Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Inc, said on Monday a hormone imbalance had caused him to lose weight but that he would continue as CEO during his recovery, sending its shares up 3.4 percent.
For weeks the U.S. and international media have been following the story of Bernard Madoff and his "giant Ponzi scheme," as The Wall Street Journal called it, which may have cheated unsuspecting investors out of tens of billions of dollars. The Securities and Exchange Commission termed it "a stunning fraud that appears to be of epic proportions." But is this -- as it is being touted -- the largest Ponzi scheme in history? The answer is no. That honor goes to a Depression-era creation of the U.S. government itself: the Social Security system.
Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the United States and President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be commerce secretary, dropped out of consideration for that post on Sunday.
The uncharted waters into which the Federal Reserve sailed in 2008 could become even more treacherous in the year ahead. Will the unprecedented measures that the Fed, the Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and other authorities took last year succeed in at last stabilizing the financial system and reviving a torpid economy? Or will the housing mess cause the economic/ financial crisis to drag on?
Maybe it's just me, but have you ever seen a piece of clip-art, a photo or a font for the umpteenth time and groaned? Using the stock graphics supplied with your page layout or presentation software doesn't exactly scream "unique" or "innovative." And custom design work looks fantastic, but costs accordingly. How can you set yourself, and your slides, apart from the crowd without breaking the bank? Investing a little time into making your business communication is attractive, creative and unique should certainly set you apart from your competition.