first_imgDear Leslie, What can you do if your salary is non-negotiable? I don’t ask for a raise because I am certain my boss would rather replace me with a younger, cheaper employee. I have made my peace with this situation because I get to work the schedule I want, 30 hours a week. But it still bothers me sometimes knowing I’m not getting paid what I am worth, especially considering my years of experience. Dear Reader, If you are fearful your boss will fire you simply for asking for a raise, you probably do not have much job security anyway. I suggest you start thinking about Plan B. But if, as I suspect, you don’t want to ask because you are afraid of getting a “no,” I hope you’ll reconsider. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 To get a raise, you have to believe you deserve it. Prepare a request backed up by research about the prevailing rates for someone with your experience in your area, and you may get a fair hearing. Emphasize the benefits of retaining someone with your seasoning over hiring a greenhorn. Are you more efficient? More accurate? More trusted by the customers? Figure out exactly how valuable you are. If your boss says the budget is tight, that is not “no” but rather “not right now.” Ask for a review when times are better, say in three or six months. Inquire about other benefits. More time off? More support staff? Be creative in trying to identify something that may not cost the company much but would be valuable to you. Another way is to get a better offer from somewhere else, then ask your employers to beat or match it if they want you to stay. Just make sure it’s a better offer than your current situation in case they say “goodbye and good luck.” Whatever happens, you’ll be ahead of where you are now. After a little research, you may realize you don’t have such a bad deal, or you may have new impetus to find a better job – each valuable in its own way. Dear Leslie, I was invited to fly to New York for a job interview. I live in Milwaukee and only discovered when I got to the interview that the salary was $20,000 below what I would consider. Negotiating experts say you should not discuss salary until you have an offer in hand, but when lots of time and travel is involved, isn’t that a foolish strategy? Dear Reader, That depends on your goals. If time is tight, you’ve got strict salary requirements and you can’t find out through your own network of contacts, ask your prospective employer about the salary range before liftoff. But if you’ve got a little extra time and appetite for adventure, the trip might pay off in other ways, even if the job is not a perfect fit. Depending on the circumstances, you may be treated to a crash course in your competition, or a completely different industry or part of the country. Leslie Whitaker is co-author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Negotiating.” Write her at goodgirls@contentthatworks.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders take on the Chargers in Los Angeles beginning at 1:05 p.m.Fresh off their first win of the season, the Raiders take on their AFC West rival Chargers, led by the Raiders’ archenemy Philip Rivers. L.A. beat the 49ers 29-27 last Sunday on the strength of Rivers’ three TD passes.In the process of knocking off the 49ers, Rivers climbed past … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

first_img7 October 2013President Jacob Zuma joined Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffiths in handing over the newly built Ethridge Junior Secondary School in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.The new school, built at a cost of over R45-million, has 18 classrooms, a sports ground, a computer laboratory, a science laboratory and a library. It replaces the dilapidated old Ethridge School, and will cater for 1 000 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9.Speaking at the official hand-over on Saturday, Zuma said the government would continue to work with the mining sector to promote social development in mining towns and areas that provided labour for the mines.“Mining continues to be the cornerstone of our economy,” Zuma said, adding that the mining industry had “manifold benefits” for the country, and encouraging mining companies to invest more in communities.Griffiths said Amplats hope its contribution would help encourage learners to “be curious and continue to learn for a lifetime”.Amplats built Ethridge Junior Secondary as part of its compliance with the social and labour plan of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.Commissioned in November 2011, the project was fast-tracked in a bid to implement the Presidential Package for mining towns, which was among the commitments made by the government, business and labour during a high-level dialogue on the economy convened President Zuma in October last year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgDo you need high-quality voice-over on a limited budget? No problem. Here’s how you can turn your closet into a DIY sound booth.There will likely come a time when audio needs to be performed beyond what was captured on set or location. This additional audio comes in many forms: a soundtrack, sound effects, voice-over, narration, and even ADR. Usually the soundtrack and sound effects are purchased for your project or created by sound specialists. But when it comes to