The talk has ended, and thousands of delegates are jetting home, to leave large jet-fuming carbon footprints across the earth's atmopshere. And what have they left in their contrails? Everything from an historic agreement to a sad compromise, depending on who's doing the analysis. By mid-morning Sunday, U.S. time, Google news already had thousands of articles indexed, zillions more will follow. And I apologize right now for use of sports analogy, it's the lowest form of blogging. But in this case, it's necessary because it's clear the current U.S. government sees this whole topic as a game played for points. It was only after a one-day extension plus negotiations, and arguments, that lasted well into the final night that the U.S. delegation finally allowed itself to be agreeable to the ultimate Bali blather. The delegation from D.C. had played out the clock. Now it's clear the other countries and the current U.S. government are both going to go on playing out the clock. A new … [Read more...] about Bali Finale: U.S. regime to play out the clock
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A new U.S. energy bill has been signed into law by the President. Here are some of the green tech relevant provisions: Higher fuel-efficiency for cars and light trucks, up to 30 MPG average by 2020. That is currently the standard already in China. Europe already requires 40 MPG on average. Several U.S. states want even tighter emission controls than this new federal statute would provide. Currently California and others are suing the E.P.A. for not approving state laws setting higher anti-pollutilon standards. And California's senior Senator says the E.P.A. won't even talk to her. Of course not, she's a Democrat. An E.P.A. decision on the California law has been promised by end of this year, like next week. More mandatory use of biofuels. That translates to more corn growing and doubling the use of ethanol. I've already blogged the environmental damage being done by the heavy use of fertilizer (think agricultural steroids) to bulk up the corn crop in the Mississippi River … [Read more...] about Green Tech boon. But is the new U.S. energy law cornographic?
More people are following gluten-free diet in U.S. despite lack of robust evidence to avoid gluten, according to a new research. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More It is possible that increased numbers of people avoiding are gluten because food containing gluten like wheat, barley and oat are linked to the rise of celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, in which consumption of gluten damages the small intestine and makes it difficult to absorb nutrients properly. Surprisingly, the percentage of people in U.S. with celiac disease remained stable between 2009 and 2014 but the percentage of Americans who are eating gluten-free diet increased steadily over that time period. Precisely, the percentage of Americans who follow gluten-free diet is more than three times higher than the percentage of Americans who are having celiac disease.Gluten-free diet appears to be a trendy way to deal with gastrointestinal problem even if people have … [Read more...] about Gluten-Free Diet Is Becoming More Popular In U.S. Despite No Rise In Celiac Disease
U.S. businesses aren't doing very well at putting women in leadership roles, new research shows. Out of the 45 countries examined, the United States ranks in the bottom 10 for the percentage of women in senior management positions, with women occupying just 22 percent of senior roles, a study from the Grant Thornton International Business Report found. Although that represents a slight increase from last year's 20 percent, it's well behind countries such as Russia, Indonesia, Latvia and the Philippines, all of which have more than 40 percent of women in such positions. "It's no longer feasible for U.S. businesses to adopt a sit-and-wait policy when it comes to promoting women to senior management roles, particularly when so many other nations — developed and emerging — are more rapidly realizing the benefits of diverse senior leadership," said Erica O'Malley, Grant Thornton's national managing partner of diversity and inclusion. [14 Leaders Share Best Leadership Advice] … [Read more...] about When It Comes to Women in Management, U.S. Doesn’t Lead
Entreprenurial startups are the sole source of net new job growth in the U.S., maintains serial high-tech entrepreneur Henry Nothhaft. But he fears that they are becoming an endangered species.When it comes to startups, Nothhaft knows what he's talking about — he's seen firsthand the powerful role that small startup businesses play in job creation and growth in the U.S. In his 35 years in business, he has helped create more than 6,000 jobs and returned $8 billion to investors.The former CEO of technology-miniaturization company Tessera, Nothhaft helped grow the first Internet company (Telenet) in the '70s, helped develop the first voicemail and data-network in the '80s, and in the '90s led Concentric Networks, one of America's largest Internet service providers, to an initial public offering and $2.5 billion sale to XO Communications. Before joining Tessera, he headed up Danger, the creator of the wildly popular T-Mobile Sidekick, which was sold to Microsoft for $500 … [Read more...] about What Can the U.S. Do to Rekindle Entrepreneurship?
Backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, U.S. savings bonds have long been regarded as one of the safest types of investments. Issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, savings bonds provide money to help the government pay its borrowing needs. Originally created in 1935 to help cover the mounting day-to-day costs of running the government, savings bonds today are low-risk investments often given away as gifts. They can also be used to pay for higher education needs and supplement retirement funds. Savings bonds are issued in two separate varieties: Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds: These investments earn a fixed interest rate for up to 30 years. The interest rate is set by the Treasury Department twice a year, so investors know exactly how much interest the bond can earn over its lifetime before they even buy it. The current interest rate for Series EE bonds is an annual rate of 0.20 percent. Investors can buy between $25 and $10,000 in EE bonds each calendar … [Read more...] about U.S. Savings Bonds: Low-Risk Investments
Want to get a company's attention? Go public with your gripes. Few things prompt change in U.S. businesses as much as bad media attention does, new research shows. A study by University of Illinois business professor Michael Bednar found that negative media coverage prompts firms to engage in greater levels of strategic change than previously thought. "As the news media reports negatively about firms, that registers with executives," Bednar said. "And that, in turn, prompts executives to engage in larger-scale strategic change." As part of the study, Bednar and co-authors Steven Boivie, a professor at the University of Arizona, and Nicholas Prince, a doctoral student at Illinois, used computer-aided content analysis to determine how favorable the media coverage was for 250 firms over the course of five years. They examined 40,000 articles, and were able to quantify how positive or negative the coverage of the firm was. "After we controlled for performance and several other variables … [Read more...] about Bad PR Sparks Fire of Change in U.S. Businesses
While the number of companies affected by data breaches is on the rise, so, too, is awareness of the problem, new research finds. Even though major retailers like Target and Home Depot made the most headlines in the past year because of data breaches, companies of all sizes face similar dangers. Overall, 43 percent of U.S. businesses suffered at least one cybersecurity incident this year, up 10 percent from 2013, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, and Experian Data Breach Resolution. These incidents have data security in U.S. businesses at an all-time high. Nearly three-quarters of the businesses surveyed now have a data breach response plan in place, up 12 percent from last year. Additionally, 48 percent of organizations have increased their investment in security technologies in the past 12 months. Since employee errors are a frequent cause of data breaches, more and more … [Read more...] about U.S. Businesses On Alert After Data Breaches
Foreign startups and small businesses interested in entering the U.S. market now can grasp onto the helping hands of stateside business professionals at BornGlobal.Still in its infancy, the New York City-based digital media consulting firm wants to help build, grow and expand international businesses and match them with American investors and entrepreneurs along the way by eliminating barriers involving communication, culture and marketing.BornGlobal CEO Eyal Bino often uses Israel as an example of a country whose new businesses could benefit from guidance.“The average Israeli entrepreneur is extremely innovative, smart, driven and tireless. However, most of them are stronger on the technological side and lack marketing and sales vision,” Bino told BusinessNewsDaily.Foreign companies must better understand U.S. business customs and refine their sales pitches to attract financial support, Bino added.“We deal with many technology startups who look for funding and lack … [Read more...] about New Firm Connects Overseas Entrepreneurs with U.S. Partners
The free Google Voice service lets you can send text messages and place calls to regular phone numbers from the computer or your mobile phone.While Google Voice is no longer an invitation-only service, you need to be in the United States (that is, your computer must have a U.S. IP Address) and you must also have a local US phone number in order to activate your Google Voice phone number.There are however some simple workarounds that will help you enable Google Voice from anywhere outside the USA. I activated Google Voice from India but the same procedure should work with other countries as well.Step 1: Get a US Phone Number. This process should not take more than five minutes.Step 2: Download and install Hotspot Shield (make sure you decline the optional toolbar). This is required because you can’t sign-in to Google Voice from a non-US I.P. address.[*] Hotspot Shield may insert audio ads in websites which are annoying but the reason I recommend it is because the software requires … [Read more...] about Get Google Voice from Outside the U.S.