What to Do When Your Friend Becomes Your Client

first_imgYour friend just asked you to fix your resume. Or build your website. Or “just do something really quick, I know you’re soooo good at it.”How do you charge your friends?You’ve entered into the very difficult realm of friend-as-client gigs. You don’t want to give away your time for nothing (you don’t want them to take advantage of you, and plus you’re already busy), but you don’t want to seem like you’re treating them like any ol’ client by charging them your usual fee.This question was submitted to us by Hilary Potkewitz, a freelance writer in NYC. If you have an answer, help a fellow freelancer out by submitting it in the comments!Option 1: Business as usualYou tell them kindly that even though you love them terribly, you still have to charge them out of respect for your time. This is usually a thousand times easier if your friend/family member brings up money first.Pros:You won’t feel used (especially if they’re a needy friend)The relationship is clear: you’re friends/family when you’re not working, you’re a client when you are.They might just go away.Cons:Your friend may be offended…but if they are they’re probably not cool.It’s really hard to bring it up, especially if the friend assumes you’ll just do it for them.You’re assuming the friend won’t reciprocate eventually, and charging them your usual rate may disincentivize them to give back to you. (Depends on the person.)Draw up a contract as usual.Option 2: Give them a discountProbably the most common way to deal with friend gigs. I find that this goes better when you give them a discount on a project fee, not on your hourly rate. (Somehow it depersonalizes the process; “it” costs X, not “I” cost X per hour. But it’s up to you.)But how much of a discount?Remember, you don’t need to cut your rates in half. It’s important to just lower them to the point where you’ll be comfortable. You feeling fleeced will spoil your relationship faster than anything.How close are you to them? You might give more of a discount to your mom, less to your neighbor.Have they helped you in the past or could they help you in the future? Exchanging work is one of the best ways to build a strong professional relationship between acquaintances.Make it clear to them that you’re giving a discount. You may decide to say that you’re doing it “at cost.” We recommend drawing up a contract in every circumstance, but at least get the project guidelines in an email.Even if they’re friends, you still need to manage their expectations. Doing this upfront can save your relationship; if you don’t and they ask for ten revisions, you’ll end up blowing up at them when they didn’t even know it was wrong in the first place.Somehow, I find this easier when I say, “Just so you know, normally I ask for 3 rounds of revisions. Is that OK with you?” and because they’re a friend, I can throw on, “…because lots of revisions really sucks for me.”Option 3: Give away your work for freeRisky business! But sometimes giving away your work can actually pay off. You just need to carefully weigh your decision and answer “yes” to two or more of these:They are a giver and they tend to reciprocateThey have a network/audience that is worth your time to reach out toYour name/business name features prominently on the projectTheir project aligns with your values, or you believe the project will be good for you/your community/the planetThey give you partial ownership of the profitsThe client is your grandmother.Even if these apply, you need to make sure you let them know exactly how long a project took you, so that they understand the parameters of the gift. Most people have no idea how long it actually takes to write copy for a website or design business cards, so you can’t expect them to reciprocate properly if they don’t know. Read this story about the freelancer who gave away all his work for free, and how he made it work.Option 4: Say noJust think: You can excuse yourself from all potential awkwardness by telling them you’re just overwhelmed with work. This works for acquaintances and family members, but not for close friends!What do you do when your friend wants you to work for them? Help a fellow freelancer out!(If you have a question about the freelance life you’d like an answer to, email lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org, and I’ll try to answer or throw it out to our members!)Photo credit: Parker Knightlast_img read more

The bad writing advice that’s killing your career

first_imgThere’s a lot of advice out there on how to be a successful writer. Everything is up for debate, from how many adverbs you should use to what style is “honest” and even the sheer amount of time you should spend writing.All the writers I know have found their own special ways of doing things. There’s not a clear-cut path, but that doesn’t stop aspiring writers from looking for magical tricks on technique, style, and seeing projects from start to finish.While many of the things people have told me have been useful, some of it has been downright sketchy. Here’s some of the worst advice about writing that I’ve heard so far.Write what you know.People often say this, but sometimes great stories are lying outside of your own experience zone. Stephen King almost stopped writing his first novel, Carrie, because it was about something he knew nothing about — being a teenage girl. When his wife found some of the novel in the trash, she convinced him that the story was worthwhile.Good writing is just subjective, anyway.This might be true if you specialize in something unusual, like experimental short-short fiction. But for most pieces of writing, if enough people think it is bad or confusing, it is probably bad or confusing. That doesn’t take the sting out of realizing a piece needs more work, but being able to adapt when a project needs an overhaul is an important part of evolving as a writer.Nowadays, quantity is the most important.In the age of blogs and digital media, it’s easy to believe that it’s most important to produce as much content as possible. But unless you’re specifically hired for quick turnover, you’re better off writing cohesive, quality pieces over tons of short, mediocre ones.Case in point: I have a friend at a news website who produces less posts than some of his colleagues, but he is considered one of the strongest writers because his pieces have more traffic and shares. Likewise, when I worked in e-commerce, the fastest copywriters could be problematic because they always published more errors.To start your career, you should write XYZ for free.This one is tricky. It’s true that you have to get your start somewhere, and it’s hard to get writing gigs if you don’t already have clips (published writing samples). It’s also true that many writers write things for free — or do unpaid editorial internships — while they’re trying to grow their career. But it’s important not to de-value your time and skills, or let yourself be taken advantage of.If you’re a new writer, be very selective about writing things for free and exhaust your other options first. If you do decide that you want to go that route, try to do it for companies that will truly make an impact on your career (i.e. big name places, not some random blog that nobody’s heard of). Regardless, don’t do it for very long — give yourself an end date or set number of pieces before you move on.If you’re an established writer or have clips already, you really shouldn’t write anything for free unless: a) you’re donating your time to help a worthy cause or b) you’re helping a friend out.If you take a job writing for [XYZ commercial place], you’ll never be able to do anything creative again.I’ve heard this a lot, but I’m not really sure why since many famous novelists at one point wrote ad copy (Fitzgerald, DeLillo, Rushdie) or journalism (Hemingway, Twain, Didion). Writing for a business is not for everyone, but if you want a job that taps into your writing talents, there’s no reason not to go ahead and take the plunge. Hey, you can always quit, right?Keep working on each sentence until its perfect.I heard this once in a creative writing class, but if you’re an overly obsessive writer such as myself, it’s pretty much the most unhelpful thing ever. It’s always easier to edit a finished project than it is to come up with the perfect sentence each time. Thinking that writing is too “precious” can lead to a lot of unfinished projects, so try not to get stuck at square one.Freelancers, what’s the worst writing advice that you’ve ever received?last_img read more

The largest climate march in history: NYC, 9/21

first_imgClean water. Clean air. Clean food. Freelancers care about leading sustainable lives and living on a planet that’s thriving just as much as they are.If you live near NYC and are interested in raising awareness for climate change, we hope you join Freelancers Union members at the People’s Climate March on September 21 in NYC, a demonstration of how much the world cares about its environmental future!Date: September 21, 2014City: New York CityTime: 11:30am ECTWhere the march starts: Central Park West, between 59th and 86th streetsWhere the march ends: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street.To learn more about the march and how to participate or get involved further as a march volunteer, go to our Hive: People’s Climate March – September 21st. We’ll be starting a conversation about the People’s Climate March and who would like to talk about ways to self-organize for it. It’s also a place to connect with fellow freelancers who are interested in sustainable climate policy and our environmental future.Freelancers Union is partnering with other labor and environmental groups for this historic march because we support the need to design a global economy that works for people and the planet. Together, we’re creating an intentional international community that champions good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering for the march, feel free to email Caitlin Boston at cboston [at] freelancersunion.org.last_img read more

Will select 20-25 players who will form WC core group: Kohli

first_img(EDs: Rephrasing the intro)By Chetan NarulaColombo, Sep 4 (PTI) Virat Kohli has his eyes firmly fixed on the World Cup in England and the Indian captain wants to “address” the selection issue in a transparent manner selecting “a bunch of 20-25 players”, who will form the core group going into the marquee event in 2019.Kohli will be facing some happy selection dilemmas with senior bowlers Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami all available for selection for the upcoming limited overs segment in India.On the other hand, the junior spinners like Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have done more than decently in Indias 5-0 Whitewash against Sri Lanka.”The best thing is transparency. We will address it and tell them that this is a bunch of 20-25 people, who will make the probable-list for the World Cup and everyone has an equal opportunity to be tested at different stages,” Kohli said at the end of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.Kohli reminded that it will be a challenge for all spinners, who are in contention for Cup berth.”Its going to be a challenge among all the bowlers and the spinners that are going to be in the part of the bigger group to make it to the 2019 World Cup. As I said, we dont want to be predictable in any way and we want to have an X factor if possible with the bowling attack as well,” he added. For the skipper, its heartening to find that his players are “embracing challenges rather than sulking at rejection”.advertisement”The best thing about this team is they are very sporting and they accept things quickly, and embrace the challenges. They take it as a challenge rather than getting disappointed and sulking, start working hard on that aspect of their game and make it happen for the team. So I am quite lucky that I have a bunch of players that do not oppose anything that the management and me as captain address to them. It makes my job a lot easier,” explained Kohli.”We will find the core group for World Cup quickly only if the guys perform in the next couple of big series coming up because then the mindset becomes different of taking anyone anywhere in the world. So I think those series will be very important for us to find the right balance as a team,” Kohli said referring to the upcoming Australia and New Zealand series. Flexibility is the key to finding a place in the Indian ODI side were everyone needs to chip in every department. “We need to find an XI that is flexible enough to try different batsmen at different positions or play bowlers who can bat a bit, along with having the best fielding side on the park. We dont want to be predictable till the lead up to the World Cup and in the World Cup.”We want eleven guys who can bat at any stage, and chip in with overs at any stage. We want to remain unpredictable so there is no pattern to anything,” said Kohli. On the recently concluded series, Kohli was all praise for the spin troika.”The spinners were brilliant, all three of them. Axar Patel didnt let the batsmen get on top of him. Thats a remarkable thing when you dont have any variation in your bowling and you still dont let guys score. I think its the height that really helps him getting that extra bounce and the extra pace he can generate.”Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal being wrist spinners will always keep you in the game. I certainly felt that all three of them were pretty spot on with attacking all the time.”He once again termed Jasprit Bumrah, who got a world record 15 wickets in a bilateral series as the moist effective short format bowler.”Jasprit has been our most effective short-format bowler in the last 18 months. He has really worked on his bowling a lot, especially his length ball has picked up more pace. Thats very heartening to see because it never lets the batsmen get settled. Its not only about yorkers and slower balls any more.”He can bowl a good length ball and nick you off as well, which I think is the biggest improvement in his bowling. Credit to him for shaping his game in that way. Getting a man of the series award in the subcontinent as a fast bowler, its always a great thing to achieve. He bowled in really good areas and he deserves to be the man of the series. I hope he can continue the same way against Australia,” Kohli was effusive in his praise. PTI CN KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal strolls past Alexandr Dolgopolov, enters quarter-finals after four years

first_imgRafael Nadal strolled past Alexandr Dolgopolov into the quarter-finals as the world No. 1 beat the Ukrainian 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.The first seed has entered the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, when he won the second of his two US Open titles.Though Dolgopolov was unseeded, he had won two of the last three meetings with Nadal.Nadal broke serve six times and needed just 1 hour, 41 minutes to finish off his unseeded opponent and set up a matchup against unseeded Andrey Rublev.When you make a 23,000-seat stadium feel cozy.Sweet moments between @RafaelNadal & US Open fans after his R4 win in Ashe????????? #usopen pic.twitter.com/7HVyuZ8zpV- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2017″This sport is about victory. At the end of your career, nobody remembers your defeats. People remember the victories.” @RafaelNadal #usopen pic.twitter.com/q2Txuf49Kw- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2017Rublev beat No. 9 seed David Goffin 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to become, at 19, the youngest male U.S. Open quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick reached the round in 2001.Rublev on playing his idol Nadal in #usopen QFs: “He’s the real champion. I’m just going to enjoy it. Its the QFs & I have nothing to lose?? pic.twitter.com/3nwsZ0m3Go- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2017The Russian Rublev entered the top 50 for first time in late July.19yo @AndreyRublev97 d. Goffin 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3 to become youngest US Open QFist since @andyroddick (’01) https://t.co/ronAlOzqFm #usopen pic.twitter.com/kKBst7ywdXadvertisement- US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2017last_img read more

PV Sindhu recommended for Padma Bhushan by Sports Ministry

first_imgThe Sports Ministry has recommended Indian badminton star PV Sindhu for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third highest civilian award, for his contribution to the game.The nomination comes just a few days after Olympic silver-medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel as new Sports Minister.Sindhu, who recently got stunned by Nozomi Okuhara in the pre-quarterfinals of the Japan Open Super Series, made the country proud at the Rio Olympics by bagging the silver medal. She narrowly lost to Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin.Recently, Sindhu also took a sweet avenge of her World Championship final defeat to Okuhara by beating her in the summit showdown of the Korea Open. She became the first Indian to win the Korea Super Series title.The world number four, who had also won the China Super Series Premier last year and clinched the India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, had to settle for the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship after going down against Okuhara 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in the finals in Glasgow.Earlier, former Indian skipper and World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the coveted gong.last_img read more

Vijay Shankar was training when he heard of India call-up for Sri Lanka tri-series

first_imgTamil Nadu limited-overs captain Vijay Shankar was training when he heard that he has been called up to the national squad for the Nidhas T20 Trophy in Sri Lanka.The all-rounder, who had a good domestic season, said that his inclusion for the series also including Bangladesh was a “pleasant surprise.””I am very happy to have got the call-up. It is a pleasant surprise. My aim has always been to keep improving and to do well in the opportunities I get. I was training when I got the news about my selection for the tri-series in Sri Lanka,” Shankar said. (Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni rested for T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka)Seen as Hardik Pandya’s replacement, Shankar had earlier been called uo for the two Tests against Sri Lanka but didn’t get a game. But sharing the dressing room with experienced players certainly helped him. Talking about the conditions and the dressing room company, Shankar said he is relieved that he will have his statemates MS Washington Sundar and senior pro Dinesh Karthik for company.”Being part of the national Test set-up is an experience I enjoyed. I learnt by watching the players prepare for matches. I have also been working on my bowling, trying a lot of new things,” he said.”It is a familiar dressing room, having played with most of the team members (for India A), who have been chosen for the series in Sri Lanka. It will be nice to have them (Karthik and Sundar) also in the dressing room,” Shankar added.advertisementThe 27-year-old all-rounder was picked up Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore during the IPL auctions last month. Shankar, captain of the Tamil Nadu ODI and T20 sides, has been in good form with the bat, both in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy, said he is always looking to improve in both departments.He scored a century (against Gujarat) and a half-century in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy league phase here, though the team played below par and bowed out early. “Personally, I did well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. I look to improve every time I play, whether batting or bowling,” said the .(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

AIFF President congratulates Minerva on I-League triumph

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel today congratulated Minerva Punjab for becoming the Hero I-League champions, saying the side deserved the triumph after an exciting campaign. “Congratulations Minerva Punjab Football Club on winning the Hero I-League 2017-18 and gaining a spot in the ACL Qualifiers for the next season. The League has been a very competitive and exciting one and it was nice to see four teams having a chance to win it on the final day,” Patel was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the All India Football Federation. Minerva defeated Churchill Brothers 1-0 in their final match in Panchkula today to finish on 35 points and emerge champions for the first time. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das also congratulated Minerva on the achievement. “Well played Minerva Punjab Football Club, the deserving champions of the Hero I-League. The manner in which you sealed it is in itself a story. I trust the victory will encourage kids to follow and play the sport more,” he said. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Ball-tampering row: Darren Lehmann worried about Smith, Warner and Bancroft

first_imgAustralian cricket team head coach Darren Lehmann has finally broken his silence and expressed his feelings in the ball-tampering scandal which hit the cricketing fraternity last week.Cricket Australia on Tuesday cleared Lehmann of any involvement in the controversy after announcing severe punishments on captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft the following day.”I worry about the three guys immensely. We love all of our players and they are going through a really tough time. I’m not going to resign. We need to change how we play. Previously we butted heads but that’s not the way to play going forward. I need to change,” Lehmann said at a press conference on Wednesday.David Warner was key conspirator, Steve Smith knew of plan to cheatLehmann also said the way New Zealand play is a model for how to approach the game and even apologised to the Australian fans.Ball-tampering row: Disgraced and banned, Steve Smith departs for Australia”The players have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people. There is a human side to this. I hope people will give them a second chance. I want apologise to the Australian public . We know we have let so many people down. We are truly sorry,” he added.Lehmann however, avoided a question over whether he was responsible, as many pundits have suggested, for the ‘in-your-face’ style of the Australian team.The coach reiterated that the first he knew of the ball-tampering incident was when he saw it on the big screen at Newlands, and said he was confident it was a one-off incident and had not been part of the team’s playing culture in the past.advertisement”The first I saw of it was on that screen, I got straight on the walky-talky and said something. There were a couple of expletives in there. Then I spoke to the players at tea time and said we would deal with it at the end of play, which happened through the process.”I am confident it is an isolated issue and a grave mistake. It’s never happened before in speaking to those guys,” Lehmann said.Contrary to various media reports, Lehmann said the trio of players had the backing of the entire team, despite their actions.”When you lose three men in your team, who obviously made a mistake, that hurts all of us. Saying goodbye to them is difficult.”The whole group is upset and we understand the enormity of it and the public perception. We have to try and win the fans back over and play the best cricket we can.”If we take a leaf out of someone like New Zealand… we push the boundaries on the ground, so we need to make sure we are respecting the game and its traditions.”Lehmann also backed Smith to resume his international career when he had served his 12-month suspension.”He is going to come back a better person, there is no doubt about that. To see the hurt in him over the last three or four days, you just feel for him.”Smith and Warner were banned for a year each while Bancroft was banished for nine months. Lehmann on the other hand, was given a clean chit to continue his role as head coach of the Australian cricket team.Air New Zealand trolls Steve Smith as Australia star faces sanctionsSmith meanwhile, will not be allowed to captain Australia for two years, Warner has been barred from the Australian captaincy for life.CA, in its investigation, found only Smith, Warner and Bancroft guilty in the cheating scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Lehmann was given a clean chit by the investigators and that raised a few eyebrows around the cricket world.Ball-tampering: Did South Africa players tip off broadcasters to catch Australia red-handed?”Darren Lehmann is the coach, he was in no way involved. He continues as coach. I have spoken to all three players as they left. The players are very sad, disappointed and remorseful about what has happened,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said at a press conference on Tuesday.”In Darren’s defence i want to clarify, he sent a message to say ‘what in the hell is going on?’ He didn’t use hell he used another word. Darren made those comments and Ian was satisfied he knew nothing of the plan,” he added.Meanwhile, BCCI has also barred Smith and Warner from playing in the Indian Premier League this year. Both men had stepped down as captains of their respective IPL sides.advertisementThe cricket fraternity was shocked after the cheating scandal came to light but most have been bewildered with the quantum of punishment handed out to the tainted Australian cricketers by their own board.The International Cricket Council had suspended Smith for one Test and fined him 100 per cent of his match fee. Bancroft had copped a fine of 75 per cent of his match fee and received three demerit points.last_img read more

IPL 2018: Chris Gayle, after 229 runs from 3 matches, out injured vs Delhi Daredevils

first_imgThere was no ‘Gaylestorm’ at Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday as Chris Gayle was ruled out of the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab due to fitness issues.The news was shared by Punjab skipper R Ashwin at the toss. Ashwin said Gayle would miss the match as “he’s a bit sore.”David Miller came into the Punjab XI as Gayle’s replacement while Aaron Finch opened the innings with KL Rahul against Delhi.Gayle’s absence was felt by Kings XI as they suffered a disastrous start while batting first but they eventually managed to beat Delhi (138/8) by 4 runs after posting 143 for 8 in a low-scoring match at the Kotla.In the three matches so far in the IPL, Gayle has scored 229 runs with a strike rate of 170.89.In his first match of the season against Chennai Super Kings, the towering batsman hit his second fastest IPL 50 off just 22 balls to help KXIP secure a vital win.In his second match, Gayle went berserk as he smashed his 6th IPL hundred (104*) to hand Sunrisers Hyderabad their first defeat of the season.Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Gayle made an unbeaten 62 off 38 balls to help his team win by nine wickets.The 34-year-old’s purple patch is a massive turnaround in fortunes for a player who almost went unsold in the 2018 auction.Gayle was picked up by KXIP in the auction for his base price of INR 2 crore in the third round after he went unsold in the first two rounds.He’s currently averaging 229 for KXIP while he averaged 43.32 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and 30.86 when he played for KKR.advertisementGayle’s absence could also hamper KXIP’s winning run, who have won four of their five matches, including the last three. Punjab are currently second in the points table.last_img read more

