The Changing Face Of News

The face of news is undergoing a massive change at the moment. Both newspapers and television stations are quickly losing viewers to the internet. The internet now allows for far superior news coverage for consumers and the traditional news companies are failing to stay relevant and to keep up with the demands of the readers.

One of the main benefits of the internet is the ability to personalise news based on the interests of the reader. The dynamic nature of the internet means that as the page is opened by the reader it’s contents can be pulled from many different places so that each person will have their own version of the news. The days of everyone opening the newspaper to read about the football are numbered. Instead each person will choose which sections they will read about based on their interests. Only those who are interested in football will have a football section, others may have a section for dance or karate or sailing or whatever their interests are. People with interests in these niche topics will feel more connected to their interests than ever before and the amount of news available to such people will increase as the demand for these niches increases.

However, many mainstream newspapers have moved onto the internet without understanding the power of the internet. Their websites are merely an electronic version of their traditional paper copy. They only have a limited number of categories that they cover and readers are still forced to read the topics that the editors deem to be ‘news’. In addition traditional newspapers have very poor coverage of many niche categories (on the rare occasions that they do cover these topics). Writers assigned to the task often have very little understand of the category. These reporters write for the reader who has no understanding of the topic and make frequent mistakes and often get terminology wrong. Niche news sources provide much better coverage of these niche topics as the writers are usually passionate about the topic they cover. As a result they are knowledgeable and up to date with the topic and can provide interested readers with a far superior and well written article.

The future of news is in personalised news sites that collect the best news from niche web sites. These sites are able to provide news that is both high quality and that is catered to the interests of the reader. As people become more aware of these news sites, the exodus from traditional media companies to these new personalised sites will become even faster.

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Wrongful Termination Myths and Misconceptions: Employer Tricks

Most workers in California are employed “at-will.” This generally means that your employer can fire you without notice and without any reason at all. However, during the course of the last 25 years, the courts and the legislature have made so many exceptions to the at-will doctrine that employers, in practice, almost always provide some reason for the termination. There is good reason to believe that you have a wrongful termination case if your employer feels that it is necessary to invent a false explanation for the termination decision. This situation arises when the employer’s motives are wrongful, which forces a dishonest explanation or “pretext” to be used as the supposed grounds for the termination decision. Listed below are some of the most common employer excuses we encounter in wrongful termination cases:

Minor violations of attendance or tardiness policies that were not enforced until the employee made a complaint about illegal or hostile working conditions.
The employer constructs a paper trail of nitpicking criticisms, culminating in a termination. The paper trail begins soon after the employee complains about working conditions, and the criticisms are often subjective and difficult to back up. Nevertheless, the employer uses the paper trail to justify the termination.
The fake layoff. In this situation, the employer claims that an economic downturn in business forced it to layoff the employee. These claims are often suspect, particularly when the “layoff” only impacts a few employees. Employers, in our experience, will use a fake “layoff,” to get rid of a group of employees who have raised complaints with management, or are considered problematic in some other respect.
The passive-aggressive approach. In this situation, the employer badly wants to get rid of the employee, usually for some prohibited reasons, but is afraid to go forward with the termination, perhaps fearing a lawsuit. The employer will try to make work so miserable, or so unrewarding that the employee has no choice but to quit and move on to a new job. Even in these circumstances, however, the employee can sometimes make out a claim of wrongful “constructive” termination if the workplace was so intolerable that anyone in the employee’s position would feel compelled to resign.
The fake manager trick. Employers will often label certain employees as “managers,” in order to avoid paying overtime wages. However, the label doesn’t control whether an employee is exempt or non-exempt from the overtime laws. Employee exemption status depends on the duties the employee performs. If you are labeled as a “manager,” but earn a salary less than $28,800, then you have almost certainly been misclassified and may be entitled to unpaid overtime.
Off-the-clock work. Many employers ask their employees to “clock out” at a certain time, but then have the employee continue to work for a short while. It is illegal not to compensate a non-exempt employee for this time, regardless of how much time is involved.
Another employer trick is the timely termination. In this situation, the employer finds a reason to layoff or terminate an employee who is on the verge of obtaining a substantial bonus or commission payment. The goal is for the employer to keep the bonus or commission rather than pay it out to the employee who earned it.
The quick trigger termination. In this situation, the employer terminates an employee immediately at the expiration of a medical leave taken under the California Family Rights Act or the Family Medical Leave Act. Many times this will result in a wrongful termination because the employer failed to interact with the employee to explore other options short of termination (such as extended medical leave or reassignment).
Employers will often discriminate against disabled employees by claiming that the employee is too disabled to work, and thus cannot perform the essential functions of his or her position. The employer in this case often opens itself up to liability by failing to consider whether the employee is able to perform the essential functions of any other vacant job within the organization. The goal, in many cases, is for the company to rid itself of a seriously injured worker.
The slap on the wrist defense. In this case, the employer is aware that one of its supervisors is behaving in a grossly inappropriate manner, such as making racial slurs, sexual advances, or other harassing conduct. However, the supervisor is financially important to the enterprise, which places him or her in a safe harbor. As a result, the employer fails to take appropriate corrective action against the misbehaving supervisor, and instead gives a slap on the wrist warning. The complaining employees, in such circumstances, are often deterred from making further complaints.

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Health and Fitness: Lifestyle? Or Life Interruption?

This is a powerful question, indeed. This caption is the crux of why some people are successful at permanent weight loss and others are not. It centers around how you view the actions that lead to that healthy, fit body.Obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and one sixth of children in America are obese. In the past twenty years, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. If these trends continue, by the time today’s children reach adulthood, obesity will be the norm and healthy weight the exception. In fact, for the first time in our country’s history, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.SO WHICH IS IT FOR YOU? Is health & fitness a way of living for you? Something you do on an on-going basis? Do you plan your meals, at least loosely, for the entire week? Do you choose healthy meals to prepare and go to the grocery store with a list? Do you strive to make constant improvements in your decisions about what to eat and how active to be? If so, good for you! Your mindset favors a healthy lifestyle and will serve you well.Or do you consider losing weight and becoming more fit a two week endeavor to fit into a new pair of jeans or a new outfit for a special occasion? When starting a new “diet” do you say to yourself “How long do I have to do this?” “When can I have a treat?” Does it eventually get in the way of all the other things you want to do? Does it get hard enough that you give up and retreat back to your comfort zone? If so, you view health & fitness as a temporary fix. Unfortunately, it will yield temporary results AND make it harder for you to lose weight the next time.SO HOW DO YOU TRANSITION TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE?To transition means to have a transformation or metamorphosis; to cease being one thing to become another. For example, a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. You must be willing to let go of unhealthy habits you know aren’t good for you. It helps to examine why you are clinging to them in the first place. Then you have to be willing to give yourself the things you need to be the new you. You must believe deep down you deserve it.To have a healthy lifestyle, you must decide why it is important to you to be healthier and more fit. The answer to that question is a very personal one. There are as many answers as there are people. Dig deep to determine your goals, values, beliefs and intentions. Identify roadblocks, real or imagined. Do you have any underlying beliefs that no longer serve you?Finally, you must make it a priority. If you assign it a high priority, other things won’t get in the way of your health; your health will get in the way of the other stuff. If you are really honest with yourself, you’ll admit that you know deep down that time spent on caring for yourself is time well spent.

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