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Serena says good to be back, despite loss to Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi



(Reuters) – Serena Williams was pleased to get back on court despite losing what was her first match in almost a year, against Jelena Ostapenko, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

It was Williams’ first outing since winning her 23rd grand slam singles title at the Australian Open in January, while pregnant, before taking time out to have the baby.

But she failed to fully rediscover her rhythm and quickly dropped the first set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion.

The 36-year-old American roared back to win the second set 6-3 before losing the decisive tiebreak 10-5 in the exhibition match.

Williams admitted her mind wandered to her child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., during the match.

“Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little worried out there and I looked at my camp and I was like ‘Is Olympia ok?’. But it’s really good,” she said in her on-court interview.

”I‘m excited, it’s good to be back on the court. This was such a good time for me.

“It’s my first time playing in Abu Dhabi so thank you guys for the support. First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby but it was great, I’m glad I could do it here.”

Williams has registered for the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 15 at Melbourne Park.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Bolton

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The Importance Of Having A Good Profile: The Key To Success



We have only 7 seconds to make a great first impression. They’re almost impossible to reverse or undo, and can lead to getting awarded or being ignored. Your profile is the first contact -maybe the only one- the employer will have with you. Why not make it count?

Many freelancers wonder why they’re not receiving projects while they are great freelancers. Well, believe it or not, your profile has a huge impact on your scores. That’s why you should take into account the following tips profile tips when freelancing on our platform.

1. Make sure to have a great profile picture

What’s the first thing we see when we open a profile? The photo. Your profile picture can give us an idea of who you are and how you work. Make sure to have a good quality professional picture. You can add a photo of yourself if you have a personal account, or a nice logo if you are an agency.


2. Write a great description

When the employers are looking for a freelancer, they’d like to know who they’ll be working with. So once the your profile picture gets the approval of the client, your profile brief will turn to be under the spotlight. My advice: keep it short and sweet. Pay attention to grammar and spelling, and make sure to present yourself as who you really are. You can take advantage of this section to show your strengths!


3. Share your work experience

Your work experience is also important. You should mention your skills and experience on the description, so make sure to add some items into your portfolio. Just like your profile picture, the items you show will give a visual impression of the quality of your work. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure you’re giving the right message!


4. Make sure to work hard and get great reviews!

They’ll take a look at the feedbacks you received. If you’re part of the Preferred Freelancer Program, I’m sure you have great reviews. Keep it up and give your employers an awesome experience.

5. Get certified

All the certifications you get will look great in your profile. They give an idea on how well you know the skills. Besides, the employers will be able to see it on your bids.


6.  Get a Corporate Membership

You’ll be able to classify your portfolio. You could create sections by skills and let the employers focus on what they need.

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Debunking the myth of the price-conscious consumer



In microeconomics, the Utility Maximization Problem is one that every consumer invariably asks herself when buying a commodity:

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Lamborghini’s EV initiatives seem to lack a spark



It doesn’t look like Lamborghini will be joining the race for e-performance vehicles anytime soon.

Even as the Italian company announced plans to work with MIT in a collaboration to create “electric super sports cars of the future” with the unveiling of its Terzo Millennio concept car, without an exact EV Lambo production date, it’s unclear when the iconic brand will leave its gas-powered days in the dust.

A company spokesperson couldn’t confirm when a fully electric Terzo Millennio — or Third Millennium — vehicle would be for sale. “ Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani characterized the production outlook for the MIT initiative as “not something for tomorrow” but “really far away,” he told TechCrunch.

Meanwhile, Tesla started taking orders for its all-electric Roadster last month. Porsche plans to sell its Million-E electric car in 2019, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Ultimately, the ability of Lamborghini’s new EV initiative to keep up with competitors depends largely on the company’s ability to meet shifting consumer and regulatory demands, according to IHS Markit senior auto analyst Stephanie Brinley.

“Regulation, and making sure you understand the tech and are ready to adapt as necessary, is a really big part of this EV drive ― even for a supercar maker,” she told TechCrunch.

And for luxury performance makers, such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, “it’s also about having  a sense of what their buyers will accept, and won’t accept,” said Brinley of the jump to all electric.

In today’s transitional auto market, gauging consumer preferences is a tougher proposition: even for luxury brands who get to know their elite clientele (who can drop $200,000 on a car) pretty well.

“It really is about reading where supercar consumers will want to be and…preparing as much as possible to follow the market wherever it goes,” said Brinley of Lambo’s MIT EV initiative.

Lamborghini gave a sop to that market with the unveiling of its extremely hypothetical Terzo Millennio concept car. Despite the fanfare (and shocked headlines), there’s very little of the car that’s functional (or even actual).

The idea was to let a forward-looking development team run with the notion, giving chase to the MIT team. “Here we are showing a design and now I am asking the engineers and the students [at MIT] to develop the technology,” Terzo Millennio concept car designer Mitja Borkert told TechCrunch.

According to Lamborghini CTO Maurizio Reggiani, Lambo’s Third Millennium vehicle (for which, again, there are no immediate plans) will be all electric, have a body that doubles as a battery, and meet Lamborghini’s design and performance criteria.

A core part of the tech is the car’s conceptual power setup ― four electric motors, built into the wheels, doubling as brakes, and fueled by supercapacitors and energy storage devices built into the body.

Integrating supercapacitors into the shell would solve the weight, weight distribution and driving duration challenges that have hindered performance electric cars, Reggiani explained at an MIT media roundtable, earlier this year.

Another Third Millennium concept is development of a self-healing carbon-fiber body, to repair nicks and dents to the shell.

And finally, Lamborghini’s future supercars will incorporate AI technology, but won’t be self-driving. Models may include a “virtual cockpit” to allow drivers to simulate road and track conditions, but Lamborghini execs ruled out autonomous cars as a goal of the Terzo Millennio project.

“People don’t normally buy a sports cars to have it driven by a computer,” said Riccardo Parenti, the company’s head of Concept Development.

Still, Lamborghini was unable to clarify when this Terzo Millennio tech will materialize into an actual production car.

In the meantime, the company’s hybrid efforts could create a bridge to a full EV future. Lamborghini did confirm that a plug-in hybrid version of its new Urus SUV “is coming soon.” Lambo competitor Ferrari released its LaFerrari hybrid in 2016. Bugatti is also working on its first gas/electric car.

What could hasten Lamborghini’s move to full electric ― and perhaps leave Lambo disrupted as a preeminent supercar maker ― is competitors selling EVs with superior tech features and speed stats before them.

With 70 mph speed limits, for most buyers supercars are as much about capturing imaginations and performance bragging rights than actually hitting 200 mph on I-95.

 The reported stats for Lamborghini’s current top performing Huracán Performante are 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, with a top speed of 201 mph.

The same stats for Tesla’s new Roadster: 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph.

Lamborghini may need to bring its Terzo Millennio EV technology to market sooner than expected.

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