Three suspects arrested over killing of BJP worker in Amethi

first_imgThree suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of a BJP worker in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district two days ago, the police said on Monday. Director General of Police O.P. Singh said there was a local-level political rivalry between the deceased, Surendra Singh, 50, and the father of one of the accused. “We have arrested three persons. After the incident was reported, as many as seven people were taken into custody and they were thoroughly quizzed,” Mr. Singh told reporters here. “Among the seven people, there were three who were linked with the incident.” Amethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said those arrested have been identified as Ramchandra, Dharamnath and Naseem, while two persons are absconding. Irani’s close aideSurendra Singh, a close aide of newly elected Amethi MP Smriti Irani, was shot when he was sleeping in his house at Baraulia village, 25 km from the district headquarters, on Saturday night. The former village head was referred to a Lucknow hospital, but succumbed to injuries during treatment. “The incident is a result of old enmity. There was tension between the slain ex-pradhan and Dharamnath since the last panchayat election,” the SP said. Both were preparing for the coming panchayat election that is likely to be held later this year, police sources said. The DGP said a .315 bore countrymade pistol and a blood-stained towel had been recovered from Ramchandra, whose motorcycle was also used in the incident and is yet to be recovered. The officer said the towel had been sent for forensic examination. “In unveiling the entire case, the police have examined circumstantial evidences and electronic surveillance,” he said. Mr. Singh said Atul Singh and Waseem, who are on the run, have been traced to Delhi and Lucknow.CM’s direction The arrests come a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the DGP to take effective action in the case. Ms. Irani, who met the deceased’s family in Amethi on Sunday, had alleged that her aide was killed so that the constituency could be “terrorised, disintegrated and bowed down”.last_img read more

Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez Drops Dumbbell on Foot and Breaks Toe

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez has broken his toe, the club announced on Thursday.Vazquez sustained the injury after dropping a dumbbell on his foot in the gym, according to reports in the Spanish press. “After tests done today on our player Lucas Vazquez, the medical services of Real Madrid have diagnosed him with a fracture in the big toe of his left foot,” read a club statement.Madrid have not specified how long Vazquez will need to recover.The Spaniard had just returned from a calf injury, which had kept him out for almost six weeks. footballla ligaLucas Vazquezreal madrid First Published: November 22, 2019, 12:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

Bosses Reveal 13 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Promoted

first_imgIf you’d like to snag a promotion, wouldn’t it be nice to get into your boss’ head and find out exactly what it would take? We thought so. And while probably didn’t talk to your boss, we did speak to 13 bosses who were willing to dish on the surefire moves you can make to get a promotion this year. Read their advice here. 1. Consider what you shouldn’t do. “I reward people who don’t do things: they don’t gossip, they don’t just do their job, they don’t show up late, they don’t become a mindless follower. If I don’t have an opening, I will find a way to promote [these kinds of] talented people.” — LaDonna Snow, president of Snowflake Designs2. Think like the owner. “A surefire way for a team member to earn a promotion is to think like an owner. Said a different way, someone who is able to anticipate a situation several steps ahead, someone who cares deeply about their colleagues and customers, who is responsive, judicious, and insatiably curious—qualities that are hard to teach. If you are someone who demonstrates these behaviors regularly, you are absolutely on the promotion path. If you’re not, find a company who will recognize and reward these invaluable traits.” —Amy Zimmerman, head of global people operations at Kabbage3. Be a team player. “As you progress in your career, you are more than likely going to be required to work with more people—and taking on a promotion almost always means more responsibility, which can often mean being responsible for other employees. A boss needs to know that you can work well as part of a team, so … be proactive in team meetings and discussions, and offer to assist other people in their tasks if they are finding it hard to stay on top of their workload.” — Steve Pritchard, managing director of It Works4. Take on tasks—without being asked. “The single easiest way to earn a promotion and get more responsibility is to prove that you can lead without authority. The very best way to do that is to volunteer to tackle assignments others don’t want, but that put you in a position to prove that without authority you can still get things done.” —Jerry Acuff, CEO of Delta PointThe Art (& Science) of Leadership: Inside The Mind of Elon Musk5. Don’t bring problems to your boss. Solve them instead. “Employees are great at bringing a problem to your attention. What we rarely get,  however, is a solution to that problem. So a great way to get promoted or to get a raise is to bring me a solution at the same time you are bringing me a problem.  Think it through, put a plan of action down on paper … and then ask your boss for a meeting. I can’t tell you how rarely that happens but is so appreciated when it does.” —Danielle Kunkle, cofounder of Boomer Benefits6. Hone your soft skills. “Begin to focus on the soft skills you need to be a successful leader. [How?] First, gain self-awareness of your strengths and improvement opportunities. Then you can begin to truly harness your strengths and develop your blind spots. Things like showing empathy, having a strong presence, expressing gratitude, communicating effectively, and managing stress are all critical skills to develop [in order] to get promoted and to be an effective leader.” —Nicole Wood, CEO of Ama La Vida7. Make your boss look good. “Make your boss look good. Make your boss’ job easier. And be able to be 1,000 percent trustworthy, because you will be one less problem for your boss to deal with.” —Debra Benton, executive coach and author of The Leadership Mind Switch8. Show off your work ethic. “[Employees] who surpass expectations and extend their job descriptions in are the ones who get the most promotions. [So], if you want to earn a promotion and show off your work ethic, you should be making it a point to prove yourself each day that you’re on the job. Be naturally curious, ask questions, take notes, and bring new ideas to your meetings.” —Deborah Sweeney, CEO of My Corporation9 Things You Need to Stop Doing if You Want to Be Taken Seriously9. Initiate your own employee review. “Set up time with your boss and bring specific examples of times you’ve gone above and beyond or over-performed. Start the meeting by letting your manager know that you’d like to discuss your [job] and as a starting point, say you would like to walk him through some of your accomplishments over the last year.” —Megan Driscoll, founder of EvolveMKD10. Show your passion. “I just can’t help but promote an employee when I see passion—a contagious type of passion where I see the employee genuinely wants the company to succeed through his or her efforts. In my experience, people with this type of passion tend to give their 110 percent and bring more value than they are required to bring.” —Mack Dudayev, CEO of InsureChance Inc.11. Be a leader. “I’ve managed countless people in my career, but one trait that always makes me take notice of an employee, and ultimately help them move up the corporate ladder, is leadership. Some people believe it’s an intangible quality, but I disagree. I can see it in how an employee presents him or herself, how they speak, and how they behave. Take notice if someone who works for you gives credit to others rather than steals the spotlight for themselves, or if they spend time with a non-performing employee by helping them get up to speed—that’s an individual who is secure in their abilities coupled with compassion for the team.” —Bob Shoyhet, CFO of Melillo12. Show how you’ve added value to the company, in numbers.“I like to look at statistics as a way of measuring an employee’s potential. Ultimately, I want people to drive sales and revenue. Not all positions are directly involved with increasing revenue, but adding value to the company in some way is truly crucial. It is not only a way of gauging how successful an employee is in their field, but it helps me to see how driven they are.” —William Forshaw, CEO of Maxwell-Scott13. Network like you mean it. “Network with the right people. Get to know people who are in the position you desire, or in a position to hire. You can learn from them and at the same time know what is needed to be promoted into that position. Hanging out in a circle of people who are at the forefront of their careers makes you be seen as such a person too.” —Julia Ng, executive coach at Executive Coach International13 Companies That Are Hiring Fast!last_img read more

4 Good Reasons to Quit Your Job in 2018

first_img CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ 23 hours ago 23h It’s said that quitting isn’t an option, nor is it a positive trend to embrace. But actually, in some situations, quitting a job could be one of the smartest career moves you’ll ever make. In fact, job quitting is apparently at a 15-year high, having topped the five million mark back in May. And it’s actually a positive trend.The reason? The fact that more people are quitting jobs means that they’re finding better opportunities elsewhere. With that in mind, here are a few reasons you might consider quitting your job next year.1. You Know You Can Make More Money ElsewhereWhile money shouldn’t be the only factor dictating where you work or what job opportunities you pursue, it’s a big one nonetheless. If you know that you’re being underpaid at your company, or that there’s no chance of getting a raise, then it makes sense to leave your current role and sink some time into finding a better-paying job elsewhere.If you’re going to go this route, you’ll need to really do your research to confirm that your salary isn’t up to snuff. You’ll also need to put out some feelers to see what other opportunities might quickly become available to you upon leaving your present job. But if you’re convinced there’s more money to be made at another company, you shouldn’t hesitate to go after it.Get a Free, Personalized Salary Estimate2. You’re BoredWe all experience our share of uninteresting assignments and projects at our jobs. But if you come to find that you’re constantly bored at work, then it’s time to pursue a different opportunity — especially if your company isn’t open to giving you a promotion, or even supporting a lateral move. The more bored you get on the job, the more your performance is likely to suffer — at which point, you might start slacking off, wrecking your reputation and creating a situation where the decision to leave no longer becomes yours. And frankly, you’re better off quitting before things get that bad.3. There’s No Room for Upward Mobility at Your CompanyIt’s one thing to have to pay your dues and work your way up toward a better role. But if your company truly doesn’t offer any growth opportunity — say it’s a smaller firm where the high-level positions are filled by lifers — then the last thing you want to do is resign yourself to a dead-end job. The longer you stay in the same exact role, the more frustrated you’re likely to grow, so it pays to pick up and leave well before reaching that point.4. You Want to Work for YourselfIf you’re eager to join the ranks of workers who are lucky enough to be self-employed, you’ll be in good company. Freelancers now make up 35 percent of the total workforce, and there are several benefits to going this route.For one thing, you’ll get to call the shots, as opposed to having a boss to answer to. You’ll also get the opportunity to take on assignments that are interesting, or meaningful, to you, as opposed to having no choice but to say yes to whatever tasks get thrown your way. There are also certain tax benefits that come with being self-employed that could save you money in the long run. If you’re tired of working for somebody else, and think you have what it takes to thrive as a freelancer, then that’s reason enough to quit your job in favor of more independence.A No-Frills Guide to Starting Your Freelance CareerNo matter why you ultimately choose to leave your job in the coming year, be sure to resign professionally. This means giving your employer a minimum of two weeks’ notice, and offering to help train a replacement so that your company isn’t left in the lurch. You never know when you might need a reference from your old boss, or even your old job back, so if you’re going to quit, do so in a manner that doesn’t put your career at risk.This article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission.Related links:Study: Millennials Are Poor and Work-Obsessed7 of 8 People Are Clueless About This Trillion-Dollar Market3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN 3.8★ Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 3.0★ Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 3.2★ 3.0★ 2.8★ CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) OR STUDENT NURSING ASSISTANT (SNA) Blessing Health System Quincy, IL CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Lennox, SD Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX See More Jobslast_img read more

Spurs chairman Levy tells Man Utd: £200M won’t get you Kane!

first_imgTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has no plans to lose Harry Kane this summer.The Independent says Manchester United would have to pay over £200 million to land Kane.Levy, who has no intention of letting his star striker leave, rates the forward in that range.And even a bid of that magnitude would not grab the Tottenham chief’s attention.Levy famously held out for a then world record £86m fee for Gareth Bale when Real Madrid signed him in 2013.Market inflation means cashing in Kane, 23, for a similar amount now would be a poor move for Spurs.last_img

Arsenal defender Mustafi: Mexico doesn’t rely on Chicarito

first_imgArsenal star Shkodran Mustafi believes that Mexico do not entirely rely on star striker Javier Hernandez for their success.Germany will be squaring off against Mexico in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup on Thursday and while the Germans are clear favourites to claim victory on the day, they will have to be wary of the dangerous Hernandez.However, centre-back Mustafi does not think that Germany should only focus their attentions towards stopping Hernandez and has stated that Mexico’s main strength is the collective quality of their entire squad.As reported by Goal, Mustafi said: “Mexico are a team who don’t have that superstar, they are a team who plays good together with a lot of experience.”You must be sure that they will play as a team and be aggressive because of that – because they don’t have a superstar. They play for each other and I think that makes them so strong.”last_img read more

​Buy-back clause to be included in Bournemouth deal for Chelsea defender Ake

first_imgChelsea will include a buy-back clause in their deal to sell Nathan Ake to Bournemouth this summer, according to London Evening Standard.Ake managed to impress during his loan spell at Bournemouth during the first half of last season.And the Cherries are now ready to sign the defender on a permanent basis this summer.Chelsea are believed to be ready to sanction the sale of Ake to Bournemouth for a fee of around £20m.But the Blues will be including a buy-back clause in any potential deal in order to have the option to re-sign the 22-year-old if he develops into a world class talent in the future.last_img

Working Hard

first_imgPosted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: María Laura Casalegno, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by María Laura Casalegno, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.This February we had many meetings with very interesting people who could be helpful and supportive as I develop my own project.When I arrived from Kansas to Mexico City, I had the great opportunity to meet Marieke Van Dijk. She is a regional associate with the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program in Mexico and Latin America. We spoke about my experience in Mexico and how fascinating it is working with Dr. Hall and his team. I was telling her about my ideas and projects and I described her the innovative idea that I wrote for the Young Champions of Maternal Health Program about Maternal Health workshops in rural areas. She was very interested in supporting me. It really was a great visit, Marieke is such a nice person and a great entrepreneur.After the meeting with Population Council in Mexico City, I returned to San Miguel de Allende and to PACE’s office, where I participated in meetings to define details of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM) Symposium. The Symposium will be held in San Miguel de Allende on June 21st to 24th 2011. After analyzing the situation of being in contact with Emergency Experts from all over the world, I decided to stay to attend and also to help to organize the IFEM Symposium. With the PACE Team we are working very hard to organize this event and to accomplish it to make it perfect because we are waiting for about 600 Emergency Physicians from every corner of the globe.On February 9th I went back to Mexico City with Dr. Hall to participate in two meetings. First we met Sharon Bissell Sotelo, MacArthur Foundation Director in Mexico. And after that we met Dr. Luis Alberto Villanueva Egan, Director of Maternal and Perinatal Health’s Program from the Ministry of Health who offered support to help me develop my ideas and projects.After we met Sharon and Dr. Villanueva we contacted Dr. Felix Bonilla, he is the General Secretary of Ministry of Health from Panama. The idea of contacting him is to extend the program ALSO in Mesoamerica, in the context of Mesoamerica Health Initiative 2015. Dr. Bonilla is very interested in carry on this idea and we are now defining next steps to develop the strategic plan to land this program there.I also worked on an Obstetric First Respondent project, an idea that Dr. Hall was planning that has points in common with my own idea that I wrote for the Young Champions Program. This project involves training workshops in rural communities, aimed at midwives, doulas, health workers and the community in general. One of the main goals is to train the community in the early detection of signs and symptoms of obstetric emergencies and to develop skills to detect women who need to be transferred to health services with higher levels of complexity. With this idea we are trying to decrease the first delay in the maternal care. In fact, the major goal is to empower all the community in maternal care and thus accomplish our principal aim of decreasing maternal mortality rates.Along with all the work we were doing in organizing events and planning PACE projects, I contacted Wendolyn Vasquez Marin, Director of San Miguel de Allende Women’s Institute (IMAM in Spanish) to attend and help in the Mobile Women’s Health Unit organized by the Institute. In this occasion we went to a rural area just around San Miguel and we did a Campaign for Detecting Cervical Cancer.We have an excellent collaborative relationship with Wendolyn and the Institute because we worked together to hold the ERAS (Sexual Assault Response Team) Program. In the near future I’ll keep attending the Mobile Unit because is a great experience with the community and it is also related to my Young Champion idea. We have to figure out how we are going to articulate the Mobile Unit with the Obstetric First Respondent.To conclude a busy but fascinating month, I participated as a student in the ALSO Course. Thanks to training, I could develop new skills in obstetric emergency care. ALSO is a very practical course that helps Health Workers to standardize their knowledge and to be more organized at the time of managing an obstetric emergency.Another month has passed and I have added more knowledge to my experience which is getting better and better with time.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

