Ish Sodhi loves how MS Dhoni slows down and controls T20 cricket matches

first_img Press Trust of India ChandigarhApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 13:09 IST New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi thinks Dhoni’s ability to slow down a T20 match is something everybody shoudl learn (PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni understands how to slow down the pace of T20 cricket matches, says Ish SodhiHe said that this strategy might not help win each game but allows for consistencySodhi wants to put up good performances for RR and New Zealand for a long period of timeMahendra Singh Dhoni’s ability to control match situations by slowing down the pace of T20 games is something that everyone should learn, feels Rajasthan Royals’ New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.Twenty20 cricket has its own speed and Dhoni blessed with a superb cricket brain has shown how trying tweak the pace of the proceedings helps.”I think mental clarity on one’s role is very important. The ability to slow the game right down and that’s something that I am starting to really respect and understand watching MS Dhoni when he plays, looks like he really slows the game down, understands exactly what he needs to do and then goes out and tries to achieve that,” Sodhi told PTI during an interview.He said that it may not be possible to win every game in that fashion but it does help in at least setting it up for the rest.”Players may not win you every single game like that but they will come quite close and put up consistent performances.”Consistency separates good from the best and it comes with a clear mindset, feels Sodhi, who has played 17 Tests, 30 ODIs and 33 T20 Internationals for New Zealand”I suppose consistency comes from a really clear mindset. That’s what we are striving for as cricketers, it’s nice to contribute once in a while, that’s amazing to contribute to wins. But contributing over a long period of time, I think is what separates the class players from the world class players.”Despite a combined 123 international wickets across three formats, Sodhi feels that he is inexperienced.advertisement”I being 26 years old, I have played a lot of cricket, but I am still a reasonably inexperienced person and so I am looking to keep growing my game. I want to put up good performances for Rajasthan Royals, put performances for New Zealand over long periods of time. I just don’t want to do it tomorrow or the day after, but I want to do it for a long period,” said Sodhi.With World Cup coming ahead, Sodhi when asked how challenging it is for players to manage and remain match-fit, Sodhi said training hard is the key.”I have been working with some very good coaches who help me tremendously over the past couple of years as well. I am just making most of my time, I am trying to keep improving and get better in these conditions, see what I can use in these conditions here that will be helpful for me in UK as well,” he said.Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Ish SodhiFollow DhoniFollow MS DhoniFollow T20 cricket Ish Sodhi loves how MS Dhoni slows down and controls T20 cricket matchesSodhi feels Dhoni is blessed with the ability to understand a T20 game and slow it down as required.advertisementlast_img read more

Animated Documentary To Premiere

first_imgA Nova Scotia film consortium breaks new ground this weekend whena one-hour animated documentary on fairies premieres on Canadiantelevision. Fairy Folio, a co-production of Ghostship Animation Studios Inc.and Eco-Nova Productions, airs on Sunday, April 11, at 1 p.m. onthe CTV network. Dartmouth animator Frank Forrestall says the documentary was achallenge from several perspectives. Artists painted the originalcharacters, using their imaginations to create images of theethereal subject matter. But those creative images then had to betransformed into “living” creatures using the time-consuming andstructured processes of animation. And then there was the topic itself. “Calling it a documentary isa bit tongue in cheek,” said Mr. Forrestall. “This is really aneducational film but it does what any good documentary does, ittries to educate people. It shows people that fairies are not thefriendly creatures we expect them to be thanks to literature.” While animation may be the specialty of Forrestall’s Ghostshipstudios, the animated format is a new twist for Eco-NovaProductions. That metro-based firm specializes in moretraditional documentary films and television series associatedwith the underwater world, including the popular The Sea Huntersseries that has been sold to 180 countries. Eco-Nova founder John Davis said the Halifax-based company nowhas unique partnerships with several film specialists like Mr.Forrestall. “This incubation/co-operative model helps each groupproduce its own shows, thereby helping to develop and expand thelocal film industry,” said Mr. Davis. “It also means that, as acollective, we can bring together about 90 per cent of the skillswe need to complete a production.” Such a co-operative spirit is part of what makes the project sounique, said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia FilmDevelopment Corporation, which helped finance Fairy Folio with anoriginal equity investment. “We are proud to be able to supportemerging talent like Frank Forrestall and to partner withproducers like John Davis who help create innovative models likethis. These young entrepreneurs are the successful filmmakers ofthe future.” Nova Scotians can get a preview of the fairies that will befeatured in the animated documentary during an art show and saleof the original character paintings on Saturday, April 10 at 7p.m. at Argyle Fine Arts, Historic Properties, Halifax.last_img read more

Canada Day store hours

first_imgNova Scotians are reminded that most retail businesses and stores will be closed Monday, July 2. Because July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, federal legislation requires the Canada Day holiday be observed the next day, Monday, July 2. Canada Day is a listed retail closing day under the provincial Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, which requires that certain establishments be closed for business on designated holidays. Businesses and services such as small grocery stores and drug stores, gas stations, and food and beverage establishments are exempt from the retail closing day rules. For a complete list of exemptions, visit .last_img read more

