No Luck In The Job Search? Consider Temp Work

first_imgLooking for work? Having a difficult time landing that position equal to or greater than your last role? Whether you’re an admin or an executive if you can’t find the perfect job consider finding project work through a temp firm…you may be surprised what you find!Here a few good reasons to pursue temp work:A great way to test companies – Want to get a good feel for a company’s culture? You can’t get a better understanding than from the inside.  If you like the company then you can feel confident this is the place to be if offered a permanent position.Companies are filling permanent positions with contract workers – Guess what, companies want to test talent before committing to a full-time employee relationship. And yes, we are seeing this happen at all levels. So, if this is where companies are fishing for talent, then go to where they are.Stay busy! Sitting around the house is not a good thing, you need to be in the market and involved. And if you’re married I bet some have spouses who have said, I married you for better or worse but not for lunch every day!  Go temp, get busy and get out of the house!A great network – Everyone you meet at a temp or contract agency is looking for that perfect job and all are usually willing to network. They are in the market, they hear what companies are planning, they see positions as they open. And again, level of work does not matter.Prep for the future – There is very good possibility a large number of us will pursue project, contract or temp work for the rest of our careers. It will become the work relationship channel preferred by companies and once we are comfortable with the ebb and flow may work well to support our quality of life goals. And the work opportunities will expand globally as boomers all over the world retire. So why not start working this way now and once you gain confidence and a reputation you may have more control over your work life than you ever experienced working for a corporation.So if your search for that perfect permanent position has not been successful consider temp, contract or project work – the experience may result in your dream job!last_img read more

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car: What It’s Like To Work For The Green Car Rental Machine

first_imgMany of us rush around an airport searching for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car desk in an effort to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. But, when you stand at the desk did you ever stop to think about what it’s like to be an employee at the largest car rental company in North America?Enterprise Rent-A-Car Reviews | Enterprise Rent-A-Car Jobs | Company reviews from employeesHere we offer a look inside the world of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and share one employee’s perspective of what it’s like on the other side of the steering wheel. This Enterprise Rent-A-Car employee review is featured as Glassdoor’s review of the month as it presents a balanced look at what’s working well and what may need improvement.The review comes from an Assistant Manager based in San Diego, CA who kicks off their review with a few words of advice: “Only the most competitive survive here.”Here’s a deeper look into the Pros and Cons of working at Enterprise:Pros:They hire social, outgoing, competitive individuals making it a fun place to workGood training for the corporate world if you are new to the arenaSome people move up quickly though the system and are successful in a short period of timeCons:Mandatory long hours – minimum 55+ hours/weekTaking days off impacts entire areas due to stark, understaffed branches Although the company claims to be built on honesty and integrity, competition is intense, driving some employees to do unethical things to get an advantage/get promoted. Upper management don’t approve, but choose to look the other way because it makes them more money.So when this reviewer was asked what advice would you give to senior management to make the work environment better, they said:“Try harder to keep current employees happier. If employees complain, don’t just pretend to listen, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. And if you don’t do something about it, don’t act surprised when they quit.”Interested in reading more? Click here to find more Enterprise Rent-A-Car company reviews or other reviews from the car and truck rental industry. And if you happen to work or are interviewing within this industry share your experience.last_img read more

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Are Companies Beating Talent Away With A Stick?

