JLR pulls off best February sales, up 9.3% at 40,978 units

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today reported its best-ever retail sales for February at 40,978 vehicles, up 9.3 per cent from the same month last year.The months performance has been driven by strong sales of the Jaguar F-PACE, the XE, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Range Rover and the Evoque, with sales of the all-new Land Rover Discovery now also under way, the company said in a statement.The Jaguar brand recorded retail sales of 12,203 units in February, up 81.1 per cent, driven by the ongoing success of the Jaguar F-PACE as well as strong sales of the XE.The Land Rover saw sales of 28,775 vehicles in February, down 6.4 per cent compared to February 2016, primarily reflecting the discontinuation of the Land Rover Defender and the Discovery, which was only partially offset by the introduction of the all-new Land Rover Discovery and continuing sales of the Discovery Sport, the Range Rover and the Range Rover Evoque. PTI PRJ MSS ARDlast_img read more

Australia coach Darren Lehmann dismisses Virat Kohli’s DRS allegations

first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday trashed India skipper Virat Kohli’s allegations on the visitors taking directions from the dressing room on the usage of Decision Review System (DRS), saying that the Kangaroos have played the game in the right spirit. (Exclusive: Michael Clarke endorses Virat Kohli’s stance on Steve Smith’s DRS controversy)CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWLehmann said he was surprised to hear Kohli’s accusations after the hosts levelled the series 1-1 by winning the second Test within four days by 75 runs. (Australia responds to Virat Kohli’s DRS claim, calls it outrageous)”Never, ever, ever,” was Lehmann’s unequivocal response, according to a statement from Cricket Australia (CA). (Take action against Steve Smith for infringing DRS rules: Sourav Ganguly to Aaj Tak)”Very surprised to hear that, but it’s their opinion. He (Kohli) has his opinion and we have ours, but at the end of the day we play the game the right way.”We’ve changed the way we want to play, we’ve obviously changed the side and we’re a younger side so I’m pretty pleased with the way we do things now. We’ve never done any of that, so we’ll just get on with the next game,” he added. (Virat Kohli warns Australia: There are certain lines which shouldn’t be crossed)BRAIN FADEMeanwhile, CA chief executive officer James Sutherland termed the allegations on skipper Steve Smith as “outrageous”. (Steve Smith on DRS controversy: I shouldn’t have done that, it was a brain fade)”I find the allegations questioning the integrity of Steve Smith, the Australian Team and the dressing room, outrageous,” Sutherland said. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tried to cheat)advertisement”Steve is an outstanding cricketer and person, and role model to many aspiring cricketers and we have every faith that there was no ill-intent in his actions.””We reject any commentary that suggests our integrity was brought into disrepute or that systemic unfair tactics are used, and stand by Steve and the Australian Cricketers who are proudly representing our country,” he added.The 28-year-old Kohli had on Tuesday stopped just short of accusing the visitors of cheating, claiming that they had repeatedly looked to the dressing room for DRS advice, which Smith defended by terming it as a brain fade.last_img read more

Anil Kumble turns left-arm spinner to help Cheteshwar Pujara solve technical issues

first_imgA legendary former leg-spinner, India coach Anil Kumble went to the extent of bowling left-arm spin to help Cheteshwar Pujara overcome the challenges posed by Steve O’Keefe in the ongoing Test series against Australia.Pujara, who fell to left-arm spinner O’Keefe and premier pacer Mitchell Starc in the Pune Test, struck a gritty 92 in the second innings to set up a series-levelling win for India in Bengaluru.Also watch Sports Wrap: DRS storm overshadows India’s victory, Barcelona create historyHe worked hard on his game following the Pune debacle and got the help of Kumble and fielding coach R Sridhar. O’Keefe had proved to be unplayable in Pune, ending with career-best figures of 12 for 70. (Virat Kohli hopes surface tension keeps India afloat in Ranchi)In his bid to simulate what Indian batsmen will be up against, Kumble went to the extent of bowling left-arm spinners to Pujara in practice.”As they have a left-arm spinner, Anil bhai was trying to replicate that, coming from corner of the crease and angling into the right hander and try to spin it from there,” Pujara told ‘bcci.tv’ ahead of the third Test beginning here March 16.”So I was just trying to get used to that angle as well. Sridhar was coming in from over the stumps, banging in short and just taking the ball away. (Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble aggressors and catalysts as Indian cricket seeks new heights)”It was really useful especially Sridhar, he was really accurate. Anil tried his best even though he is a right-arm bowler but he tried bowling left-arm spin and still was decent enough for practice.”advertisementThe spin great even managed to beat Pujara.”Yes he did. He knew where to bowl, the ball pitched on the rough and I stepped out only to get beaten,” said the batsman.What did he do to tackle Starc, who now happens to be out of the India tour with a foot fracture? (Foreign newspaper makes startling claim against Virat Kohli)”Basically getting used to the angle which Starc uses when he comes over the wicket, he tries to take the ball away from the batsman.”I was just trying to work on it, getting used to the angle especially when the ball moves away. Just wanted to play close to the body and get used to the angle,” added Pujara.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene empathises with umpires after howler against Rohit Sharma

