5 Things to Know Today: January 30, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
In case you missed it, there are eight easy things you can do to manage your money better, Google just created a $4 million crisis fund for immigrants and refugees, and we’ve found the one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on: solar power.
1. Inc: 8 money management tips that everyone needs to know.
Money management should be a top priority, but that doesn’t mean it should be a top concern. Entrepreneur John Rampton, founder of Due.com, uses his riches to rags to riches story to share what he's learned about managing money if you face a sudden setback. The most surprising tip is also the most difficult: delay gratification. Rather than falling prey to emotional spending, delay making the purchase until you have the funds to cover it. In other words, don’t open a credit card to go on a shopping spree. Pay your bills first.
2. USA Today: Google just created a $4 million crisis fund in response to immigration ban
Google will match employee contributions to the fund up to $2 million, benefitting four organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee, and UNHCR. The new fund is the largest crisis campaign hosted by the tech giant. Other top tech companies are also responding to the controversial executive order, which they say will harm their employees and their ability to hire international talent.
3. Triple Pundit: One of the few things Republicans and Democrats agree on: residential solar power.
A new clean energy startup company called Powerscout analyzed the rooftops of more than 1 million donors to the GOP or Democratic party to determine if residential solar was more popular among Democrats or Republicans. The find was surprising: the adoption rate for solar power among the two parties was almost the same—around 3 percent for Democrats and 2.24 percent for Republicans.
4. Forbes: Female meteorologists are much more than "weather girls. "
They’re highly-educated scientists, and their jobs are more intense than just reading the weather. A new two-part episode of the Weather Channel’s Weather Geeks explores some of the unique challenges women face in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. During the episode, the chief meteorologist at ABC news, Ginger Zee said, “Women on television can also be scientists. It’s that simple.” Calling these scientists by their job titles will help improve media representation of women in science.
5. Fortune: Starbucks is facing a boycott after their promise to hire 10,000 refugees in its stores worldwide.
Last night, Starbucks announced that over the next five years they would seek to hire 10,000 refugees across their stores globally; in U.S. stores the effort would begin with refugees who have assisted the U.S. military. By Monday morning, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was the highest trending topic on Twitter, led by staunch supporters of President Donald Trump and his executive order to halt refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.