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DDCA official CK Khanna could be BCCI chief: Report

first_imgWith the Supreme Court making it clear that a cumulative period of 18 years as per the July 18 verdict stands, the two executive functionaries – joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary are expected to resume office.DDCA official CK Khanna by virtue of being the senior-most BCCI vice-president will be the acting president. (Attorney General of India questions Supreme Court judgement on BCCI regarding Lodha reforms)Today’s order also means that Ratnakar Shetty and MV Sridhar will continue in their respective capacities as GM (Game Development) and GM (Cricket Operations) after there were complaints about them having been office bearers in their respective states for more than nine years.However, all the office bearers will have a short term as the Supreme Court appointed three-member administrative committee will be taking over from January 24.The administrators will certainly take a few months to set the house in order during which they are supposed to implement the Lodha reforms, oversee the change of constitution and a smooth conduct of the elections in the parent body as well as the state. (Supreme Court questions list of interim BCCI administrators, no names to be revealed now)However, it will be Jharkhand’s Amitabh, who now will get back his executive powers to convene meetings while treasurer Aniruddh will be an authorised signatory in financial matters till the administrators form the Apex Council.It is therefore expected that the Indian team’s selection meeting for the one-off Test against Bangladesh will be convened by Amitabh Chaudhary.advertisementlast_img read more

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India played exceptionally well under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia won the second Twenty20 international by five runs to stay alive in the three-match series after choking England’s chase on Sunday and restricting the visitors to 139/6.Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old Jasprit Bumrah bowled with ice in his veins, conceding only two runs while claiming two wickets, to deny a victory. (Also read: 2nd T20I: Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah bowl India to thrilling win over England, set up series-decider in Bangalore)While Bumrah finished the match with figures of 20/2 in his four overs, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3/28) also contributed to India’s win with three wickets for 28 runs.CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO Former India captain Sourav Ganguly hailed both Bumrah and Nehra for keeping their calm under pressure and delivering the goods when needed.Ganguly also said the 37-year-old Nehra once again proved that he was as best as anybody else with the ball. (Also read: Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)”Ashish Nehra is a terrific bowler. His fielding has gone down a bit but I think with the ball, he has done superbly. There were questions raised after the last game in Kanpur whether he should be playing T20 cricket. Today with the ball he once again proved that with the ball he’s probably as good as anyone in the side,” Ganguly told India Today’CREDIT TO BUMRAH'”You have to give credit to Jasprit Bumbrah…eight runs in the last over, six deliveries and only England had to lose the game and that’s exactly what they did. He bowled superbly, his slower balls gripped on the surface and made life difficult but more than Nehra who I thought had an exceptional first spell, the last two overs of Bumrah which is the 18th and the 20th won the game for India.”advertisement”I think it’s got to be Jasprit Bumrah because he has won the game for India. In his third last over he pushed up the run-rate to 12 runs in an over and Ashish gave 16 and it was eight runs in the last over and he again pulled it back for India. So for me it is Bumrah who is the man-of-the match and I thought he bowled exceptionally well under pressure.”last_img read more

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Japan and Punjab University organised seminar: Indian students are welcomed in Japan

first_imgAs many as four ministry departments of Japan and Panjab University on Monday organised a seminar on the topic “Higher Education and Research in Japan – 2017” at the Panjab University.Various ministries from Japan include, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.At the seminar were officials from the Japan’s embassy, and two participating universities from Japan – Ritsumeikan University and The University of Japan.What happen at the event?Students attending the seminar and participants were enlightened about the accrue research opportunities available in the Island nation. Specifically, research opportunities are available at Japan’s leading universities and several other companies.The Director of the University of Tokyo India Office, Hiroshi Yoshino deliberate about the various research fields such as robotic, aerospace, high speed railways, Physics, Chemistry and also the positions available in these fields.At the event, Daisue Kodama, First Secretary of Embassy of Japan in New Delhi, spoke of how Japan’s universities are quite welcoming and friendly towards international students and shows extreme welcoming spirit especially to Indian diasporas.Guidelines for post-graduate enrollment and research programmes in various disciplines were thoroughly laid down besides explaining the various government and local sponsored scholarships for the Indian diasporas.While ensuring Japan as a safe country for foreign students, Director Ritsumeikan India Office, Shozo kitamura applauded the students and academic staff for ensuring successful event.Read: How educated is VK Sasikala?Read: 14 out of 20 IIMs are running without a director: HRD Ministry Click here for education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at read more

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Prakash Javadekar: Fresh norms to be issued for CBSE schools to reduce school bag burden

first_imgAt an event organised by the CBSE, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the HRD ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools. He also gave the Green Schools Awards, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment, among others to a school in Punjab’s Moga, a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Hebbal in Karnataka, and a sports school from Sonipat, Haryana.Children from various schools were present at the event.”I am going to reduce the weight of school bags… Carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried,” he said.While CBSE has directed its schools that students upto class 2 should not bring school bags and the restricted the number of books carried till class 8, the HRD ministry is looking at these aspects to make the norms more effective, broad based as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.Other changes expectedJavadekar added that another change he plans to make is regarding project work assigned to school children. He said that most of the time parents have to pitch in to complete the projects assigned to their wards.Referring to an instance in his family, Javadekar said he once saw his granddaughter working on project-work at home with the help of her mother. When asked what was happening, he was told that without the assistance of adults, the teacher would not mark a ‘star’ for the assignment.advertisement”…But the real education is where the child learns even if he makes a mistake. The seniors can guide though…The parents too need to be educated,” he said.(Read: Demonetization slows down campus hiring: an unbending blow to Indian technology firms)Emphasis of increasing the green cover in schools Javadekar, who was earlier the Minister for Environment and Forests, also emphasised on the need to increase the green cover in schools. He said that a ‘school nursery programme’ had been initiated earlier which would be taken to Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) and CBSE schools.He said that the scheme would be jointly implemented along with the Ministry of Environment and Forests. “I have spoken regarding this to my collegue in Environment and Forest Ministry Anil Dave and we will jointly impement it,” Javadekar said.Another initiativeAnother initiative that could be taken up is that different boxes could be kept in each school for different kinds of waste — be it plastic, tin, glass or other kinds, he said. He suggested that once a week children could bring something in these boxes which should be recycled and the selling of this waste would also result in earnings.Read: Bihar Board Class 12 exam 2017 gets underway, despite question paper leak claims For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

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Haryana CM congratulates Ankur

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 23 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today congratulated shooter Ankur Mittal of Sonipat for winning a gold medal in mens double trap event in the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Mexico. In a statement here, the Chief Minister said that the performance of Ankur would inspire many others to take interest in this game of skill. Ankur, 24, clinched his first World Cup gold medal by defeating Australias James Willet in the final of the mens double trap event. Khattar said that with his outstanding performance at the World Cup, Ankur has brought laurels to the state and the country. Earlier, Ankur had won a silver medal in mens double trap event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.Congratulating Ankur, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said that his patience and dedication towards his chosen sport would motivate other budding shooters.He said that Ankur was honoured with Bhim Award last month for his outstanding performance in 2016-17. He said that the state government has been focusing on providing congenial atmosphere to the sportspersons. Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain also congratulated Ankur for his achievement and said that he was a role model for the youth. PTI VJ DKS PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Korean nonprofits know fundraising: post from Seoul

first_imgSuzyQuzy, FlickrPhoto from today of me with my hosts at the Beautiful FoundationI’m in Seoul, where I was fortunate enough to present to 300 nonprofits at a fundraising conference organized by the Seoul-based Beautiful Foundation. The Beautiful Foundation, which bears the slogan, Beyonnd Charity Toward Change, is a nine-year-old public interest foundation here that grants $7 million annually. Its flagship giving campaign, 1% Sharing, is well known to South Koreans and has inspired a growing philanthropic sector. It urges people to give 1% of their money, time or talent to a good cause. The foundation staff say their name comes from a Dorothy Parker quote: “To a charitable organization, money was sent with good will. What is beautiful is not the words, but the will.” (Personally, as a fundraiser, I like the Dorothy Parker quote, “The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘cheque enclosed.’”).Giving in Korea is beginning to take off as the country enjoys prosperity. Two-thirds of South Koreans give money and a quarter volunteer, and the amount donated is increasing annually. I wanted to highlight some of the foundation’s great fundraising work, which seeks to build on these trends. Their Lego-like building block project had people collect coins in building blocks, which were then put together in the city to showcase charitable giving. You can see some of the blocks behind us in our photo above. And there is a great write-up of the project here.Supporters bought colourful Lego block banks to collect their donations. These were purchased online or in bulk and given to business employees or school students. A leaflet explaining how people could take part was distributed with each block bank. The leaflet also had stories from various supporters who came from all walks of life. Over the event period, supporters collected their monies in the block bank; on 6 December 2008 they brought their block banks to a central location in Seoul to join in a group Lego-building activity. Those who lived outside the capital were able to send their block banks before this activity.This year, they are creating a project that involves real leaves imprinted with the slogan that has a double meaning of roughly, “Hope does not fall,” and “hope can’t be defeated.” Here are two leaves they left with me.What they have done so well, particularly with the Lego project, is not only inspiring giving but making it participatory and visible. This is so important in creating a sense that giving is growing and establishing a new social norm. It is a great model for all of us to follow.What can you do to make the act of giving more engaging?last_img read more

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Raise Money Online for Your Nonprofit Cause with Strong Branding

first_imgThe mechanics of fundraising online are different from those of traditional fundraising, but some of the best fundraising basics for nonprofits remain the same. Utilizing your brand in everything you do is one of them.Your Brand Represents You to DonorsYou have probably put a lot of thought, and hopefully research, into developing your brand. A great logo can be a powerful symbol of your cause and can bring your organization’s work to mind in an instant.Your website should be developed with brand colors, designs, fonts, and images that are consistent with your printed material and displays at your location. These things all work together to represent you in the minds of your donors (and potential donors).Being Consistent Makes You RecognizableBy using your branding consistently in electronic communications, you build on its familiarity. Whenever you send out email or post online, be sure your branding is prominent. Your followers get a lot of email and social media input every day. You want yours to stand out so it will get opened or clicked on, and one way to do that is to make your communications easily recognizable.Branding is especially important when you are asking for online donations on fundraising websites. Donors who see your logo and colors are more confident that they are in the right place and that their donation will actually go to your cause. It’s possible to just set up a PayPal page for donations, but a branded fundraising website is much more effective.Make Your “Sender” Identity ClearEmail should always show your organization’s name, or a prominent person’s name, in the sender field. If readers receive an email from a museum or from the president of a university, for example, they are much more likely to open it than if it comes from “Jane Doe” or some other unknown entity.If you want people to open your email, you need a good subject line as well. The subject should clearly indicate who you are and what the message relates to. Advertising come-ons like “You’ve got to see this!” don’t usually work when recipients are scanning through their email inboxes to decide if anything is important enough to actually read. However, some marketers have found it beneficial to include “[Time Sensitive]” in the subject line when there is a deadline involved. It must be followed by a true indicator of the importance of your email, though.None of this is actually new marketing information, but in taking on the evolving electronic forms of fundraising, some of these ideas have been tossed aside. It turns out that, in some ways, digital media is very much like traditional forms of fundraising, and consistent branding is still fundamental to establishing an organization’s identity.Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-888-284-7978 x1.last_img read more

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How to Add a Donation Button to Facebook Page

first_imgTake a few minutes to add a Facebook donation button to your nonprofit’s page. It’s a very simple process that should take only a few minutes—as long as you are an admin for your organization’s page and the page is categorized as a nonprofit. Ok, let’s start updating that donation button, or call-to-action button.But first, does everyone know what I mean when I say (er, type) “call to action”? I like Hubspot’s definition:A call-to-action (usually abbreviated as CTA) is an image or line of text that prompts your visitors, leads, and customers to take action. It is, quite literally, a “call” to take an “action.”Nonprofits’ primary call to action for donors is, more often than not, “Donate now!” Other calls to action might be:Join our email list!RSVP for this event now!Forward this email to a friend!Sign this petition!Adopt this cat!Volunteer now!Be a social media ambassador!When you ask your audience to respond to your call to action, be sure that when they click your call to action, they are then provided with the opportunity to, in fact, take that action. That might seem simple enough, but you’d be surprised to know how many emails I’ve received from nonprofits with a donate button that takes me to the main website. Instead, drive that traffic directly to your donation page! When donors click “donate now,” that’s what they should be able to do!Okay, now that we know what a call to action is, let’s add a “donate now” CTA to your nonprofit’s Facebook page.Log into Facebook and navigate to your nonprofit’s page. Remember: For this call-to-action button to work, you must be an administrator of your organization’s page. Also, only pages categorized as a nonprofit organization have the option to add the “donate now” call to action.Next, locate the “create a call to action” button. It’s in the bottom-right corner of your page’s cover photo.From this view, you can now select which call-to-action button you’d like to use. Highlight the “donate now” call to action in the drop-down menu. 4. Under the drop-down menu is a field where you will paste your donation page URL. Click “save changes.” Now your Facebook Fans can directly access your donation page from Facebook.Told you it was easy! There’s just one more thing: If you don’t have a great-looking donation page to link to, we can fix that. You’ll get more out of all of your calls to action with a smarter donation experience that makes it easy for donors to give. Network for Good’s donation pages are proven to convert more donors and raise more money with larger average gifts. Get your personalized demo today.last_img read more

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6 Steps to More Money, Stronger Relationships, and Greater Job Satisfaction (Steps 1–3)

first_imgWe’ve all been there: delighted to meet someone with whom we connect and have so much to talk about.I got that buzz last week when I guided NAVREF fundraisers (aka executive directors) to use right-things, right-now marketing to advance their goals. Their organizations—based in VA hospitals all over the country—aim to improve veterans’ health and medical care by helping VA researchers get more grants and sponsorships.Like most of us, NAVREF executive directors have too much to do in too little time. Not surprisingly, they echoed the question I’m most frequently asked by fundraisers and marketers: What’s our magic bullet?Believe it or not, there is a single magic bullet for achieving your fundraising and marketing goals: Get to know your people—your supporters, prospects, and important influencers.We all crave connection. That’s what humans are all about. We want to be understood and valued, to feel that the other person—whoever it is—gets us.Without that connection, you’ll deliver who-cares fundraising and marketing that alienates the people whose help you need most. Connection is crucial!Start to get to know your people with these three steps:Focus on three or fewer clear, specific fundraising goals for the next 12 months. Attempt four or more and you’ll diffuse your impact to zero!Articulate what you want people to do to help you achieve those goals (calls to action). Shape each action to be specific and doable. Line up a series of single actions as needed.Prioritize your people (audiences). Focus on three or fewer groups who are most likely to take these actions or represent the greatest risk if they don’t. Leave the “general public” out.Then, get to know them. (These are steps 4 through 6, coming soon.) Learn as much as you can about their wants, habits, and preferences. You’ll shape your messages, activities, and to-do list to suit them. In doing so, you’ll boost donations, your bond with supporters, and your job satisfaction. It’s a can’t-say-no trifecta of forward momentum. Connection is your magic bullet.I’ll guide you through three steps to getting to know your people in follow-up posts. You’ll find this approach doable and effective, and I’ll do everything I can to motivate you to jump in. Can’t wait!How do you get to know your prospects and supporters, and how do you keep that connection strong? Please let me know by sending me a Tweetlast_img read more

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Ballack: Hazard must make decision on future

first_imgEden Hazard needs to decide if he wants to stay at Chelsea and make his intentions to the club clear, according to former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.Hazard has made no secret of his interest in playing for Real Madrid and, with his contract having only 18 months to run, Chelsea could be forced into a sale this year if they are unable to extend his deal.However, speaking to France Football this week, the Belgium star claimed there are conditions that could see him commit his future to Stamford Bridge, even though he admitted he would still consider any Madrid approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ballack, who won two FA Cups, the Premier League and the EFL Cup in a four-year spell with Chelsea, believes Hazard would be in a strong bargaining position if he tells the club of his true ambitions and has urged him to make up his mind.”Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” he told Omnisport . “He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League. Now, he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate, top club. That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.Michael Ballack“In my opinion, he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea. There, he should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen, otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”Chelsea host Tottenham on Thursday in the EFL Cup semi-final, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.The game comes after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal left them 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and only three above the Gunners and Manchester United in fifth and sixth respectively.Ballack admires head coach Maurizio Sarri’s attempts to implement a more attacking style of play, but he is concerned the squad lacks the quality to match Liverpool and champions Manchester City.”Maurizio Sarri is also from Italy, like former coach Antonio Conte. As we know, Italians focus on discipline and an organised style of play but at the beginning I had the feeling that they want to play a little bit more offensive and creative,” he said.”He is a very relaxed guy who started well, although Chelsea lost some important and easy games now. In the Premier League, that’s dangerous because you lose sight of teams like Liverpool and Manchester City who have a big and well-balanced squad. Then you suddenly suffer a 10-point deficit, which is difficult to cut.”I don’t see any players in the team who really want to attack the top of the table. For the manager, it’s difficult to add quality to the squad. As I said, the squad is good but not good enough for the top.”last_img read more

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Delinquent taxpayer? Your foreign travel plans might be at risk

first_imgHere’s something that went largely under the radar with the adoption of last year’s “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act): If you’re a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer, the Secretary of State is required to deny you a passport if you apply for one. The Secretary of State also has the power to revoke a passport that has already been issued to you if you are a certified “seriously delinquent” taxpayer.So, if you owe $50,000 or more in back taxes and penalties and you don’t want to have John Kerry as your vacation planner, or find yourself stuck in a foreign land with no passport to get you home, now’s the time to settle up tax debts with Uncle Sam.The “seriously delinquent” taxpayer—this is one certification that you do not want to earn!Under the FAST Act, the IRS must submit certifications of “seriously delinquent” taxpayers to the Secretary of the Treasury, who will then send these certifications to the Secretary of State. If your name is on the list, you’ll have to cancel any far-flung foreign travel plans because you may lose your passport privileges.This “grounding” by the Secretary of State also applies to U.S. citizens who are currently out of the country as well, which means if you skipped the country and have a big unpaid tax bill, you may not be able to get back to home soil. The Secretary of State is authorized to make exceptions to these rules for emergency or humanitarian purposes, but these are the only exceptions.1. How does the IRS define a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer?The “seriously delinquent” label a bit of a misnomer because in this case “seriously” really means that you’re taking a “casual” approach to rectifying your tardy tax payment situation.Under the FAST Act, you earn the “seriously delinquent” certification if you:Owe more than $50,000 in federal taxes (this threshold will be adjusted each year for inflation), penalties and interest;You have had a federal tax lien filed against you; orYou have received a final notice of intent to levy and let the period to file an appeal on the notice pass you by.The bottom line here is that in order to have your passport privileges revoked, you have to be ignoring the fact that you owe the IRS money and making no effort to pay them —which is never a smart strategy.If you do owe back taxes and you’re working on paying them, you can likely breathe a sigh of relief and still get on that flight to Fiji—passport in hand—thanks to some exemptions such as those for individuals who are making good on their current installment payment plans, those who have submitted an IRS offer in compromise, those who have an application pending for a collection due process hearing; and those with an application pending for innocent spouse relief.Join Freelancers Union for more expert tax tips (it’s free!)Become a memberHow do you know if you have made this unfortunate list?If you’re receiving regular correspondence from the IRS, it’s likely that you already know you should be doing something to correct your tax situation…so please open the envelopes—and then get an experienced CPA to help you resolve your problems.When you open your notes from the IRS makes sure you read them to see if you have made that unfortunate “seriously delinquent” list. The IRS is now required to list the revocation or denial of a passport as a possible result for not resolving a tax debt on the delinquency notices it sends. If you do receive confirmation of “seriously delinquent status, you can be sure that so has the Secretary of State’s office.How can you win back your passport privileges and get off the “seriously delinquent” list?The IRS will “decertify” you and notify the Secretary of State that you are no longer a “seriously delinquent” taxpayer if you:Make full payment of your tax debtEnter into an installment agreementHave an offer in compromise acceptedRequest relief through innocent spouse proceduresSo as you can see, there is hope for redemption—even with the IRS, but only if you live up to your end of the taxpaying bargain. To start, you may want to consider taking the funds you have allotted for foreign (or even domestic) travel this year and put them toward your delinquent taxes.It may not be as fun as a trip to Rio in the short-term but it will prevent you from losing your passport—or potentially being stranded in a foreign land—in the future.You can find a better travel agent than John Kerry—resolve your IRS tax bill.Of course, having your freedom to travel outside of the country curtailed is both annoying (and bad for business if you have foreign clients) plus, it can feel pretty overwhelming to face a large unpaid tax bill, but ignoring your delinquency only makes matters much worse. The good news is, there are many options to help you get back on track. A CPA with experience negotiating with the IRS can help you put a repayment plan in place so you can focus again on racking up frequent flier miles instead of the heavy burden of IRS debt.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website,, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

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8 game-changing tools for your freelance business

first_imgThe market for apps, tools, and resources for freelancers is exploding. And why not? With nearly 54 million workers freelancing in the United States, the demand for education and automation has skyrocketed.Unfortunately, this has a side-effect of being rather bewildering. Which tools are right for you? Is that app better than another? How can you be sure that the advice you’re getting is good and the education you pursue is worthwhile?Like anything else, the best bet is usually word-of-mouth. When something comes recommended, we feel a little bit more confident about it. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my top picks – I can’t promise that they will serve you as well as they have served me, but I can speak from my own five star experience.Shopify Business EncyclopediaThis is my one-stop source for loads of different resources for small businesses. This site offers loads of articles, tips, and more about pretty much every aspect of running a business. There is plenty of information that can be really helpful to freelancers.Focus Booster If you are working a job that involves billable hours, it’s important to have a way to track how long you spend on each task, as well as the overall time it takes to do the job. We humans are notoriously bad at estimating how much time a certain task will take. All too often, we underestimate the number of hours we’ll spend on a project and then wind up working extra hours – for free.Based on the Pomodoro technique, Focus Booster not only accumulates your on-the-clock data, it also creates beautiful visual reports, generates invoices, and makes sure you get some breaks in throughout the day. It has super-charged my productivity!PrismThis app is the key to getting rid of clutter. You will never need a filing cabinet again once you begin using this app. It saves all of personal paperwork in one convenient location, including financial statements, household bills, warranties, and a whole lot more.Having my personal life better organized has been an enormous relief. Before I started using Prism, I had papers in different places; obscurely named important documents all over Google Drive; and a lot of anxiety whenever it came time to dig somethng up. Thanks to the extra breathing room Prism gave me, I now have more time for my business.BonsaiDid you anticipate the amount of paperwork it would take to be a freelancer? I sure didn’t. I guess I imagined it would be as easy as get-a-gig-get-paid. Turns out, there are contracts to write, invoices to send, and receipts to process.Bonsai takes the grunt work out of the administrative side of freelancing by offering contract templates, e-signing, and integrated payments. I’m pretty sure that, thanks to Bonsai, I get paid faster and with far fewer headaches.WunderlistNot only is this app free, but it’s also shareable – meaning you can share the lists that you create with collaborative partners. It’s like a to-do list, but a to-do list on a Soul Cycle high and a cold-pressed green juice. It is a great electronic reminder of everything you need to do, and what time you need to do it.MozyThe dreaded computer crash always seems to happen at the worst of all possible times. Even if you are in the habit of backing up your work, transitioning off the memory stick and onto the cloud is the latest way to keep your projects (and sanity) intact. Mozy uses Cloud backup and storage. You can store all of your business paperwork, personal papers, family photos, and more. Plans start at just $13.98 per month.FreshbooksI hate doing paperwork which is why Freshbooks is a lifesaver. Yes, I need to be able to send invoices, track expenses, do your taxes, etc., but this is not the reason why I got into business. Freshbooks does the work for me, which frees me up to do what I really want to do… which is my job. FreshBooks is a Cloud software for accounting that takes care of all of your time tracking, invoicing, and more.TrelloManaging tasks isn’t always easy to do, but it can be made easier with Trello. This is a powerful tool that is free to use, and you can use a different board (you will see them on the main screen) for each project. Create boards for tracking projects that have cards for each task, files in each card, etc.Those are my top picks for a happier freelance life – do you have favorites? Share them in the comments below!Jane Hurst is a freelance writer from San Francisco. You can find her on Twitter and Linkedin!last_img read more

