After a week of voting and generating awareness for each of the finalists, Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are excited to announce Team Lilly Foundation as its latest “Be the Change” recipient.As a beneficiary, Team Lilly will receive a $10,000 grant from Ryan and the Sheckler Foundation to help families battling pediatric cancer. Team Lilly Foundation’s mission is to bring light to the reality of childhood cancer, while providing a hand to the families affected.“Congrats to Team Lilly Foundation on becoming our latest ‘Be the Change’ recipient! I’m stoked for you!” said Pro Skateboarder and Sheckler Foundation Co-Founder, Ryan Sheckler. “Thank you to all of the finalists that participated and everyone who voted in our ‘Be the Change’ initiative. It’s a blessing to see the skateboard and local community embrace our mission.”Team Lilly Foundation will utilize the $10,000 grant and support from Ryan and the Sheckler Foundation to help families with bills, travel for treatment, birthday and cancer-free bashes, holiday care packages to 200 kids three holidays a year and too often, funeral expenses.Ryan Sheckler’s “Be the Change” initiative was created to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. Since starting in 2008, the Sheckler Foundation has been paying it forward to help numerous individuals and causes. The past “Be the Change” recipients of this $10,000 grant include: The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Peach’s Neet Feet, Ashley Wade Foundation, Hope for Carter, Gamerosity, Andrew Hale’s Road to Recovery, Coping Mechanism-Parisite DIY Skatepark, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Adventure Club and Books and Boards.For additional information, please visit shecklerfoundation.org.
Many in Bangalore have become proud owners of the recently launched Ford EcoSport on Friday. Ford India started the deliveries of its much-awaited compact SUV in Bangalore on Friday.The car, which challenges the current auto market leaders in the country with its competitive price tag and the high end features, comes with a price tag starting from ₹5.59 lakh. Under the hood, EcoSport comes with 1.5L petrol, 1.5L diesel and the 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.5L petrol engine is expected to give 112 PS power and 140 Nm torque.It will come in both manual and automatic transmissions. The manual transmission model claims to give a mileage of 15.8 kmpl, while the automatic model is expects to deliver 15.6 kmpl. The revolutionary EcoBoost EcoSport engine will churn out a power of 125 PS and 170 Nm torque along with a mileage of 18.9 kmpl. The diesel variant of EcoSport is the most fuel efficient among all models and is expected to deliver a mileage of 22.7 kmpl. “It’s a great day today as our most awaited Urban SUV, the Ford EcoSport is getting delivered to our customers here in Bengaluru. We are very happy to see the phenomenal response of customers since its launch. EcoSport sets new standards in India’s SUV industry classification through its design, development and sensible value proposition. With the launch of the EcoSport we stand true to our commitment to offer India the best of Ford,” said Joginder Singh, president and managing director, Ford India as quoted by Cardekho.
HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza meets with staff and families on the first stop of his Listen & Learn Tour of the district at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, September 14, 2016. The school “needs improvement,” according to the state’s accountability system.The board of the Houston Independent School District will find out in about two weeks if the latest version of the turnaround plan for Kashmere High School is enough to stave off the threat of a state takeover.Superintendent Richard Carranza told trustees that he’s confident the district can get Kashmere High off the state’s failing list — with the third draft of its official turnaround plan. State officials rejected the previous two versions for lacking details.“What you see before you today is our best attempt at gathering — I would even say I have never seen a turnaround plan with this much documentation — ever,” Carranza said.The board passed the plan with six votes in favor and one abstention at an emergency meeting Thursday night.Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones represents Kashmere High in northeast Houston. She said that she hates the threat of a stake takeover, but added: “What I don’t want to risk is closure of this school. My students don’t deserve that. If this is what it takes to keep those students from having their school closed, I’m all in.”Kashmere High School has failed state standards for the last eight years – the most of any school in the state.The new plan was due Friday. Commissioner Mike Morath will review it. If he doesn’t approve it, under state law known as House Bill 1842, he can take steps to replace the board with outside managers, or close the school down. Share
Kolkata: Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway in a recently held performance review meeting advised all the principal heads of the departments and divisional railway managers to review their performance, especially in safety, punctuality, freight loading and cleanliness with respect to other Railways. Rao said good performance of Eastern Railway was helping in originating passenger traffic, commissioning of new lines, periodic overhauling of out-turn coaches and electric loco, reduction in rail fractures and wagon detachment, specific fuel consumption and in telecommunication failure. In the meeting, Rao advised all principal heads of the departments and divisional railway managers to improve all the parameters so that performance of Eastern Railway remains remarkable at the end of current financial year. In Eastern Railway, ticket checking drives have been launched vigorously and an additional earning of Rs 37 lakh has been generated in the month of April itself.General Manager advised the divisional railway managers and principal heads of the departments to undertake a special drive from 15 May, targeting improvement of safety at manned/unmanned level crossings all over Eastern Railway. During the period, a massive public awareness campaign will also be undertaken to educate and counsel road users through various means like posters, pamphlets and educative awareness advertisements through print & electronic media. Eastern Railway’s main focus is safety and punctuality. GM also advised all concerned to take adequate steps to ensure punctuality of summer special trains, adequate arrangements for drinking water and smooth functioning of air-conditioning machines in trains during the summer season.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 29, 2015 By now, hopefully, you’ve gotten over your fear of the cloud. Chances are, you’re already using cloud-based consumer apps in your personal life, and cloud-based tech solutions have become entrenched in your daily routine. Related: 10 Big Misconceptions About Cloud ComputingPandora streaming that ’80s metal custom playlist into your earbuds? Cloud. Dropboxing Grandma a folder of photos depicting your kid building a snowman? Cloud, again. Skyping your wife from the shop down the block to confirm her favorite cabernet, even though she’s told you 4,000 times? Cloud!And, yet, you find yourself still hesitant to move your business operations — this is your livelihood we’re talking about! — to the cloud. Why the trepidation?One recent study found that since 2009, the average small business has quadrupled its use of cloud-based services. By the end of 2015, the researchers predicted, that number will grow to an average of seven cloud-based services employed by each small business. So, apparently, everybody is doing it, and for good reason. You may be using needlessly expensive solutions to run your business today, or storing unnecessarily huge files on your computer or on-premises server. But locally hosted interfaces and storage systems are just too unwieldy, volatile and demanding. Heading to the cloud instead for your business operations is clearly superior, and you don’t need to have a trailblazer’s temperament to do it. Today, there are plenty of road-tested, cloud-based, free apps that make much more sense for small business than the established, pricier competitors.Here are five free and excellent cloud-based apps that can provide your small business key solutions. 1. Cloud-based project managementOperating as a team without sending emails back and forth is both liberating and empowering. Project-management software enables teams and external stakeholders to communicate, collaborate, assign tasks, track progress and update one other on progress whenever and wherever. Conversations, explanations and responsibilities are all in one place, and everything is fully transparent and actionable. Although a multitude of project management tools are out there, they vary signficantly in features, capacity and billing models. But while the established leader in cloud-based project management is Basecamp, pricing for this app starts at $20 monthly. Certainly, that $20 gets you plenty of robust leeway, with up to 10 active projects and 3 GB of storage. But Asana, Basecamp’s up-and-coming alternative, is free for up to 15 users. Its interface and functionality are largely similar, and Asana has all the cloud-based advantages without the price tag.2. Cloud-based time tracking and invoicingEvery business has to issue invoices. While the administrative logistics surrounding this activity are unlikely to be exceedingly fun for anyone, the advantage (cash flow!) motivates you to stay on top of it. Since most of us are not accountants and some of us have full-blown math anxiety, the best option is to use a system made for easy invoice creation, distribution, logging and payment. Related: Researching Cloud Solutions? Lessons from Amazon Web ServicesFor the last five years, Freshbooks has dominated the cloud-based invoicing app market among freelancers and small businesses, but it’s needlessly clunky and expensive. Now, there are arguably better and completely free alternatives, like Invoice Ninja, to do your bidding. This open-source app creates professional-looking, branded invoices and integrates with 30 different payment processors, including Authorize.net and PayPal, ultimately paving the way for your clients to send you money easily and quickly.A web-based application, Invoice Ninja works well on mobile, and once you move your entire business to cloud servers, you can use a self-hosted version of the app.3. Cloud-based business cardsWe have all at some point yearned for the day when no one will print, trade or request physical business cards — or hard-copy versions for documents, for that matter. Sadly, in some circles, exchanging business cards is so entrenched in business culture (especially in Japan) that we can’t expect the world to accept virtual business cards as the standard any time soon. But, in the meantime, we need to address how to minimize the waste and nuisances. Data entry, after all, is an annoying time suck, and scans aren’t searchable. There is a better way, and it’s not only cloud-based, it’s free. About.me is designed to turn your personal homepage into a sharable format with a customized intro blurb, layout, contact info and links. You can share any combination of your contact details, track whom you’ve shared your information with and save all those “cards” you’ve received, directly to your address book. No data entry required.4. Cloud-based customer managementCustomer relationship management (CRM) tools are the biggies in the SaaS (software as a service) world. Salesforce is the clear industry leader, boasting a history of powerful innovation and a thriving ecosystem of experts and app-component developers. However, Salesforce is extremely expensive, and doesn’t automatically integrate with business intelligence systems.Alternatively, the Hubspot CRM is entirely free. It’s simple and intuitive, so it requires a minimal learning curve and doesn’t force you to actively log client interaction. Instead, it integrates directly with the business networking, marketing and correspondence tools you already use. While you can certainly add custom fields and filter records, the dashboard is geared to those of us short on time and attention.It’s designed with an “at-a-glance” philosophy, so you don’t have to jump from screen to screen to deal with emails, calendar invites, client communication, notes, tasks and due dates.5. Cloud-based voice callsMonthly fees for a decently robust landline phone system (officially known as a public switched telephone network, or PSTN) for small business can cost anywhere from $30 to $50. But for just $20 per month, many entrepreneurs are making the switch to Vonage and other comparable VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services, which offer plenty of key advantages over PSTNs. Not sure how ready you are for VoIP? Can’t blame you. Popular consumer solutions like Skype and Viber are hardly high enough in quality and dependability to be viable for business purposes. but there are other solutions available. Convoi, powered by Citrix, is a free iPhone app that essentially gives you a dedicated business phone line. You can call or text anyone from your regular personal device, but it appears as if you’re communicating from your company’s phone line. There is no hardware to purchase and no IT setup to manage (a major advantage if you’ve ever tried working with Google Voice); and you can choose your U.S. or Canada area code. Basically, it empowers you to take your business with you wherever you go — again, utilizing the killer advantages of the cloud — and still be perceived as dressed in a suit, even if you’re actually lounging in the sand, throwing back a Corona. So, shift that heavy lifting, with the cloud.These apps illustrate why it’s high time you took your business to the cloud. You need to stop overpaying and stop limiting your capability for collaboration and enjoying a comfortable travel radius from your desk.Rather than forking over big bucks to traditional software and hardware providers, direct your spending toward innovation, meeting your business needs and providing in-budget solutions which scale with your business.The cloud enables your IT infrastructure to evolve as quickly as your business does. So, try these five free apps, and you’re unlikely to ever look back.Related: 6 Challenges Facing Enterprise Technologies Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »