As we approach the second calendar quarter, we’re entering that precarious time when many begin to flail and outright fail with their New Year’s resolutions—no matter how impassioned or well-intentioned they were at the time of inception. This phenomenon is so pervasive that a litany of studies are “peeling back the onion” to reveal exactly why so many are unsuccessful in fulfilling career, life and self-enhancing promises we’ve made to ourselves.Details
The Southern Poverty Law Center says post-election hate incidents towards immigrants have not only surged but now surpass the reported number of hate incidents towards blacks, the usual target of such attacks, according to the F.B.I.
The Montgomery, Ala.-based SPLC, whose reputation was founded on the legal defense of African Americans targeted by hate groups, is turning to a new road in order to address these post-election hate incidents.
The new tactic is a petition asking for president-elect Donald J. Trump to rescind his appointment of Stephen Bannon as White House strategist and senior counselor.
Bannon, who has been executive chair of Breitbart News, is “a man who led a media empire into becoming what a former Breitbart editor called a ‘cesspool for white supremacist mememakers’,” explains SPLC president Richard Cohen. The civil rights group’s circulating petition states Bannon “simply has no business in the White House.”Details
For the first time in the history of the United States, a person without any political or military experience won the presidency. The victory of Republican Donald Trump reflects the power of the frustration of a majority of Americans with their political leaders. Yesterday, a populism that appeals to resentment prevailed, throwing reason out the window.Details
The dreadful multistate E. coli outbreak at Chipotle, which hospitalized 21 and prompted JP Morgan analysts to forecast the company will have lost three years of earnings between fiscal years 2014 and 2017, has underscored the extent to which all businesses—not just food service—are vulnerable to bacterium-borne illness. Whether you’re operating a restaurant, manufacturing plant, retail store, business office, school, health/medical center, sports complex or any other facility where clients, customers, business associates, patrons, visitors and even resident employees can use restroom facilities and otherwise touch shared spaces, how well that facility handles the sterilization and disinfection of indoor spaces can make or break the bottom line—both immediately amid the swift consequences should illness present, and longer term due to permanent damage to the brand reputation that will assuredly persist to some degree.Details
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for August 2016 reflects a final action date of January 1, 2010*, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from India. This means that starting on August 1, 2016, applicants from India who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant on or after January 1, 2010, will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status until new visas become available.
India has reached its EB-4 visa limit as congressionally mandated for fiscal year 2016, which ends September 30. Information on EB-4 visa availability for fiscal year 2017 will appear in the Department of State’s October Visa Bulletin, which will be published this September.Details
Hussein Mohamed was born in Ethiopia and moved to the US as a child in the early 1980s, fleeing the country’s civil war. Today, he runs a radio show, Sagal Radio, targeted at Atlanta’s African immigrant community, and he’s trying to help his audience get a better understanding of Ebola.Details
Relationships often collapse because couples are not prepared to withstand the inevitable conflicts or even the humdrum and monotonous plateau period that’s nearly certain to present as the years go by. A relationship can feel more like “boot camp” when trying to acclimate to each other’s personality differences and habits—frustrations, tensions, and resentments that can persist well into a long-term love affair and undermine the ability to feel happy and content. For other couples, it’s shear boredom that can wreak havoc—if the partnership doesn’t continue to stimulate and enrich their lives, the doldrums can be a relationship death knell!Details
Editor’s Note: “Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” a compilation of personal essays, was released last year and garnered positive reviews. Building on the popularity of that first volume, editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi set out to compile a second collection, focusing on Muslim men and their personal love lives. The new book, entitled “Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy,” is slated for release in early 2014. Mattu spoke about the new book with New America Media reporter Semany Gashaw.Details
The decision to start a business poses several questions.
Do you start a new business?
Do you buy an existing business?
Or do you invest in a franchise?
While each option has its advantages and disadvantages, many are choosing to invest in a franchise, which allows individuals to establish a business based upon a proven system of success, drawing upon the franchiser’s experience and continuous support.