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‘Not given food’: Lalu Prasad’s daughter-in-law accuses family of ill treatment

first_imgRJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s estranged daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai on Sunday blamed her eldest sister-in-law Misa Bharti for creating a rift between Ms. Rai and Tej Pratap Yadav and driving a wedge between Tejashwi Yadav and her husband.Also read: Tej Pratap Yadav is a drug addict, dresses up like Radha and Krishna, alleges wife Aishwarya RaiA drama unfolded at the 10, Circular Road residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, where Ms. Rai spoke to the media for the first time in the presence of her parents who rushed to the spot upon receiving her distress call.“I wanted my relationship (with Tej Pratap) to work. Hence, I had been staying here even after my husband filed a divorce petition. Though it is pending, my in-laws have started treating me as if we are already divorced,” Ms. Rai said.She was seated under a shed along with her parents in front of the outhouses situated inside the premises while speaking to reporters.“For the past three months, I have been subjected to ill-treatment here. I was not given food, so every day my meals used to come from my residence. Since Saturday, however, I was being denied access even to the kitchen. A personal staff of my mother-in-law rudely told me that it has been locked and refused to hand over the keys to me,” Ms. Rai said.The estranged daughter-in-law of Rabri Devi said, when she began shooting the entire episode on her mobile phone, the staff tried to snatch it.“I ran and he chased me until I came outside the inner quarters,” said Ms. Rai, based on whose complaint, an official of the ‘Mahila Helpline’ rushed to the spot.Pramila, the Helpline official, told reporters, “Let me first have a detailed conversation with the complainant. Based on that, we would decide the course of action to be taken into the matter.”When asked who were present inside the house while she was being denied food and attempts were made to snatch her phone, Ms. Rai said, “Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti and Tejashwi Yadav.”Asked about their responses to the incident, Ms. Rai went on to say “my mother-in-law simply abdicated her responsibility while Misa Bharti, who has been staying here despite being married for long, went about creating mischief so that her writ runs large within the family.”On RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav’s role, she said, “He has always been helpful. I do not know what happened since yesterday. Whether he was aware or not of what was going on.”“It is Misa Bharti who is trying to drive a wedge between the two brothers,” she added.Ms. Rai had tied the knot with Mr. Tej Pratap in May last year and had maintained a silence even after her husband went to court seeking divorce six months later.“Unfortunately, my father-in-law is not present here. He is the only one who could have sorted things out. It is Misa Bharti who does not want me to succeed in my efforts to save my marriage,” Ms. Rai said.Lalu Prasad is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases in Ranchi for more than a year.Ms. Rai’s father Chandrika Rai a several-term MLA currently belonging to the RJD was seen having heated exchanges with the security personnel, who were refusing him entry into the inner quarters.“They are neither meeting us nor picking up the phone. I would have never agreed (for her daughter’s marriage with Tej Pratap) had I known things would come to this shameful pass,” he said.No member of Prasad’s family or any RJD leader close to Lalu Prasad’s family was ready to speak on the matter even as the BJP attacked the former Chief Minister and his kin for having “humiliated such a respectable family.”last_img read more

Cabinet overturns 57-year-old ban on foreign equity in print media

first_imgLast week, one thing united those who had for long opposed or supported foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s print media. When the Union Cabinet allowed 26 per cent FDI in newspapers and news magazines after 57 years of naysaying, the response from both camps was cautious.The pro-FDI segment,Last week, one thing united those who had for long opposed or supported foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s print media. When the Union Cabinet allowed 26 per cent FDI in newspapers and news magazines after 57 years of naysaying, the response from both camps was cautious.The pro-FDI segment of the Rs 7,000-crore print industry hailed it as a historic move but also said it would wait to read the fine print of the notification, expected within two months. At the same time, the Government im-posed enough safeguards to silence even its most determined critics such as The Times of India Group, Hindustan Times and The Hindu.”It’s a logical decision in line with the opening up of broadcasting.” Sushma Swaraj, Information and Broadcasting Minister Outside the media industry, the critics were undaunted. From the Left’s strangely pro-government stand (there would be more Alex Perrys ready to run down the prime minister, it warned) to the Congress’s familiar beware of the neo-imperialist line, politicians uttered soul-stirring words.In the Union Cabinet meeting, these words were echoed by Sports Minister Uma Bharati, even as a supposed pro-changer like Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha said if the print media were cash-strapped, it could raise funds from banks rather than FDI.But more than the surprisingly vocal backing from perceived hardliner Murli Manohar Joshi and Labour Minister Sharad Yadav (who spoke up for small newspapers), it was Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who swung the day When I&B Minister Sushma Swaraj, to whom fell the unenviable task of sacrificing such a holy cow, checked with Vajpayee as late as two days before the meeting whether he wanted to go ahead with the decision despite Perry’s article in Time magazine, he said, of course.advertisementClick here to EnlargeFor the industry, the decision could not have been timed better. The National Readership Study (NRS) 2002 shows print media adding 17 million to its reader base, growing by 10 per cent from 163 million to 180 million.Of this, the reader base for newspapers shot up by 20 per cent – from 131 million to 156 million. NRS indicates significant scope for growth too. As many as 248 million adults are literate but do not read any publication.With such compelling numbers, the players have got down to the serious business of evaluating the nuts and bolts of the policy. T.N. Ninan, editor, Business Standard, whose paper sparked the debate afresh in 1993 when its then owner Ananda Bazaar Patrika entered into an MoU with Financial Times, spoke of waiting for the rules to be framed. “All we have is an announcement so far,” he said.On the other side of the fence, Vineet Jain, managing director, The Times of India, and Vir Sanghvi, editor, Hindustan Times, said they would rather not comment, leaving Indian Newspaper Society president and managing editor of Marathi daily Sakal, Pratap to speak impassionedly of how the country has had a “long tradition of traitors”.”It’s the first step towards a level playing field. And it is a very brave move at that.”Shekhar Gupta, CEO, The Indian Express Group What does the decision mean in real terms? The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which has welcomed the decision, estimates that with about 10 per cent of the players likely to offload 26 per cent equity to foreign investors within the next two years, the industry should see an infusion of Rs 150 crore to Rs 170 crore. Much of it may well be NRI money in search of respectability via investment in newspapers.As Chandan Mitra, editor, The Pioneer, says, “My first preference would be to ally with a professional media group but failing that, an NRI would do.” Speciality magazines – where the foreign equity cap is a higher 74 per cent- will benefit the most.Hormazd Sorabjee, editor ofAuto Car India, has been quoted privately as saying he’s been flooded with calls from prospective investors. Which may be why the stock price of Tata Infomedia, which publishes special-interest magazines such as Over Drive and Better Photography, grew by 18 per cent to – Rs 126.80 on the day of the decision.IMPACTForeign companies waiting in the wings for years can now firm up their plans with Indian partners. Financial Times already has an MoU with Business Standard.CII estimates foreign investment of Rs 150-Rs 170 crore in print over the next two years. The early beneficiaries could be the regional press.With Indian editions of foreign speciality magazines being printed, prices are likely to fall, benefiting consumers.If local editions of foreign dailies are allowed, India may become a publishing hub.Infusion of funds will mean upgradation of technology and better working conditions for journalists. Smaller players who get IPO funding will be able to compete with the big boys.The big players may use aggressive pricing strategies to grab a greater share of the market or bolster their position for foreign tie-ups.Among the major dailies, Business Standard is the only one with an existing tie-up courtesy a fresh MoU signed with Financial Times two years ago. What does appear more likely is media houses exploring initial public offers (IPOs) to raise funds.advertisementSays Narendra Mohan of the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran and a major proponent of the policy change as a BJP MP on the Standing Committee on IT: “We were told that we would never get the right money through an IPO because our shares would not be freely tradable.Financial institutions such as UTI and ICICI would not pick up our equity and interest on their loans was high.” Now he feels it will be easier to raise the Rs 180 crore required to modernise his printing machinery.But there may be a caveat there, as Nikhil Khattau, CEO of mutual fund Sun F&C, points out: “Neither FIIs nor NRIs and offshore corporate bodies can pick up shares in the market until RBI rescinds a notification preventing this, which it issued last year when Mid-Day Multimedia floated its IPO.” This is a housekeeping issue that the Government needs to clarify in its notification.Yet, says Mitra, for The Pioneer, which borrowed Rs 4.3 crore from a consortium of in-stitutional investors (ICICI, IDBI and IFCI) in 1998 at a “high interest rate”, the equity route is the only option to raise funds, apart from a strategic alliance.For Shekhar Gupta, CEO, The Indian Express Group, whose company’s profits after tax have declined from Rs 2.8 crore in 1999 to Rs 41 lakh in 2001, an IPO will translate “the goodwill of our readers into that of shareholders”. Any money from foreign investors will just be the icing on the cake, he says.”If there are more concessions, I won’t be surprised. We have a tradition of traitors.”Pratap Pawar, Chairman, Indian Newspaper SocietyMid-Day Multimedia didn’t wait for the opening up of FDI. It floated an IPO in February last year, and Somesh Kapai, head, business development, believes they couldn’t have bettered the Rs 53 crore they raised from the market. As Mitra argues: “Mid-Day is prosperous. It could command a premium. We achieved operational break-even only last year through cost-cutting. We needed the opening up of FDI.”So did India. Being the only functioning democracy in South-East Asia with a tradition of free press, it is ideally situated to become a publishing hub, attracting the very same newspapers and magazines currently published out of Singapore.Apart from the employment it would yield, the positive press it would generate for the Indian government is nothing to be sniffed at in these politically sensitive times.last_img read more

Cricket: Three Hong Kong players charged by ICC for match fixing

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: Cricket CountryThe ICC have charged three players under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code for their alleged involvement in a spot-fixing case in 2014. The three players include brothers Nadeem Ahmad and Irfan Ahmed along with Haseeb Amjad. Nadeem Ahmed was part of the playing eleven when Hong Kong took on India in the recently concluded Asia Cup.Further details have emerged behind the incident which claims that Irfan is already under suspension from the ICC since April 2016 for failing to inform the authorities of fixing approaches for several games including the ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers. Moreover, the 28-year-old was reprimanded for taking a bribe to under-perform in a T20 International against Zimbabwe.While Haseeb Amjad and Nadeem Ahmed have also been convicted of fixing the same matches mentioned above and have been punished with the same conduct having faced five charges. The three players, originally from Pakistan have been asked to give their reply on the charges within two weeks time.The Hong Kong side were a part of the 2018 Asia Cup campaign after toppling UAE in the finals of the qualifiers. Despite being comprehensively beaten by Pakistan in their inaugural fixture, the side gave a tough time to the eventual winners India.Read Also:Shoaib Akhtar calls himself “Don of Cricket”; gets trolled by TwitteratiVirat Kohli makes a request to the BCCI: Allow wives on overseas tours!last_img read more

SPORT-ATH 3 LAST

first_imgResults: Results: Men: Long Jump: 1. K PREM KUMAR (RSPB) 7.88m; 2. ANKIT SHARMA (HAR) 7.76m; 3. SAMSHEER (KAR) 7.62m. 400m Race: 1. RAJIV AROKIA (TN) 45.47; 2. MUHAMMED ANAS YAHIYA (KER) 45.75; 3. P KUNHUMUHAMMED (ARMY) 46.08. 1500m Race: 1. AJAY KUMAR SAROJ (ONGC) 3:44.60; 2. SANDEEP SINGH (HAR) 3:45.86; 3. RAHUL HARVEER SINGH (DEL) 3:46.07. 3000m Steeplechase: 1. NAVEEN KUMAR (HAR) 8:55.04; 2. DURGA BAHADUR BUDHA (MANI) 9:01.91; 3. SACHIN PATIL (MAH) 9:12.99. Hammer Throw: 1. NIRAJ KUMAR (RAJ) 68.46m; 2. SUKHDEV SINGH (HAR) 65.61m; 3. GURJOHAR SINGH (BSF) 61.83m. Women: 400m Race: 1. ANILDA THOMAS (KER) 52.40; 2. M R POOVAMMA (ONGC) 52.60; 3. JAUNA MURMU (ONGC) 53.37. 3000m Steeplechase: 1. LALITA SHIVAJI BABAR (MAH) 9:27.09; 2. SUDHA SINGH (UP) 9:31.86; 3. PARUL CHAUDHARY (UP) 10:47.49. High Jump: 1. SAHANA KUMARI (KAR) 1.80m; 2. P ANGEL DEVASIA (KER) 1.73m; 3. KC CHANDANA (KAR) 1.73m. Discus Throw: 1. KRISHNA POONIA (HAR) 55.09m; 2. SANDEEP KUMARI (HAR) 54.93m; 3 NAVJEET KAUR DHILLON (ONGC) 53.65m. 1500m Race: 1. O P JAISHA (KER) 4:18.69; 2. P U CHITRA (KER) 4:29.17; 3. ADESH KUMARI (HAR) 4:30.58. PTI PDS SSClast_img read more

Bernie Ecclestone says new F1 owners would want him to stay

first_imgFormula One’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has been asked to stay on for three years after an imminent takeover of the sport is completed by U.S. cable TV mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media.”They want me to be here for three years,” the 85-year-old, who over the decades has built the sport into a business with annual turnover of around $1.9 billion, told Reuters on Wednesday.Media reports have suggested the first part of a broader deal between outgoing rights holders CVC and Liberty Media could be announced on Wednesday.However Ecclestone and CVC chairman Donald Mackenzie voiced some scepticism about the time frame at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.”Honestly, I don’t think anybody knows – including our friends from Liberty, and Donald,” said Ecclestone, who still expected the deal to get over the line.The Briton said he would not be attending next week’s Singapore Grand Prix, the social highlight of the sport’s Asian calendar, because of the negotiations. (Also read: Nico Rosberg wins Italian GP after Lewis Hamilton’s poor start)”Because all this is going through, they (CVC) want me to be there (in London) to help them with all sorts of things. I can’t afford to be away for five to six days.”TUESDAY MEETINGA Formula One board meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, by which time the deal should have been finalised and a new chairman introduced.Ecclestone expects that to be Chase Carey, executive vice-chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and a director of Sky News owner Sky Plc, who would replace Austrian Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.advertisementBrabeck, 71, has been chairman since 2012 but has recently recovered from cancer and is due to step down as chairman of Nestle, the world’s largest food and drink company, in 2017.Ecclestone, famously unwilling to delegate in the past, indicated he would be happy to share the workload.”He (Carey) can do lots of things that I haven’t done with this social media, which he seems to be in touch with. He’s been dealing with sponsorship with his TV people. Between us we’ll get on with it,” he said. Ecclestone’s future had been called into question, with former team owner and television pundit Eddie Jordan saying on Sunday that Monza could even be the Briton’s last race. (Also read: Formula One tightens flag rules for qualifying)”That’s Eddie Jordan. If he had any money, and wanted a small wager, I’d give him good odds,” said Ecclestone.BIGGEST SHAKE-UPThe takeover, which values Formula One at more than $8 billion according to media reports, would represent the biggest shake-up in the cash-rich sport for decades.A deal with Liberty would also herald a new era for a European-dominated sport that has long sought to break into the U.S. market and win fresh audiences, with team principals already welcoming the possibility of a bigger push.Liberty Media has interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation and minority interests in Time Warner and Viacom.Malone’s Liberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, operating in more than 30 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean through a series of different brand names.One bump in the road ahead could be the need for the deal to be approved by the sport’s governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) and other global motorsport series, and European anti-trust regulators.The FIA has a one percent stake in Formula One’s parent company Delta Topco, which could be worth around $90 million according to forbes.com, and that has been held up as a possible conflict of interest.The privately-owned Force India and Sauber teams have also filed a complaint asking EU authorities to investigate the sport’s governance and distribution of revenues.Ecclestone expected the European Commission to take a closer look at the sport as a result.”It’s like the police. You get stopped for a rear light and they want to know if you’ve got a driving licence and insurance. So I don’t know what effect that will have,” he said.last_img read more

11 Tech Companies Hiring More Than Just Engineers

first_imgFlexportHiring For: Sales Operations Associate, Product Operations Manager, Sales Development Manager, Global Compensation Analyst, Product Marketing Manager, Product Illustrator & more.Where Hiring: Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY & more.What Employees Say: “I have never learned so much in my entire life. Everything from logistics, sales, operations, business strategy, leadership, management and working/coordinating with global teams. It’s like getting paid for an MBA.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs Walmart eCommerceHiring For: Business Manager, Senior Manager of Brand Marketing, Principal Designer, Recruiter, Content Strategist, Operations Manager, Senior Paralegal, Senior Accountant, Senior Auditor, Associate Counsel, Administrative Assistant & more.Where Hiring: San Bruno, CAWhat Employees Say: “Great place to work. You get to work with the most talented people. The place has a flat hierarchy. Teams use the latest open source technology” —Former EmployeeSee Open Jobs AmazonHiring For: Visual Designer, Business Development Manager, Amazon Go Lead Retail Associate, Marketing Strategist, Global Account Manager, Executive Assistant, Manager of Partner Sales, Partner Sales Manager, Technical Program Manager, Whole Foods Shopper, Customer Success Leader, Enterprise Service Manager, Driver Trainer & more.Where Hiring: Seattle, WA; East Palo Alto, CA; Memphis, TN; North Randall, OH; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Salt Lake City, UT; Atlanta, GA & more.What Employees Say: “Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self-motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs As tech companies like Lyft and Walmart eCommerce scale their operations, they begin to require a variety of more traditional non-tech roles to help transform their cool idea into real revenue. Sales representatives, marketing managers, operations pros — these roles are not only essential for a tech company to grow but they are also some of the most common non-tech jobs being hired today, according to Glassdoor research.So if you know nothing about SQL or Java, don’t cross tech companies off of your job search list. Here are 11 hot tech outfits looking for more than just engineers.LyftHiring For: Operations Manager, Community Associate, Accountant, Business Development Lead, Sustainability Manager, Executive Assistant, Recruiter, Senior Manager of Sales Operations, VP of Integrated Marketing, Counsel, Head of Inclusion & DiversityWhere Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; Denver, CO & more.What Employees Say: “The most diverse workplace I have ever been in and on average, people here have a very high EQ. The company has a vision I can get behind and I feel like my voice is heard and appreciated.” —Current User Experience ResearcherSee Open Jobs SalesforceHiring For: Success Specialist, Associate Accountant, Manager of Renewals, Senior Consultant, Recruiting Coordinator, Sales Compensation Manager, Business Strategy & Analysis, Strategic Account Manager, Sales Operations Team Lead & more.Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN & more.What Employees Say: “Equality for women, work/life integrity, paid parental leave, mostly the team are great people, high IQ, high integrity, not many jerks.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs GoogleHiring For: People Consultant, Contract and Product Operations Associate, Communications Manager, Content Strategist, Strategic Planning Analyst, Product Marketing Manager, Technical Program Manager & more.Where Hiring: Ann Arbor, MI; Mountain View, CA; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Kirkland, WA & more.What Employees Say: “Compensation & perks: you get well paid, especially given the growth of the stocks you get. Gym is top notch, on-site medical center, free food, etc.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobs VerizonHiring For: Client Partner-Sales, Senior Security Consultant, Customer Service Clerk, Field Operations Manager, Project Manager-Social, Recruiter, Project Management Consultant, Incident Manager & more.Where Hiring: New York, NY; Hayward, CA; Lake Mary, FL; Irving, TX; Pittsburg, PA; Cary, NC; Alpharetta, GA & more.What Employees Say: “Benefits and pay seem really good vacation days start day 1. Pretty good amount of training if you have some type of skill with technology.” —Current Fios TechnicianSee Open Jobscenter_img SAPHiring For: Technical Recruiter, UX Content Strategist, Head of Global Events, Quality Expert, Business Development, Customer Support Specialist, Business Manager, Travel & Expense Consultant, Outbound Market Development Rep & more.Where Hiring: Palo Alto, CA; Eden Prairie, MN; Bellevue, WA; Miami, FL; Newtown Square, PA; Los Angeles, CA & more.What Employees Say: “Truly a work hard-have fun atmosphere. SAP advocates wellness, well-being and work-life balance. Very large company with lots of networking opportunities. Great benefits. Strong leadership.” —Current Sales and Business Development RepresentativeSee Open Jobs WorkdayHiring For: Corporate PR Manager, Administrative Assistant, Pricing Analyst, Program Manager of Sales, Regional Vice President of Sales, Financials Value Manager, Engagement Manager, Customer Success Manager & more.Where Hiring: Berwyn, PA; Pleasanton, CA; Boulder, CO; Boston, MA; Salt Lake City, UT; New York, NY & more.What Employees Say: “Co-workers are smart, dedicated, and very, very supportive. Strong sense of mission and future. Great founders – easy to rally behind. Solid pay, good benefits.” —Current Senior ManagerSee Open Jobs IBMHiring For: Client Solution Executive, Marketing Services Consultant, Financial Analyst, Recruiting Specialist, Strategy Consultant, Offering Manager, Project Manager, Marketing Analytics Strategist & more.Where Hiring: Austin, TX; Herndon, VA; Albany, NY; San Francisco, CA; Cambridge, MA & more.What Employees Say: “The working culture and environment is good here. Freedom to employees and facility of work from home.” —Current Applications DeveloperSee Open Jobs OracleHiring For: Senior Manager of Competitive Intelligence, Senior Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, Telesales Business Development Manager, Solution Specialist, Sales Representative, Product Marketing Sales Lead, Principal Field Analyst, Benefits Specialist & more.Where Hiring: Orlando, FL; Redwood City, CA; Denver, CO; Cambridge, MA; Bozeman, MT; Bellevue, WA; Austin, TX & more.What Employees Say: “The work is intellectually stimulating. Great benefits and incentives for salespeople. Great culture and community. Talented leadership with years of experience.” —Current Client PartnerSee Open Jobs AppleHiring For: Apple Specialist-Retail Customer Services and Sales, Genius, Account Lead, Account Executive, Logistics Manager, AppleCare College Program, Business Traveler Specialist, Payment Specialist, Executive Assistant, Business Development Lead & more.Where Hiring: Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Novi, MI; Tempe, AZ; Cupertino, CA; Austin, TX; Reno, NV & more.What Employees Say: “I’ve worked at Apple for over 9 years, holding 6 positions in 5 different stores. The company has great benefits and my own values are in line with our company values.” —Current EmployeeSee Open Jobslast_img read more

