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Wednesday 09.20.17

“The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not."
- Niccolo Machiavelli




 

World stocks notch up new high but it's all about the Fed  World stocks eked out a new record high on Wednesday and the dollar dipped against its major rivals with the focus on a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that may give clues as to whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year. - Reuters

Still recovering from Irma, Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Maria  Puerto Rico is now bracing for a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. The Category 5 storm is expected to make landfall today with winds of up to 160 miles per hour, and if Maria retains its strength, it would be the most powerful hurricane to hit the bankrupt island in 85 years. - CNBC

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 217  Rescuers and volunteers dig in the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings looking for survivors after the 7.1 magnitude temblor, the country’s deadliest in 32 years. - Associated Press

Some states have more student debt than others  States with the highest debt levels tend to be concentrated in particular areas of the country. In the Northeast, which has many of these states, students are more likely to attend private nonprofit colleges, which typically cost more, leaving students with more debt. - Market Watch

The first autonomous drone delivery network will fly above Switzerland starting next month  A permanent autonomous drone network in Switzerland will transport lab samples like blood tests and other diagnostics between hospital facilities, clinics, and labs. - The Verge

Electric bus in record-breaking journey  an electric bus, designed by Californian company Proterra, broke a world record by travelling 1,102.2 miles on a single charge on a testing ground in New Carlisle, Indiana. - BBC

Building a better coral reef.  With reefs dying, some scientists want to breed hardy corals in labs and put them in the sea to multiply. But the plan raises ethics questions. - New York Times

T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a merger  T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a merger and both companies have been in frequent conversations about a stock-for-stock merger in which T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner. - CNBC
 

  Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul.

Politics is a dirty word. But office politics are unavoidable; as Aristotle noted, “man is by nature a political animal.” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them.

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