Girl gang-raped in front of her father in Bihar’s Kishanganj

first_imgA teenage girl was allegedly gang-raped by six youths after tying her father to a tree nearby in Kishanganj district of Bihar.The girl, in a complaint filed on Wednesday, said six youths of her village Pathargatti, under the Kodhobari police station, 350 km from Patna, knocked on her door on Monday night asking for water. They then forcibly entered the house and dragged her outside. They took her to a deserted field near her house and gang-raped her in front of her father, she said in her complaint. The victim told the police that the accused warned them not to report the incident. Arrests soon, says SP“She has named six persons… the police are conducting raids to nab them as they are absconding,” Kishanganj Superintendent of Police Kumar Ashish told local journalists. He said he was personally monitoring the case and “all the accused will be arrested soon.” Police said the villagers initially tried to hush-up the incident. They asked the girl and her father to agree to a “settlement” through the village panchayat. But the two decided to lodge an FIR. Police records say 1400 cases of rape were registered in Bihar till November last year, 39 in Kishanganj district alone.last_img read more

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IL&FS-Kohinoor CTNL case: ED questions Raj Thackeray for nine hours

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Thursday questioned Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray for close to nine hours in connection with the IL&FS – Kohinoor CTNL case. Mr Thackeray, called for questioning via a formal notice, reached the ED office in Ballard Pier around 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, accompanied by his wife Sharmila, son Amit, daughter Urvashi and daughter-in-law Mitali. He entered the ED office without speaking to the media, while his family members went to the Grant Hotel close to the ED office. Shareholding pattern“Mr. Thackeray was mainly questioned about the shareholding pattern in Kohinoor CTNL as well as some facts that came to light in the questioning of others who have been quizzed over the last few days,” a ED officer said. The ED has since Monday been questioning Unmesh Joshi, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and senior MNS leader Rajan Shirodkar. The trio were partners in a consortium that formed Kohinoor CTNL, to which IL&FS paid close to Rs 860 crore in the form of loans and investments. The officer added that other aspects of the questioning included the trail of money after it was paid to Kohinoor CTNL by IL&FS and the granting of unsecured loans by IL&FS without any collateral despite the company declaring losses. Mr Thackeray left from the ED office at around 8.15 p.m. on Thursday, once again under tight police escort, accompanied by his family members. ED sources said that he has not been called in for questioning on Friday and that it is unlikely that he will need to be questioned again unless some new facts come to light in subsequent investigations.last_img read more

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King of the North: Kawhi Leonard wins Finals MVP

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This is the place for him,” Ujiri said.Regardless of what’s next, Leonard’s memorable postseason won’t soon be forgotten.There was the four-bounce-off-the-rim, at-the-buzzer jump shot from the corner to beat Philadelphia in Game 7 of the second round. A 15-point fourth quarter to lift the Raptors past Milwaukee in the pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. A 17-point third quarter at Oracle Arena in Game 4 of the finals, as the Raptors took control of the game and the series.“You can always see in his eyes that at any given time he can kind of take over,” Pascal Siakam said.Leonard can be thought of as enigmatic or anti-social.He’s not really either of those things. He’s just quiet.His path has not been an easy one. He wasn’t highly recruited in high school. By the time bigger colleges were calling, he was committed to San Diego State. He wasn’t even a lottery pick, getting taken No. 15 in the 2011 draft — behind the likes of Derrick Williams, Tristan Thompson, Jan Vesely, Bismack Biyombo, Jimmer Fredette and Alec Burks, none of whom averaged 10 points per game for their NBA careers.He rarely opens up about anything. He doesn’t talk about his private life. He hardly ever discusses the murder of his father, which happened when Leonard was playing in high school. He scored 17 points in a game the day after his father was shot and killed, perhaps the ultimate proof that he’s always been capable of blocking out everything else when he steps onto a court.“Once it happened, I thought about it a lot,” Leonard said. “But as I got older, I pretty much just really stopped thinking about it. I think it just gave me a sense and feel that life and basketball are two different things and just really enjoy your time and moments. Like I always say, this is basketball; just go out there and have fun. These are going to be the best years of my life, playing this game.”The best year yet just happened. “I think he’s the best two-way basketball player in the NBA,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “He just goes. You know, I’ve seen some stuff from him this year that you just say, ‘Wow.’ You do. You say, ‘Wow.’ You appreciate the work that he’s put in. He works extremely hard at his game and works extremely hard on his body. And he loves this basketball thing. Loves it.”Perhaps never more so than Thursday night.After missing most of last season with a leg injury, after having his commitment questioned, after getting traded to Toronto, Leonard returned to basketball’s mountaintop. He thrust both arms high into the air when it was over, letting out a scream of joy. He even allowed himself a tiny smile when he hoisted the MVP trophy.“He’s just a competitor,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “We respect that, for sure. He’s shown that again this entire playoff run.”Giannis Antetokounmpo will probably win the NBA’s MVP award in a couple of weeks. James Harden and Paul George are the other finalists. And while all three of those players had marvelous regular seasons, the postseason was Leonard’s personal showcase.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard’s first season with the Toronto Raptors started with his now-infamous laugh.It ended with him getting the last laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport He scored 732 points in the playoffs. Only Michael Jordan (759) and LeBron James (748) ever scored more in a single postseason. Leonard finished with 14 games of 30 points or more in these playoffs. The only players with more in a single postseason are Jordan (16 in 1992), Hakeem Olajuwon (16 in 1995) and Kobe Bryant (15 in 2009).“Without a doubt, the best thing about this thing is that somehow I wound up on the sideline getting to watch this guy play up close,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who won an NBA title in his first season as a head coach in the league. “It’s really cool.”Leonard was the unquestioned leader. When the Raptors lost Game 2 of the NBA Finals at home and surrendered home-court advantage in the series, Nurse walked into a very glum locker room and reminded his team that it merely needed to win either Game 3 or Game 4 at Oracle Arena to reclaim control of the series.Some nodded in agreement.Leonard was not one of them, saying, “Let’s go get both.”They got both.And then, on their return trip to Oracle for Game 6, they got one more. They closed Oracle with a title-clincher.“I don’t know that any people will argue with me that he’s the best two-way player in the NBA,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said.Getting Leonard was just one of a bold series of moves Ujiri made in the last 12 months. He fired last season’s coach of the year in Dwane Casey and hired Nurse. He traded away three players at midseason for Marc Gasol. And he took the risk that Leonard would be both happy enough and healthy enough to take the Raptors to the newest and highest of heights.The trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard was high-risk, high-reward. Leonard was acquired on July 18 and formally introduced as training camp was beginning on Sept. 24. He can become a free agent on June 30 and he’ll almost certainly make in excess of $32 million next season no matter how long a deal he ends up signing — and whether that’s in Toronto or someplace else. The best player on the league’s newly crowned best team is an NBA Finals MVP for the second time. Toronto finally sits atop the basketball universe, with Leonard averaging 28.5 points in a six-game finals victory over the Golden State Warriors to lead the Raptors to their first championship.He arguably ended any debate about who the best two-way player in the sport is at this moment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“This is what I play basketball for,” Leonard said. “This is what I work out for.”The King of the North, as they’ve been calling Leonard in Toronto, was King of the Playoffs. He’s the third player to win Finals MVP with two franchises, joining only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James.center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Top enterprise, Globe Business support Hineleban Foundation’s ‘rainforestation’ efforts through golf Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles And with Leonard just entering his prime, there might be much more to come.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

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2nd Test: Bowlers help India bounce back on day three

first_imgIndia took control of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday, finishing the third day at 70 for 1 for a 157-run lead with nine second innings wickets in hand.India lost first innings centurion Lokesh Rahul – bowled by seamer Dhammika Prasad – with the total on just three.Opener Murali Vijay was undefeated on 39 at stumps, with Ajinkya Ranahe 28 not out. The pair shared a 67-run unbroken partnership for the second wicket.Day in Pics | As it happened Earlier, legspinner Amit Mishra took four wickets to help India gain an 87-run first innings lead by dismissing Sri Lanka for 306. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews scored his sixth test century and was out for 102, supported by half-centuries from Lahiru Thirimanne (62) and Kaushal Silva (51).India made 393 in their first innings. Resuming the day at 140 for 3, Sri Lanka’s overnight pair of Mathews and Thirimanne batted out the first session without conceding a wicket and scored 84 runs.However, fast bowler Ishant Sharma broke through soon after the break, having Thirimanne caught behind and ending a 127-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mathews.Sharma struck again when Dinesh Chandimal (11) was caught by Rahul at slip. Mathews was caught in the slips by Vijay off seam bowler Stuart Binny. He hit 12 boundaries off 167 deliveries.Sri Lanka’s middle and lower order soon crumbled, losing its last seven wickets for 65 runs. Mishra finished with 4 for 43. Sharma and offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.Sri Lanka lead the three-Test series 1-0.last_img read more

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Anirban Lahiri frustrated despite solid start at British Open

first_imgIndia’s Anirban Lahiri began his British Open campaign with a solid two-under-par 69 but was left to rue a host of missed opportunities on the opening day at Royal Troon.The 29-year-old, who played alongside Keegan Bradley of the United States and Spain’s Sergio Garcia, carded three birdies and a bogey over his first seven holes on Thursday but failed to carry the momentum forward after the turn.”I think I played pretty good but left a few opportunities out there on the back nine,” Lahiri said in an Asian Tour statement.”It was a good day to score, the wind died down. I had a few good looks but didn’t convert. I’m a bit disappointed with not shooting a couple under on the back nine but I’m quite happy with the way I played.” (Phil Mickelson grabs British Open lead )Lahiri, who is making his fourth Open appearance, said his putter let him down.”I had a lot of looks from 25 feet and a couple from inside 10 feet. Made good strokes but didn’t find the bottom of the cup.”I found a lot of fairways especially on a lot of the tighter holes and found a lot of greens. That’s a good sign hopefully.”I focused pretty well. When you’re coming home, you can’t afford to get frustrated. If you do that, you try to push too hard, the course can bite you.”I was expecting the winds to pick up and with the sunshine all day, I thought the greens would get a little firmer but they didn’t.”advertisementAmerican Phil Mickelson leads the Open after an eight-under-par 63 on the opening day.last_img read more

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Russia fears missing Olympics over doping data tampering

first_imgThe computer files were critical to prosecuting cases against athletes alleged to have cheated at the 2014 Olympics and other major events.“The situation is very serious,” Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40He added that if Russia can’t either refute the claim or identify potential suspects, “then the Russian Olympic team’s prospects of taking part in the Games in Tokyo next year could be under threat.”Russia was already required to send an officially neutral, smaller-than-usual squad of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” to last year’s Winter Olympics as a punishment from the International Olympic Committee for doping offenses. However, the IOC has since signaled that it considers the matter closed. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ When asked about the data investigation Tuesday, the IOC said it “fully respects this process” and WADA’s jurisdiction.The data was handed over to WADA in January after Russia breached an earlier deadline of Dec. 31, 2018. Before then, it was stored in a sealed-off area of the laboratory under the control of Russian law enforcement.The data has been used to support suspensions against 12 Russian weightlifters, including 10 former world or European championship medalists, and cases in the winter sport of biathlon. WADA said it would continue to pursue cases while this latest review is ongoing.The International Weightlifting Federation said it will “urgently liaise with WADA” about how to continue its cases.WADA has been criticized for reinstating RUSADA under terms less stringent than the original roadmap. But director general Olivier Niggli told The Associated Press he stood by the decision.ADVERTISEMENT “I believe it was actually a very important decision and absolutely the right decision,” Niggli said. “I’m convinced that we would not have the data if we had not taken that decision, so we would not even be talking about it today. There would still be a cloud of suspicion and nothing would have gone forward.”Niggli conceded the tampering could force WADA to drop some of the cases, “but there will be a good number of cases which can still move forward.”WADA would not set a firm timetable on a decision. The case is heating up a few days before the start of the track world championships in Doha, where 30 Russians will compete as neutral athletes while Russia’s track federation remains under suspension by the sport’s governing body.Russia’s sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said his office had been told about the discrepancies between the data turned over by a whistleblower and data from the lab, which was being used to corroborate the whistleblower information. He indicated that Russian technical specialists will have access to the review.“What, exactly, these inconsistencies are and what they are related to, that will be cleared up by experts in the field of digital technology from both sides, who are already cooperating,” Kolobkov said. “From our side, we will continue to offer all possible assistance.”The Russian track federation said Monday it knows of 14 open investigations against its athletes, including the former Olympic gold medalists Anna Chicherova and Elena Lashmanova. The federation said it found out during failed attempts to secure neutral status, which would have allowed them to compete at the world championships.Both Chicherova and Lashmanova have already served doping bans for other offenses and would likely have been refused the status regardless.The head of the U.K. Anti-Doping Agency, which led the overhaul of its Russian counterpart, said the manipulation of data could spark fresh cynicism about whether the country had cleaned up its act.“Clearly it’s incredibly concerning and incredibly disappointing,” UKAD CEO Nicole Sapstead told the AP. “This is data that should have been made available right from the off, it wasn’t.“A number of obstacles were placed to avoid that data being obtained. And then when it’s finally obtained and you’re rooting through it and assessing it and assimilating it, you suddenly find that it all doesn’t quite tally.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wozniacki, Kerber and Sevastova upset in Wuhan Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:38Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during visit to Russia02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country’s national flag over the Olympic rings before the men’s 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that Russia’s anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)DOHA, Qatar — The World Anti-Doping Agency is giving Russia three weeks to explain possible signs of tampering with data from its doping laboratory, an accusation which Russian officials fear could lead to a ban from next year’s Olympics.WADA heard about the possible tampering at its executive committee meeting Monday in Tokyo. Turning over the data was a key requirement for the reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency, and WADA has formally opened a compliance procedure that could lead to a new ban if the data was manipulated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J3, J5 (2017) spotted on certification sites

first_imgSoon after announcing the most awaited flagships of the year, Samsung is apparently working on announcing J3 and J5 2017 variants very soon. Both the smartphones have been lately spotted on certification websites, which provides a rough picture of how the devices might look like, and also illustrates the specifications that the smartphones are expected to pack.Samsung J3 (2017) received Wi-Fi certifications on Thursday. After which, the smartphone is now spotted on GeekBench benchmarking website with the model number – SM-J330F. Both the listing shows almost the similar specifications that the J3 (2017) model is expected to come packed with.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) quick review: One for the roadIn terms of the specifications, the GeekBench listing reveals that the Samsung smartphone is expected to come with 2GB RAM and Exynos 7570 SoC 1.45 GHz quad-core processor and further run on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. It also reveals that, on the camera front, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) is expected to come with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel selfie snapper on the front, right above the display.However, as per the Wi-Fi certification, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) will support 2.4GHz single-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity options.Other speculations reveal that the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) will come with a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution. While on the storage front, the smartphone will pack 16GB of internal storage. No details on if the storage space can be further expanded or not. On the connectivity front, the device is expected to come with several options like – 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Micro-USB port.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs Xiaomi Mi 6: Top specs shootoutOn the other hand, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) cleared FCC. The smartphone comes with a model number SM-J530F. The device before FCC was spotted on GeekBench and GFXBench as well and revealed a rough sketch of specifications that the smartphone is expected to pack.In terms of the specifications, J5 (2017) will come with a 4.8-inch display. Further, the smartphone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and powered by octa-core Exynos 7870 processor clocked at 1.59GHz. The GeekBench listing further reveals that Samsung Galaxy J5 (20170 variant will come with 16GB of internal storage, coupled with 2GB of RAM. While on the optics front, J5 2017 will sport a 12-megapixel camera on both rear and front. No further details on the launch and price of either of the smartphones have been revealed.last_img read more

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How to Make Your Own Infused Spirits, Oil, Salt, and More

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation Nothing is simple these days.Liquor store shelves are filled with fancy flavored spirits, and the grocery store offers a multitude of flavored oils, vinegars, salt, and other ingredients.Buy, and you can easily spend a small fortune for a shelf-full you might rarely use ($12 for a jar of salt? $20 for a one-off liquor?).But take a pass, and you’re missing out on some great recipes.The best solution: make ‘em yourself.Infusions are mostly easy to make, and you can customize the recipe to make as much, or as little, as you need. There’s little waste—you can often use the infusion leftovers in their own recipe.For example, Miyabi 45th in Seattle serves a house-made cherry-infused port, and also uses the boozy cherries in a foie gras dish.(Plus, if you’re worrying about your holiday budget already, bookmark this. Infusions also make impressive inexpensive gifts.)Some infusions worth trying:Simple syrupMaking simple syrup is, well, simple. It’s great in cocktails, sorbets and other dishes.Bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Then turn the mixture to low heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, about five minutes.For an infused version, add your choice of spices or herbs once the syrup has reached a boil—cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, dried chili peppers, and vanilla beans all work well.You can make fruit versions using the pulp or juice, too.Strain the flavored syrup, and then refrigerate. It will keep for up to six months.WaterInfused water can make it a little easier to get your recommended eight 8-ounce glasses a day.For inspiration, think spa: Sliced lemons or cucumbers, pineapple, mint and strawberries all work.Just combine and chill for at least two hours.SaltTable salt won’t cut it for this infusion. Start with a coarser salt, like kosher salt or sea salt.Mix with your infusers—about a tablespoon per half-cup of salt. Citrus peels, herbs, and spices all work. So do tea, dried mushrooms and vegetables like ginger and garlic.For larger infusions, consider pulsing the mix briefly in a food processor. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 225 degrees for an hour, turn, and then bake for another hour.Break up any clumps and transfer to jars for storage. The infused salt keeps for up to six months, and works well in recipes and as a finishing salt.SugarSimilar to infused salt, but here, it’s best to start with infusers that are already dry, such as vanilla beans, tea, espresso beans, rose petals and citrus peel.(Use a dehydrator, or a tray in the oven on low heat, if necessary.)Let infuse for at least a week. Strain out larger infusers before serving or gifting if desired. Keeps for about six months.Try it in desserts, coffee, or as a rimming sugar for cocktails, among other options.OilThis one’s a little tricky.Food safety experts recommend that home cooks stick to infusions using dried, rather than fresh, herbs and spices to avoid the risk of botulism.(Yes, really.)If you do want to try using fresh items, follow the instructions carefully—you’ll need carefully cleaned items and tight-sealing containers.AlcoholNo need to buy flavored spirits. Spices, fruits, vegetables—pretty much anything works here.Imbibe magazine has a great guide for picking and layering flavors.You can even use meats as infusers. A friend of Frugal Foodie makes bacon-infused gin, as well as brisket-infused vodka. (In both cases, the meats are cooked before being added.)Infuse for a week or two before straining and bottling.VinegarA good strawberry or ginger/honey balsamic is amazing in a salad or drizzled over fruit or ice cream.To infuse your own, boil the vinegar and add the chopped infusers—fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey, spices, whatever you like.Jar and let cool, and let steep for at least two weeks. Strain into another container and store, in the fridge, for up to a year.Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie.last_img read more

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Financial Jargon Decoded

first_imgWhether you’re running your own business or working for someone else, certain metrics are key to understanding how you’re doing financially. Net income and gross income are two numbers that can help you evaluate your business or personal finances. Various… Full Story,Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is deliberately separate from the Spring Equal Pay Day. It is held at this time of year as it marks the amount of additional time it takes for a black woman to earn the same… Full Story,Sometime last week, news might have filtered to you through your favorite social media platform, feed, or blog, that the Federal Reserve lowered the Fed interest rate by 0.25%. The announcement made on July 31st by the Federal Reserve chairman… Full Story,The other week, while I was digging up weeds during my volunteership at the botanical garden, my 19-year-old colleague turned to me and asked, “Jackie, what would you tell your 20-year-old self?” Whelp. I leaned in, gave her my wise,… Full Story,I’ve gotten to a point in my career where I’m commonly referred to as a financial “expert”. I’ve worked hard to broaden my knowledge and fill in the gaps, so I feel pretty comfortable in that role. When a friend… Full Story,With much of the country experiencing frighteningly cold temperatures, it doesn’t seem like the time to issue “ways to save during winter” advice. With temperatures well below zero, the last thing anyone should be doing right now is turning off… Full Story,Personal finance and investing gurus are fond of an old Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chances are you’ve heard it before. It’s a profound quote, and… Full Story,For most of us, getting organized is a pipe dream. The random creams, pastes, and oils in your bathroom cabinet will probably never be color coordinated or arranged alphabetically. Your sock drawer will probably be a nest of tangled and… Full Story,For some people, stability is the norm. They’re successful, happy and blissfully unaware of just how lucky they are to be in such a comfortable position. For the rest of us, chaos is the status quo. Financial and mental instability… Full Story,If your finances are a constant source of stress and anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 40 percent of American adults say they would have a tough time covering an unexpected expense of $400 or more, according to the… Full Storylast_img read more

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Not Managing Your Own Money? At Least Know This.

