ICC confirms Bangalore as venue for India-England Cup tie

first_imgThe ICC on Monday confirmed its decision to relocate the venue for the India versus England World Cup match, which had been originally scheduled for Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 27 February. It will now take place in Bangalore on the same date. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.The match was earlier moved from Eden Gardens after the International Council of Cricket (ICC) deemed it unfit to host the clash.On the basis of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommendation, the ICC has confirmed that the match will now take place at in Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.The ICC has also outlined a schedule of works that need to be carried out at Eden Gardens before taking final decision on the other three matches — Ireland-South Africa (March 15), Ireland-Holland (March 18) and Kenya-Zimbabwe (March 20) — scheduled in the city.An ICC press release quoting ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty over the fixture.”An inspection team will now visit Kolkata on February 7 to assess the progress in line with the latest schedule.last_img read more

Glassdoor Unveils Benefits Reviews & Ratings

first_imgJust half (54%) of U.S. employees say they believe their benefits package is better than what competitors offer, according to a Glassdoor survey. Now, to even further help people everywhere find a job and company they love, Glassdoor has launched Benefits Reviews, a new feature designed to help job seekers more easily compare benefits packages and perks at companies. By closing the information gap, Glassdoor is now bringing transparency to benefits packages and perks – the same way it has to company culture, salaries and the interview process.Glassdoor’s new Benefits Reviews feature removes the guesswork out of comparing and researching a company’s benefits and perks, making it easier for job seekers to understand which company is the right fit based on their specific needs. For instance, job seekers will easily be able to see how employees rate a company’s overall benefits package, and see which specific benefits are most talked about for a particular company.Through Glassdoor’s benefits review survey, employees are asked to rate their overall satisfaction with their employer’s overall benefits package and describe the best and worst facets of the benefits package. Plus, employees are asked to indicate and offer feedback on more than 50 benefits and perks their employer might offer, specific to where in the world they’re based. Categories include:Health and wellness (e.g., health and dental insurance)Financial and retirement (e.g., 401(k), pension plans)Family and parenting (e.g., onsite daycare, adoption assistance)Vacation and time off (e.g., holiday pay, sabbaticals)Perks and discounts (e.g., free lunches, dog friendly office, company car)Professional support (e.g., diversity program, tuition assistance) Employers are also encouraged to verify and provide feedback on each specific benefit or perk their company offers, giving job seekers additional insight into the overall benefits package for a particular company.Share a benefits review and let others know what’s working well and what needs improvement when it comes to the benefits and perks offered at your company.VIDEO: Watch a brief video on how Glassdoor’s Benefits Reviews helps job seekers more easily compare benefits packages and perks at companies.EMPLOYERS: Want more information on how to showcase your company’s benefits and perks to help recruit top talent? See this blog post .last_img read more

How to Write a Resume

first_imgWhat experiences best display my ability to do the job well? Once you’ve gathered your thoughts, you’ll be more equipped to narrow down the content of your resume to what really matters.Make it about youYour resume is just that— your resume. It’s a way for hiring managers and companies to quickly get a sense of who you are and what you can bring to the table. Although you’re working within certain constraints, you can, and should, infuse your resume with your voice and personality. An authentic voice will stand out in a sea of cookie-cutter resumes. To avoid sounding generic, be sure you read this article on 5 Words You Should Never Use In Your Resume.Highlight what is relevantSome of your experiences may be relevant for one job, and irrelevant for another—that’s absolutely fine because resumes should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for. Yes, that means you’ll end up with multiple versions of your resume. When tailoring your resume for a particular job, Jaime Petkanics, founder of The Prepary, advises:  “Pretend you are the one screening for the job you’re applying for, and ask yourself, “If I didn’t have any context other than this piece of paper, would I call me?” If the answer is no, consider why not. Are you missing some of the experience they’re looking for? If so, add it. Is there a skill you don’t have? Go get trained in it! There is NOTHING wrong or dishonest about customizing your resume to a specific job as long as you’re not lying about what you’ve done.”Pay attention to grammarIn a sea of bullet points, it can be very easy to mix-up verb tenses and repeat words. Make sure all past jobs and responsibilities are written in the past tense, and present jobs and responsibilities are written in the present tense. Remember: If you’re doing it now, present tense. If you did it before, past tense.Consider the industryApplying for a job at a startup? You’ll want your resume to reflect the ideals of the startup world, ie: creative, prone to risk taking. However, if you’re looking to land a job at a law firm or bank, you’ll want to stick to the conventions of the industry.  Spend some time researching your industry to make sure your resume is aligned with the expectations.Get feedbackGet someone to read your resume who has an eye for more than just typos. Find a trusted reader and ask them to read your resume with these questions in mind:Is my writing clear and easy to read?Does the writing sound like my voice? Is there anything confusing?Is there anything you think I’m missing or should include? Take your timeA haphazardly written resume will show. This is not the project to put your procrastination skills to work. Carve out multiple blocks of time over a few days for resume writing. Your memory skills are being put to work here, and we’ve all had experiences where we remember something important after the fact. If you’re thorough with your approach, it will show (and hopefully pay off too!).Once your resume is ready, sign up for an account on Glassdoor and upload your resume to Glassdoor to apply to jobs quickly and easily. Resume writing is a double edged sword. It’s difficult to do, yet critical to do well. It also doesn’t help that writer’s block can feel awfully potent when you open that file on your computer titled “Resume.” All of a sudden, succinctly articulating your work experience can feel as daunting a task as writing the next bestselling novel. It may not be your idea of fun, but if your end result is a well-executed resume that shows you at your best, well, that makes all those tedious bullet points totally worth it. Here’s how to take resume writing from daunting to doable.Prepare before you startBefore you start furiously typing away at a word document, take some time to think through what exactly you want your resume to showcase. Before you start writing, you should have the answers to these three questions:What do I want to highlight? What is the company/hiring manager looking for in an applicant? last_img read more

