Harvard Economist 42 Percent of Immigrant Households on Public Assistance

first_img Harvard Economist: 42 Percent of Immigrant Households on Public Assistance By Jack Phillips February 8, 2017 Updated: February 8, 2017 Show Discussion A Harvard economist has found that nearly 42 percent of immigrant households in the United States are on public assistance of some kind.“In 2016, there were 8.9 million households headed by a non-citizen … almost 42 percent of those households received some type of assistance,” George Borjas, Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, wrote on his website on Feb. 1.To come to his conclusions Borjas used census data from 1994 to 2016 to calculate how many of the migrant-headed households receive either money, food stamps, or Medicaid.According to Borjas, millions of households could be impacted if existing immigration laws are adhered to.Borjas noted that since 1882, the United States has banned the entry of immigrants who could potentially become a “public charge,” meaning they will likely need government-funded assistance.The law states the following: Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.The law was later modified to make it possible to deport immigrants who had become a public charge after entering the country:Any alien who, within five years after the date of entry, has become a public charge from causes not affirmatively shown to have arisen since entry is deportable. (Gborjas.org)However, according the definition used by the Department of Homeland Security, “public charge” only refers to receivers of cash benefits, and not to those who receive other benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps, housing benefits, etc.Recently, there have been unconfirmed reports swirling around about the Trump administration potentially rolling out restrictions on immigrants who fall into this category.The White House has yet to confirm the authenticity of the alleged new immigration orders.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US center_img People walk through New York’s Chinatown district on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Share this article Sharelast_img read more

As Drone Demand Soars New Jersey Poised to Bar Drunken Droning

first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., January 1, 2015. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri/File Photo) NEW YORK—U.S. drone sales in 2017 topped $1 billion for the first time ever, but don’t raise a glass too quickly if you’re in New Jersey, where lawmakers on Thursday are poised to outlaw drunken droning.It is one of a wave of U.S. states moving to bring the unmanned aircrafts’ high-flying fun back to earth.New Jersey’s Assembly on Thursday is slated to vote on a Senate-approved bill to ban inebriated or drugged droning, as well as outlaw flying unmanned aircraft systems over prisons and in pursuit of wildlife.“It’s basically like flying a blender,” said John Sullivan, 41, of New York, a drone buff and aerial cinematographer. He said he opposed drunk droning but also fretted about regulatory overreach. “If I had like one drink, I’d be hesitant to even fly it.”A 2015 drone crash on the White House lawn fueled debate in the U.S. Congress over the need for drone regulations.It was a drunken, off-duty employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency who flew the 2-foot-by-2-foot (60 cm by 60 cm) “quadcopter” from a friend’s apartment balcony and lost control of it over the grounds surrounding the White House, the New York Times reported. A small drone helicopter flies over Coney Island in New York, U.S., Aug. 29, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri/File Photo)New statistics set for release next week show 3.1 million drones were sold in the United States last year, up 28 percent from 2016, said Richard Kowalski, manager for Consumer Technology Association.“This was the first year that drone revenues reached $1 billion,” Kowalksi said in an email.New Jersey is among at least 38 states considering restrictions on the devices this legislative year, including Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, said Amanda Essex, senior policy specialist for the National Conference of State Legislatures.“Like any technology, drones have the ability to be used for good, but they also provide new opportunities for bad actors,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano of Elizabeth, New Jersey. She backed the bill, which would impose a punishment of up to six months prison and a $1,000 fine for drunk droning.Already, nine states prohibit drones from operating near or over prisons, including Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin, Essex said.A drone carrying wire cutters and a cell phone likely aided a prisoner’s escape in July from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, officials said.By Barbara Goldberg US News center_img As Drone Demand Soars, New Jersey Poised to Bar Drunken Droning By Reuters January 4, 2018 Updated: January 4, 2018 Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

80YearOld Man Caught After Robbing Bank in Arizona

first_img Tucson police caught an 80-year-old man after he robbed a credit union on Jan. 12.Robert Francis Krebs walked into the Pyramid Credit Union in Tucson, Arizona, with a gun and demands for cash. After he took the money from one of the tellers witnesses saw him running away from the bank, ABC News reported.On Jan. 13 an employee of a local hotel called police after recognizing the suspect from earlier in the day, but the suspect never checked in. Police scoured other hotels and motels in the area before finding Krebs, according to a Facebook posting from the Tucson Police Department.Krebs was charged with two counts of armed robbery. Police initially suspected Krebs was in his late 60s. They credit the arrest to people who shared screenshots of security camera footage that they posted on social media. Share Some commenters on the initial Facebook post thought that this might be a younger man in disguise.“This is not an old man. It’s a mask. That’s how he was able to run. Check the bars tonight. He’ll be buying drinks and then he’ll be buying meth,” wrote Ren Garlmsi.“This is a young man in a silicon cast realistic mask. They are just a couple hundred bucks and VERY convincing. They move with the muscles of the face and look very real,” wrote Joseph Carpenter.Other commenters couldn’t believe he got away with it, at first.“You mean to tell me this 80-year-old guy robbed the bank??? You guys need a new security guard, and tellers,” Danny Oliver.Many commenters also thought he was inspired by “Going in Style,” a movie last year about three retirees who attempt to rob a bank over frozen pensions.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: President Donald Trump: Year 1  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News 80-Year-Old Man Caught After Robbing Bank in Arizona By Colin Fredericson January 16, 2018 Updated: January 16, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Homeless Couple Charged as Child Abusers for Raising Kids in Shack

