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Counteroffer Acceptance: Road to Career Ruin by Paul Hawkinson Matthew Henry, the 17th century writer said, “Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colors that are but skin deep.” The same can be said for counteroffers, those magnetic enticements designed to lure you back into the nest after you've decided it's time to fly away. The litany of horror stories I've come across in my years as an executive recruiter, consultant and publisher, provides a litmus test that clearly indicates counteroffers should never be accepted . . . EVER! I define a counteroffer simply as an inducement from your current employer to get you to stay after you've announced your intention to take another job. We're not talking about those instances when you receive an offer but don't tell your boss. Nor are we discussing offers that you never intended to take, yet tell your employer about anyway as a “”they-want-me-but-I'mwith-you” ploy. These are merely astute positioning tactics you may choose to use to reinforce your worth by letting your boss know you have other options. Mention of a true offer, however, carries an actual threat to quit. Interviews with employers who make counteroffers, and employees who accept them, have shown that as tempting as they may be, acceptance may cause career suicide. During the past 20 years, I've seen only isolated incidents in which an accepted counteroffer has benefited the employee. Consider the problem in its proper perspective. What really goes through a boss's mind when someone quits?
Today the Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor from Commission chair Judge Patti B. Saris regarding Mortimer Zuckerman’s op-ed “Harsh Sentencing, Overstuffed Prisons—It’s Time for Reform” (May 3, 2014): Sentencing Guidelines Are Being Intelligently Adjusted The amendment originated with the U.S. Sentencing Commission and is something we carefully considered over several years. Regarding Mortimer Zuckerman’s “Harsh Sentencing, Overstuffed Prisons—It’s Time for Reform” (op-ed, May 3): Mr. Zuckerman mentions a Justice Department sentencing panel proposing an amendment to federal guidelines. In fact, it was the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent, bipartisan agency that is part of the judicial branch, which voted unanimously on April 10 to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to modestly reduce sentences for the majority of federal drug offenders. We appreciated the support for this change from the Justice Department and others ranging from bipartisan members of Congress to the Federal Public and Community Defenders to Right on Crime, but the amendment originated with the commission and is something we carefully considered over several years. This amendment has been transmitted to Congress and unless Congress acts to disapprove, it will go into effect Nov. 1, 2014. The federal sentencing guidelines are advisory but carry substantial weight in determining federal sentences. The amendment reduces the guideline levels assigned to most drug-trafficking offenders based on the quantity of drugs involved in the offense. The commission determined that the guideline levels for drug quantity no longer needed to be so high. We estimate that our amendment will affect the sentences of almost 70% of federal drugtrafficking offenders and reduce their sentences by 11 months on average. These sentence reductions will correspond to a reduction in the federal prison population of approximately 6,500 inmates within five years and many more over time. The commission carefully weighed public safety concerns, and based on past experience, existing laws and guidelines and expert testimony it concluded that the amendment should not jeopardize public safety. Our amendment is modest in scope; only Congress can change statutory mandatory minimum penalties. But we believe it is an important start.
Both Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who founded Jamaat al-Tawhid wa-l-Jihad ( JTWJ) in 1999 (see Table 1 for the history of ISIS names), and al-Qaeda head Usama bin Laden came of age during the Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, but their respective organizations have distinct genetic material, attributable in part to their different backgrounds, leadership styles, and aims. This is the case even though the two groups formed a marriage of convenience beginning in 2004. One key difference involves the socioeconomic background of the groups’ founders. Whereas bin Laden and his cadre grew up in at least the upper middle class and had a university education, Zarqawi and those closest to him came from poorer, less educated backgrounds. Zarqawi’s criminal past and extreme views on takf ir (accusing another Muslim of heresy and thereby justifying his killing) created major friction3 and distrust with bin Laden when the two first met in Afghanistan in 1999.
W elcome to Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health 2012 Report—the only report of its kind to capture and analyze the medical data from more than 2 million dogs and nearly 430,000 cats. As the largest veterinary practice in the world, Banfield operates more than 800 hospitals in 43 states, and more than 13,000 associates—including 2,600 licensed veterinarians—work at Banfield. As such, Banfield has a unique understanding of the health of companion animals. Through our extensive commitment to innovation, our practice has created this ground-breaking report, now in its second year. Our commitment to ongoing preventive care and early disease diagnosis was the driving force behind our focus on the chronic diseases and conditions highlighted in this year’s report, including: overweight and obesity, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease and heart disease. Over the past five years, many chronic conditions have continued to increase, in some instances, at an alarming rate. In this report, the overweight and obesity findings are some of the most concerning—since 2007, overweight and obesity have increased by 37 percent in dogs and 90 percent in cats. When pets are diagnosed as overweight, their waistline is not the only concern; the condition is associated with other serious diseases such as arthritis, diabetes mellitus, heart disease and hypothyroidism.
Centralized Log Management and Analysis is essential to assuring the integrity of critical logs, achieving compliance with the growing list of regulations, and internal security requirements. The process of transmitting log files across public or even private networks can work against these objectives. The ability to perform these tasks in the past have been complicated, costly and time consuming, until now.
Sharjah-based Gulftainer, the operator of the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), will sponsor and participate in the Terminal Operations Conference & Exhibition for Asia (TOC Asia 2008), a key event in the global port and terminal calendar. Scheduled for March 18-20, 2008 in Shanghai, the conference will fully reflect the significance of what has happened in China over the past decade and its overall impact on the global Shipping and Port Industries.
The men’s basketball team had one of those truly special seasons that come along only once in a long time this past winter. The Anchormen took Rhode Island College, the City of Providence and the entire state of Rhode Island on a joyous ride that found the program at the doorstep of the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Four. When it was all said and done, Head Coach Bob Walsh’s team finished the season with a 27-4 overall record and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tourney. Rhode Island College’s magical run came to an end in an 81-69 loss at Amherst on Mar. 10. Of the Anchormen’s four losses on the season, two came at the hands of the Lord Jeffs, who went on to win the NCAA Div. III National Championship a week later in Salem, Va. RIC established a new school record for wins in a season, surpassing the 1968-69 squad’s previous high mark by three. The Anchormen, who were making their first NCAA tourney appearance since 1979, advanced deeper into the fray than any other team in school history. The Murray Center was the site for first and second round action of the NCAAs, with RIC hosting Brandeis, Trinity, and Coast Guard on Mar. 2-3. The Anchormen opened up with a spirited, 64-60, win over Cinderella and NEWMAC champs Coast Guard in front of a raucous crowd on Mar. 2. Senior guard Kinsey Durgin scored a game-high 18 points, while sophomore guard Bobby Bailey posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards. The Anchormen held off Brandeis the next night, earning a 70-67 win. Despite leading by 18 points with 10 minutes left in the second half, RIC found itself with a mere two point advantage with nine seconds left.
The annual Fall Homecoming continues to be very successful, so successful that many people wished it happened a number of times throughout the year. Additionally, over the past few years during the winter season, RIC has hosted reunions for basketball, gymnastics and wrestling alumni. The athletic department is pleased to announce that on the weekend of February 3, we will be combining many winter activities and more as the College plays host to its first Winterfest. It will be a weekend full of activities directed at students, alumni, parents and anyone else who is part of the College family. There will be sporting events, skating at the Bank of America Center, sleigh rides, an outdoor hot dog roast and much more! For more information on the 2007 Winterfest, check future editions of What’s News as well as the College website. Athletics Hits the Road! The athletic program, in cooperation with the Alumni Association, will be on the road in Florida from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2. There will be an event hosted by Wileen Coyne ’55 in Boca Raton on Jan. 31 and another event hosted by Ennis Bisbano ’55 at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club on Feb. 1. Additionally, if anyone cannot attend one of those events, but is interested in meeting with athletic or developmental staff, feel free to contact us at (401) 456-8007. For further details about “RIC on the Road”, visit the College website or contact the alumni office. RIC will also be on the road in Florida the week of Mar. 12 in the Orlando and Tampa area as our outstanding softball and baseball teams travel to the Sunshine State for Spring Training. RIC Celebrates 30 Years of Women’s Athletics 2006-07 marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of women’s varsity intercollegiate athletics at Rhode Island College. 1976-77 was the first year women’s teams began participating in organized varsity athletics and the College will celebrate this milestone with a gala event this spring. This event will honor pioneers, teams and individual achievements of female student-athletes and coaches over the past three decades. If you have a nomination idea, please contact Art Pontarelli ’71 via telephone at: (401) 456-8863, or by e-mail: email@example.com.
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The PwC World Cup Index: what can the dismal science tell us about the beautiful game? Executive summary As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil draws closer, there is increasing interest in what makes a successful World Cup nation. This paper (which builds on an earlier one in 2010) contributes to this debate by using econometric analysis to test the correlation between several variables and World Cup performance. We aim to answer the following questions: Instead, we found a number of football-specific variables which explain World Cup performance better, such as the number of registered football players in each country and average football attendance levels. The other factors that we found to be important were a long-term footballing tradition and recent form as reflected in the FIFA world rankings. Which characteristics explain historic World Cup performance? Brazil are the favourites, England face a struggle in the Group of Death Which countries have underachieved and overachieved in past World Cups? Who are the strongest countries in the 2014 World Cup, and which group is the ‘Group of Death’? After identifying the extent to which different variables explain World Cup performance, we created a composite indicator which measures the relative strength of each competing country across a weighted average of these characteristics. This produces a ‘PwC World Cup Index’ that provides a novel way of assessing each country’s relative prospects in the 2014 World Cup.