UK Stars Record Album To Mark 100th Anniversary Of WWI

first_imgThe British Prime Minister, comedians, soap stars, Hollywood actors and the cast of War Horse, are brought together in an extraordinary album of spoken word and music, marking the most haunting moments of the First World War.The unprecedented line-up, which includes Eastenders’ star Danny Dyer, Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean, Cold Feet star John Thomson, comedian Sarah Millican and broadcasters James Naughtie and Stephen Fry, will forge new links to the valour of the most courageous heroes of the First World War.Following months of painstaking research, The Royal British Legion and the Victoria Cross Trust also tracked down descendants of a group of Victoria Cross recipients, who join the celebrity line-up for a unique collection of recordings compiled to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the War in 1914.The Prime Minister, David Cameron has recorded The Soldier by Rupert Brooke while Danny Dyer reads In Memoriam by Ewart Alan Mackintosh. Cold Feet star John Thomson reads Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est, Sarah Millican reads Amy Lowell’s haunting sonnet From One Who Stays, TV historian Dan Snow reads Owen’s Futility. Also featured are recordings of Radio 4’s Today programme presenter Jim Naughtie reading For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, Sean Bean reading Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen and Stephen Fry reading In Flanders Fields by John McCrae. The readings are set to music, such as instrumental versions of Abide With Me, The Day Thou Gavest and I Vow to Thee, My Country.It is, however, the contribution of the descendants of the First World War Victoria Cross heroes which forms the most moving centrepiece of the album. Recording engineers at Decca’s studios carefully pieced together each of the ten descendants voices to record a special version of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields. They have, in turn, each paid a personal tribute to their relative’s heroism, creating a priceless moment of audio history.The album also features vintage music from the time, recorded by The Central Band of The Royal British Legion who recreated the sounds and atmosphere of classic tracks such as It’s a long way to Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires Burning (sung by soprano Laura Wright) and Pack up your Troubles. Also featured is a bugle that was played on the battlefields of Belgium and France, and can be heard here on the ‘Last Post’ fanfare. The track Only Remembered from the stage version of War Horse was recorded especially for this album by the cast.The album is a “truly unique and painstaking collaboration” according to Royal British Legion Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne. Decca, part of the Universal Music Group, have gone to “extraordinary lengths” to ensure the sounds and music captured in 2014 would become vivid testimony of the tragedy of a century ago. “We are also very grateful to the Victoria Cross Trust for their great dedication in helping source descendants of those whose selfless courage was recognised with the VC.“The poetry borne of the struggles of the First World War captured so hauntingly the trauma experienced by a generation of young men. Poets such as John McCrae and Wilfred Owen express this tragedy in a manner that only those who have seen it first-hand can describe. This album will help keep these moments alive for future generations.”Mr Byrne added that any donations, made by Decca from album proceeds, to The Royal British Legion, would go towards meeting the £230,000 spent every day by the Legion in helping and supporting present-day Service personnel and their families.Victor Harbige, 57 from Ashford, Kent – one of the VC descendants that contributed to the In Flanders Fields recording said: “It means so much to me and my family to be a part of this. It’s brilliant that The Royal British Legion have given us this opportunity to tell our families’ stories. We – as a family – are so proud of my Great Grandfather Arthur, but we have to remember that he was just one hero, there were millions more who took part in that awful war and each one of them is a hero too.”Victor is the Great Grandson of Arthur Henry Cross VC. Lance Corporal Cross received the VC on 25 March 1918 in Ervillers, France when he volunteered to make a reconnaissance of two machine-guns which had been captured by the enemy. Heading out alone into no-man’s-land, he came across the enemy trench. Armed only with a revolver, Lance Corporal Cross forced seven of the enemy to surrender and subsequently marched them back to the British lines forcing them to carry the captured guns, tripods and ammunition. Handing over the prisoners, Lance Corporal Cross collected a team of soldiers to man the re-captured guns which he immediately brought into action, by destroying a heavy counter-attack by the enemy.Recalling his Great Grandfather’s account of the contact, Victor said: “I don’t remember an awful lot about my Great Grandfather, but I do remember him telling about how he won his medal, he said: ‘Look. They nicked my guns and I wanted them back. Simple.’”The album is entitled ‘Forever’ and is available to pre-order now. Find out more here.Source:Royal British Legionlast_img read more

Selena Gomez Under Fire for ‘Pray for Gaza’ Post

Fez – US Pop Star, Selena Gogmez is under fire for making her opinion known on the raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The young star posted a picture on her Instagram calling the world to pray for Gaza.Following Rihanna, Selena Gomez is the latest celebrity to voice sympathy towards Palestinians suffering under Israel’s brutal assault of Gaza.On Friday, The 21-year-old star posted an image on Instagram, which stated, “It’s About Humanity. Pray for Gaza.” “Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what’s important in life. It’s not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change. #wearethenextgeneration,” she wrote in the caption. The “Pray for Humanity” post has received 620,000 likes to date, but that doesn’t mean all of the pop star’s fans agree with her. While many of her fans praised her post, the singer was attacked by pro-Israeli fans who threatened to unfollow her for seemingly supporting Gaza’s side.Later, she tried to mend it by posting a photo of someone meditating on a beach. Her caption states, “of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”Selena Gomez is not the only celebrity to face criticism for voicing sympathy towards Gaza.  Last week, Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” then deleted it 8 minutes later, after receiving harsh criticism. Rihanna claims she never meant to tweet #FreePalestine.Edited by Sahar Kian read more

Ban Kimoon welcomes outcome of international meeting on Darfur situation

19 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “constructive outcome” of a well-attended international meeting on the situation in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “constructive outcome” of a well-attended international meeting on the situation in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.The Special Envoys tasked with re-energizing the Darfur peace process – Salim Ahmed Salim of the African Union (AU) and Jan Eliasson of the UN – convened the two-day meeting in Tripoli, Libya, from 15 to 16 July.“The meeting reconfirmed the strong international support for the AU/UN leadership role in negotiations towards a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Darfur,” Mr. Ban said through his spokesperson.The participants at the gathering – attended by 18 nations and organizations, including Chad, China, Libya, Norway, Russia, Sudan, the United States, the European Union and the League of Arab States – pledged their unequivocal support and commitment to the AU/UN-led Darfur peace process, in partnership with regional leaders.Next month, the two Special Envoys will convene another meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, after which invitations will be issued to the parties to commence political negotiations later in August.Expressing his determination to “move forward expeditiously” with carrying out the Darfur political process roadmap, Mr. Ban strongly called on “all parties to engage in good faith in forthcoming political negotiations in order to achieve lasting peace and bring this terrible tragedy to an end.”Mr. Eliasson has just wrapped up a visit to Sudan, where he met with Government authorities, representatives of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and civil society groups, as well as with UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities.He told reporters in Khartoum today that he has been assured by the Government and a “great majority” of the non-signatories – with the exception of “one dissenting voice” – that they are prepared to enter negotiations.“This is the hope for change among the population and we hope that this opportunity will not be missed,” the Special Envoy said at the headquarters of the UN Mission in Sudan, known as UNMIS.“We will keep the door open for those who may not want to enter this process, but we hope that they will understand that time is of essence and we need to move soon,” he added.Mr. Eliasson stressed that he and his AU counterpart, Mr. Salim, have made great effort to bolster ties with civil society and representatives of IDP camps, as the two do not want this to be a “process that is driven from the top to the bottom.”He also noted that at the upcoming Arusha meeting in August, he and Mr. Salim will “require from all a cessation of hostilities, as we have already from the Government and… begin normalization of the situation and preparations for the negotiations.” read more

Exxon 2Q Earnings Snapshot

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $3.13 billion.The Irving, Texas-based company said it had profit of 73 cents per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Exxon does not adjust its reported results based on one-time events such as asset sales. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share.The oil and natural gas company posted revenue of $69.09 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $65.76 billion.Exxon shares have increased slightly more than 6% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 18%. The stock has dropped nearly 10% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on XOM at Associated Press read more

Brock grad used OMalley lecture to launch career in law

A last-minute decision to enter a case competition turned out to be one of the best experiences of Shirin Makhkamova’s time as a Brock University student.Makhkamova (BA ’14) entered the 2013 Terry O’Malley Lecture and Grant Dobson Case Competition on the recommendation of her marketing lecturer, Sharon Broderick.Created by St. Catharines native and advertising icon Terry O’Malley, the O’Malley lecture honours his legacy as one of the most legendary creative talents in modern Canadian advertising. For the past 16 years, the lecture series has exposed Brock students to some of North America’s top marketing and business communicators.This year’s O’Malley Lecture will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. This year’s lecturers are Peter Ignazi and Carlos Moreno from Cosette, which was behind the highly successful SickKids ‘VS’ campaign launched in 2016.Broderick introduced Makhkamova to O’Malley four years ago when she took part in the lecture and case competition.“When I first met Terry, I was incredibly nervous as I knew how accomplished he was as a marketing professional,” Makhkamova says. “Thankfully, he was encouraging, kind and curious about my studies. I’m still to this day thankful that we made that initial connection and have remained friends.”Makhkamova, now in her final year studying law at the University of Michigan, is looking forward to her graduation next spring when O’Malley and his wife will be there to congratulate her.“Majoring in communications at Brock opened doors for me that prepared me for law school and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I am doing now without what I learned at Brock,” she says.The smaller class sizes and close relationships she developed with her professors while studying here allowed Makhkamova the opportunity to explore what her strengths were and improve upon her weaknesses, which prompted her to attend law school.“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and wouldn’t have considered becoming a lawyer if it wasn’t for Terry O’Malley and my professors. Having people encourage you to consider all your options was reassuring,” she says.Makhkamova encourages students attending the lecture and case competition this year to know their worth and says, “don’t underestimate yourself as an undergraduate student. Make sure you consider all your options.”The Dobson competition this year focuses on the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, which raises money, awareness and creates education programs to combat brain-aging diseases that affect women.Lynn Posluns and JoAnne Korten, the Initiative’s founder and executive director, respectively, will be at the Dobson event, marking the first time the subjects of the case competition being contested by Brock students will be on hand to observe.The O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising will follow at 7:30 p.m. in Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre.Complimentary tickets to the event are still available for faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community through the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film website. What: 17th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and AdvertisingWhen: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityWho: Free tickets available to faculty, staff, students and the Niagara community read more

New Certificate in Labour Studies offers flexibility for students

Starting this fall, Brock students can earn a Certificate in Labour Studies on campus or online, through full- or part-time study.The Department of Labour Studies is excited to offer this new way to equip diverse students with a foundational understanding of workplace issues, from workers’ rights and labour relations, to the changing world of work.“Through our significant social media following and interactions with labour unions, community groups and front-line workers, we have received many requests for online learning opportunities,” explains department Chair Kendra Coulter. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver.”The online and part-time options available provide certificate students with the flexibility to take courses that reflect or expand on their interests and goals. Those working full-time, living around Ontario or across Canada, and who would otherwise not be able to complete a full degree, can deepen their knowledge and build new skills with a Certificate in Labour Studies.Brock is committed to expanding the learning opportunities available to different learners, and the Labour Studies Department is seizing this opportunity to reach new students.“Our department is widely recognized as innovative and dynamic. We have award-winning faculty members with distinct and complementary areas of expertise, and engaging courses, some of which are unique in the world,” says Coulter.“The certificate makes it possible for many different kinds of people to be able to gain from our strengths and develop their own abilities.”In addition to its many on-campus courses, the department will offer online options each semester. Courses will also be available during the spring and summer sessions to accommodate year-round learning.Students can begin a Certificate in Labour Studies during the fall, winter or spring terms. There is no fixed deadline, but prospective students are encouraged to apply at least two months prior to the start of a term. The online option begins in September.Details on the Certificate in Labour Studies are available online.Potential students are invited to contact the University’s Recruitment and Liaison team for more information. read more

Undercover policemans son sues force after discovering his father was an officer

first_imgThe man says officers supervising Lambert were at fault for deploying him as they did and for allowing his role to continue after he had fathered a child. The claimant seeks compensation for, among other things, the Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood which he says he suffered as a result of finding out that his father was not a political activistMr Justice Nicol 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. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is being sued by the undercover officer’s sonCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Mr Justice Nicol added: “The claimant seeks compensation for, among other things, the Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood which he says he suffered as a result of finding out that his father was not a political activist but a police officer, from Lambert purporting to assume a father’s role under a false identity and from Lambert abandoning his parental role towards him and relying upon a false explanation.”The man has alleged misfeasance in public office and negligence. He says the commissioner had a responsibility for Mr Lambert and supervising officers. His son lost contact with him until his role as an undercover police officer was revealed about five years ago.Justice Nicol referred to the man as “TBS” in his ruling and to the man’s mother as “Jacqui”.He said the man’s mother launched a separate damages claim four years ago and received £425,000 following a settlement.”The claimant was born in September 1985,” said Mr Justice Nicol in his ruling. “His mother was a political activist who is referred to as ‘Jacqui’. His father was Bob Lambert.”Lambert was an undercover police officer who, using the pseudonym Bob Robinson, pretended to share Jacqui’s political views and formed a relationship with her which resulted in the claimant’s birth.” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick But he said the man’s father was an undercover police officer named Bob Lambert who used the pseudonym “Bob Robinson” when working undercover. He said the man’s mother had been a political activist.Mr Lambert pretended to share the woman’s political views during the mid-1980s and “formed a liaison”, which resulted in the man’s birth.He “purported to fulfil” a “father’s role” until 1988, when he “pretended that he had to leave to avoid prosecution”, said Mr Justice Nicol. A man who says he suffered a depressive illness as a result of discovering his father was an undercover police officer rather than a political activist has won the latest round of a High Court compensation battle with the Metropolitan Police.The 32-year-old sued Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, arguing that the force head was responsible for his father and the officers supervising him.But lawyers representing the force asked a judge to dismiss the man’s claim entirely – arguing that there were “no reasonable grounds”. Mr Justice Nicol on Monday refused to take such a step.The judge said the man might win compensation if he demonstrated that supervising officers had failed to provide a “duty of care” they owed him.Mr Justice Nicol, who analysed the issue at a High Court hearing in London in October, has not named the man in a written ruling.last_img read more

Offaly great who set up the most famous goal in the GAA

first_imgYouTube: kilkennyfootballO’Connor is survived by his wife Maria, sons Mark, Thomas, Matthew, Luke and Andrew, daughter Emily, mother Nanette, sister Marian McGee and his brothers Murt and Tomás.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.Video: Cracking goal by Marc Ó Sé in club match for An Ghaeltacht yesterdayKerry’s Eoin Brosnan announces his inter-county football retirement FORMER OFFALY FOOTBALLER Liam O’Connor, who set up the most famous goal in GAA history, has passed away at the age of 58.O’Connor was a member of the Offaly team that defeated Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland senior football final and it was his pass that set up Seamus Darby for the match-winning goal which ended the Kingdom’s five-in-a-row dreams.O’Connor played for the Walsh Island club and was a member of the famous Connor football family. His brother Tomás played in the 1982 team alongside him, as did his cousins Richie and Matt.In ‘Kings of September’ – Michael Foley’s book about that iconic game – O’Connor describes his pass:‘I could say it was a pinpoint pass but it was just a case of getting it up and into the forwards. That was when the stamina stood to us, that you were up there and able to take a ball. We weren’t going to lose because of fitness.’last_img read more

Before And After Images Detail Harvey Destruction To Coast

first_img Share To view the interactive satellite images, click here. The Landsat 8 image from August 19 shows the area before the storm hit while Landsat 7 passed over the same area on September 12 to show the flooded Brazos River.Information and satellite images provided by The U.S. Geological Survey . – / 2center_img The U.S. Geological Survey  released Landsat satellite images that show the coastal change from flooding that Hurricane Harvey’s historic rains produced.Harvey’s storm surges set a number of records in Texas streams and rivers, with 40 streamgages measuring record highs and more than 80 streamgages recording water levels at or above flood stage – the point at which water can start overflowing banks – on 21 rivers, streams and bayous.Included in the waterways that exceeded flood stage was the Brazos River, which flows west of Houston into the Gulf of Mexico.The hurricane’s eye made landfall in Rockport, Texas, and this before and after Landsat image clearly shows shoreline retreat on barrier islands caused by Harvey’s storm surge.last_img read more

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Online Payroll Provider

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » October 7, 2013 2. What is your pricing structure? The majority of online payroll providers charge a base monthly subscription fee, which can generally range between approximately $12 per month to upwards of $200 per month, depending on the breadth of services you opt for. On top of your monthly fee, you can also expect to pay anywhere between $1.50 and $5 per month per employee.Several providers offer free trials, which typically range from one to two months in duration. That way you can test-drive the service before committing your hard-earned cash.3. How will I get set up? Once you decide on and sign up with an online payroll vendor, you should be able to immediately log in to your user dashboard, configure your account, and add employees and users. You should also have the ability to access your account and run payroll from any internet-enabled device, including your laptop, tablet or smartphone.4. How does your service handle payroll taxes? In addition to payroll processing services, a good online payroll service should also handle all of your payroll tax compliance needs accurately and on time, Reeves says. That includes federal and state income and unemployment tax and state unemployment insurance.The vendor should also process your year-end 1099 and W-2 forms for your employees.Reeves cautions that business owners should be “wary of providers that charge extra fees for calculating, paying and filing your payroll taxes or require you to go into their applications to do all of these actions on your own.”Instead, he suggests seeking out a full-service provider that can take care of all of your government tax compliance requirements, including state and federal tax payments, quarterly and annual filings — automatically and paperlessly — with no actions required on your end.5. How secure is your service? Being completely confident that your company’s private accounting information stays out of the hands of hackers is paramount when it comes to storing your sensitive, critical payroll data in the cloud. You’ll want to verify that vendors keep data safe using the highest encryption standards available, including something called 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard encryption, which helps defend against login and password theft.Most modern online payroll solutions leverage the same security technology that online banking services use, Reeves says. All of your account information, including passwords, social security numbers and personally identifiable information should also be protected by firewalls and two-factor authentication. Additionally, it should be continuously backed up to multiple secure locations throughout the day, every day to ensure that your information is available no matter what.6. Where is your data center and how safe is it? It’s important to know how a potential online payroll provider protects its data centers — which will hold your sensitive financial information — from break-ins and natural disasters.They should have multiple layers of security, including biometric scanning for controlled access, as well as keycard, retina scan and PIN number restrictions. Also, security cameras should monitor all of the provider’s locations around-the-clock, along with onsite staff to protect against unauthorized entry.7. What customer support services do you offer? Business owners should expect live, real-person support via email, phone and chat, in addition to detailed online FAQs and tutorials, Reeves says. If you expect 24/7 customer service, even on holidays, be sure to ask if the vendor can accommodate that.However, if you’re calling a support line on a regular basis, then that means the product is not doing its job, Reeves warns. “If you choose an online payroll solution that’s designed to be simple and has an easy-to-use interface, payroll should just work.”8. Will my employees and contractors be able to access their payroll information? They absolutely should be able to, without exception. Online payroll providers usually give employees and contractors personal portals where they can access their pay stubs, Reeves says.ZenPayroll, for example, offers employees self-onboarding, lifetime employee accounts so they can access their pay details forever, and the ability to edit their own employee details.9. Will I be able to integrate my existing accounting systems with yours? Most online payroll solutions should quickly, seamlessly integrate with today’s most widely used small-business accounting software systems, such as Sage 50, Xero  and Quicken.You should be able to connect your existing accounting software directly from your online payroll provider’s user dashboard. Once it’s integrated, you won’t have to manually enter or reconcile payroll again.10. Can your service scale up to meet my business needs? Your payroll needs will grow proportionate to your business and staff growth, so you’ll want to make sure that your online payroll vendor offers the ability to add additional users and employees to your account.To ensure that the vendor can handle your needs over the long haul, ask which added services can be offered over time and for how much. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The use of traditional, painstakingly manual payroll systems are on the decline, and for good reason — they’re repetitive, complicated and prone to human error.If you’re tired of slogging your way through payroll by hand, it might be time pass the tedious task off to an automated online service. Switching to a cloud-based payroll solution can reduce costs, minimize mistakes and free you up to focus on growing your business, says Joshua Reeves, co-founder and chief executive of ZenPayroll, a cloud-based payroll solution provider headquartered out of San Francisco.Here are 10 essential questions to ask when shopping for the right online payroll provider for your company’s needs:1. What specific payroll services do you provide? There are more than a dozen cloud-based payroll services to choose from, with additional providers arriving on the market relatively often. To choose a service that’s a strong fit for your company, identify your specific payroll requirements and search for a vendor that delivers everything you need.Most of the leading cloud-based payroll providers, including Intuit QuickBooks, ADP, PAYCHEX and ZenPayroll, for example, provide an array of automated online payroll services, complete with access to a range of customized, one-click accounting reports.A reputable, full-service vendor should provide the following: Pay hourly, salary and contract employees via direct deposit. Some vendors enable you to print paychecks on site as well. Others, including PAYCHEX and ProPayroll, can also mail printed checks to you. Handle new employee reporting. Track paid time off (PTO) accrual and use, including vacation and sick days. File accuracy-guaranteed payroll taxes. Deduct benefits, including health and insurance benefits. Deduct 401(k), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions. Handle various earnings and deductions, like bonuses, reimbursements, commission, tips and garnishments. 6 min readlast_img read more