New Report Shows That Midwife-attended Births Are on the Rise in the United States

first_imgThe full text of the study is available here but requires a subscription to the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Introduction: Data on attendance at birth by midwives in the United States have been available on the national level since 1989. Rates of certified nurse-midwife (CNM)–attended births more than doubled between 1989 (3.3% of all births) and 2002 (7.7%) and have remained steady since. This article examines trends in midwife-attended births from 1989 to 2009.Methods: The data in this report are based on records gathered as part of the US National Standard Certificate of Live Birth from a public use Web site, Vital Stats (, that allows users to create and download specialized tables.Results: Between 2007 and 2009, the proportion of all births attended by CNMs increased by 4% from 7.3% of all births to 7.6% and a total of 313,516. This represents a decline in total births attended by CNMs from 2008 but a higher proportion of all births because total US births dropped at a faster rate. The proportion of vaginal births attended by CNMs reached an all-time high of 11.4% in 2009. There were strong regional patterns to the distribution of CNM-attended births. Births attended by “other midwives” rose to 21,787 or 0.5% of all US births, and the total proportion of all births attended by midwives reached an all-time high of 8.1%. The race/ethnicity of mothers attended by CNMs has shifted over the years. In 1990, CNMs attended a disproportionately high number of births to non-white mothers, whereas in 2009, the profile of CNM births mirrors the national distribution in race/ethnicity.Discussion: Midwife-attended births in the United States are increasing. The geographic patterns in the distribution of midwife-attended births warrant further study.center_img Posted on July 5, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study, published last month in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, shares an analysis of two decades of CDC data showing that midwife-attended deliveries are on the rise in the United States. In fact, the report shows that the rate of midwife-attended deliveries more than doubled between 1989 and 2002 and have remained steady since.A piece in Time Magazine on June 25th discussed the new study and some of the various reasons for the increasing trend of midwife-attended births in the United States:In other developed nations, midwives are routinely tasked with bringing new life into the world. Not so in the U.S., where delivery is largely presided over by obstetricians. But a new study finds that midwives are getting busier, delivering 8.1% of the country’s babies in 2009 — a record high.Slice the data differently and the proportion rises even further. Consider vaginal births only — midwives don’t do cesarean sections — and the figure rises to 12.1%, or about one of every eight deliveries, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“If this trend continues, it will bring us more in line with the rest of the world in giving midwives a central role in prenatal care and birth,” says study author Eugene Declercq, professor of community-health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. “Given that other countries have lower costs and better outcomes, it would be a positive thing for this country.”Read the full story in Time Magazine’s Health and Family section.More about the study (from the study abstract):last_img read more

Birth Defect Prevention: A Case for Integrating Maternal and Newborn Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 14, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This month the WHO came out with “Birth defects surveillance: Atlas of selected congenital anomalies.” This guide, with illustrations and photographs of common birth defects, is a supplement to the WHO publication, “Birth defects surveillance: A manual for programme managers,” released earlier this year. These manuals are useful as they emphasize the importance of maternal and newborn health integration.Birth defects account for 3% of global child deaths and 7.3% of neonatal deaths. In the Americas, congenital birth defects make up 10% of child deaths and 20.8% of neonatal deaths. But are congenital defects preventable? Sometimes they are. With key interventions integrated into maternal health and antenatal care, both mom and baby may experience improved health outcomes.Environmental and maternal causes account for 4-10% of all birth defects. With antenatal care that focuses on (1) mother’s nutritional status, (2) preventing maternal exposure to chemicals and illicit drugs, (3) preventing maternal infections like rubella, (4) managing chronic maternal diseases like diabetes, (5) and preventing exposure to known teratogens, both maternal and neonatal health can see improvements. One notable public health success in this realm is the 25-50% reduction in neural tube defects (or spina bifida) experienced in countries after folic acid fortification was implemented in cereal and grain products.If you’re interested in improving surveillance, legislation, and prevention of birth defects in your country, reference the two WHO manuals below:–          Birth defects surveillance: A manual for programme managers–          Birth defects surveillance: Atlas of selected congenital anomaliesShare this:last_img read more

UBT Watch

first_imgWe’re excited to announce a new website all about the effort to get freelancers exempted from NYC’s Unincorporated Business Tax. goes live today, with videos, press, and a white paper about the senseless imposition of this tax on independent workers. In a few weeks, we’ll bring you updates with expanded features, including partner organizations, a blog, and ways to sign up and get involved.For now, visit the site and get educated about the issues. If you’re from an organization, such as a professional association, that would like to support the cause, let us know!last_img

How’s the economy affecting you? Take our survey to let us know.

first_imgIn last year’s survey of over 1,500 independent workers, 19% of respondents had become freelancers because of a lay-off (while 33% started freelancing because it’s standard in their industries). Has this number increased over the past year? Every year or so, we need to take the pulse of our membership. As the economy ebbs and flows along with various industries, the makeup and needs of our members shifts, too. This info is a huge help when we craft political campaigns or talk to journalists. Please take the survey today and get counted.last_img

Freelancing is a force — and we need to reckon with it

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Within 10 years, at its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.This startling stat comes from “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), a comprehensive study from freelancing website Upwork and our own Freelancers Union.FIA estimates that already more than one-third of the US workforce are currently freelancing (57 million Americans) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy — a nearly 30% jump since last year.This includes almost half of all working Millennials, more than any other generation.The freelance workforce grew at a rate 3x faster than the US workforce overall since 2014 — and 59% of them started freelancing within just the last 3 years.This coincides with a growing corporate trend of converting traditional full-time jobs into freelance gigs. According to a recent survey by the global HR services company Randstad, “More than half of global human capital leaders expect to transfer one-third of their permanent positions to contingent roles in the near future.”SCORE, a nonprofit partner of the Small Business Administration that provides free mentoring and education, sees a similar trend for small businesses.From its own recent report: “While the number of firms that employ full-time workers has remained relatively flat, non-employer businesses (also called ‘solopreneurs’) have been increasing. There has also been a marked increase in the ‘gig economy,’ which describes the use of contractors and part-time workers to fill roles within businesses.” Nearly 20% of businesses surveyed reported replacing employees (of any type) with contractors over the previous six months.As you might imagine these trends are a major factor contributing to the explosion of coworking in recent years. By some estimates there are roughly 14,000 coworking spaces in at least 100 countries. Membership in my own coworking venture, BEAHIVE, has grown since I opened in Beacon, NY, in 2009 — steadily at first and more briskly in the last couple of years, mirroring both these global workforce shifts and local demographic shifts.”We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution — a period of rapid change in work driven by increasing automation, but we have a unique opportunity to guide the future of work and freelancers will play more of a key role than people realize,” says Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work.And yet… policies, budget decisions, and economic development initiatives aren’t typically considering freelancers and so-called solopreneurs. A majority of them work from home, isolated.In exurban areas like my own Hudson Valley, there’s a noticeable lack of resources catering to them — mentoring, training, networking and social support (which I try to address through BEAHIVE).Other notable findings from the FIA report:54% of the U.S. workforce is not very confident that the work they do today is likely to exist in 20 years.Freelancers update their skills more often and believe they’re better prepared for the future. 65% of full-time freelancers say they’re updating their skills as jobs evolve, versus only 45% of full-time employees.Main drivers of freelancing for full-time freelancers are freedom and flexibility, with part-time freelancers driven by earning extra money as well as flexibility.Freelancers increasingly think having a diversified portfolio of clients is more secure than one employer (63% agree, up 10 points since 2016) and have an average 4.5 clients per month.Freelancers and non-freelancers share most of the same list of top concerns, which includes access to affordable healthcare, debt and ability to save.That said, freelancers have a unique top concern — income predictability. Freelancers therefore dip into their savings more often, with 63% of full-time freelancers dipping into savings at least once per month versus only 20% of full-time non-freelancers.Freelancers are seeking a voice, beyond political affiliation — 72% are open to crossing party lines if a candidate indicated that they supported freelancer interests.We need our leaders to adapt to this changing landscape.We need to rethink outdated approaches to economic development, which often focus on attracting and retaining large out-of-region businesses and giving them tax breaks. Politicians like to herald these projects — and the often-elusive (or low-paying) jobs and tax revenues that will follow — with photo ops and press releases.While such projects may help their careers, they do little for the communities they serve.A version of this post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal.Scott Tillitt is a connector — of dots and people. Throughout his 20-plus year career he has been a strategist, publicist, marketer, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and writer. He’s the founder of BEAHIVE, a coworking community, and Antidote Collective, projects and consulting for social impact.last_img read more

Does college-freelance life balance exist? Yes, and it’s worth the hustle

first_imgThere are a lot of things that a college student has to deal with; a heavy study workload, papers and projects, managing their health, finances and relationships — and that’s not even counting extracurricular activities. When you add working as a freelancer, achieving work-life balance gets tricky. Here’s what you should consider. What does balance look like?If you manage to learn to balance work, studies, and life in college, then you will definitely be able to manage any job plus family responsibilities that come after. It means you will have learned: 1) Finance managementImagine working hard and pulling all-nighters just to complete a job and still going to college classes the next day. Every freelance working student who goes through that at least once (ouch) will take their hard-earned money seriously. 2) Work experienceWhether you work online or offline, there are a lot of dynamics that you can only understand with experience. For example, how to deal with customer dissatisfaction and complaints. Theoretical knowledge can only take a student so far and this is why many companies prefer to recruit candidates with work experience.3) Networking smartsA freelance working student who can find a work-life balance will also be able to build a professional support group more easily. When you work, you make contacts that and clientele contacts that can benefit you in life after college.4) Time management skillsThere are 24 hours in a day but very few people know how to maximize them. A freelance working student will be able to combine schoolwork and assignments, and keep both lecturers and clients happy.5) Soft skillsA student managing college and work is bound to gather and learn communication skills, marketing skills, management skills and decision-making skills. All of these will come in handy in a professional setting later  — and can entry-level employees years to gain.But does a college-work-life balance exist?This is the question many freelance working students ask, because they find that either their academic, work, or social lives suffer. But the answer is yes! Despite the different challenges, you can find a flexible freelance side hustle.last_img read more

Attorney: NBA Star Kristaps Porzingis is Accused of Rape

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward “unequivocally” denies the allegation.Lawyer Roland Riopelle (RYE’-oh-pell) said Saturday that the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.Citing unidentified law enforcement officials, the New York Post and other news organizations reported earlier that a woman went to police Thursday and said Porzingis raped her in his Manhattan apartment last year while he was playing for the Knicks.NYPD officials declined to comment.Riopelle says Porzingis reported to federal law enforcement in December that the accuser was making “extortionate demands.”The attorney says the NBA was also notified.Porzingis, a 23-year-old native of Latvia, was traded to the Mavericks in January.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Cyber Grand Challenge

first_img Continue Reading Previous The connected cellular IoT market is poised for exponential growthNext Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Security Several of us at GrammaTech, along with many talented people from UVA, recently participated in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) as Team TECHx. The challenge in CGC was to build an autonomous Cyber Reasoning System (CRS) capable of playing in a “Capture The Flag” (CTF) hacking competition. Our system was called Xandra.Each system was responsible for defending network services while proving vulnerabilities (“capturing flags”) in other systems’ defended services.The challenge started back in 2014. In two years, what was initially over 100 teams whittled down through qualifying events to just seven teams in the final event. During this final event, DARPA distributed Challenge Binaries (CBs) that implemented network services and that had been specifically crafted to have different vulnerabilities1 . Each CRS was responsible for fielding a version of each of these CBs, which could be attacked by competitor CRSes. The trick was that CRSes could both re-write CBs to make them less vulnerable while simultaneously trying to exploit the vulnerabilities in other systems’ CBs. Each time a CRS was able to successfully attack another CRS’s CB, it gained points. Each time a CRS’s fielded CB was successfully attacked, it lost points. In the end, our system, Xandra , did very well (second place!) with what I would classify as being a combination of good defense, good availability, and average offense.Xandra on the CGC stage (Source: GrammaTech) A lot has already been written about this competition by other teams, including Mayhem 1, Mayhem 2, Shellphish, and CodeJitsu. As the finalists have provided their opinions, it’s interesting to learn that much of what we did on the offensive side was in the same vein as many other competitors. At least three other teams used AFL, a very cool grey-box fuzzing tool originally released by Michal Zalewski out of Google. Like many of the other competitors, we supplemented AFL’s “fast” abilities with the “smarts” of our own in-house symbolic execution engine, which is called Grace . Other competitors seem to have had some superior exploit-generation technology (this was particularly galling for me since that was my department); however, the offensive area in which we did seem to excel was speed in finding exploits. When Xandra found an exploit, it did so very quickly, and this speed allowed us to rack up the points.The interesting stuff One portion of our system that seems to be unique (or at least not yet discussed in other blog posts) is the way in which we used the resources provided by DARPA to drive our various analyses.But first, a bit of background. DARPA designed the CGC competition to mimic the Software as a Service model2 , where the teams had an ability to monitor how users were interacting with their servers. In order to evaluate modified CBs, DARPA required the CB writers to provide, along with the binary itself, a “generator” that could generate millions of sample interactions. These sample interactions served two purposes: (1), they allowed DARPA to detect when a program that had been re-written for defensive purposes had been broken, and (2), it provided a rich set of sample inputs to seed the search for crashes and vulnerabilities.In the competition, DARPA provided the raw network tap for these interactions with fielded CBs. This quickly could become thousands of PCAP files for each CB, which was great since many forms of analysis, such as fuzzing, are much more powerful when given a large and diverse set of seed inputs. Feeding these inputs directly into an analysis system, however, has two drawbacks: “Swamped by Inputs” and “Authorization Tokens.”Swamped by Inputs: First, and most obviously, the various analyses could quickly become swamped by the sheer number of (often repetitive) inputs. In order to handle this challenge, we created a modified instance of AFL to act as a gate-keeper. This instance would run through each of the incoming PCAP files and evaluate whether they brought anything “new” to the table. To more formally define “new,” we used AFL’s internal coverage metrics (discussed here). Any input that increased the coverage would be added to the pool of “interesting” inputs from which our other analyses drew upon.This process of filtering away “uninteresting” inputs was of particular importance for Grace . For those of you who haven’t used it before, symbolic execution engines are often very slow, especially once any depth of exploration has been achieved. By limiting the number of inputs, we allowed Grace to focus on unique and interesting inputs rather than churning away at things that would likely lead down previously-explored paths.Authorization Tokens: The second reason that feeding the inputs directly into the analysis system might not work is that these inputs might depend on the value of some randomly generated token.A quick example Consider the example program KPRCA_00001, which was provided by DARPA prior to the qualifiers. This program provides users with an ID that they have to use in order to log into the system and access the functionality the program provides.An example interaction with the program looks something like the following: USER: HELLO SERVER: OK 5CF98744 USER: AUTH 5CF98744 SERVER: OK USER: SET mode encode SERVER: OK …In this case, the user logs into a system using a randomly-generated token provided by the server3 . Naively running this program with AFL, looking for whether it expands coverage or not, will almost certainly miss the potential exploratory power of the input. This is because the security token is based on some unknown random seed. Running this same interaction on a different computer would result in the following interaction: USER: HELLO SERVER: OK 49F589F7 USER: AUTH 5CF98744 SERVER: ERROR 403 USER: SET mode encode SERVER: ERROR 403As can be seen, now that a new random token is provided, the analysis is no longer able to follow the path traversed during the original run in which the input and output were captured. In this instance, it is extremely unlikely that AFL could “guess” the correct authorization token, meaning that all of the PCAP files would follow the same path to “ERROR 403.” Therefore, almost none of the thousands of sample PCAP files would result in new coverage (according to AFL) and therefore almost none would be added to the pool of “interesting” inputs.When running a simulation of the competition with this particular program, only the first few of the thousands of inputs that are generated gets through to the rest of the analysis (each one that passes through is “interesting” only in the number of times it fails).A fast solution In order to handle this problem, we added an additional stage to the gate-keeping instance of AFL. AFL normally works by taking some input, tweaking it slightly, and running it to see if the input increases the amount of program covered. Our new stage compared the expected output, as seen in the PCAP file, with the actual output of the program. It then attempted to identify the location of suspected authorization tokens in the input using the following formalization:  (Tokenize(expected_input)) ∩ Tokenize(input)) Set(actual_output) Where the Tokenize() function takes an array of characters and produces a set of those characters broken up into tokens.Intuitively, the process looks for tokens that are in both the input and the output of the PCAP file. (For non-ASCII programs, such as those that simulated a storage device, we did something similar, but instead of breaking things up into tokens, we looked for common subsequences above a certain minimum length.) This shows that there were likely tokens that had to be parroted back to the system. The process then kept only those tokens that were not in the actual computed output. This showed that the token was based on some non-deterministic behavior.With this set of suspected authorization tokens, the processes then pick tokens from the actual output as potential replacements. Here, we used various heuristics, since you couldn’t assume that the authorization token would be in the same place or would even be the same length. This is where the choice to use AFL really paid off. AFL is really fast. Therefore, the process could run through thousands of suspected/replacement token pairs.In many cases, it was possible to know once the correct authorization token was used. For example, in the KPRCA_00001 example above, the actual output would go from ERROR 403 to OK . This is clearly an improvement because the actual output now matches the expected output. It is possible, however, that there is some randomness in the output that is not used for authorization. In this case, the expected output and the actual output might never fully match. Therefore, it is possible that we are never sure that we have found the correct authorization token. Here, we rely on AFL, specifically its coverage metrics. If replacing the suspected authorization token results in increased coverage, then we add it to the pool of “interesting” inputs. While this changes our search from one that attempts to traverse the “same” path as the PCAP file to just a search for “new” and interesting paths, this view is actually more useful from AFL’s perspective. Not only are we able to identify tokens that traverse the “same” path as the one followed by the original PCAP file, but there is also the possibility of finding other interesting paths.Think global, fuzz local There is one final caveat to this whole process: multiple authorization tokens. These could take the form of the same authorization token being used repeatedly throughout the interaction, or new authorization tokens being given during a single interaction. This additional complexity requires us to view the coverage achieved by a particular PCAP file from both a global and local perspective. The goal of examining each PCAP file for authorization tokens is to increase the global coverage of the “interesting” inputs that the other analyses are working on. In order to achieve this goal in the context of multiple authorization tokens, however, we must examine the coverage for each individual PCAP file. An example of where this might matter is a PCAP file that has multiple authorization tokens, where only breaking through the final authorization token allows us to increase the global coverage.In order to handle this extra complexity, we kept track of both the local coverage achieved via mutating a particular PCAP file (as well as its suspect/replacement mutants) and the global coverage achieved by every PCAP file (as well as their mutants). Every time we tried a new suspected/replacement token pair, we evaluated it against two coverage metrics. First, we evaluated it to see whether it increased global coverage. If it did, then the input was immediately added to the pool of “interesting” inputs for the other analyses to chew on. In addition, we also evaluated it to see if it increased the local coverage of the particular PCAP file. If it did, then we continued to analyze it with the hope that we could break through to some previously unseen part of the program. By repeatedly iterating on this process, we were able to incrementally pass successive authorization tokens.Formalization In a more formal sense, this authorization token identification process can be thought of as extending AFL’s body of fuzzing mutators. Whereas the pre-existing mutators worked by flipping individual characters or adding words from a pre-existing dictionary, this mutator drew on a set of PCAP inputs and fuzzed them by gathering differences between the expected output and the actual output.Putting it all together With this setup, we addressed the two problems associated with the PCAP inputs provided by the network: too much information resulting in swamping other analysis systems and the presence of authorization tokens based off unknown random seeds. In the end, our system looked something like the following illustration.(Source: GrammaTech) The first part of the diagram is the “Queue of PCAP files.” This queue is filled with sample PCAP inputs captured off of the network. The gate-keeper instance of AFL grabs items from this queue and evaluates them (it is during this evaluation that we attempt to bypass any authorization tokens). If, during the evaluation, an input is found that increases the global coverage tracked by the gate-keeper, then that instance is forwarded to the pool of “interesting” inputs from which other analyses draw.Conclusion The CGC competition was designed to give the program analysis systems a vast store of information with the hopes that computer systems could automatically patch and exploit vulnerabilities in programs. There has been a lot of documentation by other teams on how they attacked this particular problem. I believe that an important — but as-of-yet undocumented — part of this competition was the ability to properly utilize the sample inputs provided over the network. Doing so in a way that maximized the utility of each input while simultaneously filtering out repetitive data gave underlying analyses the best chance of succeeding.On a more personal note, the CGC competition was one of the most rewarding professional experiences I’ve ever had. Not only did I have the opportunity to work with (and compete against) some of the best in the business, but I felt like I was contributing to a process that was truly pushing the state of program analysis forward.Footnotes: In total, DARPA created 213 binaries for the competition: 131 for the qualifiers and 82 for the final event. These programs were written for a simplified binary format, called DECREE, that has only seven system calls. This dramatically reduced number of system calls both made analysis easier and rendered the systems useless if they should somehow escape into the wild. The folks at Trail of Bits (one of our competitors) rewrote these binaries into normal Linux so that the research community can more easily analyze them, which, we all agree, was very nice of them.Another interesting model to test would be the more traditional one of releasing the binaries to users and then having the users interact with unsafe content on their own computer. This would provide less information to the developer/maintainer of the program about how their program was being used, making it more difficult to differentiate between the average user and a malicious user.A less-contrived example of this is might occur when a user logs into a website. The website could give them a randomly generated token that is required to be presented whenever they move through a secure section of the site.Eric Rizzi has been working at GrammaTech since October of 2015. Now that the CGC competition is over, he is working on adapting various fuzzing techniques and tools to embedded systems. Prior to GrammaTech, he taught high school in Wilmington, Delaware. Eric received an MS from the University of Nebraka, Lincoln. center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

‘Perfect’ Swiss players can beat Portugal, says Hitzfeld

first_imgFormer Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld feels their “outstanding” young players give them a chance of glory at the Nations League Finals.Switzerland face Portugal in the last four on Wednesday having topped their group thanks to results including a 5-2 home defeat of World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.Former Bayern Munich boss Hitzfeld was head coach between 2008 and 2014, leading the country to two World Cups. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 70-year-old German believes the next generation of Swiss talent has taken the team to new levels under successor Vladimir Petkovic.”Switzerland have outstanding young players. They have very good players with foreign roots who are all perfect football players,” Hitzfeld told Omnisport.”They have a good set up with [Fabian] Schar, [Yann] Sommer, [Granit] Xhaka, [Haris] Seferovic, or [Xherdan] Shaqiri. And [Breel] Embolo is on his way. They have great talents. Switzerland can do a great job in the coming years.”Now, against Portugal, the chances are 50-50. They have played against Portugal many times and won some games, lost sometimes. They know how to beat Portugal. With the potential that Switzerland currently possesses, a victory in Portugal is also possible.”In the other semi-final, England will take on a Netherlands side who have shown some resurgent form under Ronald Koeman.”I think you have to count England among the favourites, because they just pulled up outstanding players from the junior teams,” Hitzfeld added. “And the young players who play in the Premier League, despite the many foreigners, they are already very good.”But that is also a disadvantage for the young English players, that so much money has flowed to England and you have signed only foreign top stars.  But if you make the step then you have a really strong team and are on your way back to the top of the world.”last_img read more

Rickmers-Linie Names New President and CEO

first_imgzoom Rickmers-Linie, which specialises in worldwide project and heavy lift liner services, continues to streamline operations and improve its global organisation.Robert Sappio, who has been heading Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc since September 2012, will step down from the position of President and CEO effective 1 July 2014. However, he will remain connected to the company as a member of the Board of Rickmers-Linie (America).Waldemar (Val) Poulsen has been named President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc. based in Houston, Texas effective the same date.Before joining Rickmers-Linie, Mr Poulsen was Director/Country Manager with Safmarine in Houston, responsible for the activities of the multi-purpose division of Safmarine in the Americas. June 5, 2014last_img

La province propose aux étudiants de nouvelles possibilités de collecte de fonds

first_img MESSAGE À DIFFUSER : Apportez un soutien aux écoles de votre communauté tout en recevant directement chez vous des produits écologiques pour la maison, ceci, grâce à Conservons Nouvelle-Écosse. À compter d’aujourd’hui (15 mai), les élèves de la Nouvelle- Écosse peuvent recueillir des fonds pour leurs écoles en vendant des ampoules fluorescentes compactes, des veilleuses DEL et des pommes de douche à débit réduit. Selon le ministre responsable de Conservons Nouvelle-Écosse, Bill Dooks, ce programme permettra à un plus grand nombre de Néo- Écossais de faire de l’efficacité énergétique une habitude quotidienne. -30- La province offre aux Néo-Écossais la possibilité d’apporter leur soutien aux écoles tout en recevant des produits écologiques directement chez eux. Conservons Nouvelle-Écosse, agence responsable de l’efficacité énergétique en Nouvelle-Écosse, a lancé son projet de collecte de fonds Ça commence avec moi, le 15 mai, à l’école Grosvenor-Wentworth Park School. Dans le cadre de ce projet, les élèves vont pouvoir vendre des ampoules fluorescentes compactes, des veilleuses DEL et des pommes de douche à débit réduit pour recueillir des fonds pour les activités scolaires. « Ce projet permet de communiquer un message très important aux élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse » a déclaré Bill Dooks, ministre responsable de Conservons Nouvelle-Écosse; « qu’il s’agisse de vendre des ampoules fluorescentes ou d’éteindre la lumière quand on sort d’une pièce, ce projet va permettre aux élèves d’acquérir un certain nombre de connaissances, et de proposer des produits écologiques, pour inciter leur famille à faire de l’efficacité énergétique une habitude quotidienne. » La campagne de collecte de fonds Ça commence avec moi a été mise en place l’année dernière dans deux écoles en tant que projet pilote. Alyson Hillier, directrice de Grosvenor-Wentworth, souhaite que ses élèves deviennent conscients de leurs responsabilités liées à l’environnement, et qu’ils participent de façon active à la cause environnementale. « Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir promouvoir et vendre ces produits écologiques, » a déclaré Mme Hillier; « ce projet nous offre la possibilité de recueillir des fonds pour les projets et les activités que nous organisons à l’école, notamment pour le jardin que nous avons récemment fait pour les papillons. Cela permet également aux élèves de comprendre que la protection de l’environnement, ça concerne tout le monde. » Cette semaine, toutes les écoles de la province recevront une trousse d’information bilingue, laquelle comprend un DVD sur les changements climatiques et des informations sur l’efficacité énergétique. La vidéo donne de plus des explications sur les produits proposés, leur utilisation, ainsi que les économies que les consommateurs pourront réaliser grâce à ces derniers. Pour en savoir plus sur ce projet de collecte de fonds, veuillez visiter le site read more

Recreation Facility Funding for Fundy Region

first_imgNova Scotia is investing in local recreation projects in and around the Fundy region, making it easier for residents to enjoy the outdoors and keep physically active. Government is investing money in trails, playgrounds and other outdoor and indoor recreation projects in Truro, Tatamagouche and Brookfield and other areas in and around Colchester County. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced six grants totalling $127,500 today, July 9, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. Grants for three other projects receiving $122,500 will be announced at a later date bringing the total for the Fundy region to $250,000. “We are helping people stay physically active and we are helping keep communities strong by investing in the projects that bring people together as a community,” said Ms. Casey. “As a province, we are investing nearly $1.8 million in 65 projects that help keep youth, families and seniors active.” The Tatamagouche Area Trails Association will use $12,000 to repair the Waugh River bridge and extend the crusher sand surface from the Highway 6 crossing east of the village to the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark. “Tatamagouche Area Trails Association has addressed a number of critical repairs in the past few years, as well as on-going maintenance of our trail,” said Robert Gould, secretary and treasurer of the association. “In 2016 we are hoping to extend the crusher sand surfacing of the Short Line Railbed Trail from Tatamagouche to Denmark, a goal which was dependant upon funding through the grant.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation.last_img read more