first_imgSome companies have invisible IV drips going into their HR team’s arms, where the IV drips are full of the company Kool-Aid. Be cautious of organizations that behave as though getting a job with them would be the greatest thing that ever happened to you. You have value in the equation, too. You’ll be doing some employer a great favor when you choose to work with them. If the company’s attitude is “Get in line – everyone wants to work here” you’re better off somewhere else. That sort of “It’s all about us” behavior is fear-based. That’s how children behave when they feel insecure. Is that the kind of employer you want to work for?Steer clear of employers who beat away talent with a stick, and if your firm is one of those places, I’d sound the alarm if I were you. If you’re the HR person in charge, you can shift the focus from pushing away talent to welcoming talented people into your sphere. It’s a change of mindset, like so many other hard and important HR initiatives. If you’re the CEO of your organization, there’s no time to waste. Talent-unfriendly employers aren’t the ones most likely to thrive in the global marketplace. Thank goodness for market forces! I saw the funniest job ad. It said “Office Manager needed. Must be willing to work hard and juggle numerous high-pressure tasks. Overtime mandatory. Pay is not great to start but will improve as our company grows. No complainers.” I appreciate the hiring manager’s candor, but I don’t think the phone in that company’s offices is ringing off the hook right now. Low pay! Hard work! Overtime! What more could an Office Manager ask for?That job ad is an over-the-top example of a phenomenon that’s abundant everywhere you look. Maybe the rough economy is to blame, but way too many large and small employers seem determined to beat talent away with a stick. Their job ads are unfriendly (“Candidates lacking two or more of these qualifications will not be interviewed or contacted” where we can interject the missing words “you vermin,” undoubtedly left out by mistake).   Their careers sites are like stone-walled fortresses. Their interviewing manner is cold, and their overall hiring processes signal to candidates, “Go away and die.”What right-thinking company would drive talent away? It sounds incredible. Yet we see it, every day. The best employees, of course, are also the most marketable ones. They get to choose their employers. Companies that treat job seekers like dirt can expect to hire the most-needy people with the fewest alternatives. Here are the top six ways employers signal ‘DO NOT ENTER’:1. Their auto-responder message is unfriendly.An auto-responder from an employer’s careers site is not a bad thing in itself. At least when you get the auto-response email message, you know they got your resume. But if you were the one writing that auto-response message, wouldn’t you write “Thanks for sending us your resume! We’re taking a look at it now, or if our office is closed right now, we’ll review your resume as soon as we can. We’ll contact you if it looks like one of our job openings is a good fit for you. Otherwise, we won’t contact you again, but we welcome you to apply through our site whenever you see a job opening that looks right for you.  Have you seen our job seekers’ newsletter? Take a look! It’s at this link (imaginary link here). Thanks again for applying, and enjoy the rest of your week!”Here’s a shocker: auto-responders from career websites don’t read like our fictional example above. They’re terse and unfriendly. “Your resume has been received and you will be contacted if we wish to interview you” is typical. Why would employers be so forbidding and stand-offish if they wanted great people to work at their company? Beats me. It’s hard to shake that “We rule – you suck” mentality, I guess. 2. Their communications style is hostile.One friend of mine got a voicemail message that said “This is XYZ Company. [The caller didn’t even leave her name.] We will call this number at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow for a phone screen.” In other words, if you have a life that includes an appointment at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, you’re out of the running. Who wants to work for a company that treats people like livestock? We have to expect that these companies are the ones in the worst financial straits, since organizations that mistreat job seekers tend to treat employees badly also, and badly-treated employees don’t usually take great care of their customers. If your telephone or face-to-face interview begins, “Today, we’re going to ask you questions to decide whether you’ll make it to the next round – if you make it that far, you’ll get to ask some questions yourself” you have my permission to get up and leave the interview. An interview is a two-way conversation. If you don’t get air time – and friendly, open air time at that – hit the road, because you will not like working for this company if you do get the job.3. They want your life delivered, before an interview.You can fill out an application form online, and you can provide a writing sample on an online form, too. That’s where I draw the line. I wouldn’t give up your social security number, and I definitely wouldn’t give up your references’ contact information before you’ve so much as talked to a human being in the employer’s shop. That’s your personal information. If an employer wants to know that much about you, they can dang well call you on the phone.4. They keep you waiting.It’s normal to sit in a lobby or five or ten minutes, but a thirty-minute wait screams “You are nothing to us.” It’s even worse when they fetch you from the lobby and take you into a windowless conference room and deposit you there. Three to five minutes of that is about as much as most people can stand. Fifteen minutes of abandonment in one of those tiny rooms is torture. We have to take interview-day behaviors very seriously, because at this early stage in the relationship, they don’t own you. If job applicants are treated badly, imagine how they treat their employees!5. They don’t talk about salary.By the second interview – or between the first interview and the second one – the employer should bring up salary. It could be a waste of your time to pursue an opportunity if the money isn’t going to work for you. Companies that stall on salary discussions are very often ones that pay galley-slave wages, so beware. Bring up the topic by asking “Shall we talk about compensation, to make sure we’re in the same ballpark?” when the HR person contacts you to set up the second interview. If you get all the way through the pipeline without any dollars discussion (don’t do it!) expect a low-ball offer at the end of the line.6. They act like they’d be doing you a favor to hire you.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Bad vibrations trouble Lewis Hamilton, Bangladesh blues just the start for England as India await and more

first_imgBangladesh blues just the start for England — India awaitEngland narrowly won the opening Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong by 22 runs before losing the second by 108 runs in Dhaka, their first defeat to the South Asian side in 10 Tests.Bad vibrations trouble triumphant HamiltonHamilton won Maxican Grand Prix on Sunday but his season has been marked by mechanical problems and engine failure. Novak Djokovic mentally recharged ahead of Paris MastersNovak Djokovic has won only one tournament, the Toronto Masters in July, since completing the career slam at Roland Garros.New Zealand coach Mike Hesson laments poor decision-making in IndiaNew Zealand were swept 3-0 in the Test series and lost the following one-day tournament 3-2 in demoralising fashion, belted by 190 runs in the decider in Visakhapatnam on Saturday after their batsmen were skittled for 79.Chelsea beat Southampton with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on targetChelsea produced a vibrant display to inflict a first home defeat of the season on Southampton and underline their title credentials.last_img read more

