Ahmed Sailor KO: Bosco edge out Fazlani 2-0 to reach semi-finals

first_imgSchoolboy Meet Mayekar scores 338 in Harris Shield match; opposition batsmen out for ducks! Mumbai: Men’s rights activists slam gender bias, say false charges cast shadow on genuine cases MSSA: Kimaya’s 3 does the ‘trick Reigning champions Don Bosco (Matunga) had quite a fight on hands and labored to a 2-0 win against a spirited Fazlani High School (Mazgaon) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys’ U-16 quarter-final match of the Ahmed Sailor knockout inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. Fazlani showed great character and put up a gallant display against the formidable Don Bosco outfit. But, after defending resolutely for long spells Fazlani conceded a soft goal following a misunderstanding between goalkeeper Krishiv Khimawat and the central defenders in the 38th minute.Related News Bosco’s attacking midfielder Krishna Karkera raced down the left flank and sent a low cross into the rival box, but the Fazlani goalkeeper and defenders were unable to clear the ball and Bosco’s striker Faiz Siddique charged in and with a back-heel managed to deflect the ball home. Bosco increased pressure on the opponents and five minutes later, doubled the lead. Keith Fernandes with a precise through pass found Shyam Redekar in the clear. Shyam controlled the ball as he advanced towards the Fazlani goal and calmly slotted past a hapless goalkeeper Krishiv in the 43rd minute to seal Bosco’s victory and a place in the semi-finals. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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Extra financial help for Indian football says Kiren Rijiju

first_imgThe government “will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible” for Indian football, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. “We have seen certain improvements in our men’s, as well as women’s football, in recent times. From the Sports Ministry, we will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible to scout, and nurture young talents as well as for the professional training, and other events,” Rijiju said in an exclusive video interview with www.the-aiff.com. The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the Intercontinental Cup here. “The Ministry of Sports will provide whatever is required for better training, coaching, facilities, and other demands and requirements whichever will be placed by the AIFF. “We’ll always be there. I’m very enthusiastic about supporting any kind of sport in India, and football is very special to me,” Rijiju said. He also praised the Indian women’s team for their recent rise in the FIFA rankings which were released on July 12. “I must compliment the women’s team for rising to 57 in the FIFA Rankings recently. That’s a huge jump. I’m very confident that the standard of the women’s team will rise further,” he said. “Football is the biggest game in terms of popularity, reach, size. We also have to put a lot of effort to improve our football. Be it a village or a city, football is a game which can be played anywhere. I’m very hopeful that the standard of Indian Football will rise in the years to come.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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One In Three Hospitality And Leisure Industry Employers Expect To Hire

first_img“Vacation’s all I ever wanted.” – lyrics from The Go-Go’s songThis year, vacation season may bring a job instead of a summer love.That’s because in the July through September quarter,  one in three employers in the hospitality and leisure industry are expected to hire all across the country – more than any other sector, according to the Manpower quarterly hiring survey.The net employment outlook for hospitality – which factors out employers that expect layoffs or other staff reductions – is 27 percent, or more than twice as robust as education and health care, information or construction, which typical hires many people in the spring and summer months.Altogether, Americans will spend $86.4 billion on summer vacations this year – nearly $16 billion more than last year, according to an Ipsos / Mondial Assistance survey of 1,000 adults. Almost half of Americans say they’re confident they’ll take a summer trip this year, up 5 percentage points from last year. This increase also extends to how much they expect to dish out for their holiday: $1,704, or 9 percent more than last year, according to the research.That spending increase will translate into more need for hotel and amusement park crew, for more bi-lingual staff and more professional managers to oversee them.Those leisure jobs are more than just bellhops and front desk clerks.  They include sales staff, recruiters and financial types, chefs and chief information officers, concierges and even candy makers – think fudge shops on Mackinac Island and other resorts. The array of jobs almost is as diverse as the sector is itself. Leisure and hospitality include major hotel companies such as Hilton, Marriott and Starwood and also restaurants, theme parks, miniature golf and more.So what traits are crucial in the hospitality field? Marie Artim, is vice president of talent acquisition for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and her team will hire about 8,500 college graduates into management training jobs this fiscal year. Her list of key attributes for her company and the hospitality sector in general consists of:Great communications. This means face to face as well as text and email and other written communication, and sometimes it can be groomed in sports or team settings as well as the workplace.Goal-oriented. Keep your eye on the prize, whether it’s customer satisfaction ratings or number of cars cleaned and available for rent each day.Customer service mindset. This show of helpfulness and friendliness is crucial in many jobs, merely important in others.Multi-tasker. Yes, it will be busy this summer at theme parks and resorts, and sometimes the lines will extend half a block. So employees must manage people, projects and paperwork all at once. Be adept at handling several tasks at once and stay calm too.“We look for leadership qualities,” said Artim, who joined Enterprise after college and suggests college students meet one of her recruiters face to face on campus in the fall. If they’re in a bigger hurry, they may want to check out Enterprise – and other hospitality employers – websites and Facebook pages for other tips and ideas on hiring.If you are thinking of switching sectors and joining the hospitality industry, you may want to start by visiting your local convention and visitors bureau and find out which businesses are thriving in your area. Or check in with the hotel assistant manager about how they hire – and what kind of jobs they anticipate filling – as you start your vacation.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag invokes Sholay spirit to wish birthday boy VVS Laxman

