In my home, we use both air cleaners and our heating system to filter the air. If you have central heating, make sure your furnace filter has a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of at least 11. This value describes how effective a filter is at removing airborne particles and contaminants from the recirculated air. The standard on most furnaces is a MERV 8 filter, and many furnaces are not capable of running with a more efficient filter, so make sure to check your filter and ask a technician before replacing it. But a MERV 8 filter is better than no filtration at all. … [Read more...] about If you have to be indoors with others, here’s how to make the air cleaner
Making hard decision
Amazon Amazon’s core competence is vision and storytelling. Bezos had the vision of selling everything online when that was unthinkable. An even bigger feat, Bezos and his team accomplished something unprecedented—they convinced investors not to expect short- or medium-term profits. While most firms’ profits are reevaluated every three months on their quarterly earnings call, Bezos has retrained investors’ Pavlovian mechanisms, replacing profits with vision and growth. Key to this decision was CFO Joy Covey, who recognized the best way to predict the future is to make it. And the best way to make the future is to gain access to cheap capital to pull the future forward with extraordinary investments others won’t make, resulting in moats, which give you access to cheaper capital . . . and so on and so on. While most firms look for competitive advantage via lowest cost, Amazon looks for sustainable advantage that requires gargantuan investment. … [Read more...] about Big Tech was already dominant. Has coronavirus made it unstoppable?
Fear of any public criticism causes corporate paralysis for any meaningful action Everything that companies say today is subject to scrutiny, but the inclination to say nothing—rather than risk saying something objectionable—is not a strategy. Every corporate stance may bring criticism, but companies need to rethink the way they view criticism by acknowledging that smoke is not always fire when it comes to reputational impact, and accepting that some criticism is worth weathering in the short term to fight for what is right and gain reputational value in the long term. … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from CEOs on how to manage corporate reputation in a new era of activism
He was responding to Pawar's statement regarding Maharashtra's all-round growth and incorporating Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani --areas of Karnataka which have substantial Marathi-speaking population -- were dreams of later Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. … [Read more...] about Karnataka-Maharashtra border row | Why is it simmering again?
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine. … [Read more...] about No fresh COVID-19 lockdown in Maharashtra but curbs in offing: Rajesh Tope