MedLever and Hong Kong Sanatorium Partner to Streamline Proton Therapy Workflow

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more September 27, 2017 — MedLever Inc. recently announced the launch of a comprehensive agreement with the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) to use the MedLever Platform to enable interoperability and streamline workflow for proton therapy delivery. MedLever and HKSH are working together to develop the information backbone to support the magnetic resonance (MR)-guided proton therapy solution being developed at HKSH. Additionally, MedLever will support the information management needs for conventional patient setup incorporating MR imaging. The solution will be first deployed in the conventional therapy department to enable simplified workflow, effective connectivity and data exchange among multiple systems.The novel setup room methodology developed by the HKSH and supported by the MedLever Platform improves efficiency and patient throughput. By joining forces, MedLever and the HKSH are building an infrastructure solution to enable interoperability among disparate imaging and therapy modalities including MR, conventional X-ray, computed tomography (CT) and photon/proton treatment delivery systems from several vendors.Image-guided patient positioning in the setup room using the MedLever Platform improves patient throughput significantly and permits the flexible use of different imaging modalities including MRI. Ben Yu, Ph.D., head, medical physics and research at HKSH stated that “one of the keys of success is the capability to transfer data between setup room, gantry room and the treatment planning system. We are delighted to have MedLever working with us on this project and making MR-guided radiation therapy using the setup room possible.”“We wanted a vendor that had experience with Mosaiq and demonstrated development flexibility to adapt to our changing needs here at HKSH,” added George Chiu, M.D., head, radiotherapy. “MedLever has demonstrated the willingness to listen and the flexibility to change throughout our pilot project. We look forward to further collaborations between MedLever and HKSH in enhancing our patient care.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). 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New African art wows international collectors

