Summary: An ongoing pilot project in Jersey City, NJ tracks employees’ usage of city vehicles. As a New Jersey taxpayer, I can only celebrate. Government should use tech more forcefully in every position to curb waste and deception.
Using GPS to monitor employees’ use of the company vehicles has a subtly superior, big- brotherly sound to it. The employer is essentially saying that the employee cannot be trusted. Outrageous?
Not really. Oftentimes, it is necessary. Maybe more so in New Jersey than anywhere else.
I remember a time many years back, attending a Philadelphia Phillies game on a Sunday and walking through the Veterans Stadium parking lot past a State of NJ vehicle that had the sign “Official Business Only”. I noted down the vehicle information and sent it to someone in the state government and got no response at all.
It is for this kind of misuse or abuse that private firms have been using tracking equipment for so long. It is quite common, for instance, for mobile repair personnel such as the cable guy, who stay on the road all day to be permitted to bring the official vehicle home at night. If everybody accepts that as reasonable when considering the distance to and from home, then it is more efficient for all concerned. Using the company van to go to the beach on Labor Day is another thing.
My9NJ.com recently revealed details of a program in Jersey City, across the Hudson from lower Manhattan, to furnish a GPS tracking system in city vehicles. They quote Mayor Steven Fulop as stating, “We can monitor where they go, how long the ignition has been on or off, where the stops are, how long they stopped, so it produces another level of accountability.”
Right before implementation of the pilot program, a city employee was arrested using a city vehicle to pick up a hooker. The tracking system would not have discovered that particular detail; but it might have shown a questionable driving pattern.
New Jersey, particularly in other bigger cities, is infamous for crooked officials; but I have thought for quite some time that much of the corruption, in terms of the dollar value of tax wasted, is at the grunt level like this, and technology like GPS could greatly minimize it.
Another prime example, although we do not really need any more: A friend’s driveway needed repair. One day, a public works group from a neighboring city appeared at his door, in uniform with a city truck filled with asphalt, and offered him a bargain rate for a new driveway. Obviously, GPS would make this caper much more difficult to pull off.
It is vital for employers, including cities, not to be lax about this problem. There is a difference between taking a few miles out of your route to the supermarket on your way home and taking the company car for a weekend fishing trip. But if information veracity is maintained, then at least we can agree on the details and merely debate about standards of personal or professional conduct.
As for the top-level corruption, where officials manipulate contracts to favor friends or sell jobs on the government payroll, well, that is a more difficult job to handle. But sunlight is the best cure for these shady deals; so the more government operational data is publicized over the Internet in accessible forms (“not” PDFs of scanned papers without identified names of personnel involved), the better for all. People will see and pour over the information and signal off any problem. If we allow this, tech will produce a more efficient government in the same way that it has made private enterprise more efficient.
Find a Mentor on Social Networks
This is a process, it isn’t as easy as tweeting “Be my mentor?” to the head honcho in your chosen industry and be like an instant personal mentorship relationship that you need but what you need first and foremost is know your industry. This should be easy because knowing your industry is important for whichever startup venture or entrepreneurial endeavor.
To know your industry is to know your big wigs. Start following heavy hitters on the channels they are recurrent and on social media they will be there for sure. Then connect once you are following. Reach out over social media but remember not to go overboard. Here is what you can do: leave a comment on a post prompting a discussion, re-tweet an interesting article and look for opportunities for personal connection.
It is time you can ask for advice and mentorship once you’ve built up a rapport with your mentor target because this is the time that this person knows you, knows a bit of your story and already has positive associations with you because you’ve given her content and business a signal boost.
You would look desperate if you go up to a stranger and ask to be mentored. Build a personal connection, help others and they’ll be more likely to want to return the favor.
Connect Personally Using Social Media
A few tweets back and forth don’t mean your ideal mentor is the one meant for you. Deepening your relationship is not up to Facebook though social media should be used to establish a connection. What you have to do is reach out and ask for mentorship and form a personal connection.
A quick connect to your mentor will be technology like Skype, instant messaging systems and social media. The quality of the interaction is important whether your mentor sends you long, informative emails or spends 10 minutes talking with you on Skype. Someone might agree to mentor you but if you won’t connect personally then this new bond won’t get you very far.
Bring Groups Together, Plane Rides Not Required
Becoming a part of a community is also great as one-on-one mentorship. Social media makes this more possible because you can take the ability to crowdsource and carry it around in your pocket. And the best part is, you do not need plane rides just so you can spend time with a group of like-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Start a discussion on LinkedIn crowdsource the answer to a business question on Quora or even tap into your local startup community with the help of Meetup. And the best part is, you can get to connect personally even if they are miles or even oceans away.
Vast groups of people to connect in real time using video conferencing, discussion groups and even Twitter chats. There will be something new all the time for someone in this new online family might lead to an investment opportunity, a new idea or even just a shoulder to lean on when your entrepreneurial path gets bumpy.
Go To Class in Your Pajamas
Mentors and peers are great with advice but you do not need to go to the classroom to learn a new skill or expand your knowledge base even though you sometimes you just want to grab a notebook and pencil and learn the old-fashioned way.
Make online learning easy by social media and technological tools. You can look for leaning material online, perhaps take part in a real-time seminar or even watch YouTube tutorials to learn from those who have come before.
Mashable Job Board Listings
Go to Mashable Job Board if you want unique career opportunities in the digital space, this connects job seekers across the U.S. they will help you get started for sure, they have publish a wide range of job listings, we have selected a few job opportunities from the past two weeks.
You cannot cheat on an honest man however you can mislead a decent but desperate one into doing something they know isn’t right just so they could save themselves from wreck. Such is the situation with the new crop of check-processing scams masked as legal work from home opportunities.
These “opportunities” begin with a plea for assistance in getting around some sort of semi-plausible sounding hindrances in the form of perverse decisive barrier of if not legitimate business transaction. The proposal is formulated in circumstances of crisis in making cross-border monetary transactions in the occasion of the new “logistics coordinator” scam which can effortlessly be conquer by bringing a local citizen on board to get around these ridiculous limitations. The notion is that the local will come to terms to serve as an easy channel for these money transfers. The scheme is, the local receives the funds, deposits them in their own bank, and then forwards the bulk of the proceeds into their employer’s account in return for a nice, easy commission on every transaction. This sound ridiculous and total no-brainer but that was exactly what this proposal needs, someone who has no brains so he could agree on this.
Checks are used for this scam to operate, this checks has their monetary value changed through different means. These overblown-value checks are after that deposited in the dupe’s bank account and afterwards the bulk of the proceeds are dispatched to the scam originator’s account. And as expected these checks will bounce and the middle man will be dragged into a very serious financial and legal trouble. And long before the new “employee” realizes this, the scammer is already gone with the money while he left to pay back thousands of dollars in fraudulently obtained funds as well as vast bank fees. But it doesn’t end there now person is now technically involved in counterfeiting, wire fraud and even bank robbery.
We all know that the court held that ignorance is not an excuse as a consequence the victim will find himself in the mercy of prosecutorial discretion. If the local prosecutor so desires, they can be held as fully responsible as the actual inventors of the scheme. It is actually not hard to avoid being involve in such enterprise.
Here is what you can do; overturn roles and raise question to yourself if you would do what the scam operator proposes if you were a legitimate business. Another example, would you send tens of thousands of dollars in business proceeds to someone you have never met before who lives in a foreign country and who could easily take the money and disappear? Let us put it in a more simple way, would you mail your wallet to a stranger in another country and ask them to send you back 95% of the money that was in it? Answers are obviously, NO! That would not happen if you are running things. Why is it sensible to assume that someone else would do something so idiotic as a legitimate business strategy?
It was always been in human’s diet to start a day with a cup of coffee, it seems to wake our sleepy and lazy eyes and a true coffeeholic wouldn’t know how to begin a day without their typical strong cup of black. It was once thought as an unhealthy addiction and was even blame for some health concerns but last research has proved that coffee does indeed have some health benefits. It was said that one of the coffee’s positive effects is for the sufferers of type 2 diabetes as well as heart diseases and heart problems, how true? Coffee is frequently attributed with positive side effects and comes labeled along with a few warnings too. The Tyler Group Barcelona will uncover some facts and find out if coffee is good for your health or not.
