Unemployment Benefits Extended: Good News But A Band-Aid Solution

first_imgThe unemployed received some good news today – Congress passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, and President Obama later this afternoon signed off on the bill. This means that the 2.5 million people whose benefits expired at the beginning of June will be able to receive retroactive payments, and a total of 5 million Americans will be eligible for payments through December 31, 2010.How will the benefits extension impact the economy and those unemployed job seekers? While Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke noted an “unusually uncertain” economic recovery, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expects the extension will help spur spending and inject much needed money into the economy and that this will help generate more jobs.As Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert advises, “Do not think we are out of the woods yet.” According to a recent Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, less than half (45%) of employees surveyed report that their company’s outlook will improve in the next six months.  While company outlook has improved, 39% of employees expected improvement this time last year, many are still wary about their employer’s future. In fact, one out of ten (10%) employees expect their company outlook to worsen in the coming months.The survey also showed that 74% of employees note that their career has been impacted in the last two years. Of these, more than one-third (37%) say their raise or bonus has been smaller or eliminated, and 31% note they have taken on more work without compensation. So for job seekers, concessions may need to be made in order to find work, and salary expectations will need to be adjusted to a ‘new normal.’One-third (34%) of those unemployed but looking for work already note they would be willing to take a more junior job for less pay. If a skilled worker takes a junior job, that leaves less-qualified candidates, i.e., recent high school or college graduates, without a starter level position, creating intense competition and a viscous cycle for those trying to break into a job or career.The extension of jobless benefits is a positive step to help keep many American families afloat while looking for a permanent position, but it still means the job market is likely to remain highly competitive in the coming months. As we hear from employees and job seekers on Glassdoor, researching salary packages in today’s market is valuable when pricing your skills and experience for a job opportunity at hand.  While it’s good the government is taking action to help those negatively impacted by the economy, this should be a warning sign to job seekers and employees that now is an especially critical time to get more informed about jobs, companies and what’s fair in this market.last_img read more


Do You Have The Personality To Work At A Small Business?

first_imgSmall businesses and large corporations aren’t created equally, nor are the people that work for both types of businesses. A personality trait that may make you excel in a large corporation could ensure you crash and burn in a small company. Before you take a job at a small business, consider these six ‘must have’ personality traits:1.FlexibleFor many people, before even getting their first job out of college they have their career path mapped out.  In five years they will be a manager and in ten years they will hold the president title. That’s great if you plan to work for a large company that has a clearly defined trajectory, but in a small business, titles and roles are less defined so you need to be flexible.“In a small business, the ideal person is someone who doesn’t have a predetermined time line to exactly where they want to be in x number of years,” says Kathleen Downs, a recruiting manager at Robert Half International. “Small businesses aren’t constructed that way.”2. ExtrovertIf you crave interaction with co-workers, want to work in a family atmosphere and don’t care if the people around you know a lot about your personal life, then a small business is for you. Often small businesses are more social than large corporations simply because there are less people working in close proximity to each other. In a large company, you could go days or even weeks only interacting with your team or with no one if you have an independent job. “In some ways you give up your privacy,” says Susan Heathfield, the guide to human resources for About.com. “In a smaller company everyone knows what you are up to.”3. IndependentWhen you work for a large corporation, chances are your job title will be narrowly defined. If you get a job in the accounting department, you’ll likely be doing some form of accounting work day in day out. At a small business, your job role may not be defined, leaving you to work with a level of autonomy. If you are the type that needs direction and hand holding, then a small business may not be right for you. “You live more by a job description in a large business,” says Chuck Fried, president and chief executive of TxMQ Inc., a technology staffing company. “In a small business, the job description is the starting point.”4. HumilityWhen working for a small business, you need to leave your ego at the door. If you think a job is beneath you, then chances are you aren’t going to last long in a small business. Even if you were hired as the CFO of a small business, there’s great likelihood that you may have to make a trip to Kinkos to get copies or empty the trash can at the end of the day. At a large corporation all of those “not my job” duties are handled by someone else. “If you walk by a conference room, you clean it up,” in a small firm, says Fried.5. PassionateIf you are primarily driven by compensation or need a top notch benefits package then a small business isn’t for you. People that thrive in small companies are those that have a passion about what the business is doing or about their role in the company. Small businesses can’t compete on compensation with their large brethren and typically that can’t offer the same benefits package. But they can give you the opportunity to take ownership of a project and see it to the end, giving you job satisfaction.At a small company you “get to see the fruits of your labor,” says Heathfield. You’ll see the end result and the impact on the customer whereas in a large company you may be very removed from the customer, she says.6. Positive AttitudeIf you are the type to see the glass as half empty, are known to complain or possess a general bad attitude, then a small company may not be for you. That’s because your attitude can be infectious in a small company, either boosting or sapping morale from everyone around you. In a large company, you can complain and grumble or hunker down in your cubicle, but in a small company there’s little places to hide and your negative outlook could hurt morale and even result in you losing your job. “In a small company, the attitude you bring to work every day is much more important,” says Heathfield. “In a small company your attitude and outlook directly impacts so many co-workers.”last_img read more



Scindia dines with tribals ahead of Lok Sabha bypoll

first_imgBhopal, Nov 8 (PTI) Ahead of Shahdol Lok Sabha bypoll, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia tried his hands not only at roasting chapati and having meals with tribals, but also matched steps with them in their traditional dance while campaigning for party nominee Himadri Singh.Scindia and Congress Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha, are campaigning for the by-poll in the tribal seat since yesterday.”I enjoyed a lot interacting with them and I always do so whenever I get such an opportunity,” he told PTI from Madwahi village.The Congress leader spent the night at the residence of a tribal — Kusham Singh Gond — where he tried roasting a chapati and had dinner with the villagers like a commoner.Taking part in the traditional Shaila dance, he sported their traditional Mandar (Dholak) and tried his best to match steps with them in a formation.Earlier too, Scindia had food with poor people in his constituency Guna.The Congress leader, who is popularly known as “Maharaja” due to his royal lineage of the erstwhile Gwalior kingdom, is leaving no stone unturned these days to change this image by coming close to the common man in Madhya Pradesh.”Though the ruling BJP is making tall claims about development, the real situation is quite different at the ground level. People feel cheated on the issue of power, water, land lease and rampant corruption,” Scindia alleged.While Congress has fielded Himadri Singh, daughter of former Union Minister Dalbir Singh and ex-MP Rajesh Nandini Singh from Shahdol Lok Sabha seat, the BJP has nominated senior minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhans Cabinet and tribal leader Gyan Singh from the reserve seat.advertisementThe bypoll, which was necessitated due to death of BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste, is scheduled to take place on November 19. Counting of votes will be on November 22.BJPs Paraste had wrested the seat from Congresss Rajesh Nandini Singh by a margin of over 2.14 lakh votes in 2014.Gyan Singh, the BJP candidate for the bypoll, had won the seat twice in 1996 and 1998. BJP is vigorously campaigning in the constituency and is taking no chances given that it had failed to retain Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in the 2015 bypolls. PTI MAS DK NSD BASlast_img read more


Mourinho: Fellaini has improved

first_imgMarouane Fellaini “has improved from last season”, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, with the versatile Belgian typifying the spirit required at Old Trafford.The Red Devils are enduring a testing time at present, with a three-game run without a win seeing pressure piled on all concerned.United need everybody to start pulling in the same direction, with talk of unrest and divides behind the scenes doing nobody any favours. 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! Mourinho believes Fellaini is among those setting the most positive example, with the Portuguese having always been a big fan of a much-maligned 30-year-old who has never let him down.The United manager told MUTV: “I am very happy with him.“He is one of the players that has improved from last season.“He’s playing well in different positions. You can feel his commitment, his heart and his happiness to be at the club, and to stay at the club, and to play for the club.“Clearly, he is showing that famous thing of the team being more important than one of us and he has sacrificed himself for the team.“He is being more defensive in some matches and then being almost like a striker in others, like he was in the last match [at Old Trafford against Derby] when we needed a goal and we had one player less.“I’m really happy with Marouane’s stability and performances.”Fellaini signed a new two-year contract with United in June which includes the option for a further 12-month extension.It had appeared at one stage as though he would be moving on, having reached the end of his previous deal, but his value to the Red Devils’ cause under Mourinho helped to convince him to stay put.After committing to fresh terms, the former Everton man can now continue to edge ever closer to 200 appearances for United – with another 35 outings required to hit that mark.last_img read more


Sarri: Hudson-Odoi not ready for PL

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri believes Callum Hudson-Odoi is not yet ready for the Premier League despite impressing against PAOK on Thursday.Hudson-Odoi, 18, scored his first goal for the club as Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 victory in the Europa League, securing top spot in Group L.Following the win, Hudson-Odio said the goal “felt like a dream” as he was able to create his first signature moment for his boyhood club. 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! The 18-year-old star has been linked with a move away from the club in search of more playing time, but certainly impressed with his performance on Thursday.But Sarri feels the teenage forward must improve before getting his chance in the Premier League.”I don’t know if he is able for the Premier League at 18, especially in a big team,” he told a news conference.”If he’s already ready now to make a difference in the team like Chelsea, he would be the best player in Europe in two years.”2 – Chelsea are just the second English side to win their opening five games of a Europa League group stage campaign, after Spurs in 2013-14. Cruise. pic.twitter.com/4Oxh935HvL— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2018Chelsea ended a two-game winless run with their victory over PAOK, who were reduced to 10 men in the seventh minute when Yevhen Khacheridi was sent off.Olivier Giroud scored a first-half brace and Alvaro Morata was also on the scoresheet in a boost for Chelsea.But Sarri said the win over the Greek outfit made little difference to his plans for Sunday, when his side host Fulham.”In the last match, the problem was the team, not one or two players,” he said.”So I think that if there were two different players, it would have been the same. The big problem was the team.”last_img read more


Maitland-Niles reveals racist abuse

first_imgAinsley Maitland-Niles has spoken of the time when he was racially abused whilst playing for Arsenal at youth level.The England U21 international was discussing the alleged racist abuse that Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling received in their Premier League tie against Chelsea last weekend and says he was part of a similar incident a number of years ago.Sterling has received praise for refusing to react to the incident in the heat of the moment. 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! In an Instagram post on Sunday, he drew contrasts between media coverage of black and white footballers in the United Kingdom – a disparity he feels “helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour”.That stance has won widespread support and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined those backing the former Liverpool man, while revealing his own experiences of racism from playing for Arsenal at youth level.”It is disgusting. It happened to me before in youth football, similar to what happened with Raheem,” Maitland-Niles said.”I went out to take a throw in and there was racial abuse behind me. I was at Arsenal at the time, It was an away trip to Germany. I spoke to my dad and he gave me the heads up.”I only thought they were doing it because I was having a good game. It is one way of them knocking me off my game and making me feel uncomfortable.”I really credit Raheem for coming out and speaking about it.”It hurts to talk about it but it is so important to get rid of it from the game.”Chelsea suspended four people from attending their matches pending an investigation, with the club and the Metropolitan Police launching probes into whether the England international was racially abused by supporters.Maitland-Niles looks set to take part in the Gunners’ latest Europa League clash against Qarabag on Thursday evening.The talented youngster has missed the majority of this season with a fractured calf bone having sustained the injury in Arsenal’s first match of the season against Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Toure: Sane is going to be the best of the best

first_imgManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane has all the qualities to be the best footballer in the world, according to former teammate Yaya Toure.Sane, who joined City in 2016 and played briefly with Toure, has been in terrific form this season with eight assists and seven goals to his name in the Premier League after 20 matches. The 23-year-old winger picked up another assist against Wolves in a 3-0 win on Monday and Toure was quick to point out just how far Sane’s talent could take him. 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! “This kid is going to continue to grow,” Toure said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.”He’s going to be the best, one day, for sure.”The best of the best because he has these qualities: he’s fast, he has good technique, he’s clever – and he wants to learn.”A surprise absentee form Germany’s 2018 World Cup squad, Sane is contracted at the Etihad until July 2021 but is yet to put pen to paper on a contract extension. As for Toure, he’s a free agent after a short stint with Greek club Olympiakos and addressed rumours linking him to a move to Celtic.”Celtic are a great team, but I will speak to Brendan Rodgers there and we will see what happens,” he said.Manchester City are set to face Huddersfield Town on Sunday in their next Premier League match.Pep Guardiola’s side are currently four points behind league-leaders Liverpool, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Obtaining ‘Dr’ tag not so easy anymore: Exit test introduced for medical students

first_imgOn Thursday, the Union Health Ministry introduced the draft Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2016 which makes it mandatory for medical students to clear the National Exit Test (NEXT) so as to get the ‘Doctor’ title. The bill was introduced by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016 and this new proposal has just been added to the same.According to a TOI report, the test is expected to create a level-playing field in medical education, increasingly becoming privatised. The medical students will now have to do more than just completing a five-and-a-half-year-long medical course.A central government official said, “It will substitute three tests, including NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for central health services and the foreign graduate medical examination. The results of how students from individual colleges have performed in NEXT will be made public. If a college has over 90 per cent students clearing the test, it will automatically act as an indicator. Students can make an informed choice while selecting colleges.”Earlier, a common entrance exam called National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test was also introduced for MBBS/BDS admission in the country.(Read: MP government schools to follow a uniform dress code: Teachers to wear identical Nehru jackets)Objections raised Dr Gautam Sen, a former MCI member, said, “This is nothing but reduction in meritocracy. We already have reservation at undergraduate levels and post-graduate levels. What is the need to introduce another quota?” He said that the government should introduce the complete Medical Council reforms instead of such piecemeal efforts.advertisement”The bill has been cleared by Parliament. So why is the government still not introducing the entire bill?” he said.About Indian Medical CouncilThe MCI regulates thestandards of medical education, gives permission to start colleges,courses or increase the number of seats, carries out the registration of doctors and improves the standard of professional conduct of medicalpractitioners.Read: Mumbai: Paperless education, ideal measure to reduce carbon footprint Read: President to inaugurate Indian History Congress in Kerala For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more



Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab poster: MSG fights Pakistanis with Salvador Dali-inspired moustache

first_imgIt has been just three months since Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan graced us with his film MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart where the rockstar baba took up arms to fight aliens in the past, present and future.Now MSG i.e Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is back with the poster of his next venture Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab.Some of u have really been smart!! Yes,U r right! Unveiling the new poster of #HindKaNapakKoJawab ???MSG?????is back pic.twitter.com/aaLkgcUS3I Dr.GURMEET RAM RAHIM (@Gurmeetramrahim) January 7, 2017The poster features Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sporting a moustache inspired by 20th-century surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Armed with a gun and donning an Indian military outfit, MSG Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be seen decimating Pakistanis at the border in his new film.MOVIE REVIEW | MSG: The Warrior Lion HeartALSO SEE: 10 pictures of rockstar baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh you should not missALSO WATCH: Made a movie for the society, says Gurmeet Ram Rahim SinghGurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had earlier said that his new film Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab will be an answer to those who were asking the Indian Army to prove the surgical strikes. To put things in context, the authenticity of the claims of ‘surgical strike’ being conducted by the Indian Army on terrorist outposts in PoK (Pak-occupied Kashmir) on September 28 was challenged by many on social media, along with politicians from AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and the INC (Indian National Congress).advertisementIn the title Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab,  the word ‘Napak’ is apparently a wordplay on Pakistan with the words Pak meaning ‘pious’ in Urdu and therefore, Napak meaning ‘not pious’. Incidentally, Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had also said that he hoped to complete Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab in 25 days only.The nationalistic spirit and patriotic fervour of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s earlier films is expected to be toned up in Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab and the movie has already generated “unprecedented buzz” and “laudable response” from Guruji’s fans, according to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.#HindKaNapakKoJawab ???Unprecedented buzz & laudable response from all of you!! Stay connected for many more updates! Dr.GURMEET RAM RAHIM (@Gurmeetramrahim) January 7, 2017last_img read more


Pondy students boycott classes, protest against Jallikattu ban

first_imgPuducherry, Jan 18 (PTI) Extending support to Jallikattu, students of various educational institutions including professional colleges in Puducherry abstained from classes today protesting the ban on the bull taming sport. Sporting placards and banners in support of jallikattu, students formed a human chain and raised slogans condemning the ban. They also insisted that the ban should be lifted without any delay.”Jallikattu is an ancient and time honoured tradition of Tamils and should never be banned,” the students said.Police were deployed in strength to ensure that there was no disruption of traffic at the venue of agitation.They later went in aprocession from Natesan Nagar to the AFT mill ground on Puducherry-Cuddalore road to stage a dharna criticising the ban on the sport.”The ban is utterly uncalled for and is an encroachment on the rights of Tamils,” they said. Meanwhile, volunteers of various youth outfits staged a demonstration at various points in and around Puducherry extending support to Jallikattu. PTI COR BN DVlast_img read more


West Indies hoping for quick resolution to Darren Bravo dispute

first_imgChairman of selectors Courtney Browne is hoping the stand-off between Test batsman Darren Bravo and the West Indies Cricket Board can be solved quickly, so the player can return to action.Bravo has not played competitive cricket since he was sent home from the tour of Zimbabwe for a controversial tweet which was critical of WICB President Dave Cameron and has been left out of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force squad for the Regional Super50 pending a resolution of the matter, reports CMC.”Darren is one of our better players and very talented young man,” Browne told Line and Length Network on Monday.”Obviously it was sad to lose him but at times these things happen. You just need to deal with it, get it over with and get him back out on the field playing cricket.”The 27-year-old Bravo is the West Indies’ premier batsman who has been a trump card for Red Force in previous Super50 tournaments.Bravo found himself in trouble last November when he labelled Cameron a “big idiot” in a Twitter outburst, in response to the Jamaican administrator stating that Bravo had been offered only a Grade C retainer contract because of his “poor performance” and declining averages.The WICB slammed Bravo’s behaviour as “inappropriate and unacceptable” and cancelled his match/tour contract.Browne said he did not expect Bravo to become available until the matter was resolved.”I know there are supposed to be some discussions with Darren’s team and also the West Indies Cricket Board and until that is settled, I don’t think we’ll have much going on in terms of Darren playing cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more


Mohammed Shami’s father Tousif Ali dies after suffering heart attack

first_imgIndian pacer Mohammed Shami’s father Tousif Ali has passed away after suffering a heart attack, forcing the cricketer to leave his rehab with the T20 team and rush to Amroha.Shami, who is undergoing rehab after recuperating from knee injury, was with the team during the first T20 against England here.Shami left for Amroha late last night. The pacer’s father had been hospitalised since January 5 when he had first suffered a heart attack.Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) Secretary Yudhvir Singh said the rest of the Indian team left for Lucknow today from where they boarded the flight for Nagpur, the venue of the second T20 on January 29.last_img


