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02/04/2023   New York Times Business News
The Magic Kingdom park at Disney World in Florida. Disney defended its contract offer to union members as “strong.”
02/04/2023   New York Times Business News
Thanks to mass-production equipment designed by Bob Born, the marshmallow candies known as Peeps have become a fixture of Easter baskets nationwide.
02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

SANTA ANA ZIROSTO, Mexico (AP) — It is a long and sometimes dangerous journey for truckers transporting the avocados destined for guacamole on tables and tailgates in the United States during the Super Bowl.

It starts in villages like Santa Ana Zirosto, high in the misty, pine-clad mountains of the western Mexico state of Michoacan. The roads are so dangerous — beset by drug cartels, common criminals, and extortion and kidnap gangs — that state police provide escorts for the trucks brave enough to face the 40-mile (60-kilometer) trip to packing and shipping plants in the city of Uruapan.

Truck driver Jesús Quintero starts early in the morning, gathering crates of avocados picked the day before in orchards around Santa Ana, before he takes them to a weighing station. Then he joins up with other trucks waiting for a convoy of blue-and-white state police trucks — they recently changed their name to Civil Guard — to start out for Uruapan.

“It is more peaceful now with the patrol trucks accompanying us, because this is a very dangerous area,” Quintero said while waiting for the convoy to pull out.

With hundreds of 22-pound (10-kilogram) crates of the dark green fruit aboard his 10-ton truck, Quintero’s load represents a small fortune in these parts. Avocados sell for as much as $2.50 apiece in the United States, so a single crate holding 40 is worth $100, while an average truck load is worth as much as $80,000 to $100,000.

Mexico supplies about 92% of U.S. avocado imports, sending north over $3 billion worth of the fruit every year.

But it’s often not just the load that is stolen.

“They would take away our trucks and the fruit, sometimes they’d take the truck as well,” Quintero said. “They would steal two or three trucks per day in this area.”

It happened to him years...

02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's currency ended its nosedive after a meeting between the Iraqi Central Bank head and a top U.S. Treasury official.

Under Secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in a statement Saturday that he had met with Central Bank of Iraq Governor Ali al-Allaq in Istanbul the day before “to discuss banking sector reforms and a mutual commitment to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.”

He praised Iraq's “steadfast dedication” to improving its compliance with international standards and “and offered continued cooperation in modernizing the banking sector,” the statement said.

Measures taken by the United States in recent months to stamp out money laundering and the channeling of dollars to Iran and Syria from Iraq have severely restricted Iraq’s access to hard currency.

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraq’s foreign currency reserves have been housed at the United States’ Federal Reserve, giving the Americans significant control over Iraq’s supply of dollars.

The Iraqi dinar slipped to around 1,750 to the dollar at street exchanges in some parts of the country on Thursday, compared to the official rate of 1,460 dinars for $1. The devaluation has prompted protests and fears of inflation.

The currency began to halt its slide after Iraq's Central Bank said in a statement Friday evening that the Treasury had “expressed its readiness for the necessary flexibility to achieve common goals.” As of Saturday, the dinar was trading at around 1,600 dinars to the dollar.

A delegation of Iraqi officials is set to travel to Washington next Friday.

02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices dipped in New Jersey and around the country at large as cold weather descended on parts of the nation following an unusually warm January.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.42, down three cents from last week. Drivers were paying $3.44 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.49, down a penny from last week. Drivers were paying $3.41 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

Analysts say the return of wintry conditions in February may result in seasonal driving patterns reasserting themselves, and prices may drop further if demand doesn't spike and crude oil prices remain below $80 per barrel.

02/04/2023   New York Times Business News
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are speaking with lawyers for former officials at the collapsed crypto exchange FTX and scrutinizing the immediate family of its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried.
02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla has raised prices on its Model Y in the U.S., apparently due to rising demand and changes in U.S. government rules that make more versions of the small SUV eligible for tax credits.

The Austin, Texas, electric vehicle company bumped up the price of the Model Y Long Range version by about 2% to $54,990 and the Performance version by about 2.7% to $57,990, according to its website. The prices exclude shipping and an order fee.

The moves, made Friday, come three weeks after Tesla cut prices nearly 20% on some versions of the Model Y, the company's top-selling vehicle. The price cuts were made to boost sagging demand, and also to make more versions of the Model Y eligible for the $7,500 electric-vehicle tax credit in the Inflation Reduction Act. The full tax credits will be available at least into March.

On Friday, The Treasury Department revised vehicle classification definitions to make more EVs — including SUVs made by Tesla, Ford and General Motors — eligible the full $7,500.

The change came after lobbying by automakers that had pressed the Biden administration to change vehicle definitions to allow higher priced vehicles to qualify for a maximum credit. Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with top aides to President Joe Biden last week to discuss the EV industry and the broader goals of electrification.

Under the sweeping law approved last summer, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans with a sticker price up to $80,000 qualify for EV tax credits, while new electric cars, sedans and wagons can only be priced up to $55,000. The rule had disqualified some higher-priced SUVs, such as GM’s Cadillac Lyriq and some versions of the Model Y, prompting complaints from Tesla and other automakers.

The January price cuts apparently worked. On Tesla's earnings conference call...

02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Going into Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Joe Biden sees a nation with its future aglow.

Republicans take a far bleaker view — that the country is beset by crushing debt and that Biden is largely responsible for inflation. And the GOP now holds a House majority intent on blocking the president.

The harder reality is that the United States is on a tight rope, trying to balance efforts to reduce inflation with the need to stay upright and avoid falling into a recession. That's with the seemingly inherent contradiction of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases and the unemployment rate falling to a near 54-year low.

Based on past speeches, Biden believes the policies adopted under his watch can fill the U.S. with new factories and protect against climate change. Roads, bridges, sewer systems, ports and internet service would be improved. The middle class would be more financially secure. So would America's place in the global economy's hierarchy.

On Friday, the president said the proof was in the January employment report. It showed 517,000 jobs were added as the unemployment rate fell to 3.4%, making it “crystal clear” that his “chorus of critics” were wrong.

“Here's where we stand: The strongest job growth in history,” Biden said. “Put simply, I would argue the Biden economic plan is working.”

Republicans are pushing back. They blamed Biden's trillion-dollar plus spending for high inflation and surging gas and food prices. GOP lawmakers want to repeal his tax increases and additional money for the IRS. They oppose his forgiveness of student debt and blame him for the migrants seeking to enter the country at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Neither side captures the fullness of the actual state of the economy.

One group of experts can...

02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Union members voted down a contract proposal covering tens of thousands of Walt Disney World service workers, saying it didn't go far enough toward helping employees face cost-of-living hikes in housing and other expenses in central Florida.

The unions said that 13,650 out of 14,263 members who voted on the contract on Friday rejected the proposal from Disney, sending negotiators back to the bargaining table for another round of talks that have been ongoing since August. The contract covers around 45,000 service workers at the Disney theme park resort outside Orlando.

Disney World service workers who are in the six unions that make up the Service Trades Council Union coalition had been demanding a starting minimum wage jump to at least $18 an hour in the first year of the contract, up from the starting minimum wage of $15 an hour won in the previous contract.

The proposal rejected on Friday would have raised the starting minimum wage to $20 an hour for all service workers by the last year of the five-year contract, an increase of $1 each year for a majority of the workers it covered. Certain positions, like housekeepers, bus drivers and culinary jobs, would start immediately at a minimum of $20 under the proposal.

“Housekeepers work extremely hard to bring the magic to Disney, but we can’t pay our bills with magic," said Vilane Raphael, who works as a housekeeper at the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

The company said that the proposal had offered a quarter of those covered by the contract an hourly wage of $20 in its first year, eight weeks of paid time off for a new child, maintenance of a pension and the introduction of a 401K plan.

“Our strong offer provides more than 30,000 Cast Members a nearly 10% on average raise immediately, as...

02/04/2023   New York Times Business News
Until recently, antitrust regulators in Europe and the United States took different approaches. Now, they’re on the same page — which some experts say makes closing deals harder.
02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka marked its 75th independence anniversary on Saturday as a bankrupt nation, with many citizens angry, anxious and in no mood to celebrate.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has started to improve some but not all of the acute shortages, acknowledged the somber state of the nation, saying in a televised speech, “We have reached the point of destruction.”

"Let’s seek to heal this wound though it’s difficult and painful. If we endure the suffering and pain for a short period of time, we can get the wound healed completely,” Wickremesinghe said, adding that the first six months of the year will be difficult.

Many Buddhists and Christian clergy had announced a boycott of the celebration in the capital, while activists and others expressed anger at what they see as a waste of money in a time of severe economic crisis.

A group of activists began a silent protest on Friday in the capital, condemning the government’s independence celebration and failure to ease the economic burden. University students also attempted a protest march later Saturday but police blocked them. Troops with assault rifles were stationed every few meters (yards) surrounding the site of the independence ceremony and riot police stood ready to prevent anti-government demonstrations.

Despite the criticism, armed troops paraded along the main esplanade in Colombo, showcasing military equipment as navy ships sailed nearby and helicopters and aircraft flew over the city.

Catholic priest Rev. Cyril Gamini called this year's ceremony commemorating independence from British rule a “crime and waste” at a time when the country is experiencing such economic hardship.

“We ask the government what independence they are going to proudly celebrate by spending a sum of 200 million...

02/04/2023   Seattle PI Business

The first drug to show that it slows Alzheimer’s is on sale, but treatment for most patients is still several months away.

Two big factors behind the slow debut, experts say, are scant insurance coverage and a long setup time needed by many health systems.

Patients who surmount those challenges will step to the head of the line for a drug that delivers an uncertain benefit. Here’s a closer look.

THE SITUATION

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Leqembi, from Japanese drugmaker Eisai, in early January. It's for patients with mild or early cases of dementia tied to Alzheimer’s disease.

Regulators used the FDA’s accelerated pathway, which allows drugs to launch before they’re confirmed to benefit patients. In studies, Leqembi modestly slowed the fatal disease, but doctors aren't sure yet how that translates into things like greater independence for patients.

Patients get the drug by IV every two weeks. Eisai says the company has shipped Leqembi to U.S. specialty drug distribution centers. From there, it can be delivered overnight to hospitals or medical centers.

Eisai spokeswoman Libby Holman said prescriptions for the drug have been written, and they expect patients to start receiving it “very soon.”

COST AND COVERAGE

A year’s treatment will run about $26,500. Patients who can afford that without insurance will be able to start the treatment if they are deemed a candidate for Leqembi and they find a doctor and health care system prepared to help them.

There are currently few options outside self-pay. Most of the patients who may be candidates for this drug are on Medicare, and the federal program's coverage is narrow so far. It has said it will cover treatments like Leqembi only for patients enrolled in certain research trials designed to test the drug.

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02/04/2023   New York Times Business News
Sales of heat pumps, which work on electricity, have been growing in recent years.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Gautam Adani, the billionaire founder of the Adani Group, a conglomerate spanning power, ports, food and more.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
John Lee, the chief executive of Hong Kong, discussing a campaign to promote tourism in the city.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Innisfree’s lawsuit is the latest sign that Twitter has stopped paying some of its bills since Elon Musk took ownership of the company.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Elon Musk, center, outside federal court in San Francisco on Friday. Jurors deliberated for about an hour before finding him not liable for losses by Tesla investors who sued him.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
The report defied expectations and underscored the challenges for the Federal Reserve, which is trying to cool the labor market to fight inflation.
02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's new law banning new oil and gas wells near homes, schools and other community sites has been put on hold until after voters decide next year whether to throw it out, officials announced Friday.

Opponents of Senate Bill 1137 gathered more than 623,000 valid voter signatures to put a referendum on the Nov. 5, 2024, general election ballot, California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber announced.

The challenge means the law, which took effect in January, will be on hold until after voters decide.

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last September, bans new wells within 3,200 feet (975 meters) of locations including schools, homes, day care and health care centers, parks, jails and businesses open to the public.

It was celebrated by environmental justice advocates who had been pushing for the regulation for years to lower air pollution in poor neighborhoods and communities of color.

But days after the bill passed, Nielsen Merksamer, a law firm that specializes in ballot measures, filed a referendum to overturn SB 1137 on behalf of Jerome Reedy, a board member of the California Independent Petroleum Association.

That association has opposed several state and local measures to regulate oil and gas drilling, including bans and phase outs in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles.

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

SAN FRANCISO (AP) — A jury on Friday decided Elon Musk didn’t defraud investors with his 2018 tweets about electric automaker Tesla in a proposed deal that quickly unraveled and raised questions about whether the billionaire had misled investors.

The nine-member jury reached its verdict after less that two hours of deliberation following a three-week trial. It represents a major vindication for Musk, who spent about eight hours on the witness stand defending his motives for the August 2018 tweets at the center of the trial.

Musk, 51, wasn't on hand for the brief reading of the verdict but he made a surprise appearance earlier Friday for closing arguments that drew starkly different portraits of him.

Not long after the verdict came down, Musk took to Twitter — the bully pulpit he now owns — to celebrate.

“Thank goodness, the wisdom of the people has prevailed!” Musk tweeted.

Musk's decision to break away from his other responsibilities to sit in on the closing arguments even though he didn't have to be there may have had an impact on the jurors, said Michael Freedman, a former federal prosecutor who is now in private practice working for a law firm that has represented celebrities and business executives.

“It shows he has a presence,” Freedman said.

Nicholas Porritt, an attorney who represented aggrieved Tesla investors, said he was disappointed after urging the jurors in his closing arguments to rebuke Musk for reckless behavior that threatened to create “anarchy."

“I don’t think this is the kind of conduct we expect from a large public company,” a downcast Porritt said after discussing the verdict with a few jurors who gathered to talk to him. “People can draw their own conclusion on whether they think it’s OK or not.”

During their discussion with Porritt, the...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A skull found in 1997 in a remote part of Alaska's Interior belongs to a New York man whose death was likely caused by a bear mauling, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Investigators used genetic genealogy to help identify the remains as those of Gary Frank Sotherden, according to a statement Thursday from the troopers.

“Based on the shape, size and locations of tooth penetrations to the skull, it appears the person was a victim of bear predation,” Tim DeSpain, an agency spokesperson, said in an email Friday. “It is not known if the bear was the cause of the death.”

Sotherden was reported missing in the late 1970s, DeSpain said. The location in which the skull was found was the general area of Sotherden's last known whereabouts, he said.

DeSpain did not provide a hometown for Sotherden but said he was from upstate New York.

In July 1997, a hunter contacted troopers in Fairbanks and reported finding a human skull along the Porcupine River, around 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the Canadian border. Troopers who went to the area did not find any other remains, the agency said, and the skull was sent to the state medical examiner’s office as unidentified. The suspected cause of death was a bear mauling, according to the troopers' statement.

DeSpain said “relatively recent successes in the department using genetic genealogy to identify unknown perpetrators and victims” prompted a cold case unit last April to ask the medical examiner’s office to submit bone segments from a number of remains.

“These bone samples then went through various laboratory processes to generate DNA profiles, which were then uploaded into public DNA databases,” he said.

Investigators used genetic genealogy to make a tentative identification, and troopers contacted a...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation's new 988 mental health helpline late last year, federal officials told The Associated Press Friday. Lawmakers are now calling for the federal agency that oversees the program to prevent future attacks.

“On December 1, the voice calling functionality of the 988 Lifeline was rendered unavailable as a result of a cybersecurity incident,” Danielle Bennett, a spokeswoman for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said in an email.

The attack occurred on the network for Intrado, the company that provides telecommunications services for the helpline. The agency did not disclose details about who it believes launched the attack or what kind of cyberattack occurred. Intrado is working with a third-party assessor to investigate the incident and law enforcement agencies have been notified of the breach, SAMHSA said.

The national 988 phone number, which can be reached by text, chat or voice calling, has become a lifeline for millions of Americans seeking help during a mental crisis, with millions of calls pouring in during the first six months since its launch in July. The system is designed to work similarly to 911 — it's a universal, easy-to-remember number that people can call in an emergency to reach a human who is working around the clock in a local call center.

Those who tried on Dec. 1 to reach the line for help with suicidal or depressive thoughts were instead greeted with a message that said the line is “experiencing a service outage.” Text and chat services, however, remained available to those who needed help.

The Federal Communications Commission said in December it was investigating the outage. Intrado said at the time that the company was “experiencing an incident...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers will meet next week to complete a state takeover of Walt Disney World's self-governing district and debate proposals on immigration and election crimes, as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to leverage national political fissures ahead of an expected White House run.

Republican leaders of the Legislature, in coordination with DeSantis, on Friday ordered lawmakers to convene for a special session next week to deal with the Reedy Creek Improvement District, as the Disney government is known.

In addition, the Statehouse will also consider legislation creating a program to relocate migrants and make clear the statewide prosecutor has authority to prosecute election crimes in federal and state races.

The agenda marks a sustained focus from DeSantis on issues such as immigration, election fraud, gender and sexuality, with the ascendant Republican eager to lean into political divides as he positions himself for a 2024 presidential run and further brandishes his reputation as a conservative firebrand.

The meeting will represent the latest development in a high-profile feud between DeSantis and Disney over the company's criticism over a law dubbed by critics as “Don't Say Gay," which bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade and lessons deemed not age appropriate.

The governor, in pushing lawmakers to strip the company of its self-governing status, displayed a willingness to go after one of the state's biggest employers and political donors, reinforcing the combative leadership style that has propelled him to national political stardom.

The special session had been rumored to focus on Disney but Friday's announcement detailing the additional subjects also ensures heavy...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

Formula One's booming popularity in the United States has lured another American brand to the series as Ford said Friday it would return to the globe-trotting series as the engine provider for Red Bull Racing.

The partnership begins with immediate technical support this season, but Ford engines in 2026 when F1 adopts new hybrid regulations that lured Ford back after a 24-year absence.

Red Bull powertrains and Ford will partner on the development of a hybrid power unit that will supply engines to both Red Bull and AlphaTauri when new F1 regulations begin in 2026. The partnership — which is for at least eight years — was announced in New York as Red Bull unveiled the car design it will use in 2023. Red Bull won the constructors title last season, and Max Verstappen is the two-time defending world champion.

“Red Bull is committed to winning and they’ve demonstrated that they are capable of winning,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance, told The Associated Press. “We want to be in motorsports for the technology and for the marketing, but we want to do it winning and with the right partner. They’re committed to that, they have a winning culture.”

Ford dominated F1 in the late 1960s and 1970s as an engine manufacturer with Cosworth and the American automaker is the third most successful engine maker in F1 history with 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships. Ford won 176 races and owned and ran the Jaguar F1 team until 2004 when Jaguar was sold and became Red Bull Racing.

Ford was lured back to F1, where it competed for 38 years until it pulled out in 2004, by F1′s focus on sustainable racing and explosion in popularity throughout North America.

“To have the ability to draw on Ford's experience, EV knowledge and depth of resource is...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

DETROIT (AP) — Honda and the U.S. government are urging owners of about 8,200 older vehicles not to drive them until dangerous air bag inflators are replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday issued a “Do Not Drive” advisory for the 2001 through 2003 vehicles with Takata inflators that have a high possibility of exploding and hurling shrapnel in a crash.

The safety agency says the risk to drivers and passengers is dire because the so-called “Alpha” inflators have a 50% chance of exploding in a crash. If the inflators blow apart, they can shoot shrapnel toward a driver's face that could kill them or cause serious injuries.

The agency says the Honda and Acura vehicles were recalled previously but records show that repairs have not been made in the affected vehicles. Honda already has replaced 99% of the dangerous inflators.

Vehicles affected include the 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord and Civic, the 2002Honda CR-V and Odyssey SUVs, the 2003 Honda Pilot, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.

Owners can check to see if their cars are covered by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and keying in their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

“These inflators are two decades old now, and they pose a 50% chance of rupturing in even a minor crash,” NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson said in a statement. “Don’t gamble with your life or the life of someone you love – schedule your free repair today before it’s too late.”

Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate air bags in a crash. But the chemical can become more volatile over time when exposed to moisture in the air and repeated high temperatures. The explosion can rupture a metal canister and hurl...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fewer than 100 employees out of the thousands who work at Nissan's auto assembly plant in Tennessee can hold a vote on whether to form a small union, the federal labor board has decided.

The ruling Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board overturns a June 2021 decision by one of its regional officials that has long blocked the vote. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers sought to limit the push to about 86 tool and die technicians at Nissan’s Smyrna plant, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside Nashville.

The union said it is discussing the ruling with the employees at the Nissan facility “to determine the best path forward.”

The board's three Democrats, who now hold a majority under President Joe Biden, signed off on the decision. The last remaining GOP member did not join the majority's ruling.

The ruling offers a dash of hope for unions in their struggle to get a foothold in foreign-owned auto assembly plants in the traditionally anti-union South.

Previously, the regional official ruled against the smaller bloc vote after finding the few dozen workers share an “overwhelming community of interest” with the rest of the facility’s production and maintenance workers. She found that the only appropriate unionized group would be one representing about 4,300 plantwide production and maintenance workers. The union did not want the larger vote and didn’t pursue it.

The board, under a newly installed Democratic majority, announced in December 2021 that it would review that decision.

The board reasoned this week that the group of workers qualifies for the carved-out vote as a “craft unit,” saying those workers are “highly trained, highly paid employees working in a trade that the Board has frequently recognized as a...

02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
The Federal Reserve, led by Jerome Powell, has been looking for hiring and wage gains to slow. The January employment report was something of a mixed bag for the central bank.
02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

CALAKMUL BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Mexico (AP) — Miguel Ángel Díaz walks slowly so his footfall on dry leaves doesn’t drive away what he's trying to find in this dense forest of seeded breadnut and sapodilla trees. Coming to a small wetland, a sign warns: Beware of the crocodile.

Díaz, a tourist guide, shines a laser pointer at a woodpecker and a toucan, and then moves it over to the blue tail of a Yucatecan jay. He learned years ago to decipher the sounds of the Calakmul jungle in Mexico's southern Yucatan.

Although it's high season, this recent morning Díaz had a hard time finding tourists to guide. Last year, just over 50,000 visitors came to Calakmul, home to an ancient Mayan city that today is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Díaz knows many more people will soon come.

“There will be more jobs for us guides,” said Díaz, from the shade of a tree full of lianas. “But it’s going to be a heavy blow to nature.”

Some 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the crocodile wetland, bulldozers are felling the jungle for the Maya Train, a $20 billion dollar project envisioned by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. A path 40 meters (130 feet) wide is making way for the train, and logs are stacked along the narrow road to the hidden archaeological site. Currently, from the top of nearly-deserted pyramids, the roar of howler monkeys sounds across a sea of green.

The Maya Train is intended to drive economic development to some of the country's poorest areas, in part by bringing up to three million tourists each year.

Fonatur, the national tourism agency, says the train will address a lack of transport infrastructure in the country's southeast that has meant “not all our tourist destinations have been fully developed.” There will be 20 stations along the ride, where hotels and...

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jury clears of Elon Musk of wrongdoing for 2018 tweets in which he declared he had financing to take Tesla private.

02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
President Biden has for months pointed to solid hiring trends as evidence that his agenda has rebuilt the economy after the pandemic shutdowns.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Kathleen Combs speaks to a person seeking shelter for the night at a warming center at Second First Church in Rockford, Ill.
02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

Wall Street had its eyes Friday on big tech after some of the biggest companies in the world posted lackluster quarterly financial performances.

That included Apple Inc. The company posted its first quarterly revenue drop in nearly four years after pandemic-driven restrictions on its China factories curtailed sales of the latest iPhone during the holiday season.

Amazon reported worse-than-expected fourth-quarter profits, but its revenue beat expectations boosted by sales in its cloud-computing unit AWS, which is also seeing a slow-down in growth.

Google’s parent company Alphabet posted a lower profit and a small revenue increase for last year’s fourth quarter, as a decline in online ad spending and competition from rivals weigh on the search giant. While overall revenue grew, advertising revenue fell by nearly 4% and revenue at YouTube declined 8% year-over-year.

Amazon ended Friday down 8.4% and Alphabet lost 2.8%. Apple bounced back, finishing the day up 2.4%.

02/03/2023   Seattle PI Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that industrialized countries in the Group of Seven are imposing a price cap on refined Russian oil products such as diesel and kerosene, as part of a coalition that includes Australia and a tentative agreement from the European Union.

The cap follows similar price limits put on Russian oil exports, with the goal of reducing the financial resources Russian President Vladimir Putin has to wage the nearly year-long war in Ukraine.

“Today’s agreement builds on the price cap on Russian crude oil exports that we set in December and helps advance our goals of limiting Russia’s key revenue generator in funding its illegal war while promoting stable global energy markets,” Yellen said in a statement.

On Friday, EU governments tentatively agreed to set a $100-per-barrel price cap on sales of Russian diesel to coincide with an EU embargo on the fuel. Diplomats representing the 27 EU governments set the cap on Russian diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline ahead of a ban taking effect Sunday. It aims to reduce Russia’s income while keeping its diesel flowing to non-Western countries to avoid a global shortage that would send prices and inflation higher.

Details about the cap were provided by a G-7 statement and diplomats from three different EU member nations, who agreed to discuss the cap on the condition of anonymity.

The $100-per-barrel cap applies to Russian diesel and other fuels that sell for more than the crude oil used to make them. Officials agreed on a $45-per-barrel limit on Russian oil products that sell for less than the price of crude.

The deal follows a similar G-7 agreement to limit the price of Russian crude oil to $60 a barrel. All the price ceilings are enforced by a requirement for the world's...

02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Some advisers have pushed for President Biden to devote relatively little time in his address to efforts such as plans for prekindergarten.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Lenovo, the Chinese computer maker, has a factory in Mexico that assembles servers that sell for as much as $1 million.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Joyce Dopkeen in the early 1970s. She pursued a career as a photojournalist after receiving a Polaroid camera as a gift from her parents when she was a teenager.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Kate Kleinert of Lancaster County, Pa., was the victim of a romance scam in 2020 that she said left her destitute. Federal officials say older Americans are increasingly being targeted in such schemes.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Paul Gadd, better known by his stage name, Gary Glitter, arrived at court in London in 2015. He has been released after spending eight years in prison.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
In cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, markets have become year-round destinations, offering classes, crafts and music, as well as a surprising array of fresh produce.
02/03/2023   New York Times Business News
Some online banks offer yields of 3.3 percent or more, but savers may be reluctant to open one because they think it will be a hassle.
02/03/2023   Small Business CEO

The post The Business Debt Recovery Process appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Most, if not all, firms may need to pursue an outstanding debt at some point, regardless of their industry. To help with cash flow, it is crucial for many firms to effectively handle the recovery of unpaid debts.

Debt collection meeting

Businesses must have a comprehensive debt recovery procedure in place to do this, and they may also want the help of a qualified debt recovery solicitor to guarantee fast payment of bills. The business debt recovery team at Myerson Solicitors can help you recover what is owed to your business.

How Long do Businesses Have to Collect a Debt?

Businesses in England and Wales have six years from the due date of the payment to pursue the unpaid debt.…

02/03/2023   Small Business CEO

The post 8 Innovations In Warehouse Technology appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

We’re currently living in a technological era. What trended yesterday becomes outdated today. The technology world is evolving fast without leaving chances of prediction on what might be trending tomorrow.

Warehouse technology

As far as technological advancement is concerned, some fields, such as warehouses, can attest to this. Currently, almost every warehouse aspect is automated, making the processes seamless and fast. For example, unlike before, you can now use robots to carry and pack goods. They can also carry out cleaning procedures efficiently and with ease.

Warehouse management systems have also been invented to store and manage data safely. If you own or run a warehouse and are looking for the best technology to incorporate into your business, here are the most current innovations in warehouse technology.…

02/02/2023   Small Business CEO

The post How Investing in Social Good Can Bring Value to Your Business appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

For years, the vast majority of the public has shared sentiments that large corporations operate in unethical ways that harm society. Thankfully, these perceptions are beginning to change as more and more businesses are putting effort into initiatives that benefit the public. Understanding how these types of initiatives can improve your organization can make it easier to start implementing them yourself.

Social good

Here is how investing in social good can bring value to your business.

What Is Social Good?

In recent times, the term “social good” has come to refer to instances in which businesses and corporations engage in practices that benefit the environment or society.…

02/02/2023   Small Business CEO

The post The Role of iOS developer in FinTech App Development appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

64% of the US adult population was using at least 1 FinTech app in 2020. The numbers have only increased since then and the trend is likely to continue.

Fintech

“So even I will get a FinTech app developed to grab my slice of the growing market pie.” – Said a lot of FinTech startup aspirants.

“And I will be focusing on hiring a dedicated iOS developer.” – Said no one FinTech startup founder.

But as a matter of fact, iOS developers play a crucial role in FinTech app development. And that’s why looking for an iOS developer for your FinTech should be among your top priorities.…

02/02/2023   Small Business CEO

The post Tips for Community Building Around Your Small Business appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

You want to grow your business, but you also don’t have a background in marketing. It’s a college degree. A career. You can’t just pick it up one day like a hobby, can you?

Harley Davidson community

photo credit: Esmerrrr / Flickr

Well, yes and no. Professional marketing indeed takes training and professional development. It’s also true that business owners all over the world are finding small and effective ways to effectively communicate with the consuming public.

Below we take a look at how you can build an effective brand community that can be used to generate more sales.

What is a Business Community?

02/02/2023   Small Business CEO

The post How to Find App Developers for Nonprofits in 2023 appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Nonprofits have unique needs for the development of applications. Some app development companies are out there to help with them. In this article, we look at the key things you need to know to find an app developer for a non-profit. Nonprofit software development is easy if you follow some of the steps outlined in this material.

App development for non-profits

Things to Know to Find an App Developer for Nonprofits

To find an app developer for a non-profit, you should know about several vital factors:

1. Experience of the company or its creators

The more experience a developer has, the better apps they deliver.…

02/01/2023   Small Business CEO

The post The State of High-Risk ACH Transactions In 2023 appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

NACHA

What are the most recent regulations and guidelines put in place for high-risk ACH transactions for 2023?

High-risk Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions are subject to a variety of regulations and guidelines set by both federal and state authorities. These regulations and guidelines are designed to protect consumers and financial institutions from fraud, errors, and other types of financial crime.

The most recent regulations and guidelines for high-risk ACH transactions include the following:

  1. NACHA Operating Rules: NACHA, the National Automated Clearing House Association, sets the operating rules that govern ACH transactions. These rules are updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in the industry and address new types of fraud.

02/01/2023   Small Business CEO

The post What Are the Benefits of a Second Passport for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs? appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Many entrepreneurs and business owners opt for alternative citizenship to enjoy the benefits that come with it. In some cases, dual citizenship happens naturally, through naturalization, by a descendant, marriage, and other ways.

Passport and Business Class Ticket

As an international business owner, you might continuously follow the volatile markets and need to stay up-to-date about the diversity of political and economic laws, the different timezones, and more.

Since not everything will go as planned pertaining to your international business affairs, it doesn’t hurt to be able to travel without restrictions and take advantage of multiple investment opportunities or even form new business partnerships.

In this article, we’ll talk about Citizenship by Investment and its multiple benefits, specifically for business owners and entrepreneurs.…

01/31/2023   Small Business CEO

The post Build a Clean Office Culture in 5 Steps appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Maintaining an organized and sanitary office is key to improving the health and productivity of your employees. When the work environment is clean, everyone in the office can focus more on their tasks and feel more at ease and stress-free. However, before these positive results can be achieved, there should be tidying practices that the management and team members must commit to.

Cleaning office desk

Considering how offices can be chaotic because of their daily operations, clutter, rubbish, and other debris can accumulate eventually. When everyone’s too busy with their deadlines, cleaning the desk and the entire office may have taken a back seat.…

01/31/2023   Small Business CEO

The post How is Enterprise Software Development Different from Startup Software Development appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Modern businesses are navigating in the age of digitally savvy customers. It is for this reason that most businesses around the world are taking a strategic approach to enterprise software development. In contrast, the goal of startup software development is always to do more with less. You must devise a strategy for bringing your product to market quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Software developers meeting

Companies that want to cut costs while still getting high-quality development services frequently look for an experienced offshore development firm. According to Krusche & Company’s IT outsourcing statistics in 2022, nearly 60% of enterprises outsource software application development. 56% of startups have already outsourced software development to a third party.…

01/12/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Neil and Billie Jane Lampson didn’t have to look far for inspiration when they decided their growing crane company needed a headquarters building. Neil Lampson enlisted Walt Trask, his head…

The post Lampson’s unique office is nod to company’s business appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/12/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The 2023 Washington Legislature convened on Jan. 9 with a slew of new lawmakers and a lengthy list of familiar tasks before its scheduled end date of April 23. Transportation,…

The post Legislature convenes with new faces and familiar issues appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/12/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

As a high schooler, Carol Travis was drawn to the flowers her classmates carried around Spokane’s Ferris High School, the results of a floral class offered through the ag program.…

The post Ag educators shine in 2023 Mid-Columbia Hall of Fame appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Lamb Weston says sales up 27% Lamb Weston Holdings Inc., the Eagle, Idaho, frozen potato giant with major operations in the Mid-Columbia, reported nearly $1.3 billion in net sales for…

The post Business Briefs – January 2023 appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Cole Morgan, a Tri-Citian by birth who established Snap! Raise, will headline an upcoming brunch to benefit the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Tri-Cities.The fifth annual Point…

The post Tri-City native headlines brunch to benefit Carson College appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The new year always tends to usher in change and goalsetting. And it’s no different for us. We announced an ownership change at the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, bidding…

The post Newspaper changes hands <br>but not its commitment to readers  appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying…

The post 2023 gives lawmakers a new chance to champion the economy appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

In 2023 one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to an “all of the above” strategy to expand our energy options rather than restricting them. That…

The post America needs an ‘all of the above’ energy approach appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

Remember, we aren’t calling your plan for 2023 a “New Year’s Resolution.” You have made a bona fide strategic plan for your business or team, and you have established some…

The post Bolster the rebar to stay focused on your 2023 plan appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

01/11/2023   Tri-City Area Journal of Business

It can be challenging to work out differences. Sometimes it’s hard to see another’s viewpoint. Sometimes it’s hard to look within. When disputes escalate, they can bog down the legal…

The post Trained mediators help to find common ground in workplace and beyond appeared first on Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.