first_imgFormer India batsman VVS Laxman is celebrating his birthday as he turns 42 today. Born in Hyderabad, the man made a mark in the cricket world as he became famous for his double centuries.In the 16 years that he played Tests after his debut in 1996, he has made an appearance in 134 matches and scored an impressive 8781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 half-centuries. (Indian cricket’s redemption man: VVS Laxman turns 42)The cricketing fraternity- from Virender Sehwag to Anil Kumble – used the social media platform to express their best wishes for Laxman.Here are some of the best tweets and wishes:Happy Birthday @VVSLaxman281 .If Vanigurappa Venkata Sai ji was in Sholay,Gabbar would have said “Yeh kalaai (wrist) humka dede Laxman” pic.twitter.com/uuQ6RrZM4n Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 1, 2016Many happy returns of the day @VVSLaxman281 Have a wonderful day and a great year ahead! God bless! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) November 1, 2016Happy Birthday @VVSLaxman281. Wishes for another year of progress and happiness. Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) November 1, 2016Wish you a very happy birthday @VVSLaxman281 bhai. Have a great day. ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 1, 2016Happy Birthday Lachi @VVSLaxman281, a fantastic team man, a great human being who always wanted to do something special for India! pic.twitter.com/qQmC89SP5h sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 1, 2016Happy birthday to THE BEST human being I know.A very dear friend,class batsman,rab ka bandha??? #Happybirthdaylegend love you always ??? pic.twitter.com/cvaHaMSj1e Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 1, 2016Happy b’day to one of d best batsman of indian cricket and nightmare for Australia #legend @VVSLaxman281 God bless you always sir ?ºadvertisement Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) November 1, 2016Wishing @VVSLaxman281 bhai a very Happy Birthday.. Hope you have a blessed year, n thanks for all the help always. #Legend pic.twitter.com/xCz6XZp9E2 Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) November 1, 2016very happy birthday to d guy who laughs his heart out n make others happy too @VVSLaxman281 #birthday #legend pic.twitter.com/kHWV4chpbu Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 1, 2016Happy birthday to @VVSLaxman281 great man and great human being #HappyBirthdayVVSLaxman pic.twitter.com/2YjnKPVpth Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 1, 2016Heartfelt birthday wishes to one of Best human beings I know @VVSLaxman281 he is still the angel we all strive to be.have a blessed life ????????? Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) November 1, 2016last_img read more

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LG G6 images leaked, show it is ditching modular design of G5

first_imgLG G6 leaks have been touting a water resistant smartphone and it was expected that the phone may not carry forward the modular design its predecessor the LG G5 boasted. Now a video showing renders of the LG G6 has been posted on YouTube showing how the phone may appear in its sealed unibody design.Also Read: LG V20 Review: Android Nougat supercharged The renders surfacing on Gear make the phone look very similar to the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7, in fact a combination of both with the metal and glass design taken from the former and forged in shape and color scheme of the latter.Though it is not clear what LG is planning to put inside the G6, the renders hint towards the probability that the phone will not have the modular design similar to that of the G5. The company may not revert to its old design either, that sported a curved removable back.LG is said to be opting for a completely new design pattern with the G6 that though takes away the modular capability of the device but brings in several other aspects that includes a slim form factor, chic looks and water resistance. The phone is expected to make an appearance at MWC 2017.Samsung may also choose to stick with the Galaxy S7 design, which is one of the best the company has ever made. There are rumours that Samsung would switch to curved display on all phones variants it will be launching in the high end segment and scrapping the flat screen altogether. It is expected to launch two variants of Galaxy S8 in April next year at an event in New York.advertisementWhile both the smartphones will run Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the renders show the LG carrying a dual camera on its back that Galaxy S8 may not posses. LG could be enhancing its dual camera module that we saw on LG G5 and the LG V20 for use in G6. What we fathom from the renders is that it may not be protruding out of the chasis like it does on the two phones.Also Read: LG G6 may avoid fight with Galaxy S8 with early launch Yet nothing can be confirmed as of now. Renders are just graphic representation of the actual phone created using designing software. It may not represent the actual design to the inch or even completely.last_img read more

