Nadal cruises, Raonic slugs it out in Brisbane

first_imgFormer world number one Rafa Nadal bulldozed Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-1 in the Brisbane International on Thursday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with defending champion and top seed Milos Raonic.The 14-time grand slam champion, seeded fifth on his return from a wrist injury that forced him to end his 2016 season in October, took 55 minutes to sweep aside his German opponent in a one-sided contest between two left-handers.”It’s going to be a tough match,” Nadal said of his match against Raonic. “His serve is huge so I will need to return aggressively.”Raonic began his title defence with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Argentine Diego Schwartzman.Better known for his groundstrokes, the Canadian came to the net 22 times, suggesting serve-volley specialist and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek – who Raonic added to his coaching team last month – is already exerting an influence.But he lost 10 of those points, a rate of return he will want to improve on.”I probably should have approached (the net) 12 more times and I probably should have won a few more,” said the world number three.”…I hesitated, but also, with him, you’ve got to understand that he’s quite quick. So rarely do you get him sort of reaching for balls,” added Raonic, who smashed 12 aces and won 75 per cent of his first-service points.Former finalist Grigor Dimitrov beat French veteran Nicolas Mahut 6-2 6-4 to set up a quarter-final clash with Austria’s Dominic Thiem who beat Australian wildcard Sam Groth 7-6(5), 6-3.advertisementlast_img read more

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Delhi model will be replicated in Punjab if AAP wins: Sisodia

first_imgNawanshahr, Jan 12 (PTI) AAP will replicate the Delhi model of development in Punjab in education and health sectors by setting up mohalla clinics and improving the standard of education if voted to power in the assembly polls, its leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said.Sisodia said quality medical facilities would be provided to people in Punjab through mohalla clinics as has already been done in Delhi.He said if the party forms the government in the state after the assembly polls on February 4, it would work to improve the standard of education in government-run schools and ensure students from poor section of society get enrolled.Addressing a rally in Banga near Nawanshahr, he said to implement those initiatives funds would be made available by ending corruption and increasing revenue earnings of Punjab.The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has set up mohalla clinics as the first part of a three-tier healthcare model. These mohalla clinics provide immediate consultation and are equipped to conduct tests and initial diagnosis.AAP now claims that it will replicate the same model in Punjab, if the party is voted to power in the state.Sisodia also said a comprehensive policy for development of sports would be formulated to wean the youth away from drugs – an issue that has recently dominated the headlines.The deputy chief minister of Delhi promised to introduce and improve some other initiatives such as enhancing compensation to farmers in cases of loss of crops.”Let February 4, the polling day in Punjab, be a day for opting for a bright future for the state,” he said.advertisementTwo days after he urged the people of Punjab to vote believing they were voting for Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister and later Kejriwal clarifying he would stay put in Delhi, Sisodia said the chief minister would be from Punjab but Kejriwal would ensure all poll promises made by the party are fulfilled. PTI cor VJ ABHlast_img read more

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Sheena Bora murder case: Peter Mukerjea ready to divorce Indrani

first_imgFormer television head honcho Peter Mukerjea is ready to divorce his wife of 15 years Indrani Mukerjea. Indrani had last month told the special CBI court in Mumbai that she wanted to file for divorce. The court had told her that since this was her personal issue she did not need permission from court to do so.Peter came to court on Saturday in a crisp white shirt and a smile and was seen sporting a black smear on his forehead. When asked about it, he said that someone had been to Pandharpur and these were the blessings he had received. During the hearing on Saturday his son Rabin too was present with a friend.Peter’s family said that he has in a way “forgiven” Indrani but he “would not be able to spend the rest of his life with her” after what he has been through in the last one year or so. The two were married in 2002 and it was the second marriage for both of them. However remembering the fact that Peter had written a letter to Indrani exactly a year ago in jail on her birthday stating, “God is great and will see an end to this, and like Romeo and Juliet, we will hopefully see each other soon,” the family said that it is all over from his end now. Peter’s letter to Indrani was sent around the same time.Interestingly the court was also abuzz with the two fighting like cats and dogs when they were brought together by the police from their respective jails. Peter, along with Indrani’s ex-husband and co-accused in the case, Sanjeev Khanna, are languishing in Arthur Road Jail while Indrani is put up in Byculla Jail. Sometimes all three are picked up in the same vehicle by police officials and brought to court. During the last hearing that is on February 1, the first time that the three met in the vehicle after Indrani’s announcement that she wanted a divorce, the two fought so much that policemen had to intervene. When Khanna was asked about the incident, he gave a know it all smile but gestured that his lips were sealed.advertisementRecently, Peter’s niece got married in Bengaluru and he had sought permission to attend the ceremonies there. CBI had sighted difficulties regarding his security and the court had thus ordered that he be allowed to attend it through video conferencing, however in spite of court’s order for jail authorities to arrange for video conferencing it could not be done so. The Mukerjea family did seem upset about it as they were looking forward to Peter giving blessings to his niece on that day.last_img read more

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Brathwaite, Stokes face off again after WT20 final bludgeoning

first_imgCarlos Brathwaite and Ben Stokes face off on Friday for the first time since the giant West Indian clubbed four successive sixes off the fiery Englishman to help win last years World Twenty20.The pair play against each other in the first of three One Day Internationals as both the West Indies and England prepare for the Champions Trophy in June with a brief series in Antigua and Barbados.Brathwaite’s demolition job in the final in Kolkata last April left Stokes humiliated and bereft. But while the Englishman has gone on to be named vice-captain of his team and become the expensive foreign signing in the Indian Premier League, Brathwaite has been struggling with form. (Tom Curran to join England squad in West Indies)The 28-year-old from Barbados, who stands two metres (6’6″ ft) tall, has in 39 innings since the World Twenty20 final he has scored just 423 runs at an average of 12, with a solitary half-century.”Unfortunately, it went downhill quickly. Because of what happened that night, people expected things and I guess, for a brief period, I expected them as well. It became a negative.”Obviously, four sixes shot me to prominence, but people forget that my Test average is 45 and I have three Test 50s in three matches,” he told reporters in the build-up to the first ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. (Alex Hales returns for England’s tour of West Indies)”I’m in a better space now than when I was at the end of last year. I’m just looking forward to ripping the page out and starting afresh. I just want to get back the love I had for the game as a young boy, running around in the backyard. That’s my main goal. There are big things to come from Carlos Brathwaite,” he told reporters.advertisementStokes insisted their previous encounter had been expunged from his memory. “You try and put good performances behind you as much as you put bad ones behind you. Success is great and you dont want to start thinking too far ahead when you do well because it comes under the same bracket when things dont go your way as well,” he told a press conference on Wednesday. (No Marlon Samuels in West Indies ODI squad for England series)Last month the 25-year-old Stokes set a new IPL record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for $2.16 million.Friday’s ODI is followed by a second in Antigua on Sunday and then a third in Barbados on Thursday, March 9.last_img read more

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Samsung’s Galaxy C5 Pro brings Galaxy C7 Pro specs in 5.2-inch body

first_imgSamsung has silently launched the Galaxy C5 Pro in China at a price of CNY 2,499 or roughly Rs 24,128. The Galaxy C5 Pro is simply a smaller and compact version of the Galaxy C7 Pro that Samsung recently launched (again) in China. The phone shares almost all the hardware specs of its older sibling and differs only in screen size and battery capacity.The Galaxy C5 Pro boasts of a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It further comes with up to 64GB of internal memory which is also expandable. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based TouchWiz and supports 4G LTE and Samsung Pay. The phone also gets Samsung’s proprietary Always-on display and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.The C5 Pro sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.9 aperture and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Also, there’s a 16-megapixel front-facing camera on-board the device.The phone is backed by a 2,600mAh battery and will be available in the colours: Lake Blue, Maple Leaf, and Powder Rose.The Galaxy C5 Pro and the Galaxy C7 Pro joins the companies Galaxy C9 Pro thereby completing (hopefully) the trio. Samsung has a similar trio of phones in its A-series. Of these the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A7 2017 were recently launched in India at Rs 28,990 and Rs 33,490 respectively. The A5 and A7 2017 have been designed specifically to offer a flagship Galaxy S7-kind of experience at a not so flagship Galaxy S7-kind of pricing.advertisementThe A5 and A7 2017 also borrow two of the biggest highlights of the S7. They are both IP68 certified which makes them dust and water-resistant and also they come with Samsung’s Always-on display.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A5, A7 2017 quick review: The cheaper Galaxy S7 that you always wantedlast_img read more

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The best presentation deck I’ve seen all year

first_imgAttention nonprofit marketing and fundraising friends: This is amazing stuff from Kelsey Ruger, who is a self-descried accomplished software architect, designer and information architect and Director of Technology and Creative Services for Pop Labs. He can also be found at themoleskin.com . If you know me, you know I believe in the corporate eye for nonprofit guys (hence Robin Hood Marketing). This takes a fresh, thought-provoking approach to skilled sales – and how it relates to selling your cause.If you’re looking for inspiration this Friday, check it out. And if you want more, please, PLEASE check out this. A free training by Andy Goodman, a once in a lifetime experience, thanks to my colleagues at Network for Good. He will get your creative juices going, I promise. Sales Eye For The Non-Profit GuyView more documents from Kelsey Ruger.last_img read more

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Donate Now to Your Favorite Charities

first_img Can’t find your charity in our network? We are here to help! Donate Now! Why Give through Network for Good?center_img Choose from over 1.4 million US-based charities*Donate to multiple charities in one, simple transactionAccess donation records for tax time in your profileSet up automated monthly givingDedicate donations in honor of loved onesShare your favorite charities with others…all through a BBB Accredited Charily.last_img

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Will your emails stand out this year?

first_imgThis week Marketing Profs published “The Inbox Is a Battlefield,” an infographic from ReturnPath that underscores the importance of standing out with email. According to this research, email subscribers receive an average of 416 commercial messages per month! That’s a mountain of messages to sift through, and doesn’t include personal or work emails. It’s no wonder many use the delete button as the default way to deal with email. It’s a matter of survival. Unfortunately, it’s a matter of survival for nonprofit fundraisers as well. As we head into year-end fundraising season, just when you need your messages to stand out the most, do you think there will be more competition for your donors’ attention or less? The good news is that there is a lot you can do to improve your odds of capturing your donor’s attention and inspiring action with your email campaigns. Now is the time to polish your email strategy and optimize your messages. The testing and optimization you do in September and October will pay off in spades when it’s time to put those emails to work in December. Experts from Constant Contact and Network for Good will be on hand on Tuesday, September 10 at 1pm EDT to show you how to create nonprofit email campaigns that stand out and get results. Register for this free webinar to get advice on making the most of emails for your year-end fundraising campaign. If you can’t attend the live session, it’s worthwhile to still register so you can receive the recording and slide presentation.Nonprofit Emails that Get ResultsTuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1pm EDTWhat are your biggest email challenges? Post your questions in the comments and we’ll answer them in upcoming posts.last_img read more

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Vazquez: Real Madrid are angry

first_imgLucas Vazquez says Real Madrid are angry after failing to beat Villarreal on Thursday but insists their season can end with success.Madrid looked to be heading for three points in their first La Liga match of 2019, with Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema putting them ahead at Estadio de la Ceramica after Santi Cazorla’s fourth-minute opener.However, Cazorla struck again with eight minutes of normal time remaining to ensure the game finished 2-2, meaning Santiago Solari’s side could only close to within seven points of league leaders Barcelona. 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! Vazquez admits they are unhappy with the result but remains confident in their trophy chances, especially since they won the Club World Cup under two weeks ago.”We head home angry because it was a game we wanted to win and we let it slip with a lapse in concentration,” he said, as quoted by Madrid’s official website. “The game was going how we wanted it to at 2-1, and they levelled with 82 minutes gone. We didn’t have time to react and we go away with a bitter taste in our mouths, having dropped two points.”We struggled to play through their press in the second half and so we were sat deeper, and they got a chance and scored their goal.”Given this team’s recent history, we deserve to retain people’s faith in us. We’re going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I’m sure we’ll achieve great things. We’ve got another game on Sunday [against Real Sociedad] to do the best we can.”last_img read more

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The 8 best pens for writing

first_imgAs a writer, I’m a big fan of awesome pens.There are thousands — no, probably millions — of pens in the world, most of which I know nothing about. I hope that you consider this the start of a list and not the “final say,” so freelancers, please add your favorites in comments.1. Le penSlim, inky, smooth. I mean really slim. When I write with it, I feel cooler. Comes in many shades.2. Staedler Sketch PenThis pen feels and looks like it’s made for actual artists. Permanent ink. Writes on wood, for when I need to graffiti park benches (kidding).3. Muji Hexagonal PenThis pen is like many others — inky, smooth — but the pen shaft is hexagonal, and this seems to give me better grip on the pen.4. Kaweko SportI like this pen because the tip is gold, it has a screw top, it fits in your pocket (without stabbing you when you sit down, because it’s short), and it’s a charming blend of modern (plastic) and antique. Just the right amount of ink delivery. Nib doesn’t scratch.5. Papermate ballpointPen connisseurs may scorn this choice, but I have never found a ballpoint that runs more smoothly than this veteran.6. Papermate FlairContinuing the Papermate theme: if you don’t like writing small and want a dramatic, marker-writing experience, try this pen.7. Pilot Precise V5/V7 Rolling Ball PensI love the fact that you can always see how much ink is left in these guys. You never have to try that “Oh it must be jammed, let me stab my paper repeatedly and lick it and scribble” thing. You know.8. Moleskine Roller PenMoleskine, a favorite of writers everywhere, has a pen that both writes nicely and conveniently slips onto your Moleskine (or other notebook). They sure know how to keep it classy.What are your favorite pens?last_img read more

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The Keystones of our movement

first_imgEvery movement starts with a vanguard.In the early years after Freelancers Union began in 1995, there was a cadre of freelancers who were forging a path for all the freelancers who followed them. Long before freelancing became the new normal, they were creating the new norms for our community and our economy.Now our more than 250,000 members are benefitting from their work.The movement’s strength today wouldn’t be possible without these early adopters — the 60,000 “Keystone Members” who have been leading the way with Freelancers Union for more than five years.To those keystone members, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being an integral part of our community. Thank you for helping us build our sturdy foundation.And to those who have more recently joined the movement, thank you for doing your part to make sure the landscape is more welcoming and empowering for the next generation of freelancers.Together, we’re building a new infrastructure for independent workers. We’re redefining success to be about connection, creativity, and well-being — one keystone at a time.last_img read more

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9 places to find hot creative jobs

first_imgHey, freelance creatives! You’re multi-talented, multi-faceted makers, doers, and creators. You’re smart. You’re talented. And you’re looking for work.Here’s where to find it.Before you begin…First things first, let’s get you situated with a portfolio of your accomplishments. Yes, you developers can build your sites from scratch, but what about those of us who couldn’t code our way out of a paper bag?Wordpress is great for building sites, and it’s really intuitive. So is Tumblr, with a few tweaks — my portfolio’s hosted there. Another good platform is Wix. For the heavily visual among us, try Carbonmade, Squarespace, or Behance.Put up your work. Show off your versatility, or if you specialize, make a note of it. The most recent work you’ve done, and your best work, should be at the top– and chronological order isn’t the only way you need to flow. Highlight your accomplishments! Be shameless!And once you’ve got a killer portfolio (more on that here) and you’re feeling good about your creative cred…Start the job hunt here[NYFA](http://www.nyfa.org/jobs NYFA), or the New York Foundation for the Arts, is one of the biggest arts-related job posting sites. Though they’re based in New York, I’ve also seen listings for jobs in California, Florida, and the tri-state area. NYFA lists a lot of creative gigs and has an emphasis on arts admin, gallery/curatorial, and studio-based work, so for those of you who have fine art backgrounds, check it out!Ed2010 is a magazine jobs site, with postings ranging from print glossies to daily media news-cycle gigs. There’s something for everyone, and it looks out for students and young freelancers — companies have to pay a fee to post any gig that’s “unpaid.”Behance is a creative network and portfolio site, and its listings are pretty great. It features postings from big names as well as small startups and indie companies, and is excellent for designers and developers.Authentic Jobs is great for designers and developers, but also for those specializing in content strategy and management. It has listings with filters for category and time commitment so you can quickly narrow down your search.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberDribbble is a hub for designers. It’s got portfolios and profiles on-site, so you can sign up and showcase your work within the platform, then click over to the postings. Its listings are refreshingly not-NY-centric. Though if you really want to get out of New York, try…We Work Remotely is, you guessed it, all about working from…not the office. Lots of developer gigs, but other opportunities are posted as well. Perfect for freelancers who find themselves all over the place!Krop is a creative jobs board that also has in-house portfolios. It’s a huge platform for candidates at all levels of expertise. It features some big name employers, like Condé Nast, too.Twitter — Yes, you can use Twitter to get a gig! Twitter is a great networking tool, with a lot less formality than a traditional jobs board. Read more about using Twitter to find gigs here.Work Work Work — There’s a Hive for this too! And it’s huge. With almost 1,000 members and growing, Work Work Work is the place to go if you want to work for or hire other trusted Freelancers Union members.So happy hunting, freelancers! And if you have any more job tips, feel free to share!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She feels a little weird about the hed on this blog post but it was useful, right?last_img read more

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Share your “shelfie” and give children in need access to brand new books

first_imgDoing some reading this weekend? Snap a shelfie for a good cause!First Book, a non-profit that gives children in need access to new books, launched an inventive and fun campaign called “Magic of Storytelling Million Book Challenge.”Already, actress Kerry Washington, host of NPR’s Morning Edition David Greene, and children’s author Mo Willems have taken part! Want a chance to speed read a blurb from your favorite book to hundreds of social media followers? What if it’s for a great cause?Here are two ways you can get involved via social media – both are pretty great, and will provide endless entertainment to your followers. First, you need to pick your favorite book and:1. Share your “Shelfie”Take a “shelfie” (a photo of you holding your favorite book or standing by your bookshelf) and share it on social media using hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling. You can even encourage friends to do the same, and consider making a donation to First Book. For every $5.00 donated via the social media component of the campaign, First Book and Disney will donate two books to a child in need – up to one million books.2. Share a 10 second “Speed Read Video”If you really want to go all in, you can record and post a “speed read” video. Record yourself reading as many words as you can in 10 seconds. Share your video using hashtag **#MagicOfStorytelling **and invite your followers to beat your record, post their own videos, and make a donation to First Book.First Book offered this speed read tip, which might just come in handy if you take on the challenge: Pre-number the 10th, 20th, and 30th words of your book before your speed read so you can count your words easily.Are you game for the challenge? Share your heroic speed read efforts with us!!last_img read more

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You Can’t Put a Price on Pro Bono Work—But You Can Claim Do-Gooder Deductions

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Chances are you’ve been asked to volunteer before. Maybe you got trapped, er, talked into leading a Brownie troop. Or running (okay, walking) a 5k for a good cause.In your professional life, maybe it was to do some pro bono work to help a charitable organization. If yes, it would seem reasonable to write off your mad skills, aka all those hours spent consulting, coding or otherwise providing billable services, on your business tax return.After all, your time and skills have real market value.Alas, the IRS disagrees. Simply put: The IRS does not allow you to deduct your normal billing rate as an in-kind donation on your tax return.However, before you denounce all good deeds and curse the IRS, you may be able to claim “do-gooder” deductions.These “do-gooder” deductions are certain qualifying expenses incurred while working pro bono for a qualified organization. For example:If you own a marketing business and you pay a sub-contractor $1,000 to create a website for a 501(c)3 non-profit organization as part of your pro bono services this represents a tangible expense that would qualify as a tax deduction.If you agree to provide and distribute yard signs for a charity event, the cost of the yard signs and your travel expenses for distributing them would be deductible on your tax return.Essentially, you can claim direct expenses for the supplies and tangible items needed to complete the charitable work you are doing (a notable exclusion to this is office and other equipment unless you give it to the charity) and for indirect expenses such as travel.Sorry, taking a trip to yoga class and chugging a soy latte for inspiration don’t count! Indeed, for a deduction to qualify two things must happen.Be an advocate for indepenedent workers! Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberFirst, the expenses must be considered ordinary and necessary in your current work. Second, the project must be viewed as advertising or as otherwise enhancing your reputation or profile to the extent that it may lead to generating future billable work.Don’t be Kim Kardashian West, either. In other words, keep your private and public lives separate.That’s because the IRS views pro bono work as part of your business activity distinctly different than volunteer work on your personal time.Pro bono expenses incurred through your business should be itemized on Schedule C of your personal tax return for sole proprietorships and LLCs or on your business return if you operate a partnership, C-Corp or S-Corp.Expenses related to personal volunteer activities are itemized and deducted on Schedule A of your personal return.Even good deeds can make you look bad to the IRSIt’s true. Doing good can be bad. When you claim deductions for pro bono work the IRS goes on high alert, even if you may never rival the charitable giving of Bill Gates.Too many weenies have taken advantage of illegitimate tax deductions for pro bono work just to lower their taxable income (not you, of course).To keep freelancers on the straight and narrow, the IRS lays down the law for qualifying expenses, namely:The expenses must be for services required to fulfill the agreed upon work you are doing for a non-profit organization.The services must primarily benefit the charity and not you, the taxpayer. For example, if you receive tickets to a charity event after incurring expenses while doing some consulting work for the hosting non-profit organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the tickets you receive.When it comes to reporting your tax deductions for pro bono work your mantra must be, “Eat more tacos!”Seriously, your mantra should be “Document, document, document!”If you don’t provide proof of the expenses you incurred to do your good deeds, the IRS will give you the stink eye and flat-out refuse your claim.Heck, your lack of documentation may even trigger an audit. Save all of your receipts and get an official receipt from your charitable client for the value of your deductible services.Be prepared, though. Sometimes even this level of documentation isn’t enough. If in doubt, talk to your trusty tax advisor.Keep doing the good work that you do!Pro bono work has many intangible benefits beyond your tax return, like that warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others. Don’t let the rather restrictive tax rules stop you.Document any expenses you incur doing good deeds and make the most of your experience when working for your chosen cause or non-profit organization.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

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Overcoming the fear of failure as a creative with Seth Godin

first_imgIf you haven’t read any blog posts or books from Seth Godin, watching this clip from Godin’s interview on 30 Days of Genius over on CreativeLive will have you chomping at the bit to do so.In his interview, Godin, a best-selling author of 18 books, entrepreneur, marketer, public speaker and all-round influential thinker, talks about the difficulty of extracting the genius we all carry within us.”It’s a challenge to draw out our genius because we know it ‘might not work.’ To finally come to terms with this possibility of failure is to confront our fear as creatives,” Godin explains.Maybe it comes across as counter-intuitive, but Godin’s insistence that “you have to dance with the fear” becomes more clear the longer you consider it—and once you actually try it for yourself.For better or for worse, fear is a partner in your daily routine, but it doesn’t need to live with you.You aren’t bound together, but you do need fear to feel the wall in your face, to see where you get stopped, where the limits of your mind are. And only in this way can you conquer that wall, expand those limits, find a new way to dance.Fear might be leading first, but that’s only until you learn to take over, until you learn to lead.As you dance, you realize that fear is in fact “a compass, it’s giving me a hint that I’m onto something…something that might not work,” Godin says. But even though there is that possibility of failure, the fear-as-compass pushes you to “persistently, consistently, generously bring [your creative work] forward.”However, as you move forward and use all those tools and skills and experiences you’ve intentionally (and unintentionally) collected throughout your life, in pursuit of extracting your genius, there is no guarantee of success. A degree in art does not an artist make.Godin puts it this way: “Anyone who thinks of themselves as a creative has to acknowledge that if you’re asking for a guarantee, you’re in the wrong line.”As you’ve probably figured out by this point in your career, being a creative entrepreneur means taking risks.Timelines, deadlines and goals are all important, but that does not help you avoid the inevitable obstacles that may entirely change your plans and your focus. You may come out on the other side of those obstacles with a whole new perspective or idea that will take you in a different direction that you had never before considered.And why not? Being a creative entrepreneur also inherently means exploring new frontiers, and in this kind of endeavor, nothing is certain—except that there will be lessons learned.You don’t do what you do to replicate someone else’s work, to mimic what you’ve seen before. Instead, you’re introducing a unique artistic expression (you are a snowflake!) into the world, and because it is new, there is no precedent to follow. Who wants precedent anyways?There will certainly be artists you admire and who have shaped your style, mentors whose wise words you heed. But even if you tried, you wouldn’t be able to do exactly what they have done—and you wouldn’t want to anyways.As you continue on your adventure and do your dance with fear, people will ask you about your purpose, your goals, and of course, why do you do what you do.Sometimes you get tired of the questions, even from prospective partners or clients—but mainly because you don’t really know all the answers. Because the only thing you are sure about is that you have to keep moving forward.So, to better prepare yourself for the next time you get cornered into a spontaneous Q&A session about your creative work, take some time to interview yourself and get to the bottom of, well, yourself.Here are some questions to ask yourself about your own fear of failure, that’ll help guide you toward learning to dance with that fear.Do you feel anxious to get to the end of each project you have and move on to something else? Why or why not?What if you had all the time in the world? More money, resources, support? What would you do differently?Why do you want to share your work? What does this say about the purpose of your work?What do you want your Wikipedia entry to say about you?As you analyze your creative self, remember that fear is “hard-wired into us, for good reason,” as Godin says. Instead of trying to escape it, seek out what that fear is teaching you about yourself and your creative pursuits, and you’ll already be way ahead of the game.For more with Seth Godin on failure, permission marketing, and how to become truly remarkable, watch the hour-long interview over on 30 Days of Genius on CreativeLive.Suchi Rudra is a nomadic writer of articles, stories and songs, taking inspiration from her travels. Follow her wanderings at [Tread Lightly, Travel Naturally](Suchi Rudra is a nomadic writer of articles, stories and songs, taking inspiration from her travels. Follow her wanderings at Tread Lightly, Travel Naturally.).last_img read more

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Rohingya crisis: Hindus fleeing Myanmar violence hope for shelter in Modi’s India

first_imgCaught in the crossfire between Myanmar’s military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on Narendra Modi-led Government of India.Nearly 500 are sheltered in a cleared-out chicken farm in a Hindu hamlet in Bangladesh’s southeast, a couple of miles from where most of the 421,000 Rohingya Muslims who have also fled violence in Myanmar since August 25 are living in makeshift camps.The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.Indian government, meanwhile, is making it easier for Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and other minorities from Bangladesh and Pakistan to gain citizenship in India.”India is also known as Hindustan, the land of the Hindus,” said Niranjan Rudra, sitting on a plastic sheet in the chicken farm flanked by his wife, who sported a large vermilion red dot on her forehead typical of married Hindu women.”We just want a peaceful life in India, not much. We may not get that in Myanmar or here,” he said. Fellow refugees nodded in agreement, stating that they wanted the message to reach the Indian government through the media.The Narendra Modi government declined to comment on the Hindu refugees’ hopes. A government source said it was waiting while the Supreme Court hears an appeal against the home ministry’s plans to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country.But Achintya Biswas, a senior member of right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), or the World Hindu Council, which has close ties with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang (RSS), the ideological parent of Modi’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), said India was the natural destination for the Hindus fleeing Myanmar.advertisement”Hindu families must be allowed to enter India by the government,” Biswas said by phone. “Where else will they go? This is their place of origin.”Biswas said the VHP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the umbrella group that mentors BJP, would submit a report to the home ministry on the refugees and demand a new policy allowing Hindus from Myanmar and Bangladesh to seek asylum in India.The Hindu right who form the bedrock of Modi’s support have long believed India is the home for all Hindus.India’s Home Ministry spokesman KS Dhatwalia declined to comment.A senior home ministry official in New Delhi, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that no Hindu in Myanmar or Bangladesh affected by the violence had approached Indian authorities.”At this juncture we have no SOS calls from Hindus,” said the official. “Also, the Supreme Court is yet to decide whether India should deport Rohingya Muslims or not. The matter is sub-judice and any policy decision will be taken only after the court’s order.””WANT TO FEEL SAFE”Hindus make up a small but long-standing minority in both Myanmar and Bangladesh.Refugee Rudra, a barber from Myanmar’s Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son village, showed Reuters what he said was a temporary citizenship card issued in 1978 by the authorities there. The card listed his race as “Indian” and religion as “Hindu”.Rudra and other Hindu refugees said they had fled soon after Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 Myanmar police posts, triggering a fierce military counteroffensive.Since then, rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population , leaving many villages in northern Rakhine empty.”Our village in Myanmar was surrounded by hundreds of men in black masks on the morning of Aug. 25,” said Veena Sheel, a mother-of-two whose husband works in Malaysia.”They called some men out and asked them to fight the security forces … a few hours after we heard gunshots.”Sheel left the next day with eight other women and their families, walking for two days to reach Bangladesh.”There are so many people all around us. No peace here, no peace back in Myanmar,” said Sheel. “We should be taken to Hindustan (India), that’s our land. Wherever we stay, we want to feel safe.”Since taking office in 2014, Modi’s government has issued orders stating that no Hindu or member of another minority from Pakistan or Bangladesh would be considered an illegal immigrant even if they entered the country without valid documents on or before Dec. 31, 2014.It also plans to nearly halve to six years the period Hindus, Christians and other minorities from those countries need to have lived in India to be granted citizenship by naturalisation.”We are regularising only those who have come due to religious persecution in Bangladesh and Pakistan,” junior home minister Kiren Rijiju told Reuters last month, adding that there was no policy on refugees from Myanmar.advertisementIt will not be easy for secular India to accept the Myanmar Hindu refugees’ demand while the government is pushing for the deportation of Rohingya Muslims.  Modi’s government has already been criticised by activists for not speaking out against Myanmar’s military offensive, and accused of vilifying the Rohingya in the country to seek legal clearance for their deportation.WATCH: Many Rohingyas have links with terror groups, Pakistan’s ISI, Govt tells Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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New Delhi: Sep 23, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Homage at Teen Murti Chowk(B) New Delhi: Monkeys feed their infants(B) New Delhi : Smriti Irani and M Naqvi(B+A) Varanasi: PM Modi in Varanasi (B+A) Mumbai: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan(A) Mumbai: Annual Men of the Year Awards 2017 in Mumbai(B+A) Kolkata: Preparations ahead Durga Puja Festival(B+A) Bhoal: Devotees perform Garba Dance(B) Mumbai: Sunny Leone at an event(B) New Delhi: Rains in Delhi(B+A) Srinagar: Anganwari workers protest in Srinagar(B) New Delhi: New Bus Stand in Bindapur(A) Sirsa: Haryana DGP addressing a press conference(B) INTERNATIOAL Mexico City : Earthquake, in Mexico City(B+A) Washington : Melania Trump participates in an harvesting and planting event(B) San Francisco : Former World War II “comfort woman” Yongsoo Lee, of S Korea, stands by a statue of Haksoon Kim(A) Rio de Janeiro : Soldiers takes the street of the Rocinha favela during an operation(A) Dandong : N Korean solder stands guard near barrels stacked up near the river bank(A) San Gregorio Atlapulco : A woman goes through a pile of donated clothes, outside a shelter(B) UNDATED : A scene from the film “Sheikh Jackson.”(A) Balukhali : Rohingya Muslims, who travelled from Myanmar into Bangladesh(B) Bali : Villagers rest at a temporary shelter in Klungkung(B) Rio de Janeiro : Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro(A) Toronto : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receives a gift from President of Ukraine(B) New York : Tribeca TV Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea(B) Toa Baja : Flooded road after the passing of Hurricane Maria(A) Hurghada : Cast members and makers of the film “Sheikh Jackson” pose for a photograph(A) UNDATED : Test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 in North Korea(B) Ankara : Ismail Haniyeh, Recep Tayyip Erdogan salute together the lawmakers(A) Huntsville : Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally(A) SPORTS Prague : Laver Cup doubles tennis match(B+A) Los Angeles : Baseball game in Los Angeles(A) Indore: Australian cricket team at practice session(B+A) PTI PHOTO DLadvertisementlast_img read more

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Wales beat Georgia to set up Ireland showdown in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgWales secured a vital 1-0 victory in Georgia to keep their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification alive on Friday as Tom Lawrence sealed the points with his first goal for his country.Lawrence lashed home right-footed from just outside the area in the 49th minute to earn Wales only their fourth victory in nine qualifying games and put them clear in second spot in Group D with 17 points, a point behind leaders Serbia who suffered a shock 3-2 loss at fourth-placed Austria.Serbia are still favourites to win the group with a final home game against Georgia on Monday, while Wales play third-placed Ireland in what looks like becoming a shoot-out to see who finishes as runners-up to claim a probable playoff spot.Ireland, who beat Moldova 2-0 on Friday, have 16 points.Wales, bidding to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958, would be guaranteed at least runners-up spot in the group providing they avoid defeat against Ireland.However victory for either side would see them top the group if Serbia lost their final game.”I always knew this was going to be a tight group and always thought it would go the wire,” Wales manager Chris Coleman said.”All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday night against the Republic of Ireland. We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us.”An added complication is that even a runners-up spot might not be enough to secure a two-legged playoff.advertisementOnly the eight runners-up with the best records from the nine European groups will take part in the playoffs.Unbeaten Wales were ninth best going into the match in Tbilisi but victory lifted them to sixth in that complex table.Without Bale, Wales produced a disciplined performance against a tricky Georgian side who drew 1-1 in Cardiff — one of five draws for Coleman’s team.Chances were few and far between but Derby County’s Lawrence produced a quality finish to break the deadlock.Turning into space 30 metres out he advanced before firing a powerful drive across Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria.There were nerves at the end as Georgia pressed for an equaliser — their best chance coming when a superb pass sliced open the Welsh defence to leave Otar Kakabadze in the clear but he elected to cross rather than shoot and wasted the chance.”We are halfway there,” Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey said.”We wanted to finish with two wins. Hopefully we can give our fans something to cheer about on Monday.”last_img read more

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