a videographer who volunteered to document the day for us!All together we were 60 people, a veritable sea of red “Squeaky Wheel” t-shirts. In fact, while one team sat in on the Assembly Labor Committee’s vote on our bill (it passed!), we overheard one Assemblyperson say to another, “Who are those people?” To which the reply was, “That’s Freelancers Union. They’re a powerful new union.” To which we can only say, Yeah, baby!Splitting up into teams, we zipped around the Capitol building meeting with our representatives—a whopping 36 in all! We snagged lunches from a pretty superb line of food trucks outside, then had an intel-sharing session with our longtime lobbyist Richard Winsten and heard from a few of our bill’s supporters. Barely a day later, we heard that 3 more legislators had already signed on to the bill! See more photos on Flickr, and check out what Loosecubes and Lobby Day team captain Lynn had to say about their experiences as new lobbyists!last_img read more

Zika Concerns Olympics Athletes

first_imgNew Zealander middle-distance runner Nick Willis and his wife already have a toddler, and they’re looking to add to their family. Concern over the Zika virus is putting those plans on hold.Willis, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500 meters, hopes to compete this summer at the games in Rio de Janeiro. Wife Sierra is one of his coaches.“We’ve had a lot of conversations about the Zika virus. … We have a 2½-year-old son, my wife and I, and we’d like to add to that family and grow it,” Willis said. “The biggest impact, I suppose, is we’ve decided not to try to get pregnant now.”Willis, 32, suggested that perhaps he’d consider freezing his sperm until the couple knows more about the virus. Like many athletes headed to Brazil this summer, he is refusing to let Zika derail his Olympic dreams. Most say they are trusting federations to make sure they are safe, although one medal hopeful is warning a vulnerable relative to stay home.The husband of American Jenn Suhr, who holds the world indoor record for the pole vault and won the gold at the 2012 Olympics, said a cousin canceled plans to go to Brazil this summer to watch Suhr jump because the cousin has one child and is expecting another.“We’ve never been to South America. We don’t know what we’re in for down there,” Rick Suhr said. “As long as they keep putting these events in challenging cities, you’re going to have challenging issues come up. It seems like the farther you compete from home, the more challenging it is.”The Zika virus — spread mainly by mosquito bites — is epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus causes mild illness or no symptoms in most people. But in Brazil, officials are investigating a possible link to babies born with unusually small heads, a rare birth defect called microcephaly that can signal underlying brain damage.In guidance issued Friday night, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressed people planning to travel to Brazil for the Olympics in August and the Paralympic Games in September. The agency again advised that pregnant women consider not going and that their male sexual partners use condoms after the trip or abstain from sex during the pregnancy.Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctors before making the trip, the CDC advised.The CDC also recommends that all travelers use insect repellent while in Zika outbreak areas and continue to use it for three weeks after travel in case they might be infected but not sick.The U.S. women’s national soccer team held two meetings to discuss the virus with doctors while in Texas for its Olympic qualifying tournament. Two players, Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux, already had planned to take a break from the team for the Rio Games because of pregnancy.Goalkeeper Hope Solo first raised questions in an interview with Sports Illustrated, suggesting she wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize the health of her child if she were to decide to start a family.“If the Olympics were today, I would not go,” Solo reiterated during the tournament. “Fortunately, the Olympics are six months away. So, I believe we have some time to get our doubts and questions answered.”The CDC says there is no evidence to suggest that Zika poses a risk of birth defects for future pregnancies. The virus remains in the blood of an infected person for only about a week.Spanish wind surfing gold medalist Marina Alabau believes she contracted Zika while training in Rio in December. First she came down with a fever, then other symptoms arose.“Then my whole body turned red and everything itched. Two days later, my joints started aching,” she said. “First it was in the fingers, then my wrists and finally my ankles. It was then that I decided to return to Spain because I was a little worried.”Alabau can’t confirm her illness was Zika because she wasn’t tested at the time. But she says the painful symptoms she suffered won’t stop her from competing in the games in August.At an event this week in Rio, 2012 Olympic diving silver medalist Abby Johnston pointed to another concern: The flu-like symptoms caused in some who contract the Zika virus can impact performance.“That’s really not what you would want, particularly for something you have trained your whole life for. To think that that could be taken away by a virus is pretty scary,” said Johnston, a second-year medical student at Duke University.The virus puts the International Olympic Committee, as well as national organizations and sports federations around the world, in the position of being educators to make sure athletes are armed with information about Zika and its risks. They were in a similar position for the 2008 Games, when poor air quality in Beijing raised concerns among athletes.The Australian Olympic Committee has advised athletes to wear long sleeves and keep windows closed in the Olympic village, among other precautions.U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter to all possible Olympians, acknowledging the growing worries over the virus. The USOC will hire two infectious disease specialists to advise potential Olympians who are worried about the Zika outbreak in Brazil.“I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority,” Blackmun wrote.The IOC has expressed confidence in measures being taken against the virus in Brazil — spraying and removing standing water — and is following the advice of the World Health Organization. The IOC has distributed the guidance to all national Olympic committees.“If you are a young woman who is pregnant, and not many athletes will be, or planning to get pregnant, then there are precautions you should take. Beyond that, for me it’s a manufactured crisis,” IOC member Dick Pound said.Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who is married to American decathlete Ashton Eaton, expressed what many athletes have voiced: As of now, they are going.“I’ve had people say, ‘If it was me, I wouldn’t go. It’s just not worth the risk.’ I’m like, ‘Do you understand how long I’ve been training for this? It’s easy for you to say,’” Theisen-Eaton said. “Of course, of course, if they were saying we don’t know the health implications later, yes, I would have a very tough decision to make.”ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer___AP Sports Writers Pat Graham in Denver, Jimmy Golen in Boston, Rachel Cohen in New York, Stephen Wilson in London, Steve McMorran in New Zealand and Dennis Passa in Australia, and Associated Press Writer Peter Prengaman in Argentina, contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

