The streets of Iran are teeming with protestors as a worried world watches from the sidelines. With the clash of young people who hold strong convictions coupled with the fierce old-boy Iranian regime, the bloodied streets of Iran are becoming a graveyard. But the protests continue as the citizens stand up for themselves. A country that is so dear to me because I was born there, has yet again made the headlines for the wrong reasons.
As unpredictable as hurricanes are, there is often no telling what will happen when they make landfall. Hurricane Ian recently proved this adage when it washed away roads and bridges, leaving utter destruction in its path when it came to shore last Wednesday. And a bad situation was made worse by the greed of past developers who built a plethora of houses right where the storm surge should have flowed.
The big news out of Italy is that the country has elected Giorgia Meloni, a member of Fratelli d’Italia, to be the first female prime minister in Italy’s history. The first right-wing leader since Benito Mussolini came to power one hundred years ago, Meloni is poised to change the more liberal policies that have been part of the country since that time.
For one of the most popular pastimes on the planet, the soccer world sure has their priorities messed up. Women soccer players around the globe continue to be paid a paltry sum when compared with their male counterparts. It is time to right this wrong and catch up with the times. Women deserve equal pay for the same job.
The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who ended her 70 years as the British monarch with her death last week. The world has changed drastically since her ascension to the throne at the age of 25, and the influence she has had over leaders near and far will ripple long after her death.
Most of the news coming out of Russia recently has dealt with Putin’s war on Ukraine and the sanctions and ramifications of those actions. But early last week one of the greats fell when Mikhail Gorbachev succumbed to an unnamed protracted illness and died at the age of 91. He leaves a legacy that will outlast his name, as he was at the helm when the Soviet Union dissolved.
If you feel like you are on a runaway train with no end in sight when it comes to the rising cost of goods and services, then you are not alone. Prices have skyrocketed for a wide variety of reasons, including supply chain woes, war in Ukraine, drought, and other natural disasters. The Federal Reserve is doing what it can to stop the hurtling train, but raising the interest rates takes its own toll. Word on the street is it will get worse before it gets better.
When it comes to balancing work and life, leaders of countries are in a difficult predicament. Sure, they need to show themselves as professional and put together, but they also deserve to have a life outside of the office. Because running an entire country is not easy, world leaders probably need leisure time even more than the average person. And do those who elect these politicians have the right to say how they spend their free time?
Clearly the labor market is still upended. The chaos and disarray that started in the pandemic lockdown has not yet gone back to business as usual, and there are many categorical reasons for this. There is definitely a lack of workers and a different attitude about work permeating the air lately. Some people who got a taste of remote work in the pandemic want more of it, and other workers are seeking a better work/life balance. These changes have certainly turned “business as usual” to “catch as catch can,” and
After 2.5 years of economic chaos, it’s no surprise that the future is a bit murky at best. Having lived through Covid-19, a worldwide shutdown, supply chain unrest, a war in the grain capital of the world, outlandish natural gas prices, and even Monkeypox, it’s safe to say that at this point anything can happen next. Now imagine you were a teen, who has spent some of your formative years hearing all these negative economic milestones on an endless loop. Although you might think your teens are not listening, it
Watching the economy the past few years is like watching a tiny boat on the high seas. Some days the sailing is easy, and some days the waves crest over the boat. From a total global shutdown to a booming housing market to the endless trouble of the supply chain, no one knows if the next crashing wave will capsize the boat or not. For American consumers and business owners, it’s all hands on deck to ensure that the boat can adapt to the tumultuous seas.
It’s one thing to have a company know what type of movies you like, your spending habits, or how many times you ask Alexa a question each day. But it is quite another thing to have a larger-than-life company involved in your daily health decisions or to have your vital health data on hand in your profile. This week Amazon is making a move to cement their hold on the healthcare industry by purchasing One Medical, and not everyone is happy about it.
If you have flown anywhere in the past several months, you already know firsthand that the world of air travel is in chaos. From canceled flights to passengers sleeping for days on airport floors, the entire travel industry has had trouble recovering from the travel bans of Covid-19. And now that the summer traveling rush is upon us, the industry cannot rebuild itself with any sense of haste, leaving passengers stranded and an airline industry.
In the whirlwind of uncertainty over the past two years, perhaps nothing has been more dramatically turbulent than the housing market. With most houses selling rapidly and far over the asking price, waived appraisals and inspections, and cash offers never before seen, the fast-paced environment definitely favored the sellers. But the fear of inflation and the rising interest rates have the market cooling off, and no one is quite sure where the market will end up.
Although it seems that in 2022, the glass ceiling should have been clearly shattered by now, women should keep their hammers to keep battering away at the old regime. Although we are living in modern times, there is still a large disconnect between the venture capital funding that female-led companies receive compared to their male counterparts. It is time to stand up and speak up so that the glass ceiling can be shattered once and for all.
For months the U.S. has heard about the fantastic labor market, where new hires were getting huge salaries and a wide variety of perks. But in the last few months, the job market has cooled, almost imperceptibly, leaving young people with job offers that companies are rescinding. The job market is cracking, as companies struggle to stay afloat, and workers wonder which job offers they can really trust.
As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. And as though a global pandemic and a never-before-seen supply chain debacle weren’t enough, the war between Ukraine and Russia has created a full myriad of problems relating to the cost of living. With the cost of everything from gasoline to ground beef skyrocketing, investors are finding that their stock portfolios are plummeting.
Although inflation has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind lately as the price at the pump has blossomed astronomically and everything from chicken legs to lumber has spiked in price, it’s the Stock Market that has created some bad news in the first quarter of 2022. The Stock Market has fallen by $3T, especially hurting those with heavy investments in technology stocks. There is a glimmer of hope, however, in that those who are in the bottom 50% of U.S. income levels are finding themselves in better jobs and
With inflation topping nearly 8% around the world, global citizens continue to reel from the effects of the pandemic, the supply chain woes, and rising prices. Nowhere is the price increase felt more acutely than at the gas pump. But while the European countries have developed specific plans to bolster their common citizens during these economic troubles, the Biden Administration has taken a more lackadaisical approach that is truly hurting the U.S. citizens.
Gone are the days of people retiring from a company where they had worked faithfully for forty or fifty years. In this global, technological economy, that is just not feasible. Within the recent tumultuous job market, many employees have jumped ship for better pay, as businesses struggle to get and retain employees. But with the tides turning and a recession looming, where will a company’s loyalty lie when things get tough?
In a historic move for young soccer players everywhere, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced last week that both the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team would be paid equally. After years of disparate pay, this is welcome news for the female trailblazers in the sport, as well as the young women watching them. In the contract agreements ratified last week, payment and other revenue will now be equalized.
With so much unrest in the world today, it is no wonder that so many companies are experiencing problems. Just when the nation thought it was rebounding from the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, continued supply chain troubles, and continuing Covid-19 cases in China have taken a toll. The stock market is dropping and taking many companies both large and small with it.
When it comes to economic transactions, foreign investors are often given a closer look because companies are worried about the influence that they might have. And in the case of Elon Musk purchasing Twitter with plans to privatize it, some have wondered if the investors across the pond that are teaming up with Musk could be a cause for a national safety concern. With a $44B price tag for Twitter, Musk has aligned himself with some venture capitalists from other countries, and this has
The importance of football in Great Britain is known around the globe. But what to many is a tradition written in stone is now being chiseled away, one team at a time, as foreign investors are becoming owners of storied teams in the English Premier League. Investors see this as a chance to make money, but football purists are worried that this mercenary notion of their beloved game will end up cheapening the game.
With more freedom of investment and more money in the hands of Chinese investors, the game is changing regarding where interested parties can safely place their investments. With the ongoing lockdowns meant to curb the pandemic, and newfangled family offices being formed by the Chinese, many investors have turned to real estate in Singapore as a place to safely place their money.
As if the political and economic news that we get blasted with every day is not enough, now there is a burgeoning mental health crisis in America’s teens. What many experts attribute to social media, parenting styles, and the growth of teen brains, is being exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic. No matter what the cause, the crisis is clear: America’s teens are not mentally healthy.
Just when Americans thought we were out of the woods after two years of pandemic fallout, economists are warning that a major recession is on its way. With the supply chain still broken and exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine, economic experts are warning that 2022 will bring a recession. This is bad news for Americans who felt like they were just getting back on their feet after the 2020 recession.
Inflation continues to rise, taking the hopes and dreams of small businesses with it, like a hot air balloon breaking free from its tether. Reluctant to raise costs on the consumers they serve, small business owners have turned to innovative solutions to stem the tide of the cost of raw materials that just keeps going up and up. Big box stores can weather increases more easily, but for small businesses, creativity is key.
Commuters and travelers will be surprised to learn that long standing New York City competitors Uber and the taxi industry have combined forces. With these two stalwart companies joining together, riders will experience a more positive experience.
Although many experts had thought we were out of the woods when it came to supply chain hold-ups, having survived over two years of the unprecedented pandemic, the war in Ukraine and Covid-19 have brought supply chain problems to the forefront yet again.