Former Rutgers QB Ryan Hart Calls Out Kyle Flood’s Decision To Switch Quarterbacks At Halftime

first_imgRutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move.  hart tweetsTwitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.last_img read more

Keita BatesDiop leads Ohio State mens basketball to victory in final nonconference

Correction 12/28: The score has been updated to reflect the correct final score. OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorPowered by a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, the Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated the South Carolina State Bulldogs 73-57 on Sunday night in Columbus.Bates-Diop scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, including five 3-pointers, which powered the Buckeyes to a 34-21 halftime lead that they never looked back from.Bates-Diop said it felt great to see so many of his shots fall in after several rattled out the previous game against Mercer.“My teammates got me in the right spots, I was really open most of the time and I just knocked down shots,” he said.OSU coach Thad Matta said although the team earned its fourth win in a row, he wasn’t happy with the number of turnovers in the first half.“The first half we weren’t very sharp at all, of the eight turnovers, five or six were unforced,” Matta said. “We’re not a very good offensive team when we’re not taking care of the ball.” Matta commended freshman guard A.J. Harris for getting the ball rolling.“A.J. really came in and kinda lit the wick for us,” Matta said.South Carolina State coach Murray Garvin said Harris’ play was the difference in the game.“He changed the tempo of the game,” Garvin said. “He’s so quick (that) he can turn off the lights and be in the bed before it gets dark.” Harris accounted for six of OSU’s 19 assists on the night, which were highlighted by five alley-oops. The Dayton native said things are finally starting to click for him in his debut campaign.“My goal is to just share the ball more,” Harris said. “So that’s all we’ve been practicing, is just sharing the ball more, making the extra pass to our teammates that are open. Just making the extra pass. I was seeing the floor really well and my big man was running, my two and three guards were running, so it really opened up the floor for me.”The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled against the Minnesota on Wednesday, the first of the Big Ten season. Bates-Diop said the conference season brings on a whole new mentality, one that the team should be ready for come next Wednesday.“I think we’re finally hitting our stride,” Bates-Diop said. “Going into the Big Ten, that’s going to be huge for us.”The Buckeyes saw improved performance from its 3-point shooters, as OSU shot 36 percent from three after shooting just 13.6 percent against Mercer.Matta said he knows his team has to be more consistent for it to be able to compete in the Big Ten.“We’ve shown that we can play some really good basketball, and we’ve shown we can play some really bad basketball,” Matta said. “We’re a team that has to be dialed in to everything that we’re doing. The thing that excites me is we’ve seen one through 12, guys can play some really high-level basketball. Finding that consistency is going to be what the next 10 weeks is about.” Game notesFreshman forward Mickey Mitchell scored his first points as a Buckeye in his second game after being declared eligible by the NCAA.OSU’s largest lead was 24 points.OSU outrebounded South Carolina State 50-32.OSU had nine blocked shots while the Bulldogs failed to register one. read more

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel reported to be returning to Ohio State as

Ohio State appears to have found a new linebackers coach in former Buckeye and Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel. Multiple media outlets have reported Vrabel’s hiring by OSU. According to the university’s online directory, Vrabel’s working title is “Assistant Coach-Football.” In an email to The Lantern, Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the athletic department was working Sunday on details regarding a press conference. Emig added that OSU has not “announced an (assistant) coach hire yet.” Emig also said the athletic department would release details on an upcoming press conference shortly, though he did not address what the purpose of the press conference would be. Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell — Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time in at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowl and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on Vrabel’s status with the organization. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel could not be reached for comment. read more

Protect Your Business The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. December 20, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer If you aren’t taking active steps to secure your business’s digital assets, pure and simple, you’re putting yourself at risk. Approximately 43 percent of all cyberattacks, according to Symantec, focus on small businesses — in part because they’re a big enough target to be valuable, but also small enough to be vulnerable.Related: Cybercriminals Are Targeting Small Businesses That Don’t Take Cybersecurity SeriouslyAs if that weren’t enough, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, as many as 60 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses that have been hacked go out of business within six months of the attack.Now, you could describe an intuitive correlation here: Businesses that don’t invest enough in their cybersecurity probably aren’t investing enough in other areas of their business.But the statistic is still worrying, so if you want to protect your business, you need to make the investments and upgrades necessary to keep it secure.The problem is that, to an inexperienced entrepreneur, or a business without a formal IT department, the cybersecurity world is confusing and intimidating. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a tech expert to make wise investment and protection decisions. In fact, there are a handful of tools that can keep you safe from the vast majority of potential attacks.The most important security toolsThese are some of the most important security tools you’ll need for your business:Password tools. Your passwords are one of the biggest points of vulnerability in your business, with 90 percent of passwords, according to Deloitte, weak enough to be vulnerable to hacking. Choosing strong passwords, managing them effectively and changing them often are some of the best ways to prevent any cybercrime. The problem is that it’s tough to keep everything organized in a business. That’s why a security tool like 1Password can help ; it gives you a centralized, secure location to manage all your passwords, and update them to keep them safe.Related: Here’s How Taking Cybersecurity Very Seriously Enhances Your BrandA VPN. You should also employ a virtual private network (VPN), which can encrypt all your network traffic so you don’t have to worry about outside forces spying on your work. A single network vulnerability is all it takes for a cybercriminal to gain access to all your data, so invest in a tool like SaferVPN, which is ideal if you have multiple users on multiple devices.Antivirus software. You should also invest in some antivirus software for your devices. Antivirus software isn’t a surefire bet to protect you from hackers, but it will keep you alert if your computer is infected with malware and will scan email attachments to ensure they aren’t scams. AVG Technologies offers free antivirus software for individual users and special packages for businesses. There are also McAfee and tother options on the market.A firewall. Next, you’ll want to invest in a firewall, which will monitor incoming and outgoing traffic, filter out certain threats and even block some sites altogether. A strong firewall alone won’t  protect you from all the threats on the internet, but it’s an added layer of insurance you shouldn’t be without.Better hardware. Older computers, servers and other pieces of hardware may be less expensive, but they pose much bigger security risks. They tend to run older software and have security holes that have been known and exploited for years. Make sure you upgrade your hardware routinely, every few years.Better software (for everything). You’ll also need to pay careful attention to what type of software and applications you use for tasks like data storage, communication and project management. Each individual platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choose vendors you trust, with a long history of protecting customers’ data.Education. Finally, invest in educational tools you can use to train and update your employees. Most hacks are attributable to human error, so the more educated your employees are on the best practices for cybersecurity, the less vulnerable you’re going to be. Set aside time every month to go over new updates, and remind your employees about the importance of habits like regularly changing passwords and avoiding suspicious links.Related: 4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to TakeStaying vigilantOver 14 million businesses were “hacked” in 2016, but your business doesn’t have to be next in line. As long as you make wise investments, routinely monitor and improve the habits of your employees and commit to staying abreast of the latest digital threats, you’ll minimize your vulnerabilities significantly. Even non-techies have the power to protect their businesses from cyber threats. 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

March 11 2013Congratulations to the February 3 2

first_imgMarch 11, 2013Congratulations to the February 3. 2013 workshop participants upon their graduation:[from left] Stephen Stringer, Alex Rolland, Erin O’Loughlin continues as a  planning intern, Dario Fratini from Italy also continues with a planning intern.[photo: Mitzy Strebel]last_img

Microsoft has put its proposed online subscription

first_imgMicrosoft has put its proposed online subscription video platform on hold, according to news agency Reuters.
Microsoft is understood to have concerns about the cost of licensing content having concluded talks with a number of potential programming partners. It was hoping to offer current shows and live channels.The company has recently turned its focus to Xbox Live, the online portal of its gaming platform. It has signed over 40 global content partners including the BBC, Lovefilm and Netflix.last_img

Netherlandsbased music company XITE announced the

first_imgNetherlands-based music company XITE announced the launch of a 4K music video experience in Canada. XITE 4K broadcasts the best music videos in Ultra HD and is now available through Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television.XITE’s music video experience is available to Rogers customers with a 4K subscription and NextBox 4K set-top box through channel 987.Derk Nijssen, CEO and Founder of XITE Networks International said: “I am very proud that a leading provider like Rogers has chosen XITE. It confirms the uniqueness of our product and the importance of music video.”Cees Honig, CEO of XITE Networks USA said: “The launch in Canada is a great first step for XITE in North America. I am very happy with this partnership and with all of our new Canadian viewers.”XITE Networks’ music channel launched in 2008 and is distributed to over 15 million households in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Qatar, and now in Canada.last_img read more

In This Issue Election worries force yen lower…

first_imgIn This Issue.*Election worries force yen lower… *The German recovery stalls… *UK jobless claims rise… *General ‘risk off’ day pushes commodity currencies lower…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Election uncertainties push the yen lower… Good day. I want to kick off today’s Pfennig with a thank you to all of the readers who pointed out the glaring mistake I made in yesterday’s post.  Yes, Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF is a female.  I apologize for my error and to Mlle Lagarde if she was offended by my early morning mistake (I can only dream that she is a Pfennig reader!) All kidding aside, I do enjoy reading all of your emails and I’m sure many of the Pfennig readers would love to hear many of your comments also.  With the conversion of the Pfennig to a blog, I want to encourage readers to go to to post your comments and replies. This way you can share your opinions and insight with all of the Pfennig nation!  Now let me get started with today’s Pfennig so I can see if I can stimulate some reader comments.The currency markets were fairly flat yesterday, with the dollar moving higher against some currencies, but losing against others.  The Japanese yen was on the losing side of the equation yesterday, dropping .86% vs. the US$.  Uncertainty over elections drove the yen lower as investors fear a new government will take a more aggressive stance on monetary easing.  I bet many of you are thinking “Uncertainty?? Chris, the elections are over, Obama won”.  But I’m not talking about elections here in the US, but rather elections which will probably occur in Japan.  Japan’s Prime Minister said he is going to dissolve the Diet as soon as next week, setting the stage for elections.  The Prime Minister’s party will likely lose the new elections, and power will shift to the Liberal Democratic Party which has called for additional stimulus to try and revive the Japanese economy.  Japan’s central bank recently increased their quantitative easing efforts in an attempt to overcome deflation which has gripped the country.  The yen has lost just under 4% of its value vs. the US$ this year, after setting a post-WWII high back in October of last year.  The Japanese yen is still seen as a safe haven currency by many investors, but the economy certainly doesn’t support the label. On the other side of the ledger, the Mexican Peso, euro, and Norwegian Krone boasted some of the largest gains vs. the US$ yesterday.  But as I mentioned earlier, the markets were pretty flat and even the best performing Mexican peso was only up .44% vs. the US$.  The euro rose after Greece was able to find enough bids in their debt auction to keep from defaulting on a T-bill maturity at the end of the week. While this was a bit of good news for Greece, the data coming out of Europe continues to be disappointing.  Yesterday a report showed German investor confidence unexpectedly declined in November to minus 15.7 from a reading of 11.5 in October.  Economists had predicted a slight increase in confidence, and the report worried some that the sovereign debt crisis may finally be impacting the German economy.  Most of the recent data coming out of Europe’s largest economy shows the European area is in serious danger of slipping back into a recession.  Germany is the economic engine of Europe, and Chancellor Merkel has been doing a good job of keeping the euro together in order to help keep German factories exports within Europe rolling.  But the austerity measures which have been forced on the weaker euro-members are starting to be reflected in the numbers.  Merkel may have to relax her hard line on austerity in order to allow some of Germany’s best customers a bit of breathing room!Elsewhere in Europe, UK jobless claims rose at the fastest pace in more than a year.  Claims rose over 10k to 1.58 million in October, the most since September of last year.  BOE Governor Mervyn King said the UK economy is in danger of contracting in the current quarter and that additional stimulus measures may be needed.  “We face the rather unappealing combination of a subdued recovery with inflation remaining above target for a while”, King told reporters in London.  “There are limits to the ability of domestic policy to stimulate private sector demand as the economy adjusts to a new equilibrium.  But the Committee has not lost faith in asset purchases as a policy instrument, nor has it concluded that there will be no more purchases.”So now we have King sounding eerily similar to our own Federal Reserve Chairman who, after announcing QEIII in September said “I personally don’t think it’s going to solve the problem.”  “I don’t think our tools are strong enough to offset a major fiscal shock.”  Neither Bernanke nor King believe their efforts will be able to stimulate demand, but they continue to just try to throw more money at the problem.  The US followed the BOE down the QE path, and the BOE followed the BOJ.  Is anyone seeing a pattern here??  The Japanese economy has been in a decade long funk and QE hasn’t pulled it out.  The UK economy is starting to slide backwards toward recession, causing many of the policy makers on the Monetary Policy Committee in London to question the effectiveness of QE. One thing is certain, all of the stimulus flooding into the globes largest markets will eventually lead to rising inflation.  But that is exactly what many economist want to see, rising inflation and declining currency values which will enable them to pay down their debts with cheaper currency.      Shifting back across the pond, US retail sales numbers are due to be released later this morning along with the PPI numbers and a gauge of business inventories. Hurricane Sandy is being blamed for the slowdown in retail sales during the month of October, but that sure seems like a stretch to me.  I believe Sandy reached landfall on October 29/30th right?  So the popular press wants us to believe a few days of storms in October caused the entire month’s numbers to be skewed?  I can buy the fact that November’s sales will be impacted, as many of the unfortunate residents on our East coast were without power.  But I would think the coming storm would have actually boosted purchases in October as people went to the stores to prepare for the coming storm.  It will be interesting to see just where the numbers come in later this morning, but don’t be fooled by the spin that a poor number was caused by Sandy. Tomorrow will bring additional opportunities for the spin masters as we get the ‘official’ numbers on Consumer Inflation which are expected to show prices rose just .1% MOM in October (you can still go to to take a look at the unadjusted numbers). And since tomorrow is Thursday, we will see the weekly job numbers which are expected to show another 375k applied for unemployment benefits. The commodity currencies were off a bit yesterday, with the New Zealand, Australian, Brazilian, and South African currencies all posting losses vs. the US$.  The Kiwi was lower after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly fell in the third quarter.  Sales adjusted for inflation dropped .4% in the 3rd quarter, following a 1.3% rise in the 2nd.  This latest report, combined with rising unemployment and slowdown in manufacturing has led some investors to increase bets the central bank will cut rates during their next meeting.  The New Zealand Treasury department last week said GDP has slowed, and most economists believe the data will show a growth rate of just 1.1% in the second half.  The RBNZ has kept rates steady since March of last year, but pressure is starting to mount for another cut in December. Brazil’s real dropped for a fifth day as central bank intervention continues to stem the flow of funds into Latin America’s largest economy.  Brazil’s central bank has been selling the real through ‘reverse currency swaps’ in an effort to keep the value of Brazil’s currency down.  But the markets helped to push the real lower yesterday as investors sold all of the ’emerging market’ currencies in a general ‘risk off’ day.  The South African rand fell to its lowest value vs. the US$ in over a month as investors were concerned over the potential slowdowns in both Europe and the UK. The Canadian economy has been held up as a model for the US during the latest fiscal crisis.  Canadian Banks were seen as some of the most stable in the world and Canada is the only G7 country with a stable AAA debt rating.  But confidence may be shaking a bit after Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he will delay plans to balance the federal budget by one year.  Flaherty’s latest budget update, released yesterday, projects a return to a balanced budget by 2016.  “Our country is not immune to global forces, nor can we control the economic shocks that ripple outwards from other nations”, Flaherty said in a speech yesterday.  His latest budget cuts revenue projections as lower commodity price predictions cut into exports.  Flaherty also sounded concerned about the Fiscal Cliff waiting for his neighbors to the south at the end of the year.  This latest news shouldn’t be seen as a big negative on our overall opinion of the Canadian dollar.  Canada’s economy is still in relatively good shape when compared to other industrialized countries, and a balanced budget by 2016 is still impressive given the current state of the global economy.  Canada remains on very solid fiscal footing.Then There Was This.  I am a big fan of The Economist magazine, and try to flip through it from cover to cover each week.  The stories are short but packed with information, and lately I have even found some interesting insights in the ‘help wanted’ section.  A few weeks ago I sent a note to Chuck pointing out a full page ad looking for applicants to fill a job opening at the Bank of England.  I was amazed to see the position they were trying to fill was that of the Governor!  Yes, the Bank of England actually ran a ‘help wanted’ ad looking for a new Governor in the Economist magazine.  So I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised to find another help wanted add in this week’s Economist looking for individuals to fill ‘Forthcoming Vacancies at the European Central Bank’. Sounds like we may be seeing some turnover at the ECB in the coming months.  Perhaps next week we will see an ad looking for someone to take over as Chairman of the Fed, and I think US Treasury Secretary Geithner is looking to leave pretty soon also.  Maybe I should dust off the old resume.. no, I wouldn’t want to have to face all of the headaches of the global debt crisis.  In fact, that is probably just why these big institutions are having to place the help wanted ads in the first place; nobody wants to take on the job!To recap. Currency markets were pretty flat yesterday, with the dollar higher vs. the yen but lower vs. many of the European currencies.  The yen dropped as concerns increased over the uncertainty surrounding Japanese elections which may be called as soon as next week.  The euro eeked out a small gain vs. the US$ after Greece found enough buyers during an auction of Tbills to avoid a potential default later this week.  UK jobless claims rose at the fastest pace in over a year prompting the BOE Governor to raise the possibility of another round of stimulus.  US data is expected to show some weakness in retail sales, and the inflation numbers will be released tomorrow.  Finally, the commodity currencies were down as we had a general ‘risk off’ day.Currencies today 11/14/12. American Style: A$ $1.0429, kiwi .8141, C$ $.9991, euro 1.2736, sterling 1.5867, Swiss $1.0582. European Style: rand 8.8316, krone 5.7532, SEK 6.7729, forint 223.19, zloty 3.2746, koruna 20.0031, RUB 31.6485, yen 80.07, sing 1.2217, HKD 7.7507, INR 54.875, China 6.2252, pesos 13.1901, BRL 2.0605, Dollar Index 81.039, Oil $85.58, 10-year 1.62%, Silver $32.4675 and Gold $1,722.55.That’s it for today. I was talking with my family about the Pfennig blog at dinner last night and my kids said they would be happy post some comments.  They decided their number one all time favorite Pfennig comment was ‘You suck, bring back Chuck’.  Not exactly what I was looking for!  You can see the kind of support I get at home, but that is what you get with two teenagers.  We are having the first ‘EverBank Chili Cookoff’ today, but I don’t think the trading desk is going to have an entry since our fearless leader Chuck is out of town.  Chuck is a great cook, especially when it comes to the grill, but I’m pretty sure he could make a mean chili also.  I just heard Tim say he went ahead and brought in some of his ‘fire’ chili, so I guess we still have a chance to win it all!  Hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday and thanks for reading the Pfennig!Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

US Shuts Down Huge Online Dark Web Market AlphaBay

first_img U.S. Shuts Down Huge Online Dark Web Market, AlphaBay The site was used by ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people to buy and sell illegal goods and services, such as drugs, stolen IDs, malware and other hacking tools. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Reporter Next Article –shares Internet This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Angela Moscaritolo Image credit: PCMag 3 min read The cybercriminal underground took a hit this week with the shutdown of internet black market AlphaBay.The Justice Department seized AlphaBay, which operated for more than two years and was a “major source of fentanyl and heroin,” the agency says.The site was used by “hundreds of thousands” of people to buy and sell illegal goods and services, such as drugs, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other hacking tools, firearms and toxic chemicals, according to the DOJ. Authorities say “multiple overdose deaths across the country” have been attributed to drugs purchased on the site.The U.S. seized AlphaBay’s infrastructure with the help of law enforcement authorities in Thailand, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Canada, the UK and France, as well as the European law enforcement agency Europol.Thai authorities on July 5 arrested a 25-year-old Canadian citizen, Alexandre Cazes aka Alpha02 and Admin, on behalf of the U.S. Authorities say Cazes was the “creator and administrator” of AlphaBay. On July 12, Cazes “apparently took his own life while in custody in Thailand,” the Justice Department says.Cazes had been charged in a 16-count indictment with conspiracy to: commit identity theft, engage in racketeering, distribute narcotics, commit access device fraud and launder money. The other charges included distribution of narcotics, unlawful transfer of false identification documents and trafficking in device making equipment.According to the DOJ, Cazes and his wife “amassed numerous high-value assets, including luxury vehicles, residences, and a hotel in Thailand,” plus “millions of dollars in cryptocurrency,” which has been seized by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.Prior to its takedown, the site had more than 100,000 users and 40,000 vendors. AlphaBay was even larger than Silk Road, which was seized by law enforcement in November 2013.”This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of the year — taking down the largest dark net marketplace in history,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “I believe that because of this operation, the American people are safer — safer from the threat of identity fraud and malware, and safer from deadly drugs.”The takedown of AlphaBay coincided with efforts by Dutch law enforcement to dismantle another prominent dark web market called Hansa Market, which was also used to sell illegal drugs, malware and counterfeit ID documents. July 21, 2017 Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

United Airlines Bonus Lottery Was Doomed to Fail Dont Make the Same

first_img United Airlines’ Bonus Lottery Was Doomed to Fail. Don’t Make the Same Mistake With Your Team. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Director of Client Services at Arena Communications –shares A few days ago, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby announced a new incentive program that would eliminate the company’s bonus structure and replace it with a lottery,  where one lucky employee would win $100,000 and a handful of others would have a shot at a Mercedes or a vacation. Immediately, legacy employees went on the record voicing concerns, with one union leader stating that “no team-oriented reward should be dictated by lottery.”Related: How to Incorporate This One Employee Perk to Improve Your BusinessUnfortunately, I wasn’t shocked by this news, because I’ve seen this trend become increasingly popular with the companies I’ve worked with and for. For whatever reason, employers have decided that employees care more about games and having toys at work than getting more money for doing great work. Just a few days later, United determined that its plan was a bust and Kirby recgonized that he misjudged how this news would be received by employees. In the next few years, I believe there will be a continued backlash against open offices, toys and useless perks enticing potential and current employees. Having a shot at a ton of money in a lottery is fun, but it’s not helpful if you don’t have a clear career trajectory, aren’t paid well, don’t know when or how you’ll be rewarded, and don’t feel valued at work.I recently talked to a few of my friends I grew up with who complained about feeling like their cool and exciting tech jobs weren’t fulfilling in ways that they had hoped. They couldn’t understand why their company was focusing more on giving away expensive swag than giving away raises and opportunity. I also had another friend tell me over the holidays, “I got a really cool Christmas present from my boss, but I don’t really understand what my future holds at this company. I’ve asked and it’s still very unclear.” In this case, a gift was given instead of the necessary clarity to keep an employee engaged.Related: 3 Signs That Job Candidates May Eventually Abuse Your Company’s Employee BenefitsIf you want your company to scale and you want to be able to hire and keep any employees under 35, focus less on perks, rewards and entitlements and more on how to show respect to your employees. Respect comes in many forms and may be different for your employees based on your industry. For me, respect comes in the form of thoughtful feedback, professional development, mentorship, clear and scheduled opportunities for growth, and competitive compensation. I get more questions from young people I manage about understanding what is next for them than anything else. By creating a clear path to more opportunity, you will get more loyalty from your employees.Gone are the days of doing work well, making a company more money, and sticking around in the hopes of maybe getting a raise or promotion down the road. Companies don’t provide the same loyalty that they used to, and employees don’t need to either. One of my past coworkers left her job at Google because she felt that all of the perks were just there to keep her at work longer. She took a pay cut and moved to a much less prestigious company because she wanted respect outside of her working hours. It’s important to give your employees options to take a break at work, but treating your employees like the adults they are will only help your company and increase loyalty.Related: 5 Reasons Enhanced Benefits Programs Are Good for BusinessIf you want to know what your employers need or want, try asking them what they’d change about the culture of your workplace. I doubt the answer will be, “We need a Ping-Pong table” or, “I’d love to have my name picked out of a hat for a bonus” but instead, “I don’t understand what I need to do to get promoted or a raise,” “I’d love to be able to attend a conference to learn more about our industry” or, “I would love a mentor who could help guide me.”If your employees want to play the lottery, they have that option outside of work. Adults don’t want to play games at work, and United Arilines found that out the hard way. We don’t need toys; we want job satisfaction. And most importantly, employees want predictability. Register Now » Employee Benefits Brittany Larsen Add to Queue 4 min read Guest Writer March 7, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Your employees don’t want rewards — they want respect. Image credit: Andrew Harrer | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Mario Batalis Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months

first_img –shares 2 min read Next Article Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Soon, patrons of the Italian specialty food mecca Eataly in New York City won’t be able to wash down their sumptuous pizza or pasta dishes with a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.The market and restaurant hybrid, owned by celebrity chef and noted Crocs lover Mario Batali, just received a slap on the wrist from the New York State Liquor Authority.Eataly was found to be in violation of a code that prohibits businesses from concurrently operating a wine store while importing or manufacturing one’s own wines.While its wine shop boasts over 1,000 labels from exclusively Italian producers, Eataly also happens to carry Bastianich wines — a conflict as Batali’s partners in Eataly include the mother and son Italian chef duo, Lidia and Joe Bastianich.Related: Pushing Ahead With Classy Makeover, 7-Eleven Sells Fine WineAfter having initially pleaded not guilty to charges of “suppressed information” regarding inequitable business interests, reports Crain’s, Eataly has now agreed to cough up a $500,000 fine, and shutter its wine store for six whole months.Ms. Bastianich’s name will also be removed from Eataly’s liquor license.Together the trio operates the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which comprises roughly 20 restaurants across the country, as well as Eataly locations in New York and Chicago.And this isn’t their first brush with the law. In 2012, Batali and Mr. Bastianich settled a lawsuit to the tune of $5.25 million against 117 servers, busboys and other employees who alleged that the company had pilfered their tips.Related: On the Rocks: Jack Daniel’s and Liquor Giant Diageo Feud Over ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ Geoff Weiss March 27, 2014 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Former Staff Writer Add to Queue Mario Batali’s Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months Legallast_img read more

Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the Federal Government

first_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Over the last several months, drones have caused all kinds of mischief, from fights between neighbors to arrests. Local governments have even been passing new laws to clamp down on dangerous drone use.With those incidents in mind, officials at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Association announced today that they will soon require drone owners and operators to register their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the federal government in an effort to promote safer flying. While commercial drone operators are currently required to register, the new rules would apply to everyday hobbyists as well.The announcement comes after a summer that saw a campaign from the FAA specifically urging hobbyist drone operators to stay away from wildfires as to not impede firefighting operations. And while pilots reported 238 sightings of drones in 2014, according to the FAA, there had been 650 sightings by early August of this year.Related: Man Arrested After Crashing Drone at U.S. OpenEarlier this month, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, remarking that the agency’s “preference is for people to voluntarily comply with regulations, but we won’t hesitate to take strong enforcement actions against anyone who flies an unmanned aircraft in an unsafe or illegal manner.”  He also noted that the FAA had “investigated several hundred incidents of UAS operating outside of existing regulations.”To that end, the DOT and FAA are appointing a task force of government officials, drone industry representatives and hobbyists to suggest which drones should be required to register. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is giving the task force until Nov. 20 to deliver their report so that the system can be in place before the holiday season, as drones are expected to be hot-ticket gift item this year. As to how many drones are actually out there at the moment, a staggering 1 million is the number that has come up a lot in rough estimates, according to the Washington Post.  Not only that, but the Consumer Electronics Association predicted over the summer that the drone industry will bring in about $105 million in sales this year – up more than 50 percent from revenue in 2014 – and sell about 700,000 individual units by the end of 2015, up 63 percent from last year. Related: What the Heck Are Drones Good For, Anyway  Image credit: Pixabay 2 min read Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the Federal Government Drones Next Article Enroll Now for $5 October 19, 2015last_img read more

Check Out the Sleek Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 Concept EV

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Add to Queue Contributing Writer August 22, 2016 Monterey Car Week in California features a bevy of classic and luxury cars from wealthy auto enthusiasts, so where better for Mercedes-Benz to unveil its latest Maybach concept?The car maker on Thursday unveiled a new electric concept car, the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6. The coupe features slick windows, a long front-end and wing-like doors. Perhaps most importantly, it’ll be completely powered by electric batteries that should provide about 200 miles on a single charge.”The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car — the extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse — recall the aero coupés of days gone by,” Mercedes said in a statement. “But this is not retro design — this is a reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.”On the inside, the car will feature a slew of digital displays, some of which wrap around the car’s interior in strips. They will show everything from range remaining to the in-car infotainment system and maps. The windshield can also be used as a transparent display for driving and geographical data.Mercedes also teased “body sensor displays” that will basically sense whether you’re hot, cold or tense, and adjust accordingly. The displays scan passengers and monitor vital functions. “As a result, comfort features such as seat climate or the massage function, for example, can be activated or the seat settings adjusted to the passenger,” the car maker says. Meanwhile, the car will take note of what color you’re wearing, which will “trigger new, emotional lighting effects in the interior.” Because you don’t want to clash with your car.Mercedes hasn’t said how much it might charge for the car or when it could eventually launch. But start saving your pennies. The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 starts at $189,350. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Don Reisinger Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Mercedes Maybach 6 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Image credit: Mercedes-Benz via PC Mag Check Out the Sleek ‘Vision Mercedes Maybach 6’ Concept EV Mercedes Benzlast_img read more

Study finds elevated cholesterol levels after Christmas break

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 30 2018Large quantities of rich Christmas food appear to boost Danes’ cholesterol levels. Right after the Christmas break, levels are 20% higher than in the summer. So says a new study carried out by researchers from the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Copenhagen University Hospital and the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen.All that butter and cream in Christmas food may possibly boost cholesterol levels more than assumed up to now. In a new study of 25,000 Danes, researchers conclude that cholesterol levels after the Christmas holiday are 20% higher than they are in the summer.Related StoriesLDL-cholesterol does not predict future cardiovascular events in high-risk heart patientsStatins’ potential to treat MS unrelated to the drug’s cholesterol lowering effectsNew imaging modality identifies presence of cholesterol in arterial plaqueSo the study by researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen shows that the risk of having elevated cholesterol is six times higher after the Christmas break.”Our study shows strong indications that cholesterol levels are influenced by the fatty food we consume when celebrating Christmas. The fact that so many people have high cholesterol readings straight after the Christmas holiday is very surprising,” says Dr. Anne Langsted, M.D., who is one of the authors of the article.Nine out of ten of the people participating in the so-called Copenhagen General Population Study had elevated cholesterol after Christmas. People who already have high cholesterol should perhaps be even more alert to their cholesterol levels during the Christmas holidays.”For individuals, this could mean that if their cholesterol readings are high straight after Christmas, and they could consider having another test taken later on in the year,” says another of the article’s authors, Dr. Signe Vedel-Krogh, M.D.”In any event, there is a greater risk of finding that you have elevated cholesterol if you go to the doctor and have your cholesterol tested straight after Christmas. It is important to be aware of this, both for doctors who treat high cholesterol and those wishing to keep their cholesterol levels down,” she concludes.​​last_img read more

