Aug 14

The Biggest Lessons Your Career Change Will Teach You

Sometimes we all get into ruts and need a change of pace especially when it comes to our careers. Working in the same field and doing the same thing for many years can make you want to do something different for once. When you get tired of doing the same thing every day it will be time for a change. Changing what you do for a living could possibly be the best thing that you ever did for yourself.

Changing your career will help you meet new people and learn something different. When you change jobs, you will might like your job more and want to do good work. We all need a change at some point in time.

Some times we all take risk and some risk are not good and others are awesome. When you change what you do for a living, you will be taking a risk. This risk you will both learn from it and grow in what you do, or fail at it because you did not believe in yourself when it came time to do something different.

One of the biggest things you will learn is a new way of life. You will learn how to do something new and you will be able to make more money. Changing careers can give you perspective on things and help you succeed in everything that you do.

It will be a leap of faith and this leap of faith will teach you courage and teach you to have faith in something new and have faith in yourself. When you have faith in yourself you can succeed at anything you do. Learning how to trust in yourself and go with your instincts is one of the best things you will learn when it comes time to change your careers.

You will also learn how to be flexible and except change. To be able to except change is a big part of learning how to change what you do for a living. When you are flexible you will be able to do many things in life.  Accepting change and being flexible will give you the advantage in many things that you do.

Change is the biggest part of life and being able to handle it will get you farther in life. Changing your careers will teach you how to flexible and how to except change. To help your self with finding a new job simply go to www.careerglider.com and fill out your profile today so you can begin to learn what changing careers can do for you.

Aug 14

Eurozone Recovery Grinds to Halt Amid Ukraine Fear

Well, that didn’t last long.

After four quarters of meager growth, the fragile economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone creaked to a halt in the second quarter.

Growth was zero. After only 0.2 percent in the first quarter.

Now who will get out and push? The European Central Bank, with a further monetary stimulus? Or governments in France and Italy, which have dragged their heels in making their economies more business-friendly?

Either or both could help. Especially if the Ukraine crisis mushrooms with a Russian invasion that would scare off business investment even more — and extend one bad quarter into an outright recession.

It’s a dismal comparison to the U.S., which according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, grew 1.0 percent from the quarter before. However, it’s better than Japan, which shrank 1.7 percent, though that was largely because of the impact following a new sales tax.

Here’s what happened:

SILENT SPRING: Germany let everyone down by shrinking 0.2 percent in the second quarter from the previous three-month period. Economists aren’t too concerned because they think a lot of the growth simply migrated to the first quarter because of a very warm winter that let construction start early. Europe’s biggest economy remains the continent’s standout performer. It has low unemployment and took steps to cut business taxes and costs years ago.

RUMORS OF WAR: The “Putin effect,” as economists at Berenberg Bank call it, comes from fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may back an invasion of eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces. That worry is making businesses hesitant to invest. Though eurozone exports to Russia are only 0.8 percent of the bloc’s annual gross domestic product, the crisis has hurt business confidence — executives are wary of risking cash for expansion, just as they were getting their mojo back after the debt crisis of the past few years. Business surveys like Germany’s Ifo show the fear is taking hold.

Ukraine fears have only grown since the end of the quarter on June 30. Since then, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on July 17 — by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian separatists, according to the U.S. and Ukraine — has increased tensions dramatically.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS: Stagnating France and Italy are balking at politically tough reforms that would lower costs for businesses. France’s economy was flat in the second quarter. Italy’s shrank 0.2 percent, for the 11th drop in the past 12 quarters. So-called structural reforms include easing rigid rules on hiring and firing, and especially in Italy’s case, reducing choking bureaucracy and corruption. France has tried cutting payroll taxes to help business but further steps have stalled. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came into office six months ago promising fast change, but now says reforms will be rolled out over the next 1,000 days.

WHO’S PERIPHERAL NOW? This time it was Europe’s core economies that were the problem, even as smaller, so-called peripheral economies are recovering from the debt crisis that ravaged the currency unions. Spain and Portugal both showed robust growth of 0.6 percent.

