Climate Bill to Bring New Jobs?

first_imgEastman Kodak Company Glassdoor Report: Most Sustainable Companies 25% 3.5 CEO Rating 63% Michael Dell Paul Otellini 88% 3.0 3.6 3.4 Hewlett-Packard Intel Jeff Bezos 2.7 Proctor & Gamble Antonio Perez 71% Dirk Meyer AMD 37% Company Rating John Franklin Brock Mark Parker PG&E 84% Nike 38% Bill Marrow 38% 3.3 40% 3.0 A.G. Lafley Mark Hurd Dell 46% 3.2 CEO Name 2.7 4.1 Last Friday the House approved White House-backed legislation that will help combat global warming and put the U.S. on a new course for cleaner energy.  The legislation still faces an uphill battle, however, as many aspects of the bill are hotly debated.  One of the key issues on the table is if this bill will help, or hurt, U.S. jobs.The debate includes some who believe that while investing more U.S. resources in new energy will open the door to perspective new careers and needs in this space, the restrictions the bill places on pollution from factories, refineries and power plants could put a damper on some existing jobs that are dependent on these operations.In addition, many are discussing what financial impact passing the legislation, also known as the Waxman-Markey bill, will have on the American people.  The President was quoted in a recent Reuters article that the bill will cost American households the equivalent of a postage stamp per day, disputing those who argue the the transition will sacrifice U.S. economic growth.Only time will tell the long-term impact on the environment, and the economy, the bill will have if it does pass, however in the meantime there are a number of companies who are proactively thinking about their imprint on the environment today.Below is a list of some of the top U.S. companies that fit this bill, based on the 2009 Global 100: The Most Sustainable Companies in the World.  This recognizes companies that are “sustainable in the sense that they have displayed a better ability than most of their industry peers to identify and effectively manage material environmental, social and governance factors impacting the opportunity and risk sides of their business.”As you can see from the Glassdoor report, these companies vary across the board in terms of both company and CEO approval rating, so there are no easy conclusions to be drawn that signify a sustainable company means a satisfied employee.  But at this point in our economy, the bottom line is that more jobs are a good thing. CocaColalast_img read more

10 Tricks To Landing A Job After The Great Recession

first_imgHey people. This isn’t your dad’s job market, which means that your parents’ ways of getting a job just aren’t going to cut it. Here’s a survival guide for recent and not-so-recent grads on how to land a job.1. Don’t listen.You heard me. Don’t listen. Not to everyone. But stop listening to the jobs numbers. Every pundit on the planet is analyzing and over-analyzing every tick in the number of jobs lost, jobs created, number of new applications for unemployment, whether those numbers are going up or down… Who cares? You shouldn’t. So don’t listen. Companies actually are still hiring. It’s just that the way they’re doing the hiring has changed. You’ve probably seen this. Perhaps you’ve got a friend who’s landed a job working for her boyfriend’s uncle. Or, a cousin who’s now working for his former summer camp counselor. The truth is that the way people get jobs nowadays is completely different than it used to be. In fact, according to recent studies, 50 percent of new hires come from referral, and 25 percent come from employees’ social networks. That means that over 75 percent of new hires come from networking or a direct recommendation and introduction. If this is true, then it is time for you to put those social (on and off-line) networks to work for you and get yourself out there.Try to ignore all of the griping about “how bad it is out there.” It’s only bad if you decide it’s bad. So stop complaining, turn off the TV, video game console, stop texting, and get a handle on your future. Oh, and remember, don’t listen.2. Ignore Wall Street and Washington.There is a hashtag trending on Twitter that uses a four-letter word (#expletiveWashington) and another #WhereAreTheJobs. Americans are fed up with Washington posturing. Between the Debt Crisis, the downgrading of U.S. debt and the tanking of the stock market, working Americans are disgusted that Congress merely tipped a hat toward job creation and then gave themselves a five-week vacation. We’re fed up. And rightly so if you ask me. So what should you, the job seeker, do? I say ignore them. And here’s why.Whatever scenarios end up playing out in Washington and whatever roller-coaster plays out on Wall Street, the fact is that it is going to have little effect on you, at least for the near term. No amount of deals, tax hikes, tax cuts, deficit reduction, regulation, debt ratings downgrade and market fluctuation are going to drive a short-term net effect of motivating businesses to create new positions, and hire more people. In fact, it might do just the opposite. So I say, don’t hold your breath.Chances are that this “trickle down” economic approach is unlikely to make “Help Wanted” signs suddenly go up all over the city. Not today. Not tomorrow.So stop listening when the folks in Washington say be patient, the jobs are coming. Instead, turn away from the rhetoric and look straight in the mirror. You’ll discover that the person looking back at you is the only person who is going to help get you back to work any time soon. It’s time for all of us to grab our bootstraps and get going.3. Stake your claim.Our country has always been about staking claims. Claims were staked during the Louisiana Expansion, the California Gold Rush, and in 1969 when we placed an American flag on the Moon. Just recently, Walt Disney Studios staked a claim by trademarking “Seal Team 6,” the Navy team that brought down Osama bin Laden. The funny thing about claim-staking is that we rarely do it for ourselves.But here’s something every job seeker should know. Careers don’t just happen. They are made. And if you don’t stake a Claim in Your Own Career, believe me, no one else will.This incredibly simple piece of advice is actually not that simple. Imagine that you are a marathon runner, or a Mount Everest climber or a very determined dieter. All of the individuals have made a strong commitment to doing something with determination and tons of effort. No one ever said it was easy to get to the top of Everest. The same can be said of building a career. No matter how much hoping you do, your school’s career counselors and your folks aren’t going to do it for you.It is up to you to take responsibility for your future. So when you think you’re looking for a job “all day long,” count up how many hours you spent NOT looking for a job. My guess is you’re not as committed as you think you are.4. Be a car.Some of the most iconic branding in the world sits on the back of every car on the road. Those shiny metal words and symbols hold meaning for us. When you see the word Volvo, you immediate think “safety” or, if from a younger generation, “boring.” The four interlocking rings of Audi say superior engineering, and the word Prius just makes you feel like you’re doing something good for the environment. That’s because the car companies have figured out how to make you think and feel a certain way about them.You need to be a car. Well, not exactly. But you do need to understand who you are and what you want to be in the world. Because getting a job is about selling yourself. And by being clear about what you can offer to hiring managers, you will be able to get people to buy into the brand that is you.One way to figure out what you want to do, and align that with what you’re good at is to identify what passions drive you to get out of bed in the morning, what interests captivate your attention and what skills you have to offer. I call the place where these three overlapping circles intersect the Sweet Spot (see diagram). Your Sweet Spot can help you discover the essence of your brand, and is an essential component of differentiating yourself from other hungry job seekers.Ask the most creative person in your life to help you do the following brainstorming exercise to discover your Sweet Spot.Grab three sheets of paper and some colored pens. Title one page with Passions, another with Interests, and the third page with Skills.Fill in the pages using the definitions above, being as open-minded as you can be. Once finished, randomly select one item from each list and begin brainstorming interesting things that you could do with your life that would allow you to work at the place where your Passions, Interests and Skills intersect.Example: Passion – experiencing new things. Interest – learning about different cultures. Skill – writing. Brainstorm idea – Travel the world, experience new things and meet people of varying backgrounds. Write a professional travel blog or for a magazine.5. Think backward.If you want to surf, you better go where there are good waves. And if you don’t know any good surf spots, chances are you’d find some other surfers and ask them how to find the cool spots.Now apply this thinking to your job search. If you want to make movies, go to the places where people make movies. If you want to make cool software, you should find places where people are making cool software.This logic seems simple, but it’s not how most people think about looking for a job. Most people start by poring through job sites seeking out open opportunities that sort-of-maybe-kind-of fit their skills. Next, so relieved to have found a potential job match, they contort themselves into believing that they’d be happy working at this particular company, even if the company is a widget company and the job seeker intensely dislikes widgets. Unfortunately, that’s how desperate some people feel about their job prospects.I want you to Think Backward. What if instead of looking for job listings first, and companies second, you begin looking for companies first, and jobs second. This seemingly backward thinking works for getting into good surf, why can’t it work for finding a good job?Here’s how it works. Instead of using sites like or to look for job openings, use these sites to explore company profiles and see what kinds of companies are out there. See if you can find organizations that are doing things that get you really excited. Don’t worry if any jobs exist right now. That’s not the point. The point is to discover what makes you tick. This process, which up-ends that traditional way of job searching, is something I call Reverse Engineering the Job Market. Here’s the basic idea.Find companies and organizations that are doing things (making products, providing services) that get you really stoked.Don’t worry about whether there are any job openings — in fact, don’t look. Just get to know the place.Read the mission statement. The history. The leadership. Get a sense of the company culture and whether it would be a cool place to work.Look on the team pages and learn what sorts of people work there. Would you like to meet some of them? Do they have the kind of job you’d like to have?If you answer yes to some of these questions, you’re ready for your next tip.6. Enchant people.Do you love your iPod, IPhone or Mac? Or do you just love going into the Apple store ‘cuz it’s so cool? Apple computer has captivated all of us with its inventions. In his recent book, Apple’s former chief evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, talks about the three pillars of Enchantment: likability, trustworthiness and a great cause.Your ability to identify, interview for, and land a job are, in my mind, a pretty great cause. Or at least that’s how you need to think about it.In today’s very picky job market, where getting a job is based as much on who you know as it is on what skills and experience you have, you better figure out how to be likable, trustworthy, and a good cause.Part of your full-time job to get a job is to meet with and enchant as many people as you can. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks to find, meet and befriend people who already work at the types of companies you want to work for. These “in” people are your ticket to getting a job.Take a look at the team pages on a company’s website. See if you can find someone in your networked-network that can make an introduction, or help you get an introduction. Be a good listener (for Tip No. 6, please ignore Tip No. 1), and people will take an interest in you. From there, it’s all a numbers game.7. Make 5 your lucky number.Most people think that 7 is the luckiest number. I’ve no doubt you’ll change your lucky number once you learn to Network by 5’s. When I was a bright-eyed, freshly minted grad, I moved to L.A. to make it in Hollywood. Through a random meeting in a busy lobby, to a phone interview, to an in-person sitdown, I found myself interviewing for a job that wasn’t the right fit. Instead of giving up, this woman and I started chatting, using some good, enchanting techniques (a shared love of sports or travel can be a great start), and we ended up deciding to be friends. I suddenly had an “in” person.I turned to my new friend and said, “I’m new in town and don’t know anyone, or what the jobs actually are out there. Do you think that you might have five friends who’d be willing to talk to me for five minutes about what they do?” My new friend agreed and with each meeting I had, with each new person I met and befriended, I had another “in” person. By the time I had been in Hollywood for five weeks, I had met 54 people at studios around the city. When Disney called to ask me to come in for an interview for my dream job (as a director’s assistant), they told me my resume had been submitted to the pile eleven times. No doubt they had come from all of my new friends. If you want to Network by 5’s, here’s what you should do:Ask your “in” person to give you the names of five people who might be willing to share five minutes of their time to tell you about what they do for a living.Whether in person or on the phone, become a genuinely interested listener. Learn everything you can about what this person does, and how they got to be doing their job. Know that this meeting is not about you. Ignore your need for a job and focus on letting the person in front of you tell their story.Ask enchanting questions and make a new friend. The funny things is, that if you do this well, they’ll end up thinking you’re wonderful, and they’ll turn the conversation to you.Know your personal career brand so you’ll feel comfortable talking about yourself and what you are looking to do. Always have a resume to share. At the end, if you feel they’ll be open to it, ask them for the names of five of their friends.In no time, you’ll know scores of people doing the kind of work you want to be doing, and your job search will be on the fast track.8. Be like aspirin.Aspirin is a great painkiller, and when a hiring manager is looking to bring on a new employee it is usually because the organization is feeling a bit of pain. It could be that someone left the company, there’s too much work for the existing staff, or a new initiative needs some additional attention. Whatever the case, when you go in for a job interview, your job is to be like aspirin and make their pain go away. What exactly does that mean?Imagine you’re going in for a sales job and your responsibility will be to cover a certain territory selling a product. The best way for you show that interviewer that you are the right person for the job is to demonstrate your skills as a salesperson. No, I don’t mean you should go into Crazy Eddie sales mode. But you can relay stories about past sales experience (perhaps you helped sell out all the tickets to a school fundraiser) or about your fearlessness in making cold calls. Believe me when I tell you that, just like you, your interviewer is looking to get the interview process over with and get back to work as soon as possible.Interviewing can be hard and scary. It always feels like there’s too much on the line and you’re so nervous about landing the job that it can be hard to stay calm and focused on your interviewer’s questions. Before the big day, research the company and your interviewer. Put yourself in their shoes and see if you can figure out some of the challenges they might face. And remember this important point: If you can make their work-related headaches go away, you’re going to be a rock star in their eyes.9. Go see a movie.Finding a job is a full-time job. It can be exhausting and demoralizing. Honestly, it’s easy to just want to crawl into bed and ignore the entire thing. Here’s what I want you to do: Go see a movie. I don’t care which one. Just go have some fun being distracted for 120 minutes in a dark movie theater. Give your brain, your ego, and your keyboard and mouse a rest. Remember that life is fun and you will, once you Stake Your Claim (No. 3), be on your feet.10. Stay the course.To find out your score at the end of a round of golf, you have to stay on the course for the entire 18 holes. To find out your marathon time, you have to complete the 26.2 miles. And to land a job, especially one that you really want, you have to keep at it. No one ever said this would be easy. And as new grads enter into the toughest job market in the past 80 years, it takes a special something, an extra special kind of commitment and determination and willingness to try when others have given up. You may have finished your final exams, but this is the first test of your working life.Find people to help you along the way and help you keep focused. My 85-year-old mentor is one of the people who keeps me on track. If you can’t find a mentor, buddy up with a friend and hit the library or the local coffee shop together. Keep each other motivated, inspired (and caffeinated if necessary). Just don’t lose hope. So… don’t listen and just ignore Washington. If you do these things, you might never realize that the news out there is bleak. –  Originally posted on Aol Jobs by Susanne Goldsteinlast_img read more

Once in a lifetime opportunity to make India proud: Bengaluru FC’s Daniel Lalhimpuia

first_imgBengaluru FC youngsters Daniel Lalhimpuia and Nishu Kumar said it’s a glorious opportunity for them to make India proud when their team takes on Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya of Iraq in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup final on November 5.”We are already lucky to be part of the team and it is once in a lifetime opportunity for us to make India proud on the big stage. We have trained under some of the best coaches in India and that has helped us a lot,” Daniel said.”I have gathered a lot of experience through Bengaluru FC and training day in and day out with national team players has made me a better player. I have learnt a lot from Sunil-bhai (Chhetri), Eugene-bhai (Lyndoh) and Rino-bhai (Anto). I am very happy to be here at Bengaluru FC,” Nishu said.Both are All India Football Federation (AIFF) youth academy products. (Also read: Bengaluru FC banks on its army of ardent blues)Bengaluru FC beat reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’azim 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals to reach the summit clash of the AFC Cup becoming in the process the first Indian club to reach a continental cup final.”We still have a long way to go as football players, but the AIFF academies helped us go in the right way enabling us to cope with the nitty gritty of the footballing world,” Daniel said.”We have to give it our all if we are selected by the coach (Albert Roca) to play in the final,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

P V Sindhu hails move to demonetise Rs 1K, 500 notes

first_imgBhopal, Nov 10 (PTI) Ace shuttler and Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu today welcomed Centres move of scrapping high denomination notes and termed it as a good decision.”I think (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji has taken a good decision… that now the new Rs 2000 notes have come out. It was a good decision, nothing apart,” Sindhu told reporters when asked about the governments decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.She said she will be happy if a biopic on her and her acclaimed coach P Gopichand comes on the celluloid.”We are also looking at it. Lets see. Thanks to all the fans for so much love. Let see what will happen, ” Sindhu said when asked whether a biopic on her and her coach as being wished by fans, would come on a big screen.Asked which actress she wants to see donning her role, she smiled.Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand were here to take part in the Madhya Pradesh governments sports function, Khel Alankaran Samaroh.During the function the state government conferred Eklavya awards on 14 sports-persons, Vikram awards on 10 players, Vishwamitra awards on two coaches and one lifetime achievement award.Asked about she had fetched low price in the auction of Premier Badminton League (PBL), she said that money doesnt count adding that it is playing that was important.”I put the good playing and game first and money, prizes are secondary,” she added.Sindhu said after she clinched silver at Rio Olympic, her life has changed. Now people have high expectation from me and I have to work hard, she said.advertisementBadminton was getting ample encouragement in the country and there was immense potential for its expansion, said Gopichand. PTI LAL MAS NRB RCJ RDSlast_img read more

England still in the match: Stuart Broad

first_imgEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad lauded his team’s efforts against India on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test saying that they were still in the match.India struck late to reduce England to 87/2 in their 405-run chase by close of the day’s play at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Openers Hasseb Hameed (25) and skipper Alastair Cook (54) were the batsman to be dismissed. Cook’s dismissal ended the day’s action. Joe Root was unbeaten on 5 at stumps. (Also read: Vizag Test: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja strike after stubborn resistance by England openers)India’s Ravichandran Ashwin claimed Hameed’s wicket (1/28) while Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) accounted for Cook.”We played with a lot of skill and a lot of fight this evening. Both openers showed great temperament. We would have taken two down at stumps going in. Fantastic day for us. We have shown a lot of skill apart from a disappointing hour on day two,” Broad said after the match. (DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS)”We are still in this Test match. It will be great to sit and chat with those who batted this afternoon and take that into the next day,” he added.The 30-year-old pacer also spoke about his injury which he suffered on Saturday.He has strained a tendon of his left foot which will probably rule him out for the third match at Mohali.”The foot is sore but I have got to play a Test, haven’t I? As a fast bowler you have got to have niggles. It just makes it worse that it is on the sole, being a fast bowler,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

FA asks for information after England footballer cocaine allegations

first_imgThe Football Association is asking for people to come forward with information over allegations that an unnamed England player was thrown out of a nightclub for taking cocaine.In claims made by the Sun newspaper, the player allegedly snorted the drug during a pre-Christmas team get-together after an away game.The club’s manager is then alleged to have put the player in a taxi and sent him home, with the report claiming he mistakenly believed he was drunk. 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! And in response to the Sun’s story, the FA have appealed for further information from anyone that may have witnessed the alleged incident.In a statement they told Goal: “The FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping programmes in the world. In partnership with UK Anti-Doping, we have a targeted research and intelligence-led programme in place to identify potential doping risks in the game.”Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.”We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA, via, or to UK Anti-Doping by visiting:”The FA have the power to issue suspensions to any player found guilty of breaching its social drugs policy.Punishments range from a zero to three-month suspension for a first offence up to a lifetime ban for multiple offences.The FA conduct drugs tests after matches as well as at training sessions and player’s home addresses as part of its anti-doping programme.Players can be selected for a drug test in either a random or a targeted basis.Latest figures show more than 5,000 players were tested during the 2017-18 season. Six players were found to have been in breach of social drugs policy regulations while there were two breaches of club whereabouts regulations.As well as testing, the FA’s anti-doping programme also combines research and education to ensure players are “sufficiently educated about both the regulations relating to anti-doping, the risks of doping and that it is effective in detecting and deterring drug use within the game.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur may need to alter style to halt slump: Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur may need to find different ways to unlock the defences if they are to reignite their Premier League title bid, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday.Spurs have failed to build on a strong start to the campaign, winning three of their last 13 games to exit the Champions League and slip to fifth in the table, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea after 15 matches.”Until now we have used three different formations, three different set-ups, but yes, we need to find different ways to play,” Pochettino told reporters. (Also read: Europa League: Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur find it easy in last 32)”It may be a possibility that the expectation is higher. We played in different competitions like the Champions League and it was not possible to rotate.”Leading striker Harry Kane recently suggested that opponents have worked out how to play against Tottenham, who lost 1-0 at Manchester United on Sunday, but Pochettino rejected the idea that his team have regressed this season.”Some were injured like Harry Kane or Toby Alderweireld and now Mousa Dembele, so it was impossible to be fresh for the Premier League,” the Argentine said.”But today after 15 games we have 27 points, last season after 15 games, if my memory is good, 26 points. We have one point more than last season.”Spurs host 19th-placed Hull City on Wednesday and will be without injured midfielders Dembele and Erik Lamela and striker Vincent Janssen.last_img read more

Notes ban has worsened economic condition: Ram Gopal

first_imgGhaziabad, Dec 21 (PTI) Criticising the Centres demonetisation move, Rajya Sabha MP and senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav today said the decision has “worsened” the economic condition of the country.”The amateur planning of demonetisation high-value currency notes has led to a total collapse of the economy,” he claimed at a gathering at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in here.Yadav claimed that to hide its failure to check black-money the Centre is formulating and declaring new rules everyday which is not going down well with the masses.”Due to the decision the public is facing currency crunch and all the developmental plans are at a standstill in Uttar Pradesh and the country as well,” he alleged, adding around 70 per cent industries are badly affected and workers are facing unemployment.Taking a dig at the Centre promoting cashless payments, Yadav said, “People will be burdened with a two per cent surcharge being levied by companies every time a online transaction is made. This will only fatten pockets of company owners.”The SP leader announced 25 schemes under the Ghaziabad Development Authority and he laid foundation stones for 14 projects. PTI CORR ANBlast_img read more

Sumit Nagal slams allegations made by All India Tennis Association

first_imgIndia’s rising tennis star Sumit Nagal slammed the allegations made by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) over his “demeanor” during India’s Davis Cup tie against Korea in Chandigarh in July last year. (Latest Tennis stories)”It is unfortunate that allegations questioning my demeanor while representing the country have presented themselves on public platforms in the last 24 hours. The Davis Cup in Chandigarh was my first appearance on the National team and I was proud to be considered for national duty and grateful for the honor it represents,” Sumit Nagal’s statement read.AITA alleged Nagal, who was a reserve member in the squad, skipped morning practice sessions due to a hangover.”We got to know that he finished the mini-bar in his hotel room. He is a very talented guy but when you are only 19 years old and you are getting a chance to be in the Indian team and you miss practise sessions, it’s not acceptable,” an AITA source told PTI.However, Nagal said he had clarified the “allegations were false” and AITA had promised to help him clear his name. Instead, AITA dropped Nagal from the Davis Cup team for the upcoming tie against New Zealand due to serious breach of discipline.”I shared my displeasure with the AITA and have clarified that that these allegations are false. Their response to my concerns were to confirm that they have not made these comments and have committed to taking adequate measures in getting to the bottom of this and assist me in clearing my name wherever it matters,” the statement further read.advertisement”I have a long way to go in my career and I can promise is that I will never disrespect the flag or the country.”SOMDEV BACKS NAGALNagal has now received support from former India player Somdev Devvarman, who has written an open letter to AITA slamming their decision to drop the budding tennis player from Haryana. Sumit has denied the charges and Somdev says the captain Anand Amritraj had already dealt with the issue. Somdev has also questioned logic behind dropping Rohan Bopanna from the squad since he is the top doubles player in the country.Dear AITA,After reading your latest article about information regarding Sumit Nagal I feel urged to publicly write to you and bring a few of my own concerns to your attention.As you were openly bringing bad publicity to our young player Sumit Nagal, one has to wonder, what were you really trying to accomplish there? Were you trying to teach Sumit a lesson? Are you trying to make an example out of him? Are you trying to cover up the bad decision your selection committee made with picking only 5 players for the next Davis cup tie and leaving out our highest ranked player Rohan Bopanna? What is it you’re exactly tying to accomplish is my question to you.And to be very clear, what I’m trying to accomplish here with this article is to expose the AITA for the incompetent tennis running body they are. My sources tell me that Mr. Hiranmoy Chatterjee was the one who made those allegations against Sumit. Now lets take a step back Mr. Chatterjee and everyone else at AITA and look back at what all has transpired over the last 6 months.You have accused Sumit of finishing his mini bar in Chandigarh. You have accused him of missing a practice as he was hungover. However he has categorically denied both of the accusations. You have accused him of bringing in his girlfriend to Delhi without permission. It is my understanding that our captain Anand Amritraj has dealt with every situation regarding Sumit and his mistakes have not been repeated.Is Sumit Nagal perfect? Probably not! He hasn’t done things perfectly by any means. But he is a good kid. He is a hard working kid and with the right guidance he has the potential to be a fantastic player for our country. Just another reminder here that Sumit has DENIED all these allegations made against him.Now if you truly have a problem with a 19 year old, any sensible mature adult would sit him down in a room with some senior players, the captain and if need be the federation representative and explain to him what is acceptable and what is not. Doing so over a newspaper that’s broadcasted throughout the country is hardly a way to teach a young player a lesson. Do you agree with me there? If yes, I once again ask you, what is the real point of your article by the PTI that brings in negative press to Sumit?advertisementAlso, just because you brought up the drinking issue, I am too tempted to mention this story from my own experiences. It was told to me by a very reliable source that during the World Group play off Davis cup match in Bangalore in 2014 sep, in the 4th rubber which I played went to 5 sets, as I was down 2 sets to 1, the AITA officials who sat in the front row, missed the entire fourth set and most of the 5th as they were getting late for their single malt party down at the club as they thought my match was done and I had no chance of coming back.I am also aware that they will clearly deny my claim, but to those reading, do you think I’m making this up? Could you see these non-sportsmen Babus behave this way at a sporting event when India is playing? This information certainly didn’t come as a surprise to me. I expect them to be unpolished. I also got a solid whiff of their single malt scotch as they poured over me with congratulations after the match. Dear readers, what do you think is a plausible scenario here?Next up, and I’m far from done here.I want to be clear once again. You have not chosen Sumit Nagal for the upcoming tie, because Sumit Nagal is NOT available to play. How do I know this? Because I have spent 2 weeks with Sumit in December helping him with his training and his rehab for the current shoulder injury he is recovering from.If you had any interest in your players you should have this information. It’s really not that hard to do. It just requires a little bit of the “caring about your players” factor that nobody from your organization has shown any interest in since I have been around.The poor kid was contemplating a shoulder surgery in the beginning of December and a couple of senior players in the country had decided to come together and help him out to make an informed decision about the best way to move forward. For your information, he is not available to play the upcoming Davis cup tie in Feb because he has literally just started hitting tennis balls again to test how he feels and again for to be clear, there’s still a chance he undergoes surgery if he continues feeling so much pain.So please don’t give us any crap excuses of why he has been dropped and why you have a 5 member team instead of the 6 you are supposed to have. It is simply false information and extremely unethical of you to make such statements. But once again, useless is as useless does.Coming to my next point. I find it absolutely hilarious that an AITA official, reportedly Mr. Hiranmoy Chatterjee has the audacity to question Sumit Nagal’s so called “breathing condition” that he felt during his first match while playing for the country.advertisementLet me ask you Mr. Chatterjee. Why is it so wrong for Sumit to feel nervous? Are you speaking from your own experiences of playing your debut Davis cup tie for India? Do you know what it feels like to step on a court with the weight of a nation on your shoulders as a 19 year old? Please give me and everyone paying attention your experiences and stories from your competitive days and convince me why I should listen to you. Especially your experiences while under pressure and playing for the country.Because I remember my first time playing for the country. It was in Delhi on an unfamiliar grass court, and I remember being so nervous I could barely stand straight. Was I also unworthy material in your eyes? I also remember my 2nd and 3rd time when I was expected to win and didn’t deliver. But luckily I didn’t have you in my ear poisoning my self belief and morale. Incidentally I also remember winning a few Davis cup matches and gold medals for India not long after. Any thoughts Mr. Chatterjee?Dear Aita, don’t you ever ask yourselves, am I doing things right to truly grow the sport in India? Am I doing things right in supporting the current crop of players and giving them the backing and support they deserve? And if you’re doing none of those, why are you going out of your way to hurt young players reputations?I truly hope this is a wake up call to you or anyone else who is capable of making decisions at the highest level for sport in India. Please take notice of what is happening and how it hurts our nation. We cannot grow as a sporting nation as long as we have such people running sport in our country.Thank you for your time.Always supporting whats in the best interest for growth of sport in india.Sincerely,Somdev Devvarmanlast_img read more

Mourinho wants Manchester United players to lift burden off Ibrahimovic

first_imgJose Mourinho wants to see more of his Manchester United players scoring goals to take some of the burden off striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club pushes for a top-four finish.”I have to agree with you that we don’t score enough goals,” the Portuguese manager told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to struggling Premier League champions Leicester City.”Some of our players from these attacking creative positions they could, they should, score more goals.”Ibrahimovic has scored 19 goals for United in all competitions this season, and 14 in the league, with Juan Mata and Paul Pogba a long way behind the 35-year-old Swede with seven each.United are unbeaten in 14 games in the top flight but have drawn their last three, with Wednesday’s home match against relegation-threatened Hull City ending in a 0-0 draw.That disappointing result left Mourinho’s side sixth overall, 14 points behind leaders Chelsea, with more home draws to their credit than wins.In Leicester, United come up against a side who have already shipped 38 goals — two more than all of last season — while struggling to score.Mourinho, who led Chelsea to the league title in 2014-15 and then left when their form slumped the following year, said Leicester’s woes came as no surprise.”What Leicester did is one of the big things in the world of football. Total respect for what they did. Next season will be much better for them,” he said.”It will be a tough game for us but it will also be difficult for them.”advertisementUnited will be without injured centre back Phil Jones, who was substituted in the second half against Hull and has a bruised foot, for the match.last_img read more

‘Beckileaks’ email furor puts brand Beckham on the back foot

first_imgDavid Beckham, the former England soccer captain turned international celebrity, was hit by a media onslaught on Monday after a series of hacked emails raised questions over his charity work after being made public.A staple of British gossip and style columns, Beckham, 41, came under attack from newspapers after emails he allegedly sent were disclosed by the website “Football Leaks”. A spokeswoman for Beckham said the emails had been taken out of context and doctored.Among them was his foul-mouthed reaction when he found out he was not going to be knighted and his reluctance to donate his own money to a charity project.The leaks fly in the face of his “man of the people” public image.Known by the nickname “Golden Balls”, the east-London born midfielder shot to fame with Manchester United thanks to his expert free-kick taking and crossing ability. He won six Premier League titles and one Champions League, when Manchester United won the “treble” in 1999.He is the third most-capped England international, and has global appeal having played for Spain’s Real Madrid and U.S. team L.A. Galaxy. He became as famous off the pitch as he was on it, marrying “Posh Spice” singer Victoria Adams in 1999.Beckham told the BBC in a special radio appearance last month that he stayed with Victoria for love rather than to protect “brand Beckham”.However, the leaked emails portray a star who carefully maintained his image and who was tetchy when he did not get his way. His spokeswoman said the emails were misleading.advertisement”This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture,” she said in a statement.  Reuters was not able to verify the source of the emails independently.Many tabloid newspapers that had helped to propel his fame were unrelenting in their criticism of him on Monday.The Daily Mail dedicated four pages to the “shame of Saint Becks,” and the affair has been dubbed “Beckileaks” in the British media, although the Daily Mirror said that Beckham had been a victim of a “blackmail plot to shame footie hero”.Much of the outrage has centered around Beckham’s work with the UNICEF children’s charity. The leaked emails suggested that Beckham had billed it for a flight which he didn’t need to take, and was reluctant to contribute his own money to the charity.UNICEF said it could not comment on the emails, but defended Beckham’s contribution.”As well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

Let the Obamas teach you power dressing for a power meal

first_imgIt is the post-retirement phase for the Obamas and they are clearly enjoying every bit of it.It’s not like they are in hibernation though. From Michelle’s surprise visit to a school to Obama’s outing at the Big Apple, the couple seems to have been making a lot of public appearances of late.And this time, the ex POTUS-FLOTUS duo were spotted having lunch with singer and activist, Bono, in New York City.Also Read:Lead by example with hope, never fear: Michelle Obama delivers her last speech as the First LadyThe trio was dining at Manhattan’s Upland where the couple reportedly received a standing ovation from fellow diners upon their exit.It is fascinating to see how the Obamas still define ‘classy’ in every way, with their much-needed charm not having faded at all.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ kingramsesfresh1For the power meal, Michelle paired a formal white and black, silk button down with slim, high-waist black trousers. She completed her look with a mid-length grey trench coat along with an Alexander Wang bag.Obama, on the other hand, had a more relaxed yet polished aura about him. He sported a black suit, with his white oxford shirt slightly unbuttoned on top.Picture courtesy: Twitter/jupiter896 Looks like the couple is making sure we fall for them over and over again, eh?last_img read more


first_imgSeasoned Karthik will have an answer in Bengals young Seasoned Karthik will have an answer in Bengals young opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is second in the list with 471 runs to his credit. The national selection committee thinks highly of Easwaran and no wonder he is a part of India U-23 Emerging squad. Not to forget skipper Vijay Shankar, who is being groomed as an all-rounder with bigger responsibilities in mind. But he will face resistance from Tiwary, a man with a penchant for firing on big occasions in domestic circuit. “Tamil Nadu has been a good limited overs side. I remember that we dropped Mukunds catch during 2009 finals while Vijays chance was dropped during 2010 finals. They are a fantastic 50-overs side. Also the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket is pretty similar to the ones in Chennai. So they are familiar with conditions. We have happy memories of this ground as we won the trophy in 2012 when Dada (Sourav Ganguly) was around,” Tiwary said. Asked about the team combination, the skipper said: “I will take a call tomorrow after looking at the conditions.” However, it is expected that Bengal will stick to the winning combination. Both teams have had contrasting passage to the final. While Tamil Nadu have chased modest 200 plus totals comfortably against Gujarat in the quarter-final and Baroda in the semi-final, Bengal won two high-scoring matches in the knock-out stages. Against Maharashtra, Bengal successfully chased 318 — their highest in Hazare Trophy history and then plundered 329 against Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Jharkhand. Both teams have had some utility cricketers performing at the right time. Wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami with scores of 74 and 101 in the quarter-final and semi-final will be bubbling with confidence. Sudeep Chatterjee anchored the run-chase in quarters and is one of the coolest heads in the Bengal set-up. Similarly, the Baba brothers — Aparajith and Indrajith will love to come out all guns blazing against Bengal. There is off-spinner MS Washington Sundar about whom Karthik spoke very highly and young opener Kaushik Gandhi. From Bengal, there will be young and old combo of Agniv Pan and Anushtup Majumdar fighting it out with them. In bowling department, Bengal have two wily campaigners in former India players Pragyan Ojha and Ashok Dinda compared to Anthony Aswin Crist and Rahil Shah. PTI KHS SSC KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Grantseeking During A Recession

first_imgDownload the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below!Join our special guest Cindy Adams, CEO of GrantStation, as she offers the keys to successful grantseeking in tough economic times. What you can expect:Tips for developing successful grantseeking strategiesA live demonstration of GrantStation.comA live Q&A sessionParticipants will also learn how they can receive a free, one-year GrantStation membership (a $599 value).About our speakerCynthia Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Cindy specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the playing field. Her life’s work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the United States. GrantStation was conceived from this basic philosophy.last_img read more

The Top 4 Tips for Nonprofit Video Projects

first_imgAs a filmmaker with more than 30 years of professional experience, I have witnessed the ability of film to get to the heart of a message, faster, and more powerfully than any other medium. That is why I am passionate about helping nonprofits use film to their best advantage.Here are my top four tips for getting the most out of your film projects to help reach your fundraising and branding goals. 1. StrategizeThe best starting point is a well-articulated purpose and strategy. Remember, if you can’t say it, you can’t do it.For the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, Havey Productions produced a series of vignettes profiling scholarship recipients. The strategy was “to provide an engaging, revelatory, and inspirational look at Daniels Scholar graduates so as to inform and inspire high school students, employers, and communities on the opportunities offered by the scholarship program and the qualities exemplified by Daniels Scholars.”A strategy is important because it’ll guide you as you decide who you want to collaborate with creatively, which content to include in your nonprofit film, the spokespeople to use on-camera, the budget for your project, and many other critical decisions.As with any other marketing exercise, developing the right strategy for your video project will come down to three main questions:What is your message?Who is your desired audience?How can you most effectively reach them?It is during the strategy stage that you answer these questions. Need more help getting started? Check out these five tips for nonprofit video.2. The difference between film and video is artWith the advent of digital video, the line between “film” and “video” has been blurred—but the distinction is important:Making a film used to refer to a production using motion picture film, as opposed to those shot on video tape.The look, lighting, and production techniques were considerably different, with film being the choice for artistic production values over the “live event/nightly news” look of video.Knowing the difference between the two is key to selecting a production partner that is right for your nonprofit video project. I recommend that you pay close attention to the production values of their prior work.“Production values” refer to the technique, method, and artistic approach applied to the creation of a video or film. To harness the full emotive potential of film, find a professional whose work demonstrates artistic production values and emotional impact. It’s not about gimmicks like quick cuts, fast zooms, or contrived transitions. Rather than simple reportage video shot with little direction or set preparation, the cinematic techniques of film production pay great attention to the craft of visual storytelling, lighting, mood, movement, focus, and the essential artistic motivation of controlling the human eye. At best, technicians and artists from both styles can create beautiful images.3. Making the emotional connectionA good filmmaker is a skilled storyteller who can help you unearth an emotional hook that captures the heart of your mission or campaign. An effective film elicits a visceral response and moves people to action by stirring their emotions. The personal decision to support an organization or cause is not about information—it’s about inspiration.Film is also an excellent vehicle to reinforce your nonprofit brand. Involving your production partner in the early stages of the development will ensure a film project that is more on-brand. At Havey Productions, one of our areas of expertise is Legacy Films—films that help distinguish a nonprofit’s vision, mission and identity for both internal (staff, board members, and volunteers) and external (donors and the general public) audiences.Remember and use these basic elements of a good story line:Why should I care?What can be done? (case statement)What difference will it make?As you strategize and collaborate to make the crucial emotional connection with your audience, remember that filmmaking is an art that when done well can inspire powerful action. (You can also try following these 11 rules for video fundraising.)4. Collaborate with your filmmakerWe hear it every year at the Oscars—”Film is a collaborative medium.”The production process has many moving parts that are all important. Begin collaborating with your producer or video technician early and include them in your team’s creative discussions.When you begin filming, it’s helpful to have an internal point-person that can liaise with your filmmaker and represent the interests of the various stakeholders in your nonprofit project. Establish a timeline for the major deliverables in the production process including these basic checkpoints:Treatment: This is the document that describes the general flow and theme of the film.Script: Your film or video on paper (or pixels), including edited interviews, narrative, visual cues, and other notes. This is the time to make sure your key messages and calls to action are present.Filming: Make sure you are doing everything possible to get the right shots. All locations, on-screen “talent,” clothing, backgrounds, and lighting should be carefully coordinated to communicate the desired mood and message.Music: So much of the emotional heart of a film is conveyed in the music and soundtrack. Make sure it works.Approval cut: A rough cut of the film provided for notes and feedback.Final cut: Hopefully, greater than the sum of its parts.The message your film sends to the public in words, music, images, and production values is perceived as a direct reflection of who you are, so take good care to make it a great reflection.Jim Havey, Producer, Director, and Founder of Havey Productions, is an Emmy Award–winning filmmaker specializing in all aspects of film for the non-profit sector. Based in Denver, he has worked with an illustrious list of non-profits in the Western United states including: The Daniels Fund, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, HopeWest Hospice, University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, Historic Denver, Inc. and many others. For inspiration on your next film project, visit or The author readies for a video shoot.Credit: Havey Productions last_img read more

Giving Across Generations: 5 Questions to Consider

first_imgDo we offer different ways for donors to be involved with our work? Volunteering tops the list of ways Millennials like to be engaged with a nonprofit.  Crowdfunding, or personal peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, also seem to be popular among most of the age groups.Answering these questions is a great way to help you consider the role generational differences plays in donor communications and how you can offer the kind of engagement or giving opportunities that will increase different donors’ levels of support. Once you’ve done this survey, you’ll hopefully have a good sense of your donors’ preferences and their birthdays so you can send them a card each year. Don’t forget to save this information in your donor management system and put it to use.Am I focused on cultivating Boomer donors? Since this group represents the largest donor pool with the biggest potential for giving in the foreseeable future, it’s wise to pay particular attention to them now. Is my fundraising multi-channel? We know each generation responds to and communicates with charities differently. Have you designed your donor communications plan to include a combination of print, electronic, and social media? Do we include planned giving or bequest intentions as an integral part of our giving options? This is especially important with the Boomers since many of them (especially on the younger end of that age spectrum) may be thinking about estate plans. From Network for Good: Segmenting donors by age is made easier when you can store and track accurate donor data. Save time and raise more money with Network for Good’s new donor management system. Schedule a demo now.There’s no question that fundraising today is no longer “one size fits all.” In fact, it is quite the opposite.  Nonprofits now can easily access data and resources to ensure their efforts reach and resonate with different audiences.In this post, I want to share what we take away from Blackbaud’s Next Generation of American Giving report. Here are just some of the highlights:Matures (Born 1945 and earlier):This group represents about 25% of total giving in the U.S.Matures tend to support a few charities and remain loyal to them through their lifetimes.Matures generally respond best to direct mail and in-person fundraising.Boomers (Born 1946-1964)Boomers make up 34% of donors and give 43% of all money contributed by individuals. This group represents the largest donor group for the foreseeable future.Boomers enjoy serving in volunteer leadership roles.Direct mail and online giving are Boomers’ preferred ways of supporting organizations. They also tend to like multi-year payment structures.Generation X (Born 1965-1980)This generation likes to give if it’s made easy for them. So, offering multi-channel fundraising opportunities is key.Many donors in this generation also support organizations through workplace giving.Generation X members want to see facts about the return on their gifts and an organization’s results.Millennials (Born 1981-1995)Millennials act impulsively both in determining to whom and how much to give and in ways to volunteer. According to the 2012 Millennial Impact Report, 42% chose to donate to “whatever inspired them at the moment.”Their giving is generally focused on a cause or issue rather than a specific charity.Technology is Millennials’ preferred communication method. They give via mobile devices or online giving sites and promote their support of and involvement with charities through social media.If you are a small to mid-sized development office, the last thing you have the bandwidth to do is create specially tailored fundraising approaches for generation of donors.  But every development shop, no matter the size, can use this report’s findings to determine how they would address these five questions in their annual development plans:Do we know how our donors break down by generation? If you don’t, a good way to start is sending a donor survey that asks for their birthdays (including the year). While you’re at it, include some questions about their communications communication.How would you like to hear from us?What would you like our updates to include?How often do you want to hear from us?last_img read more

NFF orders NNL to conduct Super Eight playoffs

first_imgThe Nigeria National League Super eight playoff will still go ahead after the Nigeria Football Federation ruled that the lower league body must conduct the conclusion of the season rituals to know the four promoted teams from the second-tier league.The Annual General Assembly of the NNL had resolved that the eight teams that secured berths to the playoffs after finishing first and second respectively in their various groups but the decision was contested by the League Management Company which hinted that it only has provision for four promoted teams from the lower league.The NNL executives and the LMC met with the First Vice President of the NFF over a week ago and both argued and made their submissions known to the Football House while awaiting the response of the NFF which will be sacrosanct to the two league bodies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A top official of the NNL, Bukola Olopade who broke the outcome of the feedback from the NFF disclosed that he was informed by the Chief Operating Officer of the lower league body, Lawrence Katken that the NFF made it known to him that he has been told that they must proceed with the playoffs to determine the four teams that will secure the promotion berths to the NPFL.Olopade who had threatened to leave his post as the Chief Executive Officer of the NNL if the NFF failed to approve the decision of the Annual General Assembly of the lower league body also tendered his resignation to show that he was serious with his threat.“Nigeria is a country blessed with so many capable hands, despite that, you picked me with the belief that I had the capacity to do a decent job and for that I am grateful. These past few days have thrown up a different kind of challenge to our football, in particular, the promotion of eight teams from the NNL to the NPFL,” Olopade told media.“And in all of these, my stand has been based on the principle of common sense. I am sure you have read from a few social media for my strong opinion on this matter, but importantly, is the fact that I had told you of my intention to leave if the decision of the NNL Congress is not respected and all stakeholders sit down to seek solution to a situation that all caused especially the LMC.“I woke up this morning of 8th December 2018 by a call from the NNL’s Chief Operating Officer (Lawrence Katken) confirming to me that the NFF has gone ahead to direct that there must be a playoff to promote only four teams. Mr President, I respect the decision of the highest body in football but I now humbly inform you first through this medium and subsequently through an official letter of my resignation from the position of the CEO of the NNL.“Mt President, I once more thank you for the opportunity and also want to emphasize here that I have been very proud of your good work with football not only in Nigeria but in Africa and beyond, that feeling of pride for your excellent statesmanship in football remains with me as I wish you more fruitful years in your stewardship of football in Nigeria and the world at large.”last_img read more

The winners & losers of Mourinho’s Man Utd exit

first_imgIt has been done. Jose Mourinho has been relieved from his duties at Manchester United, the Portuguese manager descending into something almost like a parody of himself as his horror-show of a season continued to unfold mercilessly beneath him.The Premier League loss to Merseyside rivals Liverpool was the final straw for the club’s board, with the Portuguese let go on Tuesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to replace him following United’s premature announcement on the club’s website.Stranded in sixth place with no chance of challenging Man City or Liverpool for the title and just a distant shot of finishing in the top four, Mourinho was finally dismissed from his post. Goal takes a look at those who will be benefiting from him getting sacked and those who will lose out. 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! Winner: Paul PogbaPaul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19At long last, he has been freed. Paul Pogba has been released from his shackles and he is now free to roam the wild. The fireworks happening in Manchester when the news broke weren’t just early Christmas festivities, but Pogba celebrating his freedom.Since re-signing for Manchester United for a Premier League-record fee of £89 million in 2016, the France international has rarely been at his best for the Red Devils. His difference in form in playing for France and then for club has been aptly noted, and he is a shadow of the player who played such an important role for Les Bleus in recent years.Pogba’s relationship with his manager has deteriorated spectacularly since the start of this season, from training ground bust-ups to sharply tongued barbs in the press – with the Portuguese boss even reported to have called the 25-year-old a “virus” to his team-mates. Ostracised from the squad and stripped of the captaincy, Mourinho has a habit for demoralising players and rendering the environment around him into something toxic and unpleasant. But Pogba can now breathe a sigh of relief.It isn’t news that Pogba’s restlessness on and off the pitch could be due to repeated clashes with his manager and being snubbed for youngster Scott McTominay, as well as being named on the bench for Man United’s last two Premier League fixtures. With Mourinho gone, however, Pogba (as well as the likes of previously ostracised Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw) can finally be rid of his demons. Whoever replaces the Portuguese manager is sure to view Pogba as an asset and not as a burden, with even Solskjaer stating in August that he, given the chance, would build his team around Pogba. From the ashes of Mourinho can now rise a new Pogba.Loser: Mourinho’s reputationJose Mourinho, Real MadridThe Special One is now the Sacked One. Mourinho has prided himself in being one of the best managers in the world, but his reputation will inevitably take a massive hit now that he has been sacked so ungraciously by Man United – with elite clubs potentially not wanting to align themselves with a coach who has fallen so hard from grace.Following his treble win with Inter in 2010, he was rightfully lauded as the greatest manager of the time. And, as any great manager does, he moved to Real Madrid – though his time at the Bernabeu was just the slow start of the end for Mourinho. Clashes with respected club players such as Iker Casillas led to a fallout with the dressing room and the fans, though he was able to patch things up when he returned to his former home of Stamford Bridge – where he was still revered and loved amongst Chelsea supporters.He was cruising again in his second spell in west London, having won the Premier League and League Cup, but the cracks started to show in his “infamous” third season and he was dismissed from his post before the turn of the New Year during the 2015-16 season after losing nine of his 16 first Premier League matches.Ego severely bruised and still feeling as if he had something to prove to former La Liga rival Pep Guardiola, Mourinho returned to coaching not long after as manager of Manchester United, who had difficulty finding a manager of the same ilk of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. They are big boots to fill, however, and though Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, it isn’t the silverware that Ferguson chased. Mourinho is the most successful manager in the post-Ferguson era, but that isn’t staying much.And so, Mourinho has to cling on to his successes from the past, ones not from his time at Man United. “Respect,” Mourinho bellowed in his post-match conference following the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season, demanding that the press and reporters show him gratitude following his three Premier League titles. But those titles did not come with Man United, they came with Chelsea many moons ago, and what club will want to hire a once-top manager who has failed to grow and evolve?Winners: United fansThe fact that Man United had just six shots compared to Liverpool’s 36 during their 3-1 loss to Anfield in mid-December says it all. Man United fans are keen for a manager who plays fluid, high-tempo attacking football – something that they only saw from the home team at Merseyside.Ten changes for Mourinho’s side meant fielding five centre-backs and little to no strategy on how to actually score a goal. For too long it has been Mourinho’s plan of action to sit back and defend deep, and it makes for ugly football. Naturally, Man United fans are tired.A report in The Times revealed that fans were unhappy with the style of Mourinho’s play, and that their dissatisfaction was a key factor in the Portuguese manager’s dismissal. It’s not just Mourinho’s on-pitch tactics that have affected the club and its fans so harshly. His negative attitude – seen from his ever-deepening frown from the sidelines that’s visible from Mars or the way his post-match conferences seem to emulate the behaviourisms of grumpy cat – clearly spreads and affects his players, fans and results. Mourinho rarely gives positive feedback following a match, whatever the result, and rarely gives fans reason to feel motivated or optimistic that they can even do better. Instead, he demoralises them even further, setting the bar so low for himself so that he decreases the minimum of what is expected of him. Losers: McTominay & FellainiFor all of Mourinho’s reluctance in his youth players, one youngster that he did have an odd amount of faith in was Scott McTominay. The 22-year-old has been named in the starting XI for six Premier League games this season, as well as being named in the Champions League squad on two occasions.There is the issue of him turning to the Scotland midfielder merely to spite Pogba, but his faith was there – and McTominay will surely drop back down in the pecking order depending on the next manager. McTominay’s rise under Mourinho has even been said to have perplexed other Scotland internationals.Marouane Fellaini is another player in whom Mourinho has shown plenty of faith. The Belgium international is a player that might not get the chances at other top clubs, but the Portuguese boss was a huge fan of the tall and lanky midfielder. He, like McTominay, will likely not be getting as much of a chance in the first-team following Mourinho’s dismissal.Winner: Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19The Chile international has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford following a high-profile move from Arsenal, where he had a reputation for being one of the Premier League’s deadliest forwards. It remains to be seen whether or not Mourinho purchased Sanchez merely to spite his foe Guardiola, who had been keen on signing him for Manchester City, but the Chile forward has been a poor imitation of the player that he was at the Emirates. Before picking up a muscle injury that is set to keep him out until the New Year, the 30-year-old scored just one Premier League goal for Man United this season and has shown little to no sign of rediscovering the devastating form he showed in north London. Despite currently being the highest-paid Premier League player – on a salary of £390,000 per week – Sanchez has been a disappointment, with only four goals scored since January 2018. Sanchez had been demoted to the sidelines following the resurgence of Martial up front for the Red Devils and has been out of favour with the side, and talk of him being offloaded in the January transfer window has floated around. Should he decide to stay at Old Trafford, however, he will be given a fresh chance under a new manager following full recovery from his injury after his nightmare start in Manchester under Mourinho.Loser: Lowry HotelRival supporters won’t be the only ones mourning the loss of Mourinho at Man United. The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, which had become Mourinho’s semi-permanent residence following his reluctance to live in a mansion by himself as his family continues to reside in London, is set to lose out on a substantial portion of its finances following news of the Portuguese boss’s departure.The luxury apartment residence boasts rooms worth up to £600 per night, and Mourinho had been living there since 2016. So, that’s roughly 895 nights that he would have booked out at the Lowry Hotel, which totals up to the monstrous bill of £537,000 – not including additional costs.Refusing to take up permanent accommodation at a new job doesn’t exactly indicate confidence in your prospects, however, with questions being raised about whether or not Mourinho saw his Man United job as a long-term or short-term prospect in the first place. But you shouldn’t feel too bad for him, considering the insane £24m severance package he will be given by the Red Devils – which makes David Moyes and Louis van Gaal’s £5m payouts look like peanuts.Winners: Man Utd contract holdoutsDavid De Gea Spain Manchester UnitedMourinho’s departure means that more Man United players will be likely to sign long-term deals instead of one-year extensions.The Red Devils were forced to take up the one-year options in David de Gea and Martial’s contracts as they were unwilling to commit their futures to Old Trafford for a more substantial amount of time.Mourinho has a habit of publicly shaming or going to war with players he has personal issues with, such as the likes of Antonio Valencia and Martial, and there are just a handful of players he has not explicitly demoralised: Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku to name a few. Mourinho continued to get into public fisticuffs with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard through the press, and it’s not a wonder why more Man United players didn’t want to commit to long-term deals with the club as long as Mourinho was in charge.Chris Smalling did pen a new deal in mid-December that will keep him at the club through to 2020, as one of the few players that Mourinho has backed.Losers: Rest of PL big sixThe final nail in the coffin for Mourinho’s time at Man United was the loss to Liverpool in the Premier League, which left them 19 points behind their table-topping rivals and 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.Only Man City and Liverpool seem to be worthy title challengers as they sit neck and neck atop the table with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all involved in a three-way race for the final two Champions League spots. Man United have been marooned helplessly in sixth position, not looking like much of a challenger for anything this season. Mourinho had admitted after the loss at Anfield that a top-four finish would be a “miracle”, let alone challenging for the league title – which is a lost hope.That could all immediately change, however, following the appointment of a new manager. The “big five” in the Premier League all seemed to be pretty content with Man United’s troubles this season, giving them a bit of breathing room as they compete for a Champions League spot and the league title.It’s always interesting to see what a new manager can do at a club. Even the simple act of dismissing of the negative energy that surrounded Mourinho will be something welcomed by the players at the club, who will be refreshed, revitalised and re-energised under a new boss – and all the more eager to deliver better results. There is no guarantee that whoever succeeds Mourinho will do better than him at his job, but the sole act of getting someone new may be enough to restore balance and faith in the squad – and the rest of the Premier League “big five” have to be on their toes.last_img read more

What to do if the check never arrives

first_imgNeed help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.Image credit: FlickrAnyone who offers a product or a service without being paid the full amount upfront is providing credit. Managed properly, credit is a good thing. But it also has a well-known downside: non-payment. The techniques used to deal with non-payment are generally known as “credit management.”If you follow the tips below, you’ll be an awesome credit manager and you’ll be able to avoid most non-payment situations. When non-payment happens (and it happens to the best of us) your credit management techniques discussed here will help get you paid. Consistency is key: no matter how much you want to think your clients are a going to pay you need to consistently apply the techniques below to prevent non-payment.The first step in protecting yourself against nonpayment is to ensure that you have a rock-solid contract. Find a contract template here as well as a comprehensive list of must-have contract terms and why you need to include them in your agreements.What if the Check Never Arrives?Even if your contract contains the provisions above, non-payment happens. If you’ve been able to get the clauses above into your contract, you’re in good shape to go to sue for your fees and win. Indepayment makes that process as seamless as possible.**That being said, you really don’t want to go to Court. You want your client to pay. **Here is what do when the check does not come before you come to Indepayment or a similar service. If you really dread making these calls, you can pay a service to do this for you. Have a look around, but here is one that Indepayment works with on occasion.If you do it yourself, we recommend these steps (this is borrowed from a piece I wrote for Domino and the original can be found here):**1. If the invoice isn’t paid upon the due date (whether that’s Net 30 or upon receipt), make a call to the client the next day, reminding them to pay the invoice. **Leave a message or talk to someone. During the call, set a date for payment. Figure out who is responsible for getting the invoice paid. This may take some leg work but it’s worth it.Do not make your payment contingent on someone else paying or some other outside factor. If the client won’t commit or gives you excuses, be polite but firm.**2. Immediately after the call, write a short email confirming the date that was set for payment (“you will remit payment by _______”), or recapping the dispute (“you claim that you can’t make payment because X”). **If they levy a charge at you, deny it. Do not concede any mistakes in writing. Your email should be SHORT. It should conclude by saying “if you disagree with anything in this email, please tell me.”If you’re dealing with a client who is disputing the work and you have the above termination clause in your contract, you should cite to the contract and tell them that they failed to abide by the termination clause. Be careful about how you deal with the dispute. Try to get paid but conclude every correspondence with a line to the effect of:“this correspondence is an attempt to settle the dispute and is written without prejudice to my rights to sue under the terms of the agreement between us or common law remedies which are explicitly reserved.”Without something like that, any concessions you make in the correspondence may make it harder to collect. You’re likely going to need to go to a third party like Indepayment to deal with this one because they’ve already told you their not paying.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a member3. If you agreed to wait for your payment, about 5 days before the payment is due call again to remind the client that payment is due and confirm that the payment is being processed.Don’t worry about being a nuisance.**4. If payment isn’t received by the date set or the client makes it clear they won’t pay, then send a formal demand letter by U.S. mail, preferably certified. **There are collection letter templates online — here’s an example.**5. If no payment is forthcoming after the demand letter is sent, then you need to bring out the big guns. **Companies like Indepayment are one option — we have professionals who try to collect, as well as debt collectors and lawyers we work with if the client is being exceptionally difficult. Indepayment does no cost lawsuits, so you won’t have to pay any costs of the lawsuit.6. If you don’t want to use a service like Indepayment, another option is to find a lawyer or engage a debt collector directly.The lawyers who do this type of work are called “commercial collection” lawyers. Jump on Google and search for one in your area. You can also bring a claim in the small claims court yourself. Indepayment has a guide to doing that here.Jesse Strauss is a lawyer and the founder of, the leading debt collection service for freelancers and independent workers.last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Aleksandar Kolarov puts Serbia on the verge of qualification

first_imgAleksandar Kolarov’s second half strike put Serbia on the verge of World Cup qualification and delivered a hammer blow to Group D rivals Ireland’s chances in a 1-0 victory at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.The win puts Serbia four points clear at the top of the group with two games to play- away at Austria and home to Georgia- and relegated Ireland to third place, a point behind a resurgent Wales who they travel to in their final game. (Argentina held by Venezuela at home)Serbia, who like both Ireland and Wales went into the game with an unbeaten record, had the better early chances and deservedly took the lead on 55 minutes when Kolarov hammered a shot in off the bar to silence the home crowd.They had to play the final quarter with 10 men after Nikola Maksimovic was sent off for a professional foul, and survived a justifiable penalty claim and a near miss from Daryl Murphy to leave Ireland’s hopes of a playoff place hanging by a thread.last_img read more