Freelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clients

first_img5. Download Links and FilesIt also helps to include final links for all your files and deliverables with your invoice (either in the notes or in your invoice email). If you haven’t discussed a fee for archiving and preserving files, you can set up downloads for a final consolidation of all necessary assets and footage by using Dropbox, WeTransfer or Vimeo.You can take this opportunity to suggest they download all footage and assets within seven days (or whatever your file-hosting website encourages), as you will not be able to keep them longer than that. (If your client has additional concerns, you can work something out.)6. Include W-9Image via Zodiact.Film and video professionals operating in the United States working on any project (or projects) that add up to over $600 in a calendar year need to fill out a W-9 tax form listing the “employer.” Both parties will need this form for their taxes. Your client will probably send this to you eventually, but many larger agencies won’t even submit your invoice until they get your W-9.To jump-start the process, keep a W-9 form already filled out to send over with your invoice. Some companies may ask for one that includes their information, but they might just add that themselves. Just be sure to update this every year.You can read more about W-9 forms here, and download a copy here.7. State an Expected Due Date (but recognize protocol)Image via Jamesboy Nuchaikong.You may also notice that many invoice templates have a spot for a due date. You might feel that something like this is unnecessary (and would undermine trust), but if you’re working with professionals, they should appreciate your expectations — and therefore be quick to let you know if they can’t meet them.Ideally, it’s best when freelancers can ask for half of a project’s payment up front in the form of a deposit. But if you’re working toward an invoice-upon-delivery method, giving a range from two to six weeks is the industry standard. They very well could deliver payment quicker, but in many larger organizations, invoice billings get passed off to a financial team that may have its own protocol (which can sometimes be 30 to 60 days). Find out when you’re discussing the scope of work so you’ll know what to expect.Bonus: More Free Templates!Image via Dragan Grkic.100 Free Invoice PDF TemplatesInvoice Templates | FreshBooksFree Invoice Templates For Word, Excel, Open OfficeFree Video Production Invoice TemplateVideo production Invoice TemplateAnd for more articles, information, and resources for freelance film and video production, check out some of these links.Tips for Successful Video and Film FreelancingFreelance Video: Keep A Client From Doing ItTax Deductions and Resources for FreelancersFreelance Video: Managing Client ExpectationsFreelance Archives — PremiumBeat Invoicing clients doesn’t have to be scary. Follow these seven best practices to make your invoices clear and professional.Cover image via Rawpixel.com.In a perfect world, once a freelance video project is wrapped, clients would be all too happy to hand over a stack of cold, hard cash (along with a gift basket from Lands’ End including several seasonally appropriate fleeces). However, in the real world, that’s very rarely the case.Most of the time, the onus falls on the freelancer to deliver an invoice at the most appropriate time. This isn’t always at the very end of a project because some projects seem to simply never end. In any case, creating a detailed, professional, and direct invoice can help move things along and define how, when, and how much your clients should pay for your hard work.Let’s look at seven best practices for freelance video invoices.1. Find the Right TemplateImage via StarLine.You can always make an invoice from scratch. Simply typing something up in a word processor is fine, but if you have some design chops, you can whip one up on your own with your own branding, logos, etc.For the rest of us less design-minded individuals, there are plenty of templates available online. You can find some for Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Apple Pages. They should all be mostly the same, but they should have some variations in spacing and layouts. Choose the one that gives you the most flexibility and the right aesthetic for your brand.2. Define Project ScopeImage via baranq.Ideally, you should define project scope well before diving into production (or post-production, if it’s strictly an editing gig). A contract or statement of work well help define these things upfront. (You can read more about these things here.) However, when submitting an invoice, it’s important to restate, point-by-point, the agreed-upon scope — and that you have now completed each task.3. Line Item vs. Full AmountImage via wutzkohphoto.Most invoice templates accommodate line item pricing breakdowns. These templates will also usually add up the totals for you. However, depending on your project, you may or may not want to use line item (or unit item) pricing; rather, you can just list full amounts.Film and video invoicing gets tricky when you start line item pricing things like gear rentals, hourly editing rates, and incurred expenses. However, while an invoice page can fill up, I’ve found that clients appreciate the line-by-line breakdown of just how you arrived at those numbers.Things like camera and gear rates are important to include, as many clients can quickly change the conversation to suggest that your camera/gear is somehow just a part of what you charge to show up and shoot.If you have agreed to a lump sum project that is not set to change, using a line item breakdown to add up your actual worth (then subtracting a discount to honor your original agreement) is a great way to show how much your services will cost in the future, while still fulfilling your agreement.4. Clearly Defined Dates of CompletionImage via This Is Me.When working with bigger companies and agencies (i.e. clients who are also working for clients), clearly defined completion dates for deliverables becomes more important (as they need to pass those dates onto others in their organizations). Most invoice templates will include a space to add notes — this would be where you can list clear dates. Here’s an example:Half-Day B-Roll Shoot — completed 10/2/17Interview Shoot — completed 10/3/17Raw Footage and Assets — delivered via Dropbox 10/4/17Final Video (w/ revisions) — delivered via Vimeo 10/14/17last_img read more

Letters: August 2008

first_img“Aye Mere Bhichhade Chaman” by Shekhar Deshpande (July 2008) made me so nostalgic. It captured well the inner struggles and tugs we immigrants ever so often experience. But it is easy to forget that the world we left behind 20, 30 years ago is gone, not just because we moved here, but it is gone from India as well. The quote you ran at the end of the magazine from Beryl Pfizer,” People get nostalgic about a lot of things I don’t think they were that crazy about the first time around,” says it well. The fact is that most of us came to America decades ago because everything we are so nostalgic about now didn’t seem all that great then. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the article.Vinay Kumar, Via emailShekhar Deshpande had me humming all those favorite Manna Dey and Mohammed Rafi songs all week with your wonderfully nostalgic piece “Aye Mere Bichhade Chaman,” (July 2008). Many of these I have not thought about in decades, but the floodgates of memory were opened  by your article. As a whole family, we have had such a wonderful time reminiscing about the 1980s, when we left India. And even our teenage daughters, born and brought up in America, are enjoying sharing the experience. Little India truly touches the cords of both first and second generation Indians in America. I hope you will publish more of these reflective pieces in the magazine.V. K Patil, Via emailThe article “How Indian is Indian Writing in English?” by Abhinav Maurya (July 2008) raises some very provocative questions. But I am not sure I got as straight an answer. As Indian writing becomes popular abroad, I think it is losing its Indian character. Its subjects and its audience is so far removed from the lives of Indians that is no longer Indian even if its Indian writing by virtue of the origins of its authors.C Chopra, Via emailRaja Rao was an expatriate writer (“How Indian is Indian Writing in English,” July 2008). He lived in France and then in Austin, Texas, until he passed away in July 2006, although he returned to India frequently. Several of his books were published by foreign book houses.Ashwinee Pendharkar, Via email The article on Indian Writers living abroad “How Indian is Indian Writing in English” (July 2008) wrongly mentions me as sometimes living in India. In fact, I only reside in India and consider it a matter of pride that I don’t own a passport nor do I wish foreign readers to buy my work. Further, I never attend literary events of any kind, don’t do readings or book launches, and not only have I never “lamented” the lack of conventions in India, I hate such events as a prostituting of literary talent and am vehemently opposed to them. I consider the mention in the article in this context to be tantamount to defamation and it grossly offends my personal principles. Clearly, the author of the article has not done his research and checked his facts. Ashok Banker, Mumbai, IndiaEditor: The article made a passing mention to Ashok Banker, implying that he lamented the lack of literary events. We regret the error.“Thatha’s Faith” by Murali Ba-laji was a touching tribute to not just a wonderful man that his grandfather was, but the generation he represented. Vikram Singh, Via eMailMany immigrants who become U. S. citizens are required to recite the pledge of allegiance. To my knowledge, the United States is the only country in the modern world which practices recitation of the pledge of allegiance in schools, sports events and other social gatherings. Most people who recite the pledge hardly understand the meaning of it just like many of us recite prayers routinely without grasping their deeper meaning.Perhaps the pledge of allegiance is a remnant of old British colonialism when subjects were asked to pledge their allegiance to the monarch. Also, in wars soldiers are asked to pledge allegiance to their armies so that they will not defect or act like traitors. It is called “brain conditioning.”But in the modern world pledge of allegiance has no place, since the world is becoming a global village. If the U.S. government wants foreigners to take an oath by reciting the pledge of allegiance, it is discriminatory; also terrorist acts have mostly been carried out by people who are born here.One does not display patriotism by wearing flag pins or waving flags in parades or reciting pledge of allegiance. True patriotism is ingrained in one’s heart and it can only be displayed by compassion and love for fellow citizens.Rani Bhatia, Norcross, GA Related Itemslast_img read more

Vijender Singh wants to punch his way to No. 1 spot in pro boxing

first_imgVijender Singh is a man with many firsts. He was the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal and also the first Indian to win a World Championship medal.On Saturday, he turned a new leaf in Indian boxing, landing himself the Asia Pacific title with a dominant performance against the reigning champion Kerry Hope. (Also read: Vijender Singh demolishes Kerry Hope at home to clinch WBO Asia Pacific title)As it turned out, the bout lasted 10 rounds, Hope testing Vijender right till the end. But just like Vijender has done it so often, the Bhiwani lad once again came up trumps amid the loud cheers from the home crowd.Speaking to India Today after the championship bout Vijender admitted it was the toughest fight of his career but in this hour of ecstasy, he did not forget to dedicate his win to legendary Muhammad Ali. (Also read: Vijender Singh dedicates WBO Asia Pacific title win to Muhammad Ali)”Its a great feeling to win this championship title at home in front if my people. Last six bouts were tough too but this one was certainly the most difficult of them all lasting 10 rounds.”Having won the Asia Pacific title, Vijender now has bigger goals.”I was number 1 in amateur boxing once and now I would like to see myself number 1 in pro boxing as well.”Vijender also hopes that his new found success will give a major fillip to pro boxing in India. (Also read: Exclusive: Kerry Hope has been my toughest opponent, unbeaten pro Vijender to India Today)advertisement”I am doing my bit to promote the sport and it is for the people to decide if they want go ahead and take up pro boxing. The Beijing Olympics medal helped more people in India to take up boxing and I hope with this, Professional boxing will also get a boost in India.””I would like to Dedicate this belt to my hero Mohd Ali who has been an absolute legend and I have learnt a lot from him, especially his footwork.”He signed off with a promise that his fans will soon see him back in the ring with more confidence and more vigour. “I would like to thank my fans who turned up in large numbers to support me today My fans will see me soon back in the ring.”last_img read more

NCAA: San Sebastian breaks skid, stops JRU

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES WATCH: PH’s SEA Games mascot Pami present at flame handover Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Golden Stags broke their three-game losing streak and improved to 8-6 for the fourth best record in the league.Alvin Capobres had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead San Sebastian while JM Calma had himself a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manRK Ilagan, meanwhile, orchestrated San Sebastian’s offense with 11 points and six assists.Thomas Vasquez had 13 points for the Heavy Bombers, who dropped their third straight loss and sixth in seven games.center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MANILA, Philippines—San Sebastian ended a slump after surviving Jose Rizal University, 62-59, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

London 2012 medallist Yogeshwar Dutt disappoints in Rio

first_imgIndian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt lost his men’s freestyle 65 kg qualification match 0-3 against Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig at the Rio Olympics here on Sunday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Yogeshwar, the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist in the 60kg category, was on the backfoot right from the initial stages and lost on technical points at the Carioca Arena 2 on Mat B. (Rio 2016: WFI demands CBI probe into Narsingh Yadav’s doping scandal)Later, the Haryana wrestler’s chances of going for the bronze medal in a repechage also went up in smoke as Ganzorig lost 0-6 to Soslan Ramonov of Russia in the quarter-finals.Two-time World Wrestling Championships bronze medallist Ganzorig’s aggressive intent was too much for Yogeshwar, who was nearly pushed out of the wrestling zone early on.The Indian was able to avert that danger, but the 33-year-old Haryana grappler was soon cautioned while trying to grab his opponent’s legs.Yogeshwar’s troubles grew further as he conceded a point for a successful tackle by Ganzorig, who led by the solitary point on Period 1.Ganzorig upped the pressure in the next period and toppled Yogeshwar to lead 3-0.It was always going to be difficult for the Indian to mount a comeback from there and with the clock ticking down, Ganzorig held on to win.Ganzorig then lost his quarter-final bout to Ramonov to end Yogeshwar’s chances of a medal.The Mongolian was no match for the Russian, conceding three points in the early stages as Ramonov went into the break with a 3-0 lead.advertisementThe Russian pushed Ganzorig out of the zone at the start of the second period to increase his lead by one point.Ganzorig tried hard to make a comeback in the closing stages, but ended up conceding two more points as Ramonov claimed a decisive victory.last_img read more

Cadence and Green Hills to accelerate embedded system safety and security

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: AI Core X 12348 program comes to life at embedded worldNext Microchip: PolarFire FPGA-based solution enables smallest-form-factor 4K video and imaging Cadence Design Systems and Green Hills Software announced a strategic partnership that is expected to leverage their respective strengths to drive embedded system safety and security, while accelerating growth for both companies.There continues to be rapid growth of hyperconnected embedded systems that are deployed into critical infrastructure such as aerospace and defense, automobiles, industrial and medical devices. Security has become one of the most serious challenges that these industries face, and it is paramount that all embedded systems are designed with safety and security in mind.Green Hills is the industry leader in embedded safety and security software solutions, with its INTEGRITY-178B real-time operating system having been certified to EAL6+, the highest Common Criteria security level achieved foran operating system. Green Hills products are broadly deployed across multiple application domains, particularly in aerospace and defense, with customers including Boeing and Lockheed Martin, and in automotive, with many topOEM and Tier 1 customers including Toyota and Ford.The partnership furthers the Cadence System Design Enablement strategy and builds upon its leading core electronic design automation, verification hardware, embedded processor and IP solutions to address new market expansion opportunities in the estimated $3 billion plus embedded system safety and security space. Cadence and Green Hills expect to collaborate on providing integrated solutions that comprehend both hardware and software aspects of safety and security, to enable the development of highly secure embedded systems.The partnership will leverage the technologies, domain expertise, market reach and resources of both companies to explore opportunities for joint go-to-market and technology collaboration across the companies as well as joint marketing initiatives.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Urban Meyer Reveals 1 Job That He Would Never Take

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is retiring as the head football coach at Ohio State, the school announced on Tuesday morning. Meyer, who took over the program in 2012, will be stepping down following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.What’s next for Meyer?The head coach is only 54 years old and while health problems and a wanting to spend more time with his family are prompting him to step down, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up coaching again.Meyer has already revealed one job he will not be taking, though.That gig: NFL head coach.Meyer explained to Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel that he could never be an NFL head coach.From the report:For all the Packers fans tweeting about Meyer going there, don’t bother. He said he could never work in the NFL, as his extreme tendencies wouldn’t mesh with a job where losing four times a season is celebrated as a success. Meyer went 54-4 in Big Ten play during his seven seasons at Ohio State.“I could never work at a place … I see some of these guys’ records because the NFL is so even,” he said. “Some of these guys, their record is 74-58. I could never do that.”That’s because there’s been one singular Meyer motivator. When asked what he’ll miss most aside from his players, Meyer answered without hesitation: “Winning.” His tone hinted at the question being insulting. “I could say the preparation. Yeah! Sitting in there 12 hours a day and trying to figure out a way to gain four yards,” he said. “Yeah, sure. I could say traveling all over the country and eating chicken sandwiches recruiting. Sure! That’s part of the process. For what? The ultimate prize for all that work is winning.”Sorry, NFL fans, but that makes sense. It is tough to envision Meyer at the professional level.It’s not too tough, though, to imagine him coaching at Notre Dame…last_img read more

4-Star CB Henry Gray Reveals Top 8 Schools

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Until recently, Henry Gray was a commit to the University of Miami. That changed with Mark Richt’s abrupt retirement after the season.Gray committed back during an Underclassmen Day last March. He decommitted from The U back in December, after Richt’s decision.Now, Miami is no longer among the favorites to land the four-star class of 2020 cornerback. He recently put out a new top eight schools list, which doesn’t feature the ‘Canes.Henry Gray’s top eight features Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee.He announced the list on Twitter this afternoon.Top 8‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/TaUhJ9HOJ2— Goated?? (@D1bound_zay2121) February 16, 2019Gray doesn’t call these his finalists, so there is a chance to other programs to get involved here.247Sports ranks the Miami Central star as a four-star player. He’s the No. 51 player in the class of 2020.The site has Gray as the No. 4 cornerback in the country, and the No. 6 player in Florida for the class.Right now, 247’s crystal ball has five analyst predictions in: two for Ohio State, two for Miami, and one for Clemson.In total, Gray claims 26 scholarship offers, per 247. It is unclear what his timetable for a new commitment is, but we have plenty of time. The early signing period is not until December, and national signing day is just under a year away.last_img read more

5 Best Okie Breweries According to an Oklahoma Craft Beer Expert

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Editors’ Recommendations The insanely diverse world of craft beer is often broken down into individual regional scenes. Veteran beer havens like Asheville, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, are bursting at the seams with exciting breweries pushing the envelope. States like Texas and Georgia are seeing a boom in activity thanks to a loosening of laws that formerly restricted craft brewers.One of the regions experiencing a renaissance is Oklahoma. While craft beer wouldn’t be possible without brewers and investors, fan support is ultimately responsible for the growth and longevity of a scene. Brian Welzbacher is the proprietor of BeerisOK.com and OklahomaCraftBeer.com, hosts the Oklahoma Craft Beer Podcast. Needless to say, he knows his stuff.Below, Welzbacher outlines his five favorite breweries making headlines in Oklahoma and shares what makes them special in his own words.Roughtail Brewing CompanyRoughtail Brewing Company/Facebook Roughtail Brewing Company/FacebookBrewing out of Midwest City the past four years, Roughtail Brewing Co. has produced aggressively hoppy beers from the beginning that I’d put up against any national craft brand. Their double IPA Hoptometrist has a well-balanced malt character with West Coast citrusy and resinous hops that won’t overload your palate. Everything Rhymes with Orange is a hazy, unfiltered IPA made predominantly with Simcoe hops and backed up by Citra and Mosaic that has helped lead them to expansion into Texas and Kansas.American SoleraWe are pretty spoiled to have two brewing operations by world-renowned brewer Chase Healy. His American Solera project harkens back to when he first started Prairie Artisan Ales. Oak foeders dominate his expanded brewhouse, and his unique yeast cultures have turned out hazy IPAs, roasty maple stouts, and sour wild ales. His fruited series of beers are a welcome surprise in every sip.Elk Valley Brewing CompanyA retired airline engineer turned a home brewing hobby into a rather successful business, focusing on beers he enjoys drinking at home or on the golf course. Sound familiar? It may resonate with most other start-ups, but Elk Valley Brewing has a keen sense when it comes to making quaffable beers like Pale Ale and Par 3 session IPA. [Elk Valley] also made quite an impression on the national beer scene, using locally sourced spirit barrels from Scissortail Spirits to age brews like Pumpion.Marshall Brewing Co.Marshall Brewing Company/Facebook Marshall Brewing Company/FacebookTulsa’s first major production brewery produces some of the cleanest and well-crafted German style ales and lagers. Since its ability to sell from the taproom, I have enjoyed so many new beers. like Marshall Brewing Co.’s highly drinkable Kolsch and Dunkel, as well as new Side Notch IPA, a slightly hazy spin on their Arrowhead Pale Ale. This fall, their El Cucuy Black IPA has me over the moon with roasty, caramel malts balanced by dry-hopping with floral and citrusy hops.COOP Ale WorksCOOP Ale Works/Facebook COOP Ale Works/FacebookAnother well-engrained brewery in Oklahoma City, COOP runs the gamut of beers, from its Mexican lager Horny Toad to the Territorial Reserve bourbon barrel series of wheat wines, barleywines, and imperial stouts. This year, its ever popular 13-percent Belgian dark ale DNR gets barrel treatment with the Cask-It series that features brandy barrel aged with cherries, and most recently a rye barrel aged version that entices the palate with fig and dark fruits and impressive barrel presence. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Up to USD 613 Mn to Be Injected in Portugals Port of

first_imgPortugal has revealed a major investment in the expansion of the country’s Port of Sines as part of the agreement to extend its concession for another 20 years.Up to EUR 547 million (USD 613.5 million) would be injected in the port, located in the southwest of Portugal, during the extended concession agreement with PSA Singapore, that was signed for the period from 2029 to 2049.The deal, reached on July 17, includes the completion of the third phase of expansion of Terminal XXI.The planned investment would be undertaken over the term of the concession agreement, which includes not only the expansion of the mooring berth and its associated handling equipment, but also the maintenance, replacement and renovation of equipment already installed in the previous phases.With these investments, Terminal XXI will offer a dock front of 1,950 meters in order to allow the simultaneous mooring of four latest generation containerships.The port’s storage area would also be increased from the current 42 hectares to 60 hectares, upgrading installed capacity from the current 2.3 million to 4.1 million TEU, the port explained. The project would see the addition of nine super post-Panamax cranes at the facilities.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Thailand Open Saina Nehwal Srikanth Prannoy crash out

first_imgBangkok: Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Thailand Open after suffering unexpected defeats but B Sai Praneeth sailed into the quarterfinals of the men’s singles here on Thursday. Seventh seed Saina, who returned to action after nearly two months, squandered a game advantage to lose 21-16 11-21 14-21 against unseeded Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in a women’s singles second round duel that lasted 48 minutes. In the absence of PV Sindhu, who withdrew in the last minute from the event, Saina’s ouster marks the end of India’s campaign in women’s singles. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaina had earlier made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries. Later, fifth seed Srikanth too wasted a game’s lead to bow out against less-fancied Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-11 16-21 12-21 in the second round of the men’s singles. To add to India’s woes, unseeded Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy too bowed out without a fight. While Kashyap was no match for third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, losing 9-21 14-21 in just 33 minutes, Prannoy suffered a 17-21 10-21 defeat against sixth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of Japan Open last week, continued his good form and stormed into the last-eight round with a comfortable 21-18 21-19 win over compatriot Shubhankar Dey. Sai Praneeth will be up against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the next round. However, it was good news for India in the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the quarterfinals after registering a straight-game 21-17 21-19 win over Indonesian combination of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. The India duo will next play qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday. In mixed doubles, while the pair of Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami 21-18 21-19 to make it to the last-eight round, the other Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 11-21 to eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong to bow out of the tournament. Rankireddy and Ponnappa will next play against third seeded Japanese combination of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.last_img read more

Victoria Beckham Honored At amfAR Hong Kong Gala

first_imgUma Thurman, Adrien Brody, Karolina Kurkova, Michelle Rodriguez, Pansy Ho, Aloe Blacc, Elle King, Michelle Yeoh, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the second annual amfAR Hong Kong Gala at Shaw Studios to honor Victoria Beckham for her commitment to the fight against AIDS.Victoria Beckham at amfAR Hong Kong GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event, presented by Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection, raised over $4 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Other guests in attendance included Liu Wen, Carina Lau, Coco Lee, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Kevin Carrigan, Elvis Han, Zhou Xun, So Ji Sub, Lang Lang, Rosamund Kwan, Valentina Zelyaeva, Anita Yuen, Josie Ho, Laurinda Ho, Sabrina Ho, Cathy Chow, Niki Chow, Amanda S, Ying Claudine Lauren, Yvette Yung, Harris Chan, Oscar Wang, Hwang Chi Yeul, Shui He, Yan Lv, Maisy Ho, Angela Leong, Arnaldo Ho, Orlando Ho, Maria Ho, Bao Bao Wan, Andy Chen, Paolo Diacci, Vinay Dube, René Koneberg, Vincent Roberti, Victoria Tang, Ying Claudine Lauren, Michelle Ong, Winnie Chiu, Yvette Yung, Jean-Marc Lacave, Achille Boroli, Y C Koh, Wendy Yu, Rachel Lehmann, David Maupin, and Bill Zhao, among others.amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole encouraged guests to celebrate how much has been accomplished in the fight against HIV and AIDS while not losing sight of the hard work that remains to be done to end the epidemic, through programs such as amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative and the TREAT Asia Program.Newly named UN Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh thanked the event’s sponsors with amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who announced the launch of a limited edition Countdown to a Cure Timepiece by Harry Winston. Twenty percent of the retail sales price of the men’s and ladies’ timepiece will be donated to amfAR’s efforts to develop a cure for HIV.Event Chair Pansy Ho graciously thanked the sponsors and guests who made the event possible and invited all of the event Co-Chairs to take the stage for a family photograph.Uma Thurman introduced the amfAR Award of Courage to Victoria Beckham, describing her as “a champion and leader in the global fight against AIDS.” Ms. Beckham thanked the individuals she has met over the past two years as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, a role in which she raises awareness for young women and girls affected by the epidemic, ensuring to use her voice to build a healthier society and see an end to AIDS.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Simon de Pury. Highlights included: • Eight unique Andy Warhol photographs from his first and only trip to China in 1982 sold for $190,000. • Model Karolina Kurkova introduced dazzling Harry Winston “Triple Diamond Loop Earrings,” set with rubies designed exclusively for the Hong Kong gala, which sold for $75,000. • I Fell in Love Here, a neon work by renowned English artist, Tracey Emin, sold for $120,000. • Adrien Brody donated an original piece of art, titled Grey Dragon, which sold for $100,000. • A magnificent 7-night stay for 12 people at the largest and most beautiful residence in Maldives, the Amilla Estate at Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, sold for $200,000. • Two VIP invitations to the first ever gala dinner hosted by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monte Carlo and a “Sapphire Experience” during the Monaco Yacht Show sold three times for a total of $450,000. • Five pieces from contemporary Chinese artists Cui Xiuwen, Yan Lei, Huang Gang, Wang Yuyang, and Ciu Ruzhuo, generously donated by amfAR Hong Kong gala Auction Partner, Poly Auction, sold separately for a total of $480,000.The evening also featured three spectacular live performances. Legendary Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang played two beautifully powerful pieces, and Elle King gave a sultry acoustic performance of her Grammy-nominated hit song “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Grammy-nominated soul artist Aloe Blacc ended the evening with a set of his biggest hits that brought the crowd to a frenzy, including “Candyman,” “I Need a Dollar,” “The Man,” and “Wake Me Up.”Pansy Ho served as the Event Chair. Uma Thurman served as the event’s Honorary Chair. Achille Boroli, Adrien Brody, Winnie Chiu, Veronica Chou, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Vinay Dube, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nayla Hayek, Y C Koh, René Koneberg, Karolina Kurkova, Jean-Marc Lacave, Carina Lau, Ying Claudine Lauren, Cathy Lee, Michelle Ong, Vincent Roberti, Michelle Rodriguez, David Tang, Michelle Yeoh, Yvette Yung, and Italo Zucchelli served as Co-Chairs. Harris Chan, Laurinda Ho, Sabrina Ho, Jay Jopling, Rachel Lehmann, David Maupin, John Robert Slosar, Oscar Wang, and Wendy Yu served as Vice Chairs.Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection were the Presenting Sponsors. American Express, Audi, Delta Air Lines, and Moët Hennessy were the Signature Sponsors. JOLLYONE and SMI Holdings Group Limited were the Gold Sponsors, and The Upper House was the event’s Hospitality Partner. Poly Auction was the Auction Partner. Special Thanks to Boroli Wines and Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.In 2001, amfAR launched TREAT Asia, a cooperative network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working together with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments throughout Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia now encompasses 21 adult and 18 pediatric clinical sites across the region.Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner. amfAR Hong Kong was produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.last_img read more

Court clears way for commercial Indigenous fishery in BC

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAnother legal victory has affirmed fishing rights for Indigenous peoples off Canada’s west coast.The decision delivered by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday found Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wrongly obstructed the fishing rights of five First Nations collectively known as the Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN).DFO Regional Director-General Rebecca Reid welcomed the 400-page ruling explaining it outlined needed details to negotiate fishing policy in Indigenous territories.“We think it’s extremely important,” she said in a telephone interview Friday. “It’s largely positive…because it provides some clarification.”The other side declared it a clear victory.“This is a win for all First Nations in B.C.,” said Hugh Braker, vice-president of the First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia.Braker said the ruling would help the Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/Chinekintaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and Mowachaht/Muchalat First Nations establish a commercial fishery.He said DFO spent $19.1 million on the court battle – even after the Supreme Court ruled First Nations had the right to catch and sell fish in their own territories.But Reid described it more as instructions Canada needed to write policy.It “provides some very helpful clarification on areas that we simply couldn’t come to an agreement on,” she said, noting it even specified the fishing area and types of boats.Reid said fishing policy “was complex” but Canada was committed to doing it “in reconciliation” with affected nations.She said the two parties would likely go back to court to hammer out a timeframe for implementing new policy. She said a decision on an appeal had not yet been made.However, NCN president Judith Sayers said the government should let the bands begin fishing immediately.“NCN must have (a) moderate living,” she said on Twitter.The ruling by Justice Mary Humphries applies to a variety of salmon, groundfish, crab, prawn and shellfish.Indigenous groups say they spent about $14 million defending their rights in the case that began in 2006.last_img read more

