Email* << Go back By Mike Weir 21/03/2019 Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Please Login Reset Your Password Password* LOGIN New Premium subscriber REGISTER Premium subscriber LOGIN Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Forgotten your password? Please click here Reset Email* Roadrunner Transportation Systems must remind investors and those in the trade of the distant puff of dirt that rises from the ground when the hapless Wile E. Coyote plunges off a cliff and, once again, plummets into the canyon.From a 2013 peak of $30 per share, the stock has plummeted to $0.44, following an accounting scandal, debt problems, and 25 acquisitions, many of which were poorly executed.That said, there’s only really one investor in the company today, now that activist ...
It is the process of starting a business or an organization for profit or for social needs. We have used the phrase for profit or for social needs to describe and separate the commercial entrepreneurship from social and charitable entrepreneurship. After defining entrepreneurship, it is now time to define who an entrepreneur is and what he or she does.About EntrepreneurAn entrepreneur is someone who develops a business model, acquires the necessary physical and human capital to start a new venture, and it is responsible for its success or failure. Note the entrepreneur is the risk-taker and an innovator in addition to being a creator of new enterprises whereas the professional manager is simply the executor of new enterprises.PrincipleEntrepreneurs need to follow some basic principles which would serve as guidelines for their success. Based on the research conducted over a period of three years and by interviewing more than 150 entrepreneurs, noted author and management expert, This article is based on the insights from this book and lists five principles that should serve as markers for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. One of the insights from this research is that most of these principles can be learned from experience and the process of starting a venture is an educational experience in itself.Factors which affect entrepreneurship Political Factors Political factors play a huge role in the development of entrepreneurship in a given geographical area. This is because politicians decide the type of market that is in place. The market could be capitalistic, communist or some countries have adopted a mixed economy. Each of these three markets has very different implications the way in which entrepreneurs are required to function. Capitalism requires breakthrough innovation whereas communism requires entrepreneurs to be well connected with the political class. Therefore, it has been observed that the more capitalistic any country is, the more entrepreneurship flourishes in the region. Legal Factors Entrepreneurs are dependent upon law for a wide variety of factors. The strength and fairness of the legal system of a nation affect the quality of entrepreneurship to a great extent. This is because entrepreneurs require a wide variety of legal services to function. For instance, entrepreneurs would require the courts to enforce the contracts that were entered to between parties. In many countries, such contracts are not enforceable and therefore the resultant risk prohibits the development of entrepreneurship. Then again, the entrepreneurs are dependent on the courts for the protection of their property rights. Also, many advanced countries have noticed that the provision of declaring bankruptcy has been positively associated with the development of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs do fail a few times before they find the right innovation that leads to their success. The United States is amongst the countries with the highest rate of entrepreneurial development and it is also known to have one of the most advanced bankruptcy laws! Even business legends like Henry Ford had declared bankruptcy in their early days. Taxation The government can also influence a high degree of control on the market through provisions of taxation. Some amount of taxation is necessary for the government to maintain the legal and administrative systems in place for the entire economy. However, a lot of times governments resort to excessive taxation. They usually adopt the policy of beggaring the rich and giving it off to the poor. This goes against the basic tenets of entrepreneurship which beliefs in the survival of the fittest. Therefore, countries where tax regimes are restrictive to find an outflow of entrepreneurs. In short, entrepreneurs want to set up shop in places where there is minimal interference from the government. Availability of Capital The degree to which the capital markets of a nation are developed also play a huge role in the development of entrepreneurship in a given region. Entrepreneurs require capital to start risky ventures and also require instant capital to scale up the business quickly if the idea is found to be successful. Therefore, countries which have a developed system of providing capital at every stage i.e. seed capital, venture capital, private equity and well-developed stock and bond markets experience a higher degree of economic growth led by entrepreneurship. Labour Markets Labour is an important factor of production for almost any kind of product or service. The fortunes of the entrepreneurs are therefore dependent on the availability of skilled labour at reasonable prices. However, in many countries labour has become unionized. They demand higher wages from entrepreneurs and prohibit other workers from working at a lower price. This creates an upward surge in the costs required to produce and as such has a negative effect on entrepreneurship. With the advent of globalization, entrepreneurs have witnessed the freedom to move their operations to countries where labour markets are more favourable to them. This is the reason why countries like China, India and Bangladesh have witnessed a huge rise in