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(REOPENS DEL 37)

first_imgThe Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government, seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for Jallikattu events in the state.”I assure you that Jallikattu issue, bulls are not ill-treated … as far as animal welfare is concerned, no one will have to teach Tamil Nadu. It has a great cultural heritage. We have learnt how to behave with cows, bulls, small and big animals because of culture. It is not because of law that we are learning all these things.”Therefore, I am very much clear that this is a culture of the society and regional sports, cultural sports and sports involved with man and animals, they play together and enjoy everything with the restrictions. We do not think there is any ill-treatment with the bulls,” Dave said.Political parties, including DMK, have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival, this year.Protests have also been held across the state, including here, by Jallikattu supporters, demanding that the sport be held this year coinciding with Pongal.”I am sure that the Supreme Court will look at all these things and give its decision and we will be able to celebrate our festivals with full pleasure. But first we will have to wait till the Supreme Court gives its final judgement,” he said. PTI TDS IKAlast_img read more

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LDALL JALLIKATTU 2 LAST

first_imgThe Centres move came as Tamil Nadu has been brought toThe Centres move came as Tamil Nadu has been brought to a standstill by a shutdown and protests by students, youths and other sections demanding immediate staging of the traditional sport in Alanganallur, epicentre of Jallikattu, and other places.The protesters have said they would not withdraw the agitation until the event is held.Earlier, Panneerselvam, who stayed back in the national capital after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, announced this morning that the state government would issue an ordinance in a day or two to allow Jallikattu.He said legal steps would be taken to remove “all obstacles” in the way of holding the sport.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on whom a large delegation of AIADMK MPs called, as also Environment Minister Anil Dave and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave assurances of early steps by the Centre to resolve the issue soon.Parallely, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that the Centre was in talks with Tamil Nadu to find a way out in the matter after which the court agreed not to pass judgement for a week on the Jallikattu issue.With the Centre drawing flak, BJP sought to project that its government was actively engaged in resolving the issue.The Law Minister said he has held discussions with BJP president Amit Shah on the issue, while Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan flanked Dave when he met the media.advertisementThough political parties have been kept away from the youth uprising, main opposition party DMK staged state-wide rail roko agitation, with its Working President MK Stalin leading the protests by squatting on tracks in Mambalam. Stalin and Kanimozhi besides many DMK workers were arrested.Stalin has also announced that he will observe a day long fast tomorrow.The call for general strike by various trade unions including those affiliated to DMK and the Left parties besides section of traders bodies led to a shutdown with shops and business establishments downing shutters and schools and colleges remaining closed across the state.The Tamil film industry expressed solidarity with Jallikattu supporters, with top actors and actresses joining a silent protest. Film shootings were suspended for the day. Superstar Rajinikanth, actors Ajit Kumar, Surya, Siva Karthikeyan besides actress Trisha, who had faced flak from the pro-Jallikattu groups for her perceived opposition to the sport by reportedly being associated with PETA, joined the silent protest. Autos and call taxis kept off the roads even as few government buses plied on the roads.Banking operations took a hit with workers taking part in protests. Employees of various IT companies held placards and banners with slogans against NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many inter and intra-state trains were fully and partially cancelled while some others were diverted. The suburban EMU services ran late. In Chennai, all roads led to Marina beach with men and women, clad in black, besides children joining the protest that has transcended political and other differences. PTI SA VGN VIJ BN CPB TDS ACB NAB RT AKK VSC AKKlast_img read more

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Mo Farah says Birmingham Grand Prix will be his last indoor race

first_imgMo Farah will end his indoor running career with a 5,000 metres at Saturday’s Birmingham Grand Prix, the British Olympic champion said on Friday. (Latest Sports stories)”I think tomorrow will be my last track race indoors,” Farah, 33, told a news conference.The two-time Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion eventually plans to turn to road racing as he continues his athletics career.He said last year that 2017 would probably be his final season of running on the track outdoors.Farah, Britain’s most successful track athlete, defended his Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles in Rio de Janeiro last year. He has also won five outdoor world championships.last_img read more

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Eugenie Bouchard crashes out of Indian Wells

first_imgCanadian Eugenie Bouchard, who three years ago appeared destined for tennis stardom, took another step backward with an early loss at the BNP Paribas Open hereThe 23-year-old Bouchard, a former top-five player who is currently ranked No. 53, won the opening set of her first-round match against Germany’s Annika Beck on Thursday but she was unable to maintain that high level and fell 6-3, 2-6, 2-6. (Also read: Eugenie Bouchard stays true to her word, goes out on blind date with Super Bowl fan)Next up for Beck in the second round will be 26th-ranked Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, reports Efe.In other first-round women’s singles action Thursday, Spanish qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo advanced with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over 36th-ranked Russian Ekaterina Makarova.The 20-year-old Sorribes topped the two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist in just one hour and 19 minutes and will next face Polish world No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round.In men’s singles action Thursday at this hard-court event, another promising 20-year-old, Russia’s Karen Khachanov, kicked off his Indian Wells campaign in style with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo.last_img read more

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Barcelona condemn ‘unfair and disproportionate’ Lionel Messi ban

first_imgBarcelona have condemned FIFA’s decision to impose a four-match international ban on striker Lionel Messi for verbally abusing a match official in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile last week.Messi was dealt the suspension and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,069.48) by FIFA’s disciplinary panel and is due to miss three more of Argentina’s remaining four World Cup qualifiers after sitting out Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Bolivia. (Also read: FIFA bans Lionel Messi for four international matches)”FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina and Chile,” the club said. (Also read: Luis Enrique, Gerard Pique marvel at prolific Lionel Messi)”The club considers the four-match suspension imposed on the Argentine player to be unfair and totally disproportionate.”Finally, FC Barcelona wishes to reiterate its support for Leo Messi, an exemplary player in terms of conduct, both on and off the pitch.”The 29-year-old Messi will also miss Argentina’s games away to Uruguay and home to Venezuela and Peru. The five-times world player of the year will be eligible again when the country’s last World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Oct. 10.Argentina are fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, a point behind the automatic qualification spots.The top four qualify directly for the World Cup in Russia next year and the fifth-placed side go into a playoff against a team from Oceania for another place in the global showpiece event.advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive: Yusuf Pathan looks forward to entertaining season for Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ explosive all-rounder Yusuf Pathan said he was looking forward to an entertaining season with the two-time Indian Premier League champions as the Gautam Gambhir-led side look to make it count in the league’s tenth edition.Eyeing a comeback into the national fold, the 34-year-old Pathan who has not played for the Indian team for more than five years now, said: “IPL is one such platform where I can prove myself again.””My aim is to play for India. I can grow from here and this will be a platform for me to play for India and grab the opportunities from there on. I always think of doing well in the IPL and make a comeback for India,” he told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.The Knight Riders, who won the cash-rich league in 2012 and 2014, will start their IPL 2017 campaign in an away game against Gujarat Lions on April 7.The team wear a settled look coming into the season. The management splurged on New Zealand’s Trent Boult, England’s Chris Woakes, Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile and Rovman Powell from the West Indies in this year’s auction to bolster their fast bowling department. The team also has the likes of Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hassan, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav in their spin arsenal. (KKR aim to win third IPL title, says Suryakumar)Their batting unit is led by captain Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Darren Bravo, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn and Pathan.However, KKR received a major jolt earlier this year when their star West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell was banned for one year following violation of whereabouts clause pertaining anti-doping rules.advertisementALSO WATCH: INDIAN STARS LAID LOW BU INJURIESPathan feels the team will surely feel Russell’s absence. (KKR sign De Grandhomme to replace Russell)”We will miss Russell, especially me. We had great partnerships together. But we have some good players and all-rounders in the team and we will try to fill in the space,” he said.”It will be an entertaining season. New players have come in,” he added. (Everyone needs to fill in for Andre Russell’s absence: Gambhir)Pathan also hoped to get a message from their co-owner Shah Rukh Khan before the team kick-starts its season in Rajkot.”I haven’t talked to Shah Rukh Khan yet but I’m sure we will get a message from him soon,” he said.last_img read more

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Talking vs. Doing: Inversely Proportional!

first_imgThe above is by Chas: Read more at Talking vs. Doing. (My board members talk AND do, by the way, but I’m just lucky I guess!)Sorry I haven’t blogged lately. Like Chas’s graph, I’ve been talking rather than doing — giving speeches, to be exact. I spoke at the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Atlanta yesterday and I’m delivering the keynote at the NC Nonprofits conference tomorrow morning.If you like this chart, you’re in for a treat. The Chart Fun Blog Carnival Extravaganza is here! Stay tuned – in about two hours it will be up here on the blog.last_img read more

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Donor Love Part Two: Get Clued into Stronger Donor Relationships—Recommit to Your Privacy Policy

first_imgGot 2 minutes? Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen donor relationships, and/or what’s in your way. Thanks! Consider Colonel Mustard. The data your organization has on him has greatly expanded in breadth and depth since he first shared his name and email address seven years ago to subscribe to your e-tips on healthy eating. This is where your privacy policy comes in. Fail—with an outdated, incomplete, or unsupported privacy policy—and he’ll break up with your organization fast, furious, and forever. By now, Colonel Mustard’s data spans multiple interactions across programs, campaigns, channels, and time. What was once anecdotally noted is now systematically tracked and easily accessed and analyzed—seven years of activity, from his initial $20 donation to your nonprofit’s anti-pesticide campaign, through unsubscribing to that tips email, volunteering to share your curriculum in with Rotary Clubs in the region, rowing and fundraising in your Top of the Charles crew fundraiser two weeks ago, and, just yesterday, sharing your “ask a friend to volunteer” email with two of his friends. The trust you build in committing to a thorough, respectful privacy policy will enable your organization to source the data that sharpens your insights, strengthens your relationships, and motivates more of the actions you need. Are done! You know your organization dealt with its privacy policy way back when as you launched your first website and bulk emails. What’s to talk about? Are roles and responsibilities for privacy policy development, implementation, communications, and updating clearly outlined and assigned? 5. You have these key insights about the Colonel’s because he trusts you to protect his data. Does it cover how your organization captures, stores, and uses all donor, volunteer, and participant data? Most policies focus solely on contact information. 6. Keep the trust! Review, revise, and recommit to your privacy policy. Get a clue! Here’s why recommitting to your privacy policy is an important step to stronger donor relationships: Read Donor Love: Part One He invests his data with your organization in exchange for a relevant, connected, and engaging experience—like that thank you email. Do you convey to your donors what you’re doing, privacy policy-wise, emphasizing the value to them? How does your organization show your donors love? Please share what’s working, or what’s getting in your way, here. You show him that you know in your customized year-end thank you email that hit on his volunteering and his involvement in the recent race. He loves that personal connection—it makes him feel like a real and valued part of your organization and impact. Rely on your tech colleagues to handle everything related to your privacy policy. Let me guess! You: 3. He knows his profile—preferences, habits, and actions—is valuable to your organization. 1. Donors are sharing more personal data than ever before. Your organization relies on insights drawn from that data, so you want to keep it coming. Can’t see how your organization’s privacy policy relates to donor loyalty. But you need his data to deliver it. 4. That’s the kind of useful and unified experience required to drive Colonel Mustard’s next action. 2. Colonel Mustard knows you’re harvesting his data. With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

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Best Free and Low-Cost Font Resources for Freelancers

first_imgAs a freelancer, sometimes you have to be your own designer. Need to make your own business cards? Write a thank you note to your clients? Post a flyer for your services in the library? Of course, you’d ideally hire a freelance graphic designer, but if you’re on a budget, look no further than these great resources.Remember, each of these fonts are designed by a skilled, human font designer (many of whom are independent), so sending them a thank you if they’re free or paying less than the price of dinner for a great font is a great way to support their efforts.DaFontThe mecca of free fonts, the holy grail of designer resources, dafont.com is an archive of thousands of free and downloadable fonts. You can search by themes (http://www.dafont.com/themes.php), like “Handwritten,” “Runes/Elvish,” and basic “San Serif.”You can use most of these fonts for commercial purposes, but always check the license on the font.Font SquirrelFontSquirrel is another good resource, especially for more traditional/business fonts. Very easy to use, which is a blessing. They also have a section for almost free fonts (http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/list/almost_free).Ten Dollar FontsA collection of fonts for — you guessed it — just $10 each. Ten Dollar Fonts is unique in that it features the work of a limited collection of font designers, and carefully curates the selection. (So if you’re design-illiterate, you know you’re getting a cool font.)You Work for ThemGreat fonts at a variety of prices, mostly inexpensive. If you use Photoshop, they also have great photos, vectors, and brushes. YWFT originally started as a site to sell their own fonts (to clients like Apple, Disney, Harley Davidson, etc.)How do I use fonts in Word/PowerPoint/etc.?On a PC:1. Download the font.2. Double click to open the folder. Unzip the file if necessary.3. Double click the font you want to install. It should open a preview window.4. Click “Install” in the upper left.5. When you reopen Word etc., the new font should appear on your standard font list.On a Mac:1. Close any open applications. (In order for the font to appear in Word, for example, you need to close the application, download the font and THEN open the application. It won’t show up otherwise.)2. Download the font. It should appear as a folder or TTF file in your Downloads folder.3. Open the font in your Downloads folder or using Finder.4. Open your Font Book. Just search “Font Book” in Finder.5. Drag the TTF file or font folder into your Font Book.6. Open your application. The font should appear in your standard font list.For recent Mac OS:1. Download the font.2. Double click the font. A window will pop up.3. Press “Install Font” at the bottom right of the pop up.If you want to use a fancy font on your website…You need a webfont, not a desktop font. More on that here and here!Good luck, amateur designers!last_img read more

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How to use social media to stay on top of your marketing game

first_imgFiguring out a social media marketing strategy can seem overwhelming.Never fear, freelancers: I invented a hashtag acronym (hacronym?) for you to unleash onto an unsuspecting internet, #COINED. It’s a simple way to remember what you have to focus on in social media.It may be troubling that most of your life exists in an omnipresent cloud, but there are some distinct advantages of this — especially when trying to market and grow your freelancing business.CONTENTIt is important to both create and curate the content you put on your various social media platforms. Make sure that the content is interesting and useful to your client base and that it is line with the platform. The audience on each platform is different; tailor your content appropriately.What content should I post on each platform?Check out this great content cheat sheet:We’ve written extensively about what content is appropriate and client-attracting on Twitter.We’ve broken down content strategy by platform here.ORGANIZESuccessful websites and social media profiles belong to those who keep a schedule, have a plan of attack, and update often. Additionally, keeping an eye on the success of your social media marketing using Google Analytics will allow you to further tailor your overall strategy.Be the (wo)man with the plan:The most effective way to organize yourself is by making a Social Media Tactical Plan like the sample one here.IDENTITYCreating a strong brand identity is essential to any successful business. Your brand should be consistent throughout all of your platforms and distinguish you from other businesses and individuals.What is my social media identity?Consider these personal branding tips when identifying your brand.Don’t be afraid to be a dork. Be passionate about what you do.Whatever your unique brand value, highlight reliability and professionalism in your brand image.NEWSJACKNewsjacking and real time marketing is a new way to capitalize on the popularity of a current news story or twitter trend to bring attention to your brand. Let us never forget the time that Arby’s of all companies won the internet. (Just don’t overdo it.)Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back? #GRAMMYs— Arby’s (@Arbys) January 27, 2014ENGAGEThe internet is a vast and often time impersonal tool for communication. However, engaging with your audience through your various social media platforms can be a great way to build relationships with potential clients as well as get a sense of what kind of people they are and what they want.Questions to ask yourself:Are you providing your audience with relevant content?Are you responding to all of your messages and mentions in a timely manner?Are you finding new and exciting ways to engage, for example with contests or other promotions (giving away a print, offering free advice, etc.)?DIVERSIFYNot only should you be on a variety of social media platforms however, you should diversify your content within those platforms to allow for maximum impact. Recently Facebook changed their algorithm, which has severely impacted what posts show up in newsfeeds. One way to combat the algorithm blues is to alternate between text, media, and link-based posts.Don’t get monorailed:Learn how to get started on all the different social media platforms here.Follow Mashable, Social Media Examiner, or another trusted social media news source to stay up-to-date on stuff like algorithm changes.Get all your social media question answered on this great frequently asked questions list.Freelancers, what is your best #tip for social media marketing?last_img read more

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4 smart moves for winning your next freelance proposal

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.What’s your close rate on proposals? Do you win one out of every 10 gigs you quote? Two of 10? Five of 10? More?Even if you don’t know your close rate exactly, you probably have an idea of where you fall on the scale:I win far fewer gigs than I want to–I need to close more!I win a modest amount of proposals–but could still use more work.I win tons of proposals and have more work than I can handle.Me? I’m in the latter camp, and pretty much have been since I started freelancing 15 years ago. If you want to improve your proposals and win more gigs, read on. I’m going to teach you the secret to my proposal success–what I do to win lots of proposals.By the way, I share this advice not only as a freelancer, but also as a consumer of freelance services. I’ve been on the buying side of freelance services for the last 15 years, too, both for my own businesses and for my clients’ businesses, so I know what turns clients on–and off.Let’s dive in.Step 1: Read the entire job description carefully, noting special requirements.Seems obvious, I know. But I’m shocked at how few freelancers actually read proposals. I posted a few gigs recently asking prospective freelancers to respond to a specific set of questions, and immediately nixed those who ignored that request.Some special requests may be unusual, like this one, spotted on an Upwork gig:What do you think this cat is thinking?If you missed answering that specific question, it wouldn’t matter how good your proposal was because the client would probably decline it without reading.Step 2: Learn about the client.This step is important because it tells you how serious the client is, the nature of her business, and whether you may have opportunities for future work.I learned from the proposal page of the client who asked the cat question that she’s posted more than 6,000 jobs on Upwork (Elance / Odesk), and has spent more than $50,000. Other recent gigs she posted include:Android developer, long-term, full-time positionAnimator to illustrate process flowsCopy editorLogo designerOnline researcher for sales teamCustomer support associateEconomic consultantYou can tell from these details that the client is running or responsible for one or more serious businesses. She’s likely not a solopreneur or half of a mom-and-pop endeavor, although that could be the case. The takeaway? Step up your professionalism to win this gig.Access resources to help build your career (it’s free!)Become a Freelancers Union memberStep 3. Put yourself in the client’s shoes to analyze the project.Talk is cheap, so let’s analyze a real-life proposal from Upwork together. I chose a job for a virtual assistant, and one for which the client is willing to pay for expert-level support. (I assume those are the kinds of jobs you want, right?)Here’s the post:I need to hire a virtual assistant to review some spreadsheets. You will need to perform some data entry. I’ve got several hundred job applications spread across a hundred open positions. I need some help evaluating these applications. Your job, if you choose to accept it, would be to read every job description, read some details from every application, and then write a short note and assign a numeric score assessing the fit of each applicant for the job in question.This gig received 147 proposals. The client interviewed two freelancers, and hired three.Would you have responded even if you lacked experience evaluating applications? What would your proposal have looked like?Even though I’m not a virtual assistant, I’ll show you how I’d evaluate this request:I need to hire a virtual assistant to review some spreadsheets. You will need to perform some data entry.First, note that the client wants someone to review spreadsheets and do data entry. If you have that experience, great. If you’ve taken a data entry test and can speak to your KPH, better.I’ve got several hundred job applications spread across a hundred open positions. I need some help evaluating these applications.Next, note that the client needs to fill 100+ positions, and has hundreds of job applications for those positions. What’s that tell you?It tells me that the client is probably extremely busy, and may be feeling overwhelmed faced with this monumental–and crucial–task. Making the right hires is super important to any company.I’m betting that this client is looking for something far beyond data entry and spreadsheet experience, so if that’s all your proposal talks about, your chances of getting hired are likely low.Your job, if you choose to accept it, would be to read every job description, read some details from every application, and then write a short note and assign a numeric score assessing the fit of each applicant for the job in question.Wow. That’s a hefty responsibility. You will be, in effect, judging whether or not a candidate is suitable for a particular role as outlined in the description. Which means that the client is either directly or indirectly responsible for doing the same thing.Let’s think about this work.First, what abilities might you need? How about the ability to:Read between the lines, so that if the job description says “marketing experience” and the resume says “grew a firm’s revenue from $120K to $360K using outbound techniques,” you can make the connection and score resumes appropriatelyIdentify candidates’ unique differentiatorsClearly and concisely communicate back to the client what those differentiators areSecond, what will the result be if you do a bang-up job and perform with excellence? The client is going to look good. She’s not going to miss great applicants, which means competitors won’t be able to snap them up.Third, what will be the result if the client hires the wrong freelancer–someone who does a poor job? Well, the client is probably going to miss some really great people. Or hire the wrong people. Either way, that’s going to make her — or someone she’s reporting to — look really bad.Granted, we might be overanalyzing, but most freelancers won’t bother with any analysis, which means that this work is going to help you set yourself and your proposal apart.Step 4. Armed with your insights, write the proposal.How would you start a proposal for a job like this? So many freelancers start this way:Hello. I’m interested in this job, having worked for 10 years as a virtual assistant. I have a degree in journalism, and many satisfied and repeat clients. My Upwork success rate is 100% and I am a top rated provider. I am free to begin this work immediately. I … I … I ….The problem with a proposal like that is that it’s all about you, the freelancer. I count five “I”s and “my”s over four sentences. That’s way too much. I also count zero “you”s. That’s way too little.While it’s good to introduce yourself, you also want to stand out from the crowd by showing the client that you’ve thought about the work, have an idea of what’s needed, and will help her achieve the results she’s looking for. Make the proposal all about HER, and speak to what you’ve gathered from your evaluation.“Hello. I’m Renae Gregoire, a virtual assistant here on Upwork. I’d be happy to pre-evaluate applicants for you by comparing the details of their applications to job descriptions and the scoring method you provide. I recognize the importance of this task because just as the right hires can put your company on the fast-track to success, the wrong hires can bring it down.I’m not entirely sure what you’re looking for, but imagine that you’d want me to:Read between the lines, so that, for example, if the job description says “marketing experience” and the resume says “grew a firm’s revenue from $120K to $360K using outbound techniques,” I could make the connection and score the resume appropriatelyIdentify candidates’ unique differentiatorsClearly and concisely communicate back to you what those differentiators areIf you have any questions, or if you’d like to speak further, please message me. I’m available to start immediately.Do you see what I did? That’s what you need to do, too.In summary:1. Read the request thoroughly. Note any unusual requirements (like being asked to describe what’s happening in a cat gif) so you don’t forget to respond to those elements.2. Check out the client. Is it a corporate thing? Is the work for an agency, or another freelancer? Different clients deal with different stressors, and you can address the right stressors in your proposal.3. Put yourself in the client’s shoes to analyze the request. Write down your answers to the following questions:Is the client in pain? What kind of pain? What might they be feeling?What negative things will happen if the job is not completed successfully?What good things will happen if the job is completed successfully?What might YOU expect a freelancer to do if you were hiring for this job?4. Write your proposal using the points you jotted down. Use the word “you” at least as much or more than you use the words “me, I, or my.” Focus on them, not on you.If you follow these steps and start winning more proposals, please let me know. I love to know when I’ve helped other freelancers experience success!Renae Gregoire is a freelance marketing writer who’s crazy-passionate about freelancing. Find her at www.facebook.com/realfreelancing, where she helps newbies to become freelancers, and established freelancers to win more freelance gigs.last_img read more

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Antonio Conte has no worries over squad’s resilience

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident his squad can cope with a far busier September than last year.The reigning Premier League champions will kick off at Leicester on Saturday in sixth place on six points, one spot below West Bromwich and one above Watford whilst Leicester are three points worse off and fifth from bottom after three games.The Leicester clash is quickly followed by Tuesday’s Champions League group game at home to Qarabag with Chelsea needing to fulfil seven fixtures in just 21 days, an intense schedule Conte did not have to worry about last season.But the 48-year-old Italian was confident that all the hard work he was able to put in on the training ground in his first campaign meant his ideas were now firmly embedded in his players’ minds.”A year ago they didn’t know my idea of football, my physical work and the analysis,” he said.”It is easier now for me and my job at this point of the season. The feeling is a lot better if you compare now to this time last season.” (Liverpool recruit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain excited by Jurgen Klopp link-up)The Leicester game also provides new signing Danny Drinkwater with the opportunity to make his debut against the club that sold him for 35million ( 45.1 million, 37.9 million euros) on deadline day.Indeed, the deal was concluded so late that Leicester’s attempts to bring in a replacement — Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon — ended in farcical failure.FIFA refused to grant the Portugal midfielder international clearance after Leicester missed the deadline for submitting paperwork by just 14 seconds, placing the 22m move in doubt.advertisementSilva will not face the champions as Leicester prepare an appeal against FIFA’s decision but Riyad Mahrez is available after failing to seal a deadline-day move away.Jamie Vardy, who has started the season strongly in attack for Leicester, will play in the week he has admitted he could be tempted to leave in future to clinch more trophies having like Drinkwater won the Premier League two seasons ago with the Foxes.He rejected a move to Arsenal in the wake of that success.”I’m pleased with the decision I made,” said Vardy.”Turning down Arsenal doesn’t mean I wouldn’t look at another offer.”I want to win as much as possible, I don’t want to only have one Premier League medal in my drawer at home — it would be an empty glass cabinet.”I’m contracted to Leicester and we’ll see how high we can go. Down the road, there might be an opportunity to go to the MLS or China. It would be something I’d like to experience. I know it’ll involve moving the family again but it’ll give them a different experience to see different cultures.last_img read more

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Chris Gayle ill, to seek medical help in Christchurch

first_imgChris Gayle’s participation in the second ODI between West Indies and New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday, is doubtful according to Windies head coach Stuart Law. He informed that the opener is ill and is going to seek medical advice as soon as the West Indian team reaches Christchurch.Chris Gayle did not come out to field in the second innings of the first ODI between the teams in Whangarei, after falling prey to Doug Bracewell, who was returning to international cricket after a 16 months exile.”He’s ill. He’s going to seek further medical advice, once we arrive in Christchurch tomorrow. At this point in time, I can’t give you any further details of what’s going on,” said Stuart Law.The Universe Boss, playing in his first one day international match since September this year, was dismissed for a paltry 22 in the first of three ODIs against New Zealand. He was provoked by a length delivery around middle and leg, angling across his body, as Gayle had to play. He ended up having a tame push at the ball but managed only a nick that was gleefully accepted by Keeper Tom Latham.Gayle’s opening partner, Evan Lewis top scored with a classy 76. Shimron Hetymer (29) and Rovman Powell (59) also contributed to the team’s total, as other batsmen fell failed as West Indies managed only 248-9 in their 50 overs. New Zealand won the match by five wickets with four overs to spare.Law said that the conditions changed significantly through the course of the match and that New Zealand had won an important toss.advertisement”We would liked to have bowled first as well. Whether or not, the wicket got damp through the covers. It was certainly a tackiness to the surface when the game started,” said Law.”I looked at it half-time and it was bone dry. You would have liked an even contest, not taking anything away from New Zealand at all. We saw our opening batters. They’re pretty good strikers of the cricket ball, but they were having trouble locating it, which means the wicket was doing something. We didn’t see that this afternoon,” added Law.Law also felt that Lewis’s dismissal in the 36th over was the turning point of the match, given his shot-making skills. He also praised Powell’s innings as well.”He (Lewis) was circumspect with the deliveries he attacked. He’s a wonderful striker of the ball. Today he wasn’t able to be as free as he would’ve liked but he showed some class. He showed the ability to get through some really tough times, to build an innings, and then, unfortunately, was given out lbw when he was set. He was ready to continue that partnership with Rovman (Powell),” Law added.The hosts would be looking to take the ODI series after their convincing win in the first ODI. New Zealand, earlier also, inflicted a whitewash over the West Indies, securing the series 2-0.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and pacer Tim Southee will be rested for the second and third ODIs respectively.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

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