But an indoors grand slam looks some distance away, although McEnroe favours the idea. “It (an indoors grand slam) would be a tremendous addition to the sport,” said McEnroe on the call. How about a ‘best-of-3 sets’ to help the players in case the smoke gets too much? “I don’t see that happening. The grand slams, three of the four, have already introduced tie-breaks in the final set; I can’t figure out why the French Open hasn’t still done it. So that has shortened the matches a bit. But the top men’s players, I don’t think they would like the idea of best-of-3 sets; a best-of-5 set scenario decreases the chances of something bad happening to them,” said McEnroe. … [Read more...] about Australian Open: Serena’s record pursuit and an aging Federer’s search for crowning glory
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Though frequently called a “public holiday” or “national holiday,” MLK Jr. Day is, technically speaking, a federal holiday, along with Washington’s Birthday and Columbus Day, which means that companies can ignore it: The “day off” part of the federal law is only legally applicable for federal employees and the District of Columbia. … [Read more...] about Most Americans still have to work on MLK Day. Here’s what’s open and closed
During a panel at the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, PwC and Chipotle explored how companies can redefine customer relationships through employee experience. Tom Puthiyamadam, the digital, consulting and BXT leader at PwC, spoke onstage with Jason Scoggins, the director of loyalty and CRM at Chipotle, about recent initiatives they’ve each undertaken. These were, most notably, “Chipotle Rewards,” a new customer-rewards program that Chipotle worked on with PwC, and PwC’s initiative to teach all of its employees the skills and behaviours they need to succeed in the digital future. What’s most important to making it happen? Puthiyamadam and Scoggins say there are three must-dos if you want to encourage and codify successful large-scale change. … [Read more...] about How corporations can create change at massive scale
SPEED IS IMPORTANT From supersonic jets to hyperloop projects and high-speed trains, the transportation industry is exploring creative measures to slice travel times for passengers. Harris sees a big opportunity to ramp up train speeds around the country. Amtrak’s high-speed Acela service already operates in the Northeast, with new Acela trains expected to debut next year. And Amtrak trains regularly reach speeds of 110 mph in some areas, such as between Detroit and Chicago. But Harris said there are many areas where existing rail infrastructure can be upgraded to deliver higher-speed trains to consumers. “We have about 30 different opportunities around the country where we can build on existing infrastructure,” he said. … [Read more...] about What’s driving disruption in transportation?
To boost manufacturing as part of the 'Make In India' campaign, the government is expected to address the issue of inverted duty structure, especially in sectors such as chemicals and electronics, in the forthcoming Budget, sources said. Inverted duty structure refers to taxation of inputs at higher rates than finished products that results in build-up of credits and cascading costs. … [Read more...] about Budget 2020: Govt may address inverted duty structure to boost manufacturing