Arvinder Singh Lovely rejoins Congress

first_imgFormer Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had switched over to the BJP in April last year, rejoined the Congress party on Saturday in the presence of the party’s Delhi in-charge P.C. Chacko and the present chief of Delhi Congress Ajay Maken Before the photo opportunity at the 24 Akbar Road headquarters of the Congress party, Mr. Lovely met party president Rahul Gandhi at his residence. He told the media that “he had left the party in pain”. I was an ideological misfitThough he didn’t elaborate, it was well known that he left because of his differences with Mr. Maken, who had replaced him [Mr. Lovely] as the party’s Delhi unit chief. “I was an ideological misfit in the BJP,” said Mr. Lovely during the brief interaction with the media after his re-induction into the Congress. His one time mentor and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that she is happy at Mr. Lovely’s homecoming.The development comes barely a couple of days after Mr. Maken and Ms. Dikshit addressed a joint press conference against the AAP government’s third anniversary in Delhi in an effort to show a picture of unity.The Delhi unit of the Congress has witnessed factionalism with both Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Maken openly blaming each other for the party’s debacle in the 2015 Assembly election where it didn’t win a single seat.last_img read more

How Will McDonald’s Fare in India’s Burger Battle

first_img“Burgered,” headlined The Economic Times, India’s leading economic daily. The publication elaborated: “From worms to lizards to fungus to finger nails, all kinds of ‘foreign’ objects have been reportedly served to consumers along with burger and fries.” It’s happened before: in Japan, where McDonald’s had to apologize for a tooth being found in French fries, and in the U.S. itself when a customer field a lawsuit after biting down on a foreign object in her breakfast burrito.But the issue in India is about more than lacertilian legacies. It’s about a full-blown war between the U.S. fast-food chain and one of its local franchisees — Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL) and its head, Vikram Bakshi. The current state of affairs: Some 169 outlets in the northern and eastern region are closed. (The west and south come under a different franchisee – Amit Jatia’s Hardcastle Restaurants.) McDonald’s has told its suppliers not to serve CPRL. And that has probably compounded the problem of quality with both sides saying the other is to blame.The problems between McDonald’s and Bakshi are long standing. CPRL was set up as a 50:50 joint venture between the two; there were differences from the beginning over financial issues. Both sides made offers to buy each other out. They were rejected. Bakshi was ousted as managing director of CPRL by McDonald’s India in August 2013. He moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in Delhi, which ruled in his favor. McDonald’s went to the London Court of International Arbitration. The U.K. court has asked Bakshi to sell his stake in the joint venture to McDonald’s at a fair valuation in accordance with their agreement. In the meantime, the Delhi tribunal will take another look at the issues at the end of October. The U.S. company is believed to be negotiating with Hardcastle, Jubilant FoodWorks (which operates the Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in India) and Moon Beverages (Coca-Cola’s Indian authorized bottler) to take overfrom CPRL.Delhi Switches to SubwayBut while the courts act with judicial speed (McDonald’s has gone back to the Delhi tribunal), what is happening on the ground? Consumers in New Delhi and elsewhere are heading to the nearest Burger King, Burger Singh or Jumbo King — just three of the rival fast-food chains that are stepping on the gas. According to market research firm Kantar IMRB, since McDonald’s stopped operations in Delhi, fast-food rival Subway has gained 5% traffic and KFC 2%. Overall share for McDonald’s declined from 9% in June to just 3% in July.Even outstation rivals are stepping up. “Jumbo King Even outstation rivals are stepping up. “Jumbo King is now on a high-growth trajectory,” says Dheeraj Gupta, managing director of Jumbo King Foods, an Indian-style (vada paav) burger chain.“We will close the current financial [year] at 100 stores in Mumbai and Pune, the cities of focus currently. This is a market of 500 stores for us. The plan is to get to at least 200 stores here and then look at national expansion.”Burger King has just opened its 100th store in north India. “The Home of the Whopper,” as it describes itself, has doubled its footprint since last year; it opened shop in 2014. “India is a unique market, and we have consistently experimented with our menu to create offerings that are distinct from the global menu,” says Burger King India CEO Rajeev Varman. U.S.-based Burger King is the second largest fast-food hamburger chain in the world.Burger Singh has recently announced expansion plans for 30 outlets. Says cofounder Nitin Rana: “These are the next steps in building Burger Singh into a great and enduring worldwide brand.” Burger Singh was founded in 2014 when two Indian students in the U.K. decided to give a spicy touch to common or garden burgers. The company has raised $1 million in funding.King Takes on SinghOthers are clambering on to the bandwagon. According to The Economic Times: “Burger King has filed a case against a Mysore-based restaurant named King Burger and battled against the owner of a pushcart in Punjab called Mr Singh Burger King.”But does the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector merit such a scramble? KFC opened shop in Bangalore in June 1995 to be met with a host of leftist (anti-imperialism) and rightist (anti-meat consumption) protests. It later put more emphasis on its vegetarian fare — Paneer Zinger and Veg Rockin’ Burger. McDonald’s launched in India in 1996. One of its early offerings was the McAloo Tikki, a potato-based burger which is being adapted for other global market. “One of the key reasons for the success of McDonald’s in India has been its ability very early on to recognize the implications of unique Indian customer trends and preferences,” says Ankur Bisen, senior vice president at management consulting firm Technopak Advisors. “From day one, beef was never on the menu. (India’s majority Hindu population does not consume beef.) It even opened the only vegetarian McDonald’s anywhere in the world in a religious tourist spot.”Bisen describes the structure of the Indian market. “The total size of the QSR segment is around Rs.18,500 crore ($2.82 billion at $1 = Rs.65.50),” he says. “Nearly half of it is dominated by the chain market (enterprises with two or more outlets) and the other half comprises stand-alone units. Four international QSR chains — Domino’s, McDonald’s, Subway and KFC — make up 60% of the chain market of QSRs and there are a few other foreign chains, like Burger King, on a growth spree. Until recently, the QSR space in India was shaped by the international players. They created the QSR space in the first place and defined the rules of the game on supply chain, outlet design, business model, etc.“But now and going forward, Indian QSRs have come of age,” adds Bisen. “There are QSRs, like Haldiram’s, that offer Indian cuisines and experience. There are QSRs, like Goli Vada Pav, that are plays on niche tastes and are taking the narrative national.” (But the real trouble is the multiplicity of Indian cuisines; one person’s fuchka is another’s panipuri).“QSRs have learned [from] and appreciated the international players on supply chain, customer experience and business model, and have imbibed these practices in their growth plans,” continues Bisen. “In doing so, they have kept the product offering uniquely Indian or fusion.”He feels that the franchise battle facing McDonald’s is unlikely to have a lingering effect on the company or the industry. “The controversy around McDonald’s is not reflective of the Indian QSR segment in any way,” he says. “It is for reasons that are internal to the company, and such a controversy can happen in any company in any sector. If a car joint venture between a foreign player and an Indian company is called off, that does not cast doubts on the Indian automobile segment. My guess is that the appointment of the new franchise operator will happen soon and the business will be back to usual.”“Overall, McDonald’s has a fairly strong brand equity in the rest of the country and is seen as a young, aspirational brand,” says Jagdeep Kapoor, brand consultant and CEO of Samsika Marketing Consultants. “The local chains, like Jumbo King and Burger Singh, will not get much benefit because the equity of McDonald’s is far stronger than any local brand. The brand which could benefit is Burger King.”Different ViewsGupta disagrees. The franchise battle “is damaging the brand value,” he says. “It is a war of egos between two partners. We as members of the same industry do hope that they are able to resolve their differences soon.”“The QSR sector is growing very fast in India,” adds Kapoor. “This is because what I call ‘the aspiration’ market is growing and the ‘perspiration’ market is declining. Eating out, eating western food, eating in-between meals and eating on the go are all accelerating QSR market growth.”Kapoor continues: “The ethnic food QSR market is growing…. [But] I see McDonald’s doubling their stores and growing even faster. Brands are built in the minds and hearts of consumers, and McDonald’s has a premium, aspirational image. For the next decade at least, Indian consumers will continue taking a big bite of McDonald’s, and McDonald’s will continue to take a big bite of the Indian QSR market.”“The 169 stores controlled by Vikram Bakshi’s company is less than 0.5% of the 37,000 McDonald’s outlets worldwide,” Gupta notes. “However, the Indian market will eventually become a very large market for them and for any multinational. It is better that they sort out their differences now.”There is another issue lurking in the wings. McDonald’s has been losing brand value globally. After a decade among the top 10 global brands, Interbrand demoted it to No. 12 in 2016. “For 15 straight years, McDonald’s has always ranked within the top 10, peaking at No. 6 back in 2011,” wrote The Motley Fool. “This year is the first year that the Big Mac maker did not crack theelite ranking.”“McDonald’s is certainly under threat the world over,” says Harish Bijoor, brand strategy specialist and founder of Harish Bijoor Consults. “The key problem is its perception of yore as typical American fast food. That perception worked when everything American was the way to be. Today, perceptual shifts have occurred that are tectonic. American burger and soda companies are considered unhealthy statements. Fast food is considered a sure way to a fast-deteriorating life.“This shift has affected McDonald’s and other companies in the space of burgers and sugared sodas,” he continues. “The American himself is looking for better ways. The Walmartisation of the U.S. in the supermarket space has led to rebel supermarket movements such as Whole Foods that have elicited a big response in recent times. Therefore, the American way itself has changed. That’s quite like pulling the rug off from under the feet of burger and soda companies. The operating environment has turned different, and even hostile.”In the background is the fact that a Western brand is no longer a recipe for success in India. Coke has been [in India] for two decades, but the brand the multinational purchased from Parle – Thums Up – still rules the cola roost. It is the market leader in the segment despite attempts by the company to kill it off and ease the path for the “Real Thing.” Today, small beverage companies – with cheaper products – are taking the big boys to the cleaners.In India, local competition — at lower prices — is another danger. “The [franchise] controversy does provide entry/leverage points to competitors at the cost of McDonald’s,” says Bisen. “Competition will try to capitalize.”“There are enough local options that could fill in the blanks that McDonald’s closures will leave,” adds Bijoor. “Getting those consumers back is another game. The risk also lies in the fact that a burger can be replaced by not only a burger. The options are humongous. Burger’s loss can be pizza’s gain, or for that matter, vada paav’s.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Imposter Syndrome: You are Not a Fraud

first_img LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 4.5★ Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 5.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Imposter syndrome is real — and many successful entrepreneurs do not realize they have it. As Editor-in-Chief Jason Feiffer recently wrote in Entrepreneur, “Every Entrepreneur Has Imposter Syndrome,” and we need to start talking about how almost everyone in business struggles with a touch of imposter syndrome.After running my own staffing company for close to 30 years, I had never heard of imposter syndrome until recently. When I stumbled across an article written by the entrepreneur William Adoasi on how he grappled with it, I quickly realized I have unknowingly struggled with it as well. For me, when I was building my company, I was uncomfortable with the title CEO. Suddenly, I was no longer a software analyst, the first position I held in the U.S. But, a software analyst was the career I most identified myself with — not the CEO of a rapidly growing, successful business. When I was asked what I did for a living, I would tell people that I worked in Information Technology. I did so out of what I felt was a sense of humility. Even though my organization continued to grow at a tremendous pace, I couldn’t embrace my role authentically because I was second guessing myself.I am not alone though. Many people struggle with feeling as if their achievements are never enough or that they aren’t good enough for the role they’re in.How to Overcome Imposter SyndromeFrom my own experiences, my advice to overcome imposter syndrome is to embrace the things that you are afraid of. We can only conquer fear by recognizing it as untrue negative thoughts. By being present in your life, many of the issues related to these thoughts will disappear. You must recognize the voice in your head as if it were just a passing cloud — this will allow you to accept who you are and where you are, instead of struggling with the idea of who you think you should be. Your acceptance of this allows you to give to others and bring a profound sense of meaning to your life.But this cannot happen just because you wish it. You have to put some work into countering the feelings that arise from imposter syndrome. I recommend the following practices for your journey:1. JournalingI’m a big fan of self-reflection. I’ve already written about how important journaling is for a number of reasons. Writing down career and life goals, the feelings that we may struggle with on a daily basis, as well as successes and failures helps us gain perspective. It can also help us recognize and observe cognitive distortions that contribute to the skewed perception of ourselves.Are You A Victim of the Confidence Gap? Here’s How to Take Back Your Power2. Mentors or Trusted ColleaguesHaving trusted colleagues can provide us with a meaningful connection at work. With a mentor or trusted colleague, you can voice your self-doubts and they may be able to give you a different perspective on your achievements.3. HumilityIt’s good not to become arrogant about your success, but downplaying or denying your hard work, skills and talents may feed into your inadequate feelings. Embracing a true sense of humility allows you to recognize your achievements, but avoid becoming overinflated by them. This is a highly-valued trait! Aim for this, instead of perfection. 4. AcceptanceAccept that you are perfect as you are. Often, we are so hard on ourselves and so absolute in our definitions of success. Because of this, we can be afraid to show our vulnerability. If we learn how to observe the critical self-talk and not accept it as hard truth, we can then learn to accept ourselves and unhinge our self-worth from our achievements.   5. Define Your SuccessEveryone has their own version of success. Remember that. Do not define or measure your life with someone else’s yardstick.5 Stories That Prove the Road to Success Is Not a Straight LineIf you find yourself struggling with imposter syndrome, recognize it for what it is. Beyond the labels the world may tag you with is an authentic self. This self has existed since the day you were born — it does not change, regardless of the struggles or ups and downs you go through. It exists without praise or blame. Undermining your authentic self creates conflict and struggle within you. Rather, embrace what you are offering, what you have achieved and become confident in the life you live and the work you do.After quitting her job as a systems analyst, Sue Bhatia launched staffing company Rose International 25 years ago from in the basement of her home, with one desk and a phone. After being told over and over again she would fail, within six months Sue’s husband had to leave his job to join her company and within another six months, Sue’s former boss had to leave his job and join her company. In 2017 Rose International hired 10,000 people. 40% of its employees are minorities and the company has spent $200 million with other MBE’s (Minority Business Enterprises) in its lifetime. Sue was the first female minority business owner to join the National Minority Development Council’s (NMDC) Board of Directors. 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​Tottenham increase staffing to academy setup