first_imgHave a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Click image to play video.You may not be a numbers person and despise thinking about money. I get it. (Although, I suspect you may be underestimating yourself.)Because of this, if you’re in a relationship, you may be inclined to let your partner take the financial reins and oversee your joint accounts. Often times households appoint a spouse as the “CFO,” or chief financial officer, with the good intention of streamlining all the financial bookkeeping and bill payment under one person’s watchful eye. That system has its merits. “While it would be nice to think that every financial decision in a household were made on a 50/50 basis – real life so often gets in the way,” says Manisha Thakor, Director of Wealth Strategies for Women at The BAM Alliance. “In our modern, busy world ‘divide & conquer’ is often the only logistical way to make sure all financial tasks get done.”But if you’re not the family CFO and/or not interested in personal finance, it’s never an excuse to turn a blind eye to your money. You risk making ill-informed decisions, taking your finances for granted and being financially vulnerable in the event your partner can no longer oversee the bills for any reason.To avoid such perils, here are critical areas of your financial life that each person in a partnership should understand no matter what.Income & ExpensesDo you know how much your spouse or partner earns? Believe it or not, this figure is a blind spot in many relationships. A recent study found that 43% of couples failed to accurately report how much their partner earns.Another survey found that one in three newlyweds discovered their spouse’s spending habits are different than what they thought.But if you don’t know how much each of you brings home (and spends) every month, how will you be able to really understand what’s affordable, how long it will take you to climb out of debt or save up for a goal together?“There’s no need to go into the spending nitty-gritty, so long as the difference between income & expenses is positive, savings goals are being met, and no one is upset at how money is being spent,” says Thakor.Another reason why it’s key to know how much your partner makes is so that you can better assess your tax filings. Taxes may not be something you like to tackle, but if you do sign a joint return, you should know your combined household income. That’s a line item the IRS zooms in on very closely. Misreporting or under-reporting income is a big no-no. And if you’re both signing those tax returns, the IRS will hold the both of you accountable in the event of an audit.Your Home Ownership StatusIf you own a home with your partner and the mortgage is in both of your names that only means that you’re both financially responsible for the loan. But unless your name is also on the property deed, you don’t technically own the home. This is critical to know because in case you separate or divorce, you may not be entitled to the house or profits from the sale.Account AccessYour partner may be primarily in charge of paying bills and managing the money, but what if you had to (or just want to) step in and take a look or manage the accounts yourself? Do you know where and how to pay the mortgage if you had to? Can you access your retirement savings and investments online?“For shared assets you want to know what accounts you have and where they’re kept,” says Thakor. In addition to bank accounts, be sure to keep an updated list of your shared insurance policies and know where and how to access your will.Your Investment StrategyHow informed are you about the way you’re investing together? You may not be that interested in stock charts and tables, but at least know your allocation and the amount of risk you’re taking together. “Knowing your mix between stocks, bonds and cash, and knowing how much in aggregate fees you are paying (at both a product and an advisor level) are three key drivers of your long term investment success,” says Thakor. Set up a time to review your investments with your partner regularly and make a point to show up to meetings with a financial advisor. And remember, no question is a dumb question!Credit ScoresIf you’re ever planning to apply for a loan or credit card together, it’s best to know each others credit scores so that you can better manage your expectations. If you only assume your partner has a strong 800 credit score (like you), but then get rejected for a joint loan because the score was actually in the 500s, you might save yourself the shock and resentment that will likely soon follow. The earlier you know, the sooner, too, you can work together to help repair his or her credit. Keep track of your credit score on a monthly basis using Mint’s credit score tool. Post navigationlast_img read more

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Seth Godin: World’s Most Wanted Marketer

first_imgSeth Godin started talking about Godin has published more than 10 nationally acclaimed business and marketing books that have transformed the way marketers think about marketing. (2001) – How to create an infectious idea that spreads virally. The TV Industrial Complex Is Over – Make Way For A New Era of Marketing. The classic example he gives is that of sliced bread. Sliced bread was invented in 1913 by Otto Rohwedder, but the idea was a complete flop until 1930, when Wonder packaged and sold the idea to the masses. You can see Godin showed an interest in entrepreneurial activities from an early age. He went on to get a degree in computer science and philosophy from Tufts University in 1982, followed by an MBA in marketing from Stanford Business School. Soon after graduating with his MBA, Godin founded Yoyodyne, one of the first online marketing companies. It was at Yoyodyne that Godin founded the idea of “permission marketing.” In 1998, Godin sold Yoyodyne to Yahoo! for $30 million and became their VP of Direct Marketing until 2000, when he left to become a full time speaker, writer, and blogger. Godin also went on to found ChangeThis (now run by 800-CEO-READ), a website for spreading ideas through PDF files, and Originally published Nov 4, 2008 10:01:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Seth Godin: A Full Bibliography Seth Godin speaking about this sliced bread case study here has been ranked the #1 marketing blog by the (2005) – How to tell authentic and powerful stories for your consumers. (2007) – New marketing trends that have the power to transform your business, and how to build your business around them (instead of the other way around). outbound marketing , and he has been called “America’s Greatest Marketer” by American Way Magazine and “The Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by BusinessWeek. – . ” techniques. One way that Godin clarifies what constitutes “permission” is by asking, will that person be upset if they – His blog (2008) – In order to succeed, marketers need to be leaders and create tribes of evangelists for their business. “, which has since been downloaded by more than 2 million people, making it the most popular ebook ever written. The ebook discusses how to create an idea that spreads like a virus, how to leverage a powerful “sneezer”, and how “hives” work to spread powerful ideas. Godin’s main point: – See the presentation: Why All Marketers Are Liars. In 2001, Seth Godin published his ebook, ” Permission Marketing Godin was the first to really start talking about permission marketing, and wrote a book of that title in 1999. Permission marketing refers to marketing activities that are based on gaining people’s permission before you start to market to them. That means no tv ads, telemarketing cold calls, direct mail pieces – all what we call ” Seth Godin: A Brief Background Ideas That Spread, Win. – download the ebook for free here Seth Godin on Purple Cows, Meatball Sundaes, and a New Era of Marketing – at the Inbound Marketing Summit Permission Marketing (2004) – Everyone in your organization is a part of your marketing team, and here are tips for getting all of them on board with your ideas. don’t 5 Levels of Permission (2002) – Tips on improving your business website’s design. Ideas that spread, win. . (2005) – Companies need to focus on being remarkable, rather than trying to be perfect. toilet company creating something truly remarkable Seth Godin has published more than 10 bestselling marketing books, including: – create something remarkable – The Big Red Fez Unleashing the Ideavirus and you can Learn more about Seth Godin’s latest book, Tribes, from the launch of the book in NYC. The Big Moo Tribes AdAge Power 150 receive that phone call or email or piece of mail? Godin identifies , a community website allowing users to create pages (“lenses”) for subjects of interest. Another major principle of Godin’s advice is the end of The TV Industrial Complex.” The basis of the TV Industrial Complex is interruption-based marketing: as marketers had the power (money) to interrupt people with their advertisements, and the more people they interrupted, the more products they sold. They then, in turn, used the profits from the products they sold to buy more advertisements to interrupt more people and sell more products. This process created lots of “average products for average people” and lots of clutter. The new era of marketing, of cutting through all the clutter, is to be unique, be remarkable. Purple Cow (2003) – Transform your business by creating something remarkable. (2006) – A collection of articles on various marketing topics. Unleashing the Ideavirus – All Marketers Are Liars – Squidoo – – simply meaning, something someone would remark about to others. If you were driving down the road and saw a cow, your reaction would be, “Oh, a cow.” But if you were driving down the road and saw a purple cow, you would exclaim, “WOW, a PURPLE cow!” and you would immediately pull over, whip out your camera, and share pictures with your friends and family as soon as you saw them. The lesson here for marketers is to create something worth remarking about, and your business will naturally grow and your consumers will spread your ideas for you. Even companies with the most “boring” of products have the opportunity to be remarkable. Don’t believe it? Check out this example of a Small Is the New Big before anyone else seriously got in the game. He first coined the term “permission marketing” in 1999, only his first of many more marketing ideas to make a splash. Want to learn more about Seth Godin and his ideas? Below is a video of Godin speaking at the Inbound Marketing Summit on some of his ideas that continue to make marketers rethink how they do marketing. More details about Godin’s background, ideas, and nationally acclaimed books follow. Free Prize Inside (2007) – What’s causing your organization to get stuck, and when (and when not) to quit. Be Remarkable – Be A Purple Cow. – in the book, and how marketers start at the lowest level (level 5, “situation”) and work your way up – if you are good. Survival is Not Enough – Meatball Sundae (1999) – Transform your marketing to permission-based marketing in order to reach buyers more effectively, “turn strangers into friends and friends into customers”. Seth Godin’s example of the “purple cow” is something that continues to hold a key role in all of his presentations. The principle behind the “purple cow” is that you need to – inbound marketing (2001) – Drawing from Darwin’s theory of evolution, businesses must evolve and adapt in order to succeed. The Dip Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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2 Years, 5,000 Tattoos, and $75M in Revenue: Inside Tough Mudder’s Rapid Growth Strategy

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack The world “culture” is a little misleading. People often think that it’s about having foosball tables and free beer in the fridge. That has nothing to do with the culture. Culture is how people behave when you’re not looking. – Will Dean On this episode of The Growth Show, HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe sits down with Will Dean, the founder and CEO of Tough Mudder. Dean came up with the idea for Tough Mudder while at Harvard Business School, and at the time, everyone thought he was crazy.With only a modest marketing budget, Dean hoped to get 500 people at their first event. Instead, 5,000 people showed up. Today, Tough Mudder holds 70 events worldwide, has grown to over $75M in revenue, raised millions for the Wounded Warrior Project and had over 5,000 people tattoo the company’s logo on their body.In this interview, Volpe and Dean talk about:How a bad experience at triathlon led to him starting Tough MudderWhy his business school professors told him the idea was going to flopWhy Tough Mudder aspires to be like Harley DavidsonWhy you should never hire someone that you wouldn’t want to have dinner withHow much time he spends thinking about the competition and how it impacts Tough Mudder’s strategyHow they’ve built a great culture by understanding that their culture is not for everyoneHis four keys to building a great organizationClick here to listen to this interview and subscribe for future episodes. Originally published Mar 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

