10 months agoKlopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his players after they were beaten by Wolves in last night’s FA Cup third round tie.Klopp made nine changes from the team which were beaten at Manchester City on Thursday.The German stated, “All these things that came out are really my responsibility, so it’s about rhythm. Of course, you know they have rhythm. Div (Origi), can he have rhythm? No, not really. Daniel (Sturridge), maybe a bit more. Alberto (Moreno), no, no rhythm. “That of course doesn’t help footballers against a [tough] opponent. We played Wolves here two or three weeks ago and they are really strong. We won, yes, but we knew it was really tough here. Now we played today, they didn’t change a lot – if they changed something – so that’s not easy.”Do I expect? I always expect a lot more from the players. Do I think they could have delivered [more] today? I am not 100 per cent sure. It’s not my job to say now, ‘that was not good enough, that was not good enough’ because I know they can do much better. I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to and to say, ‘come on, let’s have a look at how that works’ because it was clear Wolves would not change a lot. “The problem is, we played a similar line-up and had three tough games in the last couple of weeks, so it was clear we had to change. That’s it, that’s all.” read more

Photo: 3-Star Miami WR Commit Isaiah Johnson Visits Florida, Says He “Felt At Home”

first_imgIsaiah Johnson in locker room at Florida.Cover your eyes, Miami fans. It appears the Hurricanes’ football team could be on the verge of losing a recruit. Isaiah Johnson, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has been committed to Miami since mid-February. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect recently received a scholarship offer from Florida, though, and he seems to like the Gators very much. The Palm Beach Gardens native visited Florida’s Gainesville campus today. He says he “felt at home.” Felt at home today  pic.twitter.com/kZt1Eob9MK— Bigplayzay2⃣1⃣ (@ZayLive21) March 14, 2015That’s, obviously, not a great look for Miami. Johnson is rated the No. 164 wide receiver in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

Clarksons China Sees Record Iron Ore Imports

first_imgzoom At the start of 2016 the outlook for Chinese iron ore import growth appeared challenging, however, the imports went on to significantly outperform expectations during the year and break the 1 billion tonne mark along the way, according to Clarkson Research.Chinese iron ore import growth performed at a level far higher than many had expected last year. In early 2016, expectations were shaped by both a 2% drop in the country’s steel output and a five year low in Chinese iron ore import growth in 2015, as well as plans for continued cuts to steel capacity.However, Chinese seaborne iron ore imports increased by 7% to a record 1,008 mt, largely stimulated by three key factors.The first key driver of record Chinese iron ore imports in 2016 was a stabilisation in the country’s steel output, following a 2% drop to 804 mt in 2015. The country’s steel output continued to decline in the first half of 2016, given limited domestic demand. While Chinese steel mills increased steel products shipments to foreign markets by 9% y-o-y in the first half of 2016, the 57 mt shipped in the period was insufficient to support overall Chinese steel output growth.Chinese steel products exports also dropped 14% y-o-y to 51 mt in the second half of 2016, following the introduction of tariffs by several importers, but also due to firming Chinese steel demand.A further driver of Chinese iron ore import growth in 2016 was the drop in the country’s domestic iron ore output. Financial pressure on Chinese miners from depressed iron ore prices throughout much of the year contributed to a 6% y-o-y decline in the country’s domestic iron ore output, to a six year low of 1.3 bn tonnes in full year 2016, Clarksons cited NBS data.Finally, Chinese iron ore stockpiling increased sharply in 2016, partly reflecting improved expectations for steel output at Chinese mills as the year progressed. By the start of January 2017, iron ore inventories at 41 Chinese ports reached 114 mt, up 19% from the start of 2016 and the highest level in over two years.“While the sustainability of this stronger growth may be questioned, in 2016 at least, China performed above expectations and overall was the bright spot for seaborne dry bulk trade once again,” Clarkson Research said.last_img read more

UKs May to meet EU chief Juncker as Brexit deadline looms

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is flying to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a bid to finalize a Brexit agreement between the U.K. and the European Union.The two sides agreed last week on a document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure, but are still working to nail down agreement on future relations.EU leaders are due to meet Sunday to rubber-stamp the deal, but sticking points remain. Spain has said it will vote against if Gibraltar’s future isn’t considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.May is under intense pressure from pro-Brexit and pro-EU British lawmakers opposing the divorce deal.Before leaving for Brussels, she will face opponents of the agreement Wednesday during the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in the House of Commons.The Associated Presslast_img read more

EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

first_imgBRUSSELS — The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country’s budget plans, which the EU’s executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules.European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the “agreement is not ideal” but allows the Commission to avoid legal action against Italy — “provided that the measures are fully implemented.”The threat of action is not rare in EU terms but it came amid growing tension between the Commission and Italy’s populist government, which had vowed to resist any pressure from Brussels.Dombrovskis said “the Italian government has come a long way” from the heated rhetoric of a few weeks ago.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Delhi has one of the best bowling attacks in IPL: Ishant

first_imgNew Delhi: India speedster Ishant Sharma believes his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals has one of the best bowling attacks for the upcoming edition of the event. The Delhi Capitals boast of a perfect combination of fast and spin bowlers with the likes of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada in their side, according to Ishant. “Our team has picked up some great bowling options in the squad and with the likes of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada also in the team. I think we have one of the best bowling line-ups this time. We have some very good all-rounders along with great spinners, which shall help us in restricting teams from scoring freely,” Ishant said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTalking about his goals, the Indian pacer said he is eager to take more wickets in the IPL, starting March 23. “I feel there is a huge ambition for me this season. I am very focused on taking more wickets throughout the tournament instead of just bowling well. “Of course, taking wickets depends on how well you bowl, but the most important thing is that you use your good performance by helping the team in taking important wickets,” said the 30-year-old. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIshant, who has taken 58 wickets with an economy of 8.2 in his IPL career, believes that his team has a great blend of pacers and spinners in the squad. Speaking on his return to Delhi, Ishant said he is extremely happy to represent his home city in the IPL. “I have played for different teams in the IPL but it makes me immensely happy to be able to represent Delhi Capitals this season. Being a Delhi boy, it is a great chance for me to represent my home side and my most important target is to make the Capitals win the coveted title,” said the lanky bowler.last_img read more

Real Solutions Real Results

first_img Categories: Blog Features,Featured news,News 29Sep Real Solutions; Real Results Tags: #SB center_img House Republicans this fall continued to make progress on their Action Plan for the 2015-16 legislative session.At the beginning of session, GOP lawmakers created an online list of policy proposals to help make state government more efficient, effective and accountable.The 2015-16 House Republican Action Plan includes a record 78 specific goals to move Michigan forward using real solutions for real results. As of today, 99 percent of the items are moving forward. We have introduced 95 percent of those items in the House, with 76 percent approved by our chamber.Along with our Action Plan items, the House approved a bipartisan plan to make state government even more transparent and accountable to the people. The plan allows Michigan residents to request and receive important documents from the governor’s office and state lawmakers. Both the executive office and state Legislature are currently exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. The reform plan allows residents to obtain these hidden records and correspondences.Increasing public access to our executive and legislative branches has been a priority for lawmakers like Reps. John Bizon of Battle Creek, Jason Sheppard of Temperance and Tom Barrett of Potterville.Everyone is invited to review other strides we’ve made for the people of Michigan by reading our updated Action Plan status report here, or the entire 2015-16 Action Plan here.last_img read more

UK pay TV operator BSkyB will launch its addressab

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB will launch its addressable advertising service AdSmart next summer, offering advertisers around 90 different attributes to target viewers.Sky AdSmart will launch in seven million homes on Sky’s wholly owned channels, offering various segmentation options, including age, region, financial outlook and affluence. Speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London yesterday, Jamie West, director of AdSmart and commercial development, Sky Media, said AdSmart, which is based on NDS Dynamic technology, would essentially turn nine million Sky Plus DVRs into individual servers. “With AdSmart, we will have millions of ad servers. At launch next summer we will have in excess of seven million households enabled across nine million boxes,” he said.Sky has created a viewing panel of more than 500,000 Sky TV homes across the UK, which provides information about 30 million ‘viewing events’ each day by dialling back viewing info through a connected phone line. This information can be used to provide insight into viewer behaviour and preferences.Sky has already begun in-house testing of AdSmart and is rolling the service out to some Sky employee homes. From next summer, the operator will begin end-to-end testing involving agencies and advertisers. West said from summer 2014 it will offer “true flexible” targeting.“Our vision is to extend the targeting across all platforms that Sky is on,” he added. “In terms of taking it onto other platforms, it is unlikely we will do that in the UK but we do envisage a world where AdSmart will be available to the commercial partners we work with today, such as ITV.”last_img read more

In This Issue Good Italian auction pushes euro h

first_imgIn This Issue.*Good Italian auction pushes euro higher. *MAS leaves band for Sing dollar unchanged. *Japan cuts their economic assessment. *NZ PM John Key, with a classic quote.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Risk Sentiment Returns.Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! I’m a bit bummed out this morning, as my beloved Cardinals thought the series was over and packed away their bats prematurely, only to find out they needed them! UGH! Oh well, it’s a Friday! Shake it off Chuck! Let’s see what’s happening this morning in the markets, eh?Well, the mini-rally that the euro was putting on yesterday morning, on the news that Italy had put in a successful bond auction, continued throughout the day yesterday and through the overnight sessions. Pretty strong rally, as the euro pushes the envelope to 1.30 again. That 1.30 level has been quite a line of resistance for the euro, but to me, if the euro remains around this level, it shows me that things certainly are quieting down in the Eurozone, and soon the focus will shift to the U.S.Yesterday we saw the tale of two countries’ Trade Balances. The U.S. Trade Deficit widened to $44.2 Billion in August from a revised $42.5 Billion Deficit in July.  The U.S. Trade Deficit was pushed higher because of a collapse in exports. (remember what I warned the markets about a couple of months ago, when they were whopping it up about the Trade Deficit narrowing, and running the dollar up in price? I said, be careful what you do here, as a stronger dollar will hurt exports)  Well. that’s the not the only thing hurting exports these days.  The global slowdown is dragging down everybody.Everybody that is except Canada! Canada’s Trade Deficit narrowed to $1.3 Billion in August. This was a very sharp narrowing, as July’s Trade Deficit was $2.5 Billion. The experts had forecast a narrowing to $1.9 Billion.  Here in Canada, it was a sharp decline in imports that brought the Trade Deficit down to $1.3 Billion. Which sounds like chump change compared to the U.S. Trade Deficit, eh?  ( don’t worry, I get it, the size of Canada’s economy VS the U.S.)  The Canadian dollar / loonie pushed higher by about ¼-cent on this news. But in reality, the loonie has been stuck in the mud, ranging from $1.02 to $1.03.  But, think about this for a minute, folks. If you use the loonie in your mix to diversify out of the U.S. dollar, it’s not bouncing all around like a Mexican jumping bean, and with little volatility, it makes things go smoother, eh?Today, the U.S. data cupboard has some stupid PPI (wholesale manufacturing index), the U. of Michigan Consumer Confidence for the first two weeks of Oct, and the Monthly Budget Deficit statement is due to print. The Monthly Budget Deficit data will be from September, the last month of the U.S.’s fiscal year, and is expected to be around $75 Billion. if that’s where it comes in. the Budget Deficit for the fiscal year 2012 will be around $1.240 Trillion.   And, for those of you new to class, that gets added to our National Debt. I shake my head in disgust, for this expanding Debt was what I warning people about over 10 years ago. Back then, we were booking $550 Billion Budget Deficits, and back then that made me stop and yell and the walls! Imagine what $1+ Trillion Budget Deficits do to me!Ok. onto other things before I get my blood pressure sky rocketing!  Well. we received word from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) that they would not be changing the slope and width of the Singapore dollar’s (S$) band.  That’s good news, as there had been some rumors going around that the MAS would opt to narrow the band.  Now, for those of you new to class, what the MAS does is first and foremost, use the strength of the S$ to fight their inflation fights. A novel concept, and one I wish most countries would use, instead of an arbitrary interest rate.  But to further the discussion of what the MAS does, is they set a band for the S$ to trade in, and it can float within that band. So, the S$ is somewhat “managed”. But, the MAS has been widening the band for a couple of years now, and that has led to some very nice gains in the S$…  So, having the MAS leave the band unchanged in today’s environment, where most countries are debasing their currencies is a very good thing.While I’m in Asia. The Chinese renminbi / yuan has really been putting on the Ritz again, with 10 consecutive weeks of gains, albeit small ones, but gains nonetheless!  Last night, the renminbi was allowed to reach a 19-year high. Investors are pushing the envelope here for larger gains on thoughts that the Chinese Gov’t will announce more stimulus for the economy. The Chinese Communist Party will hold a congress starting Nov. 8, and most observers believe that after the congress the stimulus will be announced.  China did get some good data news overnight when they printed a 5.5% gain in overseas sales in September, VS the 2.7% increase in August.Remember, the Chinese official who claimed the 2nd QTR would be the bottom for the Chinese? I get a sneaky feeling that he will proved to have been correct.  But I don’t really expect the Chinese Gov’t to let loose of the reins on the renminbi/ yuan. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Gov. Yi, said that “CNY (the currency) was close to its equilibrium based on market supply and demand.”  Hmmm. sounds like they were sending that message to the U.S. lawmakers that continue to yap at the heels of the Chinese about allowing the renminbi to gain a larger margin VS the dollar.In Australia, the Aussie dollar (A$) looks to be trapped in a tight range above $1.02.   the earlier gains the A$ made on the rise in iron ore prices seems to have faded, as if the markets are saying “what have you done for me lately?”  The risk sentiment has improved a bit, and some that comes from the Weekly Jobless Claims report from the U.S. that showed a large drop  of 30,000 to 339,000 last week.  With the risk sentiment improving a bit, that gives the A$ an underpinning.  But just when you think it’s ok to get back into the water, along comes Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Gov. Stevens, who reminded the markets, out of the blue mind you, that he still has ways to slow the economy.  What a dolt!  Why would you do or say something like that?  Central Bank Governors are strange birds, folks.  There have only been a few since I’ve followed this stuff that made providing price stability, their main job, and they did it well!  Don Brash, is at the top of the list. Wim Duisenberg. Hans Tietmeyer.  and some others that are slipping my mind right now. those were Central Bankers.Australia’s kissin’ Cousin across the Tasman, New Zealand, has had their fill of a Central Banker, Bollard (now retired), that didn’t fill the bill as far as I’m concerned. And now they have a wacky party leader that called for the RBA to print more money in a bid to devalue the New Zealand dollar.  What a whack-job!  Good thing the N.Z. Prime Minister put it all in perspective. and something our leaders should listen to.  This statement by PM Key, is classic, so it gets a paragraph to itself!  Mr. Key said in response to the call to print more money.“If printing money made you rich, Zimbabwe would be the richest county on the planet, and it’s not.” – NZ PM John Key.  classic, just classic!And in the land of Quantitative Easing and stimulus packages, sorry, I’m not talking about the U.S. but I very easily could be! Japan, cut their economic assessment last night, and Japan’s Economy Minister, Maehara, said he has a “sense of crisis”.  Really? Where was this “sense of crisis” back in the 90’s? or the 2000’s?  of course, Maehara only sees the strong yen as the problem. I have to say that, they are correct in their assessment that the yen is too strong, but as I outlined earlier this week or late last week, the Japanese are out of arrows.   A massive Coordinated Intervention to sell the yen is all they have left.  And right now, they are the kid in the playground without any friends.Then There Was This. The winners of the “Forecaster of the Month Award” from MarketWatch, Toronto-based Capital Economics had this to say in MarketWatch about the U.S. Economy. “The U.S. economy is missing that vital spark that could lead to a virtuous cycle of faster growth and more jobs. Capital Economics are forecasting another year of the same, weak economy, with 2% growth and 8% unemployment through 2013. They don’t see much movement in stock prices or interest rates, or inflation rates between now and the end of next year.  And that’s IF nothing horrible happens in Europe, and IF Congress doesn’t drive the economy off the fiscal cliff.”Chuck again. Good insight from some economists that don’t have the Sword of Damocles held over them like the economists do here in the U.S.  Say something like that here, and you’ll get blasted in the NY Times.  and just goes to show you how “underground” the Pfennig is!  I’ll tell you that I think that one of the major things holding back the economy is the debt. it’s that simple. debt burdens, worries, and confusion, keep the lid on the economy. The other thing I see is the unemployment problem, but even more is the feeling by people that do have jobs, and income streams that spending right now is the right thing to do. The savings rate in the U.S. is rising, and debt levels of consumers are falling. When this gets more in line then the economy could make a comeback. But that could take years. UGH!To recap. The successful Italian bond auction carried a lot of weight yesterday and throughout the overnight sessions, as the euro pushes toward 1.30 again. U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims fell 30,000 last week, giving risk sentiment a little boost. The Singapore Monetary Authority is leaving the band width and slope for the Singapore dollar unchanged, which Chuck sees as a good thing given the propensity for Central Banks to debase their currencies these days. And N.Z. Prime Minister, John Key, gives us a classic quote on money printing!Currencies today 10/12/12. American Style: A$ $1.0260, kiwi .8205, C$ $.10235, euro 1.2975, sterling 1.6065, Swiss $1.0730, . European Style: rand 8.6075, krone 5.7025, SEK 6.5950, forint 216.80, zloty 3.1590, koruna 19.2555, RUB 30.98, yen 78.40, sing 1.2205, HKD 7.7520, INR 52.81, China 6.2653, pesos 12.86, BRL 2.0410, Dollar Index 79.57, Oil $91.91, 10-year 1.69%, Silver $33.90, and Gold. $1,768.60   and with it being Friday, let’s take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock by clicking here.That’s it for today. Another 1-game playoff tonight for the Cardinals. I don’t know how many of these I can take before I have a nervous breakdown! I feel like the song, Here it comes, here it comes, here comes your 19th nervous breakdown!  I went the whole Pfennig today without talking about Gold & Silver! WOW! Well, our Mike Meyer, gets married tomorrow. he’s going to the chapel, and he’s gonna get married. Should be a nice day, and good time. and our poor Missouri Tigers play the Big Bad Alabama football team tomorrow. kickoff is at the same time, Mike will be saying “I do”, so. I will not have to watch my Tigers get taken to the woodshed. but will be checking the score on my phone. that is when Kathy isn’t looking! HA!  I hope this turns out to be a Fantastico Friday. thanks for reading the Pfennig.Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

8 Strategies to Avoid Wasting Your Companys GenZ Talent

first_img John Rampton 8 Strategies to Avoid Wasting Your Company’s Gen-Z Talent 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. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: Caiaimage | Agnieszka Olek | Getty Images –shares 7 min read Generation Z Over the past several years, society has been fixated on millennials. And for good reason: They’re the largest age demographic that has disrupted nearly every industry they’ve touched.But millennials are old news. It’s time we start paying attention to Generation Z.Gen-Z is the country’s youngest age demographic, consisting of people born in 1995 or later. They’re poised to become the largest age demographic, and they’re beginning to enter college and the workforce. Generation Z, despite not digging having a title, is extremely diverse and independent. They’ve also been dubbed “millennials on steroids.” That’s because they have similar opinions and beliefs as millennials — just more of them.If you’re a business owner who just got the hang of reaching and retaining millennials, how can you make sure you don’t waste the talent of the youngest generation? Start by implementing these eight strategies.1. Don’t give them busy work.Generation Z members are willing to put in hard work; they don’t mind putting in long days or working off-hours. But there’s a catch: It has to be meaningful work. If you don’t want to waste their time, offer flexible schedules and let them do hands-on work. And considering that 75 percent are interested in multiple roles within one place of employment, allow your Gen-Z talent to wear multiple hats.Related: How to Use Authenticity to Capture the Attention of Generation Z2. Give them freedom and competition.Millennials are big fans of collaboration, which explains why platforms like Slack have become so dominant. An overwhelming majority of 88 percent prefer a collaborative work environment.But that’s not the case with Gen Zers. Research conducted by Gen Z Gurus David Stillman and Jonah, his 17-year-old son, shows that Gen Z is more independent than previous generations. Jonah explains that the generation’s biggest difference is its self-sufficient and competitive approach, which will throw off workplaces that have recently accommodated millennials’ preferred collaborative style.One big point of contention? Open offices, which millennials love and Gen Zers loathe. The Stillmans found that 35 percent of Generation Z “would rather share socks than an office space.”In other words, provide private offices and offer more autonomy. Additionally, you may want to encourage healthy competition by using gamification, rewarding your best performers, setting stretch goals, giving honest performance feedback and finding opportunities for play.Related: Generation Z: Are We Ready for the New Workforce?3. Be a mentor.Even though members of Generation Z enjoy their independence, they don’t have the know-it-all attitude millennials have occasionally been accused of. That means if you offer them opportunities to grow, they’ll leap at them. The opportunity to learn from experienced people they respect is one of the most important qualities Gen Z looks for in the type of work they engage in.Related: What Steps Can You Take to Make Your Brand More ‘Gen Z’ Friendly?4. Make jobs less gig-, more career-focused.Between the rise of the gig economy and the fact that employees are only averaging three years per job, some make the assumption that careers aren’t important for Gen Zers. That actually couldn’t be further from the truth.Instead of focusing on short-term stints, transform roles into opportunities that could be considered careers. The best way to achieve that is to offer ongoing training and advancement opportunities. For this to be effective, use a blend of live and virtual programs. This is because a majority of Gen Zers prefer in-person communications with managers. At the same time, Gen Zers are true digital natives, spending an average of 3.5 hours daily on their smartphones.Related: 5 Ways to Catapult Your Company’s Success With Gen Z5. Provide new opportunities to lead.Unlike traditionalists, this generation isn’t motivated by titles or climbing the corporate ladder. That doesn’t mean they’ll reject leadership — they would just rather have a stake in a company’s growth or success, regardless of what that looks like.One way to achieve this is by allowing your Gen-Z employees to have complete ownership of a project they can implement from start to finish. Give them clear expectations and guidelines from the get-go, and watch them take initiative.Related: 3 Ways You Can Connect With Gen Z Through Their Teachers6. Create a culture of entrepreneurship.Gen Zers have an entrepreneurial spirit — 76 percent consider themselves highly entrepreneurial, with almost half being interested in starting their own company. You encourage them to stick around by creating a culture of entrepreneurship.If you’ve already established a company that empowers and encourages freedom and ownership among employees, as we discussed, that means your team should also be set up to share and reward great ideas, ask for feedback and allow employees to fail (with support).You could also allow employees to work on personal projects. Google, Apple, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all implemented some form of this. The result for Google was Gmail and AdSense. This not only allows your Gen-Z talent to follow their passions, but it could also boost your company’s bottom line.Related: Why ‘Gen Z’ May Be More Entrepreneurial Than ‘Gen Y’7. Give them frequent, speedy feedback.Forget the annual or even quarterly performance reviews. Gen Zers demand frequent performance conversations with their business leaders. They’ve grown up with constant and frequent communication, thanks to texts, emails and social media notifications.A Future Workplace report found that Gen Z now gets performance reviews daily (19 percent), weekly (24 percent) or regularly (23 percent) rather than annually (3 percent). This conditioning is good for you both — it allows you to motivate or correct employee behavior, create a long-term plan to keep your best employees and prevent frustration with open communication.Related: Here’s the Work Help Gen Z Really Needs From Its Parents8. Be socially responsible.Like their older brothers and sisters, this generation wants to make a difference. It also prefers to work for employers who are socially responsible. What’s more, 77 percent of Gen Zs are extremely or very interested in volunteering to gain work experience.This is a win-win for business owners. Instead of waiting until college to recruit this generation’s members, you can get them involved by interning with your socially responsible company. They have a chance to make a positive impact, while you get to scout the most motivated and talented individuals before anyone else.Even if there aren’t interning opportunities for high school students at your company, have your current Gen Zers give back to the community. This could be having them start, manage or run a social responsibility program for your company.Generation Z is on the verge of making a splash as big as the millennials’, but you have to make sure you don’t squander your opportunity to make the most of their talent. By understanding what motivates Gen Zers and taking their perspective into account, you can make a case for the most talented to join your team. Entrepreneur and Connector VIP Contributor Add to Queue Next Article May 25, 2018 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand The youngest workers entering the workforce aren’t like their older siblings. Good luck keeping everybody happy. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

LinkedIns IPO Could Spark a Social Gold Rush

first_imgTechnology 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. –shares Add to Queue Mikal E. Belicove Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The much-anticipated linkup of LinkedIn on the New York Stock Exchange took place this morning, with the business-focused social network making its debut under the LNKD symbol. Based in Mountain View, Calif., LinkedIn operates the largest online professional networking service on the planet with more than 100 million members in more than 200 countries and territories.LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) priced its initial public offering of 7.8 million shares at $45 a share, which gives the company a valuation of approximately $4 billion, or nearly 17 times its net revenues of $243 million for 2010. As of press time, the company’s now publicly-traded stock surged to an astounding $88.17 per share. It had traded as high as $92.99. Not bad for a business that got its start nine years ago in co-founder Reid Hoffman’s living room. Guest Writer In case you’re wondering how exactly LinkedIn makes money: The company draws most of its income from selling recruiting and marketing services to businesses as well as premium services that are paid for by subscribers.Nearly 2 billion people searched its platform last year when the company had roughly 500 employees around the globe, according to LinkedIn. At the beginning of 2011, the employee base doubled to 1,000 employees. And, as of January of this year, the company counts executives from all Fortune 500 companies as subscribers, and it claims its hiring solutions were used by 73 of the Fortune 100 companies as of March of this year.Without a doubt, LinkedIn’s status as the newest NYSE member is being watched very closely by other high-profile social media-related companies who are themselves rumored to be contemplating a dive into IPO waters, including Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter.In its 142-page registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, LinkedIn lists some of the advantages of investing with the company, saying the company’s offerings already transforms the way people work by connecting talent with opportunity on a giant scale. It claims its mission is to increase viral member growth beyond the existing 100 million members and serve as the professional profile of record online.As for potential risks of the enterprise, LinkedIn’s statement admits that the company has a “short operating history in a new and unproven market,” and if security is compromised, members and customers may opt out of the service. In addition, the company said it doesn’t expect to be profitable any time soon. And it fully expects to face increasing competition from online professional networks in the future.LinkedIn also said it expects that its 7.8 million-share offering will generate roughly $146 million, which would be used for general corporate purposes such as working capital, sales and marketing activities. The company said it also might use a portion of the net proceeds to invest in or acquire technologies, solutions or businesses that can complement the goal of boosting its online professional network enterprise.Would you snap up shares in LinkedIn? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below. May 19, 2011 LinkedIn’s IPO Could Spark a Social Gold Rushlast_img read more

Researchers design modeling system to infer relationships between genes drugs and their

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018A team of researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Washington has designed a modeling system that integrates genomic and temporal information to infer causal relationships between genes, drugs, and their environment, allowing for a more accurate prediction of their interactions over time. The work is described in a paper published today in Nature Communications.”Understanding how a person’s environment, diet, medications, and other factors impact disease-associated traits over time has the potential to more accurately model an individual’s risk of disease,” says Eric Schadt, PhD, Dean for Precision Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; CEO of Sema4, a Mount Sinai venture; and a co-author of the paper. “This will be the future of precision health or personalized medicine.”Given the complexity of biological systems, scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine believed that it would only be possible to increase the accuracy of prediction tools by examining gene expression and other data in response to various perturbations at multiple points over time. The tools they created measure both static and dynamic changes in order to identify the web of causal relationships among molecular elements that make up regulatory networks.”Predicting the behavior of biological systems is tremendously difficult because they are so dynamic, adapting as conditions demand. It is only by mining as much data as possible that we can generate more reliable results about how anyone’s health might change as a result of exposure to certain environmental or other elements,” said Jun Zhu, PhD, Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, Head of Data Sciences at Sema4, and senior author of the publication. “Our new tools offer a fundamental step forward by analyzing genomic data over time. This type of approach will be particularly useful for medical research on aging and ultimately could enhance our ability to predict disease risk, making earlier interventions possible to treat or prevent disease altogether. “Related StoriesNew gene-editing protocol allows perfect mutation-effect matchingResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in wormsRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationThe scientists evaluated their tools by analyzing a genetically heterogenous population of yeast cells treated with rapamycin, a potential anti-aging drug, profiling the population at multiple time points. The results demonstrated that the new approach identified a significant amount of associations between DNA variation and gene expression variation, especially for aging-related genes, reflecting the changing impact of genetic variations over time. Further, this approach proved more reliable in identifying causal regulators of gene-drug interactions, compared to conventional methods using only a single time point.”This paper demonstrates the improvements in inferring genetic causes of disease enabled by higher-resolution molecular profiling. As scientists become increasingly able to incorporate information such as temporal, single-cell, and microenvironment profiling into studies, algorithms such as the one described in Dr. Lin’s paper will be poised to leverage such data to infer increasingly accurate models of the molecular drivers of disease which can be used to design improved novel therapies.” said Adam Margolin, PhD, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Senior Associate Dean for Precision Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine.Source: https://www.mountsinai.org/about/newsroom/2018/mount-sinai-researchers-build-modeling-systems-identifying-gene-drug-and-environment-interactionslast_img read more

Solitary drinking can be influenced by social discomfort especially among underage females

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Although drinking alone does not necessarily mean that someone has a drinking problem, solitary drinking by youth is alarming for several reasons: it may lead to heavier drinking, numerous psychosocial problems, and long-term alcohol problems. Findings from two large samples of underage drinkers show that solitary drinking can be influenced by social discomfort, especially among underage female drinkers. These results and others will be shared at the 42ndannual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Minneapolis, June 22-26, 2019. Solitary drinking among youth appears to be an early warning sign for the escalation of drinking and a risk factor for the development of an alcohol use disorder. Research suggests that youth engage in solitary drinking primarily to self-medicate to avoid or escape negative emotion. Solitary drinkers use drinking as a coping mechanism more than their peers who only drink socially. Moreover, studies show that experiencing negative affect – emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, and depression – as well as social conflict and loneliness at earlier time-points predict later solitary drinking.”Carillon Skrzynski, doctoral candidate in psychology at Carnegie Mellon University Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol usePeople use executive control processes to ignore cues that signal something rewardingSkrzynski will discuss these findings at the RSA meeting on Sunday, June 23.”We examined two large samples, 1,174 underage drinkers. We showed that negative motives – such as drinking to cope – drives solitary drinking, and that this relationship is moderated by social discomfort, especially for underage female drinkers,” said Skrzynski. ‘Social discomfort’ consists of experiences such as loneliness, social anxiety, and a lack of perceived social support.”We are hopeful that our data will inform the creation of more effective intervention and prevention programs for risky drinking practices, such as solitary drinking,” said Skrzynski. “By knowing why individuals engage in solitary drinking, and who may be most vulnerable to this drinking pattern, we can better target individuals most in need of help and provide effective treatment.” Source:Research Society on Alcoholismlast_img read more

Apple vs Netflix Why turf wars are flaring in big tech

first_imgIn this Sunday, March 24, 2019 photo people walk on a pedestrian walkway, in Boston’s Seaport district. Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Apple is taking on Netflix. Facebook is edging into Amazon’s sphere with its e-commerce plans. Google, which has already challenged Amazon and Microsoft in cloud computing, is launching an online game service that could undercut the lucrative game-console business at Microsoft and Sony.Apple, which is also launching a gaming service and introducing its own credit card , may be veering the most outside its comfort zone, technology industry analyst Rob Enderle said.”This is an awful lot of breadth really quickly for a company that hasn’t been known for being great at breadth,” Enderle said. “This is much more diversity than Apple’s ever had.”Before, when the company’s product suite grew too varied, “what Steve Jobs did with Apple was, he made the company focus,” Enderle said.These are different times, however, and Apple may have decided that it doesn’t have much choice amid declining sales of its premier product, the iPhone.”They have kind of bled the device market dry,” said Sally Edgar, of UK-based technology consultancy Waterstons. “Companies will increasingly be about subscription services. I think they have to do it to survive.” Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. Citation: Apple vs. Netflix: Why turf wars are flaring in big tech (2019, March 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-apple-foray-video-limits-tech.html Explore furthercenter_img Tech companies, of course, have explored new markets and fought turf battles over them for years.Facebook and Google have long scrapped over digital ads. Google and Amazon are battling it out over voice assistants in the home. Google and Microsoft have competing search engines. And Apple and Google have waged an epic smartphone battle for roughly a decade.But longtime tech industry analyst Tim Bajarin sees new urgency in the latest push into streaming services and other businesses that bring in continuous flows of money—not just when consumers make big investments in new phones or other hardware.”It’s just becoming clearer today that the only way a company is going to grow is by adding a recurring revenue model,” Bajarin said. “Apple is becoming an aggregator of content. They now have multiple services that will help them grow their bottom line.”Enderle said Apple is still in the “honeymoon phase” after a Monday announcement at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. Apple brought out new A-list entertainment partners such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg and video game partners such as the creators of “SimCity” and the “Final Fantasy” series. What happens next may be harder for the company to manage.”It always looks great on the front end and then you have to execute,” he said. Apple highlights privacy in new services in jab at rivals In this June 13, 2016 file photo, the Apple logo is shown on a screen at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco. Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more