American energy firms are enjoying a bonanza south of the border

American energy firms are enjoying a bonanza south of the border

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American energy firms are enjoying a bonanza south of the border
Supply chain in action A CHEMICAL engineer at Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, opens a tap atop a maritime platform in this offshore oilfield in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico. She decants a jar of heavy Mexican crude that comes, hot to the touch, from 3,500 metres below the seabed. It looks […]
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Four honored as 2017 Manatee small businesses of the year

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Four honored as 2017 Manatee small businesses of the year
Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery, Williams Wealth Management Group, Blalock Walters, P.A., and Pace Center for Girls were named 2017 Manatee Chamber Small Business of the Year award recipients. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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The problem of contaminated air on planes

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The problem of contaminated air on planes
AT 30,000 feet the skies may be clear, but the oxygen certainly is not. Anyone who has wheezed his way through a long plane journey will know that cabin air is hardly pristine. Nearly all aircraft draw in air by way of the plane’s engine compressor. It is common for a small amount of oil […]
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A firm that shares a name with its founder earns higher profits

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A firm that shares a name with its founder earns higher profits
A GOOD business name can be pricey. An entrepreneur looking for the perfect one can hire a naming agency to offer ideas, but that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. That may explain why many founders follow the example set by the American president and name their businesses after themselves. A recent article* by […]
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Time Management for The Small Business Owner

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Time Management for The Small Business Owner
As a small business owner, you will often say “There aren’t enough hours in the dayâ€� This is part one of a two part series will help you reclaim some time. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Reasons your business is not too small to afford and benefit from a document management system

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Reasons your business is not too small to afford and benefit from a document management system
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Investment in American infrastructure is falling

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Investment in American infrastructure is falling
IT IS not a number to tweet about. President Donald Trump plans to plough $1trn of spending into America’s crumbling infrastructure. And a dearth of capital is not a problem: investors are keen on such assets. But investment seems to be falling. Government infrastructure spending in the second quarter fell to 1.4% of GDP, the […]
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Where might the next crisis come from?

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Where might the next crisis come from?
TEN years ago, BNP Paribas, a French bank, temporarily suspended dealings in three funds, citing â€œthe complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the US securitisation marketâ€�. Many people treat this as the start of the credit crunch but one can trace it back to the need for Bear Stearns to rescue hedge funds […]
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Why an eight-hour bus ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco might beat a flight

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Why an eight-hour bus ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco might beat a flight
THERE is a new way to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco. At $230 for a round trip, it may not be cheaper than flying, but at least it is slower. Cabin is an interesting experiment; an attempt to compete with airlines by promising a better night’s sleep. Flying between the two cities may […]
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GoCo

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GoCo
GoCo is an all-in-one HR, benefits and payroll platform designed for the users’ small business which simplifies hiring, team performance and time-off, provides 100% online benefit management supported Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Farm management needs good record keeping (part 2)

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Farm management needs good record keeping (part 2)
In these articles we look at the importance of keeping records as part of farm management, no matter how small or large your farming business may be. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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The hubris of ten-year budgets

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The hubris of ten-year budgets
IN February of 2001, Alan Greenspan, then still the chairman of the Federal Reserve, and still called the “Maestroâ€�, testified to the Senate Budget Committee. The committee wanted to get started on the tax cuts George W. Bush had promised during his campaign. Mr Greenspan gave them his qualified blessing, with an argument that now […]
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DAIC President calls for better governance of small business management financing under MSME sector.

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DAIC President calls for better governance of small business management financing under MSME sector.
President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), Kira Thompson-Aird, has proposed better governance of the Micro Small Medium Enterprise as a way to effectively keep a record an… Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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A tale of two markets

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A tale of two markets
THE Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 22,000 on August 2nd, something President Trump is almost certain to mention in a tweet soon*. So it might seem as if the “Trump bumpâ€�, which began perking American stocks on the night of the election, is continuing smoothly. But the picture is a lot more complex than […]
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The closing of American bank branches

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The closing of American bank branches
WINDSOR, a community of 6,200 people two hours outside Albany in New York state, offers many of the amenities commonly found in a small town, including a bakery, a car-repair outfit and several restaurants. There is just one thing missing: a bank. The town’s only financial institution, First Niagara Bank, shut its doors in October. […]
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Tech stocks have regained their dotcom-era highs