How to Get a Job as a Software Engineer

first_imgSo how exactly do you land a job as a software engineer? Here are seven tips that will help you get hired.1. Visualize Your Dream JobBefore you even start your job search, write down a list of what most excites you, what you’ve enjoyed working on the most, and what you’d like to be doing next to get to the next level. This will help determine if you’re as good fit for new opportunities as they open up. Glassdoor Technical Recruiter Marcus Dubois advises, “As a software engineer, you’ll have the opportunity to work for companies with vastly different cultures and projects. Everyone wants to make an impact, but determining how you want to make an impact (building a cool fitness app, connecting people through social media) is important.  You should also consider what kind of work environment is most appealing. A 50 person startup operates their engineering team very differently than companies like Google or Facebook.”2. Join a Hackathon or MeetupIf you’re looking to network and build relationships within your industry, consider participating in a Hackathon. Recruiters and potential employers may be there, so use this your advantage to make connections. You can also add your project to your resume. Companies hiring software engineers also often host meetups at their offices. This is a great way to make immediate connections with the engineering team and assess if the company is a right fit for you.3. Perfect Your PitchPractice a 20-30 second speech describing your competencies, what kind of code you write, plus your logic, reasoning and other skills. This can be helpful when you’re networking to uncover new job opportunities, or once you make it as far as the interview. Make sure to practice ahead of time – your pitch should be quick and persuasive.4. Revamp Your Github ProfileIf you’re just getting started in your career, Github is a great platform to showcase your technical skills even if you don’t have a long list of work experience. Upload a new profile picture (make sure it’s work appropriate!) and update your profile with the latest on your work experience and contributions to other projects. Make sure these updates are both accurate and compelling. Ideally, it will relate to the kind of work you are hoping to gain as a software engineer. Make sure to include a link back in your resume as well.5. Read the Job Description Carefully, and Then Read it AgainSometimes job descriptions will include a hidden request or piece of information designed to catch you skimming and not reading closely. It could be a simple as, “In your cover letter, tell us your favorite color.” Recruiters often include this for all types of positions and departments, including engineering. One piece of advice is to compile a checklist of everything the application or recruiter is looking for so you don’t carelessly omit a critical piece of information.6. Be Realistic About Your SkillsetBe honest with yourself about what you know – and what you don’t know.Glassdoor Lead Web Developer Mike Abell advises, “If you see something like ‘Java experience required’ it’s easy to think, ‘Oh I took a Java class several years ago, I’ll be fine.’ But your ramp up time will be less than ideal for your potential employer. Be realistic with yourself and get an understanding of which skills you’ll need right away and which you can learn simultaneously as you progress.”7. Prepare to Be TestedOnce you get past the initial screening process, you may be asked to demonstrate the long list of skills you’ve included on your resume. Be prepared to take a test or work through problems on a white board. Practice explaining your steps and thought process out loud, especially if you’re more comfortable with writing code on your computer. Before the interview, make sure to read Glassdoor interview reviews for the company to get a better idea on what you could be asked and tested on, and get familiar with common software engineer interview questions.Ready to start your search?See open jobs for software engineers.Do you have any job search tips for software engineers? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

5 Trends That Are Currently Shaping Workplaces

first_img Available Manager Jobs 4.7★ See more Manager jobs 23 hours ago 23h Manager Cafe Rio Mexican Grill Lynnwood, WA Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Orland Park, IL Store Manager Northern Tool + Equipment Midland, TX 23 hours ago 23h 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h Manager In Training Crew Carwash, Inc. Cumberland, IN 23 hours ago 23h Workplaces are constantly evolving. For ages, the most common office layout gave each employee his or her individual workspace, whether it was a cubicle or a standalone office. In the new millennium, the trend moved toward open-concept workplaces, with everyone doing their work in a wide-open room and sometimes even at one giant common table. In recent years, more businesses have been reverting to individual workspaces or a mix of common spaces and individual spaces to remedy the productivity concerns of putting everyone in the same room.Fluctuations in workplace trends occur constantly as individual businesses decide what works best for them and their employees. While the isolation vs. collaboration argument is a classic workplace design conundrum, not all fluctuations are driven by these push-and-pull debates. New trends emerge every year to trigger a wave of evolution in the modern office environment. Here are five of the trends that are shaping workplaces in 2017.1. An emphasis on creating superior candidate experiencesAccording to Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist, 2016 saw 180,000 new jobs a month in the United States. That statistic shows that the job market hasn’t just recovered from the 2008 economic collapse but is booming. The growth in the job market means that employers are now competing for candidates instead of the other way around. As such, it’s become more important for employers to offer convenient and engaging candidate experiences. By implementing faster and more intuitive online applications, supporting non-traditional application strategies (such as video resumes), and stressing personal communication with applicants, employers are going to greater lengths to win over top-tier talent. Employers are also working to “sell” their workplaces to potential hires more than they have in the past by showcasing the workplace outside of the interview room and introducing candidates to team members on the spot.22 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in June2. A focus on workplace wellnessMore employers are becoming conscious of the fact that spending an entire day at the office—usually sitting at a desk and in front of a computer screen—is not ideal for employee health, morale, or innovation. There has been a drive to create workplaces that promote wellness in multiple ways, from trading out old furniture for ergonomic alternatives to doing away with fluorescent lighting. Many companies have also instituted workplace wellness programs, which make health coaching, clinical care, and other health services available to employees. Don’t be surprised to see more on-site company gyms over the next few years.3. Shrinking office spaces; growing remote workforcesBetween the gig economy and the evolution of technology, businesses are either contracting out more responsibilities or giving employees more freedom to work remotely. These factors create another workplace trend: the shrinking office space. More businesses are finding that they can save money by expanding their remote workforces and consolidating office space. Especially in big cities where rent prices are high, this strategy can deliver huge savings while also giving workers more flexibility in where to work and how to structure their schedules. Not all companies are willing to go this route and some, like companies that meet with clients and customers in person on a regular basis, can’t. However, for many companies, embracing technology and allowing employees to work remotely has opened up new avenues for success.Want to Work Remotely? Here’s How to Ask4. Casual workplace attireMillennials have been taking up an ever-increasing role in the workplace over the past few years, and even the members of Generation Z have begun joining the workforce. For the most part, people from these younger generations have had minimal reason to adopt formal or semi-formal wardrobes in their lifetimes. Millennial men, for instance, don’t wear suits and ties. It’s more common to see a millennial male in the workplace wearing a polo and khakis, but even that wardrobe might be a bit formal going forward. Between remote workers and younger employees who have never dressed formally in their lives, the idea of a “business formal” wardrobe is slowly going the way of the dinosaur. Accelerating this trend is job searchers who have more power thanks to the burgeoning job market and have the means to make their voices heard. While a business casual dress code that allows employees to wear jeans and t-shirts isn’t likely to be a make-or-break factor for candidates in 2017, it will certainly be seen as a perk.5. A return to more traditional workplace benefitsFor a few years, it was common to hear about unusual or exotic workplace benefits—especially at big corporations trying to attract the best and the brightest. Employers have experimented by offering their candidates everything from gym memberships to charitable donations made in their names. Such perks seemed attractive at first but have mostly turned out to be little more than gimmicks according to employee accounts. At the end of the day, most job searchers want the perks that will have the most noticeable long-term benefits for themselves and their families. Regarding the benefits that actually accomplish those goals, employers haven’t found anything that job searchers want as much as health insurance, retirement savings, and ample paid vacation days. More and more businesses are returning to these benefits, having learned the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”Remember that nothing is static when it comes to workplaces or hiring. Technology, the economy, and even social psychology can take something that is on-trend in the workplace one year and renders it obsolete the next. Candidates today expect more out of their employers than they once did, and that expectation includes things like wellness, attractive benefits packages, flexibility, and work-life balance. Taking these trends into account for your own workplace can go a long way toward helping you attract the best candidates. 3.2★ Michael Klazema has been developing products for criminal background check and improving online customer experiences in the background screening industry since 2009. He is the lead author and editor for Backgroundchecks.com. He lives in Dallas, TX with his family and enjoys the rich culinary histories of various old and new world countries. Also on Glassdoor: Canvass Manager HomeGuard Roofing & Restoration Denver, CO 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Store Manager Infinite Hair & Beauty Opelousas, LA 3.4★ 3.5★ Restaurant Manager Hideaway Pizza North Little Rock, AR Kitchen Manager Famous Toastery Myrtle Beach, SC 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX 23 hours ago 23h N/A 4.8★ 3.3★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Restaurant Manager Old Chicago Peoria, IL 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

4 Ways to Make Your Freelance Resume Full-Time-Job Worthy

first_img 3.7★ How to Land a Freelance Writing Job Technical Writer Pro-Sphere Tek Adams, Huntingdon, PA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Service Writer Prime Springfield, MO 2.0★ Automotive Service Advisor/Writer Cardinale Automotive Group Seaside, CA 4.6★ 4.5★ Service Writer Rocky Mountain Truck Centers Rock Springs, WY Aircraft Maintenance Support Engineer-Technical Writer ISPA Marietta, GA 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Available Writer Jobs 1.0★ See more Writer jobs 3.3★center_img 23 hours ago 23h Technical Writer 120VC Los Angeles, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Technical Writer Clayton & McKervey P.C. Southfield, MI 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h Grant Writer JVS, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Grant Writer Deborah Heart & Lung Center Browns Mills, NJ 3.0★ 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h Automotive Service Advisor (Bi-lingual English/Spanish) Motory Group Gainesville, FL I’ve got a confession: even after 4 years of out-earning my full-time salary as a freelancer, sometimes I dream about what it would be like to transition out of freelancing and apply for a job. One with a generous technology budget, funny and talented co-workers and a year-long maternity leave policy. But, like most freelancers, I’ve filled my time with what might seem like a haphazard array of projects: long-term monthly engagements for medium-sized companies, small ad hoc assignments for various agencies and enormous yet one-time projects for big brands. In my time as a freelancer, I’ve become exponentially more employable… but it’s harder than ever to organize my freelance resume. If your next career challenge is taking you away from working for yourself and back into the job market, here are four can’t-miss freelance resume writing tips from HRBartender’s hiring expert Sharlyn Lauby: 1. Highlight your expertiseWhile you should also highlight your ability to complete work as part of a team, don’t shy away from highlighting what you’re really good at: “Freelancers are highly desirable when departments need a specialized skill,” explains Lauby. “Companies hire freelancers because they want a result, so your freelance resume should reflect your accomplishments, not simply what you’ve been responsible for.”11 Skills, Traits and Qualities That Are Great to Have on Your Resume Now2. Quantify your accomplishmentsThis is one piece of advice that’s the same for every resume: use specific numbers and examples to illustrate what you can bring to a full-time position: “Both candidates and freelancers need to demonstrate their ability to get stuff done, and they need to quantify it,” says Lauby. “Whether you’re a candidate or consultant, there’s a big difference in saying ‘I helped to reduce turnover.’ And ‘In my first year, I helped reduce turnover by more than 50 percent.’ 3. Win with whitespace  When you think your freelance resume has all the information it needs, take a bird’s eye look at it for whitespace: “I’m a firm believer in the value of white space,” explains Lauby. “Think about readability and be strategic about what’s on your resume – include bullet points, numbers, etc. to draw readers to the words on your resume.”Here’s What the Perfect Resume Looks Like4. Review your freelance resume backwardWhile most hiring managers scan resumes from the top down, some don’t: “My ‘trick’ for reading resumes is to read them from the bottom up,” says Lauby. “Resist the urge to junk up your resume with a bunch of trivial information at the end to fill space. Make sure you sound as interesting at the bottom as you do at the top.”If you’re thinking about making the transition out of freelancing, don’t be afraid of your resume. Use these tips to create a freelance resume that summarizes your solo work and emphasizes all the talents you’ll bring to a team.   23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

​Man Utd legend Giggs denies talks with Southampton

first_imgManchester United legend Ryan Giggs has dismissed claims that he has talked with Southampton. The Saints are yet to hire a manager after Claude Puel was fired last week.However, Giggs says he has not talked with the south-coast club, or any club for that matter.”I’m being linked with everyone at the moment and I’ve not spoken with anyone,” Giggs said on ITV via Squawka. “That’s football. I’m happy with life at the moment and in the future we’ll see what happens. But I’m enjoying life at the moment.”last_img

Chelsea target Juventus pair in €100 million-plus raid

first_imgChelsea are launching a €100 million-plus raid on Juventus.La Stampa says Chelsea are offering €114m for Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro.Director general Beppe Marotta confirmed this week that Juventus had received “a substantial offer” for Alex Sandro, but he had to request a transfer before they’d even consider it.As for Bonucci, there are increasing reports in the Italian media that the centre-back is ready to move on and try new challenges.Chelsea are said to being willing to offer €70 million alone for Sandro.last_img

Using Technology to Close Gaps in Health Provider Performance Management

first_imgPosted on August 7, 2014November 2, 2016By: Janet Matemu, Technology Manager, Jacaranda Health; Shalmali Radha Karnad, Clinical Programs Manager, Jacaranda 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 post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health.Healthcare institutions face three common challenges in managing the flow of information using technology:Access to financial investmentAbility of the system to integrate with existing systemsSufficient resources to implement the systemWith creativity and customization, Jacaranda Health, a Nairobi-based social healthcare enterprise, has adopted an exciting solution to these information technology challenges through a popular cloud-based information management application.For organizations like Jacaranda, having a centralized database management system is vital to building the evidence-base which supports and guides our clinical, organisational and financial decisions. We customized our information management application to track, report and manage clinical, human resource, marketing and financial data. Tracking our client flow and the most frequently accessed services allows us to plan and modify our staffing model and predict future human resource needs within the organisation. This type of integration allows for aggregation for multiple data elements and enables the monitoring and evaluation of key quality outcomes.Amongst the multiple successful functions of this application, its role in human resource management has had a high impact within our organization. The development of a Jacaranda staff portal allows the consolidation of key staff performance measures in one location and assists ongoing tracking of data for performance evaluations, general feedback, and assessment of knowledge gaps to inform of organizational training needs. Effective performance management has been shown time and time again to enhance employee confidence, engagement in the organisation, and morale, as well as improving clinical quality indicators such as compliance with protocols and even patient outcomes. A human resources database makes performance management simpler, more objective and more streamlined through consolidation of all performance measures in a single site, reducing the manual work of collecting data from different sources to guide evaluations. Additionally, it allows for continuous updates as performance, skills and competencies are assessed during the year, and the generation of facility-specific standardised reports such as overall and comparative staff performance indicators.Areas of measurement include:Area 1: Jacaranda Health OnboardingUpon hire, all staff undergo a structured orientation. Pre- and post-tests are administered to gauge staff members understanding of the orientation education, and individualised results are communicated to each staff member to establish clinical goals and reinforce organizational expectations.Area 2: Adherence to Protocol and Good Clinical DocumentationWe have developed medical documentation structured to capture critical information at each clinical touch point. We consider documentation integrity a key indicator of staff adherence to clinical protocols designed to inform care delivery. Auditing with the information management application reveals successes and opportunities in continuous practice improvement for staff.Area 3: Ongoing Training and Continuous Medical Education (CME)Staff receive an SMS-based pre- and post-test for ongoing CME activities. This system allows us to provide individual feedback on test scores for the identification of knowledge strengths and gaps; aggregate scores to inform on additional education and training needs; and identify opportunities for the revision of policies, procedures or protocols.Area 4: Tracking Patient EncountersOur data management system also houses Jacaranda’s electronic medical record and is able to track clinical services provided by team members. This informs our business metrics in understanding the number and type of services sought, client’s access of antenatal services within the first trimester of pregnancy per WHO recommendations and overall conversion rates of antenatal clients to deliveries at our facility. These metrics are equally communicated to internal stakeholders as they reflect the quality of care provided.The implementation of the information management application has significant benefits despite minor challenges due to poor mobile network and internet connectivity. The next phase of the Staff Portal is to use staff performance data in validating and catalysing career progression internally and externally.Our goal is to develop a system that can be replicated and adopted by others in the maternal health and broader healthcare field. Excitingly, the Staff Portal shows great promise for building a single location for all human resource evaluations and trainings, which helps staff and management track performance at Jacaranda Health. Visit the Jacaranda blog for updates and to reach out to us with questions as well!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A deadbeat client bankrupts a project and stiffs over 100 workers

