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January 11, 2020
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Weekend Chinook not warm enough to beat records

first_imgIf it’s accurate, it could get the snowfall and precipitation totals for the month more than two and half times past the December norms. They’re already way past double those averages at 72.2 centimetres and 69.3 millimetres, with the latest additions coming Friday at 5.1 centimetres and 5.2 millimetres. However, those were not the December 13th record totals predicted by Environment Canada and, despite going well above freezing, the Saturday and Sunday highs also fell short of record territory. The Saturday high at the local airport weather office was plus three, but the December 14, 1987 record is 8.7. The Sunday high, although even warmer at 5.1, was even further off the December 15, 1980 record, which is the warmest December temperature on record for this area at 11.4 degrees, which is also nearly 35 degrees warmer than Wednesday morning’s forecast low.- Advertisement –last_img read more

December 25, 2019
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Usual suspects abound

first_img Today, Scioscia has taken the Angels to the postseason three times in the last four seasons, the veteran nucleus has been tweaked and supplemented, and the rotation sure looks a whole lot more convincing than it did in 2005. All of which leads one to predict that the Angels will get back to the World Series and bring more pride to Los Angeles. Err, Anaheim. OK, Orange County, and all points north, south, east and west. The Angels of 2005 are so deep on the mound that Scioscia has tough decisions to make on his rotation. Jarrod Washburn has the best ERA among them at 3.20 but could be asked to pitch in the bullpen because he’s the only lefty. Rookie Ervin Santana went 12-8 and won the division-clincher. With Kelvim Escobar’s return from injury, the Angels now have a quartet of solid relievers Scioscia and Bud Black can use to shorten the game, much as they did in 2002. The Yankees, meanwhile, are the least efficient team $208 million can buy. They used 15 different starting pitchers in 2005, and the three who made the biggest difference are at the bottom of the pay scale Chien-Ming Wang (8-5), Shawn Chacon (7-3, 2.85) and Aaron Small (10-0, 3.20). They were a lot more effective than former Dodger Kevin Brown, former Met Al Leiter, former local Jaret Wright and former Marlin Carl Pavano, and, for that matter, Mike Mussina (4.41 ERA), who will start Game 1 against Bartolo Colon Tuesday. These aren’t the Roger Clemens-Andy Pettitte Yankees of old. The Yankees were eight games under .500 on May 6, and those who watched them daily say they often won on experience, not merit. The Red Sox? The pitching that won them the World Series last year has disappeared. They don’t have a starter with an ERA under Tim Wakefield’s 4.15. Curt Schilling is a ailing 8-8 with an ERA of 5.69. Matt Clement has been ineffective the last month, and Mike Timlin (13 saves in 20 tries) is the closer by default with Keith Foulke done for the season. The White Sox won the AL Central because of their pitching, and like the Angels have four starters with ERAs under 4.00 and a shut-down closer in Dustin Hermansen (34 saves). What they don’t have is the lineup depth of any of the other three AL teams. All of which adds up to another Red October. The same, but different, and maybe even better. A quick look at the four divisional series: Yankees-Angels: The Angels are the only team with a winning record against Joe Torre in his run as Yankees manager, and are 49-48 against them since 1996. They also beat them in their 2002 run and have won the season series the last two seasons. They aren’t at all mesmerized by pinstripes. The key to winning the series will be keeping Mariano Rivera out of games, handling Hideki Matsui and Dirtbag Jason Giambi, the two lefty power-hitters, and keeping the ball in the park. The Yanks had nine different players with double-digit home runs this season. Angels in four. Red Sox-White Sox: The Angels would like to avoid seeing the Red Sox because they’re lefty-deprived and have had trouble dealing with David Ortiz, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek. The White Sox have just one lefty to throw at Boston, too, in Mark Buehrle. The key for Chicago is two starts and wins for Buehrle and the ability of Chicago to generate more runs than usual against a pitching staff that’s much more mortal than they were a year ago. White Sox in five. Padres-Cardinals: This Cardinals team doesn’t hit as well as it did a year ago but it pitches better, with four solid starters in Chris Carpenter, Matt Morris, Mark Mulder and Jeff Suppan, plus closer Jason Isringhausen (39 of 43 save chances). The Padres, meanwhile, come into the postseason with the fewest wins of any division champ since 1973, just one starter with a winning record and sub-4.00 ERA (Jake Peavy, 13-7, 2.88 ERA), and one .300 hitter. Ryan Klesko led the team in home runs with 18. Brian Giles led in RBI with 83. Hands down, the worst playoff team ever. The Padres also lead the postseason eight-pack with the most ex-Dodgers. On that note, here’s the alumni team you can watch: first baseman Paul Konerko, infielders Alex Cora and Mark Grudzielanek, and outfielders Steve Finley, Gary Sheffield and Dave Roberts. Cardinals in three. Astros-Braves: The Astros beat the Braves in divisional series a year ago who doesn’t and have a big three rotation of Clemens, Pettitte and Roy Oswalt. They’ve had spotty hitting all season, though, and Carlos Beltran carried them Game 7 of the NLCS a year ago. The Braves bring a lot of new faces to the playoffs this year, and it will be intriguing to see how Adam LaRoche (20 homers), Jeff Francoeur (.300, 14 homers in 70 games). Jorge Sosa (13-3, 2.25) and new closer Kyle Farnsworth fair. The latter was 10-for-10 in save chances after Chris Reitsma and Dan Kolb blew 16 of 42 opportunities. Astros in four. ALCS: Angels in six. NLCS: Cardinals in five. World Series: Someone in red. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The temptation is to say it feels an awful lot like 2002, except that three years ago we had no idea the Angels were on the verge of winning their first World Series. Three years ago, it was just Mike Scioscia’s third year as manager. When the team broke off to a slow 6-14 start, some wondered if the veteran nucleus had been together too long. The rotation, for those who have forgotten, included Aaron Sele, Kevin Appier and Ramon Ortiz. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 As the Dodgers sink lower into the depths of their own despair, the Angels have seized ownership of the greater community’s soul, in part because they put a good team on the field and operate with the same kind of efficiency and expectation that the other L.A. team once did. If 2002 was a mercurial run, then 2005 was a confident march. There were plenty of times this season when the bats were constipated and the new pieces of the roster broke down, but at no time did Scioscia or the players let it affect their confidence. And now that they’re here in the postseason, that’s a major asset. The Yankees are the Yankees, the Red Sox are defending champs, and the White Sox won more games than anyone in the A.L., but the Angels probably enter the playoffs with the most confidence of anyone. Oh, and the best pitching, too. There’s been a few World Series won on the strength of a team’s bats, but even in 2002, when Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus were mashing, the Angels won the series because they got great clutch pitching from John Lackey, Brendan Donnelly, Frankie Rodriguez and Troy Percival. last_img read more

December 24, 2019
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DOHERTY’S ANGER AS TAOISEACH SAYS HIS €185,000 SALARY HAS BEEN ‘CUT TO THE BONE’

first_imgPearse Doherty TDSinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has criticised comments made today by the Taoiseach justifying his salary of €185,000. Deputy Doherty said: “It is almost laughable the Taoiseach made these outrageous comments on the same day as the Low Pay Commission was set up. “The Taoiseach, on a salary of €185,000 plus expenses is getting over ten times that of the minimum wage earner. He believes he is ‘very much’ entitled to his pay and that his salary has been ‘cut to the bone’. “The Taoiseach needs a reality check. A hospital system where people are lying on trolleys is ‘cut to the bone.’ People struggling to pay their mortgage are ‘cut to the bone’. Young people who cannot get a job in this country are ‘cut to the bone’. Those who are finding it hard to live on the minimum wage are ‘cut to the bone’.“A salary of €185,000 is not ‘cut to the bone’.“Not only does this show the Taoiseach’s failing grasp on reality, it also highlights a near contempt for those who are struggling to earn a living on wages which hardly pay the bills.“Our first Bill immediately after the election was a proposal to reduce the salaries of TDs, Ministers and the Taoiseach. In our alternative Budget we showed how we could save almost €4m a year by cutting salaries and perks in the Dáil. We proposed to reduce TDs pay to €75,000 and Senators pay to €60,000. “It was rejected by the Government.“The Taoiseach’s comments betray an underlying attitude of entitlement and arrogance, exposing a gross ignorance as to the day to day struggles of ordinary Irish people, an attitude that is shared by both Labour and Fine Gael.” DOHERTY’S ANGER AS TAOISEACH SAYS HIS €185,000 SALARY HAS BEEN ‘CUT TO THE BONE’ was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cut to the boneEnda KennyPearse Doherty TDsalarylast_img read more

December 22, 2019
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Cold snap continues as more snow forecast

first_imgMet Éireann has forecast that more snow is on the way for Donegal tonight, with “significant accumulations” expected.Today will remain cold with scattered showers, some heavy, of hail and thunder. Showers of sleet and snow are also forecast, with wintry showers being confined to higher ground later in the morning. Fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds are also forecast today, with highest temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees.More snow is on the way tonight as a “deepening depression” casts over Donegal, with lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees. Rain and snow forecast until tomorrow afternoon from Met Éireann’s high resolution model Harmonie.Rain = blue to redSnow = whiteKeep up to date with our latest warnings here:https://t.co/X6NncUghZ9 pic.twitter.com/h3VHmSRtin— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 17, 2018“A deepening depression will track eastwards across the province early tonight, with its centre over southern parts. This will give rise to moderate southeasterly or variable winds at first, and heavy rain and snow, and with some significant accumulations likely,” the Met Éireann regional forecast indicates.“The winds will become north to northeasterly before midnight, increasing strong and gusty, becoming west to northwesterly after midnight, decreasing moderate to fresh and with the rain and snow clearing eastwards.“Showers will follow from the northwest overnight; turning heavy and some will be wintry over higher ground.” The UK Met Office has issued a snow and ice yellow warning for Northern Ireland, which will also affect the eastern parts of Donegal.Source: www.metoffice.gov.ukThey forecast high accumulations of snow on higher ground (above 200 to 300 metres) of 10cm to 20cm. On low ground levels, 2cm to 8cm will be expected, with a few places seeing very little.“Strong winds bring the potential for temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of lying snow, mainly over high ground,” they warn.The UK Met Office’s warning for Northern Ireland will be lifted at 6pm this evening.Tomorrow will also be cold and blustery according to Met Éireann, with hail and thunder showers expected. Some of the showers will fall as sleet or snow over higher ground. Highest temperatures are estimated to fall between 3 to 5 degrees tomorrow.A Status Yellow weather advisory is currently in effect for Donegal, as Met Éireann forecast high seas which may lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding. This warning is valid until 9am tomorrow morning. One of the strongest wind recordings taken yesterday was at Malin Head, with wind reaching 102 km/h. The wind warning for Donegal has now been lifted.Heavy, wintry showers overnight has led to the roads being slippy this morning, with motorists urged to travel with caution.If you would like to send us your closure notices/road reports, please email info@donegaldaily.comCold snap continues as more snow forecast was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMet EireannsnowUK Met Officeweather warninglast_img read more

December 20, 2019
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Eric Paschall misses Warriors’ summer-league game vs Raptors

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Warriors sat rookie forward Eric Paschall in Saturday’s summer-league game against the Toronto Raptors because of a tailbone bruise.It is not immediately clear what caused Paschall’s injury. But the Warriors plan to remain cautious with all of their players in summer-league games. Paschall could return for Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors will have Sunday off.The Warriors selected Paschall with the No. 41 pick of the NBA draft. The Warriors …last_img

December 19, 2019
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Clinton makes her mark in SA

first_imgUS secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s visitto South Africa focused on strengtheningties between the two countries.Addressing the political situation inZimbabwe, pledging support for the fightagainst HIV/Aids and building a bettertrading relationship with South Africa werealso high on her agenda.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) Hillary Clinton met South Africa’s Ministerof International Relations and CooperationMaite Nkoana-Mashabane at thePresidential Guesthouse in Pretoria duringher two-day diplomatic tour of thecountry. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)MEDIA CONTACTS• Reverie ZurbaUSAid media officer+27 83 417 6861• Sanjay SinghDepartment of International Relations andCooperation+27 83 288 3385USEFUL LINKS• Hillary Clinton ends successful SouthAfrica visit at housing project – guardian.co.uk• Hillary Clinton set to visit South Africa – SABC News• Clinton lauds SA’s economic policies– Independent OnlineNicky RehbockSouth Africa looks set to benefit from stronger ties with the United States following US secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s two-day visit of the country from 7 to 8 August 2009.Speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on 7 August, Clinton and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pledged to work hard to bolster relations between the two countries.“With our candour and creativity, through mutual respect, we can translate common thoughts into common action. The work that we do can translate to better lives. That’s why we’re strengthening ties,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.“There’s a lot to be done … we have a formidable agenda … but the minister and I are going to make sure our two countries work together for a positive impact on the world,” Clinton added.The commitment is welcomed after relations between the US and South Africa turned sour during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency, partly due to his denial that HIV causes Aids and his reluctance to put pressure on President Robert Mugabe over the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe.“There has indeed been a lack of coordination in our relations and we need to change that,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.Spreading Obama’s messageClinton’s whistle-stop visit to the country formed part of an 11-day, seven-state diplomatic tour of Africa, which kicked off in Kenya and is due to finish in Cape Verde. Other stops are Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Liberia.The African tour – Clinton’s longest overseas journey to date as the top US diplomat – aims to affirm US President Barack Obama’s dedication to tackling troubled spots across the continent.No surprise then that Zimbabwe was high on the US secretary’s agenda in South Africa.“You have three to four million Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. It’s a cost to you. In Zimbabwe services need to be delivered to the people … we’ll be working closely with South Africa when it comes to Zimbabwe,” Clinton said.“We, as you know, are attempting to target the leadership of Zimbabwe with the sanctions we think that might influence their behaviour.“In South Africa you are free and you are working together. It is tragic that your neighbours do not have the same freedoms.“It is the responsibility of a leadership to do what it should to take care of its own people. I know that President Zuma is working very hard, as did President Mbeki before him, to try to change the attitude of the Zimbabwean leadership.”Clinton said Obama had committed, during a visit in June 2009 by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, that the US would provide more help on education, health and all the basic necessities Zimbabweans need.Nkoana-Mashabane said, for its part, South Africa would continue to work with the people of Zimbabwe to press for the implementation of the power-sharing agreement signed by political leaders in the Southern African country in 2008.“We will continue to work with the people of Zimbabwe to fast-track the terms of the agreement. We want to encourage the government to move faster so the people of Zimbabwe don’t get impatient,” Nkoana-Mashabane added.Extending trading tiesOne of the outcomes of Clinton and Nkoana-Mashabane’s meeting was a commitment to extend trading ties between South Africa and the US.“We know the benefit of open markets and seek to deepen our bilateral relationship,” Clinton said.Economic ties between the two countries have a “lot of room” to grow, she said, adding that she was keen to explore the possibility of the establishment of a US-South Africa business council.“We’ll follow up on that in Washington next month.”Encouraging South Africa to trade with its African partners, Clinton said trade levels within the continent were extremely low.“South Africa cannot fulfil its economic potential if it exists as an island of relative prosperity amid a sea of untapped opportunity elsewhere on the continent.“In Africa there’s a market of 800-million people – this is one of the issues the minister and I will put on our agenda for a bilateral dialogue.”US support for fighting HIV/AidsClinton’s South Africa visit included a tour of a US-financed HIV/Aids clinic in Cullinan, north of Pretoria.There, she said, “We have to make up for lost time,” referring to South Africa’s past policies on HIV/Aids and the previous government’s delay in offering antiretroviral drugs through the public health system.“The US will be working closer with the South African government in a renewed fight against the scourge of HIV and Aids in the country and the continent. We stand ready to work with the South African government in whatever way is effective on this matter,” Clinton affirmed.Meeting with ZumaClinton’s aides confided that there were complications in trying to arrange a meeting with President Jacob Zuma, but the two finally got together on 8 August after the US entourage made a detour to Durban for the meeting.Zuma affirmed Nkoana-Mashabane’s statement made earlier that Clinton’s visit would help improve relationships between the US and South Africa, particularly in light of both nations having recently elected new administrators.“We are taking that relationship to a higher level,” Zuma said.According to Clinton, the “very substantive” talks with the South African president dealt with issues including Zimbabwe, Sudan and Somalia – as well as ensuring that the two nations work more closely on meeting “regional and global challenges for the betterment of both nations and the world”.Women’s monthAt a dinner in Pretoria to honour her visit, Clinton said she was pleased to be in the country during August, which is Women’s Month. She added that building a thriving economy depended on women being drawn into economic life.“There are so many examples of successful women in South Africa,” she said, noting that a focus on women was part of US foreign policy.Absa CEO Maria Ramos, celebrity and business woman Basetsana Kumalo, gynaecologist and philanthropist Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, poetry icon Lebo Mashile and veterans from the 1956 women’s march on the Union Buildings were among the distinguished guests at the dinner.“When I look at South Africa and I see the role that women played in the struggle for freedom and liberation, and the roles that women are playing now in every aspect of South African life, it is gratifying, but it is not satisfying,” Clinton told the audience.“Too many women in this country and across Africa and across the world, including in my country, are marginalised, are left behind, are denied the rights that every human being is entitled to.“We must remain committed to the full empowerment of women everywhere. And when we think about the poverty that grinds the spirit and the life out of so many women, we have to resolve to do our part, to make it easier for women to have the chance to live up to their God-given potential,” she said.• Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at nickyr@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Hair Accessories by MissTresses Fish Net Wig Cap in Brown | Pack of 3 : Fab!

first_img Posted on August 7, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions, Wigs & AccessoriesTags Hair Accessories by MissTresses Add to your favourites Fish Net Wig Cap in Brown | Pack of 3Fish Net Wig Cap / Hair Net | Pack of 3Elastic fitting – Fits all head sizesLightweight Fish Net Fabric – Lets Your Head BreatheAlso available in Black and BlondeOpen ended for any length of hair Purchased these caps / tight, to hold my wig in place and stop my head from itching. It works but find it cuts into my head and leaves a itchy deep in print. But does keep your head cooler being fishnet, but would still prefer a sheer cap as more comfortable. Great service, highly recommended, staff very pleasant to deal with, i made a mistake on ordering and they sorted me out, many thanks. As i was buying some lolita wigs i decided to get wig caps which were my own hair colour. I have quite dark brown hair but the brown of the cap is very close, virtually invisible against my hair. The wigs i bought came with free wig caps (which were black) but i prefer having paid a bit and got these. They’re very durable and breathable and as there’s 3 in a pack, they’ll last for ages so i feel i have gotten my money’s worth. Does the job not much else to say about this product. It keeps the hair in place and stops the head becoming too hot withany wig. Prompt delivery good fit may use againvalue for money. Does the job to keep your hair inplace with a wig. Five Stars SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-08-07 18:46:01Reviewed Item Fish Net Wig Cap in Brown | Pack of 3Rating 4.8 / 5  stars, based on  15  reviews I live ina country where wig nets are all black. I don’t have black hair and bought this item because of its colour and price. It is light, comfortable and washes well. Colour needs to be more brown. Great product i got the 2 fish net caps one in black and one in tan they both did the job well. Fab!last_img read more

December 15, 2019
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Solve the Tech Talent Shortage by Turning to Contingent Workers

first_imgSara JensenVice President of Business Development at Innovative Employee Solution Related Posts Once upon a time, “tech company” referred exclusively to a business working in a science or engineering field. Today, nearly every company relies heavily on tech talent to create, market, distribute, or interact with its product or service in some way. With tech jobs so widely distributed among different industries, many companies are struggling to meet their growing need for tech talent.Tech has one of the widest skills gaps among all industries, according to research from Third Way. And on top of that, the turnover rate in the tech field is the highest of any sector: 13.2 percent, according to a study by LinkedIn. Nationwide, more than 500,000 computing jobs exist, but the computer science student graduation rate is struggling to keep up. Fewer than 50,000 graduated last year, according to Code.org, which also estimates that available computing positions will outnumber qualified applicants by as much as a million by 2020.So what’s a company to do? Keep spending time searching for qualified candidates for each open position only to have them poached by another company? Hire candidates who only have some of the skills you’re looking for and spend resources training them? Neither of those sounds very appealing.Maybe it’s time to try something different — something like shifting to a contingent tech workforce.What’s the Shift Look Like?Reconfiguring how your tech work is done might take some effort, but transitioning to individual projects for which you hire skilled freelance workers isn’t as daunting as you might think. A number of tech-related jobs adapt well to a project-based contingent worker model, and thanks to cloud capability and advances in real-time communication, many projects can be accomplished from anywhere in the world as long as the right person is working on it.Programming and natural language processing are perhaps two of the most popular jobs for companies to move to a gig-based model. Given the popularity of speech-enabled AI devices like Siri and Alexa, talented employees with experience in NLP are in high demand, and many are able to manage projects for multiple clients at the same time. Additionally, many companies find themselves wanting to expand their tech offering — in the form of a mobile app, for example — and need to temporarily bring on programmers fluent in Java, Python, iOS/Swift, etc. Many software developers are already plugged into the gig economy and are simply looking for more jobs to take on.If you do feel like training your staff is a better long-term investment for your company, there’s a contingent solution for that as well: freelance trainers. Ninety percent of respondents to a recent consumer survey said they believe that providing training is an employer’s responsibility, and hiring a freelance educator or trainer for short-term assignments can be a great way to meet this need without signing on to a long-term financial commitment.Making It WorkThe potential upside of using contingent workers for tech projects is huge, but there are a few things a company should address first. These four steps are a great place to begin:1. Look beyond traditional platforms.Many companies successfully use their regular staffing partner to help them find the right talent for particular projects, but for jobs that require highly skilled or specialized tech talent, the freelancers you need will not be found on the same old job boards. A 2016 report from the McKinsey Global Institute found that nearly a third of working-age people in Europe and the U.S. do at least some work independently. So the talent is out there; you just have to know where to look. Consider using online staffing platforms that specialize in highly skilled tech talent such as Toptal, Upwork, or Gigster.2. Watch your compliance.Bringing on contingent employees also means answering questions about compliance laws: Can you safely engage a freelancer as a 1099 independent contractor? Or should you or an employer of record hire him or her as a W-2 payrolled employee? The answers might change depending on where your business is located. Recent legal rulings in California, for instance, require employers to pass a three-step test before they can classify an employee as a freelance or contingent worker. Be sure you know what’s required in your state so you don’t create a legal mess for yourself.3. Do market research.When it comes to gig economy jobs, the highest-paying jobs are in the tech sphere, specifically AI, deep learning, blockchain architecture, and robotics, according to research from Upwork and the Freelancers Union. With tech talent in high demand, coming in too low with an hourly rate could leave you struggling to get a qualified freelancer, making it more likely that you’ll make a bad hire out of desperation. Skilled tech workers know what they’re worth, and it isn’t always cheap. But given the turnover rate in the industry, you’ll still save more money by opting to pay a higher rate to a freelancer for particular projects than to onboard a new salaried employee every couple years.4. Provide clear guidelines and expectations as early as possible.From your first interaction, set clear expectations about what the job entails and how you’ll measure success. A majority of freelancers do contingent work because they appreciate the flexibility, according to research from MBO Partners, which means that consistent, frequent communication is vital in ensuring accountability. Make sure your needs are being met and that the freelancer can adjust his or her tasks based on how the project is progressing.The tech workforce is changing, and it’s time that the process companies use to hire tech talent changes as well. Shifting tech jobs to a new freelance workforce can help close the skills gap and create lucrative opportunities for businesses and their contingent employees. Kickstarting a Stagnant Company How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Tags:#contigent workers#grow#tech business Sara Jensen is the vice president of business development at Innovative Employee Solutions, a leading nationwide employer of record that specializes in payrolling and contractor management services. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-…last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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‘Bounty’ for Mamata’s head triggers furore

first_imgOpposition members in Parliament expressed serious concern over a BJP youth wing leader announcing a ₹11-lakh bounty for anyone who “beheads” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with the Centre saying the State government was “free to take legal action” against him.Yogesh Varshney of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha made the controversial remark after the West Bengal police used batons to disperse a rally raising slogans in praise of Lord Rama on Hanuman Jayanti.Trinamool member Sukhendu Sekhar raised the issue during Zero Hour in the Upper House.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “I strongly condemn such statements. The State government is free to take legal action.”Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the State government can register an FIR and take action. He added there was no need for further discussion on it as the Minister had condemned the statement.BSP chief Mayawati demanded that the BJP take action against the individual rather than just condemning the statement.Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan said, “You can protect cows, and women are facing atrocities. How dare somebody talk like this, especially against a woman?.. Is this the way they are going to protect the women of this country?”In the Lok Sabha too, members condemned the BJP activist’s statement, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressing his displeasure. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said everyone must condemn such statements. Raising the issue soon after the House assembled, Trinamool member Saugata Roy said: “Mamata Banerjee is not only a Chief Minister but a former member of this House too. It is a serious and alarming behaviour.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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What is the Jammu & Kashmir crisis all about?

first_imgWhat is it? The situation in Kashmir is volatile and drifting into a negative sphere on two counts: rising violence and the shrinking space of regional mainstream parties after the four-phase urban local bodies elections on October 16. The spiral of violence showed no sign of let-up even after Governor Satya Pal Malik was sworn in as the new head of the State on August 23. There are many markers that the Governor has so far failed to stop the situation from deteriorating and ensure that all alienated sections, especially the Hurriyat, make a positive move. According to official figures, over 78 militants, 90% of them local recruits, were killed in the past 12 weeks, with militancy gaining ground in north and central Kashmir. General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt admitted that the north was comparatively less militancy-hit than south Kashmir. “Unlike the youth in south Kashmir, people in north Kashmir had chosen a path of peace, which I will try to maintain.” He expressed fears that militant infiltration from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir into north Kashmir would increase ahead of winter.That the situation has worsened in October is evident from the number of security operations, militant attacks and stone-throwing, with over 100 protesters injured in clashes. A total of 12 civilians were killed. Seven civilians died in a controversial blast at an encounter site in Kulgam, where the Army-led operation neutralised three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants on October 22. Locals alleged that the forces failed to sanitise the site of the operation as per the standard operation procedure (SOP) laid down in 2012. However, the security agencies blame civilians for converging on the site immediately after the encounter was over. It has only fuelled more anger in south Kashmir. There are more worrying trends for security agencies. Srinagar, declared a militancy-free zone once, saw the return of house-to-house operations by security forces. Four militants and a civilian were killed in a fortnight of heavy gunfights. Fear of large-scale street protests during and after the encounters forced the authorities to close all educational institutions and cancel examinations. How did it come about? The Centre’s decision to hold urban local bodies elections in October acted as a force multiplier for violence. Even the mainstream regional parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), decided to boycott these polls, given the “anxiety and alienation” in Kashmir over a number of issues, including the questioning of special status in the Supreme Court. The regional parties described the civic bodies polls as “an imposition by the Centre.” It’s for the first time that urban local bodies polls were held with no regional party fielding any candidate. The new Governor failed to convince the parties to join the fray. Instead, he ticked them off, saying their “boycott was posturing for Assembly elections.”Why does it matter? However, the poll results were disappointing and far below expectations. From over 80% polling in the panchayat elections in 2011, the voter turnout came down to 35.1% in the entire State, while the Kashmir Valley and Srinagar saw 5% turnout, even lower than in 1996 when militancy was at its peak. The winning of the BJP candidates at 35 wards in the boycott-hit and volatile south Kashmir has only added to people’s anxiety. What lies ahead? The decision to hold the civic polls has cast a shadow on upcoming elections in the State, including the panchayat polls to be held in November. The State is also awaiting Assembly elections after the PDP-BJP government fell in August this year. Both the NC and the PDP are yet to show any interest in these polls. It strengthens the separatists’ argument that boycott remains the only option for all parties till resolution of the Kashmir issue.last_img read more