SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—Textiles used to dominate this part of South Carolina, which locals call the Upstate. But after the textile industry went overseas, BMW came in and built its biggest car factory in the world, bringing back prosperity in the process. But for more than a few voters and public officials in the area, many of whom could have their livelihood threatened by a trade war BMW has warned about, President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs aren’t much of a concern—for now. The Upstate, also known as the Upcountry, is the fastest-growing part of South Carolina, with over a million residents in the region and counting. Everywhere you look there is new construction, highways being expanded, businesses being erected. There are also traffic jams galore, a feature you don’t expect in a region whose largest city, Greenville, contains around 68,000 residents. Much of this region’s boom can be traced to BMW, which opened the plant in 1994. The … [Read more...] about Trump’s Trade War Threatens BMW’s Biggest Factory in the World, but South Carolina Doesn’t Seem to Mind
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Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 8:20 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Another trip to Maryland, another controversy. This time, it’s not Michigan State at the center of it. The Terrapins’ turmoil with the rehiring and firing of coach D.J. Durkin (a former Michigan assistant) casts a definite pall over Saturday’s game, an important one for Mark Dantonio’s team as it tries to get bowl eligible and retain a minute chance at winning the Big Ten East. There is a small link to MSU in the Maryland case: Rick Court, who resigned as Terrapins strength coach after the death of Jordan McNair, played two years of baseball for the Spartans and was a captain as a senior in 2001 after spending two years at Grand Rapids Junior College. He graduated from MSU with a degree in kinesiology a year later after interning with the school’s hockey, basketball and football teams. He's also interned with the Detroit Tigers. More: Michigan State football chat recap That is … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: What’s with the Spartans’ injuries?
opinion Steve Gray and Casey Farrington Published 10:52 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 With devastating efficiency, a faulty algorithm adopted by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency branded at least 42,000 innocent Michiganders as frauds over the span of two years. Their crime? Applying for unemployment insurance benefits to stave off financial ruin. The Michigan Supreme Court has a chance to address this crippling wrong on Wednesday, when it hears argument in Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency. The state legislature and governor should step up as well. The program that caused all this trouble was part of the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS), a $47 million computer project that, unchecked by human review, went on a fraud-designating spree from October 2013 to August 2015. Ninety-three percent of those designations were wrong. MiDAS incorrectly—and appallingly—stamped tens of thousands of struggling individuals with a label they didn’t … [Read more...] about Opinion: Undoing the harm of MiDAS’ fraud designations
My purpose is to build businesses that benefit society, and I strongly believe that organisations should have a social responsibility that goes beyond the services and products they provide. At REED, our corporate and philanthropic activity is rooted in this principal.My father Alec Reed, who founded the Reed Foundation in 1985, once told me: "You have little control over the length of your life, but you can control the width of it. Being in a position to help others has widened my horizons and made my life more satisfying. I have enjoyed using my entrepreneurial skills in setting up charities and watching them grow."Philanthropy is not just a passion project. It is the beating heart of our business.The Reed Foundation, which has established and supports charities including Ethiopiaid and the Big Give, owns 20% of REED. This means that all of us at REED work one day a week for charity. Many of these charities don't receive government funding and are reliant on the support that our … [Read more...] about The business of giving: Why corporate philanthropy is more than just good PR
In an era long before women were thought capable of doing much of anything, Dorothy Levitt decided that she wanted to do it all. Avid horseback rider, self-styled motoriste, race car driver, boat racer, journalist and amateur aviator, Levitt was a woman well before her era and, at the same time, exactly what Edwardian Britain needed. Dorothy Levitt was born Elizabeth Levi in Hackney, London in 1882, and she had the taste for speed on her tongue right from the start. Her early life isn’t really well-known, but she often fell back on her experience as a horse rider to describe her racing life. “It is far harder work to sit in a car than to ride a galloping horse over the jumps in a steeplechase,” she said in a 1906 edition of the Penny Illustrated Paper. She had been employed as a secretary at Napier & Sons, a British engineering company that produced luxury cars and aero engines. Through her connections there, she met Selwyn Edge, who drove Napier cars in … [Read more...] about The Woman Who Taught Queens To Drive Set The Fastest Women’s Speed Record