Fans divided over Niall Horans newly-dyed brunette hair

first_imgLos Angeles, Jan 29 (PTI) Niall Horan has stunned fans by debuting his newly-dyed brunette hair.The One Direction star has sported blonde locks since he started in the boy band.But as he attended the Larry King Hairdressing Salons launch party, Horan showcased significantly darker tresses.The 23-year-old singers hair was artfully styled into a tousled crop, and perfectly matched his stubble. Horan teamed his new look with a casual ensemble of jeans, a grey T-shirt and shearling-trimmed jacket.While Horan beamed with delight as he debuted the new do, fans were somewhat divided by his changed appearance, reported Billboard magazine.Some approved of the alteration, with one tweeting, “Not that Niall Horan wasnt amazing looking anyways but his brown hair is BEAUTIFUL,” and another added, “Sorry, but Niall Horan looks much better and sexier with brunette hair. I hope it stays this way for a long time @NiallOfficial.”However, others disagreed, with one follower tweeting: “The year is 2017. Facts mean nothing. Niall Horan has brown hair. Tyra Banks is not the host of Top Model. Everything you once knew is a lie.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more


BASKETBALL-LAWMAKERS 2 LAST

first_imgIn August last year, Crowley and Bera led over 40In August last year, Crowley and Bera led over 40 Congressmen in sending a letter to the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) or International Basketball Federation, reiterating their strong support for a change in policy that requires Sikhs and other players to remove their articles of faith, such as turbans, in international competition.Two years ago, in response to an earlier letter led by Crowley and Bera, and strong public pressure, FIBA announced that it would review the issue and begin a testing phase that would allow players to wear head coverings starting in summer 2015, with an ultimate eye toward a final decision after the 2016 Olympics.The policy came to light during the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in China when two Sikh players were told by referees that they must remove their turbans if they were to play.The players, who had always played in turbans, were told that they were in violation of one of FIBAs official rules, which states, “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players.”However, there is no evidence that a Sikh turban poses a threat to cause injury, and other sports leagues, such as Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), allow athletes wearing turbans to participate, the media release said.Following the Asia Cup incident, Crowley and Bera led multiple letters signed by dozens of Members of Congress urging FIBA board to end its discriminatory policy against players who wear turbans. PTI LKJ CK BSAadvertisementlast_img read more


Czech champion Vrsecky sweeps Season-4 of Tata Truck Racing

first_imgGreater Noida, Mar 19 (PTI) Czech driver David Vrsecky swept the Pro-Class by winning both the races of Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, here today. Vrsecky, a two-time European champion, was head and shoulders above the rest in the field in the two races after grabbing pole position in the qualifying yesterday. Vrsecky was given a tough fight in the afternoon by Norbert Kiss who finished just 0.27 seconds behind the winner. The last podium place went to Gerhard Korber in the 15-lap race. It was a comfortable win for Vrsecky in the morning as he crossed the chequered flag 1.390 seconds faster than second placed Korber while third was David Jenkins in the six lap race. The 12 driver field also had a female participant in Germanys Stephanie Halm, who finished eighth in both the races. This season, the European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC) was represented by six racers from the rest of Europe, who competed alongside six British drivers from the British Truck Racing Association (BTRA), who have raced in T1 since the event was introduced in 2014. Indias only truck racing championship was organised by Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), with safety and performance standards as per the guidelines of the BTRA. Conducted under the aegis of FIA and FMSCI, the one-make championship comprised six teams vying for victory in the Pro Class. The fourth edition of the championship also saw participation of Indian drivers in Super and Champion Class. Twenty-nine year old UP-based truck driver Pitambar won his first professional truck race in the Super Class, while Shivnihal Singh and Gurujant Singh, were second and third respectively. They were among the 10 drivers who made it to the final. Nagarjuna was the winner in the Champions Class, finishing three seconds ahead of Malkeet Singh and Bhag Chand in the 10-lap race. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more


