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Finance companies grapple with the age of uncertainty

Just over a year ago, when Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, and Gary Cohn, the investment bank’s then president, wrote their annual message to the company’s shareholders, they talked of “pervasive uncertainty”. They cited worries about economic growth, monetary policy and investor sentiment, and wrote that the UK’s referendum on EU membership, the US presidential election and market ... Read More »

Our education system is failing. It’s time to give grammar schools a go

‘The high fees of private schools, unaffordable to the majority, bring social success. This is an unacceptable situation for an advanced democratic country,’ writes Tony Pitman. Photograph: Alamy Simon Jenkins (The return of the 11-plus is Theresa May’s first real Trump moment, 9 March) seems to be happy with the status quo in education, but few others are. Employers are ... Read More »

10 most influential portable gadgets – in pictures

Kodak Brownie, 1900 The Brownie was responsible for bringing snapshot photography to the masses in 1900. A very simple cardboard box with a lens that took Kodak’s 117 roll film, the camera was named after cartoonist Palmer Cox’s popular Brownie character that adorned the box. It cost $1 (just under $30 in today’s currency) and proved very popular, selling 150,000 ... Read More »

Eye blink technology allows vicar sex abuse victim to give evidence

A former vicar has been jailed for sexually abusing a choirboy who gave evidence using eye-tracking technology which turned his blinks into words. Cyril Rowe was sentenced to four years for three counts of indecent assault at a London church in the late 70s. His victim Michael Kelsick, 47, died of motor neurone disease in a hospice before hearing the ... Read More »

Real estate mogul says this purchasing secret helps him find perfect buys

Sidney Torres has made millions developing real estate. The secret, he says, is in the buy, not the sell. In other words, renovations are not where the money’s at. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh I’m going to go in there and I’m going to renovate [the property] for a lot less and that’s where I’m going to make my ... Read More »

3 Finance-Technology Skills CFOs Should Seek

Technology has changed every industry. From the technology in our hands to the software that revolutionizes how we do business, few areas remain untouched. In the case of finance and HR solutions, the proper technology can provide great insight into how organizations can lower debt, expand EBITDA margin and drive overall performance. However, as tech evolves, so must our tactics ... Read More »

Major education bill moves forward in Kentucky legislature

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, presented SB1 Tuesday to the House Education Committee. Bud Kraft, Legislative Research Commission. The House Education Committee approved a wide-ranging public education bill Tuesday that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and would repeal the influence of the controversial Common Core in state classroom academic standards and statewide tests. The bill, ... Read More »

Facebook’s Testing Reactions and a Dislike Button in Messenger

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is reported to be testing out a “thumbs down” reaction A ‘dislike’ button will also start appearing in Facebook Messenger This would allow users to add reaction emojis next to the text After offering a slew of “Reaction” buttons for posts last year, Facebook may soon add a new reaction “Dislike” for Facebook Messenger, a media report said. ... Read More »

Netflix Partners With Airtel, Videocon, and Vodafone in India

HIGHLIGHTS Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is visiting India right now Netflix will now be available via Airtel and Videocon d2h set top boxes Vodafone customers will be able to pay for Netflix via carrier billing Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is visiting India right now and has announced three major partnerships in the country. With both Airtel and Videocon d2h Direct ... Read More »

HTC U Ultra Now Available to Buy in India at Rs. 59,990

HIGHLIGHTS HTC U Ultra features the Sense Companion AI-based feature The smartphone ships with HTC USonic earphones It is available in Blue and Black colour variants currently After its launch in late-February, HTC has made the U Ultra smartphone available to buy in the country on Monday, via the HTC India Store. The U Play, which was launched alongside the ... Read More »