BW LPG Snaps Up Evergas CEO

first_imgzoom The Singapore-headquartered liquefied petroleum gas shipping company BW LPG Limited has chosen Martin Ackermann, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Evergas, to be the company’s new CEO.  Ackermann will take up his new role at BW LPG in Singapore once his contractual commitments have been finalised, and BW LPG’s current CEO, Nicholas Gleeson, will in due course return to his previous position as Chief Financial Officer of BW Group.“We are very grateful to Nick for his sterling efforts taking BW LPG to the stock market and in the period thereafter, and are pleased to have his continued contributions as CFO of BW Group,” Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW LPG, said.”We are delighted to be welcoming Martin as CEO of BW LPG. As the world’s largest LPG shipping company, we look forward to his leadership in developing the company’s strong platform of assets and capabilities.”Image: Evergaslast_img read more

HP govt orders probe into womans death who was wrongly diagnosed as

first_imgShimla: In a shocking case, a married woman died at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla—a leading government health institution on Tuesday after she had slipped into coma following her wrong diagnosis at a private clinic as being “HIV positive” case.Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday ordered a high level prove into the incident admitting that it’s shocking and distressing to know about such a loss of young life, apparently she had been passing through a mental agony about wrong HIV test. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I have asked Director of the health services to look into the incident and submit a report within a fortnight. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will also try to help the family,” he declared in the state Assembly. The issue was raised by Rohru Congress MLA Mohan Lal Brakta, who pointed out that the woman, who was married only some months back was in shock and distress when she learnt about her HIV test. He demanded strict legal action against the private clinic and grant of appropriate compensation to the family. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe woman, as par her family, was rushed to a private clinic at Rohru on August 21 when her condition became critical. She was some months pregnant. “Doctors at the private hospital initially asked the family to arrange some blood but soon took a decision to refer her Shimla’s government hospital, 110 km from Rohru,” recalls her brother Des Raj. On reaching Shimla, she was taken to Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH), where the doctors performed a surgery. Her condition was stable till August 22. “It was only when her husband Harish Kumar was briefed about her being a HIV positive case, and advised to undergone his screening, she overheard it. Thereafter she went into coma and never recovered,” brother says. Later, referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital, she was again subjected to a fresh HIV test at Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTC) of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO). Her blood samples were tested negative. “But it was too late for her to know that she is not a HIV positive, as declared by the private clinic of Roohru. We lost her in error of judgement or negligence by doctors, who were supposed to save her life,” says Des Raj, who also works at IGMC Shimla.last_img read more

How to avoid the wrong kind of shady when it comes to

first_imgAs excitement on social media about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.“The problem with the back of the eye is that there’s no pain sensors, so all this damage can occur without you even knowing about it until it’s far too late … the next morning they wake up and the photo receptors at the very centre of their vision are damaged and they suddenly realize they can’t see their faces in the bathroom mirror,” he said. The person will have to wait an anxious three months to know whether the damage is permanent, Chou said.Regular sunglasses just won’t cut it during the direct viewing for an eclipse because they allow in thousands of times more sunlight than is safe to reach your eyes. NASA says special solar eclipse glasses should be marked with the “ISO 12312-2” international safety standard on the label. Make sure there are no scratches on the lenses.These glasses cost only a few dollars but are becoming hard to find as we inch closer to eclipse date.This week, Amazon pulled potentially shady glasses from its site and issued refunds to customers who had already purchased them. In an email to buyers, the company said it could not get confirmation from the supplier that the glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email said.The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable sellers of solar eclipse glasses on its website. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, some universities and science centres will be distributing free eclipse glasses at viewing parties across Canada. Science museums and stores that sell telescopes may also have stock left.With ads for eclipse glasses for sale on Kijiji and social media it can be hard for armchair astronomers to track down where they were made and whether they meet the standards recommended by NASA.The Canadian Press asked the University of Toronto to test two pairs of eclipse glasses using an ellipsometer. The machine sends a wave of UV and visible light though the glasses’ lens and uses a sensor to measure how much of the light makes it through.The first pair, bought at one of the stores on the American Astronomical Society list, blocked out more than 99.9 per cent of UV and visible light. The pair was labelled as conforming to the ISO 12312-2 standards for direct observation of the sun.The second pair, purchased online did not have the ISO mark and did not perform as well. It let through more than 0.1 per cent of visible and UV light.The ISO standard allows a maximum of 0.0032 per cent of light to be allowed to pass though. The equipment used could not give a sensitive enough reading to verify if the glasses conformed to the standard.In both cases, the machine was not able to determine if the glasses met the ISO 12312-2 standard. Both pairs did let through less than one one-thousandth of the light that you’d see with the naked eye.“Results show us that the two sets of glasses are most likely safe for observing the sun,” said Herman Wong, a University of Toronto engineering and photonics PhD student who tested the glasses. He said the machine found that there was almost zero transmission of light that passed through the lenses, but added that there’s really no way to know if they meet NASA recommendations, especially if they are not labelled.“They are not standardized by any means so use at your own risk,” he said.Chou, who has travelled as far as Africa and Asia to view more than 25 eclipses in person, says you shouldn’t let fear deter you from enjoying the event as long as you take precautions. He said he gets an emotional rush when seeing the sun’s corona, which appears differently every time.“There are some times when you get sort of a uniform halo around the sun. There are other times when you get these spectacular elongated streamers of corona shimmering in the sky around the sun,” he said.“This is sort of the giant astronomical clock at work and it’s just the way the universe ticks, or at least the solar system ticks as you see the movement of the earth around the sun.”———On the web:Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s list of solar eclipse events in Canada: http://rasc.ca/solar-eclipse-2017American Astronomical Society list of reputable eclipse glasses sellers and manufacturers: http://bit.ly/2hZzB7JFor more safety tips, visit NASA’s dedicated solar eclipse safety website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety———Follow @marygazze and @lucastimmons on Twitterlast_img read more

Meanwhile SpiceJet inks pact with Gulfs Emirates for codeshare pact

first_imgMumbai: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Monday said it has inked an initial pact with Gulf-based Emirates for code-share partnership, a move that will give wider connectivity to its passengers on the latter’s network across the US, Europe, Africa and Middle East. In turn, Emirates’ passengers will enjoy unhindered access to SpiceJet’s 51 domestic destinations — 10 through direct connectivity and rest 41 through connecting flights, the airline said in a release. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpiceJet’s first code-share partnership with Emirates, which is subject to regulatory approvals, assumes significance in the back drop of the temporary grounding of domestic carrier Jet Airways, which has investment from Emirates’ rival carrier Etihad. Before grounding all its flights to and from Etihad’s hub Abu Dhabi on March 18, Jet Airways had sizeable operations to the UAE capital city. “I am delighted to announce that as part of SpiceJet’s international expansion strategy, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a code-share agreement with Emirates. This new partnership should immensely benefit passengers travelling on both airlines,” SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh was quoted as saying in the release.last_img read more

Mohamed V University 14th Best Arab University for Computer Science

Rabat – With a score of 9.3, Mohammed V Agdal University in Rabat is ranked in the 14th position out of 19 universities in the Arab region that “have shown strength in producing research in the field of information systems and human-computer interaction,” according to the 2015 Best Arab Region Universities conducted by US. News, a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings.The ranking determined top universities in the Arab region by field of study. As for the best universities in the Arab region for computer science, three universities from Saudi Arabia made it the top three. They are King Saud University (1st), followed by King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (2nd) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (3rd).Tunisia is ranked first in the Maghreb region with four universities included in the ranking: Université de Sfax (4th), Université de Tunis (9th), Université de Tunis El Manar (12th) and Université de Carthage (7 de Novembre) (16th). Algeria’s Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, the only Algerian university that made it to the list, is ranked in the 19th position. No Libyan or Mauritanian universities were included in the list of the Best Arab region universities for computer science. The ranking focused on the academic research performance of Arab universities in the field of computer science. It is based on peer-reviewed literature and documents published in scientific journals by the faculty and researchers of the aforementioned universities in the five-year period from 2009 through 2013.US. News said that there were cases when a university that had a strong focus in a certain subject was ranked in a subject but was excluded from the overall Best Arab Region Universities rankings of the top 91 universities. “U.S. News also wanted to maximize the number of schools being ranked per subject while maintaining the validity of each subject’s analysis and preventing the analytical distortions caused by using unnecessarily low total publication thresholds,” the study added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

MR Ranil discuss developments

He confirmed that both sides discussed the political situation in Sri Lanka. The UNP meanwhile in a statement said that the focus of the meeting was the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on a political solution.According to the UNP the meeting took place on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today and discussed the political developments in the country, the President’s office said.An official at the President’s office told the Colombo Gazette that the meeting was cordial but refused to elaborate further. Earlier this year the UNP pledged its support to the government to solve the national question based on the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).Today’s meeting also comes amidst speculation that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka may be freed from prison this week.The UNP has been pushing for Fonseka’s release and some UNP members have been meeting Fonseka in prison. Meanwhile UNP MP John Amaratunga said that a UNP delegation had accompanied Wickremesinghe for the meeting with the President. read more