Can I Ask For A Raise Yet?

first_img7 deadly sins for new hires If you’ve stayed employed during the recent recession, there’s a good chance you haven’t been getting salary increases. You may even have taken a pay cut. And you’ve probably been told–or you’ve at least told yourself–that you should be grateful to have a job at all.But now that economists are talking about the end of the recession, a question arises: When is it safe to ask for a raise?The answer is that you may be able to ask right now–as long as you do your homework“You might be told no,” says Marianne Adoradio, a career counselor in Silicon Valley. But even if you don’t get an immediate raise, asking–appropriately–might still be beneficial. “You’re displaying professionalism, assertiveness, and initiative. It shows that you won’t be taken advantage of when times change.”Adoradio and other experts offer these four tips for deciding how and when to ask for an increase in pay:Arm yourself with facts.You need to know how your company and industry are doing: Is your company meeting its financial goals? What is the current market rate for someone doing your job?Unofficial information, such as whether anyone in the company has been getting raises, can also be helpful if you’re able to find out discreetly.Finally, it’s important to know “where you stand in the eyes of your manager and the management team,” Adoradio says. If you’re considered indispensible, you’ll have a stronger case.Choose the right time.As you gather your information about the company’s performance, you may realize that it’s not the best time to ask for a pay increase.“I wouldn’t do it if they’re still cutting things left and right,” says Kathy Ullrich, an executive recruiter.Asking for a raise while the company is in the middle of layoffs, for example, could send a signal that “you’re not tuned in to the business,” says Leslie G. Griffen, a Missouri-based HR consultant and career coach.Phrase your request carefully.Adoradio suggests presenting a two-part request that highlights both your knowledge of the company’s situation and your contributions–for instance: “I realize that the economic situation of the company is improving. Our department has been working extra hard, and my last performance review was exceptional. I’m wondering if I could have a five percent pay increase.”If you have market data for your job position to back up your request, Ullrich suggests phrasing your request something like this: “I know that I joined the company during a softening economy. I was hoping that we could use this next year to get me closer to the norm.”Have a backup plan.If a raise isn’t possible now, lay the groundwork for the future. Ask for feedback on your work so you know where to improve.Griffen suggests saying something like, “I’m disappointed that it looks like increases are not going to be in place this year, but I would like some feedback on my value to the organization.”Adoradio recommends also asking your manager about the company goals that need to be met before management will start considering raises.—Margaret Steen, for Yahoo! HotJobsAlso on Yahoo! HotJobs:Volunteering yourself into a job Find a new job near youcenter_img Get personalized Twitter job alerts from Yahoo! HotJobslast_img read more

How To Help Jobless Friends & Family

first_imgIf you’re like most of us, you know at least one person who’s trapped in unemployment. Sixty percent of Americans felt the recession through a family or friend who lost their job, according to one survey.Your brother, your cousin, your college roommate or coworker may show up among 6.1 million Americans jobless for six months or longer. Or worse, they may be stuck among an estimated 1.5 million  “99ers” – out of work for 99 weeks.Many are losing hope, abandoning their dreams, or losing their homes. So what can we as individuals do to help a family member or friend who is stuck without a job?First we must put aside any questions about mistakes they made or missteps that led to their problems. They need to move forward, not look back.Instead focus on their needs – including emotional and financial support. More than half of jobless Americans have borrowed money from family or friends, and one in five moved in with someone close to them to save money, a Rutgers poll found. The trick is to discover what they really need since they may be depressed, they may have missed signs of health issues or a notice of eviction. Help them to see their current situation and then start down the load road to a better place.Here’s five ways anyone can help a jobless friend or family member:Buy them a ticket. It could be a ticket to the theater or a concert or a sporting event. Entrance to a professional meeting, networking event. A ticket to travel to see family for the holidays.The ticket will give them something to look forward to – something good in their life. And yes, you could give them one useful ticket focused on career and job search and another to encourage them or feed their creative spirit.Give them your network. Proudly introduce them to your boss or the owner of a fast growing business. Take them to your company’s or professional organization’s holiday party. Introduce them to recruiters or HR managers. Recommend them for jobs or on LinkedIn. Tweet about them on Fridays with the #HireFriday hashtag.Give them a hand. Loan them money, or if you can afford it, give them a cash gift. Help them sell things on eBay or at a flea market. Introduce them to some of the many freelancing websites. Help them start micro-business doing snow removal, errands or cooking for busy professionals.Give them a room. They may need a place to live or just a place to work and get out of their sad, unheated apartment for a few hours. They may appreciate your cable television, full fridge or your fully decked out home office.Give them job hunt coaching and confidence. Help build up their confidence by reminding them of previous successes, their heroic save the day moves or incredible solutions. Help them practice tough interview questions. Review their resume and give their online profiles careful scrutiny and some ideas for improvement. If you feel you haven’t got the expertise or time, buy them a career book or one or two hours with a career / job search coach.Of course the best assistance could open doors to a job. That would be wonderful. But if your gesture gives an evening of comfort and joy, it will bring light to a dark time and hope to those who thirst for it. Interesting in more ways you can help family and friends facing unemployment, try these.last_img read more

More Careers Neutered By Naughty Messages

first_imgIt looks like Rep. Anthony Weiner isn’t the only one whose future has been fractured by racy messages. The radiology program director at St. Philip’s College just resigned after complaints that she forwarded irrelevant, non-work-related emails to her co-workers. Many were interpreted as being racially offensive and sexually explicit.Donna Laird resigned, according to the San Antonio Express-News, after an internal investigation revealed that she had indeed violated the school’s email policy. Laird’s supervisor, Rebecca Sanchez, was singled out for being aware that Laird was circulating the messages and failing to stop them. She has since taken early retirement.The investigation was instigated after a male colleague filed a sexual harassment complaint against Laird, turning over 400 email messages that had been sent over a six-year period as proof. The messages included everything from cute pets, patriotic slogans and motivational sayings, to semi-nude women, animals engaged in sex acts, disturbing language, and offensive jokes that were gender and race specific.Laird told investigators she was just trying to “alleviate stress at work,” according to the Express-News. It was decided that the emails were indeed inappropriate, but, perhaps because they were forwarded to men and women of all races and no one complained for six years, she was not found guilty of sexual harassment.“You don’t have to do anything as stupid as what Congressman Weiner did to get yourself fired,” says Texas legal analyst Clint David. “What most employees don’t realize is that even if they forward an offensive email on to their co-workers, you could find yourself looking for another job.”last_img read more

Women employees can now file harassment complaints online:Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 26 (PTI) The women employees of the Central government will soon be able to file sexual harassment complaints online.The decision was taken at a meeting called by Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi today after she received complaints from aggrieved women employees from various ministries.Officials from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Railway Ministry, Sports Ministry and Department of Financial Services were present at the meeting.The e-platform for posting complaints will be hosted on the Women and Child Development ministrys website, a senior official said, adding the complaints will then be taken up with the respective ministries/departments.An inter-ministerial committee headed by a senior WCD official will be constituted to review the status of the complaints. The forum will also ensure that all Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) heads are imparted training on how to resolve such complaints, he said.It has also been decided that the DoPT will issue instructions to ensure that training programmes for all services include a module on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to sensitise the government staff.Additionally, the WCD ministry will issue guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment complaints. These will include a monthly as well as an annual report, to be prepared by the Internal Complaints Committee of each ministry, on the status of complaints received.The cadre controlling authority of a victim will be required to monitor her progress for 5 years, in order to ensure that she is not further tormented for complaining against a colleague, the official said.advertisementA similar exercise for the private sector is also on the anvil, he added.The move comes after several women employees wrote to the WCD ministry about delay in getting their complaints about sexual harassment resolved. PTI JC SRYlast_img read more

Every district in Punjab to have sports school: Sukhbir Singh Badal

first_imgEvery district in Punjab will have sports school to prepare young talents for major sports events, said Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday. The schools will prepare the children for big sporting events, he said.Addressing a gathering at the Dr B R Ambedkar 6th World Cup Kabaddi 2016 match in Begowal, Punjab, he said, “Sports schools will be opened in all districts of the state. Here, students will be imparted free coaching by experts and they can complete their education from these schools. They will be provided hostel facilities as well.”Views of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister:Presently, two sports schools are operational in Bathinda and Jalandhar. “By next year, an ultra modern sports stadium would be constructed in Begowal in Kapurthala district at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore,” said Sukhbir, who is also the state sports ministerThe government has set up the Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) at Mohali. It has all the modern coaching facilities and is one of its kind institute in the country, he said”More than 5,000 sports persons are being trained at the institute,” Sukhbir claimedThe deputy chief minister said, “The Punjab government’s target is to have maximum number of sports persons from Punjab in 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ India contingent.”Read: SSC CGL Tier 1 2016: Results declared at Read: Telangana to have digital classroom Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at read more

Arsenal need to stop conceding first, says defender Carl Jenkinson

first_imgFull back Carl Jenkinson has urged his Arsenal team mates to stop conceding the first goal in their games as more often than not it takes the match away from their grasp.Arsenal came from behind to draw level against Paris St Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday and against Premier League rivals Manchester United last week.Jenkinson started in both games in the absence of Hector Bellerin, who will be out till mid-December with an ankle problem. (Also read: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez wants to replicate Lionel Messi role)”It is something we have got to be aware of because it has happened a couple of times lately,” Jenkinson said.”At Manchester United we especially didn’t start at our best and (against PSG) similarly.”Arsenal held United 1-1, thanks to a powerful header from substitute Olivier Giroud after Juan Mata had put the hosts ahead. On Wednesday, striker Edinson Cavani had put visitors PSG into the lead early in the 18th minute before Giroud converted from the spot right before half time to draw even.The game ended 2-2 following own goals from Marco Verratti and Alex Iwobi.”It makes a big difference, not just at this (Europe) level but in the Premier League as well. You look at the stats and whoever scores the first goal, they generally go on to win the game,” the 24-year-old said.”We have let that drop a bit lately and if we get the goal first, nine times out of 10 we win and we need to get back to doing that.”advertisementArsenal, who are fourth in the league with 25 points, three behind leaders Chelsea, host 10th-placed Bournemouth on Sunday in their next league game.last_img read more

Bopanna bats for wheelchair tennis

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 29 (PTI) Tennis doubles player Rohan Bopanna today said that wheelchair tennis was already a big sport in the world, which is reflected in top players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sharing the same locker-rooms with top wheelchair players. “Roger Federer, Djokovic and top wheelchair players – all of them share the same locker-rooms. There is no difference between wheelchair tennis players and the straight players,” he said. “Thats where it shows, how big the sport already is, and million and millions of people are already watching it and supporting it,” he added. Bopanna said holding the All India Tennis Association ranking wheelchair tennis tournament shows interest in this sport. “Holding the wheelchair tennis tournament is a fantastic initiative and big step, which shows the interest people have in it,” he said. Asked what sort of support he would give to promote wheelchair tennis, Bopanna said he would share details of wheelchair tournaments held in different parts of the world. “I am always with them, no matter what support they need. As I am travelling a lot, it will be easier for me to share the details which will be of great help for improving the sport in India,” he said. Earlier, Bopanna announced Indias first AITA ranking Wheelchair Tennis Tournament – tabebuia – which will be played from December 2 to 4 at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association. The cash prize is Rs 2.5 lakh and the organisers have raised Rs 14 lakh from various sources including the corporate and individual donors, Sunil Jain, Founder Trustee of Astha, a part of Wheelchair Tennis, said. As many as 40 wheelchair tennis players will participate in the tournament, he said. Jain said the organisers would love to hold an International Tennis Federation tournament with the cooperation of AITA and KSLTA. PTI BDN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Guardiola & his tactics blamed for Germany’s struggles

first_imgFormer Germany defender Hans-Peter Briegel has claimed that Pep Guardiola’s tactics have had a negative influence on the German national side.The Manchester City manager was in charge of Bayern Munich between 2013-2016 and during that time imposed his passing and possession-based philosophy on the Bundesliga club.Guardiola helped steer the Bundesliga giants to three league title successes, while he also won two DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite his success in Germany, Briegel believes Guardiola’s philosophy has altered the mentality of German football, with sides now believing they must retain the ball in order to win matches.”A very simple principle has escaped our mind: that in football the result is more important than the control of the game,” he told Italian publication  Repubblica .”Since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich, something has changed. We had the illusion that 75% of possession was needed to win. But having control of the ball is not enough to get a result, not always at least. “Recent history, and also with the World champions France, has shown that you can also win by leaving the ball to the opponents and having less than 50% of possession.”Whether down to Guardiola or not, Joachim Low’s side undoubtedly prioritise possession. Germany have seen more of the ball than the opposition in all six competitive games in 2018, reaching as high as 74% in the World Cup defeat to South Korea .Yet their tactics have brought them little success in recent times, as Germany were relegated from their Nations League group on Friday and have failed to win any of their three games in the tournament so far.They were also  knocked out of the World Cup at the first hurdle last summer, only gaining three points from a group many expected them to comfortably win.Germany did, however, get back to winning ways on Thursday when they beat Russia 3-0 thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry.Low’s team end their Nations League campaign by hosting Netherlands on Monday, where a win for the away side would see them top the group ahead of World Cup winners France.last_img read more

Shaw: Solskjaer completely different to Mourinho

first_imgManchester United defender Luke Shaw has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for bringing the ‘buzz’ back to the club following the departure of Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer replaced Mourinho just before Christmas and has won all three matches in charge so far, scoring 12 goals and conceding just three.The Norwegian has been praised for restoring an attacking style to the club that is bringing the best out of the team’s creative players, most notably Paul Pogba, who has scored four goals in two matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Shaw has been equally effusive in his praise for the 45-year-old and the impact he has made on the team in such a short space of time.”Ole has a completely different style to his way and we are adapting to that and enjoying it and that’s the main thing,” Shaw told Sky Sports.”There’s a great buzz around the place with Ole coming back in, there’s a lot of good things to look forward to.”Ole is a really positive and friendly guy and knows this club really well as he was here for many years and he knows what the club needs. He is here for six months and it’s a massive thing for him to do an amazing job and that would be great for him.”We all back him and want the best for him as much as he wants the best for us. We all have to work together and keep doing the right things and keep smiles on faces and keep winning matches.”Shaw has been restored to the starting line-up under Solskjaer having been dropped for Mourinho’s final four matches in charge.The England defender often endured a difficult relationship under the Portuguese, though he refused to be critical of the former Chelsea boss and is keen to look forward rather than back.”I thank Jose for what he did for the club and for me as a person and a player”, Shaw added.”I signed a new contract and I want to be playing every game and trying to help the team as much as possible. Hopefully, I keep playing games and keep myself in the team.”I haven’t had many injuries recently so that’s good. I need to stay fit and keep helping the team and maybe win a cup this season.”We are not where we want to be and not where we should be, so we have a very important second half of the season. Our aim is to get back into the top four because United without Champions League isn’t good. That’s where we want to be and what we are fighting for.”United are back in Premier League action on Wednesday evening as they take in a trip to Newcastle United, before opening their 2019 FA Cup campaign against Reading on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves fourth Ballon d’Or: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says star Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win his fourth Ballon d’Or, the award given to the best footballer of the year.”Cristiano has won so many awards, it is a great achievement for him. He is always doing well, I believe he deserves the fourth Ballon d’ Or,” Zidane said. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award for the fourth time)The 31-year-old Portuguese beat FC Barcelona’s Argentine maestro Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann to win the Ballon d’Or for the fourth time after 2008, 2013 and 2014, reports Xinhua.Last season, Ronaldo won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, as well as the European Championship with Portugal.Zidane spoke at the pre-match press conference of 2016 FIFA Club World Cup here on Wednesday before the semi-final clash between Real Madrid and Mexico’s Club America.”This will be a very important tournament for us,” the Frenchman said. “It is important to maintain our condition after such a long journey, the players are tired. (Also read: Taxing questions spoil Ballon d’Or win for Cristiano Ronaldo)”But after two days preparation, we are fully prepared for tomorrow’s match,” he added.The Real Madrid coach refused to give his possible starting 11, but he confirmed that defender Sergio Ramos would miss the semi-final.”I don’ t think he will play tomorrow,” said the 44-year-old. “He is not in a serious condition, but after a long journey, he is tired. I don’t want to take any risk, so I will take him out of the squad and keep him in the final,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Pongal celebrated; Jallikattu ban, drought dampens spirit

first_imgChennai, Jan 14 (PTI) Decorated earthern pots brimming with boiling rice, beating of drums and offering of sugarcane pieces to the Sun God at streets and temples marked the harvest festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu today.However, protests over banning of bull taming sport Jallikattu dampened the festive spirit in Madurai and the drought situation in Cauvery delta districts affected the celebratory mood there.Enthusiastic people across the state were seen preparing traditional food, offering prayers to the Sun God and using pots for boiling rice.Streets in both rural and urban areas of the state were decked up with designs made of flour (called Kolam in Tamil).”Samathuva Pongal” (Egalitarian, community Pongal) was celebrated in several towns by local people including the state capital.Residents converged in a common place and cooked Pongal (sweet rice made of jaggery with rice and milk, in a traditional mud pot) before offering it to the Sun God along with pieces of sugarcanes.State government-organised Pongal fests were also held in places including Nilgiris where several foreign tourists participated in the celebrations.However, anguished by the continuing ban on Jallikattu for the third year in a row, people in some villages in Madurai district observed the festival as “Black Pongal.”They hoisted black flags and held processions condemning PETA (an animal rights organisation) and demanded that the Centre take steps to conduct Jallikattu.Even “Eruthattam” (an event in which bulls take part) which was organised in connection with the festival, was not permitted, according to some jallikattu supporters.advertisementAficionados of the bull taming sport staged protests in some parts of Madurai district, leading to detention of 149 protesters.Venkatachalam, an organiser of Jallikattu, alleged that “excess police personnel” had been deployed at Avaniapuram, Alanganallur and Palamedu, much to the concern of people.In Cauvery Delta districts including Thanjavur, drought due to a failed monsoon and inadequate Cauvery water supplies coupled with suicides of 17 farmers (due to various reasons) had a bearing on the Pongal celebrations.Neelamegam, a Thanjavur resident, said as there was “no harvest, it was not a very happy Pongal.”He said in many places people had to make do with the free pongal gift comprising free rice and sugarcane pieces given by the government.Chief Minister O Panneerselvam celebrated Pongal and his 66th birthday today in his native Periakulam in Theni district. (MORE) PTI VGN BN SSN TVS BN ARKlast_img read more

Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed suspected to be arrested in England: Reports

first_imgPakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed has been arrested in England by the National Crime Agency in connection with the spot-fixing scandal that has engulfed the Pakistan Super League, according to reports in Pakistan media.The London-based National Crime Agency announced that the unnamed men in their thirties were held on Monday “as part of an ongoing investigation into international cricket match spot-fixing”. They were released on police bail until April pending further investigations.However, according to a report in Geo News, one of the arrested men was Jamshed.”Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council said that the arrested men were former Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed and a person named Yousuf, who is a suspect in the PSL spot-fixing investigation,” the report said.The arrests come after three players were suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board as part of its investigation into corruption in the Pakistan Super League.”As part of the ongoing investigation we are working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption units,” the National Crime Agency said on Tuesday. “The Pakistan Cricket Board has launched its own investigation which has resulted in the suspension of three players.”Jamshed, who has represented Pakistan’s national teams but is not part of any Pakistan Super League franchise, was suspended on Monday after being accused of breaching the PCB’s anti-corruption code.The other two suspended players – Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan – play for Islamabad United in the league which is being played in the United Arab Emirates.advertisementThe PCB has also questioned Zulfiqar Babar of Quetta Gladiators and Shazaib Hassan of Karachi Kings, who all are free to continue playing.(With inputs from Associated Press)last_img read more

Noida to be the Final Qualification Stop for MercedesTrophy

first_imgNoida, Feb 28 (PTI) Six golfers will qualify from the final round of India qualifiers of the Mercedes Trophy 2017 in Greater Noida for the National finals. Jaypee Greens Golf Resort will play host to the 12th leg and final qualification round of the event, which will see around 340 golfers tee off tomorrow. The National Finals will be held at Punes Oxford Golf Resort from March 15-17, 2017. Globally, Mercedes Trophy 2017 bears witness to participation of approximately 60,000 golfers from across 50 countries battling it out for the top prize, making it one of the worlds largest sporting events. The tournament so far has seen qualification of 34 golfers from the eleven legs held in Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Gurugram and Jaipur respectively. The Best Maintained Car winners will compete for a wild card entry to the India National Final. The 41 winners from the qualifying rounds being held in 12 cities ? Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Gurgaon & Greater Noida, will then compete at the National Finals in Pune next month. Three Winners from the National Finals will further progress to the Mercedes Trophy World Finals ? Stuttgart, Germany in September 2017, to compete against country specific edition winners from all over the world. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Elbow injuries rule out Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray from Miami Open

first_imgSerbia’s tennis star Novak Djokovic and Scot Andy Murray have been ruled out of the Miami Open, beginning from Wednesday, due to right elbow injuries to both.World No.2 Djokovic was the defending champion in the men’s singles category. He also won the title in Miami six times.”I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament. My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week,” Djokovic posted on Facebook on Sunday.”I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return on court as soon as possible,” he added.”Sadly, I won’t be able to defend my title in Miami this week. Believe me, it is as shocking to me, as it is to you. I had incredible run in Miami, I won there my first masters tournament and started my campaign towards the top of the world rankings.”Murray said in a release: “Sadly due to a right elbow injury, I won’t be playing in Miami. Apologies to the fans, it’s one of my favourite tournaments. The focus now is on getting ready for the clay season.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Vs Galaxy A5 2017: When size matters

first_imgSamsung recently launched the Galaxy C7 Pro in India. It also recently launched the Galaxy A5 2017 here. On a regular day, that would seem like good news for buyers, because the concept of more the merrier applies to smartphones like no other. Only, in the case of Samsung’s new phones, things are not that simple. While the Galaxy A5 2017 has been priced at Rs 28,990, the Galaxy C7 Pro will be available for buying at Rs 27,990.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro: Top specs, features, India price and everything you need to know While it’s clear that the company in question broadly has three premiere series of phones: the affordable J, the mid-tier A and the flagship S line-up, Samsung’s C-series has always been a little hard to understand. From my understanding, Samsung at this point of time, maybe looking to position it as a mid-tier flagship series for buyers who prefer a larger phablet form factor. This is because both the Galaxy C7 Pro and the previously launched Galaxy C9 Pro hover up and above the 5.5-inch standard. That equation will, however, change should Samsung launch the 5.2-inch Galaxy C5 Pro in the country anytime soon.For now, we can contend that, in the case of Galaxy C7 Pro and Galaxy A5 2017, size is one major differentiating factor, among other things.There’s little doubt that the A5 2017 has been designed from grounds up to offer a flagship Galaxy S7-kind of experience at a not so flagship Galaxy S7-kind of pricing. The phone, owing to its 5.2-inch compact form factor, looks ridiculously like the S7. If that wasn’t enough, it is almost as thin (7.9 mm) and as light-weight (157 gram) as Samsung’s top-tier phone. It shares its build materials, meaning, you get a healthy dose of 3D glass — Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front — and metal on the sides. Not to mention, the kind of curves — a la the S7 — that only a certain Samsung could have conjured. The only visible change that Samsung has brought about is in the positioning of the speaker grille. It lies on the right above the power button now. The new positioning ensures you don’t accidentally cover it with your hand — to muffle the sound — while watching videos and/or playing games in landscape mode.The Galaxy C7 Pro, in sharp contrast, is an all-metal phone with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) on the front. Samsung is touting the fact that although the Galaxy C7 Pro is a 5.7-inch phablet, it measures just 7mm in thickness, or rather thinness. The Galaxy C7 Pro is ridiculously slim. Also it weighs only 172 grams. One more differentiating aspect of the Galaxy C7 Pro, when compared with other all-metal phones, is its three lined antennas on the rear that add visual variety to the phone. The Galaxy C7 Pro, in contrast to the A5 2017, has its speaker out on the bottom edge much like how it is in most Samsung phones.Both the Galaxy C7 Pro and Galaxy A5 2017 have a front-mounted physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. While in the case of the A5 2017, it is mostly fast and accurate; in the case of the C7 Pro it is slow and rather inaccurate on most occasions. Both the phones come with USB Type-C for charging and data syncing purposes.The Galaxy A5 2017 also borrows two of the biggest highlights of the S7. It is IP68 certified for one, which makes it dust and water-resistant and also it comes with Samsung’s characteristic Always-on display that’s essentially a mobile screensaver housing time/calendar and notification alerts in a dimly-lit state at all times. The Galaxy A5 2017, in addition also supports Samsung Pay. The Galaxy C7 Pro isn’t IP68 certified, nor does it have an Always-on display. The Galaxy C7 Pro also doesn’t support Samsung Pay which is a little disappointing considering the price that it commands.While the Galaxy A5 2017 is a 5.2-inch phone, the Galaxy C7 Pro is a larger 5.7-inch phablet. Both the phones come with a 1080p Super AMOLED display and mete out exceptionally bright and punchy colours, as also some excellent viewing angles.The Galaxy A5 2017 is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 (8-core ARM Cortex-A53) processor clubbed with Mali-T830MP3 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The Exynos 7880 is Samsung’s in-house mobile chipset in line with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. “With advanced 14nm FinFET process technology, Exynos 7880 consumes up to 36 per cent less power than its predecessor built on 28nm HKMG process at the same performance level,” claims Samsung. The emphasis therefore lies on achieving greater thermal efficiency and longer battery life.The Galaxy C7 Pro, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The Snapdragon 626 is simply a pro (higher clocked) version of the Snapdragon 625. Although it would be difficult to spot the visible differences in processing output between the Galaxy C7 Pro and Galaxy A5 2017, there will be some differences. Although both the SoCs focus on achieving greater thermal efficiency and longer battery life, the Snapdragon 626 is at the end of the day a faster and more potent mobile processor compared to Samsung’s Exynos 7880 SoC. Also, the fact that the Galaxy C7 Pro ships with more RAM and double the storage, gives it an edge over the Galaxy A5 2017.Both the phones are dual-SIM and run the same Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI. Both the phones will b upgradable to Android Nougat because in the words of a top company executive, “Samsung always promises two upgrades for sure.”Both the Galaxy C7 Pro and Galaxy A5 2017 come with a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording on the rear. On the front, they (again) sport a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. So basically, both the phones have similar camera hardware. The camera app now comes with a very convenient Swipe UI that allows you to simply swipe up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras. Also, there’s an option to drag (and drop) the camera shutter button anywhere on the screen which is quite useful.While the Galaxy C7 Pro is backed by a 3,300mAh battery, the Galaxy A5 2017 comes with a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones have good battery life.So which one should you buy?advertisementadvertisementOn first look, the Galaxy A5 2017 appears to be a lot more about the style, courtesy its Galaxy S7-like design. The Galaxy C7 Pro, on the other hand, appears to be a lot more about the substance courtesy its more powerful processor, more RAM and double the internal memory. But, you should know, the Galaxy A5 2017 is no slouch either.Moreover, the Galaxy A5 2017 comes with a water-resistant body and has a dedicated slot for expandable memory.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A5, A7 2017 quick review: The cheaper Galaxy S7 that you always wanted Clearly, it all narrows down to the size that you’re looking to get. Both the phones, at the end of the day, offer quite the bang for the buck. While the Galaxy C7 Pro offers more raw power (and slightly better battery life), the Galaxy A5 2017 offers premium looks and IP68 certification. They are quite evenly matched, the Galaxy A5 2017 and the Galaxy C7 Pro. If you’re looking for an all glass and metal premium and water-proofing — and don’t mind the 5.2-inch form factor — the Galaxy A5 2017 would be a better buy. If you’re looking for a phablet, and a more powerful one at that, the Galaxy C7 Pro would be an ideal bet. advertisementlast_img read more

Science of Giving 3: Do people give more if it’s painful?

first_imgAll month, I’m blogging the fascinating book, The Science of Giving, which covers a range of seminal studies about giving psychology. Today’s topic: research by Christopher Olivola, an editor of the book, on the so-called martyrdom effect. This is a fun follow-up to my earlier posts on giving making us happy and comfy.The bottom line of this study is that people sometimes are most motivated to choose charitable giving involving significant pain and effort.Here are the key points:1. There is an economic, rational actor theory that says people only care about maximizing their own personal utility, not the utility of others. But that’s not true – people do give time and money to others. There are limits to self interest. So a model called “pareto hedonism” is considered more realistic – when people can make things better for themselves without decreasing benefits to others, they should.2. At the other extreme, there is a moral theory that the greatest collective good comes from everyone sacrificing as much time and money as possible. But that doesn’t happen either – there are limits to altruism. So a model called “pareto utilitarianism” is considered more realistic – that people should help others without decreasing benefits to themselves.3. BUT. The author says there’s actually a lot of research throwing both of these models into question. People actually often most value things that are really difficult to achieve. And people might even donate more when it’s painful. This is called the martyrdom effect — ie people will suffer for a cause they care about deeply, and they derive greater value and meaning from that painful effort. Olivola cites marathons and bike-a-thons, and he looked at some charity endurance event results. The bigger the effort put in by participants, the more they raised. And the more pain participants experienced, the more their friends were likely to give in support of them. Olivola also did a curious study wherein participants donated more to of their budgets to a charity if they were told giving required putting their hands in freezing cold water for a minute – than if they didn’t have to do that. OK, that’s weird. Don’t put dry ice in your end-of-year appeals. But you get the idea. When the pain had something to do with a cause that involves human suffering (like starvation, disease, etc.), vs. suffering for a kid’s park, it made more of a difference. Conclusion? Pareto hedonism doesn’t necessarily prove a match to reality.4. Does pareto utilitarianism prove out? This would suggest the most efficient ways of raising money are the best. A bike-a-thon is not efficient. And big events are a pricey way to raise money. The utilitarianism concept was further thrown in doubt by research showing how people reacted to two different ethical scenarios. A doctor runs a successful practice in Hollywood, earning $700,000/year and giving $20K to Doctors Without Borders to save 500 lives. Another doctor working for Doctors Without Borders in developing countries makes $18K/year and saves 200 lives. Which job choice is better? The guy who saves fewer lives, said the research subjects. The sacrifice mattered.5. So what does this mean for us? The study says:-If your cause focuses on human suffering, consider “painful effort fundraising” opportunities like fasting or a-thons. Don’t make them seem too impossible – near-death experiences are a deterrent – but challenging.-Also weigh the costs of these events and their impact on the cause. A big fancy endurance race may attract people but cost so much that less goes to a cause. Consider strenuous events that contribute to change – like rebuilding homes, picking up trash or packaging medical supplies.What do you think?last_img read more

How to win more grants for your cause

first_imgIn order to survive — and thrive — nonprofits need to diversify their funding sources. In addition to individual giving, grants are another piece of a well-rounded funding plan. Of course, the best way to succeed in getting grants for your organization is to have a solid plan in place for securing them. Creating a calendar, having a documented grantseeking process, and using a decision-making matrix can help you to identify the right grants for your organization.So, what if you don’t have a solid grants strategy in place? You’re in luck.Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will be our special guest at 1pm EDT on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 for Network for Good’s next free webinar, Building a Powerful Grants Strategy. Register for this free webinar on creating your grants strategy and make a plan for securing the right grants for your projects. I hope you’ll join this session — Cynthia is sharing useful worksheets and will be answering your questions to help you target and win the grants your nonprofit needs.last_img read more

Only 13% of people actually like work

first_imgThat’s not exactly a cheerful number.A Gallup report on the state of the workforce released last week revealed that just 13% of workers worldwide are “engaged” at work, meaning they “work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company.” That leaves 87% of working humanity either “checked out” or worse, “undermining what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”Compare these numbers with job satisfaction among freelancers and independent business owners: 90% of freelancers are happier than before they went solo, and 6 out of 10 say that doing work they love is their top reason for going freelance. While freelancing also has challenges and stressors traditional work doesn’t (like unreliable income), almost 75% of workers currently freelancing plan to continue to do so next year.Gallup not only measured worker satisfaction, but also the impact that worker’s attitude had on performance outcomes, like customer ratings, productivity, and profitability. As you might expect, engaged employees were 22% more profitable and 21% more productive than disengaged employees. Companies with an engaged workforce were found to have recovered from the recession at a faster rate in 2009.Freelancers can’t afford to be disengaged; they get new and repeat clients mainly through word-of-mouth, and that simply doesn’t happen if they aren’t committed to doing their best work. Based on the above data, their engagement translates to a great return-on-investment for the companies that hire them.As Millennials refuse to accept work situations they feel just “OK” about, we expect to see unhappy traditional workers pushing for changes in the workplace – or continuing to flock to freelancing.Did you start freelancing because you were unhappy at a traditional job?last_img read more

Volunteering is good for you, unusual ways to make freelance cash, and more!

first_img(Tolkien didn’t actually say that…as far as we know.)The World Cup has begun!Not a soccer fan? No worries. Since everyone will be gathered around the TV this weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity for you to catch up on all things freelance!Also, be sure to take 5 minutes to create a profile and fave a few people before Sunday at midnight! The winner will receive a free session with a freelance career coach!Clients & Gigs5 tips for writing an un-sucky bio and About me page: Creating an About page on your website will help potential clients get to know you and feel more confident about your capabilities, even before you’ve chatted.What’s the best country in the world for women entrepreneurs?: Interested to see how your country stacked up?Unusual ways to make more money freelancing: Looking for some extra income? Check this out!What’s your not-getting-paid story?: Think you’re the only one that’s had a run-in with a deadbeat client? Think again.How to be your own HR manager: You are the creative engine, the accountant, and the marketing manager all rolled into one.How one freelancer turned her hobby into a book deal: Interested in parlaying a blog into a book deal? Look no further.YouTube is about to make it easier for you to make money: Have you ever watched a viral YouTube video and thought to yourself, “I could make that”?CreativityAre you happier when you’re creating?: Have you ever been so deep into a creative project that the rest of the world falls away?Why multitasking is terrible for your business: Here’s why you should put “focused do-er” rather than “multitasker” on your resume.Walking is good for your brain, study says: Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that can get our brains back on track.6 awesome mugs to get you through the next gig: Behind every freelancer is a great mug.Need a creative jolt? Put yourself in someone else’s shoes: It turns out that being others-focused yields more creative results.How I survive without coffee: Who knew that living without coffee was even possible! Did you?New MutualismWhy fans (not moguls) should own sports: Did you know that many sports franchises around the world are co-operatively by their fans?Think urban hipsters are the only ones consuming less? Think again: It’s not just the hipsters. It’s everywhere!Quote of the week:”If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” – J. R. R. Tolkien— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) June 7, 2014last_img read more

Ankur Mittal wins silver in men’s double trap at World Shotgun Championship

first_imgIndia’s Ankur Mittal won silver medal in the men’s double trap event at the ongoing ISSF World Shotgun Championship on Tuesday.In the junior category, 17-year-old Ahvar Rizvi also won a silver medal in the same event.In the men’s event, Mittal scored 66 points as he maintained his lead till the final four shots when Russia’s Vitaly Fokeev took over, eventually winning the event with 68 points. He had scored 145 points to finish first in the qualifiers.Sangram Dahiya ended in 20th place with 135, while Md. Asab came in 23rd with 133 hits in the qualifying round.The trio combined for a fifth spot in the Team category with 413 points, where Italy won gold with 418.In the junior men’s double trap team event, India won the gold with a combined score of 401. Italy won silver with 389 and China bronze with 387.In the individual final, Ahvar carried his shoot-off momentum and shot brilliantly to lead for right till the end, but lost the gold medal in the last two targets to talented Briton James Dedman.Ahvar finished with 66 out of 80 targets with Dedman a point ahead on 67. Dedman won bronze in the senior category at the New Delhi World Cup stage event earlier this year, as well as a Junior World Cup gold very recently in Italy.Shardul was the first to bow out of the final in sixth position, shooting 19 targets out of the first 30.Italy is on top of the medal table so far with six gold medals and a total of 11 medals. India is in fourth spot with one gold and two silver medals. The men’s and women’s skeet competitions now remain.advertisementlast_img read more

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