Four persons have been arrested in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on the charges of beating a Dalit man and forcing him to drink urine after he refused to work on their fields, the police said on Tuesday.The station house officer of Hazratpur police station, Rajesh Kashyap, was also suspended for negligence in failing to lodge a case on the victim’s initial complaint.Sitaram Valmiki, in his complaint, said that some influential men in his village beat him with shoes and slippers and abused him after he refused to harvest their crops. Mr. Valmiki said he wanted to work on his own field first. He said the accused started hitting him when they found him gathering fodder in his field. He was then tied to a neem tree and beaten with slippers and shoes, he claimed.“They also pulled my moustache and forced me to drink urine,” Mr. Valmiki told reporters. Though the incident took place last week, it came to light only after the newly appointed U.P. SC/ST Commission Chairman Brij Lal wrote to the police to take action.
A trust fund created by billionaire shipping tycoon Daniel K. Ludwig ends today with a bang and a gift to research. Six U.S. medical centers will receive $540 million—$90 million each—from the fund to endow cancer studies in perpetuity, or until cancer is no longer a problem, as specified in the will left by Ludwig, who died in 1992. In all, his estate has given $2.5 billion to cancer research since the 1970s.The new money goes to Ludwig Centers already located at six elite research institutions: Harvard Medical School in Boston; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; Stanford University in Palo Alto; and the University of Chicago. The Ludwig trust had established the same centers in 2006.The funding by the Ludwig trust has been “sort of under the radar,” says oncologist Kenneth Kinzler, who, along with Bert Vogelstein, co-directs the Ludwig Center at Hopkins. These are among the most coveted awards in biomedicine, Kinzler says. The money is held as an endowment and comes with few strings attached—just a mandate to investigate cancer and find ways to stop it. 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Without the Ludwig money, the Hopkins group would not have been able to do the cancer genetics studies they’re famous for, he notes—for example, the duo has used exome surveys to identify genes associated with colon and breast cancers.The sheer size of the Ludwig endowments makes a difference, says cancer immunologist Jedd Wolchok at Memorial Sloan-Kettering: “It allows for a respectable research budget.” Wolchok figures that his group’s budget for cancer immunology research will double this year, rising by “several million dollars,” and likely will continue to grow, thanks to the money earned by the endowment. For Wolchok, that means that “we can go from concept to clinical investigation very, very quickly.” For example, he expects his group to launch a clinical trial in 2 months to test a therapeutic antibody developed by a Japanese company that could be used to modulate T cells that regulate the immune response. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering team also has a series of clinical trials under way to monitor immune system reactions to various cancer therapies, including radiation.Ludwig, a friend of President Richard Nixon, was a stalwart backer of Nixon’s “War on Cancer,” which was linked to the congressional legislation that reestablished the U.S. National Cancer Institute in 1971. That year, the shipping magnate created an independent outfit in New York City, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. The organization now has an endowment of more than $1.2 billion and employs more than 600 people, including scientists in six countries outside the United States, according to institute CEO Edward McDermott Jr.The philosophy that drives this research network, McDermott says, is the one that drove Ludwig “in his personal business enterprises—to find the best people and resource them well.” McDermott adds: “We invest in scientists, not particular science. … We are not in the business of discovery for discovery’s sake. It’s a means to an end, which is improved patient outcomes. So we are very committed to … infrastructures that allow us to take our discoveries from bench to bedside.” McDermott says that the institute has sponsored more than 100 clinical trials and has eight under way right now. All of these focus on cancer immunotherapy.
