A Little More Summer Reading

first_imgWritten by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D.  West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving Concentration Team MemberWhat do astrophysics, environmental science, and healthcare delivery have in common?  Through some summer reading, I have found a unifying thread – systems and change.  During the time between academic semesters, I try to find some time to read books and articles that busier times will not allow.  Sometimes a general theme or topic guides my reading journey. For example, last year I concentrated on healthcare in general and Medicaid in specific, and shared some thoughts in one of our MFLN caregiving blogs.  At other times, I read broadly to see what themes emerge.  For me, this has been the summer of systems and change.For those who interact with healthcare delivery, either as providers, caregivers, professionals, or patients, it is common knowledge that it is system that is at once complex and dynamic.  Our work with the MFLN Caregiving team often seeks to reveal and share changes in this system.  For example, we recently hosted a webinar on recent changes in TRICARE benefits relating to mental health care.  It is important to share perspective on changes and why they occur in the healthcare system.  A deeper understanding comes from understanding how various environmental, socio-economic, and technological factors influence the nature of systems and contribute to changes.  I emphasize this with my students and encourage them to take a systems based approach to the study of healthcare by recognizing now only the organizations, providers, policies, and regulations involved in the process, but to appreciate underlying factors that affect population health and may influence the need for, and development of, new medical technologies and healthcare practices.  If you are interested in learning more about this in depth, I recommend Managing Health Services Organizations and Systems by Beaufort Longest Jr. and Kurt Darr.  It is a long textbook, but essential reading for those who work with the healthcare system.A more immediate and certainly gripping example of how these factors come into play to influence healthcare system can be found in an article published in this month’s Atlantic Magazine which raises concerns about our preparedness for pandemics. Written by Ed Yong, the article describes how pandemics might severely stress and overwhelm our health care system.  Just as importantly, he shows how ecological and technological changes are disrupting existing environmental systems that can lead to the rapid migration of disease from species to species and from place to place.And it is this idea of disruption that ties things to astrophysics, environmental science and a great American novel.  In his book, Losing the Nobel Prize, astrophysicist Brian Keating, provides a very accessible review of different theories on how the universe was created.  The big bang theory instantly comes to mind.  What is at the heart of the discussion is accounting for events or effects that disrupt existing arrangements and create new and ever changing systems – like our universe.   This notion of system instability and transience is also crucial to our understanding our how we live on earth and our interactions with ecosystems.  Concepts like sustainability and resilience are hot topics now as debates emerge over climate change, population growth, and scarce resources.  In their book, Resilience Thinking, Brian Walker and David Salt remind us that, “The systems we live in and depend on are usually configured and reconfigured by extreme events, not average conditions” (page 6).What is important then for us to remember that when thinking about systems, be they cosmological, environmental or healthcare related, is that they are always in flux and not in a steady state.  As both astrophysicists and environmental scientists tell us is that systems have the capacity to remain somewhat stable but that factors may contribute to a threshold moment where systems fundamentally change.  If change is great enough, we will not return to things as they were and our surroundings too will be transformed.  In less than a blink of an eye the cosmos might change or an epidemic may be upon us.  Over a long frame of time, we may realize that fisheries have been depleted or that a forest has changed.  It is human nature to find pattern and organization in the world around us, this is important to help us guide and understand, but what my broad summer reading is reminding me is that we should not assume that things will not always be as they are.last_img read more

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Probe Over Sinclair-Tribune Deal

first_imgAjit Pai, the Indian American chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is reportedly under investigation by the regulator’s inspector general for changing rules for the broadcast TV ownership, which made it possible for the Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire the Tribune Media group.The company was valued at $3.9 billion, plus Sinclair would assume $2.7 billion in debt held by Tribune. Pai, who has been criticized for his free market policies and who gained the ire of the nation for rescinding net neutrality, is said to have changed the rules regarding the maximum amount of ownership of local TV markets that one single entity could possess.Committees in the House and Senate have called for an investigation over Pai’s reported contact with Sinclair executives.“For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the FCC, said in the statement to the New York Times. “I am grateful to the FCC’s inspector general that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”The investigation was launched at the end of 2017, and had been previously undisclosed, the NYT reported Pallone as saying. They are investigating if the rules were rescinded in time to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting.Public interest groups and Democratic lawmakers oppose the Sinclair-Tribune deal since it would reduce the number of divergent voices in media. The Sinclair group requires use of pre-recorded “must run” news segments that local TV stations have to play and have a strong partisan tone. The pro-Republican group reportedly also made a deal with the Trump campaign to promote him.Pallone also wants the inspector general to check if there was “inappropriate coordination” over the Sinclair deal and whether they violated transparency rules by using private email and social media accounts, according to Verge.The deal still has not been approved. In January 2018, the FCC delayed the approval, saying it requires more time to evaluate the pro-Republican group’s plan to divest assets to maintain the cap of owning local TV stations.Pai has been criticized and even received threats for repealing net neutrality, which prevented telecom companies from charging differentially for their services. In a recent report, the FCC has indicated that net neutrality helped in broadband deployment. However, the repeal doesn’t take place for another two months. He against faced criticism in February 2018 for taking credit for a policy that has not been implemented yet. Related ItemsAjit PaiIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

‘Typical Indian’ Comment About Irish PM Was a Mistake, Says House of Lords Member

first_imgFormer Ulster Unionist Party MP John Taylor, now Lord John Kilclooney has admitted that his tweet in which he referred to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as a “typical Indian” was a mistake, BBC reported.Saying that he realized that his remark may have offended some people, Lord Kilclooney added that the tweet has now been removed. “And that’s why I removed it. I am certainly not racist at all. And that why I am so pleased the Indian chairman of our organization in London thanked for the work I have done for the Indian community,” he said.Lord Kilclooney, however, said that he will not apologize for the comment he made on the social media. He would continue to tweet, he added. “It was a mistake and that’s why I did away with it. I’m not apologizing. I have removed the tweet because it was a mistake,” he was quoted as saying in the report.“A lot of people have sent messages congratulating me on what I have tweeted. You’ve got to see both sides of the argument. And when I realize I have made a mistake I remove it,” Lord Kilclooney said, Belfast Telegraph reported.Lord Kilclooney faced flak for calling Varadkar a “typical Indian” on the social media recently. His comments were labelled as racist by many and came after Varadkar’s visit to Northern Ireland. Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson criticized Varadkar following the visit, saying the Taoiseach showed “poor manners” by not informing a local representative about his visit to counties Armagh and Down on April 29. It was “outside of normal protocol,” Donaldson said, BBC had reported earlier.Regarding allegations of being racist, Lord Kilclooney emphasized that he was “pro-Indian” and that he has worked for the Indian community. “I have worked for the Indian community in London and throughout the United Kingdom, I have a great admiration for them,” he said, adding that the tweet was in response to something.He told BBC that if Varadkar had been an Englishman, he would have said “typical Englishman” because the “English have no understanding of the internal affairs of Northern Ireland. I’ve discovered that from my experience in London. Indians wouldn’t have much understanding either; Pakistanis no understanding – typical.”He added that he can understand the fact that people outside Northern Ireland do not understand the political situation there. “As far as being anti-Indian? Ridiculous,” he said.When asked about Lord Kilclooney’s tweet, Varadkar, on May 1, said, “In terms of Lord Kilclooney’s tweet, I did see it. I actually had thought that was a parody account, but seemingly it’s not. It actually is for real, but that’s all I’ll say about that.” Related ItemsIrelandLeo VaradkarUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Wait for Welfare Benefits May Affect 60,000 Immigrant Families in Australia

first_imgTens of thousands of immigrant families would be impacted if the proposal to increase the waiting period for people to access welfare benefits and tax benefits is implemented, a Senate Estimates hearing revealed on May 31, SBS News reported.As many as 66,000 migrant families may have to wait for four years for tax benefits, while 47,000 people could be affected by the restriction for accessing Newstart allowance — the income support payment while a person is unemployed and looking for work — Youth Allowance and other payments, if the proposed measures pass the parliament, officials of the Department of Social Services told senators, according to Daily Mail. The information was furnished after senators inquired from officials during a Senate Estimates hearing about the number of immigrants who would be affected by the plan.The federal government is proposing to extend the waiting period for migrants to access welfare payments to four years from July 1. In its budget announcement on May 8, the government said that the waiting period for migrants to avail state benefits, such as paid parental leave, carers allowance and the family tax benefit, will go up from the current two years to four years.The extension of the waiting period from the current two to three years was announced in December in a budget review. Extending the waiting period to four years will save the government an additional A$200 million. Shane Bennett, Department of Social Services officer however, underplayed concerns that the proposal could discourage immigration.“There is evidence from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that reflects access to social security systems is not necessarily high on the factors people consider,” Bennett told the Senate hearing, Daily Mail reported.Bennett added that a Productivity Commission report from 2016 showed that non-humanitarian permanent migrants “had effectively lower take-up rates of income support to the general population.”The move to extend the wait period will “encourage self-sufficiency for newly arrived migrants,” a spokesperson for the Department of Social Services had earlier told SBS News. The spokesperson added that the move was designed to ensure that migrants who come to Australia for “economic reasons” know that they should be “well-placed to support themselves” when they arrive in the country.The department said that Newly arrived immigrants who face sudden loss of funds because of a significant change in circumstances, including those who are victims of family violence, will be granted exemptions.Indians constitute one of the largest migrant groups in Australia, who move to the country to either work or to pursue higher education. Nearly 190,000 foreign students applied to study in Australia between July and December 2017, with the number of Indian applicants rising by 32 per cent, according to the latest statistics released by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more

Mother Teresa’s Painful Struggle

first_imgA startling new book discloses that Mother Teresa, the perennially cheerful face of Catholics worldwide, who is on the verge of being elevated by the pope to sainthood, was privately tormented about her faith and skeptical about her relationship with God, even fearing that she might “turn a Judas to Jesus in this painful darkness.”Her anguished letters to spiritual confidants over 66 years, which she had wanted destroyed, are being released as a book Come Be My Light.The letters disclose that just 11 weeks before her Nobel Prize acceptance speech in Oslo in 1979, in which she proclaimed God was everywhere, “Christ in our hearts, Christ in the poor we meet, Christ in the smile we give and in the smile that we receive,” she herself was painfully distanced from him. “Jesus has a very special love for you,” she wrote to her spiritual confidant Rev Michael va der Peet in September 1979.“As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, Listen and do not hear, the tongue moves but does not speak ….” Over two decades earlier, in 1955, she wrote: “The more I want him – the less I am wanted.” Then again, a year later: “Such deep longing for God – and … repulsed – empty – no faith – no love – no zeal. – [Saving] Souls holds no attraction – Heaven means nothing – pray for me please that I keep smiling at Him in spite of everything.” Three years later she wrote: “What do I labour for? If there be no God – there can be no soul – if there is no Soul then Jesus – You also are not true.”Astonishingly, Mother Teresa’s self doubts started soon after she established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, to which she was inspired by a vision from Christ. In 1953, she wrote,“Please pray specially for me that I may not spoil His work and that Our Lord may show Himself – for there is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started ‘the work.’”She expresses acute consciousness of the divide between her public personae and her private anguish.“The smile is a mask, a cloak that covers everything.” After being feted at a public event at which she evoked her love for Christ, she confessed, “I spoke as if my very heart was in love with God – tender, personal love. If you were [there], you would have said, ‘What hypocrisy.’” Another time she wrote: “Lord, my God, who am I that You should forsake me? The Child of your Love – and now become as the most hated one – the one – You have thrown away as unwanted – unloved. I call, I cling, I want – and there is no One to answer – no One on Whom I can cling – no, No One. – Alone … Where is my Faith – even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness – My God – how painful is this unknown pain – I have no Faith – I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart – & make me suffer untold agony.”She wrote: “So many unanswered questions live within me afraid to uncover them – because of the blasphemy – If there be God – please forgive me – When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven – there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives & hurt my very soul. – I am told God loves me – and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul. Did I make a mistake in surrendering blindly to the Call of the Sacred Heart?”The compilation of her private letters has been published by Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, director of the Mother Teresa Center, who is leading the drive to canonize Mother Teresa. The church has said her private doubts are not uncommon and will not affect her beatification to sainthood. Related Itemslast_img read more

Punjabi Women Most Obese

first_imgPunjab and Delhi have the most obese women in India, according to a government report. The official study, “Women in 2007,” found that over a third of the women in the two regions and 30% in Kerala were obese.Bihar with 5% and Jharkhand with 6% had the fewest obese women. They also had the most malnourished women – over 40%.  Related Itemslast_img

Expats Swell in India

first_imgThe number of expatriates working in India has swelled to almost 30,000, according to government estimates thanks to India’s booming economy. That is only a  fraction of the numbers of expatriates in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, but India is experiencing the fastest growth. Indian jobs portals like monsterindia.com, timesjob.com and naukri.com report a surge of profiles of foreign job seekers, with timesjob.com reporting 110,000 foreign resumes.   Related Itemslast_img

Indians Largest Foreign Born CEOs

first_imgVikram Pandit, who was named chief executive of Citigroup, the world’s largest bank , is one of three Indian Americans to head a Fortune 100 company, joining the ranks of Indira Nooyi of Pepsico and Ramani Ayer of Hartford Financial Services.14 of the Fortune 100 companies have foreign CEOs. Ireland and Canada tie with India for the most foreign born chief executive officers.   FOREIGN BORN CEO’S AT TOP 100 US COMPANIESCOUNTRYEXECUTIVECOMPANYRANKAustraliaAndrew LiverisDow Chemical40AustraliaRupert MurdochNews Corp.88BritainMartin SullivanAmerican International Group10BritainGeorge Buckley3M97CanadaR. Kerry ClarkCardinal Health19CanadaGregory SpierkelIngram Micro70CanadaRoand SugarNorthrop Grumman73EgyptLouis CamilleriAltria Group23IndiaVikram PanditCitigroup8IndiaIndra NooyiPepsiCo63IndiaRamani AyerHartford Financial Services82IrelandDaid O’ReillyChevron4IrelandE. Neville IsdellCoca-Cola94IrelandEdmund KellyLiberty Mutual Insurance95MoroccoAlain BeldaAlcoa71Foreign born CEOs of Top 100 U.S. companies, as ranked by Forbes magazine. Related Itemslast_img read more

Scrabulous: Not Fabulous?

first_imgThe owners of the word game Scrabble are seeking to shut down Scrabulous, an online version of the game, which is one of the most popular applications on the social networking site Facebook.Hasbro and Mattel, which own rights to the game, assert that the online version created by two Indian brothers, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, from Kolkata, infringes their copyrights and trademarks. The companies jointly issued cease and desist notices to the brothers and Facebook.Scrabulous has gained popularity as a free game since it debuted on Facebook, where it attracts almost 600,000 daily users. People can also play the game at Scrabulous.com.Scrabulous fans have started a “Save Scrabulous” campaign. John D. Williams, executive director of the National Scrabble Association, expressed the hope that the companies could reach an amicable settlement with Scrabulous: “We’re thrilled over anything that gets people playing more Scrabble. Our goal is to recruit them from the Internet and get them playing on a Scrabble board with a person sitting across from them.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Women Pujaris

first_imgAmid the noise and bustle of downtown Chicago, the groom rode a white horse, shaking to Indian drumbeats in procession to the Palmer House Hilton hotel.Inside, the bride and groom took seats under the red mandap, or wedding canopy, and the priest began chanting in a high, melodic voice.For some, the chants heard at the service last month sounded like a break from Hindu custom. Priests are traditionally men, but the presiding priest at this wedding was Shashi Tandon, a respected female elder in the Hindu community and the groom’s grandmother.Since emigrating from New Delhi in 1982, Tandon has presided over countless religious ceremonies for Hindu families in Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere, filling a void that has emerged because of a shortage of Hindu priests.As more Hindu men enter more lucrative, secular professions, Tandon and a handful of Hindu women in America have begun performing priestly duties as a way of passing their faith to the next generation.There is nothing in Hindu scripture that bars women from becoming priests, also known as pandits.But in some parts of India and the United States, women priests face resistance from conservative Hindus clinging to tradition. Tandon, 68, a retired teacher with a feisty attitude, recalled a group of men mocking her at one wedding she performed. They asked, How can a woman be a priest?“I said to them, ‘I have a question for you. Can you tell me who gave birth to you?’” she said. “The mother is the true priest. She is the true teacher, the first teacher of the child.”Neelima Shukla-Bhatt, a South Asian studies professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, said more Hindu women are learning priestly functions not necessarily because they feel drawn to religious life. Rather, women – including Shukla-Bhatt – are stepping forward to meet the growing Hindu community’s needs.According to the American Religious Identification Survey, there were about 227,000 Hindus in the United States in 1990, composed mainly of Asian Indians. Today there are more than 1 million Hindus in the nation and more than 700 Hindu temples.The Chicago area is home to some 80,000 Hindus, according to a Chicago-based interfaith re­search group.Although no firm numbers exist, Shukla-Bhatt said fewer Hindu-American men are becoming priests. In her own family, she noted that her father’s cousins were all priests, yet none of their children took up the profession.“At one time, it was considered prestigious, but now it is not considered prestigious at all,” she said. “If you are educated, you do something more secular. It is considered to be a sign of less educated, less sophisticated, so not many educated people are interested in becoming priests.”Shukla-Bhatt said many of the earliest Hindu texts speak of women priests. In Hinduism’s most ancient book, the Vedas, there are multiple references to women making sacrifices and participating in philosophical debates. But, at some point, things changed.“It’s not that women weren’t allowed to do this. It’s that somewhere along the line, it got lost, and it became mainly a male profession,” she said. “But in the most ancient scriptures, there were women priests. So, we should reclaim that.”Tandon’s grandson, Nitin Malhotra, said having his grandmother perform his wedding last month was an obvious choice. As a child, Malhotra said his grandmother taught him the importance of faith and puja in daily life.Puja is a sacred ritual that involves fire, bells and chanted prayers to deities. Her fluency in English and Sanskrit, and her vivid explanations of religious rituals are the main reasons that Tandon gained widespread popularity in the Hindu community.“She taught us how to do puja and chants. And, she explains everything so well that you never felt like it was a chore,” Malhotra said. “All these people know about her and fly her to different places to do their ceremonies. We feel really blessed to have her.”Tandon was born in the Pakistani city of Multan, which was then in India, and raised in New Delhi. Her mother taught her how to do daily fire rituals. She concedes that she didn’t like it very much at first. However, once she learned the meaning, she felt a desire to be a priest. She studied in an ashram, learned the scriptures and received training to perform all 16 samskaras, the sacraments or rites of passage for every Hindu. Later, she opened a school for poor girls to teach them the Hindu faith.“I would sit under a big tree and teach them how to respect each other, help society, how to read scripture. I felt this was my calling,” she said.Her three children married and immigrated to Chicago, where Tandon joined them. Recently, she moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., to live with her son, Arun Tandon, and daughter, Renu Sharma. Another daughter, Anu Malhotra, lives in Naperville., Ill.In explaining her mother’s role as a priest, Sharma said: “It’s not a profession for her. She doesn’t do this for money. It’s part of who she is as a being.”In India, the concept of women priests is not new. In fact, in the progressive western city of Pune, there are two schools that train women.However, those in other regions say female priests are a violation of Vedic law. Some Hindu immigrants from those regions who have come to the United States have been shocked to find women performing religious rituals. Anu Malhotra said her daughter-in-law’s family, who are from Gujarat, were surprised when told the wedding would be performed by Tandon.“In India, each state has its own culture. So for many Hindus, this is a new thing,” she said. “People don’t see it as much. It’s not the norm.”As more women come forward, they have begun to gain appreciation and respect, especially among second-generation Hindu-Americans.Tandon believes many women are losing touch with their religion and are not passing traditions to their children.“Mothers came to America because they didn’t have enough freedom. Then, after getting freedom, they forgot their culture,” she said. “They are not doing prayers because they don’t know why they need to do them.”For that reason, Tandon is training her two daughters to perform religious ceremonies. At some point, the community’s growth could lead to the creation of a school for women priests. Until then, she said she will continue to perform services, educating future generations on the rituals and their meaning.“Every single step of worship has a meaning. Do you know why we use fire? Some Hindus don’t even know,” she said. “Fire gives us light and for us, light is truth.”   Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgBot activity snapshotBot activity snapshotFor the first time, we have included an analysis of bot activity in the State of the Internet – Security Report. Looking at bot activity over 24 hours, we tracked and analyzed more than two trillion bot requests. While identified and known, so-called good bots represented 40 percent of the bot traffic, 50 percent of the bots were determined to be malicious and were engaged in scraping campaigns and related activity.Growth in DDoS reflectorsUsing firewall data from the perimeter of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, our analysis showed a 77 percent growth in active Quote of the Day (QOTD) reflectors, a 72 percent increase in NTP reflectors and a 67 percent increase in CHARGEN reflectors compared to Q4 2015. Active SSDP reflectors declined by 46 percent.Download the reportA complimentary copy of the Q1 2016 State of the Internet – Security Report is available for download at stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.About AkamaiAs the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The companys advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. Photo Caption: Q1 2016 State of the Internet Security ReportMedia Contact DetailsManju Menon, mmenon@we-worldwide.com Businesswire DLlast_img read more

Balanced attack

first_imgLetran snapped a two-game slide on Thursday after getting six players in twin digits in a 97-84 decision of Arellano in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Alyssa Valdez returns MOST READ Bonbon Batiller scored all of his 18 points in the first three quarters and big men Larry Muyang and Jeo Ambohot each had 15 points while Allen Mina had 12 for the Knights, who rose to 10-6 and stayed solidly in third spot.Graduating skipper Jerrick Balanza scored all of his 11 points in the second half, while Fran Yu also had 11 to go with six assists, three boards and two steals for Letran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe Knights outscored the Chiefs, 34-17, in the third period to seize command and never look back, dealing Arellano an 11th loss in 15 outings.In the second game, Alvin Capobres had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead San Sebastian past Jose Rizal, 62-59, to snap a three-game slide and rise to 8-6. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Already two games behind Lyceum (11-3) in the race for the No. 2 ranking in the Final Four, Letran is simply focusing on finishing strong in the eliminations.“It’s hard to come back after losing back-to-back games. We have three games [left], but that’s the challenge that we have,” Letran coach Bonnie Tan  said.Justin Arana had 19 points and Kent Salado chipped in 18 points and four assists for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Do Satisfied Employees Impact Stock Performance?

first_imgWalking through the campuses of today’s Silicon Valley tech giants, it’s no surprise most employees are satisfied. Colorful workspaces, flexible schedules, dog-friendly offices, casual dress codes, free meals, commuter shuttles and more make for a dreamy work environment compared to the staid workplaces of America’s past. But are these efforts to boost employee satisfaction really worth it?If you ask an economist, they might shrug. Good company culture certainly makes employees more productive and engaged. But the workplace policies that drive employee satisfaction aren’t free—they are costly investments like any other. At the end of the day, the question is whether the gains of a healthy workplace culture outweigh the costs. Are efforts to improve worker satisfaction really worth the money?Let’s Look at the NumbersOne way to answer that question is to compare financial performance of companies with satisfied—and less satisfied—employees. The idea is simple: If policies that boost worker satisfaction are lousy investments, it should eventually show up in companies’ bottom lines. We should be looking for a correlation between stock returns and employee satisfaction, which is precisely the subject of our most recent Glassdoor Research report “Does Company Culture Pay Off?”.In the chart below, we look at stock returns for three portfolios of companies with very high employee satisfaction – winners of Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” award. With each portfolio, we imagined we had $1,000 to invest in each, and we compare their stock performance to the overall market since 2009, the first year the awards were issued.The black line shows what a $1,000 investment in the S&P 500 back in 2009 would’ve grown to today. The three colored lines show what similar investments in “happy employee” companies would’ve grown to. As is clear in the chart, an investment in Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” companies would’ve grown to between $2,797 and $3,470, far outpacing the $2,210 for the overall market.This is no surprise. Great companies are highly profitable, often attracting top talent and keeping them with employee-friendly policies. But does the opposite hold as well? Are companies with the unhappiest employees also poor financial performers?Surprisingly, the answer appears to be “yes.” We examined a portfolio of 30 companies with the lowest employee satisfaction as well, and found that they significantly under-performed the stock market since 2009.What Explains This?Ours isn’t the first study to find a correlation between healthy workplace culture and stock returns. A 2011 study by a University of Pennsylvania researcher found companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” list far outperformed the overall market in recent years.Without a careful experimental design, it’s hard to pin down exact causes behind this correlation. One possibility is that fast-growing companies are flush with cash and have an easy time attracting and keeping happy employees. Perhaps unprofitable companies are quick to cut workplace amenities, plummeting employee morale. Or maybe fostering a satisfied workforce per se leads to higher productivity and profits.Regardless of causes, the lessons are clear. Employee satisfaction is a strong predictor of long-term company performance. That fact alone should raise eyebrows both for investors and CEOs looking for an edge in today’s marketplace.Read the full report: “Does Your Company Culture Pay Off?”, and see additional highlights in our press release.***Looking for ways to communicate the importance of culture to your C-suite? Check out the latest Glassdoor eBook: 3 Reasons Why CEOs Can’t Ignore Glassdoor.last_img read more

7 Reasons Not to Piss Off Your Boss

first_imgChances are your boss didn’t react very well the last time you wildly missed a deadline, levied a personal insult at them, or asked about their (failed) love life. And unless you apologized swiftly and profusely, chances are your relationship has deteriorated even further. While it may feel good or necessary in the moment, a boss is one of the last people you want to piss off—besides your hairdresser and your mother-in-law.Aside from not wanting to be fired, here are seven key reasons to stay on your boss’ good side and avoid pissing him or her off.1. Looking for a promotion or pay bump?You can kiss your dreams of a salary increase goodbye after getting in hot water with your boss. And those extra vacation days you’ve been lobbying for? Probably not going to happen either.2. Don’t dash your chances for a good reference.If you’re looking for a reference or a recommendation for your next job, your past boss can be your biggest asset – or your biggest liability. Let’s say that you’ve pissed your boss off so much that you’re considering looking for other jobs. Chances are you can’t count on them to be a stellar reference for your application.[Related: Can My Boss or Employer Fire Me For Posting on Glassdoor?]3. Your boss is a person too.During times when all you want to do is scream at your boss, remember the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. At the end of the day, your boss probably wants many of the same things you do: love, acceptance, and respect, among other things. Imagine how you would feel if you experienced your behavior through their eyes – probably not very good.4. Unless you’re quitting tomorrow, your boss is still your boss. Don’t create a tense environment between yourself and someone you work with on a daily basis – especially when they’re in charge of you. If something really bad does happen, it’s extremely important to try to apologize and rectify the situation with the most grace and skill you can muster.[Related: I Hate My Boss – What Do I Do?]5. Avoid becoming the office outsider.Putting the boss in a bad mood can put the rest of the office in a bad mood, too. Keep the morale of your coworkers in mind when you knowingly piss off your boss. And even worse, if your coworkers are extremely loyal to your boss, they might turn back on you for inciting drama.6. A vicious cycle could be created.The further you piss of your boss, the lower your fall in their eyes, and the further you fall in their eyes, the more pissed off they act at you. The cycle repeats day after day, and if something isn’t done to mend your relationship, bad feelings can be present for the rest of your tenure at the job. Don’t let it get to the point of no return – even if you have serious problems with your boss, it’s your job to make a concerted effort to work through them.[Related: 5 Tips to Clean Up a Toxic Work Situation]7. There’s untapped potential.By allowing antagonistic feelings to persist, you’re missing out on tapping the potential for a flourishing relationship of mutual collaboration, respect, and even camaraderie. Next time you think you might piss off your boss, just consider how great the alternative could be. Play the long game.last_img read more

Facebook’s Head of Diversity: ‘Nobody Is Handing Out Jobs — We Want to Give Opportun…

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 4.4★ Marketing Researcher – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Instagram Menlo Park, CA Research Intern, Soft Robotics (PhD) – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Redmond, WA Research Intern, Vision Perception Graphics (PhD) – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Redmond, WA Launches Program Manager Intern (MBA) – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Sunnyvale, CA Research Intern, Advanced Optical Design (PhD) – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Redmond, WA Browse More Facebook Jobs 4.4★ Available Jobs at Facebook “When we talk about diversity, we’re not talking about ticking boxes.” Cutting straight to the point, Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity Maxine Williams knows full well the preconceived notions and hushed opinions of those who question corporate diversity initiatives. “We’re not talking about doing things because we have to,” says Williams, “we are talking about doing things because we want to, because we can only be the company we want to be, we can only build communities as strong as we want to build them, if we have more diversity.”It is this blend of straightforwardness, honed strategy and a signature smile that makes Williams a force in the diversity and inclusion space, but also the go-to executive for Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.At the heart of Facebook’s win as the #1 Best Place to Work is its people. The over 25,000 employees at Facebook are uniquely innovative and increasingly diverse. According to their 2017 diversity update, the number of women globally has risen from 33% to 35% and the number of women in tech has increased from 17% to 19%. Women now make up 27% of all new graduate hires in engineering and 21% of all new technical hires at Facebook. In the US, they have increased the representation of Hispanics from 4% to 5%, and Black people from 2% to 3%.However, while Williams can celebrate the strides the 14-year-old company has made, she isn’t satisfied. “If you ask me when would I be satisfied, I’d be satisfied when it’s 50% [women at Facebook],” she says in an exclusive interview with Glassdoor. “My satisfaction is sky’s the limit. ‘More,’ I keep saying. People say, ‘How many do you want?’ More, I always want more.”With nearly 3,000 open roles to fill and over 50 offices worldwide, Facebook is eager to hire more talented innovators of all backgrounds, not only to get those number up but to make sure the company reflects their over 2 billion users. “I’m looking for problem solvers and builders,” Williams said frankly. “I’m not hiring people to say to them, ‘Here is what you need to do.’ I hire them, and say to them, ‘Here are the problems we’re trying to solve.’ I want people who are deep thinkers, who are curious, who are analytical, who are ready to build with other people.”On the heels of winning the #1 Best Place to Work — an honor that Facebook has now clinched for the third time in the ten years — Williams sat down with Glassdoor’s Editorial Director Amy Elisa Jackson to talk candidly about diversity at Facebook, what it takes to be hired there, and the soca music that is the soundtrack to her success! 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img UX Researcher Intern, Privacy & Data Use – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Menlo Park, CA 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ HR Director – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Instagram Menlo Park, CA See more jobs at Facebook 4.4★ Research Intern, Haptic Design and Control (PhD) – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Redmond, WA 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Creative Producer – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Instagram New York, NY Product Development Specialist Intern – Entertainment and Media Industry Opportunity Facebook Menlo Park, CA 4.4★ 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

7 Signs You’re CEO Material

first_img 4.7★ Hot New Jobs For You You may be starting in your first entry-level position, or you maybe be an executive VP at an established company. Wherever you are in your career, if you’re ambitious and goal-driven, you may have one question in your mind: will I be the CEO someday? Becoming a CEO often requires a certain amount of being in the right place at the right time, but having certain qualities will significantly boost the chance that you’ll be considered for the spot of CEO – or any leadership position, for that matter. To find more about what those essential qualities are, we reached out to Tiffany Franklin, executive career consultant and founder of TJF Career Coaching, who broke down what it takes to be considered as CEO material. 1. You’re not afraid to take calculated risksCEOs are responsible for significant decisions about the strategy and future of the organizations they lead. While a CEO must maintain stability within an organization, they also must sometimes take risks that can result in both short- and long-term pay-offs for an organization. Enter the importance of being a strategic risk taker. Franklin describes this as “having that ability to consider a confluence of multiple internal and external factors, both for the organization and the global market as a whole.” She adds that strategic risk takers “see lessons from the past, but you are looking to the future, in terms of marketing, timing, and people. You’re learning from mistakes, but yet you will take a calculated risk.” 2. You know how to communicate wellCommunication is one of the foundation stones for being a leader. For CEOs, Franklin says, “you want to motivate and empower the people around you… To be able to sell your vision, and also outline a path to make it a reality.” She adds that a big part of that is relationship-building skills.  Communication and relationship-building skills are also an integral part of generating employee satisfaction as a leader. As a CEO, a critical component of approval is employee satisfaction. In a 2016 Glassdoor study on the factors that predict high CEO approval, it was found that a one-star increase in employee satisfaction (measured by the overall Glassdoor rating of a company) predicts a 36.9 percent improvement in CEO approval.Best Communication Skills for Workplace Success3. You’re always challenging yourselfBeing a CEO generally doesn’t happen in the first year of career, and often doesn’t even happen in the first decade of your career. It is a place of leadership that, more often than not, is earned through repeatedly facing professional challenges and retaining a diligent focus on self-improvement. There are multiple challenges that are good to take on throughout your career in order to boost your leadership skills and gain recognition among professional peers. On top of volunteering for leadership positions within your company and pursuing leadership credentials like an MBA, Franklin also recommends getting involved with affinity groups at your workplace, as well as getting involved in professional associations, volunteering for boards of directors, and even looking for community service projects that have leadership opportunities. 4. You’re emotionally intelligentIt’s not enough for somebody to be ambitious, says Franklin, but they also need emotional intelligence. “So much of being a CEO is being decisive and purposeful, yet thoughtful when you’re making decisions,” she adds. For thoughtful decision-making, as well as building strong, trust-filled relationships, not to mention being a good communicator, emotional intelligence is key.What Is Emotional Intelligence, and Why Everyone Needs It5. You know how to surround yourself with the right peopleWhile a CEO is often the face of an organization, they are supported by a team of people who are helping them maximally perform. According to Franklin, having CEO potential means being self-aware enough to know what you’re good at, but also what you may lack, and building a team that complements the areas you have deficiencies in. In turn, she says, this makes a team that can challenge each other, and also brings different things to the table. 6. You find yourself leading projectsCEOs are people who trust can be put in to get a job done. CEOs are also good managers and delegators. You may find that you’re naturally asked by people in your organization to take on big projects and to lead teams. But putting yourself in situations like that whenever the opportunity arises can also help hone your leadership skills. “I think when you volunteer to go above and beyond, not immediately expecting anything, people will start to take notice,” says Franklin.6 Reasons Why We All Need Executive Leadership Coaching7. You’re thinking aheadThe best CEOs are visionaries for the organizations they lead. “It’s not just trying to figure out what the trends are and jumping on those, it’s being a thought leader,” says Franklin. Another critical component of being a thought leader is the ability to translate your visions into concrete actions that employees within your organization can take. Building CEO Leadership SkillsEven if you’re not strong in some of the leadership capabilities that CEOs require, there are many routes to take to bulk up your management prowess. For one, MBA programs are always a good way to learn leadership skills and show your commitment to be a good manager. Franklin also says that If you don’t have the time or availability, there are also smaller courses and certificate programs that you can take in leadership. Reading books in MBA curricula can also both help you build your leadership skills and make for a great conversation starter at professional events, she points out. Then, she says, “keep networking, building skills, and stretching yourself to get to the visionary piece.” VP Sales, DACH Informatica United States 23 hours ago 23h 2.6★ VP of Member Services Blue Federal Credit Union Cheyenne, WY N/A 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ VP of Engineering LASE Innovation Cambridge, MA Home Care Sales & Marketing Manager The Osborn Rye, NY VP Product Finexio San Francisco, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ VP of Strategic Sales – Commercial Card Capital One Chicago, IL VP, Lifestyle Rubenstein Public Relations New York, NY 23 hours ago 23h VP of Construction CyberCoders San Leandro, CA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ Operations Vice President – Mortgage VP Neat Capital Boulder, CO View More Jobs VP TMF Group Miami, FL 3.8★ 4.6★last_img read more

Real Madrid president Florentino breaks silence over Man Utd Morata attempt

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has warned Manchester United over Alvaro Morata’s asking price.The striker has agreed personal terms with United, which held marathon transfer negotiations with Real on Thursday.United are reluctant to go higher than €60 million for the Spain international, while Perez rates Morata closer to €90 million.”If someone wants Alvaro Morata, then they must pay,” he warned yesterday afternoon.Perez is eager to rake in as high a figure for Morata as he can in order to fund a bid for AS Monaco superkid Kylian Mbappe.last_img read more

Real Madrid coach Zidane taking four of Guti’s kids on US tour

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will include four of Guti’s youth teamers in his US tour squad.Guti’s team has just completed a Treble winning season.The players were informed on Monday morning at Valdebebas that they will be part of the senior squad for this summer’s trip to the United States of America.Those in question are Manu Hernando, Franchu, Oscar Rodriguez and Dani Gomez, with more details about them below.last_img

Former Barcelona striker Luis Garcia: Verratti perfect signing

first_imgFormer Barcelona striker Luis Garcia is backing their move for PSG midfielder Marco Verratti.Garcia is convinced Verratti, a €100 million target for Barca, would settle quickly at the Nou Camp.”Marco Verratti is perfectly adapted to the game of Barça. He is very good technically. He knows how to move. He can play in different roles. He adapts where Iniesta or Rakitic play but he can also play as a midfielder next to Busquets,” said Garcia.”This is something that Barcelona is still looking for. They are always looking for players who can play in different positions and systems.”last_img read more

Brighton, Newcastle on notice as Chelsea look to loan Loftus-Cheek

first_imgChelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to leave the West London club on a loan move this summer, according to the Telegraph.The 21-year-old is one of brightest talents to come out of the Chelsea academy in the recent past, and the Blues feel that he needs to play on a regular basis to continue his progress. Recently-promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton both have been linked with an interest in the youngster.Loftus-Cheek, who made his first-team debut in 2014-15 season, could manage only six substitute appearances in Premier League last season.last_img read more