entrepreneurial activity in their countries. Raw Materials Just like labour, raw material consisting of natural resources is also an essential product required for any industry. In some countries, this raw material is available through the marketby paying a fair price. However, in some countries seller cartels gain complete control over these natural resources. They sell the raw materials at inflated prices and therefore usurpmost of the profit that the entrepreneur can obtain. Therefore, countries where the supply of raw material faces such issues witness depletion in the number of entrepreneurial venturesover time. Infrastructure Lastly, there are some services which are required by almost every industry to flourish. These services would include transport, electricity etc. Since these services are so basic, they can be referred to as the infrastructure which is required to develop any business. Therefore, if any country focuses on increasing the efficiency of these services, they are likely to impact the businesses of almost all entrepreneurs in the region. Therefore, countries which have a developed infrastructure system witness high growth of entrepreneurship and the opposite is also true.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Interim head coach Richard Pybus believes Saturday’s emphatic 381-run over England in the opening Test here has provided a glimpse of what the future holds for West Indies. Written off before the start of the three-Test series, the Caribbean side stunned the English by outplaying them over all four days of the affair at Kensington Oval, to come away with an amazing victory with a full day and half a session remaining.“I’m delighted. The guys played extremely well – prepared well, executed well do I’m just very happy for the boys,” the Englishman told reporters afterwards.“I think when you turn up and you deliver your game plans and you execute it really well with precision, it gives you an understanding of possibilities and what you can do down the line. “They really turned up, they kept their focus, what we looked to do strategically, they did. I think that’s all credit to Jason and how he led the team and the boys.”England resumed the final day on 56 without loss in search of an improbable 628 for victory, and reached lunch on 134 for two. However, four wickets tumbled in the second session as they lost their last eight wickets for 112 runs to be dismissed for 246 in their second innings.
0Shares0000LUXEMBORG, October 13-Diego Costa bagged his first goal for Spain as the champions got the defence of their European title back on track with a 4-0 win over minnows Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C on Sunday.The goals came from David Silva and Paco Alcacer in the first half, with Costa snatching the third on 69 minutes, while substitute Juan Bernat made it 4-0 with a debut goal on 87 minutes. Spain, who lost to Slovakia on Thursday, are now second on goal difference in Group C on six points from three games, with Ukraine, also on six points, in third.Slovakia’s 3-1 away win at Belarus left them top with nine points from three.Silva got the opener when he latched on to an uncharacteristic long ball out of defence after 27 minutes. The 21-year-old Valencia striker Alcacer doubled the tally with his third goal in three games for Spain just before half-time. Costa, in his seventh match for Spain had missed a hatful on the night before he swivelled to fire home from close range to the visible relief of the whole team.“Diego wanted to pay us back with goals for the suppport we’ve given him. He feels good in the group, but I told him at half-time he was thinking too much about it (getting a first goal) so I just told him to keep calm,” coach Del Bosque said after the game.The Brazilian-born Costa has been on fire in England with nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season, but that was his first goal in seven for Spain.Bernat, a Bayern Munich left-back, will also have given Spain reason to smile as a younger generation emerges to refresh their ageing squad.Eyebrows were raised before tha game when Spain handler Vicente Del Bosque dropped the under-performing ‘keeper Iker Casillas, the 33-year-old with whom Spain won Euro 2008 and 2012 plus the 2010 World Cup, in favour of Manchester United stopper David de Gea.For his part de Gea had little to do, but was assured on the few occasions he was called upon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A man who made more than 150 sexually explicit calls to a teenage girl before being tracked down by Gardai.Gerard Meehan, aged 21, bombarded the girl with phone calls from two separate phones for months on end before he was finally caught. Meehan appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal where he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment.The calls had related to period of time between the 7th and 19th of October 2015 when more than 80 calls were made.From January 15th to April 15th in 2016, the injured party had received another seventy calls from a second number, each of them of an explicit nature.Detective Sergeant Ciaran Brolly said the injured party had received them from two phones for which the I.D. had been blocked.The calls had started off with “general chit chat” before descending into sexually explicit comments.The calls had become more frequent and the teenage girl had made a statement to Gardai who traced the incoming calls to two pre-paid mobile phones.“The calls continued even after the complaints were made,” said Sgt Brolly.Gardai then launched an elaborate investigation to find out exactly who were making the phonecalls.Top-up evidence from the phone being used to make the explicit had pinpointed a particular premises from where CCTV footage was obtained.The identification of the vehicle which had been captured in the footage finally traced the calls to Meehan.“They had caused a lot of distress and annoyance and upset to the girl,” Detective Sgt. Brolly stated.The specific nature of some of a large number of calls made were detailed in court.Among the calls the accused asked the teenager “are you wet” and he also asked her to masturbate him.Garda investigations had uncovered a misplaced phone which the defendant had admitted was his.Meehan, of Lisclamerty, Manorcunningham, was subsequently arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.In a Victim Impact Statement, the injured party described it as a “very stressful time” and said a number of the calls had been received in the early hours of the morning. They had made her feel “physically sick” and anxious and she had struggled to get to sleep.“I felt threatened. I just wished that it would stop,” she indicated. The calls had had a long lasting effect on her.Det. Sgt. Brolly agreed with defence counsel, Sean McGee, B.L. that the defendant had made early admissions to making the calls.He had expressed his regret and said he wanted to apologise to the victim.Meehan’s barrister said his client had been an extremely young man at the time of the offences but that should not take away from the psychological trauma experienced by the injured party.Referring to his client’s immaturity, he said he had been consuming a lot of alcohol at the time and was currently addressing this issue.He said the defendant had cooperated fully with the Gardai and asked the Judge to consider his expressions of remorse and the fact that he had apologised in “no unreserved terms.”Judge John Aylmer said the nature of the crimes of harassment were in the mid-range and he said it merited a jail sentence of three years.“The aggravating factors were the extended period and the extremely depraved sexual nature of the harassment and the negative impact it had on this young lady,” he said.However, he said he also had to take into account the fact that he was a young man at the time, had no previous convictions and did express remorse.Judge Aylmer said because of these mitigating factors, he was reducing the sentence to two years in prison but because of these mitigating factors, he was suspending the jail sentence for two years.He also ordered Meehan to engage with the probation services and to abstain from alcohol and unprescribed drugs.And finally eh ordered Meehan not to communicate with his victim or to go within two kilometres of her workplace or home.Man who made 150 sexually explicit calls to teenager gets suspended sentence was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CallsdonegalGerard Meehanharassmentsex
The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from December’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.8 percent.North Carolina’s January 2017 unemployment rate was unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,256 over the month to 4,674,841 and increased 98,860 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 3,298 over the month to 260,150 and increased 1,780 over the year.Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 6,600 to 4,376,100 in January. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 1,800, followed by Financial Activities, 1,700; Other Services, 1,500; Construction, 1,100; Education & Health Services, 900; and Mining & Logging, 200. Major industries experiencing decreases were Government, 5,200; Manufacturing, 4,700; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 1,900; Professional & Business Services, 1,200; and Information, 800. Since January 2016, Total Nonfarm jobs gained 79,200 with the Total Private sector growing by 71,200 and Government increasing by 8,000. The largest over-the-year increase among major industries was Professional & Business Services at 18,800, followed by Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 14,600; Education & Health Services, 11,200; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 10,400; Construction, 8,400; Government, 8,000; Financial Activities, 7,100; Other Services, 3,900; and Mining & Logging, 300. Major industries experiencing decreases were Manufacturing, 3,100; and Information, 400.The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 when the county unemployment rates for January 2017 will be released.
I admit it, when I write something on my smartphone, I make my share of writing mistakes. Sometimes I’m lucky and correct the mistakes before sending out that email message to my client with the latest project update. And sometimes I’m not so lucky. Ouch.That’s not the way I want my clients to view my communication. In their Workplace Communication: It’s Time to Write Better on Mobile infographic, Grammarly discusses the impact poor mobile communication can have on your business and shares steps you can take to improve your communication.Check out their infographic for tips, or if you prefer, read the text version of the infographic. Workplace Communication: It’s Time to Write Better on MobileCommunication is constantly evolving. Paper memos dropped on colleagues’ desks have become emails with too many people accidentally clicking “reply all.”In 2016, mobile devices became the most popular way to access the internet. (Statcounter, 2016)As mobile text communication continues to rise, what happens to the quality of our communication?Grammarly investigated the effectiveness of communication on mobile devices—and its potential impact on your work.How Important is Mobile Communication in the Workplace?50 percent of work communication will happen on mobile group collaboration apps in 2018. (Gartner, 2015)What’s the Current Quality of Mobile Communication?Grammarly found that on average, mobile writing is riddled with five times as many mistakes as desktop writing—even though fewer words are typed on mobile.Mobile: 42 mistakes per 100 wordsDesktop: 8 mistakes per 100 wordsHow Could Poor Communication Impact the Workplace?It’s estimated that small to medium-sized businesses lose $5,246 per year per employee as a result of inefficiencies in communication. (SIS International Research, 2017)[email protected]2: Meant to write an email saying “hey Jim