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Does technology help or harm the creative process?

first_imgAs an app-loading, tab-happy, pro-techno millennial, thoughtful technological consumption isn’t necessarily my MO. Like most city bound freelancers, I rely heavily on technology to get me around – whether it’s Yelping the perfect lunch place, reserving my ClassPass, or navigating the best subway route.So, when I picked up The Glass Cage by Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr on how computers are changing us, and the way we work, I thought, “For the better… duh!”But Carr offers a counterpoint to my generation’s easy acceptance of shiny new devices, programs, and applications. He calls into question the dominant philosophy that automation will relieve workers of the mundane, and free us for more creative pursuits.Instead, Carr points out that it is only by doing the work that we achieve mastery of a skill. In problem-solving through the early stages of learning a new skill, we develop tacit knowledge which yields flow – that magical state where we’re at our most focused and creative. Sometimes, Carr argues, we need to do the menial in order to achieve the magnificent.But, as frictionless technology – or technology that prioritizes ease of use over all else – becomes more popular, it’s difficult to separate our tools from the work.For example, spell check used to be a handy function that helped people learn to spell better. Now, the advent of autocorrect has erased the learning process. The seamless intervention may seem benign and even helpful, but over-usage subtly erodes a writer’s intimate relationship with language. Try to write a poem in Word and you’ll find informal playfulness smoothed over or tattooed in squiggly lines.Nowhere is frictionless technology more invisibly apparent than in the Google search bar. This may come as a surprise, but as Google gets better at guessing our search queries, we’re all collectively getting worse. Presently, Google’s dominant philosophy drives towards a frictionless and invisible technological future. The company has already unironically announced its intention of knowing what we want to know before we even know that we want to know it.On the surface, that sounds kind of amazing. Decisions are hard – and it would be awesome if my computer gathered all the data points it has on me and spit out the perfect solution to my every query.But at what point do we lose the impetus to think? And if everything is based on prior information, how do we ever encounter those bursts of spontaneity that fan the creative and scientific flame? Typing in a search query that is just a little off or tangential to that which we want to ask may yield new ideas that a seamless Google algorithm will never deliver.As soon as we integrate with a tool to the extent that we no longer sense it, we have to begin to question whether we’re still in control. Sharp tools are well and good, but not in the hands of dull minds. Friction might slow work, but it’s also what makes sparks fly.In fact, Carr advocates using products with built-in friction. He points to video games as a prime example of a software program that challenges its users to build skills, advance and finally master a program. Games – not to be confused with gamification – promote a sense of flow.The idea of “ease of use” as the holy grail for technology hopscotches over many of the nuts and bolts of the creative process. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose tools that, rather than glide over the hard parts of work, challenge us to become more skilled workers in the process.As Tom Hanks says in the classic baseball movie, A League of Their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”Technology has a lot to offer us. No one wants to go back to a world without Apple TV. But as craftspeople, creatives, and relationship experts, it’s important that we choose our tools, and ration our reliance on those tools, wisely.As any well-rounded freelancer can attest, when we gain a new skill we change our world. The tools we make have the potential to open a universe of opportunities, but our goal should not be to eliminate work. The means make us who we are, and, as Carr concludes, “An active soul is a light soul.”A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

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Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Portugal to set up Switzerland showdown at World Cup qualifiers

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo came off the bench and scored an opportunist goal which set Portugal on the way to a 2-0 win in Andorra on Saturday that maintained their chances of qualifying directly for the World Cup.Ronaldo’s 63rd-minute goal, his 15th of the campaign, rescued Portugal as they struggled to break down Andorra and, followed by a second from Andre Silva, set up a mouth-watering showdown with Group B leaders Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday.That match will decide who wins the group and goes straight to Russia and who has to go into the playoffs.Switzerland, 5-2 winners over Hungary, lead with a maximum 27 points from nine games and need only a draw while Portugal, on 24 but with a goal difference which is better by eight, will top the group if they win.The winners of the nine European groups qualify directly for the World Cup and the best eight of the runners-up go into a playoff round for four more places. Whoever finishes second in Group B is assured of a playoff place.The European champions were desperately short of inspiration as they struggled for more than an hour to break physical, ultra-defensive opponents on an artificial pitch that appeared to have taken a battering and was not in a fit state for a World Cup qualifier.Coach Fernando Santos decided to leave Ronaldo on the bench for the start as Portugal’s record scorer was carrying a yellow card and another would have ruled him out of the Switzerland game.advertisementRicardo Quaresma wasted Portugal’s first real chance when he got a free header at the far post but sent the ball into the side-netting.The flamboyant winger brought a flying save from Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes who also parried a powerful Pepe drive while Silva volleyed over from close range, but it was a laboured display from Portugal.Ronaldo gave coach Santos a knowing look as the two left the pitch at halftime and started the second half.He did not make an immediate impact, but when Joao Mario’s cross was deflected into his path Portugal’s record scorer reacted in a flash, bringing the ball down and driving his shot past Gomes.Ronaldo’s goal was his 79th in 144 appearances and only his second scored as a substitute. Silva added the second with four minutes left, slipping the ball in from close range after Danilo headed down Ronaldo’s cross.last_img read more

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Italian Football Federation President resigns after Italy fail to qualify for World Cup

first_imgItalian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.Referees association president Marcello Nicchi told reporters that Tavecchio had quit during a meeting at FIGC headquarters in Rome.Tavecchio, 74, had been under pressure to step down after a goalless draw at home to Sweden meant Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Coach Gian Piero Ventura was sacked last Wednesday.In a television interview on Sunday, a tearful Tavecchio blamed Ventura for the World Cup fiasco.”The debacle was technical, the coach made the wrong technical choices,” he said.Tavecchio was first elected to the FIGC post in August 2014 to replace Giancarlo Abete, who had resigned immediately after Italy were knocked out in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil. He was re-elected as head of the federation in March when he said that he had restored Italy’s credibility.During the 2014 FIGC campaign, Tavecchio caused an outcry when he made a comment about a fictitious African player he named Opti Poba “eating bananas”.He was subsequently banned from holding any position with world governing body FIFA for six months while European body UEFA imposed a similar sanction. The FIGC, however, cleared him of any wrongdoing.last_img read more

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Citizens body asks HC if yoga, meditation classes are taxable

first_imgMumbai, Jan 16 (PTI) A citizens body has urged the Bombay High Court to decide whether providing yoga and meditation classes was taxable under the law.The Malabar Hill Citizens Forum wanted the court to clarify whether these classes are covered under the health and fitness services category of the Finance Act.A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre heard today an appeal filed by the forum challenging an order passed by the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT).The CESTAT had in its July 2015 order upheld a notice issued by the service tax departments assistant commissioner, demanding a service tax of Rs 5 lakh from the citizens forum for providing services like yoga, meditation and aerobics at the Priyadarshini Park in South Mumbai.The forum, in its appeal in the high court, claimed that services like yoga and meditation are provided by its members in the open park.”These do not fall under the category of health and fitness services and hence, are not taxable. We pay the service tax for other sports activities provided by us at the park and its gymnasium, like tennis and so on,” it said.The court, after hearing brief arguments in the case, told the lawyer appearing for the tax department that the area where the park is situated was earlier a rocky terrain and witnessed nefarious activities.”The citizens forum has developed the land into a park and now people are using it for walks and meditation and yoga under the open sky,” the bench observed, while posting the petition for further hearing next week. PTI SP GK ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa vs Australia: Nathan Lyon charged for dropping ball on AB de Villiers

first_imgAustralia’s Nathan Lyon has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a Level 1 breach of ICC’s Code Conduct for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after the South African batsman was run out.On Day 4 of the Durban Test, De Villiers was run out for a duck after being involved in a mix-up with Aiden Markram. ABD tried to make his ground with a dive but failed after some brilliant fielding from David Warner and some sharp work by Lyon. However, in the moment of joy, Lyon didn’t notice De Villiers’ position and dropped the ball on him while he was lying on the ground. The Australians, without realising it, went on with their wild celebrations led by Warner.After the day’s play and reviewing the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe decided to charge Lyon with conduct contrary to spirit of cricket — a level one offence. He is expected to be fined a certain per cent of his match fee.However, reports say Lyon spoke to the South African and apologised to him and the spinner also accepted the charge and no hearing was required. The Australian vice-captain Warner however, got away with any charge for his celebrations. (Durban Test: Starc, Marsh script Australia’s 118-run win over South Africa) South Africa vs Australia: David Warner celebrated wildly after AB de Villiers fell for a duck (Reuters Photo)News of Lyon’s charge arrived as Cricket Australia continues to investigate a confrontation between Warner and Quinton de Kock during the tea break on day four.advertisementLyon is not the only Australian, who could be fined as Warner can still be called upon to explain his actions after video footage of his charging at Quinton de Kock was released. The incident took place during tea time on Day 4 and the video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who exited the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine also moves in to block Warner before his captain Steve Smith ushers the opening batsman away.Cricket Australia has said it is looking into the matter.”CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” a CA spokesperson said.”CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this?? #SAvAUS Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018Speaking about the incidents, former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said that Australians don’t need to be so aggressive all the time.”As an outside observer, I think you would find that a little bit off-putting at times, a little bit bad taste at times and the question may even come over all those eras as a general statement. Australian teams have generally been at the top of the pile, not every minute of those times, but generally they’re a very competitive, world class team and some would say they don’t need to do that.”Why do you need to present that somewhat ugly look if you’re playing such good cricket? And they’re not good images and it’s hard to know, to comment specifically about this incident overnight, and any other time, unless you’re there and know the ins and outs of what was said and what sparked it and the verbal volleys that would have been thrown around,” Gilchrist told SEN Radio.”Very hard to comment on the detail of it but no denying that some of the parts of the celebration of the run-out of De Villiers and then obviously this incident that I’m sure you’re getting to, of this leaked dressing room footage, it’s not a very good look. I think it needs to be considered how to react in certain scenarios and learn from the scenarios,” he added.The visitors however were on point in the field as they beat the hosts by 118 runs to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.Smith’s men, who struggled for majority of the second and third session on Day 4 and almost gave the match away to the Proteas, rode on a fiery Mitchell Starc over to come back into the game. After Mitch Marsh broke the 147-run stand between Markram and De Kock, Starc removed Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada in the 80th over to turn the game on its head.advertisementHowever, De Kock and Morne Morkel saw off the spinners on Sunday but the resistance didn’t last long on Day 5 as Josh Hazlewood sent De Kock packing to seal the win for the Baggie Greens.last_img read more

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Salman Khan’s 5-year imprisonment leaves Shoaib Akhtar heartbroken

first_imgSalman Khan was convicted in the blackbuck poaching case on Thursday and sentenced to a five-year jail term, in addition to a fine of Rs 10,000. He was found guilty today of poaching two blackbucks on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998 in Kankani village near Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city.As the Bollywood superstar prepares to appeal his five-year sentence a night in prison, he has found support from an old friend.Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is upset that his “friend” Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison in a case of poaching blackbucks. He finds the punishment harsh.WATCH – Inside Jodhpur jail after Salman Khan’s conviction”Really sad to see my friend Salman Khan sentenced for five years, but the law must take its course and we got to respect the decision of honourable court of India.”But I still think punishment is too harsh, but my heart goes to his family and fans. I am sure he will be out soon,” Akhtar tweeted.Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif, had earlier come in support of Salman, saying, “Salman Khan has been sentenced because he is a minority.”Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, while pronouncing the verdict in the case of killing the protected antelopes, called the 52-year-old actor a “habitual offender” under the wildlife protection laws of the country.Akhtar and Salman have been friends for a long time and the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had once said if there ever was a biopic made on his life, his role should be played by Salman.advertisementAlso read: Salman Khan killed blackbucks for enjoyment, reads Jodhpur courts order”I know that is the trend these days, but I am no one to decide that. If people think that my life is interesting and inspiring, then they can make a movie out of it. If not, then let it be. It is for fans and filmmakers to decide,” Akhtar told IANS in an email interview from Rawalpindi, Pakistan.And should that happen, Akhtar has his preference. “I’d like to see Salman Khan playing my role in the biopic, if that happens.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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‘Cristiano please stay’: Real Madrid fans react to Ronaldo’s exit hint

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo shocked the football fraternity when he hinted at a possible exit from Real Madrid moments after lifting their third straight Champions League trophy in Kiev.From club president Florentino Perez to coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, nobody seemed to have any idea of the developments and the fans were thrown into a horror show amidst a historic moment and absolute elation.As the team came back to Madrid to celebrate the win with fans in an open-top bus parade, Real Madrid supporters chanted the name of Ronaldo even as Ramos and Marcelo lifted the trophy in celebration.Right after the parade, when the celebrations shifted to the Santiago Bernabeu, fans were still behind Ronaldo.Also read – Bale’s genuis, Karius’ bloopers highlight UEFA Champions League finalThe Portuguese, who once again finished as the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals, was given a hero’s welcome at the Bernabeu with fans chanting and singing “Cristiano please stay”. Cristiano Ronaldo was given a hero’s welcome by the fans, urging him to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo: Reuters)Ronaldo responded to the supporters optimistically. Unlike his comments in Kiev on Saturday, it seemed Sunday had the sun smiling at him.Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer lifted the spirits of the fans by declaring “See you next year” and then went on to say, “I feel proud to play at the biggest club in the world. I’m very comfortable here. With these players it’s impossible not to win.”advertisementFriendship goals! SIIIIIIIIIUUUUU!@MarceloM12@Cristiano#CHAMP13NS (@realmadriden) May 27, 2018While Ronaldo’s words after the Champions League victory came as a shock, Gareth Bale’s statement was rather on expected lines.Bale revealed that he was fit the whole time after the first six months and “I need to playing week in, week out. Will sit with my agent in the summer and discuss future.”He also expressed his disappointment over not starting the match and said, “Very difficult not to start the game. When I come on, I want to make an impact. I had to make an impact and I did that.”While Ronaldo’s words for fans in Madrid must have turned their shock into feeling of jubilation, Bale’s exit looks inevitable. It remains to be seen though of who wants him and can afford him — Manchester United being most likely.Madrid’s celebrations on Sunday were similar to their trophy parade last year and yet again, thousands of supporters turned up to greet and celebrate alongside Zidane’s historic-making side.The team began their celebrations with a service at the Almudena Cathedral before visiting the city chambers and later the city hall, addressing gathered fans in the Plaza del Sol.#ZIDANE#CHAMP13NS (@realmadrid) May 27, 2018″Fortunately, this is turning into a routine for us,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos of his team, who became the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.”The team received support when we needed it the most and this also belongs to you. Now we have to think about winning number 14, because that’s what this club obliges us to do.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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