WTI has dropped, popped, dumped, and jumped since last night’s surprisingly small crude draw and major product builds from API, but remains around the $45 level ahead of DOE data this morning. “The Chinese are throwing everything they can” at their economy, said John Kilduff, founding partner at hedge fund Again Capital LLC. “That’s the big […]
If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming.. The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Source: 10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius just a reminder if ?
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And worst of all, it’s not always clear why it’s happening.
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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, This time the outspoken US ambassador in Berlin may have gone too far to be ignored. The German government has denounced as a “provocation” letters that the American envoy sent to companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project warning them of possible US sanctions. The German government reportedly told […]
Small micro-controllers and tiny systems-on-chips are getting more and more popular these days as the price comes down and the ease of programming goes up. A Raspberry Pi is relatively inexpensive and can do pretty much everything you need, but not every chip out there can do something most of us take for granted like…
The United States is closely watching Chinese intentions toward Taiwan, concerned that Beijing’s growing military prowess may increase the risk it could one day consider bringing the self-ruled island under its control by force, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The senior U.S. defense intelligence official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, did […]
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of posing a missile threat after Tehran defied his warnings and tried to put a satellite into orbit, albeit unsuccessfully. Pompeo renewed his charge that the launch defied UN Security Council resolution 2231 of 2015, which endorsed an international agreement, from which the United States […]
On Tuesday conducted at least one of two planned satellite launches despite warnings from the United States, however the satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in its third stage and did not enter orbit, according to an official. The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third […]
Six cameras are revolutionizing observations of shallow cumulus clouds. Shallow cumulus clouds are big players in regulating the planet’s temperature. A new system gives researchers a 3-D view of these clouds and will help them test ideas about how such clouds act. The Science While easily seen by people, the cotton-ball clouds (called shallow cumulus […]
The field of radio control has benefited much from the onward march of technology. Where a basic 2-channel setup would once have cost hundreds of dollars, it’s now possible to get a high-end 2.4GHz 9-channel rig for well under $100, shipped to your door. However, the vast majority of these systems are closed-source and built…
How Toyota Is Ride Hailing With the Uber and Lyft IPOs coming up next year, there has been a lot of debate about how much these two increasingly ubiquitous but also money-losing companies should be worth. Though hailed as the future of mobility, ride-hailing companies have been unable to make their core operations profitable, […]
The Device Health Services app provides “personalized battery estimates based on your actual usage” for devices running Android 9 Pie. Version 1.6 is rolling out now and allows users to quickly reset Adaptive Brightness. more… The post You can now easily reset Adaptive Brightness in Android 9 Pie to factory defaults appeared first on 9to5Google.
PG&E bonds are crashing and its stock just hit a new record low after the company opted not to make an interest payment today on its $800m of 5.4% bonds due Jan. 15, 2040, triggering a 30-day grace period on the note, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. PG&E is now trading below of the lows of […]
Clouds -based workforce management solution, has raised a further $25 million in funding. The investment was led by the startup’s existing investors Alfvén & Didrikson, Battery Ventures, and Zobito. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg, Quinyx’s CEO, after he spent the summer working at McDonald’s, the company’s workforce management software helps businesses of all…
To anyone who carefully read yesterday’s dismal Citi earnings report, which was a major disappointment in virtually every way and especially in the bank’s FICC group, with the exception of Citi’s core lending business which traders decided to focus on and push Citi’s stock price 4% higher, today’s disappointing JPMorgan results should not come as […]
Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local newspaper over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations. The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it’s funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it’s also played a role in some…
New data points to a coming cooling period for earth.
Controversial subsidies for burning wood in power stations could be scrapped in the drive to clean up Britain’s air. Firms that burn wood pellets currently receive about £1billion a year because, unlike coal, these are considered renewable sources of energy. But critics say burning wood produces similar amounts of carbon dioxide to coal, contributing to air pollution. It also increases the logging of forests in the US, while shipping them to Britain in vast quantities has a further negative effect on the environment. Environment Secretary Michael Gove yesterday revealed subsidies for burning wood could be scrapped as he unveiled the Government’s clean air strategy.
The 4,900-word paper can be downloaded here:The 169-year long instrumental temperature record is built upon 2 measurements taken daily at each monitoring station, specifically the maximum temperature (Tmax) and the minimum temperature (Tmin). These daily readings are then averaged to calculate the daily mean temperature as Tmean = (Tmax+Tmin)/2. Tmax…
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As to continue the quest for better and more efficient sources of energy to link up for circuit connected world, companies that are developing new power solutions are attracting attention. Today, a startup called Wiliot, which makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth networks to work without batteries or…
I’ve seen more than a few articles describing how we need to be saving more for retirement or how women are finding it difficult to save for retirement because of lower wages, a pause in their career, or the expectation that women shoulder the majority of the child costs. There is also speculation with the […]
Police are investigating the alleged theft of assets belonging to the late singer Aretha Franklin. Police Lieutenant Timothy Abbo told Detroit Free Press late Thursday an active theft investigation is underway involving the Queen of Soul’s suburban mansion, but that it started before Franklin’s death. He offered no further details. TMZ also reported that the criminal probe involves someone inappropriately using her funds, although it is not clear how much, if any, mon
At the Springdale Ice Cream and Beverage factory in Cincinnati, workers were coming to the human resources department with money troubles, wanting cash advances on their pay. Some could not afford car repairs, which meant they could not get to work. Others needed money […]
An agricultural firm has come under fire after using models to pose in front of their products during biggest tractor show. Machinery manufacturer Agrifac has now found itself amid a sexism row after encouraging visitors and guests to take selfies with their glamorous models at the Lamma show in Birmingham. During the agricultural show on January 9, the company also posted pictures of competition winners posing with ‘grid girls’ Bec Quinn and Melissa Sharp.
Who among us doesn’t want to be a happy, healthy and successful human being? Still, it can be easy to lose your way, which is why I’ve compiled a list of habits you can use to help reach your goals. So what is it about happy people that makes them the way they are? Below […]
1. One day you will retire. You won’t be going to work. You won’t have office power any more. No influence or at best, a reduced influence. Your cash flow will also reduce.! Check retirement date on your payslip.
2. Always go for your 30 days annual leave. Whatever you do during your leave, is what you will be doing when you retire. If all you do is to sleep or watch TV, then that’s what you are likely do do in your retirement. Remember the book of Proverbs. A little sleep and a little slumber, so shall your poverty multiply.
Watching Big Brother Naija will not save you heartache in retirement. Learn a trade or a skill during your leave. It will come handy. Spend your after-office hours learning something. Don’t spend it sleeping, Gossiping, watching TV!! Same goes for your weekend. Make them productive. You will thank yourself for spending your time productively.
3. Invest for your retirement… your children are not retirement investment. Don’t bank on your children’s support or the support of friends or relations. That’s a BIG risk. It may not happen. Be ready to take care of yourself!! Everyone has his own responsibilities. They won’t be able to help you that much. You will also lose your dignity and respect if you adopt a life of begging.
4. Start a hobby early in your working days to take you along when you retire. Rearing chicken, farming or own a shop. Acquire marketable skills ( not useless paper certificates) Etc
5. Where shall you retire. Build yourself a home. Don’t retire and start to rent a house or refuse to vacate government house. You will be at the mercy of your landlord at a time when your cash flow is not only reduced but unpredictable!!
6. Who shall be your dependents. By the time you retire, your children should be above 18, and self reliant.
7. Don’t retire and stay in a big city unless you can TRULY afford it. You can’t continue living in a big city after 60 with limited financial resources. The language and the hustle will be hard for you. Where possible, relocate to a less expensive town where your reduced take home (pension) can go further.
8. Have property which can be rented or converted into cash. Have shares that pay good dividends. Plant cash trees. Rear goats, cultivate vegetables etc. these activities will not only give you income but will also keep you healthy.
9. Live a simple life. If you never built a house at your rural home, don’t use your retirement package to build. It is unwise unless you plan to live there on a permanent basis or you are super rich and therefore can afford the luxury. The choice is yours.
Note that many of retirees die early because of the following:
1. They are Not mentally prepared to retire.
2. Lack of finances
3. They Lapse into Depression
4 They develop Hypertension/ Diabetes because of worries, anxiety and uncertainty “and financial pressures.
YOUR DESK AT YOUR WORK PLACE IS NOT PERMANENT. PLAN FOR YOUR RETIREMENT.
Sign language can like any language be difficult to learn if you’re not immersed in it, or at least learning from someone who is fluent. It’s not easy to know when you’re making minor mistakes or missing nuances. It’s a medium with its own unique issues when learning, so if you want to learn and…
Republican colleagues who claimed booed her when she cast a vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker Thursday. The New York Democrat tweeted about the incident that evening, ribbing her new colleagues: ‘Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.’ Her take instantly caught on, and was retweeted more than 40,000 times since Thursday. ‘Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me,’tweeted, before adding her ‘Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me’ riff. But inside the chamber during the historic vote to reinstall Pelosi as speaker, it was not at all apparent that the 29-year o
Apple’s slumping sales growth an re-energized discussions on the commoditization of smart phones: the basic idea is that once devices, services, goods, platforms, etc. are interchangeable and can be produced/generated anywhere, they are effectively commodities and their value declines accordingly. In the case of Apple’s iPhone, many observers see diminishing returns on the latest model’s features as the price point […]
Mostly all people think about the potential risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning, their minds immediately jump to “the Terminator” – a future where robots, according to a dystopian vision once articulated by Elon Musk, would march down suburban streets, gunning down every human in their path. But in reality, while AI does have […]
It’s only the 2nd, so it’s not too late to wish everyone Happy New Year again. But it’s also the 2nd, which means it’s not too early to be getting back to work. Woo!
: cybersecurity is just as much a problem in oil and gas—of not more—as in any other industry After a slow start, the oil and gas industry seems to be eager to adopt all sorts of digital technology as they help companies keep costs lower while boosting efficiency. Artificial intelligence is being flaunted as the answer to all problems or, at least, a better answer to many […]
Things often calm down after January 1 during El Nino years… but not this year… with the U.S. West Coast from central California to Washington State about to be pummeled by a series of storms. Rain, snow, wind? Plenty for everyone. A view of the latest infrared satellite imagery […]
WordPress tells me that it’s been 8 years since I embarked on this blogging journey. As most of you know, I created this blog around my 50th birthday after encouragement from my son (then 15 years old). Becoming a blogger never entered my mind, so it was similar to taking a step into a whole […]
Fifth paragraph contains language that may offend some reader.The new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is quietly planning behind the scenes for a series of investigations of Republican President Donald Trump, but no immediate flurry of […]
IndependentCommunities This month’s collection of lawsuits filed against HOAs includes Fair Housing Act violations, condo residents made ill due to mold in the common areas, and a homeowner’s request to de-annex his home from the HOA. Florida Suit Against Association for Emotional Support Animal Denial Sends Message to Fla.…
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether a federal law that blocks trademarks for brand names or logos bearing profane words or sexual imagery violates free speech rights in a case involving a clothing brand called “FUCT.” The justices will hear the […]
A new world record for the fastest moving animal parts has been claimed by an ant. The Dracula ant’s snapping mandibles are used to stun other insects. Is the stored spring energy they use to accomplish this something we could learn from and utilize? The ants use this scary, high-impact motion, which is 5,000 […]
With more than 150 million players, “Fortnite” has become a cultural phenomenon. The online game has captivated gamers and inspired a few dance moves like “flossing.” “They can play with their own friends. They can do it at times when they might not be able to get together with their friends, meaning they can all…
The politics of oil are complicated, to say the least. There’s any number of important players, from OPEC to North American shale to sanctions. Relating to that last one, the US government has sought to impose serious restrictions upon the Iranian regime. Choking off a major piece […]
The role of management has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Few people realize it, but the role of management was originally created to maintain the status quo and enforce rules and protocols. Managers were supposed to push employees and extract everything they could from them. Management never cared about engagement, empowerment, or anything related to employee experience. Health and wellness? Dogs in the office? Flexible work? Give me a break! These are all relatively novel concepts. Thankfully we live in a new world and the workplace has dramatically changed. The role of the manager is not what it used to be. I’m fortunate to be able to speak with hundreds of truly great managers every year and I’ve noticed some common trends emerge. So how can you tell if you are working for this new breed of truly great manager? Well, a truly great managers does five things:
Acts Like A Coach
Coaches and mentors are powerful instruments of change. Coaches help us all the time in our personal lives whether it be on the soccer field, in the gym, or in a therapy session. Why shouldn’t we have a coach in the workplace? And who better to be that coach than your manager? Truly great managers (and I’m not necessarily talking about senior executives) encourage and empower their employees to accomplish their goals the same way a trainer would. These managers see beyond their official job description to have a genuine and vested interest in the success of their people. These coaches believe in lifting up employees, removing obstacles from their paths, and helping them become more successful than they are.
