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Fed officials optimistic on growth

first_img The US recovery is gathering strength, two Federal Reserve officials indicated yesterday. Sandra Pianalto spoke of a “virtuous cycle of growth” in the economy, while Richard Fisher said that the Fed should rule out any quantitative easing beyond June of this year. KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia whatsapp Share Fed officials optimistic on growth center_img Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 22 March 2011 8:32 pm whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

iGB Diary: US earthquake, UK gloom, Paddy steps up, naughty Neds

first_img This week: mehusive news from the US Supreme Court, UK in double whammy blow, flat earth bet is back on and naughty Neds iGB Diary: US earthquake, UK gloom, Paddy steps up, naughty Neds Phew, what a week igamers! This week: mehusive news from the Supreme Court that will see the opening of the US sports betting market, the UK government puts a bit of a damper on things with its ‘double whamm’ FOBT cap and remote tax hike, plus Paddy Power and NedsHow big??? The Diary was impressed by how fast some stakeholders were out of the blocks following the US Supreme Court’s landmark striking down of the long-standing US sports betting. Taking the gold medal was Genius Sports, its data deal with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) up on ESPN pretty much immediately following the ruling. A spokesperson emphasised to ESPN it  did not include any betting rights, only for the NCAA, probably the most vehemently opposed of the leagues during the case, to come out later in the week in support of a federal framework for sports betting. Which will actually have the exact same outcome as remaining vehemently opposed to sports betting, given that a federal framework has zero chance of ever coming to pass. Among the most bullish and interesting deals announced later in the week was racing and gaming giant Churchill Downs’ with SBTech to start up real-money igaming and sports betting, starting with NJ and Pennsylvania. CDI’s multi-state network of off-track betting facilities and advance deposit wagering business – the most widely legal and available form of online gambling in the US, currently offered in more than 30 US states – offering potential for SBTech to add sports betting in facilities and online as regulation allows. Churchill Downs also recently disposed of its social business for $900m, suggesting it will be throwing plenty of money behind the real-money push. Chuchill Downs’ biggest rival in the US online horse wagering market in the US is of course Paddy Power Betfair-owned TVG. Along with William Hill, which runs 109 Nevada books, Cenkos analyst Simon French reckons the company will following the FOBT depth charge this week “focus on potential upside from sports betting”. Stateside, casino groups with exposure to numerous states such as Boyd and Penn National are however seen as the best positioned to capitalise. The momentum for overturning PASPA provided by some of the leagues softening their position, public opinion swinging in favour and the casinos and other states joining the case has been well documented. Perhaps less so the role played by those in New Jersey that got the juggernaut moving in the first place, from Senators Ray Lesniak and the late Jim Whelan, to ex-Governor Chris Christie, Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park, lobbyists Joe Brennan and Bill Pascrell, to name but a few. DFS’ blurring of the line between skill and gambling and state legislatures’regulation of this also helped soften hardline attitudes towards real-money wagering. And hopefully the scramble to get sports betting up and running will also help give a much-needed push to the state-by-state roll-out of igaming, stalled at just three states until Pennsylvania this year.With a bump Later in the week, of course, several of those companies whooping at the SCOTUS decision found themselves broght back down to earth by the UK government’s announcement following its Triennial Review that it would not only slash the max stake on FOBTs to £2 but would look to cover the resulting £400m black hole in the public finances by hiking the remote gambling tax. All remote operators will also under supervision of the Gambling Commission have to bolster age verification rules and set limits on consumers spending until affordability checks have been conducted. It’s fair to say the outcome couldn’t actually have been much worse for the big multi-channel guys in the UK, with significant job losses and a 66% reduction in profits, according to Paul Leyland at Regulus Partners. But as the operators themselves and many industry commentators have acknowledged, the decision has finally removed the uncertainty over exactly what was going to happen and the industry can now move on. The LBO sector – which was seeing shop numbers spiral downwards until the loophole of being able to offer casino games on the terminals saw it become fixated on these – to reinvent itself, work hard at improving their core business and build sustainable businesses which aren’t just waiting for the sledgehammer to come down, which is the uncomfortable state of limbo UK bookies have had to exist in the past few years. Having less shops to compete against on the high street together with a renewed focus on the content and product should also eventually boost betting turnover per shop once the multi-channel operators have got through the painful transition back to a betting-led model over the next couple of years.Paddy Power steps up to flat earth bet Following on from last week’s musings about none of the bookies being prepared to offer a Grimsby man odds on whether or not the earth is flat, Paddy Power has reportedly done a U-turn on the matter. According to the Grimsby Telegraph, following widespread media attention, the bookie agreed to offer local man Gerrard Gallacher 200/1 odds on the earth being flat. Unfortunately, the flat earther is still not happy, describing the odds as an “absolute joke” that isn’t worth more than a £1 flutter. “We’re talking an absolutely huge question, we’re playing with humanity. It should be like 5,000/1, 10,000/1 realistically, shouldn’t it?” he implored the local rag. Paddys has also put a stipulation that NASA confirms the earth is flat, rather than that “within five years a politician, scientist or official will announce to the world that the earth is flat”, which was the bet Gallacher has been asking Sky Bet for last week. No matter what odds it offered, we doubt Paddys is too concerned about losing this one. Naughty Neds Aussie sportsbook newcomer Neds is no stranger to controversy when it comes to its advertising – in fact Australia’s Advertising Standards Board banned two of its ads within a month of its launch late last year. But its latest run-in with authorities over advertising sets an ominous tone for the rest of the industry Down Under. As we reported recently, there is some concern that changes this month to the state’s Betting and Racing Act 1998 will have far-reaching consequences, making it impossible to advertise inducements if someone in NSW can see the ad — previously the stipulation had simply been the NSW resident couldn’t act on the ad. Liquor and Gaming NSW prosecuted Neds under the old rules and fined the bookie $18,000, but if the news release afterwards is anything to go by, the regulator is chomping at the bit for the chance to put its new powers into effect. “While this case needed to be prosecuted under the laws that existed when the offences took place, new laws will ensure operators will incur substantially higher penalties for irresponsible practices,” Liquor and Gaming NSW Deputy Secretary Paul Newson said. “Under the new laws, maximum fines for offering unlawful inducements to gamble have been increased tenfold, and directors of wagering businesses can be held personally liable and criminally convicted for gaming offences.” If the regulator starts going after every Australian sportsbook with a sign-up or bonus offer that can be seen by a person in NSW, the coffers will likely be so full NSW won’t even need to bring in a point of consumption tax.See you next week, igamers! 18th May 2018 | By Stephen Carter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: iGB Diary Email Addresslast_img read more

Can the gold boom continue?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares It’s fair to say gold has had a good run during the pandemic. An ounce of gold closed for the week above $2,000 for the first time in history on Friday. That’s great if you own gold, but it’s not a sign of a healthy global economy. Not that we need any more indications of that at the moment. But even as gold pushes to new records, opinion pieces in the various financial publications deride gold, claiming it’s overbought. Even gold bull Dennis Gartman says he’s getting out of gold and waiting for a correction.So, can the gold boom continue? Here’s one reason why it might, and why you might want to invest in it.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Gold is REAL moneyGold has intrinsic value. It’s a great metal for jewellery of course, but it also has applications in computer hardware and other tech. The reason it’s not used more is because it’s expensive. Why is it expensive? Because it’s rare.The most annoying thing about gold for Jerome Powell (chairman of The Federal Reserve in the US) is that he can’t print it. Dollars on the other hand – no problem. The actual method of money printing via quantitative easing (QE) is complicated, but the end result is more dollars and thus the money supply increases. This sneaky bit of financial engineering is allowing the US government to borrow dollars that didn’t exist yesterday and the Bank of England is doing the same thing. Gold supply, on the other hand, is far more constrained. Only a certain amount can be mined per year in practice – and that number’s pretty stable. So as paper notes increase in supply exponentially, but gold supply remains fixed, more and more paper notes will be needed to buy it. This is inflation which, incidentally, the Fed is expected to commit to ramping up.How you can investThe savvy investor will want to profit from this, and here’s how:You can buy gold itself. The Royal Mint Bullion offers the opportunity to buy and sell physical gold. Alternatively, investors can consider physical gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs), such as the WisdomTree Physical Gold ETF or the Invesco Physical Gold ETC. The only concern is gold’s volatile price. You shouldn’t put a big chunk of your portfolio in any commodity.You can buy gold-mining companies’ stocks. Within the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, companies that mine gold include Chile’s Antofagasta, Mexico-based Fresnillo, Russian mining operation Polymetal International, and Centamin, which focuses on the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Gold-mining stocks tend to be more stable than the underlying commodity and they pay dividends.If you have some money set aside for investing — like £1k, for instance — my top pick in the gold sector is FTSE 250 firm Centamin, which produces gold from its Sukari mine in Egypt. Like most gold-miners, Centamin has benefited from the run-up in the price of gold over the last five years. With gold prices rising and potentially rising even faster soon, profits could be set to shoot up. And with a dividend yield of 4.35% and a P/E of 18, a share price of 221p doesn’t look too pricey to me, even if it’s not as good a bargain as at its 149p low in June. Toby Aston has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Can the gold boom continue? See all posts by Toby Astoncenter_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Toby Aston | Monday, 10th August, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Sufia’s story: climate change in Bangladesh

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sufia’s story: climate change in Bangladesh Howard Lake | 3 February 2010 | News Climate change is pushing vulnerable communities worldwide further into poverty. And too often, climate change costs lives. This is Sufia’s story.Jeff Brooks at Future Fundraising commented: “Watch this video, and you’ll see evidence of a nonprofit that’s serious about engaging donors in helping change the world…“The new material is specific and clear. Real people, facing real problems that have real solutions that donors can make possible through concrete actions…“I have no inside knowledge about Oxfam Great Britain, but I imagine this significant shift of strategy is the work of determined heroes who spoke against abstraction in favor of the dull, literal stuff that actually gets people to join the cause.“So on behalf of donors and the many people Oxfam serves, Congratulations for getting it right”. Advertisement  27 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Individual giving About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

IoF launches programme supporting arts, heritage & culture fundraisers

first_img Tagged with: arts bursary Institute of Fundraising Melanie May | 30 May 2018 | News The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new programme including bursaries to support fundraisers and development professionals working in the arts, culture and heritage sector throughout England.According to the IoF, RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage works on “the belief that a strong and financially sustainable cultural sector creates a society in which all can flourish”. It aims to raise the profile of cultural sector fundraising, enhance the expertise of sector fundraisers and share that knowledge, and enable fundraisers to engage with other charitable sectors to develop best practice.The new programme is a four-year programme funded by the Arts Council England and run by the IoF in partnership with IoF Culture Sector Network (CSN) and Young Arts Fundraisers. Its launch also marks the IoF’s move to make cultural sector fundraising in the arts a key part of its strategy.The IoF is also offering new RAISE bursaries to help fundraisers from the sector attend its July Fundraising Convention. These are open to anyone from at least one of the following groups in the cultural sector: early career fundraisers, small and medium charities, and self-identifying BAME individuals. The deadline for 2018 applications is 5pm on Friday 8 June.Chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network, Martin Kaufman, said:“I’m delighted to announce the launch of RAISE, which has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council England. This will make a huge difference to cultural organisations across England, many of which are struggling to find the funds they need.“By greatly expanding the IoF’s Cultural Sector Network’s support to build fundraising skills and capacity, it will mean we will be able to support a highly diverse range of cultural organisations to raise the funds they need to continue and to grow their wonderful work across the country.”  324 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 IoF launches programme supporting arts, heritage & culture fundraiserscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19  323 total views,  2 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

PDF of February 18 issue

first_imgDownload the PDF.Alabama — Roll the union on!Solidarity with Amazon organizing;Class struggle then and now.BLACK HISTORY MONTH:Tribute to George JacksonL.D. Barkley, martyred in Attica uprisingA fighting union leader: Karen Lewis ALSO:Care workers dare to strike;$1K per hour union busters;Electric vehicles & the UAW;LGBTQ2S+ youth targeted;Teachers demand school safety;Editorial: Impeachment lessons.GLOBAL:Haiti uprising;Immigration: Round one with Biden.TEAR DOWN THE WALLS:Solidarity with Amazon workersTransgender organizingSpeaking up for medical rights‘Not imprisoned, enslaved!’‘COVID illness, deaths rage’‘Free Mumia, all political prisoners!’Free Leonard Peltier!Download the PDF.More PDF back-issues here.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Marketing program aims to connect students with community

first_imgWhat we’re reading: father arrested after running cult out of daughter’s dorm, federal judge approves Sprint’s acquisition Previous articleNo. 3 Kansas proves too much as Frogs drop fifth-straightNext articleTCU police investigating flyers on campus from white supremacist group Layna Steward RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook SGA votes to hold referendum to eliminate House seats for Honors College Linkedin Layna Steward + posts Layna Steward is a journalism and ranch management double major and business minor at TCU from North Richland Hills, Texas. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys working at her family’s cattle ranch in San Saba, Texas. She hopes to one day work somewhere she can combine her passion for writing and her love of ranching. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook ReddItcenter_img Layna Steward printPairr, a brand-new marketing platform that values experiences over objects, allows TCU students to connect with events, experiences, and local brands. Co-founded by Tinsley Merrill during her undergraduate years at SMU, Pairr creates new ways for brands to connect with their consumers, helping students find new ways to experience their college town.Instead of basic advertising, Pairr allows brands to see what consumers enjoy and create custom events based on the selections made by users.When new users first download the app, they will select certain events that interest them. When Pairr organizes an event that fits the interests that the member selected, he or she will be emailed an invite to attend that certain event. The events are organized and advertised by Pairr student representatives. “Anyone who is a TCU student and has a strong social media influence can apply to be a Pairr insider,” said insider Gabriela Fagelman. Pairr insiders receive products from brands such as Pressed Juicery and CorePower Yoga and are expected to advertise them on their social media.Become a Pairr member and start attending events hosted by numerous different brands. Photo courtesy of Pairr.“Our generation craves experience over things, so the traditional push model of marketing, casting a wide net to reach mass consumers, does not relate to Generation Z,” Merrill said. “Pairr utilizes a pull model of marketing, customizing experiences based on the consumers’ interests, rather than what marketers think they want.”When choosing their first event in 2016, the founders of Pairr used a “top-down marketing approach,” which landed them Red Bull as a sponsor, intern Mariana Kesovija said. This is a technique where marketing companies go “straight for the biggest brand they can.”Mariana Kesovija said that this strategy landed Pairr a partnership with other brands like Neiman Marcus and Topo Chico.SMU students stop to pose at the PAIRR event, Fiesta Homecoming. Photo courtesy of Pairr.Pairr has become an asset to the TCU marketing program because it has found a creative and innovative way to pair brands with their target markets, insider Mariana Kesovija said. Pairr is the “in-between” that helps “bridge the gap” when it comes to matching brands and products, she said.Finance major and Pairr insider Niki Kesovija said Pairr teaches her about the creative and digital sides of advertising that will keep the consumer market engaged. The “Deep in the Heart of Texas” festival is one of many events that TCU students have helped prepare. Photo courtesy of Pairr.Kesovija said it is something TCU students will be able to put on their resumes. The insiders’ majors range from marketing to graphic design to fashion merchandising. She believes employers will see this as a “new wave” form of marketing and a way to get connected with ideas of the younger generations.As a fashion merchandising major, Fagelman said that being a Pairr insider provides her with “hands-on marketing skills” employers look for when hiring new employees. Pairr will be beneficial to students who want to get off campus and explore their city in ways that would not be possible without the Pairr events hosted by high-quality brands, Kesovija said.One of Pairr’s first events TCU student insiders helped prepare will be March 1 in Dallas, Texas. For more information and to become a Pairr member, visit PAIRR’s website. Layna Steward Twitter Students deal with not having study days before finals ReddIt Layna Steward World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Not your grandmother’s Thanksgiving