first_imgTottenham have added to their youth setup with the hiring of two new coaches for their academy setup, reports the London Evening Standard.Former QPR academy head Perry Suckling and Wayne Burnett, who managed Dagenham until December 2015, have both been appointed to work under head of coaching and player development John McDermott.McDermott said: “Wayne brings experience and a fantastic set of attributes to the Academy. He’s a former player, league manager and youth coach at a variety of levels, most latterly as a coach with the Football Association. “I’m sure he will enhance our existing coaching programme and contribute hugely to the continuation of players graduating through the latter stage of their academy life into senior professional football.”I’m delighted also that Perry is returning to us and he brings vast experience and knowledge of youth football that can only help the players and staff around him. “He has an extensive knowledge of how we work and was fundamental in bringing a lot of successful graduates through the Academy here.”He knows what ‘good’ looks like and we looking forward to working with him again.”last_img read more

Must read: the changing US consumer

first_imgThere is a great piece in Advertising Age online today from Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine (registration required to view the article). He writes about the changing face of consumers. Like me, they’re getting more wrinkly and set in their ways by the day.Here are a couple of the highlights (warning: sweeping generalizations ahead), along with thoughts on the implications for us. You can read the full article here (with registration).OLDER: A full 80% of the growth in US households in the next five years will be from those headed by people over age 55. Yep, that’s right — EIGHTY PERCENT. The average age of the US household is already only six months shy of 50. The first boomers hit 65 in less than three years. So what does that mean? The older set (65+), says Francese, tend to be risk adverse and inflexible in their attitudes. That means clever marketers will play to this world view with messaging about guarantees, safety and experience. Warranties, corporate history and testimonials work. So, nonprofit marketers, emphasize your organization’s storied history and great performance with these folks. Don’t be too cute or flashy. Meanwhile, the second fastest growing segment is folks 25-34 – a group that is increasingly diverse ethnically. The bigggest spending, best paid group — those 35 to 54 – is shrinking. Groan.ALL OVER THE PLACE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION: As you read this, I suspect you’re having the reaction that I did – sheesh, how are you supposed to reach such different groups? It gets even more challenging when you consider geographic segments. The West is getting younger and more multicultural while the Northeast is getting older and whiter. (I told you there would be generalizations – this is demographics, after all.) The answer? Segmentation of course. You’re going to need different positioning for different audiences — AND different message delivery vehicles. The latter is actually good news – it’s easier to target your message when not everyone is getting your messages the same way and when people are clustered into certain locations. There are people who live online and on their phones, and there are folks who stick to the newspaper. You need to look not only at the age of your audiences, but also where and how they live so you know the best way to reach them. Fancy marketers call this ethnographic research. Throw that into your next convo to look extra smart.last_img read more

Five Questions for Creating a Winning Nonprofit Marketing Plan

first_imgWho are you? Tackle this one quickly and succinctly. What do you do? Think about why your organization was started in the first place and what work you’re currently accomplishing (programs, mission activities, etc.). Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.” Once you’ve worked through the important questions, you can move on to these tactical questions that will aid you in creating your nonprofit marketing plan: Many nonprofit marketers often skip the planning stage for marketing and jump right into tactics. By making time to step back and plan ahead, you can fine tune your nonprofit outreach to be laser focused on your audience and what motivates them to get involved and give. Here are five questions to ask before any nonprofit marketing effort — two about your organization and three about your audience: Whom do you serve? Get a clear picture of your audiences. What are the different constituency groups you serve? How do you reach them? After all of this organizational soul-searching and research, you can begin to tackle the tactical questions. Think about your available channels and which channels are most appropriate for reaching your target audiences. Who cares? Pardon the bluntness of this question, but you have to keep this mind: Just because you serve people who are in poverty or you help people get well doesn’t necessarily mean people should care. There has to be more personal relevance or something unique that you bring to the table. Who would be good partners for your nonprofit?Who are your competitors? What can you learn from them and how will you differentiate your organization from others like it?What’s going on in your marketplace or your local environment that you can piggyback onto?What is the best way you can craft your message?When are the best times, places, states, and minds to reach your unique audience? What do they need? Now that you have a clear idea of whom you serve and how you’re currently serving them, consider the needs and benefits for your donors, clients or volunteers. This piece is critical, but a lot of us miss it because we’re so committed to our causes. At this point, find the hook or sweet spot between what your audiences need and your unique value.last_img read more

Gwyneth Lewis’s Bio

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 26, 2009November 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)MBBS, MPH, MRCGP, FFPHM, FRCOG, D.Sc.Gwyneth is widely known and respected by the maternal and newborn health community, both in the UK and more widely, and holds several roles in promoting global safer motherhood and newborn health. She is the clinical leader for international maternal health and policy in the Department of Health, London, and the part time clinical director for international maternal and perinatal research development at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford. Additionally she has directed the United Kingdom and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths for nearly 20 years and is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Care at the University of Bournemouth. She represents the Bill and Melinda Gates MHTF on the new international Maternal Mortality Campaign being promoted and co-ordinated by Sarah Brown.Through her policy, research and media work for many years Gwyneth has been a vocal and consistent advocate for improving social equity and easy and universal access to high quality maternal and newborn health care services for all mothers and their children. In her earlier role as the maternal health “tsar” and national and international clinical leader for maternal health in England, and more widely, she has been consistently committed to identifying and overcoming the underlying barriers to care and meeting the needs of the neediest and most excluded mothers and infants, wherever they may live. She lectures and writes extensively on the global injustice of maternal health, co-directed and produced two short films including the award winning My Sister My Self, and has, for many years, extensively supported the global secretariat of the White Ribbon Alliance.She is an expert in, and has widespread experience of the development and implementation of national policy, and national or local guidelines, standards and audit for international maternal and newborn health. She is particularly well known for editing and helping implement the WHO manual “Beyond The Numbers” (BTN) which promotes of a variety of techniques for maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality review in order to implement beneficial and practical changes, particularly in resource poor countries. To date over 54 country representatives have attended BTN workshops, and these are continuing in all parts of the world in 2009. Apart from WHO, where she was also seconded for a while, her work in this area has been commissioned by a number of other international agencies. She has worked in most regions of the world and has helped set up maternal death reviews in Central Asia, parts of India and some African countries.Gwyneth studied medicine at University College Hospital Medical School in London and worked both in the UK and abroad in a number of roles before joining the Department of Health. She is an accredited consultant in public health medicine, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and, in recognition of her work to improve women’s and newborn health has been awarded a Fellowship ad eundum of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Doctorate of Science. The White Ribbon Alliance and other organisations have also honoured her.Her e-mail address is this:last_img read more

Power to the People: How to Use Policy and Advocacy Tools to Improve Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick 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)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:•    Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID•    An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton•    Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The isolation of working at home

first_imgA business piece in the New York Times lightheartedly highlights a very real challenge facing freelancers: working alone at home.  A journalist, Abby Ellin, writes about how she came to rely on the voice of her answering machine for company as it screened calls. Ellin had a revelation after her answering machine’s battery died, leaving her without its voice for two days: “That’s when I knew I was craving a full-time job in a real office. It wasn’t about money or health insurance or paid vacations, though those are certainly nice perks; it was about sanity and recognizing that it’s O.K. to be just like everyone else.” Does the isolation of working at home ever get to you?  How do you deal with it?last_img

Apple introduces scheme to pay artists per play, pressuring streaming services to pay higher royalties

first_img2018 – 2022: The statutory rates that the CRB decides on will be put in place. 2016-2017: A panel of three judges on the Copyright Royalty Board will determine the statutory rates that will be paid to publishers and publishers for streams, downloads, and other uses of songs. Last week, Apple submitted an initial proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, taking the first steps to simplify the way music streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers. This change could make it more costly for competitors like Spotify and Youtube to continue offering free streaming, according to current process is quite complicated— every streaming company participates in private negotiations with rights holders. Thus the amount companies pay artists and publishers varies from song to song, according to Currently these rights holders are paid a certain percentage of the money the streaming company makes from a song or an album, between 10.5 and 12 percent generally.Through this new royalty scheme Apple has proposed, rights holders would be paid a baseline amount of 9.1 cents per hundred plays. This could help end the confusion over the royalty process and Billboard hails Apple’s proposal “simpler and more transparent” than the current system.Who would be affected by these proposed changes?1. Apple music and its competitors: Spotify and YouTube offer free streaming, while Apple Music does not.Paying these higher royalties would make it progressively more difficult for Spotify and YouTube to make a profit from free streaming, because companies would have to pay a minimum rate, as opposed to a percentage of revenue.2. Songwriters and Publishers: As this proposal could curtail free streaming, it could encourage consumers to sign up for paid services, including Apple’s. While this proposal would help songwriters and publishers who currently get paid less than 9.1 cents per hundred plays, many still argue that they deserve a higher percentage of the streaming revenue.3. Consumers: This change could shrink the availability of legal free music streaming for consumers.Below is a timeline of the policy process of its advocacy efforts:center_img Apple’s new royalty plan seems like a simple way to clean up the complicated royalty rate system most streaming music services now abide by, but many sources caution songwriters and musicians against supporting it. Fortune’s Jeff John Roberts points out that Apple’s proposal is a thinly veiled attempt to make business more difficult for its competitors.The move will likely bankrupt Spotify, which already pays about 10.5% of its revenue to royalties. Apple, meanwhile, can afford to lose money on royalties because their primary business is selling devices – not music. 9.1 cents per 100 plays is a completely arbitrary metric that still fails to recoup the profits lost to artists in the shift from CDs to streaming.For songwriters and musicians, it’s likely the solution lies with neither service – as market domination, rather than respect for artistic property, motivates companies like Apple and Spotify. Artists in the music industry may consider following in the footsteps of the photography community who has combatted falling royalty rates from stock photo sites by building the cooperative stock photo platform, Stocksy.On a cooperative platform, participating artists own a share of the company – which puts profits back in the hands of producers. This model empowers artists as stakeholders, rather than Venture Capitalists.Ultimately, the music industry must contend with changes in the way we listen to music now and supporting Apple as it maneuvers to gain a monopoly over the streaming market is unlikely to benefit artists in the long run.last_img read more

What Labor Day means for freelancers

first_imgOne hundred thirty five years ago, on September 8, 1882 in Union Square in New York CIty, an estimated 10,000 people marched in a celebration of workers, organized by NY’s Central Labor Union.Five years later, President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a national holiday on the first Monday in September.Today, most people in America think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer, a time to have one last BBQ, or do some last-minute back to school shopping.Ironically enough, freelancers, who are the fastest-growing segment of workers in the new economy, don’t usually get to enjoy Labor Day as a paid holiday. For many freelancers, Labor Day is either just another day of work or an unpaid one because a client’s office is closed.All the more reason, in a year that organized labor has faced major challenges, for freelancers to take a moment on Labor Day and think about what it means to them, and what it would look like if freelancers stood together as those 10,000 workers did a century ago.New organizing for the new labor forceToday, one third of the workforce is comprised of freelancers working across all industries. We represent a vast, diverse constituency, which is our strength. Freelancers Union is harnessing technology to access resources, help improve their lives, and protect their work.This year Freelancers Union members in NYC worked to pass unprecedented legislation to protect freelancers from getting stiffed. We stood together at City Hall, testified at hearings, and campaigned online.This blog is a tremendous resource for freelancers looking to improve their business. It’s a platform for freelancers to share advice, ideas, and connect with the network. Give back your knowledge to the freelance community by contributing a post.It’s why we launched the Freelancers Union app, which connects freelancers with lawyers who understand freelancer issues. And that’s just the start, we’ll soon be expanding to new industries, which will bring freelance professionals new work, as well as making sure freelancers who need help with their business have a freelancer-friendly resource at their fingertips.Download the app, and apply to join Freelancers Guild today.Freelancers need to stand togetherBut we’re only as strong as our numbers and our commitment. We need you to help build this movement, to stand up with your fellow freelancers and help form a constituency to be reckoned with. We’re working with our allies in labor, and we all have to stick together.Encourage your freelancer friends to join Freelancers Union, come to Freelance SPARK events to connect with other freelancers, or start a new one if one doesn’t exist in your city.The new economy needs a new labor movement. Celebrate Labor Day by standing up with your fellow freelancers.Nathan Bransford is the author of the writing guide How to Write a Novel and the Jacob Wonderbar series. He offers freelance book editing and information to help authors navigate the book publishing process at read more

