Robert Hale became a billionaire capitalizing on the technology Alexander Graham Bell patented in 1876. But time’s up, and now the 21st century is calling. “G ood fun, good fun!” bellows Rob Hale on a recent Friday morning. It’s 6:30 a.m., and two dozen employees of Granite Telecommunications have gathered for one of their CEO’s favorite rituals: hourlong morning workouts, a grueling grind of pushups, squats, burpees, sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks and stair runs through the company’s four-story office headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, a blue-collar burb 10 miles south of Boston. Hale, 56, likes routine. His typical workday includes nabbing the parking lot’s fifth spot (five is his lucky number), downing four extra-large decaf Dunkin’ coffees (two in the morning, two in the afternoon), overseeing a second group workout at noon (this one, mercifully, 20 minutes), then getting home in time for dinner with Karen, his wife of 28 years. “My life is very regimented,” Hale … [Read more...] about This Dot Com Crash Survivor Bet On 100-Year-Old Landlines. Now He’s Boston’s Second Richest Entrepreneur.
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin After losing around 700 tanks in Ukraine through this spring, the Russian army began pulling 50-year-old T-62 tanks out of long-term storage and sending them toward the front. The Ukrainian army by then had captured hundreds of Russian tanks. It was only a matter of time before the Ukrainians got their hands on some intact T-62s, too. As Russia’s wider war in Ukraine grinds into its eighth month, the Ukrainian army has captured at least three T-62s that outside analysts can confirm . Will the Ukrainians fix up these antique tanks and use them against the Russians? Every indication is—yes. The Ukrainian army doesn’t hesitate to use weapons even older than the T-62 is. The 41-ton T-62 with its 115-millimeter main gun was in production in the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1975. It was the USSR’s most important tank until the T-72 entered service in 1969. The Soviet army in the 1980s began shifting the T-62 to … [Read more...] about Ukraine Is Capturing Russia’s Old T-62 Tanks. Will It Use Them?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Since Paris Fashion Week began Kilian Paris has been setting up shop at the renowned Hôtel Plaza Athénée, creating an exclusive olfactive experience. The one-of-a-kind brand is now celebrating fifteen years, with 34 luxury fragrances under its belt. At the Kilian Bar, guests are met with a stunning ambience filled with ivy and red awnings in the grand courtyard. It’s all very picturesque. “This is one of the most beautiful hotels in Paris. It’s the hotel I used to have lunch every Sunday with my grandfather. So, it feels a little bit like home here, but outside of that Hôtel Plaza Athénée it’s a place that everyone comes to, and it’s the place to be this fashion week because everyone is coming in and out of the hotel,” states Kilian Paris founder Kilian Hennessy. The Kilian Bar glistens as it overlooks the courtyard, while those familiar and not familiar with the brand get to experience the five olfactive families: The … [Read more...] about Kilian Paris Celebrates Fifteen Years In The City Of Lights
The Philippines launched a Special Investors Resident Visa (SIRV) offering permanent residency to any foreigner who invests at least US$75,000 in business or securities. The visa reaps more rewards for a smaller investment than Thailand ’s 10 year Long Term Resident (LTR) visa, which hasn’t attracted as much attention as initially hoped since its launch last month. Once a foreigner has invested in the Philippines, they are immediately awarded residency – something that Thailand does not offer. The SIRV holder, their spouse, and children can freely enter and exit the Philippines whenever they desire, forever. Whereas, investors applying for a 10 year visa in Thailand are required to have assets worth 36.5 million baht (US$1 million), an annual income of about 3 million baht (US$80,000) per year, and an investment in Thailand worth 18.3 million baht (USS$500,000). For pensioners to qualify for Thailand’s LTR visa, they need to be aged at least 50 years old and have an … [Read more...] about Philippines offers attractive alternative to Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Of all the uses of a shotgun, none ranks higher than to be employed for a driven bird shoot. This is the sport of Kings made possible by the advent of the breech-loading shotgun in the late nineteenth century, allowing a gunner to shoot thousands of rounds in a single day. Driven shooting was viewed as an especially nice way to spend an autumn day in the countryside when things got a bit stuffy in London. Lords and Ladies would hop trains bound for castles with accoutrement to last for a few days of pheasant and grouse shooting by day followed by formal dinners by night where there was plenty of wine. Always, plenty of wine. In fact, other than birds, wine and port might have been the most important ingredients to the shoot, and a key measure of the quality of the experience. The concept was straightforward: a line of royalty armed with a matched pair of side-by-side shotguns from one of London’s bespoke makers— Holland … [Read more...] about Scotland’s Driven Shooting: Dispatches From The Moors
The family of a former professional footballer appealed for help after he fell seriously ill in Thailand . He has a 50-50 chance of survival. John Horsley, a footballer with Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town in his youth, was in Thailand when he became sick late last month. The 77 year old man from Desborough in Northampton is now in a public hospital in Thailand where his chances of survival balance on a knife edge. Horsley’s daughter, Janet Cowen, revealed it is touch and go whether he comes through the ordeal. The 37 year old said the medical bills are increasing and the family feels helpless. Horsley agreed to move in with his daughter recently but said he first needed to go to Thailand to sort out some personal affairs. But while he was in Thailand he became ill and then too ill to fly home to the UK. Now he lies in a Thai hospital. “He suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and emphysema. He’s not been right and has been struggling with his … [Read more...] about Former Coventry footballer seriously ill in Thai hospital
Prime minister’s achievements since coming back to the office Thailand Prime minister’s The government has pledged to make human trafficking its top priority— as Thailand renewed stronger trade ties with Australia yesterday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met Australia’s new ambassador, Angela Jane Macdonald, at Government House yesterday discussed several options including trade opportunities between the two nations as they celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations. Government spokesperson Anucha Buraphachaisri made it known that tackling human trafficking is one of Thailand’s top priorities. The Australian diplomat welcomed Thailand’s commitment to stamping out the trafficking of persons and said Canberra is fully behind the kingdom’s crusade. Macdonald added that Australia’s Counter Trafficking in Persons Centre of Excellence would play a key role in driving closer cooperation with their Thai counterparts. Thailand was promoted from the Tier 2 … [Read more...] about Thailand News Today | Prime minister’s achievements since coming back to the office
The death toll from the fire at Mountain B nightclub in Chon Buri province, eastern Thailand , on August 5 has risen to 24. The 24th victim, a navy officer, died from his injuries in hospital last night after fighting for his life for two months in the ICU. Lawyer Ronnarong Kaewpetch said on Facebook yesterday… “#RIP the 24th victim of the Mountain B tragedy. The 24th victim was navy officer Pattarakit Suwanchim who died this evening at Somdech Phra Pinklao Hospital.” The news comes one month after the 23rd victim of the fire, a 27 year old army officer, died at Rayong hospital. He suffered burns on 60% of his body and spent one month in the ICU before succumbing to his injuries. Initially, 13 people died inside the nightclub in the Sattahip district on the night of the fire and 41 were injured, many were put on ventilators to breathe. In the two months to follow, 14 more people died in hospital. It’s unclear exactly how many people injured in the fire are still … [Read more...] about Mountain B nightclub fire claims 24th life
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Jon Michail is Founder & Group CEO of Image Group International & best-selling author of Life Branding. Follow him on LinkedIn & Twitter. We live in an age of superficial acceptance. People are resigned to going through the motions of life rather than cutting a path off the beaten track. In some respects, throwing up one’s arms in resignation is understandable, if not acceptable. The global pandemic has thrown people off their axis, and now the specter of a “Second Great Depression” within 100 years is looming. What the heck? Why not vegetate? It’s easier to absorb the views of national and international advocates from the comfort of your lounge before formulating opinions on pivotal matters. Besides, how much clout can everyday people have over the likes of Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Jerome Powell, as socio-political power brokers? As slippery as social … [Read more...] about Go Against The Grain To Make A Difference
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin “In times like these, times of hardship and uncertainty, it can feel like the world is conspiring to shrink our sense of possibility. To sour us to the daring adventure of life. I'm here to say, don't let it.” Those are the words of Laurene Powell Jobs – entrepreneur, philanthropist and the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs – as she addressed her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, at the graduation of their class of 2021. It’s good advice for each of us, no matter our age, lifestage or career, especially in today’s world of both massive crisis and tremendous opportunity. Giving a commencement address is always tricky, and after a year like 2020, it’s only harder. The student audience is anxious to get it over with and go celebrate, especially when they probably weren’t sure they would be able to celebrate with their friends and loved ones because of covid. At this point, having to listen to a commencement … [Read more...] about We Need To ‘Tear Down Walls…Within And Without’ Laurene Powell Jobs Told U Penn’s Class Of 2021