All applicants from big states cleared for going on Haj

first_imgNew Delhi: With Saudi Arabia increasing India’s Haj quota to two lakh, all applicants from big states such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar have been cleared for going on the pilgrimage, sources in the Minority Affairs Ministry said.On Friday, the Saudi Arabian government issued a formal order with regard to the increase in India’s Haj quota. At a meeting here in February that was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Saudi Arabia had increased India’s quota by about 25,000, taking the number of pilgrims from India who can perform Haj to two lakh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Due to the significant increase in India’s Haj quota, all the applicants from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Odisha, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tripura, will go on Haj,” a source said. A record number of two lakh Indian Muslims will perform Haj this year without subsidy. Another highlight this year is that 2,340 Muslim women from India will also go for the pilgrimage without ‘Mehram’ or male companion. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA total of 34,397 applications were received from Uttar Pradesh this year, 8,470 from West Bengal, 191 from Goa, 499 from Manipur, 698 from Odisha, 2,138 from Andhra Pradesh, 3,588 from Assam, 4,950 from Bihar, 72 from Himachal Pradesh, 2,233 from Jharkhand, 342 from Punjab, and 110 from Tripura. All these applicants have become eligible to go on Haj after the increase in India’s quota, the sources said. India’s Haj quota has gone up sharply in the last five years as it was 1,36,000 in 2014, they said, adding that the minority affairs minister had made efforts to increase India’s quota to two lakh which fructified when the Saudi Prince acceded to the request made by Modi earlier this year.last_img read more

Amid Gulf Crisis, King Mohammed VI Congratulates Qatar’s Emir on 4th…

Rabat – Notwithstanding the blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia-led alliances, King Mohammed VI has congratulated the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the fourth anniversary of his accession to power, a move highlighting the importance to Morocco of consolidating the bilateral ties between Morocco and the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).King Mohammed VI expressed his sincere congratulations and his sincere wishes to the Emir of Qatar, his family, and Qatari people, for good health and prosperity, in a statement obtained by Moroccan news agency Maghreb Agence Presse.“I would like to express my pride in the brotherly friendship and mutual appreciation that brings us together and our families, and the fruitful cooperation and solidarity between our two countries,” said King Mohammed VI. The King emphasized the importance of maintaining continuing bilateral cooperation between Rabat and Doha in line with the strategic partnership between Morocco and the member countries of the GCC, to achieve the aspirations of the countries’ people “for greater synergy and mutual benefit.”The diplomatic gulf crisis broke out after the decision by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, and the Maldives in the early hours of Monday, June 4 to sever their ties with Qatar over its alleged “support of terrorism.”Morocco announced on Sunday, June 11 its “neutrality” towards the issue in order not to “confine it to passive observation of a disturbing escalation between brotherly countries.”Morocco offered to mediate a solution between the Gulf countries, saying that it “was ready to offer its good offices with a view to promote a frank and comprehensive dialogue on the basis of no-interference in internal affairs and the fight against religious extremism.”The Kingdom added that it was strongly tied to the Gulf countries in all areas despite the geographical distance between them, and was seriously concerned by the crisis, even though Morocco was not directly involved.The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement that King Mohammed has established extensive and permanent talks with various parties to the dispute since the deterioration of diplomatic ties between the countries and Qatar.In furtherance of the offer of mediation, and signaling Morocco’s independent brand of foreign policy, the King sent the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Suicide rate for young women highest for 20 years as experts warn

first_imgSuicide among women in their early twenties is at its highest level in two decades, ONS figures show, as experts warn of a mental health crisis among young women who struggle with the pressures of modern life and social media.While the overall figures for Great Britain show rates are at a seven-year low, women aged between 20 and 24 are increasingly likely to die by suicide. Last year 106 deaths by suicide were recorded among this age group, the first time the number is been more than 100 since 1992, when it was 111. At 5.2 the rate per 100,000 women in this age group is the highest it has been since 1998, when it was 5.7.Jenny Edwards CBE, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, called the figures “troubling”. “We know that particularly for young women their rate of poor mental health is three times that of their male contemporaries.”Something is going on – social media use is one part but another is relationships between the sexes. They’ve got a lot more insecurity in their lives than their parents did. “There’s a tendency to blame ourselves if things aren’t working out for us. Particularly if the message we’re getting from social media is that everyone else is living fantastic lives, has got good holidays, and good jobs. That’s a fairytale that can affect our overall mental health.” There is a worry that we have a generation of young people who respond with self-harming behaviour to the stresses that they faceProfessor Louis Appleby Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last year an inquiry into mental health in England found that more than one in four women aged 16 to 24 had anxiety, depression, panic disorder, phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder, and one in five said they had self-harmed at some point in their life. It concluded that young women had “become a key high risk group”.Professor Appleby said that it was “very easy to point to social media”.”There is good and bad in most of these social phenomena,” he said, adding that many young people who struggled with their mental health found the internet a source of support and comfort. In an examination of young suicide victims carried out by his department, one in four of the cases covered had used the internet in some way that was suicide-related, including posting about their plans on social media or researching methods. center_img In recent years suicide prevention campaigns have focused on men, who still have a much higher rate than women in all age groups and are more than three times more likely to die by suicide than women. The most at-risk group is men in their early 40s, among whom the rate is 23.7. Initiatives such as the Campaign Against Living Miserably have focused on encouraging men to open up about their feelings to try and bring down the suicide rate. Charities said the campaigns appeared to be helping as the overall rate of men dying by suicide has dropped by three per cent from 2015 to 2016. But they added that women could be facing many of the same problems.Elizabeth Scowcroft, research manager for Samaritans, said: “A lot of the issues that women face are the same as men. Women might find it difficult to talk about their feelings as well.”We shouldn’t necessarily assume that men and women have completely different risk factors.” Professor Louis Appleby, of the University of Manchester, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England, said the overall figures were the “best we’ve seen in years”. In England the overall rate fell from 10.1 to 9.5. “You’d have to go back more than three decades to find a drop as big as that in one year,” he said. However, he said that it was important to “keep an eye” on the figures for young people. “There is a worry that we have a generation of young people who respond with self-harming behaviour to the stresses that they face,” he said. last_img read more

Managing Director Clare Duignan leaves RTÉ Radio

first_imgRTÉ RADIO’S MANAGING Director has decided not to renew her contract and leave the broadcaster.Clare Duignan, who has been in the job for four years, said the move “is one of the hardest things” she has ever done.Jim Jennings, current head of RTÉ Radio One, will take up an interim role as Managing Director for the entire radio group. A public competition for the post will be held in the coming months.Duignan said she wants to pursue other opportunities available to her.“It’s an exciting chance to move into the next chapter of my career and I look forward to contributing to new areas of work with the same energy and commitment which I have always brought to my various roles in RTÉ,” she said in a statement.Director General Noel Curran paid tribute to Duignan, outlining her contribution to the industry.“She has been a passionate advocate for the public service, and has placed the public service ethos at the heart of her services. We will particularly miss her deep understanding of audiences and their needs, and her expertise in strategic communications.”He revealed that the decision to step down had been made “some time ago” but on his request she stayed to see through a number of projects and to “steer RTÉ Radio through some difficult periods”.“She leaves RTÉ Radio not only with a stable audience base, but with a legacy of quality that places it among the best in the world,” concluded Curran.TV3 unveils major expansion of its news website – including rolling newsHead of 2fm steps down to take up new RTÉ Radio rolelast_img read more

Nintendo 3DS Getting Netflix This Summer

first_img3DS users will be able to stream Netflix via Wi-Fi connection this Summer, according Nintendo. The company added that free Wi-Fi hotspots will be available via AT&T starting this May. Gamers will have to sign up for a service called SpotPass, in order to connect automatically to the free hotspots.Nintendo president Saturo Iwata stated this during his keynote speech,Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity It appears that Nintendo has big plans lined up for the new device. It makes me wonder if the older models will be phased out slowly? Or get huge price cuts sometime soon? Thus far, Nintendo has not issued any statements on the older models yet.Via Washington Postlast_img read more

Bisphénol A le composé serait également mauvais pour le sperme

first_imgBisphénol A : le composé serait également mauvais pour le spermeFrance – Alors que le bisphénol A était jusqu’ici montré du doigt car censé provoquer des malformations fœtales, le compose chimique est aujourd’hui accusé d’appauvrir le sperme des hommes, affectant donc la reproduction en elle-même. TF1 explique que le bisphénol A est principalement utilisé afin de diluer la résine de polyester. Présent dans de nombreux aliments, le composé chimique est principalement critiqué pour son utilisation dans la composition des biberons. Ainsi, certains parents ont d’ores et déjà banni certains biberons de leurs placards de cuisine, craignant des perturbations dans le développement cérébral de leur enfant. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est davantage en amont que se pose le problème, au moment même de la reproduction. Ainsi, une étude montrerait que des concentrations élevées en bisphénol A dans le corps d’un homme auraient pour conséquence d’affecter son sperme, le rendant de mauvaise qualité. Ainsi, le Dr De-Kun Li explique : “Comparativement aux hommes sans trace détectable de BPA dans l’urine, ceux qui avaient les teneurs les plus élevées multipliaient par plus de trois le risque d’une concentration diminuée de leur sperme et de sa vitalité”.Le 29 octobre 2010 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Crespo Im a hybrid of HiguainIcardi

first_imgFormer Inter Milan and AC Milan forward Hernan Crespo believes he had the features of both Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain during his playing days ahead of the Milan derby.Crespo who played for both Milan clubs shared his thoughts ahead of the big showdown in Milan.“These are two clubs that are almost new and two teams that are still a work in progress,” Crespo told Football Italia.“Inter are at a more advanced stage of their development right now, as after six years they are back in the Champions League and Suning have been working on this project longer than Elliott Management.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Milan are coming off a chaotic period. With Leonardo and Paolo Maldini as directors, at least they are starting to recreate some of that identity, but they need a few more years to get back to the golden era.”Both Milanese giants rely heavily on an Argentina international centre-forward.“I think Higuain is ideal for Gennaro Gattuso’s tactics. The same goes for Icardi at Inter, as Luciano Spalletti’s wingers are perfect for setting up a deadly finisher like him,” continued Crespo.“I was a mix between the two. I would move like Icardi in front of goal, but participate more in the build-up play like Higuain.”last_img read more