And Greece, the country at the forefront of the debt crisis which has seen its economy shrink by around a quarter over the past few years, is on the mend. Its economy was only 0.2 percent smaller than it was the year before, the smallest rate of decline in nearly six years. Greece does not report quarterly figures.

QE, TOO? The European Central Bank will likely hear more calls for it to roll out more monetary stimulus for the flagging economy. It could do that by buying large amounts of financial assets such as government bonds, using newly created money — something only a central bank can do. It’s called quantitative easing, or QE. In theory, it could drive down longer term interest rates even more and pump new money into the financial system in hopes of seeing it appear as loans to companies and consumers. But it’s tricky in a currency zone with 18 different members.

The ECB is watching another worrisome indicator. Inflation is too low at 0.4 percent and that is raising fears of a downward price spiral that kills growth by making consumers delay spending in hopes of cheaper bargains down the line.

The ECB has already cut its key interest rate to a record low of 0.15 percent and is offering cheap loans to banks. It says it’s waiting to see how those steps work, and could do QE only if things take a serious turn for the worse.

ECB head Mario Draghi has pushed back on governments, saying they’re the ones who have to make the tough changes.

Italy’s troubles come from too much red tape, he said at his last news conference: “That has nothing to do with monetary policy.”

 

Aug 10

Netflix Goes for Laughs With New Stand-up Specials

You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. And Jim Jefferies will tickle you at your discretion.

Netflix is announcing performances by both comics and three more, set to roll out this fall. It’s the latest in the original-content initiative from this subscription Internet channel.

Here’s the lineup, unveiled Thursday, with each program going online at 3:01 a.m. Eastern:

— “Jim Jefferies: BARE,” premiering Aug. 29. Taped at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, it finds Jefferies weighing in on diverse topics such as politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond. (It will join the first season of Jefferies’ FX comedy series “Legit,” now streaming on Netflix.)

— Chelsea Handler in her previously announced “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live” appearance, premiering Oct. 10. It’s the culmination of an international stand-up tour by Handler (who exits her E! talk show later this month, headed for a new series on Netflix in 2016) as she recounts tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life.

— “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats” premieres Nov. 14. Originating from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, it’s a dark but silly exploration by the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star showcasing her talents as an actress, stand-up comic, writer and motorcycle enthusiast.

— “Bill Cosby 77,” premiering Nov. 28. Taped July 12 (Cosby’s 77th birthday) at the San Francisco Jazz Center, it’s an hour-plus of comedy from Cos dealing with such topics as relationships, marriage and, of course, kids.

— “Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” premiering Dec. 5. Burr is onstage at Atlanta’s Tabernacle exploring subjects such as how nothing ruins great sex like a rom-com and how too many childhood hugs could be the downfall of man.

“Stand-up comedy is a category of original content that we’re very focused on,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary and comedy programming. “There’s a really huge scope of types of comedy within stand-up, and we have the ability to provide that entire scope.”

Going forward, Netflix expects to keep introducing stand-up specials, she said.

And while other networks regularly air stand-up programs, Nishimura said Netflix has its own appeal: “Our flexibility and ubiquity of access is a really important component, specifically for comedy.”

Jefferies noted that he’s done specials for HBO, Showtime and FX. But he hailed the Netflix model, which presents his concert at its original length (about 77 minutes) and will keep it available to viewers for the foreseeable future.

“When you tell people you’re doing a special for a cable channel, you say they’re going to air it at 8 o’clock on Saturday and again at 2 in the morning on Tuesday,” he explained. “But here, all you have to say is, ‘It’s on Netflix.’ It’s easier.

“People can watch it over and over again,” he pointed out, then added with a laugh, “and fast forward through the bits they don’t like.”

With the Cosby program, Netflix is staging a hasty encore for the comedy legend, who made a celebrated return to TV stand-up after 30 years last fall with his “Far From Finished” special on Comedy Central.

Cosby said he’s even more pleased with his new special. For one thing, there will be no commercial breaks, allowing the flow of his performance to be uninterrupted.

In a recent conversation, he couldn’t help marveling at the pace of technology that will soon deliver him anytime, on demand, from Netflix servers to countless consumer devices. When Cosby burst on the scene a half-century ago, he won widespread exposure thanks to broadcast television and his comedy LPs.

And now?

“People can get a plug-in and put my show on their huge flat-screen TVs,” he said, “while other people are watching on their i-This and i-That.”

When “Bill Cosby 77″ goes online, he said with a chuckle, “You will have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand.” Another chuckle. “Just as he has YOU in the palm of HIS hand.”

 

Aug 03

Illinois Company Is Latest to Test Market for Carp

When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.

Brought by the boatload to this facility north of St. Louis, the Asian carp quickly meet a gruesome fate: They are ground to a bloody pulp in a maze of machines that churn their bony bodies into dehydrated meal and fish oil.

A company called American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food, be it for humans or more likely livestock.

For plant workers, purging the nation’s waterways of carp that muscle out native fish for food and habitat isn’t about balancing nature. It’s strictly about making money.

“The government wants this fish removed in large volumes, and this is the way to do it,” said Gray Magee, chief executive of the company, which began processing the carp in April atop a bluff near Grafton, a tiny tourist hamlet perched along the banks where the Mississippi and Illinois rivers meet.

Heartland joins Schafer Fisheries, which more than a decade ago expanded its northern Illinois operations near the Mississippi to include carp after focusing entirely on catfish. A similar venture was launched recently in Kentucky, and yet another carp-processing site has been proposed for a site along the Illinois River near Peoria.

The idea of eliminating carp by eating them, much promoted only a few years ago, has been fairly slow to take hold in the business world.

Partly because they’re so bony, Asian carp have drawn little interest among U.S. consumers. The few Americans who make a living exporting carp face big challenges: Profit margins are thin because of freight and fishing costs. And the carp have soft flesh that can spoil quickly if not processed rapidly and packed in ice.

American Heartland originally targeted exports to China but turned to the domestic market when a contract fizzled. Now some experts say a recent fall-off in the world’s anchovy supplies could open a new market for carp as a replacement in animal feed.

Still, the industry has grown to a point where some fish experts have begun to worry about what happens to carp businesses if they actually succeed in helping to wipe the species out.

“In an odd way, I wonder about the overall supply,” said Carol Engle, director of the aquaculture fisheries center at the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff. “In this case, we want to overfish them. But if we accomplish this, what are these companies going to do?”

Exactly how many Asian carp clog U.S. rivers and to what extent those fish are processed and exported is murky, though global consumption appears to be rising.

According to Engle, 7.8 million tons of farm-raised silver and bighead carp — a delicacy in China — were sold worldwide in 2012, up roughly 1.4 million tons from five years earlier. Some 28 percent more Asian carp is consumed worldwide than pollock, the variety commonly found in fresh and frozen fillets, fish sticks and other breaded and battered products.

Bighead and silver carp, which have migrated up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, are a particularly serious threat because they eat plankton — microscopic plants and animals that are essential components of aquatic food webs. If they reach the Great Lakes, scientists say, carp could out-compete other fish for food and decimate the $7 billion-a-year fishing industry.

Developing new markets is difficult, as American Heartland learned since it made a ballyhooed announcement two years ago that it would partner with a contingent of Chinese investors to ship the fish to Asia. Without elaborating, Magee said that deal ultimately imploded, leading American Heartland to focus instead on animal feed markets.

That was sensible, Engle said, especially with the recent overfishing of anchovies, a key ingredient in animal feed.

“No one is getting rich on (carp processing) — not yet anyway,” said Duane Chapman, a fish biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Columbia, Missouri. “But you might as well make lemonade from lemons.”

American Heartland declined to identify its customers but says it’s processing 30 tons of carp per day and hoping to double that in coming months. It pays about three dozen fishermen a dime per pound for whatever they bring in.

One of the fishermen, Randy Booth, whose 25-foot boat can hold up to 3 tons of fish generally caught by nets, hopes the business succeeds.

“If they can make a product out of them and make it work, why not?”