first_imgIt’s like Dateline for the day-time, except now it’s become the stuff of nightmares. A gig for a TV show has nearly, if not completely, bankrupted myself, a crew of 30, a staff of 40 including 1099ers, small businesses, vendors, a studio, and the producer herself. The show’s premise? Real-life crimes and the people who survived them.My name is Michael, and I’m a freelance tech producer. I’m currently owed almost $10,000 for work completed on “The Security Brief,” filmed at NEP Metropolis Studios in East Harlem, NYC (who is also owed a considerable amount of money). As a freelancer, I’m lowest on the payment totem pole, and as of today, payment will be 10 months past due. So I’m writing to ask for your help. Not just for me, but for all NYC freelancers in their fight against deadbeat clients.**[SIGN THE PETITION TO PASS THE FREELANCE ISN’T FREE ACT](https://www.freelanceisntfree.org/)**In June of 2015 I was hired by a television management service run by a guy I’ve known and trusted for years. While I signed the basic “start work”– a package including an I-9, contact info sheet, safety information – contracts protecting freelance production workers are pretty much nonexistent.I worked on the show through September 2015 without a hitch. Twice a week, I coordinated a crew of 35 on-site. Some were hired directly, and some were freelancers hired by other managers, like our lighting designer.From June to September, checks were erratic, but that’s nothing new. 30 day, 60 day, 90 payment cycles might sound crazy to employees, but it’s unfortunately typical for freelancers. On September 24th, however, I got what would be my last check. Given I was invoicing and getting paid 30-45 days later, I didn’t realize anything was wrong for awhile.As it turned out, the producer’s funds had been used up. We stopped shooting officially on October 30th; as of mid-October, checks were withheld.November 20th was the official last day of involvement for staff and crew, when editing wrapped. The producer promised to be in touch before Thanksgiving to let everyone know when they could come in to pick up the checks. On December 4th, every check that was distributed to staff bounced. Crew got nothing.We heard a litany of excuses:“The bank froze the account. They think it’s fraud.”“The investors are backing out.”“My son is sick.”“There was an issue with the payroll company that has yet to be resolved.”“This is temporary.”A few people did get paid, including one producer who was threatening to sue and an editor or two who were needed to complete the product in order to sell it to networks.In March, an email was sent out: “The support you have continued to show under difficult circumstances has been simply remarkable. It goes without saying that everyone wants and deserves to be paid for the remainder of what is due them but, beyond that, your continued expression of wanting to return to this very special show is incredible.”If I had any interest in “returning to this very special show” it was quickly squashed by a reply to an email I wrote on March 29th by the head of the service that hired me.“At this point, we’ve become de facto investors in this project,” I wrote, “and we should be treated as such. This means knowing much more of what’s going on, to the intimate detail – not ‘more info coming soon.’”“We can’t include every person on the crew in that process,” was the response. “It doesn’t work that way. If she gets sued at this point, investors will get scared off and she’ll file for bankruptcy and no one will get paid.”There is no agency to who I can report my client, a business person who knowingly engaged over 100 people in work for which she could not pay.The laws need to change.Freelancers Union has spent the last year pushing for the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which would protect freelancers from deadbeat clients.It’s poised to pass in New York City this fall, but passage isn’t guaranteed – we need freelancers like you to support it now.Sign and circulate this petition in support of the Freelance Isn’t Free Act:SIGN HEREClient nonpayment affects freelancers from all industries and can strike at any stage of career (remember, I’ve been doing this for over 20 years!).Hold deadbeat clients like mine responsible for bad business practices. Sign the #FreelanceIsntFree petition today.last_img read more

Zidane Says Madrid Has Found New Club for Gareth Bale

first_imgHOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Coach Zinedine Zidane says that Real Madrid wants to part ways with Gareth Bale, six years after it broke a world transfer record to sign the Wales winger.Zidane said on Saturday following a friendly in Houston, Texas, that he expects Madrid to conclude a transfer for Bale to another club “in the coming days.”“We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better,” Zidane said. “Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.”Zidane made the comments after Bale did not play in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a preseason game.Madrid paid a then-record transfer of 100 million euros (then 132 million dollars) to sign Bale from Tottenham in 2013.Bale went on to help Madrid win four Champions League titles, one Spanish league, one Copa del Rey and several minor trophies.He also scored some spectacular goals, including a memorable bicycle kick for the first of his two goals in the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.But he has been injury prone and been criticized by Madrid fans for often underperforming during stretches of the season.Madrid is looking to overhaul its squad after one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory when it was out of contention for any major title months before the end of the campaign.“It’s nothing personal. There comes a time when things are done because they need to be done,” Zidane said. “The situation will change and it’s for the best for everyone.”___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelvey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Andy Carroll is being linked with a return to Newcastle United.The Daily Express says Carroll’s agent is in talks over a return to Newcastle.The move would see Jonjo Shelvey transfer to West Ham in a swap.The Hammers are reportedly trying to offload the striker before his contract expires in the summer while Shelvey has fallen down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez. last_img

a month agoBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembele

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.” last_img read more

Youth Participate in Public Media Access Consultation

first_img The first of two Youth and Public Media Access consultations was hosted by the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), on June 15, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Broadcasting Commission and the Social Development Commission, the forum was aimed at consulting with young persons to create content relevant to the needs of today’s youth.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who spoke at the opening ceremony, said the activity is one of several measures being implemented by the Government to actively engage youth in policy formulation.“We believe they are ready to guide the Government in what they want to see implemented for their country. We want our young people to be integral in that determining process,” he argued.The State Minister pointed out that the National Youth Policy 2015 to 2030 is before the Human Resource Committee of the Cabinet, after which it will be presented to Cabinet and then tabled in Parliament.He noted that the policy will formalise the Government’s efforts to give greater voice to youth on national development issues.Meanwhile, Chairman of the PBCJ, Gladstone Wilson, said the agency wants to hear from the youth “what their experiences are with social media and other media, how do they access these, what kind of access they would like to see as well as what kind of programmes”.“If we can get them to buy into this concept, it will change how media is accessed by young people in Jamaica,” he added.Some 30 participants between 14 and 22 years of age, from St. Thomas, St. Mary, Kingston and St. Andrew, Portland, St. Catherine and Clarendon, took part in the forum.Several topics were addressed by media industry experts, including ‘Characteristics of Youth Cohorts’; ‘Content Interest and Preferred Time of Day’; ‘Popular Media Platforms of Public Media’; ‘Education – Use of Public Media for Teaching; ‘Subject Preferences’, ‘Organising an Effective Means of Transmission’; and ‘Practical Steps to Organise Citizen Reporters to Compile Short-Duration Content and News’.The forum also featured a presentation by Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, on ‘Content and New Technology’.The other consultation will be staged in the western section of the island to accommodate youth from Westmoreland, St. James, Hanover, Trelawny, St. Ann and Manchester.PBCJ offers radio and television and new media production services as well as provides library and archive information. Story Highlights Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Broadcasting Commission and the Social Development Commission, the forum was aimed at consulting with young persons to create content relevant to the needs of today’s youth. PBCJ offers radio and television and new media production services as well as provides library and archive information. The first of two Youth and Public Media Access consultations was hosted by the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), on June 15, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. last_img read more

Prime Minister Fetes Reggae Girlz

first_img They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound. The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them. Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17). Story Highlights Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17).The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them.They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound.The evening was topped off by the high-energy performance of popular dancehall entertainer, Ding Dong, who incited the Girlz to get up and dance.Prime Minister Holness, with the team’s image displayed on three large screens on the stage behind him, spoke with admiration as he thanked them for bringing pride to the nation.Mr. Holness said he especially admired the team spirit among the women, who all get along as sisters.“That is the first step towards victory – when you can work together in unity, as one cohesive group,” he said.Reliving the moments leading up to the Girlz making history, the Prime Minister recalled that when the Jamaican team was down two goals, “that would be enough to send home any team of people made of lesser stuff,” but the Girlz persevered.“What gave us the edge is that energy, that passion, and above all else, that discipline to stay together, train, work hard, and do what is necessary on the field to win,” he said.He reminded that the country’s size should be seen as an advantage because Jamaica has always performed “way above its weight class”.The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the football team could win the World Cup competition, which takes place in France next year.Mr. Holness also acknowledged the “great work” of Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation in being the critical sponsor of the Reggae Girlz.“That kind of philanthropic assistance should always be acknowledged, and I encourage other Jamaicans of means to come on board and join this effort,” he said, noting that he would be holding discussions with head coach of the Reggae Girlz, Hue Menzies; and President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, regarding his own personal contribution.In the meantime, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the Reggae Girlz’ qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a major achievement – not just for them but for women across the country.“Because of the Reggae Girlz, young women are confident to dream – dream big dreams – and know that dreams do come true. This achievement provides us with an opportunity to change the game for women and girls everywhere – not only in sports but in every area of life,” she said.She noted that this is the high point of the four-day-long celebrations for the Girlz, which also saw them being presented with the Keys to Montego Bay, Spanish Town and Kingston during civic ceremonies. They are to be presented with the keys to St. Ann’s Bay this evening.A praise, worship and thanksgiving concert was also held for the Girlz at Emancipation Park on December 16. They also participated in a motorcade beginning at G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine and ending at the Tony Spaulding Complex in St Andrew.“We want to acknowledge and pay maximum respect to these high achievers and to tell their stories in the hope that they will help to make a difference, just by their presence, just by being yourselves and just by achieving excellence,” Miss Grange said.Jamaica defeated Panama in the recent CONCACAF Women’s Championship to become the first Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.last_img read more

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The two officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.North Carolina’s two Republican senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, said last month they would vote against Dourson’s nomination after The Associated Press and other media outlets detailed his past work as a toxicologist hired to defend major chemical companies.The Senate’s 48 Democrats were united in opposition, meaning only one more GOP defection would be needed to defeat Dourson’s nomination.In his letter asking the president to withdraw his name from consideration, which was obtained by the AP, Dourson said his stepping aside “avoids unnecessarily politicizing the important environmental protection goals of Administrator Pruitt.”“I sincerely and deeply appreciate all the love and support by my family, friends and colleagues during this ‘surprising’ confirmation process,” he went on to say.Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said his staunch objections to Dourson’s nomination were never a matter of partisanship.“I sincerely believe he is the wrong person to hold this important position, and it’s become clear that, even with a Republican majority in the Senate, he could not be confirmed,” Carper said. “Dourson, an individual who has spent most of his career promoting less protective chemical safety standards, had no business overseeing our nation’s chemical safety laws.”The EPA’s press office did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening. Dourson has already been serving at the agency as a senior adviser to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. It was not immediately clear whether he will continue in that role, which does not require Senate confirmation.The AP reported in September that Dourson has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work.Past corporate clients of Dourson and of a research group he ran include Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries Inc. and Chevron Corp. His research has also been underwritten by industry trade and lobbying groups representing the makers of plastics, pesticides, processed foods and cigarettes.Burr and Tillis, both of whom are considered reliably pro-business conservatives, cited Dourson’s past work and worries among their home-state constituents about tainted drinking water in opposing his nomination.Marine veterans and their families have blamed decades-old contamination of wells at a North Carolina base with solvents and dry-cleaning chemicals for infant deaths and serious health problems, including cancer.More recently, concerns have been raised about undisclosed discharges of chemicals used to manufacture Teflon and GoreTex into the Cape Fear River, a source of municipal drinking water for Wilmington and other southeastern North Carolina communities.Dourson worked at the EPA for more than a decade, leaving in 1994 as the manager at a lab that assessed the health risks of exposure to chemicals. The following year, he founded Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a private, non-profit organization that tests chemicals and produces reports on which chemicals are hazardous in what quantities.Dourson’s views toward industry are consistent with others Trump has selected as top federal regulators. Among them is Pruitt, who in March overruled the findings of his agency’s own scientists to reverse an effort to ban chlorpyrifos, one of the nation’s most widely used pesticides.Court records show Dourson and his work have also often been called on when his corporate clients are seeking to fend off lawsuits.Dourson’s withdrawal was first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg News.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia — regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Morocco condemns terrorist attacks against Chadian capital

Rabat – Morocco condemns, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attacks that targeted on Monday a police station and a police school in Chad’s capital N’Djamena, claiming several lives, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Morocco extends its heartfelt condolences and compassion to the Chadian authorities and the victims’ families, expresses its solidarity with the Chadian people and reiterates its firm condemnation and flat refusal of terrorism under all its forms, said the ministry in a statement.The Kingdom deems it necessary to reinforce regional and international efforts to counter the phenomenons of terrorism and extremism mainly in the Sahel-Saharan region, it added.

Alberta fires still rage forcing Cenovus to evacuate oil site north of

WABASCA, Alta. — An out of control wildfire in northern Alberta has prompted Cenovus Energy Inc. to evacuate its Pelican Lake heavy oil facility.The company says the fire was discovered about one kilometre away from its complex about 300 kilometres north of Edmonton.Cenovus says safety is its top priority and the evacuation and shutdown are a precaution.There was no damage to facilities or infrastructure.Suncor oilsands production back to normal by end of June following Fort McMurray fireFires to shave $928-million from Suncor’s cash flow as it looks to restart operationsAlberta Wildfire officials say the blaze is about 55 hectares in size and is being fought by four air tanker groups and a ground crew.The wildfire threat in Alberta’s forest protection zone ranges from high to very high.“We had 118 staff working at Pelican Lake when the evacuation began. The majority of them have been safely transported by bus or personal vehicle to our temporary evacuation centre in Wabasca,” the company said Tuesday in a release.“Remaining staff are being evacuated in an orderly fashion. This includes some staff who were working in the northern part of our Pelican Lake operations who are being evacuated by helicopter.” read more

President Granger pays tribute to late President Burnham

President David Granger during the wreath laying ceremonyPresident David Granger, on Monday paid tribute to Guyana’s first Executive President and founder of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, on the occasion of the 33rd  anniversary of his death.The wreath laying ceremony was held at the Mausoleum at the Seven Ponds in the Botanical Gardens, where the former President was laid to rest.President Granger in his remarks said that the late Forbes Burnham understood that even though political independence ended more than 350 years of colonial rule, it did not bring economic independence. Political independence, for the Founder-leader, President Granger said, was hollow unless it was strengthened by the sinews and substance of economic independence.Ministers of the Government and executives of the PNC were among others present“Our Founder-leader initiated a system of free education from nursery to university. He built community high schools, multilateral schools and technical institutes, opened the first campus of the University and established the Cyril Potter College of Education – all to provide the best education for the post-Independence generation. Our Founder-leader encouraged self-reliance to stimulate economic independence and to generate employment by promoting agro-processing, small- and medium-sized enterprises to empower poor households and boosting village economies.  Our Founder-leader’s policy of economic independence resulted in the expansion and renovation of aerodromes, bridges, highways and stellings to ensure greater access to markets and to boost riverine, rural and hinterland agricultural production,” he said.The Head of State said that the establishment of the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) and the enhancement of the Boeraserie, Black Bush Polder and Tapacuma Irrigation Projects measurably strengthened the country’s agrarian economy.“The Founder-leader’s policy of economic independence laid the bases for expanding and extending electricity, telephone, transportation and water supply services to previously unserved communities and to improve productivity and the people’s quality of life. We, his heirs and successors, remember him with reverence. We recommit to continuing his efforts to achieve the goal of economic independence, which he so passionately pursued,” said Granger.Chairman of the PNC, Basil Williams, in his remarks, said that the late leader was ‘a colossus of a man’ from the day he was born to the day of his death. He noted that he was a visionary and laid the foundation for social cohesion in Guyana.The ceremony was also attended by members of the late President’s family, Ministers of the Government and executives of the PNC among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBurnham’s fight against inequality, poverty and illiteracy rememberedAugust 6, 2017In “Politics”PNC/R remembers Burnham on 29th death anniversaryAugust 6, 2014In “Politics”President Hoyte remembered as “an example of selfless service”December 22, 2015In “Politics” read more