By Eden RichardsIt was a day of thrilling finishes in the Men’s Elite Eight on day one of the 2016 National Touch League. Two Queensland teams remain undefeated with the QLD Titans notching three wins from three starts and the QLD Cowboys securing two wins and a draw. The Alliance are yet to get off the mark and therefore sit last at the foot of the table on zero wins. They will need everything to go their way tomorrow if they are to mount an unlikely charge to the finals. In a sign of how close the Men’s Elite Eight is this year, just under half of the games played on day one were decided by one touchdown or less. The Women’s Elite Eight featured close contests all day and after 12 games one standout team has emerged.The Queensland Broncos went through three games unbeaten and look the side to beat for the title. The New South Wales Rebels, New South Wales Mets and Titans are all one game back on the standings but it appears there may be a gap in class between the chasers and last year’s champions. The New South Wales Country Mavericks sit on one win and will need to seriously improve on day two if they are to figure in the finals. It was a horrid day for the Scorpions and The Alliance as neither managed to chalk up a win. The Rebels’ six touchdown win over The Alliance was the biggest win of the day and they will need more of the same if they are to catch the Broncos. Day two will begin at 9am on Thursday. Related LinksElite Eight Day One
Guardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootoutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have reached the Carabao Cup semifinals after beating Leicester City on penalties.A poor quality shootout saw the home side miss three penalties while a dinked effort went wrong for Raheem Sterling before Oleksandr Zinchenko stepped up to emphatically thump the decisive kick into the top corner to take his side through.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the first half through Kevin de Bruyne’s first goal of the season – a sweet, low drive into the bottom corner.Leicester were poor in the first half but regrouped at half-time and levelled the contest through Marc Albrighton’s well-struck effort before crumbling in the shootout.Guardiola said afterwards: “A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy who is 17 years old and some injured players, it was a good game.”Raheem took that decision [to chip his penalty], unfortunately he missed it but that is OK.”Asked about Jose Mourinho’s sacking, he added: “I am always sad for the manager when that happens. We are alone in that situation. I am close to all of the managers. You are sacked when results are not good.”He doesn’t need me, he is so strong. I wish him all the best and he will be back soon.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone unsurprised Bayern Munich want Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone isn’t surprised Bayern Munich want to sign Lucas Hernandez.Simeone was keen to turn attention onto the pitch, but repeatedly fielded questions about those who could be on their way out of the Wanda Metropolitano this winter.”We know that until the window closes we cannot be calm,” Simeone said when asked about Lucas Hernandez’s future.”There is always the possibility when you have extraordinary players that big clubs like Bayern Munich will want them.”I live in the present and today we have him, like [Diego] Godin, [Jan] Oblak, Filipe [Luis] and Juanfran.”We have to look at what really matters to us, which is Sevilla.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Juventus draw more than deservedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists they deserve their point with Juventus.This Champions League clash finished 2-2, after the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo.“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.”
Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton, Everton and England boss Sam Allardyce has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would leave Tottenham for Manchester United.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger of losing his job at United, several reporters have linked Pochettino to the top job at Old Trafford.Given the poor form of Tottenham, it is possible that a Pochettino exit could happen in the winter or summer.But Allardyce believes the Argentine coach would be better off staying put because Spurs have a superior squad to United.Metro quote “Big Sam” as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Mass market driverless vehicles may be ready for the road later than previous estimates, but BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said Wednesday he doesn’t consider that a problem for his company’s autonomous vehicle technology plans.“An awful lot of things have to happen between now and then to make that happen including, but not limited to, government policy on safety standards,” Chen said.Chen has heard, anecdotally, that the introduction of commercially available autonomous vehicles might come later than 2021, a stated goal of BMW and Honda.People “in the know” have been mentioning the year 2025 as a more likely date, he saidChen said it’s hearsay but “I believe 2025 makes quite a lot of sense.”BlackBerry’s QNX conducted a basic street test in Ottawa at the Kanata North Technology Park in October but its next step will be to participate in a test track trial in Toronto with its partner Renesas Electronics America Inc.Chen said it will be at least a year before BlackBerry’s ready for another autonomous vehicle trial on the streets of Toronto.Last week’s pedestrian fatality during a test of a Uber self-driving vehicle in a Phoenix, AZ., suburb has caused the ride-hailing company to suspend its on-road testing program, including in Toronto.Chen said BlackBerry isn’t a supplier to Uber or to Google-affiliated Waymo.The autonomous car market is currently a small part of BlackBerry’s revenue but an important part of its future, Chen said.BlackBerry is positioning itself to supply software components to Tier 1 automotive suppliers, including Canada’s Magna International, although it’s also working directly with Ford and, more recently Jaguar Land Rover.Earlier Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a net loss of $10 million or six cents per share under U.S. generally accepted accounting compared with a loss of $47 million a year ago. Analysts had estimated a net loss of eight cents per share.BlackBerry Ltd.’s revenue and adjusted earnings also came in above analyst estimates in its fourth quarter, as all three of the company’s main software divisions showed growth.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, had $233 million of revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 28. Its operating income was $19 million or five cents per share.Analysts had estimated BlackBerry would have $216.4 million of revenue for the quarter and break even on an adjusted basis, with zero cents per share of operating income, according to Thomson Reuters data.Chen, who has been BlackBerry’s chief executive and executive chairman since joining the company in November 2013, said he was pleased with the company’s progress since it decided to stop manufacturing smartphones.All three of its software divisions — focused on enterprise, intellectual property licensing and automotive markets — grew in the fourth quarter, both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, he said.“Our strategy is working,” Chen said. “This gives us confidence that we could capitalize on the significant market opportunities available today as well as in the future.”The current opportunities include enterprise software and services that provide governments and regulated industries, such as banking, the tools to provide secure communication for their employees, partners and customers.“The heritage of BlackBerry gives us the right to play in this area, both from a know-how and a reputational point of view,” Chen said in an interview.He said there’s an opportunity to “upsell” to current enterprise customers with products and services such as the BlackBerry Bridge, announced last week, which is designed to provide heightened security to all Microsoft Office applications used by an organization’s workforce, suppliers and business partners.The Bridge product is currently in final customer trials prior to general availability.Besides its traditional vertical market segments, BlackBerry is seeing expanded opportunities within the hospital, pharmaceutical and energy markets. It’s also building its presence in China, Korea, and Japan, he said.For Chen, BlackBerry’s future includes opportunities for securely connected devices, such as its Radar hardware and service for the trucking industry, and for QNX software embedded in connected and autonomous vehicles.BlackBerry’s shares were little changed Thursday, trading at about $16. That’s up nearly 70 per cent over the past year.Two weeks ago, the company announced a five-year contract extension for Chen, which runs to November 2023 and is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award. His base salary, short-term cash incentive and benefits won’t change.Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version failed to mention BlackBerry conducted a basic street trial in Ottawa in October.
TORONTO – Several Canadian companies have kept silent on whether they’re attending a major Saudi Arabia investment conference after the event was overshadowed by the apparent murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.This week’s Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh has seen numerous high-profile cancellations after Turkey accused the Saudi regime of killing Khashoggi, who had written critically of it.SNC-Lavalin, which has extensive business ties with Saudi Arabia, refused to say whether it would attend this year.“We opted not to answer anyone on this particular conference,” said SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan, referring to numerous inquiries from reporters.Chantal Sorel, the company’s executive vice-president and managing director of capital, was a speaker at last year’s conference.A spokesperson for Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., whose executive chairman David Kassie is also listed as a 2017 speaker, said they would look into whether the company was attending but then did not respond to further inquiries.Bombardier Inc., which has an office and transit projects in the country, said it never planned to attend the conference.Other companies that attended last year’s conference said they had no plans to attend this year, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.The Canadian government is also skipping this year’s conference, according to sources. Last year, then-natural resources minister Jim Carr attended the inaugural edition of the summit.Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia became strained in August, when Riyadh suspended diplomatic ties with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticized the regime on Twitter for its arrest of social activists.Saudi Arabia has faced intense global pressure as Turkey continues to release details of its investigation of what happened after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.Key international figures who have pulled out of the conference include top business executives, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, European cabinet ministers, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC, TSX:CF, TSX:BBD.B)
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street Monday as key U.S. indexes remain on course for their worst December since the 1930s. Bank stocks are among the worst off after news of the treasury secretary’s call with CEOs of six major banks accentuated investors’ concerns.The S&P 500 is down 0.5 per cent at 2,404 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 0.6 per cent at 22,304. The Nasdaq Composite is down 0.3 per cent at 6,309.In holiday-thinned half-day trading in Europe, France’s CAC 40 is down1.5 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 is down 0.5 per cent.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.77 per cent.The Associated Press
Dental Checks Hearing Information Vision Information Early Literacy Activities Infant Development Information Resource and Community Information Development Questionaire Childcare InformationThe goal of the event is to help provide;-Increase universal screening options for 0-5-year-olds-Connect parents with existing community resources-Raise awareness about the importance of the early yearsThis FREE event will have face painting, prizes galore and answers to your questions.For more information check out fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.ca or call 250.785.5701To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Round-Up is on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Totem Mall for the free event for children aged 0-5 years.The Family Friendly Coalition, Children First and Success by 6 are coming together to help parents connect directly with local community experts. With interactive booths set up, parents can learn about their children’s development progress.Things parents will be able to learn about include;
Paris: Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work. Tourists at the world-famous landmark were left stunned on Thursday as the statues — representing the 12 apostles and the four evangelists from the New Testament — were lifted off the spire of the cathedral by crane. “What’s unique is that it’s the first time we’ve seen them up close since they were set up by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1860s,” Marie-Helene Didier, who is in charge of the renovation work, said. “It’s an exceptional event because we’ve brought the 16 statues down in a single day. It’s a magical moment for everyone,” she said. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year. Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an USD 12.4-million overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. “Extraordinary,” said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-metre (300-foot) crane. “I’ll never see anything like it again.” The statues will be put on display inside the cathedral and will travel two-by-two to a specialised restorer in the Dordogne area of southwest France. Once all have been renovated, they will be put back to their position staring out over the City of Light in 2022.
Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson take a free throw in the second half of the Buckeyes’ game against Purdue-Fort Wayne. Ohio State won the game 107-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThere have been talks about senior guard C.J. Jackson all throughout the summer.Jackson, who was No. 2 on Ohio State in points per game a season ago, has been seen as a leader for a team attempting to move on from the likes of Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.On Sunday, Jackson proved his potential to be that guy.In the 107-61 victory against Purdue-Fort Wayne, Jackson had team highs with 25 points and five assists, while also finishing second on the team with six rebounds.The 25 points was also Jackson’s career high.Jackson said it was his teammates around him that allowed him to have the breakout performance.“My teammates just found me in the right spots tonight, and credit to them, just finding me and looking for me as I kind of got rolling a little bit,” Jackson said. “Once you see it finally go in, the confidence level goes up.”Though the Buckeyes ended up winning by 45, they only led by seven after the first half.The lead remained seven two minutes into the second half. That’s when Jackson took over.Already leading the team with 12 first-half points, the senior guard hit three three pointers within 66 seconds, all in succession for Ohio State, putting the team up 52-38 on his self-created 9-2 run.The Buckeyes outscored Purdue-Fort Wayne 55-23 from that point forward.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Jackson just took what the defense was giving him.“C.J. can get more happy with the three probably at times than I want him to, but they were going under a lot of ball screens today, and he’s worked on that part of his game,” Holtmann said.Jackson shot 72.2 percent on the day and made 4-of-7 from behind the arc. In the 2017-18 season, Jackson hit on 41.6 percent of his shots, and 37.9 percent of his three pointers.“The coaches stayed on me all summer, and that’s kind of where it started, right after the season ended we got straight to work,” Jackson said. “Once you get to this moment, it’s kind of like you’ve already been through it, so you just perform what you did all summer and all preseason.”Through two games, Ohio State has proven nothing about its style of play.The Buckeyes smothered Cincinnati defensively, holding them to less than 30 percent shooting and earning the low-scoring victory. On Saturday, they put up more than 100 points in the rout of the Mastodons. But in both games, it was Jackson who came up big when the team needed it.Though he only shot 3-for-10 against the Bearcats, one of those three baskets was a layup with 29 seconds remaining to put Ohio State up six. He then hit the last two free throws to officially seal the win.Against Purdue-Fort Wayne, Jackson played a complete game, looking like the best player on the court and finishing with the No. 2 plus-minus on the team.Holtmann said he liked what Jackson did on the defensive side as well, but that his team still has places to improve.Jackson said his performance only matters if it comes in an Ohio State victory.“As far as the win, that’s pretty much the only thing,” Jackson said. “We know we have to win to be successful, especially with the tough schedule that we have, so that’s kind of the only thing that I’m concerned with at this point.”
