OAKLAND – The Warriors’ latest championship banner will be raised. The Warriors’ latest ring will be presented. And so before their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, the Warriors will have a visual reminder of what drives this franchise.“I’m going to soak it all up,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “It’s going to be fun.”How long will that fun last? Perhaps from October to June. Once again, the Warriors are projected to win another NBA …
Bette Midler wants Kim Kardashian to use her selfies for good.Bette Midler Tweets Kim Kardashian“@KimKardashian Put your selfie to work…for a good cause! Donate, RT, I’ll match $$ 2-1,” the legendary star said in a cheeky tweet yesterday.Midler is raising awareness of her initiative Stages For Success, which she launched with the Jeckyl Foundation.“A few years ago I launched Stages for Success, a campaign to modernize outdated and dysfunctional public school auditoriums,” she said. “We’ve completed several successful transformations so far, and are hard at work on our 2016 project, a fantastic performing arts high school where the auditorium needs a major overhaul. We need your help to make this happen.”To show your support, click here.
Discoveries at Art Basel Hong Kong had quizzical art lovers coming to the Gallery SKE Booth and standing in front of a set of works that move when humans approach it. Pors & Rao created a flutter at the India Art Fair this year when their little glass box with a plain sheet of paper seemed to be blowing with the wind inside the box at the Gallery SKE and Photoink Booth. A gust of wind was shown at Art Basel last year and it was made from plastic, wood, metal, electro-mechanical components, and artificial paper. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPors & Rao have been presenting a constellation of animatronic works that were initiated in 2009, 2012 and 2017 and finalized in 2018, all reflecting on autobiographical patterns of emotional dependencies and power dynamics between the individual and the environment. Ideas and works are seen as self-conscious ‘beings’, often acting out performative and algorithmic behaviours such as fatigue, fear, shyness or longing. The visual language often employs elements derived from animated cartoons and computer games. Four works stand apart at Art Basel Hong Kong. The first is a work on the floor called Pointer and Shadow. This animation and animism reference is also visible in the proposed floor work Pointer and Shadow, where a three-dimensional white-gloved hand in painted fibreglass (referencing a computer pointer icon) is hovering in the air just above the ground, pointing downwards. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe second is Imperial Monochromes – a wall installation of 8 monochrome panels of different sizes. If undisturbed, the panels resemble a suprematist composition, chaotically arranged in different directions and angles, but as soon as the viewer comes near the installation, the panels quickly pivot to appear as a strict symmetrical arrangement reminiscent of family portraits of the Renaissance or religious altarpieces.The third stunning sculptural installation is exploding view – a set of elements that coalesce together and then move along a radial in linear motion. It explores a notion of memory grooves that together form a recollection of a single moment and reveals its emotional content, similar to how a lump of compressed coal is split open. The ‘view’ is built of a simple iconography in approximate similar sizes, resembling the uniformity of a google image search. An explosion gives birth to an orderly image, like the big bang in a pixie format. It’s the elements that are most enchanting. The fourth work and the only acrylic is called Gum Figure. The corner work shows a juxtaposition of the creation, as if the walls have been made for the unusual bodied figure that at once reflects symmetry as well as the unusual nature of patternicity which ensues in creating shapes that are unpredictable as well as rare, shapes that create sensory states of being involving the ideation of both vulnerability as well as captivity and the state of being.The works delve into the autonomous parts of human behaviour, especially as it manifests in the nuances of movement. These subtle expressions of the body are perceived as a primordial language of consciousness that is shared with many other species on the planet.
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 read