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Sachin Tendulkar is not known for showing his temper or angry reactions on the cricket field, but at home he is a different person.Many a time, his mother and wife are at the receiving end of his occasional outbursts, the batting maestro himself revealed at a function in Mumbai on Sunday evening.Speaking after releasing a collection of poems penned by his brother Nitin and a CD containing Marathi poems written by his father late Ramesh Tendulkar, the champion batsman said sometimes he does get angry on the field.”But you have to control your temper on the ground as you are representing India. Sometimes I take out frustration in the dressing room. Many times there are situations when decisions go against you and the match is lost. It has happened many times, but I don’t need to take the name of umpires,” the 37-year-old veteran of 177 Tests said.Asked whether he fears his mother or wife’s temper, the master blaster said actually they fear his anger.”I don’t react on the ground. But I give vent to my feeling at home.”Tendulkar, who at times became emotional, recalled his formative years in Shardasram School at Dadar and thanked his aunt and uncle with whom he stayed for a few years.”I would stay with my aunt and uncle at Shivaji Park when I was in VIII standard as otherwise I had to change two buses in the morning to reach the school from my residence at Bandra. Going to school and practicing cricket was tiring.”I used to get exhausted sometimes and sleep without taking food. I will never forget what they did for me. They fed me while I felt sleepy and also massaged my feet. I take this opportunity to thank them,” he said in an emotionally-choked voice.Responding to reports about his proposed sortie in Sukhoi as mooted by Indian Air Force, Tendulkar said it would be a great honour to fly in the fighter jet.”I have a passion for speed. In 1996, I sat in a fighter plane in South Africa. I will definitely fly in Sukhoi. It would be an honour,” he said.Asked whether he felt like writing poem while watching stylish batsmen V V S Laxman and Brian Lara in action, Tendulkar said, “I think their batting is poetry in motion itself. You just sit back and enjoy. But the most important thing I want to say is that I am son of a poet and also brother of a poet.”advertisement- With PTI inputs
After IAS officers and Delhi Police bosses, the assets of the country’s top snoops working in the highly-secretive, Intelligence Bureau (IB), are out in the open.The home ministry on Thursday disclosed that IB chief Nehchal Sandhu, among the country’s senior-most IPS officers, has declared to the government that he owns a house in Chandigarh.Sandhu’s declared that he inherited this house from his father, who had purchased the same in 1985 for Rs 5.5 lakh. But IB special director Ajit Lal, virtually the number two in the organisation, owns as many as six properties. He has disclosed to the government this year that he owns a DDA flat in Vasant Kunj, a flat in Gurgaon, a flat in Noida, which he purchased for Rs 55 lakh, another flat and a house in Ranchi and a plot of land in Rishikesh.Another senior officer working as IB special director, Yashovardhan Azad, declared a flat in Patna and another house in Delhi’s Patparganj area. Azad also has two plots of land, one each in Jabalpur and near Bhopal. Azad’s batch-mate from the 1976 cadre, Ram Niwas Gupta, is also serving as IB special director presently. His assets include a flat in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, for which he took a bank loan and pays an equated monthly installment (EMI) of Rs 17,650. Gupta also owns a plot in Greater Noida.Rajatava Bagchi, who recently retired as IB special director owns four flats – three in Kolkata and one in Jaypee Greens, Noida.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)Former Indian captain and coach Anil Kumble has praised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the crackdown its on bowlers with suspect bowling action. This comes in the wake of many cricketers slating the organization for its approach in dealing with the issue.Speaking at an event organised by his technology startup Spektacom Technologies, Kumble said that, “A fair bit (has been done) from the ICC perspective in terms of looking at the suspected actions and making sure that the world cricket gets rid of that. “Over the last two years, you don’t hear too many issues (about suspect bowling action) coming up. I think overall ICC has done a great job in controlling that (issue).”In the past, former cricketers such has Micheal Holding criticized the board for failing to do its duty properly. Also, Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez who was suspended for illegal bowling action in the past hit out at the apex body.In the recent years, many cricketers have been cracked down with suspected bowling actions. Some of the notable players to be reported includes the former Pakistan star, Saeed Ajmal.Meanwhile Kumble’s start-up Spektacom Technologies on Thursday launched the “Power Bat” – a unique tool powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform and its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) services.The Power Bat can provide real-time data on a player’s performance based on different parameters such as speed of the ball on impact, twist on impact and quality of the shot.Also Read:Arjuna Ranatunga accused of sexual assault by Indian flight attendant
Manchester City claimed a vital edge in their Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris St Germain after grabbing two away goals in a scrappy 2-2 first leg draw on Wednesday.PSG, playing in their fourth straight quarter-final in the competition, fell behind when Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the 38th minute, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic capitalised on a City blunder to level, having earlier missed a penalty.The home side, who had exited at this stage for the last three seasons, then took the lead through Adrien Rabiot just before the hour but Fernandinho made it 2-2 after benefiting from a PSG mistake.City, who are playing in the quarter-finals for the first time, will host PSG at the Etihad stadium next Tuesday, where boss Manuel Pellegrini is hoping for more of the same.”We have to keep that mentality for the second leg,” he said. (Wolfsburg stun Real Madrid )His PSG counterpart Laurent Blanc, however, was left to rue a disappointing display.”It’s not a good result, we made too many technical mistakes,” the former France centre back said.Both teams were without key midfielders as City’s Yaya Toure was ruled out with a knee injury and PSG’s Marco Verratti was sidelined with a groin problem.PSG, crowned Ligue 1 champions last month, were boosted by the return of Serge Aurier, who was handed his first start since insulting coach Laurent Blanc in February while City welcomed back Joe Hart and the keeper made his presence count.The home side made a shaky start with David Luiz picking up a yellow card in the first minute, which will rule the Brazil international out of the second leg.advertisementLuiz, however, won PSG a penalty when he was brought down by Bacary Sagna in the 12th minute, only for Hart to deny Ibrahimovic with a sharp diving save to his right — his third straight penalty save in the competition.It was a measure of revenge for Hart, who in 2012 conceded four Ibrahimovic goals as Sweden beat England 4-2 in a friendly.Ibrahimovic looked nervy as he missed the target midway through the first half with only Hart to beat having been nicely played in by Thiago Motta in what was a scrappy start by PSG, whose normally neat passing game lacked accuracy.After Blaise Matuidi, who will also miss the second leg after being booked, lost the ball in midfield, Fernandinho played De Bruyne through and the Belgian fired past Kevin Trapp to open the scoring.Ibrahimovic, however, levelled three minutes later, capitalising on a bizarre City blunder.Hart played a goal kick to a Fernando, who dithered on the ball before his pass hit the Swedish striker’s outstretched foot and rolled into the empty net.PSG went ahead in the 59th minute when Hart palmed away Edinson Cavani’s header into the path of Rabiot, who tapped in.Fernandinho levelled with 18 minutes remaining, latching onto Bacary Sagna’s cross after Aurier and Thiago Silva failed to clear.
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Don’t just rely on Microsoft Word to catch misspellings — read and re-read your resume to catch potential errors. Then, send your resume to a friend to have them read through with a ‘fine tooth comb’.2. Correct Tense (Past vs. Present)As a general rule, if an action or accomplishment on your resume is in the past, use the past tense. However, if you are speaking about a current role and current accomplishments, use the present tense. Hiring managers cringe when they see this mistake on a resume, so as you’re editing, be sure to use the correct tense: manage vs. managed, deliver vs. delivered, execute vs. executed.3. FocusClarity is key. Your resume should clearly state what you do, what you have accomplished, and what your narrative is. If you are applying to be a social media manager, make sure your experience in that field shines through in your resume. 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Manchester United are finalising terms with AS Monaco for Fabinho.Corriere dello Sport says United are closing in on a deal to sign Fabinho.United have been strongly linked with the full-back/defensive midfielder who made a huge impression during Monaco’s run to last season’s Champions League semi-finals, yet recent reports suggested Old Trafford chiefs were no longer pursuing the 23-year-old Brazilian.United have a ‘rough agreement’ with Monaco to sign Fabinho for €35m, yet there has been no comment from either club on the story.
Jack Stephens is delighted with his new deal at Southampton.Stephens says it was an easy decision to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at St Mary’s.“Obviously I am absolutely delighted to extend my stay,” the centre back told the club’s website.“It feels like home to me. I have really enjoyed my time here and am now looking forward to the next five years.“It’s a massive platform for me now because it just shows how much faith the club have put in me.”
RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has his heart set on joining Liverpool this summer.That’s according to The Independent’s Ed Maylon.He told BBC 5Live: “From what I understand the player is keen. The player wants to move to Liverpool.”However, £70m is a lot of money and I think Leipzig are rich enough to stand by and say ‘we’re not going to let him go unless you stump up the cash’.”And then the ball is in Liverpool’s court.”Should Liverpool spend that much money on a player who has had one really good top-flight season? I’m not necessarily convinced.”