Maharashtra invites global tenders for Dharavi slum redevelopment project

first_imgreal estate The Maharashtra government has invited global tenders to redevelop Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, into an integrated township under a Rs 22,000-crore project.Maharashtra’s Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA) put out advertisements in newspapers, stating that the last date for submitting the bids for the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) is December 28.The state government has been planning Dharavi’s redevelopment since 2004, but nothing has materialised so far due to the multiplicity of stakeholders occupying the 535 acres of prime land in the heart of Mumbai.According to the guidelines, the selected lead partner will have to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with 80 per cent equity (Rs 400 crore) and the Maharashtra government will hold the rest of the equity in the project.The SPV will construct free houses for eligible slum dwellers and will also be entitled to construct houses for sale in the open market. The state government has fixed a Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4 for the project. FSI is the ratio between the built-up space to the area of land on which a building stands.According to Anuj Puri, Chairman, Anarock Property Consultants, “Building affordable to mid-range housing projects here would completely reinvent the residential real estate equation of Central Mumbai and also make a major contribution to the Central Government’s Housing for All by 2022 target.”However, it will not be easy for the Maharashtra government to go ahead with the plan. “Dharavi is not an area of contention and confusion on the basis of costs alone. The biggest question is of land ownership and relocation of its existing inhabitants. In terms of land ownership, almost one-fifth of the land here is privately-owned,” he added.Over 60,000 families live in Dharavi currently. The DRP, when completed, can change the entire real estate scenario here. “Dharavi rubs shoulders with upmarket Bandra and is right next to the avant-garde Bandra-Kurla Complex. This makes Dharavi an incredibly attractive proposition for home-buyers, investors and developers alike,” he said. Maharashtra November 24, 2018 SHARE Last date for submitting bids for integrated township project is Dec 28 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Mumbai Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Why govt thinks farmers inferior to rich businessmen Rahul Gandhi in Lok

first_imgWhy govt thinks farmers inferior to rich businessmen: Rahul Gandhi in Lok SabhaAttacking the Modi government over the “suffering” of farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it has given them no relief and wondered if it considered them “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers running into lakhs of crores.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 20:56 IST Rahul Gandhi. (PTI File)Attacking the Modi government over the “suffering” of farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it has given them no relief and wondered if it considered them “inferior” to businessmen who have been given concessions and loan waivers running into lakhs of crores.Union minister Rajnath Singh countered Gandhi’s charge in Lok Sabha, as he blamed the long rule of the Congress for the plight of farmers and asserted that no prime minister has done as much for peasants as has Narendra Modi.Taking up the issue in the Zero Hour, Gandhi in his brief maiden speech in the 17th Lok Sabha mostly focused on Kerala and made specific mention of problems facing farmers in Wayanad, from where he has been elected to Lok Sabha.No relief has been given to farmers by the government, he said, claiming that businessmen have been granted tax concessions of Rs 4.3 lakh crore and waivers of Rs 5.5 lakh crore.He asked why the government thinks farmers are “inferior” to rich businessmen.In his reply, Singh said the government’s move to give Rs 6,000 to farmers annually will lead to a rise in their income by 20-25 per cent and claimed that more farmers committed suicide before the BJP-led dispensation came to power.”It is not that the condition of farmers deteriorated in the last one, two or four years. Those who ruled the country for a long time are responsible for their state. The amount of increase in MSP (minimum support price) that our prime minister has effected has not been done by anybody in independent India’s history,” he claimed.Gandhi said farmers are suffering throughout the country and are in terrible condition in Kerala. One farmer ended his life in Wayanad on Wednesday due to crushing debt, he added.Farmers have been facing threats of immediate eviction from their properties, he said, as banks from which they had taken loans have have pressing them hard for recovering their due.In Wayanad alone, bank notices for non-payment have been given to almost 8,000 farmers and they are facing the threat of immediate eviction under certain Acts, the Congress MP said.Their properties are attached against their bank loans. This is resulting in a spate of farmer suicides, he said, adding that 18 farmers in Kerala have committed suicide due to this.”The Kerala government has announced moratorium on repayment of farm loans for all Kerala farmers till December 31. The government of India is refusing to direct the RBI to consider this moratorium and get it implemented. In the last five years, the BJP government gave Rs 4.3 lakh crore in tax concession and waived Rs 5.5 lakh crore for rich businessmen. Why is this shameful double standard,” he asked”Why does the government act as if our farmers are inferior to the rich? I was sad to see that no concrete step was taken in this budget to provide relief to the farmers,” he added.Gandhi said Modi made certain commitments five years ago to the farmers on prices and on farm loans among other issues and added that a terrible situation for the farmers exist in this country.He requested the Union government to fulfil these promises.As soon as Gandhi finished his speech, other Congress leaders wanted to raise the issue of desertions of MLAs from their party’s ranks in Karnataka and Goa, for which they have blamed the BJP.With the Speaker not permitting them to speak on the matter, they staged a walkout and were joined by other opposition parties such as the TMC and the BSP.ALSO READ | Vaiko, Anbumani Ramadoss elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Tamil NaduALSO WATCH | In Depth: The big Congress churnFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Rahul GandhiFollow Lok SabhaFollow farmers Nextlast_img read more