first_imgMumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has come out in defence of the umpires, saying it was natural for them to commit errors in a high-profile tournament like the Indian Premier League.Two of Mumbai Indians’ batsmen were given out in what appeared to be dubious decisions on viewing TV replays in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai on Sunday. (Rohit Sharma reprimanded for showing excessive disappointment over umpire’s decision)Jos Buttler was out to a full toss from Ankit Rajpoot which appeared to be going down the leg while captain Rohit Sharma clearly edged the ball on to his pads and was shockingly given out leg before.Rohit was visibly upset with the decision. He was later reprimanded by the match referee for “for showing excessive, obvious disappointment”. (Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya guide Mumbai Indians to 4-wicket win vs Kolkata Knight Riders)On being asked to comment on the umpiring howlers in the IPL, Jayawardene said: “It is difficult for umpires as well. It is a high-profile tournament and a lot of focus on everyone. It is natural (to commit mistakes).”Mumbai Indians snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, overhauling KKR’s challenging score of 178 with one ball to spare at the Wankhede Stadium.Jayawardene lauded his players for pulling off a sensational heist.”It’s a funny game. I have seen enough T20 cricket, it happens. A bit of pressure and a few good shots created this opportunity for us,” Jayawardene said. (Gautam Gambhir upset with fielding lapses after close defeat to Mumbai Indians)advertisement”You always need to have that belief, happy that players had that belief. It was brilliant,” said the stylish former Sri Lanka batsman and captain,” he said.The former Sri Lanka captain was also impressed with the display of Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya, who pulled off the memorable win.”I am pretty pleased and I am glad two young players carried us through. Nitish anchored the innings and took the game deep and Hardik came in and finished the job,” he said.Rana made 50 off 29 balls to put MI well in sight of victory before departing in the penultimate over. Pandya, who hit a 11-ball 29*, finished the job with a boundary off the second last ball. (IPL 2017: Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, set unique record)”It was important to get points on board. Boys played well. After losing the first game, to come back that way showed character and quality. Even in the last game we did not give up and took it deep. I am happy, it was brilliant,” said Jayawardene.”We are flexible in batting order to have left-right combination. We back them even if they fail. Little things, we are trying to do right. Nitish is a very talented player and showed a lot of quality today, hopefully we can see more of that from him,” he added.Jayawardene said IPL was not an easy tournament and his side need to have that surprise element going forward. (IPL 2017’s first controversy: Kieron Pollard in Twitter outburst against Sanjay Manjrekar)”Good to have more options in bowling. Hardik did not bowl at all today. It’s a hyena hunt if we can hunt as a group, I think we will have a lot of success,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

About Us: Your Key to Conversion

first_imgWhat do you want to know when considering a first-time donation to a nonprofit or deciding between a few organizations to volunteer your time? What makes you feel confident in your choice?For most of us, taking an action floats into our minds as a result of a campaign, a friend’s gift or registration, or something in the news. But we frequently need a little push to motivate us.That’s where an organization’s context, or About Us content, comes into play!About Us done right makes it easy for prospects to get who and what your organization really is.Start with planning, just as you do with a campaign, because this content influences whether your campaigns succeed.In fact, your organization’s story is part of what’s now called the full funnel (incorporating all influences along the path of your donor or registrant taking the action), vs. the traditional “single-touch” source attribution.Map Your Content and Style to Each “About Us” ObjectiveBegin by prioritizing the content most likely to achieve these confidence- and comfort-building objectives. Here’s the content and style I recommend for achieving each objective, based on my website strategy work and impact tracking for dozens of nonprofit clients. Review This Strong “About Us” ModelOne of the best About Us approaches I’ve seen comes from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CCC). CCC’s About Us leads with a clear and concise description of what the organization does and offers in a flash real insight into the organizational brand. The section also provides the right context for the rest of the site’s content and interactivity (for example, online donations).CCC has been creatively effective in organizing the About Us content for ease of use (see their page’s sidebar with links to subsections). Most organizations have far too much and too varied content for a single page—it would require too much scrolling and wouldn’t be read.Your savvy use of white space, graphics, and bullets in your site’s About Us section (and throughout) also increases the likelihood that site visitors will digest more of your content and act on it.CCC’s site also includes a great History section. 5. Position your organization as open and transparent.Publish financials (can be in About Us or elsewhere—just make them easy to find).Share failure or need-to-redirect stories as well as the five-star successes. 4. Create or strengthen a personal connection.Show off your organization’s personality—buttoned-up just doesn’t cut it here.Share stories and photos of those you’ve served and those who have taken similar actions as the site user/prospect.Your conversational tone and use of second-person voice kicks in here, too. 1. Provide the key facts needed to do business with your organization; that is, give context.Share the high points of your organization’s evolution and impact. Timelines work great here.Shape your content and layout to be clear, direct, and easy to absorb.center_img 3. Build credibility.Feature testimonials from people who are similar to those you are inspiring to act.Showcase grants received, increases in donations, and other recognition markers. 2. Offer a sense of warmth and welcome.Put your team front and center with names, roles, photos, and brief bios.Introduce the entire team (smaller organizations) or selected staff members (medium and large organizations). Remember your board members as well.Whatever you do, profile more than just your president or executive director (“don’t” model here). That approach discredits the rest of your team and conveys overreliance on a single person.Use a warm, friendly, and somewhat casual tone to make your site visitors’ experience feel like a conversation. Finally, Jump In and Revise Your “About Us”There’s no better source of guidance than asking current supporters and prospects what sparked their decision to act.Start by recruiting a marketing/fundraising advisory group of current supporters and tapping them for this insight. (Ask for no more than 10 minutes or so per month.) Then, train yourself and any colleagues who interface with prospects—as they answer the phone, register their children for a program, exit from receiving a service, or participate in a workshop—to ask those folks what information and feeling about your organization (or any organization) they want when deciding to act.Go to it! A stronger About Us section will increase conversions if you make the content easy to find and absorb. Promise.last_img read more

Nonprofit Link Round Up

first_imgIt’s Friday the 13th, but never fear, because #donorlove is in the air! You can even send an #npvalentine courtesy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Here are a few of the resources and really smart people who caught our attention this week:What do donors want? Sandy Rees knows and she’s outlined 7 things donors want and 5 things you can give them. via Get Fully FundedRoger Craver offers his take on Hubspot’s 2015 Social Benchmark Report. via The AgitatorLearn the 9 things make people re-tweet your content, then check the share factor of your tweets using this cool tool. via FuturityWant to create a really compelling annual report? Think about this: “Yes, your annual accomplishments are important to share—necessary for funding and credibility in this age of transparency and results—but where is the donor in the story of your success? Can you tie your donor’s investment into a celebration of what you’ve done together?” via Big DuckNell Edgington shares 7 key questions that will help guide your nonprofit strategy. via Social VelocityDo you know when to use JPG, GIF, or PNG? Now you do, thanks to this helpful infographic. via Who Is Hosting This? Finally, for a laugh: Love poems to nonprofit staff (and boards!) via Nonprofit with Ballslast_img read more

