UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’

first_imgJon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, Saturday July, 29, 2017.  (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)Disgraced mixed martial artist Jon Jones has been given plenty of chances by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but his latest conundrum seems to be the final straw.After a string of run-ins with the law, the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion returned to glory last July, knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Cone apologizes to Black for handshake snub No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”Aside from being practically undefeated—with his lone loss coming from a disqualification—Jones holds the prestige as the youngest fighter to hold UFC gold.His reign included eight-title defenses, but he’s also been stripped of the title on three separate occasions—another UFC record.Jones is currently awaiting a hearing at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his latest drug failure, which could earn him a possible four-year suspension.Regardless of Jones’ verdict, White made it clear that he won’t be losing sleep over it anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Less than a month later, his win was overturned and he got stripped of the title after testing positive for Turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSpeaking during an interview on The TSN MMA Show, UFC President Dana White couldn’t help but express his disappointment with the promotion’s former poster boy.[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports,” the UFC boss described Jones, as relayed by MMA Fighting. View commentslast_img read more

Ramya Krishnan lands a role in Suriya’s Thaana Serndha Koottam

first_imgRamya Krishnan or better known as Sivagami from SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Beginning, has been roped in to play a pivotal role in Suriya’s upcoming Tamil heist comedy Thaana Serndha Koottam.Going by a few leaked stills from the shoot that are circulating on social media, Ramya Krishnan has already started shooting for the film.ALSO READ: Post Baahubali 2 leak, SS Rajamouli tightens security measures ALSO READ: Rajinikanth and Salman Khan to act together ALSO READ: Singam 3 music review The film is currently on the floors in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.Suriya, who beefed up for his upcoming actioner Singam 3, will lose 10 kilos for Thaana Serndha Kootam. It’s also said the Vaaranam Aayiram actor will sport a different makeover for the film.Being directed by Vignesh Shivan, the film also stars Keerthy Suresh, RJ Balaji, Senthil and Nirosha.Earlier, reports suggested that the film was a remake of the Bollywood film Special 26. However, the makers quashed the baseless rumours. Produced by Gnanavel Raja, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander.Meanwhile, Suriya awaits the release of Singam 3, which is the third part of the Singam franchise. Directed by Hari, the film will mark Suriya’s return as a fierce police officer Duraisingam, who will work on international mission this time.Singam 3 also stars Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan, and slated to release on December 16.last_img read more

Tesco Employees Reveal What It’s Really Like To Work Here

first_imgTesco has recently lost billions of pounds of its market value and had to suspend four executives, including its UK MD. Even before these alarming events, the grocery chain’s new CEO had said that he intends to shakeup the management team as he addresses poor performance and low staff morale. But what is it like to work at the retail giant? The best way to find out is to turn to those who know best – the employees.Right now, Tesco has an overall company rating of 3.3 (OK) based on 340 reviews shared by employees, which is right on par with the average company rating on Glassdoor (Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied). Tesco scores just above average for two workplace factors: Work/Life Balance and Compensation & Benefits, which rated 3.2 and 3.4 respectively. However, the Senior Management rating is below average, receiving a 2.6.Check out the image below to see more about how employees really like working at Tesco, including how overall employee satisfaction has changed over time:Looking deeper into Tesco, you can see what some employees have to say about the benefits and downsides of working here:Pros:“The team are some of the brightest people I have worked with, there is a choice of projects to choose from and a great work life balance.” – Developer  (Welwyn Garden City, England)“If you are a student, a job at Tesco can be ideal. It has decent pay, it can be flexible if you are on good terms with your manager and you get 10% off everything at Tesco 🙂 it’s a good job to get you through college/uni.” – Personal Shopper (Croydon England)“Good team work, pay is good especially for being a student. Most management understanding for time off for exams and coursework.” Customer Assistant (Irvine, Scotland)“Great career development, fast paced and never boring. Good benefits.” Marketing manager (location n/a)“You get to talk to really nice, like-minded people on the checkouts, the pay is good and the 10% (sometimes doubles to 20% is great) especially for one-off purchases like technology.” Checkout Assistant (Sandhurst, England)Cons:“Has become a bit decision by committee over the last few years, so you won’t necessarily feel empowered and can feel a bit like just a number in the company rather than a person.” Commercial Operations Manager (Welwyn Garden City, England)“Not enough importance to staff which can affect the way work is carried out.” Customer Assistant (London, England)“Culture in Tesco IT of breaking down employee by constant criticism/ reminding you that you can be easily replaced and that your paid too much money until employee leaves, is unable to leave and is kicked out or is moulded into one of their “yes” men/women.” Business Systems Analyst (Letchworth Garden City, England)“If you don’t track your overtime you wont get paid.” Bakery Assistant (London, England)“Non-graduate employees are not really given a decent career path, where as graduates are fast-tracked even though they don’t have the correct skill set.” Service Manager (Stevenage, England)Do you work at Tesco? What do you think of the company? Let others know by sharing a review.Want to learn more about Tesco?Tesco jobsTesco company reviewsTesco salariesTesco benefitsTesco interviewsTesco office photoslast_img read more

Boston’s Top 10 Jobs In Demand

first_imgFinancial Analyst Do you live in the Boston area? Thinking about moving to Boston and want to find a new job?From local companies like Massachusetts General Hospital to Boston University to HubSpot, Boston employers across a variety of industries are hiring.To help you find a job and get hired, Glassdoor is here with its newest report identifying Boston’s Top 10 Jobs In Demand*. In addition to ranking the jobs most in demand, we’ve also included earning potential specific to the Boston area to help you get a sense of fair market value for each job. Each salary estimate is according to salary reports shared by Boston-based employees.Check out the complete results:Software Engineer Number of Job Openings: 374Median Base Salary: $103,223 Number of Job Openings: 750Median Base Salary: $62,160 Systems Engineer Number of Job Openings: 1,268Median Base Salary: $97,000 Number of Job Openings: 363Median Base Salary: $72,050 Number of Job Openings: 625Median Base Salary: $44,000 Store Manager Number of Job Openings: 466Median Base Salary: $34,560 Business Analystcenter_img Customer Service Representative Number of Job Openings: 292Median Base Salary: $65,000 Number of Job Openings: 307Median Base Salary:  $101,500 Retail Sales Associate Number of Job Openings: 1,014Median Base Salary: $24,000 Registered Nurse Accountant Product Manager Number of Job Openings: 284Median Base Salary: $55,000Job Search Tip: Did you know that when you search for a job on Glassdoor, you can also research your expected salary? In the job search feed, when you see a position you’re interested in, click on the link that says “salaries”. This will show you a drop-down image and link to all of the salary data we have for that particular company.Want to Work in A Different City?: Check out Glassdoor’s recent report on the 25 Best Jobs in America for 2015.*Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s report on Boston’s Top 10 Jobs In Demand, job titles must have at least 250 job openings within the Boston metro area. Job openings represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 3/19/15.  Of job titles that meet this criteria, they must also have at least 30 salary reports shared by Boston-based employees on Glassdoor between 3/20/14 and 3/19/15. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles.last_img read more

Donald Trump Is the President Elect of the United States of America

first_imgDonald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.Early Wednesday morning, news media declared the election in Trump’s favor, in a historic upset. Sec. Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede the election shortly before midnight California time (PST). Trump carried key states including Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Arizona.“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” said Trump amidst enthusiastic cheers of “U.S.A.”For the first time in the history of this country, someone who has never served in U.S. government or military has won the presidency in a very decisive victory.[Related: Here’s What a Tump Win Means for Employers & Jobs]“I congratulated Hillary [Clinton] on a very hard fought campaign. We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service.”Trump will be the oldest president in U.S. history, entering the Oval Office at age 70. With her defeat, Clinton falls short in her second bid to become the first female president of the United States.“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds. It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”So what does Trump’s win mean for you and your job future?1. Tax reduction: Mr. Trump’s tax plan would simplify and reduce taxes for all filing entities. He would streamline the number of tax brackets, reducing it from seven to three.  All businesses would be taxed at a fixed 15%. In his estimation, this would make it more cost-effective for companies to do business in the US. He proposes that this would encourage businesses to operate in the U.S. and bring businesses back into the country.[Related: 13 Jobs With the Biggest Pay Raises]Mr. Trump estimates that his across-the-board tax cuts would grow the economy and bolster job growth. In a speech on jobs that he delivered at the New York Economic Club, Mr. Trump stated, “One of our greatest job creation measures is going to be our 15% business tax rate – down from the current 35% rate, a reduction of more than 40%. An explosion of new business and new jobs will be created. It will be amazing to watch.”2. Energy production: Mr. Trump’s jobs plan seeks to fortify the economy and create jobs by initiating an “energy revolution,” and securing the US’s place as “the world’s dominant leader in energy production.” Mr. Trump’s plan aims to bolster domestic coal, oil and gas production.  To pave the way for this work, a Trump administration would first lift existing restrictions like the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan.The Trump plan projects that this measure will add 500,000 new jobs annually and over the next seven years will lead to an increase in wages of $30 billion. A Trump administration would also support research that furthers energy technology.[Related: 25 Highest Rated Companies for Vacation & Paid Time Off]3. “An America-first trade policy:” Mr. Trump is interested in ensuring that trade deals are strategic, sound and that their core aim is to benefit American interests and American workers. If elected, “Donald Trump will appoint the toughest and smartest trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers and direct the Secretary of Commerce to identify every violation of trade agreements a foreign country is currently using to harm our workers.”DISCOVER: How To Deal With A Political Win or Loss at the Officelast_img read more

20 Internships You Should Apply to Over the 3-Day Weekend

first_imgHighest Paying Internships In America Medical Technologist Intern Rochester Regional Health Rochester, NY 23 hours ago 23h 7. P&GInternship Details: “A P&G co-op [internship] offers the opportunity to experience all that we have to offer—our work, our people, our values and our culture,” P&G writes online. “We believe there is no better way to learn about these things than to participate in them firsthand. If you are a results-driven individual with strong communication and technical skills, one of our administrative co-ops, including our SuccessWay program, could be a great first step in your career.”What Interns Say: “They let you really own your project and learn how to be an independent thinker. At the same time though, they give you so much mentoring, support, and resources so that you can be set up to succeed so long as you take the initiative to be engaged and take charge of your own success.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs Audit Intern Shea Labagh Dobberstein San Francisco, CA Intern: Software Engineering Asana San Francisco, CA 8. HPInternship Details: As an intern at HP, you could “Build the foundation of your incredible career story, while still pursuing your academic degree,” HP writes on its website. “Your journey entails exciting and meaningful projects and personalized mentoring and coaching. Above all, you will have the opportunity to connect, learn, and make history with 50,000+ HP professionals through our social learning platform, Brain Candy, or at numerous networking events.”  What Interns Say: “I really enjoyed interning at HP. The company has great corporate ethics, everyone is welcoming even to interns, they are flexible with work-life balance and you can even work from home. Great place!” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 19. Boston Consulting GroupInternship Details: “BCG’s consulting internship programs give students from many disciplines and backgrounds the opportunity to get a true feel of what it’s like to work at BCG—and to experience the life of a consultant,” according to its website. “Working as an intern at BCG is more than an opportunity to bolster your résumé. It also offers the potential to launch a career at BCG, as a vast majority of our interns receive offers for full-time positions.” What Interns Say: “Steep learning curve but everyone is willing to help you along the way as long as one makes the effort and have the right attitude. People culture definitely a big plus!” — Former InternSee Open Jobs See more Intern jobs Intern – Operations Behavioral Concepts (Massachusetts) Worcester, MA 3.4★ 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 9. Quicken LoansInternship Details: “Want to do more than push paper and make coffee?” Quicken Loans asks on its website. If so, “You’ve come to the right place. Our intern program is as diverse as our business. From day one, you’ll be working side by side with other team members, gaining priceless, hands-on experience across a (surprisingly massive!) variety of fields. You could work in Technology, Marketing/Creative, Customer Service, Sales, Human Resources and more – whatever speaks to you and your goals. Tell us your interests, and we’ll find your perfect fit. Our interns interact in a high-energy, super fast-paced environment to impact our business on a daily basis. No matter the location or team, the work you’ll do is critical to our success. You’ll do real work, earn real pay and have real fun.”What Interns Say: “So many opportunities to shadow different members of the company and lots of intern programming. Can work on real projects and pay is great.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 6. Morgan StanleyInternship Details: “Want to create change?” Morgan Stanley asks on its website. “At Morgan Stanley, we raise the capital that builds the things that change the world.” Internships are available in several regions, including Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East,  Africa, and the Americas. What Interns Say: “People are nice and collaborative. Standard is high and will help you do your best all the time.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ Three-day weekends are for ski trips, Netflix binge sessions, catching up on sleep, and…. job hunting. That’s correct! The extra day off of work or school is prime time for digging into the latest job openings, researching hot companies, and preparing your application materials (hint, hint: revise your resume for each application).January is the perfect time to start looking for and applying to summer internships. There are some super cool opportunities to work at some of the best companies in the world, so the competition is high. But if you jump on applying during this three day weekend, you’ll be ahead of the pack.College students, check out the companies and internships below. Other folks, this is one article you should email, text, Facebook and share with the students in your lives.1. FacebookInternship Details: According to Facebook’s career page, an internship with the company is all about “the chance to move fast, be bold, and build products and services with impact has never been greater. At Facebook, we have a saying that the journey is only one percent finished. … We have tons of exciting opportunities available for university grads and interns who want to help us in our mission to bring the world closer together.” What Interns Say: “Structured internship program is transparent about your evaluation and gives rich and actionable feedback. Lots of recreational activities for different peoples’ interests.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 12. Liberty Mutual InsuranceInternship Details: “Expand your interests. Bring a fresh perspective. Let yourself be challenged.” That’s what Liberty Mutual Insurance promises of its internship programs on its website. “It’s exactly what you’ll experience as a participant in Liberty Mutual undergraduate internships and development programs. For our hundreds of student interns and program participants, meaningful positions often lead to full-time job offers across the country. Come contribute to a variety of impactful business assignments, test your skills and use your academic knowledge in real world experiences.” What Interns Say: “Amazing company! The atmosphere was great and everybody was super helpful.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 5. The Walt Disney CompanyInternship Details: Disney offers careers and internships in everything from data to finance and performance. “Synonymous with quality entertainment and cutting-edge technology, The Walt Disney Company impacts a global audience every day,” its site says. What Interns Say: “Best company I’ve ever worked for. If I was part-time instead of College Program (or if I could afford non-Disney-provided housing, I would’ve stayed and tried to do a different role. Not hard to move up. Lots of CPs end up loving their job so much they use Transfer Genie to apply for a part-time job and move into a regular apartment.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 3.0★ Pharmacist – Student Intern Hendrick Health System Abilene, TX 2. GoogleInternship Details: Google accepts interns for its engineering, technology, and business programs. “Our interns are a part of Google—involved and solving problems from the start. As a technical intern, you are excited about tackling the hard problems in technology,” it writes of its technology interns. Meanwhile, “business interns come from all backgrounds, bring their diverse talents to drive the business, grow our people, and put the user before all else,” according to the website. What Interns Say: “Free food, smart people, hard problems, big data. They fly you down for orientation. If you get lucky, your team might fly somewhere too!” — Former InternSee Open Jobscenter_img 3. OathInternship Details: If you’re looking for perks, an internship at Yahoo!—or its parent company Oath—might be the way to go. According to its website, “having fun at work isn’t optional. Today, a table-tennis tournament. Tomorrow, a string quartet. We encourage employees to collaborate and suggest unexpected ways to make our offices a happy place to hang.”  What Interns Say: “Free food, fun events, balance life and work, learn lots of things there, very open, give intern works that in the real product. After the internship, you can see how your work impacts the world.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 4. MicrosoftInternship Details: “At Microsoft, our interns work on projects that matter—and your team will rely on your skills and insights to help deliver those projects to market,” according to Microsoft’s website. “You’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects and have fun along the way. This is your chance to show off your skills and work on cutting-edge technology. We offer internships in all job families and product areas.”What Interns Say: “World-class researchers, dynamic environment, and a lot of opportunities to collaborate. Researchers have quite a lot of freedom in picking research projects, both within and outside of their own team. Groups are also formed spontaneously. Overall, highly recommend! As an intern, I learned a lot.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs Accounting Services Intern Larson Gross, PLLC Bellingham, WA 13. Pepsi Co.Internship Details: Pepsi Co. recruits across college campuses for internships in information technology, finance, human resources, marketing, research and development, sales, and supply operations, according to its website. What Interns Say: “Great rotational work, was given a large amount of accounts to grow and an environment that was very self-driven.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 16. eBay Inc.Internship Details: According to eBay’s website, “We hire brilliant students to come join eBay as interns, so we make sure they work on meaningful and important projects that directly impact eBay’s business. (We don’t want you just twiddling your thumbs!) As an intern you also actively participate in Hack Week, Intern Conference and Intern Showcase. When you are not busy learning new things, you’ll be making new friends at the many outings, events and adventures that will be planned to enhance your internship experience.” What Interns Say: “eBay is the hub of mobile development in Portland. If you’re looking to learn a lot about mobile, this is definitely the place to build your knowledge. Very smart people and great office culture here. Free daily breakfast too!” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 10. ChevronInternship Details: Chevron’s internship program “provide you with an opportunity to expand your knowledge and benefit from invaluable on-the-job experience,” according to Chevron’s website. Internships are available in business development, engineering, health, policy, human resources, finance, procurement, technology, and more. What Interns Say: “Great work environment, great community, and employees are treated better than anywhere I’ve worked.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 17. Under ArmourInternship Details: “With a brand like ours, you should expect an internship that’s unique,” Under Armour promises on its website. “And that’s exactly what we offer. Our paid internships accept students in the fields of design, arts and sciences, engineering and technology, and business. For about 12 weeks, students hit the ground running, do real-world work and experience a city like no other. Upon arrival, students go through the same training as our corporate employees. Which means they spend about three days getting to know Under Armour inside and out—from products to the business to distribution. Throughout the rest of their time, students are given a hands-on, self-driven project that makes a business impact. They’ll work one-on-one with a mentor, and have access to learning seminars like Q&A sessions with our executives. And with our focus on cross-functionality and global mindset, interns get to see how their work goes way beyond themselves.” What Interns Say: “Under Armour really challenged me and allowed me to have great exposure and insight into the sports industry. I was able to work cross-functionally and meet people who worked in areas I never thought I would touch. My manager was great in challenging me but in also helping me understand the industry and what was necessary in my line of work.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 18. AppleInternship Details: “At Apple, interns are an important part of the team,” Apple promises on its website. “Whether you sign on for a summer internship or a co-op during the academic year, you can work on critical projects, in the U.S. and around the world. As part of the Apple community, you’ll get a unique perspective on our process and those who lead it. See individual listings to learn about specific internships.” What Interns Say: “Learn from top-notch engineers and the ability to work on groundbreaking projects.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs Software Engineer Intern L3Harris Rochester, NY Browse More Jobs 14. IntelInternship Details: According to its website, “Intel has a well-developed internship program; we’ve hired thousands of students over the past few years. Our goal is to provide real world, thought-provoking internships to undergraduate and graduate-level students. Historically, more than 60 percent of interns go on to accept full-time opportunities after graduation. Internships are a great way to learn about Intel’s business and develop a network of contacts for the future.”  What Interns Say: “Fellow colleagues were very intelligent, respectful, and committed to their work. Good work-life balance. Fair amount of autonomy and responsibility as an intern in R&D.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs Available Intern Jobs 2020 Summer GIS Intern BHC RHODES Overland Park, KS 11. NBC UniversalInternship Details: According to its website, “The NBC Universal Campus 2 Career Internship Program offers one of the most competitive media opportunities in the industry. Named one of the Top 10 Internship Programs in 2012, we give students real-life experience, robust learning opportunities in the classroom and on the job, and creative ways to network and meet fellow interns and employees.” What Interns Say: “Incredible culture and people. All very willing to help and grow young professionals. Perfect experience for someone in college right now looking for a fun and exciting place to work. They prepare you very well for your future.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h IT Service Desk Intern CAS Columbus, OH 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 15. State FarmInternship Details: State Farm hires interns for its “Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois and for our Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix metro area facilities,” according to its website. Internships last 11 weeks. Plus, State Farm promises, “we offer the right balance of work and fun, with business acumen/career workshops, mentorship and networking programs.” What Interns Say: “I was provided the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge about insurance and the many lines of businesses. I was able to work in a team which motivated me and cultivated growth. The environment is really nice, everyone want to see you win and will help you as much as possible.” — Former InternSee Open Jobs 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h Geoscience Intern Hess Corporation Houston, TX 4.5★ 20. QualcommInternship Details: “We offer three-month internship opportunities that give you the flexibility to continue to work on your degree while making strides in your career,” Qualcomm writes on its website. “Students from across the US join us each summer for meaningful and challenging project work that allows them to work alongside industry experts. If you have already achieved your goals on your campus, we invite you to ours.” What Interns Say: “Interns get a ton of perks. They will fly you out and pay for all of your housing expenses. Engineering homerooms were a neat opportunity to meet other interns. They also hosted various other social events. Company culture was pretty laid back and having an office was a nice benefit on top.” — Former InternSee Open Jobslast_img read more

8 Companies With On-Site Health Care

first_imgKeeping employees healthy and happy is important to most businesses – and some companies are going one step further to ensure their employees’ well being is a priority. Some companies are setting an example for better health care benefits by offering an on-site clinic. The National Association of Worksite Health Centers defines an onsite clinic as more than one medical and wellness services being offered onsite, delivered by licensed providers, to all or a designated portion of its workforce.While some companies offer occupational health clinics to treat minor injuries, others are offering full primary care – and employees who work at companies with such on-site clinics seem to really appreciate the resources.Want to work for a company that is going to help keep you healthy? Check out the following companies that offer on-site health clinics…and are hiring now!1. USAAWhat they offer: The on-site clinic at USAA allows employees to get cancer screenings, flu shots, physical therapy, and other screenings provided by licensed registered nurses and other support staff.Open positions: Software Developer, Customer Service and Sales Representative, Accounts Payable and Receivables Assistant II, Business Operations Analyst, Executive Management & more.What employees say: “I love that they had an affordable clinic and a pharmacy on campus.” –Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 7. Cisco SystemsWhat they offer: “Cisco’s LifeConnections Health Center, an onsite corporate medical center, provides concierge health care exclusively to Cisco employees,” reads their site. “We are a patient-centered medical home model, integrating advanced primary care with alternative medicine. Award-winning and high-tech, LifeConnections Health Center offers world-class health care on campus for Cisco employees and their families.”Open positions: Customer Solutions Architect, Account Manager, Enterprise Account Manager, Client Services Manager, Security Services, Solution Architect & more.What employees say: “Support for PPO and HMO, pharmacy, dental, vision care. Everything you need in one spot.” –Current Project SpecialistBrowse Open Jobs 2. Goldman SachsWhat they offer: “At Goldman Sachs in New York, staff can access an emergency physician any weekday and see rotating primary-care physicians and specialists including a dermatologist and a gynecologist,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “There are physical therapists on hand as well as a visiting physiatrist, a specialist in rehabilitation medicine.”Open positions: IMD Finance and Strategy Analyst, Marketing Associate, Associate, Private Wealth Advisor & more.What employees say: “They have a good health care on-site.” –Current Operations AnalystBrowse Open Jobs 5. ArthrexWhat they offer: Arthrex Medical Center on-site at all Southwest FL locations. One current employee raves, “Along with a generous health plan we also have three fully staffed clinics that provide free healthcare to employee and dependents.”Open positions: Administrative Assistant, Legal, Clinical Specialist, Sports Medicine, Engineer, QA, Warehouse Associate  & more.What employees say: “Excellent benefits! Company cares about the wellbeing of its employees.” –Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 3. CustomInkWhat they offer: 24/7 access to a virtual doctor on-site or remotely. “Custom Ink is dedicated to taking the best possible care of our team. We encourage Inker well-being through great health care coverage, ongoing training and support for development, open and transparent leadership, and financial well-being and education.”Open positions: Store Manager, Store Representative, Customer Service Representative, Product Design Researcher, Production & Warehouse Worker & more.What employees say: “The benefits are absolutely incredible! They literally have the Cadillac Package of benefits!” – Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobscenter_img 6. Capital OneWhat they offer: “Some of our People Center locations have on-site health centers which offer full-service care for associates and dependents, plusCapital One provides on-site fitness centers for our associates at 11 of our locations.,” says Captial One’s benefits page. “If you’re enrolled in the Capital One Medical Plan (U.S.), you and your eligible covered dependents can use LiveHealth Online at no cost to you, which provides access to world-class physicians 24/7/365 via online video consultations from your computer or smartphone/tablet.”Open positions: Principal Software Engineer, Associate Software Engineer, Senior Associate Software Engineer, Account Executive, Inside Sales, Testing Specialist & more.What employees say: “I can’t think of anything negative. Benefits-wise, best job I ever had.” –Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 4. CHG HealthcareWhat they offer: “Employees and their dependents have free access to Teladoc — a physician telephone consultation service available 24 hours, seven days a week. This network of board-certified primary care physicians is available to diagnose nonemergency medical problems, recommend treatment and, if necessary, prescribe medication. New this year, we now offer employees’ extended family members, including parents and grandparents, the use of the service for a $45 consult fee.”Open positions: Sales Leader, Vice President of Information technology, Sales Consultant Director of Leadership Development, Account Executive  & more.What employees say: “Free clinic for primary care, free teledoc, low cost insurance with good benefits, ample PTO and flexible schedules.” –Current Clinic RepresentativeBrowse Open Jobs 8. DiscoverWhat they offer: “Discover has on-site health clinics, fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations. Discover also has on-site Employee Assistance Program counselors at all of its major locations,” according to their benefits site. “Our on-site health clinics provide health and wellness services to Discover benefits-eligible employees. The on-site health clinics are staffed and managed by Concentra, an independent contractor.”Open positions: Customer Service – Banking Support, Material Handler I, Senior Manager – Product and Business Development, Credit Risk Oversight Analyst, & more.What employees say: “Great benefits offered to full time employees.” –Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobslast_img read more

Arsenal include Ozil, Alexis in official new season kit launch

first_imgArsenal have officially launched their new season kit – featuring both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the promotion.Club legends Robert Pires and Martin Keown were on hand to unveil the new red home shirts, again manufactured by Puma, but Sanchez and Ozil were both prominent in the kit’s online launch.While speculation continues to surround the futures of Arsenal’s star duo, as they both enter the final year of their contracts, they took part in the photoshoot to launch their new look.Presenting… our @PUMAfootball home kit for 2017/18 https://t.co/qnVufCjOKf#WeAreTheArsenalpic.twitter.com/kfPd6jpeZN— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 21, 2017last_img

Determine Your Nonprofit’s “Onliness”

first_imgLearn more about branding from our featured author: The Brand Gap (slide presentation) . Bonus Branding Tips:Use what you’ve learned so far to find your brand’s sweet spot. Your unique value is one part of the branding puzzle. Katya Andresen (blogger and author of Robin Hood Marketing) presented tips for branding — you can access the slides and transcripts here. Examine the graphic below and think about the overlap space in the middle: It’s the intersection of what’s important to your audience, what your organization is good at and what you’re doing that no one else is. What are in your three circles? (You’ve already figured out the blue/bottom one now!) What’s your intersection? You’ve got your eye on the year-end fundraising prize: Hitting your numbers. You’re even planning ahead and getting ready for fourth-quarter fundraising appeals during the summer months. (If you need a refresher, the five tips for kicking off your efforts.)Now, it’s time to take your plans one step further by honing in on your content. And what, you may be asking yourself, is the foundation of your fundraising messaging? Your point of differentiation. What makes your nonprofit the only one of its kind? Taken from one of our new favorite books, Zag by Marty Neumeier, you need to determine your “onliness” (only-ness): “If you can’t say you’re the ‘only,’ go back and start over.”Your unique value proposition will lead you down the path of effective messaging, and here’s a short exercise you and your staff/volunteers can do right away to figure it out:Take a journalistic approach to determining your “onliness.” Break it down with the good ol’ five W’s and an H: Who (are your constituents), What (is your category), Where (are your constituents located), When (do they need you), Why (are you important) and How (are you different)?Get an outside-insider’s opinion. Call up a volunteer and ask him/her why s/he’s involved with your organization and not Joe’s Other Advocacy Group down the street. You might be surprised what a little primary research will do for you: Your view of your differentiator might be way off from what your supporters see.Complete this phrase: “Our nonprofit is the only _____ that _____.” This gets right to the core of why your organization exists in the first place. What does your animal shelter do that no one else’s does? What niche is your nonprofit filling for human services? What populations are you serving that no one else does, and how are you doing it differently?Take your “onliness” statement from Step 3 and use it moving forward to help you make decisions. Will that new program you’re considering implementing align with your statement? Does it really make sense for your organization and subsequent communications? How can you position your organization in the fall/year-end fundraising seasons?last_img read more

How to make sure your union gets credit for your health insurance

first_imgWhen you enroll in health insurance through Freelancers Union’s website, you support advocacy campaigns like the nationwide “Freelance Isn’t Free” fight against client nonpayment, at no extra cost to you. And our experts will be here for you if you have an issue with your insurance throughout the year.How does it work?Our website is connected to our partners’ sites so that when you travel from our site to theirs, a Freelancers Union identifying code is included when you complete your enrollment on the partner’s site. Our partners pay one of Freelancers Union’s affiliates a little bit for each member. And the more people Freelancers Union represents, the louder the voice Freelancers Union has with each carrier. That means our experts have direct access to senior staff and can advocate for members if there is an issue.Do you need to do anything special to give Freelancers Union credit?No, as long as you start on our site and complete your enrollment with our partner, you’ll be all set.What if I’m already enrolled?If you live in New York and already have coverage with EmblemHealth or Oscar, you can select to have Freelancers Union’s brokerage represent you moving forward. Please email us a membership@freelancersunion.org and we can give you instructions to add us to your enrollment with the carrier.Why does it matter?Access to affordable health insurance is an important issue for every freelancer, and so is getting paid for the work you do. Freelancers Union’s mission is to represent the needs of independent workers, and when we buy insurance together we combine our voices for the betterment of all. Freelancers Union is actively in touch with policy-makers to advocate for better health policy for freelancers now and in the future.Buying insurance doesn’t have to suck! Get health insurance and support your union at the same time – at no additional cost to you.last_img read more

MintFamily with Beth Kobliner: Should Your Child Pay for Back-to-School Shopping?

first_imgDid you know Giving USA reported that in 2018, Americans donated over $410 billion dollars?! It’s around this time of year especiailly that giving back becomes top of mind for many. Whether it’s for a particular occasion or we’re looking… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,Open enrollment season is here!   We’re expecting to receive a big packet from human resources with all the options and benefits that our employers’ offer. While I won’t say that this is an exciting thing, we are eager to go over… Full Story,What are some of the biggest lessons you received about money growing up? For me, a few things stand out. We didn’t get too many formal lectures about money, but from time to time, I’d get a lesson sprinkled in here… Full Story,As the year winds down, you may find your spending picks up. With holidays approaching, families may be preparing for trips to see their loved ones or they’re buying gifts. However, if you haven’t been saving beforehand, it can mean… Full Story,While Raleigh is not exactly super close to the beach (we used to have a tiny apartment right across the street from the Chesapeake Bay when we were first married), it’s pretty easy to hop in our car and have… Full Story,How much money are you planning on spending this year during the holidays? For the average American family, it’s a good chunk of change. During the 2017 holiday season, Bank of America found that of those surveyed, they spent on… Full Story,It’s amazing how things change when you have kids. Before kids, weekend getaways and trips were fairly easy. When we needed to take a break, I remember we could look at the calendar and twenty minutes later, have a few… Full Story,How much does your family spend on food? If you’re like most, food is one of your top three expenses (the other two being housing and transportation). While it’s an essential expense for sure, but when digging around those receipts,… Full Story,If you’re a parent, helping your kids avoid or minimize college debt is a goal you’d like to help them tackle. Right now the average price for a public four-year college is $25,290 in-state ($40,940 out of state) while a… Full Storylast_img read more

15 Ways to Save More on Your Homeowners Insurance

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

Being a single dad can shorten your life: study

first_imgThe risk of dying prematurely more than doubles for single fathers compared to single mothers or paired-up dads, according to a study of Canadian families published Thursday.“Our research highlights that single fathers have higher mortality, and demonstrates the need for public health policies to help identify and support these men,” said lead author Maria Chiu, a scientist at the University of Toronto.The findings, published in The Lancet Public Health, may apply to wealthy nations with similar ratios of single-parent families to Canada, the researchers said.Chiu and colleagues tracked nearly 40,500 people across Canada over 11 years. The subjects—who included 4,590 single moms and 871 single dads—were, on average, in their early 40s when study began.Nearly 700 died by the end of the monitoring period.Compared to partnered fathers or single moms, the death rate was three times higher among single fathers.Factoring in that solo dads tended to be older, had higher cancer rates, and were more prone to heart disease, the researchers concluded their mortality risk was still twice as high.Likely culprits include poor lifestyle choices and stress, Chiu said.“We did find that single fathers tended to have unhealthier lifestyles,” which could include poor diet, lack of exercise, or excessive drinking, she said.Men parenting on their own were more likely to be separated, divorced or widowed than single mothers—a larger proportion of whom raise babies conceived outside of a relationship, the team found.Having experienced a breakup is a risk factor for mental ill health.“These results show that single fathers might be a particularly vulnerable group,” Rachel Simpson, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, commented in the same journal.Making matters worse, a 2016 study showed that go-it-alone dads—even if they acknowledge being in poor shape, physically and mentally—are less likely to seek professional help than women.Single-parent households have become more common across the developed world in recent decades.In the United States, for example, the percentage of children living with single mothers nearly tripled from eight percent in 1960 to 23 percent in 2016, according to the US Census.The percentage living with single fathers increased from one to four over the same period.In Europe, Denmark tops the list of single-parent households which make up 30 percent of the total.Of those, 23 percent are headed by women and seven percent by men, according to the OECD rich country grouping.The corresponding percentages are 19 and four for France; 14 and five for Sweden, 17 and two for Germany; 16 and three for Canada.Rates of single-parenthood are even higher in many low-income nations, especially in Africa, according to Joseph Chamie, former director of the UN Population Division.Close to 40 percent of children in South Africa, for example, have their mother as the sole parent, and four percent have only a dad.Other countries with a large share of single-parent households include Mozambique (36 percent), Dominican Republic (35 percent), Liberia (31 percent), and Kenya (30 percent), he noted in a 2016 report.“Of the world’s 2.3 billion children, 14 percent—or 320 million—are living in a single-parent household,” he calculated.In at least two categories, single fathers hold a slight edge over solo moms.Researchers at the University of Illinois found that moms on their own make about two-thirds of what their male counterparts earn.And a study in South Korea, published in PLOS ONE, showed single mothers were three times more likely to become alcohol dependent.last_img read more

5 common relationship beliefs that are complete nonsense

first_imgMost of us learn about relationships from books, movies, TV and magazines, family and friends. Without realizing it, we develop a set of ideas about what an ideal relationship looks like, based on the ideas we’ve picked up from these sources over time.Things is, many of these ideas are detrimental to our search for a partner and our relationships as they boil down to misconceptions and myths about love and marriage.It’s best to be alert to how these myths can sabotage your relationships by creating unrealistic expectations that will only lead to disappointment and heartbreak.Let’s look at some of the more obvious ones.1. There must be passion at the beginning.Now don’t throw your arms in the air and click on the next story. Hear me out!It’s a fact that not all great relationships starts with chemistry. We all know of good friendships that over time morphed into romance.Pay attention to how you feel when you’re with the person. Do you feel at ease, is there a sense of security? Do you feel comfortable? Can you talk about anything?Now, that’s a basis for a strong relationship that can go somewhere, and if you can make each other laugh, even more so.2. Happy couples do everything together.The idea that you are going to spend all your time with your partner and that that will make you happy, is a myth. Sooner or later everyone wants to spend some time alone and should.Actually, one of the best kept secrets of happy couples is prioritizing alone time alongside couple time. Couples that learn to cherish their own company and the alone time their partner needs, have stronger, longer lasting relationships.Happy couples who stay infatuated with each other are those who don’t spend every minute together, but allow each other time to peruse hobbies and spend time with personal friends.Personal time also allows each person to their recharge their battery. It gives you time to re-evaluate where you stand with yourself, where you’re going as a person, not a couple. If you don’t make time for self-reflection, you lose yourself in a nebulous “we” and “us” identity that does an injustice to who you are as an individual.3. Happy couples never fight.That may be your ideal, but sadly couples who don’t fight also don’t share. People who never fight are not happy; they are not dealing with issues in their relationship.One long-term study of marriage by Dr Terri Orbuch found that couples who reported no tensions or differences about money, family, spouse’s family, leisure time, religious beliefs, or children were not very happy over time.One of the most consistent and established research findings in all of psychology is that what matters is not if coupes argue but how they argue. There is such a thing as arguments that don’t deteriorate into a mud-slinging match, but allow each partner an opportunity to express their needs and wishes in a way that leads to productive outcomes.Don’t expect there to be no conflict, that’s an unrealistic expectation. But work on doing battle in a productive, healthy and supportive way.Arguments is how problems issues are sorted out, so don’t shy away from them, but fight as nice as you can.4. Happy partners have the same interests.If you spend your life looking for someone who shares the same interest as you, you might miss out on the perfect life partner. Although it’s great if a couple shares the same interests, you just can’t expect that to necessarily happen in real life.Don’t think that if you love opera and your potential life partner would rather go to a karaoke bar, you will have nothing to talk about and will be unhappy together.No, think of it this way: being with someone different from yourself will broadened your experience, and introduce novelty to your life.The emotional connection you share is surely more significant than any interest you might share.5. Happy partners always get along with each other’s relatives and friends.Nope. Do not expect your partner to unconditionally love your family and friends. Just don’t. You will probably also not like all of your partner’s family and friends either. That’s just life.You are in your relations for each other, not to be one big family with everyone in your separate circles. Make the best of the connections that work, and limit the ones that are award. Beyond that, the best you can do is to communicate your feelings to each other and work out strategies to navigate each situation as best you can.Sourcelast_img read more

3 Steps Virginia Can Take to Meet—and Then Exceed—its Clean Power Plan Targets

first_imgHow Virginia Can Maximize the Economic Benefits of the Clean Power PlanNot only are these reductions possible, they’re cost-effective. Consider the following:According to Virginia’s 2014 Energy Plan, a robust energy efficient policy could raise the state’s GDP by $286 million.Increasing renewable energy investment could yield $6.9 billion in net benefits for Virginia and its neighbors by 2026. That’s $113 per year per person.If Virginia surpasses its Clean Power Plan emissions-reduction target, it can sell its unused emissions allowances to other states. These sales would generate roughly $100 million on average between 2022 and 2030 (assuming a $10 per ton allowance price).Virginia Can Build On Progress Made to DateVirginia has taken some steps to scale up renewable energy and efficiency, but a huge opportunity lies ahead. If it takes advantage of available infrastructure and underutilized clean energy resources, Virginia will be in a good position to surpass EPA’s standards for its existing power plants while maintaining grid reliability. Adopting EPA’s new source complement standard would further incentivize zero-carbon generation sources, and ensure that emissions from the state’s power sector do not rise with demand. These types of actions could create a new revenue stream for the state, lead to increased investment, and would make Virginia a clean-energy leader.• LEARN MORE: Sam Adams and Kristin Meek will testify this evening at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listening session on the U.S. Clean Power Plan. The Virginia DEQ held six of these listening sessions across the state in order to gather input from the public to help inform the state’s review and implementation of EPA’s final rules for existing power plants. WRI’s fact sheet series, How States Can Meet Their Clean Power Plan Targets, examines the policies and pathways various states can use to meet or even exceed their standards under the CPP while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability and harnessing economic opportunities. This post explores these opportunities in Virginia. As part of the new Clean Power Plan, the U.S. EPA requires Virginia to reduce its power sector emissions by 23 percent below 2012 levels by 2030. New analysis shows the state could go even further while harnessing economic opportunities.Simply achieving its existing voluntary energy efficiency and renewable energy targets would reduce Virginia’s power sector CO2 emissions 27 percent below 2012 levels in 2030, surpassing its target under the Clean Power Plan. And by also increasing generation in its existing natural gas fleet, Virginia could reduce state power plant emissions 43 percent by 2030.How Virginia’s Power Plants Can Meet the Clean Power Plan RequirementsVirginia’s power plants have already reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 22 percent between 2005 and 2012, due in large part to using more natural gas and less coal, as well as lower overall electricity generation. While electricity demand is projected to rise in the coming years, capitalizing on existing clean energy opportunities can allow the state to surpass its Clean Power Plan mandate.The state has already locked in one-third of the total reductions needed through planned actions like scheduled coal plant retirements and investments in renewables and efficiency. Taking three additional steps would meet and then exceed the 23 percent target:1. Improving energy efficiencyVirginia currently has a voluntary goal to reduce its electricity consumption by 10 percent below 2006 levels of consumption by 2022. While electric generation in the state is projected to increase, partly due to increased demand, studies show a large potential for energy efficiency to curb demand growth in Virginia while lowering household energy bills. Doing so would put Virginia in a good position to meet its voluntary commitment.2. Increasing use of renewable energyVirginia’s utilities may participate in the state’s voluntary renewable portfolio standard program which has a goal that by 2025, 15 percent of electricity sold (relative to 2007 sales) is from renewable sources. Virginia is projected to generate roughly 8 percent of its electricity using renewable sources in 2025 (relative to 2007 sales), but the state has considerable untapped wind and solar potential. Capitalizing on this potential to achieve the voluntary goal—combined with meeting the efficiency target—would reduce power sector emissions by 27 percent.3. Increasing the use of existing natural gas plantsVirginia’s most efficient natural gas plants, combined cycle (NGCC) units, generated less electricity than they were capable of producing in 2012. By running existing NGCC plants (and those already under construction as of January 2014) at 75 percent, Virginia could reduce power sector emissions by another 16 percent.last_img read more

State Of FriendFeed: 14 Things You Probably Don’t Know

first_img   The following are the users with the highest number of subscribers: Originally published Aug 20, 2009 7:35:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 1. any loic (Loic Le Meur) laughingsquid (Scott Beale) 3. chrisbrogan (Chris Brogan) 4. 41% of users have connected to Facebook. 5.   23% of users have connected to LinkedIn I’ve been working on analyzing some FriendFeed data (as part of my larger project of building free social media measurement tools).  The following are the some quick highlights of what I’ve found.  This is based on a somewhat random set of 80,000+ users and 420,000+ posted items aggregated into FriendFeed.  I think the dataset is reasonably large, but I didn’t apply much statistical rigor here so the stuff below is for curiousity/amusement value only.   29% have connected their FriendFeed accounts to Flickr.   On average, users have 186 subscribers and subscribe to 128 people.  If you’re a bit surprised that the number of subscribers is higher than the number of subscriptions, don’t worry — I was too.  I have a theory as to why this is, but I need to do more analysis to prove it or disprove it. cnnbrk (CNN Breaking News).  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack   Of the users that have connected their Twitter accounts, about 69% of them have the same username on both FriendFeed and Twitter. Upate:    73% of active FriendFeed users have connected their accounts to Twitter.  Among all the services supported by FriendFeed, Twitter is by far the most popular.  The average number of comments on a FriendFeed item is 0.31 (basically, one comment for every 3 items). 14 Fun Facts About FriendFeed davew (Dave Winer)   18% of users have connected to Google Reader.  I was surprised at how many people have connected their Google Reader accounts.  This is a relatively non-promoted feature and you’d really have to go looking for it to find it and use it.  I’m guessing FriendFeed users are much more sophisticated than the average user — even the average social media user. 6. evhead (Evan Williams)   24% of users have connected to digg.center_img The top sources for items being pulled into FriendFeed (in order): Twitter, Google Reader, delicious, Facebook, bookmarklet, Flickr, Tumblr, YouTube, digg, and StumbleUpon. bret (Bret Taylor — co-founder of FriendFeed) guykawasaki (Guy Kawasaki) steverubel (Steve Rubel) 7. 11. timoreilly (Tim O’Reilly) jowyang (Jeremiah Owyang) Social Media 14.   On average, users have joined about 4 rooms.  Less than half of the users have joined 8. 10. 2. scobelizer (Robert Scoble) 12. 9. rooms (but those that have, join 8.3 rooms). Not many big surprises.  Interestingly, only 2 of these power users are from the east coast (Steve Rubel and Chris Brogan), most are from California. 13. Found an issue in the software that was getting stuck on certain users.  Fixed now (I think) and Robert Scoble has now claimed the top of the list in terms of most subscribers.  Sorry Robert — thanks for stopping by.   On average, active FriendFeed users have connected their account to 6.1 external services.  This is higher than I would have thought.  Clearly, those that are using FriendFeed are spending the time to configure their account. Topics: Are you a FriendFeed user?  Does the recent Facebook acquisition impact how (or if) you’ll use the application?   40% of users have connected their account to a blog.  Seems a lot of people are using FriendFeed to publish articles from their blog.last_img read more

BREAKING: Facebook Announces New Subscribe Button

first_img Facebook Updates Originally published Sep 14, 2011 2:55:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: This afternoon, Facebook announced the release of a brand new feature, the Subscribe Button for profile pages. Ultimately, the new feature enables Facebook to support and provide even more publicly available content, which is a huge stride for its position in the search market.Up until now, users haven’t had much control over what see in their News Feed. On a user-by-user basis, the Subscribe Buttons gives you the ability to choose whether you’d like to see all updates, most updates, or just important updates from another user.3 Main Functions of the Subscribe ButtonThe Subscribe Button, which Facebook promises to start making available on users’ profiles over the next few days, will allow you to:1. Choose exactly what you can see from people in your News Feed. Facebook users can already view updates from their friends in their News Feed, but using the new button, users can now choose how much will get displayed. They will now have the option of seeing all of that particular friend’s updates, most (the amount that they currently see) of their updates, or only important updates (e.g. just highlights like a new job change or a move). Furthermore, users can also choose how much of what type of content will get displayed, such as photos, games, or nothing at all.2. Subscribe to people who aren’t your friends. As long as the user enables the Subscribe Button on his/her profile, you can subscribe to view updates from those people in your News Feed as well. This is a bonus for political figures, journalists, artists, bloggers, etc. who don’t want hoards of friends but do want the ability to spread their messages to others.3. Allow others to subscribe to your updates. Conversely, you can enable the Subscribe Button on your own profile and start generating subscribers to your updates as well. This will allow you to share your updates and content with more than just your friends. You can get even more granular with it, too. If you’ve enabled subscribers, you can limit what the public can see compared to what your friends can see using Facebook’s post-by-post sharing options (e.g. public vs. friends vs. custom). To enable the Subscribe Button on your own profile, visit Facebook’s Subscription Page and click “Allow Subscribers.”Marketing TakeawayWith the new Subscribe Button getting rolled out to personal profiles, the availability of the new feature will mean more publicly available data on Facebook. In addition, as people start enabling the Subscribe Button for their own profiles and try to attract subscribers, Facebook’s search function will become substantially better. Up until now, Facebook’s search functionality has been fairly limiting and not very useful due to the lack of publicly available content. This will soon change, making Facebook even more powerful from a search standpoint.As a marketer, make sure that when you’re promoting your business content on Facebook, you make it publicly available. This will ensure it can be indexed by Facebook search, thus expanding the reach of the content you share on Facebook.Additionally, Facebook’s introduction of the Subscribe Button will likely have future implications for business pages as well as Facebook’s advertising platform. Marketers should keep an eye on Facebook’s future announcements to stay on top of how new features can potentially affect their Facebook marketing efforts.What do you think about Facebook’s new Subscribe Button? Will you add it to your profile? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Color Theory 101: Deconstructing 7 Famous Brands’ Color Palettes

first_img Originally published Jan 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated August 25 2017 Topics: Pablo Picasso once said, “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”Ladies and gentlemen, Picasso was wrong.You actually can figure out why “two colors, put one next to the other, sing.”Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more.  Or, more accurately, you can figure out why some color combinations work (i.e., look good) and why other color combinations don’t work (i.e., look terrible). I realize that Picasso probably meant “one can never learn how to paint” in a less literal, more philosophical way. As in, you can’t teach someone to have a sense of style or how to develop artistic sensibilities; that there is some innate, incomprehensible trait that some people have and some people don’t.It would seem, according to Picasso’s quote, that being able to determine what colors look good next to each other is a talent you’re born with, and not something you can learn.Again, I would disagree.From a scientific standpoint, it’s certainly plausible that some people are genetically predisposed to being good at art and design. But I’d argue that the “10,000 hours theory” makes that notion irrelevant. For those unfamiliar with the 10,000 hours theory, it states that anyone can become a master of a particular skill provided that they practice that skill for, approximately, 10,000 hours during their lifetime.So, while Picasso may have been born with some level of predisposition toward being good at painting, the primary reason why he was so good is quite simple: he painted a lot. And if you practice a lot, you can get better at picking the right color palettes, too.Practice Makes a Perfect PaletteNow that we’ve thoroughly ripped apart a quote from one of history’s most famous artists, let’s get practicing!In the rest of this article, I’ll walk you through seven, real-word examples of color palettes on the web. For each example, we’ll see if you can guess which company or brand the color palette comes from. Then, we’ll dive into the color theory behind what makes a particular color palette work (or not work, if that happens to be the case).Note: Be sure to scroll down nice and slow so you have a chance to guess before revealing the answer!Example #1: Understanding Different Color ModelsAlright, here we go: Which website does the color scheme below come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..Of course, that blue, green, yellow, and red color palette belongs to none other than the great Google.Even without having any previous education around color theory, there are some basic lessons we can take away from this palette on how different color models work.For starters, you may have noticed that the red, blue, and yellow in Google’s palette are primary colors — colors you can mix together to form all of the other colors. So, to create green — the only secondary color in Google’s color palette — one simply needs to mix blue and yellow together.Now, if we were mixing blue and yellow paint, that idea of “mixing” would hold true. But that’s because the world of painting (and printing) adheres to the CMYK — cyan (blue-ish), magenta (reddish), yellow, and key (black) — color model. Essentially, this color model is comprised of the three primary colors plus black, the latter of which is used for creating darker versions of colors.Here’s where things can get a little confusing: CMYK is a subtractive color model, which means colors are created through absorbing, or subtracting, particular wavelengths of visible light. The wavelengths of light that don’t get absorbed are reflected, and that reflected light ends up being the color we see.So, using this model, you could argue that a green object isn’t really green at all: it’s simply an object that’s reflecting the wavelength for green and absorbing the wavelengths for all the other colors.With me so far? Great! Because the colors you saw in the above example weren’t created using the CMYK color model: they were created using the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which is the model that computers, televisions, and other electronic devices use. Unlike CMYK, RGB is an additive model. Red, green, and blue light waves are added together in particular combinations in order to produce colors.So while the green in Google’s color palette is a secondary color in the CMYK system, it’s actually a primary color in the RGB system. And overall, Google’s color scheme does feel very primary; or basic. Like preschool or kindergarten. (I always think of those wood blocks with the letters painted on them when I see Google’s colors.)Alright, that’s enough with the CMKY / RGB stuff — it’s just to give you a reference point for later on in the post. Let’s move on to the next example.Example #2: Hue, Shade, Tint, Tone & SaturationWhat company’s website does the color palette below belong to? Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..Twitter’s color palette provides us with a superb example of a monochromatic color scheme. Instead of thinking of the gray, dark blue, and light blue in Twitter’s palette as separate colors, think of them as different flavors of the same color. Or more accurately, different flavors of the same hue.Let’s run through some terminology real quick and this will all start to make a lot more sense:Hue: What we usually mean when we talk about color. The hue is the overarching, discerning quality of a color (e.g. “red” or “blue”).Shade: What you get when you add black to a particular hue (e.g. dark blue is a shade of blue).Tint: What you get when you add white to a particular hue (e.g. light blue is a tint of blue).Tone: What you get when you add both black and white — a.k.a. gray — to a particular hue (e.g. pastel blue is a tone of blue).Saturation: While “tone” is a popular painting term, in the world of graphic design you’ll be more likely to encounter the term “saturation” when dealing with adding gray to color. More specifically, saturation defines a range of color starting with gray (0% saturation) and ending with a pure, gray-less form of the color (100% saturation). Desaturated colors are softer, and potentially duller in comparison to their highly saturated counterparts, which are more vivid.Now, back to Twitter: Let’s use the blue from the logo, the lighter blue, as our reference point. That’s our hue. That’s “Twitter blue.” The darker blue is simply a shade of that Twitter blue, yet it has a higher saturation, making it a bit more vivid and eye-catching (which makes a whole lot of sense considering Twitter is using that blue to draw attention to their primary CTA: “Tweet”).The gray used for the icons is also a shade of the Twitter blue, but it has a considerably lower saturation (around 20%).All said and done, we can describe Twitter’s color scheme as being monochromatic. The colors all look good next to each other because they all have the same root color in them: it’s just the shading, tinting, and saturation levels that make them different.This is in stark contrast to Google’s polychromatic color scheme, where there are four distinct hues and no root color binding them all together. So, why do Google’s colors still seem to mesh and look good next to each other? A key reason is because they all have similarly high saturation levels.Example #3: Determining a Color SchemeAright, on to our next example. Whose website does this color palette come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..This one was a bit trickier. While most of us are familiar with UPS’s famous (and trademarked) brown, that blue may — at first glance — seem to come out of left field. But regardless of whether or not you like that blue color, there’s a clear reason why UPS chose it: It’s complementary to the brown.In the world of color theory, complementary colors are pairs of colors that sit directly across from each other on the color wheel. When you put complementary colors next to each other in a design, they create a high degree of contrast (i.e., both colors really stick out) and the result is usually quite harmonious.Now, there’s one more piece to this UPS complementary color puzzle: Where the heck do you find brown on the color wheel?The answer: brown is actually just a shade — or darker version — of reddish-orange. So to find brown’s complement, you first need to find reddish-orange on the color wheel. And when you do that, you’ll see that blue appears right across from it.Of course, complementary colors aren’t the only combination of colors that can make for a pleasing palette. There are also …Analogous colors, which are colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel.Triadic colors, which are three colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.Split-complementary colors, which consist of a base color plus the two colors that are adjacent to the base color’s complement on the color wheel.Here’s a little diagram to help you understand these better:Now, truth be told, there are several other types of color combinations that are based on the color wheel — these are just the most basic. (If you’re looking for a deeper dive, check out the Tiger Color website.)The main takeaway here is that the observable qualities of colors (e.g., hue, shade, tint, etc.) aren’t the only factors that affect how colors interact. By understanding how different colors are oriented on the color wheel, you’ll be able to make more harmonious color choices.Example #4: Color and BrandingWhich company’s website does the color palette below come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..Whereas UPS added a new color (blue) to its typical brown and yellow color palette when designing their website, rival FedEx did the opposite: FedEx removed the orange that we usually see on their trucks and instead doubled down on the purple.As a result, UPS’s and FedEx’s website color palettes couldn’t be more different. While UPS has this whole earth-tone vibe going on, using colors that could appear in nature, FedEx has more of a “strictly business” vibe. Their monochromatic scheme uses purple as the sole accent color, which also adds to this palette’s inorganic, corporate feel, as the color purple rarely occurs in nature (some folks even claim that purple is an artificial color).The takeaway here: Remember that your website’s color palette can affect how people perceive you and your business. Different colors correlate to different emotions. Brown, for example, is commonly associated with ruggedness and dependability. Purple, meanwhile, is associated with authority and sophistication.We’ll explore the relationship between color and psychology a bit further in the examples to follow.Example #5: Pairing Complementary ColorsWhich popular news website does the color palette below come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..Ah yes, HuffPost green. From a psychological perspective, the color green is associated with balance, harmony, and reassurance (making it a good choice for a news website, no doubt). However, HuffPost’s green is notably dark and desaturated — like a pine green — which means it’s also associated with wealth and ambition.Now, how about that red? Red is the most emotionally charged color, tied to passion and love and hate and all that good stuff. So, when we look at HuffPost’s homepage, it’s not surprising that our eyes are immediately drawn to those two red call-outs: the “Watch Live” call-out on the left and the “HuffPost Live” call-out on the right. Another reason why the red really pops in this situation? It’s complementary to the green.Interestingly, it’s a general rule in design that you should avoid pairing red with green, despite their complementary relationship on the color wheel. For starters, this is because seeing red adjacent to green creates a Christmasy feel that most designers try to avoid. Unless, ya know, they’re designing Christmas stuff.A second reason why you should avoid pairing red with green: People suffering from color blindness — specifically deuteranopia, which is the most common form of color blindness — can have trouble distinguishing between the two colors.A third reason: Red and green often “compete” with each other for visual attention when they’re paired together, which results in both colors appearing brighter than usual (see left).The designers behind HuffPost’s color palette were certainly aware of these phenomena, which is why A) they use the red very sparingly in the design, and B) they chose a dark, desaturated green, which plays nicer with the red (see right). Example #6: Deep Saturation and Primary ColorsWhich popular website does the color palette below come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..The first few words that come to mind when looking at BuzzFeed’s color palette include “bright,” “vivid,” “in-your-face,” and “stop-what-you’re-doing-right-now-and-read-this-OMG-OMG-OMG!!!”Clearly, BuzzFeed’s goal with this color palette is to attract our attention. But in terms of color theory, what’s going on here?For starters, BuzzFeed — like Google — uses primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. But BuzzFeed’s red, yellow, blue are brighter and more deeply saturated, and thus more eye-catching.Also, if we ignore that black (which isn’t really a color, per se, but is rather what results from the total absence — or total absorption — of visible light waves), we could say that BuzzFeed uses a triadic color scheme, as red, yellow, and blue are spaced out evenly around the color wheel.In terms of color psychology, red (as I mentioned in the previous example) is the most emotionally charged color around, so it’s not surprising that BuzzFeed employs it in their logo: They want you to feel energized and excited.Yellow, another prominent color in BuzzFeed’s palette, is associated with both energy and happiness. And speaking of happiness … doesn’t that row of yellow circles with the black text at the top of BuzzFeed’s homepage remind you of a row of smiley faces?The blue in BuzzFeed’s color palette is reserved exclusively for links and call-to-action buttons, which is a smart move. Blue, you see, is associated with calmness and trustworthiness. So, amidst all the emotional chaos of BuzzFeed’s red and yellow, the blue links feel inviting, as if to say, “Don’t worry, we know it’s crazy here, but you can trust us! Go ahead, give us a click!” Lesson #7: Desaturated PalettesAlright, it’s time for our final example: Which popular website does the color palette below come from?Scroll down to see if you’re right!…..If you had trouble figuring out that the above palette was from Facebook, don’t feel bad: I deliberately made it a little tricky by including the red and the yellow.Truth be told, if you scroll around Facebook, you’ll see that they employ a variety of colors, especially when it comes to sidebar icons. (For our purposes, I focused specifically on the icons near the top of the page in order to extract the yellow and the red.)Now, this is where my master plan comes together: Take a look at the Facebook color palette, then scroll back up to BuzzFeed’s. Both sites employ yellow, red, and blue in their colors schemes … yet the schemes couldn’t feel more different!By now, you’re probably able to explain why this is. But let’s run through it together just for funsies.For starters, Facebook employs a few different shades of its iconic blue (just like Twitter does). It’s an easy way to add some contrast to a design without veering off into an entirely different stylistic direction.However, the main culprit here is saturation: Facebook’s yellow, red, and blue are all desaturated to a similar degree. And as a result, they all feel calm and relaxed. Whereas seeing BuzzFeed’s color palette feels like taking a shot of espresso, seeing Facebook’s palette feels like getting wrapped up in a cozy blanket.Of course, the way the two sites employ their colors is very different. With BuzzFeed, blue — a color that instills trust and calmness — only appears on links. With Facebook, there’s a fixed blue bar running right across the top of the site, so those feelings of trust and calmness are ever-present.All said and done, Facebook’s muted, blue-centric color palette makes us want to kick off our shoes and relax a while. And considering the average American spends about 40 minutes each day checking Facebook, those color choices seems to be working out.Have some color theory wisdom you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments section below! Psychology of Color Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more