Thursday, September 21, 2017

Neglecting to respond to email is harming you!

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If you think your benign neglect of email isn’t hurting you, I hate to burst your bubble. This behavior could be holding you back more than you realize. 
In one study, people who took two weeks to respond to an email, or didn’t respond at all, were evaluated more harshly, assigned more negative intentions and viewed as less credible than their responsive counterparts. According to writer Margaret Heffernan, “How you deal with email says something fundamental about how reliable you are.”
Put simply, if you don’t respond, people won’t trust you. When they don’t trust you, they won’t respect you. And when they don’t respect you, they’ll never see you as credible.
When there’s no ready explanation for it, email silence has been shown to harm relationships. Shockingly, many will take it personally if you blatantly ignore their emails. They wonder, Do I not matter enough to warrant a reply?




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Country in the NEWS:..September 19, 2017 (Lukas Nelson, Lady Gaga)

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How Lady Gaga Brought Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s “Find Yourself” to Life

Official Music Video is One Trippy Beach Party
Lukas Nelson and Lady Gaga. They are two names you probably thought you would never see in the same sentence.
So it might come as a bit of a surprise that the two are collaborators on the latest self-titled album by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Gaga’s pristine vocals appear on two tracks including this trippy jam, “Find Yourself,” a head-bobbing, hip-swaying ode to getting yourself together before your lover packs up and hits the road.
“She’s just a gem of a human being, one of the best musicians of all time and a great singer,” Nelson told CMT.com of Lady Gaga.
The same can be said for Nelson, whose music is genre-bending in its own unique way, too. It’s ever-evolving and explorative: like a southern rock dream, with gritty soul, the occasional steel guitar, and nods to his famous father Willie Nelson and his mentor Neil Young.
“Find Yourself” finds Nelson opening another door, as does the entire album, which truly captures who he and the guys are as a band.
You just know papa Willie couldn’t be prouder. 
 

Country in the NEWS:..September 19, 2017 (Farm Aid, Willie Nelson + Country Stars)

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Farm Aid 2017: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and More

  The 32nd annual event also hosted live sets by the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Jack Johnson and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.   

Nelson wrapped the festival with a live set that included “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Living in the Promiseland.”
Since its 1985 inception, the annual event has raised more than $50 million to support family farmers in America.
Enjoy scenes from Farm Aid 2017:
Neil Young
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Neil Young performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
John Mellencamp
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: John Mellencamp performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Jack Johnson
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Jack Johnson performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Dave Matthews
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Dave Matthews performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Margo Price
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Margo Price performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Sheryl Crow
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Sheryl Crow performs during  2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 
Willie Nelson
 PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Willie Nelson answers questions during 2017 Farm Aid on September 16, 2017 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images) 

Country in the NEWS:..September 19, 2017 (Miranda Lambert on Faith Hill)

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Miranda Lambert Listened to the Cry

The Sound She’d Never Heard from Faith Hill 
 
Almost exactly 15 years ago, Faith Hill released her one and only pop crossover attempt. Her Cry album came out in October 2002. And while it may not have garnered the critical acclaim of her other albums, it made a fan out of one 19-year-old girl in Texas.
In a radio interview, Lambert opened up about how the music that influenced her growing up was not 100 percent straight-up country.
“I loved from Patti Loveless to Faith (Hill), Shania (Twain), Sara Evans. Then also the pop side, you know, BeyoncĂ©, Destiny’s Child. I was loving people that had something different, that did something a little bit different,” Lambert said.
And then there was Hill’s Cry. Lambert said that she liked the way she was kind of a pioneer of the crossing-over trend.
“When Faith did the pop album, the Cry record, I just thought it was great,” she said. “And Shania obviously wrote all kinds of records and [broke] barriers with her music. Those aren’t necessarily my musical influences of course, but they’re influences to me as far as what they did later on in their careers versus when they started.”

FINANCE: With Christmas Approaching..Toys 'R' Us Files for Bankruptcy

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Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

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(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection late Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry that is caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains.
The Chapter 11 filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt over the future of its about 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. It comes just as Toys 'R' Us is gearing up for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for the bulk of its sales.

"While today's decision does not necessarily mean it is game over for Toys 'R' Us, it brings to a close a turbulent chapter in the iconic company's history," said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail.
Toys 'R' Us received a commitment for over $3 billion in debtor-in-possession financing from lenders including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain existing lenders, said the Wayne, New Jersey-based company, which also operates the Babies 'R' Us chain.

The financing, subject to court approval, reassures its suppliers they will get paid for their Lego building blocks and Barbie dolls that are being shipped for the holiday season.
"We expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way," Chief Executive Dave Brandon said.
"Together with our investors, our objective is to work with our debtholders and other creditors to restructure the $5 billion of long-term debt on our balance sheet."
Its Canadian unit intends to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toys 'R' Us said in a statement.
Operations outside of the United States and Canada, including about 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnerships in Asia, which are separate entities, are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Toys 'R' Us said.
The company's Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores and e-commerce sites around the world are open for business, it said.
The company is saddled with debt from a $6.6 billion buyout in 2005 led by KKR & Co LP <KKR.N> and Bain Capital LP, together with real estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust <VNO.N>.

Toys 'R' Us has bonds coming due next year that have lost half their value this month, according to Thomson Reuters data, as investors have grown concerned about a possible bankruptcy.
The company opened a temporary store in New York City's Times Square this year to capture more holiday shoppers, almost two years after it closed its flagship store barely a block away, driven out by high rents.
"Vendors have cut them off based upon the rumors of the filing which has not been refuted," said Jay Indyke, a bankruptcy attorney with the Cooley law firm.
With assets of $6.9 billion based on its most recent annual report, it's the second-largest retail bankruptcy, trailing the filing in 2002 by Kmart, which had $14.6 billion in assets, according to research firm Bankruptcydata.com.
More than a dozen significant retail chains have filed for bankruptcy this year. Among them were Perfumania Inc, apparel chains rue21 Inc and Gymboree Corp, discount shoe chain Payless Holdings LLC and designer clothing chain BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings LLC.
Major retailers including Macy's Inc <M.N> and Sears Holding Corp <SHLD.O> have closed hundreds of locations as they struggle to compete discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc <WMT.N> and Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O>. Amazon's recent acquisition of high-end grocer Whole Foods Markets Inc stirred speculation that the online giant will use its pricing power and huge reach among U.S. consumers to go after market share of traditional brick-and-mortar grocers.
Toys 'R' Us is the second-largest toy seller in the United States behind Amazon, according to consulting firm Kloster Trading Corp.
"What they have going for them is they are the last major player in their market," said David Berliner, a partner and restructuring specialist with BDO Consulting.
"The vendors don't want to see them fail, so I think they have a good opportunity to survive."
Toys 'R' Us filed the petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.
 (Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York and Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Editing by Leslie Adler and Gopakumar Warrier)

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 -----Original Message-----
From: Janet Frieary <jmfrieary@gmail.com>
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Sent: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 9:47 am
Subject: Fwd: FW: Fwd: Numbers don't lie


The latest version.....

These numbers help explain why these last eight years were disastrous for the USA. 
I read the last item and then look at Trump's Cabinet. No wonder Washington, DC is in a turmoil 
Trump's picks are bosses who expect their employees to work. These are Eye Opening Numbers. 
This is what bothers a lot of people about Trump. 
He won't accept a ‘can't do’ attitude, or inexperienced, incompetent performance. 
He will get results; it just might not be smooth or pretty.

Here are some amazing stats: 
Make sure you read to the bottom. An eye opener!
 

1. These 10 States now have more people on welfare than they have employed!
 

California
New Mexico
Mississippi
Alabama
Illinois
Kentucky
Ohio
New York
Maine, and
South Carolina
 

2. Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, 
child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received 
$168.00 a day in government support.

What's the problem with that much support?
Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.

To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week, 
while the average job pays $24.00 an hour 
 

3. Check the last set of statistics!!

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment 
to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: A real-life business not a government job.

Here are the percentages:
 

38% T. Roosevelt
40% Taft
52% Wilson
49% Harding
48% Coolidge
42% Hoover
50% F. D. Roosevelt
50% Truman
57% Eisenhower
30% Kennedy
47% Johnson
53% Nixon
42% Ford
32% Carter
56% Reagan
51% GH Bush
39% Clinton
55% GW Bush
8% Obama
90% Trump
 

This helps explain the bias, if not the incompetence, of the last administration: 
ONLY 8% of them have ever worked in private business!

That's right! Only eight percent 
the least, by far of the last 19 presidents! And these people tried to tell our corporations how to run their businesses?

How could Obama, president of a major nation and society, 
the one with the most successful economic system in world history, 
stand and talk about business when he had never worked for one?

Or about jobs when he has never really had one? 
And, when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? 
They've spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs or as "community organizers."

Probably a good idea to pass this on, 



because we'll NEVER see these facts in the main stream media, or from the alphabet networks.

BREAKING NEWS LATEST UPDATE: Hurricane Maria Now a Category 5 Storm Hits Dominica a Caribbean Island (Headed for Puerto Rico)

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Hurricane Maria pummels small Caribbean island of Dominica as Category 5 storm

PONCE, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year plowed into the small Caribbean island of Dominica on Monday as a rare, Category 5 storm and will likely bring its roof-ripping winds, torrential rain and pounding surf later in the week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria was upgraded Monday evening to the top of the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale when its maximum sustained winds reached 160 miles per hour (215 km per hour), with higher gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
Less than 90 minutes later, the center of the storm, described by the NHC as "potentially catastrophic," passed almost directly over Dominica, on a track that would put it over Puerto Rico by Wednesday, according to the agency's latest bulletins.

There was no immediate word on the fate of Dominica, a former British colony home to 72,000 people that lies in the eastern Caribbean about halfway between the French islands of Guadeloupe, to the north, and Martinique, to the south.
But Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in a Facebook post around the time Maria made landfall, said the storm has blown the roof off his home, adding, "I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding." He then added, "I have been rescued."
Millions more in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have another day or two to prepare for the storm.
If Maria retains its strength, it would be the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years, since a Category 4 storm swept the U.S. island territory in 1932, Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said. The last major hurricane to strike Puerto Rico directly was Georges, which made landfall there as a Category 3 storm, he said.
The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, urged island residents in a social media advisory to brace for the storm's arrival, saying, "It is time to seek refuge with a family member, friend or head to a state shelter."
Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a direct hit two weeks ago from Hurricane Irma, which reached a rare Category 5 status and ranked as the most powerful Atlantic storm on record before devastating several smaller islands, including the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John.
Residents of some islands fled in advance of the storm.

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp said Maria was due to pass early Wednesday morning within 10 miles of the island of St. Croix, which escaped the brunt of Irma's Category 5-force fury on Sept. 6 and is home to about 55,000 year-round residents, roughly half of the entire territory's population.
The territory's two other main islands, St. Thomas and St. John, which lie to the north of St. Croix, sustained widespread heavy damage from Irma.
Beth Tamplin Jones, 45, rode out Hurricane Irma earlier this month in the pantry of a friend's house on St. John.
"It was so intense," said Jones, who evacuated to Puerto Rico last week and then caught a flight to Atlanta, where she planned to remain until Maria passed.
"We're in hurricane alley, so we've had other storms, but nothing like this," Jones said, referring to Irma, which killed more than 80 people in the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. "I don't think anybody's ever been hit by a storm like that. To see another one coming is just so discouraging."
Mapp warned residents not to underestimate the threat from Maria. He suggested that for residents who choose their homes over an emergency shelter during the storm, they might consider climbing into a bathtub and pulling a mattress over them to stay safe.
Maria was expected to whip up storm surges - seawater driven ashore by wind - of up to 9 feet (2.7 m) above normal tide levels, the NHC said. Parts of Puerto Rico could see up to 25 inches (64 cm) of rain, it said.
Puerto Rico, an island of about 3.4 million inhabitants, opened shelters and began to dismantle construction cranes that could be vulnerable to Maria's high winds.
Forecasters also were tracking Category 1 Hurricane Jose, packing 75-mph (120-kph) winds and located about 250 miles (405 km) east of North Carolina, and stirring dangerous surf and rip currents to much of the U.S. Eastern seaboard.
Maria marks the 13th named Atlantic storm of the year, the seventh hurricane so far this season and the fourth major hurricane - defined as Category 3 or higher - following Harvey, Irma and Jose, the NHC said. Those numbers are all slightly above average for a typical season, which is only about half over for 2017.