Black Monday – The nickname for Monday, October 19, 1987.
Several major stock markets around the world crashed, including Hong Kong (which dropped by 46%), Australia (42%), Spain (31%), New Zealand (60%), and the U.S. (23%). At the time, it was the largest one-day worldwide drop in history.
Black Tuesday – October 29, 1929, the date of the crash of the New York Stock Exchange, which precipitated the Great Depression.
Black Wednesday – On September 16, 1992, the British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, severely devaluing the currency. Investors (and British government) lost more than 3.5 billion pounds (about $5 billion), and the event was one of many that led to the creation of the euro, the European-wide currency.
Black Thursday – On February 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act into law. It was a far-reaching attempt to regulate on the Internet, including the amount of indecency and pornography. To call attention to what they felt was violation of free speech protection, on Thursday, February 8, several major Web sites (including Yahoo) changed the background color of all their sites to black. (The Communications Decency Act was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1997.)
Black Friday – The nickname for Friday, September 24, 1869, when bankers Jay Gould and James Fisk Jr. tried to corner the gold market creating a Wall Street Panic.
Black Saturday – The nickname for Friday, September 10, 1547, when Scottish attempts at independence were thwarted by English troops at the Battle of Pinkie, outside Edinburgh
Black Sunday – Disneyland opened on Sunday, July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California. The day came to be known as “Black Sunday” in the Disney corporation because the park’s freshly poured asphalt hadn’t yet dried. Hundreds of visitors’ shoes got struck and were left behind.
“I’m very grateful for:
• For having such loving and giving parents;
• for having a supportive family;
• for having amazingly fun, beautiful and smart friends;
• for my health and good genes;
• for my healthy and loyal cat;and
• for having the opportunity to help others succeed and be part of their lives. I feel very lucky to know all of you because you all make this ride called life so much more fun, interesting and unforgettable. Thank you and
“Missing someone gets easier every day because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.”—Wondering if long distance relationship ever works
Costco Stops Carrying Coke - wonder if Pepsi's stocks are up? Kicking myself for selling some of my stocks earlier. I truly believe Pepsi Diet is better and the company is better run than Coke - Trust me, I worked there :)
“#1 Law of Power - Never Outshine the Master - Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite - inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.”—Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power
Don't hate me because I'm a Republican, but I couldn't help but donate $100 to the RGA so I can get a personally signed book of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" book. I'm kind of really excited about it - I told you do not hate me ;)
Chicken Paella Recipe (as promised, here it is) Let me know how it turned out :)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups enriched white rice
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1 bay leaf
1 quart chicken broth or stock
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, cut into thirds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 pound chorizo, casing removed and sliced on an angle
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 scallions, chopped
In a very wide pan or paella pan, preheated over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, add rice and mix 2 or 3 minutes. Add saffron threads, bay leaf, broth, and thyme and bring liquids to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan with lid or foil and reduce heat to simmer.
In a separate nonstick skillet, over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add peppers and onions to the pan and cook 3 minutes longer. Add chorizo to the pan and cook 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.
After about 13 minutes, add shrimp on top of the rice. Pour in peas, scatter lemon zest over the rice and seafood, then cover the pan again. After 5 minutes stir rice and shrimp mixture and lift out bay and thyme stems, now bare of their leaves. Arrange cooked chicken and peppers, onions and chorizo around the pan. Top with parsley and scallions. Serve with wedges of lemon and warm bread.
Wow, I am very impress with Asurion's services. I lost my blackberry Saturday morning and got a new one today - no fuss and buts...Highly recommend you get asurion as a cell insurance...It's worth it! Thumbs up for me :)
A PEO is much more than an outlet or cost effective resource for payroll. What can you do with 4% to 7% of your Gross Annual Payroll freed up from your non-profit generating expenses?
1. Time PEO’s remove non-productive tasks that take away time and resources so you can focus on bottom line activities such as strategic planning, marketing, and customer service. Could you make more money if you had time to work your business? Time is money in business.
2. Cash Flow PEO’s improve your cash flow by integrating most of your employee cost-centers into a single cost factor; including employer matching FICA, FUTA, SUTA, Work Comp, Administrative Overhead, and employee benefits. Your cash flows in “real-time” right along with your business income.
3. Workers’ Compensation PEO’s make buying and maintaining work comp easier than ever. No more BIG down payments. No more year-end premium audits. Because your work comp is built into your PEO rate, you pay as you go which frees up more dollars for company growth.
4. Employee Benefits Most PEO’s have many “turnkey” benefit plans in place for your employees. Imagine instantly adding a 401(k) plan, a Section 125, Group Health, Vision, Dental and Life, and other valuable benefits to your business without spending a fortune. Best of all, the PEO’s manage the programs, payroll deductions, and benefit records, making employee benefits easier than ever to provide and manage.