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The sculptor and painter Ben Enwonwu, considered a pioneer of modern art in Nigeria, was the first African commissioned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to do a bust, for which she sat during a 1956 visit to the West African nation.Works by the now deceased Enwonwu and Anatsui were the best sellers at Bonham’s “Africa Now!” auction in May, breaking new records, according to Peppiatt.A wooden sculpture by Anatsui sold for $100,000 and one of Enwonwu’s iconic slender bronze figures fetched $118,000.Olatunji, the budding artist, said he likes to represent ordinary people with the tribal markings that are becoming a thing of the past.“It can be the young girl selling water, a fleeting glance at someone in the street, then I fashion a story around them,” he said, describing his desire to capture “the morphological characteristics” he sees from years of studying faces.To create the haunting portraits he uses shavings from charcoal and pastel chalks. Working on a piece of paper covering half a wall, he turns on some jazz and dances around his new work.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall For a century, African art was belittled. As late as 1994, poet and writer Okwui Enwezor bemoaned the fact that “The most enduring myth of all … is the specious assertion by many in the Western art establishments, that there really is no such thing as modern art from Africa.”Enwezor, a Nigerian, this year became the first African to curate the Venice Biennale.Honored there was El Anatsui, the Ghanaian-born rock star of African art who has long lived in Nigeria and received the Gold Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Anatsui’s work, spanning a nearly 50-year career as a sculptor and art professor, won international acclaim at the 2007 Biennale when he draped the facade of the Palazzo Fortuny with a magisterial glimmer from thousands of whisky bottle caps stitched together with copper wire.Using recycled materials linked to liquor, which played an important role in the economy of the slave trade, Anatsui has created works that resemble Ghana’s royal kente cloth, carrying a complicated message typical of African art.Art has always been an integral part of African life, from elaborate pottery, wooden masks sometimes worked with beads or beaten bronze to fabrics of hand-woven silks, linens and cottons colored with plant dyes. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for mencenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   ILE-IFE, Nigeria (AP) — Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars.This 24-year-old’s success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art.“It’s the new ‘Scramble for Africa,’ no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art,” said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham’s in London. “It’s a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa,” he said.Nigeria, with the continent’s largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of established and up-and-coming painters, sculptors, printmakers, potters, photographers, glass and bead workers and batik masters.Olatunji struggled through art school, with help from his mother, who runs a small grocery stall from her home. He managed to sell some portraits. “But some days, I went to college on an empty stomach,” he told The Associated Press at his apartment-studio in Ile-Ife, a city about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lagos, the commercial capital, that is one of several art centers in Nigeria.The artistic success of this West African nation better known as the continent’s biggest oil producer is no surprise to Adhiambo Odaga, who promoted the work of Nigerian artists when she headed the country office of the Ford Foundation.“It’s all part of the ‘Africa rising’ narrative and I don’t think you should divorce it from the increasing interest in investment in Africa,” she said. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Up Up and Away More airlines resume services to Europe

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Qantas resumed flights to and from Europe late last night after six days of cancellations caused by ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Two Australian-bound Qantas aircraft were kept on the tarmac at Heathrow last night after the airline received reports of a “significant meteorological report” of ash on the proposed flight path. One flight, QF30 to Melbourne was cancelled while the second, QF32 to Sydney via Singapore was due to depart 12:05pm local time and took off this morning after an 11 hour delay. Qantas flight QF6 from Frankfurt via Singapore touched at Sydney Airport this morning at 5:43am.The carrier is expected to resume normal schedules services from Australia to Europe today and passengers booked on QF9, QF5, QF31, QF1 and QF29 are confirmed for travel. The airline has estimated that it will take two to three weeks to clear the backlog of passengers.Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the airline has applied for extra landing slots at London’s Heathrow and Frankfurt’s airport to help around 15,500 passengers affected by the closures.”We are working on providing supplementary services to help clear the backlog and we will let our customers know as soon as possible,” he said. Mr Joyce said the cancellations were unlikely to have a big effect on full-year earnings, which is predicted to be between $300 million and $400 million this financial year. ”It won’t affect our earnings forecast,” Mr Joyce said. ”It’s five days of our operations not occurring into Europe, at between $1.5 million and $2 million [a day].” Mr Joyce said the airline has spent $700,000 a day “out of its own pocket” to assist the 2000 stranded Qantas passenger with accommodation and other needs. Qantas generates about 11% of its revenue from European flights, significantly less than its key regional rivals Singapore Airlines at 21%, Cathay Pacific at 20% and Air New Zealand at 30%.Flight updatesSingapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are returning to a full European flight schedule with immediate effect. Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa have all taken to the skies for longer routes and also operated some of their medium- and shorter-haul routes. Air Berlin and easyJet are operating partial services and Ryanair is expected to announce plans to resume its Northern Europe service. Emirates said it operated all but two of its 39 scheduled flights to Europe, including 12 to the UK and seven to Germany, but warned there was a “long way to go before normality returns”. Emirates have also reopened flights for passengers travelling from Australia on confirmed tickets to all of its destinations in Europe.Etihad has recommenced its scheduled services to London, Paris, Brussels, and Geneva, and would continue to operate services to these destinations, subject to the airports remaining open. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Leading Economic Indicators Lose Momentum in January

