Boy With Autism Who Ate Lunch With Football Player No Longer Sits Alone

 An 11-year-old Florida boy with autism, who gained Internet fame when a college football player joined him for lunch because he was eating alone, no longer sits by himself, his mother said.

Bo Paske went from often being secluded at his middle school lunchroom to being one of the popular students after a photo of his interaction with Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph went viral earlier this week. His mom said he was bombarded with attention in the cafeteria when he returned to school Wednesday.

“They were all cheering for him. All the girls all wanted him to sit with them,” his mom Leah Paske told TIME on Friday. “I think everybody will probably want him to sit with them going forward. I would be very surprised if he was ever sitting alone again in that cafeteria.”

The 39-year-old Tallahassee mom said she used to always find herself heartbroken that her son didn’t have many friends. She said Bo, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3, used to spend most days eating lunch alone. “It bothered me way more than it bothered him,” Leah Paske said. “It makes me feel much better to know that people would surround him with love there.”

Now, she worries less — and she said Bo’s story has inspired dozens of people around the world and has brought hope to other parents of children who have autism. “To know a picture and few words could be that life-changing for moms and families all over the world is so humbling,” Leah Paske said. “I’m speechless.

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New York City debuts plans for upgraded subway cars with WiFi and USB chargers

Governor Andrew Cuomo talked up some ambitious plans for the future of the New York City Subway during an address to a crowd at Brooklyn’s Transit Museum this week. At the top of the list is the addition of 1,025 new/refurbished subway cars, featuring some relatively high-tech amenities.

“New York deserves a world-class transportation network, worthy of its role as the heartbeat of the 21st century economy,” the Governor told the crowd. “The MTA design team developed a bold and visionary reimagining of the quintessential commuter experience, incorporating best practices from global transit systems, and focusing on our core mission to renew, enhance and expand.”

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Some 750 of the revamped cars will feature accordion-style connectors to free up standing space, as opposed to the current “do not walk between cars” door arrangement. The entrance doors will be widening up as well, from 50- to 58-inches, which should free things up a bit as everyone attempts to rush on and off all at once during rush hour.

As far as the high(er) tech bits and bobs, plans include on-board WiFi, which certainly makes sense and USB chargers – which, lets be honest, could become something of an issue on a system where people grapple for the last open seat during rush hour. And let’s be honest, given the exceedingly slow rate of subway car turnover, it seems like a safe bet that standard will be antiquated long before the MTA does another upgrade.

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That said, Governor Cuomo seems intent on rushing out the new cars, along with their new LED headlights and digital displays, as quickly as possible. The MTA will utilize contractors to implement the changes as part of a five-year, $27 billion upgrade plan.

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Hot Jobs for 2020 and Beyond

The world around us is changing so quickly that only those who don’t even try to understand it have any chance of dealing with it. Jobs that used to pay the bills will soon fade into the murk along with such former occupations as stevedore, elevator operator, and the guy who separates editorial content from advertising. The good news is that as old careers disappear, new ones are arising to take their place. Here are just a few.

Fitbit walker: Face it. Sometimes you just don’t have the time or inclination to do your steps. This employee will don your wearable tech and do your 10,000 for you, making sure you stay in shape.

Identity broker: Increasingly, our “real” selves are simply too quotidian to make it where it counts in the virtual space. These entrepreneurs will provide personae that are much more engaging and marketable. I plan to be a pugnacious, idealistic mountaineer looking for fun, but still capable of deep commitment if the right person comes along.

Online shaming consultant: Along with an Internet rage manager, these professionals will work with you to make sure that you’re properly gang-bullying the right people on Twitter and Facebook and not being attacked by the angry mob yourself for a random joke, comment, or honest opinion.

Self-driving-car driver: Silicon Valley will have its way, and at some point pretty soon none of us will have the right or ability to drive ourselves. Instead, vehicles powered by AI almost as stupid as we are will be in control. When they get into trouble, individuals capable of running a yellow light in order to avoid an accident will be needed.

Genuine friend locator: I have many “friends” who are unknown to me. When they wish me happy birthday, it’s about as meaningful as when a talking elevator tells me to have a nice day. Somewhere buried in all those contacts, I must have some real friends who mean something to me. This person will help me find them.