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Dove, Clinique & L’Oréal: 7 Brands That Changed the Face of Beauty Marketing

first_img Originally published Mar 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: This post originally appeared on Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post.The beauty industry was built by women and men from modest backgrounds. They were door-to-door sales people, wig makers, and chemists who grew their empires during a period of changing attitudes on beauty and women’s role in public. These were not skilled marketers.In “Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture,” Kathy Peiss writes:The beauty trade they developed did not depend upon advertising as its impetus. Rather, it capitalized on patterns of women’s social life — their old customs of visiting, conversation, and religious observance, as well as their new presence in shops, clubs, and theaters.The women who built the industry created the once non-existent consumer market for beauty products by combining products and services in salons, creating a culture of social events, and through job creation for women — who were also the consumers of the products. Because they challenged the idea that the pursuit of beauty was immoral, they were forced to create new forms of direct sales (the pyramid organization) and marketing tactics. The normal distribution methods were unavailable.Many of these tactics are still the dominant form of marketing in the beauty industry. For others in this list, they changed the way beauty products are positioned. It’s worth a look back to see how seven major brands redefined how we sell and advertise the pursuit of beauty.  7 Brands that Changed the Beauty Marketing Industry The Draw of a Gift | Estée LauderEstée Lauder grew up in Queens, and her family lived above her father’s hardware store. She found her way into the beauty world by becoming an apprentice to her uncle, John Schotz, a chemist who mixed cold creams and other concoctions. With her sales acumen from years of demonstrations, Lauder launched her own company in 1947. She wanted to capitalize on the increasing acceptance of mass market advertising in the cosmetics industry — so she scraped together every cent she had and approached BBDO to create a campaign. The agency turned Lauder away, so she turned to direct mail. Lauder sent personal letters that promised a free gift to any woman who made a purchase. It was the introuction of the gift with purchase or “bonus time” promotion — a practice used by most beauty brands today. The Medical Approach | CliniqueFounded by Estée Lauder in 1968, Clinique was the company’s answer to growing concerns women had about the chemicals and additives in beauty products. It was (and still many of its products are) fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, though what these claims really mean are debatable. The genius marketing ploy though was about more than its product ingredients.Makeup and beauty products could no longer make unfounded scientific claims. The industry was becoming more and more regulated. But there was nothing stopping the brand from alluding to science. Clinique employees, who wear white medical jackets, are known as consultants. Its product packaging uses a green color, which is reminiscent of medical scrubs. And Irving Penn, a famous fashion photographer, created the brand’s iconic visual style of highlighting the product packaging, not fresh-faced models. The branded likened skin care to brushing your teeth, a position that made it the choice for women who care about the health of their skin, not how they cover it up with products and makeup. The Color of the Season | Revlon Charles Revson got his start in the industry by selling nail polish. He used to show up at salons with his fingers lacquered in 10 different colors. When he launched his own business, Revlon Nail Enamel, he created a new formula that used colorful pigments in a time when most polish was transparent. Revson introduced seasonality into the beauty market. Similar to the fashion industry, he would choose new colors for fall and spring. He promoted the idea of collecting polishes and choosing a shade based on the woman’s mood, outfit, and even the weather. Makeup and beauty products were accessories, not just a routine.The Celebrity Factor | Max FactorMax Factor was born in Poland and was apprenticed to an apothecary and a wig-maker and cosmetician. Eventually, he found himself working for the Imperial Russian Grand Opera. Shortly after arriving in America, he began testing out cosmetics and potions at the St. Louis World’s Fair.But Factor’s impact on the beauty industry was ultimately linked with the rise of “moving pictures.” He found his calling by creating new formulas for makeup for films where close-ups revealed the thick, cracked potions stage actors traditionally used. In the 1910s and 1920s, people began to accept the appearance of makeup, or “face painting,” as something that all women could be seen wearing — not just those with questionable reputations. Moving pictures featuring stars like Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, and Greta Garbo made dark, outlined lips and thick eyelashes a desirable look. Max Factor signed an endorsement deal with the major movie studios. He paid each actress a dollar to appear in his marketing campaign. Factor’s star rose with those who appeared in his ads. The Distributor Play | L’OréalEugène Schueller’s invention of a synthetic dye that was safe for anyone to use came at the perfect moment in U.S. history. Women were going for shorter cuts, and there was more freedom to style and design hair in the 1920s and 1930s.Schueller took an interesting approach, though. He targeted the distributors, those toiling in the beauty salons and stores, and launched a trade publication for hair stylists and a magazine for the women to read while waiting for hair dye to set. The Regimen | Pond’sPond’s started as a patent medicine company. Its founder was a pharmacist in New York who created a cure for burns, sore throats, lameness, and sore eyes, among a host of other complaints using witch hazel.In the early 1900s, the company launched its Pond’s Extract Cold Cream and Extract Vanishing Cream. But these products received little attention until J. Walter Thompson’s launched a campaign to promote a two-step skincare process. The campaign featured the headline, “Every normal skin needs two creams.” Pond’s invented the skincare routine, which remains a staple in the cosmetic industry.The Aging Debate | Dove Beauty advertising today features celebrities with flawless skin, unbelievably long lashes, and glossy hair. Multiple brands — from Rimmel to L’Oréal to P&G — have been fined or forced to remove ads that appear “too perfect.” These ads continue the tradition of convincing people that makeup and products are there to mask or correct issues. So when Dove launched its “Campaign for Real Beauty” campaign more than 10 years ago, it was a shock to those who were used to seeing a different type of messaging. To this day, the campaign questions beauty standards, beliefs women hold about their own looks, and how we instill confidence in young girls. Dove continues to define how brands can spark conversations around issues their audience cares about.  Don’t forget to share this post! 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Should You Strive for Work/Life Balance? The History of the Personal & Professional Divide

first_img Originally published Jul 8, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated August 14 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Work Life Balance It’s the self-help topic du jour: achieving “work/life” balance.Tips for reaching this coveted state-of-being range from the physical (like exercising and unplugging from technology) to the psychological (like meditating and mentally “disconnecting” from work) to the sociological (like meticulously scheduling all of your outside-of-work interactions/activities with friends and family).Don’t get me wrong: Many of these tips can be helpful. Implementing them could yield you a happier, more fulfilling life — both in terms of your work life and your life … life.But you see, this is where the terminology gets confusing. “Work/life” balance implies that your work (your job or your career) and your life (your being or your existence) are on par with each other.“The problem with work-life balance is that it suggests there is a trade-off — that one side must be ‘up’ and the other one ‘down,’ like a weighing scale that has two sides to it,” Jappreet Sethi, CEO of Ideak Katalyst, wrote on LinkedIn in June of 2014.He continued, “Using the word ‘balance’ suggests that the two aspects are completely separate from one another and are at odds, that when you are at work you’re not really living.”To be sure, this is by no means a novel criticism of the concept. In fact, at HubSpot, we often encourage “work/life” balance in employees. The goal of this article is to dive into the terminology, uncover the challenges, and explore the way in which the concept shapes our experiences. A Matter of SemanticsOf course, many of us don’t interpret the “life” in “work/life” balance to mean our actual lives; what we really mean is our lifestyles, our leisure time. And that’s precisely what the concept used to be called: work/leisure balance.Up until the 1980s, nobody talked about “work/life” balance, they talked about “work/leisure balance.” And that concept — balancing work and leisure — goes back to the days of Plato and Aristotle. (More on that later.)So, why the change in terminology? And if we really mean “lifestyle” nowadays when we’re talking about “work/life” balance, why don’t we say “lifestyle.” Are we that lazy that we need to shorten it? (I mean, I know I am that lazy. But I can’t speak for everyone.)Semantics aside, the notion of “work/life” balance is confounding (and potentially detrimental) on a number of other levels. As Boris Groysberg and Robin Abrahams noted in the March 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review: “Work/life” balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today’s senior executives will tell you.”So, could striving for some imaginary, idealistic sense of balance end up having negative repercussions on your life? That’s what we’ll be exploring in the paragraphs to come. But first, I want to take a step back and review the history and etymology of “work/life” balance. We’ve glanced over this briefly already, but having a better understanding of how the concept (and terminology) has evolved over time will help us to better evaluate its modern incarnation.The History of “Work/Life” Balance15,000 B.C. There are no jobs … at least not in the usual sense of the word. But there is still work — people must hunt, forage, and fish for food in order to survive. (And of course, they must take care of their children in order to ensure the survival of the species.)Despite their lack of technology (or perhaps, because of it), our hunter/gatherer ancestors probably spent fewer hours working than we do today, and spent more time on things like music, art, storytelling, and getting busy in the bedroom … or cave, or whatever.It’s also unclear whether our ancestors actually made a distinction between work and leisure. For them, it probably all just fell under the umbrella of “life.”12,000-10,000 B.C.The First Agricultural Revolution, also known as the Neolithic Revolution, made it possible for many of our foraging forbearers to settle down. Growing crops and raising livestock assured a steady food supply, which meant people didn’t have to rely on hunting and gathering to survive.“Farming” soon replaced “spear-throwing” as the most popular skill on LinkedIn at the time. (Editor’s note: Aspects of that previous statement may not be 100% historically accurate.)But as populations began growing around these steady food supplies, not everyone could be a farmer, and people who weren’t farmers needed stuff to do, apparently. That’s when job specialization started to take off.For the first time ever, people began to have individual jobs. In addition to farmers, there were clay pot makers, builders, carpenters, soldiers, and so on.For the first time ever, you could go up to someone and ask, “What do you do for a living?” and the answer would be something other than: “Survive.”This is, arguably, the time when a person’s work became more clearly aligned with a person’s identity. And when the distinction between “work time” and “leisure time” became more pronounced.350 B.C.Aristotle first explores the notion of balancing work and leisure in his works Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. Here’s a quote from the latter:The whole of life is further divided into two parts, business and leisure, war and peace, and of actions some aim at what is necessary and useful, and some at what is honorable. And the preference given to one or the other class of actions must necessarily be like the preference given to one or other part of the soul and its actions over the other; there must be war for the sake of peace, business for the sake of leisure, things useful and necessary for the sake of things honorable.Ultimately, however, Aristotle’s interpretation of leisure wan’t a very egalitarian one. He contended that the majority of people worked not for the sake of their own leisure, but so that a minority of educated people could enjoy it and thus have time to devote themselves to “higher” pursuits.As Italian philosopher Adriano Tilgher noted in his 1931 book, Work: What It Has Meant to Men Through the Ages, Aristotle’s advice for achieving a good or moral life was to “have the hard, troublesome work of transforming raw material for the satisfaction of our needs done by a part — the majority — of men, in order that the minority, the elite, might engage in pure exercise of the mind — art, philosophy, politics.”Working at this time (specifically manual labor) wasn’t something to be proud of. In fact, the Greek word for work, ponos, was derived from the Latin word, poena, which meant “sorrow.” 1536 A.D.After centuries of people viewing work as essentially a necessary evil, the “work/life” scale began to tilt in the direction of work.With the publication of Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1536, French theologian John Calvin helped create the concept that we know today as the “Protestant work ethic.”While Calvin’s philosophy is quite complicated, here’s the gist: God has predetermined who’s going to heaven (and who’s not), and there’s really nothing you can do to change your outcome. However, there are outward signs of who God’s chosen or “elected” people are — and one of those signs: being successful in business.In his oft-debated essay, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” German sociologist Max Weber argued that Calvin’s work led to the idea that fulfilling one’s worldly duties (a.k.a. working) was the best way to prove one’s faith.Weber also argued that the notion of working translating to morality/godliness helped give rise to the concept of one’s work being a “calling,” or “…an obligation which the individual is supposed to feel and does feel towards the content of his professional activity, no matter in what it consists…”The Puritans, Quakers, and other Protestant groups who would eventually settle in the Americas brought this Calvinist philosophy with them to the New World.As researcher Roger B. Hill noted in his essay, “Historical Context of the Work Ethic”: “From their viewpoint, the moral life was one of hard work and determination, and they approached the task of building a new world in the wilderness as an opportunity to prove their own moral worth.”1764It’s difficult (if not impossible) to pinpoint the start of the Industrial Revolution, but 1764 seems like as good a year as any. That’s the year James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny, a machine that allowed textile workers to spin multiple spools of thread at once.More technological innovations were to follow, one of the most significant of which was James Watt’s steam engine of the 1770s. This invention would go on to power trains, ships, and industrial machinery.As the world became more industrialized, the amount of hours people spent working began to increase. By the mid-nineteenth century (i.e., around 1850), the average full-time worker in Britain clocked in more than 3,000 work hours per year.Disclaimer: That 3,000-hour figure, as well as the rest of the data depicted in the graph below, represent the low estimate. (Some researchers think that mid-nineteenth century laborers could have worked as much as 4,500 hours per year.)However, from the mid-nineteenth century onward, the work/leisure scale began to tip back towards the side of leisure. As John T. Haworth and A. J. Veal noted in their 2004 essay, “Work and Leisure”:Having reached a peak in the mid-nineteenth century, working hours began to fall substantially, as a result, initially, of restrictions on working hours for women and children, followed by the campaign for the eight-hour working day for all, the move to the five-and-a-half-day and then the five-day working week and the advent of paid annual holiday entitlements. As a result, the typical working year for full-time employed workers fell to less than 2,000 hours in the post-Second World War era.1986This year marks the first published appearance of the term “work/life balance” (or to get technical, the term “work-and-life balance”) in the United States.* Prior to 1986, the concept was typically known as “work/leisure” or “work-leisure” balance.*Wikipedia asserts that the term “work-life balance” was first used in the UK in the late 1970s, but I couldn’t verify the source.Here’s the passage from the article — “Time to diversify your ‘life portfolio’?” (Industry Week, November 10, 1986) — where the term first appeared:A Minneapolis consultant and author, Dick [Leider] paints a picture of managers struggling to capture a mythical thing called “balance” — a proportioning of their lives with sufficient weight on professional activities, but with a healthy counterweight of family and personal interests.“It used to be that work-and-life balance was a boutique issue,” he says. “You know, something that would be great to worry about whenever — and if — one had some free time. But imbalance is killing people!”The author of that article, Tom Brown, used the term again in 1988 (but this time dropped the “and”). Here’s the passage:”A model employee is [one] who demonstrates a healthy work-life balance. In every company I know, the workaholic is alive — and sick.” Between 1986 and 1996, the term “work/life balance” was only used in 32 articles published in major publications. Then, over the next few years, usage started to take off.So, what caused this shift in terminology? How did we go from balancing work with leisure, to balancing work with our lives? Let’s explore some possible explanations.The Reagan EffectPerhaps the semantic change from “work/leisure” to “work/life” had something to do with the cultural and political environment of the 1980s. For example, the Reagan presidency (1981-1989) carried a strong pro-business, pro-individualism message. The success of the country became inexorably linked to the success of the country’s businesses. But at the same time, it was a strong individual work ethic, or the desire to better one’s own life, that seemed to be at the core of President Reagan’s philosophy.As he noted in a 1982 speech:Higher productivity, a larger gross national product, a healthy Dow Jones average–they are our goals and are worthy ones. But our real concerns are not statistical goals or material gain. We want to expand personal freedom, to renew the American dream for every American. We seek to restore opportunity and reward, to value again personal achievement and individual excellence. We seek to rely on the ingenuity and energy of the American people to better their own lives and those of millions of others around the world.There’s something very Calvinistic about this emphasis on individual achievement. And when you consider this next quote from President Reagan, the parallels become even more clear: “The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”So, could it be that shifting cultural and political attitudes put a greater emphasis on work, thus shifting the conversation from balancing work with leisure to balancing work with, well, everything else? Possibly. But what’s more likely is that this was just one piece of the puzzle.Let’s explore some other potential pieces …The “Maximizing Shareholder Value” EffectPrior to 1980, “maximizing shareholder value” was a novel concept — not the popular corporate slogan it is today.As journalist Jia Lynn Yang noted in a 2013 Washington Post article, “The belief that shareholders come first is not codified by statute. Rather, it was introduced by a handful of free-market academics in the 1970s and then picked up by business leaders and the media until it became an oft-repeated mantra in the corporate world.”Even as early as 1998, researchers were looking back to the 1980s and saying, “Whoa, there was a big change here.”Consider this passage from researcher Steven Neil Kaplan of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Before 1980, corporate governance in the United States was very different from today. Executives held modest amounts of stock and options in their companies. Top executives and their incentives were more focused on traditional performance measures such as sales or earnings growth. Boards of directors were not particularly active and shareholders were relatively passive.It’s possible that this shift in corporate governance is what led to the reframing of the conversation around balancing work and leisure activities. With a stronger emphasis now being put on increasing the value of a business — rather than, say, making quality products or helping the community — the language needed to evolve to match this new objective.Balancing work with leisure, after all, implied that work and leisure (i.e, the use of free time for enjoyment) were equals. But in this new corporate landscape where “maximizing shareholder value” and “solving for enterprise value (EV)” were paramount, giving equal consideration to work and leisure seemed at odds with corporate goals.The Technology EffectHere’s a final explanation for why “work/leisure” balance became “work/life” balance: the terminology evolved with technology.Cell phones, email, instant messaging … most of these technologies emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and then rose to prominence in the 1990s and 2000s. Increased adoption of these communication tools made it easier for workers to stay connected to their work, even when they weren’t physically in the office.So, perhaps the decline of the “work/leisure” terminology is due to the fact that work now has the ability to infiltrate leisure time. There can no longer be a clear distinction between the two.You can check work email while sitting on the beach. You can take a work call on your cell phone at your kid’s soccer game. You can send and receive instant messages with colleagues during a family dinner.With work now capable of invading our lives at every turn (thanks to technology), “work/life” balance is simply a more accurate way to describe the concept once known as “work/leisure” balance. What Does “Work/Life” Balance Mean Today?In today’s technologically connected corporate world, where uninterrupted leisure time is difficult (if not impossible) to come by, is the concept of “work/life” balance dead? Does the term have any real meaning at all? When we approach the question quantitatively, we can see that yes — of course — most people around the world devote a certain portion of their time to work and a certain portion of their time to leisure. So there is a balancing act happening here.And as the graphs below help illustrate, this balancing act varies greatly depending on where you live:Source: OECD Better Life IndexWhen we approach the “Is work/life balance dead?” question from a qualitative perspective, however, the findings (not surprisingly) are a bit more ambiguous.”In most corporate circles, [work/life balance is] the sort of phrase that gives hard-charging managers the hives, bringing to mind yoga-infused, candlelit meditation sessions and — more frustratingly — rows of empty office cubicles,” noted authors Claire Shipman and Katty Kay in a 2009 Time article.”So, what if we renamed work-life balance?” they continued. “Let’s call it something more masculine and appealing, something like … um … Make More Money.”The takeaway here is that the modern concept of “work/life” balance has taken on — to use the authors’ language — a “nutty-crunchy” connotation. Some managers hear the term and immediately conjure up images of care-free employees taking extended hacky sack breaks, or employees piling into VW buses for last-minute, week-long road trips to Burning Man.But at the end of the day, having flexibility in the workplace, and being able to balance work activities with non-work activities, can end up making employees more productive. And that’s good for business. “Flexibility is no longer a favor to be handed out like candy at a children’s birthday party; it’s a compelling business strategy.” Ship and Kay argued. “So we need to get rid of the nutty-crunchy moral component of the work-life balance and make a business case for it.”But … What About Your Life?So, we’ve established that “work/life” balance, despite its granola-esque reputation, has the potential to be beneficial for business. But is it beneficial for the other side of the “work/life” equation … you know, your life?For University of Michigan researcher Paula J. Caproni, the language surrounding “work/life” balance — like developing a vision, having a clear focus, executing an action plan, and identifying central priorities — is eerily similar to the language used when describing bureaucratic organizations.”Statements such as these are equally at home in the boardroom of a Fortune 100 company or in any MBA strategy classroom and reflect the individualism, goal focus, achievement orientation, and instrumental rationality devoid of emotion that is fundamental to modern bureaucratic thought and action,” she noted in a 1997 article for the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences.Caproni continued, “Is this really the language we want to use to guide our personal lives?” Ultimately, Caproni found two primary problems with striving for “work/life” balance. The first is that dedicating our lives to a solitary goal (e.g., achieving “work/life” balance) may “lead us down the same path we are trying to get off, directing us to overplan our lives at the expense of living our lives.”In other words, we could become so obsessed with “balancing” events and interactions in our lives that our lives could lose all spontaneity; we could end up simply “going through the motions” of life instead of truly living.This quote from British philosopher Alan Watts helps illustrate that notion:Because we thought of life by analogy with a journey – with a pilgrimage. Which had a serious purpose at the end and the thing was to get to that end; success or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing and to dance while the music was being played.Caproni’s other main problem with “work/life” balance, which piggybacks off the first, is that taking such a strategic approach to life ignores the inherent unpredictability and dynamism of life: Unplanned events can and will happen, which means all of that extensive planning and manipulating you do for the sake of “balance” could end up being pointless. “A strategic orientation to life underestimates the degree to which life is, and probably should be, deeply emotional, haphazard, and uncontrollable,” Caproni wrote. “Balance, perhaps thankfully, may be beyond our reach.” And if “work/life” balance is, in fact, unreachable, striving for it sets us up for “continuous frustration.”Caproni also points out that striving for “work/life” balance implies that we have some sort of imbalance that we’re trying to cure; some deficiency that we need to correct.This line of reasoning can lead us to develop “idealized images” of ourselves; unrealistic representations of what we think we should be. And while striving for self-improvement is typically considered a good thing, it can ultimately be detrimental if that “idealized image” of ourselves has no basis in reality.If you set impossible expectations for yourself, you’ll never meet or exceed them. And while that statement doesn’t make for a great motivational poster, it can help protect you from feeling like a failure, or like you’re coming up short (when in reality, you are not the problem — your unrealistic expectations are).On the Other Hand …If striving for some idealistic sense of balance, even if it is unattainable, motivates you and makes you happier and more productive … who’s to say you shouldn’t keep on striving for it? If those “work/life” balance tips and tricks you’ve been reading are actually helpful, stick with ‘em! In the immortal words of the Isley Brothers: “It’s your thing / Do what you wanna do.”And while over-planning and being too goal-oriented can have their consequences, there’s certainly nothing wrong with being mindful of how you’re living your life and spending your time (both of which — life and time — are rather precious commodities, most of us would agree).As Groysberg and Abrahams noted, “…by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they’ll pursue and which they’ll decline, rather than simply reacting to emergencies, leaders can and do engage meaningfully with work, family, and community.”I think the danger comes when this “deliberate choice-making” (to paraphrase) becomes your modus operandi, or sole operating principle. It reduces life to a series of decisions, whereas one might argue that life is instead best viewed, and enjoyed, as a series of experiences.In ConclusionIf you’ve recently boarded the “work/life” balance train and don’t like where it’s heading, you shouldn’t be afraid to jump off. While this approach proves effective for many, it’s not a science. Instead of striving for “work/life” balance, you may want to consider simply striving for a good life. Instead of thinking of “work” and “life” as equals, make “life” your priority, and acknowledge that what you do for work is simply a part of that life.A final (and potentially controversial) piece of advice for those struggling with “work/life” balance: Forget about having your work be your calling or your passion. It’s great if those two things — your work and your passion — do align, but ultimately, you can always find your passion outside of the office.And as it turns out, that’s exactly what Caproni did: “I gave up the notion that I should find passion in my work,” she wrote, “and instead looked to where I could make the greatest contribution for the most people and sought to keep passion in the home.”At the end of the day, there’s no rule that says you must derive some deeper meaning out of your work in order to be a good worker or to have a good life. My recommendation: Be passionate about your life first, then figure out how your work fits into it.last_img read more

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You’re Pregnant! Just Kidding. Here’s the News You Missed This Week.

first_imgSometimes, I wonder if the internet can be boiled down to a single sentiment: “Oops.”That was certainly the underlying theme of some major news items this week, like the one our headline alludes to — more on that below.After all, the digital landscape is a setting that can be described at once as a playground and a hellscape, where mistakes never really disappear (even if you quickly delete them, thanks to screen shots), contentious competition never ends, and consumers are often left wondering, “What the hell is going on? I just want a machine to read my schedule to me in the morning.”This week — as with many others — was a busy one in the worlds of tech and marketing. Here’s what you missed.It’s a Boy! Nope, It’s Just a Glitch From AmazonIf our headline freaked you out, you’re not alone: a yet-to-be-determined number of Amazon customers experienced a similar sentiment this week when they mistakenly received emails regarding phantom baby registries.Last Tuesday, several Amazon customers reported receiving an email from the online merchant reading, “Someone great recently purchased a gift from your baby registry!” And while the internet typically can’t be used for a pregnancy test — unless you count Target’s 2012 public relations disaster after predicting a teen’s pregnancy by tracking her shopping habits — it still caused brief moments of panic among those who got the email.There were some fears that the emails were a result of phishing attempts, but in the end, Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that the emails were the result of a technical glitch, going on to send apology emails to the customers that received them. It’s not clear what exactly happened or what the the glitch entailed, but let this be a lesson to marketers: triple check your email workflows.Among the panic, Twitter had quite a bit of fun with the error:Oh. Hi @amazon. I don’t have a bun in the oven, I just maybe had too many snacks. #bezosthestork #amazonbabyregistry #justafoodbaby pic.twitter.com/HqSjHAJ4Tz— Telisa Gunter (@telisann) September 19, 2017 That same judge also gave Uber permission to publicly disclose some of what Waymo is hoping to gain from the lawsuit: $2.6 billion for one stolen (allegedly) trade secret. But there are still eight other secrets that Waymo says to have been stolen by Uber, and no monetary figure has yet been assigned to them.At this point, the trial is still set to begin on October 10, and recently-appointed Uber has a decision to make: whether or not he wants to settle out of court, or continue to defend the company’s name in what promises to be a complex, drawn-out trial.It’s just one of many problems for Uber these days. With the release of iOS 11 this week, Uber was forced to allow users to block the app from tracking their locations.Additionally, the BBC broke news this morning that Transport for London would not renew the ride-sharing app’s private hire license, calling it “not fit and proper” to carry on operations there. Uber has 21 days to dispute that decision and can continue providing services in London until then.Attack of the Flying EggplantsI’ll admit it — my new favorite feature of iOS 11, the latest operating system available on the iPhone, is probably the ability to fill your iMessage recipient’s screen with the next, image, or emoji of your choice. But just for the sake of due diligence, I tested it by sending this gem to one of my colleagues: Don’t forget to share this post! And More From FacebookYesterday, Facebook released an official statement on its plans to hand over important documents regarding the ads it sold to Russian organizations to Congress, as well as a second one with answers to several “hard questions” on what happened to cause something like that to happen in the first place.The gravity of that move is one that cannot be emphasized enough. As Mike Isaac writes for the New York Times:” … the move to work with the congressional committees underscored how far the social network has strayed from being a mere technology company and how it has increasingly had to deal with the unintended consequences of the tools it provides to reach the more than two billion people who use the site regularly.”Shortly after those posts went live, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a live address on his own Page to address the efforts it would make moving forward to “protect the integrity of the democratic process.”Some believe that this address, along with Sandberg’s statement form the previous day, is the first of many efforts by Facebook to proactively dodge federal regulation by staying one step ahead of congressional actions or attempts to curb what such channels and platforms can actually do. It’s even, perhaps, a defensive move, as the legality of the aforementioned ad sale remains in question. But my low bar for amusement aside, the new operating system comes with some features that are actually, you know, productive. Here are our five favorites:Screen Recording. So, just how did I capture the magical moment above? iOS 11 has a screen record tool that saves the video in your camera roll.Do Not Disturb While Driving. This “do not disturb” feature uses your car’s bluetooth connection to turn on automatically while you’re driving.Screenshot Tools. The new iOS has a brilliantly simple new screenshot feature, which lets users draw on, crop, or highlight with ease.GIFs in Camera Roll. The camera roll now allows users to save and view GIFs, plus the newest editing tools even enable you to turn your live photos into GIFs.Notes App Upgrade. The notes app now features useful tools like a document scanner, and the ability to insert all kinds of formatting into your note.And, finally — we can’t forget ARKit — Apple’s mobile augmented reality technology — which has been a big portion of the talk of the iPhone town in the days following iOS 11’s release. I tweeted about my experience with using it on Wayfair’s home shopping app:So, I don’t think this is gonna fit. #ARKit pic.twitter.com/arPSnr1CIB— Amanda Zantal-Wiener (@Amanda_ZW) September 20, 2017What’s Google Up To?A lot happened for the search giant this week, beyond its parent company’s lawsuit and a significant team acquisition. First, there were some leaks around the rumored October 4th release of the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL, but they were mostly limited to the device’s available colors, as per Droid Life.That same outlet also leaked the rumored Google Home Mini, a much smaller version of the Google Home, which many are calling the company’s response to the Echo Dot. And on Tuesday, a “media streaming device” — the same language used to describe the original Google home — with features remarkably similar to the first Google Home was submitted to the FCC. These developments all align with the timeline leading up to the October 4th press event.Source: Droid LifeIn non-Pixel or Home news, Google announced four new features this week:The Google app on iOS will now have a suggested content feature, in which users are provided with visual links to more information on what they’re reading about.Source: GoogleContact information like phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses will now — finally — be automatically converted into hyperlinks on Gmail. Official announcement here.Source: GoogleNatural language processing has been added to Cloud Search — a search tool within G Suite — to help users more quickly find information based on the words that Google deemed to be the most frequently used among G Suite customers: “what,” “who,” “how” or “when.” For example, if you remember which one of your colleagues sent you a shared document, but can’t remember what it was called, now you can search for it with a query like, “Docs shared by Karla.”Source: GoogleRead receipts are coming to Gmail — kind of. On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of Email Log Search, which allows G Suite users to track the status of sent emails, such as where it is (e.g., the trash), or if it’s been opened.Source: Google Uber, of course, objected to that request, charging that Alphabet is trying the delay the trial — December 5 is the proposed postponed date — not because of surmounting evidence, but because of a lack of it. The full opposition can be found here:Opposition by Johana Bhuiyan on Scribd That’s all for this week! Next week, we’re off to INBOUND 2017: one of the world’s largest and most remarkable marketing and sales industry events. We’ll be back with our regular news coverage the first week in October.Until then — happy autumn.center_img It certainly is a surprise…I didn’t even know I was pregnant.#amazonbabyregistry #pregnant pic.twitter.com/1bL06bT16w— James O’Meara Sr (@jamesomearasr) September 20, 2017 Meanwhile, Twitter is also due to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee briefing nxt week to further examine its own possible role in influencing the most recent U.S. presidential election.The Uber-Alphabet Lawsuit Got Even MessierLast week, we filled you in on the ongoing lawsuit between Uber and Alphabet, Inc company Waymo over proprietary self-driving technology. Since then, there have been a few key developments.First, over the weekend, Alphabet requested that the trial be postponed after receiving crucial information that the court ordered Uber to turn over. Seeing that information, it seemed, made Waymo realize just how much was at stake with Uber being in possession of these materials, and needed more time to review all of the evidence supporting its case. Megan Rose Dickey of TechCrunch tweeted a key portion of its statement on the issue:Waymo wants to postpone the trial w/ Uber. Here’s Waymo’s statement. pic.twitter.com/SF8CrGDYak— Megan Rose Dickey (@meganrosedickey) September 17, 2017 I couldn’t help but wonder … had everyone gotten the Amazon baby registry email except me? pic.twitter.com/DR3S6m2ejq— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) September 19, 2017More Trouble for Targeted AdsFollowing last week’s ProPublica revelation that Facebook was allowing advertisers to use anti-Semitic targeting criteria for promoted content, it was quickly discovered that Google and Twitter had similarly flawed advertising technology.BuzzFeed was the first to discover that the Google allowed advertisers to use anti-Semitic and racially-charged search terms to target certain audiences, and soon after, the Daily Beast reported that Twitter allowed similar targeting criteria, which resulted in an audience of roughly 26.3 million users.All three companies have since responded that they either have or are working to remove this criteria, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg publishing a very lengthy, formal apology on Wednesday: Originally published Sep 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM, updated September 22 2017 Actually, No, Equifax Still Isn’t Handling This Data Breach WellRemember all of those marketing takeaways from the Equifax hack that we outlined last week? Well, it turns out that Equifax hasn’t exactly heeded that advice — or that of too many others, it seems. In fact, it was revealed earlier this week that the company’s customer service agents on Twitter were directing customers to a fake website that, visually, was nearly identical to the site Equifax set up for users to enroll in free credit marketing.The clone site was created by by software engineer Nick Sweeting, whose intentions weren’t malicious, but rather, were to show how poorly Equifax was monitoring and managing the situation.Not only did they tweet the wrong link, they tweeted it 3 times. #Equihax pic.twitter.com/T8jrhSfhqw— Nick Sweeting 🚲 (@thesquashSH) September 20, 2017Sweeting was quite transparent about that in creating the site, which has since been taken down, along with any tweets directing customers to it — it was titled, “Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information Which is Totally Fake, Why Did Equifax Use A Domain That’s So Easily Impersonated By Phishing Sites?”The “fake” site did not collect any personal information, but Sweeting pointed out how easily it would be for other hackers to create an equally identical site that did using the Linux command “wget” — and he blamed that on Equifax’s choice to establish an entirely new domain, rather than create an equifax.com subdomain.”wget” essentially permits anyone — yes, anyone at all — “to just suck their whole site down with wget and throw it on a … server,” Sweeting explained in an email to the New York Times. His version, he said, had “the same type of SSL certificate as the real version, so from a trust perspective, there’s no way for users to authenticate the real one vs. my server.”Creating a subdomain should have been the obvious move for Equifax, Carnegie Mellon IS Professor Rahul Telang told the outlet, “so that if somebody tries to fake it, it becomes immediately obvious.”This development comes amid news that Equifax actually suffered more than one hack this year. In addition to the headline-making breach in July, the company experienced an earlier one in March, creating even more confusion around the decision to wait until September to alert customers, as well as the massive August stock sale by its executives.Odds and EndsI Don’t Want to Grow up, Because That Means I Have to File for Chapter 11For anyone who grew up begging their parents to take them to the toy store, this week came with some sad news: Toy store chain Toys ‘R’ Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. Many were quick to blame its demise on Amazon, which has been named the culprit for the financial woes of many other brick-and-mortar retailers, but in reality, the cause may have reached far beyond that. As Recode reports, the move is largely the result of a “cocktail” of limited product selection, a lack of competitive pricing, and piling debt after several 2005 buyouts.For the sake of our own childhood memories, we hope Toys ‘R’ Us is able to turn things around.The DHS Got Served … By an Association of VCsAllow us to introduce you to the International Entrepreneur Rule: a federal measure that, had it passed in July 2017 as planned, would have made it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to obtain visas for the purpose of founding startups in the U.S.However, the same month it was slated to be effective, the current presidential administration delayed it until March 2018, with many believing that it will only go on to be completely dismantled. But this week, Axios reports, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has brought forth a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, on the grounds that the decision to delay the enforcement of the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act — which says that the department must first “solicit public comment.”The formal complaint can be downloaded here.No Empty Nest HereNest, which was acquired by Google back in 2013, held its first major press event this week, where it unveiled a number of new products. Among them were the Nest Cam IQ — this writer’s personal favorite unveiling from the launch — an outdoor security camera that can detect movement and differentiate whether it’s coming from a person or an object. If it’s a person, the system alerts you, as well as letting you know if it senses a barking dog or a talking person. Even better: it’s equipped with facial recognition, so that if someone familiar comes into the camera’s range, like your regular dog walker, the system will recognize that it’s likely not an intruder.Also announced was the Nest Hello video doorbell, which uses similar camera technology to the above to alert users if a person is within range, even if they don’t ring. Finally, an overall comprehensive security system was unveiled called Nest Secure, which exists of three key components: Nest Guard, where the system is armed and disarmed with the second component, Nest Tag, which is similar to a key fob and can be used to turn off the alarm system. The first piece is Nest Detect, which can sense general motion and the opening or closing of windows or doors.Check out the video summary here:last_img read more

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The 2-Step Process for Answering “What Motivates You?” During Interviews

first_img Originally published Jan 23, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated January 23 2019 Out of all the questions a hiring manager might throw your way during an interview, “What motivates you” might be the most crucial one to nail.One of the most important — and common — traits hiring managers typically vet for in candidates is their intrinsic motivation. Research suggests intrinsically motivated employees produce a higher quality of work than extrinsically motivated employees. So proving that you’re a craft-driven professional, and not just someone who is enamored by the company’s lucrative stock options, can be the difference between landing the job and receiving a “thank u, next” email.To help you answer the “What motivates you?” question in a way that clearly communicates your intrinsic motivation and boosts your odds of landing your next job, check out this two-step process we developed.Download free resume templates to create a killer resume.How to Answer “What motivates you?”Describe why you love your craftExplain how your passion for your craft will benefit your potential employer. Topics: Job Searchcenter_img 1. Describe why you love your craft.If you do something solely because you love doing it, your motivations are in the right place, and they’ll allow you to consistently perform past your potential employer’s expectations. For instance, if you genuinely love writing and helping people, you’ll be able to pour passion into your work and create content for the sake of creating content, helping you produce better work than if you only created content because your boss told you to do it.To effectively convey your passion for your craft when a hiring manager asks you what motivates you, lead off with something like this:“As I approach my three-year anniversary working in the content marketing space, I’ve learned a lot about myself. More specifically, I’ve realized my motivation in my work is to craft gripping stories that actually help and inspire people. Ultimately, my passion for storytelling stems from making others feel positive emotions, especially toward brands, which is a huge challenge today.”2. Explain how your passion for your craft will benefit your potential employer.In 2015, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, spoke at Goldman Sach’s Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. When asked what were some of Apple’s biggest accomplishments from the past year, he responded, “We’re not focused on the numbers, we’re focused on the things that produce the numbers.”In content marketing, one of the most influential things that produce the numbers is a passion for your craft. But, sometimes, we can get so obsessed with optimizing for results that we forget what actually generates the views and leads we desperately desire — compelling content.To clarify this insight to your employer, explain why focusing on your craft — and not the results — will benefit them over the long haul, like the example below:“Today, we both work in an industry where countless brands fight for a limited amount of attention, saturating our space with mediocre content. It’s never been harder to cut through the noise. But one of the most effective ways to capture people’s attention amidst all this clutter is storytelling. The human brain is wired to respond to well-crafted narrative. Neuroscience proves that storytelling is the best way to capture people’s attention, bake information into their memories, and forge close, personal bonds. We’re programmed to crave and seek out great stories — that’ll never change. So if you want to move people and sear yourself into their memories, you must tell compelling stories.””What motivates you?” Sample AnswerAltogether, a strong answer to the “What motivates you” question would look like this:”As I approach my three-year anniversary working in the content marketing space, I’ve learned a lot about myself. More specifically, I’ve realized my motivation in work is to craft gripping stories that actually help and inspire people. Ultimately, my passion for storytelling stems from making others feel positive emotions, especially toward brands, which is a huge challenge today. Today, we both work in an industry where countless brands fight for a limited amount of attention, saturating our space with mediocre content. It’s never been harder to cut through the noise. But one of the most effective ways to capture people’s attention amidst all this clutter is storytelling. The human brain is wired to respond to well-crafted narrative. Neuroscience proves that storytelling is the best way to capture people’s attention, bake information into their memories, and forge close, personal bonds. We’re programmed to crave and seek out great stories — that’ll never change. So if you want to move people and sear yourself into their memories, you must tell compelling stories.”Intrinsic motivation is the best type of motivation.“What motivates you?” might be one of the most challenging questions to answer during an interview. But if you can clearly convey that you’re intrinsically motivated and structure your answer the way we did above, you’ll be able to nail the “What motivates you?” question and significantly boost your odds of landing the job. Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Included on Manning Award List, Heisman Odds Rise to 20-1

first_img J.T. BarrettOhio State  Josh AllenWyoming While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.  Eric DungeySyracuse  Mike WhiteWestern Kentucky  Jake BrowningWashington  Sam DarnoldUSC  Matt LinehanIdaho  Jacob EasonGeorgia  Luke FalkWashington State  Quinton FlowersUSF  Deondre FrancoisFlorida State  Riley FergusonMemphis  Daniel JonesDuke  Lamar JacksonLouisville  Baker MayfieldOklahoma  Drew LockMissouri  Logan WoodsideToledo  Nick FitzgeraldMississippi State  Ryan FinleyN.C. State  Clayton ThorsonNorthwestern  Brent StockstillMTSU  Jalen HurtsAlabama  Brogan RobackEastern Michigan  Trace McSorleyPenn State NameSchool  Taylor LambAppalachian State  Nick StevensColorado State  Brandon SilversTroy  Brett RypienBoise State Mason Rudolph is on yet another preseason award watch list. This time it’s for the Manning Award given to the top quarterback in college football. The award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. Rudolph is one of 30 junior and senior quarterbacks included.Rudolph led all Power Five QBs in 2016 with a 28:4 TD-to-interception ratio and added six scores on the ground as well. In fact, Rudolph was the first player to pass for over 4,000 yards and throw less than five picks since Marcus Mariota in 2014 — the year he won the Heisman trophy. Rudolph’s set to break just about every passing record at Oklahoma State in 2017 and brings in a 22-6 record as a starter.AdChoices广告Speaking of the Heisman, Rudolph’s odds to win that recently went up from 15-1 to 20-1. That’s pretty interesting considering the fact that several Heisman voters are already touting him as the No. 1 guy on their board heading into the season. ?Rudolph is also on preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Wuerffel Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.Ten finalists for the Manning Award will be announced on November 30 and the winner will be announced the week after the College Football Playoff National Championship game. This is the only award that includes bowl performances as part of a player’s case for winning.Here’s the complete watch list.  Mason RudolphOklahoma State Austin AllenArkansaslast_img read more