Ever-present Van Dijk set to shrug off illness

first_imgVirgil van Dijk is a slight doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League game at home to Leicester City, but Jurgen Klopp has suggested that the Dutch defender will be involved.Van Dijk has started all 23 league games for the Reds this season, winning December’s Premier League player of the month award, but has been struggling with illness ahead of Wednesday’s visit of the Foxes.Former Southampton and Celtic centre-back Van Dijk has played a key role in Liverpool’s stunning campaign, with Klopp’s side four points clear of last term’s champions Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has been nursing a virus over recent days and would be a big miss if forced to sit things out in midweek.Liverpool have major problems in defence for the Leicester game without bringing Van Dijk into the equation, with Joe Gomez still recovering from a fractured leg while Trent Alexander-Arnold has a knee injury.James Milner filled in at right-back in Liverpool’s last Premier League game, a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, but he is suspended as he was sent off late in that game, with another makeshift option – Fabinho – another of those to have been nursing a knock.However, Dejan Lovren could come in as the Croatia defender has been passed fit following a hamstring injury.”Virgil was a little ill but he trained yesterday [Monday], so we will see. He will train today, so we will see,” Klopp told reporters.“Gini trained, Fabinho will train today, Trent is getting closer and closer and it looks all very positive, but he will not be ready for tomorrow. Joe is a no.”With Liverpool having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Klopp took advantage of a rare break in his side’s schedule to take his squad to Dubai for a warm-weather break.”It was good we could do that and usually you’d say no games in that time, usually one game in that time would be good, difficult lineup-wise as we needed couple days for the boys and a few players were not a part of training until a few days ago,” he added. “But it was good, we didn’t have to play important cup competitions but it would not have been possible for a lot of players. We had a few more days and now have to show [it made a difference]. But Leicester are in the same situation so it’s not a massive advantage. “It’s just the situation and they can bring back [Harry] Maguire I heard after injury in the last game and so we had a few more days and could wait for one or two players but we have to see if they are available for the game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

USWNT vs Brazil SheBelieves Cup: TV, stream & preview

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team will face Brazil in the final game of the 2019 SheBelieves Cup on Tuesday evening at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.The USWNT are two-time defending champions of the Cup but have yet to win a single game during this year’s tournament, drawing against both Japan and England and sit third in the standings. Their only chance of retaining their title is if Japan and England play out a draw in the earlier game while they defeat Brazil.Brazil lost both of their games and will be unable to win the competition. USWNT forward Alex Morgan is eyeing her 100th international goal as her side seeks both outside fortune and a crucial victory in their final game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game USWNT vs Brazil Date Tuesday, March 5 Time 1am GMT / 8pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be live streamed or televised. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position USWNT players Goalkeepers Naeher, Franch, Harris Defenders Sonnett, Sauerbrunn, O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Short, Dunn, Fox Midfielders Mewis, Sullivan, Ertz, Lavelle, Zerboni Forwards Lloyd, Pugh, Morgan, Rapinoe, Heath, McDonald, Press Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will be unavailable between the posts after picking up an injury. Either Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris or Portland Thorns keeper Adrianna Franch will start in Naeher’s absence.Potential USWNT XI: Franch; O’Hara, Dahlkemper, Davidson, Dunn; Pugh, Ertz, Lavelle; Heath, Morgan, Rapinoe. Position Brazil players Goalkeepers Aline, Izidoro, Dionizio Defenders Poliana, Erika, Tamires, Jucinara, Monica, Tayla, de Oliviera, Kathellen Midfielders Thaisa, Paixao, Juliana, Formiga, Marta, Alves Forwards Adriana, Raquel, Geyse, Ludmila, Beatriz, Debinha Brazil will look to the experience of stars Formiga and Best FIFA Women’s Player Marta who have proved that they are still in a solid threat.Potential Brazil XI: Dionizio; Erika, Tamires, Monica, Poliana; Formiga, Marta, Thaisa; Raquel, Beatriz, Debinha.Betting & Match Odds The USWNT are priced at odds of winning 4/10 according to bet 365, while a draw between the sides is available at 5/1. A win for Brazil is priced at 12/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Marta Brazil SheBelieves Cup 2019Japan and England are both tied on four points after drawing against the USWNT. Japan beat Brazil 3-1 while the Lionesses beat them 3-1, though Japan are in front of the rankings due to goal difference. They play 5:15pm ET (10:15pm GMT), three hours before the USWNT kick off.It’s been an inconsistent start of the year for Jill Ellis’ side, who are embarking on a campaign to win an incredible fourth successive World Cup title this summer in France. The defending world champions lost 3-1 to France in their 2019 opening game, and have disappointed so far on home turf as they attempt to lift a third SheBelieves Cup title.A leaky defense has been the Achilles’ heel for the home side, held to two draws in the competition. Ellis’ team have had no trouble scoring and sport no shortage of experience, but their tendency to concede goals has cost them victory.Megan Rapinoe has already scored twice in the tournament, with the USWNT having scored four and conceded four.“We still feel we can win the tournament, which was the goal from the outset,” Ellis said on Monday’s press conference.”It may be challenging, in terms of having to rely on another result, but I think this team right now is very focused.”Said Morgan of the Brazil team: “They’re always a fun team to face because there is so much transition. They attack with a lot of numbers, which means at times they’re vulnerable defensively if they give up the ball.”last_img read more

Show Us Your Mug

first_imgBehind every freelancer is a great mug. Your mug leads a life of quiet, selfless service, and it’s time to give it its 15 minutes of internet fame.Every mug has a story: Who gave it to you? Why do you love it?We asked our freelancer friends for their mug stories, and we hope you share yours with us too. E-mail us a photo of your mug plus your name, occupation and website to lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org and we may feature you on our blog!Today’s mug comes from Peter, a writer and beer mug enthusiast from Syracuse, NY.Name: Peter A. EnsmingerOccupation: Medical Editor and WriterWeb site: http://home.roadrunner.com/~geomanagement/ensmingr/My Mug Story: I “acquired” my first beer mug (pictured) from a pub in Glenrothes, Scotland when I was 16 years old. Thus started my collection. I have since acquired beer mugs and glasses from Belgium, Germany, Peru, Nepal, Tanzania, and many other places. The glass shown holds 1 imperial pint (1.2 US pints) and is covered with “dimples”. According to Martyn Cornell, “the light shining through a pint of bitter in a dimpled glass is the beery equivalent of the windows of Salisbury or Chartres.”Thanks, Peter!last_img read more

Do Your Homework: How Freelancers Avoid Bad Clients

first_imgThis post is about how you should not take on every client who wants to work with you.If you’re just starting out or are in a dry period, that’s not easy. That email in your inbox from a new prospect is so promising, so ripe with pecuniary possibilities (a.k.a. MONEY), that you leap at the opportunity and start working as soon as possible, ready to show them how awesome you are and how willing you are to do everything they ask.Not so fast!Are they the right fit for you?This is probably a bigger concern for all you creative freelancers out there. This week, at our first Freelance 360 event, Kelli Ryan, a painter from NYC, asked a great question.She’s new to freelancing. She’s been doing mural and portrait work, but sometimes the clients often have a completely different idea of what looks good, and so she doesn’t want to showcase this work in her portfolio. How do you freelance for clients** without compromising your creative vision?**Our expert freelance panelists’ response? Turn them down. Don’t take on clients who don’t like your unique style.Ouch. Does that mean we’ll make less money? Turning down money is really hard for a cash-strapped freelancer to do. But Michelle Ward has seen it again and again: in the beginning, accept the right clients, build your portfolio slowly, and more right clients will find you because of that portfolio. Don’t generalize your talents. You’re not just “a writer” or “a designer.” You’re unique, and your clients should want that unique vision only you have. That’s what, in the end, will make you successful.Listen.Ever heard these before?“Are you always on Skype during business hours? We want to be able to contact you whenever we have problem.”“Why does it take that long for you to do? That would take me like 10 minutes.”“Well, we’re not really sure what direction we’re going in, but we just want you to be there when it gets figured out in the next couple months, probably.”“Can we negotiate your rate? Basically, I want this, this, and this, and shouldn’t we get a volume discount?”“Let’s talk on the phone for a half hour every morning about your status.”The initial conversation you have with a prospective client can tell you a lot about their style of managing freelancers and contractors. It’s reasonable that they’re trying to get the most out of you, but if a prospective client seems to be under the impression that freelancers are always trying to exploit them, and expect you to do a lot of extra work just to reassure them that you’re not, that’s a bad sign. Get out while you can.Those kinds of clients are rarely the ones that respect freelancers enough to recommend you to new clients, anyway.Google ‘em.Sure, Google doesn’t tell you everything. But when you listen to a story like this, you see that a simple Google search before accepting a client would have saved these freelancers a world of trouble.Google the company name. No hits? Don’t even respond – it’s probably a scam. They say they’re a “new company”? Be very careful. It’s more likely that new companies won’t be able to pay you on time.Google the person who contacted you. Look at their LinkedIn profile. See how many connections they have, and what recommendations they have. Can you learn anything about their personality? Do they have experience in your field?Use Client Scorecard.It should come as no surprise that many freelancers have had bad experiences with clients – but lucky for you, they’ve recorded their experience to save you from going down the same road. Use Client Scorecard, our tool for researching clients. And whenever you have a bad or good experience, pay it forward: leave your comments for your fellow freelancers to find.Follow Your Gut.At the end of the day, your feelings are your best barometer for making judgements about a client. No amount of research or online stalking will ever replace the “Eh…this just doesn’t feel like a good fit.”Most freelancers who get scammed or have a bad experience report that they doubted the client in the first place, though they couldn’t put their finger on exactly what it was that seemed suspicious.Any other tips for how to avoid bad clients and find good ones?last_img read more

It’s National Boss Appreciation Day! (You’re the boss…get it?)

first_imgDid you see the news? According to our new study, there are more than 53 MILLION people working as freelancers in the United States.That’s 1 in 3 American employees, 34% of the workforce — in other words, A LOT of people.So let’s celebrate, shall we?We hereby proclaim September 9th National Boss Appreciation Day! (Get it?)As any freelancer knows, being your own boss isn’t always a walk in the park. So today, take this opportunity to let your boss know how much you care.Say thanks, give them a hug, buy them an extra cup of coffee (or maybe even an iPhone 6). Your boss is the coolest, so let them know how you feel!Why is your boss the coolest? Let us know on Twitter using #53millionbosses. We’d love to hear about it.And to all of the freelancers out there, Happy Boss Appreciation Day!last_img read more

Take a Stand to Support Laid Off WeWork Cleaners

first_imgOn August 23, 90 percent of the cleaning staff at NYC WeWork, the coworking startup, were laid off.But this wasn’t typical corporate housecleaning. Allegations are that WeWork terminated these employees for expressing interest in joining a union.According to a report by Gothamist, 150 custodians (who were all paid $10 per hour) “learned in July that their employer had terminated its contract with WeWork” a month after they had begun organizing for higher pay and benefits. In this time, WeWork had announced that it would be hiring its own cleaning staff as part of a new team, with positions starting at $15-$18 per hour and including benefits. Naturally, custodians began applying for these new jobs. Gothamist spoke with a number of the terminated employees and learned that when custodians were interviewed, management asked about their stance on unions, and told them that the new positions would be non-union jobs.A number of the terminated employees are still waiting to hear if they’ve been accepted onto the new team, and whether they applied or not, the majority of these custodians are now unemployed.This is an unfortunate situation, particularly because the concept of coworking is based upon the idea that the community is the company’s primary asset. Coworking spaces are meant foster community and harness the collective talents of the individuals therein.And the fact is that coworking spaces are only going to grow in prominence. As more of the workforce goes freelance, these spaces will serve as more than just places to get work done, but also spaces that promote positive values — cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support.If we want the future to be safe for all workers — independent or not — we need to make sure that workers can stand up for themselves.Do you agree? If so, head over to WeWorkHereToo.org, and sign their petition to help support the WeWork cleaners!last_img read more

US Open: Sania Mirza knocked out of women’s doubles in semis

first_imgSania Mirza and her Chinese partner Shuai Peng’s hopes of winning the US Open were shattered after their defeat in the women’s doubles final at Flushing Meadows on Friday.The fourth-seeded Indo-Chinese pair lost to second seeds Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan 4-6, 4-6 in their last-four clash at the Grand Stand.Sania and Peng had earlier cruised past Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos 7-6(5), 6-4 in the quarter-finals which lasted an hour and 56 minutes.Sania has so far won six Grand Slam titles (three in women’s doubles and three in mixed doubles). She won the US Open mixed doubles title in 2014 and women’s doubles crown in 2015.last_img

Kerala spends Rs 66 crore for hosting Under-17 World Cup

first_imgThe Kerala government has spent Rs 66 crore for staging the upcoming U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kochi, a state minister said here on Thursday.Kochi will host six league, one pre-quarter and one quarter- final matches. The response to the event has been good with the tickets for the opening day fixture on October 7 being sold out.On the opening day Brazil take on Spain at 5 p.m and in the second match DPR Korea take on Niger at 8 p.m.Addressing reporters here, Sports Minister A.C. Moideen said that the Centre has also contributed Rs 12.44 crore.”The state government has spent this much money for the basic infrastructure which includes revamping the venue and also four practice grounds. The Rs 66 crore also includes Rs 17.70 crore for upkeep of the roads and beautification of the places in and around the venue,” said Moideen.He pointed out that the state government’s role is limited to see that the infrastructure is ready, while the marketing aspect is taken care of by FIFA, which includes selling of tickets and managing the guests.He said as part of the promotion of football in the state, numerous programmes are being held to popularise the upcoming event.”On September 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. all across the state which includes 941 local bodies, 87 municipalities, six corporations, more than 7000 educational institutions and in clubs and other places, we have organised a programme — A One Million Goals — where ordinary people, celebrities and politicians will try to score a goal into an open goal post. Every person will be allowed to take only one shot and from each location where this is organised, the numbers will be collected and we expect to get a figure of more than one million goals,” said Moideen.advertisementHe added that there would be a torch rally that begins from the northern district of the state from Kasaragod on October 3 and will reach Thiruvananthapuram on October 6. It would be led by former Indian football captain I.M. Vijayan.”From the southern district, here, a football will be passed, that will begin on October 3 and will be passed by people including celebrities until it reaches Kochi on October 6. We will also hold football exhibition matches, here and in Kozhikode between teams drawn from politicians, civil service officials and the media. Moreover on September 22 there will be a road show of the U-17 World Cup in and around Kochi,” he added.The tickets here are priced at Rs 60, Rs 150 and Rs 300 and are available only online.”We will see what we can do to give free passes to school children,” Moideen said.The total seating capacity at the venue has been reduced to 41000 taking into account the security concerns.last_img read more

Rubel Hossain denied permission to travel to South Africa

first_imgBangladesh fast-bowler Rubel Hossain is doubtful to participate in the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa after he was denied immigration clearance to visit the country.The 27-year-old was to fly along with his teammates, but having failed to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from immigration authorities, which is a now a mandate for visiting South Africa irrespective of whether a visa is obtained or not, forced Emirates to refuse him a place on the airline.Reflecting on the same, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that the board is discussing the matter with Cricket South Africa (CSA) while the airlines are also trying their level best to resolve the issue.”There is a new provision that the passenger needs to have an ‘Okay to Board’ clearance from the ultimate destination. It is the responsibility of the concerned airlines before issuing the boarding pass to any individual,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Chowdhury as saying.”We are in touch with Cricket South Africa and hopefully, the matter will be resolved soon. He will fly to South Africa with the first available flight once the matter is resolved,” Chowdhury explained further.Rubel was one of three players – alongside Subhasis Roy and Mahmudullah – to have earned a recall in the Test squad for South Africa tour.Bangladesh are slated to play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is, beginning September 28 in Potchefstroom.last_img read more

Skoda Auto India opens new showroom and service center in Jaipur

first_imgSkoda Auto India inaugurated its newly designed 3S (Sales, Service and Spares) facility Saisha Motor Pvt. Ltd in Jaipur. The new facility will cater to customers in this central and southern region of Jaipur and will be a key touch point with respect to Sales, Service and Spares. The new dealership will sport the new Corporate Design and Identity which is part of the brand’s global redesigning process.The sales facility which is located at Ashram Marg accommodates a 5-Car display. The showroom is supported by a service facility, located at Ramchandrapura Industrial Area, has a 24 bay service area that spans a 31,152 sq.ft area.Skoda Auto India is in the process of revamping its entire dealer network which will entail – manpower training, a customer-friendly layout and business processes along with a refreshed design.The redesigned dealership network globally and in India will offer modern showrooms with a great look and feel, customer-friendly environment, creating a pleasant atmosphere and transparency. The exteriors of the dealerships are completely redesigned.Skoda Auto India has introduced an iPad-based sales tool for sales consultants.Skoda Auto India also offers a 4-year service care program which consists of a 4-year warranty program and a 4 year (24 x 7) Road Side Assistance which is standard on all Skoda products. Additionally, customers now have an option to purchase a 4-year service package as well.last_img read more

Andre Russell to make his return after year-long ban in domestic tournament

first_imgAndre Russell, the West Indies all-rounder, is all set to make his competitive cricket comeback, having served a one year ban from the game.Russell will feature in the Jamaican team for the Regional Super50, West Indies’ domestic 50-over competition, against Leeward Islands on Friday in Antigua.WATCHThe right-handed batsman was handed a year ban from playing all forms of cricket for a doping whereabouts rule violation.Russell did not file his whereabouts on three occasions in 2015 as required, which also included a failed drugs test under the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).Resultantly, the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission banned him from playing any cricket between January 31, 2017 and January 30 this year.TIME FOR CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUEThe sixth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will take place between August 8 and September 16, with Guyana taking on Trinidad and Tobago in the opener.”The Hero CPL is now the start of our domestic season and we are delighted that we have found a window when all of the best cricketers from the Caribbean will be available to take part. We are sure that 2018 will be the biggest season yet,” CPL’s chief operating officer Pete Russell said.The six-team tournament has been scheduled to avoid matches coinciding with the West Indies’ international games, allowing marquee players to submit their names for this year’s draft.(With inputs from ANI and IANS)last_img read more

Assam govt to transform Sivasagar into important tourist

first_imgdestination: Sonowal Guwahati, Feb 14 (PTI) Assam government would take up elaborate measures to transform Sivasagar district with its rich heritage into an important tourist destination, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said today. The district has all the potential to grow as one of the most sought after tourist destination, the Chief Minister said at the open session of the first International Festival organised in Sivasagar. Assam government would take appropriate measures to boost the tourism prospect of the district, he added. A new tourism policy has been adopted by the state government which would open new opportunity for investment in this sector, the CM said. The Chief Minister said the high quality of construction of the monuments of Ahom period bear testimony to dedication and honesty of the builders and called upon people to reflect on the same while performing their duties. He also urged people to reinforce harmony, friendship and brotherhood amongst all communities. “Sivasagar is a confluence of many communities and different cultures. In spite of its diversity this place shows us the example of peaceful and harmonious coexistence,” Sonowal said. The Chief Minister also advocated greater role by the teaching fraternity for building the personality and character of the future generation. He also urged the teachers for promoting the habit of cleanliness and interest in cultural, literary and sports activities amongst the students to empower them as able citizens of the society. Earlier, the Chief Minister offered prayers at the historic Shiva Dol on the occasion of Mahashivaratri. PTI DG SNSadvertisementlast_img read more

PSL: Islamabad United beat Multan Sultans to register first win

first_imgIslamabad United registered its first win of the Pakistan Super League in two games as they defeated Multan Sultans by 5 wickets in Dubai on Sunday.Islamabad captain Rumman Raees won the toss and put Multan in to bat first which proved to be the right decision in the end.Multan got bowled out for a paltry 113 in 19.5 overs with captain Shoaib Malik top-scoring with 35 while Kieron Pollard made 28 from 19 balls.Raees led from the front with the ball for Islamabad picking up 3 wickets for 14 runs in 3.5 overs while Mohammad Sami and Andre Russell got two wickets each.The target was never going to be enough to cause any trouble for Islamabad but Multan still managed to put up a fight and stretched the game to the 18th over.Hussain Talat guided his team to victory remaining unbeaten on 48 while Chadwick Walton gave him good support scoring 28 runs off 23 balls.Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers for Multan with three wickets while Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan got a wicket each.As a result of the win, Islamabad jumped to fifth in the points table which is being topped by Multan with four points from three games. Lahore Qalandars are languishing in last place and are yet to win a game.last_img read more

5 times Kangana Ranaut made saree look uber-cool

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