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 17, 2009November 13, 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)The MHTF and the maternal health community lost a friend and champion with the death of Beth Peterman on June 24th. Beth joined the Global Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. As a Program Officer there, she was closely involved in the creation of the Maternal Health Task Force, from the stage when it was just the seed of an idea through the awarding of the grant that has made it a reality. Beth was a generous and helpful colleague whose enthusiasm and wise counsel will be greatly missed. I will think of her often as we carry out our collective work on improving maternal health.Share this:
We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. We thank and we appreciate because we know the sacrifices and risks of women through the ages are the reasons we are here today. We know that maternal mortality was extremely high until recently. Where nothing is done to avert maternal mortality, “natural” mortality is around 1,000 to 1,500 per 100,000 live births. Dr. Fathalla cited a PRB 2011 paper that estimated the number of humans ever born was 107 billion and the population in mid-2011 was just under 7 billion. A stunning fact Dr. Fathalla gave is that more women have given up their lives in childbirth, for the survival of our species, than men have ever died in battle. So our very existence is the gift and sacrifice of women.We regret and we apologize and we cannot expect forgiveness. Women had to give up their lives when we did not have the means to prevent their deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. And yet, when we do have the means, we still leave them to die. We should plead guilty when we see that 800 women still die every day. An inconvenient truth is that they die because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives can be saved.We promise we will eradicate maternal mortality, and yes, we can, for several reasons:The work presented by participants at the GMHC Conference 2013 is evidence of the immense body of knowledge and commitment shared across disciplines and throughout all areas of the world. Dr. Fathalla was gratified and comforted by the “new blood” to carry on this work. He showed a picture of Malala, the young girl recently shot down for wanting an education and advocating for education on behalf of her peers. He was gratified that she is recovering and moved by the statements of her classmates that they would not be stopped from getting an education – and “they will win.”He noted the progress the world has made. Between 1990 and 2010, maternal deaths had dropped by 50%, but there still remains work to be done.The message from the representatives of the host country, Tanzania, that maternal health is a national priority and that it had experienced a 25% drop in maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010.The power of women, making their voices heard.He repeated his message to the Lady of Laetoli: We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. These written words can do no justice to the presence, dignity and inspiration of this gentle man, a hero who, as a colleague and friend remarked, through his life has saved countless lives. Another colleague, who sat on my other side during the ceremony, said never in his life had he witnessed such a moving and motivating closing statement. Throughout the speech you could not hear a pin drop. Everyone was riveted. At the end of his speech, he received a long and well deserved standing ovation. Most of us admitted to having tears in our eyes, hard not to because most of us seemed not to have a tissue! After the formal closing by the Minister of Health of Zanzibar, many of the participants, especially the younger ones (the “new blood”) rushed to where Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla was to congratulate him, to shake his hand, and to have their photograph taken with him. We all agreed that this was a reminder of why we get up every day to do the work we do.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this: Posted on January 24, 2013June 12, 2017By: Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of EngenderHealthClick 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)This post is cross-posted from the EngenderHealth website.Reflections from a lifelong global women’s health advocate on the closing ceremony of the Global Maternal Health ConferenceIt was the end of three days of meetings, and I seriously considered skipping out on the closing plenary session. But – I knew Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla would be speaking and I have learned that one should never miss an opportunity to hear his thoughts. For those uninitiated, Dr. Fathalla is a professor at Assiut University in Egypt, a former head of the reproductive health division at WHO, and the father of the Safe Motherhood initiative. He was also a member of EngenderHealth’s Board of Directors for a long period of time.The Global Maternal Health Conference took place at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Northern Tanzania. The Center was for many years the home of the international tribunal that judged the actions of those involved in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Arusha is also close to the Rift Valley and Olduvai Gorge, for the longest time considered the cradle of humankind, although a spot in South Africa now holds the “cradle of humankind” title. At Laetoli, nearby to Olduvai Gorge, footprints of an early human ancestor were preserved in volcanic ash dating from 3.6 million years ago and were discovered in the 1970s. That brings me to Dr. Fathalla’s speech, entitled “A Message to the Lady of Laetoli.” Dr. Fathalla noted that one of the sets of footprints was deemed to be that of a lady, and because of the way the print was indented into the ash, it was widely held that she was carrying an infant on her left hip. He also noted that this individual or one of her sisters was our collective “mitochondrial mother.”Dr. Fathalla’s message to the Lady of Laetoli: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 4, 2019July 19, 2019By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick 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)At the 10th anniversary celebration of the Maternal Health Task Force, The Global Maternal Health Symposium, 10 Maternal Health Visionary awards were presented. The recipients were honored for the impact, innovation, inspiration, leadership, and future vision they have provided to the field of Maternal Health. This blog series highlights the work of these maternal health visionaries.Dr. Joia Crear-PerryDr. Crear-Perry, an Ob/Gyn and the National Birth Equity Collaborative founder and president, calls on us to value every woman to achieve maternal health equity and eliminate racial inequities in maternal and infant health.Read Joia’s storyTheresa ShaverWhite Ribbon Alliance founder and currently a Senior Maternal Health Advisor, in the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Global Health, reminds us to stay bold together as we continue to work toward a global movement to end Maternal and Neonatal Mortality.Read Theresa’s storyHawa Abdullahi ElmiMaternal health in Somalia is often associated with high mortality rates, but Hawa Abdullahi Elmi is changing the narrative. Learn about her Mogadishu Midwifery School program that empowers local women to become midwives.Read Hawa’s storyDr. Linda ValenciaDr. Linda Valencia has relentlessly dedicated her career to improving health outcomes for mothers in Guatemala as Head of Residency for Gynecology at a large public hospital, through her work with the Ministry of Public Health, and as Planned Parenthood’s first local doctor in the country.Read Linda’s story Share this:
Most New Yorkers know us best for our subway ads. What they don’t know is that we have a host of taglines that were too confusing or off-color to see the light of day (or the fluorescent flicker of a subway platform). Here are a few.Screw the corporate ladder. Climb your own.If you have the cojones, we have the insurance.** **Cheaper than Cobra. Healthier than self-medicating.** **Insure those brass balls. And the rest of you too.Any ideas of your own? Add them in the comments.
Althea, our policy and advocacy guru, comes to the mic. Two campaigns we’re launching: 1. National campaign for unemployment protection for freelancers. [cheers] 2. NYC campaign to exempt freelancers from the UBT. [cheers]
Need help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.Contracts. The word stirs up such excitement, doesn’t it? But seriously, contracts can actually be sort of fun when you think about all the possible uses for them and you realize how empowering it can be to use them effectively.But not only is it empowering, a contract can help you save or earn serious money. How? Well, to start with, it can help prevent a client from skipping out on the bill, and save on the time and money that may be necessary to track down payment.To be clear, this post is not meant to be legal advice, and some or all of it may not apply to your situation. I don’t recommend drafting your own contracts. The best way to use this information is to take it to a small business lawyer and discuss how it relates to your freelancing business.Try to find a lawyer who has reasonable pricing and flat fees (they do exist, and I’m one of them!). It probably shouldn’t cost more than $500, unless you have a particularly complex situation. If that still sounds like a lot of money, keep in mind that it’s likely a tax deductible business expense. And having a great contract could easily help you save or earn thousands of dollars, much more than what you would be spending for legal help.Also note that the client may not necessarily agree to any of these provisions, in which case you should decide whether to drop the provisions or drop the client.All that said, here are 6 important contract provisions you should know about to save and earn more cash.1. Detailed description of scope of workThis one is pretty basic, but is often overlooked. Describing in detailed and specific terms what you will do for the client makes it clear that anything other than what’s in the scope of work will cost the client more money.So if the client tries to say they thought your flat rate included, for example, several rounds of revision until the client feels satisfied, you can point to the scope of work that (hopefully) says your price includes only one revision. Often the client will then concede and pay you for the extra work.2. Intellectual property provisionsMake sure you are up to speed on what intellectual property rights you have in your work (a topic for another post; or find a good intellectual property lawyer), and that you clearly state in your contract what rights you are and are not giving to the client. Generally, if the client wants more (or all) of your rights, they should pay you more.3. Clear payment termsAnother seemingly obvious one, but have you included exactly how and when payment is to be made? If not, the check could get “lost in the mail.”4. Late feesPart of the payment terms, but this one deserves its own category. Late fees are a great way to incentivize clients to pay on time, every time.5. Limitation of liabilityYou may not be thinking about what happens if your client sues you, but unfortunately it’s a possibility. But did you know you can limit the amount of money the client can sue you for to only the amount they paid you? Yep, just make sure you have one of these nice little provisions, and you could save some serious cash.6. Liquidated damagesSounds complicated, but it’s not really. It’s simply a way to make it easier to enforce the contract in case your client violates certain provisions. You see, sometimes it’s hard for a court to determine how much one person should pay the other for not following the contract. For example, if the client uses your intellectual property but doesn’t credit you as you had agreed, how much is that worth? Maybe it’s your lost profits, but it’s often hard to figure out how much profit you would have made had they credited you properly.To deal with this you can simply stipulate “liquidated damages” of a reasonable dollar amount or percentage of your fee, and this is the amount that the client would likely have to pay you for breaching certain parts of the contract.Fun stuff, right? Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you.
This is a sponsored post from Joust, the first financial services company animated by and focused on the unique needs of freelancers. What if your bank admired your passion and respected your work? And what if it could guarantee you got paid? PayArmour, a revolutionary new solution from Joust, takes the hassle out of invoicing clients and protects you against client nonpayment.You’re about to land a prospective client. It’s interesting work and the money is good. Before you choose to accept this assignment, consider: Will you eventually need to “follow up” on the invoices for this work? Is there a chance they could totally stiff you?In a Freelancers Union study, 71% of independent workers reported experiencing late or non-payment of an invoice at some point in their career. Longstanding relationships can go sour, but new clients pose a greater payment risk—one that you want to assess upfront.So how do you identify risky clients–before they leave you in the lurch?During my career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I used a variety of structured analytic techniques to determine the intent of an action. For example, I once had an assignment to monitor troop movements in an adversarial country: Were gathering military forces getting ready to invade their neighbor or just engaging in regular training maneuvers?I frequently had to make calls based on information that could have many meanings. Using a structured analytic framework helped me guard against typical cognitive biases such as:Mirror imaging—assuming that others act based on the same motivations as you”Best guess” or “this is what happened last time, so it will happen this time” biasConfirmation bias—only looking at evidence that supports the conclusion you want to drawIn my own career trajectory, the structured tools from intelligence work readily translated to risk management in financial services. Likewise, they can apply to many other professional situations involving ambiguous data–including identifying nonpaying clients.Here’s how structured analytical techniques work:Actions speak louder than wordsA deceptive or dishonest client may reveal their intentions via their behavior. This can be anything from setting a short deadline to offering significantly higher pay than the industry norm, both of which can be used to create a sense of urgency that pressures you into submitting work without the protection of a written agreement.Behavioral clues are powerful. If you are unsure of what counts as normal behavior—even experienced freelancers find themselves in new predicaments—ask your peers. Attending Freelancers Union’s monthly SPARK events is a great way to meet other professionals in similar fields, who can serve as a sounding board.Context cluesConsider the details surrounding the offer. Evaluate how the client found you. For example, a referral from a mutual contact, such as a friend or former client, offers you an additional data point.Inquiring about the client’s motivations can also help you assess their reliability. Can they articulate what it was about your portfolio, style, or prior experience that attracted them?A thoughtful answer—or the lack thereof—will likely tell you something.Known unknownsExamine the contact and business details of your potential client. How established are they? A client with a scant online profile may pose a higher risk.Most of us will at least Google the name of the client to find their website or social media presence, but you may uncover additional data points by also searching for results on their phone number and email address. To further confirm the legitimacy of the client, check their registration status with the relevant state business license office.Assess your risk thresholdA client might fall short on one of these variables, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn them away immediately. Step back and look at the whole picture. Does it add up? And what is your risk threshold if the client doesn’t come through?Are you really stoked about this project? How much of a financial buffer do you have? Would the project provide a chance to gain experience in a new area? What’s the full cost of taking on the work—from additional childcare expenses to forgoing other professional opportunities?Make your decisionThis framework can help you distinguish between clients who are safer bets and those who are not worth the risk. Perhaps more useful, it can help you gauge and navigate that gray zone. You may be able to mitigate the risk by negotiating for additional protections, such as partial payment up front, with clients who seem iffy but worth the chance.Call it “due diligence,” a widely used professional term. Or call it “my-pay-is-due diligence.”Using analytic structure techniques to vet a new client can protect your time, work, and energy.Rita Crague is Head of Compliance and Risk at Joust. 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