TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
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More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 26, 2016), we talk to The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay about the Tour de France and Team Sky, which has won four of the past five Tours — perhaps because of an emphasis on analytics. (That it has a lot of money also helps.) Then, Neil Paine explains why MLB teams should always at least look to buy or sell at the trade deadline, rather than hold. Finally, we talk about Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s extraordinary year for the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks and whether she’s having the best statistical season of all time. Plus, a significant digit on Roger Federer’s announcement that he will miss the rest of the tennis season because of a knee injury.Links to what we discuss are here:Jason Gay in The Wall Street Journal asks if the Tour de France needs a financial fix to help balance competition among teams.Gay describes how the eventual Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, ran up a mountain in his cleats after crashing his bike during this year’s race.On Deadspin, Patrick Redford explains how Froome dominated this year’s Tour.And William Fotheringham in the Guardian breaks down how Team Sky’s analytics and tactics helped it to victory.Last year, Neil Paine and Nate Silver came up with the “Doyle Number.” It tells us when an MLB team should be willing to trade future talent at the trade deadline in order to try to win in the current season.Neil calculated the Doyle Numbers for this year’s teams, and the Chicago Cubs came out on top, meaning the team should try to win this season rather than hoard prospects.Jim Bowden at ESPN breaks down the trade deadline objectives for all 30 MLB teams.Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s Basketball-Reference.com page. Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight for an article about her rise.Carl Bialik writes about Roger Federer’s injury and what it means for his shot at another major title.Significant Digit: 3. That’s the number of major tennis titles won by men older than 35. All those titles were won by Ken Rosewall, an Australian whose career spanned three decades. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court. Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va.
Cleveland IndiansThe Cleveland Indians struggled offensively once again, going 2-4 in series’ against the Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins.After taking only one of three from the Angels, the Tribe returned home and only won one in a weekend series against the division-leading Twins.The Indians are 10-14, 5-and-a-half games behind the Twins in the American League Central and in third place behind Detroit.Studs: Austin Kearns. The former Cincinnati Reds slugger had a big week, with seven hits and six RBIs in three games against the Angels. He came into Sunday’s game against Minnesota hitting .357, with two home runs and 12 RBIs.Duds: The offense. The Indians’ offense continues to be a major disappointment, with an American League-worst 85 runs. Those fortunes could change when highly touted catching prospect Carlos Santana gets called up from the Columbus Clippers.Up Next: The Indians continue their homestand with three games against Toronto beginning Monday and a three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. Cincinnati RedsStep by step, the Reds are creeping back from a sluggish start to the season.The Reds opened up their week on the road with a three-game series at Houston.For the first time this season, Reds fans had their chance to bring out the brooms, as the Reds swept the series against the Astros.Pitchers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo had some solid outings, each recording a win in the first and third games of the series respectively, and Mike Leake continued a brilliant start to his professional career recording a win off his seven-inning, five-hit performance in the second game.Pitcher Johnny Cueto helped the Reds’ win-streak get to five games on Friday, as the Reds won at St. Louis.The streak then came to an end Saturday as the Reds couldn’t match the Cardinals’ late-game surge, losing the game 6-3.Studs: The Rotation. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like these guys were never going to win a game for the Reds. In just this past week, Harang, Leake, Arroyo and Cueto all recorded wins, and didn’t leave it up to late game heroics to ensure a Reds’ win.Duds: Jonny Gomes. It was tough because no one Red had a really bad week. Gomes has only two hits in 15 at-bats over the last six games, though, and he’s a liability in the field as it is.Next Week: The Reds come back home this week as they host a series with the Mets today, and then get a day off before hosting a three-game series against the Cubs.
In his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”
The Manchester United caretaker had to tell his team to not “feel sorry for yourself” after they lost 2-0 at home against PSG.Paris Saint-Germain came to Old Trafford and went back to France with a 2-0 victory over hosts Manchester United.The game was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And in his first defeat after being assigned caretaker of the club, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to his players.“Don’t feel sorry for yourself,” Solskjaer was quoted by the Manchester United official site.“This is something you’ve got to learn from. This is a level up from what we’re used to. They were experienced, they bought some fouls – things like this, this is just part of their learning as players.”“Many of our players are very young. It’s the first time Jesse and Marcus will play a proper Champions League game at Old Trafford. So, learn from that. You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” he added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We have to bounce back,” he said. “At this club, you have to bounce back. In a tournament like the Champions League, it’s going to be difficult whoever you play against but our bread and butter is the league and we’ve got the FA Cup against Chelsea as well.”“We have to look forward. We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games. Whoever is feeling sorry for themselves they will not play, probably, against Chelsea,” he commented.“We’ve got so many games to play for, so no. You can see the reaction in the changing room, they’re disappointed but there is some determination and desire there to put it right.”“When we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. Of course, it’s a difficult mountain to climb but it’s not impossible if we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that’s what we’ve got to look for,” he concluded.🔴⚪️⚫️ #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019
Insurance firm Aviva (pictured), car manufacturer Rolls-Royce and telecommunications organisation Vodafone are among the 23 organisations in the FTSE 100 that publish details about maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay and leave policies, according to research by parenting website Mumsnet.In analysing the UK’s top 100 organisations, Mumsnet found that only 23 visibly publicise pay and leave arrangements for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave. The group of employers that publish this information includes real estate organisation Rightmove, the Royal Bank of Scotland and water utility Severn Trent.A corresponding survey, conducted by Mumsnet in February 2019, found that 82% of parents and prospective parents are reluctant to ask potential employers about parental leave arrangements because it might impact the likelihood of receiving a job offer. However, 84% of those surveyed stated that knowing about these policies is important when applying for a new job.The 23 organisations that publish details about their parental leave policies, in alphabetical order, are:AdmiralAvivaBHPBPBritish American TobaccoBTCroda InternationalDiageoDirect LineExperianJohnson MattheyReckitt BenckiserRio TintoRightmoveRolls-RoyceRoyal Bank of ScotlandRoyal Dutch ShellScottish Mortgage Investment TrustSevern TrentSSEStandard CharteredUnileverVodafoneJustine Roberts, founder at Mumsnet, said: “This information is unbelievably significant for parents; people need transparency so that they can make informed decisions, and it’s baffling that so many [organisations] make it so difficult to find, given that it significantly affects people’s lives.“If more [organisations] were to publish their policies, it could well encourage a race to the top and would certainly reward employers [that] do the right thing. It’s bizarre that some of the UK’s largest employers feel the need to tell people about their wellbeing libraries, but not their parental leave policies.”
Two workers died after inhaling toxic gas in a septic tank of Chattogram WASA at Madunaghat in Hathazari upazila on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Nazrul Islam, 30, son of Abdur Rauf of Patuakhali district and Yusuf, 22, son of Al Amin of Kachua upzaila in Bagerhat district.Zahirul Islam, in-charge of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost, said two workers climbed down to the septic tank of WASA for cleaning in the morning.Getting no response from the workers after a long time, local people entered the septic tank and rescued them. They took to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared the duo dead.
Share House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election for Montana’s congressional seat to apologize in the alleged assault on a reporter. Voters are deciding in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department. Gianforte, who has tried to align himself with Trump, defended himself as the criminal charge was announced Wednesday, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed him by the wrist in their exchange at his campaign office. Quist has declined to comment on the charge. Though Ryan called on the candidate to apologize, he would not say if Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday’s election. “I’m gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative,” Ryan said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Gianforte “a wannabe Trump.” “That’s his model, Donald Trump,” she said. It’s not clear how the last-minute curveball will affect the race, which was partly seen as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, in part because more than a third of the state’s registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian. Gianforte would face a maximum $500 fine or 6 months in jail if convicted. The statement added that Jacobs’ injuries did not meet the legal definition of felony assault. Gianforte was in a private office preparing for an interview with Fox News when Jacobs came in without permission, campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115711/US-Pelosi-Ryan-CR.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called Greg Gianforte a “wannabe Donald Trump” (May 25). The Fox News crew watched in astonishment as, after Jacobs pressed him on the GOP health care bill, “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna wrote in an article . She added that Gianforte then began to punch Jacobs. In an audio recording posted by The Guardian, the reporter asks the congressional candidate about the GOP’s health care bill, which was just evaluated hours earlier by the Congressional Budget Office. “We’ll talk to you about that later,” Gianforte says on the recording, referring Jacobs to a spokesman. When Jacobs says that there won’t be time, Gianforte says “Just–” and there is a crashing sound. Gianforte yells, “The last guy who came here did the same thing,” and a shaken-sounded Jacobs tells the candidate he just body-slammed him. “Get the hell out of here,” Gianforte says. The Gianforte campaign Wednesday night released a statement blaming the incident on Jacobs. It contends he “aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face and began asking badgering questions” before being asked to leave. Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that was being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said in a statement. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte’s wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. The 45-second recording does not contain a request from Gianforte that Jacobs lower his phone. Acuna, the Fox News reporter, wrote that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.” The sheriff’s office said Gianforte has until June 7 to appear in court on the charge. Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that he never touched Gianforte. He said of the politician’s account “The only thing that is factually correct … is my name and place of employment.” Three of Montana’s biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse an opponent. “We are also sick and tired — of Gianforte’s incessant attacks on the free press,” the Helena Independent Record wrote. Gianforte, a wealthy businessman, lost a race against Montana’s Democratic governor in November while Trump won the state by 20 points. In the congressional race, Gianforte has been boosted by visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump, Jr. Hours before Wednesday’s assault, the Gianforte campaign sent out a last-minute fundraising appeal to its supporters, saying the outcome “will determine whether we pass Donald Trump’s America First agenda or if the fake news media and the national Democrats will win, keeping Obama’s reckless policies in place.” Democrats were hoping an upset would send a message to the GOP that Trump’s souring approval ratings could damage their political fortunes even in deep red states. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it would launch as many Facebook ads as possible about the assault, targeting Montana Democrats who might not otherwise vote Thursday. The Committee called for Gianforte to quit the race. Scott Sales, the Republican president of Montana’s state senate, unsuccessfully vied against Gianforte for his party’s congressional nomination. On Wednesday evening, he said he could not understand why the scuffle took place. “There’s always two sides to a story, but this doesn’t look good,” Sales said. “It’s not what you want to see happen on the eve of an election.” Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/25115642/US-Montana-Candidate-CR.mp400:0000:0001:48Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Republican candidate for Montana’s US House Seat, Greg Gianforte, is charged with misdemeanor assault of a reporter, hours before polls open, on May 25th, 2017. Jacobs, who works for The Guardian, recorded the sound of his confrontation with Gianforte.
Share APA South Texas jury has sentenced a 34-year-old Mexican national to death for the fatal 2014 shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.The Cameron County jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday before sentencing Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval in the capital murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr. It also sentenced him to life imprisonment for attempted capital murder in the shooting of Vega’s father.According to testimony, Vega and his family were spending the day fishing when Tijerina tried to rob them. Tijerina’s attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uOn the eve of the Baltimore CeaseFire (August 4-6), which has garnered international attention, we conclude our series of conversations on violence and homicide, focused on solutions, with two of the movement’s organizers, Erricka Bridgeford and Ellen Gee.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Next year is likely to be one full of new Netflixes. Whether these streaming offerings generate enough subscribers to offset the ones who seem to be turning down a cable connection remains to be seen. Hopes that new customers for broadband services such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue or live-TV options from Hulu or YouTube may have been tempered during the period: Those services have gained about 2.1 million new subscribers in the first nine months of the year, but traditional outlets lost 2.8 million, according to Kagan.To make up for the subscriber shortages, the industry is working to create a swarm of new Netflixes – and fast.“Consumers have much more flexibility to pick and choose the things they want to subscribe to, and I think that is going to be more attractive to a greater majority of people than a traditional pay TV company giving them a handful of restrictive bundles to choose from,” says Tim Hanlon, CEO of Vetere Group, who consults for media and marketing companies. “Most programmers need to gently land their pay TV model while greatly ramping up their direct-to-consumer offerings. That is the dance that most television managers need to do over the next five-plus years – manage the decline of the bundle and shift to the expertise of being a direct-to-consumer proposition.”To be certain, some of the declines have been driven by distributors themselves. AT&T and other video conduits have decided to get out of the business of hanging on to low-profit subscribers, the ones who sign up when it’s time for another season of “Game of Thrones” or another football cycle, and then quickly leave. “Net losses [in subscribers] is not necessarily the same thing as cord cutting,” cautions Bruce Leichtman, an industry consultant. Even so, it’s clear the industry is trying to look past its traditional business. Walt Disney in 2018 launched ESPN +, a subscription-based broadband service for sports fans that gives them new programs and games coverage they won’t see on the flagship cable network. In September, Disney said the service had notched more than 1 million paying subscribers in just five months (a portion of them came from ESPN Insider, a now-defunct ESPN subscription service).In 2019, media companies will bet even more heavily on streaming. AT&T plans to unveil a subscription-based offering using its WarnerMedia content – with three different pricing tiers. Disney has grand hopes for Disney +, a subscription service that will feature programming from its Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel lines. CBS is placing more emphasis on its “CBS All Access” streaming service. AMC Networks has backed Shudder, a streaming service devoted to horror.One can easily imagine a new world in which TV fans decide to get their primetime entertainment from Disney, Amazon, Netflix, WarnerMedia or Hulu, rather than CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. But that future is in no way guaranteed.Even cord-cutters have to watch their wallets. Can the average family – even without cable and satellite – afford to subscribe to so many different services, let alone other things like Apple Music or Sirius XM radio? “We simply don’t think it is plausible, in a world of rampant password sharing and of two home subscriptions collapsing to one, that we will continue to see anything like a sustained 1:1 conversion rate. That’s obviously bad news for all cable networks,” said a recent report from media-analysis company MoffettNathanson. Meanwhile, the firm’s analysts suggest, linear TV networks will need to latch on to “the most passionate viewership, driven predominately by live news and sports.”In that world, some traditional TV outlets may not survive. NBCUniversal has not been afraid to shut down several cable networks in recent years – Esquire, Chiller, Cloo and Style among them. Viacom ran into headwinds in 2017 negotiations with Charter Communications about the placement of its networks on pricing tiers, though the two sides reached a détente. Discovery is poised to turn one of its smaller cable outlets into a showcase for content inspired by home renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines. Popular on Variety Netflix’s amazing success over the past decade has been so significant that many others are hoping to repeat it. Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav vows a new streaming outlet that brings golf content to overseas markets will become a “Netflix for golf.” 21st Century Fox recently launched a SVOD service for “superfans” of Fox News Channel called Fox Nation. Executives there don’t mind if you liken the product to a “Netflix for conservatives.”Behind the impetus for some – not all – of the glitzy new services is a gloomy old problem: As media companies work to build new connections through broadband streaming, they continue to lose links to consumers via cable and satellite subscriptions.The phenomenon known as “cord cutting” became severe in the third quarter, according to data from Kagan, a market research firm that is part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Satellite broadcasters lost 726,000 subscribers, the industry’s worst quarter on record. Combined with cable and telecom distributors, the sector shed 1.2 million video subscribers in the three-year period ending September 30, 2018. At Pivotal Research, analysts have predicted 2019 pay-TV losses will “continue at a similar pace to ’17 and ’18 as consumers continue to rebel against the rising price of PayTV amidst the continued emergence of cheap entertainment alternatives.” Satellite TV, they said, will face continued erosion “outside of rural areas. Expect another ugly year in 2019.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
In This Issue… * Currencies & metals rally halted… * A Minsky Moment on the way? * Dr. Steve & the manipulators… * Retail Sales to print today… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Moody’s Downgrades 6 Eurozone Nations… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, I came home from unusually colder weather in Orlando , to snow and normally cold weather for this time of year here. The snowflakes were very large and wet, so it was easy to remove from the streets, etc. My darling daughter, Dawn, had to deal with taking Alex to the hospital while we were gone. Alex has a very bad case of skin herpes around his eye… This is not uncommon for wrestlers, but the big thing for him was that his wrestling season was over! Speaking of being over… Yesterday, Chris told you about how the Greek Parliament had approved the latest round of budget cuts, which should have put the next bailout payment on the greased tracks. Chris also explained how this was causing a reversal of the short positions in the euro, which really had turned the “Risk On” campers… Well, that euphoria in the currencies and metals was short-lived because just as soon as the currencies were ready to tell the “shorts” to move over Rover, and let Jimmy take over, the Ratings Agencies came swooping in, to rain on the risk assets parade. Yes, yesterday evening it was announced that Moody’s Investor Service had downgraded six European nations.. While there was nothing new here, since S&P and Fitch had already gone through this exercise last month, Moody’s did grab the markets’ attention by being the first rating agency to warn the U.K. that their rating could be at risk. So the Happy Days that Chris told you about yesterday, are now a thing of the past… and we must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get back to work today! It is Valentine’s Day, and baring a Valentine’s Day massacre in the currencies today, maybe we’ll just see the profits taken out of the currency and metals this morning, and move along to the next drama that Greece will bring us. I caught up with two of my fave people in the world in Orlando last week… Mary Anne and Pamela Aden… or as many know them, The Aden Sisters… We had a long talk about writing style… They kept telling me that I was their favorite writer, and I kept telling them that I was sure they had me mixed up with David Galland! Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that Mary Anne and Pam talked about “noise” in the markets, and how it has taken away the fundamentals of the markets… I totally agree, and this “noise” from the ratings agencies are a prime example. I just finished reading Addison Wiggin’s latest draft for a book. I’m going to do a quick review for the book… There’s so much to learn about what happened to the dollar, and what is yet to happen here… When the book gets printed and issued, I’ll let you know, because I think that everyone that thinks they know all there is about the dollar will be surprised to find out they learned something new here… One of the things that Addison talks about in the books is how Gold isn’t in a bubble… I found this to be interesting because I too, have said this over and over again about Gold… I say that my test for a bubble is to ask a group of regular people, like say, my FGB friends, if they own Gold, and until all of them raise their hands, Gold isn’t in bubble, is the best way to measure this! And then there was a great lunch with friend Dennis Miller, and Steve Sjuggerud. I’ve known Dr. Steve for some time, and he knows how much I love guitars (he’s a collector of guitars), so we always have a great conversation about them. Dr. Steve said something though that really rang a bell with me.. and that was… he doesn’t let the reports of price manipulators in Gold & Silver bother him. For he believes that if the demand remains strong, it will eventually win out… And, so with that I’m turning over a new leaf, and while I will continue to mention price manipulation when I see it, I’m not going to lose any more hair over it (not that I have any more to lose!) But you get the point… I was beginning to allow the manipulators to mess with my blood pressure, and my outlook for a day.. and no longer! Thanks Dr. Steve! OK.. I could on about the meetings I had at the Orlando Money Show, but those two were the best… So.. back to the news today… This morning, although it’s not helping the euro right now, both Spain and Italy auctioned bonds and both saw their borrowing costs decline to their lowest levels in 11 months! Once again bond buyers ignore the ratings agencies… But then, a very large chunk of any Eurozone country bond auction, is bought by the other members of the Eurozone. So, it’s like “we’re all in this together” type attitude. And don’t forget that the Eurozone debt is being underpinned by 3-year loans made in December by the European Central Bank (ECB), which will offer a second round of financing, known as LTRO, at the end of this month. There’s still a spread between German and Italian or Spanish Bonds.. and that’s the way it should be. The way it was before the implementation of the euro, and the way it will be from here on out! Long time readers might recall me saying on more than a few occasions in the past that Greece, Italy and Spain were all rogue countries with debt before the euro, and that they should get down on their knees and thank their Gold every night that they were included in the euro… The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, was kind enough to join me in one of my presentations, shows a chart of Greek bond rates that illustrates what I’m talking about here… Before 1999 (implementation of the euro) bond rate in Greece were 19-20%… but then after the Eurozone was formed, the bond rates plunged and remained low until someone said, Hey with all this debt, these yields aren’t right”… and back to 16% Greek bond rates went… Should Greece have gotten a free ride on their careless deficit spending and debt? NO… but, no one was paying attention… I wasn’t… I stopped trading foreign bonds in 1998, so I’ll use that as an excuse! I think the thing to take from this comes back to the U.S. should we be able to continue to add to our debt by 1 Trillion dollars every year with historically low bond rates? NO… But, until someone stops and says… Hey this debt is too high for bond yields this low” the Treasury Bubble will just keep building and will take a lot of investors down when it pops… it will be a Minsky Moment… For those of you new to class or Hy Minsky… A Minsky Moment is an idea that the great economist, Hy Minsky, originated… When a market fails or falls into crisis after an extended period of market speculation, or unsustainable growth. A Minsky moment is based on the idea that periods of speculation, if they last long enough, will eventually lead to crises; the longer speculation occurs the worse the crisis will be… Hy Minsky is responsible for much of my economics education, even though my time with him was brief… And 10-year Treasury yields remain below 2%… And the band Ace sang.. “How Long”? Speaking of debt, no wait, I wasn’t speaking of debt, I was talking about the Treasury Bubble, but wait… Treasuries are issuances of debt, so technically, I was speaking of debt! (Don’t question yourself, Chuck!) Did you see that the President presented his 2012 Budget, with a $1.333 Trillion Deficit… And that’s only if the ducks all get in a row… I saw this tide bit (Thanks Dennis) and it really hit home… From 7/31/11 to 1/31/12 (6 months) the U.S. National Debt grew from $14.5 Trillion to $15.4 Trillion, an increase of $1.1 Trillion… In the first 206 years of our country’s history (through 8/82) the U.S. accumulated a national debt of $1.1 Trillion… And now we do it every year? Just that the heck is going on here? Our Government is spending us into the point of no return! And that will continue to weigh heavily on the dollar folks… I told an audience last week that I know it seems a little strange taking dollars out of your dollar denominated portfolio to buy currencies and metals… But diversifications one of the ways to beat the awful things our Gov’t and Central Bank are doing to our kids’ and grandkid’s futures.. But then that’s just me.. I could end up being wrong… The U.S. data cupboard is chock-full-o-data today… But the Big Kahuna data print comes in the form of January Retail Sales … Which when I look back at the Butler Household Index (BHI) I see that there were tons of shopping bags brought into our house IN January, so look for a better than the average bear print here today… Then there was this… from the U.K. Telegraph..and before I post this, I want you to know that I don’t condone what Iran is doing.. I’m just continuing to point out how countries all over the world are tired of the U.S. debt destruction of the dollar, and are now working out ways to get around dollar use… So, here the snippet of the article… “Last week the Tehran Times noted that the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in currencies other than the dollar from March 20. This long-planned move is part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vision of economic war with the West.“The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the US to use threats to protect the ‘reserve currency’ status of the dollar,” the newspaper, which calls itself the voice of the Islamic Revolution, said.“Recall that Saddam [Hussein] announced that Iraq would no longer accept dollars for oil purchases in November 2000 and the US-Anglo invasion occurred in March 2003,” the Times continued. “Similarly, Iran opened its oil bourse in 2008, so it is a credit to Iranian negotiating ability that the ‘crisis’ has not come to a head long before now.”Chuck again… India is now going to pay for their Oil from Iran with a 45% allocation of Gold. China has been signing currency swap agreements with other countries for 2 years now. So it’s going on all over… countries want out of having to hold large dollar reserve to facilitate the terms of trade with their partners.To recap… The currency and metals rally that lasted all day yesterday, ended last night with a thud, as Moody’s downgraded 6 Eurozone nations and warned the U.K. that their credit rating could be cut. The euro has lost the 1.32 handle, and the rest of the currencies have given back the gains they made yesterday. And Retail Sales headlines the data prints today… Currencies today 2/14/12… American Style: A$ $1.0710, kiwi .8325, C$ $1.00, euro 1.3165, sterling 1.5720, Swiss $1.09, … European Style: rand 7.7225, krone 5.7220, SEK 6.67, forint 221.25, zloty 3.1812, koruna 19.0575, RUB 29.95, yen 78.15, sing 1.2645, HKD 7.7535, INR 49.36, China 6.2995, pesos 12.73, BRL 1.7166, Dollar Index 79.19, Oil $101.36, 10-year 1.98%, Silver $33.45, and Gold… $1,715.10 That’s it for today… Well, Happy Valentine’s Day to all my girls… Kathy, Dawn, Rachel and Delaney Grace! Delaney was not happy about having to go home from Orlando yesterday, she really had a great time at Disney World… You should have seen her all dressed up in her princess dress for the Princess Tea Party… Simply darling! My main presentation at the Money Show was a full room and big room too! It went well… the second has just about run its course.. I’ll have to think of something else… Thanks to Chris for taking the conn on the Pfennig… just getting him ready for March! I have a new set of eyes reviewing the Pfennig each morning now, and when I went cut and paste this to them I lost it all and had to retype the whole thing! UGH! I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday, cause mine’s not starting that way! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
On Monday, Farhad Javid will meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his wife, Rula Ghani, to ask whether the president will order the release of some 190 women and girls who are currently in jail for failing a virginity test.Javid is Afghanistan’s country director for Marie Stopes International, a global family planning organization. Five months ago, he and three colleagues visited the Mazar-i-Sharif prison and went from cell to cell to count the number of women and girls who had been jailed for failing the test. In Afghanistan, premarital sex is considered a moral crime. The issue of virginity testing is not confined to Afghanistan. This week, the U.N., along with the World Health Organization, U.N. Women and U.N. Human Rights, called for a global ban on the practice. Virginity tests have been documented in at least 20 countries around the world, including Egypt, Indonesia and South Africa. And according to the U.N., increased globalization in the past century has resulted in requests for and cases of virginity testing in countries that had no previous history of the practice, for example, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.K. The test is administered for a variety of reasons: to determine whether a woman can go to school, get married, get a job — or whether she is a victim of rape. According to the U.N., virginity tests are often performed by inspecting the hymen for tears or for the size of its opening, or inserting fingers into the vagina, to determine whether a girl or woman has had sex.WHO states that there is no evidence that the test can prove that a person has had vaginal intercourse or not.”This medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end,” the U.N. announced in a statement at the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rio de Janeiro.In its statement, the U.N. called these tests a violation of human rights and a form of gender discrimination: “The social expectation that girls and women should remain ‘virgins’ is based on stereotyped notions that female sexuality should be curtailed within marriage. This notion is harmful to women and girls globally.”In Afghanistan, the test is sometimes administered if a girl does something as simple as walking down the street with a boy, says Javid.That’s what happened to a 13-year-old girl that Javid and his team from Maria Stopes met at the prison in Mazar-i-Sharif, the country’s fourth-largest city. The young teenager told a female member of the team that she was stopped by the police, accused of having sex and subjected to a virginity test. She says she failed the exam and was sent to prison.Even the act of undergoing the test can have alarming consequences, says Javid. In talking with women and girls, he has been told that even if someone is determined to be a virgin, her “reputation is tarnished,” he says. “The family of the girl will think, ‘You have brought shame to our family and village.’ “In Afghanistan, the law states that women who fail the exam can be incarcerated for a maximum of three months. But, says Javid, “many are kept inside the jail for a year and a half — for nothing.”After hearing reports from some of the prisoners, including the 13-year-old, of sexual abuse by wardens and prison guards, Javid sent two doctors to the prison to perform physical and psychosocial exams. The doctors told him that many girls and women reported they had been sexually abused by prison staff.Javid and Marie Stopes Afghanistan are taking steps to tackle the issue.That’s what the U.N. is recommending in its statement: The onus of eliminating virginity tests should be on local governments, working in tandem with rights groups, activists and nonprofit organizations. Together, “they’ll create the tools and policies and provide the support on a national level,” says Nazneen Damji, policy adviser on health at U.N. Women.In July, the government of Afghanistan approved an official public health policy that Marie Stopes Afghanistan helped draft in an effort to stop enforcement of the law that allows women to be jailed on the basis of the virginity test. Aimed at doctors and medical professionals, the policy states that virginity tests are ineffective and unscientific as a means to ascertain whether a woman is a virgin.Over the next three months the group will use funding from the Swedish government to train hospital directors in 19 provinces in the new policy. Marie Stopes doctors at these facilities, who provide family planning services, will also monitor to ensure that no virginity tests are administered.”The doctors will be discouraged to carry out any of the tests with us being there,” says Javid. So if a police officer were to bring in a woman for such testing, the doctor could refuse.Javid also hopes to convince Islamic community leaders that the test is ineffective. In November, he and his team are planning to hold meetings with leaders in four cities in Afghanistan, with subsequent visits to leaders in 19 of the country’s 34 provinces as well as some rural areas controlled by the Taliban.Javid thinks about the 13-year-old girl he saw at the prison. When he visited her, she was packed into a tiny cell with 15 or 16 other women, he says.”The poor girl was so small, just a teenager,” he says. “She looked like a pigeon with its wings all tied up.”Upon reflecting on the girl’s story, he says, “We hope we will be able to convince the president and his wife this Monday.”He knows the U.N.’s mandate to ban virginity tests won’t matter “to people on a provincial level.””But when you meet informed politicians, it absolutely matters,” he says. “We can use it to our benefit.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is embroiled in controversy for admitting that he wore blackface at a party in the 1980s and for a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. But the governor, a pediatric neurologist by training, told CBS he isn’t resigning, because “Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”NPR spoke with another doctor, Damon Tweedy, about what message it sends to black patients to hear a prominent doctor tell the country that he has worn blackface. Tweedy is the author of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University.The debate in Virginia is only one episode in a long history of racism in medicine, Tweedy says. Many African-Americans may feel distrustful of physicians, stemming in part from the legacy of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. This distrust has repercussions for the health of black people in America today, who may be less likely to stick with treatments or participate in medical research.Tweedy says he hopes the debate will generate more open conversations about the way bias works its way into the health care system.Our interview has been edited for clarity and length.What’s your response to the photo with the guy in blackface and the other guy in Klansman robes in a medical school yearbook?The first thought I had was what that might mean for the patients. One of the problems is that if we just sort of make it all about Gov. Northam, that in some ways kind of misses the point. Someone had to take that photo; someone had to put that into a yearbook. And you think about it, that medical school was in a community that at the time — even now — was 40 percent African-American.What does that mean for those patients, that there’s this tacit acceptance of these attitudes about race? And further, 1984 is not that long ago. People are still in practice who trained in 1984. Many of them are the generation that supervised me as I was coming in, training.Lay out for me briefly, what the history of tension is between the American medical community and African-Americans? It dates back to the beginnings of our country, in some ways. The most famous example in modern times is the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, which basically was run by the U.S. Public Health Service and investigated the natural history of syphilis in African-American men. Even after treatment was available, the researchers never notified the men that they had syphilis or that there was treatment available. It was the most egregious example that we know of.But in some ways it follows a much larger history of concerns, not just in the research realm but in the clinical realm. It’s very much an oral history among African-American people. You often find that people have a concern or mistrust that they are being experimented upon or that the medical establishment in some way doesn’t have their best interest at heart.When you were in medical school back in the ’90s, was race ever addressed in the curriculum or in practical training in your residency? During that time there was just starting to be those conversations. Maybe an hour, out of a four-year curriculum, an hour or two. Think about that. I think that a lot of times people think that if you’re a doctor, you’re very intelligent, you’re sophisticated, and somehow you’re not as susceptible to these issues of bias and racism in a way that other people might be. I think that’s shortsighted.I’m a professor myself, and I’ve used this recent event as a sort of a teaching opportunity. You know, had discussions with students where we’ve sort of really openly talked about what do these issues mean.I wonder if you have any advice for Gov. Northam, one doctor to another? I’m not sure how much he might listen to me, but I’m less interested in the idea of him resigning or not. Regardless of what happens there, he does need to find a way to use his story, not out of self-interest but in terms of moving forward the conversation in other medical schools and medical settings. How might someone who thinks that they’ve been well meaning and educated and all that sort of thing, how might they still have made mistakes that could have potentially harmed people?What are the most glaring racial health disparities you see today in your teaching or in your practice?I’m in psychiatry, personally, but it really transcends every medical specialty. There’s been a body of research that shows that these disparities come across in every way because really they derive from society … from social inequality, economic inequality. That so much drives the kind of care people can receive, where they can receive it, if they can receive it at all. It really cuts across every specialty. Doctors need to learn that they’re part of this larger social world.Justine Kenin produced and Selena Simmons-Duffin edited the audio version of this interview. Mara Gordon produced and edited it for web.Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed an offer from the equality watchdog to help MPs and peers understand the true impact on disabled people and other groups of his new welfare bill.Letters between the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Duncan Smith (pictured) were published this week on the commission’s website, following a freedom of information request.They show that Duncan Smith snubbed an offer from the commission to “work more closely” on the equality impact assessments his department had already published alongside his welfare reform and work bill.In her letter sent in September, Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s interim chief executive, had asked Duncan Smith “what your thoughts are on ensuring that the impact assessments are sufficient to address these issues and support the proper scrutiny of the bill”.In his response last month, Duncan Smith ignored her offer of assistance and told her that the impact assessments already use “the most robust analysis available to give a good assessment of both the rationale for and the impacts of the reforms” in the bill.In a briefing on its website, EHRC says it is concerned that parts of the welfare reform and work bill “could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities”.It says it is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill “do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights”, which “may make it difficult for parliamentarians to properly consider the implications of the measures in the bill”.The watchdog also says the government should review welfare reform measures in the bill – including the proposed reduction of the benefit cap, the freeze on many benefit rates, and the WRAG cut – so it can assess how they comply with the government’s international human rights obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.An EHRC spokesman said: “We continue to raise our concerns and make representations on this issue.“Our latest position is set-out in the briefing we provided to parliamentarians this week.“For example, at Commons report stage we urged MPs to support an amendment which would have prevented implementation of the bill until an assessment of the cumulative impact and impact on equality of reforms to tax credits and benefits announced in the 2015 summer budget is presented to both Houses of Parliament.“This makes clear that the commission is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights.”The letters were published as the bill began its progress through the House of Lords, with one Tory peer saying she was appalled by the wording of the government’s impact assessment of its proposed cut of £29 a week for future claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance.The assessment says the cut would “remove the financial incentives that could otherwise discourage claimants from taking steps back to work”.Baroness Browning, who has a son with autism, told the welfare reform minister Lord Freud: “I am disgusted with those words.”Despite her comments, Lord Freud spoke in the debate of the “perverse incentives” of paying disabled people in the WRAG more than people on the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance.The disabled peers Lord [Colin] Low and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, along with their fellow crossbench peer Baroness Meacher, are heading a parliamentary review into how the proposed WRAG cut might affect disabled people.Lord Low dismissed the bill as “another round of ideologically-driven cuts to welfare”, and told fellow peers that the government’s target of cutting another £12 billion from benefits spending “cannot but have a devastating impact on poor people who depend on benefits”.Baroness Grey-Thompson suggested that the WRAG cut could move disabled people further from the workplace, by creating an incentive for them to be placed in the ESA support group, where there would be limited employment support available to them.She added: “I struggle to see how cutting support could incentivise disabled people into work, and I am looking forward to the DWP’s convincing arguments in this area.”In response to criticisms of the WRAG cut, Lord Freud quoted a 10-year-old report by the OECD which said that “financial incentives to work can be improved by either cutting welfare benefit levels, or introducing in-work benefits while leaving benefit levels unchanged”, although it was not clear whether this referred to disabled benefit claimants.He added: “This change, combined with the new funding [the government plans to spend an extra £100 million a year of the £640 million savings from the WRAG cut on improving employment support for disabled people] is about providing the right incentives and support to encourage more people to move closer to the labour market.”
This story originally appeared on Engadget The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Jessica Conditt Facebook is on the hook for $2 billion in a lawsuit against ZeniMax Media over the creation of the Oculus Rift. Mark Zuckerberg Defends Oculus in Court Against VR Rival –shares Senior Reporter at Engadget January 18, 2017 Image credit: via engadget Add to Queue Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was grilled in court yesterday morning over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, as part of a $2 billion lawsuit brought by ZeniMax Media.ZeniMax — the owner of Bethesda Softworks, id Software and other video game studios — says Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack stole ZeniMax’s intellectual property when he left the company in 2013. Essentially, ZeniMax argues that it owns the technological foundation behind the Oculus Rift VR headset.Zuckerberg purchased Oculus in 2014 in a deal estimated to be worth $2.3 billion — and as he made clear on the stand this morning, he disagrees entirely with ZeniMax’s claims.Lawyer, incredulously: “Your plan was to begin legal diligence on Friday, and sign the deal on monday.”Zuckerberg: “Yep.”— ?_? (@MikeIsaac) January 17, 2017The New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac and Gizmodo reporter William Turton have been live-tweeting the Facebook-ZeniMax trial, where Zuckerberg was first on the stand today. According to their tweets, Zuckerberg was questioned about a letter ZeniMax sent to Facebook two weeks after closing the Oculus deal, outlining the company’s legal concerns over potential stolen tech.Zuckerberg apparently brushed off the letter.”It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they own some portion of the deal,” Zuckerberg said, according to Isaac. “Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before. I know that our legal team would look into this and examine this, but they aren’t going to take a lot of my time on something they don’t think is credible.”ZM lawyer: “If I steal a bike, paint it and put a bell on it, does that make it my bike?” Zuck scoffs, “no.”— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) January 17, 2017Details about Facebook’s purchase of Oculus are coming out in the trial, as well. Zuckerberg apparently moved through the acquisition process quickly, planning to vet Oculus on a Friday and sign the deal the following Monday. Plus, there are some financial nuggets here: Facebook paid “about $2 billion” to buy Oculus as a company, plus it threw down an additional $700 million to retain key employees and set aside $300 million for milestones.Zuckerberg also shared his thoughts on the promises of VR in general. “We want to get closer to this kind of perfect representation, so you can capture a moment you had,” Zuckerberg said, according to Isaac.Zuckerberg additionally lamented the closed nature of Google’s and Apple’s operating systems, reportedly saying, “We have not been able to build and design some of the best experiences that we want for our community.”The Facebook-ZeniMax trial is expected to last three weeks. Already, Zuckerberg is joined in the courtroom by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, Oculus PC VR leader Brendan Iribe and Oculus CTO (or legendary co-creator of Doom) John Carmack. Luckey’s tie is apparently bright pink, if anyone is wondering. Next Article Mark Zuckerberg Apply Now »
Psychologist, Author, Speaker Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Contributor Register Now » Sherrie Campbell Add to Queue Image credit: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Morale July 20, 2017 The greatest success we achieve in life will not be money, it will be happiness. When we master our own happiness, we have a natural and positive impact on all of those we interact with. Wherever we go, we have the power to make the environment more successful. Morale is everything in business, so the first type of success we must strive for is personal, then we must bring this positive, happy and productive attitude to work with the determination and intention to make a difference.1. SmileThere is no better way to enter a new day than with a smile on our face. We must wake up and make the conscious choice to smile. If we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, we must find positive things to focus to elevate our mood. The intention to be happy, smile and laugh makes us more productive. Neuroscience has proven that laughter is truly the best medicine. If we are down, being able to see the humor and laugh a little, serves to immediately decrease stress and increase motivation.Related: 15 Ways to Find Something to Smile About Every Day2. Hardy To be successful, happy and productive, we must be resilient. We are bound to face hardships, but we must take full direction over the attitude we use to get through those hardships.A hardship is simply an obstacle or a challenge. It is our job to rise to that challenge and show ourselves and the world exactly who we are and what we’re made of. We must take the viewpoint that hardships are designed to make us hardy. We must use them to build upon our strengths, expand our skills and deepen our knowledge. The more resilient we are, the more successful we have the potential to become.Related: 11 Signs You Have the Grit Needed to Succeed3. Take actionSuccess and happiness aren’t what we have, they are what we do; therefore, we are the most productive when we’re backing our beliefs with action. Because happiness is largely a byproduct of achieving, we must train ourselves to think in benefit of things we desire to feel and experience. If we focus on being happy, if we intend for it, we will make it happen. When we direct our thoughts towards our success, and we work hard to create what we want, our success and happiness are nearly guaranteed. Intention plus action, equals increased productivity.Related: Stop Planning and Take Action4. OptimisticOptimism is a choice. To be happy, successful, and productive we must be mindful of the good, and force ourselves to look on the bright side. It is important to re-direct our thoughts to the successes we’ve had during the day, and get our mind off all the “issues.” This mental focus decreases stress, rejuvenates our energy levels, and keeps us feeling hopeful and inspired. When we stay focused on the bright side, we more easily find solutions to our challenges. When we focus on the things that are going great, we give ourselves the gift of receiving little rewards throughout our day; leaving us feeling greater levels of accomplishment.Related: Entrepreneurs: Your Irrational Optimism Is Necessary5. AppreciativeLife is extremely complex because we’re having to balance so many movement elements each day. To stay motivated and inspired, it is helpful to appreciate the simple, easy-to-come-by pleasures life has to offer. To stay productive, we must take time to appreciate hugs from our loved ones, a pat on the back from our bosses or peers, the compliments we get during the day, finding a great parking space in the morning, and the great cup of coffee we had upon waking up. When we are thankful for all that life has to offer, life and career are more fulfilling and easier to enjoy.Related: How to Be Grateful When Times Are Tough6. GenerousNothing will raise our spirits more quickly than being generous and kind towards others. It’s a wonderful experience to see the results of our contributions. It motivates us and makes us desire to be even more productive. We must make it a significant part of our personality to find the holes where we can help, give, or support those in our lives. When we do positive things for others, not only do we become more likable and successful, but we feel good about who we are. We get the joyful feeling of the “Helper’s High” when engaged in helping, serving, guiding or loving others.Related: The Selfish Reason You Should Be Extremely Generous7. Love what you do.When we’re totally immersed in work or projects that are challenging, invigorating, and meaningful we experience being in our “zone.” Happiness is most deeply experienced in the workplace when we are totally absorbed and caught up in what we’re doing. When we love what we do, the “work” becomes our passion, and the financial abundance the great side effect. For us to love our careers, we must see them as something we are willing to do. We are most productive when we are doing what we want to do, rather than what we’re forced to do.Related: Loving What You Do Is the Cornerstone of Wealth and Happiness8. Meaningful connectionsPeople who are more deeply connected to a select group of people tend to be happier and more productive than those who have large numbers of superficial connections. It is less stressful to maintain a smaller group of people, and more fulfilling to feel and be involved in relationships where we can share what makes us tick. Substantive conversations bring us more depth and feelings of belonging than trivial, superficial chit-chat. Bottom line, we all crave being able to express our feelings, and to have them received. The more supported we feel in our lives, the more energy and confidence we have to show up and be productive in all the ways life and career require.Related: Make Genuine Connections at Work, and Success Will Follow9. ListenWhen we listen, we open our ability to take people and knowledge in. We become smarter, more insightful, and much more productive people from listening. When we cannot, or do not have the patience to listen, we block the world with our own words and distracting thoughts. To be productive, we must be open to learn. The more knowledgeable and connected we are, the more confidence we have, and the more our self-assuredness radiates out to others. When we listen, we walk away from every conversation, training or experience feeling as if our presence served a positive purpose, which increases our sense of well-being.Related: Want to Keep Your Clients Happy? Listen Closely.10. In-person contactAlthough electronic communications are convenient with the advent of Skype, Zoom and Facetime, the happiest people have no problem making the extra effort to either drive or book a flight to see people in person when at all possible. When we see others in person, we experience a deeper sense of connection, and are more productive simply by just being in their physical presence. We get so much more out of communication when we get to experience the whole person. Obviously seeing people in person isn’t always possible, but it is much better to be physically in touch than digitally in touch with others whenever possible.Related: Email Is Great But Face-to-Face Meetings Are 34 Times More Successful11. Digital detoxTo be happy and maintain high levels of productivity, we must take time to digitally detox. We need time away from computer screens and cell phones. Talking on our cell phone can be stress-producing and blood pressure raising, while uninterrupted time looking a computer screen often leads to depression and exhaustion. Technology is not going anywhere and we can appreciate what it does to make us more successful; however, in order to avoid burnout, we need to partake in some type to digital detox each day allowing us to recharge and recover.Related: A Realistic Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps12. ExerciseExercise has been proven beyond any doubt to decrease depression, stress and anxiety. The chemicals released during exercise amplify feelings of happiness and relaxation. It is even better if we can exercise outside. Fresh air has largely proven to increase a sense of vitality. Further, there is nothing better than feeling good about how we look. Feeling good and looking good, make us want to do better. The more active we are, the better we feel about ourselves, the more energy we have to be productive. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 12 Ways Happiness Increases Productivity in the Work Environment 8 min read Happy teams are more productive. So are happy leaders. Next Article
Next Article Lydia Belanger Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Twitter 5 min read Twitter Says What You Do Offline Could Cost You Your ‘Verified’ Blue Checkmark Twitter has faced outcry over the years as a result of its murky, case-by-case criteria for suspending users’ accounts. Everything from copyright infringement to violations of the company’s Terms of Service to even a possibly rogue employee have resulted users being locked out of their accounts, and in many of these cases, the Twitter community at large has been quick to call out inconsistency or label such incidences as unfair treatment.Recently, Twitter users have expressed heightened outrage over the little blue checkmarks, or verification badges, which the platform issues to select accounts. A badge “lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” according to the Verified accounts page in Twitter’s Help Center, and many brands, media professionals and celebrities receive one to let the world know they are who they say they are.Related: Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump Account on Last DayTwitter updated its guidelines for verified accounts late last week. The page now reads: “Twitter reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice,” then lists five categories of “reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter.” The amended language, which encompasses offline activity, follows weeks of controversy over the verified status of prominent white supremacists.On Nov. 7, Twitter verified Jason Kessler, the organizer of August’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many users perceived that, by upgrading Kessler’s account in this way, Twitter was condoning Kessler’s hateful actions and beliefs.By Nov. 9, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey stated in a tweet, “We realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered,” referring to the company’s process for verifying users. He added, “And we failed by not doing anything about it.” Then, on Nov. 15, Twitter rescinded Kessler’s verification, as well of that of white supremacist Richard Spencer and far-right activists Laura Loomer and James Allsup, among others, The Washington Post reported. Prior to receiving Twitter verification, Kessler had posted, calling protestor Heather Heyer, who was killed at the Charlottesville rally Kessler had organized, a “fat, disgusting Communist,” whose death “was payback time.” The tweet has since been deleted. In addition to organizing the deadly Charlottesville rally of Nazi sympathizers, Kessler was arrested in October for allegedly sharing an anti-racist activist’s home address online.Related: How to Get Verified on TwitterTwitter has either suspended or revoked verified status from a range of other individuals in recent weeks, including President Donald Trump himself, whose account was suspended for 11 minutes by an employee on the person’s last day at Twitter.But other suspensions and un-verifications have not been “inadvertent,” as the company described Trump’s brief hiatus. Twitter suspended Trump ally Roger Stone in late October after Stone posted several tweets containing threats directed at CNN employees. In 2016, the platform permanently banned right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos after he posted tweets harassing Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones.The company also temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account on Oct. 11. McGowan had been vocal about the sexual assault allegations against Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein, saying he raped her, as well as condemning sexism and violence against women. When McGowan posted a tweet that contained someone’s personal phone number, Twitter deactivated her account, which led to backlash. McGowan deleted the tweet, and Twitter restored her account, stating, “We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories.”Related: Why Twitter’s Latest Fumble Led to #WomenBoycottTwitterAll of these are examples of users being banned or unverified for their actions on Twitter, with the exception of Kessler, whom Twitter unverified after the public spoke out and pointed out his hateful actions both on and off the platform.Twitter’s updated guidelines for verified accounts list grounds for loss of verified status, from “promoting hate and/or violence” to “inciting or engaging in harassment of others” to violence and dangerous behavior” in the form of direct and indirect threats, imagery and even self-harm Such conduct could cost someone their blue checkmark, whether it takes place via tweet or offline.The new guidelines are an attempt by the company to put forth a universal set of criteria for verified status, in order to avoid confusion, establish company values and prevent abuse on the platform. Some have called Twitter’s decisions to suspend or unverify people forms of preferential treatment toward — or censorship against — certain groups or ideas.Any company can learn from Twitter about the importance of clarifying its policies, but Twitter has a unique role as a major platform for speech. Its user base, much like society at large, has furiously debated whether violence-inciting or hate speech should be protected under the First Amendment.Twitter is not a public service, though it is a service widely used by the public. What do you think: Should Twitter users who spread violence, harassment and hate — online or offline — be denied verified status? Do you think anyone deserves the blue checkmark, as long as they are who they say they are, or is it up to Twitter, the creator of this status symbol, to decide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Related video: How to Use LinkedIn, Twitter and Snapchat in Your Next Job Search Add to Queue 98shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images November 20, 2017 Amid recent backlash over issuing verification to white supremacists, Twitter has updated its guidelines for verified accounts. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5