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10 Motivational Quotes by Female Leaders in STEM

1. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
– Ginni Rometty, CEO and Chairwomen of IBM

2. “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.”
– Mae Jemison, physicist and astronaut

3. “Dreams do come true, but not without the help of others, a good education, a strong work ethic, and the courage to lean in.”
– Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox

4. “I would like to be remembered as someone who was not afraid to do what she wanted to do, and as someone who took risks along the way in order to achieve her goals.”
– Sally Ride, physicist and NASA pioneer

5. “At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.”
– Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

6. “If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.”
– Barbara McClintock, cytogeneticist and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine winner

7. “You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.”
– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

8. “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
– Marie Curie, radioactivity researcher and Nobel Prize record-setter

9. “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”
– Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

10. “I believe that fortitude is key. More than anything, be consistent. Go at it. Go at it. Go at it. When you succeed, don’t forget the responsibility of making someone else succeed with you.”
– Antonia Novello, Former U.S. Surgeon General

Sources: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-quotes-from-inspirational-women-stem-sam-kamyar-md/, https://www.bustle.com/articles/141181-11-empowering-quotes-by-women-scientists-because-its-important-to-celebrate-the-pioneers, https://educationaladvancement.org/ten-inspiring-quotes-women-stem/

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Global Stock Markets Fall for Third Consecutive Day – 6 Points

1. Today, September 3rd, marks the third day in a row that world stocks are slipping, due in part to the ongoing trade war between world powers.

2. This past weekend, President Trump said there was no need to keep Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and warned Congress to stay out of it.

3. Worries are being raised about U.S. tensions with China, and last week, it was reported that Trump told his aides he was ready to impose an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports. As a reminder, this would be in addition to the $50 billion worth of tariffs already in place against China’s exports.

4. Chief market analyst at CMC Markets, Michael Hewson, says on the matter, “As we head into a new week and month, trade concerns will remain front and center of investors’ minds, along with increasing concerns about stability in emerging markets, after the sharp declines seen in Argentina and Turkey’s currency last week.”

5. Reports show that manufacturing activity has slumped in August, which shows that the ongoing global trade war is impacting global growth. Factories across Europe, Asia and the U.S. are all feeling the pinch.

6. Another contributing factor to the drop in global stocks is the dropping in value of major currencies across the world.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets/world-stocks-slip-for-third-day-as-trade-emerging-market-worries-bite-idUSKCN1LJ02P

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President Obama: Best or Worst Ever? – 7 Quotes

1. “The single undeniable aspect of Obama’s legacy is that he demonstrated that a black man can become president of the United States. This accomplishment will inform the first line in his obituary and will earn him assured mention in every American history textbook written from now to eternity. For all else, it’s too soon to tell.
– H.W. Brands, History professor at the University of Texas at Austin

2. “In the near term, he brought stability to the economy, to the job market, to the housing market, to the auto industry and to the banks. That’s what he’s handing over: an economy that is in far better form than it was when he took over. And you can say he’ll be remembered for his dignity, grace, and the lack of scandal. And then the question is in the longer term what have you left for the future that will be remembered by historians years from now… People will see enormous progress in the lives of gay people… In terms of foreign policy, he ended combat in Iraq and Afghanistan… And I suspect one of the signature international agreements was the climate change agreement in Paris, which would be a marker perhaps of the first time the world really took action together to slow climate change.”
– Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential historian and author of bestselling biographies

3. “It remains tempting to paint Barack Obama’s election as a step toward healing the nation’s great wound of racism… It didn’t happen. Obama’s election ironically had the opposite effect. The President’s opponents questioned his legitimacy from the beginning… Was Obama then a failure? No. American public culture has failed. We were not ready for a black president… But historians eventually will also calculate the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, look back on the results of the opening to Cuba, appreciate his admittedly belated environmental activism, and notice that his Administration was virtually scandal free. Top eight. Eventually.”
– James Grossman, Executive director of the American Historical Association

4. “Presidential legacies can be complicated and nuanced, yet simple when it comes to the basics: Win two terms in office, get big things done on your policy agenda, and keep your party in power. Barack Obama accomplished the first… Obama’s strategy on the campaign trail brought together a diverse coalition of voters that suggested a dramatic shift in public policy priorities. Yet, the Democratic dominance was short-lived. As Obama leaves office, the Republican Party is stronger than it has been since 1928 and will control the White House, both houses of Congress, a large majority of governorships and state legislative houses… Unfortunately, Obama’s personal popularity could not transform the hyper-partisan environment that dominates so much of our political process.”
– Lori Cox Han, Political science professor at Chapman University

5. “Barack Obama became President after years of attritional warfare, and in the midst of a financial crisis that posed systematic risks to the U.S. and world economy. In the face of these obstacles, he avoided scandal, faced down right-wring brinksmanship, refused to debase common political discourse and achieved a measure of success in areas of foreign and domestic policy, including economic recovery, the Iran nuclear deal and the expansion of health insurance provision. The significance of Obama’s standing as the nation’s first black chief executive should never be dismissed. Though racial inequality and racist animus persists, Obama’s success signals longer-term normative and generational shifts favorable to displacing the long historical precedence of white racial nationalism in American life. But, with respect to other pressing issues – reducing widening economic equality, moving beyond overly militarized approaches to foreign policy and confronting the ecological damage of climate change – Obama made only marginal, even negligible gains, and did not achieve the progressive, political breakthrough he promised.”
– Nikhil Pal Singh, Associate Professor in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University

6. “Obama received a failing economy and was able to turn it around. That’s no small feat… Working around the clock with Congress, Obama was able to forge a bipartisan deal that brought the economy back from the brink. The private sector has added jobs for 73 consecutive months – some 14.4 million new jobs in all – the longest period of sustained job growth on record… Now, stocks are at an all-time high and while imperfect, the economy is humming again… Obamacare helped the most vulnerable Americans get access to healthcare… Obamacare has hit some snags with rising premiums and doctor choice. But the bottom line is more people have insurance and are getting the care they need.”
– The Tylt

7. “Yet Obama’s presidency is in other respects a tragedy – and especially when it comes to foreign policy. It is a tragedy because Obama had the opportunity to refashion America’s role in the world, and at times he seemed to want to do just that. The crisis of 2008-2009 was the ideal moment to abandon the failed strategy of liberal hegemony that the United States had been pursuing since the end of the Cold War, but in the end Obama never broke with that familiar but failed approach. The result was a legacy of foreign policy missteps that helped propel Donald Trump into the White House. His critics on the left say he did not change enough… Like Bill Clinton, Obama tried to address a vast array of global problems as cheaply as possible (and without ‘boots on the ground’), but he never told the American people what their vital interests actually were… Critics on the right say Obama fundamentally misunderstood international politics and world leaders. He was weak against Putin and made critical missteps… His critics see Obamacare as one of his biggest failures. They point out that premiums have skyrocketed for Americans. Hence – critics argue that Obamacare is distorting the healthcare market.”
– The Tylt

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Twitter Defends Controversial Lack of Action Against Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones – 4 Points

1. Several technology companies and streaming services have separated themselves from Alex Jones and his talk shows by curtailing his online reach using their platforms due to allegations of hate speech. Twitter, however, has made itself an outlier. Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter, tweeted that Twitter has not suspended any of its accounts associated with Jones simply because he has not violated the company’s policies. He wrote, “We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”

2. Dorsey’s announcement drew immediate criticism and heated the debate over the responsibility of Twitter and tech firms to regulate the flow of information and hate speech while remaining neutral platforms.

3. Companies such as Facebook and Apple have announced that harassment and hate speech from Alex Jones are reasons enough for them to delete years of content from Jones. Jones responded to The Washington Post that he believes the First Amendment is in danger. Apple erased all of Jones’s podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps last Sunday, Facebook blocked some of Jones’s pages on Monday, and YouTube deleted Jones’s Infowars page. Spotify had already removed some of Jones’s podcasts last week.

4. This decision made by Twitter is coming at a time when the company is imposing new rules against hateful conduct and abusive behavior on its platform, as well as taking action against fake accounts, but it is also facing plenty of criticism from conservatives who accused the company of censoring right-learning figures. It seems as though the company is struggling to satisfy both crowds of people who want more filtering versus less filtering.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/08/twitter-defends-not-suspending-alex-jones-saying-it-wont-succumb-and-simply-react-to-outside-pressure/?utm_term=.645c0dc9d9e7

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China Delivers the Next Hit of the Trade War – 5 Things to Know

1. President Donald Trump began announcing new tariffs on imports back in January as an attempt to negotiate with other nations “fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.” The first tariffs were placed in March, China responded in April, and so far, $37 billion worth of imports into both China and the U.S. have been officially affected.

2. China has just announced that it will begin imposing 25% tariffs on another $16 billion worth of U.S. imports. These U.S. goods will include coal, oil, chemicals and medical equipment, of which China is a huge customer.

3. This is a counter-move by China, taking effect on August 23, immediately after the tariffs imposed by the U.S. on the equivalent worth of Chinese imports.

4. The U.S. is now considering further import duties on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, possibly taking effect this September. China has threatened to impose additional tariffs on yet another $60 billion worth of American goods. Thus, we have a classic tit-for-tat trade war.

5. President Trump is engaged in trade wars with several other nations as well, including Canada and Mexico, imposing tariffs on goods such as steel, aluminum, washing machines and solar panels.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45113866

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SeaWorld Making a Possible Turnaround – 5 Points

1. SeaWorld has recently had a tough go. After the release of documentary “Blackfish” that aired the story of an orca that killed people and accredited this violent behavior to the confinement conditions at SeaWorld, the company has been struggling. Attendance slipped and sales slumped, and former CEO Joel Manby resigned, defeated. However, there may be a comeback in the midst.

2. The owner of SeaWorld has reported that the theme park has seen a 5% increase in visitors during the second quarter. Attendance saw a big rise (15%) in the previous quarter as well. The expectation for this quarter’s sales and attendance were exceeded and SeaWorld’s stock is up over 80% this year.

3. CEO John Reilly has said that new rides at the park, annual passes offered at discounted prices, and a new marketing strategy focused on animal rescue efforts are all to thank for the improved results this quarter.

4. Animal rights group PETA has also given SeaWorld scrutiny over the years. SeaWorld announced in 2016 that it would make the changes to quit breeding orcas in captivity and to end its orca shows in San Diego (but continue the shows elsewhere). PETA is not satisfied, and it owns a stake of 339 shares of SeaWorld in hopes of urging other investors to put pressure on the company as well for bigger and better changes. “This financial fluke is a one-off unless the company not only continues to shift its focus to non-animal attractions, but also ends animal acts,” says PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman.

5. Despite all of the financial success in this quarter, SeaWorld stock is still down more than 35% since its initial public offering in 2013.

Sources: https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/06/investing/seaworld-attendance-earnings/index.html?iid=SF_LN, https://money.cnn.com/2018/05/08/investing/seaworld-attendance-earnings-stock-blackfish/index.html?iid=EL, https://money.cnn.com/2018/02/27/news/companies/seaworld-ceo-joel-manby-steps-down/index.html?iid=EL

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Top 10 U.S. Cities with Fastest Growing and Shrinking Incomes

Growing:
1. Jacksonville, North Carolina: 6.5% per capita income growth
2. Yuma, Arizona: 5.0% per capita income growth
3. Muncie, Indiana: 4.8% per capita income growth
4. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: 4.5% per capita income growth
5. Morristown, Tennessee: 4.1% per capita income growth
6. Bloomington, Indiana: 3.8% per capita income growth
7. Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana: 3.8% per capita income growth
8. Bay City, Michigan: 3.7% per capita income growth
9. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana: 3.7% per capita income growth
10. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii: 3.6% per capita income growth

Shrinking:
1. Midland, Texas: -8.8% per capita income growth
2. Lafayette, Louisiana: -7.9% per capita income growth
3. Tulsa, Oklahoma: -7.8% per capita income growth
4. Odessa, Texas: -6.8% per capita income growth
5. Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana: -6.4% per capita income growth
6. Midland, Michigan: -6.4% per capita income growth
7. Casper, Wyoming: -5.3% per capita income growth
8. Victoria, Texas: -5.2% per capita income growth
9. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: -5.1% per capita income growth
10. Anchorage, Alaska: -3.9% per capita income growth

Sources: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/08/07/us-cities-where-incomes-shrinking-fastest/37263283/, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/08/07/us-cities-where-incomes-growing-fastest/37263277/

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Elon Musk Considers Taking Tesla Private – 5 Points

1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this afternoon, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Questions have been raised about the legitimacy of this tweet, however, given Musk’s occasionally irrational tweeting history, and about whether this tweet was even from Musk himself.

2. Fifteen minutes after this was tweeted, Tesla shares were up 6% to $362.54.

3. Musk has repeatedly expressed in the past his frustration over public trading on the company’s stock, including investors who bet against the stock of his company, but CFRA research stock analyst Efraim Levy has said about the tweet, “If true this would be an incredible and surprising development.”

4. The tweet was posted shortly after a Financial Times report that the investment branch of Saudi Arabia has acquired a 3%-5% stake in Tesla. Tesla declined to comment on the Saudi Arabia post.

5. After Musk’s tweet, Tesla representatives were not immediately available to comment, but within an hour, Musk tweeted in response to one person’s question regarding if Musk would retain control over Tesla, “I don’t have a controlling vote now & wouldn’t expect any shareholder to have one if we go private. I won’t be selling in either scenario.” Musk has a nearly $12 billion stake in Tesla and owns about 20% of the company.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/08/07/tesla-ceo-elon-musk/924308002/

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Ola Grows as a Big-Time Rival of Uber – 6 Points

1. Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola is an Indian ride-hailing company that is expanding across the globe. The young firm already boasts its customer base of 125 million and its presence in 110 cities in two countries. It will be growing into South Wales and Greater Manchester within the next month, making the UK its third country, and it plans to expand nationwide by the end of 2018.

2. Uber was founded two years prior to Ola in 2009, and has 3 million employed drivers operating in 600 cities in 65 countries around the world. The two firms have already been competing in India, but Ola’s upcoming expansion into the UK poses a serious challenge to Uber, the current market-leading app for ride-hailing.

3. The largest difference between Ola and Uber is that Ola offers its customers a choice between a private hire vehicle or a black cab.

4. Uber has faced plenty of challenges over whether it is actually an employer or just an app, how much it regulates its drivers, and how much responsibility it should be taking over passenger safety. It has recently had to fight to keep its license for operation in London and has even been banned from several cities.

5. Still, Ola has had some struggles trying to keep up with almighty Uber. Last year, Ola lost approximately $700 million despite a big hike in revenues, due to its excessive marketing in an attempt to be more competitive in the ride-sharing industry.

6. Ola plans to set itself apart from other taxi-hailing firms by stressing its concern for passenger safety and its eagerness to engage with policymakers and regulators. Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, says, “Ola says that it is committed to raising safety standards in the UK’s private hire industry from the get go, unlike Uber.”

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45095091

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10 Quotes to Motivate Your Employees to Work Hard

  1. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

– Aristotle

 

  1. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

– Colin Powell

 

  1. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

– Lou Holtz

 

  1. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”

– H. Jackson Browne

 

  1. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

– Will Rogers

 

  1. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

 

  1. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

– Marissa Mayer

 

  1. “We must all learn not only to fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it.”

– Tony Hsieh

 

  1. “You can have all the potential in the world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing.”

– Tyra Banks

 

  1. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”

– Phil Jackson