Wallsend Touch Complex, Lewis St, Wallsend.Details of the day are as follows:Managers Meeting 8:30amFirst Round Girls: 9:00amFirst Round Boys: 9:25amPlease note the State Final could possibly conclude as late as 3:00pmContact: NSW Touch AssociationPhone: (02) 9558 9333Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: http://www.nswtouch.com.au
TAYLOR, B.C. – The World Jet Boat Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Taylor.The team from the US, Bat outta Hell, ended up winning in the unlimited division. Fort St. John’s Gord Humphrey and his navigator Jason Palfy ended up on 5th.In the CX division, Fort St. John Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat in the boat Xcalibur finished in sixth place followed by racers Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson in eighth. In the same division in twelfth place was the Fort St. John boat of Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel. While the racing caused most of the excitement, there was a scary moment on Sunday afternoon as one of the boats caught fire. A team from New Zealand lost a boat, but everyone was able to escape the fire without injury.The Peace Country River Rats would like to thank all their sponsors, volunteers and fans for helping to make this event a success.On top of the racing, the club also drew for the grand prize winners for their $10,000 raffle. Below are the winners:Angela Prevost $10,000Leanne Humphrey $3,000Brad Small $2,000
Ranchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.
Washington DC: President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than USD 30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to USD 40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99 per cent of its donations were of USD 200 or less, with an average donation of USD 34.26. Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in USD 45.8 million in the first quarter its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting USD 82 million in the bank, with USD 40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone. Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under USD 2 million on hand at this point in the campaign. Obama went on to raise more than USD 720 million for his reelection. Trump’s reelection effort has set a USD 1 billion target for 2020. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement that Trump “is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.” Trump’s fundraising with the RNC is divided between two entities: Trump Victory, the joint account used for high-dollar gifts, and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the low-dollar digital fundraising operation known internally as “T-Magic.” The campaign is set to launch a traditional “bundling” programme which it lacked in 2016 in the coming weeks. Bundlers are mid-tier donors who bring in contributions from their associates. Together, the Trump entities have raised a combined USD 165.5 million since 2017. Trump is benefiting from the advantages of incumbency, like universal name recognition and his unrivaled position atop the Republican Party. Among Democrats, dollars are divided across a candidate field of well more than a dozen, while the Democratic National Committee remains in debt and has suffered from being dramatically outraised by the RNC in recent months. Bernie Sanders topped the Democratic field in the first quarter, raising slightly more than USD 18 million, followed by Kamala Harris with USD 12 million and Beto O’Rourke with USD 9.4 million. Trump is reporting a haul of USD 30.3 million. Republicans have trailed Democrats in online fundraising ever since the medium was invented roughly two decades ago. But Trump has closed the gap, driving small-dollar donors who make recurring donations to the GOP like the party has never seen before. According to RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump’s campaign has already had eight seven-figure fundraising days this year, and has taken in money from more than 1 million new online donors since Trump’s inauguration including 1,00,000 this year. The Republican committee said it is planning on spending USD 30 million on maintaining and growing Trump’s email list alone, recently expanded its headquarters space to an annex in Virginia and will soon invest in developing an app. In 2015, Trump swore off outside money, declaring in his opening speech: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists’. I’m not using donors’. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
Germany captain Manuel Neuer hopes their 3-0 friendly win over Russia will prove to a turning point to ending their dreadful run of formDie Mannschaft have lost six of their 10 competitive matches this year following their 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to France last month.It also marked the first time Germany, who fell two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry secured Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Russia at Leipzig.And Neuer, whose own form has been put into question, was thrilled with the final result.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The victory means a lot to us,” Neuer told the DFB website.“We want to end our poor year positively by winning our last two games and today was a good start.“We want to try and put a similar display in against the Netherlands. We have a lot of players with huge potential, who are showing just what they are capable of.After winning their fourth game in 14 attempts, Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.
Email Twitter The Latin GRAMMY winner has partnered with the Latin Recording Academy’s flagship charitable organization to send a deserving student to music school Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 9:41 am Latin superstar Carlos Vives has partnered with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to supply a $200,000 four-year scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music.The Carlos Vives Scholarship will be awarded to a talented music student with financial need interested in Latin music. The applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which is comprised of diverse music professionals with extensive industry experience.”It is an honor for us, that with the help of Carlos Vives we can support the new generation of musicians through a scholarship that will allow them to receive an education of the highest quality at Berklee College of Music,” said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Carlos Vives not only represents excellence and musical achievement, but he will also transform the life of the scholarship beneficiary.”Interested students can apply via the Cultural Foundation’s website by April 10, 2018. Applicants will be expected to submit two audition videos, provide two letters of recommendation and answer two essay questions. Responses can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.”The ability to support a new generation of Latin musicians brings me great joy,” said Vives. “Being able to do this alongside the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation makes this even more special.”New Exhibit Spotlighting Life, Career Of Carlos Vives Headed To GRAMMY MuseumRead more Facebook Carlos Vives, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Offer Scholarship News Carlos Vives Offers Scholarship For Latin Student carlos-vives-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation-offer-scholarship
Narendra Modi flashes victory sign after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled off a stunning and historic victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha battle, with the ruling party itself set to win 303 seats in a marked improvement over its 2014 showing that left the opposition dazed and demoralized.Instagram/narendramodiWith a gargantuan majority at his disposal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a huge gene pool to choose from and reward as he goes about appointing members to his new Camelot. However, with PM Modi, no one can second-guess him. At the same time, speculation is rife in Delhi’s political circles on the composition of the new Cabinet.For starters, one will have to look at the Big Four – members of the all-important Cabinet Committee on Security. In the erstwhile Cabinet, there were two women. Apparently, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje may be sounded out for the External Affairs Ministry while giant-killer Smriti Irani, who toppled Congress President Rahul Gandhi from his pocket borough of Amethi, may get the plum post of Raksha Mantri. Many aspirations and ambitions have to be fulfilled while hard work and perseverance will need to be rewarded.The PM may also be looking at certain technocrats to push his JAM policy where the tri-junction of Jan, Aadhar and Mobile meet. This has paid handsome dividends at the bottom of the pyramid and in more ways than one given a sense of liberation and purpose to rural women. As such, one shouldn’t be surprised if there is a Make in India, Skill Development and other such nomenclatures in the new Cabinet.Grapevine also indicates that NSA Ajit Doval may be one of the contenders for the Defence Minister’s job. He could even be sent to Washington as India’s ambassador to the US. Adding a twist to the permutations and combinations, if BJP President Amit Shah is inducted into the Cabinet, he may get one of the most crucial portfolios out of three – Home, Defence or even Finance.In whatever role the PM assigns him, he will be pushing the rollout agenda of the PM’s pet schemes aggressively. In the eventuality that he joins the Cabinet, given the nature of Indian polity where the country lurches from one election to another and the whirligig is more often than not year-round; Dharmendra Pradhan or Bhupendra Yadav may get the nod for the party top job.Health minister JP Nadda is another name doing the rounds. National General Secretary and a Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh, Nadda is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given him charge of Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded hustings. The party bagged 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats.Meanwhile, Pradhan cut his teeth in the Bihar Lok Sabha elections 2014 and once again, this time in his home state Odisha. BJP’s vote share in the Lok Sabha polls in Odisha rose from about 21.9 per cent in 2014 to 38.37 per cent while the ruling BJD’s fell from 44.1 per cent in 2014 to 42.76 per cent.BJP’s vote share in the Odisha Assembly polls also rose significantly from 18.2 per cent in 2014 to 32.5 per cent in 2019. An RSS member since his student days and a close confidant of both Modi and Shah, Pradhan is expected to play a bigger role in BJP.Bhupendra Yadav is a Rajya Sabha member, but equally a powerful national general secretary. Fiercely private, like his mentor Amit Shah, Yadav keeps to the confines of the war room, a role that he relishes. Yadav had been the BJP election in-charge for Rajasthan in 2013, Jharkhand in 2014 and Bihar in 2015. While Bihar did not go the way the BJP would have liked, Yadav delivered results for his boss, Shah, in both Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah wave at party workers during a party programme in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]Home Minister Rajnath Singh may be retained in his present job, but if party President Amit Shah, who has played a monumental role in the BJP returning to power working ceaselessly and tirelessly to put the strategic tent poles in place, joins the Cabinet, the former party president may become the new Speaker of the Lok Sabha.Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who served as the interim finance minister when Arun Jaitley was undergoing treatment, may step into his shoes.However, other names are also doing the rounds for this post. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad may be moved to a more prominent ministry after his win in Patna Sahib. He was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and became a cabinet minister under Modi. Nitin Gadkari had a number of ministries under him and is credited with most tangible work being done in those departments. He may continue with the work assigned to him. Agriculture will be one of the focus areas and, there is a thinking that a technocrat like Ashok Gulati should be given the job to ameliorate the woes of agrarian India which appears to be in distress mode.Telecom will have a new minister since Manoj Sinha is one of the prominent losers in the BJP. If Pradhan moves to head the party, then the energy portfolio comprising petroleum and natural gas will also see a new face. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi may get a cabinet rank this time. He is the most prominent Muslim face in the Modi team. Prakash Javdekar will also be given an important position — he served as HRD Minister in the old Council of Ministers.With nearly 80 members in the previous Cabinet, lots of faces and names to fill the posts abound. Expect the infusion of new blood and representation to states where the BJP has done exceedingly well — Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and equal weight to the allies (a story put out earlier by IANS details that).
[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe Union Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday said that all homes in India will be provided uninterrupted 24-hour electricity supply throughout the year. Although a welcome move, it can take a hit on the companies that sell inverter across the country.Earlier, reports suggested that the power backup industry is expected to surge due to the regular power cuts in the country especially during the dry season. So till now, the power outage in India is largely met through the installation of inverters and generators.However, with the government’s efforts to reduce power cuts close to zero, this might bring down the demand for power backups substantially.Singh also said that by the end of next year, 1,694 villages which still does not have access to electricity will have power connection and the work is also in progress.He further added that a new law will be enacted to impose penalties on power distributors if they failed to provide uninterrupted power after March 2019. Only technical reasons will be taken under consideration.The government has set a target of cutting down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of power to 15 percent from 21 percent at present by January 2019.The Power Minister also said that the Centre will also spend Rs 1,75,000 crore to improve the power infrastructure in the country. An employee works on electric pylons at a power station in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi June 8, 2012 (representational image).Reuters fileReports also suggest that to expand electricity supply, the government also aims to distribute solar panels with battery packs to households in areas that are too remote for transmission lines.”India, which wants renewable power sources excluding major hydropower plants to account for 40 percent of installed capacity by 2030, would also push states to deliver on commitments to supply power from clean sources,” said Singh.
Listen Cindy Ord/Getty ImagesJonathan Demme speaks with an interviewer at a 25th anniversary showing of The Silence of the Lambs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last yearFor more than four decades, Jonathan Demme threaded a diverse path through the film industry — beginning as a publicist, filming everything from documentaries to comedic sendups, and finally earning the status of Oscar-winning elder statesman. He was 73.The director died Wednesday in Manhattan from complications of esophageal cancer, his publicist, 42 West, confirmed the death to NPR.Demme made films such as The Silence of the Lambs and Stop Making Sense that have helped define their respective genres.Despite his lengthy list of works — which also includes Philadelphia — Demme never set out to become a director. Far from it, in fact: He wanted to be a veterinarian. But, as he told NPR in 2007, that goal ran into trouble when he flunked out of college chemistry pretty much immediately.After a semester of writing movie reviews for his campus newspaper, he left college for a publicity job with B-movie master Roger Corman.“I met Roger Corman, who said, ‘Well, you can write press releases? I’m starting a new company. I need movies. Can you write a screenplay?’ ” Demme recalled in the interview.“I was about 25 years old at the time and I said, I would love to try that. I had had no aspirations to be a filmmaker or a writer. Until then, I was thrilled to be working in the movie business as a publicist. I would have been perfectly happy to do that forever.”But Corman loved Demme’s screenplays and eventually recommended that he get behind the camera, too. As a director getting his start in the early 1970s, Demme infused his first films with Corman’s over-the-top sensibilities, but as he set out on his own later in the decade, he began to find a more distinctive eye — hewing closer to intimate character study.In the 1980s, Demme dabbled in a variety of forms, making a mark in documentary filmmaking — particularly with Stop Making Sense, a seminal 1984 concert film for the Talking Heads — and in comedy with films such as Something Wild and the gangster spoof Married to the Mob.“I’ve always followed my enthusiasm,” Demme said of the variety in his career. “Whether the pictures have turned out good or not is one thing — but I’ve always had a lot of enthusiasm for the project at hand.”It was a pair of prestige dramas that brought Demme his greatest recognition — starting with The Silence of the Lambs, a horror film that swept the 1992 Academy Awards and earned Demme the Oscars for best director and best picture.The movie was also a hit at the box office, which, as Demme told Rolling Stone in 1994, came as a significant relief.“At certain points, I was afraid there was something — a missing chink of skill — that was going to prevent me from having a movie that was financially successful. That frightened me,” Demme said at the time. “So when Silence of the Lambs became an unqualified success, I took a huge sigh of relief. I mean, I can’t tell you how wonderful that felt.”He followed up that film’s success with Philadelphia, which starred Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS and fighting for his legal rights. The drama also earned a raft of Academy Award nominations, including a best actor win for Hanks.Still, as Demme told NPR in 2007, there was one form that continued to draw him back to the camera: documentaries. He said it was the form’s endless capacity to surprise that best characterized what he loved about film in general.“The excitement of wading into ‘reality’ and just finding out what happens — and then the challenge of selecting those things that happened and shaping them in the editing into a narrative that will have appeal and be engaging — is a great, great thrill.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /16:26
Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Crime Stoppers of Houston, a nonprofit dedicated to public safety, partnered with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan to launch the program this fall. So far, more than a dozen Houston schools have signed up for training and there is a wait list.Christy Buck, who developed the program, said that it teaches skills — sort of the “stop, drop and roll” of mental health — that could ultimately save lives.“Ultimately. it’s taking responsibility for myself to be the person that might change attitudes and culture in a school for more kindness, consideration and respect,” Buck said.Buck said that early research shows that the training improves school climate, with fewer behavior problems.Rania Mankarious, who leads Crime Stoppers of Houston, said that it dovetails with other initiatives at the nonprofit to keep schools safe, giving kids tools “to notice not just when a student is going to bring a gun on campus, but when a student behaves differently or is posting things that are concerning, or maybe making outcries, empowering them to get involved as a community, so we can create an entire new culture in our schools.”Laura IsenseeStudents learn tools to recognize emotions in others and take action to challenge and empower others and themselves. 00:00 /00:49 X Laura IsenseeKandice Sloop with the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan coaches students on an action plan to be nice. The program is meant to prevent bullying and suicide.At Stevens Elementary, a group of second graders gathered around a new coach, Kandice Sloop, who asked them what it means to “be nice.”“Do you think you can notice if someone was playing by themselves at the playground? Is that something we can notice? What would you do if that’s what you noticed?” Sloop asked.Then Sloop guided them through an action plan to be nice: — to notice how others are feeling and behaving, invite others to play, to challenge and empower themselves and others.It may sound simple, but the training — dubbed “Be Nice” — could have important, positive effects on school climate, according to early research.
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROCurrent Miss Black USA Daphne Lee will pass on her crown this weekend during the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant in the nation’s capital. A professional ballerina, graduate student and ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Lee previously held the title of Miss Black New Jersey before winning the historic, national competition.Unlike other pageants, Miss Black USA is a scholarship pageant focused on redefining beauty and highlighting the diversity of women of color. It was founded in 1986 to showcase Black women and support them in their pursuit of higher education.Miss Black USA, now the biggest pageant for women of color, will crown its next national queen August 12. (Courtesy Photo)“Growing up I often read about the protracted stories of African-American she-roes, and I was inspired by them to use whatever talents I had to give back,” Karen Arrington, founder and CEO of the Miss Black USA pageant, told the AFRO. “But as I watched mainstream media I didn’t see positive images of women who looked like me. So, I thought that creating a pageant could be a great platform to celebrate the achievements of African-American women who had been disproportionately represented in mainstream media.”Today, Miss Black USA is the largest national pageant for women of color and, according to the pageant’s website, the “largest single source of scholarship funding for Black women” with more than $500,000 in scholarships awarded. Contestants range from college students and graduate students to professional women. The Maryland-based non-profit organization has also expanded to include additional competitions for teens and older women.“Miss Black USA has changed greatly since we started,” Arrington told the AFRO. “Among many things, we now have a library named in our honor at the Lower Basic Primary School in the Gambia, West Africa. Miss Black USA gets to travel there and read to students while representing our organization.”During what the organization calls her “year of service,” Miss Black USA also travels nationally for the Heart Truth campaign empowering women to take care of their heart health.Arrington continued, “Wherever there is an issue affecting our community, that’s where Miss Black USA will be.”Looking to win the 2018 title are 38 contestants from across the country, according to Arrington. They will compete in four competitions: 1) Onstage Question, 2) Talent, 3) Evening Gown, and 4) Lifestyle and Fitness.On hand to judge this year’s competition are Dr. Myla Bennett, a celebrity doctor and philanthropist seen on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta; Thomas W. Dortch. Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors for The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame; and Ocielia Gibson, a former Miss Black USA, author, and speaker. The event’s host will be Stevie Baggs Jr., a former NFL athlete, who previously starred as the bachelor on WE-TVs Match Made in Heaven.Finals for the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant take place August 12 at the University of the District of Columbia.
Boosted by a rally in stocks, total market valuation of listed companies at the National Stock Exchange (NSE) hit the Rs 100 trillion-mark on Wednesday. The market capitalisation (m-cap) of NSE listed firms rose to Rs 100.2 trillion at the end of trade. The 50-share Nifty hit a historic high of 8,741.85. The 50-share index also registered all-time closing high of 8,729.50, a gain of 33.90 points or 0.39 per cent.“Extending their northward journey for fifth day in a row, the key benchmark indices gained close to half a per cent. Initially, firm global cues helped index to open on positive note which later followed by a range bound session till the end,” said Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities Limited. At the Nifty, 27 stocks advanced, while 23 declined. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHUL was the biggest gainer with 5.34 per cent rise, while ITC with a loss of 5.15 per cent was the biggest loser at the Nifty. Bonanza Portfolio Senior Vice-President Rakesh Goyal said the crucial Budget date announcement was also a market mover. Scaling a similar peak, the total market valuation of all listed firms at the BSE had hit a record high of Rs 100 trillion in November last year. At present, the total market cap of BSE listed firms stands at Rs 1,02,56,540 crore. Meanwhile, rising for the fifth day in a row, benchmark the BSE Sensex on Wednesday set a life-time high of 28,958 points and NSE Nifty recorded a historic 8,741 points as overall macro outlook and optimism over forthcoming budget continue to buoy investor sentiment. The Sensex ended the day’s trade at a record 28,888.86, up by 104.19 points or 0.36 per cent from its previous close.
Kolkata: Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRL) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) was inaugurated.Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), inaugurated the VRL at its Park Unit location in Kolkata. Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), CMD GRSE, SS Dogra, Director (Finance), AK Nanda, Director (Personnel), Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, Director (Shipbuilding) and other senior officials of GRSE were present during the inaugural programme. Vijayendra, Joint Secretary (Naval Systems), Department of Defence Production was also present during the occasion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a Press communique, the design activity in Central Design Office was required to be strengthened and it often requires quick, reliable and accurate resolution of design issues. It was raised by the production branch or the vendor. Now, the virtual reality facility also enables fast analyses of upcoming issues in design phases leading to better time and resource management. Now 3-D models can be created in a virtual environment for assisting the production teams and customers to expedite approvals.It may be mentioned that GRSE has developed capabilities for in-house design and shipbuilding.It has made considerable contributions to the indigenous warship construction program of the country, which includes state-of-the-art frigates and corvettes to fast patrol vessels.
Virtual Teams Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Avoiding in-office distractions can be a major plus for your company. 5 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Tetra Images | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 February 27, 2017 As the American workplace evolves, more and more companies are thinking of ways to increase productivity without reducing the caliber and engagement of their teams. Additionally, there is increased pressure on venture-backed startups to operate leaner until they can generate revenue. As a result, many companies are turning to virtual employees, found through sites like Upwork and similar services, to manage administrative tasks at a more sensible rate.One survey found that 64 percent of employees at international companies participate in virtual teams and that 52 percent of those teams were based outside of the company’s home country. Now that technology is bringing us closer together, it is easier than ever for companies to leverage top talent at reasonable rates from all around the world.Related: 4 Reasons While Small Companies Are Going RemoteA common misperception of virtual workers is also slowly fading as data suggests that the global workforce is becoming more skilled in English and cross-cultural work. A global HR report from SHRM details that 57 percent of English-speaking workers in Asian countries have a moderate to high proficiency in the language.Another survey indicates that 73 percent of employees believe the challenges that may come with virtual teams are overshadowed by the benefits. Perceptions of virtual work are changing, especially as more companies create positions that are completely virtual or remote.Eric Taussig is the founder and CEO of Prialto and an expert in the world of virtual employees. He is convinced that one of the main reasons virtual work is on the rise is because “today’s companies need to be super focused on doing a few things very well.” As such, companies are more readily outsourcing tasks that are not within the main scope of their business.Here are the top three ways virtual workers make executives and organizations more effective.1. Administrative efficiency.Just like a business has to focus on being excellent at a minimal number of important tasks, executives need to be effective at the tasks that create the most value for their company. “Managed teams of assistants maximize an executive’s time by optimizing their schedule, making sure they have the right information and developing detail-oriented procedures to prevent missed opportunities or oversights,” said Taussig.So why are virtual workers so effective at reducing administrative roadblocks? One reason is that remote work helps them avoid distractions that often occur in office settings. Additionally, virtual workers are often better versed in social tools that help streamline collaboration.Related: When to Hire Virtual Assistants and Outsource Help2. Providing best practices.The arrival of sites like Upwork created a marketplace that connects companies with virtual workers all around the globe. The trouble with these marketplaces, however, is they created an entirely new problem. How do you recruit, vet and hire the right talent? And then what does managing that talent look like? These issues can create more work for companies, minimizing the benefits of outsourcing administrative functions.Taussig shares that the issue is not just helping workers find employers but rather, “the issue is creating the common framework and context so that they can work together more effectively once they have found each other. That’s exactly what a managed service does. It creates the context, the use cases, and the processes so that people can be effective working together across physical and cultural distances.” Virtual assistant companies add a crucial layer of curation and management to the freelance economy, benefiting both the companies that hire them and the talent that works for them.3. Resource allocation.Global Data Analytics research found that Fortune 1000 companies from all around the world are changing their office spaces in light of recent trends in mobile work. Since employees aren’t at their desks 50 to 60 percent of the work week, offices are condensing into smaller locations, saving vital costs for other key business functions.Fortune 1000 companies are not the only ones to benefit. A lot of small to midsize companies are considering office expenditures, so reducing the number of on-site employees could help alleviate the need for larger, more expensive office spaces. This is not to say that virtual workers will always be cheap — finding good talent will always cost more — but the other costs they can save, like time and space, often make them a better option than on-site or domestic employees.Related: Going Virtual: Hiring the Right Team for the Right WorkWhen considering whether or not integrating virtual workers into your business, make sure to look at your motivations and ensure that they align with the real benefits of outsourcing that talent. Instead of evaluating the decision based solely on the percentage of payroll costs it will save, consider how much of your time, energy and management efforts will be saved and what that would mean for your business. 3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective Guest Writer Sheila Eugenio 284shares Entrepreneur
Elon Musk 19 Times Elon Musk Had the Best Response Next Article Being a Silicon Valley billionaire comes with its pitfalls, one being that everything you say will be scrutinized by the public.Elon Musk doesn’t seem to mind though. Despite his position as the CEO of Tesla and chairman of SolarCity, Musk has noted his lack of filter and marketing skills, and the results are sometimes, well, perfect.Musk often takes to Twitter, most recently representing his Gigafactory in “units of hamster.” He also outwitted analysts this week after they asked him if the SolarCity merger was due to a conflict of interest. Fine Musk, you win.To celebrate him and his lack of filter, here are 18 times Musk made us laugh:Additional reporting by Nina Zipkin1. He trolled the trolls.While companies such as Google and Facebook grapple with how to weed out false news stories, Musk took to Twitter to weigh in on the work of a mysterious person named “Shepard Stewart,” who has been publishing fake pieces about him and his companies. He included a South Park reference, naturally.Can anyone uncover who is really writing these fake pieces? Can’t be skankhunt42. His work is better than this. https://t.co/Qs69AFMGE5— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 20162. Musk personally canceled a blogger’s Tesla pre-order after receiving a “rude” letter.Stewart Alsop, a California venture capitalist, learned that an open letter to Musk was a quick way to get his Tesla Model X order canceled.The letter claimed that the reveal of the Tesla Motors Model X started late, was too crowded and focused too much on safety.Musk personally responded to the blogger and canceled his order. He then went a step further to address the media.Must be a slow news day if denying service to a super rude customer gets this much attention— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 20163. He denied his cousin a family discount at Tesla, or rather, offered a family discount to everyone.Lyndon Rive, SolarCity CEO and Musk’s cousin, made the mistake of asking for a family discount on the new Tesla.Musk’s response? “Yeah absolutely. Go to TeslaMotor.com, buy the car online, and the price you see there is the family discount,’” Rive told Tech Insider. “Everyone gets a family discount.”Rive wasn’t too offended. He has the Model S and his wife has the Model X. He also told Tech Insider that the response was “totally fair.”Related: 4 Pop Culture Fixations of Elon Musk4. He brought backseat reading lights back to the Model S because his son called it “the stupidest car in the world.”One of Musk’s most important critics, his son, complained that he couldn’t read in the back of his dad’s car.The Model S originally had reading lights in the back, but Tesla took them out to increase headroom in the back seat. One of Musk’s five sons thought that idea was stupid.Musk brought the backseat reading light back to the Model S, even offering to put the lights into cars that had already been delivered — for free.5. When Musk was asked about his personal life, his reaction was hilarious.Musk has joked in the past about how marriage hasn’t worked out for him, with his first marriage ending in divorce, and his second marriage also recently ending in divorce.But when asked about his personal life, the billionaire definitely seems to know what he’s doing.”I think the time allocated to the businesses and the kids is going fine,” Musk told Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. How much time does a woman want a week? Maybe 10 hours?”6. Apparently for Iron Man, getting wasted is in the job description.Musk told Bloomberg that Robert Downey Jr., who plays Marvel’s Iron Man, once showed up at the SpaceX office playing on the notion that Musk has been called the real Iron Man. Bloomberg’s reporter noted that Musk didn’t seem to have the bad-boy personality Tony Stark has.Musk replied, “Hey, I went to Haiti last Christmas and visited some pretty dangerous parts. I got wasted, too, on some drink they call the Zombie.”7. Musk got a little off track when introducing the bioweapon defense mode on the new Tesla Model X.As you may have heard, the Tesla Model X comes with a bioweapon defense mode.Originally designed to protect against pollution, Musk jokes that it could also protect against other hazards.“If there’s ever sort of an apocalyptic scenario, of some kind, hypothetically, you just press the bioweapon defense mode button,” Musk said, laughing. “This is a real button.”8. Musk made a sexual joke on The Late Show and then laughed at it while everyone else was still processing it.While on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Musk made a joke that even Colbert had to take a moment to think about.After showing a video of a “snake charger” that automatically plugs into your car, Musk joked, “For the prototype at least, I would recommend not dropping anything when you’re near it.”9. And Musk’s response to warming up the planet sounds incredibly nonchalant, but warning, it’s not.Musk frequently talks about Mars, which he refers to as a “fixer upper” planet. He has frequently been asked about the possibility of inhabiting the planet.The answer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Maybe we can just drop nuclear bombs on the north and south poles, he says casually.Related: 7 Takeaways in the Success of Elon Musk for Young Entrepreneurs10. Musk doesn’t recommended using the Model S as a boat, or does he?Sure, the Model S can float, but it’s not recommended by Tesla or Musk.After a man in Almaty, Kazakhstan, posted a video driving his Tesla through a flooded tunnel, Musk tweeted:We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016Sounds a bit like a recommendation.11. He most certainly doesn’t lie about what it takes to run a business.In an interview with Limitless Stars, Musk doesn’t exactly suggest starting a business. “Starting a company is like eating glass staring into the abyss of death. Um, if that sounds appealing, go ahead.”He sure makes it look easy though, simultaneously running two incredibly successful companies while taking care of five children.Click here to see the video. 12. He defined his Gigafactory in “units of hamster.”Elon Musk has been hard at work with his Gigafactory, dedicating more than $5 billion into the facility that will apparently be one of the largest buildings in the world. Musk made headlines in 2015 when he ramped up the construction schedule.Despite the serious nature of the factory for Tesla’s future, Musk posted on Twitter the “units of hamster” that the Gigafactory would take up. Yes, units of hamster. Some were unsatisfied with the animal chosen, requesting it be in units of puppies.Gigafactory in units of hamster pic.twitter.com/9BAchcBX73— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 201613. He shut down analysts on Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity.After Tesla and SolarCity made the announcement that the two would be merging, analysts started to question Musk, mostly because he owns around 20 percent of both companies. Isn’t that a conflict of interest?“The conflicts of interest,” Musk said to an analyst on Monday, “are if we don’t merge.”Well, when you put it like that.14. He was painfully honest about his struggles.When a Twitter user asked whether the ups and downs Musk has had make for a more enjoyable life, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX responded in a painfully honest way.The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don’t think people want to hear about the last two.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017I’m sure there are better answers than what I do, which is just take the pain and make sure you really care about what you’re doing— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017Yeah— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017Maybe not medically tho. Dunno. Bad feelings correlate to bad events, so maybe real problem is getting carried away in what I sign up for.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn’t fair to blame hell …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 201715. He corrected the record after a news story about the world’s “first crewless ship” published.When The Verge tweeted a story explaining that the “world’s first crewless ship will launch next year,” Musk had a one-word response.Umm … pic.twitter.com/bjJ0lNYK35— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2017Musk was referring to SpaceX’s three existing autonomous ships that support sea landings of its Falcon 9 reusable rocket.16. Even with a busy schedule, he provides customer service.Even while running Tesla, SpaceX and his side companies, Musk makes time for customers. After a Tesla customer tweeted about a poor experience he had in one of the Tesla stores, Musk responded directly to the person letting him know he was taking care of the issue.Def not ok. Just sent a reminder to Tesla stores that we just want people to look forward to their next visit. That’s what really matters.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 201717. He trolls his competition.In response to a USA Today story about Daimler’s announcement that it would be investing $1 billion in electric vehicles, Musk tweeted that $1 billion wasn’t enough to compete with Tesla. Daimler responded to Musk in agreement, saying that the figure was missing a zero and the company was actually spending $10 billion.Good— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 25, 2017People began speculating whether Musk’s tweet motivated Daimler to increase its investment, which turned out to be untrue, but Musk took the credit anyways.Yes, I did :)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 201718. He “groans” at his competition.After The Verge reported on Delphi Automotive’s $450 million acquisition of autonomous vehicle startup nuTonomy, Musk responded to the tweet with a groan … literally.Groan— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 24, 201719. He rips rival projects sarcastically.When asked about Uber’s flying car initiative as compared to the Boring Company’s more underground pursuits, Musk made it clear, dripping in sarcasm, that he isn’t the biggest fan of the idea.If you love drones above your house, you’ll really love vast numbers of “cars” flying over your head that are 1000 times bigger and noisier and blow away anything that isn’t nailed down when they land— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018But it turns out that his criticism wasn’t lost on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who had this to say about a potential way forward for the project.Challenge accepted. Improved battery tech (thx 2 @elonmusk) and multiple smaller rotors will be much more efficient and avoid noise + environmental pollution. https://t.co/563U0RqDYF— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) February 22, 2018 This is the break you were looking for. Grace Reader Add to Queue 10 min read Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. 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–shares John Boehner Succeeded in Politics Opposing Marijuana but in Retirement Has Joined the Medical Marijuana Industry Listen Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Guest Writer He was against it until he was for it.Republican John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, once said he was “unalterably opposed” to marijuana legalization. But the meaning of “unalterable” seems to have altered. This month, he joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, among the largest cannabis companies in the United States with cultivation, processing and dispensary operations. The company operates in 11 states with headquarters in New York City.“My thinking on cannabis has evolved,” Boehner said in a tweet.Related: A Tale of Neighboring Countries and Their Very Different Legal-Marijuana Banking SystemsVeterans, ResearchBoehner is joined on the Acreage Holdings advisory board by William Weld, the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Unlike the Ohio congressman who was Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, Weld has long supported legalization of marijuana.In a joint statement, the two advocated for marijuana being “de-scheduled.” That’s a reference to cannabis currently being a Schedule I drug under federal law, the harshest level possible. The pair focused on three issues involving marijuana.Veterans: They noted a study that found 20 percent of veterans self-medicate with marijuana to deal with post-traumatic stress syndrome. “Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage,” they wrote.Research: Marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug prevents the amount of research the pair said is needed to determine the potential for marijuana in treating medical conditions.Opioids: The pair also advocated for more research into marijuana as an alternative to prescription opioids in light of the opioid epidemic blamed for an estimated 115 deaths per day. Related: How to Stand Out From the Crowd: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Jeff the 420 ChefNot AloneFormer powerful politicians often end up on the boards of large companies. For example, in the years since he left office, Boehner has served on the boards of tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. and the law firm Squire Patton Boggs US LLP.But while his appointment to the Acreage Holdings board contradicts his earlier stance on marijuana, Boehner is not alone among Republicans in supporting marijuana legalization. A Gallup survey from 2017 found a majority of Republican voters favor legalizing marijuana.There’s also a nonprofit organization called RAMP (Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition) that advocates legalizing marijuana and ending the cannabis black market. On its site, the group states that they represent “all Republicans who oppose the inhumane and unjust practice of imprisoning people for using the cannabis plant.”All this runs contrary to the Trump Administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded Obama-era rules that protected states where marijuana is legal from interference by the federal government. President Trump has remained mostly silent on the issue since taking office.Related: Baby Boomers Support Medical Marijuana but SkepticallyFollow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Green Entrepreneur Podcast dispensaries.com Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images April 17, 2018 Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Cannabis The former Speaker of the House says he now recognizes the potential for medical pot to treat vets with PTSD and people addicted to opioids.
Technology Sites’ Personal Questions May Pose Security Risk What did your maternal grandfather do for a living? What was your high school mascot’s name? Your first pet’s name?If you have an online account at a retailer like Amazon.com, you’ve probably run into such questions when opening an account or when trying to recover one of the dozens of passwords you juggle in your head. Online businesses everywhere have embraced the technique, which is called knowledge-based authentication.Theoretically, the answers to these questions are so personal and obscure that knowing them proves you are you. Experts say, however, that the technology could end up helping hackers compromise your online accounts more easily.Knowledge-based authentication doesn’t replace user names and passwords; it’s an extra layer of security on top of such schemes, since hackers who stumble across your log-in credentials won’t easily figure out the name of your high-school sweetheart. Collecting log-in information and answers to secret questions from your computer requires keylogging software, making it harder for malicious hackers to triumph.Phishers Get Close to HomeJon Fisher, whose firm, Bharosa (acquired by Oracle last year), develops questions for companies to use, says knowledge-based authentication adds a step for account access. “Phishing both those pieces of information is fairly sophisticated.”But scammers have adapted, adding secret questions to their decoy pages, says Lance James, CTO of fraud research company Secure Science. Bank phishing sites may include their own fraudulent drop-down lists that capture people’s answers, which bad guys can then use to hack real accounts.Even when hackers don’t resort to subterfuge, these nuggets of information can be easier targets than passwords. Mark Burnett, author of Hacking the Code, has observed that seemingly random questions such as “What was the make of your first car?” have a narrow list of answers–in the case of autos, 38 major makers–that hackers can use to try to break into an account, versus a vast multitude of password combinations. Next Article Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » 2 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Asking about your mother’s home town is supposed to help legitimate sites protect your online accounts–but experts say hackers know more about you than you might think. March 25, 2008 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.
Add to Queue –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Contributors This story originally appeared on PCMag Cars Image credit: Delphi These Companies Are Building an Autonomous Car Platform Next Article August 24, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Mobileye and Delphi Automotive are teaming up to build an autonomous driving system that carmakers can add to their vehicles as early as 2019.The companies’ so-called Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform is geared towards car makers that might not want to spend millions on self-driving technology R&D. With CSLP, Delphi and Mobileye will offer Level 4 or 5 autonomous driving capability, in which Level 0 is where a driver controls all aspects of the car and Level 5 is a fully self-driving car that doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Delphi and Mobileye will demo their solution at CES 2017 and start fleeting testing shortly thereafter in order to start production by 2019.The companies declined to provide exact details on the deal, though Delphi CEOKevin Clark said during a conference call that it’s worth “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Delphi and Mobileye have actually worked together on various projects for 15 years, but this effort will “build a new class of machine intelligence capable of mimicking human driving capabilities,” said Mobileye’s Chairman and CTO, Amnon Shashua.In June Mobileye announced a deal with Intel and BMW to produce self-driving cars by 2021. When asked about that today, Shashua waved off concerns that BMW might be irked to hear that other car makers will get a self-driving solution before it does. The Delphi deal is “complementary,” he said.”The goal here is to build a solution for customers and BMW is a customer,” he responded. Whatever Mobileye does with Delphi will help BMW in the long run. And while Delphi and Mobileye want a production-ready solution by 2019, it might not get into cars until 2021, depending on when car makers buy in, the same time the BMW solution would arrive.Delphi, meanwhile, was selected earlier this month to provide vehicles and compatible software for a fleet of autonomous taxis in Singapore. Trials of six Audi SQ5s will continue for three years, before the commuter program goes live in 2022.Delphi already operates a self-driving fleet in Silicon Valley, and completed a coast-to-coast autonomous trip across the U.S. last year. The company is also eyeing pilot programs in North America and Europe. Stephanie Mlot and Chloe Albanesius 2 min read Enroll Now for $5
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Source:https://www.sdsu.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 5 2019A San Diego State University study found some parents who smoke at home can be nudged outdoors with a combination of coaching, lights and sound.”Project Fresh Air” installed equipment in nearly 300 homes that flashed a warning light and emitted a tone whenever air monitors detected secondhand smoke. The result was an apparent near-20 percent reduction in smoking and other activity that set off the alerts.Mel Hovell, who led the study at SDSU’s Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, said his goal is to protect children from the harm associated with secondhand smoke–including asthma, bronchitis and ear infections.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connection”If they’re living in a home that’s contaminated by tobacco, they’re being damaged every single day,” he said. “If they’re breathing active smoke it’s even worse.”The study was the first to combine motivational coaching on smoking with an immediate form of feedback, and follows decades of previous research by Hovell and others at SDSU on secondhand smoke and the residue from thirdhand smoke left on carpets, furniture and other household materials.Families throughout San Diego County were invited to participate. All had at least one child under 14 (the average age was 4). Researchers provided up to four sessions of coaching aimed at encouraging smokers to take their habit outside.When they didn’t, the smoke they produced caused a light on the installed home device to switch to yellow and the equipment to emit a low-frequency tone: three quick pulses. Continued exposure would lead to an even louder tone and a red light. The goal, Hovell said, was to reduce smoking inside the home by delivering almost immediate feedback.Collecting dataHovell’s team left the equipment in the homes for up to three months, including a one-month baseline period prior to the lights and sounds. They then crunched the data from a combined 27,443 days of measurement and compared them to a control group.The figures showed a 19.35 percent reduction in the air “particle events” that triggered the alarms, compared to the period before the intervention efforts. In the control homes, particle events actually increased slightly.”Smoking outdoors is relatively easy to do,” said Hovell. “Our job is to move them outside.”