5. Government Compliance PEO’s simplify all the rules and regulations associated with employing people. They can assist you in complying with all federal, state, and local laws and statutes. PEO’s provide you with legally required employee forms and paperwork. They even maintain and store your employee files.
6. Human Resources
PEO’s act as your own personal HR Department, assisting with employee handbooks, job descriptions, recruiting, record management and conflict resolution. Do your business practices and policies protect you from employee lawsuits? PEO’s provide a reliable source to get your employee-related questions answered by HR professionals.
7. Operating Leverage
PEO’s create operating leverage for businesses by creating a fixed cost for employing people. Rather than having to increase your internal investment in human capital and equipment to keep up with external growth, the PEO provides a predictable mechanism that allows you to increase profits at a greater rate than internal costs.
8. Employee Turnover
PEO’s reduce turnover be establishing better systems, policies and benefit packages. Turnover can cost your business thousands of dollars a year in lost production and employee re-training. A good PEO will help keep your employees loyal and motivated and you spend less on training.
9. Risk Management
PEO’s can really benefit businesses with work comp experience modifiers above 1.00. They can offer sound advice for improving workplace safety and preventing claims from occurring. They will proactively manage your comp claims and work with you to reduce claim costs and investigate potential fraudulence.
10. Payroll & Taxes
PEO’s solve each of these problems by becoming a co-employer with you. The PEO issues paychecks, W-2’s, direct deposits and tax deposits. They assume your tax liabilities and responsibilities as the IRS employer of record. This co-employment agreement and payroll administration makes everything possible for employers.
“Anyone can achieve their fullest potential
Who we are might be pre-determined
But the path we follow is always of our own choosing
We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny
Our destiny can’t be changed, but it can be challenged
Every man is born as many men, and dies as a single one”—T.M.
Research say, Kissing relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner
Some scientists believe that the fusing of lips evolved because it facilitates mate selection. “Kissing,” said evolutionary psychologist Gordon G. Gallup of the University at Albany, State University of New York, last September in an interview with the BBC, “involves a very complicated exchange of information—olfactory information, tactile information and postural types of adjustments that may tap into underlying evolved and unconscious mechanisms that enable people to make determinations … about the degree to which they are genetically incompatible.” Kissing may even reveal the extent to which a partner is willing to commit to raising children, a central issue in long-term relationships and crucial to the survival of our species.
Revenge is so sweet…I’m so proud of my Phoenix Suns! I’m think I’m going to wear Nash’s Jersey out tonight!..He’s my favorite..Very very sweet guy - meet him at the Sky Bar when he just started to play for the Suns and I swear, he was very nice to everybody who didn’t even know he was a basketball player. We’ll he’s not the typical looking basketball player but his humility truly makes him the biggest guy in the room. Oh, by the way, 11/21 is the Suns Nite Hoops Celebrity waiter event at DC Ranch….Wish I could be there…or I can always come home a week before Thanksgiving ;)
“Something has changed within me, Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing, Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts - Close my eyes: and leap!
It’s time to try
I think I’ll try
And you can’t pull me down!
I’m through accepting limits, cause someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change, But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love - It comes at much too high a cost!”—Defying Gravity, originally from musical Wicked
At a Republican party in Seattle. It's amazing how some people will just vote non-Republican without knowing the real issues or where their candidates stand. Those people better not complain when they end up in the streets with no money.
I’m just being bitter right now. I feel being discriminated because of the color of my party :(
Just finished business meeting at the Columbia Bldg. - spectacular views & potential investors. They love my business plan - so excited. Running to Junior League fundraising Management meeting now. Hope there’s no traffic :)
Do you know what Facebook and Microsoft have in common? Read Facebook's humble beginning below and see if you notice something similar?
In just over two years, Mark Zuckerberg had built the Internet directory service Facebook from nothing more than an idea into a national phenomenon worthy of a reported $750 million buyout offer. The organization had grown from just a few friends programming around a kitchen table to a full-fledged technology business with over 100 employees and 7.4 million users. Zuckerberg would have to develop an organizational strategy that could allow the company to keep up with its underlying growth metrics, while ensuring Facebook’s consumer experience was better than its alternative’s. The company’s core market—college students—was prone to switching, and potential new markets—college students outside the United States and high school students—were rife with well-funded entrants that were a step ahead of Facebook. Focusing the organization on the right objectives would be critical; getting the company to perform efficiently against those objectives would be a challenge for Facebook CEO and 21-year-old Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg.