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Net Neutrality. I liked this article on Listverse. Worth a read.

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10 Facts That Show Exactly What’ll Happen Without Net Neutrality

MARK OLIVER 

 

On December 14, net neutrality is going to have its greatest showdown. The FCC will be holding a vote to decide whether to keep the Internet free and open, and the consequences could be severe. If net neutrality dies, your Internet provider will win the right to slow down websites, apps, and online services—and even block them outright.

We don’t need to wonder how far they’re willing to go. Corporations around the world have already taken every chance they can to get around net neutrality laws, and they’ve shown us exactly what they’ll do if we let them.

10Countless Companies Have Blocked Skype


When Skype first came out on the market, we got to see firsthand exactly what Internet providers do when nobody stops them. They’ll block the competition.

As far as they were concerned, Skype was a threat. Most Internet providers also sold phone plans, and Skype was giving people a cheaper way to make phone calls. They didn’t have any way of competing, so they just shut Skype down.

AT&T pressured Apple into blocking the Skype app on all iPhones, and they weren’t the only ones to do it. Companies all around the world followed suit, and most didn’t stop at Skype. They blocked every program you could use to make phone calls online altogether.

The complaint was that Skype was being unfair by “not operating on a level playing field”—or, in other words, by having a better product.[1] There was a new product and they couldn’t compete, so they just blocked people from using it.

9Comcast, Verizon, And MetroPCS Have All Slowed Down Netflix


In 2011, MetroPCS sent out an add boasting that anyone who signed up for their cheapest plan would get “YouTube access.” It sounded pretty positive, as long you didn’t read between the lines—because what they were really saying was that if you weren’t willing to pay for the expensive plan, every other video streaming site on the Internet was going to be blocked.

Their plan was a bit of glimpse into the future. For $10 more, they advertised, users could “preview and trial video content” but not actually watch it. And if they were willing to pay $20 more, they’d be permitted to access 18 different video streaming websites.

MetroPCS isn’t the only company to pitch a war against video services. Verizon has also been caught slowing down Netflix users. They didn’t make it impossible to watch a movie on Netflix, but they made sure Netflix was slow enough that no one would be able to waste their precious bandwidth by watching a video in HD.

Comcast has done it, too. That one’s especially troubling because they own television networks and have some pretty clear reasons to want to keep Netflix from succeeding. Comcast refused to stop slowing down their site until Netflix paid them money.[2] In other words, Comcast blackmailed their competition by sabotaging them and refusing to stop until they paid them—and before net neutrality, all that was perfectly legal.

8Telus Blocked Their Workers Union’s Website

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There are some grim, dystopic, 1984-like things that could happen if Internet providers were free to block any website they wanted. A company could silence anyone saying anything they didn’t like. As crazy as that sounds, it’s happened before.

In 2005, before Canada got new neutrality laws, the Canadian Internet provider Telus did just that. Their workers were on strike, and the union had set up a website called “Voices for Change” that laid out their complaints and their demands. And Telus blocked it.

Telus blocked its customers from seeing the union’s website and, in the process, blocked them from another 766 websites hosted on the same server.[3] They censored an entire section of the Internet entirely because they didn’t like what people were saying.

The craziest part, though, is that, without net neutrality, there was no law against it. People were protected if the government tried to censor them, but nobody could stop an Internet provider from doing it. In the end, Telus got a tongue-lashing—but they weren’t even fined a dime.

7Plusnet Charged Customers Extra To Play Online Games


Before the United Kingdom introduced net neutrality, the company Plusnet tried a strange plan to keep their bandwidth down. From now on, they told their customers, anyone who wanted to play online games was going to have to pay extra.

The company set up a tier of different data plans, asking their customers to decide if they wanted to be able to surf the Internet, stream videos, play video games, or do all three. If they weren’t willing to pay for the premium package, they’d have to pay extra.[4]

It wasn’t just video games that were blocked in the cheaper plans. VPNs were blocked, forcing employees who remotely connect to their offices to pay out a little more. And, unless you were willing to pay for the most expensive plan, peer-to-peer programs like BitTorrent were slowed down so badly they hardly worked at all.

6Comcast And Cox Cable Blocked VPN


In 2001, Comcast and Cox Communications updated their terms of services. From now on, they declared, all of their customers had to agree not to use a VPN, unless they were willing to pay for it.

It created some major problems. A VPN lets you connect to another network, which, for a lot of people, means it’s a way to connect to their office from home. That meant that a lot of people who work from home were suddenly blocked off from the way they made their livelihood.

When people called and complained, they didn’t get much sympathy. From now on, Comcast told them, anyone who works from home was going to have to upgrade to their “@Home Pro package”—and that was going to start at $95 a month.[5]

People were upset, but they couldn’t really do anything about it. They needed to use VPNs to make a living. They didn’t have any choice. Anyone who worked at home had two options: either start paying for the most expensive plan Comcast had or get a new job.

5Verizon Blocked Google Wallet


In 2011, Verizon was hard at work developing its own digital wallet. They were going to change the way people made purchases, letting them cash out with a simple wave of their phone, and they were pretty sure they were going to make a fortune.

There were only two problems: Their product’s name—“Isis”—was about to become a lot less marketable, and Google had beat them to the punch. Google came out with the Google Wallet, a product that was essentially identical to Verizon’s Isis, and that meant Verizon’s secret project was pretty well doomed.

When Verizon realized they couldn’t beat Google fairly, though, they found another way. They blocked Google Wallet on all Verizon phones, making it impossible for any of their customers to pick their competition over them.

They got away with it, too. Verizon was accused of breaking net neutrality laws, but they were technically blocking Google’s hardware instead of its software, which, in a weird, convoluted way, made it legal.[6] And there’s every reason to believe that, if they had the ability to do that to any appthat’s competing with one of their own, they’d take it.

4Comcast Secretly Blocked BitTorrent


Comcast is barely even trying to hide what they plan on doing if net neutrality goes away. They’re going to take down BitTorrent—and they’ve tried to do it before.

In 2007, Comcast was caught blocking peer-to-peer programs like BitTorrent. Any Comcast customer who was trying to share files from one computer to another would find that their Internet connection inexplicably kept dropping.

At first, the company denied doing it, but after enough people had spread proof online, they couldn’t really keep up the lie. Comcast was caught and charged for deliberately dropping anyone who used a peer-to-peer program.

Comcast wasn’t exactly apologetic. They said that blocking BitTorrent was “necessary,” and they’ve very strongly hinted that they’ll do it again.[7] If net neutrality is repealed, Comcast has promised that they “will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content.” If you read between the lines, though, you’ll quickly realize what they’re really saying. As far as they’re concerned, BitTorrent is “unlawful content”—and once net neutrality’s out of the way, they’re shutting it down.

3Verizon Shut Down Wi-Fi Hot Spots


When the technology to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot came out, Verizon Wireless thought they’d found a great way to gouge a little bit more money out of their customers. They started offering it as an add-on. For an extra $20 a month, they announced, their customers could use their phone’sdata plan through another device like a computer.

It sounded great on paper. The only problem was that there wasn’t any reason for anyone to give Verizon that $20. There were all kinds of apps available that let people turn their phones into Wi-Fi hot spots for free, so nobody was really jumping at the opportunity to pay Verizon for a free service.

Verizon couldn’t really compete with those apps—so they just shut them down.[8] They put pressure on Google and got them to remove every Wi-Fi hot spot app from the marketplace. They literally shut down 11 smaller businesses because they couldn’t compete with them.

2Windstream And Paxfire Redirected Google Searches


In 2005, Windstream Communications was trying to get their search engineon the market and compete against Yahoo and Google. There was just one problem: Their search engine was awful. There was absolutely no reason anyone would ever willingly choose to use it.

Windstream, though, wasn’t about to give up. Sure, no one would choose to use their search engine—but what if they didn’t have any choice?

They tried something pretty bold. They set up a redirect. Any Windstream customer who typed something into Google would just be forcibly redirected to the Windstream search engine instead of getting Google results.

People were understandably furious, but Windstream wasn’t the only company to do it. Another one called Paxfire started accepting bribes from companies to redirect Google searches.[9] If any Paxfire customer Googled “apple,” for example, they wouldn’t get to see a list of options; they would just be forcibly sent to apple.com. It didn’t matter if they were looking for information on growing apples or recipes for apple pie—they were going to be looking at iPhones, and there was nothing they could do about it.

1Verizon Has Admitted They Plan On Censoring The Internet


Most companies trying to end net neutrality are trying to hide what they’re up to—but Verizon, if nothing else, has been almost excessively honest about it. They have directly and unambiguously said that they want to end net neutrality so that they can censor free speech.

A Verizon attorney told the FCC that they believe that, as broadband providers, they “transmit the speech of others” and deserve the right to what they call “editorial discretion.” “Just as a newspaper is entitled to decide which content to publish and where,” the attorney said, “broadband providers may feature some content over others.”[10]

They aren’t mincing words here. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves on the Internet, and Verizon doesn’t care for it. They want to be able to choose what goes online and what gets censored. Even when the FCC pushed them and asked if they planned on blocking websites, the attorney still didn’t deny that his company planned on censoring the Internet. “But for these rules,” he told them, “we would be exploring those types of arrangements.”

And that’s what’ll happen if net neutrality goes away. It’s not a paranoid fear or a worst-case scenario—it’s straight out of their mouths.

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10 Mind-Blowing Things That Happened This Week (11/24/17)

OUR WORLD

MORRIS M. 

 

Keeping up with the news is hard. So hard, in fact, that we’ve decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant, unusual, or just plain old mind-blowing stories each week.

As Americans settled down this week to turkey and epic drunken arguments with their various uncles, the rest of the world was busy trundling on. In Africa, long-standing eras of repression were finally coming to a close. In Europe, old wounds were being reopened even as the future of the continent hung in the balance. While everyone stateside was slipping into a food coma, here’s what was happening elsewhere.

10The Mugabe Dictatorship Finally Ended

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Well, that was a crazy few weeks.

After 37 years at the helm of Zimbabwe, a country he first liberated and then ruled with an iron fist, Robert Mugabe finally stepped down as president on Tuesday, following 15 days best described as “dramatic.”

The saga began on November 6 when Mugabe fired his successor, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favor of his deeply unpopular wife, Grace. It continued when the army unexpectedly seized control of the capital, Harare, only a week later. And it reached its climax this week when Mugabe was forced to tender his resignation. With the stroke of a pen, one of the world’s oldest dictatorships was ended.[1]

The news was greeted with joy in Harare, where spontaneous street parties continued through the night. Not that the road to a post-Mugabe era was easy. The preceding days saw Mugabe repeatedly refuse to resign. It was only when his ruling ZANU-PF party began impeachment proceedings that the elderly autocrat pulled a Nixon and jumped before he was pushed.

Where Zimbabwe goes now is anyone’s guess. Mnangagwa is at least as vicious as Mugabe, and ordinary Zimbabweans are thirsting for real, meaningful change. Fingers crossed that this isn’t a false dawn but the true beginning of Zimbabwean democracy.

9Bosnian-Serb Warlord Ratko Mladic Was Jailed For Genocide

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Twenty-two years ago, Bosnian-Serb troops under the command of Ratko Mladic marched into the city of Srebrenica, Bosnia. While UN troops looked on, Mladic’s men rounded up the Bosniak Muslim population and separated them into two groups.

Women, girls, and boys under age 12 were put onto trucks and driven away. Men and boys aged 12 and over were taken into the countryside and slaughtered in a five-day orgy of killing. By the end, around 8,000 were dead. It remains the worst massacre committed in Europe since World War II.[2]

This Wednesday, the trial of Mladic at The Hague finally ended, more than six years after Serbia’s intelligence agency finally apprehended him. The warlordwas cleared of one count of genocide. But he was found guilty of genocide at Srebrenica and five counts of crimes against humanity. Given his age and sentence, it is almost certain that he will die in prison.

Mladic’s conviction brings some closure to the war in Bosnia, but it also highlights how little success the Balkan nation has had. An autonomous Serb statelet carved out by Mladic’s troops still exists in its heart, and ethnic tensions are simmering once again.

8Charles Manson Died

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

In a week where closure and the ending of eras seemed to dominate the news, America got some slight closure of its own. Cult leader Charles Manson embodied the dark side of the 1960s, a free lovin’ hippy who orchestrated a bloody rampage across Los Angeles that may have ended up to 35 lives.

Although Manson never personally killed anyone, his “Family” was involved in some gruesome crimes, including the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. One Family member, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, would later try to assassinate Gerald Ford.[3]

Although Manson was arrested and sentenced to death in 1971, his execution was commuted to life following a short-lived moratorium on the death penalty. This week, he finally died of natural causes following decades in jail.

The Manson Family, its murders, and its crazy ideas have been analyzed to death over the decades, so we won’t go into it all over again here. Suffice it to say, Manson’s death finally brings to a close a dark chapter in US history.

7We Discovered Uber Had Covered Up A Massive Data Breach

In 2016, hackers broke into Uber’s systems and stole data on 57 million customers and drivers worldwide. In such cases, the law is very clear on what companies need to do. They need to tell the regulator and then inform affected customers. Instead, Uber covered up the breach and paid the hackers to delete the data. This week, the story came out into the open and the brown stuff really hit the fan.

Uber has already been having a terrible year. London’s transport regulator revoked its license. The company was sued by Google for corporate theft. Sexual harassment claims forced out senior staff. Revelations of corporate espionage and lying to law enforcement came out in the press.[4]

Now Uber is getting hit by new lawsuits linked to this security breach while also being investigated by the NCA, the British equivalent of the FBI. At some point, you have to start wondering if Uber is gonna survive much longer.

6Scientists Confirmed The First Interstellar Object Found In Our Solar System

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Meet Oumuamua, one of the weirdest things in our solar system. A rocky, cigar-shaped object 10 times longer than it is wide, Oumuamua would be strange even if we were judging it by shape alone. But there’s something else that makes this cylinder of space rock fascinating to human scientists. It’s the first confirmed interstellar object to be discovered in our solar system.

That’s right, Oumuamua began its life circling another star.[5]

We’re all familiar with asteroids and comets, including some that zip past Earth only once in a lifetime. But all of these (as far as we know) were formed along with our solar system and have been orbiting our star ever since.

Oumuamua was born around another star entirely. It voyaged across the empty waste of space. And now it’s in our solar system, just passing through on an epic journey that will take it far away to the constellation of Pegasus.

Although Oumuamua (Hawaiian for “first-arriving messenger from afar”) is currently unique, that may be only because we haven’t detected its cousins yet. It’s thought that as many as 100 interstellar objects may be in our solar system at any one time.

5Germany’s Coalition Talks Collapsed

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No postwar German chancellor has failed to form a government. That one, indisputable fact must have been hanging over Angela Merkel since Sunday. That was the day Christian Lindner of the Free Democrats (FDP) walked out of talks with Merkel’s CDU-CSU alliance and the Greens. Without the FDP’s 80 seats, Merkel’s CDU-CSU cannot form a stable government. Two months after inconclusive elections, Germany may be forced to head to the polls again.

The September vote left Merkel as head of the largest party but with a badly reduced seat tally. Her old coalition partner, the SPD, could technically still join up with her, but the SPD was badly punished by voters and leader Martin Schulz has refused to prop up another Merkel government.[6]

Another complicating factor is the AfD. The first hard-right party in the Bundestag since World War II and currently the third-largest party, they would become the official opposition to another “grand coalition.” Neither Merkel nor Schulz wants that.

For a country that prides itself on stability, this is an unprecedented crisis. While Lindner may yet return to the table, Merkel’s authority has been weakened. Is the EU about to enter a post-Merkel era?

4Angola’s New Leader Inched His Country Toward Surprise

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If you thought Zimbabwe under Mugabe was ossified, you should take a look at Angola. The oil-rich southern African nation was ruled by autocrat Jose Eduardo dos Santos from 1979 until this year, during which time it suffered a bruising civil war and a descent into abject poverty.

Dos Santos stepped down in September after paving the way for his handpicked successor, Joao Lourenco. After Lourenco took power, everyone assumed that things would carry on as normal. They didn’t reckon with Lourenco’s ambition.[7]

This week, the new Angolan president conducted a purge of the government, sacking Dos Santos loyalists and family members. It’s not quite a Zimbabwe-style coup, but for Angola, it’s almost unthinkable.

There are signs that things could soon go even further. The current Angolan ambassador to Tanzania, and a veteran of the ruling MPLA party, called this week for Dos Santos to be prosecuted for crimes committed during his dictatorship. Are we about to witness an African Spring? After Mugabe’s fall, it feels like anything could happen.

3Pakistan Released The Mastermind Of The Mumbai Attacks After A Single Year In Jail

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In 2008, 10 militants from the Islamist Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group slipped into the Indian city of Mumbai. In groups of two, they attacked cafes, Jewish centers, train stations, taxis, and two hotels before either taking hostages or getting in shoot-outs with the police. Over the course of three days, 166 people were killed and 300–600 were injured. It remains one of India’s worst terrorist atrocities.

The attackers were all from Pakistan, India’s longtime regional enemy. After intense international pressure, Islamabad finally put the accused mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, under house arrest in January 2017. This week, the government released him. For killing more people than died in the 2015 Paris attacks, Saeed served less than a year.

It’s hard not to read this as Pakistan deliberately poking India in the eye. Although Saeed claims innocence, his Lashkar-e-Taiba is known to have been behind the assault and all signs point to his involvement.[8] His release is likely to strain Islamabad’s relationship with both Delhi and Washington almost to the breaking point.

2Eastern Ukraine Was Hit By A Dramatic Coup Attempt

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“Luhansk People’s Republic” is a breakaway region in far eastern Ukraine and easily the most dangerous of the two separatist states that formed there in 2014. Under Ihor Plotnitsky, the unrecognized state has become a land of brawling warlords, brutal assassinations, and spiraling violence. This week, those under Plotnitsky finally snapped. Former police chief Ihor Kornet mounted a coup attempt. The situation nearly went out of control.

Armored cars and troops in unmarked uniforms seized key locations in the center of Luhansk. Plotnitsky fled across the border into Russia. Things got so chaotic that Ukraine’s other breakaway republic, Donetsk, sent out tanks in what appeared to be an invasion. Russian troops crossed into the territory, sparking panic in Kiev. At one point, it appeared as if the coup was on the verge of reigniting Ukraine’s deadly civil war.

Thankfully, things cooled down. The word out of Luhansk now is that the Kremlin intervened and sided with Kornet’s coup while also allowing Plotnitsky to remain as a figurehead.[9]

1Mexico’s Murder Rate Went Off The Charts

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So far this year, Mexico has seen nearly 21,000 people murdered. That’s more than were killed in the whole of 2016, averaging around 69 murders per day. When these statistics were made public this week, they came with an ominous warning. If Mexico continues to record killings at this rate for the next two months, 2017 will be the deadliest year since the government first began keeping records 20 years ago.

The violence is the direct result of the Mexican Drug War and the recent capture of El Chapo. While the Drug War has caused upheaval for over a decade and resulted in over 150,000 deaths, El Chapo’s capture has sparked a sudden frenzy of violence as rival gangs battle it out for his former turf.

It doesn’t show any signs of abating. Killings are now taking place in broad daylight in heavily guarded areas and targeting even the elite of Mexican society.[10]

We’re now at the unfortunate stage where Mexico seems to be losing the Drug War. What that means is hard to say. However, it suggests that these tragic killings will only continue.

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How to Make Baby Boomers Your Secret Weapon in the War for Talent

The skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce are changing more rapidly than university curricula can teach them. Some even doubt that the university system can deliver the skills required for an increasingly technology-driven market.

For this reason, the youngest part of the workforce — millennials and Generation Z — are often the focus of HR teams trying to get a jump on the future labor market. Adding to the complexity is the fact that 65 percent of today’s students will eventually be employed in jobs that don’t yet exist, according to research by the U.S. Department of Labor.

But as exciting and complex as the future of work will be, you still need the job done today. The good news is that many Baby Boomers are quite happy to keep working. Whether it be for the income they need or to be fulfilled by challenging work, a significant portion of retirement-age folks are choosing to remain in the workforce.

Baby Boomers and the Skills Gap

The gig economy is not just for the younger generations, with their handheld devices and dependence on the digital ecosystem. Take a look at the typical Uber driver or the person delivering your groceries, and you’ll find that gig work is lucrative for people of all ages.

Baby Boomers, in particular, are boosting their regular income and retirement savings thanks to the gig economy. According to Uber, they make up 24 percent of the ride-sharing giant’s workforce.

Baby Boomers looking for supplemental income are often willing to continue working if they’re offered flexible schedules. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a significant portion of those reaching retirement age are choosing to remain in the workforce.Twenty-six percent of workers plan to work until age 70, and another 6 percent say they will never want to retire.

Skilled gig work lends itself to the talented, experienced worker who brings value to a job in a small amount of time; for example, a financial consultant who delivers niche advisory services on a job-by-job basis.

For skilled Baby Boomers, that can mean higher compensation per hour, their regular pension from their past employer, and a work schedule they can control. For employers, there is access to the talent and tacit knowledge they desperately need, which can be difficult to find in a younger workforce. Better still, hiring contingent Boomers instead of full-time employees can steeply cut costs in areas like benefits and overhead.

