UP BJP leaders vent ire at SP MP Naresh Agrawal

first_imgA day after senior Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal made a controversial statement about Hindu gods in Parliament and later apologised, BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh filed several complaints, demanding his arrest and registration of an FIR against him for hurting their sentiments.The convenor of the BJP’s State traders’ cell, Vineet Sharda, announced a reward of ₹1.25 lakh for anyone who blackens Mr. Agrawal’s face and shaves his head. Mr. Sharda along with Mayor of Meerut Municipal Corporation Harikant Ahluwalia and other BJP workers demanded Mr. Agrawal’s arrest. Also Read Uproar over MP’s remark on Hindu gods  Later, they went to the Partapur police station in Meerut and registered a complaint demanding police action against the Samajwadi Party MP.last_img

Ozone-depleting chemical still seeping into atmosphere

first_imgThanks to the Montreal Protocol, which brought the major causes of ozone depletion such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) under control, the ozone hole over Antarctica is healing, and global ozone levels are expected to return to 1980 levels by about 2050. But recent studies have found that a lesser known ozone depleter, carbon tetrachloride, isn’t going away as fast as it should be. The substance persists, scientists now suggest, because an unidentified source is still emitting it into the atmosphere.“Most of the Montreal Protocol–controlled gases are decreasing in the atmosphere in exactly the way we had anticipated that they would decrease,” says atmospheric chemist John Pyle of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the new study. “[There may be] leaks into the atmosphere from old refrigerators but essentially they’re all behaving exactly as we would have expected … with the exception of carbon tetrachloride.”The Montreal Protocol, the 1989 treaty intended to phase out emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals, is widely considered one of the most successful international agreements, with near-global participation. Every year, signatory countries are required to report to the U.N. Environment Programme their imports, exports, and production of eight groups of controlled ozone-depleting chemicals. To keep an eye on how well the controls are working, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) measures atmospheric levels of these substances every 4 years, as mandated by Article 6 of the Protocol.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But scientists preparing the 2010 WMO assessment noticed a curious thing. The primary ozone depleters—CFCs (previously used as refrigerants, propellants, and solvents) and halons (used in portable fire extinguishers)—are decreasing in the atmosphere just as expected based on countries’ production reports. But another substance, carbon tetrachloride, is lingering in the atmosphere longer than expected from the reported production numbers.“It’s a nasty little compound,” says Paul Newman, an atmospheric chemist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s toxic, carcinogenic, ozone-depleting, and a greenhouse gas.” It’s also completely humanmade and has been used as a solvent, a cleaning agent, and a chemical feedstock to help synthesize other chemicals such as hydrofluorocarbons (which are potent greenhouse gases but not ozone depleters).Although developing countries were allowed to delay their phaseout of “carbon tet,” it was banned in 2010. And expected emissions based on reported production and feedstock usage after about 2007 were zero. Models based on those expected emissions numbers and on the lifetime of the compound in the atmosphere estimate that its level should be decreasing by about 4% each year. But the WMO data showed that it was decreasing by only 1%.One possible explanation for the discrepancy, Newman says, is that scientists have been underestimating how long the molecule sticks around in the atmosphere. The other possibility is that there’s another source sending the compound into the air.Since the 2010 report, Newman says, “there’s been a big effort to look at the lifetime in the atmosphere of carbon tetrachloride.” It’s known to be at least 25 years—long enough for the gas to distribute evenly around the globe. In that case, measurements of carbon tetrachloride in North America and Australia ought to be equal, assuming there are no new emissions. But they aren’t. The WMO report noted that the amount of the compound was significantly higher in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere.“It turns out we can use the gradient to determine what global emissions ought to be,” Newman says. He and his colleagues ran a number of climate simulations to quantify those emissions. They varied how much of the gas would be absorbed by the ocean or soils and how much might be emitted in each hemisphere, and they considered different estimated lifetimes of the gas. In the end, they simply couldn’t reconcile the observed decline with the reports of zero emissions. Instead, about 31,000 tonnes per year of carbon tetrachloride must still have entered the atmosphere from 2007 to 2012, they report online this week in Geophysical Research Letters.  “If you take a train with 100 tanker cars of carbon tetrachloride derailing once a month, that’s how much is being emitted,” Newman says. “That’s a lot.” The question is “Where’s this stuff coming from? We really don’t know.”Illegal production of carbon tetrachloride is one possibility—but not the only one, he notes. Another potential source is brownfields, old chemical disposal sites from which the gas is still leaking into the air. Yet another alternative is the ongoing use of carbon tetrachloride as a feedstock to produce other compounds; the process should destroy it, but some could be leaking out of production facilities. “But if there’s a lot of leakage, that’s money [the companies] are losing. We don’t have a good handle on that leakage, but we think it’s small,” Newman says. Even washing machines might be a source. Trace amounts of carbon tetrachloride can be produced by combining sodium hypochlorite and soap. “That would be a very, very tiny amount. But times all the clothes washers in the world, that could be a source also,” Newman says.Identifying potential sources is tricky because carbon tetrachloride “is kind of an unusual molecule,” says A. R. Ravishankara, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who was not involved in the new study but who was a co-chair of group that produced the 2010 WMO report (with Newman and Pyle). “It may be being produced in ways that we don’t understand.” The lifetime remains another question mark, Ravishankara says. The new paper removes some uncertainty and estimates an atmospheric lifetime of 35 years rather than 25 years. But Ravishankara says the molecule is different from CFCs in that it “has some removal processes that are kind of weird. It gets a little more difficult.”  And, he adds, “it would also help to be more confident about the emissions numbers reported from countries participating in the Montreal Protocol. It would not be such a bad idea to ask for better accounting.”Newman stresses that his findings do not imply that the Montreal Protocol has failed. Levels of carbon tetrachloride are falling—albeit more slowly than they should—and that’s because of the treaty, he says. And even the fact that scientists are focusing on these additional sources is a victory. “It’s had two successes here: [Carbon tetrachloride] is going down, and we’re looking into what could be an additional source.”Ravishankara agrees, noting that “the key point is that carbon tetrachloride contributes about 10% to the ozone depletion rate right now, so it’s not like other things are not working.” And, Pyle notes, “the overall story of the Montreal Protocol is still that it’s massively successful. What this paper is doing is saying we now understand [the discrepancy] discussed 4 years ago.”The next WMO assessment of ozone-depleting gases in the atmosphere is slated to come out in about a month, Ravishankara says, although the study was published too late to be included.last_img read more