Ahead of their Thursday clash with CSKA Moscow in the quarter-final stage of the Europa League, Wilshere stated it is very important for them to keep their momentum and take it with themselves to the first leg with the Russian giants.The Gunners struggled for pretty much the whole game, but it was their January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who just returned from injury, that led their team to the eventual 3-0 win. The duo was able to net all three goals in the last 15 minutes of the game.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a big game,” Wilshere said, according to the Daily Mail. “We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going.”“We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that. Sometimes it’s like that after an international break, it takes 45 minutes to blow the cobwebs off,” the Gunner went on to add.
Yet another book on Mahatma Gandhi took its course. A graphic novel – Gandhi: my life is my message by Gandhi’s own grandson and celebrated biographer Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi was launched at Gandhi Smriti on Thursday. Rajmohan Gandhi said the book focuses mainly on Mahatma’s experience in South Africa. ‘I congratulate the writer, Jason Quinn. This book will take Gandhi’s life and message to large numbers of youngsters across the world in an enjoyable format. He has accomplished a difficult task with skill and a fine understanding of Gandhi’s life and message,’ said Rajmohan Gandhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He also said that Gandhi’s message was to help people understand the value of listening. ‘Gandhi taught the people to listen patiently to all one has to say. It was a powerful tool to help people in understanding voices.’ He also stated that Gandhi belonged to the world. ‘Gandhi was confined in India for a very long time. He was a hero for the entire world and belonged to everybody. People from all over the world can relate to Gandhi.’Quinn noted that the book provides a fine perspective of Gandhi, and how he was intimidated by the character of Gandhi. ‘This was one of the most difficult writing assignments I’ve ever worked on. Gandhi is so legendary that you really have to tell his story just right. By the time I finished writing the book, I felt as if I had been in his presence.’ He also added that it took him a lot of time to understand Gandhi’s nature and the span of his finishing the article. ‘I visited the National library and read hundreds of books based on Gandhi. It took me seven-eight months in finishing the entire novel.’Gandhi’s story, told for the first time in an exciting graphic novel format, is sure to attract readers to his timeless message of peace and non-violence.
She’s Mercedes, an initiative by Mercedes-Benz celebrated by Silver Arrows, intended to recognize successful women, share their journey and inspire others. A launch of the initiative took place in the Capital recently at the luxury auto retailer’s state-of-the-art showroom at the Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri.”She’s Mercedes is an initiative that celebrates the accomplishments of leading women across all fields for setting the bar high with passion and creativity,” said Tushar Kumar, MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, adding, “She’s Mercedes is a community of powerful, successful women who create change, inspire powerful dialogues, and drive the future through their lives and work. It is a platform to connect, converse, engage and empower women. A place where achievers meet achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event started on a high note with the Guest of Honour Harjinder Kaur, Business Woman and National Sr Vice President, FICCI FLO giving some inspiring and noteworthy advise on women’s economic empowerment. “From a small town girl to an accomplished businesswoman having won many accolades, I want women to be aware of their strengths, turn them into the profession and be economically empowered”.It was followed by a Panel Discussion, celebrating the passion, creativity, and accomplishments of women who have made it big against all odds. The topic, “Women Leaders and the Road to Success” and the dynamic panelists from diverse fields captivated the audience with their success stories. The panelists included Lalitha Kumar Mangalam, Member, BJP, Former Chief, NCW, Tisca Chopra, Actress, Dr Shayama Chona, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, Educationist and President, Tamana, Payal Jain, Fashion Designer, Lipika Sud, Director, Lipika Sud Interiors, President, The Guild of Designers and Artists, Arunima Kumar, Danseuse and Choreographer and Tahira Kochhar, Celebrity Nutritionist and Model. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlso, to salute their success, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows brought out a very special coffee table book, ‘WOW, Women of Wisdom’ highlighting the journey of some of these successful women.The evening saw over 100 influential women in the city. The special guests included Shovana Narayan, Pinky Anand (Additional Solicitor General of India), Sushma Seth, Sharon Lowen, Sonia Prashar (Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce), Ratan Kaul, and others.
On January 9, the day preceding the World Hindi Day (January 10), Niyogi Books launched its latest imprint ‘Bahuvachan’, dedicated to the Hindi titles. Through this new imprint, the attempt was to celebrate the state language Hindi – which is not only one among the most spoken languages in India, but also a global language today.Bahuvachan endeavours to further consolidate the publishing house’s ethos of bringing fine publishing within reach. The first 12 books, which have been brought out in this imprint are illustrated titles of international standard, with which its intended to take Hindi books to the global market. The shorlisted books which range across diverse subjects, including biographies, travel, food, and culture include ‘Antarctica: Bharat ki Himani Mahadwip ke liye Yatra’, ‘Apne Bachchon ko Kaise Khilayen? (Aur Iska Luft Lein)’, ‘Avadh ke Zaike: Shahi Dawat se Ghar ki Rasoi Tak ka Safar’, ‘Bhartiya Shastriya Nritya’, ‘Bismillah Khan: Banaras ke Ustad’, ‘Dagar va Dhrupad: Divya Virasat’, to name a few. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn launching the imprints, Dr Karan Singh, Indian politician, philanthropist, poet, and a member of the Rajya Sabha, said: “I love all languages. My mother tongue Dogri, my national language Hindi, and my official language English. I would request you all to not disapprove of any language, but rather be supportive of all. A good book is the lifeblood of civilization.” He also expressed his regrets on the gradual disappearance of the reading culture amongst children and youngsters, who are so engrossed in gadgets today that they have lost their learning skills. Bikash De Niyogi, MD, Niyogi Books stated, “With this initiative, we aim to take the language to greater heights.” The publication house started 2018 with launching three new imprints to pigeonhole their diverse subjects and genres of publication in Jnauary itself. And, coming towards August, they launched the first signature bookstore in Kolkata.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 5, 2017 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Video conferencing has quickly become a business standard in many industries. New technology has made it easier than ever to connect with partners, clients and employees across the globe. It’s important for businesses to effectively train their employees about videoconferences as it becomes more widely used throughout the world.Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that I believe elevate the overall experience of a video conference.Related: 4 Ideas for Hosting Google+ Hangouts ‘On Air’Do: Mute your microphone whenever you’re not speaking — even if you’re alone in the room. Background noise can be an annoying distraction and stifle any meeting’s flow.Do: Be aware of your video’s settings. Check if your microphone is muted before delivering a two-minute monologue that no one will hear.Don’t: Position your camera too low, too high or hooked onto a different monitor. Weird camera angles can be very distracting — and unflattering — during video conference calls. Make sure your camera is eye level and on the monitor you plan to use for the conference.Do: Make sure your room is well lit (side lighting is the best). Few things are worse than having a professional meeting while feeling like you’re talking to someone in a dungeon. Use natural light from windows or simply turn on the overhead light in the room to brighten up the conference.Do: Wear appropriate clothing. I know it can be tempting — especially if you work from home — to wear a work shirt and athletic shorts but dress as if you’re meeting face to face. You never know if you’re going to have to get up suddenly or if your camera might fall. So wear clean, professional clothing for your video calls.Related: 3 Low-Cost Tools for Better Virtual MeetingsDo: Your wall art or decorations should be work appropriate and your surroundings clean. If your room looks like a college dorm room after a bender, clean it or find a different room. This also includes your desk! Avoid having multiple coffee mugs, dishes and trash on the surface.Do: Test your microphone before you video call, especially if it’s an important meeting. Test it by video conferencing your colleague before the meeting. Nothing is worse than trying to share something critical, and not being able to communicate clearly because your audio clarity and volume is poor.Do: If you’re in a group call without video, introduce yourself before you talk. Consider something like “Hi it’s Jim, I have a question.” While several programs will notify you as to who is talking, conference line numbers will not. Therefore, be polite and introduce yourself.Don’t: Check or read emails or peruse articles while on the video call. This also includes doing additional work beyond the call. It’s easy for other participant’s to tell if you aren’t fully focused and present during the video call.Do: When you’re talking, look into the camera instead of looking at yourself talking on the computer screen. It will help others on the call feel like you’re 100 percent engaged and present.It’s important to remember that video conferences are essentially in-person interactions that allow businesses to communicate more effectively.Related: Video Conference Etiquette for Dummies Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.