Improve Your Podcast with Royalty-Free Music Tracks

first_imgThe key to a successful podcast is establishing a unique-but-consistent image and tone. Here’s how royalty-free music tracks can help.Invented alongside the iPod back in 2004, the podcast has, in the last few years, seen an epic resurgence. The truth is, you don’t need much to start a podcast. A microphone, basic audio editing software, a topic, and some willing participants are all you need to get a podcast going. But, it can be hard to stand out in a crowded podcast market.So how do you make an impression on a listener who takes a chance on your podcast? The answer is twofold: first, make great content, and, second, have a great intro song. Here’s the good news, though, Premium Beat has a great selection of songs to choose from.How to Pick a Song for Your PodcastThere are a few ways to find the perfect song on Premium Beat. To sort through a list of great songs, this curated playlist has a collection of podcast intro-worthy songs, which should lead you in the right direction. While this is the easiest way to find a song, there are other ways that offer more variety.You can search the PremiumBeat music library by genre.On PremiumBeat’s home page, hover over to Genres, where you’ll find all manner of different genres, such as chill out, easy listening, and games. Each genre presents a wide selection of curated songs for your listening, but if you prefer to choose by mood, PremiumBeat has that too.Moods are another popular way to search PremiumBeat’s library of royalty-free music.The Mood tab on PremiumBeat’s website offers an assortment of different moods for every situation. Murder Mystery podcasters can look through the Crime/Thriller/Spy mood, while comedy podcasters can sort through the Comedy/Funny mood.Searching by keyword or instrument is the best way to get specific results in your search.If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, try typing in a keyword in the search bar. Keywords can be anything, so if you’re looking for a song with a specific instrument or mood, this is your best bet. Whether you’re looking for a suspenseful song or something more lighthearted, PremiumBeat is sure to have what you’re looking for.How Licensing WorksLicensing for podcasts is simple. For $49, you can use your PremiumBeat song as much as you want in as many projects as you want, in perpetuity. Take a look at the licensing page for more information. Once you have the license, you’re free to use the song however you like, and you won’t have to worry about paying a recurring fee.PremiumBeat is the Right ChoiceEvery standout podcast needs a standout theme song.To reiterate, for a podcast to stand out, you need a great intro song. PremiumBeat has a large collection of songs that can suit your needs and a straightforward licensing agreement. But more than that, PremiumBeat eliminates the frustration that comes with creating your own custom song.If you don’t have the budget to hire a musician to create a song for you, PremiumBeat gives you the chance to still find a track that is right for you. Sure, there is free music out there, but PremiumBeat’s composers are music professionals who make music for major advertisements and TV shows. So, browse the PremiumBeat collection and improve your podcast with an awesome intro song.Cover image via radioshoot.Looking for some quality royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.Support Your Documentary Vision with a Thoughtfully Considered SoundtrackPower Up Your Gaming Videos and Twitch Streams with Royalty-Free MusicFuel Your Audience’s Fears with Eerie Royalty-Free MusicKeep Your Customers Calm and Engaged With the Right Royalty-Free Hold MusicSaddle Up With This Royalty-Free Playlist for Westernslast_img read more

8 Ways to Transform Your Job Search in 2018

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ The New Year gives all of us an opportunity for a do-over–and who doesn’t love a do-over? If 2017 wasn’t the best year for your career-wise, of if you’re planning a career or job change for 2018, the New Year is here to give you the opportunity to transform your job search.It’s time to say goodbye to any resume mistakes, words you misspoke in an interview, or phone interviews that didn’t go well in 2017. If you’re leaving your current company, it’s time to move on to brighter and better things.If you’re looking to revolutionize your job search process in the New Year, here are the steps you should take to really make 2018 the year you land your dream job.1. Prioritize your personal developmentFirst things first: if you want to find your dream job, you need to make sure you understand what your dream job is. To do so, you need to spend a little time understanding what you like to do and how that fits in with your career goals.If you’re looking for your dream job, I definitely recommend prioritizing your personal development in 2018,” says Laura Weldy, life coach at The Well Supported Woman. “Really pay attention to not just the careers that sound fun, but what about each role is interesting to you. The more self-aware you are the easier it will be to find a role that fulfills you.” To achieve this step, Weldy suggests focusing on actionable personal goals, such as reading personal development podcasts or listening to creative-inspiring podcasts weekly. “Resolutions of that type help to expand your world, and along with the expanded world come expanded opportunities,” says Weldy.2. Set career-oriented resolutions for yourselfWith the New Year ahead, it’s time to set resolutions for yourself. If you’re not normally the type to set resolutions, you should consider giving it a try this year to help you transform your job search. You don’t need to set personal goals if you don’t want to, but, rather, you should think about some of the mistakes you made in your job search last year–and use those to help you determine what you can and should do differently this year.Make a short list of the top actionable things you think you can do better in your job search this year. Some resolutions might be: attend at least one networking event each month until you land your dream job; work with a resume writer or mentor to re-vamp your resume; research your salary so you can identify your worth and earn what you truly deserve; or expand your professional network and determine if you know anyone who works at your dream company.11 New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Get You Promoted This Year3. Do your researchOne of the biggest mistakes job seekers make during the job search is going into it blindly. If you have no idea what kind of jobs are available in your city, or how much money people earn in the position you are hoping to land, you might be setting yourself up to be let down. Instead of doing the same-old, same-old for your job hunt process, consider transforming the way you approach looking for a job by doing your research ahead of time. Make a list of the companies you know about and would love to work for. Then, research companies with a similar mission or product to expand your options of working in the industry. You should also research the companies you are interested ahead of time to make sure it still sounds like a place you would even want to work at. Moreover, there’s no point in applying to a job that you know is not going to pay you fairly–so make sure you Know Your Worth and only apply to positions that will value your experience. 4. Find a mentorIf you struggled in your job search last year, or if you’re nervous about the big career leaps you plan to take in 2018, it’s important to know you don’t have to go through this process alone. If you’re having trouble sticking to the goals you set for yourself, you might need a hand from someone who either understands how you operate, or is professionally trained to motivate you out of a rut.“This is when working with a professional life coach comes in handy,” says Weldy. “A life coach is essentially a project manager for the creation of your fullest, best life – they exist to help you clarify what you want to create, hold you accountable to those goals regularly, and assist you in dissecting any blocks to your success that get in the way.”A mentor can come in the form of a life coach, career coach, friend, family member, or even your current manager. If you have previously done your job search completely on your own, the biggest change you could make this year could be just asking someone to help you!6 Mentors You Need To Have On Speed Dial5. Understand what a dream job looks likeSpeaking of bringing others into your job search–have you ever spent time at your friends or family members’ place of work? If you know someone who absolutely loves what they do–and especially if you know someone who works at your dream company–consider asking if you can visit them at work.If the job search has you down or you’re worried that you’ll never find your dream job, maybe you need a little inspiration to help you revolutionize your process. By going to see someone you know work in a healthy, friendly environment and seeing how they are both treated by their co-workers, and how passionate they are to show you what they do for a living, you’ll gain a better understanding of what it means to have a job you truly love. And once you know what it looks like to have your dream job–you won’t stop until you get it! 6. Allow yourself to take a break Looking for a job is stressful. It’s easy to get bogged down by having to re-write your resume or constantly write cover letters–and when you never hear back from anyone, it can drive you a little insane.But, the problem job seekers make is that they spend all their time looking for a job and never take a break from the search. We understand that you don’t want to waste any time because you need to pay your bills–but if you don’t take a moment to de-stress and breathe, you’re only making the process that much harder for yourself.When you feel you are reaching a high-stress point in your job search, take a day or two off. And I mean really take the day off–if you can afford to take a short trip, do so. If you are low on funds, simply relax at home (away from computer screens) or go for a walk around your neighborhood. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing taking even just one day away from the actual search will help you re-set and re-prioritize your process. How to Spot Burnout Before It’s Overtaken Your Life7. Have funIt might not sound like fun, but there are ways to make your job process enjoyable! You don’t have to be miserable while you do this–in fact, approaching your job search in that mindset is probably hurting your applications because it’s hindering your passion from shining through.“I would encourage you to have fun with this process, and not to take it too seriously,” advises Weldy. “It’s important to have goals and resolutions, because they tell us where to focus our attention in a world that’s full of distractions. Some of them will change over time, and that’s part of our development as individuals.”8. Set clear intentionsLastly, the best thing you can do for yourself to revolutionize your job search is to make sure you are setting clear intentions for yourself. Remember: you are on your side with this, so you don’t need to be too hard on yourself, and you don’t want to set yourself up for failure.“The beauty is in the learning and growing that comes from setting clear intentions and overcoming our own obstacles,” says Weldy. “Even if the goal isn’t completed at the end of 2018, you’ll feel proud of the progress you’ve made in that direction – but if you set no goals or resolutions, it’s harder to know which direction you’re headed!” 2.8★ Hair Stylist – Licensed – WASHINGTON, DC-3307 14th Street NW, 20010 Sport Clips Washington, DC Browse More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Residential Plumber $3000 Sign-on bonus! 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How to Network

first_img Talk About More Than Yourself At a conference or networking opportunity, don’t just wait for people to approach you. Lurking in the proverbial shadows won’t win you any friends—or connections. Instead, be proactive: Walk up to a group and introduce yourself. Talk with thirsty networkers in the bar line. You’ll (hopefully) be rewarded for your gutsy, go-getter attitude with a genuine conversation and a chance to connect post-conference. If conferences are overwhelming, being active in a virtual community is the next best thing. Most professional industries have active online communities on all the major social media platforms, from regular Twitter threads on industry topics to more general Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Get online, request access and go learn about your field of interest. Consider starting by asking members what they wish they’d known when they were first becoming active in their industry (but be prepared to receive a score of responses!).If you’d rather invest your time in a more formal setting than free online communities, consider joining a professional community in your industry, such as SHRM for human resources management, AWAI for professional writing or NSPE for licensed professional engineers. These memberships often come with a yearly fee, but it can be a worthwhile investment if it encourages you to take your participation more seriously. Be Prepared Don’t Just Swap Business Cards What is worse: giving a public speech off-the-cuff—or calmly reading from prepared notecards? Most people would choose the former—yet, a lot show up at networking opportunities unprepared, with no plan of what they’ll say or how they’ll say it. For every conference, meet-up, and other networking opportunity, come prepared with some talking points. And know your audience. Never show up without knowing what type of people will be there and what conversation topics will be well received.You know what they say: Practice makes perfect. When it comes to networking, especially at a big event or conference if you decide to go that route, preparing ahead of time can help you (at least in part) deal with your nerves. “Always have a strategy and set goals ahead of time,” suggest Stephanie Abrams Cartin and Courtney Spritzer, the co-founders of Socialfly, a social media marketing and influencer agency. “More than anything it is important to know the audience you are addressing and your personal brand. Create an elevator pitch that reflects your strengths but shows your personality.” If it helps you feel prepared, research other event attendees beforehand so you know who you want to talk to and why. Think of how you’ll introduce yourself to them as well as some questions you’d want to ask them. Then, when you walk into a room filled with people, you’ll hopefully feel less overwhelmed because you have some specific goals in mind for the session. You may be hoping that networking will ultimately land you an offer—but you can’t actually say that to the person with whom you’re networking. Saying things such as “are you hiring” or “can you get me a job” are akin to putting nails on a chalkboard: Asking for something immediately—especially something big—can be off-putting. Remember: networking is all about turning cold leads into warm leads. Wait until you’ve established a relationship with someone before putting out these feelers. Change How You Think About Networking In addition to exchanging phone numbers and emails while networking, you should also connect with people on social media. With becoming friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram come with risks, it still can be worth it to show people your social side. For example, Twitter, known as the microblogging platform, is the place where many professionals build their personal brands—and if your new contacts are blogging or publishing content, they’re most likely using Twitter to amplify that content to a larger audience. By connecting on Facebook and Instagram, you can see a more complete, authentic and well-rounded picture of who your new contacts are away from the confines of their career—and they can see that for you. Be Proactivecenter_img Learn More! Connect on Social Media Don’t Ask For a Job Outright You’re a slave to your smartphone, and so is the person you’re chatting up. So why would you give him a business card when you could both take out your phones and plug your contact information into them? Business cards get thrown away. Taking down a phone number and email—in your phone—on the other hand, will help you keep the conversation going after the networking opportunity is over. The caveat to this point is if you are talking to someone that is clearly five rungs above you—or even more—on the power ladder. In that case, it’s probably better to ask for a card, as that person might be a little understandably wary giving their number away. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, industry newbie or a seasoned pro, here are a few additional resources to help you network successfully:5 Ways to Grow Your Network From Scratch In a New IndustryThe Right Way to Network With a Recruiter13 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Networking EventWhat to Never Say When Networking8 Networking Strategies You Haven’t Thought of YetThis Is How to Build Your Professional Network From Your PhoneHow to Network When You’re Not Looking for a JobThe Right (And Wrong) Ways To Network At Any Conference When you are constantly self-promoting your startup or business, you come off as needy and selfish.So what you should do instead? Strike up a genuine conversation. Ask people about their startup/business, their challenges, and their goals. When people feel like you actually care about them and are not just treating them like a transaction, they will ask you about what you’re up to and how they can help. Remember: The goal here is to treat every new interaction like a first date. Take your time to get to know the person, and I promise you will go a lot farther than if you immediately blurted out random facts about your startup.For conferences, the best way for you to make connections with high-profile speakers is to make friends with the people who put on the conference. These people also have a treasure trove of information and advice, and are usually ignored or avoided (so you won’t have much competition). Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, a smooth talker or someone who stumbles over his words, networking can be a stressful thing to do. Talking to strangers, vying for a job or even just a business card, can reduce the calmest people into puddles of anxiety. But if you can change how you think about networking, the experience can be more enjoyable. Think of networking as a way to build relationships—over time.Think about it: any time you’ve derived some benefit from networking—a new job, client, or contract—it was most likely from a relationship you cultivated for awhile. Sure, sometimes you can translate brand new connections into business results, but it’s much more common to get them from long-standing relationships. So instead of forcing yourself to go to a conference to make new connections, ask someone out for coffee or lunch if that’s an environment that makes you more comfortable. Plus, you’ll be better able to have a meaningful conversation in a more private setting.last_img read more

Here’s How to Be a Better Collaborator at Work

first_img Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA Know When to Ask for Help — and Be Delicate When Offering ItOne of the joys of being a collaborator is you don’t have to have all the answers. A truly collaborative endeavor is one where it’s okay to take risks — and to go to your colleagues when you need guidance. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness — it shows that you’re interested in getting better at something, have recognized someone else’s skill and feel secure enough to take some time out for your edification.Likewise, you want other people to feel at ease getting help from you, not forced, as in this example:Correct: I noticed you’ve been working on that part for a while. Let me know if I can help out, okay?Incorrect: You’re doing it wrong. Here, let me show you how an adult does it.Don’t Make Your Collaboration Messier Than NecessaryOver the course of your project, you and your collaborators will likely find things to disagree about. It’s worth remembering there’s value in drawing from perspectives — even if only a fraction of the insights this process yields will be usable.For the rest, be diplomatic. Know when to hold your tongue. Keep in mind that kindness, while not always effortless, is rarely a waste of energy.At some point, someone will probably have to say “no,” or at least “not right now.” And someone else will have to live with that. This is part of what separates a collaborative process that sets and achieves its goals from an endless digression on things people wish would happen at some point. In other words, while it might not always feel like it, it’s often a good thing.7 Ways To Create Beneficial Alliances At Work 23 hours ago 23h LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 5.0★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV “No man is an island,” the English poet John Donne once wrote. Nearly 400 years later, if you’re into creative, ambitious work, that sentiment is truer than ever — collaboration is often essential.It also might not feel like your strong suit. Maybe you feel weird without your headphones in and would much rather work alone. But even then, chances are your efforts are part of a greater whole that hinges on your abilities as a collaborator to succeed — so you might as well speak up.It’s an area where we can all stand to improve, and Grammarly has you covered. Here are six tips to help you become a better collaborator.What Is Collaboration, Anyway?Working in collaboration means everyone can contribute ideas — so it’s different from the kind of teamwork where a group marches in unified lockstep to realize one person’s plan or goal. Collaborating means hearing people out, melding different ideas together and building toward a shared objective.Put another way, if you’re not steadily communicating about what you’re trying to accomplish and how best to go about it, you’re not really collaborating.Part of Communicating Is Listening and UnderstandingCollaboration doesn’t work if only one person does all the talking. Fostering a collaborative space means making room for other people to share their ideas — even the shy ones. (That said, making a point of giving a quiet person the floor doesn’t help much if they feel suddenly called on like a daydreamer who zoned out in algebra class.)Part of getting people to open up and share valuable ideas is helping them feel like they’ll be heard. That means being patient and generous — a facilitator, not an autocrat.Correct: That’s an interesting idea. How do you see it fitting into this project? 3.5★ 3.1★ N/A Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA When You’re Done, Share Credit — and Say Thank YouThere is no quicker way to exclude yourself from a group’s future collaborative endeavors than to claim all the credit and glory for yourself. It’s simply not a good look when you could instead be graciously acknowledging the contributions of your peers and bringing donuts.Lastly, take a moment to reflect on what you learned and what you hope to improve going forward. Such lessons may come in handy the next time you’re called upon to collaborate.Related Links:Grammarly Spotlight: How Do Grammarly’s Products Work?Here’s How to Ask for Clarification From Someone ElseJust Checking In: 7 Better Ways to Follow up on EmailThis article was originally published on Grammarly. It is reprinted with permission. 2.5★center_img Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ Hot New Jobs For You 4.7★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A 23 hours ago 23h Incorrect: You already know that idea is unrealistic, so just hush.Also, if you are one of the quieter ones present for a collaborative discussion, recognize that you’re in the room to participate, not just observe. That’s not always the case in life — and yes, people who think all meetings should be collaborative are insufferable — but in this case, it’s good to show you’re engaged by saying what you’re thinking.11 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Group BrainstormKeep the Conversation Open-EndedOne of the challenges of the collaborative process is getting past the blue sky stage where people throw out ideas, and onto distilling the results into an actionable plan with defined deliverables. When you’re trying to clarify what you’ll actually be doing,it helps to ask questions rather than issue decrees, like so:Correct: What problem are we trying to solve?Incorrect: Our next iteration just needs to look more like the competition’s.Correct: What timeframe will it take to achieve meaningful progress?Incorrect: I need this done and dusted before Thursday’s board meeting.A useful strategy to get people on the same page is to try repeating their points back in your own words. This helps crystallize the takeaways and can reveal any discrepancies or misunderstandings that need to be addressed early on. It can also be worthwhile to capture key ideas on a whiteboard, sticky notes or a shared screen. View More Jobslast_img read more

Crystal Palace, West Ham target Martin Braithwaite rejects China offer

first_imgToulouse striker Martin Braithwaite has rejected an approach from China.The Denmark international is ready to leave TFC this summer.La Dépêche du Midi says Braithwaite has fielded a lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League, but has turned it down.West Ham and Crystal Palace are interested in tempting the 26 year-old to England in the coming months.Braithwaite has been with TFC since 2013.last_img

West Brom defender McAuley can see Ronaldo returning to Man Utd

first_imgWest Brom defender Gareth McAuley can see Manchester United re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave this summer and he reportedly favours a return to United.”The money, the prices in the game it’s incredible player to think a player is worth that sort of money,” McAuley said on Sky Sports.”But I suppose how global Ronaldo is and the business side that comes with it, I don’t know if it’s a good investment or not but he’s certainly scored goals and he’s certainly won things wherever he’s been.”When it comes to Manchester United I’m sure they would see it as good business.”last_img read more

Nottingham Forest secure Ben Brereton to new deal

first_imgNottingham Forest have secured young striker Ben Brereton to a new deal.The youngster has been watched by Liverpool and Arsenal this past season.The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season, scoring a memorable last-minute winner against Aston Villa at The City Ground, and has committed his future to the club by signing a new contract until 2021.Brereton, who joined the club in 2015 from Stoke City, impressed for the Under 18s and Under 23s before making his first-team debut against Leeds United last season.The forward went on to make 18 appearances in 2016-17, scoring three goals, and also earned international recognition as he featured for England’s Under 19s.last_img read more

Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos: Real Madrid? I’ll decide…

first_imgReal Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos insists he’s not yet committed to Real Madrid.The Spain U21 hero is expected to join Real Madrid after the Euros, with it being mooted he will join Los Merengues before returning on-loan to Betis next season.Asked about the reports, Ceballos told El Partidazo de Cope from Poland: “I have not signed with Real Madrid. The rumours are not true.”I still have three years of my contract with Betis Seville. My future? I do not know, my priority goal now is to win the Euros and go on vacation. This is not a moment to decide where I will play next year.”I will decide when the Euros are over.”last_img read more

​Sunderland AGAIN shunned – this time by club great Phillips

first_imgSunderland have faced another setback in their search for a new manager.Club great Kevin Phillips, who is currently an assistant at Derby County, has denied he is interested in taking on the role.”The Sunderland situation, who knows what is happening there until the takeover happens,” Phillips said via The Mirror.”It worries me when Derek McInnes has turned the job down so there is something going on behind the scenes there.”Until the takeover happens, if it happens, then I can understand why people are distancing themselves.”Any prospective manager going in there will want some money to change it, it is as simple as that, you need money to spend.”last_img read more

Getting Started: Creating a Website

first_imgEvaluating and choosing an appropriate method for developing and maintaining your web site is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your online fundraising work. Your choice will have significant staffing and cost implications. Many nonprofits find it works best to hire a Web developer to build a site and an internal Webmaster to handle the ongoing maintenance. Chances are, you’ve made a few mistakes already in this department, but that’s ok. Between technology innovations and your changing needs, you’ll be re-doing your web site every couple of years. So, evaluate your options, select one (or a combination, more likely) and get going.Outsourcing: Hiring a Web development firm (or sometimes a single freelancer) to develop your site is usually the best solution, since most organizations don’t have the expertise to build a new site in-house. You’ll need to develop a detailed RFP (Request for Proposal) that details what features and functionality you want. Be prepared to give copies of your materials to the firms submitting proposals – annual reports, direct mail, newsletters, etc. Review sites the firm has created and check references. Talk to people at those organizations about work style, communication, maintenance, problems, costs, and timeliness.The pro to hiring a Web development firm is that its staff has the skills and experience to build your site better and quicker than you could. And assuming you hire a good firm, you’ll end up with a professional, appealing web site. Of course, the cons are similar to hiring a wrong person – you can easily waste time and money on the wrong firm.Doing it in-house. These days, there are lots of Web savvy folks out there, and many nonprofits have successfully hired a staff person who uses his/her own skills and the many free tools available on the Web to develop and maintain a good site. Often the Webmaster is also the main contact with an outsourced Web developer working on a new site or a full site redesign. The position requires a resourceful person filling the role, plus good supervision, clear priorities and deadlines.The pros are that you’ll have a staff person available all the time to make quick changes and to keep the web site on the front burner, and the accumulated expertise stays in-house. The cons are that it’s hard to find someone who has all the skills required – you’ll need a budget to outsource some tasks – and once the site is completed she will only be using some of her skills to maintain the site.Working with ASPs. Application Service Providers (ASPs) let you “rent” complex programs running on their own computer servers; they often provide functionality that you could not afford to build yourself. The application generally runs on their site but is formatted to look as if it is your site, so when a visitor accesses the application, they likely don’t notice that they’ve been taken off your site. Some ASPs provide one or two applications, others provide a comprehensive suite of applications that work together. The Network for Good Donate Now service is an example of a donation processing ASP.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 4last_img read more

How to hustle even when you’re not hustling

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.If you’re a freelancer or consultant you need to hustle. A lot.But there’s no question that the hustling mentality can take a toll on your mindset, your energy, your happiness, and your health. There’s plenty of science that backs up the importance of downtime for continued well-being and creativity.Most of us intellectually appreciate the benefits of slowing down and taking time to stop the hustle.But, if you’re like me, whenever you think about slowing down there’s a voice in the back of your head telling you that if you stop hustling you run the risk of losing ground, losing your edge, losing clients, and losing income.Quieting your inner hustle voiceThe more I tell myself I need to relax, ease up, and stop hustling—just for a bit—the louder the voice gets. Sometimes it shows up when I’m trying to sleep: “Why are you sleeping? You should be hustling. You’re going to fail if you don’t start hustling—right now!”Ever hear that voice?Many of us spend years trying to quiet the hustle voice. We struggle to dampen it down and shut it up. We take up activities—sometimes not useful ones like drink or drugs—to temporarily quiet the hustle voice. Or we take up healthier activities like running, a workout, or meditation.But we still hear the hustle voice.It’s hard to quiet that voice because it speaks some truth: If you stop hustling, you do run the risk of losing your edge. It’s not a crazy voice. There’s a harsh reality in what it says.But always being in hustle mode doesn’t work either. It’s exhausting.So, what’s a body to do?I no longer try to quiet the hustle voice. What I’ve done instead is channel that voice into activities that will help me hustle better. I tell that pesky little voice that we’re going to focus on a task that’s going to help us relax and enjoy the next few hours so we can get to an even better hustle—LATER!Here are three ways I hustle when I’m not hustling:Online classesThere are plenty of sites that offer free or low cost on-line classes, Udemy, Coursera, Creative Live, and Skillshare to name a few. There are also plenty of learning sites that are specific to topic areas such as photography, design, or writing. A quick Google search will provide plenty of links.Take a class on a topic unrelated to your work—ancient philosophy, history, design, or copywriting. Pick a topic completely disconnected from your ‘day job’—with the goal of seeing the world through a different lens. You’ll be helping your hustle. You’re learning something new that you’ll bring to the table—but it won’t require the stress of immediate hustle.I’m in a class now on “Learning How to Learn” that’s been invaluable as I consider my work as a life strategist and coach. It’s not a coaching class so it has no direct impact on my immediate work. But the class is teaching me concepts about learning. Concepts I know I’ll put into play in future situations and with future clients—when I’m hustling in my day job.”Quieter” physical activitiesI’m a big fan of running and getting a good sweat going. I start most of my days on the treadmill or stationary bike with the goal to push and sweat. It helps me rev up my engine so I can get my hustle going for the next 10-12 hours.But sometimes, what I need is slower, quieter physical activity to slow my hustle in an effort to have more hustle later. I use simple stretches and elementary yoga poses at the end of the day to help quiet my mind.Focusing on how my muscles feel during a slow stretch and holding the pose with a reminder to that pesky voice that this slower activity is ultimately putting more hustle in my tank, makes me feel better and lowers the loud voice.This may sound crazy—but on those nights my hustle mind is racing, I’ll crawl out of bed and do a few slow, simple poses, forcing my mind to feel my muscles. More often than not, this quiet activity calms down that voice and allows me to catch some shut-eye.Grab a bookIf you’ve been following me, you know I believe in the power of books. Having intriguing and compelling books around—on topics completely unrelated to your day job—can help quiet the hustle mind.Tell your hustle mind that these books will enrich you and develop your knowledge base and curiosity. Tell your mind you need to focus on the books so you can increase your hustle, later. Relax and give your mind the chance to understand, “Ok, she’s hustling for us—learning new things in a quieter way—so it’s ok if we shut up and let her concentrate!”The supply of great books is endless. Make it a project—perhaps this weekend—to go hunt for some intriguing books. Create an interesting stack of books in your living space. They will provide a useful side hustle when you need to quiet that pesky voice.Consider some fiction by Stephen King or Neil Gaiman; cookbooks with great photography by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt; art or philosophy books by Alain de Botton or John Armstrong; notebooks from Michelangelo or Leonardo; biographies by Walter Isaacson; science from Neil deGrasse Tyson or books on the brain by David Eagleman.The supply is endless and always increasing! Indulge your curiosity and reach for the stars.These are all activities that will improve your hustle—a little later—after you’ve gotten a little down time from that pesky hustle voice.Heidi is a life strategist and certified coach with decades of experience in the corporate and non-profit sector. She uses the power of books to help individuals and teams reach their next chapter. To get free resources and a weekly newsletter visit: UnHingeYourself.comlast_img read more

Don’t fear the famine! Surviving the freelance financial challenge

first_imgThis is a sponsored post from Joust, the first financial services company animated by and focused on the unique needs of freelancers. What if your bank admired your passion and respected your work? And what if it could guarantee you got paid? PayArmour, a revolutionary new solution from Joust, takes the hassle out of invoicing clients and protects you against client nonpayment.Self-employment is not a plague of locusts, it’s a voluntary financial state and you have some control over the timing. What measures you can you take now to make the hardscrabble phase a little bit softer? Preparing your finances and preparing your mindset go hand-and hand in making the leap.For me entrepreneurship was a strong pull, but up until a few years ago, self-imposed reasons held me back. I was at a relatively stable point in my life, at least by outward measures. I had a fatalistic notion stuck in my head about my then-job being “what I was good at.” I argued with myself that I didn’t have the bandwidth. I asked myself, “Who am I to think I could?” I wondered if my personal finances could handle the change.Then I had a specific vision, some momentum, and it was time.To break in you need to be willing to be broke. You need to get scrappy and creative. Did I have all my ducks in row? Hell no. Get a few and start moving forward. Here are some good ducklings to rally.Line up your creditThe timing on this matters a lot. You want to apply for credit while you still have a high credit score and a low debt-to-income ratio. Get the high limits and the low rates now, long before you need them. If you have high-APR debt, look for ways to pay it off or refinance. You’re going to be burning through funds, so give yourself a nice long runway for success.Check the penalties and rates on your bank’s overdraft program. In all likelihood they are very high. You may dip into that, so consider switching to a less punitive account.Student loans are good credit. If your professional ambitions align with higher education — or if part-time will qualify — academia could buy you time to ramp up.Identify your clientsKnowing your market can create the momentum that makes the leap possible. Have you found a need you can reach? Can you take your book of business with you as you transition from employee to sole proprietor?Income will slow your monthly burn, giving you all the more time. Clients, gigs, contracts, and assignments are supposed to equate with income, but sometimes they don’t. Trust your gut on this and don’t take questionable or shady clients out of desperation. The stakes for late or nonpayments are too high. For Joust, this was our proverbial “problem to solve for” that prompted us to develop our PayArmour invoicing guarantee based on a type of service large banks routinely offer large corporate clients.Slash expensesChannel your inner Marie Kondo: What expensive clutter, literally or figuratively, can you eliminate from your monthly budget? The answers will be different for everyone. To spark some ideas:Downgrade from the fancy gym to the cheap one.Sell the snowboarding equipment on Craiglist.Reasonable public transit options? Yes, I sold my Lexus and took the bus.Room for a roommate? Could you find a long-term housesitting situation? If you own real estate, how about AirBnB-ing it while you live out your #technomad #vanlife fantasy?Student loans, the flip side: if you have a high monthly payment, see about putting it into forbearance.A lot of small things, in aggregate, can reduce the monthly burn. Cut anything that is not core to your basic functioning and morale.Get buy-inIf you’re taking loved ones along on this ride, their support makes a huge difference. I’m lucky to have someone right there with me, but I’ve had startup team members with less than supportive spouses and I could feel the drag indirectly. What personal decision you might need to make, only you can answer, but be aware that the psychological and family dynamics matter. Maybe it’s having a vote of confidence from the parent who is also bankrolling you? Maybe it means hiring housecleaners is non-negotiable? Maybe in two years, when your dream has taken flight, it’ll be his/her turn to quit the soul-crushing corporate job?Work the systemThere are all sorts of systems out there. Which can you tap? For me, as a U.S. military veteran, there were organizations eager to help me network. There are resources for women, people of color, and various other identity categories. What’s your background or what sort of world are you entering? Find the affinities. Look at universities, community colleges, and philanthropic organizations. Are there grants you could apply for?What federal or state program — from SBA loans to getting on Medicaid — could help you out? Use the government infrastructure. If a recent lay-off prompted your decision, some state unemployment programs let you focus on starting your own business while you collect benefits.The freelance plan is your first job, but you may need a “second job” of sorts. I wrote my first business plan during my downtime as a prison guard. It was miserable, and I don’t recommend that exactly, but there are slacker jobs out there, say hotel security or office temp, where you could be hustling your own hustle on their clock.Coming back around to credit and debt, if you end up over your head, don’t accept it as a given. Financial institutions really don’t want to send you into collections. Approach your lender sooner rather than later, let them know you’re going through difficulties, and see what they can work out for you in terms of deferring or reducing payments. Don’t be ashamed. If anything err on the side of painting the worst possible picture. If you can swallow your pride, it will ease the pressure.Hang in there until you hit the feast phase. It’s all cyclical, and that comes with a new set of problems that I’ll talk about in my next column. Until then keep working your plan.last_img read more

Stills leaked from Ajith’s Viswasam shooting spot. See pics

first_imgAfter the success of Veeram, Vedalam and Vivegam, actor Ajith and director Siva have reunited for Viswasam. Produced by Sathyajyothi Films, Viswasam is tipped to be a rural-based entertainer with Nayanthara as the female lead.Viswasam is being shot at lavish sets in Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad. A few stills from the film’s shooting spot have found their way to social media and are going viral.Looking at the leaked stills, it seems like Ajith is shooting an action sequence inside a cage with onlookers cheering him on. The actor is seen sporting a white shirt and dhoti with the salt-and-pepper hairdo and a thick moustache. Ajith at Viswasam shooting spot Ajith on the set of Viswasam Ajith shooting for ViswasamIt is said that the Viswasam technical crew is being careful in not revealing any details about the film. The shooting of this rural entertainer is nearing completion and the movie is expected to hit the theatres later this year or early 2019.Viswasam also stars Anikha, Vivek, Robo Shankar, Thambi Ramaiah, Yogi Babu, Ramesh Thilak and Kovai Sarala in important roles. The big-budget film has music composed by D Imman and editing by Ruben.ALSO SEE | Viswasam: Ajith Kumar had to vacate his room for Ranveer SinghALSO WATCH | Tamil superstar Rajinikanth may join politics with own partylast_img read more

Preparing Cape Breton Students for Good Jobs

first_imgMore Cape Breton students are going into workplaces to help them make good career choices. Deputy Premier Frank Corbett was at Glace Bay High School today, Oct. 5, to announce the expansion and introduction of co-operative education programs at schools across the province. “Young Nova Scotians want to live and work in their communities,” said Mr. Corbett. “Co-op is a great way for students to get experience for future careers in areas such as health care, business, the trades and forestry sector. As part of Kids and Learning First, we want to link learning to the workplace and the co-op program is helping us do that.” Co-operative education is being introduced for the first time atBaddeck Academy and Islands Consolidated in Freeport, Digby Co. Glace Bay High and Breton Education Centre will now provide co-op programming to all eligible students. Previously it was only offered to students enrolled in Options and Opportunities (O2). “My placement at the Northside Guest Home during the summer helped to influence my future because I really enjoyed working and caring for the residents,” said Memorial High School student Alisha Prince. “I would love to become a nurse when I am older and I think this experience really helped make my decision.” The program’s growth at Sydney Academy and Riverview has led to the hiring of full-time co-op teachers at those schools. Co-op is now offered at 85 out of 87 high schools across the province. “I am always looking for new and energetic talent, and through the co-op program I am able to meet and mentor young people who might decide to pursue this as a career some day,” said Jared Wolf, chef and owner of Allegro Grill in Sydney. “This is a winning combination for the students and myself.” Students who find it difficult to take co-op during the school year have the option to work with employers in the summer. More than 400 credits were earned this summer as the program expanded to 45 schools across the province. To earn a high school credit, a student, 16 years of age or older, is required to complete 25 hours of in-class preparation on career planning, workplace readiness and health and safety. It is followed by 100 hours of placement with an employer. More than 4,000 credits were earned by students last year. Under Nova Scotia’s workforce strategy, the province is supporting learning and skill development and providing valuable workplace experiences for young people.last_img read more

Sahara: Hilale hands a message from King Mohammed VI to Ban…

New York- Omar Hilale, who was entrusted by King Mohammed VI with the position of ambassador, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations Organization, handed on Thursday to UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon a message from the Sovereign, on the latest UNSG report on the Sahara.During the meeting, the Moroccan diplomat underlined Morocco’s fundamentals regarding the Sahara issue and pointed out that “any deviation from this framework will be dangerous” for the negotiations process. “Upon high instructions of HM the King, I was received by the Secretary General of the UNO to whom I handed a Royal message related to the UN latest report on the Moroccan Sahara”, Hilale told MAP, noting that he seized this opportunity to recall “the fundamentals of political negotiations” which are “remaining faithful to the UN security council 2007 resolution that defines the mandate of the UN secretary general personal envoy”. Hilale also recalled that King Mohammed VI had, during a phone conversation with Ban Ki-Moon in August 2012 “called for preserving the Personal Envoy’s mandate of mediation, promotion of political settlement and supervision with precise terms as well as Morocco’s contribution within the United Nations.” This reminder of the terms of reference illustrates “Morocco’s attachment to the political process”, its earnest engagement in negotiations under the auspices of the secretary general and the Security Council, and at the same time its “firm opposition” to “any deviation from this framework that would be dangerous to the entire negotiations process.” Hilale further argued that “as much as we are attached to the process of seeking a political, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to this regional dispute, as much we will oppose with strength and determination any attempt to use the issue of human rights to harm the integrity of Morocco’s territory”. read more

New UN human rights chief speaks of personal understanding of discrimination

29 July 2008The newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she comes to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during the apartheid regime when non-whites such as herself suffered from institutionalized discrimination. “I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that,” Navanethem Pillay said today in an interview with UN Radio. Ms. Pillay, who is due to take up her post in Geneva on 1 September, said that leadership in her home country had been critical in bringing about dramatic change for the better. She went on to cite the establishment of the Human Rights Council, where she said Member States now subscribe to the notion of accountability, monitoring and peer reviews, as an example of dramatic change that had taken place globally in the human rights field.Noting that her predecessor Louise Arbour had established human rights offices in 50 countries, Ms. Pillay said she wanted to take that work forward. “I see these as progressive trends which would advance the work of the High Commissioner in protecting human rights everywhere.” She said that nations now took human rights with the seriousness that they deserved, drawing on her experience of serving as a Judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2003, and before that as both Judge and President on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which she joined in 1995. “My experience as an international judge is where political leadership has been brought to account for complicity in some very grave international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. I was on the panel of judges that sentenced the Prime Minister of Rwanda to life imprisonment for the offense of genocide,” she noted. “I subscribe to this new system of international criminal justice system which we have only very recently, for the past fifteen years, as a strong signal that impunity will be ended and that anyone, whether a head of state or a militia leader, will be held accountable and punished.” The High Commissioner acknowledged that she would have to operate in a different manner in her new post from her previous work for criminal tribunals, even though she said there were close links between the two activities. “The criminal trials have the power to punish, the High Commissioner has to find various approaches of persuasion, of strong talk, or to develop civil society organizations to meet this source of the violations,” she said. read more

After 22 years Sri Lankan worker in Saudi receives benefits

A domestic aide who left Saudi Arabia 22 years ago will soon receive his end-of-service awards in Colombo. His Saudi sponsor, who died six years ago, requested his next of kin to pay the benefits to the man if he could be found after his return to Sri Lanka, Arab News reported.Based on an Arab News report — ‘Dead’ sponsor sends end-of-service benefits to domestic aide who left KSA 22 years ago — published on Feb. 16 and which recorded more than 40,000 hits online, the beneficiary was found in Sri Lanka and the authorities will make the payment shortly on completion of formalities. Al-Shammary’s grandson, Abdullah, had handed SR11,000 to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh to be given either to the driver, if living, or to his family members.Nalin Rajapaksa, media officer at the Ministry of Foreign Employment, told Arab News that the ministry launched an islandwide search for the driver to clear the payment. Saudi sponsor, Shukr Sweilem Al-Shammary, who died six years ago, requested his next-of-kin to pay the end-of-service to Mohammed Zizan Hameed Lebbe, a Sri Lankan domestic driver, who had worked with him from 1987 to 1996 in Riyadh. According to the last will of Al-Shammary, the deceased asked his heirs to pay SR11,000 to the driver or to his family.Indika Thilakaratne , labor counselor at the Sri Lankan Embassy, said that he received the money and it has been sent to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to pay the nominee or his next-of-kin. Rihan Razick, managing director at Asma Travels, told Arab News from Colombo that based on the report from Arab News, he had searched for the driver on humanitarian grounds. “Fortunately, I found the man in my own village,” he said, adding that he was now running a tea kiosk in Bandawa, Polgahawela, some 70 kilometers from the city of Colombo. Razick said he was unaware of the news and it came as a pleasant surprise.According to Razick, the driver has handed the identity documents to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment in Colombo and will soon receive his dues from his employment abroad. (Colombo Gazette) read more

If Trump calls me I may not answer Huawei founder defiant in

Huawei Technologies Co. founder Ren Zhengfei struck a defiant tone in the face of U.S. sanctions that threaten his company’s very survival.In an interview with Bloomberg Television, the billionaire founder of China’s largest technology company conceded that Trump administration export curbs will cut into a two-year lead Huawei had painstakingly built over rivals like Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj. But the company will either ramp up its own chip supply or find alternatives to keep its edge in smartphones and 5G.The U.S. on May 17 blacklisted Huawei — which it accuses of aiding Beijing in espionage — and cut it off from the U.S. software and components it needs to make its products. The ban hamstrings the world’s largest provider of networking gear and No. 2 smartphone vendor, just as it was preparing to vault to the forefront of global technology. It’s rocking chipmakers from America to Europe as the global supply chain comes under threat. The ban could also disrupt the rollout of 5G wireless globally, undermining a standard that’s touted as the foundation of everything from autonomous cars to robot surgery.Being able to grow in the toughest battle environment, that just reflects how great we areRen Zhengfei Ren maintained Huawei had the capability to devise its own solutions — given time. It’s been designing its own chips for years, which it now uses in many of its own smartphones. It’s even developing its own operating software to run phones and servers. The CEO however deflected questions about how quickly Huawei can ramp up those internal replacement endeavors. Failure could dent the fast-growing consumer business and even kill emergent efforts such as cloud servers.“That depends on how fast our repairmen are able to fix the plane,” said Ren, who appeared at ease in a white jacket over a pink shirt, making light of questions about his company’s plight. “No matter what materials they use, be it metal, cloth or paper, the aim is to keep the plane in the sky.” U.S. ‘not ready’ to make a trade deal with China, Trump says Nokia in talks to sell 5G gear to telcos as decision on Huawei looms Apple earnings could be slashed 29% if China retaliates with product ban, warns Goldman Sachs Ren has gone from recluse to media maven in the span of months as he fights to save the US$100 billion company he founded. The 74-year-old billionaire emerged from virtual seclusion after the arrest of eldest daughter and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou as part of a broader probe of Huawei. He’s since become a central figure in a U.S.-Chinese conflict that’s potentially the most important episode to shape world affairs since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As Ren said in January, when the world’s biggest economies battle for dominion, nothing in their way will survive. His company is a “sesame seed” between twin great powers, he said.“This may bring one of China’s national champions to its knees,” said Chris Lane, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. “If China shut down all the Apple plants, the U.S. would get very upset. This is a similar kind of move.”Ren has had much to deal with of late. His company finds itself increasingly under fire, besieged by a U.S. effort to get key allies to ban its equipment. The U.S. assault helped crystallize fears about Huawei’s growing clout in areas from wireless infrastructure and semiconductors to consumer gadgets.Then came the blacklist. Huawei appears to have anticipated this possibility since at least mid-2018, when similar sanctions threatened to sink rival ZTE Corp. Huawei’s said to have stockpiled enough chips and other vital components to keep its business running at least three months.“We have made some really good chips,” said Ren, a legendary figure in his home country thanks to the way he built Huawei from scratch into a global powerhouse. “Being able to grow in the toughest battle environment, that just reflects how great we are.”Last week, Trump said Huawei could become part of a U.S-Chinese trade deal, stirring speculation it was a bargaining chip in sensitive negotiations. But Ren said he wasn’t a politician. “It’s a big joke,” he scoffed. “How are we related to China-U.S. trade?”If Trump calls, “I will ignore him, then to whom can he negotiate with? If he calls me, I may not answer. But he doesn’t have my number.”In fact, Ren pulled no punches in going after a man he labeled “a great president” just months prior. “I see his tweets and think it’s laughable because they’re self-contradictory,” he quipped. “How did he become a master of the art of the deal?”Beijing itself isn’t without options. Some speculate China might retaliate against the ban of Huawei — which may widen to include some of its most promising AI firms — by in turn barring America’s largest corporations from its own markets. Apple Inc. could relinquish nearly a third of its profit if China banned its products, Goldman Sachs analysts estimate.Ren said he would object to any such move against his American rival.“That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest,” Ren said in the interview. “Apple is my teacher, it’s in the lead. As a student, why go against my teacher? Never.”At the heart of Trump’s campaign is suspicion that Huawei aids Beijing in espionage while spearheading China’s ambitions to become a technology superpower. It’s been accused for years of stealing intellectual property in lawsuits filed by American companies from Cisco Systems Inc. and Motorola Inc. to T-Mobile US Inc. Critics say such theft helped Huawei vault into the upper echelons of technology — but Ren laughed off that premise.“I stole the American technologies from tomorrow. The U.S. doesn’t even have those technologies,” he said. “We are ahead of the U.S. If we were behind, there would be no need for Trump to strenuously attack us.”Ren’s easy demeanor belies the way he’s consistently shunned attention. The army engineer-turned-entrepreneur has this year turned in a command performance in the public spotlight, particularly for someone who’s rarely spoken to foreign media since he created Huawei. The re-emergence of the reclusive CEO — who before January last spoke with foreign media in 2015 — underscores the depth of the attacks on Huawei, the largest symbol of China’s growing technological might. Ren again waved off speculation his company is in any way beholden to the Communist Party, though he’s declared his loyalty ultimately lies with the country’s ruling body.U.S. lawmakers aren’t convinced. That’s why the U.S. Commerce Department cut off the flow of American technology — from chips to software and everything in-between.An iconic figure in Chinese business circles, the billionaire remains a uniquely placed voice in a conflict that will help define the global landscape. Ren, who says he survived the chaos of the Cultural Revolution thanks in part to his much sought-after expertise in high-precision tools, remains a big believer that Huawei’s technology will win the day.His company today generates more sales than internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. combined. In 2018, Huawei overtook Apple in smartphone sales, a triumph that burnished his tech credentials. His quotes adorn the walls of the food court at Huawei’s sprawling campus on the outskirts of the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, and employees still speak of him in reverent tones. The company’s 2018 report shows he has a 1.14 per cent stake, giving him a net worth of US$2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Ren, who survived Mao Zedong’s great famine to found Huawei in 1987 with 21,000 yuan, said Huawei will do whatever it takes to survive. It will ignore the noise while doing its business the best it can. Meanwhile, the pressure is bound to take a toll. At one point during the interview, Ren’s unflappable demeanor cracked — if only for a minute.“The U.S. has never bought products from us,” he said, bristling. “Even if the U.S. wants to buy our products in the future, I may not sell to them. There’s no need for a negotiation.”With assistance from John read more

Alleged hash tagger arrested

Police have made an arrest in connection with a graffiti vandalism spree dating back to 2018.Dozens of locations in Norfolk County have been defaced with stylized variations of the word “HASH.” Sometimes the vandalism has been accompanied by the symbol “#” to suggest “Hashtag.”In a news release Monday, Norfolk OPP say the vandalism dates from Nov. 1 to Jan. 4.However, the word “Hash” has been spray-painted in other locations since this time frame. Most recently it appeared in large letters on the former Maliboo Tavern in downtown Simcoe before it was demolished last month.Last week, the Norfolk-Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit arrested and charged Aaron Lundrigan, 36, of Norfolk County, with one count of mischief over $5,000 and 24 counts of mischief under $5,000.“The cost to remove the graffiti is estimated at approximately $20,000,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said Monday in a news release. “This particular cost is likely to increase as further victims pay to have the spray-paint removed from their properties.”In a video posted on social media, Sanchuk said the arrest was made in partnership with Waterloo police. In the video, Sanchuk is shown speaking in front of the word “Hash” spray-painted on a bridge in large letters.“This is not any form of art,” Sanchuk says. “This is vandalism at its finest.”Norfolk OPP are attempting to get an accurate accounting of how much damage this “Hash-tag” spree has caused. Anyone with “Hash” spray-painted on their property is asked to report it to the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.The accused is scheduled to answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March read more

Pantelleria Info Session this Wednesday

The Department of Classics is hosting a Pantelleria Archaeological Project information session this Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in IC 335This involves course credits 4V85 and 5V85For more information please contact Carrie Ann Murray at cmurray@BrockU.CA