i’m afraid I can’t come”, but I hit send after writing “hey Jim, I’m afraid” #EmailFail— Alexandra Velasco (@MrsRonWeasley) February 28, 2015Grammarly identified the nine most common issues that hold back your professional mobile communication.AccuracyMisspelled words.These not only make your text hard to understand, they can cost you credibility at work.Wrong preposition.Mixing up a “from” and a “to” can change the entire meaning of your message.Missing articles.Avoid an awkward-sounding sentence. Know when to use “a,” “an,” and “the” in front of nouns.ClarityWordiness.Filler words and phrases can make colleagues and clients lose interest.Unclear antecedent.Don’t confuse your colleagues. Make clear what ‘it’ and ‘that’ refer to in your sentence.Long sentence.If you can’t read your sentence out loud without running out of breath, it’s probably too long.EffectivnessVague words and phrases.Don’t make people read between the lines. Be specific.Repetitive language.Read your piece out loud, then cut down or replace frequently used words.Passive Voice.Try to reformulate your writing with as few “to be” verbs as possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related
The premiere of The Shaukeens in Mumbai saw several Bollywood celebrities enjoying the gags on three old men and their adventures. Akshay Kumar plays a superstar in the film, but at the premiere, he seemed to be trying to match the looks of the old men in his film. Dressed in a white tee and a pair of denims and a grey cap, Akki sported a salt and pepper beard.The film’s heroine Lisa Haydon – who stole the scene with her work in her last outing Queen – was dressed in her casual best. She picked a cream-coloured top and teamed it with a pair of ripped blue jeans. Lisa has been learning Hindi, and going by the film, she seems to have picked up the language well. The long-legged beauty admitted to have enjoyed every bit of working on the film, which was extensively shot in Mauritius and New Delhi.The premiere of The Shaukeens in Mumbai saw several Bollywood celebrities enjoying.Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra and Annu Kapoor, who play the three lecherous men trying to woo a young girl, were at their cheerful best at the event. The three seasoned and extremely talented actors confirmed that the film was the best one in terms of the ‘coolness’ quotient. Ali Zafar, who is readying for the release of his upcoming action thriller Kill Dil, was also present at the premiere.The event was also attended by film-makers Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sajid Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film is a remake of the ’80s’ hit film of the same name which featured Mithun Chakravorty and Rati Agnihotri. The role of the three oldies was played by Ashok Kumar, A.K. Hangal and Utpal Datt.advertisement
Chris Gayle achieved yet another landmark and this time by becoming the first ever batsman to hit 500 sixes in Twenty20 cricket.In his 201st T20 game playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL against Rajasthan Royals, Gayle hit Tim Southee for a six to get to his milestone. However, the opener was dismissed next ball trying to go for a big one.During this current eighth edition of IPL, Gayle has hit 14 sixes from six matches. Following him in the most number of sixes list is his West Indies team-mate Kieron Pollard with 348.Prior to the start of the IPL, Gayle had scored the fastest double century off 138 balls during a World Cup league match against Zimababwe.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I asked in a poll question on Wednesday how concerned (on a scale of 1-5) OSU fans are with an offense that could only muster 24 (but it should have been 30!) points against Central Michigan last week.The consensus was “well, we aren’t unconcerned.” Some of this is, of course, an overreaction to the first week of football. Everybody does that. Ohio State is going to win it all this year and next and Washington State will never win again. That kind of thing.But some of it is real.The average “ranking” was 3.06 on a scale of 1-5 from just over 800 voters. If I could put that into words for OSU fans it would say “we can forgive 24 against CMU but if we don’t score 45+ against Central Arkansas and light Texas up in two weeks … there needs to be a Shawn Watson situation if you know what I’m saying!”AdChoices广告Here’s a look at what percent the votes were at — 65 percent of you are at a 3 or higher.I’m with the 2s. It’s not that I believe heavily in Mike Yurcich or what he’s done over the last three years — he was all but fired after that Texas game last year! — I simply don’t want to understate the importance of getting some sea legs. Basically, I don’t want to call for the head of somebody and then OSU reel off eight straight and move into the top five.Frankly though, he bores me. Which is fine. But his offenses also bore me. Which is not great.“I think what’s really important is to get better as the year progresses, and keep on getting better,” said Yurcich. “That’s what the practices are for. The goal is to be constantly improving and working on it with good effort and good fundamentals. Over time, you should get better.”OK.“I think our guys up front did a really good job of being on their assignments,” Yurcich said about the CMU game. “We were on the people that we needed to be on. I think we ran strong, tough and physical. In the second half, we opened it up a little more and got some space.”I guess.There just doesn’t seem to be the urgency there that Glenn Spencer has. I realize they’re different personalities and are in charge of different things. It’s just difficult to not compare Yurcich to the high-wire acts of those who came before him in Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken. Maybe folks like that wouldn’t be performing any differently with the talent at hand, but at least they’d make you think they were going to either succeed or fail magnificently trying. Yurcich somehow does neither.