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Growth has been strong but productivity still low Bank of Canada deputy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Economic growth in Canada has been strong in recent quarters, but significant challenges remain and productivity levels are still well below those in the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official says.Speaking to the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Canada deputy governor Sylvain Leduc said Tuesday that productivity growth could be increased by reducing the barriers that future fast-growing firms may face.Leduc says a report from the World Bank noted that Canada is one of the easiest countries to start a business, but he added that it is more difficult for firms to grow beyond a certain point.He says the recent free trade deal with Europe and an agreement earlier this year to help reduce barriers to interprovincial trade are encouraging examples to help firms grow.Leduc said that while about half of new firms close their doors within five years of starting, those that do make a name for themselves tend to grow rapidly and referred to them as “gazelles.”“These young, transformative companies that are growing at dizzying speeds have a good chance of developing new technologies that increase productivity,” he said.Leduc says the pace of economic growth is expected to slow over the next few quarters, but noted it should still exceed that of potential output.“We therefore expect an increase in entry rates and a decline in business exits over the coming quarters,” he said. “Moreover, the contribution of new firms to increasing the productive capacity of the economy could give rise to a virtuous circle of growth.”The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target last month for the second time this year following a strong start to the year for the economy.However, governor Stephen Poloz signalled last week that the bank would take a more cautious approach to any future rate hikes.last_img read more

School Buses cancelled in School District 60 59

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled bus service for Thursday, November 29.Poor secondary road conditions have caused School District 60 to decide for the fourth day in a row.  Schools will remain open.  In a post on their website, District Officials apologized for the inconvenience.“The district sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these cancellations. Regular bus service will resume once drivers determine that buses can be operated safely. Schools will be open for those students who are able to attend.” School Buses have also been cancelled in and around Dawson Creek for School District 59. Buses are still running in Chetwynd.last_img read more

GradPASS program available to Fort St John High school graduates

first_img“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates – and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, and to the more than 70 local governments in B.C. and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”First introduced in Vancouver in 1988, GradPASS created to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students. BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”Visit bctransit.com   for information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Transit and partnering communities are offering the GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province.High school graduates from Over 70 communities across British Columbia are participating in the program including Dawson Creek to give high school graduates the opportunity to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.GradPASS cards will be distributed to graduates in late May and to use their GradPASS, they only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.last_img read more

Ennore LNG terminal to help IOC fasttrack city gas projects

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s first east coast LNG import terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu will help state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) fast-track its city gas distribution plans, said Wood Mackenzie. The 5 million tonne per annum (MTPA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal, built by IOC at a cost of Rs 5,150 crore, was commissioned earlier this week.”IOC has already secured captive customers for 2 MTPA of capacity. The Ennore terminal will also help fast-track IOC’s city gas distribution plan, as gas from the terminal will be supplied to consumers around Chennai and Madurai,” Wood Mackenzie’s senior analyst Kaushik Chatterjee said in a report. India plans to double its LNG import and regasification capacity to 56.5 MTPA by 2025 to meet the energy needs of a fast-growing economy. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn order to supply natural gas to various consumers, IOC is laying a 1244-km pipeline for evacuation of gas from Ennore terminal. The pipeline from the terminal will go up to Madurai, Trichy and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and branch out to Bengaluru via Hosur in Karnataka. Imported gas at the terminal will meet fuel requirement of Chennai Petroleum Corp, Madras Fertilisers, Tamil Nadu Petroproducts and Manali Petrochemicals. Ennore LNG terminal is part of India’s plan to raise the share of natural gas in the country’s energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from current 6.2 per cent. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In the longer term, Ennore could become integrated with India’s national gas network via a pipeline to Vijayawada or Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. “Historically, delays in intra-state pipeline construction have impeded gas and LNG usage in India. The pipeline connecting the Kochi regasification terminal in Kerala to Mangalore in Karnataka is a glaring example,” Chatterjee said. IOC, he said, has additional plans to connect remaining refineries to gas pipelines, which will likely at least double its gas demand. IOC has signed a 0.7 MTPA contract with Mitsubishi for 20 years, with supply coming from Cameron LNG in the US. “We believe the commissioning of Ennore may also lead IOC to source more LNG directly rather than via Petronet LNG Ltd,” he said. India has four LNG import and regasification terminals on the west coast — 15 MTPA Dahej plant in Gujarat operated by Petronet LNG , Shell’s 5 MTPA Hazira terminal in the same state, GAIL’s 1.2 MTPA plant at Dabhol in Maharashtra and Petronet’s 5 MTPA terminal at Kochi in Kerala. “Indian regas capacity had constrained imports in recent years. Both Dahej and Hazira operated at maximum levels through much of 2018,” the consultancy said.last_img read more

Giriraj to meet Nitish Kumar Thursday evening visit Begusarai on Friday

first_imgPatna: BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who apparently went into a sulk upon being asked to contest from a Lok Sabha seat other than the one he held and fell in line after a meeting with party chief Amit Shah, will call on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday evening. The meeting will be followed by his visit to Begusarai on Friday where he will take on former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar. “Appointment has been fixed with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at 5 P.M. Many thanks to the honourable chief minister for sparing his time,” Singh tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The meeting with Kumar, of whom he had been a fierce critic since the days he served as a minister in the state cabinet, assumes significance as return of the chief ministers JD(U) to the BJP-led coalition had led to circumstances which made Singh forgo his Nawada seat. The JD(U), which is contesting on 17 seats, the same number as the BJP, had insisted on having the Munger seat from where it is fielding Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan a close aide of Kumar, who had won the seat in 2009 and was the runner-up five years later. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Ram Vilas Paswans LJP, which held Munger, agreed to give up the seat in exchange for Nawada. Mafia don-turned-politician Suraj Bhan Singhs wife was the MP from Munger and the party has now fielded his brother from Nawada. Singh was given Begusarai which has a large population of Bhumihars, the community to which he belongs. He also wanted to contest the seat in 2014 but moved to Nawada upon the partys direction and achieved victory in his first Lok Sabha election. Begusarai fell vacant a few months ago following the death of the incumbent Bhola Singh. However, Giriraj Singh felt slighted as he happened to be the only BJP Union minister from Bihar, who has been made to give up his sitting seat. Others Ashwini Kumar Choubey, R K Singh and Radha Mohan Singh are seeking re-election from their respective seats. The JD(U)s support would be crucial for Singh in Begusarai as the party had won the seat in 2004 and 2009. The CPI, which had finished third in 2014 and yet managed to secure close to two lakh votes, has this time fielded Kanhaiya Kumar who belongs to the same caste as Singh. Lalu Prasads RJD, which had said before the elections that it would support Kanhaiya Kumar if fielded from Begusarai, has now changed its stance and is likely to field Tanveer Hassan, the runner-up of 2014, who may benefit from a division of Bhumihar votes between Kumar and Singh. Meanwhile, Singh is also set to begin his campaign in Begusarai from Friday where polling is scheduled in the fourth phase of elections and the filing of nominations will commence on April 2 while voting will take place on April 29. “All patriots are welcome to Begusarai. I will depart from Patna for my karmabhoomi Begusarai Friday,” Singh said in another tweet. In yet another tweet he announced “I will file my nomination from Begusarai on April 06.”last_img read more

Ohio State running back Mike Weber says he wasnt 100 percent will

Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s 31-16 upset loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber admitted he was not yet fully healthy, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury that he originally suffered early in fall camp.“I wasn’t 100 percent,” Weber said. “The goal was to come in here and help the team the best way I can and it didn’t work, but I did what I could.”On his third carry during the second quarter, the running back tweaked his hamstring again and did not return until the final drive of the fourth quarter.Hamstring injuries tend to linger, and Weber said he was told by team doctors that he should continue to expect tweaks throughout the season. Weber didn’t play in Ohio State’s 49-21 season opening win against Indiana due to the injury. After the game, coach Urban Meyer said the redshirt sophomore was “80 percent” healthy, could’ve played if necessary and would play against Oklahoma.The head coach restated that Weber would play throughout the week leading up to the matchup against the Sooners. But in Saturday night’s loss to Oklahoma, Weber didn’t reach the field until the second quarter and only tallied three carries, picking up 29 yards. He also caught two passes for 10 yards. Luckily for the Buckeyes, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has filled in aptly and, once again, led his team in rushing with 72 yards. Weber said that once he is healthy, the duo will impress.“It’s going to look scary, actually,” Weber said. “I get healthy and he gets better each game. I help him each game and he helps me.” read more

Womens Basketball No 18 Ohio State beats Wisconsin 6855 for third straight

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) came out with a 68-55 victory against Wisconsin (9-16, 2-10 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin. After dropping three straight games, the Buckeyes have bounced back and reeled off three wins in a row.The Badgers were well within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but Ohio State ended their hopes of an upset by maintaining the lead and holding a 24-17 fourth-quarter advantage.Ohio State threatened to run away with an easy win in the first quarter. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 16 points in the opening quarter. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga came out hot, dropping nine points in the first quarter. She finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.The Badgers got back into the game with runs in the second and third quarters. Wisconsin went on an 18-2 run stretching from the second quarter to the third quarter to take a 36-35 lead. However, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell made a layup to reclaim the lead with 5:08 left in the third. Mitchell finished the game with 16 points.The Buckeyes struggled shooting from deep throughout the game, hitting just 4-of-18 3-pointers. Ohio State badgered Wisconsin on the defensive end, picking up 14 steals and forcing 17 turnovers. Freshman forward Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Cayla McMorris added 15 points.Losing the lead in the third quarter wasn’t the most frightening moment for the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior Makayla Waterman went down with a neck injury with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. She was carted off and taken to a local hospital.“Makayla was taken to a local hospital for precautionary evaluation,” athletic trainer Chalisa Fonza said in a statement an hour after the game ended. “As far as we know, she has full function in all of her extremities and is doing well.”Editor’s note (4:33 p.m.): This article has been updated a statement from Ohio State on Waterman’s condition read more

Graeme Souness slams Anthony Taylor

first_imgPundit Graeme Souness has blasted referee Anthony Taylor for not sending off Watford’s Etienne Capoue for a challenge on Wilfried Zaha.Etienne Capoue was shown only a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Wilfried Zaha, however, Souness disagreed with the referee’s decision and also hit out at the Watford player.“He (Capoue) set out to nail Zaha,” Souness told Sky Sports.“Just look where the referee is. What is he, three, four yards away from it? For the life of me, how does the referee not see that as a red card?“It tells me one of two things: he’s completely bottled it, or he doesn’t understand football.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“He (Capoue) is trying to hurt him badly. When you damage your Achilles tendon badly, which there was a real danger of happening there, you’re never the same player again.“The referee, for me… I find it so frustrating. You can’t just say he got it wrong. It’s not as if he has got an obscured view. It’s not as if it could be or might be a red card.“That is 100 per cent a red card. There’s leaving a bit on someone, and there’s real malice in that, trying to injure him for a long, long time.”Fellow pundits Jamie Redknapp and Alan Smith both agreed with Souness that Capoue should have been sent off for that challenge.last_img read more

Nagababus wife confirms Allu Arjun Varun Tej campaigning for Pawan Kalyans Jana

first_imgNagababu familyTwitterActor Nagababu aka Nagendra Babu’s wife Padmaja has confirmed the news that Allu Arjun, Varun Tej and Niharika Konidela will campaign for Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party in the 2019 general elections.Pawan Kalyan has been single-handedly working hard to get majority of votes for the MLA and MP candidates of Jana Sena Party in the 2019 general elections. But he is not able to give enough time for everyone. This has raised the question why the power star is not able to bring in some star campaigners from the film industry. Many are also asking why mega family has ignored his party.Finally, here is good news for the supporters of Jana Sena party. In an interview, Nagababu’s wife Padmaja revealed that Allu Arjun, Varun Tej and Niharika are going to participate in the campaign. In an interview, she said, “Many people are impressed with the JSP manifesto. Some are confident of Pawan Kalyan, while a few doubt whether he will fulfill the promises made in manifesto.”Talking about Pawan Kalyan entering politics, Padmaja said, “Initially, I was not happy with Kalyan’s decision. I felt he was leading a happy life in the film industry. Why is risking himself, by getting into politics? I don’t like politics because, people will criticize you, even if you work hard for them.”Nagababu’s wife added, “After seeing his public speeches, I felt Kalyan has taken a right decision. He has come to do something good for the people and there is no bad intention in him joining politics. Whatever he promises to the people, he will definitely fulfill it.” Pawan Kalyan inducts his brother Nagababu in to Jana Sena partyTwitterNagababu, who also opposed Pawan Kalyan launching Jana Sena, recently joined the party and is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Narasapuram constituency. Talking about her husband, Padmaja said, “He is a very good-natured person and there is no negative stuff connected with his name. He is positive about the people that they would make him victorious in this elections.” Varun Tej with Allu ArjunTwitterAlong with her mother, actress Niharika Konidela is campaigning for her father Nagababu. When asked other members of the mage family, Padmaja said, “Varun will take part in the campaign after returning from the US. Bunny (Allu Arjun) will also definitely campaign for the Jana Sena soon.”last_img read more

Cardinals Fall to Boston College

first_imgThe Cardinals dropped the doubles point to the Eagles. UofL won at No. 3 when Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin beat Natasha and Loren Haukova 6-4. But the Eagles pushed back when Jackie Urbinati and Kylie Wilcox of BC took down Sena Suswam and Dina Chaika 6-4 at No. 1.  The Cardinals battled for the point at No. 2 with Raven Neely and Diana Wong finally bowing out 7-6 (3) in a tiebreaker. Neely tried to regain the momentum when she rolled 6-1, 6-1 over Natasha Irani at No. 3 to even the score. But the Eagles got the win at No. 2 when Jackie Urbinati beat Nikolina Jovic 6-2, 6-3. Louisville’s Diana Wong fell 6-2, 6-3 to Laura Lopez at No. 5. Senior Aleksandra Mally won her final match at the Bass-Rudd, beating Elene Tsokilauri 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.  Dina Chaika lost 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 to BC’s Reagan Posorske. Sena Suswam was 7-6 (2), 1-6, 2-3 when she retired. Photo Gallery Story Links Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 5-2 to visiting Boston College Sunday morning at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in the final home match of the season. The Cardinals will wrap up their final regular season ACC matches on the road. UofL will travel to Virginia Tech on  April 5, to Virginia on April 7, to Miami on April 11 and to Florida State on April 13. Boston College 5, Louisville 2 Singles competition1. #99 Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 2-3, retired2. Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2, 6-33. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Natasha Irani (BC) 6-1, 6-24. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-35. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-2, 6-36. Reagan Posorske (BC) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 Doubles competition1. Jackie Urbinati/Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-42. Laura Lopez/Elene Tsokilauri (BC) def. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) 7-6 (7-3)3. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Natasha Irani/Loren Haukova (BC) 6-4Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,5,4,6,1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Chungs WalkOff Double Lifts Louisville to a 109 Win Over No 33

first_imgAprile was pleased with her team’s resiliency in the game. Meghan King (19-3) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on seven hits and striking out seven in 4.2 innings. Sydney Sherrill led the Seminoles at the plate, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Louisville struck again in the fifth after Chung singled and Butler was hit by a pitch to set up Newman’s two-run triple which put the Cards on top 5-3.   Ferguson’s two-run homer extended the Cardinals’ lead to 7-3. Freshman Taylor Roby’s single set up Ferguson who crushed a shot that glanced off of the foul pole in right field for her fourth home run of the season.   Louisville 10 – Florida State 9 Rebecca Chung Postgame Interview Matchup History Chung’s walk-off double capped seventh inning that featured a combined nine runs as reigning national champion Florida State tallied six runs to overcome a 7-3 deficit and take a 9-7 lead entering the home half of the inning. The Cardinals (25-14, 6-6 ACC) countered with a three runs in the third, courtesy of a triple by Melton. Chung got the home half of the inning started with a walk and back-to-back hits for freshman Charley Butler and Newman loaded the bases for Melton who connected on her fourth triple of the season to even the score at 3-3. In a rollercoaster game that featured four lead changes and a tie, the Cardinals outhit the Seminoles 10-8 with four of those hits falling in for extra bases.Chung finished the game going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. Sophomore Maddy Newman went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, a run and two RBIs. Senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-3 with a triple and junior Caitlin Ferguson had a home run. Preview LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Rebecca Chung’s three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh lifted the University of Louisville softball team to a 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State. With the win the Cards clinch the series, marking the Seminoles’ first conference series loss since 2012. Photo Gallery In the top of the seventh, the Seminoles capitalized on three walks, including Sydney Sherrill’s grand slam and RBI hits by Carsyn Gordon and Elizabeth Mason to regain the lead.   Florida State (37-5, 9-3 ACC) used two hits, a walk and an error to jump to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.center_img Trailing 9-7 in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals rallied once again. Melton led off with a single and walks to senior Megan Hensley and Ferguson loaded the bases. With the Cardinals down to their last out, Chung took the first pitch she saw and drove a shot that bounced off of the fence in right centerfield to clear the bases and lift the Cards to a 10-9 victory.   Next Game: at Boston College 4/12/2019 | 6:00 p.m. Coach Holly Aprile Postgame Interview: “I think that we rebounded from [the first inning],” said Aprile. “We’ve had some moments throughout the year when we’ve gone a different direction and we didn’t get over it as quickly. I thought we got over it, we moved on, and we were able to battle at the plate. We kept trying to make our adjustments against King – she’s a terrific pitcher who is very difficult to make adjustments against, because she’s making them too. We did a really good job of feeding off of each other and making them have to field the ball and give them plays to make. I was proud of that and it got the game going in our favor.”  Florida State now leads the series between the teams 14-6. This marks the first time the Cardinals have won a series against Florida State – and a top-five team. Chung caught four Florida State runners attempting to steal in the game. Louisville is now 12-4 at Ulmer Stadium this season. Roby leads the team with a .342 batting average. Chung leads the Cardinals with 27 RBIs. Butler is now on a five-game hitting streak. Watson leads the Cardinals with 112 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. With her run in the game, Melton increases her career run total to 137. She currently stands seventh on Louisville’s all-time list, needing one more to tie Jennifer Esteban (2010-13) for sixth. Melton also pushes her career triple total to seven and moves into a tie for 10th (with Esteban) on Louisville’s all-time list. Roby (8-1) got the win, holding the Seminoles scoreless on one hit in 0.2 innings of relief. Starting pitcher sophomore Danielle Watson allowed nine runs, eight earned on seven hits and struck out six in 6.1 innings. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster “The bigger piece is that this is a series win in the conference, that’s what we want to do,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “It’s an added bonus that we have a terrific conference and the No. 3 team in the country. I think it was a really great battle, one of the most fun games I have been a part of.”  Story Links Louisville will hit the road to continue ACC play with a three-game series at Boston College this weekend. NOTES: Live Stats  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Swallow This Password Pill to Unlock Your Digital Devices

first_img Forget concocting long, complicated passwords to protect your digital devices and the precious information you access on them. They’re too easy for hackers to crack and for you to forget. Just pop Motorola’s edible “authentication vitamin” pill and you can literally become the password.Becoming a living, breathing human password is really the big idea behind the telecom company’s controversial swallowable electronic pill. A quick soak in your gastric juices turns the pioneering pill on, triggering it to transmit an 18-bit, EKG-like signal from your insides. The ingestible micro computer’s (thankfully silent) signal would then automagically unlock your smartphone and other gadgets. Yes, you’ll actively be your very own password beacon for as long as the pill is still inside of you.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)And you thought external wearables were all that.Regina Dugan, former director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and current senior vice president of Motorola’s cutting-edge special projects team, is an outspoken champion of the pill, and of making the authentication process more human overall. At an event last year, Dugan said that once the tablet is swallowed, it basically turns you into a cyborg. Well, kind of.“It means that my arms are like wires, my hands are like alligator clips — when I touch my phone, my computer, my door, my car, I’m authenticated in. It’s my first super power. I want that.”Related: Imagine If Your Smartphone Had a Second, Full-Size ScreenToo bad the pill, developed with help from ingestible tech leader Proteus Digital Health, isn’t available for purchase just yet, despite successfully winning FDA approval. Dugan claims it’s “medically safe” enough to take up to 30 times a day every day.In these early days, many questions remain. How much will it cost? Will you need a prescription to get it? Does it really stop emitting a signal upon, um, elimination?Like it or not, ingestible transmitters like these are here to stay and we’re going to see a lot more of them. Pharmaceutical giants like Otsuka and Novartis have teamed up with Proteus to embed medications with sensors that will automatically tip doctors off to how well their patients’ bodies respond to meds. They’ll collect and stream real-time data like skin temperature, heart rate and who knows what else.  Related: These Bullets Can Change Direction to Hit a Moving TargetWant a close-up look at Motorola’s small but mighty password pill? Here’s a video, via Slate:What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below.Related: This Gadget Makes Your Entire Kitchen ‘Smart’ Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens February 3, 2014center_img 3 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Recap Five mile queues due to broken down lorry on M6

first_imgUPDATE: All lanes have reopened and traffic has cleared There are five mile queues on the M6 motorway due to a lorry with a puncture in Staffordshire this afternoon. Two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to lorry having a tyre changed on the Northbound carriageway from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lanes one and two (of three) have been closed to assist with the lorry, according to traffic data company Inrix. A Highways England spokesman said:  “There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out. “Two lanes (of three) are currently closed. Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” “Please be aware if travelling northbound on the M6 between J14 and J15, there is now over 5 and a half miles of congestion on approach to this incident. Read MorePolice carry out operation to crack down on rural crime in Moorlands   “Allow extra time for your journey and consider alternative routes if you can.” More information as we get it on the live feed below. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .18:35Lanes now reopenedHighways England confirm all lanes have now reopened18:02Delays of 50 minutes now reportedOne lane closed, long delays of 50 minutes, severe delays and queueing traffic due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Congestion to J13 (Stafford South).Lane one (of three) is closed to assist with a lorry with a tyre puncture. Lane two has re-opened. 17:4480 minute delays continueDelays of 80 minutes continue.17:0490 minute delays and recovery en routeA Highways England spokesman said;There is now 1(of 3) lanes closed M6 between J14 and J15. There are still delays of over 90 minutes. Please consider an alternative route. Recovery is on route to this vehicle. “16:52Ten miles of congestion now reportedTen miles of congestion are now reported.A Highways England spokesman said:There’s now 10 miles of congestion on approach to this incident with queuing traffic nearing J13. We’d strongly advise you consider alternative routes for your journey this afternoon, or to allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you’ll be travelling through the area.” 16:39Congestion back to junction 13Traffic England are reporting congestion back to junction 13 (Stafford South)16:36Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Lanes 2 (of 3) are now blocked as Central Motorway Police Group assist with removal of a HGV. Please be aware that there are now nearly 80 minutes worth of delays, please consider an alternative route. “16:29Delays of 80 minutes now reportedWe’re currently getting reports of delays of 80 minutes16:23Delays continueA Highways England spokesman said:There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out.2 lanes (of 3) are currently closed.Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” 16:21First reported around 3.30pmThe issue was first reported at around 3.30pm.last_img read more

Two spots on Celebritys JetSet fam up for grabs with TravelBrands Cruises

first_img Posted by Share Devin Kinasz MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises in partnership with Celebrity Cruises is giving away two spots on the Celebrity Cruises JetSet FAM.Starting today, Jan. 28 and running until Feb. 10 agents have the chance to win prizes including one of two spots on the fam, departing April 12. Also up for grabs are $50 in Loyalty Rewards points. Agents will receive one ballot for every Celebrity Cruises booking made by phone and two ballots for every booking made online during the contest period. Members of the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group will earn double ballots. Agents who answer trivia questions on the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook group throughout the contest will receive one extra ballot for participating and the chance to win bonus prizes including $50 in Loyalty Rewards points. “Members of our Facebook group are very knowledgeable about travel products and always make interactive contests like this a lot more exciting,” says Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “We decided this was the perfect contest to host through our Facebook group. I am looking forward to seeing everyone participate and having two lucky agents win the enticing grand prize.” Agent partners can join the TravelBrands Facebook group to take part in this interactive contest. To join, search ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ on Facebook. Agents can also visit travelbrandsaccess.com. Two spots on Celebrity’s JetSet fam up for grabs with TravelBrands Cruises, by Encore Cruises Monday, January 28, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Justins note Todays essay will help you make su

first_imgJustin’s note: Today’s essay will help you make superior gains in a shorter time period. And you don’t need to spend countless hours tracking the market’s every move to do it…As Palm Beach Daily analyst Nick Rokke shows, you can start investing like the “Big Boys” by simply following his two strategies below… By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach DailyPeter Lynch is famous for coining the term “10-bagger.”A 10-bagger is a stock that rises 10 times in value after you buy it.Lynch even wrote a book about finding these elusive types of stocks called One Up on Wall Street.It’s one of my favorite books on investing… If you’re a serious investor and haven’t read it, go online and buy it right now.Peter Lynch should be near the top of anyone’s list of greatest investors ever.He ran the Fidelity Magellan Fund for 13 years. From 1977 to 1990, his average annual return was 29%. He crushed the S&P 500, which averaged 16% annual returns over the same span.But here’s the thing…Lynch rarely snagged any 10-baggers.In fact, Lynch held on to the average stock for only four months. That’s usually not long enough to collect 10 times your money on a single position. The truth is, if you want to generate higher returns in a shorter amount of time—like the pros—you’ll need to be a much more active trader.These are guys who make multiple trades daily, weekly, or monthly. Most people think that you need lots of patience to achieve 100%-plus gains. And usually, you do.There’s no problem with a buy-and-hold strategy. After all, investing in quality, safe, and income-generating stocks for the long haul is one of our bedrock principles.But we also like to play the market… and try to make gains in a few weeks or months that takes passive investors a whole year to achieve. To actively generate profits trading like Lynch did requires a major commitment of time and effort, though.Today, we’ll show you two ways to trade like the Big Boys with a few mouse clicks.Two Means… Same EndBoth active and passive traders try to make big returns. They’re basically different means to the same end.However, active traders can accumulate gains much quicker than passive investors.Some active traders trade in and out of positions every day. We can’t follow their strategies. But other active traders hold their positions for weeks or months.Those are the traders we want to follow. Announcing The $250,000 Challenge. Do you have the courage to accept it?Here’s the Challenge: This simple stock selection system – to be revealed on June 14th – produced a track record that will show you how to make $250,000 in profits. It’s straightforward, simple, and audacious. Here’s how to accept The $250,000 Challenge right now… On the other hand, passive investors generally buy stocks (either individually or through index funds) and hold them for years.Instead of catching a quick rally, passive traders buy and hold. They believe the market will rise over time and lift their investments. They don’t worry about whether the market is going up or down in the short term.Look, you can make a lot of money either way… (We use both strategies at Palm Beach Research Group.)A buy-and-hold approach could earn you 10% per year… We’ll take that any day. But if you want to make superior gains like Lynch, the active route is the way to go.For example, if you put $100,000 into Lynch’s portfolio, you’d have made $3.4 million over the 13 years that he ran the fund.If you put that same amount into an index fund that tracked the S&P 500, you’d have only made $700,000 over the same span.Lynch’s strategy would have made you almost five times your money. And it’s not that hard to adopt it…Two Simple Ways to Trade Like a ProTo make huge returns like Lynch did from active trading doesn’t mean you need to sit in front of a computer screen all day watching stock prices.One simple way to follow the Big Boys is to read their 13F filings.All funds that have more than $100 million under management need to file a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).These reports are public record. So you can look at them yourself and see what funds are buying and selling, and follow suit.If you want to read through the 13F filings yourself, check out WhaleWisdom or GuruFocus.That way, you can follow the trades made by some of the world’s best investors, like Peter Lynch, Warren Buffett, and David Tepper. They do all the research for you.If you don’t want to track 13F filings, another simple strategy is to follow our Elite 25 portfolio.Each month, we update this portfolio. And all it takes is about 30 minutes per month to make the trades.Over the past 20 years, the Elite 25 has returned 21% per year. That’s compared to just 7% per year for the S&P 500.You can check out the Elite 25 portfolio right here.These two strategies will help you become a more active investor… and make you more money in the markets.Regards,Nick Rokke, CFA Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. There’s also a third way to actively trade the stock market without all the time and effort involved—finding an expert to do it for you.That’s what PBRG guru Teeka Tiwari has done… He’s uncovered a Wall Street insider we call the “Billionaire Broker.” This master trader worked for one of the world’s top investment banks, where he discovered a secret about the billionaire “whale” traders.In his historical trial—that was independently verified by a $1.1 billion third-party financial services company—his top 150 trades averaged an astonishing 2,418%.We will reveal his identity during our special Confessions of a “Billionaire Broker” presentation at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. You can register for your free seat right here…Reader MailbagToday, readers respond to Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker’s recent essay, “Visit This Place While You Still Can”…E.B. Tucker, congratulations! The tale of your frozen assets, your trip to Cuba, the everyday details of your stay, what to do, what NOT to do in Havana, made me laugh so much! You got into the spirit of South America (I am Argentine) and the Caribbean way of life! That is a great asset! In a similar way, but in the reverse, I love going to the States: everything is so orderly and neat and predictable and opulent. It’s a wonderful contrast to our daily chaos.—Janick Recommended Link Recommended Linkcenter_img — — U.S./China Trade War Opens 1,127% Profit WindowDonald Trump’s $60 billion tariff on China will trigger a Chinese “kill switch” on the U.S. military… a virtually unknown “weapon” that president Xi Jinping could initiate with the snap of a finger. Based on our research, only one tiny company will have the means to save the military and embark on a 10-fold price surge. But this window of opportunity will not remain open for too long. I suggest you get in before this “kill switch” is initiated. Everything you need to know about this opportunity and America’s next patriotic move is detailed here. Get in now. I am one of your subscribers who will seem perhaps a little off-the-wall for what I am about to say. Mr. Tucker reports that he was able to “stop for a cigar”—an event that he relates with what seems to be a declaration of his being macho—or perhaps it was to express his relief? Whatever, Mr. Tucker, know that there are still some among us who see cigars for what they are: a filthy indulgence that makes everything around them smell like a stack of burning goat-sh*t, no matter that one pretends otherwise.It is not cool to smoke cigars, Mr. Tucker, although Casey himself has often mentioned that he does so as a point of pride. People who are as intelligent as those in the Casey gang seem to be should rid themselves of their proclivity for cigars—or at least sneak around the corner when they need to suck on one and afterwards don’t tell anyone about it. —GeorgeAs always, let us know your thoughts, including any suggestions you may have for the Dispatch, right here.In Case You Missed It…This is urgent. Evidence shows Amazon may be on the verge of issuing its own crypto coin…Silicon Valley crypto expert Jeff Brown says he has two “backdoor” ways to profit from this extraordinary event. And it doesn’t involve buying a single cryptocurrency…last_img read more

Disabled people have been failed by the government

first_imgDisabled people have been failed by the government’s inability to manage the assessments for disability benefits that are carried out by outsourcing giants Atos Maximus and Capita, according to the chair of an influential committee of MPs.Labour MP Meg Hillier, who chairs the Commons public accounts committee, spoke out after a damning report by the public spending watchdog, which found spending on assessments was set to double in just two years while the three companies were failing to meet the required standards.The assessments help determine eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP), and also aim to support people on sick leave back into work as part of the new Fit for Work service.But the National Audit Office (NAO) said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to achieve value for money from the health and disability assessments it had contracted out to Atos, Maximus and Capita.In 2014-15, DWP spent about £275 million on assessment contracts, but this is expected to more than double to £579 million by 2016-17.Between April 2015 and March 2018, DWP expects the three companies to carry out about seven million assessments, at an estimated cost of £1.6 billion.It also expects the contractors will increase the number of healthcare professionals they employ by more than 80 per cent, from 2,200 in May 2015 to 4,050 in November 2016.NAO said the cost of the assessments was rising and Atos, Capita and Maximus were “still struggling to meet expected performance standards”.It points in the report to DWP’s contract with Maximus, which took over the provision of ESA assessments from Atos in March 2015.Under the contract, the government expects to pay Maximus £595 million over three years for 3.4 million assessments, at a cost of about £190 per assessment, compared with £115 per assessment under the previous contract with Atos – an increase of 65 per cent.DWP has told NAO that the increase in cost is partly due to Maximus carrying out a higher proportion of face-to-face assessments than Atos, and paying higher salaries for healthcare professionals.The estimated cost of hiring and training a London-based nurse to carry out ESA assessments has increased from an average £26,000 in spring 2014 under the Atos contract to £44,000 for a London-based nurse in 2015-16 under Maximus.The report also says that despite Atos and Capita now taking an average of four weeks to process a PIP assessment, compared to 29 weeks in mid-2014, and Maximus taking 23 weeks for an ESA assessment (compared to 29 weeks previously), by last August there was still a backlog of at least 280,000 ESA assessments.NAO also warned that Maximus was “not on track to complete the expected number of assessments” for 2015-16 – DWP set a target of nearly one million ESA assessments – and “has missed assessment report quality targets since the start of the contract”.It said that both Atos and Capita have failed to meet PIP assessment report quality targets since October 2013.NAO said DWP had expanded its performance management team and managed the transition between ESA providers “smoothly”, after Atos requested an early exit from its contract.Amyas Morse, NAOs, said DWP had “addressed some of its immediate operational issues” in managing the assessments but “now needs to take action to break a perpetuating cycle of optimistic targets, contractual underperformance and costly recovery”.He added: “The department is paying more for assessments, but providers are still not meeting expected performance levels. “The department needs providers to complete the planned number of assessments so that it can achieve the significant benefit savings it expects to make over the next few years.”NAO called on DWP to “develop an overall commercial strategy for assessments, set challenging realistic targets for providers and engage with providers to learn from previous experience”.Hillier said: “The department’s approach has been unclear, its targets untested and consistently missed and future delivery is under threat.“With the annual cost of assessments now expected to rise to a staggering £579 million in 2016-17, taxpayers have been left to foot the bill.”She added: “Contracting out the delivery of public services does not absolve the department from its responsibilities to ensure that taxpayers’ money is well-spent.“The department needs to do more to ensure private providers deliver a better deal for sick and disabled people, as assessments have a huge impact on their ability to access vital cash to live with dignity.”last_img read more

How to Win Against Larger Vendors

first_imgSome special start-up companies create new markets for themselves. Those companies are the exception, not the rule.Most start-up and expansion stage companies have to compete in established markets with larger, better branded competitors. It’s a little bit of David versus Goliath, as those smaller companies must find creative and cost-efficient ways to consistently win.Doing that well is particularly challenging at the expansion stage. Those companies must preserve the fast growth momentum of the early stage while developing a profitable go-to market approach to ensure that their expansion capital is well spent. Add to that the challenge of displacing large, well-resourced incumbent vendors and overcoming buyers’ natural reluctance to buy from small vendors, and beating larger companies can seem insurmountable. Like swimming upstream in Class 5 whitewater rapids.The truth is, it doesn’t need to be. The little fish can outmaneuver the big fish without breaking the bank. There are plenty of companies with fewer resources, smaller staffs, and less capital that beat out their much larger competitors for new business. In my experience guiding expansion stage businesses, here are a few tried and true strategies for winning in those situations:Market Your Product Like a WinnerEven though the most common market entry strategy is to offer drastically lower prices to disrupt the market, a 2006 study proved that strategy to be faulty. When going up against established competitors, simply lowering your price isn’t effective. Instead, a combination of attractive pricing and aggressive, value-focused marketing will allow smaller firms to gain more mindshare and advantage in competitive situations.Your messaging signals to the market that your company offers a credible alternative. As that credibility takes hold, you won’t have to play pricing games to get noticed.Leverage Your Organizational AgilityA smaller competitor wins by finding underserved niches or angling toward the weaknesses of the larger incumbents. Simply by having a smaller organization, you should be more agile and able to change your strategy on the fly. Take advantage of that by leveraging your ability to move quickly and respond to any opportunity that arises in the market. Your much larger competition won’t be as quick to adapt and react.As a smaller business, you should be able to reallocate resources and capitalize on changing market conditions. Ideally, the company should remain agile even as it grows. Otherwise, it will fall prey to smaller upstarts in much the same way it used to undermine its larger competitors.Sell SelectivelyA smaller vendor should focus on winning the market segment that they can win, rather than trying to be all things to all people. That focus and selective selling will provide a much more reasonable chance of success.As Vinnie Marchandani notes in his blog post about Southwest Airlines’ competitive strategy, some buyers will never consider a vendor without a brand name simply because of the brand recognition factor. Additionally, some buyers only consider smaller vendors as a formality in their process. Sales cycles and resources should not be wasted on those two buyer profiles. When a sales team recognizes that a buyer fits into one of them, it needs to be alert enough to pull out as soon as possible, instead focusing its energy on prospects that are more viable.Build Lasting RelationshipsGreat marketing, competitive positioning, and effective selling can only take you so far. To win more customers from established vendors, you have to build lasting relationships with your customers and prospects. That will happen over time as your company builds credibility, displays thought leadership, and proves your product’s value to the market. Thus, smaller market challengers need to look at their customer development as a long term process that results in mutually beneficial partnerships with customers and prospects. Even with lost prospects that ultimately go with existing vendors, you can still develop a relationship based on information exchange. You never know when that persistence will lead to a customer down the line.You won’t always win.Big fish are big for a variety of reasons, but it’s not often because they’ve been lucky. Those larger corporations have their own built-in advantages. It’s not impossible to beat them, though. Think critically about your company’s competitive advantages and examine the markets that need you the most. From there, use your size to think strategically and outmaneuver the bigger, clunkier competition.Photo by: Laszlo IlyesAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Teen Weed Use Has Declined Since Washington Legalized AdultUse Cannabis

first_img dispensaries.com Teen Weed Use Has Declined Since Washington Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis Legal Marijuana Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. 3 min read –shares Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. After cannabis became legal for recreational use in Washington state, use of weed dropped in among almost all groups of high schoolers and middle schoolers, according to a study from Washington State University.Washington became one of the first states to approve adult-use marijuana sales, with the first dispensaries opening in 2014. Then, as now, one of the arguments against legalization was that it would lead to increased use by teenagers.The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found just the opposite happened with most teens. Led by Washington State University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Janessa Graves, the study found only one group of teens increased marijuana use: 12th graders who work.Related: New Poll Finds Highest Support Ever for Weed LegalizationWorking teens and marijuana.Graves was joined on the project by researchers from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Colorado and the Oregon Health Authority. The researchers found use went down among teens in the 8th and 10th grades, as well as with 12th graders who didn’t work.For 12th graders who worked less than 11 hours a week, cannabis used remained about the same. However, for 12th graders who worked more than 11 hours per week, use increased. Also, across all age groups, those who worked reported using cannabis more than those in their peer group who did not work.The researchers classified work as jobs other than babysitting, yardwork or household chores. Researchers used information from the 2010 and 2016 Healthy Youth Survey conducted in Washington.Related: Managing Medical Marijuana in the WorkplaceWhy the exception?Clearly, the numbers are encouraging for those concerned about legalization leading to increased teen marijuana use. Graves told Science Daily that the numbers reflect common sense. Working teens are exposed earlier than their peers to both the positive and negative influences of adults.Graves said, “Kids learn a lot by working, in terms of responsibility. But there are also pretty good data showing that kids who work engage in adult-like behaviors earlier. I would say this for any parent of working kids: It’s important to know the quality of management and supervision at your child’s job. Be thoughtful about the quality of a particular workplace.”As the study shows, the issue with legal marijuana isn’t so much with teens as it might be with adults, including those who supervise and work with teens on the job. The study writers recommend that employers consider advertising and enforcing zero-tolerance policies toward any adult workers who endorse or provide marijuana or any other substances to underage workers.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. The worry that legalization would increase underage use has generally proved unfounded. April 4, 2019 Image credit: David Ryder | Getty Images Add to Queue Next Article Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

KFC Is Launching a Cheetos Sandwich Across America and It Represents a

first_img June 20, 2019 Next Article 2 min read Add to Queue –shares Kate Taylor Fast Food Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: KFC KFC is rolling out a fried chicken sandwich with Cheetos on it at locations across America.Starting July 1, KFC is launching a fried chicken sandwich with a layer of Cheetos. In addition to the “pinch of the thumb, index and middle fingers” of Cheetos, the sandwich also features Cheetos sauce and mayo.The sandwich will only be available for four weeks, and represents a new strategy at KFC. The chain is planning to launch more new menu items in 2019 than in the prior five years combined, Kevin Hochman, the president of KFC’s U.S. business, told Business Insider earlier in June.”There’s a foot in this old world of core chicken and sides … But if we really want to attract a younger customer it can’t just be about fun advertising and fun stunts,” Hochman said.”That’s really why we said we’re going to double down on innovation and try to figure out how we bring some new recipes to the restaurant,” Hochman added.Other recent fruits of KFC’s new menu strategy include chicken and waffles and Cinnabon biscuits. KFC previously tested the Cheetos sandwich in a handful of markets earlier this year.Hochman said KFC has three main factors it considers when it comes to new menu items: They need to be something people can’t get elsewhere, they usually are collaborations with other major brands (such as the Cinnabon dessert biscuit), and they have to be affordable.Image credit: KFCTo celebrate the launch of the Cheetos Sandwich, KFC is holding an event in New York City featuring other Cheetos-inspired dishes. Menu items include Cheetos-fied KFC Hot Wings, Cheetos Loaded Fries, and a KFC Mac and Cheetos Bowl. The sandwich hits menus across the U.S. on July 1. KFC is rolling out a fried chicken sandwich with Cheetos on it at locations across America. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on Business Insider KFC Is Launching a Cheetos Sandwich Across America, and It Represents a Massive Shift in the Chicken Chain’s Strategy Enroll Now for $5 Reporterlast_img read more

Cant Live WithCant Live Without Skype for Business

first_img Can’t Live with It’I use Skype regularly to communicate with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia and sometimes set up conference calls. Although Skype provides a valuable service at no cost, its security is poor and customer service nonexistent. In the spring, I began receiving unsolicited calls at my home and office from Skype-based numbers. I unplugged my office phones and left a voicemail advising people to try me on another number. Clients were concerned–one asked if I couldn’t pay my phone bill–and I missed other important calls. I tried calling Skype but there is no phone number associated with the phone service. After searching the web, I discovered you could post issues on one of its forums. Eventually Skype stopped the calls. I determined that my phone numbers had been harvested from my Skype profile. Skype is the de facto standard of international business callers, so despite my fears of further security compromises and poor customer service concerns, I still use Skype upon request.”–George Cohen, president, George Cohen Communications Inc., BostonCan’t Live Without It’We literally use Skype all day, every day to communicate between employees and vendors in different locations. Also, both offices use Skype Chat as back-channel communications during conference calls with remote clients. By chatting back and forth, we make decisions literally while the client is asking a question, and decide who on the team is best qualified to do it. We then use chat to pass snippets of information or even full files to help them answer the question. It’s a lot of fun to watch knowledge being passed by a group on one channel and hearing it disseminated by an individual on another channel–all in real time and with great effectiveness. We save Skype Video for more in-depth conversations, creative team meetings or for presentations that need visual representation. We also use it as a social tool to bring the two offices together. Screen sharing is a great feature for offices in multiple locations. Everything runs smoother when we use Skype and fewer mistakes are made.”–Jay Lohmann, creative partner, TagTeam Creative, Dallas and Colorado Springs, Colo. 2 min read Skype lets you call, instant message, video call and conference with one piece of software at essentially no cost. Next Article Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 13, 2009 This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growth Strategies Can’t Live With/Can’t Live Without: Skype for Business –shares Register Now »last_img read more