Warriors give extensions to two key players — just not the two you’re stressing about

first_imgThe Warriors might have plenty of question marks on how they will fill out their roster. The Warriors have faith, though, in key members that are overseeing the franchise.The Warriors reached multi-year deals with both Warriors general manager Bob Myers and president Rick Welts. The Warriors did not disclose the terms of the deal, but it reflects the Warriors’ support toward how Myers and Welts played pivotal roles in shaping their franchise.Myers completed his eighth season as the …last_img

2010: A Big Year For Remote Web Workers

first_imgThis year proved to be a strong one for online employment, as more and more took to the Web to find work, where an increasing number of jobs are for employers in other geographic areas, according to a report released by Elance.Elance reported its one-millionth job listing, as an annually-growing number of job seekers and freelancers use the site to find work. In total, the site saw 375,000 new listings in 2010, a 40% increase from last year. Web workers are cumulatively now earning over $100 million per year through the site. While these trends are specific to Elance, they tell us something about the job market as a whole, which is clearly becoming more mobile and distributed as technology continues to enable that shift. Elance highlights the explosion of mobile computing by reporting that the number of businesses posting mobile development jobs grew by 98% this year. In one of its more interesting breakdowns, the report outlines which skills grew in demand this year and which ones appear to be on their way out. Search engine marketing topped the list of “hot” skills for 2010, followed by iPhone development, Google App Engine, HTML5 and affiliate marketing. Decreasing in demand were skills related to direct marketing, BlackBerrys, Amazon Web Services, DHTML and Telemarketing. Photo by Flickr user jsogo john paul titlow Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#biz A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Drought Forces Tough Choices in the West

first_imgWater trucks for the wealthy“The very rich,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “are different from you and me,” and that apparently holds true even in a severe drought.As Ann Louise Bardach reports at Politico, California’s wealthiest neighborhoods are managing to stay lush even while most of the state goes dry.In Montecito, an upscale community near Santa Barbara, well-heeled residents like Oprah Winfrey pay to have water brought in on 5,000-gallon tankers. “These days, tankers can be seen barreling down Montecito’s narrow country roads day and night, ferrying up to 5,000 gallons of H20 to some of the world’s richest and thirstiest folks,” Bardach writes.This follows the start of water rationing in February — no new homes, no new swimming pools, and no refilling of existing pools with town water. The town has cut its water consumption by a whopping 48%, but some residents are paying hefty fines for using too much water, and others are bringing in the trucks.There’s one other unconventional solution to lawns that turn brown from a lack of water: hire a painter. As The National Journal reports, business is brisk for lawn painters who apply a coat of paint to make lawns look lush again. The treatment is said to be effective for as long as six months. Old measures still work, but new ideas are being triedWater shortages are affecting the region in many ways. In some areas, drinking water supplies are dangerously low. Farmers are hiring well-drillers to tap new groundwater supplies, prompting alarmed state lawmakers to impose new controls. Air quality is declining in the Los Angeles basin. Water levels in Lake Mead are plummeting, threatening drinking water supplies for Las Vegas and turning marinas into parched prairies.All the conventional water-saving strategies still apply: low-flow shower heads and faucets, hot-water circulation that eliminates the wait for hot water, low-flow or composting toilets, and more efficient appliances. Western communities also are responding by instituting a number of other conservation measures, everything from better water meters to incentives for people who tear out their lawns. Here’s a look at what’s being done. New pricing strategies can lower water useIn the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization known as SPUR (originally the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) earlier this year listed a number of steps that cut water use, including subsidized home audits, rebates for efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, landscaping that uses less water, and lawn-removal incentives.Among the programs that SPUR’s report highlighted was tiered water pricing. “The price of water can create a strong incentive to conserve, and pricing water consumption through tiers can be one of the most effective ways to reduce demand,” the report said.In a tiered system, customers pay one rate for an initial amount of water. If they exceed that limit, they pay a higher rate and, depending on the particulars of the system, may run into further rate hikes the more water they use. Tiered rate structures leave decisions of how much water to use in the hands of consumers, but also give them a financial incentive to use less.SPUR said that a similar approach, called water budgeting, assigns a water limit to a household based on such factors as the number of people living in the house or the size of the yard and type of vegetation. If the household goes over its budget, it pays higher rates. Water budgets, however, are complicated, which has limited the number of communities putting them in place.Another policy strategy, SPUR says, is to “decouple” utility sales from overall profits. Under conventional pricing structures, when customers use less water, the utility earns less money, a disincentive to encourage conservation (this is exactly the same situation many electric utilities have found themselves in as more homeowners install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs).With decoupling, however, a private utility is reimbursed for lost revenue if it does not reach sales goals, SPUR says, but must all return excess revenues to its clients if it goes over its goals. This approach, which was first adopted by private California water utilities in 2008, still allows a utility to earn a “modest” profit for investors. Limiting how much water is used for landscapingIn the Coachella Valley, California, region east of Los Angeles, The Desert Sun reports, new housing developments must include drought-tolerant landscaping and irrigation systems that reduce water consumption.Landscaping is a major consumer of water. The Sun reports that overall water use averages 700 gallons per person per day, two thirds of which is used outdoors. Eliminating a single square foot of grass in favor of desert landscaping saves between 50 and 60 gallons of water.KB Home, a Los Angeles-based developer, last year built a house in Lancaster that uses recycled drain water from sinks and showers to water plants outside. The system can save 150,000 gallons of water per year over a more typical home, the newspaper said.As early as 2009, the Coachella Valley Water Efficient Landscape ordinance imposed a number of rules aimed at limiting water use, including guidelines for desert plants, water-saving irrigation systems, and even turf on new golf courses. Officials said the ordinance was 29% more efficient than state rules passed in 2006.A number of cities, including Palm Springs, offer financial assistance to homeowners and homeowner associations to replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. In Palm Springs, a total of 52,500 square feet of grass has been removed since 2011, saving roughly 2.9 million gallons of water, The Sun said. Los Angeles has paid homeowners more than $1 million since 2009 to get rid of their lawns, and in Austin, Texas, police are on the lookout for anyone running lawn sprinklers before sunset. The fine is $475.In Las Vegas, where turf replacement programs have been in place for a number of years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscape Rebate gives customers $1.50 for every square foot of grass that’s replaced with desert landscaping, up to 5,000 square feet per property per year.center_img Better water meters and improved software also helpSPUR’s report details two other approaches that have been used with success in parts of the state. One of them is a device that allows customers to get accurate real-time information on how much water they’re using without expensive plumbing upgrades or meter replacement. The gizmo, called The Barnacle, attaches to an existing water meter. It captures data in 10-second intervals and transmits the data via a cellular network.SPUR said that the device is useful in old buildings where installing new meters would cost too much money. According to the developer, the device has cut water consumption by as much as 26% in pilot studies.A device called Unmeasured-Flow Reducer is designed to measure water flows too small for ordinary meters to detect.Getting better information into the hands of water users is the idea behind software called WaterSmart. Customers get access to reports on consumption as well as recommendations for saving water via a web portal. WaterSmart has been adopted by the East Bay Municipal Utility district and the city of Palo Alto. In California and other parts of the West, a prolonged drought is severely taxing water supplies and prompting state and local governments to push for strict conservation. Water conservation has been a longstanding part of the green-building credo, but until fairly recently was more of an option than a necessity.In February, University of California professor B. Lynn Ingram told The New York Times that the state was on track for having the worst drought in 500 years. Total rainfall in Los Angeles between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014 was less than 12 inches, the driest such period on record. (Compare that to parts of the East: Portland, Maine, got 6.4 inches of rain in a single day in August, more than fell on Los Angeles in the most recent July-to-June period.)Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January and urged a drop in water consumption of 20%. The State Water Resources Board set a $500 fine for wasting water.last_img read more

Govt ropes in private firm to shore up jobs in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

first_imgWith Assembly polls just a few months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has roped in a private talent management company to shore up job prospects and impart necessary skills to youths. The Opposition Congress has, however, dubbed the move as an “eyewash” aimed at “misleading” youths in the time of elections which are due by the year-end. Madhya Pradesh has created an average of 17,600 jobs every year in the past 13 years of the BJP rule (2004-2017), according to an official data presented in the Assembly during the budget session. Now, a private player has been entrusted with the task of scouting employment opportunities in the non-government sector and enhancing job-getting skills of the state’s unemployed. Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board chairman Hemant Vijayrao Deshmukh said, “In a bid to generate more jobs for youths, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pune-based Yashasvi Academy for Talent Management Pvt Ltd.“This company would turn the employment exchanges in 15 districts into placement centres under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.” The MoU will cover 15 districts – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Shahdol, Dhar, Khargone, Dewas, Singrauli, Satna and Katni. The Congress, however, said this step of the BJP government would benefit only the private company. The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh of the Congress said, “Why has the BJP government woke up after 14 years? It is just trying to mislead youths. In any case, the BJP is going to be defeated in the coming elections.“In the recent budget session, the government admitted that unemployment has gone up by 16.4 %.” Singh said the BJP government has failed to deliver on the employment front.“Where are two crore jobs that the BJP had promised.Youths are under depression due to lack of jobs.” Deshmukh, however, believes the MoU with the Pune firm would definitely benefit the state’s unemployed youths. He said, “We have set a target of facilitating jobs for one lakh youths. Apart from making job opportunities available in the private sector, the company would also impart skills in writing curriculum vitae (CV) besides working for personality development of unemployed youths.” The agreement would boost the job sector as employment exchanges were fast losing their relevance, the board chairman said. Apart from preparing unemployed persons as per market demand, job fairs and career counselling sessions will be organised by the company, Deshmukh said. Jobs will be made available to applicants in their respective area of interest, he said. Deshmukh said Yashasvi Academy would manage the cost of running placement centres in coordination with companies which would provide jobs. The Berojgar Sena, an outfit of unemployed youths, however, is not enthused by the move. Instead of improving employment exchanges, the government has been making efforts to shut them down, it said.“According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths.“So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed,” said Sena convener Akshay Hunka. More than five lakh unemployed youths are getting added every year, he said.“This MoU was signed only to mislead youths ahead of the Assembly elections. The state government has completely failed on the employment front,” Hunka maintained. The Economic Survey-2018, presented during the budget session, said the number of registered educated unemployed in MP stood at 11.24 lakh by 2016-end.last_img read more

Women ruling the world in every field

first_imgRITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali,RITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali that discovers and publishes women writers from all over South Asia. “Women’s writing has greater visibility today. Even though a bias against women remains, within the literary circle things have definitely changed,” says Menon. Her tryst with literature began well before her days as a literature student at Miranda House. Keeping true to her cause, Menon is now co-authoring (with Kalpana Kannabiran) a book on violence against women, From Mathura to Manorama.SARIKA SEHRAWAT, 28RallyistSarika Sherawat, RallyistHer first rally was the sub-Himalayan car rally in 2002 where she came ninth out of 14 contestants. Fully charged, Sarika Sehrawat drove on. In 2005, this Venkateshwara College and Fore School of Management graduate topped the women’s category in both the Maruti Suzuki Desert Rally and the gruelling Raid de Himalaya Rally. A member of the JK Tyre woman’s rally team, Sehrawat is currently preparing for her upcoming wedding as well as the Raid de Himalayan rally due in October. “I’ve won the rally for the past two years and am aiming for a hat trick,” she says. Sehrawat has come a long way from the time when she had to persuade her family to let her rally. Today, her brother acts as her manager. Operating in a male-dominated arena, she has faced her share of woman-bashing. “There have been times when people have said that it is easy for me to get sponsors because I am a woman,” she says, “but I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.” Will marriage put on the brakes? “No. My fiance is a car modifier and we intend to run a sports management company that will focus on organising and popularising motor sports in India,” she says. Thumbs up to this professional union.DR DEEPIKA DEKA, 50Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSadvertisementDr. Deepika Deka, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSDr Deepika Deka’s warm smile can put the most anxious mother-to-be at ease. As a gynaecology and obstetrics professor at AIIMS, she has not only witnessed hundreds of births, it is her job to ensure that the babies emerge healthy and safe. Deka’s specialisation is maternal foetal medicine, which involves providing care for both mother and foetus in complicated pregnancies. From saving the life of a healthy foetus by sacrificing its abnormal twin to using very fine needles to operate inside the womb, her high-risk cases force Deka to think out of the box constantly. “I have been performing this type of surgery since 1989 and every case poses a new challenge. Being a woman and mother, I understand the stress that goes with pregnancy and being able to help women during this time fills me with pride,” says the good doctor.TRIPTA KHURANA, 57Chief Architect, DMRCTripta Khurana, Chief Architect, DMRCFor someone who had to be cajoled to study architecture, Tripta Khurana’s career has shaped up nicely. As the chief architect of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Khurana leads a team of eight in planning metro stops, ensuring smooth passenger flow and beautifying the stations. At the moment, the team is busy finalising the layout of the 60 new stations that will come up across the NCR. Khurana got her architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in 1970 and went to work at Himachal University and the CPWD. Thirst for more knowledge saw her return to SPA in 1992 for a postgrad in Urban Design. The Metro deputation in 1998 wasn’t planned but very welcome. There’s a palpable excitement in the architect’s voice as she says, “When the first section of the Metro opened and the train whistled, there was a huge sense of pleasure that our efforts had materialised.”ANJUM CHOPRA, 29CricketerAnjum Chopra, CricketerShe is the best-known face of Indian women’s cricket, a former captain and a long-standing pillar of the national side. Anjum Chopra made her debut for the Indian women’s team in 1995 and after more than a decade of international cricket behind her, wants to be best known for her stylish left-handed batting and competitive spirit. She has played in 12 Tests and 101 ODIs (incidentally, the highest notched up by an Indian woman player), including two World Cups. She was also part of the Indian team that made it to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup. Along with stalwarts like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, Chopra was a key member of the Indian team which scored its first-ever Test series win in England in 2006. For her standout performances, Chopra was one of the nominees for the ICC’s first-ever Women Player of the Year award. She became better known to vast swathes of the general public as a cricket expert on television commenting on the men’s game, her insightful views coming as a welcome change from the role normally given to women on cricket broadcasts: as clothes hangers or eye candy.SAMITA RATHOR, 35CartoonistadvertisementSamita Rathor, CartoonistOne of the few female cartoonists in the country, Samita Rathor’s powerful cartoons don’t just bring on a smile, they also force people to stop and think. An artistic bent of mind inherited from her mother Minu (who used to run theatre workshops) and a workshop by cartoonist Ponnappa led Rathor to take up freelance cartooning. Says this co-founder of the group Cartoonists Unanimous, “Animals are the pet subjects of my creations. I also like to work with social and environment issues.” Last November saw her showcasing 20 of her animal-themed works at an exhibition organised by the World Wildlife Fund in Delhi. Besides being an editorial cartoonist for niche magazines like Education World and Civil Society, Rathor has illustrated a humorous book, Things that make me go hmmm.ALIA GULATI, 28DJAlia Gulati, DJThe tables are turning all right. Spinning a new groove theory in the lounge circuit is disc jockey Alia Gulati. After moving to Delhi four years ago from London, Gulati pursued photography before switching to full-time DJing. “I knew I would indulge in music at some point in my life,” she says. Bringing an element of novelty to the game as a woman DJ, Gulati knows that she has to strive to survive in a profession that is generally considered a male monopoly. “I play music that I like listening to,” she says belting out clubby music with a house beat or world music with an electro lounge mix. Influenced by black music and funk, Gulati prefers music that “is not too produced and not with too much noise.” She played at Nashaa before it was sealed. Now she spins at the new resto-lounge Tabula Rasa, a perfect breeding ground for suave clubbers and gourmets who like their music as the main course.NALINI THAKUR, 54Conservation ArchitectNalini Thakur, Conservation ArchitectDelhi can become a world heritage city. As one of the fantastic historic cities in the world, it is on par with Rome.” Heartening. More so when the comments come from conservation architect Nalini Thakur. Ever since she moved from Madras to Delhi in 1970 to study architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Thakur has been working to protect and conserve heritage sites and enlighten people about their heritage. Associated with the SPA for years, first as a student and then working in various departments, Thakur has worked on several conservation projects such as INTACH’s Delhi Chapter on re-discovering Mehrauli, the concept of archaeological parks like Champaner-Pavagadh in Vadodara and Manipur’s Kangla Fort. Today, as a professor with SPA’s department of Architectural Conservation, she feels, “As long as there is heritage, there is work.” And there’s a long road ahead.TANIA SACHDEV, 20Chess PlayeradvertisementTania Sachdev, Chess PlayerTania Sachdev is a typical college student. The 20-year-old hangs out on Orkut, indulges in endless phone calls, loves to shop and goes to the movies. In between, she does her “Venky College” English literature tutorials. Yet Sachdev is not quite your girl next door. As the national chess champion and a Woman Grandmaster ranked 14th in the under-20 age group, she needs to juggle her time better than her peers. Ever since she won the Commonwealth age-group title as a seven-year-old, she has done up to 10 months of annual globetrotting. She won five age-group titles at the 1994 British Championships. At 12, she won the national title, at 16 she was Asian Junior champion. At 18, she became a WGM. Though chess swallows most of her time, she intends to do her MBA. And, yes, she does nurture ambitions to move further up the rankings ladder.WOMEN GUARDS, 25-35Vision Security GroupWomen Guards, Vision Security GroupWhen women take charge of security, you know times have changed. All over the city, in hospitals, in BPOs and even outside the homes of the rich and famous, there are young women in blue standing guard. These women are part of the 500-strong force of women employed with 24 Secure, a new wing of the eight-year-old security company, Vision Security. Says Kiran Tiwari, who supervises the women guards at Fortis, “It is a great feeling to know that you help someone feel secure.” Tiwari’s team member Seema Sinha, 30, has a bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit from Patna University. She says, “No one here is uneducated. We are all qualified women who are proud to serve here.” Some powerpuff girls these.MRINALINI MUKHERJEE, 56SculptorMrinalini Mukherjee, SculptorDaughter of Santiniketan artists Benode Behari and Leela Mukherjee and educated in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and the Royal College of Art, London, Mrinalini Mukherjee is considered one of India’s most exciting sculptors. Be it her rope-knitted sculptures of the past or her more recent ceramics and bronze castings, Mukherjee’s creative concerns are inspired by nature and organic forms. Her work displays a sensual delicacy that has captivated artists and collectors from Delhi to London.GAGAN GILL, 38PoetGagan Gill, PoetHindi poet and writer Gagan Gill wishes to secure “long periods of silence in her everyday life” that she considers necessary to be “truly connected to words”. Gill has worked as a literary editor, was a visiting writer at the International Writing Program in Iowa and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has published four collections of poetry and one volume of prose. These cover a range of subjects from the gamut of female experiences to the theme of sorrow in human existence and the enigma of desire.last_img read more