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Messi backs Modric, Ronaldo opts for Varane in The Best voting

first_imgBarcelona star Lionel Messi recognised Luka Modric as 2018’s best player in the voting for FIFA’s The Best awards, the federation has confirmed.The pair have been rivals for years in La Liga, and also clashed in this year’s World Cup when Argentina and Croatia faced off in Group D. Modric came off the better in that encounter, inspiring a crushing 3-0 victory for Croatia that included a stunning long-range effort from the Real Madrid midfielder.  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! But Messi showed there were no hard feelings as he picked the World Cup finalist and The Best winner as his top player of 2018. Kylian Mbappe, another player who made Messi and Argentina suffer in Russia, was Messi’s second choice, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking third. Curiously, the Argentine overlooked his Barca team-mates in the top three, while Ronaldo picked two former companions from Real Madrid. Raphael Varane was Ronaldo’s top pick, followed by Modric and Atletico Madrid sharpshooter Antoine Griezmann. Varane also received the backing of Modric, who mirrored Cristiano’s selections by placing him in second followed by Griezmann. Griezmann, who has attracted criticism in some quarters recently by placing himself alongside the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, did at least win the backing of one international captain: Uruguay skipper and Atletico team-mate Diego Godin. Among the coaches, interim Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni plumped for Messi, while Brazil’s Tite overlooked local hero Neymar in favour of Modric, Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo. There were even a couple of nominations for World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, who won the approval of Bahamas coach Dion Godet and Chinese Taipei’s Gary White, though Kane himself voted for Ronaldo first, Messi second and Premier League rival Kevin De Bruyne third.You can check all the votes from captains, coaches and media via the FIFA website.last_img read more

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Lukaku and Van Dijk lead star-studded FUT TOTW

first_imgRomelu Lukaku and Virgil van Dijk lead the way in the latest FIFA 19 Team of the Week in Ultimate Team.This week’s team is based heavily around the international break, with Lukaku scoring twice against Switzerland in Nations League play to headline the squad.For his part, Van Dijk scored a goal of his own while marshalling a clean sheet against Germany in one of the more talked-about fixtures of the international break. 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! The two aren’t the only Premier League stars in the fold, though, with Eric Bailly, Bernardo Silva, Marko Arnautovic and Aleksandr Mitrovic also being named to the Week 5 squad.Serie A was also well-represented with Juventus leading the charge as expected. Wojciech Szczesny was awarded an in-form item despite a pair of Nations League defeats while team-mate Alex Sandro’s goal against Saudi Arabia earned the Brazilian the nod.As for those not involved in international soccer, two MLS representatives were named to the squad in Los Angeles FC’s Carlos Vela as well as the Philadelphia Union’s Borek Dockal as both clubs push towards the playoffs.See the full squad below…STARTING XIFUT FIFA 19 TOTW 5GK – Wojciech Szczęsny – JuventusLB – Alex Sandro – JuventusCB – Virgil van Dijk – LiverpoolCB – Eric Bailly – Manchester UnitedRM – James Rodriguez – Bayern MunichCAM – Carlos Vela – Los Angeles FCCM – Ruslan Malinovskyi – GenkCDM – Ole Kristian Senaes – Saint-EtienneST – Romelu Lukaku – Manchester UnitedRW- Bernardo Silva – Manchester CityST – Marko Arnautovic – West HamBENCHGK – Ciprian Tatarusani – NantesCB – Ramy Bensebaini – Stade Rennais CAM – Borek Dockal – Philadelphia UnionST – Omar Al Soma – Al AhliST – Odion Ighalo –  Changchun YataiST – Aleksandar Mitrovic – FulhamST – Goran Pandev – Genoa RESERVESCB – Roman Neustadter – FenerbahceLB – Benjami Kololli – ZurichCM – Pedro Aquino – LeonST – Carlos Fernandez – Deportvo la CorunaST – Reggie Lambe – Cambridge Unitedlast_img read more