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How to Hire Boomers and Keep Them Around

To keep these more mature workers busy and fulfilled, some employers are offering flexible schedules, reduced workweeks, or consulting. Here are five more strategies to help employers and recruiters hire and retain Boomers:

  1. Respect their opinions. Baby Boomers have been quick to adopt the technology used in today’s gig economy despite their rumored ineptitude. As you would with your techies, listen to their feedback, and entertain the possibility that your tools might be less than cutting-edge, after all. We still deliver services over the phone for a large portion of our employees, an anathema to most millennials. But for some workers, speaking to a live person gets the job done better than using our app or online portal. Make sure you don’t jump too far ahead with technology trends if all your workforce isn’t ready to go there.
  2. Pay to play. The cost of a gig worker is less than a regular full-time employee because you save on incidental expenses such as healthcare and office space. Remember that you are getting the niche skills of a specialized worker, however, so hourly rates will be higher. For example, a trucking company we work with hires retired drivers at higher pay rates to test equipment. These drivers know their worth and appreciate being treated fairly in terms of compensation. They might only work a few hours per week, but being paid a fair wage means they’re happy to contribute their skills.
  3. Design gigs on their terms. Baby Boomer gig workers are in it for the flexibility. I recently spoke to a gig worker who had worked in trucking for years but finally stopped when his grandson was born. He now makes less money overall and works fewer hours, but he is able to pick up his grandson from school every day. Enable your gig workforce to live full lives that balance work and home, and you’ll be attractive to the very best of the Baby Boomers looking for gig work.
  4. Put them to work on the toughest problems. Baby Boomers aren’t cheap labor sources; they’re experts. As you begin to warm up to the idea that you should be incorporating retirement-age workers into your overall workforce, make sure you don’t confuse a desire to work with a desire to perform your least desirable jobs. Baby Boomers have paid their dues already. With years of experience and massive amounts of knowledge, they want to work on the most important problems your company is facing.
  5. Have them mentor your workforce. Baby Boomers want to add value wherever they can, and that includes mentoring the younger workforce. Older workers delight in passing on their wisdom, and younger workers appreciate sage advice. Rather than siloing your assets, structure your workforce so that your expert Baby Boomer gig workers interact with your millennial and Gen Z employees in meaningful ways. Invest resources and add hours so your gig workers can maximize their value to tomorrow’s workforce.

Just because a skills shortage might be plaguing your industry doesn’t mean you have to employ less-than-knowledgeable candidates. Baby Boomers are eager to keep working and pass on their expertise. Don’t miss out on the opportunity they offer.

Trevor Foster

Trevor Foster is the vice president of finance and innovation at Innovative Employee Solutions, a leading nationwide employer of record that specializes in human relations and payroll services. Founded in 1974 in San Diego, IES has grown into one of the city’s largest women-owned businesses and been named one of its “Best Places to Work” for 10 years in a row.

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10 Award-Winning Mustaches For Your No-Shave November

HUMANS

JOHN NOVITSKY 

 

Facial hair can be considered a nuisance or a stylish accessory, depending on who you ask, but to the following ten people, it’s a competitive event that they work toward every year. “International bearding,” as it is referred to, has been around since the late 1900s, but the exact origin is often up for debate. The World Beard and Moustache Championships have been held every odd year since 1995, but in 2014, this streak was broken in an attempt to allow the American competitors unable to travel to Europe to still be able to showcase their potentially award-winning facial hair. Since its odd-year inception in 1995, the international competition has been held in Germany, Norway, or the US. The contest mainly rotates between German and American locations, as these seem to be the countries with the highest number of entrants.

As we move through the month of November, men all over the world participate in the globally recognized tradition of “No-Shave November,” in which they continue to grow out their facial hair for the entire month. Originally created to raise money for cancer prevention and research and to raise overall awareness for the cause, many have adopted this tradition to just grow their facial hair for an entire month and see how good (or mostly bad) it looks. This year’s World Beard and Moustache Championship was held in Austin, Texas, and while simultaneously running a perfect marketing strategy, it was held well before the “No-Shave November” craze.

Taking place September 1–3, the competition consists of three overlying categories—mustaches, partial beards, and full beards—that are further broken down into more niche divisions that people may participate in. For example, the mustache category is divided into natural mustaches, Dali mustaches, English mustaches, imperial mustaches, Hungarian mustaches, and freestyle mustaches.[1] The same goes for the other two main categories but obviously with different division titles. Taking the top prize in these various divisions can be a huge point of pride for the past and present champions, and this year’s competition certainly did not disappoint. Without further ado, here are ten of the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championship division winners.

10Wolfgang Schneider

We begin with the original, the classic: the natural mustache. Of course, anyone can just let the fuzz on their upper lip grow out and call it a natural mustache, but the men participating in this competition might just laugh you out of the county. They work year-round to cultivate magnificent natural mustaches in the hopes of taking home the First Place trophy every couple years.

Obviously a part of the mustache category, there are still a few stipulations regarding entrance into this division. These men must possess mustaches that can be styled without the aid of any product, and the hairs of the mustache are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 centimeters (0.6 in) beyond the end of the upper lip.

Taking the top prize this past September in Austin was Wolfgang Schneider, an IT engineer who traveled to the States all the way from Germany to compete. He topped the competition with a score of 49.8, edging out the second-place mustache by 1.6 points.[2]

9Nathan Wilson

Salvador Dali, debated to be the most famed surrealist painters in history, was most known for his incredible pieces of art but also managed to leave another legacy behind. In the first half of the 1900s, Dali decided to grow a mustache, and little did he know that it would become an iconic staple for his life’s work. Dali’s flamboyant mustache began much like a standard one, but after beginning under the nose, the mustache was styled to point upward, defying gravity and looking unique. Described as having a “10-past-10 position,” the mustache would look as though it were two hands of a clock which read 10:10.

In June 2017, Dali’s remains were exhumed in order to attain DNA for a paternity test. The Spanish officials noted that when they unearthed Dali’s body, his iconic mustache remained well intact and at its standard “10-past-10” position.

For the Dali mustache category, entrants must possess a mustache that is slender with long tips directed straight up or arching. Without the use of aids, these mustaches are only allowed to start growing up to the end of the upper lip. This year’s champion was a data architect living in Virginia named Nathan Wilson. With a score of 48.3, Wilson defeated the second-place contender by 0.8 points.[3]

8Jeffrey Moustache

With easily the most fitting name for this competition, Jeffrey Moustache took this year’s prize for the top Hungarian mustache. The Hungarian mustache evidently is derived from the country of Hungary and its historical figures who possessed these types of mustaches.

Described by the World Beard and Moustache Competition, a proper Hungarian mustache is big and bushy, beginning from the middle of the upper lip and then pulled to the side. The hairs of the mustache are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 centimeters (0.6 in) beyond the end of the upper lip. Unlike some of the more “pure” mustache divisions, entrants into this contest are actually permitted to use aids to assist in holding the mustache out further.

Mr. Moustache took the championship this year, but it was no landslide. He managed to beat out Tyson Burlile by only 0.3 points, with a winning score of 48.9.[4]

7Erwin Butsch

The Three Musketeers are best known from their movies, in which they fight to stop evil forces from taking over the French throne and ultimately the entire European continent. It is a classic story that has been told and retold through the generations and has left a legacy in the form of a mustache known as the Musketeer. The style is described by the World Beard and Moustache Championships as a mustache that is long, slender, and allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 centimeters (0.6 in) beyond the upper lip area.

Separating from strictly mustaches, the Musketeer division resides in the partial beard category, and as such, it permits aids to be used to construct a pointed beard to accompany the mustache. Similar to the mustache category, the partial beard category has a multitude of divisions for entrants to compete in. In this year’s competition, Erwin Butsch was named champion of the Musketeer division, taking it home over his opponent by a whole point with a score of 49.6.[5]

6Sean Raiger

The Fu Manchu is known as one of the most popular partial beard styles for men around the world. It can either portray a sense of wisdom as it inhabits the face of an old Asian martial arts master, or it can release a feeling of toughness and grit as it inhabits the face of a 1970s beat cop. Either way, the Fu Manchu will make everybody feel some type of way.

The Fu Manchu is described by the World Beard and Moustache Championships as a clean-shaven chin with the mustache beginning to grow a maximum of 2 centimeters (0.8 in) below the end of the upper lip. Aids are permitted to be used to assist in shaping the tips of the mustaches as far as they can go downward.

Taking first place this year was Sean Raiger, former president of The Moustache and Beard Social Club. Though he took the prize, it was no easy feat. With a near-perfect winning score of 49.9, he beat the second-place competitor by only 0.4 points and the third-place competitor by 0.9 points.[6]

5Michael Wallage

While most people try to avoid the point in their hair cycle where their sideburns are overgrown and fraying like the bottom of a pair of jeans, these men steer into it and embrace the bushy style that extrudes from their sideburns.

The Natural Sideburns division of the partial beard category is home to these men and their fascinating sideburns. Entrants aren’t permitted to use any aids and must possess a beard growing from everywhere but the chin. So, basically, they must have a big beard connecting overly bushy sideburns and a big mustache.

This year’s champ was Michael Wallage, with a score of 49.3, who narrowly snuck his victory out by defeating the second-place competitor, Patrick Quinn, by only 0.1 points.[7]

4Aaron Johnston

The natural goatee, residing in the partial beard category, is achieved by possessing facial hair only in the chin and upper and lower lip portions of the face. The look must be styled without the use of any aids and must also have a clean-shaven section at least 4 centimeters (1.6 in) wide between the onset of the head hair and the beard hair. Although a mustache is not technically required for this division, most entrants choose to incorporate one into their styling, anyway.

Aaron Johnston edged out his competitor, Patrick Dawson, by 0.1 points to take first prize and had a winning score of 49.8.[8]

3Karl Roos

The full beard category is where it starts to get really hairy. (I apologize, but I couldn’t resist.) The Verdi division is the first of the full beard category, and as such, it has the most stringent maximum length stipulations. Beards entered into this division must be short and not to exceed a length of 10 centimeters (4 in). Accompanying this short beard must be a styled mustache, which is why they are allowed to use aids.

Karl Roos managed to hold on by 0.1 points to take the championship in this division, with a winning score of 49.4.[9]

2Scott Metts

Some men are just blessed with the ability to grow facial hair, and many of them find themselves entering the Full Beard with Styled Moustache division. Similar to the Verdi division, the entrants must possess a beard with a styled mustache, but unlike the Verdi division, there are no maximum length regulations. These beards must be grown naturally, and the use of aids is only permitted to shape the mustache.

With a winning score of 49.3, Scott Metts was able to take home the top prize and rationalize his weeks of handwork and itchy beard.[10]

1Michael Wollin

Last, but certainly not least, is the division made for men who just want to grow a beard and grow it as big as they can. The largest full natural beard division is the 45.1–60+ centimeters division. That means these beards will range anywhere from 18 inches to over 24 inches! No styling of mustaches, no aids, just long beards on hairy men.

Taking home the division title this year was Michael Wollin, with a winning score of 49.5.[11]

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Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 17, 2017

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Local entrepreneurs recognized at banquet

“Their selfless devotion to mentoring other aspiring entrepreneurs has been a … The 2017 Startup of the Year award went to Bess Outland of A Sweet …
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Continuous mentoring essential for business survival

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Coffee, hot yoga venture takes grand prize in Tulsa StartUp Series

Coffee, hot yoga venture takes grand prize in Tulsa StartUp Series …. designed to deliver resources and mentoring opportunities to entrepreneurs.
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Women startups lag as Hyderabad set for Global Entrepreneurship Summit

“In a year, we directly handle 200 startups and mentor another 300 indirectly. Nearly 20 per cent of these startups are set up by women and their areas …
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What happens when entrepreneurs go ‘speed dating’?

… Master Entrepreneurs Program across a range of industries to help startups, … Post-event, each master chooses at least one participant to mentor.
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Alumni Mentor IIT Kharagpur Students for Social Entrepreneurship

Alumni Mentor IIT Kharagpur Students for Social Entrepreneurship … KOLKATA : Alumni of IIT Kharagpur have come forward to mentor students of … the government schemes such as Standup India and StartupIndia in place,” said …
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Accelerator, reimagined by Sunway Group’s iLabs

We liked iLabs’ focus on creating investible startups and felt it would be good … while receiving tailored mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and …
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Global Entrepreneurship Week supports young startups in Egypt

The initiative aims to connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and investors, boosting startupecosystems around the world. This year …
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US office bid to help budding entrepreneurs

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BeyondCapital launches today and has got some exciting plans forentrepreneurs and Jordanian …

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Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 15, 2017

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Hyderabad is slowly becoming a global destination for tech business &entrepreneurs

However, the entrepreneurs and startup mentors from the panel believe that the backdrop of the city as a vaccine hub and an IT destination will bolster …
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Female VCs fight gender gap via ‘Office Hours’ mentoring program

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UH Bauer College Entrepreneurship Program Ranks No. 2 in United States

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PM: Gov’t Supports Entrepreneurship, Business & Innovations

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Google trains 21 Nigerians startups in Lagos

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How to play office politics at work the right way By Art Markman Nov 13, 2017 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Pinterest Pinterest Share on LinkedIn LinkedIn Share via email Email In his book Adults in the Room, the economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis reflects on an obstacle lots of people face in their jobs: Getting other people to go along with their ideas. Working with fellow economists, Varoufakis developed a plan to get the Greek economy out of its cycle of debt with the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund. But he ultimately failed to gather enough support for these policies to be enacted. One lesson from that experience? Having good ideas and convincing others that your ideas are good as you think they aren’t isn’t enough. What really matters is your ability to navigate your organization’s political apparatus. And make no mistake: Every organization has one. “Playing politics” at work isn’t a matter of sleazy double dealing, though. It’s just about gaining the support of people with the ability to put your ideas into practice. After all, getting a group of people to work together and sweat the details in order to pull off a project successfully takes skill. If you want to improve your organization and make an impact, you’ll need to master that. Here’s the right way to go about it. Related: Five Strategies Facebook Uses To Minimize Office Politics Look for how decisions get made (not just who makes them) Sometimes it’s obvious who calls the shots. Other times, it isn’t. Maybe it’s not the people with the flashiest titles who are setting the agenda; instead, it’s the key people who influence their choices who have the real power. They’re the ones who determine the process by which new ideas get filtered up to key decision makers. Understanding how decisions get made requires a certain degree of access, but a little can go a long way toward providing crucial intel. That means that you want to get yourself invited to meetings where important issues are going to be discussed. If that sounds unlikely, try asking permission to sit in on those talks strictly as an observer, for career-development reasons. After all, you really are there just to learn. Your aim in these meetings is to listen and watch: Who talks? Whose words are repeated by others? When someone makes a comment and other key players adopt their way of talking about the issue, you know you’re dealing with someone who has quiet influence. You can’t even begin to get anyone to pay attention to your own ideas until you know whom to talk to. Related: How To Create Your Own Opportunities At Work Build up goodwill Ideas are like books. You have to get people to pick them before they can have any impact. How do people decide what books to buy? They often gravitate toward authors they’ve already heard of for some reason. Authors present their work in multiple places–by writing op-eds, getting excerpts published in magazines, going on speaking tours–in order to familiarize potential readers with their work and drum up interest in it. Similarly, you can’t start cultivating people with the power to implement your great idea at the same instant you have that idea; if your first interaction with someone is a request for a favor, you can’t reasonably expect them to grant it. You have to begin much earlier. From the moment you start any job, you need to develop relationships with people who can help you achieve your goals–which includes but is definitely not limited to your boss. Get to know the people you work with. Offer to help with projects. Show that you’re willing to support the team’s or the company’s goals. And make sure you actually do a good job with everything you offer to take on (offering to help is one thing; actually helping is another). Building up this goodwill gives you social capital to spend when you need it. Find common ground Even if you have good relationships with people who can help you implement an idea, they might not be willing to help. Everyone in an organization has goals they’re trying to achieve. Some might be personal (getting a promotion), and some might be organizational (getting a project funded). So while a colleague may offer to help you because they like you or think your idea is brilliant, they’ll only do that in the context of the other goals they’re trying to achieve. And that means you need to find common ground. Learn what key people are working on. Look for ways to make it easy for them to support you, and explain how what you’re trying to do also advances whatever they’re hoping to accomplish. You may need to be creative in helping them to see the overlap, but that doesn’t mean stretching the truth (suspected bullshitters are not generally successful at working their organizations’ politics). But you will probably have to show people that there’s a way for them to achieve one of their goals in a different way than they’d expected. If you can find common ground in those end goals, you may be able to find flexibility in the getting-there. No matter what, just don’t expect anyone to be so blown away by the brilliance of your idea that they’ll abandon their own agendas in order to adopt yours. Related: Six Words And Phrases That Make Everyone Hate Working With You Know when to fold Persistence matters, but so does the ability to be realistic about your odds. One of the biggest mistakes people make while trying to negotiate their organization’s politics is sticking in the game too long. Sometimes there just isn’t a way to get key people to work with you to get your idea across the finish line. Pushing too far past the point of no return can actually hurt your credibility, your career, and your chances the next time you’ve got an idea you want to win support for. Instead, you have a few options. One is to live to fight another day. If you had one good idea, there’s a high probability that you’ll soon have another. And just because you weren’t able to get one idea taken up by people with power doesn’t mean you’ll always fail. Continue to develop relationships so that when you have your next stroke of genius, you can return and try again. Another option is to move on to someplace where your idea will stand a better chance of gaining traction. You can learn a lot about the values of people and organizations by watching how they make decisions. In the process, you might discover that your values differ enough from those of the people around you that this organization isn’t the one where you should be devoting your efforts. Maybe it’s time to find someplace where you can engage with people who share your view of the world. In the end, people often grumble about “office politics” when they don’t get what they want. The key is to remember that it’s really about people. Wherever you go, whatever you do, there will be people you need to convince to come along for the ride. This story was originally published on Fast Company. About the author Art Markman, PhD is a professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art is the author of Smart Thinking and Habits of Leadership, Smart Change, and most recently, Brain Briefs, co-authored with his “Two Guys on Your Head” co-host Bob Duke, which focuses on how you can use the science of motivation to change your behavior at work and at home.

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Albert Camus

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

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George Will

“Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.”

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Edith Wharton

“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”

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Samuel Butler

“God cannot alter the past, though historians can.”

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Helen Hayes

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.”

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Edwin Markham

“It is better to rust out than wear out.”

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Encouraging women’s entrepreneurship in India – Triple track for growth

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is coming up and will be celebrated in Delhi-NCR on 16th November. Women’s entrepreneurship is a subject of great importance to the economy. As a percentage, women form a very small minority of all entrepreneurs in India. This is because of significant financial and societal barriers that face women entrepreneurs as they begin contemplating a business journey. 

However, their increased involvement in entrepreneurship would lead to many significant advancements in the Indian economy. Their increased participation as entrepreneurs would see huge rises in GDP, increased opportunities for labor force participation for other women and a benefit to society at large.

It has been demonstrated that women entrepreneurs give back to society and value environmental concerns more than their male counterparts. In a rapidly changing society that needs community and environmental issues addressed, a growth in the number of women entrepreneurs is only a positive. Their aspirations should be encouraged and they should be given the same opportunities and space to find their feet when it comes to entrepreneurship as in any other aspect of life.

In light of this, I believe there are steps that can be taken to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in the country. They are listed below in my ‘Triple track for growth’.

1. Women entrepreneurs have the Mahila Bank and Bandhan Bank supporting their endeavors and I wanted to suggest to banks and institutions with women chiefs to consider setting up crowdfunding platforms with the help of GlobalLinker. This can support innovation, startups, hesitant entrepreneurs to help test their ideas. Worldwide, many such platforms exist but there isn’t one in India yet.

2. Companies Act on CSR Sec 135 Schedule VII provides for 2% of net profit spend on CSR activities by listed companies. The forums here and the program in Delhi may consider persuading the corporates which are listed and others to commit at least 25% of the sum for skill development of women entrepreneurs and the creation of Incubation centers and accelerators.

3. Women entrepreneurs need priority treatment when they choose to become social entrepreneurs. That is when they choose to start a Sec8/ Sec 25 company and set up a trust/ NGO / skill development institute etc. They should be given priority by the various ministries concerned for e.g. if they have lined up a foreign donor the process of granting FCRA should be made less complicated and if they have a portal where they invite foreign donors to contribute in foreign currency for the cause they stand for and do advocacy – they should be given swift approvals.

I have met many aspiring women entrepreneurs who have had inhibitions about starting a business but are now in charge of thriving businesses and social enterprises. Women are a big part of the future of business in the country with significant GDP growth projected with their increased participation in the economy. Despite their immense potential, women do face unique hurdles on the path to becoming entrepreneurs and my ‘Triple track for growth’ is one way to ensure that they are given the opportunities they deserve.

To explore business opportunities, link with me by clicking on the ‘Invite’ button on my eBiz Card.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views, official policy or position of GlobalLinker.

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#ParadisePapers: time to clean up the offshore financial havens – Transparency International

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This week, the Paradise Papers released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its partners, showed us how the rich and powerful are able to hide and hoard their wealth through complex and opaque financial structures.

The sheer volume of the Paradise Papers documents (13.4million in all) hints at a vast, secret parallel financial universe where the reporting requirements that the rest of us are subject to do not apply.

Public figures, such as the Queen and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, are shown to have hidden offshore investments, while companies involved include household names such as AppleNike and Uber.

You might think: “So what? This isn’t necessarily illegal.”

Well, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned.

The documents show that even the compliance manager at offshore law firm Appleby found plenty to worry about, like large amounts of money that were “definitely tainted”, and proceeds of alleged corruption infiltrating the business.

They reveal activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo by mining giant Glencore, which appears to have secured under-valued extraction licenses with the help of a powerful lobbyist that it loaned $45million to.

The documents also reveal how the company that manages Angola’s sovereign wealth fund used this money to finance its other projects. And how Kazakhstan’s former oil minister built up a vast personal fortune obscured behind a labyrinthine network of companies held by a corporation called Meridian.

“This was possible, in part, thanks to Kazakhstan’s notorious corruption and weak rule of law,” write the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. “But it was the Meridian founders’ exploitation of the international financial system that enabled them to hide their riches from the eyes of their own people.”

That’s the problem here, and that’s why we’re calling for tougher controls on the offshore financial markets.

Secrecy can lead to corruption, and the kinds of structures exposed in the Paradise Papers are the tools of the trade that the corrupt use to launder their ill-gotten gains.

Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman discards royal balancing act for one-man rule Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/61587208.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Known to be biggest proponent of the Saudiization i.e. Employment to Saudi population replacing foreign workers – one just hopes that the next tranche’of workers being sent home to India is delayed by a few years avoiding chaos.

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Nawshir Mirza: Meet Tata Power’s ‘fiercely independent director’ who defended Cyrus Mistry – The Economic Times

It feels great that we learnt our Independent Director lessons from this great mentor when BCAS Mumbai launched the course.

My biggest learning from this great mentor was “When in doubt, Just say NO”.   If you believe in Truth be brave “Carry your resignation, in your top pocket”.   And “Never, Never compromise on your values”.

After few years, I met him in a Conference in Bangalore and said – I am still not getting any offers to join as a Certified Independent Director and he smiled.  He said, “You don’t play “Golf”.

Even today, I do not get any offers of engagement as Independent Director and I am actually happy seeing the way ID’s are manipulated. And when I read stories like Mr. Mirza’s I feel very proud that we learnt the subject from such great mentors.

Wish you all the Best Mr. Mirza.

 

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Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 8, 2017

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How Wildcard helps early-stage Japanese startups expand to the US

Wildcard’s core programme is a one-on-one startup mentoring/coaching that … That is when most of the entrepreneurs struggle to scale their business.
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Startup Accelerator Betatron Launches Cohort Two, Investing In Eight More Hong Kong Companies

Startup Accelerator Betatron Launches Cohort Two, Investing In Eight More … a network of the best investors, entrepreneursstartups and mentors.
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SPARK honors growing community of Central Kentucky entrepreneurs

… and mentor startup entrepreneurs, and an excellent relationship with entrepreneurial knowledge-based innovators at the University of Kentucky.”.
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Purdue Foundry, Krannert present ninth year of helping veterans with disabilities launch startups

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Participants in the ninth Entrepreneurship Bootcamp … One-on-one mentoringfrom Purdue experts who provide practical …
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How the Government of Rajasthan is helping startups to start up with unique fund-raising …

iStart Rajasthan will nurture innovation and entrepreneurship, which would further help … Managed by Applyifi, the initiative is designed to assist startups in … of success by making it easier for them to access mentoring and funding.
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ET Power Of Ideas 2017: Calling Startups In Chennai, Hyderabad And 3 More Cities For Interactive …

It provides a space for mentors, evaluators and seasoned entrepreneurs to … The ideas shortlisted in the first phase will undergo group mentoring …

Courtesy: Transparency International – Newsletter

Daily Corruption News
7 November 2017

Today’s Top Story

GlobalParadise Papers: Apple shifted billions offshore to avoid tax

DW (TI mention)New relevations about Apple’s tax avoidance strategy are making headlines as the Paradise Papers scandal unfolds further. EU finance ministers are due to discuss the issue during talks in Brussels on Tuesday.

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World: Paradise Papers: Apple’s secret tax bolthole revealed

Nov 07, 2017 08:00 pm

The world’s most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively…
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United States: Charles Cain Named Chief of Foreign Corrupt Practices Unit

Nov 07, 2017 07:30 pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (November 2 2017) announced that Charles E. Cain has been named chief of the Enforcement Division’s national specialized Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit that focuses on violations of the anti-bribery provisions of the…
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Saudi Arabia: Saudi Prince’s Corruption Sweep Reaches Aramco

Nov 07, 2017 07:00 pm

A Saudi Aramco director and a member of the royal council overseeing the world’s biggest oil exporter were arrested along with other top officials as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to strengthen his hand amid a reform push that…
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United States: 60 US Navy admirals snared in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal

Nov 07, 2017 06:30 pm

The Justice Department’s probe into a corruption scandal revolving around an Asian defense contractor has expanded to include 60 admirals and hundreds of officers with the US Seventh Fleet, which is going through turmoil after deadly ship collisions. The Navy…
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Israel: Regulator finds strong evidence of graft in Bezeq probe

Nov 07, 2017 06:00 pm

The Israeli Securities Authority on Monday handed over to the public prosecution what it said was compelling evidence against the heads of Bezeq, Israel’s largest telecom company, after an investigation that has implicated two figures considered close to Prime Minister…
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Mexico: Mexico: New Report Exposes Anti-Corruption Shortcomings

Nov 07, 2017 05:30 pm

A new report reviewed by Reuters indicates that the Mexican government is not doing enough to combat corruption within the country. The 321 page report showed that the government is “gravely deficient” in its anti-corruption plan, according International Action Financial…
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Paradise Papers: Courtesy FCPA Blog

Shruti Shah: Paradise Papers show need to close beneficial owner loopholes

By Shruti J. Shah | Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11:08AM

Image courtesy of the ICIJ
The massive leak of 13.4 million files, dubbed the “Paradise Papers,” highlights loopholes that exist in the global financial system. The documents also show how easy it is for tax evaders, money launderers, and senior public officials to utilize anonymous companies to hide their identities, their potential conflicts of interest, and their business deals.

The documents were leaked from offshore law firm Appleby, from corporate services provider Asiaciti Trust, and from company registries in 19 secrecy jurisdictions.

The Paradise Papers were revealed on Sunday (November 5) by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

While shell companies have legitimate uses, their opacity makes them a favorite tool for tax evaders, money launderers, corrupt public officials and other criminals. The leaks also shine a light on the role of offshore tax havens.

The United Kingdom has led the way by publishing the world’s first fully open register of beneficial ownership, but it needs to do more to tackle abuses by its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, many of which are well known tax havens.

Unfortunately, it is not just Bermuda, Panama, and other known tax havens that provide vehicles for tax evaders and criminals to launder their illicit wealth. In every state in the United States, one can incorporate a legal entity without having to disclose who controls the entity or derives economic benefits from it.

It’s imperative that company service providers are required to conduct due diligence and screenings of their clients so that they are not unwittingly opening shell companies for tax evaders or corrupt public officials.

Claudia J. Dumas, the head of the Coalition for Integrity said, “The Paradise Papers leaks show how important it is for all jurisdictions, including the U.S., to collect beneficial ownership information upon company formation.”

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Shruti Shah is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog. She’s the Vice President of Programs and Operations at Coalition for Integrity (formerly Transparency International-USA). She can be contacted here.

via Shruti Shah: Paradise Papers show need to close beneficial owner loopholes – The FCPA Blog – The FCPA Blog

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Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 4, 2017

Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs

Daily update ⋅ November 4, 2017
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The Best Advice For Women In Startups And STEM

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#MixNMentor unveils entrepreneurs biggest challenges in KAUST

Over 20 mentors and 70 entrepreneurs came together at #MixNMentor for a … and regional experts and investors to discuss their startup challenges.
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Save the dates for the upcoming Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival!

The most promising startups will win a free branded booth, two regular tickets, and access to the ”Meet Your Mentor” program. Some of them will also …

SDGs in India get due focus

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation
03-November-2017 16:41 IST
Regional Workshop on SDG Monitoring Framework

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), in collaboration with UNICEF, organised a two-day Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 2-3 November, 2017 in Guwahati. This Workshop is the fourth in the series of five Regional Workshops being organised for sensitisation of States on SDG Monitoring Framework.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary, MoSPI, Dr. T.C.A Anant, sharing the salient features of the SDGs and enhanced need for continuous and holistic monitoring, stressed that the SDGs have brought in a new set of responsibilities and challenges for the country’s Statisticians. SDGs require monitoring at National and State level in additional to the Global Monitoring by United Nations. The Workshop helped in identifying good practices from States’ implementation and monitoring of SDGs, so that other States can adopt/replicate these practices. He mentioned that MoSPI would be working in close collaboration with the State Governments to strengthen systems in measuring and monitoring SDG progress.