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… We had Thanksgiving dinner in the mist of the loud chatter of total strangers. In the background, we could hear kitchen clatter and, every now and then over the soulful acoustic sounds of Alison Krauss and Union Station, a voice rang out, “Jones, party of twelve. Your table is ready.”We did make the movie. But, to my disappointment, my favorite president of all time, Abraham Lincoln was made to appear, as my granny would say, “wore slam down and limp in the knees” from the war and from his hen-pecking Molly.The movie was enlightening and the dinner was good, but it was not my grandmother’s Thanksgiving.Memory took me back to the Thanksgivings that we spent just down the hill at my grandmother’s house.Mommie would start days in advancing baking cakes and pies for the family dinner.And, the turkeys in the chicken yard would get anxious, not knowing which would be “invited” to Thanksgiving dinner. A plump hen was always “invited” because a fat hen makes the best dressing and dumplin’s.The table would be covered with a white tablecloth and spread with all kinds of good things to eat. But back then, “buffet” was the sideboard where Mommie kept her good dishes and the platters and bowls with a gold rim.Buffet was not a place where people lined up like hogs at the trough.No. We did not eat buffet style.On Thanksgiving Day, we put on our Sunday clothes and went to share a special dinner with our family and give thanks for the many blessings that God had given us whether we deserved them or not.We would all sit around the table with my granddaddy, Pop, at the head. He would have on his kaki pants and starched white, long sleeve shirt with the top button buttoned. We’d all have our cloth napkins opened on our laps ready for him to say the blessing. During the blessing, we closed our eyes and dared not take a peek at all the good food on the table.When the blessing was said, Pop would carve the turkey and begin passing the food around.We did not reach for the food. We waited until it was passed to us. What we wanted, we put on our plates. What we didn’t, we passed along.Back then, we cleaned our plates. There were people all over the world that would go to bed hungry that night, Pop said. We should not waste food.The grownups talked cheerfully during Thanksgiving dinner. The children were seen but not heard. That was a rule that, I think, was somewhere in the Bible but nobody told us where.After everyone had finished eating dinner, the dessert was served. It was always ambrosia. That was our family tradition.After dinner, the grownups sat around and talked all afternoon while we went outside and played. It was always cold on Thanksgiving Day back then and, at dusk, we would gather inside the warmth and coziness of our grandparent’s home for a supper of sausage and syrup and biscuits before saying our sad goodbyes and heartfelt goodnights.That was Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. How I wish I could go there just one more time.Jaine Treadwell is features editor of The Messenger. Contact her at [email protected] Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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But, not one… read more Book Nook to reopen Not your grandmother’s Thanksgiving Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Something like this could only happen in The Twilight Zone.The night before, going to the Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving dinner had seemed like a good idea.For the first time, I was holding forth with ol’ Tom Turkey on Black Friday. Getting all the feet under the table on Thanksgiving Day was “might near” impossible. So, to make things more convenient for everyone, we decided to gobble on the Friday after. Email the author Out of nowhere, the theme from The Twilight Zone was playing in my head.Dozens and dozens of people I had never seen before were milling all around me with seemingly no purpose. Over the din, I could hear Dailey and Vincent singing “Welcome Home.”It was Thanksgiving Day and it was dinnertime. What was I doing in the Cracker Barrel? Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 23, 2012 Print Article Skip By Jaine Treadwell That was fine with me because I had no shopping plans. I would rather be put in the lion’s den than in a shopping mall. At least, the lions could eat me and put me out of my misery.One son has arrived on Wednesday and we, in a moment of apparent delusion, decided that having Thanksgiving dinner at the Cracker Barrel and then catching ‘Lincoln” at the movie theater would be a good and fun way for us to spend Thanksgiving Day.Little did we know that far too many people do not go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house on Thanksgiving Day.No. They take the paved road to … THE CRACKER BARREL. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Flexibility helps lift employees’ productivity rate

first_img Comments are closed. Modern practices such as flexible working are improving productivity, areport claims. The study by BT Cellnet reveals that nearly 80 per cent of staff who workflexibly think their performance has improved as a result. Nearly 70 per centestimate they are at least 10 per cent more efficient. The report, based on a survey among companies with more than 500 staff,covering half a million employees, shows that seven out of 10 seniordecision-makers believe staff can be more productive as a result of workingflexibly. More than a third of employers think flexible working increases morale and afifth report that it helps promote staff loyalty. Chris Mattheisen, BT Cellnet’s director of business marketing, said,”New technology that enables and empowers productivity is arriving everyday. “If harsher economic times lie ahead, maximising productivity andensuring a motivated workforce will be critical.” But the study also shows there is still resistance to home working, with 68per cent of senior managers admitting they are concerned about lost time oropportunities when their staff are away from the office. Related posts:No related photos. Flexibility helps lift employees’ productivity rateOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more