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6 Simple, No-Nonsense Accounting Apps for Microbusinesses

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#accounting#engagement Peter Daisyme “Small” businesses today come in a broad range of sizes, from the 500-person light manufacturing plant to the “solopreneur.” One distinct category is the microbusiness, which typically features one owner with up to four other employees. A freelancer is a good example of a microbusiness, as is someone who owns his or her own landscaping or pool service company.Super small though these businesses may be, even solopreneurs need to conduct basic accounting and bookkeeping functions. This includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, taxes, expense tracking, and even payroll. Depending on the microbusiness’s particular structure (corporation, sole proprietorship, etc.), it will have specific financial reporting responsibilities.That’s where technology comes to the rescue. Companies have developed tax preparation software, accounting apps, and even AI-powered platforms to help businesses do the hard work themselves. “Now all firms, even small ones, should be thinking about how to adopt advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI), whether it will be by contracting with specialized technology companies or building their own departments,” says Derek Bang, the chief strategy and innovation officer at Crowe Horwath.Even today, there are now many simple, no-nonsense, and affordable accounting apps available to help microbusiness owners complete accounting, bookkeeping, and tax tasks from anywhere. Here are six small business accounting apps to consider for your microbusiness: Sage Expenses & InvoicesSage Expenses & Invoices is a small business accounting app from Sage, a renowned accounting software development company that has delivered many innovative accounting solutions for businesses of all sizes. This free, valuable app for micro and small businesses is available on both the App Store and Google Play.This cloud-based app provides a way to easily record business transactions from anywhere. It can account for and digitally store expenses, send and reconcile invoices, and maintain current business records. The app uses straightforward language and easy navigation, making it a snap to continually record income and expenses on the go. As your business grows, you can integrate the app with Sage One, which expands the range of available accounting features. 1tap Receipts1tap receipts is an app from Receipt Bank that uses character recognition software to eliminate data entry — and the headache of lost receipts — for self-employed workers. Available for both iOS and Android, 1tap was developed to make it easier to be self-employed by enabling freelancers, contract workers, and others to take pictures of business expenses year-round to assist at tax time. The app can save them money, too, as tax professionals often charge self-employed clients 50 percent more to complete their taxes because of the additional organization and itemization required.The app works in tandem with those accounting professionals to automate data collection and enable self-employed workers to leverage the information for analysis. 1tap retains all collected receipts in the cloud for 10 years, meaning the information can be resurrected at any time, as well as reviewed to find trends and patterns that might not otherwise be apparent.Creating an 1tap account is free, and the app offers three different pricing levels to match individuals’ needs. FreeAgent MobileFreeAgent is another accounting software platform that has added a mobile app that works on iOS and Android devices. You’ll be able to instantly view what is outstanding in terms of bills and payments from clients while also gaining a longer-term picture of your expenses against budget. This small business accounting app lets you create new expenses and capture receipts via photo.For invoices, the cloud-based app enables you to create and send invoices, issue estimates, and bill for expenses. The app will also help you focus on higher-level accounting issues related to cash flow, bank balances, taxes, and profit and loss statements. Lastly, the timer feature lets you set a timer so you can record how much time you spend on each task, information that can be used to generate an invoice or time slip.FreeAgent offers a 30-day free trial, after which you can select a pricing plan that works for the size of your business. KashFlow GoKashFlow aims to make the accounting process for your microbusiness as simple and comprehensive as possible through its web and mobile applications. It works with companies all over the world that need a simple way to track their invoices, expenses, and financial performance. Features include invoicing, quotes and estimates, taxes, banking, payments, and payroll. While originally developed for small businesses in the UK, many features can also be used by businesses in other countries.This app, available in iOS and Android, offers a 14-day trial period. After that, you can select one of three pricing levels to align with your business size and scope. FinancialForceFinancialForce does considerably more than just accounting, which makes it ideal for a micro business that could benefit from using one comprehensive platform rather than dozens of tools. It is designed to integrate with Salesforce, which allows you to combine your accounting tasks with your customer relationship management processes. There are numerous billing and financial management features, including an array of accounting tools, statements, and reports. It also offers tools for inventory and spend management as well as invoicing. You’ll even be able to tap into more sophisticated features such as automated forecasting.FinancialForce offers free demonstrations and customized pricing to match your business needs. XeroXero offers regular accounting software as well as a mobile accounting application, for iOS and Android, that is built for small business owners. Xero offers a wealth of features that allow you to stay on top of your finances from anywhere. This includes reconciling bank transactions, capturing and approving expenses, and sending invoices from your phone instead of waiting to get back to the office.You can also use the mobile accounting app to store information about your customers and suppliers, including their addresses, phone numbers, and other key details. If you have employees, the app allows you to give them access to certain tasks related to invoicing and expenses while restricting access to more sensitive financial information.In addition, there are multiple tiers to Xero’s subscription plan based on the size of your business and the features you need, including whether you require a desktop version.Start Using Accounting Apps and Stop Wasting TimeNow you don’t have to spend tons of time on tasks that don’t really make you money. Instead, these small business accounting apps enable you to get these tasks done quickly and much more effectively. That way, you can focus on nurturing customer relationships, finding new prospects, and generating revenue. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

Bersola, Frayna recognized as part of Ten Outstanding Students of PH

first_imgTeng gets 2nd triple-double as Flying V routs Zark’s Frayna, who graduated cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Far Eastern University Manila, is the country’s first Filipina Grand Master and is the class valedictorian of Batch 2017 of Institute of Arts and Sciences.Bersola, who was named Best Blocker in the 76th Season of the UAAP, said one of the keys to being a star athlete and top student is time management.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s about learning how to prioritize and of course, learning how to sacrifice along the way. The two are connected, so the things that are of least importance will take the backseat. Just trying your best and working hard and aiming for excellence in every aspect and every duty take a role,” Bersola saidduring the awarding ceremony Monday night at Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.Frayna, who was a recipient of a Congressional Award last year, and Bersola made the cut from 20 finalists. “It’s an honor. I really didn’t expect it,” said the 21-year-old Bersola.“It’s really a big thing for me because I feel like I’m representing all the student-athletes who graduated this year. And it’s also like breaking the stereotypes about student-athletes,” she added.Frayna, who hails from Legazpi City, Albay, missed the event and was represented by her mother Sonia.Bersola said the best advice she can impart to student-athletes is to stay determined and passionate amid adversities.“I want to tell them to keep pushing and just do your best not just in your sport but also in academics because you can’t play forever,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Kathy Bersola and Janelle Frayna among the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardees. Photo by Mark GiongcoKathy Bersola and Janelle Frayna, who showed that student-athletes can excel in both fields, were named in the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in the National Capital Region.Bersola graduated summa cum laude, Bachelor of Sports Science in University of the Philippines Diliman and is a former team captain of the UP Lady Maroons.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “You don’t know what will happen to you in the future so it would be really nice to get a degree and have learned in the university and if you think we can’t do it, as long as we really work hard for it, we’ll be able to reach for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane hails Real Madrid’s fighting spirit after Deportivo win

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane paid tribute to his players’ spirit after they battled back to beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 on Saturday and set a club record 35 games unbeaten in all competitions.Zidane had opted to rest top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Karim Benzema and Luka Modric, and his side were in danger of losing their long unbeaten run after two defensive slips in as many minutes allowed former Real striker Joselu to put Deportivo ahead in the second half.With their six-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table at risk at being halved, Real again demonstrated a refusal to admit defeat that has underpinned Zidane’s first full season in charge.Substitute Mariano Diaz scored his first league goal for the club to pull them level before Sergio Ramos sealed victory in the 93rd minute.”We played a brilliant game and I’m so happy for the players,” said Zidane. “We suffered a lot but they believed until the end. We made a few errors but that can always happen. We believed and we did it.”The players work hard and give so much and they are always convinced things will go their way in the end. When you are behind it’s not easy but we kept calm until the end and the substitutes contributed a lot too.”We don’t think we’re invincible and we’ll lose at some point. But the players know that thinking positively can help us. These 35 games give us the strength to keep looking forward.”advertisementZidane also paid tribute to Ramos, who followed his 90th minute leveller against Barcelona last week by powering in the winner deep in stoppage time.”You can try and mark him but he’s so clever and he has great movement and knows where the ball is going to drop,” Zidane said.”You can work on it and try to stop him but it’s very difficult. Deportivo have great defenders but there was still nothing they could do.”last_img read more

Report: Belarus 1 Netherlands 3

first_imgBelarus 1 Netherlands 3: Fast-finishing Oranje stay alive in World Cup qualifying Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:50 10/8/17 Netherlands - cropped Getty Images Netherlands scored twice after the 84th minute against Belarus to ensure their faint hopes of securing a play-off spot are still alive. Netherlands survived a huge scare as Arjen Robben and Mephis Depay scored late goals to edge Belarus 3-1 in a crucial World Cup qualifier, though they remain on the brink of elimination.Robben netted an 84th-minute penalty and Depay stroked home a stoppage time free-kick to resuscitate Oranje’s slim hopes of finishing second in Group A.However, Dick Advocaat’s men remain unlikely to catch second-place Sweden following their earlier 8-0 rout of Luxembourg – they require a seven-goal victory when the two nations meet on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Needing a minimum of six points from their final two matches to have a chance of claiming a play-off spot, the visitors took a narrow 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of Davy Propper.But Netherlands appeared certain to be absent from a second major international tournament in succession when Maksim Volodko stunned them midway through the second half.Just as all hope appeared lost, Robben was gifted the chance to restore the lead with a spot-kick and Depay made sure of an essential victory.2 – Since the World Cup 2014, the Netherlands have recorded only two clean sheets in 17 games on foreign soil (25 goals conceded). Leaky.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 7, 2017Sitting last after eight matches, Belarus looked free of expectation in the opening exchanges with Aleksey Rios and Aleksandr Karnitski both trying their luck inside 10 minutes.In contrast, Netherlands’ need for goals failed to translate into early opportunities as they waited until midway through the half for Daley Blind to slice their first shot harmlessly wide.That effort helped stir the visitors into action and Vincent Janssen first saw a deflected effort come back off the bar, before Propper broke the deadlock in the 24 minute.Robben cushioned a Ryan Babel cross into the path of the Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder, who dispatched his third goal in two appearances following last month’s brace against Bulgaria.Tonny Vilhena forced Sergei Chernik to shovel a dipping shot away from the bottom-left corner, and Babel should have done better when presented with a header from the ensuing corner.Nancy goalkeeper Chernik then denied Janssen in a one-on-one to help restrict an improving Netherlands to a 1-0 lead at half-time.3 – Davy Pröpper has scored with all of his last three shots on target for the Netherlands. Lethal. pic.twitter.com/7D56uNoTWM— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 7, 2017Jasper Cillessen was the busier of the two goalkeepers at the start of the second half and, after denying Sergei Balanovich at his near post, the Barcelona man’s next act was to pick the ball out of his net.Volodko went untracked on an overlapping run and speared a low finish across Cillessen into the bottom-right corner to restore parity.Tempers began to flare prior to the hour with players from both sides involved in a scuffle, but Belarus were able to regain their composure and looked to have navigated a largely untroubled final half hour.However, Advocaat’s men regained the lead when Robben converted from the spot after substitute Bas Dost was adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Nikolai Signevich.Depay put the result beyond doubt when he curled home a last-gasp free-kick, setting up a dramatic meeting with Sweden in Amsterdam. read morelast_img read more

Lucinda Russell orders medical checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Was this helpful? One For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfort that might have contributed to his defeat at Haydock on Saturday. The 10-year-old jumped slightly to his left at some fences and has now unseated his jockey in both races since making his comeback from injury this winter, leaving connections keen to see a better run from him before he returns to Aintree for this year’s National on 6 April.“If he’d got a big jump at the fence where he unseated, he probably would have run on and got placed and we’d all be very happy,” said Lucinda Russell, his trainer, on Sunday. “My only slight niggle was the fact he was jumping left. We’ll definitely get that looked at.“If there wasn’t a physical problem before the race, there might be one now. We’ll get the vets and the physios to check out his sacroiliac and see how that is, check out his back in his box and of course keep an eye on his front legs. From what we’ve seen this morning, they seem OK.”Russell was travelling to Sunday’s race meeting at Ayr with her partner, the former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, who is more sanguine about the horse’s jumping. “He jumped left at Aintree [in the Grand National] at a couple of fences and in the Becher Chase. So it’s always been there.” Quick guide Chris Cook’s tips for Monday British bookies go from favourites to American outsiders Scudamore feels the horse will be fitter for taking part in Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase, for all that it did not end ideally. “I watched him when he came in afterwards, he was on his toes, he was sweating up a bit. He needed to tighten up. We kept thinking how fit he was but he did need to tighten up.”Russell and Scudamore will now consider two possible targets on One For Arthur’s route back to Liverpool. He could race at Kelso on Valentine’s Day or return to Haydock for the Grand National Trial two days later.Whenever he next runs, punters will see two “U”s next to his name, representing the mistakes he has made this season. “From our point of view I wish they weren’t there,” Scudamore said. “But the disaster would have been if he’d finished fourth and got a leg yesterday.“It’s just trials and tribulations, isn’t it? Just another glorious chapter for the next book. I’m not saying we take it well. You’ve got to dust yourselves down and get on with it. We’re still in there fighting and, while we are, we’ve got a chance.”One bookmaker evidently took a dim view of One For Arthur’s effort at Haydock, pushing him out to 40-1 for the Grand National while most firms offer 25-1. Support The Guardian Warwick 1.00 Laskadine 1.30 Yellow Dockets 2.05 Ange Des Malberaux 2.40 Captain Cargo (nb) 3.10 Dyliev 3.45 Double Ross Sedgefield 1.15 Domestic Diva 1.50 Savannah Moon 2.20 Briac 2.55 Quick Pick 3.30 Windsor Avenue 4.00 Bertie Blake Wolverhampton 4.15 Lady Greta 4.50 Annabelle Rock 5.25 Kinver Edge 5.55 Captain Dan 6.25 Fearsome 6.55 Star Ascending (nap) 7.25 Ty Rock Brandy 7.55 Turn On The Tears  Since you’re here… news Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Hide Grand National 2019 Share on Facebook Simon Goodley Grand National Share on Messenger Show Share on LinkedIn Horse racing Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Blow for Madrid as Kepa nears new contract

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid set for Kepa blow as keeper nears new Athletic contract Gorka Posada Last updated 1 year ago 20:29 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Club Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Athletic Club Primera División The 23-year-old goalkeeper had been linked with a €20 million move to the capital but is now set to stay put Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to hand Athletic Bilbao a boon and dish out another blow to Real Madrid during a difficult period for the Primera Division champions.The goalkeeper had been expected to move to Santiago Bernabeu but is now very close to signing a fresh deal with his existing club. Indeed, Goal understands an announcement could be made in the coming days confirming the 23-year-old’s stay.Kepa’s deal is up in June, but Madrid had been linked with an immediate move for the goalkeeper as they fear that he could go elsewhere . A €20 million transfer fee – the valuation of his termination clause – had been mooted. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, sources have told Goal that Athletic are “on the right track” to completing the deal, even if they were previously pessimistic over getting it over the line.“There’s a lot been said but he’s still with us,” Inaki Williams, who recently signed a new deal , indicated. “He is focused on recovering as soon as possible and we see that he’s very calm.“From time to time, we can hesitate when there are rumours in the press, but everything has been kept between friends.“Everyone wants him to stay – it would be good news for us. The truth is that we want to have the best players on our side.”Fellow goalkeeper Iago Herrerin also commented on the situation after the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Getafe.“It’s a tiring subject, but that’s normal,” he said. “We know the whole truth about it all.”last_img read more

Former SEC RB Who Quit Team Earlier This Month Arrested On Battery Charges

first_imgThree Florida Gators football helmets on the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 08: Florida Gator’s helmets sit in the endzone before the start of the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 8, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Adarius Lemons, the former Florida running back that quit the team right after the team’s loss to Kentucky, is in custody after a Wednesday arrest.Lemons is being held on a $65,000 bond after being brought in on charges of battery, strangulation, and criminal mischief.According to a report by the Orlando Sentinel, the Adarius Lemons arrest stems from an incident with his girlfriend.From the report:Lemons allegedly struck and strangled his longtime girlfriend during an argument last Friday, leaving her bleeding from her lip and with various scrapes, Alachua County Court records show.During the initial struggle, records show, the victim’s left big toe nail was torn off when it hit a railing. Lemons also slammed her iPhone onto the ground, breaking it into three pieces.Lemons left the Gators immediately after the Kentucky game, saying that he wanted to “find a school I can help to my best ability and actually use my talent.”He was a member of Florida’s 2017 recruiting class.[Orlando Sentinel]last_img read more

EU Supports Rotterdam-Gothenburg LNG Initiative

first_imgzoom The LNG Rotterdam-Gothenburg project has been acknowledged by the European Commission as a priority project for European transport infrastructure development. The Commission grants 34 million euro (SEK 305 million) to develop small-scale infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an efficient and cleaner alternative for fuel oil and diesel in the North and Baltic Sea region.The Dutch-Swedish LNG collaboration involves the ports of Rotterdam and Gothenburg, together with gas infrastructure companies Gasunie (the Netherlands) and Swedegas (Sweden) and the international tank storage provider Vopak. The decision of the Commission represents a clear support for the realization of this initiative, which aims at creating a new supply infrastructure for LNG in the maritime region of North Sea and Baltic Sea by 2015. LNG Rotterdam-Gothenburg is considered to be one of EU Commission’s most prioritised ‘Motorways of the Seas’ projects.There are essential environmental benefits to be gained from using LNG in transport and industry. For shipping, LNG as fuel poses lower sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and particle emissions than conventional fuels. With LNG, shipping companies are able to meet the strict requirements of the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA), which prohibits any sulphur emission exceeding 0.1 per cent in the North Sea, English Channel and Baltic by 2015.The LNG initiatives in the port of Rotterdam and in the port of Gothenburg form a north and west European chain for maritime LNG supply. In Rotterdam, Gasunie and Vopak own the Gate terminal, where large shipments of LNG from all over the world arrive. Both companies are planning to extend the Gate terminal site with LNG break-bulk facilities, allowing the export of smaller parcels of LNG for redistribution to satellite terminals, such as the planned terminal in Gothenburg. Vopak and the Swedish gas infrastructure company Swedegas are planning a small-scale LNG terminal in Gothenburg to serve as key supply location for both shipping and industry in Scandinavia.The collaboration creates an LNG connection between the largest port in Europe and the largest port in the Nordic region. Realization of the project will secure LNG supply facilities for the shipping companies, which is an important condition for shipping companies considering to invest in new LNG-powered vessels.Port of Gothenburg, October 17, 2013last_img read more

Bridge Award Honours Local Emerging Producers

first_imgThree Nova Scotia producers are one step closer to creating their projects as the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation and CBC Television announced the winners of the Bridge Award. Heather Houston, Robert Hagen and Debra Taylor were selected by a panel of industry professionals as winners of the award that provides up-and-coming talent a chance to produce a program for broadcast in the Atlantic region. “I am so excited and emotional about winning the Bridge Award,” said Ms. Houston. “Not only is this a tremendous opportunity for me to learn how to produce first-hand, but I actually get to produce a script I’ve written myself. “I am so grateful to the NSFDC and to the CBC for having crafted an award to bridge the gap between film industry experience and producing.” Running Into Edna, Ms. Houston’s project, is a half-hour comedy that explores the relationship between a stressed professional couple and a lonely elderly woman. Dirty Laundry, a co-production between Mr. Hagen and Ms. Taylor, takes a look at the impact chance meetings an have on lives as they cause people to re-evaluate values. “I was very enthusiastic when I heard the news about winning the CBC/NSFDC 2007 Bridge Award,” said Mr. Hagen. “This is a great venue for emerging producers which will help to forge relationships with film professionals at all stages of production. The impact this opportunity has on launching a career producing quality Canadian programming cannot be overstated.” “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with the CBC and the NSFDC and so many talented and knowledgeable professionals in this industry,” said Ms. Taylor. “I am an emerging producer and to get an opportunity like this, it’s exciting.” Each project will receive $20,000 in equity funding from the film development corporation, and a $10,000 regional broadcast licence and $10,000 in services from CBC, as well as the opportunity to air on the network. More information on the CBC/NSFDC Bridge Award can be found online at www.film.ns.ca/programs_bridgeaward.asplast_img read more

The silent adversity

first_imgSevere heatwave conditions are prevailing over half of India, with temperatures soaring upwards of 45 degree Celsius across large swathes of the country. This is headline news at the wire, and likewise in many national dailies, TV shows and online media. Soaring temperatures, high humidity in coastal states and extreme dry heat in most of northern and western India; even the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are seeing above normal temperatures. People are suffering, crops are failing and many are dying. Also Read – A staunch allyWhile some governments are taking proactive action — such as the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation by attempting to minimise the urban heat island impact, or the Kerala government including heat management as a part of its health department activities — heatwaves are not yet treated as a disaster costing human life in India. The number of people dying due to heatwaves has been on the rise in the last decade, with over 2,000 people reported dead during the 2015 heatwave in India. A paper published in Science Advances establishes a mammoth 146 per cent increase in the probability of heat-related mortality in India due to increasing summer mean temperatures. Also Read – Cuban pathosIndia is a tropical country, with its people fully prepared to deal with heatwaves year after year, using both ancient wisdom and modern science. Hot and dusty winds, soaring high temperatures, heat strokes and heat-related illnesses have been dealt with by Indians for centuries. What is different now? Why are there more casualties than ever before? Why is the impact so dramatic? Rising global temperatures are leading to both, an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, cyclones, storms and heatwaves. This relationship between global warming, increase in mean temperature in India by over 0.5 degree Celsius in the last 50 years and the increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has not only been established scientifically by several research studies but also corroborated by actual impact and the resultant loss of life. It is increasingly evident that heatwaves in India from 1998 to 2018 have been spread out, more intense and have caused a lot more material damage and damage to the quality of life than what has been reported in the last 100 years. Temperatures have peaked 49 to 50 degree Celsius and have lasted for almost a week, resulting in a large spike in heat strokes, heat-related illnesses and death. It is time heatwaves are considered a natural calamity that causes death in large numbers and remedial measures, including monetary compensation for both, labour and loss of life, akin to what is provided for flood and cyclones, are created. The economic impact of heat on labour productivity is another factor that needs to be considered while developing any such compensatory mechanism. The labour population (Urban and rural) is the worst-affected, followed by public service professionals such as police, public transport drivers, parking attendants and security guards. However, there is no mechanism whatsoever to compensate for either the loss of livelihood or life due to intense heat. Preparation for heatwaves is still part of either the health department or the urban municipality to deal with while it should ideally be a part of the Disaster Management Authority. It is time heatwaves are treated as a natural calamity and some sort of compensation system is devised while investing more in creating more infrastructure to help people temporarily find shelter and be protected from heat. Metaphorically speaking, floods, earthquakes and cyclones are akin to acute illness which gets immediate attention. However, the impact of a heatwave which used to be like a chronic illness is now taking the form of acute cancerous proportions and demanding immediate attention. (The author is a Climate Change expert. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Govt to focus on promotion of renewable energy sources Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on National Renewable Energy Day that the state government is drawing up major schemes for the promotion of solar power and other sources of renewable energy. She tweeted in this regard: “Today is National Renewable Energy Day. #BanglaGovt is drawing up major schemes for the promotion of solar power & other sources of renewable energy like tidal power in the state under the ‘Aloshree’ scheme in #Bangla, roofs of all government offices & schools are being fitted with solar panels.” Banerjee, who inaugurated Dighashree Bangla International Convention Centre on Tuesday, instructed the civic bodies and Panchayats to conserve energy, save water and the environment. “Unless we take steps now, a day may come when we will not have drinking water or power and the environment will be unfit for human habitation. We should take steps to conserve power, water and environment now,” she said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, New Town Kolkata development Authority (NKDA), in a meeting last week, has decided to install solar-powered stud lights on select roads. These studs at the road level get recharged by solar energy during the day and emit light from LEDs at night. The light emitted may be red, amber or other colours and may be blinking or steady. Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has experimented with two samples on the major arterial road near Biswa Bangla Gate to see if these devices can survive the weight and impact of cars and whether these work unattended for weeks. The samples have been found fit by a team of HIDCO engineers. Now, NKDA has decided to roll out about 1,000 such studs in New Town and will invite tenders shortly.last_img read more

Susan Boyle To Duet With Elvis For Charity

first_imgSinging superstar Susan Boyle is set to top the charts globally when her extraordinary duet with Elvis Presley is released as a Christmas single to raise vital funds for Save the Children.The Scottish phenomenon has joined forces with the globally respected charity, Save the Children, as an ambassador to support its UK and International work.Her debut into the singles chart with ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ is especially poignant. She is the first British artist ever to have a posthumous duet with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll feature on their album and now this pivotal moment in British music will be even more significant as the track is to be released as a single and proceeds will go to children in the UK and across the world.The official charity single will be released worldwide on Sunday 8th December 2013 with proceeds being donated to Save the Children. The single is available to preorder from today on iTunes and Amazon.Susan Boyle said; “Duetting with Elvis was beyond my wildest dreams. And now that this is able to raise money and help children is simply fantastic. I’ve had the privilege of spending time with families from a FAST programme, Families & Schools Together, that is run at a school in Glasgow. To see the money raised in action and the difference it makes to these families is wonderful. It really does help people. The children from the FAST program also joined me for the music video, we had a lovely two days and the children were fabulous. They were all stars!”Justin Forsyth CEO of Save the Children said; “We are delighted to announce the global phenomenon Susan Boyle as a new ambassador for Save the Children and that all profits from her Christmas single with Elvis will help save children’s lives.“Every year, more than 6 million children in the poorest parts of the world die from easily preventable causes like diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia. Some children lose their lives simply because they can’t get the nutritious food that they need. As one of Britain’s most famous talents, whose story has inspired us all, we know that Susan will raise awareness of these important issues as well as funds that will help Save the Children make a difference to stamp out preventable deaths of children across the globe and help poor children in the UK fulfill their potential.”
Save The Children began in 1919 and now work in 120 countries around the world. In 2012 alone, the charity helped over 20.6 million children and responded to 45 emergencies.
The Save the Children FAST programme, Families & School’s Together, was founded in 2010 in the UK and is an early-intervention programme for primary school age pupils. FAST brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together, to help parents create opportunities for learning and development at home and to make sure children get the support they need to fulfill their potential at school and in life.Known best for her element of surprise and a powerful and heart stopping voice, Susan has become a global top selling artist. The phenomenal album sales, record breaking achievements and multi platinum chart domination – Susan has come a long way from the Britain’s Got Talent stage in 2009.To date her previous four albums, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ ‘The Gift’ ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ and ‘Standing Ovation’ have sold over 20 million copies and stormed to the top of the charts in over 38 countries. She has had over 130 platinum and gold albums in four years and two Grammy nominations. Her fifth album “Home for Christmas” is released on Monday 25th November 2013 in the UK and is available for pre order on www.amazon.co.uk.Syco will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each CD single and download to Save the Children Fund, a registered charity (213890 and SC039570). This will be at least £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.last_img read more

US stocks edge higher after huge swings in recent trading

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday after enormous swings the previous two days.Representatives from the U.S. and China began a round of trade negotiations, and investors’ hopes that the two sides will finally make progress in talks have sent stocks higher recently. But investors remain fearful that the trade dispute is far from a resolution.Retailers made some of the largest gains Monday while utility companies fell. U.S. stocks soared more than 3 per cent Friday as investors reacted to the upcoming trade talks as well report showing strong hiring by U.S. employers in December.Investors also responded positively to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The jump wiped out a large loss from the day before.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 13 point, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,544 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 32 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,480. The Nasdaq composite gained 54 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,794. The Russell 2000 index rose 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,391.Any progress on ending a dispute that has resulted in both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ of each other’s exports would be welcomed in the markets. The South China Morning Post, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that Trump plans to meet Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, held on Jan. 22 to 25. Last month, Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met and agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days.SHAKING THE TREE: Discount retailer Dollar Tree rose after activist investment firm Starboard value disclosed a stake in Dollar Tree and pushed it to consider changes, including selling the Family Dollar business it bought in 2015. Starboard says Family Dollar’s struggles are hurting the company’s stock price and that Dollar Tree should consider raising prices on some items. It nominated seven candidates for seats on Dollar Tree’s board of directors.The stock climbed 4.1 per cent to $96.67. Elsewhere, Amazon rose 1.3 per cent to $1,596 and Home Depot picked up 1.2 per cent to $175.73. Automakers also rose, with General Motors up 2.6 per cent to $34.18 and Ford gaining 1.1 per cent to $8.17.POWER FAILURE: The parent company of Pacific Gas & Electric sank after Reuters reported that the company might file for bankruptcy protection as it faces potentially huge liabilities connected to deadly wildfires in California. The cause of the Camp wildfire hasn’t been determined, but PG&E reported an outage around the time and place it begin. The fire killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes. PG&E also faces lawsuits related to wildfires in 2017.The company’s stock dropped 20.5 per cent to $19.41. PG&E stock traded at almost $70 a share in October 2017 and was valued at about $48 in November 2018.LILLY AND LOXO: Eli Lilly will buy Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion as it bulks up on cancer treatments that target gene abnormalities. Lilly is known for insulins including Humalog, but has emphasized cancer drugs over the past several years, and one of its top-selling products is the cancer treatment Alimta.That makes the second big pharmaceutical acquisition announced in the new year. On Thursday Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to buy Celgene for $74 billion in cash and stock, one of the largest drug industry acquisitions of all time. Loxo soared 66.3 per cent to $232.63 and Eli Lilly dipped 1.2 per cent to $113.30.POLITICAL RISKS: The partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its third week and there were few signs of progress in staff-level talks over the weekend. That means many hundreds of thousands of federal workers aren’t getting their paychecks, which could slow the economy.Meanwhile British legislators will vote next week on proposed terms for Britain’s departure from the European Union. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a deal with European Union leaders in November, but a Parliamentary vote on the package was cancelled because it was clear it would be rejected. It’s not clear if May will be able to get the proposal through Parliament next week. That raises the possibility that the U.K. will leave the European Union without any kind of economic deal, which could have severe effects on the British and European economies.ENERGY: Oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude rose 2.9 per cent to $49.33 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.9 per cent to $48.17 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.37 yen from 108.51 yen. The euro rose to $1.1465 from $1.1400. the British pound rose to $1.2780 from $1.2740.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX shed 0.8 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain fell 0.6 per cent. The CAC 40 in France was also 0.6 per cent lower.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 2.4 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.8 per cent.____Associated Press Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from SingaporeMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Former Arsenal Player Changes His Negative Remarks About Anthony Martial

Miami – Former Arsenal player, Ray Parlour, has changed his mind on Anthony Martial after having said the French “kid” would not succeed.“I’ve been getting hammered by United fans because I said it’s a lot of money to spend on a young kid but he’s proved everyone wrong,” admitted the former English midfielder after Anthony Martial’s debut with the British club.The former English midfielder was one of those who criticized Manchester United for spending EUR 80 million to sign the French youngster. Parlour called it an “unbelievable amount” and did not believe the former Monaco player would live up the expectations.“With the money they’ve put out, I could be totally wrong, but I’m going to say miss on that one,” declared Parlour shortly after Martial’s signing with the Red Devils.Furthermore, doubting Martial’s talent, the Arsenal star affirmed, “For a 19-year-old kid, he’s not proven.”Things have changed, and Ray Parlour has taken back his negative words towards United’s new star. He now agrees that Martial is a talented player who could help the Red Devils to snatch a title.“People are likening him to Thierry Henry – he looks like a very good talent and could be a major force for United and could give them the opportunity to win the league.”The French youngster has proven he can handle the pressure of his “hallucinating” transfer amount and the attention of the media, by giving great performances so far in this season’s Premier League.Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in football history. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher as investors take in weak US data

TORONTO — The TSX turned around earlier losses and eked out a small gain as investors watched commodity prices fall and took in weak U.S. economic data amid growing skepticism that a meeting of eurozone leaders will produce a meaningful solution to the region’s growing debt crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11424.70 +0.12% +13.76S&P 500 — 1329.04 -0.21% -2.81Dow — 12602.26 -0.2% -24.75Nasdaq — 2849.49 -0.9% -25.83The S&P/TSX composite index added 13.76 points to 11,424.70 after earlier falling more than 100 points.The Canadian dollar was down 0.69 of a cent at 96.82 cents US after earlier falling as low as 96.50 as traders flocked to less risky assets amid the EU uncertainty.The August crude contract lost $2.52 to US$77.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The August gold contract fell $28 to US$1,550.40 an ounce, while the July copper contract lost two cents to US$3.33 a pound.Wall Street slumped after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul following an already weak morning, but managed to pare wider, triple-digit losses late in the session.The Dow Jones industrial average shed 24.75 points to 12,602.26 and the S&P 500 fell 2.81 points at 1,329.04, while the Nasdaq dropped 25.83 points to 2,849.49.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM to slash 5,000 jobs as new BlackBerry delayed until 2013Malaysia’s Petronas to buy Progress Energy in deal worth $5.5-billionBarclays suffers stock freefall after Libor probe fines; other banks eyedJPMorgan shares slide on report that trading loss could hit US$9-billionCanada’s telecom giants face $19-billion class action suit over system access feesON DECK FRIDAYEU crisis summit continues in Brussels ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Real GDP (April): Economists expect 0.2% rise from the month before, 1.8% year over year Industrial product price index (May): Economists expect no change Raw materials price index (May): Economists expect a decline of 2% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Personal income and consumption (May): Economists expect a 0.2% rise in income, no change in spending 9:45 a.m.Chicago purchasing managers index (June): Economists expect a reading of 52.3 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan consumer sentiment index (June): Economists expect a reading of 74.1 read more

Sri Lankas first satellite Raavana 1 reaches ISS

The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by Sri Lankan research engineers Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika from the Arthur C.Clarke Institute, Moratuwa. Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ successfully reached the international Space Station (ISS) today.The satellite was launched into space this week from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. The launch marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age. Its camera mission is to take pictures of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries. Its Lora Demonstration Mission is to validate the module to be used to data download next satellites. The Attitude Determination and Control Mission of ‘Ravaana 1’ involves the team trying to reduce the angular velocity of the satellite using magnetic torquers.‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Western Sahara UN welcomes withdrawal of Polisario Front from Guerguerat area

The United Nations today welcomed the withdrawal of all Polisario Front elements from the Guerguerat area, between the berm and the border with Mauritania, as confirmed by observers of the UN Mission on Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, on 27-28 April.According to a statement issued by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, António Guterres, together with the earlier withdrawal of Moroccan elements from the area, in response to the urging of the Secretary-General, this action should improve the prospects of creating an environment that will facilitate early implementation of Mr. Guterres’s determination to relaunch the negotiating process. The process would be relaunched with a new dynamic and a new spirit that reflects the Security Council’s guidance and resolutions, with the aim of reaching a “mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” “We continue to call on the parties to adhere to their obligations under the ceasefire agreement and to respect both its letter and spirit, and to cooperate fully with MINURSO,” said the Spokesman, adding that the need to ensure that tensions do not erupt anew in the Guerguerat area remains vital. To this end, MINURSO intends to maintain the position it has held in the Buffer Strip since August 2016 and further discuss the Mission’s future monitoring of the area and the full range of issues related to the Buffer Strip with the parties, the statement added.The statement comes as the UN Security Council today unanimously extended MINURSO’s mandate until 30 April 20 18. Through a resolution, the Council reaffirmed the need for full respect of the military agreements reached with MINUSRSO with regard to the ceasefire and called on all the parties to adhere fully to those agreements. Western Sahara is located on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The colonial administration of Western Sahara by Spain ended in 1976. Fighting later broke out between Morocco and the Polisario Front. A ceasefire was signed in September 1991. MINURSO was deployed that year to monitor the ceasefire between the Government of Morocco and the Polisario Front and organizing, if the parties agree, a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara. A revised settlement plan was proposed by the United Nations after seven years of diplomatic consultations was rejected by one of the parties in 2004. In approving the current phase of direct negotiations in 2007, the UN Security Council called for “a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political settlement which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” read more

Dont waste our time NHS pleads with up to 17 million needless

first_img 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. “Sticking to your appointment is a small but effective way to wish the NHS happy birthday in its 70th year,” she said.Darent Valley Hospital in Kent, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust were among those yesterday urging anyone whose condition was not a serious accident and emergency to keep away from A&E.The day before, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS foundation trust, in King’s Lynn, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in Hampshire, and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals trust in London were among those making public appeals for doctors and nurses who were off duty to come and work.NHS surveillance suggests flu cases have risen by 67 per cent in a week in England – meaning around 3.7 million people came down with such symptoms over the Christmas period.The data held by Public Health England shows the flu season now underway across England, Scotland and Wales, with a significant increase in deaths in Scotland. Health officials are urging the public not to heap pressures on Accident & Emergency units, as they reveal up to 17 million hospital visits a year may be needless.Jane Cummings, NHS chief nursing officer, urged people to turn to pharmacists and 111 whenever possible, as she warned that services are now under unprecedented strain.A number of trusts have issued direct pleas to the public to keep away from A&E if at all possible, with others asking any available nurses and doctors to come in to work.Senior doctors say a rise in flu cases has been enough to overload many hospitals and place heavy strain on ambulance services, even though the season has only just begun.But today the country’s most senior nurse asked the public to play their part in lifting pressures on hospitals, in the week which is usually the toughest for the NHS.NHS England said that in 2016/17, more than nine million people were sent home from A&E after only getting advice, which could often have been obtained from a pharmacist or 111.Meanwhile, almost eight million outpatient appointments were wasted on patients who failed to turn up – a rise from 7.5 million the previous year.The appointments alone were worth £1bn, officials said – which could have funded 1 million cataract operations.Ms Cummings said: “With the NHS coming under pressure as never before, we are asking patients and the public to use the health service responsibly to help ensure that care is readily available for everyone who needs it.“There are now more doctors, nurses and other clinicians available at the end of a phone to give advice and guidance to users of the 111 service,” she said.The senior nurse asked patients to keep hospital appointments – or to give services good notice if they needed to cancel.  last_img read more

Greeces team of Mathematics first in Europe

first_imgLiving up to Greece’s long tradition of high performances at the International Mathematical Olympiad, a student from Thessaloniki won one of the gold medals at this year’s event, held in Brazil.High school genius Vasilis Georgiadis, was in fact awarded Greece’s first gold medal after previous years’ contestants had returned home with four silvers and one bronze.Georgiadis, who attends the Mandoulides Thessaloniki School, had been preparing for the competition for years. He managed to solve four of the competition’s six themes which include algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory gathering a score of 28 points.“I had an interest in mathematics from an early age, but I turned to competition two years ago,” he said explaining that it was his second time participating in the Mathematical Olympiad.“I prepared at school, but mainly at home where I studied the mathematical problems and solutions of previous competitions,” he added.When asked if he will aim for a career in mathematics he replied that his goal is to study at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20Second Exercise Snacks Proven to Boost Fitness

first_img It’s not always easy to make time during our hectic days for a full-blown workout. Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to. You can snack your way to fitness!Not edible snacks. “Fitness snacks.” That’s what McMaster University kinesiology professor Martin Gibala calls a crazy, new no-excuses exercise program.A “snack” consists of climbing three flights of stairs as fast as you can. It’s a task that takes the average person about 20 seconds to complete. Three snacks a day and you’re on your way to a fitter you!Think of it is HIIT without the HI. The routine does fit the technical definition of interval training, but it doesn’t come close to qualifying as high intensity. Gibala recommends at least a one-hour break period between climbs, which is lots of recovery time.Two of Gibala’s students, Madison Jenkins and Leah Nairn, recently published the results of a trial conducted with 12 sedentary volunteers. They followed the routine for six weeks.They then hopped on to the exercise bike for exhaustion tests. Participants who snacked posted results that were 5% higher, which is a modest but significant gain.It’s only about half the improvement Gibala reported when he reported findings from another minimal-commitment program he developed. That one took a whole minute to complete one repetition.More activity is definitely better, but Gibala and his students set out to prove just how easy it can be to make time for fitness. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being able to find a spare 20 seconds three times a day.If you do decide to give snacking a go, just remember to take it easy on the way back down the stairs. The strain on your knees can be up to four times as high when you’re descending.Or you could save up and buy yourself a set of Speedstairs instead.While you’re at it, why not do some exercises while you play video games?More on Geek.com:Your Fitbit Data Can Be Used to Advance Precision ScienceParasitic Worm Bacteria Is Stronger Than DEET Mosquito RepellentJog for the Planet With This Energy-Producing Treadmill Color-Changing Urine Test Could Help Detect CancerWatch: Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s Ear Stay on targetlast_img read more