Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Essentia fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot Published: November 23, 2017 9:21 AM EST DULUTH, Minn. (AP) A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.The company said it wanted to help keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.MORE: Mother shares story of how daughter died from fluEssentia says 99 percent of the company’s 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were getting an exemption by the Monday deadline.The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy, but a federal judge denied the request. Minnesota Public Radio reports at least two other unions are filing grievances on behalf of workers who lost their jobs.MORE: Can’t get sick? Track illness from your smartphone SHARE
UAVs were used in last year’s Funny River Fire to find hot spots at night. CEO John Parker of Integrated Robotics said the parent company of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that he uses has shown increased interest in Alaska’s drone market. Parker: “ECA Robotics, they’re the oldest robotics company in the world they were formed in 1936 and they have worldwide coverage in over 300 robotics products, of which the IT180 is one. And ECA recognizes the value of doing the manufacturing in the U.S. for the U.S. market, they’re just gaining traction in the U.S. market.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drone manufacturing in Kenai is moving towards a reality. Parker: “And it was flown at night and the infrared camera can see through the smoke and it can find hot spots and they plotted those. It uses GPS coordinations as well, so they find a hot spot, they coordinate it, that data is transmitted back to the ground station and then it was plotted on a map and given to the Incident Commander. Every morning they had a meeting at 7 o’clock prior to going out and resuming fire suppression, so they had this data each night for where these hot spots where, so they could marshal their resources and move them quicker and more effectively into the fire, and it’s why we didn’t have a real problem with this fire, and it was a huge fire.” Parker added that since a video of amazon dropping a package on someone’s front porch went viral it’s been difficult changing perceptions of drones from that of “invasive and spies” to “helpful”. Currently the IT180 is manufactured in France and he said some testing and evaluation of manufacturing locally will be done within the next month.
The sooner you realize that not all customers are created equal, the sooner you can maximize revenue. Start segmenting your customers today. Have you noticed your customer acquisition starting to plateau? It’s a problem Brant Cooper and Peter Vlaskovits, authors of The Lean Entrepreneuer, encounter often among SaaS companies. But it turns out the root of the problem is generally easily explained. Spending time segmenting your customers will allow you to quickly get back on the growth path.As Cooper and Vlaskovits lay out, you cannot view your customer base as homogenous. They come from different places, use your product differently and have different values. As you begin to understand, in depth, each of the segments you’ve already won, you can begin to prioritize and grow those that are most valuable.More entrepreneurial advice from Brant and Peter:[new_royalslider id=”39″] Photo by: Martin CathraeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis