Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 win Kane, Ron do the ‘trick In a dramatic turn of events, a rape case filed against Juventus star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped, a media report said. In September 2018, Katheryn Mayorga had filed a lawsuit alleging Ronaldo for sexual harassment and rape in a penthouse in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The incident went back to June 2009 when he had recently moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Ronaldo was in the US for a pre-season tour.Related News According to the complaint, Ronaldo, then 24, was on vacation in Las Vegas and met her in the Rain nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort before inviting her to a party in his suite. It was there that Ronaldo forced himself on Mayorga while she begged him to stop, the complaint alleged. It added that “when Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman”, Efe news had reported. After 10 years of silence, Mayorga had opened up publicly regarding the matter, stating Ronaldo’s ‘fixers’ offered her $375,000 as pay-off – but allegations were made as early as 2017 by German outlet Der Spiegel. However, now according to a report in Bloomberg, a notice of voluntary dismissal was filed last month in Nevada state court in Las Vegas. The report also states that the filing didn’t say whether the accuser had reached a settlement with Ronaldo. Following the lawsuit last year, Las Vegas police had reopened the investigation into the rape allegations. The Portuguese star had publicly denied the allegations and never filed a response to the lawsuit. Earlier this year, Cristiano Ronaldo’s club Juventus, denied the offer to play the club’s pre-season friendlies in the USA amid Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape case investigation. Most of the matches were to take place in the United States, but organisers wanted Juventus’ to play elsewhere amid Ronaldo’s legal case, eliminating the risk of the Portuguese star being detained by authorities in the US as part of their investigations, a newspaper reported. With inputs from IANS Catch up on all the latest IPL News and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
The interviewee reports an overall positive experience during the process and that the interview was ‘very easy’. Note that 62% of Northwestern Mutual job candidates report a positive experience as well and only 6% report a negative experience.“The interview was open and real…feel like they know exactly what they are looking for and when they find it they essentially are there to confirm their feelings and see how you react as they begin to sell the company, structure and culture.”“It’s an easy interview if you are as open as they are and are a good fit for what they are looking for…some companies seem to still put you through some hoops even when they know they want you.In addition to the one-on-one interview the job seeker garnered by attending a job fair, they were also asked to take a personality test. At the end of the day this one interviewee did not garner a job offer, but it is important to keep in mind that the candidate was able to network with other industry contacts, and it gave them the opportunity to work on improving his or her interview skills.If you are up for an interview with Northwestern Mutual or another life insurance company, here are just a few questions from the Glassdoor community that you should be prepared to answer:What kind of sales experience have you had? – Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor PositionWhy are you leaving your current position? – AIG Attorney PositionThe interviewer asked what kind of skills I have that would contribute to the job and company. – New York Life Sales Agent PositionWhen you disagreed with your manager’s decision, for ethical, personal, or business reasons, what did you do? – Prudential Financial Services Associate PositionTo read up on more Life Insurance interview reviews and questions for specific positions at specific companies click here. Are job fairs really effective? According to some, yes. In fact, one candidate on Glassdoor highlights how their time was well spent by attending a local job fair in Connecticut. As a featured review of the month, here is how one job seeker went from job fair to interview with Northwestern Mutual in just a few days…First, it’s important to note that Northwestern Mutual’s hunt for ‘brand talent’ is a good sign considering that the U.S. insurance industry lost 3,400 jobs in October, which is the 12th consecutive month of losses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). On the plus side, BLS also revealed that in terms of average weekly earnings for non-supervisory positions, life insurance employees saw the largest rise in earnings—5.7% to $989.23 (See here for more: Life Insurance Salaries).For the lucky job fair candidate, his/her Northwestern Mutual’s interview process experience was very positive, from first point of contact through to the interview:Recruiter followed up with job seeker two days after job fair to coordinate an interview
With the world watching as Meg Whitman, eBay’s former CEO, takes over as Hewlett-Packard’s newest CEO, Glassdoor dug into employee reviews to uncover what eBay employees had to say about working under Whitman. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her ten years with the company she oversaw expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.Here’s what eBay employees, during Whitman’s tenure as CEO, had to say:“eBay was much better under Meg…not perfect just better.” – eBay Software Engineer (San Jose, CA)“I never thought I would say this, but I miss Meg! Come back Meg!!!!!” – eBay Software Engineer (San Jose, CA)“The working environment reflects Meg Whitman’s own political style … which is to say ruthless and passive-aggressive. Meg and her leadership team managed to transform Pierre’s utopian vision and great business idea into a sharp-edged organization feeding the Street quarter to quarter.” – eBay Vice President (San Jose, CA)“Meg Whitman did a great job in bringing us from a 30 people corporation to a huge corporation.” – eBay Merchandising Manager (Los Angeles, CA)“I was very PROUD to work for eBay. When Meg Whitman “walked” into her position and the new hires began their take over, everything the early employees (remotes) worked so hard for was quickly dissolved and pushed down the drain. I began to see that eBay was on its way of being a monster,”- eBay Customer Support employee (San Jose, CA)“When eBay missed Wall Street goals for the first time, regular employees did not get a bonus, but the CEO (Meg Whitman at the time) received a one million dollar bonus.” – eBay Customer Service Representative (Draper, UT)“Ex-CEO Meg Whitman is hugely popular although she is responsible for little other than series of well-planned photo-ops. She rode the wave of success, but dropped the ball when the going got tough and left a mess behind for others to clean up.” – eBay Product Marketing Manager (San Jose, CA)“Even when Meg was CEO, management was too far removed from the day to day problems CSRs encountered, and seemed to focus on making the job harder every year.” – eBay Customer Service Representative (Vancouver, BC)Interested in more?HP: Will Whitman Fare Better Than Apotheker or Hurd? Apotheker Held 25% Approval In Sept.Hewlett-Packard Company ReviewseBay Company Reviews
The one thing every individual is in pursuit of is a key to happiness. A famous quote from the movie ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ says happiness can only be pursued, not attained, but the climax shows how the definition of being happy and content with one’s life varies from one person to another. The Humans of Bombay Facebook page shared an inspiring story of a Mumbai man and he had an advice, a mantra for people who are trying to figure out how to be happy with their lives. Also read: How an elderly cab driver’s timely action saved a young girl’s life from drunk men The man who sports an Amitabh Bachchan inspired hairdo and beard, wearing a khaki jacket and aviators, quit his job with Hindustan Unilever 40 years ago to follow his passion – photography and sketching. To support his daily expenses, he bought an auto-rickshaw and became an auto driver, travelling length and breadth of the city, doing what he loves the most – meeting new people, hearing new stories, learning photography and clicking new photos. Photo courtesy: Facebook (humansofbomay)”I’ve combined my passions in so many ways – I click photos of my passengers, I write and paint. I’ve travelled all over the world for my photography- London, Africa, Dubai and when they ask me what I do – I proudly say I drive an auto rickshaw in Bombay,” he said. And what does he say about happiness? “Happiness is something that no amount of money can ever buy and once you know that, you’re the richest person in the world- and that’s how I feel. I feel on top of the world, every single day.” advertisementThat, friends, is a great advice.Also read: This story about the friendship of two old ladies will have you feeling warm and fuzzy Also read: 77-year-old delightful lady will reassure your faith in single life The Facebook post made by Humans of Bombay less than 20 hours ago have already gone viral with over 1,500 shares and more than 13,000 likes. Facebook users are inspired by the man’s spirit and have been thanking him for sharing his story and praising him for his courage to follow his passions. Here is the full Facebook post:
Rain played spoilsport on the third day of the Ranji Trophy cricket match between Delhi and Vidarbha at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground in Chennai on Thursday.Delhi scored 250/8 on the second day, taking their lead to 67 runs with Manan Sharma (82) and Vikas Tokas (28) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.Karnataka scored 168/5 vs SaurashtraIn Patiala, Karnataka scored 168/5, taking their lead to 9 runs against Saurashtra at the end of the third day at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium. (Ranji Trophy, Day 2: Delhi take 67-run lead against Vidarbha)Kaunain Abbas (62) and Shreyas Gopal (15) were at the crease when umpires disloged the bails for the day.For Saurashtra, Kamlesh Makvana scalped three wickets while Jay Chauhan took two wickets.Assam scored 269/5 against JharkhandIn Vizianagaram, Assam scored 269/5, taking their lead to 79 runs against Jharkhand on the third day of the Group B match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex. (Ranji Trophy, Day 1 Wrap: Delhi bowl Vidarbha out for 183 runs)Sibsankar Roy (80) was at the crease at the end of the day’s play.For Jharkhand, Ajay Yadav scalped two wickets while spinner Shabaz Nadeem took one.Bengal scored 433/8 against MumbaiIn Nagpur, Bengal scored 433/8, swelling their lead to 303 runs against Mumbai on the third day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.Pragyan Ojha (30) and Amit Kuila (18) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.Resuming the day at 198/3, Sudip Chatterjee (130) and Manoj Tiwary (169) forged a 271-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Chatterjee was sent back to the pavilion by spinner Abhishek Nayar in the 125th over.advertisementA few overs later, Tiwary was also got run out with 356 runs on the board. His 466-ball knock was laced with 22 boundaries and one six.For Mumbai, Dhawal Kulkarni scalped four wickets for 108 runs while Nayar took two wickets for 70 runs.
Gianluigi Buffon is still as passionate as ever about keeping clean sheets and voiced his displeasure at conceding after PSG’s 4-1 victory over Stade de Reims on Wednesday night.Xavier Chalaverin opened the scoring for Reims with just two minutes played, before Edinson Cavani hit a first-half double either side of a Neymar penalty to give the hosts a comfortable lead at half-time. Substitute Thomas Meunier then wrapped up the points in the second period with PSG’s fourth of the night.But despite the emphatic nature of the Parisians’ victory, veteran goalkeeper Buffon was still annoyed about conceding. 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! “I think we played a good game, and today we also made a big PSG history record with seven consecutive wins. I’m still p****d off when I concede a goal, that’s normal, I would like to finish all the matches without a goal,” he said after the game.The 40-year-old also opened up about the healthy competition between himself and Alphonse Areola, as the pair have shared game time so far this season.“In all the big teams there are two big goalkeepers Real Madrid play with Courtois and Navas, I think that’s normal. Alphonse and I have a good understanding.”Buffon also urged patience in the Champions League – a trophy coveted above all else by PSG’s fans and Qatari investors alike, particularly given the relative ease with which they usually claim the Ligue 1 title.“We must always improve, also in the Champions League, but it will be done step by step. In the Champions League, you need the best physical and mental condition.”NBA legend Michael Jordan was in attendance at the Parc des Princes and was presented with a number 23 PSG shirt following his brand’s collaboration with PSG for his Jumpman range of clothing. The Jordan Brand logo has also replaced the iconic Nike tick on the Ligue 1 champions’ kits this season and Buffon was honoured by the basketball great’s presence.“Michael Jordan? It’s incredible to have the opportunity to see a world icon.”
Mumbai, Dec 26 (PTI) Digital payments company Paytm has announced a 100 member merchant helpdesk to educate merchants across India.This initiative will be implemented with multi-channel outreach program involving mass media, on-ground initiative and strengthening the in-house merchant support team, Paytm said in a statement here.It will also invest Rs 50 crore towards educating merchants on digital payments, it added.With over 1.5 million merchants accepting Paytm today, the company aims to work closely with the merchants by seeking feedback and helping them understand digital payments, the statement said.———————————————– McDonalds expands in South India to 97 restaurantsWestlife Development owner of the master franchisee of McDonalds restaurants in West and South India, today announced the opening of its 8th restaurant in Kerala, in the coastal city of Kollam.This marks the 97th restaurant for the chain in south India, McDonalds said in a release.Sporting fresh and contemporary designs, this 2700 sq.ft. McDonalds restaurant will seat 100 customers. McDonalds will employ approximately 25 local residents, providing them world- class training to successfully run its restaurant operations, it added.————————————————— Dekkho raises $1.2 million in seed fundingDekkho, a new-age streaming platform, has raised USD 1.2 million from seven marquee angel investors in a large seed funding round.The company offers high-quality content sourced from leading content providers from India and abroad, consumes less Internet bandwidth, offline viewing facility and offers exclusive access to new content for free, a statement issued here said.Established in March 2016, Dekkho currently has over 12,000 hours of programming, which is made available by partnering directly with digital channels such as Sony Music, Being Indian, Zee Music, Blush, Miss Malini, Times Group, ScoopWhoop, AIB, East India Comedy and Culture Machine, it added.advertisement—————————————– Unocoin ties up with PayUmoney to enable bitcoin currencyBitcoin company Unocoin announced its association with digital payments network PayUmoney, to enable usage of bitcoin currency.”The partnership with PayU is coming at a time when we are seeing a huge increase in the number of wallet users in India. The ease with which payments can be made via wallets like PayU is certainly going to benefit the Bitcoin buyers and increase accessibility to Bitcoin markets,” said Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO, Unocoin. PTI DSK NRB
Visakhapatnam, Jan 27 (PTI) The central government is spending huge amounts to modernise infrastructure, particularly in the railways sector to push growth, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said today.He said the government will invest more in railways this year as compared to the previous years.”Railways used to put Rs 30,000- Rs 40,000 crore in a year into railway infrastructure…We increase the investment to Rs 1 lakh crore. Last year, it was Rs 1.21 lakh crore and this year, it will be definitely higher…almost Rs 3 lakh crore has been invested in the span of two-and-half years,” he said.These investments are in addition to whatever the ministry allocates out of the budget and by giving contracts to different agencies, the minister said.He said these huge investments in infrastructure and the new indirect tax regime Goods and Services Tax (GST) would help in spurring the economic growth of the country.Talking about opportunities in Andhra Pradesh, the minister said the state has all the ingredients, including mineral resources, power and water to attract both global and domestic investors.”If all states grow at higher rates, India will grow at 10 per cent,” he added.Speaking at the summit, GMR Group Chairman G M Rao too said that huge potential for investments exists in the state.”We are partnering with the state in developing the port based special investment region near Kakinada in East Godavari district. This region would house various industries including petrochemicals, food and agro processing, electronics, sport goods and apparels…,” he said.advertisementSuzlon Energy Chairman Tulsi Tanti said that out of the target of deploying 175 GW renewable power capacities by 2022, “18 GW of the national target, we will deliver in Andhra Pradesh”.The firm is also committed to building projects of 4 GW capacity in the next five years, he said.Essel Chairman Subhas Chandra said that the company has signed an MoU worth Rs 5,000 crore for developing a smart city in the state.Seeking investments from global and domestic investors, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said under Vision 2050, Andhra Pradesh aims to be among the top three states of India by 2022 and increase per capita income.He has divided this vision into certain goals and thrust areas like giving gas connection to all household by 2019, toilets in all houses, social and sanitation security, 24×7 power supply and job and water security to all. PTI RR ABM
Google may already be working on its next Pixel phone, and if a new report is to be gone by, the rumoured Pixel 2 may well cost a bomb. It may cost at least $50 (roughly Rs 3405.75) more, according to the report . The current-generation Pixel, just so you know, starts at Rs 57,000. But, there may be a significantly cheaper Pixel – aka the Pixel 2B – also in the works for the budget conscious. The Pixel 2B will quite obviously, be low on specs but will carry the ‘Made by Google’ tag for those looking to try out the Mountain View company’s tryst with hardware.The high-end Pixel 2 is said to focus on improvements in almost all the quarters, even more so in the camera department. The current-generation Pixel has already garnered rave reviews for its camera, and with the Pixel 2, Google may be looking to up its low-light photography game even further. This camera will “not have large MP size, but will rather compensate in extra features,” the report cites a reliable source as saying. The same source also adds that waterproofing is still on the table.Google is reportedly testing “multiple test devices with different chipsets,” with Qualcomm and Intel in the fore-front, according to the report.Little is known about the budget Pixel 2B, except that it may be directed towards emerging markets. The phone may be an answer to Nexus fan-boys who’ve been looking for an affordable Pixel and have been forced to look elsewhere, most prominently the OnePlus 3T.advertisementThe Pixel and the Pixel XL are Google’s first official entry into the mainstream hardware space. They have been built – from ground up – to take on Apple’s iPhone. Just like the new iPhone, Google’s first Pixel phone crams in the very latest in hardware and software. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM. It is available in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Just like the new iPhone, the Pixel does not have a microSD card slot.The new Pixel phones sport a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55um pixels and unlimited Google Photos storage. On the front you get an 8-megapxiel camera. Also Read: Pixel, Pixel XL: Google’s phones should make Apple, Samsung et al nervous
The match-fixing scandal that has rocked Pakistan Super league grew in proportion today as another player Nasir Jamshed, a Test discard, was suspended from all forms of cricket for his alleged involvement in the controversy.Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement that Jamshed will remain suspended from all forms of cricket for violation of its anti-corruption code.Nasir, 27, a left-handed opening batsman has appeared in two Tests, 48 ODIs and 18 T20 internationals but last turned out for the national team in the 2015 World Cup.According to well-informed sources, the suspended Pakistan players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who were sent back home from the PSL in Dubai last week had claimed during their questioning by anti-corruption officials that Jamshed had asked them to meet with the person suspected to be part of an international betting syndicate.Nasir also came under investigation two years back by the Bangladesh Premier League anti-corruption officials.
South African off-spinner Dane Piedt, who was included in the squad for their final cricket Test against New Zealand here, on Monday said the home side should have backed their pace bowlers rather than spinners.Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj’s career-best 6-40 guided South Africa to a comfortable victory in the second Test in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.”I think they have shot themselves in the foot. They didn’t back their seamers to do the job, and I thought their seamers bowled pretty well in South Africa. They bowled us out for 263 in Durban on quite a sporting deck,” Piedt was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.”I didn’t expect that New Zealand would play two spinners in the first Test and when they left Tim Southee out I was also surprised. Just the fact that two series before that, Bangladesh and Pakistan were here and they played on surfaces that were quite sporting for the seamers.”I expected it to be the same, but obviously with the type of seam attack we have they thought they would be under pressure,” he added.New Zealand’s pacers had contributed handsomely to their success in the past series but in the recent series, selectors as well as curator backed spinners despite below-par performance.
Everyone knows that storytelling is a win for nonprofits, but not all stories are created equal.To truly resonate with your readers, your story needs to have three essential ingredients:A strong emotional pull. Stories should make us feel something. Happy. Sad. Outraged. Inspired. All of these emotions can make an impact, but above all else, an amazingly effective message needs to make your reader feel, then act. Not think, then act. Not think, then feel, then act. FEEL, then act. Don’t disconnect these two steps. Lead with a strong pull of emotion, engage your reader’s senses, and then ask them to take action. A singular focus. Resist the urge to pack everything into one story—you’ll only confuse your reader. Stories work best when they are rich, yet simple, and are laser-focused on one message, one issue, and one person. You likely have many stories to tell, but focus on telling one distinct story at a time for best results.A clear tie to the reader. Your audience should quickly and clearly understand why your story matters to them. Does it tap into something they have experienced? Does it affect the community they love? Think about how to incorporate details that are meaningful to your supporters, then underscore your donors’ role in the story. Are they the hero? What can (or did) they make happen?There are many components that come together for an amazing story, but without these core elements, your message will fall flat. How are you incorporating all three into your donor communications?Need some help writing more effective stories for your nonprofit’s outreach? I’ve got your back.In our next free webinar, I’ll walk through a simple framework for more compelling stories that will help you connect with donors, raise more money, and retain supporters by reporting your impact in a highly memorable and relatable way. Register now to save your seat for Storytelling with the Emotional Brain. (Can’t attend the live session? Never fear. Go ahead and register and I’ll make sure you get a copy of the slides and the recording.)
**Editor’s Note: **Guest blogger Jonathan Kastner, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, helps people work towards achieving their personal and professional goals through cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. www.JonathanKastner.comWe all know that the work of a freelancer can be incredibly fulfilling, and the lifestyle has many benefits. But sometimes, even for the most productive of freelancers, starting a project can seem overwhelming – and we delay for so long that it makes the job less fun and less rewarding. This can be called many things (blowing it off, messing around, taking a nap, puttering), but at its core, we’re talking about procrastination. Procrastination is the bête noir of the motivated freelancer.But fear not. By identifying and confronting some common dysfunctional thoughts that perpetuate procrastination, we can change the way we respond. The following suggestions are adapted from Dr. David Burns’ The Feeling Good Handbook.**Don’t wait for the mood to strike. **Let’s start at the beginning. Literally. Just starting a project can be a monumental task. Why? Because work is work (as opposed to play) and work sucks, or it can feel that way in comparison to more exciting things such as shopping, going to the gym, napping, getting coffee, or checking Twitter. So, rather than sitting down and getting to business, we may instead decide to wait for when the mood strikes, unannounced, and then respond by creating/building/writing. It doesn’t happen that way. Waiting for such inspiration is more likely to result in panic than product. Prolific people don’t wait to be moved, they begin the work, and the work moves them to create more.**You’re not lazy, but you might be scared. **Procrastinators are not lazy people. Lazy people simply don’t care. Procrastinators often care too much and this can be an obstacle to productivity. The fear of failure can be paralyzing, and the simplest of decisions can feel like life or death. We are creative people, and this usually comes in handy, except when we allow our creativity to intersect with fear. Have you ever thought of all the ways that things could go wrong? Has this ever been of any help? Probably not. Unfortunately, we never allow ourselves to think of all the ways that things might go right. Halting the imagined worst-case scenarios, and injecting some optimism (or just realism) can do wonders.**Work isn’t easy. **Work is only difficult for you. …Wrong! It only feels that way. When you believe that professional achievement comes easy to everyone else, you may conclude that something is wrong with you. That’s BS. Success doesn’t come easy to anyone. This is something you probably already know, but you might forget when you hit an obstacle. When you are in the midst of a block, or some other hurdle, it is important to remember back to the past when you successfully made it through to the other side. Reassurance that “this too shall pass” can sometimes be enough to provide enough breathing room to find a way through.**For the first pass, good enough is good enough. **The desire for success is healthy. Even the aim for perfection can be healthy, but the constant demand for perfection is daunting, self-defeating, and ultimately unrewarding. I must complete this project perfectly. I need to do it all by myself. I have to make everyone happy. Albert Ellis, the father of cognitive therapy, describes this pattern of thinking as MUSTerbation. Wanting to be great is what inspires us to tackle formidable challenges, but to demand that we must do so perfectly is too much to bear. When we lower our standards (just a bit – we don’t need you in sweatpants all day) we can free ourselves to enjoy greater satisfaction and facilitate creativity.**Give yourself a little credit. **Getting paid is nice, but it won’t help with procrastination. It can be helpful to have little payoffs along the way to stay motivated. Otherwise, the promised rewards at the completion of a project may not be enough to keep you going. Work can be a slog, and if you provide a few incentives along the way, the marathon can feel more like several rewarding jogs.We have all struggled with procrastination. By developing new patterns of thinking, it’s possible to avoid the pit-falls that have stalled us all at one point.
Oftentimes, people think that freelancers have it made. They think we just schedule our own hours, charge our own rate, and live the easy life. That’s rarely the case if you ask me (or most of my colleagues). Don’t get me wrong, I love freelancing, but depending on a person’s preferences and personality, it’s not always for everybody.Before you quit your steady job and jump into freelancing, it’s imperative that you ask yourself some tough questions. Below are some of the most overlooked aspects for anyone considering a switch to being self-employment.Are you ready to work more?With the average employee in U.S. working 47 hours a week, it’s no wonder that freelancing seems appealing. Many people just want more freedom, flexibility, and time to do as they wish. Freelancing sounds like a simple solution, but in reality, it hardly is.Oftentimes, especially at the beginning, freelancing adds up to far more hours than you put in your traditional job. Furthermore, working whenever you like is most often not an option since you’re likely working with clients who are on the 9-to-5 clock.This is further evidenced by a 2012 freelance report by Ed Gandia which found that only virtual assistants and photographers get the most free time once they’ve gone solo. Those in the freelance IT and software positions have less free time compared to when they were regularly employed. For business consultants, editors, and illustrators, it’s roughly just the same. It was also disclosed that at least one-third (29%) of freelancers work more than 40 hours a week while a good 27% worked the typical 40 hours.Are you capable of dealing with financial uncertainties?With every benefit comes a drawback. In the case of being self-employed, there will always be a certain amount of instability. In fact, in Gandia’s report, the foremost challenges the majority of freelancers experience is finding clients and getting consistent, steady work. A separate survey by Contently says the same thing and that as much as 35% of freelancers think that the biggest obstacle is securing sufficient work.In the same survey by Contently, full-time freelancers reportedly had a median income of $30,000. It’s clear from the data they published that income from self-employment is comparatively smaller to full time employment. In hourly terms, the average rate for designers is anywhere from $52 to $90; $58 to $82 for writers; and $63 to $180 for programmers. Of course, these rates are before taxes.Many freelancers can attest that freelancing is often a feast-or-famine cycle. Sometimes you’ll have droves of work and at other times, you’ll have no projects for weeks on end. This is why 55% of freelancers surveyed in the report would consider going back the 9-to-5 route.Are you disciplined?Working for yourself is a good thing if you have tremendous amount of self-discipline. If you get things done within the timeframe you’ve set, then you, my friend, are a rare breed among struggling self-starters.If you’re more like the rest of us mere mortals, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the self-employed dream – you just need to be willing to develop your self-discipline.Starting out means that you take on the burden of doing everything alone — from networking to prospecting to doing the actual work. All of these take time (sometimes months, or up to a year). You must be prepared to put in the time to build a solid foundation for your freelance business.Can you handle long-term difficulties?About 35% of freelancers think that the self-employment field is bound to get difficult over the next 10 years. Understandably so, since the population of independent workers is expected to rise as much as 40% by 2020 according to Intuit’s report.Part of the difficulty of working for yourself is that you’ll largely be working alone. If you crave socializing and schmoozing with your officemates, as well as the hustle and bustle of the corporate atmosphere, then it might take you a while to get used to hearing only the sounds of your own keyboard.More than just the social aspect, be ready to forego the usual benefits you’re used to getting at your regular job. When you’re employed, your company takes on the bulk of handling your benefits and other forms of social assistance such as health care and retirement plans. In lieu of an employer, you have to take this burden on yourself.Are you assertive enough?Part of working freelance is that a lot of it rides on trust. You have to trust that a client will pay you or that they will honor the working scope of the project. Sending a client an invoice won’t guarantee payment, so if the check never comes, can you stand up for yourself and follow up on the late payment? Moreover, can you assert that a task is out of bounds of the project scope?Since you’re primarily working for yourself, no one will have your back except you and yourself alone. Being assertive means having the confidence to sell and market yourself as well as the courage to turn down freeloading clients who think freelancing means free work.Competition in the freelance world is as stiff as any other field. To get clients who pay well, you have to be able to sell your skills, your value, and what you can do. If it makes you cringe to have to stand by your value as a professional then you might want to hold off shifting to the freelance life.Are you capable of wearing different hats?Freelancers have to juggle different roles. When you go freelance, you essentially become your own business manager – in addition to working and marketing your craft.Your task doesn’t stop at just finding clients; you have to be able to keep them as well. This means spending time on building professional relationships to earn repeat business down the line.Do you value autonomy and can you handle unpredictability?A recently published IBM report revealed that one of the things that independent workers value is autonomy. Autonomy is the capacity to work even without any directive. Since there won’t be a boss breathing down on your neck, having the initiative to meet deadlines and abide by the project’s quality standards will fall to you.Working as a freelancer often means you’re not just tied to one job and you get to work on multiple projects at once. If you’re the type who can easily handle different tasks and enjoy doing a broad range of things then you might just be cut out for freelancing.For many, having a sense of control in the work that they do is paramount for their job satisfaction. If this is the case for you, self-employment may just be the right fit for you.Are you ready to weigh the pros and cons?Despite the challenges that comes with working for yourself, there are many other noteworthy aspects of freelancing. If there weren’t, I don’t think the freelancing community would have grown to as much as 53 million today.As long as you don’t see freelancing as a get-rich-quick scheme, then it might be the field for you. Although it’s completely possible to earn around six figures annually, it takes time and a substantial amount of expertise, experience, and networking to boot.There are a lot of advantages to being self-employed, but looking only at the positive side will keep you from properly assessing whether it’s a good fit for you. Know that independence doesn’t always guarantee success. If anything, it actually entails being more accountable and responsible for your working habits and output.At the end of the day, your decision shouldn’t just reflect what you want, but also an honest assessment of your skills and willingness to go out of your comfort zone. Ask yourself the hard questions, and, if you can be honest, you’ll have the answer to the self-employment question soon.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.
Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben scored a rare right-footed goal in a 4-0 Bundesliga rout of Mainz 05 while a bizarre own goal set Werder Bremen on the way to 2-1 home defeat by Schalke 04 on Saturday.Chadrac Akolo, who arrived in Switzerland as a refugee from his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009, gave VfB Stuttgart a 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg in a game also marked by a video referee controversy.In the evening game, RB Leipzig had midfielder Naby Keita sent off as they twice lost the lead in a 2-2 home draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach.Bayern bounced back from last week’s defeat at Hoffenheim with an easy win over a Mainz side who have three points and already look like relegation candidates.Thomas Mueller put the Bavarians ahead in the 11th minute with a shot that took a deflection off Robben.Bayern poured forward and Kingsley Coman contrived to hit the bar from six metres with the goal at his mercy but it was not long before Robben extended Bayern’s lead.The famously one-footed Dutchman was sent clear down the right but, instead of cutting inside onto his left foot in his usual fashion, he placed the ball past Rene Adler with his rarely used right in the 23rd minute.It was his first right-footed league goal since February, 2015.Reuters Photo Robert Lewandowski, on his 100th Bayern appearance, swept home the third from Mueller’s cross five minutes after the break and added the fourth with a carefully-placed header in the 77th.advertisementBayern and Schalke 04 have nine points from three games, one behind Hanover 96 who beat Hamburg SV 2-0 on Friday.Lamine Sane gave Bremen a 20th-minute lead against Schalke but less than two minutes later was involved in some farcical defending which gifted the visitors their equaliser.Three Bremen players all tried to clear a looping header towards goal including Sane, who attempted to clear with a bicycle kick and missed, while Milos Veljkovic succeeded in making contact but headed the ball into his own goal.Leon Goretzka grabbed a late Schalke winner, leaving Bremen second-bottom with one point.Akolo scored his second goal since joining Stuttgart from Swiss side FC Sion in the close season, firing home the rebound in the 42nd after his first shot was stopped by Koen Casteels.Casteels was later involved in a controversial incident when his knee smashed into Stuttgart midfielder Christian Gentner’s face as he leapt for the ball.The referee appeared to miss the incident – potentially a penalty for Stuttgart and a red card for Casteels — while the video assistant did not call for a review.Gentner was taken off injured, leaving Stuttgart with 10 players as they had already used their three substitutes.Timo Werner and Jean-Kevin Agustin gave RB Leipzig a 2-1 halftime lead at home to Gladbach who replied with a Thorgan Hazard penalty.Leipzig, fifth with seven points, missed chances to increase their advantage before a defensive mix-up allowed Lars Stindl to equalise just after the hour.Leipzig’s frustrating evening was complete when Keita went in dangerously high on Christoph Kramer and the Guinean was given a straight red card.Augsburg’s impressive start to the season continued with a 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. They are sixth on seven points.
Ranchi, Sept 18 (PTI) A total 900 school children and 50 teachers were today sent on a study tour to Delhi and Agra under “Mukhya Mantri Saikhshanik Bharman” (Chief Ministers Educational Tour) scheme.Chief Minister Raghubar Das flagged of the special train carrying them, an official release said here.The teachers will guide the students about history, culture and monuments during the tour, it said.Launching the scheme, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said along with studies and sports, tours are also necessary for intellectual development.Stating that the scheme was launched for total intellectual development of children, the chief minister said that students should know about the country. PTI PVR NN
Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) which was launched last year in December has received a price cut of Rs 2000 lowering the price to Rs 12,999. The new price is applicable for both online and offline purchase. The smartphone can be bought from Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and at all leading retail stores.Just to recall, Asus launched the ZenFone 3 Max last year in December at Rs 17,999. The price of the phone was later reduced to Rs 14,999. It is now selling at a new price of Rs 12,999.Asus ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) specsThe ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) sports a 5.5-inch display with 2.5D curved glass. The smartphone has thin bezels with a 75 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.The ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL) is backed by a 4,100mAh battery which company claims can offer up to 17 hours of VoIP talk time on 3G , 38 days of standby time, 72 hours of music playback and 18 hours of video playback. The phone has a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel and runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the ZenUI 3.0 skin on top.On the photography front, the smartphone features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Asus ZenFone 5 series may come by March 2018Asus this week brought its ZenFone 4 series to Europe and now there are reports that the company may launch the ZenFone 5 series latest by March 2018. Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed that the company will launch its ZenFone 5 series as soon as March 2018 .advertisement
Costa Rica qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday after Kendall Waston’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time in San Jose gave them a 1-1 draw against Honduras and the point they needed to seal their spot in Russia.The last-gasp draw means that Costa Rica, who reached the quarter-finals in 2014, join Mexico as the second representative from the North, Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF).The top three teams qualify automatically for Russia with the fourth-placed side going into a playoff with a team from the Asian confederation.A lethargic Costa Rica looked as if they were playing for a draw from the outset of a match held over from Friday due to torrential rain in the capital city.Honduras, however, took the lead after 66 minutes when Eddie Hernandez powered home a header from nine yards out.The home side were on the verge of missing out on the point they needed but grabbed the equaliser in the dying seconds when Waston headed home a cross from Bryan Ruiz.In the remaining fixtures of the round, Honduras host Mexico on Tuesday, while Costa Rica go to Panama and the United States travel to bottom side Trinidad and Tobago.The United States have 12 points and are favourites to take the third automatic spot but Panama and Honduras, both on 10, are still in with a chance.
Since arriving in New Zealand for their World Cup playoff, Peru’s players have responded cautiously and patiently to the same question. Not about who might play on Saturday, but who will not.Paolo Guerrero, Peru’s captain and leading scorer, is missing while provisionally suspended for failing a doping test following the World Cup qualifier against Argentina.The absence of striker Guerrero is the biggest setback Peru faces as it attempts through home-and-away playoff matches against New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 35 years.There are also the formidable obstacles of travel, time zones and climate which make the match against No. 122nd-ranked New Zealand more difficult than it might have been for 10th-ranked Peru.Peru’s players have tried techniques of sleep deprivation to quickly acclimatize to a new time zone and have padded themselves lavishly against New Zealand’s strong winds and cool temperatures.But Guerrero’s absence has been the recurring theme. He scored six times in South American qualifiers and led his team to fifth place. Peru’s football association will challenge his suspension with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland and, if successful, will have him for the return leg in Lima on Nov. 16.PREVIEW: Peru and New Zealand line-up for final #WorldCup ticket #WCQ @NZ_Football @SeleccionPeru https://t.co/rSJeAJ6qrt pic.twitter.com/aArSZbcdV2- FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 10, 2017For now, the South Americans have done their best to treat persistent questions about their captain with respect but indifference.advertisementEdison Flores, whose partnership with Andre Carrillo is one of the team’s strengths, is hopeful the Guerrero-size gap will be filled by a player he is not naming.”It will be someone who has all our confidence and characteristics similar to those of Paolo,” Flores said. “We just have to wait for him to adapt to the work so that he does it in the best way.”New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has said Guerrero is “irreplaceable,” taking a neat opportunity to highlight Peru’s problem.”I don’t really think they have anyone that is a physical presence like him and who can play the type of game they like to play with him in the team,” Hudson said.But he makes a concession.”Attacking midfielders, the two who sit in behind whoever plays up front … they’re all quality players. Where people say (Peru goes) direct to Guerrero, they actually play a lot through (Christian) Cueva and Flores and (Yoshimar) Yotun. They’ve got some very good players through the middle.”AP PhotoFlores, based in Denmark, is one of those players and part of a new generation.The older generation is represented by 36-year-old New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz and 33-year old Peru forward Jefferson Farfan, both in their last World Cup cycles. Smeltz played for New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but Farfan has never had that experience, which adds urgency to his personal quest in Saturday’s match.Smeltz knows the opportunity to play in football’s showpiece will never come again for him.”It certainly adds to the occasion, I think, knowing that this is definitely or probably my last,” Smeltz said. “It would certainly be a fairytale to get to another World Cup.”I think it’s just as exciting, the pressure, the intensity, as it was the first time.”Neither Farfan nor Smeltz have fully realized their youthful potential. Smeltz has played 58 games for New Zealand without matching his young promise and Farfan, whose talent was first recognized at 14, first played for Peru at 19. Now at Lokomotiv Moscow and after 75 caps, the inconsistent Farfan remains a contentious figure in Peru.But his greatest endorsement may have come from the absent Guerrero, who said come the World Cup playoffs “Farfan will be playing. He is needed in the team.”