In the guest chair:
This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana had the pleasure of hosting two very successful and innovative guests. Chau Nguyen – Founder and CEO of Hirewire discussed the hiring process and how his company can help you find your next job. Hirewire is the first hiring market place that connects hourly job seekers and employers on-demand. Job seekers set their preferences and employers reach out with opportunities using their mobile device. The app is free and available for download on the App Store or Google Play.
Don Barden, CEO and Managing Parter of DDS Financial, and also a regular contributor to the show, stopped by to discuss hiring the right employees and creating a safe work environment. Don is a senior level behavioral economist and 27 year Wall Street veteran. He is currently the CEO of DDS Financial and his books are published in over 39 county’s around the globe.
In the national headlines:
- A San Diego DNA sequencing company called Illumina Inc. is launching a new company that will develop and market a blood test to detect cancer. The company has backing from some well known names like Bezos ventures and Bill Gates among others. If the company can overcome some hurdles like keeping the price of the test under $1,000 and ensure it doesn’t deliver too many false positives it could be available as soon as 2019.
- Tesla has added some restrictions to its AutoPilot feature after many owners took videos of themselves driving hands-free in dangerous situations. The Auto Pilot feature now won’t be able to be used on residential streets or those that don’t have a center divider. Tesla has also added a auto park and summon feature that allows you to remotely park your car or summon it to you from a distance of 39 feet. The company says soon you will be able to summon your car from anywhere – even from states away and it will be equipped to drive to you stopping on the way for an automated charge. Whoa.
- So a group of Buffalo Bills NFL cheerleaders got the go ahead from a NY state court to move forward with a class action suit over wages. They allege that they should not be classified as independent contractors because their schedules, dress code and more are determined by the team and that because they are or were contractors they were not getting paid fairly. Like when you added up the unpaid events they were forced to attend they were making sometimes less than $5/hour. Oh NFL…. we swear it’s one negative story after the other. Just pay them a decent wage. Stop the nonsense.
In the local headlines:
- Another massive development project is potentially in the works in Sandy Springs. This one is being proposed at the intersection of I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody and could include two 24-story office towers and a 28-story hotel in the first phase and a 30-story condo tower and another 13-story building with a mix of condos and a hotel in the second phase. Both buildings could possibly go as high as 28 to 40 stories. Re-zoning would be needed for phase 2 – and all of this still very early stages.
- While we’re on the subject of digging new holes and building new buildings, Alpharetta could be getting some new condos. Alpharetta may be getting some new condos on Thompson Road near Avalon. “Thompson Road is designated by the city of Alpharetta as the link between Alpharetta City Center (the newly created downtown area) and Avalon, the highly successful live, work and shop area that is about to be doubled in size”.
- The multistate Powerball lottery jackpot has risen to $1.3 billion as of Sunday, the largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever, after no one picked a winning number in Saturday’s drawing. The next Powerball drawing will be Wednesday, Jan. 13.
- Our new professional lacrosse team is making some big moves. First of all they’ve signed a 3 year naming rights deal with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for their field at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. The Swarm will feature jersey patches of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel on the front and back of the team’s uniforms as part of the deal. In other lacrosse news, FOX Sports Southeast televised the Swarm’s inaugural home opener against the Toronto Rock last night at 11 p.m.
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