voice-over and ADR, most filmmakers or video producers are on their own.While you can rent time in a studio space to record audio in a sound booth, the cost to use such spaces can be detrimental to a budget. In order to soften the financial blow, many filmmakers and video producers capture the voice-over and ADR on their own. The problem, however, is still the need for a space to record this audio. Luckily, most of us have closet space available.Let’s see what’s needed to turn a closet into your very own DIY sound booth.1. The SpaceImage from ShutterstockThe very first thing you need is space. You can use a hall closet, linen closet, or pantry for this space. A closet beneath stairs is a great place to start as well. No need for anything huge, just enough space to fit one person comfortably.2. Make Spatial AdjustmentsImage from ShutterstockOnce the space has been decided upon and cleared of all clutter, you’ll likely need to make some adjustments. You may have to remove shelving or racks in order to maximize the space. You definitely want your surfaces to be flat for the next step: sound proofing.Image from AudimuteAlso, don’t forget to add a light if there isn’t one already in the closet. Lighting is essential. Power could be a necessity for you as well, depending on what you’ll use the space for beyond just capturing vocal tracks. So, be aware of where your outlets are. If there are no outlets in your closet, which is probably the case, then you’ll want to contact a licensed electrician to aid you with this part of the adjustment.3. Soundproof the SpaceImage from ShutterstockNow that you’ve picked your space, made some spatial adjustments, and smoothed out the wall surface, it’s time to move onto the soundproofing part of the project.Video from compellingtvOne soundproofing solution is a blanket. These can be either a sound blanket or a packing blanket that you can purchase at many hardware stores. Another solution would be to purchase egg crate foam. You can easily find this at most department stores for a very minimal price. Finally, there are acoustic panels and professional sound foam. Both of these options will be a bit more pricey, unless you build your own panels. Here’s a video from Acoustic Geometry that tells us exactly what acoustic panels are and how to best utilize them.Video from Acoustic GeometryOnce you purchase any of these solutions, you’ll want to either use tacks, nails, or adhesive to apply them to the walls, ceiling, and the door of the closet. If your closet space has hardwood flooring, purchase a small rug or section of carpet to place on the floor. For vocals, you’ll want to cover as much surface area as possible. For more “acoustic” needs, leave some surface area visible.4. Gather Your EquipmentImage from ShutterstockNow that your space has been soundproofed, make sure you have the right equipment. For the inside of your closet, you’ll need a mic, mic stand, pop shield, XLR cable, music stand, stool, and headphones. Once you have these pieces of equipment in place, you need to make sure that they can reach the mixer or interface, so cable extensions may be a necessity.Image from ShutterstockRemember to listen to your equipment in the space before you finalize anything. Sometimes you may find that only covering 70% of the closet in foam will work perfectly for you. So run tests and record some vocals and listen to the playback. If you’re happy with the sound, then you’re good to begin recording professionally.5. No Closet, No ProblemWhat if you desperately need a sound booth but just don’t have any available closet space at all? Well, fear not… a sound booth doesn’t have to be a closet specifically. All you need is four walls (one with a door) and a ceiling.Image from Melrose CenterThere are pre-built sound booths available out there that work perfectly. However, if you’re the type of person that likes to build and customize, then you’ll want to check at the timelapse video below from Conrad Jay. Just make note that Jay build the walls, ceiling, and floor independently before bringing them together for the final build.Video from CONRAD JAYIf you just don’t have the time or resources to build a large scale sound booth, then a possible solution is purchasing or making a small portable sound booth. These can usually get the job done if you’re just needing some quick vocal work. They can be built or bought pre-built for a fairly inexpensive price. Here is a video from Joe at Media6D where he runs through the steps of building a quality DIY portable sound booth.Video from Media6DWhat are your thoughts on the homemade sound booth? Do you have a space in mind for your own booth? Are there any other assets you would add? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgSeparatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Saturday, when he was on his way to hold a demonstration on a number of issues, including the Kathua rape, outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. He alleged that he was assaulted.“A senior police officer ordered his uniformed soldiers to attack Mr. Malik, who was injured and dragged to the Khanyar police station,” said a JKLF spokesperson.The spokesperson said the assault on Mr. Malik was an act of naked hooliganism. “It’s the police behaviour that is pushing Kashmiris to the wall.They are promoting violence, which is highly condemnable,” he said.Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the police action.“The police’s behaviour against JKLF chairman is a clear indication that Kashmir is a police State. The police have been given a free hand to run its writ,” said Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz in a joint statement.The separatist leaders had called for the demonstration to protest “the killing of Kashmiri boys, use of force against the students, illegal detention of leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Kathua rape-and-murder.”Police deny assaultA police spokesman in Srinagar said Mr. Malik was stopped at 12.10 p.m. and asked to produce the car’s papers.“Mr. Malik, instead of producing the papers, obstructed the officer from carrying out his lawful duty. The police have initiated action under relevant provision of the law. The allegations of harassment to these individuals is strongly rebutted,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mihaela Buzarnescu rallied past fourth-seeded Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to set up a finals showdown against Maria Sakkari at the Silicon Valley Classic.Fifth-seeded Buzarnescu got her third three-set victory of the tournament, ensuring she’ll climb to at least No. 21 in the WTA rankings when they’re released Monday. If she beats Sakkari in the final Sunday, she could improve to No. 20.Sakkari was down a set and a double break against Danielle Collins before charging back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sakkari had yet to drop a set in the tournament before the match. She closed out Collins by winning the final six points.Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after losing a point to Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, August 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after defeating Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)CORRECTS SCORE TO 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 NOT 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 Mihaela Buzarnescu, of Romania, returns to Elise Mertens, of Belgium, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Buzarnescu won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. (AP Photo/John Hefti)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFROM THE FISHBOWL Day 1 The 2005 ASICS NTL has had an outstanding start with some early favourites already emerging from the pack. The FISHBOWL has identified the Sharks, Mets and Cobra’s Women’s as early favourites with The Hornets likely to cause a few upsets. It’s too early to call at this stage but the fishbowl will make some bold predictions at the end of day 2. In the Men’s it appears to be the old foes Sharks, Mets, Scorpions and Cobras going hard at it, but the emergence of the Rustlers certainly has some astute tongues wagging. The Qld Cow cockies have traded well at the sales with some superb young steers making their mark in the top grade. Top shelf beef, some may say! Sharks mixed open have also dominated early proceedings with a real family flavour adding to the success of the team. The brothers Hipperson, Jeb and Tory have teamed up with their little sister Tiffeny and are having a ball. Add to this some excellent young players in Adam Falzon, Brad Davids and Amy Fong and they are sure to excite. The FISHBOWL is prepared to go out on a limb early and predict a Sharkies victory in the Mixed Open. Spectators have been treated to some entertaining touch with our junior players in the 20’s divisions really raising the razzle dazzle factor. Watching the men’s 20’s is akin to seeing gazelles sprinting and bounding on the National Geographic channel. These kids have more steps than Sydney Tower and more pace than the 11.40pm XPT to Coffs. This division is so wide open that it would be silly to name even the rough chances. If the boys are National Geographic then the girls surely are the Fashion Channel. Aside from their fantastic ability to play our game, many must have a uni degree in accessorising and makeup. The FISHBOWL was taken back to the 70’s with some huge sunnies and headbands appearing frequently around the grounds. Here it would appear that the Sharks, Mets and Cobras are the big 3 to beat. Play of the Day goes to the spectator that found a crisp $20 note and handed it to the FISHBOWL. This type of honesty will always be rewarded. Rumour of the Day has to be that a certain ATA Event Manager, No names here, stopped a game after only 7 minutes because he thought he heard the timer beeping. The quick thinking but very embarrassed gentleman remedied the situation with aplomb and minimal damage. It’s hard to get good help in the FISHBOWL folks. Keep an eye on the FISHBOWL reports daily for the more obscure stories from the NTL. **Adam Collins and Kane Weeks are not only controlling the tournament from the ‘Fishbowl’ (tournament control box) but are entertaining the crowd at the same time. Great work boys. The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the www.austouch.com.au homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.last_img read more

first_imgThe high performance weekend held at the new State Athletics Stadium saw an opportunity for Coaches, Players and Referees to join forces to further develop Touch Football at an Elite Level.There were a number of gentlemen that made the trip west to help and educate those members of the touch community that were able to attend. The specials guests included National High Performance Manager Wayne Grant, Australian 18 Girls Coach Peter Bell and newly retired Australian Captain Garry Sonda.For the coaches it gave them the opportunity to begin to upgrade from a level 1 to level 2 and then learn the new plans and practices that Australian teams are now using. The course was hands on and gave them an opportunity to see the men coaching in real life, and the techniques that are now being employed.For the players and referees on Saturday they were lucky enough to have fitness trainer Jeff Carter from Body Tech in attendance to give them a “warm up” into a real fitness session, and the fitness level they should be at before going on tour. And on Sunday the 15’s and 18’s along with a number of open representatives were able to participate in games and be coached by some of the best.WA Sport Program Coordinator Karon Boston:“We hope this event can become a permanent fixture on the Touch Football Calendar. The weekend was extremely worthwhile and thanks go to all those members of the touch community who were able to attend. Thanks also to those presenters and guests who attended”.TouchWest must thank a nuber of people for their attendance and participation they include: TFA Chairman Mike Rush, CEO Colm Maguire, Wayne Grant, Peter Bell, Garry Sonda, Henry Dos Santos, Freda Black and Jeff Carter. TouchWest would also like to make special mention to Karon Boston for her weeks of work to make this weekend possible.Related Filesmedia_release_hp_weekend-pdflast_img read more

first_imgDistrict Attorney Jerry D. Jones at his desk discussing the dropped charges of Alabama football players.KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – The owner of an Alberta trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been charged.Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Wednesday that Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces charges of non-compliance with various federal and provincial safety regulations.“The charges follow an investigation that was completed by Alberta Transportation into the collision,” Mason said. “The investigation found multiple instances of non-compliance of various transportation regulatory requirements in a six-month period.”Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured in rural Saskatchewan six months ago when their bus was involved in a crash with a semi-truck owned by the Calgary-based company.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who was driving the semi unit, was charged earlier this year with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Officials with Alberta Transportation said eight charges have now been laid against the trucking company owner.They include seven federal charges: two counts of failing to maintain logs for drivers hours of service, three counts of failing to monitor the compliance of a driver under safety regulations, and two counts of having more than one daily log for any day. The eighth charge under provincial regulations alleges failure to have or follow a written safety program.When reached in Calgary, Singh said he didn’t have any comment.A department spokesman said a federal Crown lawyer will be handling the prosecution on the charges against the owner.Singh’s first court appearance is Nov. 9 in Calgary.The maximum penalty for a federal hours of service failing is $5,000 per offence, while the provincial charge carries a $310 penalty. A court can, however, use discretion to impose a penalty up to $2,000.Alberta Transportation said Adesh Deol Trucking remains suspended.Myles Shumlanski, whose son Nick was injured in the crash, was pleased to hear about the charges.“It’s a good start,” he said. “Some of the people who did the charging need to look at that, too, because why did it get to that point? It’s still happening.”Shumlanski said governments across the country need to look at why licences are being handed out so easily.Mason, citing the Broncos crash as the reason, said the province is making driver training for new commercial truckers and bus drivers mandatory.“That incident prompted jurisdictions across Canada to take a closer look at their safety practices,” he said. “Alberta Transportation was already in the process of considering several improvements to traffic safety in our province.”The province said the training, which will include a standardized curriculum, will be mandatory as of March 1.“New requirements for trucking companies based in Alberta will enhance safety on the roads right across the continent,” Mason said.He said the province will eliminate a temporary safety fitness certificate and require all new commercial carriers to prove compliance with transportation safety regulations before they start operating. They will also be required to renew it every three years.Earlier this month, Alberta also announced that it will ditch its privatized model for road testing and will administer road exams directly to new drivers.Officials said testers will be government employees, and there will be more oversight to ensure that road exams are conducted fairly and consistently.— With files from John Cotter and Chris Purdy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the owner’s first name incorrect and Shumlanski’s first name spelled incorrectly.last_img read more