Kings, Texters triumph

first_imgView comments “We overwhelmed them with our size,” Cone said after a 105-92 ripping of the Fuel Masters that gave the Kings a fifth straight win and allowed them to stay in the upper half of the elimination round bracket at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday night.“It’s the strength that we have, which nobody else has,” Cone added after Ginebra rose to 5-1 and tied idle Meralco, as both are now within a win of advancing to the quarterfinals. “I guess if we will win this tournament, it will be because of our size.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra came out of the halftime break a very different team, breaking free from a 53-50 game to eventually deal the Fuel Masters a seventh straight loss in a 2-7 card.“San Miguel (Beer) has great size with June Mar (Fajardo),” Cone pointed out. “But we will have to take advantage of our size. It’s the same thing I had with Purefoods with (Marc) Pingris and Joe (Devance), only this time, we are really big.” Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Walker did finish with 33 points, but was 10-for-26 from the field in almost 43 minutes as the TNT perimeter defense forced him to a 1-for-6 clip from three-point range.Meanwhile, with Sept. 1 declared a holiday, the PBA extended the deadline of Draft aspirants based abroad or with foreign lineage until the end of office hours on Monday, Sept. 4. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone had Barangay Ginebra using the very weapon on Phoenix Petroleum which the Gin Kings hope to ride to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champs.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter scattered 14 that went with 11 boards as the Kings humiliated the Fuel Masters in the rebounding battle, 76-47.In the first game, TNT KaTropa routed Blackwater, 117-96, to snap the Elite’s franchise-best winning run at three games.“I think they just caught us on a good day,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.Blackwater is now 0-9 against TNT all-time, and the Texters made the Elite look so bad as they built leads of as many as 27 points.TNT bottled up Blackwater’s inspiration, Henry Walker, no end and forced the NBA veteran into a sour shooting night. In dropping to 3-4, Blackwater lost for the first time in four games with Walker around.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor a ‘shameless cash grab’ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Why You Didn’t Get the Job Even After You Had a Great Interview

