Kangana to play Jaanbaaz Miss Julia in Rangoon

first_imgMumbai, Dec 20 (PTI) Actress Kangana Ranaut is set to play Jaanbaaz Miss Julia, a 1940s action diva, in “Rangoon” and her first look from the Vishal Bhardwaj-directed film is out. The poster of the film within the film shows Kangana in black outfit wielding a whip and sporting a Marilyn Monroe- like haircut, with a white stallion neighing close by.The vintage movie poster is that of a Navroz Talkies production, titled “Toofan Ki Beti,” which will remind the audience of Mary Ann Evans aka Fearless Nadia, a stunt queen of the 30s.Set against the Second World War, the Casablanca-like love triangle also stars Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor.”Julia is not Fearless Nadia but is a40s diva in her own right who came into films via theatre and as was the convention at the time, went to the front to entertain soldiers fighting the Second World War.”Thats where Julia, who is in love with a producer, played by Saif, meets Shahids character and loses her heart again, bringing grit, glamour and romance into this intense war-drama,” a source close to the production unit said.Described as “Moulin Rouge” meets “Saving Private Ryan,” “Rangoon” is Bhardwajs dream project which he had been working on since past seven years.Sajid Nadiadwala is producing the film scheduled to release in February next year. PTI SHD SHDlast_img read more

Delhi: Cops arrest gang for stealing 3kg gold from car rear seat after fooling driver

first_imgDelhi Police has busted a ‘thak thak’ gang of robbers with the arrest of two persons, including a juvenile, involved in stealing 3 kg gold from an Uttarakhand-based dealer.The incident took place on December 23, when the gold dealer, Rachit Gupta, came to Janakpuri here to buy three gold bricks weighing 1kg each. While returning in a car, he was followed by the accused. After some time, two persons on one motorbike overtook the car and signalled about oil leakage from the engine.HOW DID THE GANG STEAL”The driver parked the car on roadside and he, along with Gupta, came out to inspect the vehicle. They saw black oil trace come out of the front side but engine was working fine. They came back inside and when they were about to resume the journey, Gupta checked that the bag of gold was missing from the rear seat of the car,” said Vijay Kumar DCP west district Delhi.Also read: Gangs, wars and muscle of Gurugram Also read: How gangs use sports tournaments as cover to smuggle children to Europe Sensing the gravity of crime, the police come out with the list of history sheeters of similar crimes in adjoining JJ colony and Madangir.”We have raided the hideouts of suspects and apprehended gang members. Following sustained interrogation, they have revealed that two persons of a particular gang are planning to dispose off gold bricks. Accordingly, a trap was laid on Sunday night and the two accused were apprehended,” the DCP said.advertisementAlso read: Delhiites beware! Gangs using social media, dating sites to lure people and then extort money One of the accused Somu, a resident of Madangir has confessed that both of them along with five others including kingpin of gang leader used to roam on the streets on motorbikes in search of suitable prey.They hit the car from behind, puncture wheels with the help of pokers or by throwing engine oil on the bonnet and radiator. The accused explained the process in which the ‘thak thak’ gang distracts their prey in order to steal.last_img read more

Wriddhiman Saha vs Parthiv Patel: India’s wicketkeeping dilemma

first_imgWhen Mahendra Singh Dhoni suddenly retired from Test cricket in the middle of a tough Australia tour, Indian cricket seemed to have plunged into a bit of a crisis.Who would be the next wicketkeeper? Wriddhiman Saha was the obvious choice. His glovework was neat and he was sharp standing up to the spinners. But would India miss Dhoni’s talent with the bat down the order? (Also read: Wriddhiman Saha’s maiden double ton helps Rest of India lift Irani Cup)WATCH VIDEO HEREOver the years, Saha has allayed those concerns. He may not be as aggressive as Dhoni was but the 32-year-old from Bengal impressed with his gutsy knocks under pressure. There was that 104 against the West Indies in Gros Islet (where a 213-run stand with R Ashwin helped India lay the foundation for a huge win) and there are the twin fifties against New Zealand on a difficult pitch at the Eden Gardens. Those innings helped Saha carve a niche for himself in a star-studded batting line-up. (Also read: I don’t think about pressure of competition with Parthiv Patel: Wriddhiman Saha to India Today)It is hard to overlook Saha’s contribution to India’s ascent up the Test rankings. He has gone largely unnoticed behind the stumps, which is what wicketkeepers want. That generally means they don’t mess up chances and keep bowlers happy.At long last, India were happily settled with a strong middle-order, a world-class all-rounder who teamed up with Ravindra Jadeja to fox visting batsmen and a reliable wicketkeeper. (Also read: Parthiv Patel’s century guides Gujarat to maiden Ranji Trophy title)advertisementBut then there was a twist in the tale. Saha got injured after the Vizag Test.Enter Parthiv Patel, eight years after his last Test. And he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. In Mohali, asked to open in the absence of Lokesh Rahul, Patel slammed 42 and dictated terms with an unbeaten 67 to chart India’s victory. In the last Test in Chennai, he was back in the middle-order and slammed a classy 71. His gloverwork was not outstanding but it wasn’t shabby. And all of a sudden, Saha, recuperating in Kolkata, was no more a certainty.Reuters PhotoTo add to the Bengal wicketkeeper’s woes, Patel returned to domestic cricket and led Gujarat to their maiden Ranji Trophy title with scores of 90 and 143. Saha had yet to play his first competitive match since recovery. Then he was named in the Rest of India squad for the Irani Cup against Patel’s Gujarat. (Also read: Parthiv Patel’s performance will put Wriddhiman Saha under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)It was billed as a clash between India’s top wicketkeepers. Saha emerged as the clear winner. While Patel failed to fire with the bat, the Bengal stumper hammered his maiden double hundred to help RoI chase down 379 to lift the Irani Cup.This innings should perhaps settle the debate for now. Saha, many feel, is the best wicketkeeper of the two. And his unbeaten 203 could well tilt the scales in his favour. Both men are about the same age and they are both spunky and have a lot of fight in them.Patel of course has the added advantage of doubling up as an opener. But the selectors would want their best wicketkeeper to don those big gloves again. The first real test would be the one-off Test against Bangladesh next month.Who will it be then? Saha or Patel?last_img read more


first_imgEighth Race: The Secretariat Cup (cat.I) distanceEighth Race: The Secretariat Cup (cat.I) distance about 1400 metres Vijay Viraaj (M/s.Vijay Racing & Farms Pvt Ltd rep.by M/s.Vijay Kumar Gupta & Susheel Kumar Gupta and Mr.Ahmed Alam Khan) 60.5 carr 58 P K Gaddam First Exclusive Wind 56 Suraj Narredu Second Alameda 55 carr 53.5 G Naresh Third Happy Guy 55.5 N S Rathore Fourth All ran Won by: Head,1L, SH Time:1:24.66 seconds Tote paid by: Rs 18 for win and Rs 8,7,47 for places Winner trained by: Deshmukh Favourite: Exclusive Wind Forecast Rs 67 and Quinella Rs 27 SHP Rs 27 Tanala Rs 1539 each paid on 82 tickets. (More) PTI COR RN NRBlast_img read more


first_imgBittu is taking on the two most talked-aboutBittu is taking on the two most talked-about personalities in Punjab elections. “The people of Jalalabad are waiting to get rid of Sukhbir Badal. He has not only destroyed Jalalabad in ten years but entire Punjab as well. People of Jalalabad have already decided to throw him out this time,” he says.”I am here not as an outsider but as a clean politician whom people want to bring the change. As far as Mann is concerned, he is a good orator and a popular comedian but that is not enough to run a government,” he tells a gathering at Bhmanwali village.He also hits out at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, saying he “cant be trusted as he had earlier dumped Anna Hazare.””One popular face (Mann) is not what peoples votes will be based on,” he says adding, “these are not Lok Sabha elections that Mann can pull off easily based on his popularity. No doubt Mann is a crowd puller and excellent artist but not my main competitor”.”Mann and Sukhbir have not worked on issues such as drug menace the way I have,” he says. “At one time Punjab produced the likes of Dara Singh and Milkha Singh, but now youths are getting into drug addiction due to flawed policies of Akalis,” he says.He said the Guru Granth Sahib was desecrated and not a single person was arrested.”Drugs and family businesses of Badals have been created by looting Punjab. It will now be a contest between a profit making business family who looted Punjab to make their own Sukhvillas vs grandson of a martyr who laid his life for Punjab,” he said.advertisementTrashing the view of political opponents that he is a parachute candidate, he said, “People know that Congress is the only option to get rid of Badals and they will choose me”.Mann too being a star campaigner of AAP has to move out of his Assembly seat to canvass for his party candidates in other constituencies.Here in his absence the fort is being handled by Mohinder Kurchey, Jaskirat Kaur, Rajinder Mann and several others of a big team constituted by Mann for canvassing for him in Jalalabad.”The claims of ushering an era of development in Jalalabad in last six years are hollow. Mere low-quality concrete structures were raised in the name of multi-purpose stadium, college and other buildings. There was large-scale corruption in this so-called development. The stadium doesnt have sports coaches, college lacks the staff; thus defeating the purpose,” says Mann.He says despite being the home minister of the state, Sukhbir failed to ensure law and order in his constituency. PTI VJ AKA DVlast_img read more

Panneerselvam sits alone in meditation at Jayas burial site

first_imgChennai, Feb 7 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tonight took everyone by surprise when he sat alone in meditation at the burial site of Jayalalithaa, two days after he tendered his resignation paving the way for party chief V K Sasikalas elevation to the top post.Clad in a white shirt and dhoti, and sporting his trademark holy ash and kumkum, he sat on the floor inside the burial site enclosure in a traditional meditating posture.After sitting for nearly 40 minutes, he opened his eyes, wiped tears and prostrated as a mark of respect and then circumambulated the burial site. He then prayed before walking away.Panneerselvam arrived at the site around 9 PM and placed a wreath before sitting in meditation.A couple of plainclothesmen stood guard behind him as he quietly meditated by closing his eyes with folded hands.Shortly after word spread that Panneerselvam was sitting on meditation, crowds began to gather at the venue. Panneerselvam had on Sunday tendered his resignation from the post of Chief Minister citing personal reasons and setting the stage for takeover of Sasikala, who was elected as Legislature Party leader earlier that day. PTI VGN VS APR ZMNlast_img read more

HI appoints Marijne as Indian women teams chief coach

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI) Hockey India today announced the appointment of former Dutch womens national coach Sjoerd Marijne as the chief coach for the Indian womens hockey team for the next four years. Marijne will be working with fellow Dutchman Eric Wonink, who will take charge as the Analytical Coach with the senior women hockey team. The coaching duo will oversee the Indian senior womens teams programmes for the new Olympic cycle. Both Marijne and Wonink have joined the national camp, which is currently underway at the Sports Authority of India campus in Bhopal. “I am very excited to take on this new assignment. From what I have followed about the Indian womens team, they are a very talented and hard working group of women and I believe they have got great potential to establish themselves as a strong team in world hockey,” said Marijne. Marijne, who has played for The Netherlands, led the Dutch Under-21 womens side to a World Cup title and the Dutch senior womens side to a gold at the Hockey World League Semi Finals in 2015. Between 2011-2014, Marijne was the national head coach for The Netherlands Under-21 men, apart from a short stint with Liaoning Men China. Wonink, meanwhile, has worked as a Trainer at the Talentcentre for Hockey Topsport Brabant RTC Den Bosch. The Talentcentre is founded to help players make it to the Olympics in 2024. During his stint with HC Den Bosch as Assistant Trainer/Coach 1st ladies team between 2012-2014, the team finished second twice in the European Championship. “We are happy to bring on board Sjoerd Marijne and Eric Wonink who will be working with the senior womens team in this new Olympic cycle. The womens team has made good progress over the past few years by qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics and winning the 2016 Womens Asian Champions Trophy,” Md. Mushtaque Ahmad, General Secretary of HI, said. “The womens team has great potential and talent to register better results in the following years and we believe Sjoerd and Eric will help the team achieve newer heights. I wish them all the very best in this pursuit,” he added. PTI CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

AB de Villiers back for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chris Gayle dropped

first_imgAB de Villiers is back for Royal Challengers Bangalore for their third match of IPL 2017 against Kings XI Punjab in Indore. However, Chris Gayle, who scored 6 and 32 in the first two matches, has been dropped.There was still no sign of Virat Kohli, who had injured his shoulder during the Ranchi Test against Australia last month. He has since missed the series deciding fourth and final Test against the Aussies in Dharamsala and RCB’s opening matches this season of the IPL.De Villiers was in fine form for South Africa during the ODI series against New Zealand in February with scores of 37 not out, 45, 85, 72 not out and 23.He then returned to South Africa and starred in the Titans’ win over Warriors in the Momentum One Day Cup but missed out on the final because of a back injury.That same injury ruled him out of RCB’s first two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.ABD was RCB’s best batsman after Kohli last year with 687 runs including a stunning hundred.last_img read more

No Kitties or Puppies. HELP! (Step One)

first_imgView Step TwoOoh! Aah! Who can resist the cuteness of kitty or puppy photos like this one?Don’t feel silly for loving them. It’s human nature. In fact, photos like the one on this page are such tasty emotional candy that every bite takes folks one step closer to a donation.But if your organization can’t rely on kitty, puppy or baby photos most of the time (and that’s most of us), what can you do?Here are two practical, proven steps:Step 1: Consider what makes kitty and puppy photos so delicious and so effective for nonprofits.I’m no psychologist, so I turned to the Interwebs for the answer—and I learned absolutely nothing. That’s right. I couldn’t find any definitive research behind the why.What I do know is this:People share photos of their pets. It’s just what we do, the same way we share photos of our kids or gardens.We’ve been sharing these photos for a long time, way before Facebook and Instagram.Our families and friends share the same kind of photos with us.Even if you don’t have pets or kids, it’s easy to appreciate the cuteness of someone else’s. These images are upbeat and nonthreatening.Which leads me to this why-didn’t-I-think-of-it litmus test for compelling content from ActionSprout founder and CEO Drew Barnard:“Before you post anything, ask yourself, ‘Would I share this? Would I want this piece of content associated with my Facebook persona?’ If the answer is no, go back to the well and create or curate something new.”So, make sure your photos are something you’d share with your family and personal friends. And put this at the top of your “compelling content” checklist!View Step TwoWith refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

Your 5-Weeks-‘til-#GivingTuesday Game Plan

first_imgWe’re at the end of October and it’s time to ramp up your efforts to crush it on #GivingTuesday and have your best giving season ever this December. Feel like time is running out? Here’s a cheat sheet to help you get everything order in the next few weeks to take advantage of this giving day.Step 1: Take a Deep BreathFirst things first, don’t let the stress of your to-do list overwhelm you. Remember that #GivingTuesday is one day in your larger year-end strategy. It’s also a celebration of generosity, so don’t forget to have fun with it.Step 2: Get Clear on Your GoalIf you know you want to raise money on #GivingTuesday, make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the results you hope to see. This will help you create the right plan and get your team excited. Not sure what is a realistic target for your campaign? Learn how to set your #GivingTuesday goal.Step 3: Zero in on a ThemeDecide how your #GivingTuesday campaign will come to life. Focusing on a specific program, project, or type of giving will provide more structure to your campaign and help differentiate it from other asks. Even if you plan to raise unrestricted funds with your #GivingTuesday campaign, you should think about the branding and messages that will help your appeals stand out.Step 4: Be Your DonorSee your campaign and giving experience through the eyes of your donor to identify any roadblocks that might prevent a successful donation. Did you miss “Be Your Donor” Day last week? Never fear, you can celebrate it now, with gusto!Step 5: Prep Your StaffAs your plan comes together and we get closer to December, have regular check-ins with your team (whether they’re staff, volunteers, partners, or a mix of everyone) to keep them motivated and you can make the most of each member’s strengths for your 24-hour event. Here’s how to organize and prepare your team so everyone knows the role they will play.Step 6: Rally Your CommunityStart letting your supporters know that your #GivingTuesday campaign is coming. Invite them to help you share your message and give on the big day. If you’re planning to use peer fundraising for your campaign, now’s the time to recruit and educate your fundraisers. Want to plan a peer-driven #GivingTuesday? Download our peer fundraising campaign planner.Step 7: Draft Your AppealsOutline the series of messages you want to send just before and on the day of #GivingTuesday. Focus on the sense of urgency and your campaign theme. If you have matching funds, underscore the fact that a donor’s gift on this day can do even more. Matching funds help drive a sense of urgency and inspire donors to give and give larger amounts. Grab our guide for more amazing fundraising appeals, and download a copy of our year-end communications timeline to keep everything on track.For more #GivingTuesday help, check out our free fundraising resources through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Plus, Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Bonus: our clients also have access to expert coaching and appeal reviews, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a personal tour of our smarter fundraising software and find out how to have your best giving season ever.last_img read more

Guardiola: No lack of leaders at Man City

first_imgPep Guardiola is certain Manchester City do not lack leadership on the field as they begin a key run of fixtures with their Premier League title on the line .City slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Tuesday, a fourth defeat in nine top-flight matches, although a 1-1 draw for leaders Liverpool at home to Leicester City 24 hours later limited the damage.Victory over Arsenal on Sunday will move the champions to within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s men and back above Tottenham, with Liverpool in action on Monday at West Ham . 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! A midweek trip to Everton follows for Guardiola’s side in a fixture moved forward to accommodate their participation in the EFL Cup final against Chelsea.A dress rehearsal of that game takes place at the Etihad Stadium on February 10 and the coming eight-day period promises to reveal much about whether City is capable of becoming the first club since Manchester United in 2008-9 to retain the Premier League crown.The losses to Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Newcastle United were all suffered after going a goal ahead, but Guardiola does not believe this is down to his team not having enough leaders – even if they are not all of the traditional, vocal variety. “I have a lot of leaders, people who make a step forward when it’s going badly, but you have to do it again and again,” Guardiola said.”Of course there are guys with huge personalities to talk, to communicate, but that is for [the player] themselves.”I’m not going to say to a guy who’s shy, who plays with a lot of character on the pitch but off the pitch is quiet and doesn’t talk too much, ‘You have to talk.’ That comes from inside.”I’ve met incredible players who didn’t speak one word, and a lot of players speak a lot in the locker room [saying], ‘I want to do that.’ And they go on the pitch and under pressure: ‘I don’t want the ball, I don’t want to defend.’ [I have met] many of this kind.”So everyone is like everyone, but to say, ‘That team [City], they don’t have the personality to do that,’ I think … we can do more, of course – myself the first – but I think we have it.”Pep Guardiola Southampton vs Manchester City Premier League 2018-19City’s accomplishment of a 100-point season last time around offers evidence to back up Guardiola’s assertion but, having led strong frontrunners to glory at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he concedes battling for a championship in charge of a team that has to chase is not something he is used to.”Maybe, yes, a new challenge,” he said. “I prefer to be like last season, but we knew that was exceptional. The satisfaction will be the same, of course, if we win and especially if we are who we are.”The players know it, they know exactly the way we are. We are a strong team.”It would be nice but these kinds of questions … I don’t know what I’m going to feel in two or three months.”It comes day by day, that’s why I like the Premier League. I like the competition every few days because it measures who you are and what you have to do, for the pleasure to play as good as possible, to win games the way we want to play.”That’s the measure we have as a team, and myself as a manager. The titles will be a consequence of that. How are you going to do that, coming from behind? We can only be focused on what we have to do.”When we win, we analyse the bad things and when we lose, more. If the other [teams] will be there, we’ll shake the hands of the champions and we’ll try next season.”Ahead of their crucial clash against the Gunners, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has talked up Man City declaring there remains ‘huge potential’ within the squad.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Looking Back at the Freelancers Union Benefit

first_imgThe Freelancers Union Benefit: a night of gratitude and celebration for another year spent advancing the future of independent work. On November 15, staff, members, and supporters of Freelancers Union gathered together at Housing Works Bookstore Café in New York City to honor some key partners in our work building new solutions for the changing workforce.Freelancers Union Board Member Joseph Caserto, Loosecubes founder Campbell McKellar, and Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara HorowitzAfter a warm welcome address from Executive Director Sara Horowitz, attendees caught up with old friends, made new connections, and munched on an assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres (mmm . . . fried mac‘n’cheese balls). The evening’s main purpose, however, was to acknowledge a few of our allies. We honored New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Loosecubes founder and CEO Campbell McKellar with the Practical Revolutionary Award and the Squeaky Wheel Award, respectively. In between awards, keynote speaker Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green and a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, discussed the importance of mutualism in today’s world.Sara Horowitz with the President of Echoing Green, Cheryl DorseyThanks again to our sponsors for making our Annual Benefit such a success!last_img read more