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Pellegrini rejects Dzeko to West Ham reports

first_imgManuel Pellegrini has denied West Ham are considering a January move for Edin Dzeko.The Roma striker played for Pellegrini at Manchester City and he suggested this week he would be interested in a Premier League return.”Regarding the Premier League, maybe it’s too late,” he told Sky Sports News. “You never know. 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! Dzeko hit 16 Premier League goals as Pellegrini’s City won the 2013-14 title, but he later fell out of favour and joined Roma in 2015.Pellegrini, though, said Dzeko is not on his radar when he spoke at a news conference on Thursday.”You can talk about five, six or seven players that are linked with us,” Pellegrini told reporters.”We must not talk about one player. I know him well but we are not thinking about that at the moment.”West Ham host Tottenham in a London derby on Saturday and Pellegrini expects Marko Arnautovic to be available to lead the line.”He’s okay,” the Chilean continued. “He played just one game [for Austria in the international break]. “He has worked with the squad without any problems. He must be careful with his knee.”Pellegrini’s side face the challenge of keeping England captain Harry Kane quiet at the London Stadium.”Harry Kane is one of the best players in the Premier League, maybe the world,” Pellegrini said. “They have a lot of international players, they have a complete squad.”last_img read more

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Dreamy Dembele can be a Barcelona menace

first_imgOusmane Dembele cuts an unpredictable and, at times, detached figure but what is clear is that if Barcelona discover how to get the best out of the French winger on a regular basis, his troubled start to life in Catalunya will soon be forgotten.A bright presence on the right flank in Barca’s 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday , Dembele was one of few players in the side who caused the visitors danger, helping send his team provisionally back top of the standings.Dembele created Gerard Pique’s 33rd minute goal, sending a dreamy left-foot cross onto the defender’s forehead, with substitute Carles Alena adding another late on to make the game safe. 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! Besides Lionel Messi, whose exquisite pass for Alena led to the second goal, Dembele was the best player on the pitch.One burst forward from the 21-year-old down the right saw him leave Alfonso Pedraza for dead, even though he couldn’t find Messi with his cross.While Dembele does need to keep working on his end product, many will use some turnovers of possession as a stick to beat him with, when the truth is with players as dangerous and aggressive as him, they are inevitable.Barcelona are renowned for their love of the ball but Dembele offers a different, more dynamic threat which can unlock games like this, breaking down solid defences.Villarreal didn’t do much wrong at the back but the fact that Dembele can cross equally well with both feet gave Pedraza little chance of stopping the winger’s ball for Pique’s goal.Gerard Pique Barcelona Villarreal La LigaEarlier in the game he pulled off several Cruyff turns in quick succession, wowing Camp Nou and endearing himself to supporters who are backing him even when local media appeared to turn against him.This was the type of display Barcelona were hoping for when they bought Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 for fee which could rise to €147 million (£130m/$167m). It was a performance laced with menace and enthusiasm, the latter of which he has been accused of lacking at times during his year and a half in the Catalan capital.With his own team-mates Pique and Luis Suarez criticising him for a lack of professionalism, it seems crisis point had been reached for Dembele, who is constantly linked with moves away from the club.But the Frenchman has pulled his socks up in the past fortnight, starting with his goal against Atletico Madrid which earned Barcelona a draw.Dembele came on from the bench after having been left out of Ernesto Valverde’s previous squad, and rescued his team a point.That earned him a start against PSV in the Champions League, where he helped Barca seal qualification in first place for the last 16 from Group B, setting up Messi for the Argentine’s brilliant opener.And his performance against Villarreal was another building block, another step in the right direction.Dembele is young and has a long road ahead of him. There will be missteps and mistakes to come, no matter how good his intentions. But Barcelona know the rewards waiting for them if they help Dembele continue along his journey instead of leaving him by the wayside.last_img read more

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Giroud finding Chelsea bench duty ‘difficult’

first_imgOlivier Giroud has aired his “frustration” at life on the bench at Chelsea, with the World Cup winner admitting his situation is already “difficult” as speculation suggests Gonzalo Higuain could be about to join him at Stamford Bridge.Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal with Juventus which will see them land a top striking target during the January transfer window.Maurizio Sarri is moving to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Napoli as he has been left far from convinced by France international Giroud and Spanish frontman Morata – who is edging towards the exits and a possible switch to Atletico Madrid. 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! Any agreement for Higuain would likely further limit Giroud’s game time for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard already been preferred as a false nine on several occasions, and the 32-year-old concedes his situation is far from ideal.He told ESPN FC: “It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part. But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Olivier Giroud Chelsea 2018-19Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, added: “The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me. I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players. We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team. It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud’s next outing for Chelsea could come against Arsenal on Saturday, with there a determination on his part to be involved in a crunch London derby with vital points on the line in an ongoing battle for top-four finishes.He said: “It’s going to be a special moment for me, the first time I’ll be back at the Emirates since I moved to Chelsea, so I’m looking forward to this game.“We need the win to keep them away from us. There’s an opportunity to put them nine points behind us, but in a personal way it’s going to be a special moment.”Unai Emery Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsenal will be under the guidance of Unai Emery this weekend, having parted company with Arsene Wenger last summer after 22 years of stability, and Giroud believes good times beckon for the Gunners if they keep faith with a new regime.He added: “It’s a new adventure for them with a new coach.“I think Emery has settled well in the club, the players like him, the way they are training, his philosophy of the game. I spoke with some of them and they are quite happy, but you don’t forget what Arsene Wenger achieved in this club.“He basically built this club – if you take the different teams that used to train under Wenger, there were some unbelievable teams. We need to be patient with Emery and I think he will do very well at Arsenal. I’m not sure they’re better than before [yet], but one thing for sure is they’ve got a nice future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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TNCC accepts DMKs invite, to take part in stir for Jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Jan 1 (PTI): TNCC Leaders will participate in the January 3 protest to be staged by DMK in Madurai district seeking nod for the bull taming sport “Jallikattu,” Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su Thirunavukkarasar said today. Blaming the Central and State governments for their “negligent attitude” in the Jallikattu issue, he said his party would both “support and participate in the protest demonstration to be held at Alanganallur in Madurai District.” Days ago, DMK treasurer M K Stalin had announced that his party would hold a protest demonstration on January 3 to urge the State and Central governments to “come forward” to hold the bull taming sport Jallikattu during Pongal festival. The DMK leader, who is also Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, had invited all political parties and apolitical organisations to participate in the protest. Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy and former Union Minister E M Sudarsana Natchiappan will participate in the stir, the TNCC chief said in a statement. Thirunavukkarasar asked party cadres and functionaries in Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Virudunagar, and Sivaganga districts to take part in the protest. PTI VGN APR APRlast_img read more

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‘The medal allowed me to be heard’

first_imgFeeling sorry for those who could not see beyond her disability, Deepa Malik has made it her life’s mission to prove them wrong. She has four Limca World Records (three for motorbiking, one for swimming) to her credit, she is an award-winning restaurateur, a motivational speaker and mother of two,Feeling sorry for those who could not see beyond her disability, Deepa Malik has made it her life’s mission to prove them wrong. She has four Limca World Records (three for motorbiking, one for swimming) to her credit, she is an award-winning restaurateur, a motivational speaker and mother of two daughters.”At seven, my first tumour was diagnosed in the spinal column and operated upon. For the next two and a half years, I was bedridden, scared to go to school in a wheelchair. But my parents transformed these days into a time of learning, giving me a strong dose of self-belief and self-esteem.Soon the shy Deepa became a bold, outdoorsy kid, playing basketball in the college team, representing Rajasthan in cricket, borrowing bikes from boys and coming to be known as ‘Biker Deepa’.The turning point in my life also came at a very trying time. My husband was fighting in Kargil in 1999 when I was diagnosed with the spinal tumour again. The doctor told me I could either live with the tumour and walk, or get rid of it, live longer but lose all sensation in my body, trunk downward.As a mother of two girls, I wasn’t ready to give up just yet. It was hard to adapt to the new body, the wheelchair and the physical disability. In the next 14 years, I would get 183 stitches between the shoulder blades and three spinal tumour surgeries. But facing the pity of society, their queries of how I would manage to be a mother with my disability made me realise that people could not see beyond sympathy and look at the courage I showed in the face of adversity.advertisementOne day, a school teacher checked the tiffins of my daughters to see if their mother could provide them with a decent lunch. That was when I decided to give society much-needed shock treatment, to tell them that disability doesn’t mean having to spend the rest of your life in a room, waiting to die. The second phase of my life started with a small delivery service in the army cantonment area in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, with the help of retired army cooks.The venture soon turned into an award-winning restaurant and successful catering service-Dees Place. But to me, this wasn’t enough. I decided to take up biking yet again. It wasn’t an impossible task, all I had to do was gain strength in my upper body. I undertook a rigorous six-week hydrotherapy rehabilitation programme at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in Delhi, learning the practical way to handle my disability. From floating in water to swimming laps, it was only a matter of time before the paralympic committee came to me, offering me a chance to represent India in swimming.At 36, I became a national sportsperson. From swimming to becoming a javelin thrower to finally winning silver for the country in shot put at the Paralympics, the combination of a hunger to win and habit of giving it my all worked in my favour every time. As for the bike, I finally bought it, struggled to get a driver’s licence (a fight that took 19 months) and then set a record of being the first disabled woman to cross nine high altitude passes in nine days on the highest motorable pass in the world.To the naysayers, I want to say, Deepa is still rocking and happy. I am elated to be the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics, but the fact that it took 70 years and a 46-year-old woman to do so tells us a lot about the lack of infrastructure for disabled sports in our country. We need to move on from the stereotypical way disability and disability sports are viewed to investing in the potential disabled people have.”last_img read more

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Australian Open: Serena Williams overcomes sister Venus to win record 23rd Grand Slam

first_imgSerena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her older sister Venus in Saturday’s Australian Open final. (There’s no way I could win 23 Grand Slams without Venus: Serena Williams)With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the Open era.Serena Williams with her seventh Australian Open title. AP PhotoThe victory at Rod Laver Arena also ensured Serena Williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals, and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in seven-and-a-half years.Williams has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008.Venus walked over to Serena’s side of the net and the sisters hugged.”This was a tough one – I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus,” Serena Williams said. “She’s an amazing person. There’s no way I’d be at 23 without her. She’s my inspiration and the only reason I’m standing here today. Thanks for inspiring me to be the best player I can be.”She deserves a round of applause – she’s made an amazing comeback.” (Your win has always been my win: Venus to Serena Williams)advertisementThe match didn’t live up to its classic billing, with nerves and tension causing uncharacteristic mistakes and unforced errors and four consecutive service breaks before Venus finally held for a 3-2 lead. That included a game when Serena had game point but served back-to-back double-faults and three in all to give up the break.There were six service breaks in all. Both players were relatively subdued, except for Serena’s racket smashing spike on the court in the third game that earned her a code violation.After making the three double-faults in the fourth game, however, the younger Williams didn’t face another break point in the 1-hour, 22-minute match.In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women’s final in the Open era with the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.Serena Williams now has a 17-11 career record against her sister, including a 10-5 advantage at Grand Slams.Serena hadn’t wanted to talk about the No. 23 before or during the tournament. She finally can now.She tied Steffi Graf’s mark of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era by winning Wimbledon last year. She missed her chance to break Graf’s record with an upset semifinal loss at the U.S. Open – for the second year running – and hasn’t wanted to talk about the number 23 since arriving in Australia.Until this trip, Venus hadn’t reached another major final since 2008. She didn’t make the second week for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, and made her comeback to the semifinals at Wimbledon last year.Thank you for all the love, thank you.?? @Venuseswilliams thank you for a fantastic #AusOpen 2017 pic.twitter.com/D95TfYweSL #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017last_img read more

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Here’s how you can spend a night at India’s first igloo hotel

first_imgIf you have ever fantasised about living in an igloo, here is your chance to fulfill it.For Keylinga’s new, Manali Igloo Stay, will grant you your wish of staying in an igloo hotel in Manali. Winter-sport specialists Vikas Kumar and Tashi Dorje have opened two fully-functional igloos high up on the slopes of this town.”Enjoy a single night in an igloo with all meals. skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities available,” reads Keylinga’s official website. Priced  at Rs 4600 for a one-night stay without activities, and Rs 5600 inclusive of all activities, this stay sure seems like a lucrative option.Also Read:10 places you MUST see before you die The igloos are available on twin-sharing basis and provide you warm feather sleeping bags with extra fleece, thick foam mattress and hot water bottles. Besides three meals and beverages included in the tariff, one will also be provided high quality, water-proof ski clothing.Picture courtesy: Facebook/Manali Igloo Stay  Guests will have to report at hotel Keylinga Inn, Prini Village, (3.5 km from main Manali) to collect their snow dress, mentions the website. Only 4WD cars are allowed to go to the igloo in extreme weather conditions. Once can also drive to the site in his or her own vehicle, for which prior permission will be required.The igloo however might soon cease to be owing to change in weather conditions. So better grab the opportunity!last_img read more

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SPORT-SHEARER 2 LAST

first_img“You dont get as much time to build a team as manager “You dont get as much time to build a team as manager any more. If you dont like that, then dont go into management. We cant complain about it. If you decide to go into the management route, you will get sacked at some stage in your career,” said Shearer. “It happened to (Jose) Mourinho as manager (of Chelsea who resigned in 2015 after signing a contract till 2019). Its a tough job. You cannot afford to fall out with your players,” said the former England captain who played in two Euros as well as the 1998 World Cup finals. “Football some times is not in real world with regards to transfer fees. In 1996, when I was the costliest player at 15 million USD, people said no one is worth that much. When you compare that to what is happening in the China Premier League, its only a matter of time the world record (for player transfer) will be broken. Thats football. Its only going to get bigger,” the 46-year-old former player said. “Its incredible and you can never ever justify it. There is very little loyalty in football, whether from players, from managers or from owners of football clubs. Loyalty and football dont go along (together),” he remarked. Shearer is also not amused by the expanded 48-team World Cup finals competition already announced by the world body, FIFA, from the 2026 edition, as he felt the bloated format would dilute its quality. “Its for finance. When we go to the World Cup finals, I believe thats what it should be – finals. Only the biggest and best teams should be there. I think you are decreasing the standard of football by adding those extra teams.” He also differed with views stressing good playing facilities are needed to encourage children to play football. “I did not have a great stadium to play as a kid. I had a tiny patch of grass in my back garden, or in front or the road. I loved the game. “If we can promote the game and tell kids how great football is, you dont necessarily need great facilities. I never had it and it probably made me a better player and a better person as I did not have the pristine pitches or training pitches as they are now. I played on roads and streets and used cans or stones to play,” PTI SSR NSKadvertisementlast_img read more

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India-Australia eco pact not to be inked during Turnbulls

first_imgvisitNew Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The much-delayed economic pact between India and Australia will not be signed during Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls visit which will see firming up of bilateral cooperation in key areas of security, trade and energy.Turnbull, who will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had earlier said Australia will be a reliable provider of uranium among other energy resources to India but there has been no official confirmation of inking of a commercial contract for the yellow cake during the visit.”The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will not be signed during this visit. Negotiations are underway but the pact will not be signed,” Australias High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu told reporters here.The talks for CECA were launched in 2011 and during the visit of former Australian PM Tony Abbott in 2014, the two sides had expressed the hope that the pact would be inked by the end of 2015, a deadline which has already been missed.However, the Indian side has reiterated its commitment to the free trade pact. Some of the sticking points in the negotiations include Indias high tariff structure for dairy and agri products as also Australian wine.On the much-delayed supply of uramium from Australia to India, Joint Secretary (South) in the external affairs ministry Jaideep Mazumdar said Australian parliament had cleared a legislation for the supply of uranium to India last year and now “commercial negotiations” for it are going on, indicating that there was no firming up of any such pact so far.advertisementWhile there is interest in Australian companies to be part of Indias nuclear market, there are concerns in that country over safety regulations in India.Australia has about 40 per cent of the worlds uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of the yellow cake annually.Both the countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs covering a range of areas including defence and security, environment, renewable energy, sports and trade during Turnbulls visit.It will be Turnbulls first visit to the country during which India is also likely to raise the issue of security of Indians in Australia in the wake of incidents of attacks on some of them.With Australia is strongly backing Indias NSG membership bid, the issue is expected to figure during Modi-Turnbull talks that are being held ahead of Nuclear Suppliers Groups plenary meeting in June.The Australian government is involved in “lot of backroom negotiations” and engaged in “live conversations” with other members countries to garner support for Indias entry into the elite nuclear club, sources said.The volume of Australias investment in India is around USD 7 billion and Majumdar said the country wants to significantly ramp up its investment.”The relations between India and Australia is more robust and multifaceted than ever before…The extent of bilateral engagement will be in full view during the visit,” he said, adding security cooperation, particularly in the area of the maritime sphere, may figure extensively during the discussions.On the issue of a spate of attacks on Indians, he said safety and security of Indias citizens is a matter of concern for the government. But, at the same time, he added that India is satisfied with the steps taken by Australian authorities.At present, 60,000 Indian students are studying in Australia, the second highest in any country, and Majumdar said their welfare will remain Indias priority.Referring to the issue of maritime security, the MEA official said, “Australia is a key maritime nation. We have lot in common like keeping the sea lines secure.”Modi will also host a banquets for the Australian PM.Turnbull will also visit Mumbai where he will meet key business leaders including Gautam Adani, who has vast commercial interests in Australia.Describing India as one of Australias most important international priorities, the Australian envoy said the two sides are taking forward an active and ambitious agenda established under the strategic partnership. Both countries have robust counter-terrorism and security and defence ties as envisaged under the partnership.According to sources, the Australian government is also keen to rejoin Malabar naval exercise which is conducted by India, the US and Japan.The Australian leader will be accompanied by delegations from the fields of business and education. PTI MPB/PYK SClast_img read more

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What millennials and boomers really think – and what that means to your cause

first_imgIf you are promoting a cause (or even a product), it needs to resonate with what people already seek. Remember: Don’t tell someone to value your cause. Show how it relates to their values.I just finished reviewing a very interesting study, Brands: The New Social Reformers, which provides some useful insights into those values. The research by Onesixtyfourth focused on early technology adopters and news-engaged Millennials and Baby Boomers in the US and UK. A good summary of the prevailing sentiment is this quote: “My hope is that society will become more family oriented than government oriented.” People are in a mood to belong to a group and help others – but not if it means compromising individual needs.Here are key wants the study identified:• Security: food, shelter, keep my house, increase my savings, bolster my retirement plan, a corporate job, being part of a movement but not a sole anarchist• Control: frugality, effective money management, black and white answers that come from scientific pursuits, own business/entrepreneurship, self reliance (especially younger Millennials)• Consistency: stable employment, stay at college, complete college• Proving self-worth: value through charity work, striving to get promoted, finding a way to leave a legacy (baby Boomers), training/learning something new rather than leisure time, constant resume buffering (especially Millennials), aggressive pursuit of success (older Millennial males in the US)• Honoring my needs first: protecting my health, making healthier friendship and relationship choices, spending more time with people who have my genuine interests at heart, valuing private information more (Millennials)• Respect for others (but only if they show respect for me first): rejection of greed and self serving society as demonstrated by governments and corporations, helping others through volunteer pursuits• Liberty: personal independence, time for me (Baby Boomers), take control of my investments (Baby Boomers), not oppressed/restricted by others schedules or technology• Progress: pursuit of scientific invention and learning, further education, choice of foundations, supportive of organizations who take society forward in some wayIn this environment, says the report, consumers are looking for leadership and brands that have the following attributes: visionary, courageous, sincere, empathic, transparent, efficient and practical. One way corporate brands have sought to create that image is through CSR (corporate social responsibility) programs, but those can be viewed with skepticism unless the programs are believed to be very genuine and personally relevant. Most leaders – whether from governments, companies and nonprofits – are seen as falling short. So people are filling the leadership gap through connecting with others with similar interests and concerns.The report recommends, “For corporate citizenship to be meaningful it can’t be removed from people’s day-to-day lives… progressive corporate citizenship begins with helping me, the individual consumer, making my life easier, more simple, helping me to make better choices and manage my day to day life more effectively. It then spans out to be about the collective, the community, the country, the world… includes simple things like employing people in my community, being respectful of employees, and saving resources. Innovative research and development efforts around packaging, plastics and fuel, aiding people in need, and advancing developing world, etc. then follow.”So what does this mean for nonprofits seeking to connect with consumers – or corporate partners? Here are my thoughts.1. It’s absolutely critical that you connect your cause to the personal circumstances of your supporters and partners. You need to show how it matters to their daily life, their family, their organizations and their overarching values. This has always been important, but given the growing skepticism of institutions and the desire for meeting both individual and collective needs, it’s now essential.2.Be aspirational in speaking to your donors. The report says “Respondents indicate an overarching wish for something that is not centered on unbridled ambition and efficiency or even idle time but, rather, security, progress and greater creativity in day to day life.” Speak to how your cause can help people fulfill the dreams they have for their own daily lives.3.Leverage these insights to better pitch your corporate partners. Below is a chart from the study showing what their consumers want – show how supporting your cause delivers on these consumer demands, with the innermost circles being the most critical and the outward circles next. Make those connections. This isn’t just about your organization’s need – it’s about corporate priorities and consumer wants. Build that whole picture and you significantly strengthen your case that support of your cause isn’t just good – it’s good business. And that’s an argument you really need in this economy.Your cause matters – it’s your job to show just how much with findings like these.last_img read more

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Ake distanced from Chelsea return

first_imgBournemouth have no intention of allowing Nathan Ake to return to Chelsea, or join any other club, while talk of a raid on Stamford Bridge for Danny Drinkwater has also been played down.Two possible deals involving Premier League rivals have been mooted ahead of the January transfer deadline on Thursday.Ake, who left Chelsea for Bournemouth as part of a £20 million ($26m) transfer in the summer of 2017, has been linked with a retracing of his steps to west London. 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! The versatile Dutch defender has impressed during his time with the Cherries and is said to be among those being targeted by Maurizio Sarri.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has, however, sought to bring an end to the speculation, telling reporters: “We love working with him and we think he has got outstanding attributes. He’s getting better and better in his position.”The speculation, as it has been all January for us, has been purely that, as with all our players.”We’ve had no contact from any other club, so it’s business as usual.”Having sought to rule out one potential departure to Chelsea, Howe has also distanced himself from rumours regarding a possible bid to bring in a player from the Blues.Danny Drinkwater ChelseaEngland international midfielder Drinkwater is struggling for game time this season, having made just one substitute appearance in the Community Shield, and is expected to be on the move before the winter window shuts.The Vitality Stadium may not be his next destination, though, with Howe saying: “From my perspective, we hope the majority of our business is done, if not all of it, but there’s one game to go [before the transfer window closes].”But you can’t say with any certainty what will happen.”We are very happy with the business we have done during this window but I have learnt not to give clear-cut answers in this situation as you may have to act in the last few hours.”We hope our business is finished.”Bournemouth are in Premier League action against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

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Monday Linkparty

first_imgFreelancers talk career-building, career-struggling, saving money, and more. Our reading picks for this week:**Freelance-spirational: **How one writer built her career.Stats: Working from home makes you more productive.**Freelance Life: **What to do when freelancing becomes a roadblock to finding full-time work.**Cool: **Canadians get together for freelance camp.**$$$ Lessons: **One freelancer’s thoughts on frugality and saving for her transition to self-employment.Photo via flickr.last_img read more

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