first_imgThis makeshift shelter might have housed a family of five. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station) Though the family was poor there is no report that the children were malnourished or sick in any way.The children were home-schooled and according to Fox were described by friends of the couple as being highly intelligent.One of those friends, Jackie Klear, leads a local Phoenix Scout troop, in which all three children were active.Klear told the L.A. Times that the three children attended weekly meetings, went camping, and made crafts like all the other scouts.Both Joshua Tree parents plead not guilty to child abuse, barred from having contact with their 3 children @MyDesert pic.twitter.com/EHgnCrllA2— Colin Atagi (@TDSColinAtagi) March 2, 2018 Children and Family Services took custody of the children, and the parents were ordered not to communicate with their children.Sheriff’s Capt. Trevis Newport told the Times the children were not being held captive. “They’re homeless,” he explained. “It’s a shelter, the shape of a box … nowhere near what it sounded like when it came out.”Along with no water or electricity, there was no sewer service. The shelter was surrounded by pits filled with trash and human waste, Fox News reported.“Children should not have to live like that,” Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman told Fox. “As parents they have a responsibility to provide the basic necessities for their children to grow up and be healthy and safe.” Surrounded by feces, stray cats and old cars, children had one of ‘worst cases’ of living conditions. https://t.co/993Y9JWclw pic.twitter.com/1kgVbvLgid— The Desert Sun (@MyDesert) March 3, 2018 A California couple who raised their children in a homemade plywood shack has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse.Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk lived with their three children in what was basically a big plywood box without electricity or running water just outside Joshua Tree National Park, about 125 miles east of Los Angeles.Panico, 73, and Kirk, 51, and their children, aged 14, 13, and 11, slept in the 4-foot-tall, 200-square-foot shelter, the Los Angeles Times reported.A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy noticed the shelter and on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child arrested the parents. They were charged with three counts of child abuse each, on Friday, March 2.   Daniel Panico & Mona Kirk are charged with child abuse after police found 3 kids living in shack in Joshua Tree @MyDesert pic.twitter.com/J8E1kUjEoR— Colin Atagi (@TDSColinAtagi) March 2, 2018 US News Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share While stopping by the shelter to pick up personal items for the family, Klear surveyed the site and said, “I know this looks like crap, but they were very well taken care of,” the Times reported.“The Sheriff’s Department is punishing those kids for being homeless,” said Leanna Munroe, who has known the family for nine years.“Their crime is being homeless and they kept it from people,” said Marsha Custodio, of Yucca Valley, another friend of the family.Apparently the family owned the property where they were camping. There was an abandoned trailer on the property, where the family had lived when they first moved there. Klear told the Times she thought that one of the children had built the shelter and that the family still lived in the trailer.Klear said the family was on a fixed income and refused to accept any form of help or handout. She blamed the parents for stubbornly refusing to accept assistance.“They don’t want handouts,” she told the Times. “I’m hoping this woke them up.”From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Neighbors React to Parents’ Arrest After Their 13 Children Found Shackled, Malnourished in Home Homeless Couple Charged as Child Abusers for Raising Kids in Shack By Chris Jasurek March 3, 2018 Updated: March 3, 2018last_img read more

Top US Automakers Report Higher Vehicle Sales in June

first_img Markets Show Discussion Top US Automakers Report Higher Vehicle Sales in June By Reuters July 5, 2018 Updated: June 23, 2019 Share Top U.S. automakers reported stronger June sales, as consumers continued to snap up sport utility vehicles and trucks in larger numbers, parking for now worries about rising fuel prices, higher interest rates and trade tensions.Investors have sold off shares in Detroit automakers General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV during the past month. Rising tensions between the United States and its trade partners and threats of tit-for-tat auto tariffs have rattled the auto sector, adding to worries that the U.S. auto industry’s nine-year recovery from the 2008 financial crisis must soon end.Still, June was a solid month for vehicle demand in the United States, and especially for the SUVs and large pickups that generate the bulk of global profits for the Detroit Three.A poll of economists by Reuters showed expectations of a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.0 million vehicles for the U.S. auto industry in June. U.S. vehicle demand hit a record 17.5 million vehicles in 2016.No. 1 U.S. automaker General Motors, which stopped reporting monthly numbers beginning April, said its sales rose 4.6 percent to 758,376 for the quarter ended June 30, helped by strong truck sales and a wave of all-new crossovers.“Customers are buying with confidence because the economy is strong and they expect it to remain strong,” said Kurt McNeil, GM U.S. vice president, sales operations. Ford, the No. 2 U.S. automaker, said it sold 230,635 vehicles in June, compared with 227,979, a year earlier. Sales of Ford-brand SUVs grew 8.1 percent to 77,453 vehicles, and were a record for the month, the company said.Ford said its F-series large pickup trucks, the best-selling model line in the U.S. market, were on track to top the previous annual record of 939,511 vehicles sold set in 2004.Fiat Chrysler said June U.S. sales rose about 8 percent to 202,264 vehicles, led by the Jeep brand, which notched its best June ever with a 19 percent increase.A positive sign for automakers is that U.S. jobless rates are at the lowest levels since 2000, and average incomes are starting to grow more robustly. Still many analysts are forecasting weaker sales for the second half of 2018 and further declines in U.S. vehicle demand next year.Rising interest rates are increasing monthly payments for cars and home mortgages, and bankers are tightening terms for vehicle loans, Cox Automotive economist Charlie Chesbrough said during a recent briefing on the industry outlook. “Affordability is getting tighter,” he said.Cox forecasts U.S. car and light truck sales will decline to 16.8 million vehicles this year, and slide to 16.5 million vehicles in 2020.General Motors and other automakers have warned sales could drop dramatically if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes steep tariffs on foreign vehicles and imported auto parts, raising prices to consumers and costs to manufacturers.By Ankit Ajmera center_img New cars are displayed for sale at a Chevrolet dealership in National City, California, on June 30, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Crime Prevents DHS From Reuniting All Border Children

first_img Share this article Trump Presidency Crime Prevents DHS From Reuniting All Border Children By Charlotte Cuthbertson July 12, 2018 Updated: July 12, 2018 Show Discussion A woman who sits with her son at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S.–Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, on June 21, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) center_img WASHINGTON—Just 57 of the 103 children under the age of 5 who were separated at the border recently were eligible to be reunited with the adults who brought them, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).On June 26, a federal judge in San Diego ordered that parents and children who had been separated after crossing the border illegally should be reunited within 30 days—or 14 days if the child is under 5. The 57 had successfully been reunited by early July 12, just beyond the July 10 deadline. However, during the reunification process, the DHS discovered that 46 of the children were not eligible to be reunified due to issues with the adult—including safety concerns, which equals almost 45 percent of the cases.Seven adults were determined not to be a parent, while another 11 have serious criminal histories, including charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, and domestic violence.One adult was going to house the child with an individual known to have been charged with child sexual abuse, according to DHS. The heads of the agencies working on the reunifications issued a statement on July 12 after the reunifications were complete.“Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.“Our agencies’ careful vetting procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty, and adults determined not to be the parent of the child. “Certain facts remain: The American people gave this administration a mandate to end the lawlessness at the border, and President Trump is keeping his promise to do exactly that. Our message has been clear all along: Do not risk your own life or the life of your child by attempting to enter the United States illegally. Apply lawfully and wait your turn.” Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

