Ghosn Update

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According to the New York Times, Carlos Ghosn, former automobile CEO who proclaims his innocence, was aided in his escape from Japan by an American security consultant on a Turkish chartered jet. Questions: Who was the American security consultant? How did MNG Jet, the charter company, allow Ghosn on the plane? After Ghosn got to… Read more »

No more nicotine

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According to the Washington Post, U-Haul will no longer hire nicotine users in 21 states as of Feb. 1. Questions: Why are they applying this policy in only 21 states? How many employees does U-Haul employ across the United States and Canada? What will U-Haul require of new hires regarding the new nicotine-free policy? Besides… Read more »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

Is Paid Family Leave Evolving?

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The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee workers paid family leave. Questions: What pressures on U.S. employers are causing them to expand benefits in order to attract and retain workers? What are some of the increasing trends to cover things that plague families beyond parental leave? According to the Bureau of Labor… Read more »

A $3.4 Million Loss To Keep Things Quiet

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After Bishop Michael J. Bransfield was banished from his post as head of the Catholic Church in West Virginia, the church-owned residence he had lived in was put up for sale. Questions: Why do you think the diocese was willing to take a $3.4 Million Loss? Why do you think that the diocese did not… Read more »

$420 a reality

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Elon Musk has implied that the $420 stock price he floated for taking Tesla private was not a covert reference to weed, contrary to widespread speculation. Questions: What number is a widely recognized coded reference to marijuana and why? Which media outlet interviewed Elon Musk when he mentioned the 420? Based on past news items… Read more »

Bernie Ebbers Gets Out Early

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According to Accounting Today, Bernie Ebbers, infamous for the World Com fraud was granted early release for health reasons. Questions: What is the First Step Act and why did the author think that this had a bearing on the case? How long had Bernie Ebbers served? When MCI went bankrupt as a function of the… Read more »

Change in Management

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According to the New York Times, Boeing fired its chief executive officer, Dennis A. Muilenburg, on Monday after investors became weary of Muilenburg’s clumsy handling of the 737 Max crisis that angered lawmakers, airlines, regulators, and victims’ families. Questions: Who is going to replace Muilenburg? When do the Boeing Board and Washington insiders typically meet… Read more »

HALTED!

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According to the Washington Post, Boeing will halt production of its new 737 MAX commercial jetliner in January 2020. Questions: How long will the production halt last? How many employees will be laid off? How much is it estimated that the entire U.S. gross domestic product for a period this year has been impacted by… Read more »

It’s all in the way you interpret The Community Reinvestment Act

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According to BusinessInsider.com, the Trump Administration is pushing for funds meant for low-income neighborhoods to be funneled to the NFL for a new stadium. Questions: Who proposed the rule change and to whom? When was the law or rule passed? What are the pros and cons for putting stadiums in opportunity zones? Do you agree… Read more »