5 Ways You’re Hurting Your Career Without Realizing It

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ There are certain behaviors that are bound to make you look bad on the job. Showing up late, for example, is a good way to incur your boss’ wrath, as is ditching team meetings or handing assignments in past their deadlines. But there are certain less obvious things you might be doing at work that could damage your career in the long run. Here are five to be aware of.1. Complaining Too Much to Your PeersYou probably know that constantly moaning in front of your boss isn’t the best career move. But griping too much to your peers could have the same effect. If you gain a reputation as someone who’s perpetually ungrateful and never satisfied, your colleagues won’t want to partner with you on projects for fear that your negativity will impact them. A better bet, therefore, is to keep your complaining to a minimum. It’s OK to grumble when your manager asks you to work late three nights in a row, but don’t whine about every little thing that gets under your skin.5 Ways Your Boss Wants You to Improve This Year2. Not Shaking Things UpOnce you get used to a certain routine at work, sticking with it can be comforting. It’s also a good practice in stress avoidance. After all, if you know what you’re doing, you’re less likely to make mistakes or face challenges that make you look weak. Here’s the problem, though: If you keep up the same routine for too long, you’ll risk cornering yourself into a dead-end job with limited to no room for growth. Instead, try asking your manager to work on a few new projects here and there so that you’re dabbling in different things. Incidentally, this will help with the boredom factor, which might work wonders for your outlook.3. Keeping to YourselfIt’s a good thing to have the ability to focus on important assignments and avoid the distractions so many office workers face. But if you err on the side of not being social at work at all, it might impede your ability to build relationships with your peers. Rather than stay put at your desk staring at your laptop all the time, make an effort to meet new people and explore networking opportunities within your company. Knowing the right people might help your career just as much as your solid output.4. Not Asking Your Boss for FeedbackMany employees would rather sit back and wait for their managers to critique their work rather than ask for feedback. But actually, the more feedback you receive, the more opportunities you’ll get to improve as you go. Rather than avoid asking for feedback for fear of opening up a can of worms, ask your boss for a quarterly sit-down to discuss your performance. This will show your manager that you’re invested in doing well and aren’t too proud to accept criticism.How to Ask Your Boss for Feedback (And Actually Get What You Need!)5. Working Late All the TimeYou might think that working late consistently will help your career, since it shows your manager that you’re willing to put in the time to get things done. But if you clock those long hours all the time, you’ll risk burning out and having your performance suffer as a result. Rather than go that route, save your late nights for when the situation really warrants it, but leave the office at a reasonable hour a good amount of the time. That way, you won’t be the person who gets taken advantage of by folks who come to expect a certain commitment you were never obliged to make in the first place.The last thing you want to do is engage in behavior that hurts your career instead of helping it. Avoid these mistakes, and with any luck, you’ll excel on the job and keep moving forward.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission. Hot New Jobs For You 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ N/A 4.7★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States View More Jobs Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 2.3★ 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Arsenal move late to beat Everton to AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang

first_imgArsenal are making a late move to beat Everton to AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang.After his spell on-loan at Watford last season, Niang is open to returning to England next term.Everton have been in talks with Niang’s minders and were regarded as favourites for his signature.However, TMW says Arsenal are also moving for the striker with contact already having been made.Interestingly, before moving to Milan, the former Caen striker trained with both Everton and Arsenal.last_img

Chelsea agree to sell Diego Costa to calm Conte tension

first_imgChelsea are ready to sell Diego Costa in order to calm tension around manager Antonio Conte’s situation.The Mirror says former club Atletico Madrid will this week table a bid for him to return in January.The Spaniards will propose an initial fee of £26m — £6m less than Chelsea paid for the player in 2014.But with various performance-related add-ons they effectively plan to give the Blues their money back if a deal for the 28-year-old can be struck.But while offers from China remain on the table, Costa is less open to a move there than he was six months ago.With Atletico banned from registering players for six months, they will also ask that he is left out of the Blues’ Champions League squad so he is not cup tied for the latter stages of the competition.last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea defender Cundy: Kane twice the player of Lukaku

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy has questioned their move to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.Cundy says Tottenham’s Harry Kane is the benchmark for attacking quality and believes Lukaku is well short of that mark.”If you are giving me the option to buy either one of those players, I’d take Kane every single day of the week over Lukaku,” Cundy told talkSPORT.”I would rather Harry Kane over Cristiano Ronaldo too.”All-round, the value he’s going to bring, because of what he can do, the player he’s going to turn into. I have faith in my judgment.”Harry Kane is twice the player Lukaku is – based on my eyes, based on my knowledge, based on what I see.”He’s twice the player, Kane is twice the player. Harry Kane is a better player, he can hold the ball up with his back to goal and Lukaku can’t.”However you dress it up, the better player is Harry Kane.”last_img read more

​Crystal Palace, Tottenham in the hunt for Ajax star Veltman

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is looking to raid his former club Ajax for defender Joel Veltman.The London Evening Standard reports that Veltman is also a target of Tottenham Hotspur.The 25-year old has one-year remaining on his contract, which means he could be available for just £10m.The 47-year old handed Veltman his senior debut at the Amsterdam club five years ago after promoting him from the youth academy.The new Palace boss wants to add more youth to his squad and eyes Veltman as the perfect signing.last_img read more

Four Questions to Answer in Every Fundraising Appeal

first_imgDon’t just focus on need; focus on specifically explaining the impact a donation will make.Show them that you will take care of their money so a potential donor knows it won’t be wasted or inefficiently used.Clearly show which programs are being helped by a donation or what goods are going to result.Share human interest stories and success stories. Share how other donors made an impact or how donors impacted other individuals in need. Avoid talking about massive numbers, mind-numbing statistics, or intangible outcomes.Who says? The messenger is often as important as the message.People tend to do what other people are doing. Tap into that fact by using trustworthy messengers – people you’ve actually helped or other donors instead of just you. People say friends and family are the most influential in determining where they give money, so also think about how you can get your supporters to speak for you among their own circles of influence. To grow your donor base and total donations you need to have an appropriate “Call to Action” in every appeal. The problem is that many nonprofit campaigns lack that. Hence the problem of the “Call to Inaction.”It’s great to state who you are and what you do, but if you never clearly ask for money and never appeal to potential donors correctly, your results won’t amount to much. To do that you need to answer the following four questions every time you ask for a gift:Why me? Your audience needs to care about what you are doing. Show them why what you’re doing is personally relevant to them. They need to connect to you on a human level. Use pictures, tell stories and target your audience with appropriate messages to help your audience relate.If your writing tends to be more like an academic argument than a true-life story aimed at touching the heart, it’s time to break out of your old habits and put the heart and soul of your work back into every word you write.Why Now?Most people donate on two occasions. The first is towards the end of the year; people are in charitable mindsets and looking to make year-end tax contributions. The other is when there’s a humanitarian crisis such as the earthquake in Haiti. What do you do the rest of the year?Create a sense of urgency and immediacy in your appeal. Explain why a donation is needed right now.Break down what you are currently doing and show any immediately understandable or visible results that will make people want to take action. What For?People know you’re a nonprofit organization and you need donations to help your cause. But where exactly is a donor’s money going? What will they get in return for their donation – personally and in terms of your programs?last_img read more

The Art of the Online “Ask”

first_imgShow your potential donor him/herself. Sending out an email solicitation? Include a testimonial of one of your constituents or of another donor. People want to see themselves. Hold up that mirror, and show them, “Hey! You can help Susie and others like her by supporting local research…” or, “Hey! You can make a difference just as Donnie Donor did!” Check out another example of a good fundraising appeal. Give donors options. Think big. Online donors are as diverse as offline donors-they want to set up recurring gifts, planned giving, stock donations and otherwise. In addition to your online donation form, be sure to include surrounding text about the variety of ways to give. Be sure to include contact information! Make your donate button BIG. If you’ve been readings Tips for awhile now, this first point isn’t news, but it’s still of paramount importance. Make your button BIG, BOLD and ABOVE-THE-FOLD. Check out examples from Clowns Without Borders and Blue Frontier. Ask for more than money. What’s a precious commodity that doesn’t include a dollar sign? A person’s time — it can be priceless. Give all the facts and opportunities for volunteerism. Show how organized your program is and what an impact it will make on the volunteer and the project they’re doing. Just do it. Frame your appeal in such a way that it answers donors’ immediate questions: Why me, why now, what for and who says? How do you do that? Learn the tactics.Keep this in mind: You have a variety of online channels (your website, email communications and champions on social media) to ask for donations, and you have the know-how to make your organization and a donor’s potential real. Go make it happen! Connect to content. Saying “donate now” is not a compelling solicitation. (But, ah, if only it were that easy…) You need to make a tangible appeal to your potential donors. Include an image. On a webpage about your organization’s homeless shelter, make your button say something relevant: “Feed five people with a $50 donation now! Any and all support makes a difference in the lives of these families. When you sit down to view your nonprofit organization’s website, you should be able to locate the donate button in one to two seconds. One Mississippi… Two Mississippi… Time’s up! That’s it. It should be that easy.So why aren’t more nonprofit websites designed that way?As we in the nonprofit world know, getting over the awkwardness of making “the ask” is a trial in itself. But, we also know that to fulfill our missions, good wishes and kind hearts don’t keep the lights on or the soup flowing. We need to be proactive about asking for support. We can’t hesitate to ask for gifts or involvement on our websites. We need to understand how to ask for donations.Here are a few tips for making the all-important “ask”:last_img read more

Progress in Pakistan with Nigeria on the Horizon

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faisal Siraj, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.My 4th month in the Young Champions Program was very busy. The New Year celebration, my birthday, and the visa process for Nigeria made it a little hectic for me but I enjoyed it. I am planning to finally physically join my work office in Nigeria on the 1st of March and have started my visa process. I have completed the 7th chapter of safe motherhood guidelines for training traditional birth attendants and health workers. I tried to gather material for safe childcare guidelines and for that propose I met the maternal and child health coordinator of my town. This meeting was very helpful. The 7th chapter is on the first stage of labour: the condition of fetus. Description of the chapter is as follows.ObjectivesWhen you have completed this unit you should be able to:Monitor the condition of the fetus during labourRecord the findings on the partogramUnderstand the significance of the findingsUnderstand the causes and signs of fetal distressInterpret the significance of different fetal heart rate patterns and meconium stained liquorManage any abnormalities which are detectedThe next chapter, which I am currently working on, is the overall management of the first stage of labour and will be completed soon.Following is the progress of the activities planned in the first quarter of the project.Activities Planned for 1st QuarterAdvocacy meetings with stake holders – Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA), Association of traditional births attendant (TBA) Primary Health Centers and community leadersTraining of volunteers (maternal health activist)Training of traditional birth attendantsActivities ImplementedAdvocacy VisitsAdvocacy meetings: this activity is implemented with the objective to increase public commitment to maternal health and awareness for HIV and TB prevention, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, family planning and prevention of other infections.Training of Volunteers (Maternal Health Activists)Date: November 25-26, 2010Venue: WCH Conference HallTraining Goal: To provide the volunteers with reproductive health updates and enable them provide quality maternal health information, non-prescriptive contraceptives and referrals to create a synergy between primary health centers and other agencies implementing programs on maternal health.Facilitators: Eunan Enyia, Emeka Nwankwo, Lucy Attah, Dr. FaisalTopics Discussed: Introduction to maternal health; Safe motherhood; Causes of maternal mortality; Cultural causes of maternal mortality; The impact of maternal mortality in our societyTarget Location: The facilitators and participants identified and discussed about the location for the project activities which include the primary health centers, traditional birth attendants and private hospitals. There was an argument to include churches as part of project sites since it is discovered that some churches claim to have healed their HIV clients and they will restrict their clients to their own clinics without referring them to where they can obtain ARV drug or adequate information that will help them make informed decisions concerning their health, especially maternal health complications and sexually transmitted infections.Counselling and Referral Activities: In this reporting period, young women living with HIV and AIDS came to WCH to seek out information concerning their health. Some were seeking information for family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and adherence information on TB/HIV drugs. They were engaged in counseling. Forty eight clients (38 women, 10 men) were counseled and appropriate referrals made to PMTCT clinics.Challenges: The major challenge was that the training of the traditional birth attendants was rescheduled to take place in January. This is to allow time for people to go on holidays during Christmas period in December.Second Quarter Activities: The following list of activities would be scheduled to take place in the next quarter (2nd quarter):Counseling and ReferralsTraining of traditional birth attendantsAwareness / sensitization in communitiesTraining of health workers (Community Health Extension Workers-CHEWS)Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Special Report The Lancet Focuses on Maternal and Child Health in Iraq

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 15, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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)In “Roots of Iraq’s maternal and child health crisis run deep” published today in The Lancet as part of a special edition on health in Iraq ten years after the U.S. invasion, Paul C. Webster synthesizes evidence on the lasting impact of the conflict on maternal and child health. In particular, the article focuses on the persistent shortage of skilled health providers that arose after the conflict, as many fled the country, and has persisted since.The article cites Yaseen Abbas, president of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society: The overarching impediment blocking progress on maternal and child mortality, he argues, is no longer violence and insecurity, which for much of the past decade prevented patients from reaching health professionals. “The medical teams are now reaching all parts of Iraq”, he reports. “But the problems now are structural. The number of primary care facilities is inadequate. The years of embargoes and the former regime’s strategies held Iraq back in medical science. This, and the brain drain, remain the main things retarding health care here.”Further, the article points out that even as the health sector budget for the country has increased in recent years, challenges persist for ensuring that funds are used appropriately,  and per capita health spending remains below that of neighboring countries. Further, as another article in the issue points out, these investments have tended to focus on large hospitals, rather than the system as a whole.  Finally, it highlights the fact that the population of Iraq is both young and growing far more rapidly than neighboring countries, as family planning access and knowledge remain low. Indeed, an analysis of global data on family planning, also published recently in Lancet shows that though there has been some increases in contraceptive prevalence in the past decade, around 20 percent of women have an unmet need for family planning: far higher than the global figure of 12 percent.Share this:last_img read more

New Series from The Lancet Calls for Renewed Attention to Malaria in Pregnancy

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 22, 2018February 22, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Lancet recently published a Series with updated information and guidance on malaria in pregnancy. Despite advances in knowledge, prevention and treatment, malaria remains one of the most preventable causes of poor birth outcomes in many parts of the world—and continues to play a large role in global maternal deaths. Resistance to sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine, the intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) drug combination, as well as inadequate coverage of IPTp and insecticide-treated nets pose key challenges to addressing malaria in pregnancy worldwide.The Series covers the current burden, pathology, costs, prevention and treatment of both uncomplicated and severe malaria during pregnancy. As the Series states,This new Series puts the spotlight back on malaria in pregnancy where much can still be achieved with what is currently understood. However, renewed dialogue and collaboration between researchers, policy makers, and funders could reap enormous benefits if the roadmap as laid out is followed.Access the Series below:CommentPutting malaria in pregnancy back in the spotlightSeriesBurden, pathology, and costs of malaria in pregnancy: New developments for an old problemPrevention of malaria in pregnancyTreatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria during pregnancy—Access key resources and publications related to malaria in pregnancy>>Share this:last_img read more

Don’t Wait Up Honey — I’m Going to the Benefit!

first_imgTonight we’re welcoming friends, partners, and members to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for our Annual Benefit. This year we’ll be celebrating a new age of work and our vision for continued building of protections for independent workers. By coming together, partnering with existing social enterprises, and building new entrepreneurial ventures, we can support this crucial community – and our country’s economic growth. We’re especially excited to be honoring New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Loosecubes founder and CEO Campbell McKellar, and to hear from our keynote speaker, Cheryl Dorsey. Cheryl, a longtime Freelancers Union partner and the current President of Echoing Green, will speak about social entrepreneurship and mutualism – topics as dear to her as they are to us. Extra special thanks are due to all the sponsors of this year’s benefit. Check them out after the jump, and send some good vibes their way. **Visionary ** HealthPlan Services **Leader ** Empire BlueCross BlueShield **Trailblazer ** Amalgamated Life Insurance Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Milliman, Inc. Trendsetter City National Bank HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Partner AllianceBernstein American Federation of Teachers BDO USA, LLP Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Michael J. Hirschhorn and Jimena P. Martinez Dubraski & Associates Insurance Services, LLC Echoing Green Jill and Ken Iscol QualCare, Inc. The Segal Company **Supporter ** Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP BerlinRosen Ltd. David Landis, FIC Board Member Down-to-Earth Finance Hildy J. Simmons Medwise Partners, Inc. Nathanson+Hauck Preston Pinkett III Richard Koven Tom Dwyer Tom Okonek, TJO Associates **Friend ** Daniel A. Ross ERM3 Solutions Marketing Mentor Public Ink Strohm Ballweg, LLPlast_img read more

5 critical skills freelancers should master to get hired

first_imgAs the freelance industry booms, it only proves that there are more pros to living the freelance life than there are cons.Aside from the usual sought-out benefits – working your own hours, no boss breathing down your neck – there’s the fact that freelancers are far more likely to re-skill in their career than their traditionally employed counterparts.This is a major advantage considering the rapid shifts in the workforce. Several jobs that didn’t exist five years ago are now in high-demand, while many other jobs are being phased out.Freelancers have a huge head start when it comes to these shifting employment trends and emerging job descriptions. What this only shows is that, now more than ever, freelancers must be devoted to lifelong learning if they want to stay ahead of the game.Shift to performing higher value workLow value work refers to tasks that don’t require too much skills. Many of these tasks (though far from all) are manual in nature, such as data entry or transcription work.While there’s no telling when, many industry reports are showing that demand for these kinds of jobs will soon be phasing out. Even if there is some kind of demand, it likely can’t provide a desirable income.What this implies is that freelancers should be investing in higher value work. Tasks that can’t be done by machines, devices, and AI – take advanced coding or community management, for example – will take center stage in the freelance economy.By making the shift, freelancers can also keep ahead of their current competition. The freelance industry is already a high-competitor environment as is, so deciding to offer more high value, specialized work for clients makes sure you’ll be in the industry for a long time.Interested to know what you need to level up if you want to get more jobs next year? Read up on these five essential skills every freelancer must master to stay in-demand.Cognitive load managementWithout getting too caught up in the scientific details of cognitive load theory, cognitive load essentially refers to everyone’s ability to do cognitive activities – such as brainstorming, thinking, and reacting to real-time environmental stimuli.Taken in a freelancer’s setting, you find yourself doing a myriad of tasks, making a myriad of decisions, and finding new ways to solve client problems all in a single day.All of this thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving can take its toll. For one thing, cognitive overload is a real problem in today’s workforce. Too much information, knowledge work, and not enough whitespace for processing or breaks can overwhelm even the most intelligent freelancer.How to effectively manage cognitive load as a freelancerTo minimize cognitive overload in your freelance work, consider a few time- and energy-saving strategies to implement each day.One of these is called habit stacking, or using the power of one existing habit to get you to stick to a new one. Consider this strategy to create a daily routine that gets you flowing from one task or activity to another.Here’s a sample habit stack for a fictional freelance graphic designer:After I make morning coffee, I will write down my three biggest tasks to accomplish today.After I write down my three biggest tasks for the day, I will start on the first and easiest task.After I finish the first task, I will check and respond to any emails.After I respond to emails, I will set up my desktop for my next task.After I set up my desktop for my next task, I will step away from my computer for a ten-minute nature break….and so on.This benefits freelancers greatly because it takes away unnecessary decision-making that can take up too much cognitive power. By flowing from one habit or task to the next, you can focus on higher value tasks like creating high quality work for clients.Alternatively, project management systems are great tools to have for solo entrepreneurs.Instead of having to remember the status of each project or invoice, using a project management software – popular ones being Trello, Asana, or Monday – can help you update projects and keep things organized. (So you can say goodbye to spending 10 minutes hunting through folders to find one specific file.)Social IntelligenceJust as important as keeping up with the new hard skills in your specific freelance niche are brushing up on soft skills like emotional intelligence. And one part of emotional intelligence is being able to deal with other people, or social intelligence.Freelancers who are more socially and emotionally intelligent will become better working partners for clients and can easily make better decisions.You see, as a freelancer, you are your own PR manager, boss, employee, and account manager. There is no doubting that you will run into difficult situations, negotiations, and problems with clients and different stakeholders.Being able to manage the way you process these situations and assess next steps can make or break your freelance career.If a client comes to you with an angrily-worded email, claiming you’ve over-billed them, what do you do? Do you reply with a strong-worded email of your own?Chances are, doing so can ruin your relationship with that client, regardless of who was in the wrong (if at all).Being socially intelligent could have prompted you to analyze the situation and get the facts – perhaps the client overlooked the part in your contract that estimated your total work hours for the project; or perhaps you made a typo on the number of hours that bumped up the pricing total.You would also have been able to remain calm and objective, and more importantly, fair in your dealing with the client.Practicing social intelligence as a freelancer:Be very clear about your strengths and weaknesses.Don’t be quick to react or act out based on the first feeling you get; stay calm under pressure and don’t respond to strong emotions with strong emotions. Practice moving forward even in the face of setbacks; losing a client can be disheartening, but analyze why you might have lost them and see what you can do to avoid making the same mistakesListen to clients and other people you might work with (assistants, accountants, etc). Read messages clearly, ask questions when things are unclear, and make yourself approachable.New media literacyNew media has emerged more prominently in recent years than it has in decades. For one thing, new media can refer to the new ways of communicating between freelancer and client, such as messaging apps like WhatsApp, Slack, or Skype.Freelancers are expected to adapt to these new platforms and modes of communication, mostly because companies and clients themselves are adapting and using these new media.On that note, consider this scenario. If a company were deciding between hiring Freelancer A or Freelancer B, but Freelancer B tells them they don’t use Skype (the company’s preferred way to correspond on updates), which freelancer do you think the company would be quick to disregard?New media literacy also serves as a competitive advantage for freelancers who constantly have to market themselves.By having your own content strategy as a marketing technique – such as having a professional website, for example – you can easily attract the right clients to you, and almost entirely on autopilot.At the same time, you need to develop some basic troubleshooting and maintenance skills to ensure all the tools and platforms you use are functioning properly.For instance, if you’re getting most of your client offers, you’d want to make sure that you know how to prevent your website from going down so that potential clients can access it at any time.In its own way, this can also prove to clients that you are digitally savvy and stay on top of trends. This makes you a more desirable hire than the competition.Improving new media literacy as a freelancer:Keep open-minded about emerging modes of communication (or don’t make clients feel like you’re unwilling to use certain media).Show off your expertise with your own professional website, LinkedIn account, or social media presence.Create a high-converting content marketing strategy. Consider outsourcing or reselling white label SEO services for an added bonus for clients.Virtual collaborationAs more freelancers enter the game, startups and small companies are embracing forming growth teams and using growth hacking as a way to grow their businesses quickly.One thing we can assume from this new dynamic is that, even though you may be a freelancer who works on their own, there’s a big chance you will be collaborating with other people — be it employees from your client companies or fellow freelancers.Virtual collaboration means being a productive member of a virtual team. Things like Facebook At Work have been introduced to try and bring teams together on the web.How to practice virtual collaboration as a freelancer:Be open to your clients’ preferred ways of correspondence.If you have a small team of your own, use team collaboration tools like Slack channels or Monday boards.Be active in these communication channels. Share files as requested, leave feedback when needed. Show that you’re actively participating in the team’s effort to work together, even if it’s separately.Adaptive thinkingIf you’re to survive in the constantly changing freelance landscape, you need to actually be open to the changes happening in your industry.When new strategies and technology emerge, learn about them and see if you can use them for your business.If there are concepts or techniques that aren’t familiar to you yet, make the effort to learn them.For example:You’ve been hired by a client to write content for their website. On your weekly meeting, your client tells you that they want to include creating affiliate marketing content to your list of responsibilities.Unless you want to lose this client, you’d start learning everything about affiliate marketing, so that you can fulfill your new responsibility.This is also where fixed and growth mindsets come in. Freelancers with fixed mindsets will be stuck in their own “I don’t know this, so I can’t offer or learn it” way of thinking. Meanwhile, freelancers with growth mindsets think, “I don’t know this yet, but I can always learn and see how this can fit into my business.”How to be a more adaptive thinker as a freelancer:Keep up to date with your industry by following thought leaders and industry giants (LinkedIn and Upwork, for example, constantly publish industry reports about the freelance industry each year).Get inspired by consuming relevant content related to your niche.Stay updated with trends and updates from tools in your industry. For example, artists can keep on top of updates from Adobe, or social media managers can stay ahead of new features from tools like Hootsuite or Later.Freelancers must never stop learningFor any freelancer to thrive, a commitment to lifelong learning is their biggest strength. Master the five essential skills listed above by implementing the recommended tips under each, and soon you’ll be well on your way to becoming a fully booked, highly-demanded freelancer in your niche.last_img read more

Rick Pitino to Coach Greek National Basketball Team

first_imgATHENS — Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the Greek national basketball team and lead the country’s effort to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Greek basketball federation said Friday that Pitino will be officially presented on Monday, when details of his agreement will be announced.“Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team,” Pitino wrote on Twitter. “Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team. Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) November 8, 2019The 67-year-old American coached Greek club Panathinaikos last season and guided the team to victory in the country’s cup competition before returning to the United States. He remains popular among Greek fans despite his outspoken criticism of smoking and rowdy behavior by spectators at games.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo both play for Greece and the Milwaukee Bucks.The Greeks narrowly missed out on reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup in China in September.Pitino spent much of his career jumping between the college ranks and the NBA, coaching the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks as well as Kentucky and Louisville.TweetPinShare4747 Shareslast_img read more

Sunil Chhetri irreplaceable but need someone to step up in his absence: Stephen Constantine

first_imgIndian national football team coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday said the absence of Sunil Chhetri from the international friendly against Jordan was a big blow but added somebody else would have to stand up in the star’s absence. India take on Jordan for the first time ever in their history on November 17 in Amman.”Sunil missing for the clash against Jordan is a big blow for us. He is a great player and has been fantastic for us. He is one of those player that is irreplaceable but somebody has to take his place for the match against Jordan,” he said at a press conference in the national capital on Wednesday.”However it is a great opportunity for young players to step up and although you cannot find a player of his calibre and class we need to see if the young player step up and take this opportunity. We need to find somebody who will be there when we don’t have Sunil Chhetri so that there is no void left in the team,” he added.Chhetri has been ruled out of the international friendly against Jordan with an ankle injury while playing for Bengaluru FC in the ISL. He could be out of action for at least two weeks and is expected to be fit in time for India’s return to the AFC Asian Cup after eight years.Constantine further explained the root of the problem he now faces with Chhetri missing. He acknowledged the fact that Chhetri, the highest goal-scorer for India, may not be around forever. He pointed out the very real problem of dearth of Indian striker he faces may compound in the coming days.advertisement”He is 36 years old and at some point he is going to stop and we have to find young Indian striker and we have a shortage as players don’t want to play strikers whether in the I-League or in the Indian Super League. We bring foreigners who play those positions. So Indians thinks in terms of – do I want to play striker, I will not get to play as the team will prefer a foreigner. I can try and play wide right.”Constantine was also critical of the Indian league structure saying that when he assembles the national team for a camp, he ends up spending time on bringing the players back to the level of international football. He harped on the note that Indian football needs to look forward.”Sunil Chhetri is irrepressible and someone needs to take is his place in India. For this game (vs Jordan) will it be (Sumeet) Passi, Balwant (Singh), or Jeje (Lalpekhlua), we will have to see. But for the futurewho knows. We can try and look at other alternatives.”India face Jordan, on the back of a goalless draw against China back in October, in preparation for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup in January 2019 in UAE. And Constantine feels India need to play bigger and better opposition on a regular basis to improve.”We need to play teams like Jordan leading up to the AFC Asian Cup where we would be under pressure. Even the game against China was the same where if you commit a mistake around the 18 yard box, you can easily concede. However, both sides are good technical sides and both will present different challenges,” Constantine said.”We have a plan that we would like to implement during the game and we have watched the teams a lot. We had watched China three to four times and we are prepared for the challenges that come our way”, he added.”Our preparation to the AFC Asian Cup will also include a match against Oman and another friendly in December which is yet to be fixed,” Constantine said.The Indian football team will depart for Jordan on Thursday (November 15) after a three-day camp in New Delhi, where the smog and pollution have hampered their preparations, to which Constantine agreed saying, “little bit but we worked around it.””We deserved to be in the AFC Asian Cup and we are in the best position that India has been in, in some time. We will travel to Abu Dhabi with 28 players before the tournament starts and then we will drop 5 players on the January 2 and that is too cover any illnesses and injuries that may occur”, Constantine explained.”I am trying to cover all the bases and I don’t want my best players to remain injured and one of them right now is Sunil Chhetri,” he added.advertisementIndia have been draw in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 alongside hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and face Thailand in their opening match on January 06, 2019.Also Watch:last_img read more