NBA: Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulls’ Rajon Rondo a ‘long shot’ to return from thumb injury LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MILWAUKEE — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-round playoff series in six games.Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan tries to shoot past Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Milwaukee. AP PhotoCory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT The furious effort appeared to sap the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a renowned gym rat, looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during fourth-quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes.Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from the field but was 2 of 6 in the fourth.The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell’s inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan.Rebounding from 2-1 series deficit and an embarrassing 27-point loss in Game 3, the Raptors will face Cleveland a year after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in six games.Kyle Lowry added 13 points for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Monday. They’ll need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half.Jason Terry’s 3 with 3:06 left gave the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll’s 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGiannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points.But the Bucks finished one comeback short. View commentslast_img read more

Church offers refuge to illegal immigrants

first_imgSIMI VALLEY — Saying she believes today’s immigration laws are “broken,” a Simi Valley pastor will be the first in Ventura County to open her church to illegal immigrants facing deportation. The Rev. June Goudey is having her congregation at the United Church of Christ join the national New Sanctuary Movement, offering a place to live and other support to people appealing to stay in the country, especially those whose families might be torn apart by deportation. While the church members want to help people in need of assistance, they will not be breaking any laws by trying to hide anyone or forcefully resist immigration officials, Goudey said. The people who receive sanctuary will not be fugitives or hiding from the law. “Anybody we shelter will have been in the process of deportation,” she said. “We will only be sheltering people while they are in the process of a legal review.” “We are giving physical shelter and spiritual support,” she said. “We believe the immigration laws today are broken and they are breaking up families.” The Simi Valley church at 370 Royal Ave. will be working with the Ventura County office of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, with CLUE and legal advisers screening the people who request sanctuary. Those who receive sanctuary must be at risk of deportation, parents of American-born children, must have a good work history and good moral standing. Alice Linsmeier, CLUE’s Ventura County executive director, said her group has been working with several other local congregations to support the effort in some way. Her group includes a network of more than 40 congregations in the area. The United Church of Christ congregation voted to become a sanctuary church in the New Sanctuary Movement last week, and Linsmeier said the next step is to find a match for the congregation, which could take a week to a month. — Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aston Villa vs West Brom live on talkSPORT 2: Free stream plus team news and line-ups

first_img goalless Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Aston Villa vs West Brom: How to listenFull commentary from the West Midlands will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage beginning at 12pm.Russ Williams will host the best in depth live sport coverage on the radio with Nigel Pearson and Simon Grayson on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Aston Villa vs West Brom: Kick-off timeThe Championship clash will get underway at Villa Park at 3pm on Saturday, February 16. EFL result Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues getty REPLY center_img ROUND-UP Villa’s play-off hopes are still alive but they need to return to winning ways after two draws and a defeat last time out at Brentford.The reverse fixture ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns but who will claim the bragging rights today? Find out on talkSPORT 2. 2 GREAT NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Dean Smith’s Aston Villa face rivals West Brom today Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Darren Moore’s West Brom face Aston Villa today West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and West Brom go head-to-head today in a huge Championship match and it’ll be live on talkSPORT 2.The Baggies are currently ten points ahead of Villa in the table as they continue to push for an automatic promotion place. Aston Villa vs West Brom: Team newsAston Villa are without James Chester again as the Wales defender continues to be hampered with a knee injury but left-back Neil Taylor has returned to Dean Smith’s squad.West Brom boss Darren Moore is without top scorer Dwight Gayle who is suspended but Hal Robson-Kanu and Ahmed Hegazi have returned from injury.Aston Villa vs West Brom: Confirmed line-upsAston Villa: Kalinic, Hutton, Elphick, Mings, Hause, Whelan, Elmohamady, Hourihane, McGinn, Green, Abraham.Subs: Taylor, Steer, Jedinak, El Ghazi, Kodjia, Adomah, Ramsey.West Brom: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Harper, Livermore, Barry, Robson-Kanu, Rodriguez, Murphy.Subs: Bartley, Johansen, Montero, Hoolahan, Bond, Adarabioyo, Field.Referee: James Liningtonlast_img read more

Technology: CIOs are Being Pressured By Shrinking Budgets and New Responsibilities

first_imgOther technologies followed closely by CIOs include collaboration technologies, legacy modernization, IT management, CRM, virtualization, security and ERP applications.The Gartner report also found that more CIOs are finding “themselves leading in areas outside of traditional IT,”  with almost one fifth now acting as the company’s chief digital officers (CDO).  Gartner says that 77 percent of today’s CIOs “have significant leadership responsibilities outside of IT.” Mobile – 70 percentBusiness Intelligence and Analytics – 55 percentSocial Media – 54 percentPublic Cloud – 51 percent CIOs are being squeezed by the five consecutive year of flat budgets and increasing pressure to deliver new and innovative technology.   As we move into 2013, Gartner expects IT budgets to be down .5 percent for the year.  A report from Gartner finds that, on average, enterprises are only able to realize 43 percent of their business potential in technology.Mark McDonald, group vice president and Gartner fellow, said that “Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find digital value. CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities, and harvesting value from products, services and operations…  In a world of change, it is concerning that around half of CIOs surveyed do not see IT’s enterprise role changing over the next three years.”  Many CIOs are focusing on simply trying to “keep the lights on.” Karen Scott Davie, director at the CIO Executive Council said that “It is a greater risk to stand still and continue using existing technology and products. It is less risky for an organisation to be seen to be willing to challenge themselves and innovate even if they need to pivot the ideas and products during the innovation process.” The technologies which CIOs see as those which will transform enterprises over the coming ten years are as follows:last_img read more

The Cloud’s Killer App? SAP’s Bid to Own the Enterprise Social Space

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… SAP’s Sharma points out that the common usage model for applications preferred by folks in college or emerging from it today is tremendously different from the usage model of 2000 – the key difference being the social component. Any new functionality delivered to that customer – the ones entering the workforce with the skills that talent managers want most – must be geared toward interoperability and shareability. It cannot sit on a hard drive.“If you’re a major company, you probably run your infrastructure on SAP already today. We’re providing these applications with these capabilities, and then also giving a level of openness so that you add them at a time and pace of your choosing,” says Sharma. “It’s not monolithic… Monolithic applications, even those in the cloud, start to morph toward a collection of thousands of services, that are pulled together on an as-needed basis to solve one problem, but then combine in a different way to solve a different problem.  It’s an intriguing option.”Photo of Syracuse University campus by Scott Fulton 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts scott fulton If you measure the social activity inside enterprise-class networks, it may look like LinkedIn has a lock on the market. But if you study how employees actually connect with each other every day, Facebook is almost always the platform of choice. But because it’s not really geared for businesses, it may be vulnerable to services that address needs tied specifically to the workplace. And SAP – of all companies – feels it may have the keys to the enterprise social space, including a supremely fast database and a way for employees to maintain a social profile based on her or his talents.“The cloud is the ultimate fabric where all the data resides,” says Dinesh Sharma, SAP’s vice president for cloud marketing, speaking with ReadWriteWeb, “whether it’s data we own, or aggregations of data from other places that all come together through Web APIs – that drives a volume of data. You have access to it, and because applications are so easy to consume, it’s a perfect fit for the real-time insights that HANA can produce.”Sharma is outlining a strategy based on the success (which has yet to be proven, of course) of two key factors. One is HANA, which utilizes surprisingly ordinary database management schemes, but whose tables and schemas are arranged in large pools of memory rather than storage devices. That relocation of the proverbial operation table can, statistics indeed show, accelerate certain aspects of database applications by six orders of magnitude.That’s at the cloud end of the SAP strategy spectrum. At the other end – the part that faces the user directly – is SuccessFactors, the human capital management service that SAP acquired last December. If you think of Facebook as the caretaker of people’s personal social affairs, consider SuccessFactors (along with competitors like talent management service Taleo, recently acquired by Oracle) as competing to be the caretaker of their personal business portfolios, their online curriculum vitae. Now that’s development appears to have calcified, LinkedIn has pointed the way toward the need for people to not only build but demonstrate their skills, using tools that go way beyond resumes. SuccessFactors is designed to be mined by talent scouts, looking not just for folks whose work history contains key phrases, but for opportunities to build the skill sets of interested and interesting people into the perfect fit for key positions long-term. (By “long-term,” I mean longer than six months.)Picture if you will a talent management worker in the human resources department of a major enterprise. On her tablet is a tool that would let her search for multiple people throughout the workforce who would be best suited to work together as a team on a collective project, sorted in order by their estimated availability and proximity to the place of business. The tool would have to judge these workers’ interest and attitudes based on such factors as what they tweet, what products they’ve liked on Facebook and what tech news stories they’ve commented on. Even with the best database management schemes in the world, it would be quite a considerable query, consuming tremendous resources and time.It’s the sort of job that could use being accelerated by six orders of magnitude. And there you see the connection.last_img read more

Arkansas ~ Property Tax: Property Tax Appeal Provisions Amended

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportLegislation has been enacted that amends several Arkansas property tax appeal provisions including petition for review of property assessment, equalization of assessments, county equalization board appeal hearings, appeals to courts of county equalization board actions, correction of errors in real or personal property tax books, and taxes erroneously assessed and paid. The property owner has 30 days instead of 10 days from the date of the notice of assessment to file a petition for review of the assessment. The 30-day time period may be extended an additional 15 days for good cause. Concerning appeals to courts of county equalization board actions, the petitioner has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence the true and correct value of the property for ad valorem tax purposes. A presumption of correctness or weight of authority does not attach to the action of the county assessor or the county equalization board and the petitioner is not required to show that the assessed valuation of property is clearly erroneous, manifestly excessive, or confiscatory; or meet a higher standard of proof than preponderance of the evidence. Finally, if an erroneous assessment claim is for erroneous assessments made in two or more years, the county court may order that the property tax refund be made in up to two equal annual installments, by December 31 of each year, beginning with the year in which the order is entered.Act 659 (H.B. 1772), Laws 2017, effective 90 days after adjournment of the 2017 Legislaturelast_img read more

A Not-So Stimulating U.K. Budget

first_imgThose hoping for a £1 billion stimulus windfall for United Kingdom science in today’s budget announcement were disappointed. Although there was no new money for research, the U.K. government sought to firm up its commitment to fighting climate change with an even more ambitious target for carbon dioxide reductions and new funding for green manufacturing and low-carbon energy. Ministers in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills were rumoured last month to be lobbying for a science stimulus package along the lines of the President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Several big name scientists supported the idea in the press. But that dream was shattered today by budget delivered to Parliament by Chancellor Alistair Darling that put more emphasis on cuts and efficiency savings than stimulating the economy. The government’s green credentials were very much on show, however, with a new commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 34% compared by 2020 to 1990 levels. To help achieve this the Chancellor promised £1 billion for low-carbon industries, £525 million for offshore wind projects, £435 million for energy efficiency, and £405 million to encourage low-carbon energy and advanced green manufacturing. That last pot will fund four pilot coal-fired power plants equipped with carbon capture and storage technology. 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Science commentators warned that if the United Kingdom is to make its mark in environmental technology, it needs robust science to underpin innovation. “It must be remembered … that scientific advances—in renewable energy research, in the digital industries that have spurred the communications revolution, and in other important future industries like biotechnology—require a healthy research base. We must continue investing in order to ensure that the U.K. has a healthy pipeline of scientifically trained individuals and to maintain and strengthen our leading position in research and its applications,” says Robert Kirby-Harris, chief executive of the Institute of Physics.The seven U.K. research councils—which distribute grants and fund large research infrastructures—managed to save  £106 million that could have been lost if they were subjected to the efficiency savings the Chancellor is enforcing elsewhere in the government. But this protected money, the budget documents state, must be reinvested “to support key areas of economic potential.” This, according to Nick Dusic, director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, undermines the independence of the research councils. “There needs to be an urgent review of this decision as it completely destroys the idea the research councils operate at arm’s length from government. Rather than boosting investment in the research base, like our international competitors, the government has moved money around,” he says.last_img read more

Bhopal survivors burn effigy of IOC president

first_imgThe survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster on Sunday burnt an effigy of International Olympics Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge, who has said that Dow Chemical, the sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics, could not be held responsible for the lingering liabilities caused by the gas leak in Bhopal.The survivors were led by five organisations fighting for the cause.”An assessment by an agency that has received large sums of money from Dow Chemical cannot be impartial. IOC has exposed itself as a corrupt body that is willing to tarnish the spirit and name of the Games for the sake of money,” said Rashida Bee, President of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh.The survivors mentioned that, through purchase of Union Carbide in 2001, Dow Chemical has inherited the criminal, civil and environmental liabilities of Union Carbide India Ltd(UCIL). It is a fact that large quantities of toxic wastes remain strewn around the factory site in Bhopal.India is also seeking compensation from Dow Chemical for the clean up of the toxic contamination in and around the abandoned Union Carbide’s factory. Dow has sheltered Union Carbide and even facilitated the illegal sales of its products and services in India through a number of front companies.”The IOC has neither the authority nor the competence to address the complex matters of criminal and civil allegations leveled against Union Carbide and Dow Chemical,” said Balkrishna Namdeo of Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangarsh Morcha.The survivors strongly criticized the role of the Indian government and the IOC and has appealed to the Indian Members of Parliament, to write to government of India to boycott Olympics.advertisementThe Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udhyog Sangathan led by activist Abdul Jabbar on Saturday burnt the effigy of IOC and government of India.Jabbar said that by giving clean chit to Dow Chemical, IOC has made contempt of court and betrayed the faith of people who are fighting for justice.last_img read more

Back in the game

first_imgIn the first half of 2015, as Indian cricket was desperately seeking a long-term solution for the problems ailing the struggling national team, the spotlight turned towards Bangalore-more particularly towards a batting legend living in the city. Rahul Dravid, India’s greatest No 3 and an inspiration for cricketers around the,In the first half of 2015, as Indian cricket was desperately seeking a long-term solution for the problems ailing the struggling national team, the spotlight turned towards Bangalore-more particularly towards a batting legend living in the city. Rahul Dravid, India’s greatest No 3 and an inspiration for cricketers around the world, was seen as the obvious choice first for India’s national coaching job and then for an advisory committee that would guide the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in all on-field matters.But Dravid, being wooed by the BCCI for both these coveted assignments, had a different idea. An idea that one doesn’t normally associate with cricketing superstars in a country where they are almost treated as divinity. Instead of stepping in front of the flash bulbs, Dravid asked for a smaller, but infinitely more meaningful role-that of coaching India’s under-19 and ‘A’ teams. He said he wanted to work with youngsters, hone their talent, correct technical flaws, prepare them mentally for the future; he said he wanted to genuinely give back. “Working on young talent excited me. Can these boys become men-that’s my challenge,” Dravid said.Former cricket Test captain Rahul Dravid, 42. Photo: PTIAlthough there may be too few in Indian sport who think like Dravid, the good news is that he is not alone. In other parts of the country, past masters are getting involved with the game again-not to battle for glamorous positions or get elected to important posts in governing bodies-but to get into the act of fine-tuning the next generation for the challenges that lie ahead.In Hyderabad, for example, former All-England badminton champion Pulella Gopichand has created a coaching revolution at his academy that has already given India sensations such as Saina Nehwal (who now trains with another former national champion Vimal Kumar) and P.V. Sindhu. By all accounts, there are several others like them training every day from the wee hours of the morning at the Gopichand academy, waiting to be unleashed upon the world.advertisementAnd, headquartered in Mumbai, another glorious movement is well and truly underway in the form of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ)-a non-profit organisation envisaged by badminton legend Prakash Padukone and billiards world champion Geet Sethi, and run by former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha. The OGQ, over the last decade, has reshaped the destiny of India’s non-cricket sports by providing top-of-the-line training facilities, looking after travel needs, finding sponsors, and ensuring that our elite athletes concentrate on playing the sport rather than worrying about budgets and logistics. Of the six athletes who won medals for India’s break-out performance at the 2012 London Olympics, four-Nehwal, boxer Mary Kom, and shooters Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang -were supported by OGQ, which is now pushing hard to get India an even bigger haul in Rio 2016.Dravid, Gopichand and athletes such as Padukone, Sethi and Rasquinha, who have been joined at OQG by tennis icon Leander Paes and former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand as members of the board, are starting a trend that portends great things for Indian sport. Tackling not just the disengagement of stalwarts from active sports-other than private assignments such as TV commentary or political appointments such as selection panels, but also the apathy and corruption that mar several of India’s sports federations by taking matters into their own hands even though they are working within the system.(From right) Former Billiards World Champion Geet Sethi, former All-England Badminton Champion Prakash Padukone and former National Hockey Captain Viren RasquinhaSpeaking of Dravid’s role, for example, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who played junior cricket with him in the ’80s and ’90s, told India Today: “From the many interactions with him in the past three or four years, I knew he was passionate about coaching. He was, therefore, our first choice for Team India. But I wasn’t all that surprised when he said he would rather want the U-19s and ‘A’ side instead. What did surprise me was that he didn’t negotiate about money and just left that to us. I can’t think of any other big name giving back to the game like he is willing to.” It wasn’t just the lucrative senior coaching contract that Dravid said no to, he also decided not to continue with his relatively cosier job as a TV pundit.His first big assignment will be the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh in January but more than the results, the item foremost on his agenda is a bigger one- can he convert India’s new wonder boys Sarfraz Khan and Arman Jaffer into Supermen? Dravid has a number of natural advantages: for one who rose through the age-group ranks, he is empathetic to the needs of the precocious talent in his dressing room. “It’s a learning process for me too,” Dravid says modestly. “I have been having conversations with our bowling coaches, and I’ve learnt quite a few things about bowling. I have obviously been very curious and inquisitive about batting right through my career. But you get a better overall perspective about the game than you had as a specialist batsman.”advertisementFrom being in awe of him to being able to address him as “Rahul bhai”, his wards view this as a win-win. “I just keep watching him-how he looks at a game, what he’s thinking. When he shares his own experiences, I keep mulling over them. I think about what he tells us and try and mould myself accordingly,” Sarfraz, the youngest batting sensation to emerge out of Mumbai, tells India Today.VVS Laxman, Dravid’s team mate, friend since junior cricket, and a member of the BCCI’s advisory committee, says Dravid’s decision to work with youngsters was “typical of the man”. “While fielding at slips in our playing days, he would talk about his passion for coaching. If the 18-19 year-olds get to spend time with Dravid, they will know what it takes to fill in the chasm between junior and senior cricket. Maybe on good days you don’t need a coach but having him around on your bad days will give these kids the strength to stand up to the rigours of international cricket.”But while Dravid is only just embarking on this journey, Gopichand and the OGQ are already a long way down the road and have created an array of finished articles. Talk to any of their players-from Saina Nehwal and Sindhu to shooters Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang to boxers Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa-and they cannot emphasise enough the importance of interacting so closely with former champions.If Indian sport is in the middle of a mini-revolution despite an apathetic administration, players who are giving back to the system are definitely at the heart of it. “There is no greater joy than knowing that you helped someone get better in some small way,” Rasquinha says. “That you contributed, even if a little, to someone fulfilling their full potential.” May this sentiment endure and spread!Follow the writer on Twitter @vikrantgupta73last_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’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 for more information.last_img read more