Bombay High Court hits at BMC for breaking Shivaji Park rules

first_imgBombay High Court (BHC) today ordered the state government to form a committee headed by chief secretary and heads of various departments to look into a solution for Shivaji park residents who face problems as the municipal corporation takes over the recreational ground of the area to celebrate Baba Ambedkar’s death anniversary.This year, December 6 will mark the 60th year of Ambedkar’s death anniversary and large number of devotees are expected to converge at Dadar Chaityabhoomi where he was cremated.BHC is hearing a petition filed by the residents of Shivaji park where it is alleged that to mark the preparations for December 6, the municipal corporation takes over the recreational ground at the beginning of the month but this time around they took over the ground much earlier i.e. on November 22.Read: Development work happens only when BMC chief appears before court: Bombay High Court The state government had recently increased the number of days for which the ground can be used for non-recreational purpose which includes programmes like that on December 6, Dussehra rally by the Shiv Sena or other festivities and other rallies by MNS. All the programmes have to be managed within 45-days and thus for preparing the ground for Ambedkar’s death anniversary and to set the ground back to its original form, seven days are given to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However the agency told the court that this being the 60th death anniversary for Ambedkar, more than eight lakh people are expected to reach the ground and thus the ground had to be prepared much in advance to take care of such a huge crowd.advertisementRead: Bombay High Court summons BMC commissioner over Doppler radar issue Noting this, the Bombay High Court said that because of this change, other festivities and programmes will have to see a reduction of days if the days for this one programme are increased.Division bench headed by justice VM Kanade said, “Ensure strict compliance to the government regulation for non-sports activities which determines number of days it can be used.” He added, “Shivaji Park ground doesn’t belong to the Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) or any political party. It belongs only to the people and citizens living there.”BHC questioned if the state government proposes to consider finding a permanent solution to this issue and address it.Kanade said, “It is the duty of state and corporation to ensure that the ground is not damaged.” And with this the bench ordered formation of a committee headed by the chief secretary and heads of various departments, a nominee of the residents association and one from the Buddhist society to find an alternate solution to the issue.Read: BMC ambassador Salman Khan: The new face of anti open-defecation campaign Kanade also mentioned, “With the coming of devotees, there is a huge burden on railways and other conveyances like state transport. It is the duty of the state to ensure that proper arrangements are made so that no inconvenience is caused to devotees or residents and see to it that the event takes place in a peaceful manner.”Before finishing the hearing, Justice Kanade said, “If you (state) decide to apply your mind then you can do it. Government can build free accommodation for devotees at a place. Send special trains so that they don’t get into other trains. Arrangements have to be made.”Read: No religion allows illegal structures to be built on footpaths: Bombay High CourtRead: BMC to make payments via RTGS: Municipal Commissionerlast_img read more

Delhi BJP launches sports tournament in city

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) In a move aimed at connecting with youth in the national capital ahead of municipal polls, the Delhi BJP has launched a week-long sports tournament to be held across the city from February 26.The sports tournament titled “Khel Dilli Khel” will be held in all the 280 mandals of Delhi BJP which coincide with 272 wards of three municipal corporations scheduled to go for polls in April.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari launched specially- decorated vehicles outside Dhyan Chand stadium to promote the tournament and enlist teams from 7 parliamentary constituencies in Delhi.”Being a sportsperson and artist, I feel the need to encourage sports and cultural activities both in the party as well as in the society as this helps bring people closer,” Tiwari said. The tournament will include kabaddi, kho kho, bodybuilding, football, basketball and volleyball matches.Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes of Rs 51,000. The runners up and second runners up will get Rs 21,000 and 11,000 in cash, said Delhi BJP media incharge Praveen Kapoor. PTI VIT KUNlast_img read more

Arsenal’s injured Santi Cazorla out for rest of season

first_imgArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the English Premier League (EPL) season due to an ankle injury.The Spaniard has not played since October when pain caused him to leave the field during the UEFA Champions League’s group stage game against Bulgarian side Ludogorets 0-6, reports Efe on Thursday.Cazorla was operated in December and was expected to recover within three months.Last season, he was off the pitch for seven months because of a knee injury.Cazorla, whose contract concludes at the end of this season, joined the Gunners in 2012.last_img read more

Karolina Pliskova rallies past Monica Puig to avoid Indian Wells upset

first_imgKarolina Pliskova roared back from a set down to outlast Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 1-6 6-4 6-4 as the Czech third seed avoided a major upset at the BNP Paribas Open in California on Friday.Pliskova, after falling behind 3-0 in the third set, fought through a long sixth game to help turn the tide and won six of the last seven games to advance to the third round.”I’m definitely happy I had my serve today; it was working with me, especially in the third set when I was 0-3 down,” she said in a courtside interview.”She was playing really well, hitting the balls really fast and deep, making it tough for me to play my game.”Puig, from Puerto Rico, had never taken a set from Pliskova, but broke her Czech rival four times to sweep the opening set.Pliskova used several service breaks of her own and served out the second set to level the match.The Czech had 19 winners to 34 unforced errors and converted five of her seven break point opportunities in the match.Puig’s 37 unforced errors canceled out her 32 winners.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, the seventh seed, had slightly easier time as the Spaniard survived some nervous moments before defeating Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-3 in her opening round match.The win set up a meeting with U.S. teenager Kayla Day, who surprised Australian Open semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia in three sets 6-4 5-7 7-5.After taking the first set and grabbing a 5-0 lead in the second before Flipkens rallied, Muguruza broke through for the sixth and final time in the match, striking 24 winners to 28 unforced errors.advertisement”It was a difficult match,” Muguruza said post-match. “She’s very talented and she can hit some critical shots and she can be tricky.”The Spaniard won her third straight match against her rival on a hard surface after splitting their first four meetings, losing twice on grass.”It’s always difficult to close out your first match,” Muguruza said. “She’s a very talented player, unbelievable, with a very different game. I got nervous!”Day, 17, won the final four games of her match with the 32nd-seeded Lucic-Baroni to claim victory.”I started to really believe I could win at 6-5 in the third,” said Day. “It was still a really tough game, because I was a little bit tight to close it out. But my serve had been giving her a lot of problems, so I knew if I stuck to my game it might work out.”Among other top-seeded players, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina had the toughest assignments.Fifth seeded Cibulkova outlasted Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-4 3-6 6-3 and the 10th seeded Svitolina needed three sets to defeat Wang Qiang of China 3-6 6-3 7-6(3).Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6(3) 6-4, and 11th seeded Johanna Konta prevailed 6-4 6-4 over Heather Watson in a meeting of British players.last_img read more

The Secret Sauce of Fundraising

first_imgDownload your own fundraising plan template. In the Nonprofit 911 webinar The Big Picture: Data for Fundraising for Success, Heather Yandow of Third Space Studio shared that interesting tidbit, which emerged from data in the latest Individual Donor Benchmark Report (IDBR). This year, the report looked at individual donor fundraising data from 87 nonprofits with budgets under $2,000,000.In past years, the IDBR generally looked at averages, but Yandow kept wondering, “What is an indicator of success?” So she asked an expert named Mike Glover to look at the IDBR data and see if he could answer that question.Glover’s top takeaway from the IDBR data: The only thing that seems to matter is if you have a fundraising plan. When your organization has a plan, investing more time and money means something in terms of individual donor fundraising success.Having a fundraising plan:Makes donor meetings more fruitful.Nonprofits with a plan that invested time in meeting individual donors raised more money per meeting—about $5,000 more. Nonprofits without a plan, however, showed no correlation between the number of donor meetings and the amount of individual donor revenue raised.Boosts your fundraisers’ results.Glover compared salaries to individual donor gifts among nonprofits with and without fundraising plans. He found that nonprofits with a plan tended to pay fundraisers more, who in turn raised more money from individual donors—$4.25 per donor for every $1 more in salary, a four-to-one increase. The assumption is if you’re paying staff more, you’ll find a better-qualified candidate and have better resources available for training. You may also have more money in your fundraising budget, of course, but your organization clearly values that position and their work.Does the whole idea of following a plan make you nervous? Don’t sweat it. Most organizations that reported having fundraising plans also responded, “I have a fundraising plan, and I check in on it from time to time.” The second most popular answer: “It mostly sat on the shelf. I created it but didn’t really look at it.”Even though most organizations weren’t constantly referencing their fundraising plan, they still saw beneficial effects from it. That tells us that it’s not so much the plan that’s important, but the planning.So, the real secret sauce is that process of sitting down on your own and as a group, thinking about your goals for the year, discussing priorities and strategies, getting buy-in, and putting some things on the calendar. Go through that process and you’ll likely end up with the ultimate product: a nice boost in your individual donor fundraising. Can you guess the number one thing—the “secret sauce,” if you will—that can energize your individual donor fundraising? The answer might surprise you: a fundraising plan.last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Ambi Ambachew

first_imgAs a Senior Fundraising Sales Consultant, Ambi Ambachew works with existing customers on their current software packages and introduces them to additional services that might be useful in their nonprofit work, such as Network for Good’s donor management system. For the past three years, he has helped executive directors and development directors understand new ways of approaching fundraising and using technology to do their work.“Nonprofit staffers are passionate about what they’re doing, they’re trying to change their community, trying to change the world.”Q&A with Ambi Ambachew, Senior Fundraising Sales ConsultantWhat’s your experience with nonprofits outside of Network for Good?I worked at a nonprofit magazine for a year as the business manager. Online advertising was exploding at the time and I was interested in exploring whether that area was a route I wanted to take professionally. It wasn’t, but it gave me a better understanding of some of the nonprofit executives and boards we work with at Network for Good, and how to introduce new ideas and new ways of doing things.What attracts you to nonprofits? Working with and helping small to midsize nonprofits is a growing area that I think organizations are going to start gravitating to more. That was what initially attracted me to Network for Good. We help them learn the things they don’t even know that they don’t know. In many scenarios, we simply open their minds to a more efficient way of doing the things they’re already doing. A big challenge that I see are organizations succumbing to the wants of their board. Rather than serving as trusted advisors, some boards act as an ultimate say-so. Part of our job is to help executive directors and development directors be more assertive in advocating for the things that they want and need to succeed.What do you enjoy most about your work? The opportunity to work with interesting people, who are very like-minded, very competitive, very hospitable. I come from the finance world, where the person sitting next to you will try to diminutize your work, so it’s nice to work in a collaborative environment where everyone wants everyone else to succeed.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?Cooking. I enjoy trying out new things, cooking for friends and family. It’s my creative outlet. I almost went to culinary school but went to business school instead. It’s still a passion of mine, though. For me it’s about exploring and understanding. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the grocery store. I go 3-4 times a week. It’s about finding new ingredients and putting something together and experimenting. It may not be a dish that everybody likes, but it’s for me, it’s what I like.If you could share a meal with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?Bob Marley. He’s probably my largest musical influence and has had a big impact on my life. He’s changed my approach to life, how I think about things, and what really matters in the world. I just started to learn how to play the electric guitar, too—looking for another creative outlet. I’ve been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix over the last couple of years. How do you do something so out of the box? I want to learn how to do that. I’m very early on, but hopefully in the next year or so I’ll become good at it and then I can play my own dinner music.Lightning RoundDream vacation? Chile or South AfricaMost recent book read? His Share of the Universe, which is a book my uncle wrote about my great-grandfather.Last movie seen in movie theater? Avengers: EndgameYour theme song? Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”Favorite color? Black. It’s dramatic, it’s happy, it’s angry—it represents all the moods.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur: Ozil misses out with back injury

first_imgArsenal know a win on Sunday against Tottenham will see them leapfrog their near neighbours in the table, and potentially move them up to third depending on other results.Last time out in the league the Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-1, and also enjoyed a midweek Europa League victory against Vorskla on Thursday night.Tottenham also tasted European success during the week when they beat Inter, meaning they can qualify for the next round of the Champions League with a win in their final group game. 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! Mauricio Pochettino’s men are hoping to win a third London derby in a row in the Premier League, following recent victories against Crystal Palace and Chelsea. If they can claim three points from the Emirates it will bring an end to an 18-game unbeaten run for Arsenal. Game Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Date Sunday, December 2 Time 2:05pm GMT / 9:05am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and livestreamed on Sky GO Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event Sky GO Extra  Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac Midfielders Elneney, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang Alexandre Lacazette has not recovered in time to make the starting XI having suffered a groin injury while Mesut Ozil misses out having suffered a back spasm.Emery made 10 changes to his side for the midweek game against Vorskla, but has reverted to a similar side that started the last Premier League match.The Gunners will also be without long-term absentees Laurent Koscielny, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck.Confirmed Arsenal XI: Leno; Holding, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Foyte, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Wanyama, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Erik Lamela will miss out after picking up a thigh injury in the midweek Champions League win against Inter.The winger joins Kieran Trippier, Davison Sanchez and Mousa Dembele on the Spurs injury list.However, Mauricio Pochettino has selected Jan Vertonghen for his first Premier League match since September.The defender played the full 90 minutes against Inter on Wednesday night and will start alongside Juan Foyth at the heart of defence.Confirmed Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Sissoko; Son, Alli, Eriksen; KaneBetting & Match Odds There’s little between the two sides in the eyes of the bookmakers. Bet365 have Arsenal down as very marginal favourites with odds of 13/8, while Tottenham are priced at 17/10. A draw can be backed at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Christian Eriksen Tottenham 2018-19In recent years the two sides have taken a relatively even share of the results in this fixture. In the last eight meetings, the Gunners have won two, Spurs three and there have been three draws between the sides.However at the Emirates, Arsenal have tended to enjoy the upper-hand against their rivals, and they have not been beaten at home by Tottenham since 2010.One thing this fixture almost certainly provides is goals – there hasn’t been a scoreless game between the two in the last 21 meetings.The pair are also two of the top scoring sides in the league, and with top-class attackers like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on show it could be raining goals at the Emirates.Sunday’s game is also the first in a triple header of north London derbies in the next few months, with the sides meeting later in December in the League Cup, before they square-off again in the Premier League later in March.The two sides have a busy December ahead of them, and will face nine games this month. Both sides will be aiming to start it with a win at the Emirates on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Maidana: River want Real Madrid

first_imgRiver Plate defender Jonatan Maidana is eyeing a meeting with Real Madrid after his team’s Copa Libertadores success on Sunday.A 3-1 second-leg win over rivals Boca Juniors in Madrid saw River seal a 5-3 aggregate success.That sent Marcelo Gallardo’s men to the United Arab Emirates for the Club World Cup, where they will face ES Tunis, Al Ain or Team Wellington before a potential meeting with European champions Madrid. 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! Maidana said River were targeting a clash against the La Liga giants later this month.”Now we go for Real Madrid, our next goal,” the defender said, via TyC Sports.”We won a fair final, now to celebrate the achievement.” Lo mejor del 3-1 de @CARPoficial ante @BocaJrsOficial para consagrarse campeón de la #CONMEBOLLibertadores— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) December 10, 2018River had to come from behind in the second leg, Lucas Pratto cancelling out Dario Benedetto’s opener to force extra time.Wilmar Barrios’ red card turned the game in River’s favour and they made the most of their numerical advantage, goals from Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez securing their win.”A lot of the match was very even,” Maidana said. “After the equaliser, we managed well and we could win it.”In the second half we improved because in the first we made a big mistake. We talked at half-time and we tried not to miss so many passes and we achieved [our goal] because we dominated the game.”last_img read more

Getting Started: The 7 Knows

first_imgContinuing the conversation of #WeAreWhatWeNeed, here are a few tips about how to hit the ground running. There’s nothing sweeter than landing that first gig. But you don’t want to spin your wheels. Wasted motion, for freelancers, is money lost. These 7 “knows” from Sara Horowitz’s new book, The Freelancer’s Bible, will help you launch a calmer, more successful, more satisfying freelance life.1. KNOW why you’re freelancingAsk yourself real questions about your goals: Do you want to make significant money, or supplement the family income? Do you want to grow your career, or taper down? Being clear about what you want from freelancing will help you embrace it, give you courage to make the leap, and allow you to make real career decisions. Evaluate how your dream life can match reality as a freelancer with research and planning before you dive in. Take time to ask these questions, especially if you’re burned out or coming off a layoff and need a breath to think about the future.2. KNOW your strengthsMake a two-sided list. On one side are the skills you love to use and could happily exercise daily. On the other side are skills you don’t enjoy as much, but they’re in your bag of tricks. Include all your skills, from all the parts of your life, that you can legitimately offer for a fee.This list will help you see different ways to market your­self and find the project mix likely to be most satisfying. Is there work you love that others find not-so-fun? Congrats – you might have just discovered a high-paying niche.You can, and should, have multiple specialties. It’ll tide you through dry time and make you a rainmaker year-round.Pull out the value results of your top skills into real metrics you can market.Carve out some time and money for some skill upgrades while you still have the security of the regular paycheck. Or if you’re already freelance, take midlevel gigs while you save for that workshop or class.3. KNOW your customer’s needsThe best freelancers are empathetic in their analysis of what clients need, fit their skills to those needs, and distill it into a pitch of utter simplicity. Go back and match your skills, your metrics, and your specialty ideas to what your market needs – not what you think they should need, but what they actually need. What’s important to them, and in what order? Now you can come up with one succinct sentence that says what you do and how it connects to your client. Think of it as a “tweet” to attract an avalanche of future clients4. KNOW what you’ll charge (more or less)Getting a handle on your rates is definitely an art, not a science. You’ve already taken the first step in pricing: knowing your skills and your value. Run your numbers, talk to your peers, trust your gut, and learn from experience. Everyone else does. You really need to personalize this for yourself, but a very general equation to keep in mind is: (annual salary + annual expenses + annual profit) ÷ annual billable work hours = your basic hourly rate.Some great resources: The Freelance Switch Hourly Rate Calculator is an online tool that helps you get a great start on calculating your hourly rate. From there, you can fine-tune the results using your knowledge about your profession and the marketplace. In their book The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, Ilise Benun and Peleg Top provide a clear step-by-step process for calculat¬ing a basic hourly rate derived from your desired salary, your business overhead, billable hours, and desired profit – which you then adjust based on other factors in play (the nature of the gig and the client, how fast they need it, et cetera).**5. KNOW your budget **First, pour yourself a drink. Then get your checkbook, your credit card and bank statements, and any other financial records from the last twelve months. You’ll quickly see how much you need to earn per month to cover your expenses at home – including months where you’ll need extra cash. Obviously, you should be looking for places to cut costs if necessary. If you’re employed right now, write down your income (and your partner’s, if you have one) and break it out month by month.Now, revise the income numbers to reflect freelance income. Subtract out your employment income and you’ll quickly see the shortfall each month: that’s what your freelance work needs to bring in to meet expenses. But freelance work doesn’t always bring in the same amount each month. That’s why you need to be saving to pay expenses, as well as for emergencies, estimated taxes, and retirement. Develop your detailed budget now, so you can focus on your work as a killer freelancer.6. KNOW your brain trustFind the trusted inner circle who can help you as you launch and grow, offering advice and ideas, referring prospects, problem-solving, and cheering you on. It could be fellow freelancers, company buddies, relatives. They should be people you feel you can be totally honest with. Your Brain Trust has your back and you’ve got theirs.7. KNOW your game plan for going publicTell everyone, don’t be pushy, and make it professional. With indie workers comprising one-third of the workforce, the time’s long past for viewing freelancing as a euphemism for slacker dudes or the unemployed. So talk about it. Not like you have to defend yourself, but like any businessperson having a serious business discussion: what’s great about it, what’s challenging about it, how you’re going about it. Who knows, you might be giving them the information and the courage they need to take the leap.And here you are, ready to go. Trust yourself. Have confidence in what you know as a pro. Whatever else you need to learn, you’ll learn. Welcome to the ranks! read more

NYC Public Advocate Race 2013: Letitia James

first_img**We want New York City to be a freelance-friendly city. As the collective voice of our New York City members, Freelancers Union sent questionnaires to the 2013 candidates for city-wide public office to get their take on issues important to freelancers. ****Over the next several weeks, we will be posting the responses from those candidates who got back to us. Check back regularly to hear what the candidates have to say about freelancers. And remember, make sure your voice is heard! Get out and vote in the primary on September 10 and in the general election on November 5. **Letitia James is a Democratic candidate for Public Advocate of New York City. To learn more about Letitia James, visit her website. Her responses are below.1. In your opinion, what is the role of freelancers in New York City? What value do they bring to the City? Please describe any past experience you may have working on issues of importance to freelancers.The recent recession highlighted the importance of freelancers – freelancers have helped to fill a void in the job market and will play a major role in our City’s recovery and future growth in our City’s economy. I worked with my colleagues in the Council to get Albany to change the S-Corp laws that hurt freelancers who were being double taxed. This was a great example of why our laws must keep up with our dynamic economy and the need to support working people.2.** Many freelancers are self-employed and/or entrepreneurs who face a myriad of legal, regulatory and tax issues when starting and operating their business in New York City. How would you expand offerings for independent workers to start, maintain and grow their businesses? **As much as we have paid attention to small businesses, we must do the same for freelancers across this City. This is a new economy and we must do our part to work with freelancers to ensure they are protected and are able to succeed without going through hurdles.3.** Nearly 1 in 3 workers (or 42 million people) work freelance across the U.S., according to a 2006 GAO report. But 2006 was the last time the federal government counted this crucial part of the new workforce. Accurate, comprehensive data is crucial to crafting policies that address the needs of this sector. How important do you feel it is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics revives the survey? What are your thoughts on conducting a comprehensive survey of NYC freelancers to collect demographic data and assess the economic impact of their work?**In order for NYC to effectively work with freelancers and create effective and fair policies, a comprehensive survey needs to be conducted. We cannot wait for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to revive their survey. I would work with my colleagues in government to secure funds so such a survey can be conducted.4.** Unlike many other workers, freelancers have episodic income but are not eligible for unemployment benefits. What would you do to assist freelancers during periods of unemployment? What ideas do you have for assisting freelancers in saving for these times?**Freelancers will continue to play a major roll, as it has during the recession, in our City’s economic recovery. It’s also safe to say that it will play a valuable role in the future growth of this City. We need to work with Albany to change current unemployment laws so they can be included in receiving such benefits. While freelancers don’t pay into the unemployment system as traditional employees and small business, the income freelancers make is subject to taxation; therefore they should have access to unemployment benefits. However, what those benefits will look like will be determined from the results of a comprehensive survey and discussion with the membership of Freelancers Union. We should also look into allowing freelancers to pay into a welfare fund similar to what Labor Unions have available to its membership during strikes.5.** Freelancers are, by nature, entrepreneurs who have built their own communities to support their work and themselves. This is a model more and more New Yorkers are learning from and building more economically sustainable, cooperative, and collaborative institutions. How will you support these new institutions, including cooperatives, social purpose businesses and collaborative consumption organizations?**We need to ensure tax laws and labor laws and other small business laws evolve and take into consideration the importance of freelancers. We need to ensure we protect freelancers and create an environment that is sustainable to them and continues to be a benefit to our City. I would work with Freelancers Union and its membership to advocate for protections that their counterparts have in the corporate and small business market.**Thanks to Letitia James for answering our questions. If you need more info on how or where to vote, check out’s voting resources. Please remember to vote on September 10! **last_img read more

Freelancers Union Endorses Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate

first_imgFreelancers Union is excited to endorse Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate of New York City. In a crowded field of qualified candidates, he has consistently shown that he understands the issues facing freelancers in New York City and has worked to make their lives easier.As a New York State Senator, Senator Squadron introduced the Freelancers Payment Protection Act, which would help independent workers collect the wages they are rightfully owed. He also advocated for raising the MTA Commuter Tax threshold for freelancers to reduce their tax burden, and was the sponsor of the legislation that created benefit corporations in New York.As Public Advocate, he has vowed to make New York more freelancer-friendly by providing guidance for independent workers facing city bureaucracy, supporting incubators that provide working space for freelancers, and ensuring that freelancers’ concerns and needs are recognized by City Hall.Come join other Freelancers Union members as we volunteer for his campaign and show our support for a freelancer-friendly candidate! Send your contact information to for more information.We urge all our New York City members to vote for Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate in the Runoff tomorrow, October 1!last_img read more

Australian Open: Maria Sharapova elated after overcoming ‘troublemaker’

first_imgFor Maria Sharapova, it was a case of revenge being served hot as she fended off her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) under a blazing sun to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.The crafty Latvian had knocked Sharapova out of the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year during the Russian’s return to grand slam action after a 15-month doping ban.So prior to their Melbourne Park rematch, former champion Sharapova said she was primed and ready for another drawn out dog-fight against the 14th seed.WATCHCentre court was already a sizzling frying pan by the time the players started hitting up in the first morning match at Rod Laver Arena.So the 35 degree Celsius (95F) heat may have quickly forced a rethink as Sharapova burst out of the blocks in a hail of winners to roar through the first set in 23 minutes.Although the next set was a “little dicey,” as she wobbled when serving for the match at 5-4, Sharapova was glad to beat a hasty retreat from the broiling conditions.”It’s a warm day. I did my job in two sets against someone that’s been troubling in the past for me,” she told reporters.”So, third round of the Australian Open, I don’t know, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory.”Sharapova has often been likened to an “ice queen” by her tour rivals. Former Australian professional Jelena Dokic penned a column in a local tabloid on Thursday that said the Russian had little interest in making friends with on-court foes.advertisementSharapova’s delivery of the women’s trophy at the draw ceremony in the leadup to the tournament caused a minor controversy, with pundits criticising organisers for teeing it up despite her doping suspension.The former world number one said she had learned to be comfortable with all the attention.”I think I’m just very well aware that I think in this world everyone has an opinion and that no matter what you do, or no matter how you play tennis, or what you say, or how you go about your life, not everyone will like the way that you do it,” she said.”I think I have learned that from a very young age, and I have come to understand it and appreciate it. I take it as it is.”Her last trip to Melbourne Park two years ago was the catalyst for her doping ban, as she tested positive for meldonium following her quarter-final defeat to Serena Williams.But on her return to Rod Laver Arena, there was nothing frosty about the centre court crowd as she waved to the terraces following her one hour and 20-minute win over Sevastova.”I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament with a box of Kleenex next to me sick (last year),” said Sharapova, who next faces 2016 champion Angelique Kerber or Donna Vekic.”So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I’m finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about.”(Courtesy: Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Manavaditya Rathore wins silver shotgun meet

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) The promising Manavaditya Singh Rathore has won a silver medal in the Qatar Open Shotgun meet in Lusail, Qatar.Participating in the junior mens trap event, Manavaditya shot 118 to finish second on the podium behind Italys Angelo Scalzone, who shot 119.Germanys Jeremy Schulz won the bronze medal with a score of 115.Son of Sports Minister and Athens Olympics silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the 19-year-old Manavaditya started with 23 in the first series of 25 shots and improved it to 24 in the next three series, but could manage only a 23 in the fifth and final series yesterday.The field had a total of 11 shooters, including James Dedman of Great Britain, who recently switched from double trap to trap shooting.Manavaditya has earlier won bronze in the Asian Shooting Championships held in Almaty in 2013. He has participated in Junior World Championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 other than shooting in Junior World Cup since last two years. PTI AHlast_img read more

Arsenal need to be more clinical to beat Manchester City: Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger was a disappointed man after yet another failure in the FA Cup, the latest in a season which has been a rollercoaster for Arsenal.The Arsenal manager has urged his team to make the most of their chances when they face Manchester City for the second time this week in Thursday’s Premier League clash.The north London outfit were brushed aside by a dominant City side in last Sunday’s League Cup final with Pep Guardiola’s team converting all three of their shots on target to win 3-0 while Arsenal failed to convert either of their chances.A MUST WATCH! Our post-match Wembley celebrations through the eyes of @GoPros Fusion camera and @benmendy23! #gopro #mancity Manchester City (@ManCity) February 27, 2018″We are very disappointed because we lost an important game. We need first to recover and then prepare for the next challenge together,” Wenger told a news conference on Wednesday.”When you look at the end of the game Man City had three shots on target and we had two. We need to turn the decisive moments in our favour and play with more freedom than we did.”City can re-establish a 16-point lead atop the standings when they travel to sixth-placed Arsenal, who are 27 points behind Guardiola’s side.The defeat, along with Arsenal’s inconsistent performances this campaign, has led a number of supporters and pundits to call for an end to Wenger’s 22-year reign but the Frenchman said that he was not worried about his future.advertisement”My position is my position. That’s the last problem I have,” Wenger said. “We are in that kind of situation where you want to focus on the next game,” he said, adding: “My job is to focus on performing.”Full-back Nacho Monreal limped off in the first half at Wembley and Wenger confirmed the 32-year-old has a back injury which could keep him out for at least two games.Midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season, is yet to sign a new deal and Wenger said that the decision rests with the England international.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik takes his boys out to watch Avengers: Infinity War

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa and a few others took a break from cricket to catch Marvel’s latest blockbuster movie, Avengers Infinity War on the eve of their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla.KKR are currently fourth on the IPL points table having won three and lost three from six matches so far in the season. Meanwhile, DD will be looking to start afresh after Gautam Gambhir handed over the captaincy to young Shreyas Iyer.After Gambhir’s resignation, a beleaguered Delhi Daredevils under Iyer face a daunting task to lift their fortunes as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Friday. There is pressure on the Daredevils to turn things around quickly. Five defeats in their first six matches have hurt them badly and they need something to click and a lot of things to fall in place in the second half of the tournament.In comparison, the Knight Riders have been a happier bunch – they are yet to come close to booking a playoff berth but they have most of their bases covered.Three quality spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla , a dangerous opener in Chris Lynn, a young and consistent Nitish Rana and a skipper leading from the front – KKR would be favourites ahead of the Kotla clash.To top it off, Andre Russell has been in sensational form, battering bowling attacks at will.Little surprise then, that the two-time champions took some time off to catch the latest movie out in the theatres – and boy, they looked a happy bunch.advertisementDAREDEVILS UNDER PRESSURECurrently languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table, the Daredevils will hope for a new lease of life under the new skipper even as KKR will attempt to take full advantage of the situation and press for their fourth win in seven games at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi.With Gambhir battling poor form and the rest of the batting order not clicking in unison, Delhi have so far been over-reliant on young Rishabh Pant.Iyer almost single-handedly propelled Delhi to their second win in the IPL, in their previous match against Kings XI Punjab, only to fall short by four runs.The Daredevils have not been particularly lucky on the fitness front either with Jason Roy (side strain) and Chris Morris (back problem) recovering. The only game Daredevils have won so far was shaped by Roy’s unbeaten whirlwind knock of 91 on debut against Mumbai Indians.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Do you know what Priyanka Chopra is currently obsessing over?

first_imgWith Season 3 of Priyanka Chopra’s American television show, Quantico, airing recently, this dusky diva is once again in the limelight. While the show has received a positive response so far, it is also Priyanka Chopra’s stunning public appearances that are causing a stir all over.For the promotions of the show, Priyanka’s has been dressing like a total diva, which is something we know her for, while teaching us the art of dressing easy and chic.While her looks have been rather vibrant, with a humble number of outfit variations, there’s this one thing she seems to be enjoying the most–picking vividly coloured prints.Also Read: Learn from Priyanka Chopra how to make red look even hotterIn the past few days, Priyanka has been spotted wearing three printed outfits that were just so feminine and chic.The actress was spotted wearing a serene-looking, floral dress, while officially declaring it ‘floral season’ as spring arrives in the US. The white dress, which had a dainty, blue, floral print on it, looked rather comfortable, despite its sheath bodice that hugged Priyanka’s body at just the right places. Apart from the finesse of the print, what we really liked about the outfit were the power-sleeves that balanced the easy vibe of the look really well, and gave it a lovely contrast. Priyanka Chopra looked lovely in a white-blue, floral dress. Picture courtesy: Instagram/priyankachopraThe actress took her love for prints to another level, and sported a neat, splash print in multi-colours, on a tea-length outfit. The collar on the dress combined with its asymmetric hemline looked refreshing, just as the orange, green and blue colours on it.advertisement Priyanka Chopra was spotted wearing a colourful, printed dress. Picture courtesy: Instagram/priyankachopraAlso Read: Priyanka Chopra’s floral dress is nothing like anything you’ve seen beforeThe Baywatch actress then sported a yellow dress with a pink, floral print on it, which was humongous, but looked quite pretty. While the print and the colours were summery and bright, the turtle neck and the empire-waist looked a bit suffocating, especially because of how broad the print got below the waistline. Priyanka looked radiant in a yellow-pink, floral dress. Picture courtesy: Instagram/priyankachopraAs Priyanka Chopra goes around promoting the show, we sit here, waiting to see how she revamps yet another classic sartorial aspect.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 key battles you cannot miss in Russia

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup is just four days away and the battle for the elusive Jules Rimet Trophy is heating up. With 32 teams set to fight it out in the group stages of the tournament for the first 14 days in Russia, the discussions related to who will come out on top have already begun.Group B is pitting heavyweights Spain and Portugal against each other as early as June 15 while Group D may just be the Group of Death with Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria up against one another. Group G will present another big battle when big guns England and Belgium take on each other on June 28 while Group H is the other tough group this year, from which the winners are tough to predict.With permutations and combinations already running through people’s heads, we take a look at the five key battles in the group stage of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEPORTUGAL VS SPAINThis is the big battle of the group stage that will see the current European champions and the former World Cup winners take on each other. Both Portugal and Spain will open their World Cup campaign against each other on June 15.Group B consists of Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco and most likely, the European heavyweights will go through to the Round of 16. What is worth a thought is that whoever loses this opener will be under some pressure at least to outperform their opponents in the next two games.With huge names like Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva and more in the ranks, Spain will definitely have an upper hand over Portugal, who will be dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo for most of the work in front of the goal.advertisementHowever, the new look Portugal have Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Ricardo Quaresma to help Ronaldo with their creativity in the midfield — something Spain will have to be vary of.SERGIO RAMOS VS CRISTIANO RONALDO Spain will play Portugal on June 15 (Reuters Photo)Ramos vs Ronaldo will be an interesting break-up of the bigger battle between Spain and Portugal. What makes this battle interesting is the fact that they are both Real Madrid players and are completely aware of each others’ games.With Ronaldo playing in the striker position in Portugal, Ramos will most likely be given the job of marking the big man. Ramos is famous for his rough yet solid defending while Ronaldo is known to be looking to draw penalties, which makes this duel extremely fascinating.LIONEL MESSI VS IVAN RAKITICMessi will be up against his Barcelona teammate Rakitic when Argentina take on Croatia in a Group D encounter on June 21.While Messi is at the heart of Argentina’s play all the time, Rakitic is the creative link between the Croatian defence and the forwards, along with Luka Modric.Rakitic has recently confessed that at times he just stands and watch Messi spread his magic when the two play for the Catalan club. However, that is something that Rakitic knows he will have to battle in Russia.Rakitic may take some useful tips from his Modric, who regularly plays against Messi for Real Madrid and puts in immense shift to block a lot of the Messi magic.BELGIUM VS ENGLAND Spurs teammates Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen will go head-to-head against each other on June 28 (Reuters Photo)Belgium are the dark horse of the tournament while England is a young unit with immense vibrancy and zeal to take on the world.Belgium, who have the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and more are expected to be a lethal squad for all teams in Russia. England, on the other hand, have their star Harry Kane leading them this time with a number of young but talented stars.Belgium vs England may well be a very tightly-contested game since both their defences and attacks are solid. However, where Belgium hold the absolute upper-hand is their midfield.With Manchester City star De Bruyne and Chelsea’s main man Hazard in their midfield, England will have their task cut out.ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI VS JAMES RODRIGUEZBayern Munich’s stars will meet again in Russia but this time at opposite ends. Lewandowski is set to lead Poland out on June 24 while Rodriguez will be one of Colombia’s key players on that night.If you take a close look in that group, their teams have the best chance of making to the next round through the group stages and the battle within the battle can turn out to be crucial.advertisementJames was one of the rising stars in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and will again play a key role in unlocking the Polish defence in Russia while Lewandowski is Poland’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 53 goals from 93 games.The duo, who play in the front line for the Bavarians, know each other very closely and will play an important role while strategising for the game against each other.last_img read more