Anyone who watches network TV has seen the commercials for Progressive car insurance that feature a helpful Progressive representative named “Flo.” Recently, the actress that plays Flo, Stephanie Courtney, explained to Heather Wood Rudulph for Cosmopolitan how a decade of hard work resulted in her acquiring the role.
When Courtney started out, she was mostly in small TV show and theater production roles stated recent article featuring Brad Reifler
. She worked odd jobs to pay the bills while living with two cousins in New York City. She credits her success with auditioning a lot for roles and using every experience as a teaching moment. In 1996, she turned away from acting somewhat and focused on comedy stand up performances and she was eventually discovered and approached by a Los Angeles talent agency.
After moving to L.A., she made money with commercial work and continued auditioning a lot. By 2006, she had problems paying the bills even as she was getting roles in critically acclaimed TV shows like Mad Men. Because commercials paid well, she kept auditioning and booking them until she auditioned for a large Progressive commercial project in 2007 that turned out to be the role of Flo.
As Courtney pointed out to Rudulph, there were a lot of roles that she wanted but didn’t get. She considers herself a late bloomer, but noted that she can safely say that she has a fantastic life now as a result.
Last week, a California spokesperson for the oil drilling and gas fracking producers stated that their water usage only impacts 514 households per year. Yet, a report early Monday, April 6, shows that one million rural Californians currently don’t have access to clean, safe water for drinking, washing dishes or bathing as their tap water has too many contaminants like arsenic. While one million Californians pay approximately $5 a week, if not more in some areas, for bottled water outside of required tap water utility bills and taxes, the oil and gas producers falsely claim their impact is negligible.
If the clean water lost to oil and gas extraction was combined with the water lost to hundreds of other companies that are also extracting millions of gallons a year for a wide variety of industrial and commercial uses, such as retail sale and maintenance of lawns, golf courses, sidewalks, et cetera, there would be more than enough affordable, clean water for those one million people. Jaime Garcia Dias agrees that it really doesn’t make sense that business owners in California can’t seem to do basic math.
What does “basic math” mean?
It means having an elementary student’s ability to see that their water usage is having a significant impact on California’s water supply. Yes, climate change does exist and normal weather pattern changes do happen. But, business water usage is destroying groundwater supplies in California.
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Biotechnology is responsible for many innovations and cures for the use of the public. However, the business aspect of this industry is often overlooked which allows poor decisions to pervade the plans of many investors.
The biotech industry has gained more advanced companies other than older biotech companies such as Genentech and Amgen. These companies are rooted in the less explored but highly promising areas of biotechnology while still competing in the more commonly studied fields of the industry. Since 1983 the biotech industries have made many improvements in many less studied areas including cancer. The biotech industry has also seen the slow emergence of other fields including neuroscience. Scientists in these fields have been working to develop more effective ways of studying these dynamics and recording relevant data.
Despite these advancements the FDA still faces budgeting issues which many scientists believe impedes scientific progression. This information was reported recently in the wall street journal along with the news of several biotech companies changing their bases of operation. Experts have explained that these types of companies thrive in environments such as cities due to the higher rates of both company recruitment and support.
A few months ago I did a profile on biotech entrepreneur Mark Ahn. The twenty year veteran known for being a entrepreneur,executive, and consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry. Along with his colleagues, Mark Ahn recently gave his own advice on why many budding biotech startup strategies seem to fail. Mark Ahn explained that many investors fail by investing either in the wrong product too early or the wrong company producing the product. However, Ahn explains that investing in high level research teams can assist in selecting the right products to invest in.
The biopharmaceutical industry is highly regulated and usually new products require extensively consistent funding from outside companies. This means that the companies involved can have a large degree of control over the outcome of these product’s success. the companies you that you choose to invest with can negatively or positively impact your rate of return. Investing in several small productions during their beginning phase usually becomes the most pragmatic solution. Ahn also warns against allowing current industry trends to distract from individual long term business goals. Promising innovations along with promises of success have lead many investors off their respective financial paths. Mark Ahn stresses the importance of having a solid long term plan and proper support to find success in the biotechnology industry.
If circumstances permit, leave the car in the garage and hop on the train to get to and from work. Your body, mind and soul will thank you for it, not to mention the thousands of drivers on the freeway who will be glad to have one less commuter in their way. Commuting over 10 miles each day takes a toll on your physical and mental health say researchers. Anxiety flourishes, along with blood sugar levels and cholesterol increasing, all from doing something you most likely don’t enjoy anyway.
Adam Martin from the University of East Anglia in the UK got together with CEDAR, the Centre for Diet and Activity, and examined data from nearly 18,000 commuters taken over a period of 18 years. Martin says the research shows that a person’s psychological well-being is adversely affected by commuting by car, and that “correspondingly, people feel better when they have a longer walk to work.” Those who traveled to and from work via public transportation reported feeling more mentally satisfied and happier.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure why taking the subway, train or bus left commuters more mentally content, but speculation leans toward the ability to take care of personal details during that time and to prepare themselves mentally for the day ahead of them being the key. In an interview, eMobile reported with Business Insider, Martin said, “The most surprising finding was that public transportation use improved well-being.”
While the daily commute is a fact of life for the majority of people, how you do it can affect your health and happiness. Most of us concentrate on our physical health, be sure to work on your mental health as well. Check into public transportation in your area, and be happy.
Dorchester Collection is an incomparable extravagant collation of hotels with locations in the United States and Europe. Embodying 8 luxury resorts across the Atlantic and 2 off the Pacific, each has been given the opportunity to exhibit their own unique individuality in accordance to their cultivation. Dorchester Collection’s goal in this day and age is to cultivate an infallible assembly of hotels by way of exclusive luxury and hospitality. Its multicultural diversity represents a momentous contribution to our community making it crucial to Dorchester Collection. There is a lot of dignity and appreciation for the various lifestyles each location has to offer. Dorchester Collection’s management teams and staff members find their employment with the company very influential in stimulating the deliverance of the topmost experience possible for their guests.
“Dorchester Collection wins Investors in People ‘Company of the Year’ at the Employee Engagement Awards”
This bestowal was exhibited at the Employee Engagement Awards which transpired on January 28, 2015. The Employee Engagement Awards honor the finest businesses in the UK and Ireland. It denotes the companies who go the extra mile to develop an alluring atmosphere designating their staff the soul of the establishment. The Investors in People “Company of the Year” Award celebrates Dorchester Collection’s competence to ascertain that their grand design for Employee Engagement works.
Dorchester Collection is looking to add 15 new establishments and recapture residence in New York. These hotels are very fashionable with famous people, royalty, and business tycoons. By administering their exceptional know-how in possessing and conducting a few of the world’s most distinctive hotels, Dorchester Collection’s plan is to enhance themselves into the topmost hotel management company globally. Dorchester Collection has developed into superstars in their own right by demonstrating the finest and notorious exposure of first-rate accommodations, charisma, exquisiteness, and courtesy.
The world of investing spans nearly every single country on the planet. Capital seeks to look for the highest return possible at all times. Those with capital also seek to reduce risks of all kinds in order to prevent the potential for loss. Many investors also want to be able to reduce their tax liabilities as well. In this way, capitalists seek to maximize profits and look for opportunities to ensure against any risks of any kinds. Many capitalists also look for investment opportunities around the globe. An effective investor will seek to find as many investments as they can that are proven to be safe and reliable as well as offer a good rate of return.
Many investors consider investing both in the United States as well in places abroad. Capital markets around the world are open to investment from natives as well as foreigners who wish to invest in stocks there. International capital is widely sought after as countries seek to expand their business capacity and ability to attract funding of various projects from investors who can help the country expand and grow even further. Savvy investment professionals can help investors find new markets in such places and help natives grow their local economies at the same time.
One such investment professional is Igor Cornelsen. Cornelsen has spend decades mastering the various intricacies of the South American banking market. During this time, he has developed a full comprehension of the various aspects of markets in this region. In particular, he has spent years studying the Brazilian banking markets. This Brazilian native has been able to successfully harness his knowledge of this region to help his investors work with him to build a thriving business that specializes in providing people with access to all kinds of capital opportunities in this area.
Cornelsen has been able to use his decades of work in this area to provide a growing fortune for himself as well. This has allowed to spend time both in his native land as well as time in the United States. He home base in Boca Raton, Florida has been where he spends about half the year, working with investors in the United States as well as those from other places who want to be able to diversify and enter the Brazilian capital markets with confidence and as much knowledge as they can possibly have on hand then.
Two Brigham Young University Psychologists have published a study that concludes loneliness can lead to early death. The researchers believe that living alone can negatively affect health as much as smoking. Their research is significant since more people are living alone now than ever before in human history. The researchers compare loneliness to obesity as a public health concern.
The researchers say that loneliness is destructive to health whether the individual is alone by choice or circumstance. Furthermore, Marc Sparks suggests they believe that the Internet – while making it possible for people to communicate in new ways – contributes to social isolation. Humans need face to face contact with other humans to remain healthy. The researchers do note, however, that sending positive text messages to a significant other elevates mood and health.
There’s a lot of food for thought in this study. Humans are social animals. We evolved living and working together in small groups, and that is the healthiest living arrangement for us. A thousand years ago, a person living alone wouldn’t be able to survive. Today – especially in the developed world – we don’t need others for our daily needs as much, yet in the long term we do. The whole situation is one of many examples of humans modifying the world so much that it’s no longer healthy for us.
The White House is looking for ways to help people who can’t afford to pay back their student loans file for bankruptcy in the same way they might deal with credit card debt. Yet, the potential new policy would only address loans owned by private companies and not ones owned by the federal government.
The White House is ignoring the many borrowers who, after an identity theft situation, severe medical issue and/or other big negative life event, can’t afford to pay back their loans — people who have also used up all of the assistance that is available for providing them with more time to do so.
Between credit card and student loan debt, many Americans are barely getting by in the post-Great-Recession economy. Some critics of a bankruptcy plan argue that former students who can’t pay their loans would learn fiscally unsound behaviors. Others have tried to say that these former students are deadbeats or that they should have to return their college diplomas because they did not pay for them. Advogando reports these critics fail to recognize that severe negative life events can often completely destroy a person’s finances whether they are a recent student or someone who finished college more than a decade ago.
What is needed is a case-by-case review of every borrower’s personal situation. There also needs to be more controls over the third-party companies that manage federal student loans.
Stanford Professor Thomas Byers recently persuaded Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Steve Jobs, to appear with him on stage at Stanford University. He interviewed her about her life and her ideas for providing better compensation for entrepreneurs working to produce meaningful innovations in conservation and education.
Mrs. Jobs chairs Emerson Collective, an organization based in Palo Alto, California that she founded. It describes its mission as “shaking up the status quo, one entrepreneur at a time.”
Although she rarely speaks in public, during her appearance at Stanford she discussed her career and her role as a social innovator and philanthropist. Forbes estimates that she has become the sixth most wealthy woman, with a personal fortune estimated at $19.7 billion. Mrs. Jobs founded College Track, an organization designed to assist low income teens in preparing to attend college. She maintains a keen interest in several issues, including helping women overcome career barriers, assisting social innovators earn better returns and reforming immigration.
Towards the close of her appearance, she agreed to respond to questions from students in the audience. When asked to describer obstacles she encountered during her career, she noted that for a four year period after graduating from college she worked as a salesperson and trader for Goldman Sachs. She worked in a predominantly male environment, but as someone who grew up with three brothers, admitted she was used to being around men even though there “were plenty of terrible things that were said on the trading floor.”
When asked whether low rates of compensation might incline entrepreneurs to avoid working for the public good, she explained that she believes major corporations and venture capital firms could help fund their efforts by donating a portion of their profits to social entrepreneurs. Her comments appeared in Forbes recently.