Lay off Ozil, Mertesacker asserts

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 21- Per Mertesacker has called on Arsenal’s fans to ease up on Mesut Ozil, encouraging support rather than criticism following a string of below par performances this month.The Germany international, the Gunners’ record £43million signing last year, hit the ground running in north London and began the season with a flurry of assists and goals. However, that form has tailed off significantly following some seemingly lacklustre displays, highlighted by his penalty miss in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.However, Mertesacker believes too much is expected of his compatriot, especially in what is only his first term with the club.“We have a lot of games here in England and everyone is tired, but it is not just up to Mesut,” said Mertesacker ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland.“It is up to everybody to encourage and come back, during the game we all need to encourage each other.“Mesut has played a lot of games and he is a massive player, we need him at his best. Game by game, he will come back stronger.“It is not normal to come here and perform well in the first season over 50 games.“Mesut is very important for us and he is a very creative guy. We need his assists and his goals, so the best is to encourage him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Conjoined twins recovering

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – Swathed in gauze, twin sisters Kendra and Maliyah Herrin were rolled from the operating room and moved to separate beds for the first time in their lives Tuesday after 26 hours of surgery in which doctors separated the 4-year-olds and reconstructed their internal organs. “When I was done with the operation and we were getting ready to take (Kendra) to the ICU, I got tears in my eyes, because they looked so good,” pediatric surgeon Dr. Michael Matlak said. The girls had been born in a perpetual hug, their little bodies fused at the midsection so that they were practically face-to-face. They shared a liver, a kidney, a pelvis, one set of legs and part of their intestines. Surgeons at Primary Children’s Medical Center gave each girl one leg, split their liver and intestines and reconstructed their bladders and their pelvic rings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesKendra kept their one functioning kidney, while Maliyah will be put on dialysis and receive one of her mother’s kidneys in a transplant operation in three to six months. Parents Jake and Erin Herrin, who also have a 6-year-old daughter and twin 14-month-old boys, had an emotional reunion with their daughters. “There were happy tears and sad tears,” hospital spokeswoman Bonnie Midget said. The operation was believed to be the first time surgeons separated conjoined twins with a shared kidney, said Dr. Rebecka Meyers, chief pediatric surgeon at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Matlak was the first to cradle Kendra after separation, lifting her gently from the operating table to move her to another room for reconstruction surgery. “It was a great moment,” Matlak said. “In one sense, she was mine.” Matlak said he feared the gaping separation wound on the girls’ bodies would be difficult to close. But tissue expanders placed in the twins weeks ago to grow their skin and muscles, combined with plastic surgery, made the job easier than expected, he said. But the days ahead will be tough. The girls are breathing with the assistance of ventilators, their bodies swollen from the hours of surgery and at risk for dangerous infections, Meyers said. They were swathed in gauze from chest to pelvis. The twins are expected to remain in intensive care for about a week and recover in the hospital for at least a month before doctors can consider sending them home. Conjoined twins occur about once in every 50,000 to 100,000 births. Only about 20 percent survive to become viable candidates for separation. “It was hard to decide whether or not to separate them,” Meyers said. “I feel good about the decision right now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Niall Horan is on talkSPORT and here’s how you can listen to and watch the show

first_img1 Simon Cowell wasn’t able to make it happen, but talkSPORT has finally managed to get Alan Brazil, Ally McCoist and Niall Horan (him from One Direction) into the studio at the same time.When is Niall Horan on talkSPORT?Friday 19 January, 2018 at 8am (GMT).What show is he on?The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.How can I listen/ watch?That’s easy. You can listen to the entire two hours live here.There will also be a Facebook live chat at 8.45am (GMT) on the talkSPORT Facebook page – facebook.com/talkSPORTFollow updates on Twitter here @SportsBreakfast and @talkSPORT.Click here to see the various ways to listen to talkSPORT.Does Niall like football?Yes and lots of other sport. He’s a Derby County fan, loves his rugby and has also been spotted at golf and tennis events in addition to enjoying a night out with Conor McGregor after his win against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.Who are Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist?They both used to play football and are former Scotland internationals. Alan played for Ipswich, Tottenham and Manchester United, while Ally is a hero to fans of Scottish club Rangers. Niall Horan telling a couple of fans he’s on talkSPORT on Friday at 8am center_img NOT TO BE MISSED! Friday’s show takes a new direction as Alan and Ally McCoist are joined in the studio by @NiallOfficial! 🎤🎸🎵We’re so excited we’ve even made an X Factor-inspired trailer.Take a look 👀👇 pic.twitter.com/tXdVujzJfg— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) January 17, 2018last_img read more