While informing the States on the work in progress, Dr. Anant said, “The National SDG Indicators are being finalised following an elaborate consultation process with Ministries in Central Government, State Governments and other stake holders. It is a dynamic framework and a system to refine the framework also will be in place”. He also stressed the need for more investment in Data infrastructure in view of the new demand for data to monitor SDGs.

Addressing the Workshop, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, Shri V B Pyarelal stated that the State of Assam is one of the first states to adopt SDGs as a policy for States development plans. He said detailed plans are in place to implement SDGs upto the grassroots level. They have established a Centre for SDGs to coordinate the SDG activities in the State Government and also foster research in collaboration with reputed institutions.

Additional Director General, MoSPI, Shri Pravin Srivastava highlighted the salient features of the National Monitoring framework. He said the national SDG indicators will help the States to align their developmental schemes with the SDG goals and to build capacity to improve monitoring on progress of the national indicators. He also emphasised the need for strengthening the statistical system in the states using open standards so that there is regular data flow from States to monitor the SDGs using technological solutions to harness the data revolution in view of the SDGs.

Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE) Specialist, UNICEF Delhi, Shri K D Maiti, informed that the Regional Workshop at Guwahati is the fourth such Regional Workshops. “These workshops would be helpful in developing a shared system of monitoring SDG progress at the national and state level” he added.

The two days Workshop was attended by senior officers from the States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The outcome of the Workshop is to come up with documentation on the various initiatives being taken by the States towards SDG implementation and to share best practices.

Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 3, 2017

Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs

Daily update ⋅ November 3, 2017
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To execute their ideas, the first instinct of new entrepreneurs is to turn to a … As part of incubator programs, startups always turn to the mentors for …
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Local businesses, nonprofits mentoring Latin American entrepreneurs

Local businesses, nonprofits mentoring Latin American entrepreneurs … business aspects to improve the viability of her adventure tourism startup.
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Cass Business School Is Driving A London Startup Scene To Rival Silicon Valley

Cass Business School Is Driving A London Startup Scene To Rival Silicon … A mentorship program connects students with alumni entrepreneurs.
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SPARK recognizes entrepreneurial community for creating jobs and raising over $57.1 million

… angel investment organization to capitalize and mentor startup entrepreneurs, and an excellent relationship with entrepreneurial knowledge-based …
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Startup program gets enthusiastic response

With several sessions now in the books, local entrepreneurship and business mentoring program StartupWatertown is off to a successful start.
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Via Cato Institute Newsletter

The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America

71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share
Freedom of speech and First Amendment issues have taken on a growing, some might even say unprecedented, importance and focus.  In our personal lives, on campuses, in political discourse, in news coverage, during the national anthem at a football game, and more, freedom of speech has become a heated, multi-faceted issue.

Recognizing this, the Cato Institute recently conducted a comprehensive national survey to examine the current depth and width of the issue, which is now available online in full

. The results provide a highly compelling portrait of the state of free speech in America today.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey

, a new Cato Institute national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have.

The consequences, show the survey, are personal, impacting an individual’s view of their own freedom of expression—58% of Americans, for example, believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs. Further, a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive.

Other report highlights include:

  • 59% Americans oppose hate speech bans, but 79% say hate speech is morally unacceptable.
  • Two-thirds (66%) say colleges aren’t doing enough to teach the value of free speech.
  • 65% say colleges should discipline students who shut down invited campus speakers.
  • 63% of Republicans say journalists are an enemy of the American people.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 53% of Republicans support stripping citizenship from flag burners.

Americans also can’t agree what speech is hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion:

  • 39% of conservatives believe it’s hate speech to say the police are racist; only 17% of liberals agree.
  • 80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.
  • 90% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say homosexuality is a sin, while 47% of conservatives agree.

“These data show why censoring offensive speech is difficult—Americans can’t agree what speech is offensive or shouldn’t be allowed,” says Cato’s Director of Polling Dr. Emily Ekins. “What is deeply offensive to one person may simply be a political opinion to another. These data show that if we silence speech that any number of people find offensive, we will shut down a wide variety of important political debates.”

Via Cato Institute Newsletter

The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America

71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share
Freedom of speech and First Amendment issues have taken on a growing, some might even say unprecedented, importance and focus.  In our personal lives, on campuses, in political discourse, in news coverage, during the national anthem at a football game, and more, freedom of speech has become a heated, multi-faceted issue.

Recognizing this, the Cato Institute recently conducted a comprehensive national survey to examine the current depth and width of the issue, which is now available online in full

. The results provide a highly compelling portrait of the state of free speech in America today.

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey

, a new Cato Institute national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have.

The consequences, show the survey, are personal, impacting an individual’s view of their own freedom of expression—58% of Americans, for example, believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs. Further, a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive.

Other report highlights include:

  • 59% Americans oppose hate speech bans, but 79% say hate speech is morally unacceptable.
  • Two-thirds (66%) say colleges aren’t doing enough to teach the value of free speech.
  • 65% say colleges should discipline students who shut down invited campus speakers.
  • 63% of Republicans say journalists are an enemy of the American people.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 53% of Republicans support stripping citizenship from flag burners.

Americans also can’t agree what speech is hateful, offensive, or simply a political opinion:

  • 39% of conservatives believe it’s hate speech to say the police are racist; only 17% of liberals agree.
  • 80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.
  • 90% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say homosexuality is a sin, while 47% of conservatives agree.

“These data show why censoring offensive speech is difficult—Americans can’t agree what speech is offensive or shouldn’t be allowed,” says Cato’s Director of Polling Dr. Emily Ekins. “What is deeply offensive to one person may simply be a political opinion to another. These data show that if we silence speech that any number of people find offensive, we will shut down a wide variety of important political debates.”

Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs Daily update ⋅ November 1, 2017

Mentoring Startup Entrepreneurs

Daily update ⋅ November 1, 2017
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Irishman Named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at Arabian Business Startup Awards

An established Irish technology entrepreneur in the Middle East has been named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at the 2017 Arabian Business Startup Awards, …
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GANPAT University being mentor to student startups

How is this university ensuring student startups receive right mentorship, infrastructure along with funding for their innovation, reveals Prof Mahendra …
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Irish tech entrepreneur named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at leading Middle East business awards in Dubai

Paul Kenny, an established Irish technology entrepreneur in the Middle East, was named ‘Mentor of the Year’ at the 2017 Arabian Business Startup …
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SSIU: Enriching Entrepreneurship Among Students

How is Swarnim Startup and Innovation University helping student startups … What makes students eligible to receive grants and mentoring fortheir …
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Zone Startups India Announces 15 Women Entrepreneurs Selected to be a Part of “empoWer”

15 women entrepreneurs selected for the 6 weeks bespoke program. The program will comprise of comprising of mentoring sessions, workshops, …
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Sierra College & Hacker Lab Announce Startup Hustle Demo Night Kicks-off Global …

Sierra College with Hacker Lab will showcase Sacramento’s newest startup businesses on … startup scene as a partner, investor, mentor or future entrepreneur. … “Startup Hustle participants and local entrepreneurs can produce …
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