Irish sales program teaches global strategies

Enterprise Ireland's international sales program helps Irish companies improve their international sales through the development of new strategies and leadership skills. The program allows CEOs, senior executives and sales directors to network with one another and develop sales leadership tools.

Can student autonomy improve learning?

Students in a Texas school district are given more autonomy over their education as part of the district's student-choice method. Superintendent Royce Avery in this commentary shares how the approach has improved teaching and learning.

Trump to outline tax reform this week
4/24/2017 ReutersReutersBloomberg

President Donald Trump will unveil broad principles and priorities for tax reform this week, with a complete proposal likely in June. The plan would pay for itself when analyzed under "dynamic scoring" but would create short-term issues under "static scoring," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says.

Subway trimmed store count in 2016

Subway closed 359 restaurants last year, dropping its store count by 1.3%, but with 26,744 restaurants it's still the US restaurant chain with the most units. The sandwich chain is working to revive sales amid growing competition, with the addition of delivery services and a shift to antibiotic-free chicken and cage-free eggs.

Amendment might bring AHCA back to House floor for a vote

An amendment to the American Health Care Act proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., would retain the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits at the federal level but allow states to request approval to replace the EHBs with their own list. States could also let insurers charge higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions if they create high-risk pools for those patients, according to the amendment, which has been billed as a tool for resurrecting the legislation for a vote the White House would like to see happen next week.

The New York Times touts its journalists in search of the truth

The New York Times has unveiled the next installment in its "The Truth Is Hard To Find" campaign with TV and digital spots, and accompanying print ads, that highlight the challenging journeys undertaken by its award-winning journalists to get to the bottom of a story. One ad called "War and Terrorism" shows photographer Bryan Denton following the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq, while "Refugees and Immigration" spotlights the plight of refugees in Lesbos, Greece.

Target's top innovation exec to step down next month

Target Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer Casey Carl will step down from the retailer in May, as the company focuses more on its core business and less on experimental projects without the promise of profitability in the near term. CEO Brian Cornell promoted Carl to the new post shortly after taking the reins at the company in 2014.

Nostalgia, tech updates drive turntable sales
4/24/2017 TWICE

Nostalgia and tech updates are driving turntable sales, as this segment saw 16% sales growth between March 2016 and February 2017, per data from The NPD Group. NPD Executive Director Ben Arnold said, "The turntable market has been revitalized by a mixture of expanding colorways and form factors that appeal to design-focused shoppers, as well as updated features like Bluetooth to keep up with the wider trend towards connectivity in audio."

MHRA releases 2017-2018 post-Brexit business plan
4/24/2017 Regulatory Focus

Developing a model for the future regulation of medical devices and drugs post-Brexit is the top priority stated by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the coming year, according to the group's 2017-2018 business plan. MHRA is looking to pursue an international strategy with key partners and hopes for "ongoing co-operation in EU regulatory procedures," and it also intends to expand International Medical Device Regulators Forum and bilateral relationships for device regulation.

DogTV launches SVOD service for dogs on Comcast
4/24/2017 Broadcasting & Cable

DogTV has launched a subscription-video-on-demand service on Comcast for $4.99 per month. The service includes original content that is "scientifically developed and tested" for dogs to view when their owners are away.

Post-Katrina-built concrete levee needs $250,000 in repairs

A concrete levee in Louisiana built after Hurricane Katrina has developed a scour hole and needs $250,000 worth of work. However, the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the Lake Borgne surge barrier that protects St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' 9th Ward, may not pay for the work, because the agency turned over control to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

US oil rig count continues to increase
4/24/2017 Bloomberg

The number of US oil rigs climbed by five to 688 in the week ended Friday, representing the smallest increase in almost two months, according to Baker Hughes. "If commodity prices persist here, we expect the rig count to flatten out fairly soon," Capital One Securities analyst Luke Lemoine said.

American Airlines flight returns to airport due to possible engine trouble
4/24/2017 The Washington Times

American Airlines Flight 1871, bound for Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday returned to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport after an indicator light showed that an engine wasn't working properly. The plane landed safely.

Brownfield rehabbed as base for green hotel

The Residence Inn Gainesville I-75 in Florida is an ecologically sustainable hotel built on a former brownfield. OTO Development used recycled steel and energy-efficient windows for the project.