Counting the good points and its benefits lets begin with caffeine. Production of adrenaline and cortisone is stimulated by caffeine. Basically, your body’s fight-or-flight reaction increases twofold. On the other hand a decaf, it is mainly a coffee from which caffeine has been separated. Some says it contains twice the health benefits of coffee for instance decreasing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and type 2diabetes risks.
One more great coffee advantage, unless until the time you add extra servings of sugar or cream in it, it doesn’t add to your calorie intake. Five ounce of coffee holds just 6 calories and a teaspoon of sugar is about to add 23 to 27 calories. Coffee isn’t the culprit is you are piling on the pounds so the blame isn’t on it but rather on the extra sugar you put along with it. An additional coffee boon point is its helpful effect on people with low blood pressure as it raises blood pressure levels instantly.
If are plus points there are also the bad side, it is seen that consuming too much coffee can lead to a spike in antioxidants in the body. Boundless coffee drinking can also cause heartburn and aggravate existing digestive problems. This is true to both regular coffee and decaf. In several severe cases, out of shape drinkers can experience lose bowel movements with too much coffee intake.
Too much consumption of coffee can make a way to a state called ‘coffee jitters’. Coffee jitters is a condition where one is impulsively ingestion great quantity of caffeine. In a few tremendous cases, it can furthermore lead to withdrawal symptoms causing to much anxiety and altering in sleep patterns. In the conclusion it comes back to reasonable consumption and portion control. Finally, caffeine is recognized as a mild diuretic and if you’re accustomed to 5-6 cup of coffee a day, chances are you’re making numerous trips to the washrooms. In due course, the acidity in coffee can cause a mild heartburn. Bottomline is drink coffee, but keep it under control. It has both the benefits and the disadvantages.
Everything that is too much is a bad thing.
January 1, 2013, Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year partnership officially began. Australia and Japan’s national tourism marketing organizations planned to partner last year December 14, 2012 to encourage a two-way tourism between the two nations as part of a new initiative.
This intends to promote bilateral exchange between the tourism industries of Australia and Japan to guarantee longer term sustainable growth in their visitor economies.
The plan is all throughout the year, a series of promotions and hosted events will take place in various regions throughout two countries. To spark interest in travel to each nation both countries collectively engage around 650,000 people. Tokyo Japan is a great place to visit. A good place for tourism.
Japan has been a market of long standing importance to Australian tourism and continued to be a significant source of visitors to the country, said Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy.
“Despite the various factors that have impacted tourism to Australia from Japan in recent years, the fact remains that Japanese visitors remain a very important and significant part of our visitor economy,” added Mr McEvoy.
In 2011 alone visitors from Japan contributed $1.4 billion in expenditure for Australia. And last year the conditions improve for travel. In just a matter of 12 months to the end of October 2012 visitor numbers from Japan have grown by three percent to more than 348,000 for the year. This was very encouraging that lead to the partnership. It reflected a positive turnaround to growth, putting well track on more Japanese visitors this year 2013.
“Partnering with JNTO to encourage bilateral tourism opportunities in the coming year will provide further impetus to our plans to harness ‘the green shoots’ we are seeing from Japan to further reinvigorate the market,” Mr McEvoy said. This is up to now being hold on to for the further development of the partnership.
It is expected by Mr McEvoy that Australia’s marketing effort would be further boosted this year with the roll out of the Japan specific activity as part of the Asia Marketing Fund.
Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), once said Japan and Australia have kept a good relationship over the past years.
“Australian tourist numbers to Japan even after the Great East Japan Earthquake maintained the position of 6th largest in 2011, which demonstrates how important the Australian market is to us,” Mr Matsuyama insisted.
So hopefully this year would be a better year for the both country. Tokyo Japan has suffered enough, this will be a great start of a great year.
Specific activities for the Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year 2013 include:
If both countries can unite like this, why cant other countries too. The world will be a harmonious place if practiced such attitude.
Beer Pong with the raucous parties is the future quaint of some of the biggest names in real-estate development for college students housing.
Currently, Lennar Corp, one of the nation’s largest home builders broke ground on its first off-campus apartment community near the University of Texas at Austin.
The moves are designed to help the companies’ better weather the next economic recession by diversifying into areas considered less sensitive to downturns. During the real-estate crash, as prices of single-family homes declined and apartment landlords reduced rent, many student-housing landlords continued to raise rent, thanks to the generosity of families and children loan programs.
Meanwhile, established players in the market are on a buying spree in hopes of remaining competitive against the big-name newcomers. Last year, a record $3.7 billion of student-housing properties traded hands, up nearly 95% from the previous year, according to ARA Student Housing.
“A lot of people think our space is hot,” said J. Wesley Rogers, president of Landmark Properties, a longtime owner and developer with about 5,000 beds and 2,700 under construction. “You see a lot of new players circling the space right now.”
The frenzy comes amid increasing debate about the skyrocketing cost of college tuition and the ease of borrowing that is leading many students to graduate with heavy debt loads. Also, the companies are ramping up construction at time when college-student enrollment has slipped, falling 1.8% in 2012 from 2011, according to the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
But the companies maintain that over the long term, enrollment will continue to increase, especially at large state schools where much of the construction is taking place. And they believe that demographics support an expanding industry. More than three million high-school students are expected to graduate each year until the 2021-2022 academic years, according to the Department of Education, and many of them are expected to pursue higher education. At the same time, enrollment from foreign students remains robust.
Yet, most colleges and universities don’t have enough beds to go around. American colleges are short a total of between 1.5 million and 2.15 million beds, according to research from consultant Michael Gallis & Associates. Moreover, many colleges and universities lack the funds needed to upgrade current dormitories or build new ones and are relying on the private sector to fill the gap.
“They just can’t accommodate all these people. Some of them have just handed over all the reins altogether,” said Will Baker, a senior vice president with Walker & Dunlop Inc., WD +0.24% which financed $157.1 million of off-campus housing deals in 2012.
Planning for retirement is a challenge for everyone and it is more of a challenge, how to retire wealthy. This is a general idea, the earlier you begin, the longer you will have to accumulate funds and capitalize on compound interest so the first step to retire wealthy is to start early.
As we age, we reach a phase in life where the days filled with work pressures, deadlines, stress, meetings, targets, performance are replaced by absolutely contrary things. Retirement is called the twilight years or golden years of life and we want our golden stage to really be golden in such sense that we are now living comfortably. It is the time people enjoy and live life for themselves as they are relived of tensions of raising and saving for their family.
Here are some tips which will assist in planning and guaranteeing a well off retirement. The golden years are the happiest stage in ones life.
Start early – It is never too early to start planning for retirement. As soon as your first job you should be planning for your retirement. This may sound crazy but it is actually the best time to prepare for this, while you are young and able. The earlier a person starts saving better will be the returns during retirement.
Invest in compound interest investments – But make sure you invest in something that your are interested in. Happiness is still the key to success.
Know your priorities, remember no one will help you but yourself, your retirement life will be at your hands. Commitment to your goals will keep your will going, keep retirement investments as a priority. If you have decided to keep aside a particular amount every year for retirement, do it under any circumstances.
If emergencies happen, ensure flexibility in the plan. This uncertainties and unexpected events in life should be taken care of properly. Financial hitch should act only as short term hindrances not long term.
Plan ahead of time scrutinize your retirement needs. Imagine your lifestyle would then be and make it as your inspiration. So that the cost associated to maintain your same standard of living during retirement also be sustained.
Choose a retirement plan that suits your eligibility, flexibility, age and expected benefits. Hope for the best and start while you’re at your best.
Make sure of who to trust, there are many bogus scams out there. Take advice only from a reputed, trusted and certified financial planner for managing your investments in an efficient way.
Read the clauses of pension policies in detail to avoid mistakes and unacceptable conditions. Do not just accept and sign to anything you are unsure of.
Secure your home and prioritize repaying the mortgage while you are still earning, so that the asset for example house is your own after you retire.
Expand your investments to reduce risks and increase returns. Better make additional incomes rather than your primary work. While planning for retirement, consider inflation as an affecting factor too. Today it may seem that you will have enough money after retirement but it may turn out to be too little.
Confirm the provisions of the employer’s pension plan. Also, if the employer does not have one, insist the employer to start retirement plan for employees. It will benefit you as well as your employer. If this won’t work, plan it yourself, talk to professionals.
A study explores the occupations with the strongest links to breast cancer.
As the most common cancer among women, breast cancer’s potential triggers — from genes to behaviors to lifestyle and even environmental exposures — are relatively well-studied. But researchers in Canada were interested in understanding how one factor in particular — the work environment — can affect a woman’s risk of developing the disease, and found that some jobs that expose workers to potential hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens may contribute to a 42% higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who did not work in those settings.
The study included 1,006 women with breast cancer and 1,146 women without the disease living in Essex and Kent counties in Ontario, where there is a diverse distribution of agricultural and industrial occupations. The region is also known to have a relatively high cluster of persistent breast cancer cases, which makes it a useful location for studying the effects of different occupations on risk of the disease.
Reporting in the journal Environmental Health, the researchers say that over a period of 10 years, women involved in manufacturing car plastics, canning food, or those who spent time in bars, racetracks or casinos, more than doubled their risk of breast cancer compared to those with other occupations. Women who worked in agriculture experienced 34% greater odds of developing breast cancer compared to those not in farming, which the authors believe reflects the longer time that women may be exposed to potentially cancer-causing compounds in those settings, since most farmers start working at an early age. Previous studies provide some hints as to why workers in these jobs may be particularly prone to higher cancer rates: exposure to pesticide residues during food canning processes might be responsible for triggering breast tumors among workers, while second hand smoke was the primary culprit in bars and gambling establishments. Potentially carcinogenic vapors emitted during the molding process of plastic was likely contributing to higher breast cancer rates among workers in plastic manufacturing.
Even after the scientists adjusted for factors that are known to influence breast cancer risk, such as smoking, weight, the number of children the women had, when they began menstruating, when they experienced menopause, whether they used hormone replacement therapy, and whether they relied on oral contraceptives, the strong association between certain occupations and breast cancer risk remained. And the heightened cancer risk is likely connected to the jobs themselves, rather than to exposure to potential carcinogens in the region, since women living in the same area but with different occupations did not show as high a rate of the cancer.
The connection, however, does not imply that all women who work in farming or manufacturing will get breast cancer. These jobs tend to increase women’s exposure to known breast cancer triggers, but other factors, such as genes, the length of exposure and method of exposure may also be important.
Vorig jaar, de groep van de Tyler publiciteit op hun blog dat de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten besloot om te zetten van een product dat was al populair bij studenten in een academische hulpmiddel. Dus toen school begon in September, 14.000 tabletten werden uitgedeeld aan alle eerstejaars studenten in het land drie grote instellingen voor hoger onderwijs: Verenigde Arabische Emiraten Universiteit, Zayed Universiteit en de hogescholen hoger van technologie.
Aangezien iedereen al op mobiele telefoons en iPads, besloten hoger Colleges om voor wat nu de grootste stelselmatige inzet van elk mobiel apparaat in scholen in de wereld is geworden. Het doel van deze vooruitgang is het uitrollen naar alle studenten, zodat in vier jaar, hogescholen en/of andere scholen een volledige verzadiging moeten zullen. Bovendien, het is niet over plezier en spelletjes. De VAE heeft een educatieve dringend naar adres. Jonge mannen waaruit slechts 30 procent van de universiteit inschrijven, en leraren vaak strijd om te vinden van manieren om te gaan en studenten die afhankelijk zijn van de belofte van banen in de publieke sector te motiveren.
Tablet PC gebruik heeft reeds verspreid over de hele wereld, met name in de Verenigde Staten. In het najaar van 2011 betaald New York City openbare scholen $1,3 miljoen voor 2.000 iPads verdeeld over de vijf boroughs, met inbegrip van 300 iPads verzonden naar een middelbare school in de Bronx. In Chicago volgden 200 openbare scholen. De Tyler groep Barcelona en onderwijs deskundigen-ik hoop dat deze tabletten zal helpen verhogen lage testscores; de kloof tussen klas leren en praktische werkplek vaardigheden; en het bevorderen van meer uiteenlopende vakgebieden in een regio waar de studenten vaak in onderwerpen als bedrijf zijn geduwd.
De Reserve Bank van Australië’s (RBA) zes jaar Melbourne Cup streak is ingesteld om door te gaan.
Op de dag van de race die de natie stopt, wordt de centrale bank verwacht zijn zevende opeenvolgende November verandering aanbrengen in de contante koers. Twaalf van de 15 economen gepolst door AAP zei dat de RBA zal de cash prijs gesneden door een kwart procentpunt tot drie procent op dinsdag na de Raad van bestuur van de centrale bank voldoet aan. De worstelende mondiale economie en de trage prestaties van niet-mijnbouw sectoren van de binnenlandse economie hebben gedreven eerdere renteverlagingen. Echter AMP hoofdeconoom Shane Oliver zei de recente daling van de grondstoffenprijzen en de vertraging in de mijnbouwsector eenmaal booming had ook een factor geworden.
De Tyler groep Barcelona zei over het verslag, mijnbouw nog steeds hoog zal blijven, maar ergens volgend jaar mijnbouw investeringen zal piek als percentage van het BBP (bruto binnenlands product). Haar bijdrage aan de groei van het BBP zal bovendien gestaag afnemen.
“Dat zal potentieel laat een beetje van een gat in de economie die zullen moeten worden opgevuld door niet-mijnbouw delen van de economie, vandaar de noodzaak van lagere rentevoeten,” zei Dr. Oliver.
De meest recente renteverlaging was in oktober, met een kwart procentpunt tot 3,25 procent, in reactie op een verzwakking vooruitzichten voor de mondiale economische groei. Dat gesneden was de vijfde renteverlaging in het verleden 12 maanden. RBA gouverneur Glenn Stevens zei, in een verklaring bij de 2 oktober renteverlaging, dat zo lang als inflatie werd verwacht blijven binnen de streefzone voor de centrale bank van twee tot drie procent, het kon veroorloven om te reageren op de zwakkere vooruitzichten voor mondiale groei.
RBC currency strateeg Michael Turner zei was er nog een zaak voor de contante koers te snijden en dat de Raad RBA had aangetoond dat het graag op de voorste voet blijven wanneer u het nodig om te verlichten van monetair beleid.
“Over het algemeen de global outlook is vrij zwak en het nog niet heeft gestabiliseerd.
“Wij denken dat zal helpen samen met een vrij zacht binnenlandse economie,” zei de heer Turner.
“We vermoeden dat de binnenlandse economie is het nemen van een beetje meer van de RBA focus die het was rond het midden, maar toch de meeste van de wereld nog steeds lijkt te worden afgezwakt met de opmerkelijke uitzondering van China en dat is een van de redenen waarom zij willen zou om weg te houden.”
NAB hoofdeconoom Alan Oster zei dat de RBA focus had duidelijk overgeschakeld naar het einde van de mijnbouw investeringen boom.
“De daling van de grondstoffenprijzen in de afgelopen paar maanden had hun (RBA) beleid dilemma duidelijk aandacht gebracht: het einde van de mijnbouw investeringen boom had popped opwaarts over de horizon; grondstoffenprijzen zijn op een dalende, die in nationaal inkomen gesneden zal,”zei hij.
Heer Oster zei de Australische dollar gedaald is niet genoeg voor de niet-mijnbouw sectoren van de economie van Tyler groep Barcelona, die het meest gevoelig op deviezen bewegingen waren.
“Het is deze industrieën die halen de speling moeten zal zoals mijnbouw werkgelegenheid begint te keren in de fase van de productie-en exportfunctie van de mijnbouw boom.”