MIAMI — The federal trial of a Florida health care executive wrapped up on Friday with closing statements from the prosecution calling the defendant a trickster who couldn’t help himself and his defense arguing he was an ambitious and caring businessman. Philip Esformes, 50, faces decades in prison if convicted of defrauding Medicare of $1 billion in one of the biggest such cases in U.S. history. Prosecutors said the Miami Beach businessman was the mastermind in a scheme that would pay bribes and kickbacks to doctors so they would refer patients to his network of nursing homes. They also say Esformes and his co-conspirators paid bribes to a health care regulator in return for tips about when inspectors planned surprise visits to his facilities and when patients made complaints. Esformes’ attorney, Roy Black, told jurors his client never paid kickbacks to doctors so they would refer patients to his nursing and assisted living facilities. The defense also … [Read more...] about Trial of Florida health care executive $1B fraud nears end
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Since Donald Trump’s rise in 2015, calling his presidency Orwellian has been a kind of shibboleth among critics. After Trump’s first week in January 2017, Adam Gopnikwrote in the New Yorker, “re-reading Orwell, one is reminded of what Orwell got right about this kind of brute authoritarianism.” That same month, when Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway defended the administration’s “alternative facts,” Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan wrote that “we’ve gone full Orwell.” Shortly afterward, sales of 1984 surged. But in one important respect, these commentators are missing something important. When it comes to language, Trump isn’t the kind of person Orwell was worried about. In fact the plain-speaking president represents something closer to Orwell’s imagined solution to a problem that consumed him, the use of public language to hide meaning. If you look at how Trump talks—and the similar rhetoric … [Read more...] about Trump Isn’t Orwell’s Nightmare. He’s the Kind of Politician Orwell Thought Would Save Us.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff October 29, 2018 When the Red Sox captured their fourth championship in 14 years Sunday night in Los Angeles, Alex Cora joined former managers John Farrell and Terry Francona as the third Sox skipper to win the World Series during his first year on the job. In each case, the new manager inherited a team coming off a mild disappointment (swept by the Astros in the 2017 playoffs), a disaster (finishing last in 2012 before Farrell righted the ship for a 2013 title run), or a heartbreaking loss (Google “Aaron Boone 2003,” then relive the curse-busting euphoria of the 2004 campaign under Francona).Are the Sox just skilled at finding change agents after setbacks? And are there parallels to the business world, where new CEOs often make headlines for boosting the fortunes of iconic companies that have seen better days? … [Read more...] about There are business lessons in Cora’s Red Sox success
Cultivating a culture that identifies potential visionaries and nurtures their skills will boost employee retention. Here's how to do that. Dave Brereton Published 11:30 am PDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Photo: Morsa Images | Getty Images Photo: Morsa Images | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Morsa Images | Getty Images How to Keep Those Talented Employees of Yours From Fleeing to Competitors 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Most people know that the workplace attitude toward turnover differs from that 20 years ago. In the past, working at the same company for decades was a sign of success. Now, for most modern companies, turnover is just the cost of doing business. Lately, however, employee attrition … [Read more...] about How to Keep Those Talented Employees of Yours From Fleeing to Competitors
caption Donald Trump and Theresa May during the US president’s visit to Britain in July. source Getty source Business Insider US President Donald Trump made some unusual remarks about top business leaders in a dinner speech during his trip to Britain in July, a tech investor who attended the gathering has told Business Insider. Trump’s travel schedule mostly avoided London, but included a formal black-tie dinner with around 150 business leaders, senior members of the government, and Prime Minister Theresa May. It took place on July 12 at Blenheim Palace, a 239-year-old country mansion in Oxfordshire and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Some invited business figures registered their disapproval by boycotting the event. Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox publicly turned down the invitation with the comment: “I understand why the government have to entertain Trump but I certainly don’t want to.” But Lane Fox’s … [Read more...] about Donald Trump complimented guests on their ‘great bloodlines’ in a weird speech to top business leaders