Disrupter disrupter: I’m sick of these buttheads and their enablers in the media and would pay big money to see somebody with some mad skills mess them up.

Emoji exterminator: There are simply too many. Some must die.

Geriatric navigator: Egotistical billionaire moguls are working hard to live forever. It appears they’ll be around for 10, 20, even 40 years longer than prior generations. By the time they hit 120, they’ll be physically fine but unable to tell which end is up or how many third homes they own.

Cyber-pet euthanizer: What do you do with a 60-year-old cyborg Shih Tzu who won’t stop its high, strobed-out barking? Someone will be needed to take Fluffy out and gently remove its tiny little silicon brain center.

Brain rebooter: Drugs will appear soon that make us smarter, faster, and more fun at parties. In addition, they’ll tend to separate our cerebellums from our corpora callosa. Enter this specialist to get our heads back together–until we choose to scramble them again.

Dirt farmer: What’s old is new again. Experts tell us we’re only about 30% through the whole climate change thing. When the entire world is covered with nothing but dust, we’re still going to need broccoli.

Funeral director on Mars: Elon Musk wants to die there. He’s been right about a lot of things so far. A clear opportunity for the right mortician awaits.

A version of this article appears in the July 1, 2016 issue of Fortune.

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More than just tax accountants…

Here at Prinzo & Associates, we are far more than just your seasonal tax accountants. We have been serving individuals and businesses in the Pittsburgh metro area for over 25 years. Watch our latest video to see just a few of the other services we offer. To see a full list of how we can help with retirement, starting a business, estate planning, payroll and more, visit our website.

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The Unexpected Payoff of Failure

In recent years the notion that failure brings rewards has become so venerated by business thinkers (and publications) that you could be forgiven for thinking yourself lacking if you haven’t suffered at least one calamitous, abject disaster in your career. In truth, people who have tried and failed at launching their own startup know that it incurs many unrecouped costs: time, sweat, emotion, and, most often, money.

But new research reveals an unexpected reward for those who abandon the entrepreneurial life. According to a paper by finance professor Gustavo Manso of the University of California at Berkeley, self–employment does, in fact, pay off–often in the form of higher wages when the person returns to work at another company. “You don’t need to be crazy to be entrepreneurial,” says -Manso, who holds the school’s William A. and Betty H. Hasler Chair in New Enterprise Development. “There’s a reasonable payoff.”

Manso analyzed the earnings of more than 5,000 Americans between 1979 and 2012, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They showed that the typical person makes less as an entrepreneur than he could earn at a bigger company. Most of those people go back to salaried jobs after two years or less–and that’s where it gets interesting.

People who had been self-employed at one point in their career did better financially compared with people who hadn’t, according to Manso’s research. Those who tried and abandoned entrepreneurship after less than two years weren’t punished financially when they moved to another employer. And those who lasted more than two years as entrepreneurs ended up earning 10% to 20% more than their peers.


“Big companies are willing to pay more because they believe they’ll get more bang for their buck,” says John Reed, senior executive director at IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology. In just the past few years he has seen increased demand for entrepreneurial recruits, especially among large companies.

Former business owners often bring a broad set of skills gained from handling multiple problems, -moving fast, and getting things done with limited resources. Says Reed: “Big companies need that different way of thinking.”

That was the case for David Bloom, whose e-commerce software startup,, shut down last year despite $2.5 million in investment from Google and Techstars, industry accolades, and 40 employees. Failure couldn’t have worked out better for him. It turns out all the sleepless nights about meeting payroll and the long hours building software and doing customer research set him up for a big promotion. Before he started Ordrx, he had been a product director at American Express axp . When he returned to the workforce late last year, he nabbed a vice president job at Dow Jones, earning nearly double his previous salary. “What I got out of leaving was much more diverse professional skills than if I had stayed at American Express,” Bloom says. “A startup was a business education at warp speed every day.”

Bloom says the entrepreneurial stint also gave him the confidence to apply for higher-level jobs at large companies and in a wider array of industries. Headhunters regularly call him for new job opportunities. “Big companies want that mix of startup and big–company experience,” he says.

Failure, he says, is irrelevant to most hiring managers if you’re honest about why you failed and what you learned from it. “Just own it,” Bloom says, “because you went out and did it.”