Take the IRS “Get Ready” campaign’s advice and start your 2019 tax prep

first_imgThis article was first published by the IRS and has been reproduced with permission. Subscribe to IRS tax tips here.The Internal Revenue Service has urged taxpayers to act now to avoid a tax-time surprise and ensure smooth processing of their 2019 federal tax return.This is the first in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. To that end, a special page, newly updated and available on, outlines things taxpayers can do now to prepare for the 2020 tax season ahead.Adjust withholding; make estimated or additional tax paymentsThe IRS urges everyone to use the Tax Withholding Estimator to perform a paycheck or pension income checkup. This is even more important for those who received a smaller refund than expected or owed an unexpected tax bill last year.It’s also a good idea for anyone who had a key life event, such as getting married, getting divorced, having or adopting a child, retiring, buying a home, or starting college.If the Tax Withholding Estimator recommends a change, an employee can then submit a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to their employer. Don’t send this form to the IRS.Similarly, recipients of pension or annuity income can use the results from the estimator to complete a Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments, and give it to their payer.Taxpayers who receive a substantial amount of non-wage income should make quarterly estimated tax payments. This can include self-employment income, investment income (including gain from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of virtual currency), taxable Social Security benefits and in some instances, pension and annuity income. Making estimated tax payments can also help a wage-earner cover an unexpected withholding shortfall.Estimated tax payments are due quarterly, with the last payment for 2019 due on Jan. 15, 2020. Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals, has a worksheet to help figure these payments. Payment options can be found at and retirees who receive self-employment income or income from the gig economy, including payments in the form of virtual currency, should make sure to take these amounts into account when they fill out the Tax Withholding Estimator. Payments received in virtual currency by independent contractors and other service providers are taxable, and self-employment tax rules generally apply. Normally, payers must issue Form 1099-MISC. Similarly, wages paid using virtual currency are taxable to the employee, subject to withholding, and must be reported by the employer on a Form W-2.People with more complex tax situations should use the instructions in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. This includes those who owe alternative minimum tax or various other taxes, and people with long-term capital gains or qualified dividends.Gather documents and organize tax recordsThe IRS urges all taxpayers to develop a record-keeping system − electronic or paper − that keeps important information in one place. Keep copies of filed tax returns and all supporting documents for at least three years. This includes year-end Forms W-2 from employers, Forms 1099 from banks and other payers, other income documents, records documenting all virtual currency transactions, and Forms 1095-A for those claiming the Premium Tax Credit. Add tax records to the files as they are received. Having complete and timely records can help any taxpayer file a complete and accurate return.Taxpayers should confirm that each employer, bank, or other payer has a current mailing address or email address. Typically, year-end forms start arriving by mail – or are available online – in January. Review them carefully and, if any of the information shown is inaccurate, contact the payer right away for a correction.To avoid refund delays, be sure to gather all year-end income documents before filing a 2019 return. Filing too early, before receiving a key document, often means a taxpayer must file an amended return to report additional income or claim a refund. It can take up to 16 weeks to get an amended return refund.Anyone using a software product for the first time may need the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) amount shown on Line 7 of their 2018 return to file their 2019 return electronically. Consult the taxpayer’s copy of last year’s return, or alternatively, visit the View Your Tax Account link on Learn more about verifying identity and electronically signing a return at Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return.Notify the IRS of address changes and notify the Social Security Administration of a legal name change to avoid refund delays.Renew expiring tax ID numbersTaxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers can get their ITINs renewed more quickly and avoid refund delays next year by submitting their renewal application soon.An ITIN is a tax ID number used by any taxpayer who doesn’t qualify to get a Social Security number. Any ITIN with middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87 will expire at the end of this year. In addition, any ITIN not used on a tax return in the past three years will expire. ITINs with middle digits 70 through 82 that expired in 2016, 2017, or 2018 can also be renewed.The IRS urges anyone affected to file a complete renewal application, Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, as soon as possible. Be sure to include all required ID and residency documents. Failure to do so will delay processing until the IRS receives these documents.Once a completed form is filed, it typically takes about seven weeks to receive an ITIN assignment letter from the IRS. But it can take longer — nine to 11 weeks — if an applicant waits until the peak of the filing season to submit this form or sends it from overseas.Taxpayers who fail to renew an ITIN before filing a tax return next year could face a delayed refund and may be ineligible for certain tax credits. With nearly 2 million taxpayer households impacted, applying now will help avoid the rush as well as refund and processing delays in 2020. For more information, visit the ITIN information page on prepared to file electronically; Use Direct Deposit for refundsFiling electronically is easy, safe, and the most accurate way to file taxes. There are a variety of free electronic filing options for most taxpayers including using IRS Free File for taxpayers with income below $66,000, or Fillable Forms for taxpayers who earn more. Taxpayers who generally earn $56,000 or less can have their return prepared at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites offer free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older.Combining Direct Deposit with electronic filing is the fastest way to get a refund. With Direct Deposit, a refund goes directly into the taxpayer’s bank account. No need to worry about a lost, stolen, or undeliverable refund check. This is the same electronic transfer system used to deposit nearly 98% of all Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits. Nearly four out of five federal tax refunds are deposited directly.Direct Deposit is easy to use. Taxpayers select it as their refund method through tax software or let their tax preparer know they want direct deposit. Taxpayers can even choose Direct Deposit on a paper return. Be sure to have bank account and routing numbers handy and double check entries to avoid errors.Direct Deposit also saves taxpayer dollars. It costs the nation’s taxpayers more than $1 for every paper refund check issued but only a dime for each Direct Deposit.By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. The law requires the IRS to hold the entire refund − even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. This law change, which took effect in 2017, helps ensure that taxpayers receive the refund they’re due by giving the IRS more time to detect and prevent fraud.The IRS cautions taxpayers not to rely on receiving a refund by a certain date, especially when making major purchases or paying bills. Some returns may require additional review and may take longer. For example, the IRS, along with its partners in the tax industry, continue to strengthen security reviews to help protect against identity theft and refund fraud.Start with for help that includes tools, filing options, and other services and resources. Taxpayers increasingly use as their first resource for tax matters. Information in languages other than English is available under the “Language” tab on Let Us Help You page on features links to information and resources on a wide range of topics.last_img read more

PragmaDev: Studio V5.3 offers cyber physical system modeling capabilities with FMI support

first_imgPragmaDev Studio is a recognized modeling tool to describe complex communicating systems. Cyber Physical Systems combine event driven and clock driven elements, critical parts and non critical parts. For that purpose PragmaDev Studio V5.3 introduces the support of Functional Mockup Interface FMI V2.0.Among new features is FMI V2.0, the tool imports a Functional Mockup Unit (FMU) and analyzes its inputs and outputs. A mapping between the SDL model and the FMU is then defined through a specific interface. Both co-simulation and model exchange modes are supported. PragmaDev Studio acts as a “master” / “importing” tool. The tool distribution contains an example with an OpenModelica FMU and an example with a Scade Suite FMU.On one hand PragmaDev Studio could import requirements files in csv format and keep links between the textual requirements, the model, and the test. On the other hand PragmaDev Studio had an integration with Reqtify traceability tool. Tracing information in the model could be read by Reqtify. PragmaDev Studio and Reqtify integration goes one step further and makes the link between PragmaDev requirements table and Reqtify.As it is not always easy to remember how to declare a new type, PragmaDev Studio V5.3 introduces a declaration wizard. A right click in the declaration symbol drops a menu with all the possible type declarations. As for a new type declaration, a wizard for textual statements helps users to model their system. A template statement is then inserted making model design quick and easy.A gauge widget has been introduced in the prototyping gui. It is a very nice and realistic way of displaying a value between 0 and 100. And this is very useful when co-simulating a clock based model through the FMI interface.PragmaDev Studio comes with a built-in library called PragmaLib. That library extends SDL, the PragmaDev Specifier modeling language, to allow to manipulate files and create graphs. V5.3 now adds the support of an sprintf equivalent function to format the output in a file. Documents in PragmaDev Studio can contain tables that are described in the tool. V5.3 can export these tables in OpenOffice as well as in Word or HTML.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous MACOM and STMicroelectronics to bring GaN on Silicon to RF applicationsNext Hyperstone to showcase flash controllers and morelast_img read more


first_imgMore federal land is being opened up for fishing and hunting in Iowa as part of the Trump administration’s move to make public land more accessible.The Department of the Interior will allow more big game hunting at De Soto Bend in western Iowa.Ducks Unlimited C-E-O Adam Putnam says making that land accessible to the public promotes outdoor recreation and conservation.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”going forward” :10One-point-four million acres were added to open areas this year.Federal officials say they’re also trying to match state and federal regulations to encourage more hunting and fishing.Radio Iowa/IPR, Photo by De Soto Bend Refugelast_img

BWF rankings: PV Sindhu drops to world no. 6, Parupalli Kashyap jumps to 25th spot

first_imgBWF rankings: PV Sindhu drops to world no. 6, Parupalli Kashyap jumps to 25th spotBWF Rankings: Saina Nehwal remained static at world no 8 spot whereas PV Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeks.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 21:24 IST PV Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot in BWF rankings. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeksParupalli Kashyap continued his good run, breaking into the top 25 in the latest BWF rankingSaina Nehwal remained static at world no 8 spot despite her opening-round loss at KoreaWorld champion PV Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeks but former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap continued his good run, breaking into the top 25 in the latest BWF ranking on Tuesday.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who made early exits at the China Open and Korea Open, dropped to world no 6 spot after five months and the former world no 2 shuttler will look to make amends at the Denmark Open and French Open.Former world no 6, Kashyap was rewarded for his creditable semifinal finish at last week’s Korea Open Super 500 event as he improved five places to reach the world no 25 spots.”I am feeling good. I need to maintain fitness and keep working hard. Maybe, now top 20 by year-end can be possible,” Kashyap told PTI.Saina Nehwal remained static at world no 8 spot despite her opening-round loss at Korea, where she had to battle a stomach ailment.Among other Indians, Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma improved a place each to occupy the world no 9, 12 and 17th spots respectively.Thailand Open winners Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty remained at the 12th spot in men’s doubles, while Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who had finished runners-up at the Maldives, gained a spot to reach 19th position.Also Read | Clearly, he’s a few steps ahead: Parupalli Kashyap on losing to Kento Momota in Korea Open semifinalsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Parupalli Kashyaplast_img read more

Top 5 Vacations for 2014

first_imgArguably, one of the best things about the start of a brand new year is planning your travel schedule for the next 12 months. Once you have learnt the art of planning your trips rather than just mindlessly tapping up cheap deals twice a year, your entire world will change. Believe us. So get your maps out, have your calendar at the ready and read on to see which of our top five destinations for 2014 gets your motor running.1. Cape Town  – best for design daredevilsCape Town continues to shed its reputation for violence and severe racial tension. As crime levels improve, intrepid travellers are pulled in by its breathtaking natural beauty, thriving design and craft scene and consistent sunshine all year round. Officially ranked World Design Capital for 2014, the mother city is set to become more popular than ever. Must-see attractions include a visit to Table Mountain (of course) and a wander around the Woodstock Design District to soak up the indigenous design talent and invest in a few locally made artisan goods.2. Oaxaca, Mexico – best for beach bumsWho can resist the vibe of Mexico? For 2014, it’s not all-time favourite Puerto Vallarta we’re dreaming of. We’re obsessed with the idea of visiting Oaxaca, the country’s often overlooked southeastern state. A hub for foodies- the spices available here are out of this world- colonial architecture buffs and art obsessives, the mountainous landscape is utterly beguiling. Another huge pull is the recently opened Hotel Escondido. The Design Hotel is nestled amongst a cactus forest in the miniscule coastal town of Puerto Escondido and since opening late last year, has attracted an army of beautiful surfers and new age bohemians. The sparse yet bold design of each of the 16 bungalows is totally tumblr-worthy and we hear there’s a paradisiac lagoon nearby. Let’s go now right?3. Miami – best for culture vulturesMiami’s reputation as a born again cultural capital has been rising for some time now. Particularly if you haven’t been in a while, The Manual recommend a visit for 2014 to witness the city’s ever evolving neighbourhoods and incoming flux of diverse cultural influence thanks to its close proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean. Hot spots include the recently opened Pérez Art Museum and the wonderful Little Havana district.4. Sicily – best for Mafia man tripsAn emergence of local wineries you say? Though, the current boom in Sicily’s wine trade is just an added incentive to visit this year. Visions of sipping wine in a deserted lemon grove aside, the island is home to Mount Etna, Europe’s only active volcano that makes for an unforgettable experience. Another must-see is the rural hillside town of Savoca, featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather Part II. Once you’ve relived a little mafia glory with several drinks in Bar Vitelli, take a coastal drive and check into the Zash Country Boutique Hotel. A former winery, this Mediterranean garden design hotel won’t disappoint, especially if you want to do the whole getting lost in citrus groves thing.5. Rio de Janeiro – best for sports fansWith the impending Fifa World Cup kicking off in Rio de Janeiro in June, sports fans would be mad not to take full advantage of the Brazilian city this year. As an extra bonus, regeneration of the beachside metropolis in preparation of the 2016 Olympics is already well underway so the city feels booming and at its best. Sports aside, the azure sea, green mountains and sky-scraping statue of Christ the Redeemer are sights to behold. If you’re planning a pre-spring break, the infamous Rio Carnival begins on February 28th. Breckenridge Brewery Celebrates Shark Week With Very Jaw-some Beer Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List 1. Pérez Art Museum, Miami 2. Table Mountain, Cape Town 3. Rio de Janeiro 4. Oaxaca, Mexico 5. Zash Country Boutique Hotel, Sicilycenter_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine? Here’s How to Help with This Year’s Harvest last_img read more

Residential school history still mystery to some First Nation youth

first_img(Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Murray Sinclair speaks during the opening day of the TRC’s seventh national event in Edmonton. In foreground is the Brentwood Box.)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News EDMONTON–After viewing a black and white photograph of a group of boys from an Indian residential school, Katie Saulteaux split her canvas diagonally, from corner to corner, and painted one side all in red.Saulteaux, 14, said she used red to signify the worry she felt for the boys in the historical photo.“All those little boys are going through harm, being traumatized and abused,” she said.Saulteaux is from Paul First Nation, which sits about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton where the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is holding its seventh and final national event.She was among several dozen students sitting around tables in the basement of the Shaw Conference Centre Thursday trying to translate what they learned into art. The theme of the opening day of the four-day event was, “Fostering Reconciliation Through Education.”About 2,200 hundred students from across Alberta attended the day’s events which featured panels, throat singing, fiddling, a hip hop performance and other musical acts.Alberta had the highest number of operating residential schools with 25 and is currently home to about 12,000 residential school survivors.Students paints their reactions to historical Indian residential school photos Eyeing her half-painted canvas, Salteaux said she planned to add blue paint to her artwork.“It represents sadness about how the boys had been treated,” she said.Saulteaux said she knew little about residential schools before today. She said she didn’t know why she was never taught about what happened.“I am kind of disappointed I didn’t know about it before,” she said.Megan Russell, 16, also said she didn’t know a lot about residential schools. The Grade 10 student from Lloydminster, Alta., said she know felt a responsibility to tell others about what she learned.“I didn’t know too much about it and it’s really changed my state of mind,” said Russell, who is Gitxsan from British Columbia.Isadore Alexis-Paul, 13, from Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation, said the TRC event gave him knowledge he lacked.“It’s cool actually hearing about this history,” he said. “I find it interesting learning this because I didn’t know….I think it probably will change the way I see things.”Residential school survivor Satoe, 65, said it didn’t surprise him that children from First Nation communities knew little about such a dark chapter in history.“Some people don’t want to talk about it because they’re too ashamed,” said Satoe, who is from the Blood Tribe and went to the St. Mary’s residential school for five years beginning in 1955.Satoe described his time at residential school as “really awful” and most of what he remembered involved forced labour.“You can’t forgive ever, though people ask for forgiveness,” he said. “I don’t think there will ever be reconciliation.”TRC Chair Murray Sinclair said that while reconciliation is one of the aims of the commission’s work, it will be up to the youth to finish that task.“We will not achieve reconciliation within the term of this commission. We will not achieve reconciliation in our lifetime,” said Sinclair.With one year left in the commission’s mandate, Sinclair said the work will transfer to other hands.“The obligation of all this work goes back to the people of this country, to you,” said Sinclair. “This is not an Aboriginal problem, it’s a Canadian problem.”Throughout the over century-long existence of residential schools, 150,000 Indigenous children were processed through about 130 schools. Thousands never made it home and many died from disease or violence.The TRC was created as a result of a multi-billion dollar, class-action settlement agreement between residential school survivors, Ottawa and the churches which ran the schools.The TRC has already held national events in Winnipeg, Inuvik, NWT, Halifax, Saskatoon, Montreal and Vancouver.The TRC will also be holding a closing ceremony in read more

Wydad Fan Dies in Tunisia Under Suspicious Circumstances Stirs Backlash

Rabat – News about the death of a Moroccan man in Tunisia has gone viral on social media, with some football fans and friends of the deceased deeming his death suspicious.Samih Abghor, from Chefchaouen,  traveled to Tunisia to cheer on his football club. Wydad had also traveled to Tunisia to play the second leg of the African Champions League in Rades, Tunisia on May 31.The fan did not, however, return home after the game which raised concerns among his friends and family. Some of his relatives and friends claimed on social media that Tunisian authorities sent a notice to his family to announce his death a few days of his disappearance. Read Also; Esperance de Tunis Fans Attack Wydad Supporters in TunisiaOn Samih’s Facebook friend list, a man called Fouad Ajaha shared a post to extend his condolences and to announce the death of his friend.“My warm condolences to Abghor’s family following the tragic death of my friend Samih in Tunisia in mysterious circumstances  while attending Wydad- Esperance Tunis match.”As family member , Rim Abghor, also shared a post to mourn Samih’s death. Several people also took to Samih’s Facebook page to express their condolences on posts shared on his wall.Local news outlets quoted the deceased’s brother, who said that Samih was stabbed with a knife in the legs on the eve of the match. The sources believe that the Moroccan national did not receive the necessary care following the stabbing which led to a hemorrhage. Samih’s brother also claimed that Tunisian authorities attempted to hide the circumstances of his sibling’s death.Read Also: Morocco and Tunisia Talk Regional Issues Despite Wydad-Est ControversyMorocco World News contacted Samih’s relatives for a comment , but they were unreachable.Samih was not the only Moroccan who experienced assault in Tunisia.  Fans of Tunisia’s Esperance Tunis assaulted and threw stones at a bus carrying Wydad fans upon their arrival in Tunisia to support their club.One of the Wydad fans was injured in the assault from EST supporters..The attacks came amid controversy over refereeing mistakes during the first leg, which took place in Morocco on June 24.Similar refereeing mistakes were made against Wydad during the second leg of the final, which  urged the Wydadi players and the Moroccan football federation to intervene. Wydad Casablanca left the pitch to finish the match when a referee refused to use the assistant video referee in favor of the Moroccan football club. It was later found that the VAR was not operational.Following Morocco’s campaign, the African Football Confederation decided to strip Esperance Tunis of the trophy and medals and will replay the game on neutral ground after the African Cup of Nations (CAN). read more

Bangladesh UN agencies offer relief to families still displaced by cyclone

26 August 2010United Nations agencies are providing relief to about 14,000 Bangladeshi families who are still living on embankments and in need of assistance, 15 months after they lost their homes when Cyclone Aila struck the impoverished South Asian country. The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide about $4.6 million of aid under the initiative, which follows a request from the Government to support its own relief programmes, the UN Country Team in Bangladesh reported today.A recent assessment found that about 14,000 families are still living in temporary dwellings on embankments in Khulna and Satkhira districts, and concerns about their situation have mounted given their vulnerability during the current monsoon season.Dozens of people died when Cyclone Aila struck Bangladesh and India in May last year and thousands more lost their homes and sought temporary shelter.For the next five months WFP has pledged to provide a monthly family food ration that consists of 30 kilograms of rice, five kilograms of pulses and three kilograms of vegetable oil. Households with pregnant or lactating women or children under the age of two will receive an additional allocation of fortified blended food.UNDP is distributing plastic sheets, ropes, nails, hammers, knives, umbrellas and bamboo as part of shelter packages to those in need.UNICEF is handing out iron and folate supplements to young children and pregnant and lactating women to reduce malnutrition and the agency will also provide advice and information to families on appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene practices.The current initiative is being assisted by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. read more

UK envoy and Defence Secretary have bilateral talks

The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, James Dauris met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne for talks today.During the meeting a cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and the British High Commissioner on matters of bilateral importance and mutual relevance, the Defence Ministry said. Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission, Tom Burn was also present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette)