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"Is WTO P news It's 7 23 being stalked can be terrifying and sometimes leads to something worse Maryland is updated It's stalking law to include some of the new ways stalkers have been instilling fear Until now in Maryland stalking generally had to be done in person The updated law includes technology that stalkers have recently been using That includes putting a tracking device on a person's car to know where they are or hiding a microphone or camera inside the victim's home or something inside the home when the law goes into effect October 1st judges will be able to use evidence of digital stalking when considering restraining orders with a goal of avoiding other crimes stalking remains a misdemeanor a conviction can carry up to 5 years behind bars Near law can stain W TLP news One year after a devastating ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline the transportation security administration has increased its oversight of pipeline cybersecurity federal news networks Justin Doubleday reports These days TSA employs more than 20 specialists focused specifically on pipeline cybersecurity the agency is also imposed new cyber requirements on pipeline operators since last year's Colonial Pipeline hack led to fuel shortages up and down the east coast TSA says those requirements have yet to disrupt any pipeline operations Meanwhile the transportation department proposed close to a $1 million fine for Colonial Pipeline last week Safety regulators say colonial failed to plan for a manual shutdown and restart of its pipeline system Justin Doubleday federal news network Money news of 25 and 55 Andy Warhol's shot sage blue Maryland is now the most expensive work by a U.S. artist ever auctioned The.
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"WTO news Ten 23 This is WTO P news Across Northern Virginia county governments are looking at property tax rate reductions to help offset inflation But it's a double edged sword The Washington Post reports Arlington county and the city of Alexandria appear ready to freeze their residential property tax rates while fairfax and Prince William counties are looking to reduce their property tax rates There is concern the state the tax rate reductions will mean millions of dollars in lost tax revenues at a time when communities are still recovering financially from the pandemic and critics say despite the tax freezes or cuts people will still see their taxes go up because property assessments are rising It's great to be a seller but it's tough right now to be a buyer in this housing market and cut a cooling of home prices be coming to our area These are very strange times And CNBC real estate correspondent Diana oleck says even with rising mortgage rates I wouldn't say prices are going to come down I would say that the gains will shrink Meaning don't expect an over 10% jump in prices into next year something we saw comparing February's prices to last year One reason the prices are expected to remain she says is there's not enough homes out there for people to buy Problem is as a seller where do you go when you sell your home if the price for another home is just as high and the rental market is out of control as well Mike Murillo WTO P news It appears lots of Americans are tweaking their summer getaway plans and the reason is inflation About 6 in ten adults are planning to take summer vacations but 70% of those say they're making changes to their plans because of inflation I think gas prices are leading to a lot of people cutting back But the thing is that jet fuel prices are so high that this is really filtering through to airline costs as well Ted rossman a senior industry analyst at bankrate dot com says because of this 30% of people are planning a staycation We know the past couple of years a lot of people played into this trend And that was really COVID related this year it seems to be more cost related Valerie bonk WTO P news Contrary to what we've been told for years and influential group of doctors now saying baby aspirin a day may not be so helpful in fighting heart disease or cancer for people 60 and older CBS News medical contributor doctor David agus says the U.S. preventative services task force still recommends a regime for younger people especially with family histories of cancer or heart disease but there is a caveat People aged 40 to 59 in that group They're not necessarily recommending but they're suggesting an aspirin a day if you're willing to take it every day and you have no bleeding issues As with most recommendations a conversation with your physician is the ideal starting point It's.
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"Significant drought that impacts all kinds of fresh fruits and veg that we rely on here So if that continues at the same level as last summer that will drive prices up further in that area Talking inflation and price likes that's Washington Post Laura Reilly but a conversation with Mark and Xi Jinping You are listening to 103.5 FM at WTO P dot com This is WTO P news WTO PFM Washington WWW and assets wt LP FM Braddock heights Frederick You're a dean lane On WTO P It's Saturday April 23rd Welcome to WTO PS3 58 What would Ian Crawford in the WTO fee traffic center Waiting for a little bit of guidance on our crash activity in Maryland outer loop before branch avenue right lane getting by a crash investigation to understand now we're waiting on a tow truck so this 1 may be out of the road before too long but again expecting some slowing on the outer loop before branch avenue as you get past the crash activity Once you pass that you're good interloop not affected On the Virginia side 66 eastbound still diverting to route 28 Centreville at last report following that temporary side of Jeff to westfield's boulevard then following the science back to 28 southbound and then back to 66 east found but no serious delays getting through any of all that The WTO traffic set are presented by window nation by two windows get two free visit window nation dot com today I'm Ian Crawford WTO traffic Oh we're in a great streak of weather after what was a fantastic Friday high temperature of 77° plenty of sunshine your Saturday similar although slightly cooler with a few more clouds.
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"WTO P It's ten 15 and here Steve dresner In about 5 minutes of first group of the day will begin third round action at the masters currently Scottie scheffler sits atop the leaderboard at 8 under par 5 strokes ahead of Hideki matsuyama and Charles schwartzel in two others Now Tiger Woods is coming off yesterday second round 74 That puts them in 19th place at one over par now earlier this morning CBS Steve futterman joined us from a custom with his state on how Tiger did after yesterday's second round Yesterday I sensed that maybe he was a bit more tired He was a bit more worn out That's not to say worn out compared to a normal human being on the streets of Washington D.C. compared to Tiger Woods He just looked a bit more tired yesterday Tiger will tee it off with Kevin kisner coming up at 1 o'clock this afternoon from Augusta And HL action this afternoon a 3 p.m. face off caps on the road against Pittsburgh That'll be a nationally televised game caps 86 points good for 8th place in the east trailing 7th place Pittsburgh by 6 points Over at a baseball the O one two Nats are back to work this evening at 7 O 5 start the host the Met Johan adana on the mound for the nets last night A lot of everything some hit batters hot tempers but the bottom line is nads fell to the Met 7 to three Max Scherzer did record the wind for the mets American League action Orioles had their season opener and Tampa beaten by the raised two to one the weekend series continues from the Trump this afternoon a one 10 p.m. start Steve dresner WTO sport.
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"WTO piece substitute teachers in D.C. who were promised to pay raise back in January say they were not they have not seen one extra dime of that money In a statement a school system spokesperson says the city regrets the delay and will inform impacted substitute teachers of next steps as soon as possible Schools Chancellor Lewis fairy says a technical issue is to blame but says all subs will be paid retroactively D.C.'s substitute teacher jeanine Fitzpatrick tells WTO she doesn't feel very respected by the school system This definitely shows that they don't have any respect for substitute teachers They definitely take us for granted Subs are supposed to be paid at least $17 an hour and up to $20 per hour for a regular daily substitute And the sub rate apparently has not increased since 2009 Kyle Cooper news New developments in the case involving a 5 year old boy who was handcuffed by Montgomery county police officers Bethesda beat reports that two months after dismissing most counts in a lawsuit over that 2020 incident a judge has reversed his decision And it means that the officers involved can still be found liable for over a dozen offenses and that the case against them can go to trial The officers had picked up the boy after he walked away from east Silver Spring elementary school screamed at him handcuffed him and advised his mother on how to beat him It was all captured on a police body camera Charity events get inspired any number of ways one got its start when a couple of kids needed to join their friends at the beach They didn't have a ride so they decided to ride on their bicycles Kevin rapp of bike to the beach says that first hundred mile ride D.C. to Delaware was epic There was a lot of buzz It became a yearly thing Friends joining in deciding to do it for a cause lots of them realizing family members were on the autism spectrum Fast forward 15 years and the fact that we're raising $2 million a year to support autism outreach and awareness I could never have fathomed Teams are forming now Christy king WTO P news The annual Easter sunrise service on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial will resume this year It's been a tradition for 40 years but was put on hold for two years because of the pandemic.
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"To WTO P and E three 53 Local police are warning parents about a dangerous social media challenge that is getting pretty popular The orbeez splat gun challenge shooting water soaked projectiles at unsuspecting people It's kind of like paintball We've had several situations in the county where student age children adults walking on the sidewalk have been targeted and shot with these Lieutenant Jason dieter with the Frederick county sheriff's office It scares people because they don't know what's going on They don't know what they're being hit with right away But he's not just worried about the person who gets hit in the challenge You target the wrong individual who thinks it might be getting shot at They might deploy their own force And it's a crime so he recommends parents talk to their kids about the challenge and keep an eye on their social media accounts Michelle Morello WTO news April is autism acceptance month and the mother of one child with autism says she wants society to treat those with the condition more inclusively Talking about autism acceptance month Acceptance is fine awareness okay But really we need action Jen Lynn of Germantown We need employers that will hire our individuals to work for four hours a day Lynn's teenage son is on the spectrum We need to be in community We need to be living the same lives as everybody else to whatever potential we can do Preparing for the bike to the beach autism fundraiser Lynn said she's no cyclist It's a hard day for me But the benefits of doing it for our nonprofit and for the families is far outweigh how sore I am after the ride Christine WTO P.
The Most Troubling Implications of Hunter's Foreign Business Dealings
"Sinister at play here. Which is it's very clear that as we dive into the Hunter Biden and the Joe Biden crime family run by Joe himself that American public policy, an American foreign policy. Was changed altered or edited because of the business dealings that Hunter Biden was engaged in. So it's not just that Hunter Biden did all these bad things. It's not that just Joe Biden told him to do it, but it's becoming more and more clear that the reason why these foreign countries and these foreign banks in these foreign energy companies and why the Chinese Communist Party was pumping money in is because they were getting something in return. Now we have laws against selling access for a reason. This is not just a crime that is impacted one person. It's not just like Joe and Hunter Biden went to the side of the street and stole a purse from somebody. This arguably impacts everybody. It impacts the entire free world. So when you have Joe and Hunter Biden going to China, receiving an extraordinary amount of money from China for no reason whatsoever. It begs the question, what decisions were then made as a result towards China because of that payoff? A Peter Schweitzer has a great one liner that he says the Chinese use a lot, which is bad mouth big help. That is how the Chinese describe Joe and Hunter Biden. They might talk a good game with China here and there. But they're a big help. You know, challenge their status in the World Health Organization. They never want, I mean, in the world, not just the World Health Organization, but in the WTO, the World Trade Organization, I should say. They don't want a full fledged investigation into the origins of the virus. They don't want sanctions on China. They might talk a good game here in there and they don't even do that very well, by the way. But it really does beg the question how much of this we're seeing unfolding in America is pay to play by our enemies in our adversaries. The New York Post
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"The WTO p.m. This is WTO P news Good morning welcome and it's 1241 on WTO P Now here on WTO P a follow-up to a story we first brought you earlier this week That group led by truckers known as the people's convoy has been leaving our area to make a cross country trip back to California out west apparently in an effort to protest a batch of COVID related bills there Their base camp was the Hagerstown Maryland speedway you'll remember where some die hard members of this convoy were apparently dismayed to see their de facto leaders fly home There's also confusion this morning among convoy participants about whether or not they'll get a piece of the $2 million raised to cover their fuel and food cost Daily Beast reporter Zachary Patricio let's try that again Zachary patrizio what he learned hanging out with the truckers in Hagerstown recently and even trying to we hear follow them on the beltway It is old slow car You have people that kind of believe that the 2020 election was rigged You have of course Trump supporters You have QAnon supporters But then perhaps you also have some more just some average truckers that roped into this by fellow truckers like a lot of truck company owners We're out at Hagerstown and a lot of other people So it was kind of like a hodgepodge of a lot of different people a lot of different stripes And that seemingly at least when The Daily Beast was out there you got the feeling that it very much was this Trump rally esque energy out there As you saw the flags waving and the phrases being chanted You mentioned driving an older car trying to keep up with these big trucks You're following these guys around you're in the heart of it in Hagerstown lessons learned This could possibly show some signs about Trump world heading into 2022 And there's a lot of energy right And I think a lot of these people are die hard Trump supporters And at the end of the day when we went out the Hagerstown and when we were circling the beltway one of the things was clear was like we miss Trump and there's a great extent to that message and a great enthusiasm about rebirth the Trump A lot of them were supporters of people like my pillow CEO Mike lindell or believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory So they're really die hard and they're willing to go to whatever extent possible to ensure that Donald Trump has put back into the office And furthermore they're willing to give up whatever they have I'd spoken with one person They were giving up their home When we're going to live out of their car for the remainder period of however long this might go Was there an economic message I bring it up only because to take time off from your job to join a convoy like this and hang around with like minded people means maybe you've got some money or maybe you don't have a haul to pick up somewhere I know I spoke with one gentleman from buffalo He had brought 5 of his trucks in a company of ten trucks He was an owner operator type of thing So there definitely was a sense of a lot of these truck drivers being a lot better off than perhaps your average truck driver But at the same time I think they're also was a pretty big reliance from many of these people in the convoy that they were ultimately going to get reimbursed in some sense of the fashion perhaps during the convoy or perhaps when this is all done And a lot of those people out there were kind of banking on financial reimbursements because this was a financial sacrifice for some of them I know the convoy has raised $2 million as we reported at the beast but it remains to be seeing how that's distributed and how these claims of corruption quote unquote pan out over the next couple of weeks as they head to California Daily Beast reporter is Zachary Patricio on Skype with our Dmitri soldiers and he says those truckers well they could be back here in about three weeks or so One more reason to keep your dial right where it is They're about this spring You're listening to 103.5 FM at WTO P dot com.
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"You deserve Visit our website or call 8 6 6 four U.S. wage Brought to you by the United States Department of Labor Good Saturday morning march 19th welcome to WTO two 38 I think it whether all the 8s and what it breaks good morning to you in profit to the WTO P traffic center Other dino we're gonna try and straighten things out on 66 G at traffic moving once again we've seen the back of the line go through so traffic once again moving 66 westbound through the work zone after one 23 It's a right landy get by there is overhead work can not rule out additional stop it is hopefully not of an hour and a half in duration but we do see traffic moving again But again best advice so you can avoid all of that heartache if you're 66 westbound you're already single file in each direction over the top of the capitol bellway rather than continuing westbound unless you have to go somewhere like Vienna or someplace like that You will want to jump off and use the outer loop and take that to route 50 then take 50 westbound to get around this whole heartache because you may be fighting the lights on 50 but at least you'll be moving We can not make that same guarantee for 66 westbound Additionally in Virginia crash activity which we've known about but we haven't been able to talk about frankly just because we've run out of time The crash activity is going to be three 95 northbound just before you get to the 14th street bridge right at the left exit for the George Washington memorial Parkway It's exit ten C it's over on the left side blocks the left through late and the ramp that takes you north on the GW Parkway On 95 in Maryland and the BW Parkway we are good We feel like crankshaft activity three 70 westbound through gathersburg near shady grove road that was off road activity we are told follow police direction to get around In your sub pub working properly don't wait for your basement flood until your blades with floods out to find out Visit value dry waterproofing dot com and get your sump pump ready for spring rains That's value dry waterproofing dot com Ian Crawford WTO traffic Overnight the clouds are going to continue to be in the sky and we're going to see a couple of showers possible here through the overnight a 40% chance of some on and off rain showers It's.
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"The top stories we're following for you on WTO P new close up photos of a suspect have just been released in connection with at least 5 shootings targeting homeless men in the district and in New York City Two of the victims are dead a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction is now up to $55,000 You can see the new photos at WTO P dot com Among the latest developments in Ukraine Fox News correspondent Benjamin hall was wounded while reporting outside of Kyiv today He's in the hospital hall is based here in D.C. heavy showing continues outside keep and in other cities The U.S. capitol is starting to reopen after COVID punchbowl news reports the first step happens in two weeks when staff led tours and a limited number of school tours can resume Stay with WTO for more on these stories in just minutes And a professor at marymount university is working on a project that would map Arlington's history of exclusion Arlington now reports sociology professor jeanine de witt is working with a former housing lawyer combing through 100 year old property records searching for Arlington's racially segregated neighborhoods During a discussion hosted by the Arlington historical society last week to which that the process is very time consuming as they go lot by lot searching for neighborhoods that had racially restricting covenants So far she says they have found covenants dating back as far as 1910 and as recent as the 1950s Dewitt says she and her research partner will not stop until they find every last one of them and not before It's ten 18 Traffic.
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"WTO ten 21 a we have the latest now on the situation in Ukraine satellite imagery is showing a 40 mile long convoy of armored vehicles tanks artillery and support vehicles More than a dozen miles now from the capital city of Kyiv The attacks continued today after a missile strike hit a central square in the city Ukrainian president zelensky calling it an act of undisguised terror The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he'll open investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine Ukrainian and Russian officials met yesterday but following 5 hours of talks still no agreement on a ceasefire both sides have agreed to meet again in coming days More than 660,000 refugees have fled Ukraine in the 6 days since Russia began its attack How is neighboring Poland reacting to the many refugees coming across the border We heard from CBS correspondent Steve futterman who was in Poland When they get off the bus there are ordinary Polish citizens not organized They've come here They have signs that they're holding up which say if you need lodging for two people I can handle you And if you need lodging for three people they tell them how many people they can handle And then some of them are saying if you need a ride to Warsaw or to another city in Poland I can give you a ride These are the cities I'm going to I spoke to one man who said he comes there with things like clothing and blankets and food that they can also get better at this welcoming area Stay with WTO for the latest on Ukraine with updates and coverage around the clock Coming up next year in money news A space rocket first for wall of silent I'm Jeff label Ten 23 The I haven't really woken up until I've had my McDonald's breakfast deal And I know this is true because before breakfast I put my phone in the refrigerator and couldn't find the keys that were already in my hand Nothing gets the morning going like the first sip of an iced coffee Get any size in any flavor for 99 cents until 11 a.m. Price and participation may vary McDonald's.
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"And supply chain backlogs for avocados have twice as up and the aluminum shortage has beer prices going to the wrong direction If you want to hold costs down hot dogs are a good bet They've actually dropped in price in the last year Dialog can stay and stop on you TLP And now a special update from the WTO traffic center Closure and diversion Maryland prince George's county It's going to be the BW Parkway northbound all traffic diverts at greenbelt road before powder mill road the serious accident we believe a fatality now the investigation ongoing you're gonna find northbound traffic diverts at green belt road If you're coming on from powder mill road you are beyond the incident you're okay Southbound travel lanes are open passing the incident but as you get closer to green belt road that's where you'll lose the left lane those beyond the diversion pointer turning around through the Woods and the giving them that left lane to be able to do that So with hence your delay almost back to one 98 going southbound your north Vandelay inside the beltway back near four ten still very slow on the beltway with the crash clean up outer loop after kenilworth avenue along the far right side three lanes to the left will get you by slowdowns back to central avenue inner loop rubber necking begins back before I 95 leaving New Hampshire avenue and on 95 south near two 12 trying to get onto the inner loop with your lanes open Jack Taylor WTO P traffic Up ahead here on WTO How some state lawmakers plan to tackle a child care crisis in Maryland I'm Mike Morello It's 8 14 Making a new to.
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"On both Apple and Android Download it for free today WTO P news I'm two 28 Traffic and weather on the H two rich hunter and the WTO P traffic center I had serious crash two 70 north on before the interchange for I three 70 in Maryland 200 exit 9 for the moment in the main line all traffic stopped as a result of a multi vehicle crash does not difficult to tell if you can get behind the local lanes at all but for now everybody stopped northbound in the main line just north of shady grove road Now southbound traffic is getting by but again it's going to draw some attention there as well quite a quite a mess there that has developed suddenly on two 70 north found Now over in the district southbound 14th street reopened in Arkansas avenue that crash wrapped up and cleared last tech they still had the north on a Connecticut avenue near Florida avenue blocked as a result of crash cleanup in southern avenue in southeastern Maine closed between Wheeler road and 9th street southeast for the police investigation Virginia 66 westbound just west of glee brought it monarch 70 minor crash there blocking the right lane but you do have two lanes to the left getting by so not a big delay if any at all Beyond that 66 westbound west of the valley as you approach route 50 to left lanes get you by the work zone Between the fairfax county Parkland route 28 you're down to a single left lane and down to a single left lane again as you approach two 34 subtly rode manassas with the new monopoly scratch offs and fast play games from the Maryland lottery the money you could win is not pink and yellow it's green up to a $1 million You could also win second chance cash real fun for real money Please play responsibly rich hundred WTF traffic Storm team four chief meteorologist Doug Cameron Storm team four tracking the next couple of days in a lot of winter to talk about first the cold and then the chances for.
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"WTO news Sports at 15 and 45 on Ten 45 and Steve dresser And to me tree will start with a caps a tough one down a Capital One arena tonight They filled a Las Vegas one to nothing after the game head coach Peter lavia lets did stress a need for everyone to keep their composure moving forward I think we're trying not to get frustrated It's everybody hates losing nobody likes it with scoreboard in the way it looks right now And so that's what's allows you about it But I think if the guys continue to work and do the right things eventually they'll get rewarded Cabs did go in 5 on the power played tonight Again they fall to the Vegas golden knights one to nothing next up for the camp San Jose come to town on Wednesday Over at a college basketball great game at George Mason forward Josh aduro 31 points 5 rebounds the Patriots down saint Joe 77 to 71 other scores American loses to Lafayette 69 to 56 compensates by Howard 83 two 81 Virginia beats Louisville 64 to 52 North Carolina downs for genius 78 to 68 Is Dimitri mentioned earlier if he had a chance to just hang it out tonight you were looking over Twitter pretty interesting tweet by bucks tied and Rob Gronkowski that he sent out about two hours ago thinking his fans along with his teammates mentioned some great memories with Tampa Um could this be a second goodbye by Gronk Steve dresner WTO P sport All right Steve will watch that and all of this news closely Straight ahead we're watching that forecast to see when we can get above freezing I guess we're above freezing in a technical sense now but many of us will be down into the upper 20s overnight so a very cold night I had once again and we'll talk about it a little further coming up A while back we at American Eagle dot com or ask to build the ecommerce site of a major candy distributor With the need for a website that could take into account everything from shipping times to local weather because you know candy melts the task was not like taking candy from a baby Fortunately we live for a good digital challenge And free Bon pons So we got to work on a slew of complex integrations including a shipping algorithm that factored in variables like distance speed and location The website even let the end customer personalize their candy for special events like weddings or you know major website launches When all was said and done our client enjoyed a significant increase in traffic which we were also well prepared for and an increase in average order size A.
Bipartisan Senate Bill Wants to Break up Big Tech
"Not a fake news story is a bill being pushed by senator Klobuchar of Minnesota and grassley of Iowa that would lead to the breakup of big tech. Now I'm very ambivalent about big tech. I want an American national security representative in every board meeting. I want to know what they're doing and what they're making. I'm not sure we need to break them up. You are a national security specialist. What do you think about this bill? Well, look, I wrote about this in The Wall Street Journal about ten days ago. And I understand people are based are very angry at big tech companies. And they've got good reason to with censorship and privacy issues, the fact that the president Trump was taken off some of the social media platforms and yet terrorists and autocrats are left on. That's terrible. We need to deal with it. But we're on the verge of this Klobuchar bell of giving the Chinese Communist Party a huge gap. I mean, they can't believe it. They're watching us. This is an own goal as big or bigger than the WTO
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"Your favorite App Store not just WTO P you are WTO P Thanks for bringing us along on the day after Christmas Four 18 Traffic and weather on the 8th to Carlos Ramirez and the WTO P traffic center Thank you and good morning sorry about that slow to the mic here Out of the bell the beltway looking okay they're looking for an accident scene but it looks like they found it over on the far right shoulder there It's not the iterative outweigh as you approach route 7 Like I said it should be over on the far right shoulder so I'm not gonna cause you but to struggle I 66 on the eastbound side looks all right no issues there as you approach the beltway on the west outside though it looks like there may be a disabled vehicle over on the far right side of the roadway It looks like it's on the shoulder also so no worries in that regard Outer loop at the beltway looks like a crash is blocking part of the ramp that takes you to van dorn street proceed with caution It looks like it is they're calling it a narrowing ramp So more than likely just walking one side so take it a little bit slow as you try to access van dorn street northbound side of three 95 looking good from edsel road up towards a 14th street bridge A few things starting to happen here and there for the most part though Everything is relatively small and over to the shoulder That's the good news about days like today Traffic will be just light enough that even when there are incidents they're going to likely be relatively small Go ahead and knock on wood for that one One 8 6 6 three O four WTP is the traffic tip line I'm Carlos Ramirez WTO traffic Thank you Carlos that is Jordan team for Samara Theodore with your four day forecast Highs in the upper 50s near 60° today plenty of sunshine for the second half to our Christmas weekend first.
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"To WTO P on Alexa To say Alexa open WTO P okay WTP news On air on mobile And now on Alexa I grabbed the old calculator coming up in the minutes ahead this morning of our Saturday morning on WTO P will crunch the latest jobless numbers for you It's one 41 When the Taliban took over Afghanistan three months ago one of the groups they targeted were artists But Afghans based here locally in our area are now fighting back and asking for your help to keep Afghan art alive So many artists are now deleting any sort of sketches they have on their phone Any social media accounts they had of their art many people are burning or destroying the pieces of art they have Now a load in is from the Afghan women's rights organization women for Afghan women Her group is holding an event this weekend in D.C. with an Afghan artist omit sharifi renowned for his murals and public artworks across Kabul all of which have been destroyed by the Taliban But now says Afghans are resilient He wants to keep fighting with his paintbrush Shariki will be repainting one of his murals and wants others to help And now says she's hopeful one day art will come back to Afghanistan She says the country's faced many invasions in its history But they rarely laugh So Afghans will overcome this as well Shayna stolan WTP news Here at home 6 Maryland school districts if you haven't heard yet or looking apparently he replaced superintendents in the leader of a national education organization says this morning there is reason for concern here And arundel county's school board opted not to renew the contract of that school system superintendent in the past 18 months 5 other school districts including Montgomery county saw superintendents announce they're leaving Dan Dominic executive director of ASA and national school superintendents association says it's a national trend It's a huge turnover with huge implications for education And it raises an important question Who's going to take the place of these leaders They're going to be replaced by individuals that really are interested and certainly want to do the job But they just don't have the experience particularly in this very difficult times Kate Ryan wtp news He had one 43 The November jobs report out this week sending some mixed signals at best about the state of the nation's economy right now While the unemployment rate fell by four tenths of a percentage point to 4.2% 210,000 jobs.
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"London. This is the marketplace morning report from the bbc world. Service victoria craig. Good morning beijing has issued the latest salvo. And it's escalating fight with canberra. Today it filed a lawsuit with the wto challenging anti dumping measures including two year old tariffs on train wheels and wind turbines. The move comes a week. After australia challenged its biggest. Trading partners wine export tariffs which reach as high as two hundred eighteen percent. The bbc's phil mercer has more from sydney china is accusing australia of anti competitive behavior against chinese exports of railway wheels stainless steel sinks and wind towers. The australian trade minister is a man called dante and and he says that australia will be vigorously defending these duties that it has in place for several years now and lots of speculation here in australia that china's move is retaliation against australia taking china to the world trade organization over bali and wine with more pressure perhaps from the us and europe on china. Do you think that could pressure china to the negotiating table with australia. Probably not we get the sense here in australia. Perhaps china is trying to make an example of australia. Australia is trying to stand up to what it considers to be economic coercion. The prime minister scott morrison has indicated. Are there signs. That china is willing to back down or to negotiate. We don't see signs of either of those two things. Now of banescu meeting between china and australia lost year camera. Demanded an inquiry into the origins of the new corona virus that was first detected in china in one thousand nine hundred and ever since we've seen relations deteriorates and this trade war between the two countries escalate and it's been a particularly painful situation for some businesses in australia hasn't it. Many many businesses have been suffering. The wine industry is one in particular in november of last year. China announced additional import taxes on australian wine exports of more than two hundred percent. China was australia's most valuable wine export market but those duties imposed by the chinese last year almost killed off that lucrative trade in an instant. It is worth noting that at the moment that key commodity that australia relies on in terms of its exports seems to be off limits in this trade feud with china and that is of course i all on or is australia's most valuable exports on or is helping to fuel china's industrialization. We don't see any signs of iron ore being dragged into this trade dispute between beijing and camera but relations are getting pretty bad. A no one really knows where it will end the bbc's phil mercer for us in sydney. Thanks so much for your time. Thanks victoria.
Australia Takes Wine Dispute With China to WTO
"Says it will formally complain to the World Trade Organization over China's decision to impose up to 200% tariffs on Australian wine in 2019 China border nearly a billion dollars worth of wine from Australia. That figures indicated since November, when Beijing imposed his tariffs, trade has virtually collapsed, showing China's ability to severely damage of foreign industry. Dante in is Australia's trade minister. We believe that we need to take every action available to us to try and resolve disputes where we think that harm has been done to sectors or industries in our economy. And in this instance, we believe that the actions taken by the Chinese government have caused serious harm to the Australian wine industry.
"wto p" Discussed on AvTalk - Aviation Podcast
"On this episode of the us and eu closed the book on their aviation subsidies fight and turn their attention to china. Sea fm debuts its new rise engine platform and airbus and cathay. Pacific are working on single pilot operations for the three fifty. Hello and welcome to episode one hundred and sixteen of talk. I am ian pech. Nick here as always with jason urbanowicz How're you liking our weekly weekly episodes. Now you're getting into the new rhythm. I'm getting into the new rhythm. I like it. And i'm pleased that nearly all of the feedback that we've gotten from listeners has been positive from ranging from yeah edged. It's pretty okay. To this is the best thing ever and i live for it each week and to those people i say thank you very much that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. No further people who may be negative feedback. You could just skip every other week. You'd never know about that news but that's okay. You could discuss that war. it's fine. Take a glance at the show notes in that and then go from there. Yeah there has been literally one person who had negative feedback about the switch to weekly episodes. So it's you know. Hopefully hopefully we change their mind. So we'll we'll go from there but this week show more of catching up on on what has happened versus a an industry overview. I thought last week show. I mean having listened to it. Jason i know you haven't listened to it because i was there man one episode but having listened to the episode kind of back in you know listening to the episode from a learning perspective than a participating in perspective. I agree more and more with everything that the john's said and i i had a conversation or pose. The question is if someone who is extremely enthusiastic about this happening. And i just you know y and the response that i got was very much a personal response and did not seem to address any of the the major challenges so i i haven't seen anything. That convinces me that anything that was said last week was either wrong or are off base or or needs rethinking. So if you haven't listened to last week's upset please please do so And if you had any thoughts e e mail listen and let us know what you thought because the more we do this the less i feel like we got. We got that wrong. Yeah i mean. Sure i would love if my fights my to trans con fights. This week would have been a supersonic but it ain't going to happen anytime soon. So that's where that sets but we have. We have new things to talk about on this week's episode. The first is the end to the long running. I think nearing on fifteen sixteen years running. Us versus eu. Really airbus versus boeing. Wto dispute that began. In two thousand four and culminated. It is far as ratcheting up. Things go last year and then has been hopefully resolved this week. A bit of background. In two thousand four the us filed a world trade organization grievance against the eu. Saying that airbus was being illegally subsidized by the eu. The eu filed a claim as well with the wto saying well. The us is subsidizing. Boeing and that went back and forth for about fifteen years and culminated in penalties. Being assessed terrif- battles escalated arabist planes. That were bound for. Us airlines were being delivered to places like amsterdam and south korea. Thanks to some of these tariffs were delta. Was keeping the planes out of the us to to not have to deal with it. There were issues that affected the two twenties production and delivery and all sorts of fun stuff and things outside of aviation were were affected by this. As well including wine cheese i think there were various component parts for all sorts of other things involved and to put a fine point on his first jason. I concerned alcohol was involved with this. Is where we draw the line and this is why it had to stop and so yesterday. A meeting between the eu and the us and agreement was reached and there is now a cooperative framework for large civil aircraft. That has been formed between the us and the eu. All of this is to say they're going to suspend the tit for tat tariffs settle their differences and all eyes now turn to what they are terming. Non market economies. So what this is really all about is is saying. Yeah we probably all subsidize aircraft. And is john oster are mentioned in the last week's episode. I mean no major. Civil aircraft has been brought to market without the assistance of government. If you're looking at things truly through where the money's coming from so they're saying well we're setting that aside and we're going to look at non market economies and their subsidies for large commercial aircrafts and when we make list of quote unquote market economies that are developing large civil aviation projects. The list is china and russia. Ish so really. What this is is it's it's a turn of the turn of the focus or swing of the focus to to china and too much lesser extent russia's civilization programs. Yeah the us and europe as a whole has spent stolen much time pointing fingers at each other for things that they themselves are doing they. They kind of forgot to point their finger and acknowledged really what was happening in russia and china. Which of course does programs. I'm sure are very heavily subsidized by the governments there so they probably to put their attention. Elsewhere it's boeing. Airbus aren't big enough. But their market dominance can surely be dominated in other markets. And we've talked about this to no end. But the aircraft market in china might look dramatically different in ten years than it does right now and i just wanted to put some perspective on. How just how long this. Wto dispute has been going on for. It started in two thousand four. The three eighty s. i fight wasn't until two thousand five and that aircraft has already lived out its entire existence to the point where a good chunk of the fleet may never fly again and production is already ceased how long this disputes going on for the early higher lifespan of an aircraft type. There was an article in. I forget where the article was but the social share photos. The photo that auto generates when when the the tweet goes out was a picture of lufthansa seven. Four seven in a three eighty kind of nose to nose. And certainly. that's a great photo to to showcase the issue but the the comment that somebody was making your both of those planes don't exist anymore. Yeah that's awkward so this has been going on for a very very long time and the thing is is that no one was ever really wrong. You know about the other. The claims that they were like yeah so nobody was wrong but they doing it themselves simultaneously for the better two decades exactly so there there you go so yeah five year pause on any u. s. e. u. arguments there are working groups. That will work to work so that they can work with their other counterparts in hopefully come up with a plan that they can then plan on. If you'll notice my turn of phrase here it's all government speak that i don't think really means anything at this point but they've decided to settle their differences. If results in lower alcohol prices. Everybody wins true so the other two two big kind of pieces of news that we wanted to talk about. Jason do you want to go for a cruise first or would you like to.
Having A Good Scary Feeling
"On having a good scary feeling being scheduled shouldn't mean putting the brakes on your work get hold of you. You'll spend your life conforming. We're so many people looking to make their today once that less maker's stamp take more calculated risks with our content even if a person's slightly on age bringing the changes will help us raise the bar and other see. Watch or listen to something. That's a bit different to what they used to. It's better to shake the tree not know if something's going to fall from robin to stay looking up at it. The message issue the media is not about being brave enough to fail the wto carrying on when we might be scared of the spaces. We're stepping into the ones where we might not know the outcome. It's about being a pro wearing a smile. Even if underneath a sense of fear kicking in the concentration is under immense pressure at the moment since the style of the pandemic people and businesses about the anti created ever more content from what started as a slew of webinars. When we were all. I confined last spring. People find momentum. There's a glove messages out there competing for our attention. Exhorting us to listen download. Join those subscribe for the most part. The content sits neatly within warmest accepted in an industry of sater. This inclination to fit in which keep in one particular place is an opportunity for you to figure out what it might look like if you were to step up despite any fears or doubt. She may have this. Fear is the feeling you have. If you're thinking you've got something that's really worth saying when you then done the work and you're ready to publish but somehow you're all say managing fail uncomfortable about being
US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
"The by the administration says the backs efforts to make it easier for more countries to produce additional covert nineteen vaccines the administration's putting its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for the vaccines that comes amid World Trade Organization talks over easing global trade rules to speed the pandemic's end still the administration's warning it will take time to reach a global consensus to waive the protections under WTO rules US officials say the move will not have an immediate effect on the global vaccine supply sider mag ani Washington
A Look Inside The World's Biggest Vaccine Maker
"So rosa palm trees here green lawns. A little bit like a college campus riding in a golf cart up to the factory. Your some of these are the migos month. Rubella reviews vaccine serum institute of india was already the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer even before this pandemic the company says two thirds of all children in the world. Get its vaccines and most of them are made here. At a sprawling factory complex in western india inside conveyor belts with all these tiny little vial weasing going for automatic resilience section automatic. Visual inspection is inspecting me europe machine. It's a high tech operation but look outside the factory window and you see a reminder of this companies more humble roots horses in the nineteen sixties. This was a farm breeding race horses and one day. One of the horses got bitten by a snake. Suresh giada serums executive director. Explains what happened next. Bimbos do the lanes. Were not working great in india so he could not get their disney. We could not get anti snake venom serum in time the horse died but it's owner had an idea you said yesterday why not start making it ourselves. So the serum institute of india was born. It began making serums against tetanus and snake venom and leader added vaccines against all sorts of childhood diseases. They specialize in generic versions at low profit margins and export to one hundred and seventy different countries last spring. A tiny package arrived here by career from oxford university in england to the very small. While is one in chief scientist. Shali graham describes what was inside components of a viral vector vaccine against the corona virus serum scrambled to start mass producing them immediately in huge floor to ceiling stainless steel vats of the one. Embryonic human embryonic kidney selling yeah scientists petty ready recalls how he was developing other vaccines these fats when his supervisor told him to quickly convert everything over to the corona virus vaccine while under lockdown as the pandemic exploded it was difficult to follow very strict rules of solution during this People to do overtime. This was before. Clinical trials showed that the oxford astrazeneca vaccine would work. It was a gamble with so much at stake. He says everybody's waiting for the all mankind waiting. The whole world is waiting for it to this winter. When trials finally proved this vaccine did indeed work is celebrated internally. Not like party or something but we had that moment of joy gonna champagne. No no serum hopes to soon be churning out a hundred million doses per month of this one vaccine on top of all the other vaccines they're still producing here. The oxford astra zeneca. Formula is particularly attractive to india and other low and middle income countries. Because it needs just regular refrigeration not subzero temperatures. This is for storage area. The capacity of seventy million dollars. So what we're looking at here is enough to vaccinate. Whole countries is ongoing process of building out of cold storage along these conveyor belts and out to sixty eight country so far racing against russia china. In what some are calling vaccine. Diplomacy india's huge capacity is attracted interest from the so called quad. The us japan. Australia and india. They announced financing to help another indian producer make a billion more doses of another co vaccine but while indian manufacturers are partnering with global pharmaceutical companies. The indian government is challenging pam at the world trade organization. There is an agreement that binds all wto members to certain levels of protection for intellectual property. Twenty year patents. Regional thrashers legal scholar at the global development policy center in boston. She explains how india and south africa are asking the wto to suspend those patents. Cova vaccines so that companies like serum can crank out generic versions quickly and in certain countries the majority of the population won't be vaccinated for something like five years that gives those viruses a long time to mutate. So the argument they're making is not. Hey look out for us but more this is in the interest of all of us. Everyone serums executive director. John says he supports that effort at the wto watery required is a vaccine today. Not tomorrow you want to stop the disease and stop it sprayed and that can happen. Only if there is no restriction on using technology many global health experts agree. The pope has said he does too but some companies including astrazeneca have pledged to sell vaccines at cost without profit and suspending. their patents. They say is not the answer it would kill innovation and would not speed up distribution bottlenecks more to do with supply chains than access to the vaccine technology itself. Both sides of this debate are over emphasizing. The role of patents. Daniel hamill is a law professor at the university of chicago. He says the serum institute success chose a middle path. It got a license from astrazeneca. It's been able to mass produce vaccines within the current regulatory environment ensures the potential licensing arrangements without cancelling patents ceremonies if you're disabled to gain rights to make vaccines on a large scale. That's a good thing could serums factory. As vials of corona virus knock scenes wiz off conveyor belts inside chief scientist ms. Shali graham points to construction underway outside a new pandemic preparedness facility for another year or two renew community that has not actually ideas to have extra machines extra labs all on hand to make billions of doses of vaccine against whatever virus hits
Okonjo-Iweala begins first historic day as WTO director-general
"A lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go motivating words today from the new head of the World Trade Organization, the arrival of an go Z or condo, a whale A and a six month leadership void at the W T o International body based in Geneva, governs trade rules between countries. Okonjo you wail. His candidacy had been held up by the Trump White House on her first day. She's making history as the first woman and first African to serve as w. T O director general absolutely do feel on additional burden. I can't lie about that being the first woman and the first African means that one really has to perform. That was a con job away. The last month. She's a Harvard grad on economist and dual citizen of the U. S. And Nigeria with a 30 year career in international development, including Time is managing director at the World Bank. Biden administration announced its strong support for a condo you, Ella. Still, there was controversy. Senior African leaders of the United Nations recently complained about what they called racist and sexist media coverage of her appointment. For her part to conjure you. Ella has said that she remains focused on making the changes needed at the W T O. It's led to me that deep and wide ranging reforms are needed. And as I said, before, you cannot be business, as usual at the W. T O in her first speech is head of the W T o today and go Z and conjure you. Ella reiterated that point she said she can on Lee deliver results if members except that we can do things differently. Most urgent priority, she said, or to address the impact of the cove in 19 pandemic and climate change
New WTO head warns 'vaccine nationalism' could slow pandemic recovery
"His findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. More than two hundred people have been charged with federal crimes in the bloody assault on congress which led to trump's impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection. Trump was acquitted on saturday in a vote of fifty seven. Forty three seven. Republican senators joined democrats in favor of conviction. Though short of the required majority
Australia to seek WTO intervention in barley row with China
"Take the China barley tariffs to the World Trade Organization. They're saying this is a logical and appropriate next step as they see this trade war, I guess. Heat up. With China so Australia to make a request here to the WTO's after China's barley tariff. Let's get more on this with Steve Breast chief investment strategist at Standard Chartered Private Bank, because I guess it is just a reminder that the trade war whether it's between the US and China or Australia and China is still something very much of the four and still could be something that would be a big risk to 2021. Yeah, to see if you're looking at the risks that they're out there. I think you'll see that the vaccine being dispersed in an efficient manner is one thing that we need to watch but also then Relations with China just generally, you know, everybody's assuming a czar, we that you know the U. S on DCI China that they'll still have issues that they sold, but they'll work together to try and solve them border than the previous administration. But you know, it's just hot lights. It's still going to be tricky on. Therefore, we may see risk of metal bands of risk off environments around trade tensions from time to time. Yeah, when it comes to the new but an administration as you say, perhaps not a potential reset exactly on January, 20 do you expect, though, that we will see a guess a better relationship than what we had seen under the Trump administration. Well, I think it would be more predictable, which I think is, you know, T China, even if it's still quite company, confrontational in terms of having different objectives and trying to you know they're trying to achieve or modify those that's still going to be the case, but at least it will be done in a way that not through Twitter and 31 arm of the government. I'm saying one thing, and then the president saying something totally different 24 hours later, so I think it will still move in a similar direction. Just be less uncertain Day today.
UK, EU say talks will continue on post-Brexit trade deal
"Three weeks left to go and still no deal insights both British prime minister Boris Johnson an E. U. commission president was set up on the land dished a self imposed deadline on reaching a brexit trade agreements after a phone call with the U. K. beat up on the line explained that despite the deadlock they basically don't one thing we both think that it is responsible at this point in time to go the extra mile the outstanding issues affect competition rules mechanisms for resolving future disputes and fishing rights remain unresolved Johnson said the most likely outcome was that the two sides wouldn't reach a deal on that they would both have to revert to plan B. the most likely thing not ease of course that we have to get ready for WTO terms Australia time with hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in trade at stake Britain's light London edge on a sudden not hoping for an end to the uncertainty Clark and that's the way first off with the old account China's funded
How the Biden administration will affect the EU
"With the biden administration taking office in just under a month. You leaders a counting the days until they feel like they can have a new start with an american team. that's more committed to transatlantic relations this week. The us foreign policy chief. Joseph barrell reveal the agenda he hopes to pursue well joining me on the line from brussels. Is our correspondent. Teri schultz terry. It's not an exaggeration to say most e you leaders a hugely relief with the biden win and believe things are going to be different now. Where does the e u. side wants to start well and they've actually released this document now laying out where they believe. The most progress can be made in the fastest and most efficient way. And that's what you high rep josette burrell released yesterday. And they've got four areas where they want to start the europeans. They want to start with corona virus. Response making that again. A global effort with president trump having pulled out of the world health organization saying constantly america first america first when it comes to a vaccine. That's something that does not sit well with the europeans who are committed to making vaccines affordable and available to the entire world on climate. They are very much looking forward to president-elect biden making good on his campaign promise to rejoin the paris climate accord. That's something that suffers without. Us leadership and i think president-elect biden is is committed to doing that the third one is a little a little tougher trade and technology that you use third priority and that's one where you're not going to automatically see any. Us president stop protecting or trying to protect american tech giant's against for example e regulators who want to recoup taxes from from the multinationals. That's going to be somewhere where we we may not see as quick progress but on trade looking at the world trade organization where president trump is just continually attacked and and made it impossible for the wto to get reforms that the europeans also support. I expect that that will be one of the areas that there will be some quick progress and unwed burrell calls global action and he says this is working toward a safer more prosperous and more democratic world and they're hoping that president-elect biden will put more emphasis on human rights on rule of and on basic democratic values that the eu and the us due to a large extent share but is it realistic for the e. You just think that the biden administration shares these views simply going to sign onto this plan. Or i think europeans may be disappointed by the fact that foreign policy is probably not going to be the first thing on on president-elect biden's list he's got to deal with the corona virus that's just raging in the in the us and and the divisiveness that this campaign and actually the trump presidency has brought about in america and he's got to work on that before he can justify to anyone that he's going to be working on with with european leaders but he very much wants to do that. All of his statements during the campaign to to europeans. Were basically i understand. This is not the way the. Us you relationships should work and he will. He does share a lot of these views. He certainly will not be giving comfort to leaders. Like hungary's viktor orban or the polish government. That is rolling back the rights of women. He will have. He will have a few things to say about that. Which president trump left unsaid or probably didn't even believe
WTO, South Africa and India Propose Temp. Waiver of Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Rights
"Groups, said 10. A covert 19 vaccines could be available by the middle of next year if they win regulatory approval, but their inventors need to patent protection, Reuters reports the World Trade Organization. India and South Africa have proposed allowing a temporary waiver to allow essential licensing for patent products during the pandemic. Thomas CUNY, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Association, said. Vaccines by Fizer and bio and tech as well as Madonna and AstraZeneca, have shown promising results in large clinical trials. He says they expect that they will see something similar with Johnson and Johnson, Novavax and many others. This report sponsored by the Department of Health,
WTA Year End Awards for 2020
"Everyone john worth. I'm hearing sports. Illustrated tennis podcast. Jamie joins me for a grab bag topics. We are midway through the final so hard to make any definitive conclusions there but we can talk about the the back of played so far. We'll talk about twenty twenty one tennis and what the picture is looking like. It's slowly coming into focus but still considerably Blurry and uncertain. We'll talk w. t. awards. There are no more women's tennis events on the calendar. But we can start distributing some honors and just sort of a catchall of tennis topics as we want to say to the finish. But we're not exactly sprinting. Either a stranger that is Finishing under strained conditions and we talk about sort of where the sport is here in mid november twenty twenty so jamie welcome. it's it's been a while. how are you. i'm good. i agree with you. It's a weird year. And i feel like we've been talking a lot about the atp and obviously the atp finals are happening. So i am happy to start by out talking about the wpa and some of these awards all right. let's go. let's let's that. I that's a good idea let's go to That'd be the w. t. a. Does not unlike the wto does not have a finals or twenty twenty. Unfortunately that's An offshoot of having events in china where international sporting events were cancelled months ago. So the vendor playing as we speak in london and there is no there is no comparable women's event. So let's say yeah let's do that. Let's start with the women season over. Why don't we hand out some awards. We genda pivot to london. Mvp award is always a bit strange. But if we're going to give player of the year honors. I feel like the player has to have won a major. Do you agree with that. Yes definitely agree with that. But this year of course We had one less. And i think that i would also classify the majors in two creek corona and post corona. I would almost give a little bit more weight or just feel like there's more discussion for all the majors. That are not the train open you know. Of course that was when all was normal and before all this happened But i know you. You went to your pace in your mailbox but are you. Who's your pick. i think it. It sounds sounds a little. I think you've got to say that the so you can is your twenty twenty. Mvp she won a major and got to the final of another If we play this game sometime if your life depended on a player Would she be your pick and the answer is is probably not and do i think in a head to head match. There are players who are superior. If if she and i o miyasaka played ten times i would think naomi osaka with the majority of those matches. But yeah in this straight year. But i think you're right. There was no wimbledon. There there was a us open but it did not feature you know six top ten players including ash barty the number one player including simona halep included the defending champion and that was That was one sock than we had. The french open which also did not feature ash party. Who is the defending champion. It did not feature. Naomi osaka the australian open before corona had the most flush field. So you can in one that and she reached the final of the french open so she is the only player to have won a major and got into the final of another and in this stranger. It's probably appropriate. We have a strange choice but sonya sofia kenyon is my Twenty twenty mvp will by you. I hear you on that. And i think those are all good points. I in you know so that we aren't agreeing here on all of these under some Interest to this conversation. I'm going to take a different pic. i'm gonna go with naomi osaka and i think that In speaking about mvp sort of in the Like a of a lot of awards that are giving out at this time of the year including essays own award sportsperson of the year. It's not just about what's happening on the court. It's just not about results per se about other things that This player has done. So i think that For me. I think niamey osaka. Of course like you said kennan if you're just talking about reaching a final winning final In a major. She's done that but osaka has not only one. But also use her platform and she's spoken up and she's gone beyond the court and i think that you know if we're talking if you're looking at that list of choices here And you check the box with a major win in for me. You check the box with all the other outside stuff off the court that she's done so that's my pick.
Trade body says EU can sanction $4B worth of US goods
"World trade organisation arbitrators say the E. U. construction up to four billion in U. S. goods over Washington's legal support the plane maker Boeing the ruling which could inflame trump administration criticism of the WTO amounts to one of the largest penalties ever hunted down by the body the arbitrators with tossed with setting a dollar value in sanctions such as tariffs he you could impose a year off the the WTO I found the Boeing had received at least five billion dollars in subsidies the word prohibited under international trade rules the decision thanks back to twenty oh six and is part of a string of long running disputes between Boeing and rival Airbus after the Geneva trade body I'm Charles the Ledesma
WTO says EU can put tariffs on $4 billion of US goods
"Upto $4 billion in U. S goods over Washington's illegal support for plane maker Boeing correspondent Charles Dillon. Desmond reports The ruling which could inflame Trump administration criticism off the W T o Amounts to one of the largest penalties ever hunted down by the body. The arbitrators were tasked with setting a dollar value in sanctions, such as tariffs the YOU could impose. A year after the W T O had found that Boeing had received at least $5 billion in subsidies. The were prohibited under international trade rules. The decision dates back the 26. He's part of a string of long running disputes between Boeing on rival Airbus at the Geneva trade body. I'm Charles the lid asthma. The move is certain to worsen relations between the European Union and the United States during a time of Corona virus worries. More on these stories at townhall dot com.
World Trade Organization to be led by a woman for first time
"A woman will lead the World Trade Organization for the first time in its history. The agency is in the process of recruiting a new director general and goes you CONJU whaler of Nigeria and Young Hee of South Korea. Have, made it to the final round. The BBC's Andrew Walker has been following developments. The WTO member countries are trying to choose a new director general by consensus if they're able to coalesce around one of the two remaining candidates, it will be the first time that the top job in the agency has been held by a woman whoever ultimately takes the post and a decision is expected by. Month they will face major challenges to the biggest commercial powers the United States and China are embroiled in a bitter trade conflict. The you ask especially under president trump's administration has a range of complaints about how the organization works and has made it much more difficult for the WTO to perform one of his key functions, settling disputes between members in London, on the BBC's Andrew Walker, for marketplace.
Donald Trump reiterates threat to scale back US economic ties with China
"Had sort of a wide ranging if I can call it that news conference at the White House. One of things he said, is I'm and I may be open to disengaging altogether with China. We're starting Punishing US Cos. If they're doing things that China should be doing back here in United States, what do you make of that? Is that a real change of policy? It's sort of Ah note that he struck throughout his 3.5 years in office. It's absolutely a note that he has struck during his his entire administration. Something he ran on in 2016 is something he's been talking about since the early odds when trying to gain a session to the WTO's. In some ways, it's incredibly consistent with his ideology. You know what that means, however, in practice, especially before the election is somewhat unclear, although I mean if you look at the what this administration is doing, not just what they're saying what they're doing as it relates to China. It is taking steps towards decoupling, especially around sensitive technologies around export controls. Things like visa restrictions, travel restrictions, so there is, you know, kind of incremental decoupling. I know. I think we would argue already happening on what that means for a second term, especially President Trump obviously has re elected. Is a big question. Mark does that D complain? Only intensify. And yes, you're right. His wide ranging press conference he would seem to signal that. Yes, yes, it would send a house it register with voters. Voters are not so concerned it. I don't think about China. One way the other. This won't make sure they have a job that they can afford the grocery bill. They can afford the rent bill. Do the voters really connect being tough on China with they're getting jobs. It hasn't worked so far. So well, has it. Yeah, it's that the interesting point. I think that in some ways, China is a easy scapegoat for both political parties in Washington on DH. In some ways, I think it's also registering with voters a Pew research and did a poll the summer that showed that almost 70% of Americans have a negative view on China. Right now, that is the most it is that the highest it's ever been a again since China gained deputy o session. In 2000 won. So In some ways, the voter sentiment has changed around China. I think it makes it difficult for either political party to look like they're cozy up with China as the results, But I think you're right, though. If this is not necessarily kitchen table issue, Although your China has been come the easy scapegoat, at least from from a policy maker, a Zeiss, eh? It's always a real treat to have you with us. Libby that's living Cantrell, She's Pimco, head of public policy. Coming up here
Starting Zocdoc with Oliver Kharraz
