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  • How It’s Possible to Rescue a Truly Backward Entrepreneur

    As host of Spike’s Bar Rescue, it’s Jon Taffer’s job to help struggling bar owners pull themselves out of debt and failure and get their finances, concept and workforce in order. But this is easier said than done — but it isn’t impossible. Unless a business owner has dug him or herself so far in the red that no amount of assistance will help, there is only one way he can get even the worst owners to stop the bleeding and turn things around. “I got to change the way they think and that’s ugly,” Taffer says. By doing this, an entrepreneur realizes what he or she is doing wrong, accepts it and is held accountable. Only then can the person move forward with positive results. “I am going to be in your face and force you to doubt yourself,” Taffer continues. “If I can create one minute of doubt … your brain opens a …

    September 4, 2015 10:47 am


  • Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran, gay marriage

    WASHINGTON Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday broke away from stances held by many of his rivals on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. Trump’s statements in a lengthy interview on MSNBC came one day after signing the party’s loyalty pledge. He called the Iran nuclear agreement “a disastrous deal” and “a horrible contract,” but said he would work with it. Many of the 16 other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election have vowed to immediately undo the Obama administration’s agreement if they win office. But Trump, a wealthy businessman, reiterated his view that too much money was at stake and his rivals were wrong to say they would rip it up. “This is the perfect example of taking over a bad contract,” he said, adding that he would be tough in enforcing it. Closer to home, Trump also eschewed rivals …

    September 4, 2015 11:27 am


  • Google: New Chrome is faster and will save your battery

    Google has released a new version of Chrome that it claims will make your browser faster and give your laptop battery extra life. Chrome is the world’s most-used browser, but it ain’t perfect. All those nifty Chrome extensions and useful background apps take up a tremendous amount of your computer or smartphone’s memory, slowing them down in the process. And Chrome guzzles power from your laptop or phone battery. So Google sought to address both those gripes in its latest Chrome update this week. To fix the speed issue, Chrome will now look for data no longer being used that’s just sitting in your computer’s memory. When the time is right, Chrome will take out the garbage (believe it or not, that’s actually the computer science term for what the new version of Chrome is doing). Google (GOOGL, Tech30) had already been doing some garbage collecting in previous versions of Chrome. But now, it will …

    September 4, 2015 10:27 am


  • Flashback: Scott Hatteberg’s walk-off HR extends A’s win streak to 20

    OAKLAND, UNITED STATES: Oakland Athletics’ Scott Hatteberg raises his arms after hitting the game winning homerun against the Kansas City Royals 04 September 2002 during the bottom of the ninth inning off Royals’ pitcher Jason Grimsley. It was the Athletics’ 20th record straight win for the American League. The A’s defeated the Royals 12-11. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images) Fans of Moneyball are no doubt familiar with the A’s memorable charge to the postseason in 2002. Well, on this date in 2002, Oakland set an American League record with its 20th consecutive win. But it didn’t come easy. The A’s jumped out to an 11-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals after three innings, but the Royals added five runs in the fourth, five more in the eighth and one in the ninth to tie the game. In stepped Scott Hatteberg with one out in the bottom of …

    September 4, 2015 10:47 am

World News

  • Saudi king and Obama to discuss Iran

    Image copyright AP Image caption The US has offered its Gulf allies the “political and military support that they need” King Salman of Saudi Arabia is to meet President Barack Obama in Washington, on his first trip to the United States since assuming the throne in January. The meeting comes amid a period of strained bilateral relations. The king is expected to reiterate the concern of Gulf states over the recent deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. They fear that lifting sanctions could allow Iran to extend its support for militant groups and actions across the region they consider destabilising. Mr Obama is expected to press King Salman to ensure humanitarian organisations are given unrestricted access to Yemen, where the Saudis are leading a coalition against the Houthi rebel movement. ‘Missile deal’ US-Saudi ties are said to have been strained by Mr Obama’s unwillingness to take military action against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and his support …

    September 4, 2015 10:48 am


  • Teacher charged over drone crash at US Open

    A teacher from New York has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the US Open tennis tournament. Daniel Verley, 26, faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of a prescribed area. A police spokesman said Verley was a teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn. Calls to the school and the Department of Education for comment were not immediately returned on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Verley had an attorney who could comment on the charges on his behalf. The drone buzzed over the court in Louis Armstrong stadium on Thursday night before crashing into the seats. US Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured. The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of a second-round match that 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won 6-1, 6-4 over …

    September 4, 2015 7:46 am


  • Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

    A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss of sleep during the school week was associated with a decline in vigilance and cognitive function, which raises safety concerns for teen drivers. Results show that the average objectively measured sleep duration on the weeknights after the spring time change declined to 7 hours, 19 minutes, which reflects a mean loss of 32 minutes per night compared with the school week prior to the implementation of daylight saving time. Average cumulative sleep loss on weeknights following the time change was 2 hours, 42 minutes. During school days after the time change, students also displayed increased sleepiness and a decline in psychomotor vigilance, including longer reaction times and increased lapses of attention. “For many years now, sleep researchers have been concerned about sleep deprivation in adolescents,” said principal investigator Dr. …

    September 4, 2015 10:47 am


  • Philips aims to take healthcare from hospitals into homes

    BERLIN Philips Electronics will emerge from its radical transition away from the lighting industry as a more profitable company focused on consumer healthcare, the head of the group’s Personal Health business told Reuters. The Dutch conglomerate, which is shedding its lighting business and LED components operation, aims to tap a growing market for consumer medical devices and boost profitability through the provision of health data services, Pieter Nota said at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. While German rival Siemens is gradually distancing itself from healthcare in line with its general move away from consumer businesses, Philips sees the consumerization of healthcare as a growth opportunity. “We are in a unique position to use our experience from our professional healthcare business for our personal healthcare business,” Nota said after the company used the Berlin show to announce a range of initiatives to move healthcare from hospitals into homes and the everyday lives of its …

    September 4, 2015 11:08 am


  • Lily-Rose Depp Is A Breathtaking Beauty In Los Angeles

    Posted on Fri Sep 4th, 2015 8:40am PDT       By X17 Staff She’s got good genes! Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, looked gorgeous as she stepped out in Los Angeles on Thursday. The petite 16-year-old donned a ’90s-inspired dress with a pair of bulky sandals for her adventure into the sunshine. This style really ain’t our thing but we know it’s very on trend– and it’s clear that Lily is taking her role seriously as Hollywood’s newest trendsetter. The teen is on the cusp of being Hollywood’s next “It” girl. In July she was named the new face of Chanel. She just filmed the new Kevin Smith movie, Yoga Hosers, which also stars Haley Joel Osment and Natasha Lyonne. Next up, she’s slated to star in the drama Planetarium with Natalie Portman. With more notoriety, Lily-Rose is finding that her life is coming under more scrutiny. As part of the Self Evident …

    September 4, 2015 11:28 am


  • That drowned Syrian boy on the beach is Obama’s fault

    Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared on the website of the Erick Erickson Show. ISIS did not exist when George W. Bush left the White House. ISIS did not exist in the first few years of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. ISIS only became a thing when the White House, out of pride and arrogance, decided it was better to placate the left by withdrawing all troops from Iraq rather than help the Iraqis maintain their stability. A young boy has died, washed up on the shores of Europe. His picture has shocked the world and his death is direct result of Barack Obama fleeing the Middle East, tail tucked between his leg, so he could pridefully say he ended a war he never wanted. The boy is dead because Barack Obama chose to abdicate American leadership in the world. The boy is dead because Barack Obama chose to abdicate American leadership …

    September 4, 2015 10:07 am

Odd News

  • Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

    ROME Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday evening to make a surprise visit to a Rome optician’s shop to get a new pair of eyeglasses, insisting that his old frames be re-used and that he would pay for them. Francis was driven to Ottica Spiezia on Rome’s fancy Via del Babuino in the small Ford Focus car he normally uses, drawing a large crowd of curious tourists and Romans outside, footage on Italian television showed. The shop owner, Alessandro Spiezia, who has made eyeglasses for the pope before but always delivered them to the Vatican though aides, said he did not know that the pope would come to the shop himself. “He had told me to use the old frames again because he did not want to spend much money and insisted on paying for them,” Spiezia said on Italian television. The pope arrived with one of his secretaries and a driver …

    September 3, 2015 7:04 pm