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Laat je niet afleiden door je denkbeeldige vrienden

Een paar weken geleden, zoals je je waarschijnlijk wel kan herinneren, was de media kort opgewonden door een studie die onderzocht wat er voor zorgt dat iemand tevreden is over zijn of haar seksleven. Het draait kennelijk niet alleen maar om hoe vaak je seks hebt; maar ook om of je het vaker hebt dan anderen (kwaliteit was niet meegenomen). Tot zo ver eigenlijk geen grote verrassingen. We meten onze welvaart door dit te vergelijken met die van anderen. Waarom doen we dit ook niet met seks? Je hebt het onderzoek zorgvuldig moeten lezen om een belangrijk probleem op te merken: tenzij je erg dunne muren hebt, of erg open vrienden, heb je geen idee hoe veel seks andere mensen hebben. Zoals ook door de auteur van het onderzoek opmerkte, kunnen wetenschappers alleen maar schatten wat de gemiddelde frequentie is in onderzoeken waarbij mensen makkelijk kunnen overdreven of liegen. En als je concludeert dat je meer of minder seks hebt dan anderen, bestaan die ‘anderen’ …

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Breaking News

Woolwich suspects were known to MI5 for 8 years. Obama to curtail role of drones. Sally Bercow tweet libelled Lord McAlpine, high court rules. P&G CEO Bob McDonald steps down as AG Lafley returns. The Guardian aims for global brand 'consistency' with single URL move. O2's Ronan Dunne joins GMG board. Ben Sutherland to head performance at Vizeum UK. Morgan Stanley The bank's head of fixed income, Ken deRegt, is retiring from the firm, according to internal bank memos obtained by Reuters, after the company sustained a more than 40 percent decline in bond trading revenue in the first quarter. Michael Heaney, 49, and Robert Rooney, 46, will head up fixed income, according to two company memos issued on Wednesday to employees. JPMORGAN CHASE & CO The financial services company said it has appointed Barry Sommers, under whom the bank expanded its services to wealthy clients, to head its Chase consumer bank business. Sommers replaces Ryan McInerney, who has been named by Visa Inc as…

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Friday financial focus

Today’s Markets: European markets seen flat after sell-off Overnight Markets: Nikkei extends Thursday’s 7.3% plunge Yesterday’s Markets: US markets volatile and FTSE falls from peaks UK: Stats confirm 0.3% UK growth for Q1 Wealth Management: UK FCA fines JP Morgan £3m Pensions: Relief as EU drops pensions from Solvency II EU Economy: Brussels claims there is no credit crunch UK: BoE fears ultra-low rates could prompt next crisis Eurozone: Stuck in recession and no sign of recovery USA: Manufacturing slows as overseas demand falls Currencies: Yen rises on Kuroda’s announcement Energy: UK gas supply within 6 hours of running out in March Commodities: Gold heads for best week in a month Focus On: The IMF’s ideas for kick-starting the UK economy    

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Business leaders can learn from Australia’s Matildas

Imagine your team not receiving the recognition it deserves.  Now imagine that the the team belongs to is not nearly as well recognised in Australia as it is in the rest of the world. We are talking about our women in Football Australia, the Matildas. I recently had the opportunity to meet two very inspiring women in Australian football, Moya Dodd and Hesterine de Reus. Moya is Vice President of the Asian Football Federation and a partner in the law firm Gilbert & Tobin. Hesterine is the Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas Football Team. After meeting with them, I asked myself, “Why aren’t these women household names in Australia?” After all, not only have Hesterine and Moya achieved a great deal in their own right but also both have integral roles in Football Australia and in global sport. I am going to assert two reasons here as to why they are not as well known as they should be. Firstly, because they have a…

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Maggio 2013

30/5/2013 - Giovanni Ravasio è il nuovo Country Leader Applications di Oracle Italia. In tale veste è chiamato a guidare la business unit di Oracle Italia preposta a portare sul mercato l'offerta applicativa dell’azienda. Classe 1968, Giovanni Ravasio è entrato in Oracle a febbraio 2013 con il ruolo di Senior Applications Sales Director per il mercato delle Imprese Commerciali. Vanta una pluriennale esperienza manageriale nel settore IT. In particolare, a partire dal 2004 ha ricoperto ruoli di crescente responsabilità in Hewlett Packard, dove è stato  Sales Manager nel mercato Media e Telecomunicazioni, Sales Manager HP Consulting and Integration e Sales Manager della divisione HP Tecnology Services per l’Italia. E’ quindi passato in SAP Italia dove, a riporto dell’Amministratore Delegato, ha ricoperto il ruolo di Sales Director per i mercati Manifatturiero, Banche e Assicurazioni e Utilities Oil & Gas. 27/5/2013 - Paolo Delgrosso ha assunto il ruolo di Channel, Alliance and Smb sales director Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Italiana, con il compito di coordinare la struttura di…

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The UK is up to its neck in debt, but here’s the thing: we just don’t care.

Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher & Walton, has an interesting piece in this morning's Telegraph saying we should be careful not to blame Brussels for our own, home made problems, and in particular excessive indebtedness. Yet a survey by the Office for National Statistics, published this morning, finds that to the extent that we are up to our necks in debt, it really doesn't bother us very much. As is well known, UK households have one of the highest levels of indebtedness relative to income anywhere in the world. Yet the vast majority of this debt relates to mortgages on property, which actually, when you think about it, is only a form of front end loaded rental, only you get to own the property at the end of it. According to the ONS, this property debt now stands at £847.9bn, up 3 per cent on 2006/08. This is a mighty big sum, amounting to well over a half of annual GDP, but the curiosity…

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Midweek financial focus

Today’s Markets: European shares set to reach new highs Asia Overnight: Nikkei hits 5½ year high Global Markets: Stock markets hit record highs UK: Osborne at odds with EU bailout fund plan UK: Tories seek to placate rebels with draft EU referendum Greece: Credit rating boost as crisis slows US: Trade deficit shrinks further and faster EU: Industrial output increase biggest since 2011 EU: Finance minister to discuss swapping bank information China: On track to overtake US in non-financial debt Currencies: Pound falls before BoE inflation report Energy: Oil industry hit by price fixing probe Commodities: Gold swings as cheap prices lure buyers, but with ETP outflows UK Property: First time buyers increase by 20% in March

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Breaking news

Vodafone UK appoints Daryl Fielding to top marketing post. Yahoo agrees to pay in excess of $1bn for Tumblr. Barbour hires Paul Wilkinson to lead global. Bank of Montreal The bank appointed James Vargo senior vice president and business development officer of its commercial banking team in Chicago. Vargo will work with middle market companies, those with at least $20 million annual revenue, the bank said. M&G INVESTMENTS The investment manager appointed Andrius Isciukas to its retail fixed-interest team. Andrius most recently served as a global high-yield analyst at HSBC Asset Management. MILTON GROUP PLC The UK-based fund manager appointed Jim Davies as non-executive chairman of its Liverpool-based regulated entity, Milton Capital Partners Ltd. Davies most recently served as senior partner of London-based law firm DWF. BANK OF MONTREAL U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson will join Canada's fourth-largest bank as vice-chairman after he leaves his diplomatic post, BMO said on Tuesday. Jacobson will join the bank in October. BCS FINANCIAL GROUP The Russian asset…

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Don’t let your imaginary friends lead you astray

A few weeks back, as you'll probably recall, the media became briefly aroused by a study examining what makes people satisfied, or not, with their sex lives. It isn't just a matter of how much sex you're having, apparently; it's also a question of having more than other people. (Quality wasn't considered.) Predictably, the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" was deployed, as was that stock photograph of four feet poking out of a bed. So far, so unsurprising. We measure our wealth in comparison to others. Why not sex, too? You had to read the reports carefully to notice an important caveat: unless you've got very thin walls, or very candid friends, or a periscope and a lot of time on your hands, you don't have a clue how much sex other people are having. As the study's author acknowledged, researchers can only estimate the average frequency of sex in any given group using surveys in which people might exaggerate or lie. And when…

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Who Should You Hire? LinkedIn Says: Try Our Algorithm.

LinkedIn has upended corporate recruiting in the past decade, allowing talent scouts to scour a vast database of 200 million people’s career profiles. That was just the start. Now LinkedIn has created algorithms that might do the sorting even more nimbly. The result: a digital cheat-sheet for recruiters, called: “People You May Want to Hire.” Fruits of the new algorithms won’t be visible to ordinary users of the workplace social network, who get a basic service for free. Instead, the latest offering is aimed exclusively at LinkedIn’s best customers: the 16,400 enterprises that buy LinkedIn’s top-of-the-line profile-searching system, known as Recruiter. In a San Francisco briefing today, LinkedIn executives explained that they are about to roll out an updated version of Recruiter, with “People You May Want to Hire” as a prime example of what’s new. In an interview, Parker Barrile, the LinkedIn product manager overseeing Recruiter, explained some of the not-so-obvious factors that will guide the new algorithms. By sorting through its own data,…

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