One of the Worlds Largest Chinese Gardens Just Broke Ground Near Los

first_img Southern California One of the World’s Largest Chinese Gardens Just Broke Ground Near Los Angeles By Annie Wang August 29, 2018 Updated: August 30, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Huntington Library broke ground on a major expansion to its Chinese Garden, also known as “Liu Fang Yuan,” the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, on Aug. 28, 2018.The new features will include a stargazing tower, a new terrace, an orchid pavilion, the “Flowery Brush Library,” and a pavilion encircled by jade.“The new features will increase the garden’s footprint from the initial 3.5 acres to its long-planned 12 acres, making it one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world,” stated the library in a press release. The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. on Aug. 28. (Linda Jiang/The Epoch Times)The final phase of construction will cost approximately $23 million, with investments ranging from $1 million to $3 million provided by several contributors. With funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations, the combined total cost of the garden will reach about $53 million.The project is a collaborative effort from an international partnership between Chinese and American architects, contractors, and craftsmen, in an effort to ensure the garden remains authentic while meeting federal regulations for seismic safety and accessibility.The library’s incoming president, Karen R. Lawrence, said, “I think in this location, as I mentioned, 330,000 people of Chinese heritage are living in this area. I think this garden belongs to them.” The Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden in San Marino, Calif. on Aug. 28. (Linda Jiang/The Epoch Times)Phillip E. Bloom, the Curator of the Chinese Garden in Huntington Library, talked about why the garden is meaningful and inspiring not just for people with Chinese heritage, but others as well.“Westerners are usually really surprised when they come to the Chinese Garden, because we think of gardens as being just about plants. In the Chinese Garden, there’s lots of architecture. There are rocks. There’s a lot of artwork. And there’s calligraphy on all of the buildings. There’s paintings,” said Bloom.The garden was inspired by 16th-century scholars’ gardens of Suzhou, China.During its construction, the garden will stay open to visitors, while the new sections will be revealed in February 2020. The Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden in San Marino, Calif. on Aug. 28. (Linda Jiang/The Epoch Times) center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img US News The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend. pic.twitter.com/EhMm0dQbtx— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) October 7, 2018 ‘The Walking Dead’ Actor Scott Wilson Dies Aged 76 By Tom Ozimek October 7, 2018 Updated: October 7, 2018 Wilson is survived by his wife. No memorial plans have been announced, Variety reported. Share Former “The Walking Dead” actor Scott Wilson has died at the age of 76, according to American TV network AMC.The iconic actor played the character of Hershel Greene—a veterinarian turned farmer—in the zombie apocalypse drama series.Wilson, whose acting credits date back to ’60s movies “In the Heat of the Night” and “In Cold Blood” and starred in around 30 episodes of “The Walking Dead” from 2011 to 2014. Share this article Fans and friends paid tribute to Wilson, who starred in a total of three seasons of “The Walking Dead.”Kary Payton, who plays the character of Ezekiel in the show, tweeted his condolences.“The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become a part of … was a family,” Payton wrote. Rober Blake and Scott Wilson with Truman Capote on location in Kansas during filming of in “COLD IN BLOOD” You have inspired many actors I remember you for this great movie R.I.P 🇪🇸😔🙏 pic.twitter.com/bu1qhnRQ3D— Ricardo Martinez (@brunito690) October 7, 2018 We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018 Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, a frequent “Talking Dead” guest, tweeted her condolences, saying, “He was a wonderful man.” Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. pic.twitter.com/cTf4dParo7— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) October 7, 2018center_img I am working today so I just heard the news about the passing of #ScottWilson. He was a wonderful man and I am heartbroken. #RIP #Hershel #TWD https://t.co/PPDeQ3qRIE— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 7, 2018 Left frame: Actor Scott Wilson signs autographs for fans on Feb. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Right frame: Wilson speaks at a panel discussion on Feb. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (Catrina Maxwell/Getty Images for SCAD) Show Discussion Adding to a long list of acting credits, Wilson played a key role in the 1974 production of “The Great Gatsby,” and received a Golden Globe nomination in 1980 in the supporting actor category as Captain Billy Cutshaw in the thriller “The Ninth Configuration,” according to a report by Variety.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Wilson’s character was killed off in series four of the show. But about an hour before news of his death was made public, showrunner Angela Kang announced that the character of Hershel Greene would be making a cameo appearance in season nine.Chris Hardwick, host of the after show “Talking Dead” on the AMC network, paid tribute to Wilson on Instagram.“I am utterly broken hearted to hear about the passing of Scott Wilson this evening. We had just completed the NYCC ‘Walking Dead’ panel on which the crowd erupted in cheers when Angela Kang announced that he’d be appearing on season 9 at some point. A little less than an hour later I got the terrible news,” said Hardwick.“I really will miss him and the gentle, compassionate eyes that gave Hershel so much soul,” he wrote. “I am so sad to know that the world is without him tonight.”  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person,” AMC announced in a tweet.“The character he embodied on ‘The Walking Dead,’ Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends, and to the millions of fans who loved him.” Actor Titus Welliver, star of the show “Bosch,” in which Wilson also appeared, tweeted “Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother.” Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother pic.twitter.com/fLiCZigFG5— TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) October 7, 2018 Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM last_img read more

Meagans husband Chris shaved off his own head to

first_imgMeagan’s husband Chris shaved off his own head to support Meagan’s fight against cancer. (GoFundMe) US News Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Woman’s Cough Dismissed as Allergies Thrice Turns Out to Be Cancer By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times March 20, 2019 Updated: March 20, 2019center_img A 27-year-old Las Vegas woman’s cough was dismissed as allergies three times, but on her fourth visit, the doctor diagnosed it as cancer.Meagan Bechtold, a co-manager at Ulta Beauty, had a dry cough for about two months in 2018 and visited the doctor three times, but each time she was told it was bad cold, allergies, or bronchitis.She visited the doctor the fourth time on July 13, 2018, just before she was about to go for a holiday to Mexico with her husband Chris, reported MDF Features. Meagan and Chris (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)“They took X-rays and realized something was very wrong and sent her to the hospital immediately. After many tests, fevers, night sweats, and possible diagnosis’, they were told she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a rare form of cancer),” said her GoFundMe campaign.Meagan and Chris canceled their holiday and she had to go to the hospital right away. Her lungs were found to be filled with liquid and there was a 13-centimeter lung mass located in her diaphragm. She had to take her first round of chemotherapy right away and couldn’t leave the hospital for 11 days. She lost 10 pounds and suffered from constant nausea and mouth sores. Chris supported Megan by being her side all way through her fight against cancer. (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)After her first round of chemotherapy, Meagan slept continuously for three days.During her second round of chemotherapy, her white cell count was found to be extremely low. “She had to get some boosters first to help increase her white cell count,” wrote an update on her GoFundMe campaign.In the meantime, her hair was starting to fall during the second round of chemotherapy so she decided to shave it off completely.“These last 24 hours have honestly been the most heartbreaking and emotionally draining part of this whole journey so far.“I can’t quite put into words all the feelings you get before, during, and after you shave what’s left of your hair falling out, but in the end losing my hair is just apart of the battle,” said her GoFundMe campaign. Meagan and Chris (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)Meagan told MDF Features that her hair was a part of her identity and losing her hair felt like losing herself. “I honestly believe that the main reason hair loss is the worst is because that’s the first time you truly look and feel like a cancer patient,” she said.Meagan said she felt liberated and empowered when she put on makeup the day after losing her hair.“I felt as if I was forced to find myself without appearance being part of the picture. You learn what truly matters during this process and for me, hair loss had the biggest impact on my outlook. It was both the absolute worst and the most empowering of experiences,” she said.She was inspired by the stories of cancer survivors and felt motivated seeing their “last chemo” or “officially cancer free” posts.“My husband and my family tell me every single day how proud they are of me and how strong I am. They pushed me when I felt like giving up. The most important thing during all of this was to never lose sight of the goal, and no matter how bad and ugly things got I had to remember to pick myself up.“I learned to let go of the need to control everything, I learned everything you could possibly know about the word ‘patience’. I learned that the most important things in life aren’t things at all and I learned to love every part of myself, including my flaws,” she said. Meagan lost her hair due to chemotherapy. (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)“Stressing yourself out about things you have no control over is completely useless. By stressing and worrying about tomorrow’s problems, you’re completely ruining your current day.“The world would be such a better place if we all loved ourselves and put self-care first. I used to envy people who had more things or were succeeding faster than I was, and now I’m completely happy for them. There is no timeline or requirement for you to accomplish things in life. You decide when things are right for you,” she told MDF Features. Follow Venus on Twitter: @venusupadhayaya Share this article Sharelast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Crime and Incidents Man Charged in Death of Mackenzie Lueck Appears in Court For First Time By The Associated Press July 16, 2019 Updated: July 16, 2019 Share Attorney Neal Hamilton, left, stands with Ayoola A. Ajayi during his video preliminary hearing at the Matheson Courthouse on July 15, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (Steve Griffin/Deseret News, via AP Photo, Pool) center_img A tech worker charged in the death of a Utah college student made his first court appearance Monday, July 15, as friends of the slain woman held hands in the front row.Ayoola A. Ajayi appeared by video from jail alongside a court-appointed attorney during a quick hearing on July 15 to set a future court date. He did not speak or enter a plea to murder, kidnapping and other charges.Prosecutors say Ajayi killed 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, who died from blunt force trauma to the head. Police say her body was found with her arms bound behind her in a canyon 85 miles from Ajayi’s home.Mackenzie-Lueck Mackenzie Lueck in file photos. (Salt Lake City Police Department)Read MorePolice Publish ‘Last Known Footage’ of Missing Student Mackenzie Lueck They have not discussed the motive or how they knew each other.Ajayi’s court-appointed attorney, Neal Hamilton, didn’t say anything during the hearing about the charges and the public defender’s office has said it will not be commenting on the case.Lueck’s friends said afterward they are relieved that a suspect is behind bars. They said seeing Ajayi by video in court was shocking and left them angry and sad and took their breath away.Read MoreMan Charged With Aggravated Murder in the Death of Mackenzie LueckSuspect Arrested in Case of Missing Utah Student Mackenzie LueckAshely Fine said they don’t plan to say his name or give him any attention moving forward, but are following the legal process to make sure Lueck gets justice.“We are all still in extreme shock. Even right now I feel like I could call her and text her and she would answer,” Fine said. “We didn’t get to say goodbye to our friend.”They said they still have many questions, including why Lueck was chosen and if the killing was planned. They said they don’t know how they knew one another.“What did she do to deserve this?” Kennedy Stoner asked.Mackenzie Lueck with friends This undated photo provided by Kennedy Stoner shows herself, from left, posing with Mackenzie Lueck and Grace Peterson. (Courtesy of Kennedy Stoner via AP)Read MoreSuspect in Murder of Student Mackenzie Lueck Wrote Novel With 2 Burning DeathsWho Was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends Remember the Slain Utah College Student as a Friendly ‘Ball of Light’Lueck disappeared shortly after she returned from a trip to her California hometown in June for the funeral of her grandmother and took a Lyft from the airport to a park. She exchanged text messages with Ajayi, 31, and met him there, apparently willingly, but her phone was turned off a minute after the last text and never turned back on, prosecutors have said.Ajayi is an information technology worker who had stints with high-profile companies and was briefly in the Army National Guard.Ayoola A. Ajayi Salt Lake City police take Ayoola A. Ajayi into custody in connection with missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck in Salt Lake City on June 28, 2019. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)He was investigated in a 2014 rape allegation and was arrested in a stolen iPad case at Utah State University in 2012. The arrest and the expiration of his student visa led to him being banned from the campus for about three years.A native of Nigeria, Ajayi holds a green card that allows him to legally work and live in the U.S., prosecutors have said. He is scheduled for a July 29 court hearing.By Brady McCombs Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

I Dare you to Lose your Keys

first_imgThe idea of losing one’s personal belongings can be a true nightmare. Having to cancel all your cards, order all your new cards, get new keys cut for the house – all in all, it’s an incident nobody wants to have. Luckily for all of us, connected device maker ‘Tile’ is rolling out a more premium line of its ever-popular lost item trackers, with the launch of its Tile Pro series. Tile, to date, has now sold over 10 million of its Bluetooth-connected dongles that work with an app on your phone to help you find misplaced items, like your keys, purse, wallet, tablets, laptops, luggage and more. The reason why Tile is increasingly popular is due to the way it works. Seems straightforward right? The trick is that Tile can leverage its community of millions of app users to help you find your device, even when you’re out of range. That is, if another Tile user is near your missing device, an alert with the location attached is sent to your phone.Where originally the Tile Mate – Tile’s first ever device – had a range of 100 feet, they have now doubled that to 200 feet, meaning you can locate your device even easier when you’re not so close. The ring that comes from the Tile when you’re not so close, is now twice as loud as the original Tile. The Tile Pro series consists of two models – the dark slate and graphic design named the Tile Sport which from its material choices can be seen as the heavier duty on-the-go model and a white and gold design named the Tile Style which is explanatory in the name. The Tile Pro series has advanced water protection from the Tile Mate, for those pesky times you drop your keys in the sink, or for the rare occasion of the toilet.Designer: Vijay Shankar of TileBUY NOWBUY NOWSharePinShareFlipSharePocket0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohrer Manufacturing Invents Vineyard Adapters

first_img Tumblr 0 Facebook Twitter Email on October 21, 2015 Google+ Share.center_img By CBN E-Headlines, Feature Section Rohrer Manufacturing Invents Vineyard Adapters LinkedIn Man Saver Post Driver Eases Vineyard Trellis InstallationPrineville manufacturer, Rohrer Manufacturing, continues to deliver solutions for the agricultural and ranching industries through the invention of Man Saver Post Driver vineyard adapters, engineered to take the backbreaking labor out of installing vineyard trellis and fencing. The new custom made adapters are available for various configurations of line stakes. The compact design eases trellis and fence installation.The wine industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in the country and commercial and hobby vintners are lauding the tool for its ease of use. The Man Saver Post Driver’s home state, Oregon, boasts 905 vineyards.“We used the Man Saver to install trellis in three blocks of Monkey Face Vineyard. The Man Saver saved us hundreds of hours, thousands of dollars and worked very well. I highly recommend it for vineyards,” says Kerry Damon, Vintner, Monkey Face Vineyard at Ranch at the Canyons of Terrebonne, Oregon.The Man Saver Post Driver is an ultra-lightweight air powered portable post driver. “Usability is of paramount importance to our customers,” states Dan Rohrer, the 80-year old founder and master machinist at Rohrer Manufacturing. “To address these needs, custom vineyard adapters have been developed to provide flexibility in use with the only multi-directional pneumatic post driver designed to ease the rigors of the job.”Rohrer Manufacturing, headquartered in Prineville, designs the Man Saver Post Driver the best fence post driver in the world. Rohrer Manufacturing leads the fence post supplies industry with its revolutionary design by having the only multi-directional pneumatic post driver on the market for ranch, farm, rangeland and vineyard fencing.In 2013, Rohrer Manufacturing celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the Man Saver Post Driver and is still growing at 10-15 percent pace yearly. Innovation has been the backbone to its success.Who is behind it all but 80-year-old genius machinist and military veteran Dan Rohrer of Rohrer Manufacturing. Rohrer’s innovation of the fence post driver concept in 1998 has led to thousands of units sold. Today’s refined version of the Man Saver Post Driver has become an asset tool for farmers, ranchers, vineyards, construction centers, highway and public works departments.Even more astounding are the vitals of the Man Saver Post Driver:• Ultra lightweight, weighing from 26-54 lbs (depending on the version) and extremely compact to allow for remote fence installation projects• Only driver on the market that is air-powered for multidirectional use, portable, pneumatic; increasing efficiency by up to 50 percent• The price of the driver has never increased• All American-madeRohrer says, “We are proud of our success and satisfaction of fulfilling an unmet demand for fence post drivers, most notably in the agricultural and ranching industry. Named Man Saver Post Driver for a reason, the driver was designed to take the back-breaking labor out of fencing.“My three keys to success have always been to offer competitive pricing, having never increased prices of the drivers, employee fulfillment and listening to customers for enhancements and attachment additions.”Rohrer first developed the Man Saver Post Driver in response to a fence builder who was complaining about his back and wishing for a wonder tool. In less than a month, the first Man Saver Post Driver was manufactured and on the market. Since then, he has developed a series of fence post drivers and expanded their capabilities with various adapters that allow them to drive almost any shaped post on the market up to 3.5” in diameter. These drivers are ideal for farm, ranch, rangeland, or vineyard fencing. They are also great tools for highway department fence post driving, ranchers, equipment rental companies and more.Rohrer Manufacturing, www.rohrermfg.com, 800-890-7599(Photo above: Man Saver Vineyard Tool in use | Photo by Timothy Parks) Pinterestlast_img read more

Building Professionals Learn Green

first_img (Photo courtesy of Jim Guild Construction)Builders, designers and trades people wanting to get the latest information on energy-efficient construction practices and gain a certification to demonstrate their new competence will start the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) class in January 2016. A free webinar will be presented on Tuesday, November 10 with additional information and a sample lesson.There is a great deal of hype around green building. This course separates hype from science to help building professionals make informed decisions about design, construction and equipment selection. The course is offered by Earth Advantage Institute, so it doesn’t favor specific materials or products.SHP provides a rigorous curriculum on high-performance residential construction. Six monthly two-day sessions include interactive workshops, site visits, guest speakers, outside reading, homework, and a final project. Comprehensive training is provided on advanced building science topics such as integrated design, thermal envelope performance, mechanical systems, health, materials, and resource efficiency. Particular focus is given to high-performance materials and techniques needed to achieve zero-energy homes. Students gain the technical knowledge and tools needed to successfully add sustainable building practices to their businesses.“I have been in residential construction for 30 years and this class is changing the way that Ihave been building up to now,” says Michael Scannell of WoodCraft Building Inc.This course is an approved 400-level mastery course of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Education Provider Program. SHP is eligible to provide CCB continuing education elective credits for builders and contractors, learning units for architects with AIA membership and credit for Certified Passive House Consultants.The course instructor is Bruce Sullivan of the firm BASE zero, LLC. He has been a green building expert for more than 30 years, including seven years as Green Building Consultant with Earth Advantage Institute in Bend.A free webinar will be presented on Tuesday, November 10 with additional information and a sample lesson. More information is available by contacting Sullivan at bruce@basezero.biz or by visiting the Earth Advantage website http://www.earthadvantage.org/education/sustainable-homes-professional-shp.Bruce Sullivan, BASE zero, LLCbruce@basezero.biz541-701-9883 Twitter E-Headlines LinkedIn Tumblr By CBN Building Professionals Learn Green Emailcenter_img Facebook Share. Google+ on November 10, 2015 Pinterest 0last_img read more

June Real Estate Forecast Shows Summer is Here With High Inventory Sales

first_img Twitter By CBN 0 on July 19, 2017 LinkedIn June Real Estate Forecast Shows Summer is Here, With High Inventory & Sales Tumblr Facebookcenter_img Business & Industry, E-Headlines Email Pinterest Share. Google+ It’s the time of year that the real estate market in Central Oregon really takes off. Buyers and sellers alike should pay attention to the real estate market, to learn how it could affect real estate decisions, both listing and buying.Higher InventoryOver the past couple of months there has been a slight increase in the number of active listings, until June. In June the number of listings soared to 442 from 337 in May.This is expected, as the late spring and early summer months is the time when the real estate market really takes off in Central Oregon.As the summer is the most active time for real estate activity, we do expect to see this trend continue throughout the summer, along with more sold listings and pending sales.Consistent Pending SalesIf there’s ever a drop in the number of pending sales, it typically means that buyers are getting more cautious and are analyzing pricing more before purchasing. But given the consistent pending sales from May to June, buyers are loving the number of available listings, and sales haven’t slowed down.More Sold ListingsWhile the number of sold listings stayed consistent in April and May, the number has climbed to 246 in June. This indicates that Summer is here, and the time to buy is now.With plenty of available listings on the market, there’s a home for everyone’s taste.Typically, when there’s a wide inventory of properties, sellers have to consider more competitive pricing. When buyers are looking for the perfect home, they might be able to find similar homes at completely different price points. So as a seller, it’s time to talk to your Bend real estate broker, and make sure you’re priced competitively. Check out recent comparable sales in your neighborhood, and be sure that your pricing is where it should be. If your home is priced competitively, you’re more likely to get the right offer for your home Find the perfect home with Duke Warner Spring and Summer is the most active time of the year for real estate in Central Oregon. If you’re looking for a new property, or want to get something listed, Duke Warner Realty is ready to help. Visit us today at dukewarner.com, browse our Facebook page, or call us at 541-382-8262.last_img read more

Allegiant Announces New Service from Redmond 2 Nonstop Routes with Fares as

first_img on June 18, 2019 Google+ By CBN Business & Industry, E-Headlines 0 Email Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Allegiant Announces New Service from Redmond & 2 Nonstop Routes with Fares as Low as $69*  (Photo | Courtesy of Allegiant Public Relations)Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces new service from Redmond to two destinations: Las Vegas and Phoenix. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $69.*“We’re very excited to bring our brand of convenient, friendly service to yet another city in Oregon—Redmond,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re certain that area travelers will love having an ultra-low-cost, nonstop option to get away to Las Vegas and Phoenix.”New year-round service from Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM):Las Vegas via McCarran International Airport (LAS) – beginning October 3, 2019 with fares as low as $69.*Phoenix via Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) – beginning October 4, 2019 with fares as low as $69.*These new routes will operate twice weekly. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.“Thanks to the work of the Central Oregon Air Service team, Redmond is forging a partnership with Allegiant for direct flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix/Mesa,” states Redmond Airport Director Zachary Bass. “These new destinations provide our RDM customers with even more opportunities to travel across the country and world.”Allegiant offers a unique option to Redmond-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.*About the introductory one-way fares:Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by June 19, 2019, for travel by February 11, 2020. Price displayed includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit Allegiant.com.flyrdm.com Share. LinkedIn Facebook Tumblrlast_img read more

Planning to Bootstrap Your Business Follow These 7 Tips

first_imgPlanning to Bootstrap Your Business? Follow These 7 TipsDecember 26, 2017 by Todd Garland 316SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners. When starting a tech company, it can be tempting to make venture capital a priority, but finding it shouldn’t be what drives your business decisions. I knew I wanted to bootstrap my business, BuySellAds, so that I could follow my own goals. By following these next few tips, I was able to achieve success for my business without raising VC money. Here’s how you can too:1. Don’t Quit Your Day JobYou might think you only need 40 hours a week to go from ideation to a living, breathing product or service, but it’s simply not true. Working nights and weekends will help you prove to both yourself and your loved ones that you want it badly enough.Keeping your day job not only helps you maintain your lifestyle, but it helps you funnel every last dollar your company earns into growing your product. Keeping your day job means you can pay yourself first, and move financial resources into your project.I launched BuySellAds in February 2008, and I didn’t leave my job at HubSpot until that December. Despite early success, initial traction and a $1 million run rate in sales within our first four months, I stuck with my current job until I could pay myself and afford to hire staff.2. Test the MarketBefore I spent a single minute building the BuySellAds platform, I designed a landing page that pitched the idea of an advertising marketplace. It included a basic lead form and asked interested parties to register for more information and details once we launched the company.Once the landing page was live, I purchased a series of ads on websites for my target audience. The conversion rate from clicks to email signups was quite good (around 7% if I recall, which is almost unheard of on today’s conversion-hungry internet). I would then research the email accounts of those who signed up, look up domain names by searching WHOIS records, and determine if the lead was legitimate or just someone kicking tires.A one-page product teaser validated my idea. It gave me enough confidence to take the next step. Using this method, I was able to uncover market potential a full year before I launched the first version of our platform.3. Plan to Wear a Lot of Hats in the BeginningEarly on, you’ll have delusions of grandeur. You’ll fantasize about large offices and a huge workforce working on your project. It’s normal, and it’s healthy. Visualizing what the future looks like is a fantastic way to meditate, but in the beginning, you need to fight the desire to burn cash. Keep your team small until you can’t physically survive without expanding your team.A second or third developer may be nice, but the more people you add to your company, the more your role will shift from “getting things done” mode to management mode. If you grow too fast, you’ll be spending more money on embedding managers into your project, and less money on tackling your core problems.It’s a hard urge to fight; I would know.4. Prioritize HiresThe moment you find a salesperson who’s also proficient in Photoshop, cascading style sheets and PHP, hire that person immediately. Well-rounded employees with a vast array of skills are worth their weight in gold. Early on, it’s often better to hire a master of some than a master of one, especially in the moments directly succeeding your market testing.Of course as you grow, specialization will become more valuable than versatility. But in the early days, you need people to roll up their sleeves and push stuff across the finish line.5. Find People on the RiseFind people who are close to outperforming their current roles at other companies. Hiring those who are almost ready to take the next step in their careers is a fantastic way to stretch your dollar. If you can polish this skill, you’ll have a small team that is seriously outperforming its compensation.The key here, however, is to give them the time, attention and respect they need to help them upgrade their skills. Of course, paying them fairly is tantamount to maintaining a positive relationship. Once you can agree on fair compensation, stand back and watch them blossom.6. Don’t Take ‘No’ for an AnswerYou may often find yourself saying “no” to spending money, but when it comes to closing your early deals, never take no for an answer. Do everything you can to make it work and still come in under budget.By treating every paying customer as your first, last and only, you’ll be setting a precedent for perfection across your entire team. Without customers, you’ll never be successful. Convince early prospects that you’re worth taking a chance on, and help them see that they’re betting on a sure thing.7. Try Lots of Ideas, but Kill Underwhelming Ones QuicklyYou may want to say “yes” to a few bold ideas, but quickly decide whether or not they’re working out. There’s also nothing wrong with canning ideas for the future and acting on them once they start eating at your brain. Just make sure you’re collecting enough valuable data to make educated decisions. If the numbers aren’t adding up, kill an idea.The key is to realize that doing anything by committee will ultimately drag out the completion process. As a startup without venture capital funding, that means burning through your financial reserves. Make a decision on projects quickly. Get your project wrapped up, or move on to the next one. Iterate where it makes sense. PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