"Oliver Karaz was born and raised in Germany mostly in rural parts of the country his mother was German and his father was from Iran in came from a long line of doctors. For me, it really starts in some ways with my dad and. The timing rapidly had every reason to become a social activist and and so he came to Germany from the Middle East when he was very young around twenty with no money in his pocket no language skills. And you personally then worked on of odd jobs, but he eventually became a psychiatrist but what has really shaped me much more than being born in Berlin is. Social. Active. Isn't that I that I saw him live and that he really made our family mattress we always talked about talent responsibility and the need to use. Whatever telling behind to help those. Around us that we can make a difference. Given that your father was Iranian and your mother was was sort of. German. An Uber even though you were born in Germany, did you feel did you feel as Germany everybody else? So I didn't have a second identity. We only used spoke German at home and yet. As you say I was also a not always fully accepted. So if I give you an example, my school twelve hundred students and you could pick out to the didn't look like everyone else and I was one of them right and even an enlightened country like Germany. That is notable. So I had what I call a visual accent would people would see me on the street and they would ask me how to speak German. So well and But they also school the skipped my name when reading out scores because they weren't sure how to pronounce my last name and opportunities taken away and even at was physically threatened so i. I think that really shaping in many ways because I realized. Very early that in order to be as successful as everyone around me I would have to be dramatically better in really work much much harder than anyone else and so that used to be strong work ethic in me. For the record Oliver is somewhat down playing his work ethic. Because just out of high school, he actually started his first successful company. It was the early clunky days of the Internet, and he designed a way to help people send emails more easily and he wound up selling that business not for a ton of money, but enough to get him through medical school. But. After practicing medicine for a couple years Oliver realized he couldn't stop thinking about that first business he'd started and how he wanted to start another. So he quit his job in medicine and consulting job with Mackenzie and eventually moved to New York. That was my goal was actually to start another company that that's A. Healthcare, but I I'd also realized at the time that I sold my first company and far too cheaply in that I should learn more about business I and at McKinsey God exposure to balance sheets and panels and hit a lot of very practical experience and what it means to manage business. And I think they fondly of my time at McKinsey was one of my better decisions. McKinsey GonNa Mackenzie is a little bit like going to business school. A lot of people at McKinsey have come from business, schools. In that. Many people go to business school thinking they will find a co-founder. Did you were you actively looking around at your colleagues to think maybe I can do something with him or her you know maybe that person. Absolutely and were you just thinking about different business ideas all the time? Well, it is actually very hard to find good ideas and my definition of a good idea was that it needed to have a great mission I. wanted to make sure that we actually do something good in that. We stayed true to sort of talent breaks responsibility, but also wanted to be a large market and to have a great motor rounded and also I wanted to be based on contrarian inside. Because I thought that all of the best companies have that at its core. While she wanted mission, you wanted a company that could kind of dominate its field by building a motor around it, but was also contrary and that's that's that's those are some interesting. Criteria. And that's why I screen for several years rejected pretty much every idea that that I came across And meanwhile. While you're going through all that I guess you meet this guy Cyrus Masumi. WHO's another McKenzie consultant and and just you just. Become friends like he's like somebody like in and you guys start hanging out. While we got put on study together that required us to travel globally and you've ever done that it meant frost were sixteen eighteen hour days together for three four, five months on end and we really. Got To become great partners in that and and what we realized that we had some. Very complementary skills. Cyrus is one of the most charismatic and gregarious individuals. You'd ever meet his very passionate. He could be more forceful, which sometimes was needed to be effective with clients. And you've talked to me now for a little bit as you can probably tell. More dispassionate and logical and more measuring. German? More, German in many ways, right. also was effective with clients by by. and Cyrus is American right? He's American this but that That close listened and how we work together that really started friendship and we stayed close for the study and be caught up over lunch pretty regularly denounce different business ideas off one another and. I think we connected because we had similar interests because. On. Some levels We were equally passionate about what we're doing higher says, passion was more visible to others than mine but we. Were close enough together that we both accepted. The other as. individual that that we could learn a lot from. Was it was it clear pretty soon after you start hanging out, Sarah's that this was the guy because you were. You're on the lookout for a partner. They I think it was was absolutely an option I know reality is that. With. Both founded companies before Mckinsey and we both knew that we wanna do it again and as I. was always great about being. Very honest. Rather than just nice and and I value that a lot. Yeah. All, right. So So this guy, Cyrus Super Charismatic, really smart clearly, the two of you start to to work together. And what what kind of business ideas are are you coming up with? While we kind of fell in love with a new idea that came about a one of these launches were Cyrus. Told me about how he recently ruptured his eardrum by flying with a cold and then found it very difficult to actually find a doctor and he had asked for recommendations and called down his insurance directory listing started with the as. Doctors weren't accepting new patients some no longer accepted two centurions one provider Pasta Way and so he said, well, why does it take four days to the doctor when I'm in pain right? And why can't this much easier? And we. Both very quickly. realized the potential of this idea from. Working at project be new helps us the for actually spending millions of dollars for marketing to grow their patient base because they had wasted inventory, right they had something that I like to call hidden supply, which is these last minute cancellations no-shows reschedules. That the that go to waste, and then on the other, there are the patients who had a hard time accessing this. You thought it immediately clicked with these my God. Yes. Doctor's appointments connect patients to doctors. Yeah. Well, look if you go through the forfeiture that I had read, it's a great mission right? We're making one of the most personal needs more accessible for for patients we can help patients to get in fast we can help the doctors become more efficient. We can make the entire health care system more cost effective people out of the emergency room things like that, and it's a marketplace. So there is a strong mode and clearly anything in healthcare is a large market and I think the contrary and inside that we had. was. The fact that. Most people thought it's normal that people have to wait twenty four days to a doctor because there's a doctor shortage in read our inside was really no doctors have asthma debate ability because of these last minute cancellations, no-shows reschedules and so I felt very about this idea. So. So you member like how long between the time that the you had that first conversation To the time were both you said, let's start this business was like monster or weeks or days. was was weeks. We what we what we started doing is actually. Mocking up the side in how imagine back then in powerpoint pointing just the wire. Website. Yeah. Wire frame. Exactly. We would. We'd go into starbucks and we'll chat up strangers and say, Hey, here's a five dollar gift card. Give me your thoughts. Sorry I'm GonNa. Go back. You just go to people in starbucks Gift Card and say, can you give me your thoughts? Random Person? The absolutely that's that was sort of our market testing. They wouldn't. They would be like excuse me this is a little weird. You're my space. Might also happen from time to time but you know there's lots of people on starbucks is very in German of you. That's debris because usually he would be to report tentative about doing that. Well, you know I think there was a lot less rejection than you think people actually quite open I. Suggest you try this out but if you If you're unthreatening in Luke harmless as we probably dead and then they'll be pretty open. You went up to and starbucks and you'd say, Hey, we're thinking about a company here. Can you just look at his powerpoint give you five dollars Gift Card and what was in the powerpoint, the popcorn and was just what we thought. This website would look like and we would ask them is the set service that resonates with you would you use it and and we got an incredibly valuable feedback here and really set us in many ways on the on the right track right? So and what pointed to the two of you decide let's quit McKinsey. Let's. Let's pursue this. Probably a month or two after we initially discussed idea did anybody say you were crazy for quitting? Everyone. Everyone told us. Crazy and got a lot of negative feedback on the idea to write people would say this is Bloomberg out I would never pick my doctor on the internet or I already have a doctor or you know doctors wouldn't accept patients that that are looking on the Internet of all kinds of protections that people had when they were thinking about their own situation by. When when you talk to people and starbucks, they actually thought about it much more positively. So we were encouraged enough to say, well, this is going to work as long as we get out of our circle and don't ask McKinsey consultants doctors. The responsible be better. All right. So you are in your thirties at this point. And presumably were making pretty good cash at McKinsey because you were probably you'd know expenses you're on the road all the time so. When you quit, I'm assuming you had some money to launch the business and probably live off for a while. Yeah. So I very deliberately had never raised my living standard to the money that the paying McKinsey and I had saved every dime so that I could. No be in a position where can fund this embraced can afford not to take a salary for a couple of years. Wow. So so a couple of hundred thousand and you saved. You know. Maybe. I'm to Germany to discuss personal finances but. I had. Built this. Radio, you can tell the. Story Yeah I I had I had enough money to live off for for several years but I also Saturday night both finance the company early out of our own savings so that clearly diminish We had leftover after that. So now, you both decided to quit. and. You have some technical expertise because you had. You had done some coding but this is next level stuff. Were you able to be that technology founder and Cyrus was going to be the the sort of the business founder? Absolutely not as I add coated but at that point, I had not touched a computer for a long time We knew we need to have a technical co founder and so Sarah's knew a guy named Nick Guanzhou from the time together, trophy software, and this is another company that they would both worked at the that's the company that they're both previously worked together and Nick just brought a totally different perspective and really educated Addison me on a lot of things and and he was really the one who understood a building a seamless experience for the consumer and ends May. Zach Docs. Early Genius, did you did you have the name dock from the beginning? Not, not initially we we went to several phases on on what the right name could be for for while we wanted to have a descriptive name. So we looked at physicians, dot Com Doctors Dot Com, and we actually tracked down the owners of one of these domains and they wanted several million dollars for the domain name. And and we were finding the company ourselves. So that was out of the question. So then we just sat in a room and we brainstorm a list of fifty or one hundred names, and then started eliminating names until we arrived at Dr. What does it mean? or it doesn't mean anything which was the WTO bit we could. There were zero search results. Okay. There's no meaning behind his ACH. There's no meaning behind and and in hindsight it was precisely the right thing to do because it really was a blank slate for us to fill with with meaning and really build a brand around. Zero such as October we started. It address nate the right lake once you know that it takes more than three weeks from picking up the phone and dialing for doctors till you actually see someone you realize Oh, this really not much else that we have to wait so long for to get. And this is more important than most of these other things you already have. Fantastic access View Magin. If air travel way that healthcare workers that wouldn't be an expedia that wouldn't even be Delta Dot Com that would be individual phone numbers for every plane. Imagine. If that happened, you know a half the planes would fly empty it would be a massive pain and that was actually the state of health care before sock. Is Amazing that that the nothing like this was out there in two thousand seven. I look at I. Think. In many ways you couldn't build it a much earlier. In the early days. When we went out there, we were the ones installing Internet of the doctor's offices. We. They they were a many times just migrating from a paper books to scheduling systems. We were at the cusp of digitisation for healthcare. We were just lucky in our timing to get this right in and start offering the service when that also happened. All right. So you decide to pursue Zach dock and it's the three of you. I'm assuming really just at the beginning and were you working out of out of one of your apartments? Did you guys rent space? No, we worked out of respect for. Many. Times we came to make yet the nicest apartment and and we could bring breakfast Burrito and bake him up and you know the the reality is that we originally had a pretty ambitious launch plan right so we got together around July. We wanted to launch by December of two, thousand seven. Something interesting happened were nick send an email suggesting to look at what was then called techcrunch forty. Take is is now a household name but the draw for us back then was there was a fifty thousand dollar prize now it's called tech crunch disrupt think. So it's a major a startup competition. It's a startup competition and we were the first class of this was much less known be budgeted two hours to fill in the application in really which will send it off. He didn't think about it anymore that there was an early July and early August we've heard that we had been accepted, but there was a complication we'd have to be ready by September eighteenth or. That was three months sooner than we had originally planned to launch. So you'd have a live website by September that is right that is right with doctors with doctors, right So we actually debated for a few hours whether we should even tried to go for that but we ultimately said, yes, we can get the website working and we wanted to have enough doctors just a bars wouldn't look pathetic. Brayden. Coded Night Neither Day and nick really busted his but he did the patient facing side of the website and that was the programs. What was potentially even harder because we're tried to launch a marketplace was to actually get the initial supply on there and remember the website wasn't there yet so. Tires ended up going door to door for doctors offices. Excuse telling them a powerpoint page, and this is really a testament to cyrus sheer willing determination if you think about what it means to really start a company early on, there's nothing to show right you may be a powerpoint but there's no website there's no patience. There's no other doctors no social proof and it has to run on passion and very clear that that is Cyrus superpower. He just went to random doctors offices or he had like a list of doctors offices and he started kind of walking block by block. Well, there's a lot of walking involved a we launched in Manhattan so you can literally go down the street and you see. The signs and you walk in. And he was basically saying look, it's a way to connect you to patients. How was how many by the way? What was your objective? How many doctors do you need to sign up to have this website look okay by September Between six and ten was our goal. Okay. So just doable it is a was extremely hard really. Is telling doctors is one of the hardest things to do why were they saying? Well, first of all, it is baby very hard to even speak to a doctor they are being shielded. Their time is very valuable. Office managers are trained not to let anyone talk to them to protect the doctor from people walking in selling them stuff shirt them. Secondly, they many didn't want to give up control over their calendar which has to write. We ask them to post times that a patient could book into it and it was just a far fetched idea for many of them the patients would actually do this. So he got a lot of knows he got a lot of knows. He'd go there and he just simply not leave until he got a chance to speak to the doctor and a few times. It was even escorted out by security. I really think one in a million could have put this off. I mean was he going to particular kinds of doctors or was he generally focused on an Internet general? Practitioners Ob sobe began with dentists Okay. Because our thinking was that. People go to dentists most often, and we wanted to make sure that we have an offering that is relevant for patients as often as possible. I. Got you so so eventually unassuming, you do get what six to ten or how many did you get by September of two thousand seven Eight. In the meantime, you inequity doing the back end stuff you were doing the coding and building the website does right and as you were building it. How did it look? So. The bit that Nick Build looked awesome for the time I think. It was impressive. We were. Very. Satisfied that we had a scroll bar that we had a map that we had back then already the insurance selector and a lot of feature that. Weren't to be found really anywhere else. All right. So September two, thousand, seven, you are ready to reveal. This service at. Tech. Crunch. And Doth Review present or did did Cyrus kind of wishy the spokesperson? Cyrus. I presented Nick stayed behind in New York to make sure that the less the website was actually up and running This is in San Francisco that you went to the we flew out to San Francisco and So we lost sock talk in front of Eight, nine, hundred people. A lot of them were journalists when the judges opened up with feedback guy covers ocoee who we newnan in valued. As embezzles forever apple he came out to said he he didn't get it. He would never use this in front of everyone right and. His direct load something like honestly Oh, it just never occurred to me to go to any doctor that's really burned in in my brain and what was worse is that he seemed to be right we didn't get a single booking. We were hoping that this PR would get us out of our initial batch of users, right because your other. So many tech journalists there. So you know the publicity may be would would would lead to bookings and that was the hope but. It actually took three days before regard our first legitimate a patient, and and in the entire first month, we only got five bookings. You come back from San Francisco and. You know you had Guy Kawasaki. Say I don't I would never use this service? I'm sure he feels differently today but man maybe then Ezio said that but did did you come back feeling like like dejected like losers or or were you excited like how did you feel coming back? While you know I think we obviously hoping we would eventually get more bookings and In the beginning you probably refreshed. The Bookings Report Hundred Times a day by as we were thinking through what we realized. It was really a typical two sided marketplace challenge It's just a classic chicken and egg problem. You need the supply to get the demand and you need the demand to entice them supply and for dark was even trickier. Right when you think about it, healthcare is hyper local. Very complicated. So you have to match. Supply and demand on a Zip code specialty level, and then we have thousands of insurances take. Until we realized that our odds of actually finding a patient that wanted. An offer there. Quite low, and so the best path forward was to methodically build up supply, and so we just kept going put up a huge map of Manhattan on the wall, and then a sleep put little flags on of where the doctor's brother we're on the website in which insurance is accepted and we just we knew the perseverance. Is the name of the game. Back in just a moment how oliver and Cyrus Begin to drum up interest in stock and how they even start to raise some money at figure out how to dress differently, stay with us guy rows and you're listening to how I built this from NPR. Hey everyone. Just a quick thanks to our sponsors who helped make this podcast possible I to epic provision maker of epic bar beef was nature's idea the epic bar was. 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A lot of their offices especially back in two, thousand, seven or sort of technologically in the Stone Age. There was incredibly complicated to sink the doctors calendars with ours. Because none of the software was actually made to sink. Were even in the places where we had syncs up and running, we would frequently get. Feedback while the punishment didn't happen because the doctor wasn't available and we really couldn't figure out why this was the case because when we did screen chairs with the office to their calendar and and our calendar, it was identical right and couldn't figure out why that's happening. So I decided to sit next to the office manager I went there and got to know him and his family photos of his dog. I fixed the printer taught a better strategies to play minesweeper still couldn't figure it out. Until one day, the doctor would come out and she'd say, Hey David I'm out next Friday. And then what does David do does he go into the calendar and block out next Friday or does he take a post? It note On a doctor out next Friday and sticks this too is monitor. In the real world. These post it notes, of course happen and but once you know that Matthew Friend, you can start filtering this out and that's one example they were literally a thousand point, one percent solutions that we had to figure out to make this work. Wow. That sounds I'm getting exhausted. Just hearing about that because this is like even like Google calendars, right? Yeah. Yeah. That was that was early days and what we were extremely focused around were making show the experience was fantastic. If something went wrong, we fix it. Right. So I was our customer service I personally would call the doctor and and confirmed the appointment was all said if it wasn't I, personally contact the patient to let them know and then I would offer them. Amazon Gift Card alongside with an apology those actually one case where it didn't catch a patient in time. and. The were in the subway to the doctor, and so I raised them to the doctor's office and picked up a bouquet of flowers on the way there and met them in person to apologize. And that was really a turning point burs. The service has to work and we need to be have this patients I attitude in in terms of how it works completely ingrained in the company. All right. So you clearly need to kind of grow this Were you offering this service doctors for free at the time? Initially. We for free by we eventually started charging fifty dollars per month. But Sam doctor you come into my office and you say, Hey, if you pay me I can bring you more customers. I would be skeptical I would've said to you you who whose, who even knows about you. You'RE GONNA you're asking me to pay you money for Phantom bookings for maybe no customers I mean did some of the doctors say Many. The US summarize our sales challenge. Right? It was very hard because even if you wanted to, we couldn't easily share how many patients their competitors are down the road God like that was something that was confidential. All right. So you are you got this chicken and egg problem. Not, enough people signing up and he gets skeptical doctors but you know that the service could really benefit the doctors, but you also need them to pay for because otherwise you know but business. Meantime at a certain point I'm assuming you guys start to think we'd better go out and look for money if we're going to really make this thing work. Yeah. Yeah. That that happened in the spring of two, thousand, eight we decided we raise series. And we we make the rounds we get in front of a number of the big name, BC New York the also go to Sandhill road in impel. Toho Santo Road we leads and road initially were very successful at all we got Polite knows. and. Ray No feedback control someone took us as I told us you know what the idea seems. Good. But you're consultants I'd and the perspective of its consultants can't get anything done and what realized is that even though we had both founded companies before our Mackenzie Pedigree in our keys and button down shirts, they were really hurting us, and so we wait rank Khakis and button down shirts. It sounds crazy. Were they pleaded pants or were they at least nine pleaded please. Yeah Yeah. Yeah we after hearing that feedback We very quickly just went to the next gap and bought jeans and t-shirts and from that on the combos with VC's when but a lot better. So you went from McKinsey consultant look to this are the tech casual uniform of jeans and t-shirts that that's exactly right and we introduced ourselves not as NBA's and McKinsey Consultants but we introduce ourselves previous entrepreneurs that are starting their next company. was was anyone biting? Were there people who were like? Yeah there's a great idea I'm in. So interesting enough we had raised some money from. Friends and colleagues, and many of those they invested in US business plan unseen just based on the fact that we. Were giving up our careers at McKinsey to pursue talks. So that felt really a great. and. As we started changing how we appeared in how we introduced ourselves to venture capitalists L., we started to get offers and so in August of two thousand eight, we ended up raising five million from KHOSLA ventures expeditions mark. Wow Mark Banya Jeff bezos, and Venus is. All their. Funds are in which sounds like a lot before you WanNa do it's actually. Kinda limited because you still it seems to me in two thousand eight even though you have five million dollars a lot of money you still have this problem which is you've gotta get. Customers, and then to get customers, you need lots of doctors had lots of options but to get doctors, you need lots of customers booking through the site to you do that precisely D- These five million dollars per lily earmarked for making New, York, work, right, Miguel, I market work but. immediately after raising the money the financial crisis hit. And You may remember there was rest in peace a memo that went around about startups, right? Yes. About start ups, never being able to raise money arrested in peace good times. So we got this job is to make the money stretch in. We probably learn not during this time This was really our first go round making hard choices and what I want to be frugal and not to do things we can't afford and We learned to not let money replace critical, thinking and creativity. But now we continued to grind away at New York and at some point felt while if you want to get. To the next level we have to prove. Dr Isn't just a New York City phenomenon. Right? We had to prove that it would work in a second city But at that point, we didn't have the money to do this anymore, and by the way you're still your approach was still the same. It was door to door. That's right door to door and how how you building awareness about the about the fact Zach existed with customers with potential customers. So we it was day very difficult to get someone. To the website. Yeah but when they did. They loved it because it was such a step change from how healthcare used to work for him. Right they used to have to pick up the phone and wait on hold and then plays scheduling. tetris. With the office manager, can you do Wednesday morning about Thursday noon? Friday afternoon, and now they could do the same thing in a minute and have complete overview about the ability patients loved it and they told their friends. So we we started to get word of mouth. Going, and so we saw New York really taking up and we felt like, okay, this does this go into work in New York. At a minimum rate, but we also realized that it took us a fair bit of time. And money to get it going. In New, York and do we couldn't with the money we had left from the five million easily expanded into a new city at the same time. Raising money was going to be difficult because the next generation of investors wanted to see that it works and other cities as Walter. So we were a little bit in this catch twenty, two we ended up. Applying to. Force boost Your Business Competition Four. Forbes has his competition as sell to where they give away money right to they were promising a hundred thousand dollar prize. And at this time. We won. And Yeah what did is they gave us one of these large publishers. Clearinghouse is sex and very useful actually used to cover a hole in one in our only conference room. There was a hole in the wall and we covered it with that. At, this point you are, you are working out of an office, not not an apartment at this point we were working out of A. Shared Office space we work. Yeah. So they had given us publisher clearing house is is check but they fail to give us the small check for three months and we were getting really nervous, but it would still get it but. But ultimately, we got that one hundred thousand dollars and that's what we used to launch and our second market in DC in Washington DC and would did it require you guys to move down there or were you did you hire because I'm assuming you had to? A lot of your early capital was going into sales. Business Development hiring sales reps, is that right? Right, we had a couple of sales reps at the time. A. Very first employee ever was a sales rep is still with the company today and He was great. He figured out how to. Really charm his way. To the doctor. So there were no more security guards escorting anyone out. When did you? I'm assuming that even in two, thousand, nine, two, thousand, ten, and beyond we're not yet profitable. Far From It? Yeah. Far from it right because it's a capital intensive business. Yes. We obviously invested heavily in customer service wanted patients to have a great experience. And we had a quite sizable engineering team because that was actually a major engineering effort. So what started to happen when did you start to kind of see? A real turning point. Yeah. So we we we had launched New, York successfully with. Years. Of hardwork, we've gotten it off the ground is transported that to DC at work well, in DC, and now he said, well, why are we not in more cities and so we actually we raised serious be with fouled respond and We used to expand off the East Coast Francisco then Chicago and we just got better better at it. So we then ended up raising serious and two thousand eleven from Goldman NTSC, and we primarily use this to grow our sales team and sign up more more doctors in from two thousand eleven till two thousand, thirteen, we launched roughly thirty new cities I read that by by two thousand, fourteen would covered. Like forty percent of markets in the US, which is huge I mean that's right I mean that's a huge number of cities. And in that year evaluation. Of tzakda. Past Billion Dollars I mean that's That's pretty remarkable i. mean you were kind of on this like really rapid trajectory and you a pretty straightforward model right and you were charging doctors a flat fee every year and then. They could take all the bookings they wanted and I think that by that point like by two thousand, fourteen knew it was not cheap. It was expensive viewed really raised the price it was like three thousand dollars a year, right? Something like that. Yes recharged Dr Three thousand dollars a year and and there was a flat fee. No matter. How many bookings Actually facilitated for them and and the reality was for some doctors that got a lot of bookings that was a great deal. Yeah. But but there were also doctors that God a lot fewer bookings and for them that fixed cost was actually too expensive and some of them were starting to leave the service, and so we got into a situation that required us to invest a lot to stay where we are and then invest even more to continually grow our overall provider base, which means we had to build out a massive sales team to always sign up more doctors right and. Some point during this time L. Nick actually ran an analysis showed that it would take several years if ever fries to make our money back on on many of the doctors we signed up because you would have to sign up. X number of hundreds of thousands of doctors paying that amount every year. To make your money back to to make sort of our the cost of the sales team back. Wow and L. it. This was pure that would make us dependent on external capital for our very long time, and now it's a clearly there are many companies that have taken. Grow fast at all costs approach. And They Held onto this forty extended period of time by L., it clearly puts talking to a dependency to. Investors in their mind says, yeah. So. Meantime. You know I I from what I understand. There's disagreements I mean there there are you know the leadership team including Cyrus he he's I. Think he's he's sort of his position as the flat fee model is actually the best way to go is that a fair assessment of of his position? Yeah. I think that's right. I. Mean there were two fundamentally divergent ways held the business could go forward right. One way was to continue to work on optimizing the unit economics of our subscription model and the other way was to think about how to make it more transformative leap and then find a new more profitable. And more sustainable model and. Their. Look I can certainly understand The reluctance and taking this leap if companies rechange their underlying business model once they have a certain scale and then live to tell about it, right. We know the names of the companies that have done this net flicks, but from DVD's to streaming adobe. From box software to the cloud, but there's not a lot of companies that do that. and. Needed to make a choice which which direction I wanted to go. And and I should say over that. Became intensely personal for you because hugh and Cyrus really disagreed on on on the direction of the company should take. Steps down he he left the company and you moved into the role of CEO. Those right and what ask you about this neo. Beauty's in the flies of this show is its simplicity and we talked to one person or sometimes too. It's a single narrative, and so we don't have cyrus with us to tell us what happened but I wanna ask you about this time because. This was your co founder. This was your partner This is your friend and he was leaving the company. How did you feel at that time? I all I can say was a very hard and very emotional period for everyone involved and It was certainly a departure But how was through that given these two divergent choices you you couldn't. note, both of us could be useful to talk and. I have to imagine that for for period. China. was sort of the friendship. Look been we were very close we. Were not only friends we had worked for eight years believe together fourteen hours a day, and we probably talked more to each other than to anyone else in our lives but you know. Still touch from time to time and. I think he's joining us on from sideline. He still at prison million owner of the company Yeah, he's still. Here's the thing I mean we've we've told stories about breakups we've had we've had episodes were there were married couples who split divorced but continued the business e O products. Susan Griffin Black and an her husband Brad They continued the business stacy's pita chips continue the business after the divorce sold it for a quarter billion dollars. You guys were worth value to one point eight billion dollars at this point. was was ever party that just thought you know, God look at what we're doing on the core we're going and. I mean did you in service it down and say you know this thing is just growing and? Let's just figure this out. I think the challenge is that it's not as if there was an article way to decide what the right path forward is. As long as investors wanted to give us money growing all costs was yeah. Fine Strategy. The question was just how dependent you wanted to be on the continued goodwill of investors. It sounds like you were tired of going out raising money. You didn't want to do that anymore. Oh, not at all but I think you want to raise money from a position where you know what your turn to is and and. It wasn't clear that the business model would work in in a way that that we could just flip a switch and be profitable. Yeah. So. That was a tough year for you. Two, thousand fifteen. There was an article in business I think business insider, and it was about the sales team. It's October that year and it was. It was some allegations that you know Pete member sales team using adderall even cocaine they were under immense pressure. They were working all the time when you saw that article. And I'm not saying you even aware of any of this. You may not even aware of it but I. have to think that that article really alarmed you and and maybe even embarrassed you. Look A. There were a number of articles in two thousand fourteen fifteen. Didn't absolutely get everything, right but Budweiser I can say is that At. The time doctor had their sales team and we're. Getting very quickly and Your maybe maybe. Too focused on. L. Hitting targets and. Not. Focus enough on creating a strong culture the I hear these stories from six years ago from from time to time and from from now from candidates and and really every time. This happens like a Gut Punch. Because, this we know we're completely different company now. On on so many levels, but clearly, you saw that in new that you had to change something. While yes, I look I l there's a there's a couple of things about this. Right? We are a technology company, but we had said ourselves up too much about. Instead of writing wins and really too little about being adaptable and darning and and building the trust required to try things that now pet the risk of failure. and. So one of the first things I did is to change core values. You know to emphasize those behaviors each one of our values adaptable, not comfortable and other one is progress before perfection learners before masters right and. We only kept really one DIA CONSTANT DEL patients I. Personally that. That was more of the culture that I thought was right for Doc to succeed on many dimensions. So, you take over the company it's got high valuation, but you're still not making money and you know that you've gotta change the underlying business model you're never gonNA make money. And from what I understand this is the beginning of what you have internally described as the second founding of the company. That is right. That is right and that basically happens in in two thousand, eighteen you you launch this new business model where instead of the the dollar membership fee. Basically, you would charge doctors a lot less like two hundred or three hundred bucks, but then every booking you, you would take a cut from that booking. So like a travel agency. A little bit charge for new patient booking. So the existing patients to practice we made free but yes, there was the fundamental idea and. It sounds like such an obvious thing to do but but here's the problem with it and why why are we thought it was incredibly risky to try this. Our best customers that had been on for a long time. They got lots of pockets right and if we start charging them per bookings, their prices go up very significantly in some cases ten times more and that seemed. Competing, insane to us. In. Particular because when we talked to other companies that were at gone through similar changes and even pricing experts, they're number one advisor was make sure whatever you do never charged your best customers more and frost would be precisely. The opposite. In the thing that was counter-balancing this in our mind was well, maybe we'd be able to bring on a lot more doctors because the barrier to entry is now much lower that was there was the back and forth in the team to figure out whether that's the path we want to want to go. So, this is still a risky strategy because you're depending really on new bookings because the two hundred dollar annual fees dramatically lower and I have to imagine in year one, you actually saw drop in your revenue in the year one of of this curve. Second founding. Right. Well, it's from a risk profile worth at that. Right the warriors that you lose all your best customers in with it, all the bookings day used to be getting. and. So we needed to be ready for a very significant drop in bookings and revenue and the second Challenge was here that. The beauty of this approach modest and we got all this money upfront right and Sharon. Now to bond, we're getting paid after the booking with with a thirty day payment periods, we had a huge working capital requirement to make that happen. So did you see a drop and revenue in two thousand eighteen when you rolled this out? No we didn't because we actually didn't see the doctors leave the way that we hit on -ticipant did in fact, you know while we had very much worried that they would be upset and some of them certainly were upset. We were providing so much value to them that. You know what? What took you. So long I knew as getting a great deal all along. So that worked really well, and we had piloted in Georgia initially in April. Two thousand eighteen and then that had worked. So we we then all allowed in Colorado a few weeks later that work to, and from there we went to Washington state and again, very positive results and after these three days. Okay Great. We know this works does it out in our largest most important market? Let's go to New York and that and terribly horribly wrong. They the doctors in New York. Not only were so pissed off they actually I read. mounted a change dot org. Petition I. Don't know what to to to end this practice or something. They were really mad. They were really really mad and I guess you guys responded you said, are we won't we won't roll this out in New York for a while. Yeah look in New York. We. Facilitate Roughly, one in five new patient doctor relationship in the entire city on dock and so. The economic impact for the providers in. was much greater than for the providers in Georgia Colorado Washington. So yes, to give you one example, there's a dermatologist and so and he paid under the ultimate model ten doctor say paid thirty thousand dollars and under the new pricing model, his cost was going to go up from thirty thousand dollars to roughly three hundred, forty, thousand dollars. Wow. So what was your response to that? I? Mean it seems like a pretty reasonable. Concern. Yeah. So look after the conversation with the Dermatologists I. Actually. Put down the phone and I thought you know what? He's right. And so I pause and we regrouped and. We did a couple. Of things during this time, like the first one is we just went on a listening tour. You know we talked to provide their feedback and we just adjusted our this plan to give providers a much longer grace period to decide whether the wants to addition to the new model or not, and then. So then we read on New York six months later and and when dramatically better. So the strategy works and you see results from the strategy pretty quickly like within a year. Within a year, we had we finally at some incredible momentum was really going better than we had expected in our wildest dreams. Our existing client went down to essentially zero. I mean people still retire and and move jobs by no one really left the service and we were adding more and more providers because the barrier to entry was low and So in two thousand, nineteen we began growing profitably. It sounds like two thousand and nineteen was really the banner year. Two thousand nine hundred was a was a fantastic year and honestly we had so much momentum coming into twenty twenty and feel like, Hey, we worked really hard for three years and profitable and now the sky was the limit until. Tells Sam until March of two thousand twenty. Two Marjo twenty twenty and that's. That's really maybe the third founding DOC right? Well, I want to ask you about March twenty twenty because. Your Business is based on people booking with doctors and going to the doctor I have to imagine your revenues must have plummeted like every other industry like I mean doctors offices are still in most of the country. Slow or are trickle of patients coming in. With the lockdown started happening we saw impersonal bookings declining anywhere between fifty to ninety percent by the end of March I'm not surprised and lot of that buys I was getting was to. Lay off people and make sure that we hunker down to weather the storm but I saw an opportunity to build windmills, right so I thought well, we need to be there for our patients. We should be expanding into telehealth and I need every team member to help me do that and so we. Really went all important and supporting video visits and I'll probably June eighteen began redesigning the tire marketplace support virtual care, and so we actually released. Doctor Video Service and we made this available to. Any. Physician whether they are on soccer. for free. And by the way head, you plan to do this. How long would would I mean I'm imagining if you said in in February district I really want to focus on telehealth Would you have expected that by May would have been ready to go. Absolutely. Not I think what has been really fantastic to see is how? We really finished two years of roadmap in two months. Wow, and it's great because it's just gives us a window on what the next phase of doctor will be and really looking forward to that in my mind were the point were Amazon started from going. Books to also adding CDs. We have just gone from doing only in person to also A. Doing telehealth and I can't wait to see how this unfolds. It sounds like you. Might be reading between the lines but. You. Really, admire and respect your co-founders particularly. Cyrus and the work that he did to to build this company but I wonder if do you think that you will a I dunno, rekindle your friendship i. Is it something that is in the cards because a break is? Is Emotionally, it's hard Mesa really hard. Yeah, look I Do I think we'll work fourteen hours together again maybe not but you know I I've gotten through tougher breakups and reconciled in my past, and so I think we are we're in good shape and honestly know we are meeting were talking from time to time Yeah. We both have things to do and places to be so we're. Not, hanging out all the time. But it's now also five years ago So We are we're merch focused on making our join the baby successful. When you think about your journey and All Its happen to you how much do you think this has to do with? with luck and how much do you think it has to do with with the hard work you put in your your skills. Well I'm going look I I believe that there's really three ingredients to success. In order importance there are lock the talent, then hard work and. The only one. That's comedian. You control his how hard you work right and Now working hard to gives you more shots on goal It helps his day on the top of what you your talent allows and absolutely restarted at the right time the right place. So What what I'm proud of an all that journey has only that yet when we were wrong and when be had to revise and. When we needed the grit to actually make it work. I L we lived up to that and and that's really The all that anyone can ask themselves to. Oliver Karaz co-founder of Zach Braff by the way, remember how they originally wanted to call it physicians dot com or doctors dot. com. COULDN'T AFFORD THE MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG to buy the domain name. DOC DOT COM wasn't only available the price they paid for that domain name. Six Bucks. and. Thanks so much for listening to this show this week, you can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You could also write to us at H. I. T. at NPR DOT Org. 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