first_img 4.0★ 3.8★ Security Guard Allied Universal Washington, DC 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h CDL A Driver Cardinal Logistics Management Washington, DC Senior Contract Specialist (DOE) GCC Technologies Washington, DC Nursing: Intermediate Care – Telemetry MedPro Healthcare Staffing Washington, DC Hair Stylist – Licensed – WASHINGTON, DC-3307 14th Street NW, 20010 Sport Clips Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h CDL-A Regional Truck Driver Averitt Express Washington, DC Charity Field Engagement Representative (Washington, DC) DialogueDirect Washington, DC It’s happened to the best of us. You walk out of an interview feeling great but don’t end up securing the position. Unfortunately, this happens more often than one might think, but there are reasons for it, and sometimes it might not have anything to do with you. You weren’t right for the positionAccording to the Society for Human Resource Management, the result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary. Even if you had a great interview, it’s possible that the interviewer didn’t feel that you would mesh well in the company culture, or that you simply wouldn’t fit with the role perfectly. Companies have to be extremely strategic when it comes to hiring, so if an interviewer or hiring manager has any inkling that you might not be the best candidate to fill the role (even if you had a great interview) they will likely go with someone else.4 Signs You Should Apply Again After Being RejectedBudget constraintsBudget constraints can have a big impact on a company, particularly within the hiring sector. If finances have become difficult, a company may impart a temporary hiring freeze. This allows companies to save money on new hires, and potentially restructure positions and redistribute job duties so there’s no need for additional or unnecessary positions. Unfortunately, times (and finances) can change quickly so a hiring freeze might be put into place during or after the interview process. Companies rarely want to acknowledge financial hardship to the public, therefore if this is the case, you probably won’t get much of an answer as to why you didn’t get the job after a great interview.8 Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But Really Want To)The company decided to fill the position internallyCompanies often will post positions publically even when they intend on hiring internally. While there aren’t laws stating this requirement, union or civil service agreements may encourage employers to post jobs publically. Additionally, it may have just been about timing and ease of onboarding. If you had a great interview, but an internal candidate declared interest in the position, hiring internally might have simply been easier. Internal candidates are already familiar with company culture, often need less training, and research suggests that external hires earn 18-20% more than existing employees promoted to similar positions.Someone else edged you outThere’s not much more to this. You might have had a great interview, but there’s always a chance that another candidate interviewed better than you or edged you out in some way. Chalk it up to experience, and take note of the successful parts of the interview. Note what you did well, and where you can improve next time.We Asked 750 Hiring Managers What Makes a Candidate Irresistible, Here’s What They SaidYou didn’t meet one (or more) of the qualificationsHaving a great interview can have a huge impact on hiring decisions, but sometimes if you don’t hold one or more of the required qualifications, a great interview isn’t enough to land you the job. If you have 85% of the requirements listed, you should still absolutely apply for the position, but keep in mind that some requirements are more important than others. Think certifications and specialized training. Ultimately, even if you had a great interview and most of the requirements, there could be another candidate who interviewed equally well with all of the qualifications. Hiring can come down to splitting hairs, and at the end of the day, if you don’t hold the necessary requirements of the job you’re applying to, you might not be able to land the job.Interviews can make or break you, but they aren’t the only factor that goes into hiring decisions. You might have had a great interview, but there are a slew of other factors which could impact why you didn’t get the job. 2.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img Front waiter – Clyde’s of Georgetown Clyde’s Restaurant Group Washington, DC 8 Expert-Approved Tips for How to Find a Job Today 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ Engineering and Operations Lead Chameleon Integrated Services Arlington, VA 3.5★ 3.0★ Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Browse All Jobslast_img read more

DONE DEAL? Everton clinch agreement for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez

first_imgEverton have clinched a deal for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.The Daily Mail says Everton have taken their spending past £60million after concluding a deal for Malaga striker Sandro.After completing the signings of Jordan Pickford, who cost a club record £30m, and Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, who arrived for a fee of £25m, on Thursday – which represented the biggest investment the club had made in a single day – has swiftly followed on.The Spain Under-21 international, who is with his country in Poland for Euro 2017, underwent a medical last weekend after he arrived on Merseyside with his advisors to discuss personal terms.It is expected Everton will make a formal announcement to confirm his signing in the next 48 hours but this flurry will not be the end of their activity, with manager Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh, the Director of Football, working on more deals.last_img read more

DONE DEAL: Josh Harrop confirms leaving Man Utd for Preston

first_imgJosh Harrop is leaving Manchester United to join Preston North End in a permanent transfer.The 21-year-old forward has signed a four-year deal with the Championship club and will officially make the move on July 3.Harrop made a name for himself by scoring on his full debut for United in the win against Crystal Palace last month.He said: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new start for me to get things going in my career and I’m buzzing to get playing and to make an impact in the team.“I’ve got four years now at Preston North End where I know I am going to be and I am going to put everything into that and dedicated myself to do the best for the team and the best for the fans.“Hopefully I can achieve my aims and ambitions that I have set myself by coming here and that’s to get promoted with Preston North End and help the club get as high as we can.”Preston have to agree a compensation fee with United because he is under the age of 24 and turned down a contract extension.last_img read more

What Makes a Great Donation Page

first_imgDonordigital has a fascinating new study you can access from their home page. It reveals the results of lots of testing of various donation pages. They learned:· Size DOES Matter: Bigger donate buttons helped convert more donors· Color Can Matter Too: Vividly colored donation buttons had varying levels of impact on donation page conversion· Less Is More: Removing unnecessary fields from personal information forms significantly increased conversion· Remind people (nicely) why they want to donate: Polite header copy yielded better conversion than a more forceful call-to-action· Test, Test, Test: Donation page testing can help improve YOUR organization’s online revenue!Check it out. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re raising money.last_img

New WB Blog on Health Systems

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 22, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)The World Bank blogs provide an excellent resource to learn about the work the Bank is doing and other aspects of development. Whether it is Development Impact or Africa Can End Poverty there is a wealth of information from experts on a variety of topics. A new blog, launched this week, Investing in Health, focuses directly on health system strengthening, using maternal and child health as an example of why health systems matter:So to start the conversation, please take just 2 minutes to watch this video (French/Spanish) [embedded below] and meet our brand new baby Maya. Maya shows us that it takes lots of things for a baby to be born healthy and thrive. It takes a health system, which includes investments in all of the different sectors that impact health (education, infrastructure, clean water, and roads, to name just a few).Watch the video on YouTubeShare this:last_img read more

Virgin Money: person-to-person loans

first_imgRichard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur, has just launched a new venture: Virgin Money. Like Prosper.com, it’s a platform for person-to-person loans. The difference is that Virgin Money is designed to manage the small loans people get from friends and family. The idea is that people are constantly taking on loans for education, house downpayments, and their small businesses from people they know–and that an intermediary administrator will lower the default rates and preserve relationships. On the Virgin Money website, there’s a feature specifically for small business loans. Branson says that a loan from his aunt kept his first business afloat during a rough patch. Have you ever borrowed from a friend or family member to grow your business? Do you think you’d use a tool like this one? You can share in the comments!last_img read more

82 rules for all freelancers to live by, Part 1

first_imgThe first step of change is to become aware of your own BS. Act accordingly. (See #15) Nine times out of 10, never agree to work for free. It doesn’t matter how much experience you do or don’t have. No one will value you if you don’t value yourself and your time. Make people invest in you, even if just a little at first. Know your worth. “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” — Kevin Spacey Unless you aspire to build a company (e.g. an agency) that outlives and outgrows you, stick to your name for the name of your business. Learn how to sell yourself; it’s a great skill to have, even if you don’t end up freelancing for life. (See #17) Learn how to say “no” (e.g. to clients, to projects, to anything that doesn’t make you happy). You can do anything, but not everything. Branding is the process of developing a desired image in the minds of customers, in order to maximize perceived value and worth. Figure out what you want your ideal clients to think and feel about you, your services and your field, so that you can maximize their perception of your value and worth. (See #15) You are what you eat. Eat well. Clients care about two things: how to make more money, and how to save more money. Everything else is noise. Eliminate the noise from your sales pitch. You don’t sell services; you sell time, since services take time to provide. Understand the difference, and how it impacts your pricing. Word-of-mouth is not a marketing strategy. Learn how to proactively market yourself. (See #10) When pitching clients, always include the “so that you can” phrase in your sentences. (See #19) Understand your ideal client (also known as a “buyer persona”), and ignore clients who don’t fit this mold. Don’t be everything to everyone. Product development is what’s referred to in the freelance world as “honing your craft.” Always be learning and improving. Your skills are not the most important skills. Self-awareness is the most important skill. Do a self-awareness inventory to ensure you are maximizing your strengths and passions. Speaking of business, you are one — even if you work from home in your pajamas. Act like a business, or you will go out of business. It’s never too late to start doing what you want. See opportunity where others see impossibility. Be confident in your ability to learn and grow on the job. Then, when you get the opportunity, learn and grow on the job. (See #20) If you don’t know what “B2B” means, Google it. Check out part 2 tomorrow!Josh Hoffman runs Epic Freelancing, where he helps people build a freelance life they love. Become best friends with LinkedIn. It’s an incredibly effective B2B marketing tool (along with email marketing). Customer lifetime value is the most important metric in business. Understand how it works, and why it matters. Failure is feedback, and the obstacle is the way. Embrace it. “The person who fails the most, wins.” —Seth Godin You don’t need a bedtime, morning routine, passion project, journal, mood board or any other trendy practice to be successful. If it makes you happy, do it. If it doesn’t, then don’t. If you’re not sure, try. If you’re still not sure, keep trying. When children learn how to walk and fall down hundreds of times, they never think to themselves, “Maybe this isn’t for me.” Better an oops than a what if. Every strike brings you closer to the next home run. Marketing is the process of creating value and staying relevant in the minds of your ideal clients until they are willing, able and ready to hire you at the price you want to charge. Develop a basic-but-effective marketing strategy that allows you to be top of mind when your ideal clients are willing, able and ready to hire someone who provides your services. Supply and demand determines how much you can charge. (Supply is the amount of available time you have, and demand is how many clients want to work with you at any given time.) When demand increases, supply decreases. When supply decreases, you can raise your prices. Figure out how to increase demand for your time. (Hint: It’s not word-of-mouth.) There is no such thing as a hack (also known as a “shortcut”). As John Wooden said, “If you spend too much time learning the ‘tricks’ of the trade, you may not learn the trade.” This applies to everything, including but not limited to: personal and skill development, business acumen, sales, marketing, personal branding, everything. Test, learn and respond. (See #26) Freelancing is the new “job for life.” (See #1) “Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.” — Caroline Myss Don’t use words like “services” to describe what you do. Services are commodities. Commodities aren’t worth a whole lot. You want to be an asset, because assets are valuable. Clients will pay good money for something they deem valuable. It’s basic psychology. A personal brand matters. If people will buy $300 jeans instead of the same fabric for $30, people will hire someone for $300 an hour instead of $30 an hour for the same services. Again, a personal brand matters. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Integrate the four cornerstones of business — product development, customer service, marketing, and branding—into your freelance business. Don’t call yourself a freelancer when talking, directly or indirectly, to clients, and refrain from using titles like “expert,” “ninja,” or “guru” as well. Your bio should state the problems you can solve for clients. (See #19) Embrace your weirdness — what makes you different and unique. (See #17) Find a mentor, even if it’s from a distance. Customer service is how happy you make your clients. Under-promise and over-deliver. Good is not enough if better is possible. Channel your inner epic. Freelancing isn’t a job or career. It’s a lifestyle choice. The more you make freelancing about the lifestyle you desire, the more successful (and happier) you will be. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely. Figure out if you want to be a Cowboy or an Indian, and then stay in your lane. (See #15) This 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.last_img read more

Jivin’ Jets Jolt Colts, 20-7

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares INDIANAPOLIS — Darrelle Revis’ new team is getting the same results he’s always had against Andrew Luck.The veteran cornerback is still mystifying the young quarterback.Revis picked off one pass, recovered two fumbles and helped the suddenly opportunistic Jets defense come up with five turnovers again the night of Sept. 21 to help New York pull away for a 20-7 victory at Indianapolis.“It’s Monday night, on a big stage, and we knew what type of game this was going to be,” Revis said.So he delivered a prime-time performance.Revis’ homecoming has been everything New York fans hoped for. With Revis and Antonio Cromartie locking down outside receivers, first-year coach Todd Bowles has been able to rely on his defensive front to stop the run and routinely pressure quarterbacks.In the opener against Cleveland, New York converted five turnovers into 21 points.Against the supposedly, high-powered Colts offense, they did it again. The Jets matched that five-turnover total, kept the Colts out of the end zone for three full quarters and never gave Luck a chance to get comfortable. The result: New York is off to its first 2-0 start since 2011.“The name of the game is turnovers and keeping the score down, regardless of whatever else happens,” Bowles said.Indianapolis (0-2) is keeping its dismal start in perspective.After starting last season with back-to-back losses, they won five straight.This time seems different. Luck was 21 of 37 for 250 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and lost one fumble.After a strong start, Frank Gore finished with 15 carries for 57 yards and Donte Moncrief was the only receiver to top the 50-yard mark. Moncrief caught seven passes for 122 yards and Indy’s only touchdown.Part of the problem was Revis and his teammates.The other problems were self-inflicted. Indy was called for 11 penalties, Gore bobbled a handoff at the Jets 1-yard line that Revis recovered in the end zone, Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard field goal — the first time he’s missed one from shorter than 30 yards since 2007 — and for the first time since 1997, the Colts were shut out in the first half in back-to-back weeks.Indy has scored just 21 points in eight quarters, and inside the stadium, the fans who roared for Robert Mathis’ return and Jeff Saturday’s induction into the ring of honor, booed heartily as the mistakes piled up.“You can’t penalize yourself, you can’t turn the ball over,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We have to protect, give him (Luck) a clean pocket. You can’t drive the length of the field and put the football on the ground.”The Colts’ problems began early.On Indy’s first series, Calvin Pryor intercepted a pass and ran it back to the Colts 9-yard line. Four plays later, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 6-yard TD pass to Eric Decker.Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 34 for 244 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception — getting his first career win at Lucas Oil Stadium. Fitzpatrick became the first player since 1950 to start five consecutive road games against one team while playing for five different teams. He was 0-4 in the previous starts.Eric Decker had eight receptions for 97 yards before leaving with a knee injury, and Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown.But it was defense that ruled the day.“All we talk about is trying to dominate as a defense and we take a lot of pride in that,” Pryor said. “Our main focus is to come in week in and week-out, bring the intensity, try to dominate as a defense, create turnovers, get the ball back to our offense and let them go execute.The Jets struggled to put this one away, though. New York couldn’t score again until Nick Folk made a 35-yard field goal late in the first half.Indy finally got on the board with Luck’s 26-yard TD pass to Moncrief with 10:07 left in the game.Fitzpatrick answered on the next series with a 15-yard TD pass to Marshall and Marcus Gilchrist’s late interception set up Folk’s final field goal.“As a secondary we’re trying to be the best we can be and be the best secondary unit in the league,” Revis said. “That’s what we’re trying to showcase out there.”(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s long-term injury was ‘more severe than revealed’

first_imgPlay Video Share on Messenger Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1:13 Ibrahimovic received a rousing reception. “It was an amazing reaction from fans but I felt it from day one,” he said. “From the first step in the warm-up, with people singing and cheering for you, it’s what keeps you going. This was not a one-man work, it was everyone’s and thanks to them that I am back on field and can play.”Paul Pogba also made his comeback from a hamstring injury and was instrumental in United’s victory. Rafael Benítez’s side took the led through a 14th-minute Dwight Gayle goal before Pogba took over.First he created Antony Martial’s 37th-minute equaliser by driving down the right and crossing for the Frenchman to head home. Then, after Chris Smalling put United ahead just before half-time, Pogba scored United’s third on 54 minutes following a smart Marcus Rashford header. Romelu Lukaku broke a personal seven-game drought on 70 minutes for his 17th of the season as José Mourinho’s team kept the gap to the leaders, Manchester City, to eight points.Of being able to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s side, Ibrahimovic said: “We can chase City. Why is it not a possibility? We are all here because we want to win and we need to because they are first.”On Pogba he said: “I can talk of what Paul brings – big quality. It was like he hasn’t been injured for a month. He brings such big quality, a different quality, and I bring experience and mine. I try to help the guys as much as possible and do what I can.”Marcos Rojo, who sustained a serious knee injury in the same game as Ibrahimovic, also returned to the match-day squad. “This week the manager’s been very happy because he has a full team for the first time this season and as a coach you want those opportunities and alternatives to make changes,” Ibrahimovic said. “We just need to pick and choose. He knows what he is doing even when the number of players are limited because he’s a winner and has been winning every season.” Read more Zlatan Ibrahimovic: my Sweden career is over even if they reach World Cup Share on WhatsApp José Mourinho hails the return of Manchester United talisman Paul Pogba – video Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter Ibrahimovic believes United can win the title and the Champions League. “I think there is a possibility for everything. We were early into it [side’s development] last year and won two trophies and we are stronger this season. We believe we can do it. To win and get the trophies.”Regarding whether he will extend his one-year contract the forward said: “At the moment I am just thankful I can play football again. I don’t know what the future brings but what happens happens. I am at the age where I can choose what I want to do. I don’t sign five- or 10-year deals. I am just happy to be back playing and doing what I am good at.“José said: ‘Do whatever you want. I trust in you and you know what you have to do.’ So I was not worried. The contract is all paperwork and I do the physical work.”Ibrahimovic did not sign on for United again until August. “Even if I had a contract or not, I needed to train. The other’s up to the other people,” he said. “I knew I would stay because I wanted to stay. The numbers have never been an issue. I could’ve signed a deal after two months but didn’t because I am honest with myself. I want to stay because I can perform.” Topics Manchester United news Paul Pogba Share on Facebook Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed the career threatening injury he sustained in April was more than the “significant knee ligament damage” that Manchester United characterised it as being at the time.The Swede made his comeback in the 4-1 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, entering proceedings on 77 minutes as a replacement for Anthony Martial. It was the 36‑year‑old’s first action since sustaining the injury on 20 April playing against Anderlecht in the Europa League.While the problem was considered grave enough to question whether Ibrahimovic would play again, he stated it was actually more dire than previously known. “If people knew the real injury, they would be in shock that I was even playing. It was more than the knee but I will keep it personal – that’s why I choose not to talk of it,” he said.“In my recovery I have not rushed anything; I have been out for six and half months. I have been following protocol and my schedule day by day. The only secret has been working hard. Those close to me know what I have been doing. I was working five, six hours a day.“When it happened I said giving up was not an option. My only focus was on coming back and coming back better. I know it’s my head playing, not my knee; my knee has to follow. With my experience and career I know what I have to do but I feel good. I am very proud of the moment to play again and for everyone around me because I wouldn’t have done it alone. Thanks to the supporters for keeping me motivated, the coach who’s trusted me, the club that believes in me and my family obviously.” José Mourinholast_img read more

RBI to transfer record surplus of 176L cr to govt

first_imgMumbai: Accepting the recommendation of a panel headed by its former Governor Bimal Jalan, Governor Shaktikanta Das-led Reserve Bank of India central board on Monday decided to transfer a sum of whopping Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government. “The board of central bank decided to transfer a sum of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India comprising Rs 1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and Rs 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF),” the RBI said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe committee had recommended the bank equity to be within a band of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent of the balance sheet. However, the RBI board has decided to maintain it at a lower end of 5.5 per cent band to hand over Rs 52,637 crore excess to the government. The receipts from the RBI will give a fillip to the government’s efforts to boost the economy from a five-year low. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had last week announced a slew of measures to prop up growth even as the government tried to stick to the target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the GDP. The additional cash will now give the Centre more headroom for stimulating the economy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Modi government and the RBI under its previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the optimum level of surplus capital with the central bank. As a result, the RBI in its crucial November 2018 board meeting decided to form a committee to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank. However, Patel quit before the committee could be formed. Subsequently, the panel was constituted in consultation with new RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on December 26. Since 2013-14, the RBI has been paying 99 per cent of its disposable income to the government, which is battling to rein in deficits. As far as the dividend is concerned, the statement said “as financial resilience was within the desired range, the entire net income of Rs 1,23,414 crore for the year 2018-19, of which an amount of Rs 28,000 crore has already been paid as interim dividend, will be transferred to the Government of India (in March 2019)”. The government will get a higher dividend Rs 95,414 crore during the current fiscal as against the estimate of Rs 90,000 crore. The Union Budget 2019-20 had pegged dividend or surplus of the RBI, nationalised banks and financial institutions at Rs 1.06 lakh crore up from Rs 74,140.37 crore realised in the previous fiscal. In 2017-18, Rs 40,659 crore was transferred in dividend to the government.last_img read more

AircelMaxis Court adjourns case against PC son sine die

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday adjourned sine die the Aircel-Maxis case, involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, noting that the CBI and the ED were seeking “adjournment after adjournment”.Special Judge O P Saini adjourned the matter without giving any date for further hearing, saying it would save the time of the court as well as the probe agencies. The court granted liberty to the probe agencies to approach the court and get the case revived as and when they complete the investigation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the Chidambarams in the corruption case filed by the CBI as well as in the money laundering matter lodged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in relation to the Aircel-Maxis deal. The matter was listed for arguments on the cognisance of charge sheet in the case. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for the CBI and the ED respectively, sought deferment of the proceedings till the time investigating agencies gather further material. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe agencies also told the court that Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to different countries and response to them is still awaited. “Since further investigation is pending since long and the prosecution has been seeking adjournment after adjournment, it would be in the interest of justice, if the instant cases are adjourned sine die, with liberty to the prosecution to get it revived as soon as they are able to complete the investigation on collection of further evidence and/or receipt of response to LRs,” the court said in its order. “Adjourning the matter sine die would save the time of the court and that of the prosecutors and investigators… Applications stands disposed of. Files be consigned to Record Room sine die,” the court said. The agencies requested the court to adjourn the matter for six weeks. They were also represented by Special Public Prosecutors Nitesh Rana and NK Matta and advocate Noor Rampal.last_img read more

Nissan executive Munoz resigns after Ghosns arrest

first_imgTOKYO — Nissan Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz, who took a leave of absence a week ago, is leaving, the first high-profile departure at the Japanese automaker publicly acknowledged as related to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.Munoz said in a statement on LinkedIn Saturday he made the decision because the company was “involved in matters that have and will continue to divert its focus,” referring to Ghosn’s case.Munoz is among several executives media speculated might succeed Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades.Nissan confirmed the resignation, effective immediately.Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial reports and remains detained in Tokyo. He rebutted each allegation and asserted his innocence in a Tokyo court earlier this week.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rahul to contest from Wayanad in Kerala along with Amethi

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fight from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ vote bank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way, it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). Wayanad district is in the northeastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.last_img read more

UN chief launches campaign in Africa to eradicate male violence against women

30 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the support of African leaders to give new impetus to his campaign to end the violence suffered by women on the continent, which he called the “unsung heroines” of development in the region. “We know African women are often a linchpin keeping families, communities, and nations together,” Mr. Ban said at the African launch of his “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” campaign in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.African women are the “driving force to overcome poverty, reduce hunger, fight illiteracy, heal the sick, prevent the spread of disease and promote stability,” he said in a message read on his behalf by Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.“But far from being empowered, women are all too often subjected to horrific abuse and violence,” stressed Mr. Ban, urging leaders to address the violence through the eradication of discrimination. The Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, launched in 2008, calls for all countries to put in place strong laws, action plans, preventive measures, data collection, and systematic efforts to address sexual violence by 2015. He noted that more than 5 million people have signed the “Say No to Violence Against Women” initiative, which spotlights the physical and sexual abuse experienced by up to 70 per cent of all women from men in their lifetime – the majority from husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. “They are now looking for answers from us, from you, to uphold their right to live lives free of this threat,” said Mr. Ban. read more

US Sri Lanka discuss disaster preparedness ahead of monsoon

During his visit, Dr. Ernst met with Government agencies, such as the National Building Research Organization and the Meteorological Department, and United Nations humanitarian response experts to discuss improvements to disaster management systems and information sharing, including early detection and warning of deadly landslides.Currently, USAID/OFDA assistance strengthens the Sri Lankan Government’s capacity to coordinate among government agencies and aid organizations, improves flash flood monitoring and warning, and trains hospitals to be prepared during emergencies. Efforts also include a regional South Asia global flash flood guidance system, collaboration on landslide research and technology, and rainwater-harvesting systems as a practical, disaster-resilient water supply option. USAID has provided assistance during natural crises to Sri Lanka since 2001 through OFDA.  To date, USAID/OFDA has provided more than 13 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($85 million) in response to natural disasters in the country.  The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s preparedness ahead of the monsoon season.  Topics also included past and ongoing US financial and technical assistance for disaster preparedness, management, and recovery. “I am proud that in 2017 USAID/OFDA provided shelter and other emergency items to more than 40,000 Sri Lankans and helped construct 240 rainwater tanks that benefited more than 8,000 people,” said Ambassador Keshap. “The United States also donated critical equipment to public hospitals to diagnose and monitor dengue patients after the floods, helping save many lives.” read more

WestJet takes on Air Canada on its home turf by increasing service

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2017 12:07 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – WestJet is taking on Air Canada on its home turf in Quebec by pursuing one of the largest expansions in the airline’s history after beefing up its service in French.The Calgary-based airline (TSX:WJA) said it’s in a position to grow its reach in Canada’s second-largest province by population after requiring that all flight attendants hired since 2014 be bilingual. About 94 per cent of flight attendants on the regional WestJet Encore service now speak both official languages.WestJet has announced 105 more flights per week in the province on top of the 140 it has now.The airline, which has operated in Quebec since 2003, is making its biggest push in the province by adding daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City, Halifax and Boston using 70-seat Bombardier Q-400s. The regional airline will have 45 aircraft by mid next year.Twice-daily flights to Halifax start March 15, four-times daily service to Quebec City begins June 15, and Boston will get twice-daily flights on Oct. 15.WestJet is also increasing the frequency of flights between the Quebec and Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto using Boeing 737 planes.Bob Cummings, executive vice-president of commercial for WestJet, said there’s room in the province for two large airlines, which compete fiercely in each other’s territory.“There’s 8.2 million people here and for there to be one so dominant player, I think there’s room for two players and this certainly increases our relevance and provides choice to Quebecers,” he said in an interview Monday.He said WestJet’s expansion will also allow more people to connect to its network in order to fly across Canada, to Europe and elsewhere through airline partner Air France-KLM.WestJet said its introduction of low fares and competition to markets serviced primarily by Air Canada has historically caused fares to substantially decrease and prompt more people to fly.Offering lower fares and increased flights will stimulate the Quebec market, which is under-developed for WestJet, by appealing to business and leisure travellers, added Cummings.Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it welcomes the competition.“We are very well-positioned to compete successfully with any carrier worldwide as we offer everyday low fares in every market we serve on a year-round basis, in addition to introductory special fares and promotions,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.She said the country’s largest carrier, its low-cost Rouge subsidiary and regional partners operate about 2,400 flights per week between Montreal and 85 destinations, including 24 in Canada and nine in Quebec.Michel Archambault, professor emeritus specializing in airline transportation at the University of Quebec in Montreal, expects Air Canada will fight back, as it has done in the past.Ultimately, he said prices and schedules will influence passenger choice, along with loyalty programs such as Air Canada partner Aeroplan.While the new Quebec service will have very low introductory fares, rising fuel prices will prompt airlines to increase overall fares, Cummings added.Faced with higher costs, WestJet twice increased fares over the last five months, by an average of two to three per cent.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. WestJet takes on Air Canada on its home turf by increasing service in Quebec read more

UN health agency working with Ugandan authorities to combat Marburg outbreak

On its global alert and response webpage, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) stated yesterday that it had deployed a team of epidemiologists and logisticians to support Uganda’s Ministry of Health after blood samples from three cases tested positive for the potentially fatal disease. Uganda’s district of Kabale, sometimes spelled Kibaale, experienced a fatal outbreak of another disease, the Ebola virus, as recently as July, killing 17 people. However, there are no indications that the two outbreaks are in anyway related, according to WHO. Marburg is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or by handling ill or dead infected wild animals, such as monkeys and fruit bats. The virus’ onset is usually abrupt and patients tend to suffer severe headaches and malaise, as well as severe haemorrhagic manifestations. In fatal cases, sufferers usually exhibit some form of bleeding. Although the disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment, case fatality rates vary greatly. The UN health agency noted that an investigation into the outbreak was ongoing, adding that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Uganda. read more