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Ramsey won’t give up on Champions League place

first_imgArsenal Ramsey won’t give up on Champions League place Alex Fisher 20:06 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal vs. Everton Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City The midfielder says Arsenal must finish the 2017-18 season with a 100 per cent record if they want to claim a top-four finish Arsenal have to win their final 10 Premier League games to have any chance of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League, says Aaron Ramsey.Thursday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City – their third loss in four league matches – left the Gunners 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham and represented a second beating in five days against City following Sunday’s thrashing at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final.Despite their latest disappointment, Ramsey refused to give up on qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition and still harbours hopes of getting their hands on the Europa League trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “No, [we’re not giving up on the top four] because mathematically it’s still possible,” he told the club’s official website .”There’s 10 games left now so we have to really win every single one of them.”That’s our target. Hopefully we can finish in the top four with the Europa League trophy as well. “Considering the situation that we’re in at the moment, that would be a very successful season for us. “Things in football happen so quickly. There’s so much to play for, so hopefully we can win all our remaining games. It’ll be tough but that’s what we have to do.”The Gunners have lost to City three times this season, but Ramsey does not believe Pep Guardiola’s side have become a bogey team.He said: “We’ve had some good results against Manchester City at home over the past few years.”This season, they seem to have kicked on again. It’s no coincidence that they’re top of the league. They’re playing some fantastic football and they have so much quality.”It’s one of those things where we have to just go again to start to pick up momentum on Sunday.Arsene Wenger Arsenal Manchester CityArsenal travel to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Sunday, before facing AC Milan in the Europa League last 16.Confidence is a clear issue for Arsenal, but manager Arsene Wenger is trying to remain focused on the next game, despite their recent form struggles.”You go up by stairs but come down by the lift,” an enigmatic Wenger said of his side’s problems. “We go through a difficult patch, that’s football.”I don’t compare it to any other situation I face before. I commit completely and stay committed and focus on the next game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Neymar wants Barcelona return

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Neymar wants Barcelona return Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:52 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Neymar PSG Getty Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Neymar wants Barcelona returnNeymar has told Barcelona that he wishes to return to Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Brazilian is said to regret his decision to leave for PSG to step out of the shadow cast by Lionel Messi and wants to know what it’ll take to return to Catalunya.The report suggests the 26-year-old will spend one more year in Paris before attempting to engineer a move back to Spain in 2019. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! 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Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Reus signs new Dortmund contractMarco Reus Borussia DortmundMarco Reus has dispelled speculation over his future by signing a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, the player confirmed on Friday.Reus had been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but will now be under contract at Signal Iduna Park until 2023 with his fresh deal. Read more hereHeynckes could stay on at BayernJupp Heynckes Bayern MunichJupp Heynckes has suggested that he might stay on past the end of the season at Bayern Munich coach.”I can only say nothing at all is decided yet, because, until now I have definitely never said I will retire in the summer,” Heynckes told reporters on Friday.”I have only ever referred to our agreement from last year which is still valid.Read more herePSG set €400m asking price for NeymarNeymarReal Madrid have been informed that it will take €400 million to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, according to AS.The Spanish outlet claims the Brazilian’s father has met with emissaries from Madrid to discuss a potential move.And although PSG president Nasser Al-Khelafi has said he will not sell the 26-year-old, the report suggests Real now know what it will take for the Parisian outfit to part ways with their star player.Mourinho wants UmtitiSamuel Umtiti, Barcelona, 17/18Jose Mourinho is working hard to sign Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, according to Sport.With funds low after the acquisition of Coutinho, Barca had planned to speak with the Frenchman next season regarding an extension.Now, however, with Manchester United seemingly in contact with the defender’s brother, the Blaugrana have brought forward talks with the 24-year-old as they fear his price will rise even further after the World Cup.Man Utd prepared to sell PogbaPaul Pogba Manchester UnitedManchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba this summer, reports The Independent.The Red Devils will back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market and move any player out that does not figure in his plans.Ed Woodward is willing to let the Portuguese have the final say on the future of every member of his squad, and questions ae already being asked of record signing Pogba following a recent benching.Kane to stay, Rose & Alderweireld targetedHarry Kane TottenhamHarry Kane has vowed to stay at Tottenham for at least one more season, while the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose may lie elsewhere after the summer, according to The Sun.Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in Kane for quiet some time now, but the England striker is said to be determined to lead Spurs into their new stadium before making a move elsewhere.As for Alderweireld and Rose, the report claims Mauricio Pochettino will have to brace himself for a potential double exit as Manchester United prepare summer bids.Barca, Chelsea & others chasing Berke OzerBerke Ozer, TurkeyBarcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Juventus and PSV are all said to be interest in signing young Altinordu goalkeeper Berke Ozer, Footmercato claims.With Thibaut Courtois’ future up in the air Chelsea are looking at reinforcements between the sticks, but the report suggests Altinordu have already made contract with Dortmund over a potential transfer for the Turkish 17-year-old.Bellerin wants Barcelona moveHector Bellerin ArsenalArsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has decided he wants to move back to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.The La Masia graduate had been linked with a return to Camp Nou after Dani Alves’ departure in 2016, but Arsenal refused to let the speedy 22-year-old go.Bellerin is said to have now set his sights on a move back to Spain, but the Blaugrana are in no rush to sign up the wide defender due to Nelson Semedo having settled in well at the right side of Barca’s backline.Luiz keen to stay at Chelsea on one conditionDavid Luiz ChelseaChelsea defender David Luiz is happy to continue his career at Chelsea as long as Antonio Conte departs the club at the end of the season.Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full update on the Brazilian’s situation here on Goal.Martial sale to fund Ronaldo moveAnthony Martial Manchester UnitedAnthony Martial could be offloaded by Manchester United in an effort to free up the funds required to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, claims El Gol Digital .The Red Devils believes they can lure the five-time Ballon d’Or winner away from Real Madrid for €200 million, but will need to sell to raise the money and create space in their squad.That could lead to Martial being shown the exit, with the France international having slipped in and out of the United side under Jose Mourinho.PSG ready offer for ConteAntonio Conte ChelseaParis Saint-Germain are readying an offer for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, according to the Daily Mail .The Italian has seen his future at Stamford Bridge called into question, while previously airing his frustration at recruitment in west London, and the current leaders of Ligue 1 believe they can tempt him to France as successor to Unai Emery.Madrid keen on CanEmre Can LiverpoolEmre Can continues to run down his contract at Liverpool and Real Madrid have now joined the chase for his signature, claims Don Balon .Juventus have been heavily linked with the Germany international, who will become a free agent in the summer, but the Blancos are ready to make a move amid doubts over Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Mateo Kovacic.Barca complete €40m Arthur dealArthur Melo GremioBarcelona have completed a €40 million deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur, Goal can confirm.The 21-year-old will not join up with his new team-mates until 2019, however, with the Blaugrana set to pay €30m up front and up to €10m in add-ons.Read Ignasi Oliva’s full story here!Red Devils to rekindle Dier interestEric Dier TottenhamManchester United are ready to rekindle their interest in Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, reports TransferMarketWeb .The England international was a top target for the Red Devils in 2017 and Jose Mourinho remains keen on a player who provide a useful option in the present and future, especially as Michael Carrick is set to retire and Marouane Fellaini looks set to depart.Arsenal to get Benzema in swap deal?Karim Benzema Real MadridArsenal could finally get their hands on Karim Benzema as Real Madrid have opened themselves up to swap deal involving Hector Bellerin, claims Don Balon .The Gunners have long been linked with the France international and may decide to part with a want-away defender in order to bring him on board.Chelsea among Lewandowski frontrunnersRobert LewandowskiChelsea and Real Madrid are leading the chase for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, reports Bleacher Report .The Poland international has seen transfer talk mount of late, with heavyweight sides across Europe eager to bring a prolific frontman onto their books.Muller hints at future moveThomas Muller Bayern MunichBayern Munich star Thomas Muller says he cannot guarantee he will spend the rest of his career at the club, although he insists he is happy at the Allianz Arena.The Germany international has been heavily linked with Manchester United in the recent past.Find out what he has had to say on his future here.Napoli & Dortmund eye MignoletSimon Mignolet LiverpoolLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Napoli and Borussia Dortmund, according to Belgian publication DH .Having slipped out of favour at Anfield, the 30-year-old is set to weigh up his options over the summer and consider a switch to either Italy or Germany.Fekir to replace Bale at BernabeuNabil Fekir Lyon PSGReal Madrid have identified Lyon’s Nabil Fekir as the man to replace Gareth Bale, according to Don Balon .The Blancos are expected to be in the market for added creativity this summer and are ready to make a move for a highly-rated France international.Milan confirm Reina interestPepe Reina, Napoli, Feyenoord, UEFA Champions League, 26092017AC Milan have confirmed they are interested in signing Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.The former Liverpool No.1 is out of contract at the end of the season, and with interest growing in Gianluigi Donnarumma the Rossoneri are on the lookout for a replacement.Read the full story right here!Kluivert ignoring rumoursJustin Kluivert AjaxJustin Kluivert is flattered by talk of Lionel Messi wanting him at Barcelona, but maintains that his focus remains locked on events at Ajax.The exciting teenage talent is said to be wanted at Camp Nou and Old Trafford, with Manchester United also keen on acquiring his potential.Click here to see what he has had to say on the rumours.Simeone shrugs off PSG linksDiego Simeone Atletico Madrid RomaAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has refused to discuss being linked with Paris Saint-Germain.With Unai Emery expected to be relieved of his duties by PSG after their Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid this week, Simeone is reportedly a contender to take over.Read the full story on Goal.Richarlison offers hope to suitorsRicharlison Watford 2017Richarlison has offered hope to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham by admitting to FourFourTwo  that he would be open to a high-profile switch at some stage.He said: “Look, everybody wants financial security for their family, and when a player says otherwise, he’s lying. If I play at a really high level, opportunities will come my way.””I can only say nothing at all is decided yet, because, until now I have definitely never said I will retire in the summer,” Heynckes told reporters on Friday.”I have only ever referred to our agreement from last year which is still valid. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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a month agoMan City boss Guardiola explains Mendy halftime change

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola explains Mendy halftime changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained the halftime change for Benjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Guardiola says the decision to take Benjamin Mendy off at half-time was not due to a recurrence of his injury.The French left-back made his first start this season after recovering from a long-term knee problem, before being substituted at half time.Angelino replaced him – his first taste of action since re-signing for the Club in the summer – and Guardiola says he deserved his chance to showcase his ability. “Mendy is well but after two years playing few minutes, 45 minutes was enough,” he said.“Angelino is incredible nice guy, training well, deserved to play. I saw many good things of him.“In the back department, we don’t have too many players. We play everyone.” last_img read more

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