Focuses On Your Strengths
It’s easy for us to get hung up on the shortcomings of others. If something doesn’t go as planned, just blame the weaknesses for failure. It’s much harder to look past the weaknesses to instead focus on the strengths that individuals possess. This doesn’t mean simply turning a blind eye to weaknesses, it means understanding that they exist but looking beyond them to focus on what someone is truly good at. Truly great managers understand the strengths of their employees and they do what they can to make those strengths shine. We see this all the time in sports teams. Whether you’re looking at basketball or soccer, every athlete is placed in a position where they can be most successful. We need to see more of this in the workplace and managers need to lead the way.
Wants To Know Your Story
Everyone has a story of where they came from, how they got to where they are today, what they care about and value, and what they want their life to look and be like. Your story is what makes you… you. Truly great managers want to know your story, they want to get to know you as a person not as simply someone who is filling a role on a team. This can be as simple as periodically checking in and saying, “How are you?” to taking employees out for coffee and talking about anything non-work related. Building this relationship is crucial for truly great managers. Does your manager really know you and your story?
Similar to the above, truly great managers embrace their own weaknesses. They don’t put on the facade of being the all-knowing and all-powerful “manager.” Truly great managers want to know your story but embracing vulnerability is about them sharing their story and who they are. All too often we hear stories and witness our managers act one way outside of work and then transform into a completely different type of person in the workplace, almost a robot. Well, people don’t want to work for a robot, they want to work for a human being and there is nothing more human than being able to embrace vulnerability.
Most concepts, ideas, and approaches in any organizations have been around for many decades. Our world has changed so much in the past few years yet our organizations are still stuck in a time warp. I like to say that we live in 2016 but work in 1975. Truly great managers understand that sometimes starting fires is more valuable and important than trying to put them out. These are the managers who not only ask, “Why are things done this way?” but they also embrace experimentation and challenging the status quo to come up with something better. Whether it be getting rid of the annual review, implementing a new workplace practice, introducing a new technology, or redesigning a workplace, truly great managers believe in going against the grain!
The phrase has long since ceased to be useful but is deployed as a political cudgel I worry about a world in which many people believe lies, but I worry far more about one in which many people instinctively refuse to believe the truth. By Tim Harford Opinion A new year’s resolution for all: stop […]
Apple CEO says he won’t use ‘external forces’ as an excuse It cut its sales outlook for the first time in over a decade Apple’s Tim Cook has worked tirelessly to please Chinese leaders and gain acceptance for Apple in China. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks Chinese and has also worked hard to get his […]
Starting this year, jetpack racing will no longer be the stuff of science fiction. JetPack Aviation, the company behind the first commercially available jetpack, is now crossing another historical moment off its list, as it prepares to launch the world’s first jetpack racing league in 2019. To mark the announcement, the firm has released a video showing a test flight between two jetpack-wearing pilots. HOW DOES IT WORK? The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph).
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Investment Partners, All better now. It’s a Christmas miracle, the plunge erased by market closure as if FDR had just been re-elected and taken the oath. The Dow is on everyone’s mind, so trading on December has understandably stuck. Stocks posted their best day in nearly a decade on […]
Crude oil prices look likely to trade below $30 per barrel in 2019 as surplus production, much of it from the United States, and slowing economic growth undermine OPEC-led efforts to shore up the market, poll showed on Monday. A survey of 32 […]
More than £100 billion has been wiped off the value of five of the world’s biggest tobacco companies amid growing fears over the rise of vaping and increased regulation. British American Tobacco (BAT), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, has been the worst affected losing about half of its stock market value. In November, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is to consider banning menthol cigarettes, a move that would compound a disastrous year for the firm with more than half of its sales coming from the product.
The U.S. satellite startup OneWeb, which plans to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, said on Friday that it had not offered the Russian government a stake in the project. Sources had earlier told Reuters that OneWeb had offered to sell a 12.5 percent stake to Russia, […]
The technology behind Elon Musk’s plan to beat Los Angeles traffic using high-speed underground ‘skates’ may tap into an outdated method seen in vintage roller coasters. After the unveiling event earlier this month to show off the mile-long stretch of LA’s first tunnel, some engineers have pointed out that it bears semblance to the side-friction roller coasters that were largely phased out starting in the early 1900s. Experts say achieving stability at high speeds in such a system would be a challenge, and the sideways motion it relies on could make for a nausea-inducing ride, according to DYPR News. Sc
After the year Mark Zuckerberg’s had, you’d think he’d struggle to appear so chipper. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made,” he said in an end-of-year note posted on his Facebook page for everyone to see. Acknowledging that the social network played its part in the spread of hate speech, election interference and misinformation, Zuckerberg’s…
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Porsche’s first all-electric sports car might be the most hotly anticipated vehicle of 2019. Even Tesla owners are hooked. In a recent interview with CNET, Porsche North America President and CEO Klaus Zellmer said if everyone who has placed a deposit to pre-order the car, buy it, the Taycan will be sold out in its first…
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Monday was a tough day for the U.S. stock market, but Tesla shares were hit especially hard. The stock fell by 7.6 percent after Tesla cut the Model 3’s price in China and CEO Elon Musk promised to reimburse U.S. customers if they miss a tax credit deadline due to Model 3 shipment delays. Reuters…
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The New York Times in their report said that internal Facebook documents had provided insights into the network’s “data-sharing agreements”, unveiling that the data market is bigger than what most of the consumer suspected.
Several big companies expanded with the help of Facebook
The report mentioned that Facebook permitted Microsoft through its Bing search engine to “virtually view names of all friends of a Facebook user without their permission”. Apart from Microsoft, major streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix were provided access to private messages of users. These streaming platforms were able to read, delete, compose, and check the participants present on a thread.
Amazon, Microsoft, and Sony were able to procure users’ email addresses through their friends. A statement earlier said that Yahoo was unable to view streams of friends
However, the New York Times in their report stated that Yahoo continued to do so.
Near around 150 organisations were a part of the agreements made between tech companies and platforms. The article explained that Facebook expanded by attracting more users, and fostering them to interact with these platforms. In this process, the companies acquired features which enhanced their products.
Facebook in the blog said that it let these platforms the permission to access users’ private messages to help users connect other users on these platforms. After the New York Times report, the stock of Facebook fell by more than 7 per cent on December 19. Understanding the weight of the situation, Facebook chose to resort to a blog to explain the issue.
In this year, Facebook has received sharp criticism from its users, judicial bodies, and various media houses for mishandling users’ data and mistreating their privacy. The company’s share has plummeted down by more than 25 per cent this year. It is nearly 40 per cent below since a peak in July.
Not the first time
On June 6, Facebook confirmed that it has a data-sharing agreement with Chinese companies, including Huawei which was previously flagged as a security threat by the US intelligence,
You learn valuable communication skills
While traveling, you’ll undoubtedly run into communication difficulties. Whether it’s due to language barriers or cultural nuances, it will challenge you to actively listen and be creative in how you communicate with others. The workplace is no different.
Earlier this year, The Economist Intelligence Unit compiled a report revealing that 42% of employees attribute misunderstandings at work to different communication styles. Going abroad and experiencing these communication barriers makes you more aware of differences in communication styles back at work, no matter how subtle.
You rest your brain, which fosters your creativity
Whether you’re trying to overcome a creative block or you feel stuck in a career rut, a change of scenery might just be the answer to your question. For even the high-achieving, creative individuals, taking a break has been known as one of the best stimuli for creativity. In fact,came up with the business idea while traveling.
A study found that as our mind wanders, brain areas associated with complex problem-solving are highly active. This can lead to eureka moments, a term coined by thought and defined as flashes of insight that come out of periods when the mind isn’t focused on the problem. Traveling often places us in environments where we’re exposed to different ways of thinking, which can solve some of our personal problems in ways we would’ve never considered before. As Burkus argues, when you take a break, you release the fixation on the same old solutions and let your old ways of thinking fade from memory. When you return to the original problem, your mind is open to new possibilities, which gives way to eureka moments.
You build connections around the world
Traveling provides a great opportunity to create a global network. With tools like LinkedIn, shared co-working spaces, alumni groups and social media platforms, there are many opportunities to connect with people (old and new). This networking might not only help you in your current role, but also open up new doors for your career. Perhaps you’d be open to relocate or transition into a new career somewhere else; having a global group of connections can create these opportunities for you.
You build cultural competency and become a better leader
Traveling prepares you for the quickly diversifying workforce of today. More than ever, companies are becoming global and diverse. This increased diversity leads to better business outcomes, but it also creates a more complicated team dynamic, which must be actively managed and nurtured.
Whether you want to get along with coworkers from all walks of life or be a better manager to your direct reports, your travels can help you accomplish that. In addition to making you familiar with different communication styles, traveling exposes you to cultures that most likely differ from your own—even in the smallest ways. According to Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley, building highly-functioning diverse teams is no small task. When team members come from different countries and functional backgrounds and are working in different locations, communication can rapidly deteriorate, misunderstanding can ensue, and cooperation can degenerate into distrust. By traveling abroad and experiencing new cultures and ways of life, people equip themselves to better manage and lead diverse teams.
You impress potential employers
Yes, traveling has benefits in that area, too! While people often gloss over the behavioral questions in interviews, they are opportunities to show your depth and build a connection with your interviewer. Responding to some questions with interesting stories from your time travels is a pretty good way to grab your interviewer’s attention. “I always bring a travel journal whenever I travel to write down observations, lessons learned about my surroundings or lessons learned about myself while traveling. This time for self-exploration can help you figure out what you want to do with your life and also equip you with some pretty great answers from those personal interview questions.
You become nimble
Things not going as planned? There’s a common travel scenario! Being in an unknown environment and encountering setbacks move you out of your comfort zone, which challenges you in rewarding ways. As”Traveling and putting myself in uncomfortable situations has been perhaps one of the best preparers for my entrepreneurial journey thus far, since travel, like entrepreneurship, requires you to be flexible and think on your feet in unfamiliar settings.” Overcoming challenges while traveling gives you the confidence to solve unexpected problems in the office with calm.
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Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday bemoaned America’s “broken politics” in a farewell speech in which he called Washington’s failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs “our greatest unfinished business.” “Our complex problems are absolutely solvable,” Ryan said at the Library of Congress, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, where he’s…
Magnesium helps promote energy, sleep, and blood sugar and hormone balance. When you think of magnesium, what probably springs to mind are eye twitches and muscle cramps, or perhaps a high school science experiment. But this mineral is actually vital for many processes in the body. Thankfully, we can obtain magnesium through our diets, specifically […]
– Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet passed new immigration laws on Wednesday to make it easier for lower-skilled foreigners to seek work in Germany and offer rejected asylum seekers who can’t be deported a path to residency. The laws are risky for Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition […]
German cabinet approves immigration laws to ease worker shortage
Alphabet that uses technology to address global security issues. Amid all the discussion today about online threats, from censorship to surveillance to cyberwar, we often spend more time on the symptoms than on the underlying chronic conditions. If we want…
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Pete Davidson is claiming to have been ignored by his inner circle, including colleagues at Saturday Night Live, and now believes they don’t care if he lives or dies, it has been reported. According to sources cited by TMZ, Davidson, 25, is in a ‘dark place’ after posting a worrying note on Instagram on Saturday where he said he ‘did not want to be on this earth.’ The cry for help prompted a fever of concern from fans and the comedian’s famous friends and exes including his former fiancee, Ariana Grande, who rushed to his 30 Rock office to check on him after he posted it. Davidson has not been seen since he made the post and he has now deleted his In
Just days after the US accused Beijing of hacking hundreds of millions of Marriott accounts and extracting the private data of countless Americans, even as the ongoing diplomatic feud over Chinese “intermediation” in western communications via the likes of Huawei escalates, moments ago the EU unveiled that China was now also the new Wikileaks, […]
An unprecedented 45 Democrats are jockeying for the party’s nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020 — shattering the record for the number of candidates aspiring to be commander in chief. A review of potential contenders by the Washington Examiner reveals that up to 45 candidates could mount a serious bid to become leader of the free world. […]
Oil futures tumbled with a more than 7% sending benchmark U.S. crude prices to their lowest finish in nearly 16 months, as concerns over a potential global supply glut rattled the market.
Oil intensified in late-morning dealings after it was reported that Russia was increasing its output to 11.42 million barrels a day this month, said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK. “hat would be a record, if it turns out to be true.”
Intermediate crude (CLF9) (CLF9) dropped $3.64, or 7.3%, to settle at $46.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The settlement marked the lowest finish for a front-month contract since August 30, 2017, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The January futures contract expires at Wednesday’s settlement.
“Major oil producers can talk about coordinated production cuts all they want, but at the end of the day they usually pursue their own interests,” he said. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some nonmember allies agreed earlier this month to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day, but the change doesn’t go into effect until the start of the new year.
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The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 26-year-old cruise ship passenger who was filmed going overboard off the Florida coast.
The Coast Guard says its helicopters, planes, and cutters covered nearly 2,100 square miles during the 32 hours that crews searched for Thomas McElhany.
The Carnival Victory reported McElhany missing on Friday about 35 miles off Islamorada in the Florida Keys, launching the search.
Coast Guard Cmdr. David Aldous said in a statement that it is always a difficult decision to suspend a search.
The Coast Guard does not know McElhany’s hometown.
The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for Thomas McElhany, 26, (pictured) who was reported overboard early on Friday morning from the Carnival Victory cruise ship off the coast of Florida
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Business and enterprise users often work with outside partners that occasionally do not use Google Accounts. In the past, this prohibited them from working on shared Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Google is now allowing non-G Suite users to collaborate as visitors with Drive Pincode Sharing. more… The post Google Drive Pincode Sharing allows non-G…
Google Drive Pincode Sharing allows non-G Suite users to edit shared Docs, Sheets, Slides.
Two hot topics in real estate these days are the current housing affordability crisis and real estate’s investment potential — or lack of it. There’s no sugar-coating the truth. The U.S. real estate market has changed dramatically in the wake of a financial meltdown ten years ago. And today’s…
“It’s an ol’ fashioned buyers’ strike” According to CNBC Tito Bob. But it’s the worst start to December since at least 1950, Bob?! Most worryingly for the asset-gatherers and commission-takers, there is no capitulation… it’s death by a million fleshwounds… Death by a million hedge fund liquidations… * * * China opened ugly overnight but […]
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he has authorized the second round of payments from a $12 billion aid package for farmers stung by the U.S. trade war with China, but did not specify an amount. “Today I am making good on my promise to defend our […]
Oil settled below $45 a barrel in New York, more than a $5 lower than where it ended a week ago after Opec and its allies announced output cuts, as traders weighed incremental US shale growth against softer demand for 2019. Saudi Arabia’s plan to slash exports to the United States next month is shoring […]
Energy Department announced it would phase out electric vehicle subsidies for Tesla buyers at the beginning of 2019, and by 2020, those tax subsidies would completely disappear. It’s an announcement the Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service will be making more of in the […]
The main reason why the ECB quantitative easing program has failed is that it started from a wrong diagnosis of the eurozone’s problem. That the European problem was a demand and liquidity issue, not due to years of excess. The ECB had been receiving tremendous pressure from banks and governments to […]
Organizations commission in-depth research on their competitors and perceived adversaries all the time: it’s called due diligence. In fact, it could be argued that a company or non-profit is not doing their job if they don’t seek to understand deeply those who invest in them, comment on them, compliment them, and criticize them. That is simply looking for more information, motives, ulterior motives, and doing the proper due diligence that their stockholders and stakeholders would expect them to do. Good strategy would dictate that they can not be expected to fly blind in a firestorm, if they can help it.
On this level, there is absolutely nothing wrong — in some opinion as someone who has been active in creating public strategies for private and public organizations for a long time research into s after he excoriated tech companies at Davos. You know what: every good professional would, or should have, done the same thing.
Great Leaders Listen
Great leaders want and need to understand the views of their organization from the outside in — especially critical ones, or ones that have recently changed 180 degrees. We preach all the time to them — “don’t drink your own “:listen to your critics”; “understand them, be able to pivot, and create strategies to mitigate their complaints.” This is simply great strategy.
The rub comes when an organization or leader takes that information and then acts upon it in a way that is less than wholesome or admirable. And THAT is where strategies regarding get dodgy. Any time you build an external strategy to fight back criticism, unfair or not, by publicly denigrating or destroying your critic, you are getting yourself into trouble. And even if that practice is now successful in political and global circles, it doesn’t mean it will work in tech, or in the world of social media. Or should
Higher Moral Standard
Most members expect a higher moral standard from the organization they trust to hold their life data. Flaunt that expectation at your own risk.
Information is Power
Information is power, now more than ever. But you can use that power for the public good — and to help inform and elevate your strategies to new levels of effectiveness and trustworthiness. And to build the trustworthiness of your brand. Or, you can misuse that power — to target, denigrate, muddy the conversation, lower the level of compassionate discourse, and sully your brand.
So, beware of the advisors you hire in a firestorm. Some politically partisan ones, such as opposition research firm The Definers, can lead you down the low road — or they won’t challenge your instincts when you want to explore the nether regions. Other advisors will help you seek win/win public strategies that may be challenging in the short-run, but prepare you to shine in the mid- to longer-run.
Ethical dilemmas and opportunities are everywhere, and the lines between right and wrong are increasingly fuzzy. Yet, I don’t believe it has ever been more important to our public weal to insist upon the moral, ethical, and strategic high roads than now. The more others do not, the more we must do.
In an effort to understand the low road, may have taken it. And that is a stance that must be walked back thoroughly, and now. And they can do that.
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The modern buyer expects sales development reps to add value to their purchasing process, but many salespeople are ill-equipped to make it happen. With so much competition in the market and so many vendors offering similar products and services, value differentiation can be difficult to prove.
Modern buyers are awash with information and content. Even if you’ve got fantastic persuasive materials to share, prospects may not give them the time of day if you can’t first create a strong rapport and establish key relationships in the buying committee. Our new Sales Academy guide, Mastering the Relationship Element of Prospecting, will provide you with a framework for succeeding with this foundational imperative.
Sales Development Hinges on Relationship
Modern reps need to target the full buying committee from start to finish, complete research to truly understand they buyer’s situation, and engage effectively from the first point of contact to the final sale. This isn’t new. In fact, over the years, the core fundamentals of sales haven’t changed much at all. What has changed is how we leverage information and connect with prospects.
Now more than ever, your success hinges on relationships.
The closer you can get to your prospects, the better you can understand their business, challenges, and goals — and guide them down the path to purchase.
Within the latest guide, you’ll find a modern prospecting framework, ways to find an engagement path, best practices for structuring your first call, and much more.
Embrace the Modern Prospecting Framework
For sales development representatives, relationship-building is the one area over which you have the most control. You can dictate how prepared you are going into a sale and how comfortable you are with your prospect’s business. Use this to your advantage.
As outlined in our new Sales Academy resource, the Modern Prospecting Framework consists of four steps:
- Build Relationships
We’ll break down each to help you make the most of the prospecting process.
Understand the Psychology of Sales
Your ultimate goal as a sales professional is to connect. But if you can’t find a way to connect with a prospect’s emotional side, there’s a good chance they won’t hear you out.
You can learn more about what makes your prospect tick just by looking at their. Appeal to their emotions by starting a conversation around personal interests, school pride, or current events. Then, engage the logical side of their brain with insights, data, and rankings.
Mastering the relationship element of prospecting begins with meaningful connections. Within the guide, we break down ways to help you become more genuine in your interactions, while determining just how personalized you should get and how to tailor your approach with executives.
Structure Your First Call for Success
Like any first impression, your first call with a prospect is of the utmost importance. Before diving in, conduct research on the buyer, their company, their industry, and the market conditions.
Must have recommend following an effective call framework, listening intently to unearth your prospect’s true need, and keeping your discovery goals in mind. You’ll find it all laid out in the guide.
Make Lasting Relationships the Secret to Your Success
In today’s increasingly connected world, prospects don’t just want to be sold to; they want to get to know you and develop confidence in you. When modern decision makers know, like, and trust you, they’ll feel more comfortable building a long-term relationship with your brand.
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Lessons from the U.S. rise to be the world’s largest oil producer. U.S. crude production has surged 20% in a year and nearly tripled in a decade thanks to advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. . By The Editorial Board The Wall Street Journal Dec. 14, 2018 6:56 p.m. ET . An oil pump […]
Petroleum Philippines Inc. returned to the track as the price rollback initiator effective 6:00 am on Saturday (December 15); along with another independent player Seaoil Philippines.
As has always been the routine on price adjustments, the other industry players follow the lead of their competitors – thus, the other oil companies are anticipated to also roll back their prices on or before Tuesday (December 18).
Prior to this week’s adjustment, the average prices of gasoline in Metro Manila had been at P41.70 to P56 per liter, according to the monitoring of the Department of Energy.
For diesel, prices had been at P36.45 to P43.83 per liter; while the cost of kerosene had been averaging at P41.57 to P51.65 per liter.
The energy department attributed price swings in the recent decision of oil producers to impose production cutback, hence, the rally in prices in the first week of December.
In last week’s trading, however, global prices reverted to the softer pace, hence, the price rollbacks that the local oil companies will be implementing from this weekend through the coming days.
Filipino consumers enjoyed rollbacks of straight two months in October and November, but volatility will be “a bit of a game” in the world market this December, as assessed by market watchers and industry analysts.
The unremitting fluctuation of the Philippine currency versus the US dollar will also continually contribute to the cost movements of petroleum products on the domestic scene.
The recent crash in oil prices has been posing new worries to oil producers on recovery of investment returns, but for importing countries like the Philippines, this will stir up temporary good news to its customers.
The economy is becoming more open to supporting online shopping in the Philippines, according to the latest study from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).
In the Unctad’s B2C (business to consumer) E-commerce Index 2018, the Philippines saw a four-notch increase in its ranking to 92nd from 96th, out of 151 economies.
However, the country continued to trail behind its Asean-5 counterparts, such as Singapore, which ranked second overall; Malaysia, 34th; Thailand, 43rd; Vietnam, 69th; and Indonesia, 90th.
“A competitive B2C E-commerce ecosystem, as reflected by the index, appears to be enticing foreign investment. Several of the top 10 developing countries in the index saw inflows of foreign direct investment into their e-commerce sectors in 2017, amounting to at least $1.7 billion. Venture capital is also attracted to favorable e-commerce environments,” the report stated.
The index has four indicators namely: account ownership at a financial institution or with a mobile money service provider; the percentage of the population using the Internet; results of the postal reliability index; and secure Internet servers.
The data showed the share of the population using the Internet was at 56 percent of the Philippines population, while the share of individuals with an account was 35 percent.
In terms of secure Internet servers, data measured the percentage of secure servers at 44 percent while postal reliability in the country is at 45 percent.
This placed the country’s index value to 45.1, representing a change of 4.9 from the 2017 value of 40.
Of the nine Asean member countries included in the index, the Philippines and the other Asean-5 countries all posted improvements in their rankings.
Singapore improved 16 notches, while Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam climbed five notches. Indonesia boosted its rankings by 11 notches.
Other Asean countries in the index saw declines in rankings such as Lao PDR which is ranked 98th, down six notches from 92nd; Cambodia ranked 118th, down three notches from 115th; and Myanmar, 125th down two notches from 123rd overall.
“According to Netcraft, the company that carried out the survey, there was a sharp rise for some countries due to drives from browser vendors for increased security and the availability of free, easy-to-use certificates. Postal reliability scores fluctuated significantly in 2017 as postal operators adjusted to growing parcel volumes from increased online shopping,” Unctad said.
The top 10 countries in the index were led by The Netherlands at first place followed by Singapore, second; Switzerland, third; United Kingdom, fourth; and Norway, fifth.
The list includes Iceland at sixth overall followed by Ireland at seventh; Sweden, eighth; New Zealand, ninth; and Denmark, 10th.
Further, the report stated that Asian countries are leading the list of top 10 developing countries in the index.
Data showed that the top developing countries are led by Singapore at second overall; Hong Kong China, 15th; Republic of Korea, 21st; United Arab Emirates, 33rd; and Malaysia, 34th.
The report also included Thailand at 43rd followed by Turkey at 47th; Iran at 49th; Chile, 50th; and Saudi Arabia at 52nd overall.
The 2018 Unctad B2C E-commerce Index, which measures an economy’s preparedness to support online shopping, has expanded its coverage to include 151 economies, up seven from the 2018 edition.
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You’ve probably heard that cold weather can cause your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to rise, increasing your risk of a heart attack. But that’s not all, now, a new study has associated winter holidays with a higher rate of heart attacks, with Christmas Eve being the riskiest day of the holiday season. The researchers from Lung University said that the risk of having a heart attack was 37 per cent high around 10 p.m. on Christmas eve.
The study, which analyzed 16 years of data , found that people above 75 and those with existing conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, have the highest risk. Stressing the need for the society to raise awareness of this vulnerable group over the Christmas period, the study looked at whether time factors could trigger a heart attack.
Neck pain? Symptoms women don’t realise they’re having a heart attack
According to the study, the chances of having a heart attack was also higher during New Years, holidays. Compared with the control period, Christmas and midsummer holidays had a 15 per cent and 12 per cent higher risk of heart attack respectively. But the Easter holiday and sporting events were not, said the study published in the medical journal.
Apart from overindulgence in unhealthy food and beverages, emotional stress, and exhaustion during the holiday season have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. However, the authors concluded that no firm conclusions can be drawn about the cause and effect since it is an observational study.
Heart attack prevention starts by making healthier, smart lifestyle choices. Here are a few things you can do to prevent or reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Eat a heart-healthy diet that is loaded with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like fresh tuna or herring, etc. Adding a variety of nutrient-dense foods to your diet is a good way to ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
Cut back on salt, saturated fats, sweets, and red meats. Try to avoid trans fats and food high in hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated ingredients. Also, avoid or take alcohol in moderation if you drink.
Avoid or quit smoking, which is a major risk factor for heart attacks.
Stay physically active by including exercise in your daily routine – this will keep your heart and blood vessels in good condition by lowering your blood pressure. According to NHS, low-impact activities such as walking, swimming and cycling are good options to boost your heart health. Being physically active will also help you either maintain or lose weight.
Ensure that the levels of your blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar are under control. These conditions can be managed by losing weight (if you’re overweight), modifying your diet and taking medication, or doing a combination of these things.
Stay safe this holiday season!
Global growth for next year is expected to be slower due to the projected anemic performance of economic powerhouses United States and China, but the Philippines is expected to buck this trend, according to an international credit watcher.
In S&P Global Ratings’s latest assessment on the regional and worldwide economic growth, the ratings agency said a global slowdown is “a healthy necessity” for 2019.
“In broad terms, we see the slowing of global growth as both necessary and healthy. We expect the process to be reasonably orderly, with recent bouts of market turbulence a reminder that slowdowns are not always smooth,” S&P said.
“It need not be the case that winter is coming, but the global synchronized upturn of 2017 has clearly passed, and we are entering the autumn of the long expansion that followed the global financial crisis,” it added.
The credit watcher expects global growth in 2019 to average 3.6 percent, slower than the projected 3.8 percent this year.
The risk to this forecast is also on the downside, as the escalation of a US-China trade war is likely to have repercussions for global trade and consumer demand.
Closer to home, S&P also expects growth in Asia Pacific next year to be slower at 5.3 percent, from the projected 5.4 percent this year.
Southeast Asian economies, according to S&P, may see flat growth at 5 percent in 2019.
“While favorable demographics continue to support domestic demand in these economies, third-quarter GDP numbers were on the weaker side due to reduced external demand,” S&P said of Asean growth, taking further note of slower trade growth as well as weaker consumption and investment activity in some economies.
Despite the regional and economic slowdown, the Philippine economy is seen to buck the trend, as forecasts from S&P showed that the country is expected to see stronger growth numbers for 2019 compared to this year.
In particular, S&P said the GDP growth of the Philippines may hit 6.4 percent in 2019, higher than the projected 6.2 percent for 2018.
Forecasts from the credit watcher also indicated that the country’s economic growth will continue to accelerate and may reach 6.6 percent in 2020 and 2021.
Inflation for next year may reach 4 percent, which is within the target range of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
“The Philippines saw rapid pass-through of oil prices and a weaker currency to inflation, adding to tax effects and weather events, which led to a one-off jump in prices of a number of items,” S&P said.
The credit watcher, however, warned of pressures that may persist in the local economy, especially now that its current account position is in the red.
“We believe the risk of further capital outflows, depreciation pressures and rising interest rates remain for economies with current account deficits in 2019. The risks appear to have eased somewhat recently, due to dovish Fed comments and lower oil prices, but our interest rate and oil price forecasts suggest that risks have not fully dissipated,” S&P said.
“As such, we will also be watching the potential for policy space in India, Indonesia and the Philippines to deteriorate further, especially if this coincides with renewed oil price increases,” it added.
The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles. Via the filing: In connection with…
The International Monetary Fund is forecasting respectable global growth of 3.7 percent next year but the world’s two largest economies — the United States and China — are starting to cool.
“The mood is that of uncertainty and the impact in China, in particular, is beginning to be noticed,” Minnesota-based MedSource Labs CEO Todd Fagley told AFP.
“We have been told by some local Chinese manufacturers that it ‘feels’ like they’re entering a slowdown and that they are being hurt already due to higher export costs and overcapacity.”
Signs the US expansion may have peaked shook global stock markets in recent weeks and Wall Street’s main indices have erased all the gains posted this year.
The US recovery will soon become the longest in recorded history but the boost provided from last year’s tax cuts is dwindling. Rising interest rates and a shortage of workers are crimping the housing market.
At the same time, the trade conflict threatens to undercut growth, hamper investment and spur US inflation.
“Growth momentum likely peaked in the second quarter,” S&P Global Ratings economists said. But the United States is “more likely to see a slowdown than a contraction in the near term.”
And amid the uncertainty, worries that had been bubbling in the background, drowned out by the overwhelming good news, are now rising to the surface: the surge of borrowing by heavily indebted companies, the huge weight of US student loan debt and the impact of rising interest rates on home buying.
Meanwhile, Europe faces political and economic upheaval and Japan remains in a long-term funk.
Irresistible force, immovable object
The central danger to the global outlook is the US trade conflict with China, due to the potential to spill over to the rest of the world.
The dispute threatens to derail, halt or shift hundreds of billions of dollars in global trade but Trump also is threatening tariffs on auto imports.
Steep US tariffs on steel and aluminum already have hit the bottom line of American manufacturers.
The IMF warns a continued escalation of the tariff threats could cut 0.8 percentage points off global growth.
“It’s vitally important because trade is a major engine for growth,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a recent television appearance.
While many officials and executives agree with the Trump administration’s complaints about China’s trade policies — notably forced technology transfer — they worry about his aggressive strategy.
And businesses, farmers and ranchers already are feeling the pain.
“Our concern is the cure is worse than the disease,” Jake Jacob a vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council, told AFP. “Tariffs are already having a negative effect on the real economy.”
And the shape of any deal Washington and Beijing could agree on is unclear.
William Reinsch, a trade expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, described the negotiations as the “irresistible force and the immovable object.”
“We’re either going to have to scale back our goals or maybe the Chinese will have some kind of epiphany and suddenly decide to do what their economists have been telling them a long time,” he said in a recent podcast.
Brexit and other bad news
Lagarde has said she sees no sign of a US recession in the near term. But neither does the IMF expect breakout expansion in other regions to offset a next year’s expected US slowdown from 2.9 percent growth to 2.5 percent.
Growth in China’s economy is expected slow by a half point next year while India should hold steady.
But Britain, which still has not recovered from the financial crisis, will see growth of just 1.5 percent, while the specter of a disorderly Brexit “would have a large negative impact on growth.”
Crashing out of the EU could cut output by five to eight percent in the long run and even a more benign exit would lower the economy’s potential by 2.5 to four percent, the IMF estimates.
Meanwhile, France is in the throes of mass demonstrations, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to beat a hasty retreat, blowing a hole in the budget in the process. And Italy has clashed with the EU over its big-spending budget.
As announced earlier this year, all apps using certain Facebook Platform APIs need to go through a comprehensive review process. As part of this review, developers need to verify the business associated with their app by connecting to a Business Manager account and providing business details and documentation.
However, we’ve heard from many developers who aren’t associated with a business and want to build on the Facebook platform. To support these developers, we’re releasing an individual verification process that enables them to complete the app review process and continue using Facebook Platform APIs.
Individual verification grants developers full or limited access to the features below:
Facebook Login — You can request approval for all extended login permissions except user_posts or user_tagged_places
Pages — Page Public Content Access is not available, and end users can access only up to three pages using your app.
After you submit your app for review and it has successfully passed the review process, you’ll receive a request for further verification where you can select verify as an individual.
You’ll then upload an approved verification document, which includes (but is not limited to) a passport, government-issued photo ID and drivers license. We will then review the document and send you an email letting you know if the document is approved or not. Please note that your privacy is very important to us and documents will only be used to verify you as an individual and will never be posted publicly.
Once the document is approved and the contract is signed, the app review submission is done and you will have access to certain Facebook Platform APIs.