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2008-07-31 06:00:55

By Sabine Vollmer, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 31--Knock, knock. Who's there? It's Novant Health trying to get into the Triangle. That's no joke. The state's second-largest hospital chain is trying to shake up the competitive landscape in one of North Carolina's most attractive health-care markets. The Triangle's three established hospital systems -- UNC Health Care, Duke University Health System and WakeMed -- aren't laughing. Novant runs eight hospitals in the...

2006-06-26 10:20:23

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow has surged past Tokyo and London to become the world's costliest city with a cost of living almost 25 percent higher than in New York, Mercer Human Resource Consulting said on Monday in its annual survey. Designed as a reference guide for staff on international placements, the survey allocates New York 100 as its benchmark and ranks every other city against it. On that basis, Moscow surged three places from 2005 to come in top of the league...

2004-11-27 03:00:12

Health insurance cuts into the bottom line as costs soar in the fifth consecutive year of double-digit increases. Health insurance costs to U.S. employers have jumped by double digit increases over the last four years, effectively doubling in some cases. This is a hideous trend for consumer technology retailers, whose product profit margins often erode at faster rates. It's not good news for their employees, either. The 2004 Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey, released in September by...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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