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: How Luis Suarez’s antics badly backfired at Anfield

first_imgHas Luis Suárez kicked out at Andy Robertson here?The Scot goes down after a coming together with the Barcelona striker. pic.twitter.com/0TbHfRmZ1i— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 7, 2019 ADVICE REPLY Suarez aimed a kick at Robertson Wijnaldum levelled things up Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won And the Uruguayan, who played the pantomime villain throughout, was partly responsible for Wijnaldum’s introduction.Suarez was involved in a controversial off-the-ball collision with Andy Robertson in the first-half, when the former Reds striker appeared to aim a couple of kicks at the Scottish full-back. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Luis Suarez’s antics have finally come back to bite him.Doubles from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum earned Liverpool a stunning 4-0 win as they pulled off a miracle against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED tense Robertson was unable to continue after the break and had to be replaced by, you guessed it, supersub Wijnaldum.Less than a minute separated the Dutchman’s two goals, and moments before his first, Suarez missed a guilt-edged opportunity to kill Liverpool’s chances with an away goal.Instead, Liverpool remarkably went through despite Barcelona’s 3-0 first leg victory – and Reds fans will feel justice has been done. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow 2last_img read more

Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of March 10, 2018

first_imgSo while we are all still riding the high of those fantastic Summer 2019 itineraries, Disney goes and hits us with just a teensy bit more awesomeness – new. ship. rendering!!!! Ok, so it’s just one picture of the ship exterior, but oh my stars, can we say gorgeous! There are so many details about the three new ships that are yet to be revealed, but here’s what we know so far:Each of the three new ships will be approximately 140,000 gross tons (to compare, the Magic and Wonder are just under 85,000 gross tons, and the Dream and Fantasy are just about 130,000 gross tons).There will be about 1,250 guest staterooms (the Magic and Wonder have 875 staterooms, and the Dream and Fantasy have 1,250).The new ships will run on liquefied natural gas, one of the cleanest burning fuels.The three new ships will debut in 2021, 2022, and 2023.They are going to be crazy amazing (*maybe not an actual published fact, but a fact nonetheless).The new ships will be in the same gorgeous style as the current fleet, with some new touches – check out those bump outs above the lifeboats! We have sooooo long to wait until we get onboard, but until then, I’ll keep drooling and dreaming of what’s to come!Yesterday, the Disney Magic arrived in Miami, all clean and pretty and ready to embark on her first post-drydock cruise today. The Disney Cruise Line Blog pointed out some changes already made to the deck plans reflecting the new areas. I know I’m on pins and needles anticipating reviews on the updates to the Oceaneer Club, Cove Cafe, the Rainforest Room, but most of all, the total change from Carioca’s to Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Anyone reading going to be on the 5-night Bahamian cruise today?? And finally, this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Disney Cruise Line: In The News Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Beauty and the BeastBorn In ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Doctor StrangeStar Wars: The Force AwakensThor: RagnarokCocoMoanaStar Wars: The Last JediBlack PantherFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationExperienced cruisers know all about the award-winning entertainment onboard the Disney Cruise ships, but many first time cruisers have some questions about what’s offered. Here’s some commonly asked questions/answers about the evening shows:Do I need to reserve a showtime? Nope! Your showtime will be opposite of your dinner seating. So, if you are on main dining, you will attend the second show, and if you are on late dining you will attend the first show. No tickets are necessary.What types of shows are offered? Shows will vary by ship, but each will feature their own unique Broadway-style production, like Tangled on the Magic, Frozen on the Wonder, Beauty and the Beast on the Dream, and Aladdin on the Fantasy. There are also shows made just for DCL, like Disney’s Believe. Depending on the itinerary, you may also have other live entertainment like magicians or variety acts, and on occasion there will be a movie shown in the theater. Will my kids be able to sit through the show? Theoretically, yes! The shows are all done with families in mind, and typically run about 45-60 minutes long. If your little one needs an extra lift for a good view, there are booster seats available by the doors when you enter the theater.Can I bring snacks or drinks in with me? Yes! You can bring your own snacks in with you if you wish. You can also stop at Preludes outside the theater to purchase candy, popcorn, drinks, and cocktails. Preludes is on all four ships.Previous cruisers – what’s your favorite show onboard??Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.center_img Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.Ports of Calllast_img read more

What Does the Popcorn of Pandora Taste Like?

first_imgShare This!Earth popcorn is so terrestrial! With Kat Saka’s Kettle coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to serve the popcorn of Batuu, it’s no surprise that Pandora has also decided to get in on the popcorn action. At Windtraders, the retail establishment in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find Pandora-themed prepackaged popcorn. And yes, it’s Na’vi Blue.As alien as the popcorn looks, the flavors sound pretty tasty if you’re a fan of sweet, flavored popcorn: blueberry-almond. Although I personally prefer the blending of cherry-almond, this flavor combination also makes for a great blend, and the popcorn includes dried blueberries and almonds. Each bag is $7.Is this a flavor of popcorn you’d want to try, or would you want to stick with the other flavors of prepackaged popcorn found at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Stratford dominates state

first_imgTigers wrestlers set a school record, earn four state championships in MadisonBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville 7-2 before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Stratford sophomore Mason Kauffman takes down two-time state champ Kal Gerber en route to a title of his own. (Kelly O’Day photo)“Mason capitalized his own strengths by outscoring Gerber on his feet,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “This strategy didn’t allow Gerber to score anything but one point escapes from the bottom as Kauffman showed a command performance.”Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shiocton in the 182-pound final. Bornbach took fifth at state last year.“Kamren didn’t want to go out without matching his teammates, and he had Fielding on his back in the second period with a cradle and never looked back,” Schwabe said.“It is great that it worked out so well that all four finalists were able to win. Seldom does it end the way we’d like, and the nice part is two are freshman and two are sophomores.”Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2 but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Hunter Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers earned medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Hertel was making his third state meet appearance and grabbed his second medal after placing fourth in 2012.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.Spencer’s Tim Bauer and Hunter Luepke and Stratford’s Anthony Gliniecki also competed at state and were eliminated on the first day of the tournament. Stratford’s Sam Wenzel and Tyson Kauffman won their first matches but lost in the quarterfinals and were eliminated from the tournament in the consolation bracket.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

The Eco-Technologies Great Debates – Client Architecture and the Data Center

first_imgI have just returned from the Intel sponsored Eco-Technology Great Debates where I was slotted into the topic of Thin vs. Thick Client Energy Efficiency. I had the opportunity to weigh in on the side of “Thick” clients as the most energy efficient. The bad news is that our team lost; the good news is that we didn’t lose by much (29 to 24)! The best news is that all of the teams had some very strong arguments (and even several very entertaining exchanges). Being a simple data center guy, I learned a lot, especially as it relates to thin client architecture and energy impacts. No contest, thin clients consume less energy at the device level than do thick clients (PCs and Laptops). But is that really the energy efficient answer? For thin clients, compute and storage are necessarily displaced to the data center. Data centers with thier concentrated IT equipment are typically inefficient to power and cool relative to laptops and PCs which are distributed by nature and cooled by ambient air. Generally data centers require 1 watt of power for cooling and electrical distribution (house load) for 1 watt of IT load (newer data centers are more efficient but still incur additional power costs simply to power and cool). Therefore, every kW of power that is shifted from distributed thick client use to a data center causes more or less 2 kW of impact in the data center! Wow! With the majority of the world’s data centers facing power or cooling capacity constraints and some with no additional grid power available at all, total energy costs extend beyond the simple house load + IT load equation. Expansion and upgrade of facilities increases energy consumption, as well. There are too many areas to detail here but needless to say the total power consumption for extracting and manufacturing data center components, transporting them to a site and construction of new facilities is non-trivial and likely larger per unit of compute than for the typical laptop. This collateral consumption is not comprehended in any calculations of alternative client model power efficiencies of which I am aware.. I also have no specific data on the power efficiency of PCs or laptops to provide rigorous comparison to data center power utilization efficiency. The above arguments, however, do appear to be logical. More work needs to be done to collect the data and analyze these concepts in detail….. If you want to see the instant replay of all of the debates (including the client debate, liquid vs. air cooling and ac power vs dc power in the data center), click on the web link above and look for the embedded webcast URL at the bottom of the resulting page. There are also a couple of links to other articles on the subject that are well worth reading. TTFN!last_img read more

Roundup 10/15: Voracious Appetites Edition

first_imgThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced two new agricultural policy grants; the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa gets $15 million to aid African nations in developing policies to boost yield and sustainability. Michigan State University and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development receive $10.4 million to help develop regulatory frameworks for biotechnology. The United States has officially proposed to list six threatened shark species—oceanic whitetip, dusky, sandbar and great, scalloped and smooth hammerheads—under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The U.S. Senate this afternoon passed its version of the $33.5 billion fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, sending the bill to the president’s desk. The Government Accountability Office has criticized NASA on its computer security.A new Web site aims to connect Chinese scientists with one another and their colleagues back home. (Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/angel_shark/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 )last_img read more

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer You Don’t Love

first_imgImagine you’ve just finished interviewing with several employers. Out of all of the interviews, you received one job offer. It wasn’t exactly what you wanted. Do you accept it?If you’ve experienced a long-term job search, you’re probably feeling like you should take what you can get. But when you encounter offers you don’t completely love, you must ask yourself if you will accept the job offer, attempt to negotiate, or wait for a better opportunity to come along.For those of you finding yourself in this situation, here are some things to consider when accepting a job offer you aren’t completely in love with:1. Would you be sacrificing any serious goals?One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself is if you would make any serious sacrifices in your career when accepting the job offer. Would you need to relocate to a new city or work more hours than you’d prefer? Take a moment to compare your career goals to the job offer and see where they overlap. As long as the job keeps you moving forward in your career, then maybe the offer isn’t so bad after all.2. Is there an opportunity for you to expand your skills and experience?Almost every job presents the opportunity to learn something new. As you think about the job offer, take a look at the different responsibilities you’d have and opportunities for learning. Will the position require you to learn a skill or program? Will you have the opportunity to attend workshops or conferences? Sometimes, these types of learning opportunities turn into perks that could have a positive impact on your career.3. Does the offer meet most of your needs?If you’re having a difficult time deciding on a job offer, make a list of your needs — everything from lifestyle needs to your career goals. If the only thing you don’t love about the offer is the vacation package, maybe the offer isn’t so bad. However, if you need to have a benefits package that supports your family or you have a strong desire for promotion, then maybe you should try to negotiate the offer.4. Can you picture yourself working for the company?If you can see yourself working in the office and with the people, it’s probably a good sign the company could be a good fit. Even if the salary isn’t as high as you had hoped, you could be accepting a job offer that provides with a great company culture and an overall positive experience. Remember, not every job is about making the big bucks — it should also be about if you can find happiness where you work.5. Could this job be a stepping stone to a better opportunity?Throughout your career, you’ll find that some jobs can help you discover better opportunities. It’s OK if not every job you have is your dream job. Although you should be working toward your career goals, there will be times when you need to work a particular job in order to achieve your next goal. Every type of experience you gain gives you the opportunity to shape your career path. All you need to do is ask yourself if this offer is the right opportunity for you.Now, when the time comes to accept the job offer, don’t forget about the power of negotiation. You can always negotiate an offer if you aren’t completely satisfied. But overall, you should weigh the cost and benefits of the position, and remember, your career goals and values should always come first.Have you accepted a job offer you didn’t love? What factored into your decision?last_img read more