first_imgLeading Economic Indicators Lose Momentum in January February 20, 2015 526 Views Conference Board Housing Permits Leading Economic Indicators 2015-02-20 Tory Barringer Leading U.S. economic indicators improved again in January, but weakness in homebuilding and manufacturing threaten to turn that growth around.The Conference Board reported a 0.2 percent month-over-month increase in its Leading Economic Index (LEI), putting the measure at 121.1. The index, which measures early growth signs as a gauge of future economic developments, had increased 0.4 percent in December and 0.3 percent in November.”The U.S. Leading Economic Index increased again in January, but its pace of growth has moderate in recent months,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board. “While the LEI suggests a positive short-term outlook in 2015, the lack of strong momentum in residential construction, along with a weak outlook for new orders in manufacturing, poses a downside risk for the U.S. economy.”Manufacturing growth slowed from December to January, according to an early February report from the Institute for Supply Management. Meanwhile, permits for future home construction dropped 0.7 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million, the Commerce Department said.The leading index was the only one of three measures from the Conference Board to experience a slowdown in January. The group’s gauge of current economic conditions increased 0.2 percent to 111.6, matching December’s gain, while the lagging index increased 0.3 percent to 115.3, also the same as December.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Carson showed his toughness. Got hit a couple times and got back up and kept fighting for us. We’re going to be a really difficult team with Carson healthy throwing the ball around to all the weapons that we have.”Perhaps more important than anything Palmer did on the field is that he was able to remain on it. The 35-year-old was hit on a few plays and scrambled on others, with Arizona’s coaching staff, players and fans likely holding their breath every time it appeared he might be in danger.“They may have to start spying Carson because he got out of the pocket a few times,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said, with a smile. “Obviously we were nervous on the sideline, like, ‘get down!’“But Carson played well. We knew he was going to play well coming into the game, and he’s fired up. Any time the quarterback is fired up and excited and anxious to get on the field, it just runs through the locker room.”Asked how he felt physically, the QB said “I feel great” before going on to praise the job his offensive line did. While Sunday’s performance led to just one win, what it did for the perception of this team may be even bigger. – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   “I thought he played outstanding,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He came out on fire. He was right on point on his gameplan, saw their adjustments — and they made some, Rob did a nice job. I thought Rob Ryan did a heck of a job making some adjustments to some of the stuff we do — and we had to readjust. So it was one of those good chess matches.”If this was chess, then Palmer did his best Garry Kasparov. He appeared to be in control for most of the game, with only a few ill-advised throws or decisions mixed in with an otherwise commanding performance. He completed at least one pass to eight different receivers, and a ninth — J.J. Nelson — drew an important pass interference penalty on a deep ball in the fourth quarter.For the most part, Palmer appeared to pick up right where he left off last season.When he went down against the Rams last year, he was in the midst of one of the best campaigns of his career. And though there was some initial doubt as to how effective he would be upon a return — or even if he would return — those concerns have pretty much been assuaged.“Carson looked good all preseason, throwing the ball around,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s very accurate and even scrambling around, finding that touchdown with John (Brown), you know, scrambling around and making things happen on his feet. Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — It had been a long time since Carson Palmer threw a pass that counted in an NFL game.Three-hundred and eight days, to be exact.Palmer, recovered from a torn ACL suffered on Nov. 19, 2014, against the St. Louis Rams, was under center for the Arizona Cardinals in their 31-19 season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.The veteran completed 19 of 32 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He was not picked off or sacked, and showed some elusiveness in scrambling three times for 14 yards. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling With a 14-2 record over the quarterback’s last 16 games for the team, it has become obvious that if No. 3 is on the field, the Cardinals have a really good chance of coming away with a victory. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

NASHVILLE Tenn – Ed King a former guitarist for

first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group’s hits including “Sweet Home Alabama,” has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68.Scott Coopwood said King died Wednesday due to cancer. Funeral arrangements had not yet been announced Thursday.King joined the band in 1972 and was part of its first three albums with its distinct three-guitar sound.He is credited on several of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs, including “Saturday Night Special” and “Workin’ for MCA,” and his voice can be heard providing the opening count on “Sweet Home Alabama.”“Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player,” said Gary Rossington, a founding member of the band. “I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven.”King left the band two years before a plane crash killed singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines in 1977. He rejoined the group 10 years later when it reunited with Johnny Van Zant taking his brother’s place and played with the band until he retired in 1996 due to heart problems. He had a heart transplant in 2011.King was also an original member of the California psychedelic group Strawberry Alarm Clock, which had a hit that King co-wrote called “Incense and Peppermints” in 1967. Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68 by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2018 10:16 am PDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – This 1975 file photo shows guitarist Ed King of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. A family statement said King, who helped write several of their hits including “Sweet Home Alabama,” died from cancer, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. He was 68. (AP Photo, File) last_img read more

The program was cohosted by Parashakti who is de

first_imgThe program was co-hosted by Parashakti, who is descended from a long line of spiritual healers. November 8, 2010The first workshop of Facilitator Training for DANCING FREEDOM: EMBODIMENT took place here at Arcosanti from Friday, October 29. to Sunday, November 7. 2010. Parashakti has worked with over 10,000 dancers from around the world and led workshops and retreats at some of the world’s leading holistic centers including: The Tree of Life (Arizona), Esalen Institute (California), Jivamukti Yoga School and the Omega Institute (New York), Alexis Zorbas Retreat Center (Greece), Zorba Festival (Israel) and Hermecillo (Mexico). Currently, she is co – facilitating One World Spirit Dance at the Tree of Life in Arizona and in Israel with Dr. Gabriel Cousens, her teacher and mentor.[text: Dancing Freedom brochure & Parashakti web-site] She has been developing and sharing the processes of Dancing Freedom for over 15 years in the US, Europe, Australia, India, Brazil and Japan. As an embodied arts educator, peace leader, soul coach and priestess, she inspires to ignite the passion of the soul’s true purpose. The workshop was taught by Samantha Sweetwater, creatrix of Dancing Freedom and Founder and Visionary of the PeaceBody School of Embodied Awakening.last_img read more