NYC Comptroller Race 2013: Scott Stringer

first_img**We want New York City to be a freelance-friendly city. As the collective voice of our New York City members, Freelancers Union sent questionnaires to the 2013 candidates for city-wide public office to get their take on issues important to freelancers. ****Over the next several weeks, we will be posting the responses from those candidates who got back to us. Check back regularly to hear what the candidates have to say about freelancers. And remember, make sure your voice is heard! Get out and vote in the primary on September 10 and in the general election on November 5. **Scott Stringer is a Democratic candidate for Comptroller of New York City. To learn more about Scott Stringer, visit his website. His responses are below.New York City is known as a hotbed of Fortune 500 companies. However, while the “FIRE” economies of finance, insurance, and real estate continue to form a major foundation of the City’s economy, freelancers have never been more important, especially as the era of the “creative class” has blossomed throughout the five boroughs.As Comptroller, I will work to ensure that all business—whether big, small, or _individual—_are able to flourish in NYC, by cutting red tape, building the necessary infrastructure that is the backbone of regional growth, and ensuring that New York City remains a safe, affordable place for people to raise families.1. In your opinion, what is the role of freelancers in New York City? What value do they bring to the City? Please describe any past experience you may have working on issues of importance to freelancers. 
Last year, I laid out a comprehensive set of recommendations for growing and reforming New York’s entrepreneurial economy —from finance, fashion and food, to marketing and media—into a pipeline to the middle class, in a pioneering report “Start-Up City: Growing New York’s Entrepreneurial Economy for All.” Those recommendations—from internet connectivity and affordable housing/office space, to transportation improvements and streamlining DOB practices, are designed to not only make it easier for startups to operate in NYC, but also to help assist freelancers in continuing to boost our economy.In particular, I proposed NYC ShareSpace—a website serving as a bulletin board for start-ups and freelancers to join forces in the search for viable office space. This is critical, especially in an era in which finding a workspace is becoming increasingly competitive.In addition, I have supported a bill in the New York State Legislature that would extend the Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC) through 2014. By helping to reduce the rising cost of health insurance coverage for nearly 25,000 Freelancers Union members (at premiums that average 40 percent less than plans available on the individual and group markets in New York City), FIC has been a model for the rest of the nation.2. Many freelancers are self-employed and/or entrepreneurs who face a myriad of legal, regulatory and tax issues when starting and operating their business in New York City. How would you expand offerings for independent workers to start, maintain and grow their businesses? 
City government already provides targeted services to many industries and businesses, from the Mayor’s Office of Film, Television, and Broadcasting (MOFTB), which streamlines the process of shooting film on our streets, to the Office of Small Business Services, which provides a suite of resources to streamline the opening and expansion of companies throughout the City.We should build on the success of these approaches by launching a special freelancers unit within SBS to address the unique needs of this burgeoning population.In addition, we should offer workshops for freelancers to learn about opportunities to build their businesses through the City’s procurement process. The City spends over $10 billion a year on goods and services. While many contracts (such as for the 7-line extension) must be filled by larger companies, there are millions of dollars in smaller contracts that can and should be filled by local small businesses and freelancers.3. Nearly 1 in 3 workers (or 42million people) work freelance across the U.S., according to a 2006 GAO report. But 2006 was the last time the federal government counted this crucial part of the new workforce. Accurate, comprehensive data is crucial to crafting policies that address the needs of this sector. How important do you feel it is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics revives the survey? What are your thoughts on conducting a comprehensive survey of NYC freelancers to collect demographic data and assess the economic impact of their work? 
Given the incredible growth in the freelance economy, it is essential for either BLS or the Census Bureau (through its annual “American Community Survey”) to provide rich data. While NYC could perform a survey on its own, the rise of the freelance economy in cities across the country means that the most efficient way to perform these surveys is via the Federal Government, which already has the apparatus set up for this type of data collection. City government could then decide to add to this national snapshot via periodic targeted surveys of freelancers in the five boroughs, in order to determine the unique needs of our local population.Ultimately, BLS/Census Bureau should not simply rehash the same old survey. Instead, it should update the parameters of the survey to better reflect the reality of freelance work today. In particular, this means expanding the category of “contingent workers” to include other “independent” workers, include day, part-time, and temporary laborers. Moreover, as Jeff Wald of Work Market recently discussed, collecting data on freelance workers should not be viewed as an annual exercise, but instead one that parallels the monthly employment reports already published by BLS.**4. Unlike many other workers, freelancers have episodic income but are not eligible for unemployment benefits. What would you do to assist freelancers during periods of unemployment? What ideas do you have for assisting freelancers in saving for these times? **First, I want to create as much opportunities as possible for our freelancers so that none of them have to sustain any long periods of unemployment. However, for our unemployed freelancers I would propose for our New York City Office of Small Business Services and New York City Economic Development Corporation to help establish a database for opportunities that will be geared to companies that are in need of freelancers. I would also like to work with Freelancers Union to make sure that our unemployed freelancers have access to quality healthcare and other social services to them in times of need. As a City we do not make it a point to discuss the need to save money for the unavoidable difficult, lean times that people often encounter. As a Mayor I want to use my experience as Comptroller and in the private sector to help establish a financial literacy program for all New Yorkers. I would also like to convene a taskforce to help establish a program to encourage freelancers, independent contractors, temporary workers and permanent temporary workers to become more proactive about retirement planning.5. Freelancers are, by nature, entrepreneurs who have built their own communities to support their work and themselves. This is a model more and more New Yorkers are learning from and building more economically sustainable, cooperative, and collaborative institutions. How will you support these new institutions, including cooperatives, social purpose businesses and collaborative consumption organizations? 
In general, I believe that government has potential opportunities to help businesses grow through collaboration. Government should be a collaborator and should work toward helping entrepreneurs obtain the resources they need to be able to grow and prosper. As Mayor I will work with freelancers to create new policies to be able to make our City the most entrepreneurial friendly for freelancers.**Thanks to Scott Stringer for answering our questions. If you need more info on how or where to vote, check out NYC.gov’s voting resources. Please remember to vote on September 10! **Freelancers Union has endorsed Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate. Come join other Freelancers Union members as we volunteer for his campaign and show our support for a freelancer-friendly candidate! Send your contact information to volunteer@freelancersunion.org for more information.last_img read more

Reflections on My First Year of Full-Time Freelancing

first_imgBy Carrie SmithCarrie Smith is a financial writer and community builder who blogs at CarefulCents.com. She’s on a mission to help solopreneurs and small business owners earn more money in less time. Find her on Twitter (@carefulcents).At the end of 2010, my personal and professional life were falling apart. With over $14,000 in debt, I could barely afford a decent apartment and my day job was slowly sucking the life out of me. I felt trapped and needed a fresh start. But how?That’s when I started putting together a solid freelance writing portfolio and decided to give freelancing a shot.I wanted to start my own business to have more freedom, no longer answer to someone else’s schedule, and be able to put my social/family life ahead of work. I spent 2 years working multiple jobs while building my freelance business. Last year, I was able to pay off all my debt, quit my day job, and jump into freelancing full time. Here’s how I did it:I Surrounded Myself with Successful PeopleWithout the support of the community I created around my blog or the other freelancers I met along the way, I would still be stuck in my accounting job. This is when I learned how peer pressure — whether good or bad — can affect the entrepreneurial mindset.Study after study shows that peer pressure is what influences us, and the more accepting a group is of either positive or negative behavior, the more likely we are to do the same thing.My friends and family still cling to the outdated belief that if you get a steady day job you’re set for life. So if I wanted to set myself apart from that type of thinking I knew I had to surround myself with successful, forward-thinking people.Whether you’re a newbie freelancer or a veteran looking to up your game, you can use this kind of peer pressure to your advantage.I wanted to throw in the towel more than once, but I received so many encouraging comments, emails and messages that provided the motivation I needed to keep going.I Found a Supportive Freelance CommunityThere are several ways to connect with a like-minded group of people who share your ideals and goals.1. Seek Out a Local GroupYou’d be surprised at the vast array of events and social activities that are going on in your local community. Your local newspaper or event calendar will likely have tons of meetups for freelancers or anyone who’s looking to grow their business.You can also connect one-on-one at coworking spaces or coffee shops, since these are the most popular places to find other go-getters, freelancers and entrepreneurs.2. Connect Online InstantlyOne of the best things about using the internet is that you can find lots of different groups, organizations and communities almost instantly — anywhere in the world. Even something as simple as a Twitter account can connect you with anyone in real time.There are other places like Facebook and LinkedIn groups, membership forums and community boards that you can search out online with just a few types of the keyboard.What Encouraging Support Did For MeNow that I’ve told you what a supportive freelance community did for me and explained how to find one, here’s what the right community can do for you:I felt less isolated and aloneAs I mentioned, when I finally woke up and realized it was time to get my finances under control and pay off debt, no one in my circle of friends or family understood. In our society today, living with debt is an accepted norm. Changing your financial mindset goes against the grain, so is often challenged by others.This can lead to feelings of isolation and be very discouraging. But if you’re able to surround yourself with a different group of people who understand what you’re going through, you’ll feel less alone. They can encourage you, and ensure your chances of reaching your goal.I solved my own problemsSometimes hiring an expert is just what you need to find that balance in your life. But at other times you don’t want to be “coached” or spoken down to, so having a close-knit community of peers can enable you to solve your own issues.When other people are experiencing the same type of problems you are, there is a unique emotional connection that’s different from any support you can get from a professional or expert.I found a safe environment to open upSeeing others who are dealing with the same adversity and making progress in their lives is inspiring and encouraging. A community is a safe place for someone who needs to talk about intensely personal experiences, struggles and thoughts.Many times, talking to an expert can be very intimidating, but with a like-minded community, the members and peers treat each other as equals. You may view it as if you’re all in this horrible, discouraging place together, which can make you feel more comfortable about opening up.I gained more confidenceTalking to other freelancers can reduce your anxiety, improve self-esteem, and create a sense of overall well-being. When you feel more confident about your life and your direction, you’ll be less likely to give up.Additionally, you’ll have higher self-esteem and a clearer mind, which leads to more creativity and positive thinking. If you’re looking for inspiration in your career or business ventures, I share a few examples below, to get you started!The Importance of the Right CommunityThe right kind of community all depends on your needs and your personality. But basically it’s as simple as understanding who you connect with best. So what type of community is right for you? Ask yourself these questions:Do you relate to artist-type freelancers more than the business-minded ones? That’s one of the great things about the Freelancers Union. They have a large network of sole-proprietors and freelancers who you can relate to, and tons of resources to help answer your questions.Do you need help with your finances but are too intimidated to ask a professional? Try the ReadyForZero community, that helped me pay off over $14,000 of debt in 14 months. When you want to give up, everyone else who’s paying off debt and changing their money-mindset will help motivate you.Do you want to be more balanced in life and work? Surround yourself with people who aren’t workaholics and who understand that it’s good to take time off for yourself. Read a few books, from authors like Danielle LaPorte or Gabby Bernstein, who focus on your well-being, not just the bottom line.Reach Your Goals and Dreams FasterYour friends and supporters are a powerful factor in the way you live your life, build your business and handle your finances. I’ve been lucky enough to connect with the right kind of communities that allowed me to reach my goals.With their support (and constant reminder of why I was doing it), I was able to pay off my debt 7 months sooner than I originally anticipated. Yes, I still had to put in the work, but they were a sounding board, offering unique ideas, and were there when I needed a pick-me-up.This gave me the motivation to stay with it, and once that ball was rolling, the momentum kept going until I finally reached my goal.last_img read more

Two secret tunnels detected at sect chief quarters in Dera

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs)Sirsa (Har), Sep 9 (PTI) Two secret tunnels, including one that connected the Dera Sacha Sauda chiefs residence with the hostel for female disciples, and an illegal firecracker factory were today unearthed on the second day of the massive sanitisation exercise at the sect headquarters here.An empty box of AK 47 cartridges, 84 cartons of fire crackers and chemicals from the illegal factory, besides hundreds of pairs of shoes, designer clothing and caps, were also found, and official said.”A window-shaped secret tunnel that connected Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs private residence ? also known as gufa or terawas? to the sadhvis? (female disciples) hostel was found during the search,” according to state Information and Public Relations Department Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media.The other fibre glass tunnel detected by the security forces opened some five kilometre away from the Dera heads private residence, he added.The search was launched on the premises of the dera in the wake of conviction of sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in two rape cases last month and the subsequent violence by his supporters which left 38 people dead. He has been jailed for 20 years.The illegal fire cracker factory has been sealed and a case under the Explosives Act had been registered against the factory owner, Mehra said.He said some chemical material to be used in making fire crackers was also found. “The search teams recovered 84 cartons of fire crackers from the illegal factory,” he said.advertisementThe search will continue tomorrow also, he said. The Dera?s sprawling headquarters include a township of its own, with schools, a sports village, a hospital, a shopping mall and a cinema hall. The property is also home to an ostentatious 7-star MSG resort with replicas of Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Kremlin and Disney World inside.Hordes of police, paramilitary and civil administration personnel were involved in the mammoth search operation which started yesterday on the direction of Punjab and Haryana High Court.An unregistered luxury car and some banned currency notes were yesterday seized from the dera during the sanitisation exercise which also involved forensic examination of his so-called cave where he allegedly used to sexually exploit women.Besides, some rooms were also sealed and hard disk drives and unlabelled medicines recovered during the 12-hour day long exercise.The entire sanitisation process is being videographed and overseen by retired District and Sessions Judge, A K S Pawar, who was appointed as Court Commissioner by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday.Curfew remains in force on the road leading inside the dera headquarters. No unauthorised person was being allowed to go inside the dera premises. However, life remained normal in Sirsa city.A large number of vehicles including those of police, paramilitary, Quick Reaction Teams, bomb disposal squad and anti-sabotage team, carrying made their way inside the dera premises this morning, officials said.Vehicles of the district administration carrying officials drawn from various government departments also enetered the dera premises.Besides, some fire tenders, heavy earth moving machines and tractors have also been pressed into service for the sanitisation exercise.A number of dera followers, who had parted ways with the sect head, hade reportedly told the media earlier that except for the dera chief and his close aides, nobody was allowed to enter his gufa or private residence.The dera, spread over nearly 800 acres, has been divided into ten zones for the purpose of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under the control of a senior officer. The dera chief, who featured in a few films directed and co-produced by himself, also has some shops in the complex where consumer products launched two years ago under “MSG” brand were sold. PTI VSD IKA RT RTlast_img read more

Huawei G10 leaks ahead of September 22 launch, images confirm dual rear camera set up

first_imgHuawei is set to launch a new smartphone dubbed as Huawei G10 on September 22 . The phone has been spotted in past several times and now a new leaked image posted on Weibo has confirmed that the phone will come with dual cameras both at the front and back.The leaked photo has left very little for the imagination. The phone is seen sporting dual cameras on front and back. The antenna bands are placed at the top and bottom of the phone.According to the rumoured specs, the G10 is expected to come with 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution. The  smartphone could be powered by Kirin 659 chipset and run on Android Nougat with EMUI on top. The phone in the image shows a vertically aligned dual cameras at the back and a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera module.  The new Huawei G10 could pack in 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which could be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.  The smartphone was also spotted on Chinese certification site TENAA and as per its listing the phone will come with 5.9 inch full HD display with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio.  The phone could be backed by a 3240 battery. The listing shows that the phone would come with a 16 +2MP rear cameras and 13+ 2MP front camera sensors.  It also talks about a fingerprint sensor on the back panel of the phone.Mate 10 coming on October 16The Q4 of 2017 is going to be a busy time for Huawei. Along with the G10, the company has also announced that it will launch a new Mate-series smartphone called Huawei Mate 10 on October 16 in Germany.advertisementAlso Read: Huawei Mate 10 first look out, set to launch on October 16The new renders of the phone showing online reveal that the phone will sport dual camera set up on both sides and there’s also an LEE flash for selfies. There are talks that the company could use Leica branded cameras in the phone.From past rumours we know that the phone could come with a with bezel less display and sport a metal unibody design. The phone is expected to come with a 6.1-inch display. Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu has said that the company is planning  shift to all-screen displays, hinting that the upcoming Mate 10 could come with full HD display.Famous tipster Evan Blass has also shared an image of the alleged Mate 10 on Twitter today. Take a look.Here’s Mate 10 in the wild, via tip. pic.twitter.com/yFzIVoxokH- Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2017last_img read more

Tiny bird-like dinosaur with rainbow feathers discovered

first_imgBeijing, Jan 16 (PTI) Scientists have discovered 161 million-year-old fossils of a tiny bird-like dinosaur from China that sported flashy rainbow feathers and a bony crest on its snout to attract mates.Researchers conducted the first in-depth study of the dinosaur named Caihong juji.”Iridescent colouration is well known to be linked to sexual selection and signalling, and we report its earliest evidence in dinosaurs,” said Julia Clarke, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin.”The dinosaur may have a cute nickname in English, Rainbow, but it has serious scientific implications,” said Clarke.Aside from making Jurassic ecosystems of 161 million years ago more colourful, the dinosaur is interesting because it has features that are both ancient and modern, said Xing Xu, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The bony crest is a feature usually seen in dinosaurs from earlier eras, while its neck feathers show evidence of microscopic wide, flat, pigment-containing packages, or melanosomes, that may represent the first known occurrence of iridescence similar to that found in a variety of hummingbird species living today.”There are crests associated with sexual selection previously known only in earlier dinosaurs, and yet there is also a bird mechanism of signalling or display appearing for the first time,” said Clarke.Caihong is also the earliest known dinosaur with asymmetrical feathers, the feather type found on the wingtips of modern birds that helps control flight.However, unlike birds today, Caihongs asymmetrical feathers were on its tail, not its wings – a finding that suggests that early birds may have had a different steering or flight style.advertisement”The tail feathers are asymmetrical but wing feathers are not, a bizarre feature previously unknown among dinosaurs including birds,” said Xu.”This suggests that controlling flight might have first evolved with tail feathers during some kind of aerial locomotion,” he said.The slab of rock from Chinas Hebei Province where the dinosaur was discovered by a farmer in 2014 contained a nearly complete skeleton surrounded by impressions made by feathers. The impressions preserved the shape of the melanosomes.Researchers compared the melanosome impressions to melanosomes found in living birds and found that they most closely resembled those in the iridescent, rainbow feathers of hummingbirds.Caihong is part of a group of small, bird-like dinosaurs that lived in China during the Jurassic, but it stands out even among its closest relatives, Xu said.While the other dinosaurs have bird-like, triangular skulls and long forearm bones in comparison to birds today, Caihong had a long and narrow skull, and unlike many of these other dinosaurs, its short forelimbs show proportions more akin to modern birds. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more

Lamborghini mulling presence in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Iconic Italian carmaker Lamborghini is mulling an investment in Maharashtra to aid its electric vehicles plans, a senior official said today.Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation chief executive officer Sanjay Sethi said the world-famous manufacturer of luxury supercars, sports cars and SUVs is planning an investment in the state.”They (Lamborghini) have a basic interest in electric vehicles,” the senior IAS official told PTI here, when asked about the likely presence of Lamborghini chairman Tonino Lamborghini at the Magnetic Maharashtra investor summit here next week.The carmaker, which has outlined a slew of global plans on the electric vehicle front, will announce its plans for Maharashtra tomorrow, Sethi said.State Industries Minister Subhash Desai said the carmaker is keen to set up base in Maharashtra.Asked if the state government has indicated any potential location to Lamborghini, Desai replied in the negative, saying it will happen only after talks with them.The government does not know if the company is tying up with a local manufacturer, Desai said.The company sells multiple models in the country, with a base price north of Rs 2 crore. A January 20 media report said it sold 28 vehicles in the country in 2017, and is targeting to triple the same by 2019, as new models get launched.The company has sales and service presence in Mumbai and Bengaluru.In the latest Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed to increase duties on imported cars from next fiscal to 25 per cent, from the present 20 per cent, as a disincentive to imports.advertisementNo official from Lamborghini was available for comment.Maharashtra aims to attract investment commitments of over Rs 10 lakh crore at the three-day summit starting Sunday. PTI AA IAS VT VTlast_img read more

DY Patil T20 Cup: Saurabh Tiwary helps Reliance 1 defend title

first_imgNavi Mumbai, Mar 1 (PTI) Reliance�1, riding on skipper Saurabh Tiwarys tremendous unbeaten 112, successfully defended the title at the 14th DY Patil T20 Cup here today. In the final, Reliance 1 defeated BPCL by 25 runs.Tiwarys blitzkrieg ensured that Reliance 1 posted a mammoth 185-6 in their 20 overs. His 112 came off 63 balls with five boundaries and eight sixes.He shepherded the innings despite regular fall of wickets. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant fell early, but Tiwary took charge.He aligned himself very well with Akshdeep Nath (23) and Nikhil Naik (19).For BPCL ,Rishi Arothe ( 2-34 ) was the pick of the bowlers.In their response, the BPCL chase never really got going. Despite handy knocks by senior pro Abhishek Nayar (43) and� India� player Shreyas Iyer (35), the chase failed against some accurate bowling.India U19 World Cup star Anukul Roy, with a spell of� 3-29, and�his U19 teammate Kamlesh Nagarkoti (4-28) helped Reliance 1 defend the title.BPCL ended at 160-9 thanks largely to Shivam Dubeys late charge of unbeaten 40.Earlier in the semi-finals, BPCL prevailed over CAG in a high-scoring contest.And�Reliance 1 beat DY Patil Sports B in the other semi-final at the DY Patil Stadium.BRIEF SCORES Final At DY Patil Stadium:�Reliance 1 185-6 in 20 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 112 n.o., Akshdeep Nath 23; Rishi Arothe 2-34) bt�BPCL 160-9 in 20 overs (Abhishek Nayar 43, Shivam Dubey 40 n.o., Shreyas Iyer 35; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 4-28, Anukul Roy 3-29)-by 25 runsSemi-Finals At University Ground:�BPCL 211-6 in 20 overs (Abhishek Nayar 67, Rahul Tripathi 56, Mandeep Singh 47; Sayan Ghosh 2-52) bt CAG 194-3 in 20 overs (Ankit Kaushik 74 n.o., Ankit Lamba 53, Prashant Chopra 23, Ankit Sharma 23)-by 17 runs�advertisementAt DY Patil Stadium:�DY Patil Sports B 136-6 in 20 overs (Hardik Tamore 70 n.o.; Mohsin Khan 4-14) lost to Reliance 1 140-5 in 15.3 overs (Nikhil Naik 36 n.o., Akshdeep Nath 31, Rohan Marwaha 23, Rishabh Pant 23; Raunaq Sharma 2-34)-by five wicketsAWARD WINNERS Maximum Sixes: Saurabh Tiwary (19 sixes) Best Fielder: Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Reliance 1) Best bowler: Sayan Ghosh (12 wickets, CAG) Best batsman: Saurabh Tiwary (Reliance 1, 295 runs) Man of the Final: Saurabh Tiwary (Reliance 1) Man of the Tournament: Saurabh Tiwary (Reliance 1. PTI NRB BNMlast_img read more

Pique ‘surprise’ as Barcelona lash out over Griezmann decision

first_img\R Barcelona, Jun 16 (AFP) Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he is surprised at criticism of his role in producing a video in which France star Antoine Griezmann announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid.Griezmann caused a stir after appearing in the film on Thursday in which he ended speculation about a possible move to Barcelona by committing to Atletico.Barcelona had made Griezmann, the top scorer at Euro 2016, their top summer transfer target.Barcelona defender Pique’s production company, Kosmos Studios, produced the slick film entitled “The Decision”.Although France coach Didier Deschamps said Friday he had “no problem” with the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, two days before Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia in Kazan, the fact Pique played an indirect role in its production has caused controversy in Spain.Pique, however, said: “I was surprised by the reaction in Barcelona. I’m surprised that my involvement and my love for the club (Barcelona) is being placed in doubt.”I’ve spoken to the (club) president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) and everything’s fine. He was a bit annoyed because he thought he (Griezmann) would sign.” The film details negotiations between Griezmann and Barcelona before his decision to remain at Atletico and Spanish media reports have focused on assumptions Pique may have known about Griezmann’s intentions, but failed to inform his own club.The backlash against the Spain international has been significant.Writing in Friday’s edition of Barcelona-based daily Sport, the newspaper’s director, Ernest Folch, said: “The theatrical nature of this documentary shows perfectly just how powerful some players have become. They think they can now do what they want.”advertisementBarcelona’s other big sports daily, Mundo Deportivo, also slammed Pique for encouraging watchers to “get out the pop-corn to watch the unfortunate unfolding of events that, as the producer, he knew all about.” Pique has courted similar controvery in the past. In the summer of 2017 he admitted knowing of Neymar’s decision to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain before the Brazilian star had informed Barcelona chiefs.This latest controversy has also led to calls for current Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, to exercise tighter control over players.The man looking to replace Bartomeu in 2021, Victor Font, said: “They (players) should not have an active role, without the participation of the club, in issues which affect the interests of Barcelona.” Spain’s World Cup preparations were already rocked by the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after Real Madrid announced the Spain coach would replace Zinedine Zidane at the club after the finals.Shortly after Spain’s 3-3 World Cup opening draw against Portugal on Friday, an under-fire Pique tried to deflect any personal responsibility in the controversy.”I’m not responsible for the fact that Barcelona didn’t sign a player about whom we’ve been speaking for the past few months,” said Pique.”Griezmann told me a few months ago that he might sign for Barcelona,” added Pique.”I said we could film it and produce something to show people how, from the inside, these kinds of important decisions are taken.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more