Kareena, Karisma and other celebs prove metallic shoes are back in style

first_imgIf we had to pick one shoe type to wear for the rest our lives, it would definitely be a pair of sneakers. A pair of shoes that you can wear with almost everything–be it a casual dress or a saree, like the lovely Kangana Ranaut did.The vogue for sneakers has grown immensely in the last two years, ever since we’ve seen celebs sporting sneakers at casual events and airports. Of course the trend has had it’s own phases with variations. White sneakers are a hit, but if you want to go a little glamorous without compromising on the comfort, metallic sneakers should be your pick.Also Read : Is it a bag, is it a radio? Ranveer Singh has us confusedSneakers are everywhere, and if you want to stand out with a little bling in your otherwise sober attire, do it like the Kapoor sisters.Picture courtesy: Instagram/GngmagazineKareena and Karisma wore matching pairs of metallic sneakers. Gold and silver, these shoes were the right blend of sporty and glitzy. We sure need to note that down–put on a pair of metallic sneakers when you shop next.Sonakshi Sinha also sported a pair of high top golden Converse with a black skater dress, and it was the kind of ensemble any comfort-loving spiffy woman would want to go for. We have the three magical adjectives to describe Sonakshi’s look– casual, stylish and a tad bit blingy.Picture courtesy: Instagram/aasthasharma612 Believe it or not, airport looks are really important for the celebs and, that’s how we come across some of the coolest celebrity looks. Shilpa Shetty Kundra seems to like flying in a pair of metallic shoes. And looking at how comfortable these shoes would be, we totally understand why. After all, a woman always needs a little lustre in life–if not in the clothes, then shoes will do.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/Officialshilpashetty Metallic sneakers are the upcoming summer trend, and we advise you to grab a pair right away.When you don’t want to shine bright like a diamond, let your shoes shine.last_img read more


11 First Steps in Social Media and 6 Mistakes to Avoid

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11 Consumer Trends to Watch – Kindness, Generation G and Eco-Superior

first_imgTrendwatching’s list of crucial consumer trends to watch in 2011 is out, and it’s well worth a read.A big theme: companies are keeping a close eye on consumers’ public moods and looking at kindness as the way to their hearts… Nonprofit marketing friends, take note!The list, quoted from Trendwatching:1. RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS.In 2011, expect companies to monitor consumers’ public moods and act upon them with random acts of kindness…marketing may never be the same.2. URBANOMICS.Are you ready for hundreds of millions of more daring, more experienced consumers? Oh, and that’s just one side effect of rapid global urbanization.3. PRICING PANDEMONIUM.Flash sales, group buying, GPS-driven deals: this year, pricing will never be the same.4. MADE FOR CHINA (IF NOT BRIC).Expect an increasing number of ‘Western’ brands to launch new products or even new brands dedicated (if not paying proper respect) to consumers in emerging markets.5. ONLINE STATUS SYMBOLS.This year, you can’t go wrong supplying your (online-loving) customers with any kind of symbol, virtual or ‘real world’, that helps them display to peers their online contributions, creations or popularity.6. WELLTHY.As good health is now as important to some consumers as having the biggest, newest or shiniest status symbols, growing numbers of consumers will expect health products and services in the next 12 months (and beyond) to prevent misery (if not improve their quality of life), rather than merely treating illnesses and ailments.7. SOCIAL-LITES AND TWINSUMERS.Expect even more consumers to become curators: broadcasting, compiling, commenting, sharing and recommending content, products, purchases, and experiences to both their friends and wider audiences.8. EMERGING GENEROSITY.Brands and wealthy individuals from emerging markets (yes, especially China) will increasingly be expected to give, donate, care and sympathize versus just sell and take. And not just in their home countries, but on a global scale.9. PLANNED SPONTANEITY.With lifestyles having become fragmented, with dense urban environments offering consumers any number of instantly available options, and with cell/smartphones having created a generation who have little experience of making (or sticking to) rigid plans, this new year will see full-on PLANNED SPONTANEITY.10. ECO SUPERIOR.When it comes to ‘green consumption’, expect a rise in ECO-SUPERIOR products: products that are not only eco-friendly, but superior to polluting incumbents in every possible way.11. OWNER-LESS.This could be the year when sharing and renting really tips into mainstream consumer consciousness as big brands and governments put their weight behind this cultural shift.last_img read more