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Convergence of completed projects in four years expected to boost growth at Georgia Ports

If there is one thing Georgia Ports Authority is known — and envied — for among the global maritime community, it’s the uncanny ability to plan and execute ahead of the curve.

Trains move through the Chatham yard at Garden City Terminal. The latest port initiative will connect Chatham yard to the Mason rail yard with additional tracks, allowing full trains to be built on the terminal.

KEENE: Motor carriers, commercial drivers may face new rules

According to the National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute, more than half of commercial truck drivers smoke, 70 percent are considered obese and nearly one-third suffer from sleep apnea.

How the incredible shrinking stock market affects your fund

More companies don’t want you, or any other investor, to buy their stock. Instead of listing their shares on a stock exchange, businesses are going private or never going public in the first place.

Uber makes it simple for customers to hail a car, but investors can’t easily buy a piece of the privately held company, which is valued at more than $60 billion. (AP file photo)

BiS in brief: World Trade Center offers import help

Importers face financial risks for non-compliant practices of record retention as well as the inability to produce records upon demand.

CROOK: Real estate businesses, pros need a primer in cybersecurity

Cyber attacks of business computer systems and websites are increasingly common. These attacks can be extremely damaging to businesses, especially if security is breached and confidential business and personal data are compromised.

SEC charges Effingham studio CEOs with fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Effingham-based Moon River Studios in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

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Marriott International buys Starwood, becoming world's largest hotel chain

Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.

OWENS: Hidden gem wants to be found

There’s a hidden gem off the coast of Savannah that’s helping protect and conserve our oceans.

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary lies just a few miles off the Georgia coast. It’s a special place, but you might not know that it is even there.

In Yahoo data breach, 'state-sponsored' hackers may seek intelligence, not riches

If a foreign government is behind the massive computer attack that compromised a half billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company says, the breach could be part of a long-term strategy that’s aimed at gathering intelligence rather than getting rich.

Pooler Planning board to hear new request to rezone for warehouses

Just a week after developers were cleared to rezone nearly 60 acres of property in Pooler for new warehouses on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, planners in the west Chatham city are set to field another request to rezone property for more industry on the parkway — this time, perhaps, for the expansion of an existing business.

BiS in brief: Savannah, area jobless rates drop

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in August was 4.9 percent, down from 5 percent in July. The rate in August 2015 was 5.5 percent.

Finding the right credit card for a free vacation

Many frequent fliers are buzzing about the latest travel rewards credit card — one that comes with a hefty $450 annual fee but offers a juicy 100,000 point bonus at sign-up.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, a paddleboarder looks our over the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets off of Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu. Airline mileage cards usually aren’t the best way to earn a free vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Savannah-area home sales continue upward

Area home sales continued their upward climb in August with 635 homes sold across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, according to data released this week by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

PortSide: Imperial opens $2.4 million facility in Pooler

Imperial Frozen Foods, the latest chilled foods company to have a presence close to our ports, last week cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art $2.4 million processing facility on Eli Whitney Boulevard.

Imperial Frozen Foods CEO Kevin Migdal talks before the ribbon cutting of their first company owned facility off Eli Whitney Blvd. Friday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Yahoo hack steals personal info from at least 500M accounts

Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.

Savannah unemployment rate drops to 4.9%

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in August was 4.9 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5 percent in July. The rate in August 2015 was 5.5 percent.

Planning key to growth beyond first business years

Growth requires planning. One of the most important items to have in your business is the business plan. Many business owners have a great business concept but have not taken the time to think about the details of their operations on all of the components of their business.

MANGEE: Economists agree about more than you think

A general election year in the United States provides a good opportunity to critique, assess and offer debate over the merits of various policy proposals. Unfortunately, economic reality during such times can be a scarce commodity, too often cloaked in incentives to polarize through sensationalism and condemnation of the status quo. 

 

Federal Reserve keeps key interest rate unchanged

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year’s end.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Washington. The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)