May 4, 2021

Day: May 4, 2021

Why insurance professionals say it’s best to be meticulous with property repairs

SAN ANTONIO – Joshua Cloud with Cloud Roofing Co. says his business has been busy getting calls about repairs following the storms that battered through our area on Wednesday.

The best thing roofers can do is put up tarps while waiting for drier weather to assess the damage and begin repairs. Cloud says anyone who lived in an area with heavy hail should call a licensed roofer for an assessment.

“If they had over one-inch hail for a considerable amount of time, more than likely, they had hail damage,” he said.

Rebekah Nelson, with USAA, says there were not a

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Yahoo’s sport and finance streams drive Apollo’s plan

The private equity firm Apollo believes it has finally come up with a way to cash in on the promise of Yahoo.

But after the venerable but faded online pioneer became a graveyard for the reputations of a succession of media and technology industry leaders, it probably would not pay to assume success too soon.

The New York-based investment firm agreed earlier this week to pay communications giant Verizon $5bn for Yahoo, along with AOL and a collection of other digital media properties it had amassed.

The deal looks a steal compared with the $44.6bn offer from Microsoft that Yahoo

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How much money do English majors make? Don’t ask.

A bipartisan group of senators, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, are backing a bill called the College Transparency Act. It would require public and private colleges around the country to report how many students enroll, transfer, drop out, and complete various programs. Then that information would be combined with inputs from other federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, so that the “labor market outcomes” of former students could be tracked.

In other words, the act would create a system that publicizes how much money students make, on average, after going through particular colleges,

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9 Ways to Fail Miserably at Office Politics

“Office politics,” says Boston-based Karen Dillon, “is impossible to avoid. But it is manageable if you know what not to do. As the former editor of the Harvard Business Review magazine and author of the HBR Guide to Office Politics, Dillon provides a wealth of accessible, highly useful approaches to prevent being steamrolled by nasty behavior in the workplace.

I asked her, “What are some of the worst things I could do when faced with craziness on the job from my boss or co-workers?”

1. Take everything personally when someone talks over you or criticizes your ideas. Fume!


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How A CIO Can Align IT With Business Needs

In several blogs since 2016, I pointed out the need for IT groups to change their structure and become a strategic partner to the business so they can quickly meet the needs of the business stakeholders. But as I discussed in my most recent blog, there are difficulties in getting IT aligned to the business needs. A significant difficulty is the inability of IT and business leaders to articulate their needs. Let’s look at how they can have more effective conversations to understand the real issues. 

The need to

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Costa Rica to close non-essential businesses next week over COVID-19

An employee cleans a restaurant chair in a hotel, as Costa Rica tourism industry braces for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Heredia, Costa Rica March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18,2020. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

Costa Rica will for the next week close non-essential businesses, including restaurants and bars, across the center of the country due to a sharp increase in new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations, the government said on Thursday.

From May 3-9, restaurants, bars, department stores, beauty salons, gyms and churches must close in 45 municipalities in central Costa Rica, where almost half the population lives and over

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