Running your own business can also help chart a completely new career path, as was the case for former entrepreneur Rachel Honeth Kim. She spent a year running Nailed Kit, a startup that sold designer fingernail decals, before deciding she wasn’t passionate enough to continue long term. She discovered she hated the back-office tasks of budgets and taxes, but she excelled at getting press for her startup in a number of national beauty magazines.

When she went back to the workforce, she applied for high-level public relations jobs, despite no formal training or past PR positions. (Most of her 10-year career was spent in marketing.) Yet Kim landed a senior-level job heading all the communications for Gusto, a 300-person online payroll company. Plus, she says, she received a 20% pay raise from her last salaried job. “It’s my dream job,” she says, “but I never would have gotten it if I hadn’t been an entrepreneur.”

A version of this article appears in the April 1, 2016 issue of Fortune.

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The Best Way to Network

The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today’s answer to the question “What’s the best way to make fruitful connections?” is written by Simon Berg, CEO of Ceros.

As a self-confessed hater of “networking,” my approach to making connections is a bit different than many CEOs’. As with everything I do in life or in business, I start with a goal that has a greater meaning, rather than a selfish goal. For instance, I run Ceros to do great, which is gratifying and ultimately leads to success–not to become a billionaire and retire early. I approach networking the same way.

When I’m making new connections, I look for relationships to invest in that will be fruitful, fun, and enjoyable for me and for the other person.

So what should you do if you’re just starting to build your professional network? If I rewind the clock to a time when I had no connections outside of my tiny universe of friends or colleagues, my first step was to seek out the people close to me who I found interesting and inspiring. I met with them, and out of genuine curiosity and interest, I asked lots of questions to learn about who they were, what they did for a living, and what inspired them. As the old sales adage goes: You have two ears and one mouth, so use them in that proportion.


This advice isn’t earth-shattering, but that’s really all there is to it. Find individuals you’re intrigued by. Spend time getting to know them. Express your opinions and share your excitement in an honest way. When you do, you’ll inevitably find common ground and become friends. Ta da! You’ve just made connection number one.

Now guess what that new connection is going to do? Since they like you and also find you interesting, they’re going to introduce you to someone else they find interesting. Ta da! You’ve made your second connection. And your network will keep growing from there.

As your number of connections grows, it’s important to keep being honest, intriguing, and occasionally charming. Always remember that networking is a two-way activity–you should give as much as you take. Do so in a natural way, not a forceful way.

For me, it’s important to develop deep connections I can rely on during good times and bad times, peacetime or wartime. I like knowing that I’ll receive the same level of support, no matter what the circumstances might be. Fewer connections that are really solid mean more to me than knowing thousands of people.

Others advocate for serial networking instead, and if that’s what you want to do, then by all means do it. Then your approach is more of a numbers game–you’ll have a long list of connections, but individual connections won’t be as fruitful.

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Americans Feel More Pressured by Job Competition Now—And They Like It

After the mass layoffs that plagued the financial recession, Americans have entered an era that seems even more threatening to their job stability: the creation of robots, outsourcing to other nations, a potential recession–all could lead to a layoff or even make their jobs obsolete.

That’s according to a Pew Research Center study, which surveyed workers about why they decided to up their job training. Many pointed to the mounting pressures of an increasingly competitive atmosphere for workers in the U.S.

“(In 2008) I saw everything going on around me with co-workers, neighbors, friends and asked myself, ‘Who’s coming after me and my job? How long are my skills going to last?’” Pew reported one of their anonymous participants saying during one of a series of focus group interviews regarding their feelings about increased job training. Participants came from St. Louis, Atlanta, and Baltimore metro regions.

Another participant noted that with the rapid pace of technology–some jobs having been replaced by robot workers in just the past decade–he or she already assumed that their work would be “obsolete in the next decade.”

“That’s our reality,” a millennial in a starter job from St. Louis region said.

That’s led to workers to constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge in a seemingly unending game of catch up to stay at the top of or in their jobs. About 63% of workers polled by Pew said they got job-related training in the past year.

But according to the same study conducted from Oct. 13 to Nov. 15, many Americans are finding the “catch up” part of this high-pressure atmosphere “delightful,” “dreamy,” even “euphoric.”

That’s because people like the learning, according to Pew’s research released Tuesday.

When asked to provide a single word to describe their feelings about learning new things, most participants gave words that were overwhelmingly positive. People said accomplished, energized, dreamy, even heavenly. Just a few participants gave negative one-word answers, such as overwhelming, exhausted, and twisted.

And that also helped them feel better at work.

People also told Pew in a focus group that aside from staying employable, they also took the courses because it was “satisfying” and “good”: it made them feel valuable to their colleagues. It also made them feel self-reliant, well-rounded, and challenged. Others said it satisfied their curiosity, and in other cases helped “prove others wrong.”

55% of workers polled said they took classes to learn, maintain, or improve job skills, 36% said it was for a license or certification required at the job, and 24% said it was for a raise or promotion at work.

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Why We Could See an Oil Price Shock in 2016

The depletion of old oil wells is expected to surpass new sources of supply in 2016, as the ongoing oil price slump puts a long list of oil projects on the shelf.

Bloomberg flagged new data from the Norwegian consultancy firm Rystad Energy, which predicts that legacy production will tip the supply balance into the negative in 2016 for the first time in years.

The production from an average conventional oil field typically ramps up in the early years, plateaus and then enters a period of decline. Depletion rates vary wildly from field to field, but a rule of thumb for conventional oil fields – which make up the bulk of total global supply – is that they decline something like 6 percent per year on average. Again, those depletion rates can differ depending on location, levels of investment, etc., but one thing that is clear is that the oil industry needs to bring new oil fields online every year in order to merely keep production flat. Oil See-saws On Brussels Bombings, OPEC Freeze Rumors

Rystad Energy estimates that the crash in oil prices has cut into upstream investment so severely that natural depletion rates will overwhelm the paltry new sources of supply in 2016. Existing fields will lose about 3.3 million barrels per day (mb/d) in production this year, while new fields brought online will only add 3 mb/d. This does not take into account rising oil demand, which will soak up most of the excess supply by the end of the year.

But the 3 mb/d of new supply in 2016 will mostly come from large offshore projects that were planned years ago, investments that were made before oil prices started crashing. The EIA sees four offshore projects starting up in 2016 – projects from Shell, Noble Energy, Anadarko, and Freeport McMoran – plus two more in 2017. The industry completed eight projects in the Gulf in 2015. U.S. Gulf of Mexico production will climb from 1.63 mb/d in 2016 to 1.91 mb/d by the end of 2017. Oil Prices Struggle To Move Beyond $40

However, outside of these large-scale multiyear offshore projects, the queue of new oil fields is starting to be cleared out. By 2017, the supply/depletion balance will go deeper into negative territory. Depletion will exceed new sources of production by around 1.2 mb/d before widening even further in 2018 and 2019.

A few months ago, Wood Mackenzie estimated that around $380 billion in planned oil projects had been put on ice due to the crash in oil prices. Wood Mackenzie says that between 2007 and 2013, the oil industry greenlighted about 40 large oil projects on average each year. That figure plunged to fewer than 10 in 2015.

The coming supply crunch stands in sharp contrast to the short-term picture. The EIA reported on March 23 that crude oil storage levels once again increased, surging by 9.4 million barrels last week to break yet another record. Total inventories in the U.S. now stand at 532.5 million barrels. Record high storage levels, which continue to climb, are signs of short-term oversupply. The IEA expects supply to continue to outstrip demand by about 1.5 mb/d until later this year. Oil storage levels will have to fall to more normal levels before oil prices can rise substantially. Russia Under Threat From U.S. Natural Gas

But the Rystad Energy figures show that the supply-demand balance could quickly swing back in the other direction as upstream investment has screeched to a halt. As soon as later this year, or perhaps in 2017, demand could catch up to supply. Inventories will begin falling quickly and prices will start to rise. However, since supply is inelastic in the short run, the industry may struggle to satisfy demand at stable prices. The oil markets have always suffered from booms and busts, and this is just more of the same. The current bust is sowing the seeds of the next boom.

Of course, U.S. shale has demonstrated its ability to ramp up quickly, and those short lead times could allow new supply to come online as prices rise. But it remains to be seen if U.S. shale, more or less on its own in the short run, can meet rising demand in 2017 and 2018 as conventional oil drilling remains on the sidelines.

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‘Historic’ spending cuts putting future oil supply at risk, threatening future spike in prices

An oil shock may be lurking around the corner as the price bust has hammered investment in future supply, according to the International Energy Agency.

“Historic” investment cuts taking place now increase the possibility of oil-security surprises in the “not-too-distant” future, Neil Atkinson, head of the IEA’s Oil Industry and Markets Division, said in Singapore on Wednesday. About US$300 billion is needed to sustain the current level of production, and nations including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Mexico are facing difficulty in keeping up investments, he said.

“We need a lot of investments just to stand still,” Atkinson said at the launch event of SIEW 2016. “There’s danger as we are reaching a point where we are barely investing upstream. If investment doesn’t resume in 2017 and 2018, we can see a spike in oil prices as oil supply can’t meet demand.”

Companies from ConocoPhillips to Chevron Corp. and BP Plc have cancelled more than US$100 billion in investments, laid off tens of thousands of workers, slashed dividends and sold assets as oil sank below US$30 a barrel to a 12-year low. With crude rebounding since mid-February to near US$41, Atkinson said the worst may be over for prices as they have a floor “for the time being.” The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers including Russia plan to meet in Doha next month to discuss limiting output to reduce a global oversupply.

No Impact

“The meeting may or may not take place,” said Atkinson. It’s seen as a gesture to show that there is stability and the impact it will have on actual supply structure will be “none whatsoever,” said Atkinson, who expects oil prices to average US$35 to US$40 a barrel this year.

West Texas Intermediate oil for May delivery lost as much as 58 cents US to US$40.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at US$41.01 at 6:36 p.m. Singapore time. Prices, which have declined for two years, may have passed their lowest point as shrinking supplies outside OPEC and disruptions inside the group erode the global surplus, the IEA said in its monthly market report on March 11.

“You need to invest large sums of money just to maintain existing production and if you want to grow production to meet the demand growth that we’re expecting, that money has to come from somewhere and we’re seeing big cuts,” Atkinson said in a separate interview at the event. The IEA was founded after the oil crisis of 1973-1974, initially to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in the supply of crude, according to its website.

Market Balance

U.S. crude stockpiles are at 523.2 million barrels, the highest level since 1930, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Supply and demand will move closer to balance in the second half of this year, according to Atkinson.

The oil market will be balanced in 2017 and stockpiles will fall from 2018 to 2021, Atkinson said. Global demand will grow 1.2 per cent a year in the five years to 2021, compared with 1.7 per cent annual growth in 2009 to 2015, he said.

There will be “barely any supply to meet demand” if investments don’t resume in the next one or two years, said Atkinson. Apart from Saudi Arabia and one or two other Gulf state nations, there is little spare capacity around the world, he said.

The risk of supply outages such as those in Nigeria and Iraq are “episodic” events due to political instability, something that may also affect other countries around the world as a result of low oil prices, according to Atkinson. Further ahead, Venezuela’s economic problems may lead to social and political unrest and the potential for supply disruptions in Libya remains a risk, he said.

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These Are the Jobs With the Biggest Gender Pay Gaps

Considering the push to get more women into tech, you might think companies would be throwing bushels of money at female computer programmers. But as it turns out, you’d be wrong.

According to a study released Wednesday by Glassdoor, computer programmers have the largest wage gap of any profession examined by the career site, with female programmers making an average of 72 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.


Glassdoor looked at 505,000 salary report from 25 industries, controlling for factors like type of company and workers’ level of experience. Here’s a look at the top 10 jobs with the biggest adjusted pay gaps.’s a clear pattern here: The largest differentials are found in traditionally male-dominated roles like computer programmer, chef, and c-level executive. Conversely, Glassdoor found that jobs historically held by women have smaller, or even reversed, gaps. stats also tell us something important about the larger pay gap. Census datatells us that the top jobs for women are low-paid careers like cashier and secretary. If men outnumber women in lucrative fields like programming and the top ranks of medicine–and those women who do make it into those jobs are paid substantially less than their male colleagues,–is it any wonder that recent estimates suggest that it will take us another 117 years to close the global pay gap?

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