(Reuters) – EU-candidate Turkey will freeze relations with the European Union if Cyprus is given the EU presidency in 2012, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Anatolian late on Saturday.
The comments could signal a new low point in ties between the European Union and Turkey which began accession talks to the bloc in 2005.
They also come at a time of heightened tension in the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is locked in a row with Cyprus over potential offshore gas deposits and Turkey’s relations with one-time ally Israel are frayed.… Continue reading
(Reuters) – Three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the world’s financial system is sliding towards another major crisis.
At stake is the global recovery and future shape of Europe.
Calls are mounting for financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies meeting this week to take bold action, not on the scale of the $1 trillion (633 billion pounds) rescue package of March 2009 but something equally important in policy terms.
The challenge for the Group of 20 talks in Washington on Thursday and Friday is to prevent a sovereign debt crisis centred in Greece from turning into a… Continue reading
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has chaired cabinet crisis talks, a day after cancelling a trip to the US amid growing fears over the debt crisis.
The talks focused on new austerity measures to enable Greece to secure the country’s next bailout loan.
Greek newspaper To Vima said lenders had set further conditions including the dismissal of another 20,000 state employees before releasing the loan.
In 2007, after several years as a Quiznos franchisee in the Bay Area, Joe Bono thought back to his middle school science class. He remembered learning about satellites and how they were completely powered by solar cells. It seemed inevitable that by the time he grew up, everything would be powered by the sun.
“It was 20 years later, and I realized solar had hardly penetrated the market,” Bono says. Yet cheaper solar panels, tax credits and a push for energy conservation had primed the market. All that was needed was a reliable service company to get… Continue reading
Branders.com co-founder and CEO Jerry McLaughlin was worried about first impressions. After analyzing the metrics for his promotional product company’s website, he discovered that many first-time visitors to Branders.com started their experience on subcategory pages instead of on the homepage. And the subcategory pages for the Mountain View, Calif., company’s site weren’t as carefully crafted. He also had concerns about the site’s conversion rate–customers were leaving way too many T-shirts, coffee mugs, pens and other logo-emblazoned tchotchkes behind in abandoned online shopping carts.
Have you ever wondered if you could do more with your business? You know — introduce new product lines, enter new markets, find more ways to cash in on the brand you’ve created, maybe even become a Richard Branson-style celebrity in your niche?
Well, wonder no more. Just tune in to History Channel’s smash-hit reality-TV show Pawn Stars, which averages 4 million viewers an episode. It’s so popular the network renewed their contract for 80 more episodes. New episodes air Monday nights at 10pm EST.
PowerPoint, Microsoft’s presentation tool, was once ubiquitous as the business standard for organizing, distilling and demonstrating business ideas. Now, PowerPoint has far more competition. The Web has sparked a brisk market in alternatives for presenting your next big idea.
And we spent about a month distilling the best among the new offerings in online presentation systems. Here are four worth knowing.
No matter who you talk to, most people agree: The nation’s age-old patent system needed an overhaul. But now that it’s a done deal, new challenges are surfacing that may make it harder for entrepreneurs and small-scale inventors to get patents.
Bringing an end to a long history of bungled reform attempts, President Barack Obama today signed a sweeping reform bill into law that promises to change the system for determining priority for inventions at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Formally known as the America Invents Act, the law also aims to shore up more financing for… Continue reading