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7 Pro Lens Cleaning Tools Under $7

first_imgQuit using your t-shirt! These seven lens cleaning tools are essential for keeping your glass clean.There’s really nothing worse than finding out in post that you had a smudge on your lens. Proper lens maintenance will increase the longevity of your lenses and ensure crystal-clear images. But it takes more than your breath and a t-shirt to keep your lens clean. Let’s take a look at seven essential cleaning tools under $10.1. A Lens BrushPrice: $6.95You run the risk of scratching the surface of your lens if you use a cloth to remove dust particles from its surface. Instead, it’s a much better practice to use a lens brush to lightly sweep away the dust particles. A lens brush is typically made out of a light synthetic material. Some brushes have built-in blowers so you can quickly blow away any static-charged fuzzies on the lens.2. Microfiber ClothPrice: $5.99It probably goes without saying, but you should NOT wipe off your lens with just any cloth (that includes your undershirt). Microfibers have been created specifically with glass elements in mind. However, you can’t just use any microfiber cloth on a lens; a microfiber cloth needs to be ‘lens’ grade. Every camera store will sell microfibers and you can pick them up for really cheap. Microfibers are more for taking off fingerprints and grease marks from your lens. Don’t ever wipe off dust or sand with a microfiber or you run the risk of damaging your lens.3. Lens Cleaner LiquidPrice: $4.80Liquid lens cleaner is great at getting rid of those annoying oil spots and streaks that can’t be easily eliminated with a microfiber. It’s very important to only use professional lens cleaner, as regular glass cleaning products like Windex can strip coatings off the front of your lens. A little lens cleaner goes a long way. Don’t spray your lens cleaner directly onto your lens, spray it onto your microfiber. Lens cleaner is really good if you have dried water spots on your lens.4. Lens WipesPrice: $4.75Lens wipes are an essential tool for a photographer or filmmaker on the go. One distinct advantage to using a lens wipe over a microfiber is the fact that lens wipes come in individually wrapped packages. This means you don’t run the risk of your lens wipe getting dust on it during travel. I personally use lens wipes more often than any other item on this list.5. Cleaning SwabsPrice: $5.70A lens cleaning swab is essentially a long Q-tip with fibers specifically designed for cleaning lenses. Cleaning swabs are great if you have smudges around the edges of your lens. Cleaning swabs can also help with maintaining the inside of your lens.6. Lens PenPrice: $3.99A lens pen is a multitool that essentially works as an all-in-one lens brush and hybrid microfiber. They can be helpful tools in the field for big time clean-up duties. Plus, if you have a lens pen, there’s really no reason to own a separate lens brush.7. Air BlowerPrice: $4.75An air blower can easily blow dust or specks off your lens without having to use microfiber cloths. An air blower is far superior to simply blowing on your lens with your mouth, as the tool eliminates the risk of getting spit all over your glass.Cleaning Your LensThis tutorial from CNET is a great beginner tutorial on cleaning your lens. The tutorial showcases how to use an air blower, lens pen, and microfiber to get crystal-clear glass.How do you keep your lenses clean? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

5 Things UP Ministers Learnt From Their Educational Tour

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NRIs on Short Trips Barred From Gold Imports

first_imgImports of gold are likely to get further impacted, with the effort to check the alleged misuse of the facility for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to bring some with their luggage. Related Itemslast_img

Indian Expats Enter the Electoral Fray

first_imgThousands of Indians have given up comfortable lives overseas and returned home to act as party volunteers or even stand as candidates in the country’s parliamentary elections Related Itemslast_img

India’s Currency Crisis Spawns an Unlikely Magnate

first_imgAs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was announcing his sudden decision to ban all large currency notes on a crisp November night, Vijay Shekhar Sharma was being feted by Forbes magazine in Mumbai. His phone was on silent mode.Halfway through the red carpet event, Sharma turned on his phone, which exploded with calls, texts and notifications from his office at Paytm, India’s largest e-wallet business.He called his staff and said, “Our time has come.”In the days that followed, the effects of the government’s surprise move, meant to cut down on corruption and money laundering, reverberated throughout India. Banks scrambled to replace the banned bills. People stood in long, serpentine lines without cash.Overnight, Sharma’s Paytm, which allows users to pay bills online, became the default payment app for millions. The number of users jumped from 125 million to 185 million in just three months.Its founder, the burly, bespectacled Sharma, emerged as the undisputed “king of demonetization.”Even before Nov. 8, Sharma’s rapid five-year rise had become part of start-up lore in India. He is swarmed for selfies at airports and hotels. He hobnobs with Bill Gates, power-struts at Davos, and is a case study for Harvard Business School students. His $8 billion company is the country’s official cricket team sponsor, a coveted tag for India’s billionaires.“After my engineering degree, I could have easily got a job in America like so many people, but I dreamt very early of creating a Silicon Valley right here,” he said in a recent interview here.India has the third most internet users in the world, about 350 million, after the United States and China. This has spawned a new generation of internet millionaires heading successful e-commerce and tech start-ups.“These start-up entrepreneurs represent a new cult of in-your-face competitiveness and aggression,” said Shankkar Aiyar, a financial commentator. “Many of them have emerged from India’s small towns and are not the pedigreed big city players. Their credo is, ‘Give me the opportunity and see what I can do.’ Sharma personifies this cult.”At his glass-fronted, suburban office, the wall and coffee mugs carry one message: “Go big, or go home.” Nobody has a cubicle in the buzzing office. Sharma ordered his young, scruffy techies to go on the attack mode. “Go capture half the online movie ticket market by April,” he said.His ambitious new payment bank will benefit the unbanked poor when it launches in April, he said. “I want to be the wealth manager for the auto-rickshaw driver dude.”His office has Che Guevara posters alongside Om signs. He drives a blue BMW, but when he travels, he does not just want the best flight option, he wants the cheapest.“I have not forgotten the value of hard-earned money,” he said.Growing up in the northern Indian town of Aligarh, Sharma studied in a school that used Hindi, not English, for instruction. When he moved to the capital to study at an engineering college, he was bullied for his poor English.The professor used to call me a ‘useless boy,’” Sharma recalled.He improved his English on his own, at night, earning money by creating web pages and content management systems for small companies while he was still in college. But he went broke in 2003 after he borrowed from friends’ families for a start-up that did not make money. He could not pay for rent or food.Then he built a business offering services to cellphone companies and sent whatever money he made to help his father repay loans.A vegetarian, a non-smoker and a teetotaller, Sharma would normally be regarded as a “suitable boy” in India’s arranged marriage market. But he was rejected a few times because the “entrepreneur” tag suggested he was not stable.“He never hides his humble background,” said Renu Satti, his decade-long colleague. “That is what makes him strong and grounded.”His marriage was finally arranged in 2005 when his bank balance improved. He has one son. He founded Paytm in 2011 but got his big break when the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and an affiliate invested in it. Since 2015, Alibaba has invested more than $800 million in Sharma’s ventures, which include an e-wallet, a payment bank and an e-retail site. He now employs 17,000 people in 400 cites.Sharma has also earned new, unexpected enemies. A social media campaign attacked Paytm, calling it Chinese-owned. The morning after demonetization, he took the audacious step of running newspaper ads with the prime minister’s picture, congratulating him for “taking the boldest decision in the financial history of independent India.”Political rivals began hinting at possible crony linkages between Sharma and Modi.Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the opposition Congress party, said Paytm stood for “Pay to Modi.”“Overnight, Modi’s critics began attacking me,” Sharma said. “I don’t think there was anything wrong with the advertisement. I suppose I am naive. That is what happens when you are a first-generation CEO.”About five years ago, event organizers would hesitate to invite Sharma to speak on stage.“Nobody knew what he would end up saying on stage – he was not known for political correctness or polish,” said Prasanto K. Roy, a technology expert. But his early struggles, grit and earthiness began to seem cool.“Success has not changed him. He has retained his energy and raw ambition, and his extreme candor on public forums,” Roy said.Recently a video of Sharma’s curse-filled pep talk at an office party on New Year’s Eve went viral and drew criticism. In the video, he wears a hoodie, flashes hip-hop hand sign and lets out blood-curdling screams.“We made others piss in their pants,” he said.Many said this is very un-CEO-like behavior. He said it was a private party.Success, however, continues to surprise him. Gates told him to expand his company aggressively during a private dinner in 2015 in New Delhi.“I was thinking, ‘You have heard of my company?’” Sharma said. “At Davos, I was in the same room as David Cameron and Sheryl Sandberg. All the while I was going, ‘Oh my god, oh my god!’“I am tickled. In my head, I am always giggling at such meetings.”—The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

UAE to Open 3 New Consular Centers, Invest $75 Billion in India

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open three new consular centers and invest $75 billion of its sovereign wealth fund in India in the next 10 years, the country’s envoy said on Dec. 5 in New Delhi. The decision comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the gulf nation in February 2018 for a summit.“Under the present circumstances, if people from Chandigarh, Chennai and Hyderabad want a visa to the UAE, they have to travel to either Mumbai or Delhi or Kerala. So to prevent hardship for the people, we are soon going to open our consular and visa centers in these cities,” Dr Ahmed Albanna, the ambassador of UAE, told the media in New Delhi.The increased number of consular centers will facilitate Indians seeking work in UAE. Indians make up one of the largest expat communities in the country. Albanna also launched a mobile app that would help those visiting from UAE and those visiting the Gulf nation from India.“The Embassy has created two applications on the Apple Store and Google Play where you can access them under the name of United Arab Emirates Embassy, New Delhi,” he said. “The app is more like a map with key destinations and points along with proper guidance. For UAE nationals, it provides services such as ‘Twajudi’ (a service aimed at helping any national return in case of emergency) as well as in cases of lost passports. For Indian nationals, the app provides visa and attestation information to help bridge the information gap and smoothen the overall process,” a statement released by the embassy said.Albanna also said that of the proposed $75 billion investment, $1 billion has already been invested in India. The funds will be used for infrastructure projects in the country.The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), which operates the sovereign fund, bought stakes in KKR India Financial Services Pvt Ltd, a major non-banking financial company in India, a day before Albana declared the investment for India.In January 2017, India had signed 14 agreements with the UAE to strengthen bilateral relations during the visit of Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The agreements included defense industries, maritime transport, cybersecurity, shipping and transport.“I believe that the UAE, with its unique development experience and Islamic and Arab background, and India, with its inimitable and successful development experience and its unique model of coexistence, can work together to push for peace and stability in Asia and the Middle East. This makes me even more optimistic about the future of our relationship,” Sheikh bin Zayed had said in his official statement in January during the first strategic dialogue.The UAE envoy had said then that the country stands with India on counter-terror cooperation, which had been on focus during Modi’s August 2015 visit. “We denounce extremism, terrorism, and work closely with other countries to counter-attack organizations and individuals that have been listed or proscribed,” he had said. Related ItemsGulfUAEVisalast_img read more

Before the Applause: Kritika Pande Recalls the Making of The Song of Scorpions

first_imgMost actors who only have their merit to use as a launchpad can only dream of the right debut. For Kritika Pande, reaching an international arena at the age of 25 has been an arduous journey that took years of grit.After working in a web series, and some short films, Pande landed a role in the Switzerland-France-Singapore production, The Song of Scorpions, starring France-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani and Indian actor Irrfan Khan.The Hindi-language feature-length film, based on a folk tale from Rajasthan, was shot in the desert city of Jaisalmer. The project was conceived when Switzerland-based filmmaker Anup Singh of Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost fame came up with the story while listening to songs by female healers of scorpion wounds. It’s believed in the region that a person stung from a scorpion will die in one day unless a holy singer is called to tune into the victim’s pulse and create an antidote chant. The film has the essence of a mythical story retold through new eyes.The Song of ScorpionsPande, an alumnus of Delhi’s Hindu College and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, says the collaboration and the coherence visible in the movie has been the greatest achievement. Commending the efficiency of the Swiss producers, Saskia Vischer and Shahaf Peled, the debutante talks about the detailed planning that went into shooting the film in the difficult conditions of the Thar Desert. The producers were involved in every stage of the making of the film, which was screened at the Jio Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) on Oct. 15.“They were present for MAMI, during music composition, post-production, it has been a collaborative process,” Pande, who hails from Uttarakhand, tells Little India. “It felt like the director and the producers had married each other’s minds.”This was the second time the producers were working with Singh, having made the critically-acclaimed Qissa together earlier. “People like Anup Singh’s sensibility,” Pande adds.The actress, who plays Farahani’s best friend in the film, admits to being in complete awe of her and Khan. “Farahani brought a smile to everyone’s face on the set. This was my first film and I was scared,” Pande recalls.Talking about Khan, who has worked in celebrated movies like Life of Pi, The Amazing Spiderman, and other huge international ventures, she says that the one thing that inspired her was that he was always relaxed.“He once asked a little boy for a story and a song,” she says. “Later, he used the song in a scene. He’s so spontaneous and pays attention to details. He completely enters the director’s mind.”Pande recalled an interesting scene with Khan, who plays a camel peddler in the movie, in which she was supposed to climb the animal, then hop on to a wall, and throw rotis to Nooran (Farahani’s character). However, the camel was out of control and wouldn’t let her climb. “So I had to climb on Irrfan sir’s shoulder, then the wall, and finally jump down,” she says, going on to talk about another memorable scene, a song sequence celebrating the pregnancy of Nooran, who is carrying Aadam’s (Irrfan Khan) baby.The Song of Scorpions is based on the Muslim Sindhi community in Jaisalmer, where women are the singing healers of scorpion sting but aren’t allowed to sing publicly. The film is based on folk stories and also stars Shefali Bhushan and veteran actress Waheeda Rehman, who also sang in it.The movie is an Agora Films release (in Switzerland) of Feather Light Films, KNM, Cine-Sud Promotion, Aurora Media, and M!Capital production. Pande was especially struck by the meticulous manner in which the schedule was organized. “I would receive a call-sheet every day with details of the day’s scene, like the co-actors and its length, etc. Seemingly trivial things like accommodation, food and how you’re treated matter because they affect your mood and performance.”The Song of Scorpions received positive reviews from international media after its premier at the Locarno Film Festival in August. The Hollywood Reporter said: “The film is absolutely gorgeous to look at, with Swiss cinematographers Pietro Zuercher and Carlotta Holy-Steinemann relishing the opportunity to film a country that looks so unlike their own. However, as foreigners, they do have a bit of a postcard-pretty approach to India, which won’t hurt in Europe but which might rub Asian audiences the wrong way.” Related Itemsanup singhgolshifteh farahaniirffan khanJio mamikritika pandeqissathe song of scorpionswaheeda rehmanlast_img read more

Tata’s $50 Million Gift To Cornell

first_imgCornell University has received an endowment of $50 million from The Tata Education and Development Trust divided equally to establish the Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition to advance nutrition and agriculture in India and finance 25 scholarships for Indian students annually at Cornell University. Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Sons, is an alumnus of the school.  Related Itemslast_img

San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SAN BEDA 83 – Cabanag 14, Mocon 14, Bolick 13, Tankoua 11, Noah 7, Soberano 7, Adamos 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 3, Potts 3, Bahio 2, Cariño 2, Tongco 0.ARELLANO 72 – Salado 17, Cañete 15, Viloria 15, Flores 6, Dela Cruz 5, Concepcion 3, Meca 3, Nicholls 3, Taywan 3, Enriquez 2, Abanes 0, Alcoriza 0.Quarters: 21-17, 43-40, 61-55, 83-72. LATEST STORIES The Red Lions had a hard time shaking off the desperate Chiefs in the game as Arellano cut the deficit to as low as four, 67-63 with 7:34 remaining.But Cabanag and AC Soberano commandeered San Beda’s 9-0 blast to restore order and take a 13-point lead, 76-63, with 5:31 to play.Kent Salado paced Arellano (5-9) with 17 points, three assists, and two rebounds, but his efforts weren’t enough as the Chiefs lost three of their last four games.Michael Cañete and Kraniel Viloria both had 15 markers in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs as they fought off a tough stand from Arellano, 83-72, Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.Robert Bolick flirted with a triple-double as he fired 13 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, including the last four points for the Red Lions to finally put the Chiefs away.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilo Javee Mocon registered 14 markers, seven boards, and five assists, while Jeramer Cabanag posted a career-best 14 points, six of which coming in the fourth quarter, to go with two rebounds.Donald Tankoua also added 11 markers and five boards in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Boyet Fernandez is glad to keep San Beda’s 12-game winning streak rolling, but warned his players of complacency, especially as it prepares for its final eliminations assignment against Lyceum and the Final Four.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves. We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. Whatever will be the result, we’re always ready and prepared,” he said.last_img read more

Gill doubles cash awards for CWG and Asian Games

first_imgThe Sports Ministry on Tuesday doubled the cash awards for gold medal winners to Rs 20 lakhs for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to encourage sportspersons to come up with an improved performance in the upcoming mega-events.The announcement to increase the cash incentives was made by the Sports Minister M. S. Gill, who also expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Games will be held successfully in October.He said the main outcome of the Games would be the performance of our sportspersons and the sporting legacy left behind by the event.”With a view to encouraging the sportspersons, the Minister announced doubling of cash awards for the coming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games to Rs 20 lakhs (from Rs 10 lakhs) for gold medalist, Rs 10 lakhs (from Rs 5 lakhs) for silver medalist, and Rs 6 lakhs (from Rs 3 lakhs) for bronze medalist,” the Ministry said in a release.Meanwhile, the State Sports Ministers stressed on the need to enact a National Sports Act to bring more accountability in the functioning of the federations and promoting better governance.”The State Sports Ministers unanimously resolved that there was an urgent need for enacting a National Sports Act for promoting good governance practices in the National Sports Federations, including professional management, financial accountability and good electoral practices,” the statement said after the annual conference of State Sports Ministers.”They also recommended the setting up of a National Sports Dispute Redressal Tribunal to ensure speedy resolution of sports disputes, including player’s grievances,” it added.Gill also emphasised the need to promote and protect playing fields, and urged the State Governments to set up State level Playing Field Associations.He referred to the new proposal for creation of Urban Sports Infrastructure, which envisages 100 per cent financial assistance for the setting up of community sports facilities and sports academies, coach development etc, the release said.advertisementlast_img read more

WTA Finals: World No.1 Ashleigh Barty Breaks Elina Svitolina Hoodoo to Win Title

first_img Ashleigh Bartyelina svitolinatenniswomens tennis association First Published: November 3, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Shenzhen: World number one Ashleigh Barty spectacularly ended her jinx against defending champion Elina Svitolina to win the WTA Finals on Sunday and scoop the richest prize in tennis history.Barty, who had never beaten Svitolina in five previous attempts, won 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 26 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre. The Australian claimed a record-setting US$4.42 million payday — the biggest ever awarded in men’s or women’s tennis.That’s the match and the title!@ashbarty beats Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 to win the Billie Jean King Trophy at the @SHISEIDO_corp @WTAFinals Shenzhen! pic.twitter.com/eiiiXs84rY— WTA (@WTA) November 3, 2019 BABOS-MLADENOVIC TAKE DOUBLES TITLETimea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic played a masterclass against Barbora Strycova and Hsieh Su-Wei to defend their WTA Finals doubles title on Sunday.In a lopsided final, the world number three completed an unbeaten campaign in Shenzhen with a 6-1, 6-3 rout in 64 minutes.The French Open champions were the first team since 2008 to defend their crown. It was a third straight triumph for Babos, who won in 2017 when paired with Andrea Sestini-Hlavackova.”We really stood up and believed in our mental strength,” Mladenovic said after the match.Your 2019 @Shiseido_corp @WTAFinals Shenzhen doubles champions!Lift that 🏆, @KikiMladenovic and @TimeaBabos! pic.twitter.com/8cmqqpL44l— WTA (@WTA) November 3, 2019 The French-Hungarian pairing started red hot and captured two early breaks to run through a one-sided first set in just 24 minutes.They gained a decisive break in the sixth game of the second set before completing a convincing victory over the Wimbledon champions.Strycova had already secured the year-end number one doubles ranking for the first time in her career. last_img read more

Manchester City eyeing nothing less than a win in Manchester derby: David Silva

first_imgNothing less than victory will do for Manchester City in Saturday’s feisty Premier League derby against Manchester United, playmaker David Silva has said.Silva, who scored both goals in Spain’s friendly win over Belgium last week and two more against Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier on Monday, has featured in all of City’s league games this season under manager Pep Guardiola.Table-topper City sit marginally above United on goal difference after both sides won their first three league games.”It’s going to be a very beautiful game. The two teams arrive to this game having taken good results and after making wholesale changes in every sense,” the 30-year-old told Spanish radio station Cope. (Also read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic had offers from Arsenal, Manchester City before joining Manchester United)”We’ve started the season very well and it should be a great game. But we won’t be playing for a draw. We will go out to win the match.”City have won three times and drew one in their last five top flight meetings with United at Old Trafford.”It’s a ground where in the last few years things have gone okay for us. We know they are a very difficult rival – but we won’t settle for a draw,” Silva added.last_img read more

Glassdoor’s Roundtable on Pay Equality, Featuring Hillary Clinton & Other Leaders

first_imgThe gender pay gap is real and it’s time to have a frank discussion about the facts.On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 – Equal Pay Day – Glassdoor will host a group of dynamic leaders from across the political, business and cultural spectrums for an open and honest roundtable discussion about the reality of the gender pay gap, and what we can do to close it.Award-winning journalist, author and media consultant, Diane Brady will moderate the panel of leaders including:Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, former U.S. senator, former first ladyRobert Hohman, co-founder and CEO, Glassdoor, Inc.Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender ResearchDan Henkle, president, Gap Foundation & SVP of global sustainability of Gap Inc.Megan Rapinoe, World Cup Champion & Olympic Gold MedalistTracy Sturdivant, co-founder & co-executive director of Make It WorkDuring the conversation, speakers will explore how greater pay transparency, along with viable programs, policies and consumer and employer practices, can help to narrow pay gaps across industries, occupations and employers.Watch LIVESign up in advance to get a virtual front-row seat to watch the livestream of this historic discussion as these dynamic leaders and equal pay advocates explore how employees, employers and policymakers can influence and close the gender pay gap.Why it MattersThe gender pay gap is top of mind for job candidates and employees around the world. Nine in 10 employees across seven countries believes believe men and women should be paid equally for equal work, according to a recent Glassdoor survey, yet a sizable pay gap still exists.New research from Glassdoor Economic Research reveals that the gender pay gap is real and significant—5.4% in the U.S.—even after controls for education, work experience, location, industry, job title and company are applied. And, the same research reveals the pay gap grows significantly with age. Over a career, the pay gap can easily cost a woman earning $40,000 to $100,000 a year tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to a man on the same career path. This means women can wind up working years for free.What you can do to Make a DifferenceJoin the conversation! Register now to watch the livestream on Tuesday, April 12th at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT and receive reminders. Share topics and questions via social media using #ShareYourPay.Take a Stand for Equal PayEmployees and job seekers want to work for companies that embrace pay equality. If you’re an employer, do what more than 1,800 employers have already done, and take the Pay Equality Pledge to pay employees equitably for equal work and experience. And, then tell your job candidates and employees about it.We hope you’ll tune in on Tuesday, April 12th!Thanks for doing your part to close the gender pay gap. #ShareYourPaylast_img read more

Game-Changing Multitasking Tips from People Who Work 80-Hour Weeks

first_imgSome people dread the idea of multitasking at work, or juggling more than one ball in the proverbial air. But others make multitasking at work look like an art form. So we spoke to several career superstars, many of whom are logging up to 80 hours a week at the office, to get their best tips on how to multitask at work — extra hours not required.1. Go From Desktop to Laptop“Switching from a desktop computer to a laptop has been a game changer. I am able to take work with me wherever I go. Whether it is the back conference room sitting in on a staff meeting or at a coffee shop in between meetings, using a laptop allows me to remain connected and maximize my time so I can work on multiple things wherever I am. Plus, if I need to escape from the open office environment to really focus and tackle my to-do list, I am able to sneak off to a quiet spot.” — Jamie Watt Arnold, senior vice president, Profiles, Inc.2. Put Your Apps to Good Use“Without my Outlook calendar or Google drive, I would be lost. You can use Outlook for more than just reminding you of deadlines or meetings — you can use it for reminding yourself when to start big projects or activities, so you’re not working on a big strategy days before it’s due. I also use it to section chunks of my day to remind me to work on projects so that it’s on my calendar and alerts me ahead of time.” —Eleana Collins, director of Warschawski7 Apps That’ll Get You Closer to Your Dream Job This Month3. Don’t Leave a Paper Trail“I deal with paper only once — as in, once a document is in my hand, I decide to either place it in my ‘action needed’ file, or file it in my client’s file or throw the document away.  I don’t allow clutter to accumulate.” —Claire Hancock, partner at Hancock Injury Attorneys4. Automate Everything“There will be times when you’re asked to provide the same information on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. You have to ask yourself, how can I automate this process? Is there a way to get this done faster? Learning how to build spreadsheets and formulas in Excel will be a huge time saver. You can drop mass data into a spreadsheet and have it auto populate to view the numbers in an organized fashion. There are also programs you can research and find online that may make certain reports or information that you typically use easier to access or view. If you are always on the go, it may be smart to open a Dropbox account to have files with you at all times.” —Octavio Vargas, business consultant at EBE Consulting5. Keep a Positive Attitude“Don’t let your work get you down. When you’re working long hours, it can seem like you are pushing the more important things away, like family commitments. However, if you try to keep a positive mindset, you will find that your work and your efficiency to do said work both improve. Just think [about how] all of the hard work you are putting in right now is going to help expand your career later.” —Ryan Jones, web developer at Advanced IT ServicesThe One Productivity Hack Intuit’s Sherry Whiteley Swears By6. Start Big, End Small“I wake up every day at 4:30 a.m. After my morning routine, I arrive at work by 7 a.m.., which ensures that I have approximately two hours before the majority of my office clocks in. During those two hours, I tackle my most difficult tasks, which free up my afternoons to focus on value-added projects for my company. Start big and end small has proved to be my most efficient work habit.” —Ryan Hutchins, senior analyst at Economics Partners, LLC7. Shake It Off“One of the keys to good multitasking is to get up once in a while and walk around — shake off the cobwebs, so to speak. I’m a writer, and on a typical day I’m working on up to three different ghostwritten books, two blogs, a couple of LinkedIn profiles, and other smaller projects. It’s easy to get engrossed in the work — multitasking between this and that — and never take a break. So, I get up once per hour for 15 minutes and walk around the block, look at things, hum to myself, and then get back to it. This helps keep the back from aching and the mood from souring.” —Richard Lowe Jr., writer and owner of The Writing King8. Know Your Limits“Setting limits on how many tasks I am willing to multitask at once has also been helpful.   It’s fairly easy for me to just follow my nose — just like a dog — moving from one thing that catches my attention to the next until I have 15 windows open on my computer, the day has ended, and I have not finished one little task. By setting those limits — for example, do just two tasks at once — I’m better able to complete.” —Tamara G. Suttle, M.Ed., LPC, ACSlast_img read more

Meet The Woman Revolutionizing Genetic Testing, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki

first_img Software Engineer, Informatics 23andMe, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Originally published December 2016. Updated in Janaury 2018. 4.3★ Product Analyst 23andMe Sunnyvale, CA Available Jobs at 23andMe 4.3★ Scientist II / Senior Scientist, Computational Biology 23andMe San Francisco, CA 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h Browse More Jobs Program Manager/ Sr. Program Manager – Clinical Trial Recruitment 23andMe Sunnyvale, CA Lead/Senior Cloud Engineer 23andMe Sunnyvale, CA See more jobs at 23andMe 4.3★center_img 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h Scientist, Immunology 23andMe South San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h Software Engineer – Growth 23andMe, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA 4.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h To be Anne Wojcicki, you must start the day with a strong French pressed coffee—or, better yet, a few coffees. The 44-year-old founder and CEO of 23andMe is also the mother of two, a real estate investor and owner of kid-friendly cafe, Bumble, in Northern California. Oh, and her portfolio also includes an arts-and-crafts store, a video arcade, and indoor play space. Talk about a multi-tasker.In addition to juggling a non-stop schedule, Wojcicki is transforming how we think about genetics and the future of health. 23andMe has given 3 million consumers information about their ancestry, carrier status, wellness and traits, as well as genetic health risk reports, authorized by the FDA. At the helm of the personal genomics company, Wojcicki spends her days in DNA at her offices in Silicon Valley rushing from meeting to meeting, as she looks for new ways to break boundaries. After all, the pressure is on 23andMe as the industry leader and the first direct-to-consumer DNA testing service with FDA-authorized health reports..Glassdoor caught up with Wojcicki to talk about the next frontier of genetics, common DNA misconceptions, her career journey, and the advice she’d give her 20-year-old self.Glassdoor: 23andMe is the leader in personal genetics—a way for us non-science folks to access our data. Was this the goal or an unexpected perk?Anne Wojcicki: This was always the goal. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. A huge piece of that is education, and making genetics relatable. Our scientists do a phenomenal job creating reports that are understandable for our customers and are an opportunity for them to begin learning about themselves through genetics. We also take opportunities to educate the public more broadly, for example helping create the Smithsonian’s genome exhibit which toured museums nationwide. We’ve also helped create curriculum for courses on genetics, and have put together two children’s books about genetics – the latest just debuted on Amazon last month!Glassdoor: How is 23andMe different from the traditional DNA testing that can be done through a clinic or hospital?Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe is different in a couple ways. First, we are not a diagnostic test. Tests done in a medical system are designed to help diagnose disease. 23andMe is a medical device that is designed to look at carrier status, wellness, physical traits and ancestry. Second, 23andMe is intentionally designed to be easy for consumers to understand. Most tests done in a clinic are designed for physicians and not consumers.5 Big Trends in Jobs for 2018Glassdoor: 23andMe has much more on the line than say an Uber or Spotify. How do you as CEO not get overwhelmed by that responsibility?Anne Wojcicki: I feel a responsibility to our customers to get important information out to them. I have seen over the last few years just how much this information can impact lives for the better. I am driven by the desire to have better and better health information for individuals so we can all make better decisions in our lives.Glassdoor: What motivates you or keeps you going on the tough days at work? When the morale is low and the expectations are high, how do you motivate yourself to push forward?Anne Wojcicki: Customer stories and the impact of what we are doing is what keeps me going when days are tough and things are not going well. I am proud of impact we are having in the world by uniting families, answering questions, and helping people take action with their health. The impact of what we are doing is top of my mind every day.Glassdoor: You’re one of the elite group of female co-founders and CEOs. Is the landscape for female CEOs and female founders improving? What do you notice are some of the trends in the gender leadership gap?Anne Wojcicki: What changes the landscape and improves the gender gap are supportive and vocal role models who lead by example and with proactive outreach. I am a strong believer that female role models need to tell their stories and reach out to the younger generation.Glassdoor: How do you tackle or approach the gender pay gap? Internally, how have you sought to equal the playing field as it pertains to your staff and women employed by 23andMe?Anne Wojcicki: I think awareness is the first step towards making sure a company doesn’t have a gender pay gap. We frequently evaluate salaries to make sure we are balanced and we continuously evaluate ourselves to make sure we have a culture that is friendly to men and women of all ethnicities and sexual orientation. I think awareness and regular intervals of reflection are key to making sure the company is making the right decisions.Glassdoor: Any advice for how other tech companies improve equal pay in the workplace?Anne Wojcicki: It comes from management. Management needs to be open to feedback and needs to regularly review pay to make sure they are compensating fairly.See What 23andMe Employees Say About Working for WojcickiGlassdoor: For those interested in working at 23andMe, what is the company culture like? How would you describe the work environment that you’ve led for the past few years?Anne Wojcicki: I genuinely love coming to work every day and it’s because of the culture and the people. First and foremost we are a mission-driven company and people come to 23andMe because they believe in the work we are doing. Everyone at the company is contributing to our mission of enabling people to access, understand and benefit from the human genome. I like to think that we have a culture that is inquisitive, stimulating, fun and rewarding. I am also a firm believer in giving everyone the opportunity to grow and keep learning.Glassdoor: Now a fun one: what was your first job? And how did it shape or impact you?Anne Wojcicki: Growing up, one of my friend’s family owned a luggage shop and I often had the opportunity to help out in their store. I know a lot about luggage and pens!Glassdoor: If you could sit down with her for a drink, what advice would you give your 20-year-old self?Anne Wojcicki: I would say enjoy the uncertainty and the adventure of figuring out the world and what you want to do. 20-year-olds can get away with adventure and exploration in a way 40+-year-olds can not. So enjoy asking all the questions and trying all the different jobs and realize that each new experience helps shape your views of the world and what you want to do in it. 23 hours ago 23h 4.3★last_img read more

Professional References 101: How to Ask for a Reference & Who to Turn to

first_img Don’t expect your professional references to know everything about you — you’ll have to supply them with some information to help them give a shining recommendation on your behalf. Here’s how to help your references: First, tell your references that you’ve named them as a reference. Even if you asked their permission before submitting their name, it’s nice to confirm you passed it along. Plus, it helps your references set aside time to prepare what they would like to say when called. Next, supply them with a list of your strengths in specific situations, not just basic info. They should be ready to provide examples of projects where you exceeded expectations. Your reference should easily cite one or two situations that highlight your strengths.Finally, don’t forget to share some suggested weaknesses. (Employers like to ask about both strength and weaknesses.) If your reference knows you well, they will have answers, but you can help them identify how you have overcome or rectified those weaknesses, too. How to Reach Out to a Potential Reference How to Choose Your Professional References Asking for references can be intimidating. Because references often don’t come from the company you’re working at currently — especially if you haven’t yet told them you’re seeking out new opportunities — you often must reach out to colleagues from across the spectrum of your career. This means contacting people you may not have spoken to in a while, and asking them to take time out of their schedule to attest to your attributes. But whether you’re reaching out to a current colleague or a former boss, how should you approach them, and what should you say to convince them to be your reference? While it might be tempting to use the same email for everyone, it’s best to tailor each of your emails.For a former employer, be sure to ask them how they’re doing and take the time to give them a short update on your career and life before jumping into making a request. End your email with the ask: “Would you be available to serve as a reference and provide a positive recommendation for me? If you are, I’d be happy to send you my resume and a sample job description,” is a simple and easy way to ask them to be a reference for you.You can find five other sample emails, with scripts for how to ask for a reference, here. How to Prep Your Professional References Sometimes the trickiest thing about professional references is knowing who to contact. Here are five common types of references — in the next section, we’ll address who yours should be.Former Employer. A previous employer can provide the best insight into your work ethic, successes and how well you collaborate with a team. They can also describe your responsibilities and how adept you are (or were) at handling them — info a potential employer will want. Colleague. Someone you worked alongside at a previous job — a coworker who wasn’t your boss — can be an excellent reference. They will be able to speak about things you worked on together and what you achieved as a team. (Teamwork is one of the most important soft skills an employer looks for, so having someone to vouch for your teamwork skills is vital.)Teacher. If you’re a recent or soon-to-be graduate, a teacher or professor can provide a strong reference — especially if they taught a course that is pertinent to your major. They will be able to talk about the skills you picked up during their course, as well as your personal character and even your schoolwork ethic.Advisor. An academic college advisor is another great option for a reference. They can talk about who you were as a student and how you’ve become the professional you are today.Supervisor. Someone who supervised you could be another excellent reference to include. A supervisor doesn’t have to be someone you worked with — they could be a supervisor from a volunteer project, an internship or another extracurricular activity. Any of these people have spent enough time working with you to get a sense of your character and passions.center_img Types of Professional References Now that you know how to identify and approach the best references, here is some additional information that will help you with references and in your job search!Don’t Have Professional References? Here’s What to DoHow to Ask for a Referral Without Embarrassing Yourself8 Secrets Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But Really Want To)4 Common Misconceptions About Job ReferencesHow To Ensure a Glowing Job ReferenceThe 8 Best People To Pick For Your Job ReferenceHow to Get a Job8 Steps to Become an Irresistible HireWhat Recruiters Look at When Stalking Your Social Media5 Ways to Prove That You’re the Best Candidate for the Job Depending on where you are in your career, you may have many — or few — options when it comes to professional references. So how do you choose your references? In general, you’ll want to think about the type of reference you’re looking for. Do you want someone who can speak highly of your work ethic? Do you want someone who can illustrate your personality to employers? When selecting a reference, you want someone who can speak highly of you as a professional, so make sure you choose the best reference for the position.If you’re a job candidate who’s fresh out of college, with no work experience, you can ask your former professors or advisors to vouch for your hard work and character, especially those you’ve gotten to know pretty well. You can also ask your old track team coach, play director or whoever you interacted with in a meaningful setting.If you’ve already held down at least one full-time job, you’ll probably be held to a different standard than a recent college graduate when it comes to references. Your first reference choices should be former employers, colleagues and supervisors. If you’re unable to ask — or uncomfortable with asking — your current employer or colleagues, you can reach out to associates you met through professional channels, like business conferences, but that you never actually worked with. While those folks won’t be able to confirm you consistently exceeded expectations and met deadlines, they can speak to your industry knowledge and passion. And that could be enough to get a prospective employer to take a chance on you.You can also talk with former colleagues who are no longer at the company you worked at together. If that’s the case, then the ban on serving as references probably won’t apply. Learn Morelast_img read more

AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma: I’m being massacred!

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma denies he wants to leave.Donnarumma is being barracked by fans during Italy U21’s Euros campaign after rejecting a new contract last week.Quotes carried by La Repubblica indicate the situation is getting to the youngster.“I’ve done nothing,” Donnarumma is quoted as saying.“I never said I wanted to leave Milan. Why are they massacring me?”last_img

Barcelona ace Neymar: I’m trying to get Lucas Lima to join us

first_imgBarcelona ace Neymar is backing a move for Santos midfielder Lucas Lima.Lima’s agent is Neymar’s father and he is said to already have a deal in place with Barca.”I’ve been trying to help and do what I can so that he can join us. He’s a player who I have a great admiration for – I like him a lot and he’s also a good friend,” said Neymar. “I hope it all goes through without problems. If he joins Barcelona he will be welcomed with open arms. I am sure he will bring a lot of joy to the team if he ends up with us,” Neymar said, adding, “If it were up to me, he’d already be signed! (laughs), but unfortunately I don’t have a say in the matter.”last_img read more

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez hits hat-trick in Spain U21 Euros semi win

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez scored a hat-trick as Spain defeated Italy 3-1 in their U21 Euros semifinal.Saul netted all three of his goals in the second half at the Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Stadium.Following Saul’s opening goal early in the second half, Italy had Inter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini sent off for a second booking.Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi pulled Italy level but Saul grabbed his second before putting the result beyond doubt with 16 minutes remaining.Eight minutes into the second half Spain went ahead through Saul and they looked to be in command of the game five minutes later.Gagliardini was shown a second yellow card by Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic but rather than wilt Italy struck back just four minutes later when Bernardeschi scored the equaliser from a pass by Sassuolo’s Lorenzo Pellegrini.But their relief only lasted for a short time as three minutes later Saul scored his second of the game after being set up by Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu.Any hopes Italy had of getting back into the game were snuffed out when Saul scored his third after 74 minutes.Spain will meet Germany in the final.last_img read more

Updates on the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010: Website Launched, Abstract Submissions Open

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 8, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Global Maternal Health Conference Website LaunchedCheck out our new Conference websitewww.gmhconference2010.com!  All the news and information currently available about the Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 is now online.  This is where you’ll learn about registration, abstract submission, the conference program, and all the logistics you’ll need to attend the first ever global conference devoted exclusively to maternal health. Be sure to bookmark this site and visit it often – it will be continually updated as the conference nears.Abstract Submission Now OpenSubmit your abstract for a poster or a presentation at The Global Maternal Health Conference 2010 now!  The deadline is April 30th and all the details are available here.A 20-person Conference steering committee has been hard at work identifying the themes and sub-themes that will by the focus of the 3-day conference. The themes are• Maternal Health Interventions and Programs• Underlying Factors Affecting Maternal Health• Measurement–Trends and Methods• Reproductive Health• Health Systems• Policy and AdvocacyMore information about the themes and sub-themes is available here.The steering committee is looking for abstracts that fall within the three organizing parameters of the Maternal Health Task Force: Evidence, Programs, and Policies and that are germane to the themes outlined above.Submissions will be accepted for single abstracts and pre-formed panels.  Scholarships are available for participants from developing countries whose abstracts are accepted. To submit an abstract click here.Conference Registration Opens in MayGlobal Maternal Health Conference registration is set to open mid-May.  Given the space limitations at the Conference venue, it is anticipated that open registration will be limited.  A majority of registration spots have been reserved for participants whose abstracts are accepted and who are on the conference program.To ensure you secure a place at the conference we encourage you to submit an abstract. In addition, scholarship priority will be given to those from a developing country who have had an abstract accepted.  For more on Conference registration, click here.Your colleagues at the Public Health Foundation of India and the Maternal Health Task Force look forward to your input and participation to make this Conference a turning point in global efforts to improve maternal health!Stay tuned here for the most up to date information on the conference!Share this:last_img read more