New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) A Lok Sabha member of ruling BJP today equated Opposition protests in the Lok Sabha to wrestling and said if it had been real action, no lawmaker would have been able to defeat him. “No MP can defeat me in wrestling but the way the Opposition is playing kushti (wrestling) in Parliament and disrupting the House is not done,” said Virendra Singh, who is from Uttar Pradesh, evoking a peal of laughter in the House. His remarks during Question Hour came when the House was discussing an issue related to sports facilities in schools and the Opposition members were creating uproar. While responding to supplementaries raised by him, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel, in an apparent reference to the protesting Opposition members, said “inki kushti alag hai (their wrestling is different)”. Opposition parties have been stalling Parliament by creating pandemonium over demonetisation ever since Winter Session of Parliament started on November 16. PTI ACB RAM AKK
Mexico needed a win but ended up with a defeat in the Concacaf Women’s Championship, ending its hopes of making the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France at the group stage.Panama topped El Tri 2-0 in the teams’ final Group A match to lock up second place in the group behind the United States. Panama now has three opportunities to qualify for its first-ever World Cup appearance, with a win in the semifinal, the third-place game or a playoff against Argentina all good enough to send the Central Americans through.The match hinged on a pair of incidents sandwiched around halftime. Mexico forward Charlyn Corral stepped up to take a penalty but saw it stopped by Panama’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Yenith Bailey. Panama scored just two minutes after coming back out for the second half thanks to striker Karla Riley. 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! That meant Mexico needed to score two to move into the semifinals but the goal never came.Instead, Panama substitute Lineth Cedeno put in another and the Canaleras were able to move into the next round. Bailey ended the contest with five saves to cap an impressive showing in the group stage.Panama didn’t even take part in World Cup qualification ahead of the 2011 World Cup and was eliminated in the first stage of qualification for the previous cycle, falling to Guatemala in the Central American portion of qualification and missing out on the final regional round.Mexico, on the other hand, was present at the last two World Cups and had seen its depth options shored up by the launch of a women’s professional league in 2017, the Liga MX Femenil. However, the team never bounced back from a 6-0 defeat to the United States, clicking late in the second half to top Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 but lacking for cohesion in the deciding match.It was expected to be Mexico’s best team in some time, with players like Corral playing with Levante, Atletico Madrid fullback Kenti Robles and America goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago among those bringing World Cup experience and in good form with their clubs.The moment Panama knew they’re only 1 win away from their first ever Women’s World Cup.Amazing. 🇵🇦 pic.twitter.com/Ls1C44STA6— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 10, 2018Now, the team must wait another cycle to return to the biggest stage in the sport.The semifinals take place Sunday with the final and third-place match taking place Wednesday. The top three teams qualify for France, with the fourth-place side going to the playoff.
Last week’s news that Patrik Schick has started working with mental coach Jan Muhlfeit came as no surprise. Since seeing a move to Juventus collapse 18 months ago, the Czech’s career has gone into freefall, with current employers Roma considering letting the 22-year-old leave on loan this month in the desperate hope that their club-record signing can rebuild his shattered confidence away from the glare of the Stadio Olimpico spotlight.Schick had been mobbed by delirious Giallorossi fans when he arrived at Fiumicino airport in the summer of 2017. 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! The loss of Mohamed Salah to Liverpool had hit the supporters hard and while Schick was hardly a like-for-like replacement for the Egyptian winger, the forward was expected to make just as big an impact in the Italian capital, having forged a reputation for himself as one of the most promising young players in Serie A after a sensational debut season at Sampdoria.Indeed, in just 1507 minutes of game time at the Luigi Ferraris, and from only 14 starts, Schick had scored 11 times. However, his performances had been even more impressive than his strike rate, with Antonio Cassano arguing that he was even more talented than Paulo Dybala.Schick was tall but technically excellent. A fast, innovative forward, he thought as quickly as he moved.Juventus director Pavel Nedved was smitten, unable to avoid comparing his compatriot to one of his former team-mates.”Schick has a great future in front of him,” the Czech legend told Denik. “Right now he doesn’t have the muscles, but you can just imagine him in two or three years.”He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he was like that when he came to Juve. He didn’t have the muscles either.”Then Zlatan gained muscles and turned into a world-class striker. Schick is also this type of striker: great feet, tall and fast.”If Patrik keeps improving himself he can turn into a world-class striker as well.”The plan was for him to do so in Turin. Schick’s buy-out clause was €25 million (£22m/$29m) but Juve agreed to pay €30m as Samp ceded to their request to spread the payments out over three years.Then, disaster struck, with Juve’s doctors detecting a minor heart inflammation during what was expected to be a routine medical.The transfer stalled for over a month amid reports that Juve were trying to change the terms of the agreement and take the striker on loan for a year rather than signing him on a permanent deal. Samp’s outspoken president Massimo Ferrero was furious. “It’s a farce,” he told Secolo XIX. “He’s not healthy, he’s really healthy. What they found is the equivalent of a cold!”Sampdoria won’t go back a millimetre on any agreements. The boy is healthy, he can play, but now we have to worry about who has put out rumours that could damage the image of one of the brightest talents in European football.”If Juventus want to back out, we’ll sell him to one of the other four clubs that are ready to buy him.”And that’s exactly what happened. When Schick returned from holiday in the middle of July, he was informed by his agent, Pavel Paska, that Juve wanted to arrange another medical.“I told him I wasn’t going anywhere, that it was already getting on my nerves and I’m not flying to Turin, it would be useless,” he explained.”It didn’t matter to me anymore, I was a little bit angry. The deliberations were unnecessary, and in the middle of July my €25 million release clause ceased to apply.”So, as far as I was concerned, the president of Sampdoria could name his price and put my value as high as possible. That’s what he did, he eventually got it up to €42m.”When I signed I felt great relief that I could finally concentrate only on my football.”That sensation didn’t last long, though. No sooner had he made his Roma debut than he was sidelined by the first of a succession of minor injuries.When he did play, he looked a cheap imitation of his former self, slow and cumbersome on the ball, embarrassingly panicked in front of goal.He was erring off the field too, forced to reaffirm his commitment to Roma after discussing a potential move to a bigger club just months after joining the Giallorossi.The hope was that he would feel more settled in his second year in Rome, reap the benefits of a stress-free summer, and he impressed during pre-season. “The worst is behind me and I hope the best is around the corner,” he opined. The sad fact of the matter, though, is that Schick is still struggling, physically and mentally. In 44 appearances for Roma in all competitions, Schick has scored just five goals, without registering a single assist.Last month, he was shortlisted for the 2018 Bidone d’Oro (‘The Golden Bin’), an award given by a satirical website to the worst player in Serie A over the preceding 12 months.A major part of the problem is that he hasn’t always been used in his preferred position up front, with coach Eusebio Di Francesco often deploying him on the right wing last season. He has also been utilised as a No.10 but even Di Francesco has now conceded that it is not a position in which Schick excels.But then, Schick has never looked remotely capable of displacing Edin Dzeko up front either.The Bosnian is the youngster’s closest confidante at Trigoria but is also the biggest obstacle between him and a regular starting berth. However, even when the Bosnian was sidelined by injury at the start of November, Schick failed to impress. As a result, it is increasingly possible that he will now be sent back to Sampdoria for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.The man himself has stated, “I’ve heard rumours but my ideas are clear: I only want to stay here and show what I can do.”However, a temporary return to familiar and more forgiving surroundings might be just what he needs.When Nedved looked at Schick in a Samp shirt, he saw Ibrahimovic without the physical strength. As it transpired, he also lacked the Swede’s mental fortitude. Then again, even Ibrahimovic’s confidence would have been rocked by the setbacks Schick has endured over the past 18 months. Failed medicals and fitness issues have unsurprisingly taken their toll on the 22-year-old. He has recovered from his physical problems. But mental setbacks often require more time.As Di Francesco mused, “Sometimes there are players who need longer than others to settle.”We’ve all been waiting for him to find his form and confidence.”Hopefully, with the help of Muhlfeit, Schick can rediscover both.
With Tamil Nadu asking the Centre to promulgate an ordinance to enable the smooth conduct of bull taming sport Jallikattu, the government today said “things are ready from our side” but insisted that it would wait for the Supreme Court decision regarding the issue.Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave who met a delegation led by Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai regarding this issue also blamed the previous Congress-led UPA government for including bulls in the list (of animals prohibited from being exhibited or trained as performing animals).Dave asserted that there was no ill-treatment with the bulls during the performance of the sport and expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will look into all these aspects while giving its decision so that the people can celebrate their festivals with full pleasure.”We being the government, we are just waiting for the Supreme Courts decision. What I feel is that we should request the Supreme Court to give its judgement, then the government can take any step. The government is ready even at midnight to do all these things.Also read: Kamal Haasan at India Today Conclave: If you want to ban jallikattu, ban biryani too “But all depends, as we are in a structured organization, Parliament is supreme. But the Court is also there. Therefore, it will be better that the moment the decision on the pending case comes, things are ready from our side. I am waiting for the decision desperately,” Dave told reporters after meeting the delegation.advertisementTAMIL NADU CM WROTE TO PRIME MINISTER :There has been a growing chorus for holding bull taming sport Jallikattu, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the Centre to consider promulgating an ordinance to enable the conduct of the sport.”I am sorry to say that somehow this problem arose only after 2011. The then Congress government included bulls in the list of animals that cannot be used as performing animals. We would not have included them,” Dave said.Also read: Issue ordinance for conduct of jallikattu: O Panneerselvam to Centre Later he tweeted, “The mother of problem is the Congress-led UPA government which included bulls in performing list in 2011.”After filmstar Kamal Hassan defended Jallikattu, saying all those who hate the bull sport should give up on biryani too, Dave had wondered why cognizance was not being taken when the sport is animal friendly and non violent.”Now the matter is pending in the Supreme Court and we are waiting for the decision,” Dave tweeted.Also read: Should Tamil Nadu ban Jallikattu? Leading Chennai voices say NOAlso read: Protests against ban on Jallikattu reaches National Capital
Ahead of its MWC 2017 launch event, LG has released a preview of its new interface — the LG UX 6.0 that the LG G6 is supposed to run atop the Android Nougat 7.0 OS.LG UX 6.0 is specially customized to take full advantage of G6’s “FullVision” display that has an unusual aspect ratio (height to width ratio) of 18:9. Unlike a 16:9 display, the height of the display is exactly twice of the width, and in fact to be mathematically correct, it is a 2:1 aspect ratio.Also Read: Apple might keep the best only for the iPhone 8LG feels that this design will have a domino effect with premium smartphone makers resorting to a similar screen ratio on their new designs. Though that, only time will tell but LG has backed its statement with several slick tricks and nice stuff the LG G6 will be sporting, thanks to its 2,880 x 1,440, Quad HD+ display (and a new interface).The phone will have multi window support, a highlight feature of the Android Nougat 7.0. But each window would be a perfect square, and LG feels it would make multiple windows easier to handle when the phone is held horizontally.Though increasing the screen space on top and bottom would make more room for the apps without increasing the actual dimensions of the phone, it would depend on how well the interface works. When horizontally, it allows you to take and review photos simultaneously, take photographs in a square frame and connect them together in collage for “collage wallpaper”, view calendar with schedule among other things.More screen means watching a video and surfing web side by side would become less painful, but that also increases the phone size — making it loose one advantage while it gains the other. Samsung and Apple are working to evade the same problem with their next flagships, doing away with front physical keys and extending the display till it kisses the corners.advertisementAlso Read: LG G6 will not overheat and will not explode, says companySeveral renders have leaked earlier showing off the almost bezel-less LG G6. Launching ahead of Galaxy S8 and with an older generation Snapdragon 821 chipset, the phone is said to come with water resistant metal unibody design, a dual camera at the back and a 3.5mm headphone jack. But LG would have to focus on offering something different to be able to spring back in the premium segment. Think the new interface would do the trick?
Notably, the digital medium is fast growing globally,Notably, the digital medium is fast growing globally, and India is among the fastest growing one.The advertisers see that it has better addressability and better connect with the audience, Kenney said.”From a research perspective, you have as much more addressability and more ability on the digital side to know which works and which doesnt,” he said.”Additional research is available on digital because it is a one-to-one with the consumer, and thus, a system where you have the ability to get better than on TV,” Kenney said.Archana Anand, business head at Z5, which is Zee Groups OTT offer, said the new medium is currently driven by urgency and genres like news and sports are doing well.The industry is awaiting the roll out of digital measurement, she said.”The moment you bring in the digital measurement, the real divide between the traditional broadcast and digital space becomes visible,” she said.”Because today every channel is worried that they are losing it to digital, and when this measurement happens, it becomes a part of them and they feel there is an ownership,” Anand said.Digital advertising is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31 per cent to reach Rs 29,450 crore by 2021, contributing to 27.3 per cent of the total ad pie, as per the latest Ficci- KPMG report.It currently stands at Rs 7,690 crore.”As digital infrastructure continues to develop and data costs are driven down, digital consumption is likely to become more frequent and more mainstream,” the report said.advertisement”The resultant growth in advertising is likely to drive growth over the next five years,” it added. PTI DS BEN ARS GK RDS
Tottenham Hotspur must learn from last season’s poor late form as they attempt to chase down Premier League leaders Chelsea in the closing weeks of the campaign, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.Last season, Spurs won just four of their final nine games as Leicester City pulled away to claim the title by 10 points, with Tottenham even getting edged by rivals Arsenal for second place on the final day of the campaign.With a 2-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday, second-placed Spurs trimmed the lead at the top to seven points after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and Pochettino expects his side to keep up the pressure on the leaders.”Always I tell the players, ‘we must show we have learned from last season’, that we are clever, intelligent people,” Pochettino told the British media.”It was a tough experience in the end but it is a thing that, for us, we need to think about every time and now give our best, keep our position and fight.”I think reducing three points to Chelsea was an important thing for us.”The Turf Moor win was a fourth league triumph in a row for Spurs and their second straight without striker Harry Kane.With an FA Cup semi-final to play against Chelsea on April 22, Pochettino is pleased with the squad’s collective effort.”We are in the FA Cup semi-final and second on the table, and I think a better position is impossible,” the 45-year-old Argentinean added.”(Winning without Harry) is a good thing, it is important because football is a qualitative matter.”advertisementThe North London club visit 17th-placed Swansea City in the league on Wednesday.
With one last round of fixtures before 2018 shuts up shop, the Premier League will be looking to sign off on another brilliant year with some early fireworks ahead of the new year.For Watford and Newcastle though, both will be preoccupied with matters slightly further ahead of the curve as they enter the second half of the campaign.Javi Gracia’s Hornets are an outside bet to secure a seat in European football for next season, should they keep up their good form through to May and other results go their way. 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! Rafa Benitez’s Magpies on the other hand are looking to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle once more, with the Spaniard looking to steer his black-and-white ship out of choppier waters.It’s shaping up to be a great 2019 – but will either of these two sides be where they want to be in the coming weeks? Game Watford vs Newcastle United Date Saturday, December 29 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast but will be streamed on NBC Sports Gold. US TV channel Online stream N/A NBC Sports Gold In the UK, the game will be not broadcast or streamed. Goal will however be providing minute-by-minute live text coverage of the game. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Watford players Goalkeepers Foster, Gomes Defenders Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas, Mariappa, Masina Midfielders Sema, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Cleverley, Quina Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Okaka Watford are still missing Andre Gray up front, as well as Will Hughes and Adalberto Penaranda, but otherwise, Javi Gracia will likely keep faith with the same side that lost to Chelsea last time out.Troy Deeney will lead the attack up front while leading goalscorer Roberto Pereyra will be looking to continue his good form for the Hornets.Possible Watford XI: Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Sema, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney. Position Newcastle United players Goalkeepers Dubravka, Woodman Defenders Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Schar, Manquillo Midfielders Ki, Diame, Atsu, Perez, Kenedy, Hayden, Murphy, Longstaff Forwards Rondon, Muto, Joselu Having played a 5-3-2 formation against league leaders Liverpool – and having been given a 4-0 hiding as a result – Rafa Benitez may opt to switch back to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the trip south.Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark and Karl Darlow all look set to remain absent with various injuries.Possible Newcastle United XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Ki, Diame; Atsu, Perez, Kenedy; Rondon.Betting & Match Odds Watford are 17/20 favourites to win the match at bet365. Newcastle can be backed at 3/1, while a draw is priced at 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Halfway through the Premier League campaign and the various narratives across the top tier of English football are beginning to take shape.For Watford, under Javi Gracia, it is a question of whether the Hornets can transform themselves into genuine European contenders following Marco Silva’s departure last season.For Newcastle, under Rafa Benitez, it’s whether the Champions League-winning Spaniard can keep the Magpies at the high table once more – or if he will make his exit before this story concludes.As such, the pair’s meeting at Vicarage Road, for the final game they will both play in 2018, brings with it different challenges for both sides as they look to achieve their goals over the rest of the season.Watford and Newcastle will be looking to sign off with victory ahead of the new year too, after the former fell to Chelsea and the latter were routed by league leaders Liverpool.Roberto Pereyra, playing wide for the Hornets, could prove to be a decisive figure in the game – but Martin Dubravka, in goal for the Magpies, has proven himself the equal of many attackers this season, even when his defence has not.The hosts should prevail with the three points here, to pile the pressure on the visitors, yet football sometimes works in mysterious ways – and perhaps Benitez has a trick up his sleeve to belatedly kickstart his side’s survival. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Thomas Tuchel retains faith that his Paris Saint-Germain squad can handle the absence of Neymar, despite slipping to their first defeat of the Ligue 1 campaign on Sunday.Neymar will miss the next two months due to another metatarsal injury sustained in last month’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg.PSG had won their first game without the Brazil international – against Rennes – but they came up short against Lyon, losing 2-1 to Bruno Genesio’s side. 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! Angel Di Maria had given PSG an early lead at the Groupama Stadium, but Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir turned the game back in Lyon’s favour, ending PSG’s unbeaten run at 20 league matches.While disappointed, PSG head coach Tuchel found some positives and is confident his squad can cope without Neymar, particularly as the Champions League nears a return.”I do not know it we missed them but it’s clear that we do not have a second Neymar or a second [Marco] Verratti, but I have full confidence in the other players,” he said.”There were a lot of chances on the line with Angel and [Julian] Draxler who made a very good match.”We were too passive after our first goal, we lacked precision, we made bad decisions. Lyon played with a lot of quality, but I liked our second period.”Tuchel’s side will be without their Brazilian star when they take on Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, a tie that looks tricky given the Red Devils’ form of late.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge after picking up a 1-0 against Leicester on Sunday, and has won five consecutive away matches in all competitions. Neymar, who scored an impressive five goals as the Parisians’ topped their group ahead of Liverpool, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, could be sorely missed when the sides meet at Old Trafford on February 12.
Something exciting that’s happening across the country right now–as in, today, tomorrow and the rest of the week: It’s New Economy Week.It’s a celebration of the different projects, large and small, that people across the continent are doing to build a new kind of economy—one based on collaboration, cooperation and community support. We like to call it New Mutualism.There’s a calendar of great events happening all over the place—maybe there’s one in your city?Check it out: Today, there were eight events, from a conference in Vancouver, BC about the interconnectedness of economy, people and the natural environment; to the Central Vermont Harvest Festival in Montpelier, VT.The week is being organized by the New Economics Institute and its coalition of groups working towards deep, systemic change that will “prioritize people and the planet.” (Freelancers Union is part of the New Economy Coalition.) Let’s make every week New Economy Week.What I find most interesting about this week is that, instead of planning another annual conference where like-minded organizations get together, NEI took the idea of a “conference” and blew it wide open: Anyone interested in this coalition, or whose organization is working towards any of these ideals, was welcome to plan an event and put it on the calendar.It’s gathering events all over the country and putting them under one umbrella, connecting them to each other and to a larger movement.Take a look at tomorrow’s schedule: There’s a signature-gathering drive in western Massachusetts for a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to reflect that “corporations are not people and money is not speech.” There’s a discussion event in Oakland, CA about how to form worker-owned cooperatives, and several more. There are at least a dozen events planned for Thursday, including a potluck dinner in West Chester, PA bringing together producers, vendors and other players in the area’s local new economy.I love this. Let’s make every week New Economy Week.
It was announced today that Elance and oDesk, the two leading marketplaces for online freelance work, will merge.The two companies will continue to maintain two separate websites at Elance.com and oDesk.com. Gary Swart, current CEO of oDesk, will step down and Fabio Rosati will serve as CEO of the joined company.“Just as Amazon reinvented retail, and Apple iTunes transformed the music industry, we will greatly improve how businesses hire and people work online,” Favio Rosati said in a press release. “This merger will create unprecedented access and flexibility for people to find job opportunities regardless of their location, and will allow businesses of all sizes to more easily access the best available talent.”Gary Swart is calling the merger “a landmark in the evolution of work.” Freelancers will earn about $750 million on Elance and oDesk in 2014.Freelancers, what do you think of this merger?
They fought through pressing deadlines. Traffic. Post-Labor-Day chaos. But Freelancers Union members in seven cities across the country started something new by attending our very first monthly in-person event series: After Hours. Held in seven unique and independent coworking spaces across the country, After Hours is an event for members to meet in person, find professional connections, and develop a local community of Freelancers Union members. Organized around thinking through and discussing one common, unifying theme, September brought members together to talk about what makes their city great for freelancers.Jersey City, New Jersey :: Indiegrove Freelancing in Jersey City | Malenna of Phoenyx Fitness led us through navigating the NY Metro area as a female entrepreneur with a personal fitness brand.Portland, Oregon :: FORGE PortlandFreelancing in Portland | Rebecca Shapiro of Rebecca Shapiro Art and Katie Van Heest of Tweed Editing started a discussion on what freelancing in Portland means and how Portland could be used by local freelancers as a brand.The Twin Cities :: CoCoFreelancing in the Twin Cities | Aaron Silver of Springthistle and Mikki Morrissette of Be-Mondo Publishing started the conversation on what makes the Twin Cities an ideal place for freelancers to work and develop their fullest 360 lives.Los Angeles, California | Kleverdog CoworkingFreelancing in LA | James Obando of A Bulldozer Communication and Colette Brandenburg of LA Follies helped get members thinking and talking about the unique opportunities that LA holds for freelancers.Austin, Texas :: Center 61Freelancing in Austin | Michelle Zadrozny of Transformational Workspace made a creative thinking space for members to think about the Texas-sized benefits of being an Austin-based freelancer.Seattle, Washington :: Office NomadsFreelancing in Seattle | Dana Twight of Twight Financial Education and Adam Brazg of Trackolade helped kickstart the conversation on what makes freelancing in the Pacific Northwest a bridge between art and tech.Washington, DC :: Affinity LabFreelancing in DC | Cory Wilson of The Collaborative and Jim Pierobon of The Energy Fix helped DC-area freelancers start talking about ways to meet new freelancers in a city dominated by 9-5 government employees.This is just the beginning. If you are interested in applying to host a Freelancers Union After Hours in one of our existing Freelancers Union After Hours Host city’s or somewhere new, go here.
Most of us here in America (40 million people to be exact) have some amount of student loan debt. For many of us debt was just a part of the deal, it was going to happen, we weren’t sure about the implications of the debt, but here we are.Coming straight out of college or graduate school already drowning in debt can put quite a dent in future plans. In fact, it is one of the main reasons that younger people (ugh, millennials) aren’t buying homes. Regardless of how much debt you accrued over the years you should know how to best manage it so you can put your best financial foot forward.Understand your loansAt baseline there are two types of loans: federal and private. Within those two main categories there are Stafford Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized), Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Health Professions Student Loans, and finally Private Education Loans (which are pretty much just personal loans that you happen to spend on school, and maybe a trip or two to South America, sorry Dad).Know who you owe money to, and check in every once in a whileConsider your loan servicer as an annoying member of your family who is going to be around for a while. You don’t have to like them, but they are family. Know who they are, how to get a hold of them, and update them whenever your contact information changes.Pick the right repayment option for your current situationThere are several options for repayment, so make sure you weigh the pros and cons of each. You can use this handy chart to compare different federal loan repayment options as well as calculate monthly payments.Since private loans are not as regulated and structured as federal loans, the options are going to vary by loan provider and whim of the universe. Regardless, there hard and fast rules about the best way to pay off loans.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberKnow the difference between consolidation and refinancingThere are several types of consolidation and refinancing, at baseline consolidation allows you to combine multiple loans into one, and can potentially lower your monthly payments whereas refinancing allows you to apply for a loan under new terms, to then use that loan to pay off the other loans.Look into refinancing optionsIt may be most advantageous to refinance your student loan debt. If you decide this is best for you, there are a number of refinancing services- but honestly, a lot of shady dealers. Freelancers Union has chosen Credible as a great refinancing platform- Credible makes it easy for you to see if refinancing is the best option, estimate your savings, and receive personalized offers from multiple lenders. The average grad saves more than $11,000 by refinancing through Credible. It’s free for Freelancers Union members, and our non-profit receives $75 for each completed loan application.See if you qualify for loan forgivenessIf you work full time in the public service sector and have made 120 qualifying payments on your federal loans after October 1, 2007, you may qualify. Seems like a long shot, worth a look if you think you may to fall into this category.Always payI cannot stress this one enough. Paying your loans on time, every month (even for a soul-sucking amount of months) will actually improve your credit over time. Not paying them can tank your credit score, not to mention up the amount you will pay in the long run. Make sure you explore all the options before going into default.Don’t forget about taxesYou can reduce your income that is subject to tax by up to $2,500 by claiming qualified student loan debt when you file taxes. Your loan servicer will provide you with the proper tax information on how much interest was paid, all you have to do is plug it in come tax time. It may not be much, but when you are a freelancer, every bit counts at tax time.Ashlee Christian is from the north-side of Chicago and will never stop saying “pop” or eating pizza with a fork and knife, so please stop trying to change her. Follow her on Twitter @nomadnation
That pretty picture in your favorite fashion magazine might have a pretty ugly backstory. In a riveting op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Model Alliance Founder Sara Ziff peels back the modeling industry’s glossy veneer to reveal a workplace where young women face coerced starvation, sexual harassment, abuse, and wage theft. A former model herself, Ziff calls for California lawmakers to support Assembly Bill 2539, which will induce major reforms in the fashion industry.The lure of fame and success coupled with industry pressures make models a particularly vulnerable population. Ziff writes, “With the majority beginning their careers between the ages of 13 and 16, young models need more protection. Most are just gangly teenage girls when they sign an exclusive — often deeply unfavorable — contract with a modeling agency.”Despite the high-profile work, most modeling gigs are not lucrative and many even pay in trade – meaning clothes rather than cash. The industry’s poor payment practices underscore a culture in which agencies and clients routinely take advantage of young women. This has led to a tacit acceptance of a deeply prevalent rape culture within the modeling world. And, because models are classified as independent contractors rather than employees, employee sexual harassment laws do not apply.The bill, introduced by California Assemblyman Marc Levine, seeks to remedy many of these issues:“It states that models are employees not independent contractors, and due all workplace protections including against sexual harassment. It requires employers to adopt an occupational health and safety standard to protect models from developing eating disorders. And it clarifies that modeling agencies must be licensed and regulated as talent agencies, to help ensure that models receive the same protections as actors and other talent.”We at Freelancers Union partnered with Model Alliance activist Jessica Perez in conjunction with the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign and we’re thrilled to support the organization and fashion industry workers as they pursue a better future of work.A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.
By Aditi KhannaLondon, Feb 14 (PTI) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today tried to sell a more hopeful vision of Brexit to counter fears that it would prove disastrous for the UK economy, in the process coining a new word to encapsulate the fear psychosis over Britains exit from the EU.Delivering the first in a series of speeches branded as the Road to Brexit campaign by Downing Street, the hard-core pro-Brexit minister said “Brexchosis” was reflective of Britains self-deprecating spirit that failed to visualise the benefits of breaking free from an “outdated” economic bloc.”So much of this is about confidence and national self-belief. We love to run ourselves down ï¿½?? in fact we are Olympic gold medal winners in the sport of national self-deprecation,” he said in his speech.”And in the current bout of Brexchosis we are missing the truth: that it is our collective national job now to ensure that when the history books come to be written, Brexit will be seen as just the latest way in which the British bucked the trend…and had the courage to break free from an idea ï¿½?? however noble its origins ï¿½?? that had become outdated,” he said.Throwing his weight behind Premier Theresa May, the minister sought to strike a conciliatory tone by saying the prime minister had the “cure” for so-called “Brexchosis”.But when asked to guarantee he would not walk out if his Cabinet colleagues failed to support his hard Brexit view of a future relationship with the European Union, he evaded the question by simply saying he was “lucky to serve”.advertisementHis refusal to rule out a resignation comes days before a planned “away day” of the Brexit sub-committee at Chequers next week, at which May is hoping to get her feuding Cabinet to agree on the contours of the UKs post-Brexit trade ties with the EU in the relaxed setting of her countryside prime ministerial retreat.Johnson, seen as the leader of the hard Brexit brigade in the Conservative party, admitted being at the receiving end of a lot of abuse over his stance but stressed he will not allow Britain to reverse the results of the June 2016 referendum.”I believe that would be a disastrous mistake that would lead to permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal. We cannot and will not let it happen,” he warned.Attacking the Opposition parties in favour of a second referendum, Johnson said that he was convinced even if there were to be a second vote, it would simply lead to another year of “wrangling and turmoil and feuding”.The 53-year-old London MP urged people to unite around an “outward-looking, confident” UK. He cited Britains common sympathies with non-EU people, from “the Americans, the Swiss, the Canadians, the Pakistanis”, as one of the reasons why the UK has had difficulty in adapting to the whole concept of EU integration. He said the EU was not just about business convenience, but to achieve a wider political goal.”The aim is therefore to create an overarching European state as the basis for a new sense of European political identity…It is hard to make it cohere with our particular traditions of independent parliamentary and legal systems that go back centuries,” he said.In an attempt to reach out to those still firmly in favour of Britains continued membership of the EU, he said that he knew he could not persuade everybody.”If we are to carry this project through to national success, then we must also reach out to those who still have anxieties…I want to try to anatomise at least some of those fears…that Brexit is not grounds for fear but hope,” he said.Johnson, one of the leading figures of the Leave campaign in the lead up to the Brexit referendum, also called on Brexiteers not to “gloat” about their victory and dismiss the sense of solidarity felt by Remain supporters in Britain with their European neighbours.”It is not good enough to say to remainers ï¿½?? you lost, get over it, because we must accept that the vast majority are actuated by entirely noble sentiments,” he noted in his conciliatory address.From Johnsons own party, Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston accused him of an “optimism bias” about the benefits of Brexit.European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, was also quick to react with the words “total nonsense” to describe some of Johnsons claims about the EU. PTI AK KUN
Jasprit Bumrah turning into a solid ‘Test match bowler’ spelled good news for India in South Africa but with the Gujarat speedster bowling in all the three formats now, his workload managed has come into the picture.National selection committee chairman MSK Prasad insisted that Bumrah’s “workload management” is going to be very important for the national setup and they have to make sure “he is not over-used.”Bumrah bowled a massive 162.1 overs across three formats in South Africa, including 112.1 overs during the three-Test series against the Proteas.”I am delighted with Jasprit’s performance. We always had confidence in his abilities as he had done well for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy. But now our primary goal is to monitor his workload very carefully with so much international cricket ahead. We need to be careful that he is not over-used,” Prasad said.ALSO WATCHPrasad also hinted that Bumrah shall be used only for the “important Test series” as his slinging action is very rare and “prone to injuries”.”If you look at his action, it is a rare one and he can be prone to injuries. We need to use him for the important Test series coming ahead. For each and every fast bowler, the balance of workload is very important and the high performance team will be monitoring it closely,” the former India wicketkeeper explained.The other big gain for India from the rainbow nation has been the performance of the two young wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who shared 33 wickets between them in India’s emphatic 5-1 win in the ODI series.advertisement”We always believed that wrist spinners are wicket-taking investments that we had to make. Both Chahal and Kuldeep have really lived up to our expectations. The most heartening aspect has been the pool that we have managed to create. We now have five quality spinners for three formats — Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel,” Prasad said.CREATION OF BENCH STRENGTH FOR INDIAHe also said that the endeavour of the current selection committee was to create a proper bench-strength and they are slowly but surely inching towards that goal.”I attribute our team’s success to the nice bench strength that we have. We have multiple players for each spot. Like we have rested Hardik Pandya for the Sri Lanka series and we want to create a back-up all-rounder in Vijay Shankar.”For someone, who has been stressing on the aspect of communication, Prasad believes that each and every player has the right to know where they stand in terms of national selection.MAYANK AGARWAL’S NON-SELECTION FOR SRI LANKA SERIESTalking about this season’s highest run-getter Mayank Agarwal (2141 runs across formats) and explaining to him the rationale behind his non-selection in the Indian team is one of them.”No player should be confused about where he stands. Our committee speaks to every player — even those who are selected and try to give them a fair picture. Accordingly, I spoke to Mayank and told him that with his brilliant performances in domestic cricket, he has now definitely got himself in the mix (national team reckoning). I told him that he is now in the queue,” Prasad informed.”We have followed a pattern in our selection process. Each and every national contender is in the queue and we don’t believe that anyone can jump the queue. Mayank is a wonderful kid and he completely understood what I explained to him. He told me ‘Sir, you are spot on and I am not in a hurry at all’.”He had said just after Test squad selection that current team was the “best” that have hit South African shores and now feels satisfied that he has been vindicated.”I had said before the start of South African tour that this is our best team and I stand by it completely. The Test series was a case of so-near yet-so-far. But full marks to Virat and the team management for keeping up the energy. It was not easy but Virat led from the front as he has always done,” Prasad said.(With inputs from PTI)
There will be a couple of Chinese cricketers playing in the Pakistan Super League next season.Zhang Yufei and Li Jian, who play for the China national cricket team, will represent Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2018, Pakistan’s official news agency APP reported on Sunday.Zhang is a 26-year-old all-rounder who made his debut for China in December 2010 and has scored 159 runs and has picked 13 wickets in 10 matches which also include five Under-19 games.Jian, a right-arm fast bowler, has also played 10 international games for China and has picked up 4 wickets so far.The players have already been selected from the Chinese national team and a formal contract will be signed by the head of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi during his visit to Beijing next month, the report said.”Lovely to have Chinese cricketers Jian Li & Yufie Zhang with us at PSL. Spending time and sharing dressing room with top players at Zalmi will surely help them with their cricket. We have won both matches since they joined us. Hoping for similar fortunes in future,” Afridi wrote on his Twitter page.Lovely to have Chinese cricketers Jian Li & Yufie Zhang with us at PSL. Spending time and sharing dressing room with top players at Zalmi will surely help them with their cricket. We have won both matches since they joined us.Hoping for similar fortunes in future. #Yellowstorm pic.twitter.com/Pmjxd4HQFpJaved Afridi (@JAfridi10) March 3, 2018A proposal has also been made to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make China a neutral venue for Pakistan cricket team matches instead of UAE and other countries, the report said.advertisementA number of international cricket teams refused to play in Pakistan due to concerns over security.However, Sri Lanka is expected to play a T20 match in Pakistan in September, eight years after its national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 Lahore.Peshawar Zalmi are third on the PSL points table in the ongoing season with three wins and two losses from five games.The squad also consists of names like Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammed Irfan, Babar Azam and Ravi Bopara among others.(With PTI inputs)
Mumbai, Mar 9 (PTI) Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar was today appointed as the chief mentor of the T20 Mumbai League, which will be played here between March 11-21.The announcement was made by the Mumbai Cricket Association andï¿½Probability Sports India Private Limited (PSIPL).Vengsarkar, fondly called colonel, represented Mumbai and later India and also served as the Chairman of the Selection Committee.On his appointment, Vengsarkarï¿½said, “As the Chief Mentor, I aim to encourage and nurture young cricketers for successful performancesï¿½on home turf. This is a great platform for Mumbai cricketers to shine and make a markï¿½early on inï¿½their careers, leading to a promising future.”Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as the ambassador of the League while legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar will be the League Commissioner. PTI NRB BNM
By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) Amateur boxing desperately needs a revamped scoring system, says former Olympic champion and Kazakh legend Bakhtiyar Artayev who also feels that allowing professional boxers in Olympics and expanding womens events at the expense of men is a mistake. Artayev, the 2004 Athens Olympics welterweight champion and the best boxer of that edition, is currently the manager of Kazakhstans World Series of Boxing (WSB) franchise — the Astana Arlans. The Astana Arlans team was here for a WSB clash against India which the visitors won 3-2. Speaking to PTI, Artayev offered his ideas on how to make international amateur boxing “interesting” and also shed a critical light on some of the reforms that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) undertook in recent times. “If I was in the AIBA, I would suggest that we should have amateur bouts of five rounds each instead of the current three rounds. The judging is not at all interesting right now. It is the same that was in use when I was competing,” Artayev, a two-time world championship bronze-medallist, said. The 35-year-old, who had defeated Indian star Vijender Singh en route his 2006 Asian Games middleweight silver medal in Doha, said the current system allows boxers to be “boring” after grabbing the early advantage. “…boxers get an idea of how they are doing because of the current system and tend to waste time. It is not fair. I suggest that judges should give more weight to the last 30 seconds of every round so that nobody spends time just running around,” he opined.advertisement “Boxers should fight with intensity in every round. The current scoring system is not interesting enough, it makes boxing boring sometimes,” he said. The imposing six-footer was also not particularly pleased with the International Olympic Committee for proposing to reduce the mens weight categories from 10 to eight in the 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC, as part of its gender parity initiative, has decided to increase the womens weight categories from three to five. “Dont take from men and then give to women. I believe, for equality, you should expand womens boxing but not at the cost of mens boxing,” Artayev said. The AIBA has opposed the reduction of mens weight divisions and has so far not accepted the IOCs proposal. “I dont think its fair to reduce the number of mens weight categories in the Olympics. They used to be 13, then 11, now they are 10. If the weight categories are further reduced, it will not be good for the sport,” he added. An AIBA initiative that has not gone down too well with him is to have male boxers compete without headguards. PTI PM PDS PDS
(Eds: updating with quotes of India captain Rani Rampal)Gold Coast, Apr 6 (PTI) Defender Gurjit Kaur scored twice as the Indian womens hockey team brought its Commonwealth Games campaign back on track with a 4-1 thrashing of Malaysia in its second Pool A match here today.Kaurs two penalty corner conversions (6th and 39th minute), out of the three chances she got, along with skipper Rani Pampal and Lalremsiamis field goals in the 56th and 59th minute respectively helped India post a comprehensive victory.The victory was just what the team needed to recover from the shock of its opening 2-3 loss to lower-ranked Wales.”Its quite a good result, in the second half we did much better. Malaysia played well in the first and second quarters and didnt give us much space,” India captain Rani Rampal said after the much-needed win.Malaysias lone goal, in the 38th minute, also came from a defenders stick with Nuraini Rashid converting a penalty corner. “Yesterday (Thursday 5 April) was quite a bad day, but in sport sometimes you lose and we now have to bounce back. Today our defensive structure was good and we played a controlled game,” Rani stated.The Indian team, which has been finishing fifth for the last two editions of the Games, will be next playing England on Sunday.Malaysia captain Siti Ruhani said her team was guilty of giving away too many chances to India.”This game was a close competitive match except for the last quarter. We gave them too many chances to score,” she said.advertisement”The previous result against India was a 2-0 loss (2017 Asian Cup), but this performance showed we have improved,” she added. PTI PM BS BS BS