IPL 2018: Kieron Pollard misses a game for Mumbai Indians after 2 years

first_imgKieron Pollard has been dropped from the Mumbai Indians side for the first time over two years as the defending champions look to turn their fortunes in the Indian Premier League.Pollard was replaced by JP Duminy in Mumbai’s playing XI versus Chennai Super Kings at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune in Saturday as Mumbai chose to field first.The last time the three-time champions played a match without the West Indian was in 2016 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 18, 2016. SRH had won the match by seven wickets that day.Our Playing XI -Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.#CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #CSKvMIMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 28, 2018Mumbai, who have won just one game out of six in this year’s IPL, brought the West Indian back from the auction in January for Rs 5.40 crore with the help of the Right to Match (RTM) card.The IPL season till now has not panned out the way he and Mumbai would have wanted. The 30-year-old has only managed to score 63 runs from six innings so far and is yet to pick up a wicket.Earlier, captain Rohit Sharma had backed the all-rounder to fire for them even though he had a few bad outings in IPL 2018. The Mumbai captain had emphasied on the fact that he won’t be dropped because he is a game changer and can win games on his own.Pollard has been a key figure for the three-time champions over the years and is associated with the side since 2010. He has scored 2406 runs at an average of 28.30 in the middle-order for Mumbai. He has also picked up 56 wickets over the nine seasons with the franchise in IPL.advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli arrives from Jaipur after RCB crash out

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli returned to Mumbai after his team was knocked out of 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL).In a must-win game in Jaipur, RCB lost to Rajasthan Royals by 30 runs to get knocked out of the league stages for the second year running.Last year, RCB had finished last in the points table after winning only three out of their 14 matches.Kohli will now be heading to England to prepare for the upcoming tour. The Indian skipper is scheduled to play for Surrey in the County Championship in the month of June.He will also be missing the one-off Test against Afghanistan, which will also be played in June.After making a horrendous start to the season, RCB needed to win all of their last four matches to keep their hopes of a play-offs berth alive.RCB won three-on-the-trot against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderbad. On Saturday, Kohli would have fancied his chances against Rajasthan Royals, who were without Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.However, in the absence of the two English stars, three young Indians stood up. Rahul Tripathi smashed an unbeaten 80 while Shreyas Gopal picked up 4/16 to send RCB crashing out of the tournament. Chasing 164, RCB needed to reach their target in 15.5 overs to overcome Mumbai Indians in the net run rate.Virat Kohli gutted as RCB crash out: ‘Can’t always depend on de Villiers’advertisementBut things started to get tricky when RCB lost Kohli in the third over. A promising partnership between Parthiv Patel (33) and AB de Villiers (53) raised their hopes of at least victory – never mind the net run rate.But once Patel was dismissed, de Villiers found no support from the middle-order and there was complete mayhem. Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme were dismissed cheaply. The pressure of staying up with the increasing net run rate had piled up on de Villiers and his dismissal in the 13th over was the final nail in the coffin for Bangalore.Kohli said the other batsmen needed to take up some initiative and it was not fair to leave the pressure of scoring only to de Villiers.”It was a strange one; we were in a great position at one stage but the way we fumbled it wasn’t ideal,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”AB was batting beautifully, the decision-making of the others was poor. It shouldn’t have been repeated by five, six guys in a row. We wanted to strengthen our middle order. That hasn’t been our strength for the last few years and it’s something we need to look forward to over the next year and beyond.IPL 2018: Ajinkya Rahane credits RR bowlers after crushing win over RCB”Scoring and stress in the middle order can’t always be on a guy like AB. Here, others around him just didn’t show enough composure,” he said.But it was not all gloom and dismay for RCB, who looked far better than last season. Their bowling had been a problem but with Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Tim Southee in the line-up, some concerns were addressed.”There were quite a few positives: Umesh was outstanding, Yuzvendra Chahal was good, Siraj took his opportunities, Moeen grabbed his chances and gave us the balance. I am disappointed to not finish this off after we were cruising. Just to see the way it unfolded after that hurts,” Kohli said.RCB will have to look at ironing their batting flaws next season. Kohli (530) was once again the leading run-scorer while de Villiers finished with 480 runs. The third highest scorer for RCB was Mandeep, who managed only 252 runs.last_img read more

Domestic Ambition: A Key Ingredient to Tackling Climate Change

first_imgIn the UNFCCC international climate negotiations, “ambition” refers to countries’ collective will to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions enough to keep global average temperature increase below 2°C. While most countries have made international pledges to limit GHG emissions, these pledges are not “ambitious” enough to add up to the GHG cuts needed to meet the 2°C temperature goal. That’s why many groups are calling on parties in Doha to step up their commitments. Equally important, though, is ensuring that countries are effective in implementing domestic policies that meet – or exceed – the international commitments they have made already.What Makes for an Effective Domestic Climate Policy?The “implementation deficit” – a difference between the expected and actual amount of emissions reductions of an enacted policy—stems from a lack of complete implementation of a climate policy. This kind of “deficit” is well documented in a number of policy sectors, with significant implications for the countries’ abilities to meet GHG-reduction targets. Conversely, when climate policies are effectively implemented, they demonstrate that mitigation actions can work, in turn encouraging other countries to adopt similar policies and actions.The effectiveness of any policy depends on several key factors, including:* Choosing the right policy to address the problem, taking into account local context;Designing the policy to be cost-effective, and taking into account its impacts on different stakeholders;Strengthening and funding the institutions – like line ministries, state regulators, or enforcement agencies – charged with implementing the policy;Supporting critical functions of policy administration, monitoring and review, and compliance and enforcement; andAddressing resource constraints, institutional capacity needs, coordination between related policies and institutions, and stakeholder engagement in the policy process.The Value of TransparencyWhile effective policy implementation is important, it’s also crucial to monitor and share this information. Several countries have made their international pledges contingent on ambitious action from other countries, suggesting that they are waiting to see others move before committing themselves. Clear, accurate, and reliable information on ambitious and effectively implemented domestic actions can thus provide invaluable input into the international climate negotiations. Sharing information on domestic policies’ emissions impacts, renewable energy industry development, best practices for implementation, and the challenges faced in implementing policies can help countries meet existing pledges and enhance future pledges.WRI’s Open Climate Network (OCN) is working to provide transparent information on domestic actions and their effectiveness. The Network is publishing a series of working papers that provide an overview of climate policy in the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, China, India, Brazil, and Australia, laying the foundation for more in-depth analysis of policy implementation in these countries, which OCN will conduct in 2013.These papers show that several countries are enacting major new policies to reduce emissions. Australia’s Clean Energy Act 2011 puts a price on carbon and kick-starts the transition to a clean energy future. India is pursuing a National Solar Mission and National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency. The EU recently passed an Energy Efficiency Directive, and the United States is enacting tightened vehicle emissions standards. These are important steps toward reducing emissions. As a result of these policies, some countries are positioned to achieve and even exceed their current international GHG commitments, suggesting that there is room to increase the ambition of their international pledges.More Work Is NeededHowever, these actions alone are not sufficient to meet the ambition required to limit global temperature rise to 2°C, and there is still much work to be done. The United States, for example, still needs to do more to achieve its existing pledge, in addition to increasing its pledge to meet the scale of emissions reductions needed. In the EU, the Energy Efficiency Directive still may not be sufficient to reach the EU’s 2020 energy efficiency target.There are also barriers that countries will need to overcome to ensure that policies deliver results. In Australia, political dynamics could threaten to roll back new emissions-reduction policies. In India and Brazil, policy implementation could suffer from capacity gaps and a lack of coordination among implementing institutions. It’s important to consider such issues in addition to tracking the magnitude of pledges and enactment of relevant policies, as they could have significant implications for global emissions.By monitoring and analyzing individual countries’ implementation of climate change policies, the policy community can learn what works (and what doesn’t) and identify places where more action is needed. We can also provide transparency on domestic action, which can encourage other countries to enact their own ambitious climate change mitigation plans. By focusing on the local, we can help foster greater global action on climate change.LEARN MORE: Read Open Climate Network’s analysis of country-specific mitigation policies.last_img read more


first_imgSioux City Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a man on the city’s westside Saturday.The body of 65 year old Juan Martinez of Sioux City was found in the 200 block of West 2nd Street around 9am Saturday.An autopsy was performed and police say Martinez apparently died from a medical issue.Police say no other information on Martinez’s death is being released at this time.last_img


first_imgComplaints Key Showing Complaining Or Moaning Online Used auto sales, once again, topped the list of complaints consumers filed last year with Iowa’s Consumer Protection Division.Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says over 2,800 consumer written complaints were investigated last year and 207 of them related to used vehicle sales practices.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ATTYGEN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….credit terms :06The top three “sources” for complaints filed last year went unchanged from 2015.Following used auto sales, consumers issued the most complaints about home improvement work, followed by home mortgage terms.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ATTYGEN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..very seriously. 15Miller suggests doing you’re homework before signing on the dotted line with any major purchase.Radio Iowalast_img read more


first_imgThe Iowa Democratic Party will hold a convention this Saturday to nominate the party’s candidate to fill the vacancy in State Senate District 3.The nominating convention will be held at 11:00am in the lower level of the Kissinger Center located at 608 Main Street in Merrill.The convention is necessary because of the resignation of Bill Anderson as current state senator.Former Le Mars School Superintendent Todd Wendt has stated that he is seeking the nomination from the Democratic party.Registration begins at 10:30am Saturday.last_img



The Arizona Game On Twitter

first_imgOne thing I love is reading Twitter during OSU games. It’s equal parts fascinating, entertaining, and frustrating. I collected a plethora of these tweets from beat writers, bloggers, former players, and fans and compiled them for you.So here’s how the Arizona game played out on Twitter Saturday night…[View the story “Oklahoma State vs. Arizona ” on Storify]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

The 11 Best Quotes from the Oklahoma State-Kansas State Game

first_imgOSU won a wacky, fun game in Stillwater on Saturday. Here’s what everyone had to say about it.Mike Gundy on the defense“I thought the most important thing about this game was the adjustments made by our defensive staff after halftime. We couldn’t slow them down in the first half, but we made some really good adjustments at halftime. That gave us a chance to win the football game.”Mike Gundy on his squad“I’m proud of our team. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ve got a long way to go. I want them to embrace the moment, enjoy the win and come back ready to prepare for the next game tomorrow.”Mason Rudolph on his week“I knew that I had to have a great week. I feel like I underperformed last week and had to respond. A lot of people in this organization came around me and encouraged me to say, ‘hey, screw everybody else. Work hard this week. Every throw, every rep, get the most out of it. Prepare to the best of your ability.’“That’s what I tried to do.”Glenn Spencer on fragility“When everybody is telling you how you are, you realize how fragile this is from being a good defense to just poor. That’s how quick it can happen. Our guys got that. So it was a blessing they got that lesson because you can’t talk to them about it. They have to live it. And then to come out with a win because of it or in spite of it.”Mike Gundy on Rudolph throwing it 55 times“We had a feeling that we would have to throw the ball about 50 times. One, we were playing with a true freshman at running back. Two, we were playing arguably the best run defense in this league, maybe even top 10 in the country. We just didn’t feel like we could beat our heads against the wall, and we knew we had to throw it.”Mike Yurcich on QB1“He has the ability to get the job done. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not saying he’s a finished product and the next coming. There’s still a lot of work and we’re going to work come Sunday, but he’s a great kid to be around. He accepts a challenge, and obviously you saw him today perform very well.”Mike Yurcich on his receivers and OL“We knew they were very stout, and we feel our strength is our receiving core. And our offensive line did a heck of a job protecting today, I mean a heck of a job, and they deserve a lot of credit. They don’t get enough credit. Especially after today’s performance.”Ben Grogan on his OL and why he missed that PAT“It was protection, but we got it corrected. The line was great the rest of the game; it was just a minor thing they had to fix. I’m not sure, it’s not my expertise, but it was just a little protection hole.”Bill Snyder on Mason Rudolph“Well they were 8-of-9 in the first half. That made it a one-score ballgame for the most part. Not very good for us. They did a nice job. The youngster did a nice job of throwing the ball, and the receivers did a nice job getting up for it. We didn’t compete very well for them, and that was it.”Bill Snyder being Bill Snyder“They had some injuries as well at the running back position. It was evident after a while that they probably were not going to run the ball as much. We made them left handed, but we couldn’t do anything about. That’s taking nothing away from Oklahoma State because [Rudolph] can throw it, and they can go up in the air and catch it. They’re a good pass-offense team.”Mike Gundy on QB1“His poise has been good from day one. Last week at Texas, there were some times when he could have been flustered, but he didn’t. Today was fine. He’s a work in progress and he’s young, but I think he’s getting some good experience now. As he moves forward, hopefully he’ll continue to get better. He’s showing some toughness, some grit and the willingness to fight and win.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more