6 Tips for Aspiring App Inventors

first_imgDo you have an idea for the next big app? As of June 2016, there were an overwhelming 4.2 million apps available on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. If you’re an app inventor, this makes it difficult for consumers to discover your app in a crowded market. How can you cut through the noise? Here are five best practices for any aspiring app inventor:Know Your AudienceOne of the first questions inventors should be asking themselves is, “Who will be using my app, and what will they accomplish with it?” If your app is aiming to solve a real-world problem, chances are there is a whole market of people who would love to get their hands on it.Figuring out who these people are, as well as what problem they want to solve with your app, is the first step to launching a successful product. In addition to the practical needs of the user, you should also consider how a consumer’s aesthetic taste changes based on what platform they are using. For example, iOS apps typically have a minimalistic design: flat, text-heavy and featuring outlined icons. Android apps conform to “Material Design”, featuring pastel colors and a layered paper look (similar to those construction paper cut outs we all used to do as children). It’s good form to design the different versions of your app in ways that cater to each respective market, so that your app can appeal to as many people as possible.Validate Before You BuildOnce you have an idea for an app, there is important work to do before you even start the development process. First, it’s best to go through exercises such as researching the competitive market, asking potential customers questions about how they would like the problem you’re addressing solved, and drawing user flows. Once you’ve done this, you should have a professional designer make designs of your app and make a clickable prototype with tools such as inVision, Axure, Omnigraffle, Sketch, or POP. Next, take this prototype back to potential users for feedback, and ask if they would use it, and how much they would pay for it. If these potential customers aren’t excited, go back to the drawing board!Marketing & User Acquisition PlansIf you build it, they will come…wrong! If you are thinking of building an app, but haven’t thought about how it’s going to get into the user’s’ hands, pump the breaks. This is one of the most common mistakes made when creating an app. First, make sure your app has viral components, such as social sharing and push notifications. Secondly, create a marketing strategy supported with strong tactics. There are great options to get the process started: Facebook & Twitter app install ads, guerilla marketing, posters, events—and all these tactics cost money, so make sure you devise a general plan and budget for both building and marketing your app, or your beautiful app could go to waste. Sure, you might go viral on TechCrunch or you could also win the lottery, but that shouldn’t be the plan.Make a Positive First ImpressionPositive first impressions are key to acquiring and retaining users. When submitting your app to the app store, start with a well-designed and memorable app icon, along with a short but engaging description.First impressions also have an impact on how consistently users engage with your app. On average, 77% of users who install your app will stop using it after three days. A few ways you can reduce churn rates is by making sure your app is fast, intuitive and allows anonymous usage. The latter feature allows users to explore your app’s primary features without having to commit to a registration or signup.Easier is Always BetterEven if seemingly tailored to one type of clientele, users include people from every age group and social background, so it’s best to keep your app simple and accessible to everyone. The primary elements that determine how people use your app are the UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience).In basic terms, the UI consists of the visual elements that people interact with in your app, and the UX is the experience people have during the interaction. There are many resources available online to help you get started in UI and UX. You can take classes at General Assembly (they have online classes if there isn’t one in your area); read books and watch TED Talks by Don Norman; look through profiles on useronboard.com; or even check out UXArchive.com.Consistency is KeyYour app should look and feel cohesive. Color plays a crucial role in attracting new users, as well as in subliminally influencing their first impressions of your product. Employing a unique, unified color scheme makes your app easy to read and navigate, and creates an identity for your brand. Typography should also be consistent. The best way to achieve this is to get a talented interactive designer.Finally, you should make sure your app takes advantage of the unique features and norms of each mobile platform, but still coordinates with your website. While cosmetically, your app may differ between platforms, they should all function in a similar manner. This is where using consistent imagery, coloring and typography can help guide users through the various versions of your app.Building an app requires time, patience, and trial and error. A successful app is one that solves a problem in the simplest and most intuitive way – keep this in mind when developing your app. Focus on just a few simple user needs, and learn from your users before and after launch. Image Credit: CC by Michael CoghlanPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 6 Tips for Aspiring App InventorsAugust 12, 2016 by Dima Rakovitsky 254SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedincenter_img Filed Under: Advice, Apps, Mobile, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

3 Tips for Negotiating the Sale of a Company

first_img3 Tips for Negotiating the Sale of a CompanyJanuary 30, 2017 by Mark Daoust 322SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin If you analyze your life, you will realize that your entire day consists of negotiations. Mostly it’s low-stakes, like persuading the kids to get ready for school, or calling the phone company to ask for a lower phone plan. They’re important but easy to master.So when the time comes to sell a six or seven-figure company and the high-stake negotiations begin, we start to get it wrong because we are unfamiliar with how to do things. We fall back on old stereotypes from movies such as Wall Street or TV shows like Law and Order. We tell white lies because we think that it will put pressure on the other party to make a quick, favorable decision. For example, telling them you have another party ready to buy immediately.Negotiating the sale of a company requires more than technical negotiation techniques. It requires tact, diplomacy and most importantly, a human touch. Since 2007, when I started my company Quiet Light Brokerage, I’ve found myself knee-deep in high-stake negotiations and have learned the following valuable lessons.Be Quiet and ListenWhen you’re talking, you don’t have to talk over others to be in charge of a conversation. In fact, the best negotiators know that their most powerful weapon is to listen.Silence can be awkward. People hate silence, so they’ll often talk to fill it. When they do, listen carefully to what they’re saying and you’ll identify their real, core objectives. You can use this to craft a deal that meets everyone’s goals.I recently had a seller who balked at a buyer’s request to speak directly to his customers before committing to an acquisition. My client didn’t want his customers knowing about the acquisition until he was satisfied that it would happen. When we listened carefully, it was clear that the buyer didn’t need to approach customers as a potential acquirer, he just needed to verify that they were happy.So instead of calling customers as a potential acquirer, the buyer called customers on behalf of my client’s business to get customer feedback. When we listened to him in negotiations, we heard more than what he as a buyer requested; we heard what he actually wanted.Anticipate ProblemsBuying a business entails a lot of risks, and when there is big money on the table, the interested party naturally becomes skeptical on various issues. This sometimes leads them to develop an overactive imagination.So it’s in your best interests to identify any issues up front that are likely to crop up, then disarm the other side with honesty and candor. Are sales going through a rough patch? Then don’t bluster through a half-baked explanation. Just admit it and explain why you think it is happening, and then explain what you think will fix it. Is a vendor going to act like a spoiler and start changing the terms of their contract as soon as the business changes hands? Then bring that up before the potential buyer does so you can work out a strategy.We recently had a client who failed to follow this rule and it cost him a sale. We were just at the point of closing the acquisition when the buyer learned about a lawsuit that happened a few years prior. Our client didn’t think it was important, since the lawsuit was frivolous. Our buyer didn’t agree: Even though the lawsuit wasn’t a threat, the lack of disclosure was enough to make the buyer nervous. Eventually, the deal disintegrated.People can handle bad news, but they hate surprises. Bring your skeletons out of the closet early, and show that they aren’t as scary as a buyer might think.Always Have a Backup PlanThe greatest leverage you have at the negotiation table is your ability to walk away. But by doing so, it weakens your position if you decide to return. If you return, you’ll send the message: “I need this deal to go through—somehow. So I have no choice but to continue talking to you.” You’ll instantly lose leverage.So before the negotiation begins, have a plan B. It’s not a bad idea to have a plan C, either. Are there other buyers, or can you hang onto the business longer? Have a backup plan; otherwise, you may end up empty-handed and feeling foolish.One of the first deals I closed as an advisor required that we go to our backup plan. The buyer I found for my client’s business was great, but his attorney was terrible and overly aggressive. Fortunately, we had multiple buyers interested in this business. We explained to the buyer that his attorney was being unreasonable and walked away. We never closed the door with our buyer, and sure enough he came back to us with a different, more reasonable attorney.The first step to using leverage in a negotiation is to know when you have it and to know when you don’t.Being a skilled negotiator means being a nice, approachable person. Don’t storm in and shout the terms. It takes practice and experience, but the easiest way to learn is to think about how you’d like to be treated in reversed roles. When you do, you’ll end up having a good basis for a lasting, productive, profitable discussion. Filed Under: Advice, Exits, Management, Resources, Strategiccenter_img The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.Image credit: CC by Eric ChanPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

5 Ways to Further Encourage Your Sales Team

first_imgBusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.Image Credit: CC by GreenTech MediaPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 5 Ways to Further Encourage Your Sales TeamMarch 27, 2017 by Nick Bentley 259SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin If you could motivate your sales team to take massive, persistent action over time, why wouldn’t you?I’ve run sales floors with hundreds of people on them. Honestly, my favorite sales floor is one that offers a high-dollar product and has a maximum of 20 people selling. Fewer employees means less stress. It’s easier to maintain the culture, hold individuals accountable (including your sales manager) and have the technology capabilities necessary. Also, no one gets lost in the shuffle. That said, you must be completely transparent and have a much more family-like environment.You can build such a team. It’ll take some time and effort, but it can be done. Here’s what’s worked for us:Hold a Daily Routine MeetingCulture is imperative to the success of any team in any industry. It’s the reason your team wakes up energized and ready to go at the start of every day. With the right culture and leader, your sales staff will take you to levels you never thought possible.To get started, pick up a copy of “The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure” by Grant Cardone. I love this book so much I bought it for my entire company and we listened to a chapter a day until we completed it. I now make sure that anyone coming to my company listens to the audiobook.Every day I also hold what I call a daily routine: a recap that takes roughly 30 minutes every morning. We discuss the team’s KPIs (key performance indicators) on a daily and week-to-date basis using a simple chart. For example, say you’re selling financial services. KPIs would include quotes and contracts. Your chart would identify how many quotes each salesperson had the day before, how many they had that week, along with how many contracts each salesperson got out the day before and how many they got out that week. You would then track the goals for the day and for the week next to each column.Daily meetings achieve a few things. First, they show who the rock stars on the team are. It also helps you identify who is struggling and needs help. If someone has 20 percent more quotes than anyone else on the team, that’s a training opportunity. Ask them what they are doing to make that happen.Secondly, it lets the group know where they stand as a team. People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This accountability (one of our core values) drives salespeople to perform for each other.Incentivize Your Team In my office, we have what we call the “Ventury Store.” It’s really nothing more than a place where our team can turn in chips for goods. We had a custom poker chip company place our logo on one side of each coin and a $1 currency on the other. I then asked my entire staff what kinds of things they would want other than money. I received all sorts of ideas, like bigger computer monitors, concert tickets, NFL tickets to comedy shows and books. I even got requests for sales training. So I gave each of these things a chip value.We now give out chips for great calls, closes, going above and beyond, and anything we think a salesperson does that is cool. At any given time, you can walk around our sales floor and see the chip case on each salesperson’s desk.Coming up with a rewards system keeps the environment fun, it keeps employees engaged, and more importantly, it keeps morale high. When I’m out of the office, my sales manager can give out chips. The boss shouldn’t have to be there for the team to be rewarded or more importantly, recognized.Celebrate Each WinVentury Capital is in the business of helping business owners access small business loans, so we celebrate every time we fund a small business. Our goal is to help 100,000 business double in size in the next five years by giving them the ability to access capital. Every time we fund a loan, we’re one step closer to our goal.We celebrate that by having whoever was responsible for selling the loan take and mallet and ring a 36-inch ancient-style gong. The whole team claps and congratulates the loan officer for helping one more person get that much closer to reaching their goals of doubling their business. It’s only for a few seconds, but the moment where everyone is off the phones and celebrating helps break up the day for a period of joy and celebration.Recognize Positive Behavior and Check InWe hold a 2 p.m. daily recap. It’s a five-minute interruption in the day where we pull up some of our KPIs. If someone is behind, we ask them what they’re going to do to catch up. If someone is ahead, it’s about taking them to the next level of success for that day. If they need help on a deal, we address it at that time.Recaps like these are a teaching moment to discover why we lost a deal or are facing a funding problem. Instead of sitting in a conference room and teaching our sales team about every little problem that could happen, we address it on the job, teach everyone at the same time, and ensure everyone is on the same page.This is also a great way to motivate people. If someone doesn’t have any current documents requested and we need five more to hit our daily goal as a group, this person won’t leave without at least putting one up on the board. It’s all about accountability.Keep It Upbeat We play music from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in my office. Each closer has their own song that encapsulates them. Every time they fund a loan and the gong goes off, we play that person’s song throughout the office. It’s a fun, light way for recognition.While it’s important to hold your team accountable for their numbers, it’s also about fun and success. Who would want to work for someone who focuses only on numbers, rather than how they are achieved? The culture of your office is paramount to your success, and I believe you cannot motivate your sales team without celebrating the wins.center_img Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

EVGAs new RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN now on sale for a huge

first_imgIf you’ve got $1900 burning a hole in your pocket, then look no further than EVGA’s new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN – one of the most exquisite graphics cards ever created.   EVGA has finally launched the much lauded new KINGPIN-approved and heavily custom RTX 2080 Ti graphics card with a custom PCB that allows for a socket-busting 520W of power. It still houses the same TU102 GPU with 4352 CUDA cores, 11GB of GDDR6 at 14Gbps, with its GPU clocked at 1770MHz boost.   The biggest part of the new EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN is definitely the 12-layer deep PCB that was constructed with the help of overclocker ‘TiN’. We’re looking at a beast of a PCB that is able to handle up to 520W from its 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors. 16+3 Phase VRM with Extreme overclocking in mind   Dual MP2888A controllers 16 – MP86956 – 60 ampere Smart PowerStages for the GPU 3 – MP86956 – 60 ampere Smart PowerStages for the Memory PEXVDD single-phase digital control VRM Triple 8-pin +12V PCIe power connectors located on the edge for clean cabling Over 520 W TDP Rating with bundled VBIOS  PCB designed in cooperation with Illya “TiN” Tsemenko   Custom low-loss 12-layer PCB Probe-It header to allow for real-time monitoring GPU voltages by DMM EVBot header allows for real-time power settings tuning Triple BIOS for Normal, OC and Extreme LN2 use profiles An array of 12 onboard iCX temperature sensors Integrated voltage monitoring with real-time OLED readout Diagnostic LEDs & Self-diagnostics for correct power and GPU operation  Back to the card itself, EVGA has used a hybrid cooling system that features a 100mm HBM fan that is placed on a full metal heat sink that is copper plated. On top of that the company has used 2 x 120mm PWM fans that are attached to a large 240mm radiator that EVGA gives you with the $1900 graphics card.   The VRMs are also cooled by their own modular heat sink that allows customers to install aftermarket GPU coolers, which is definitely a nice touch. EVGA also includes something called the Shroud OLED display that lets you see real-time stats for the card like real-time voltages, temperatures, clocks, power consumption, and GPU usage. Shroud OLED Display Details:  Built into the shroud is an OLED Display to show real-time card stats and user messages Shows real-time Voltages, Temperatures, Clocks, Power Consumption, and GPU Utilization Show self-test and diagnostic results Monitor GPU junction temperature in a wide range from -64 °C to +105 °C Optional LN2 benching kit with OLED bracket for enthusiast use with 3rd party cooling solution.  EVGA is currently selling its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN graphics card for $1899.99 on its own EVGA store, but it is exclusive to EVGA Associate members and Associate Code users.last_img read more