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Tech stocks have regained their dotcom-era highs
CAST your mind back to when Bill Clinton was president, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin were fresh-faced new leaders and tweeting was strictly for the birds. That was when technology stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 tech index, last traded at their current levels. The horrendous decline in share prices that followed the peak […]
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Foreign investors snap up London's iconic buildings

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Foreign investors snap up London's iconic buildings
LONDON’S skyline has altered a lot in the last 30 years. While it can’t match Manhattan or Chicago, there are quite a few trophy buildings that can be seen from this columnist’s office window (for the moment*). The British sense of humour means these offices often acquire their own nicknames, regardless of the developer’s intentions—the […]
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The euro’s obituaries were premature

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The euro’s obituaries were premature
FIVE years ago, Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, pledged to do “whatever it takesâ€� to save the euro. At the time, many people were predicting that the euro zone would break up. But Mr Draghi pulled off the trick; no countries have left the single currency. Borrowing costs have come down and […]
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Has Ryanair become too nice?

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Has Ryanair become too nice?
THREE years ago, Ryanair, Europe’s biggest budget airline, made the sudden decision to be nicer to its customers. Before that, brusqueness had been part of its strategy. Fares were low, but check-in staff were famously ruthless. One family was charged €600 ($701) to print their forgotten boarding passes (“idiotsâ€� according to Michael O’Leary, the airline’s […]
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Climate change might prevent airlines from flying full planes

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Climate change might prevent airlines from flying full planes
THIS summer America has experienced some of the most intense heatwaves in decades. In parts of southern Arizona the mercury has climbed to a sweltering 48°C. That has had an impact on the state’s infrastructure. Last month, a single day’s heatwave grounded dozens of planes. As global temperatures climb higher, such incidents are likely to […]
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Demand for exorcists is soaring in France

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Demand for exorcists is soaring in France
FOR A man poised for combat with evil spirits, Philippe Moscato looks remarkably at ease. In casual clothes and chatting about the tools of his trade—a “Vogelâ€� crystal, compass, steel crucifix, pendulum and bag of salt from Jerusalem—he says he can deliver unreal results. Hired to exorcise an apartment in a wealthy district of central […]
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10 Best CRM & Project Management PHP Scripts

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10 Best CRM & Project Management PHP Scripts
As a freelancer and someone who works with a small business, I have experienced the pain points of project management. The solution is usually an ever-changing mix of various apps and services Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Podcast: Goodbye, Benito

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Podcast: Goodbye, Benito
Brazil’s rigid labour market regulations were transplanted wholesale from Benito Mussolini’s Italy back in 1943. Now President Michel Temer has approved an overhaul. Will it encourage job creation? Also, an exorcist in Paris fighting “bad spirits”. And why President Trump is playing hardball in renegotiating NAFTA. Hosted by Andrew Palmer. <param name="labels"…Continue reading Facebook Twitter […]
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Small business loans: A guide to the debt finance marketplace

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Small business loans: A guide to the debt finance marketplace
Adam Tavener of Clifton Asset Management and pensionledfunding.com, discusses the small business loans options available in the market today. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Africa is Islamic banking’s new frontier

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Africa is Islamic banking’s new frontier
IN 2008 Ethiopia’s conservative central bank experimented: it authorised interest-free banking. Interest is prohibited under sharia law, so the move was lauded as a step towards expanding financial services for the country’s large and often poor Muslim minority. But momentum soon stalled. An attempt to launch a fully-fledged Islamic bank foundered. Today most of Ethiopia’s […]
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Business Management Essentials

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Business Management Essentials
Small business owners are masters of their destiny and it is a known fact that 98% of most business do not survive first year. It’s a daunting task to own a small Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Who is writing politicians’ letters complaining about the Gulf carriers?

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Who is writing politicians’ letters complaining about the Gulf carriers?
CONGRESS is sick and tired of unfair competition to America’s airlines from the three big Gulf carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. So on June 28th, 17 representatives from the state of Illinois wrote a letter to the secretaries of State, Transportation and Commerce complaining about the subsidies these airlines receive from the United Arab […]
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