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  • January 25, 2010 01:14 PM UTC by Liz Claman

    Packing for Switzerland: Fox Business Heads to Davos for World Economic Forum

    13 degree weather won’t keep the legions of world leaders, CEOs and business thinkers away, nor will an equally chilly landscape of future financial regulation keep banking giants from attending the 40th annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Every year, top business and industry executives along with prime ministers and presidents descend upon the small Swiss Alpine ski village to talk turkey.  This year’s theme, post Recession and financial crisis, is “Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild.”

    Starting Wednesday on Fox Business, I’ll be there with our entire FBN crew to bring you one-on-one interviews with:

    Bill Gates, Microsoft founder

    Bob Diamond, Barclays (everyone wants to hear from this guy because he runs a UK-based bank, he’s tough-as-nails and has some very focused thoughts on regulation)

    Bob Greifeld, CEO NASDAQ

    Duncan Niederauer, CEO NYSE Euronext

    Anand Mahindra, CEO Mahindra&Mahindra

    Mike McCallister, CEO Humana

    George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO Kaiser Permanente

    Howard Lutnick, Chair, CEO Cantor Fitzgerald

    Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO Cleveland Clinic

    Suresh Vaswani, CEO Wipro Technologies

    Jim Turley, Chair, CEO Ernst & Young

    Michael Splinter, Chair, CEO Applied Materials

    Rich Gelfond, CEO IMAX

    Stan Bergman, CEO Henry Schein

    Dennis Nally, PriceWaterhouse Coopers

    Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO Better Place

    Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO Novartis

    Ron Williams, CEO Aetna

    …and the list goes on. They’re all looking with a worldwide eye at this event as they spend three days schmoozing and learning from each other. We’ll be right there alongside them getting their thoughts on world markets, the comeback from the global recession, and the feel of business and the future

    We are now globally intertwined. When tiny Dubai got the debt flu, the U.S. started sneezing. When Greece stumbled, other countries tripped too. You cannot ignore the bonds–welcome or not–we now have with other countries. Fox Business will bring you the real story of Davos, starting Wednesday.

    I’ve packed about 37 sweaters and 19 pounds of paperwork and research our team has put together. Flight is this afternoon…See you in Switzerland!


    Babysitter service clicks – Parents find online firm a lifesaver.(Arts and Lifestyle)

    The Boston Herald May 5, 2002 | Cavaan, Azell Murphy The thought of finding a custom-ordered babysitter at the mere click of a mouse may sound like a scene straight out of “The Jetsons,” but for an increasing number of desperate parents, the convenience is a reality.

    “It’s an idea whose time has come,” said Genevieve Thiers, president and founder of, an online babysitting resource. web site my babysitters a vampire

    The idea for grew out of Thiers’ personal experience as a babysitter, a job she often turned to as a source of extra money throughout her college career.

    “Parents were always so happy to have a good babysitter,” said Thiers, who graduated with a degree in music. “When I saw how desperate they were for a mature, experienced sitter, I knew there was a niche.” Thiers was fresh out of Boston College and just 23 years old when she began to work full time on her idea to create a Web site that would pair experienced college-aged babysitters with parents who needed to spend an evening without the children.

    Unlike the traditional word-of-mouth way of obtaining a babysitter, allows parents to choose a babysitter based on the sitter’s published personal profile.

    Parents who sign on to (for a fee of $39.99 for three months) can search for a college sitter based on personal preferences such as availability and the potential sitter’s access to transportation.

    They can even look for a nonsmoker or someone who is “OK with Pets.” Launched in October, serves more than 500 parents, primarily in Boston, Somerville, Waltham, Newton, Wellesley, Medford and Framingham.

    Katie Slocum, the mother of two young sons and president of a Newton-based parent resource organization called Warmlines, was one of the first to sign on for

    An Indiana native, Slocum and her husband moved to Newton while she was pregnant with their second child. With family members hundreds of miles away and no friends in sight, quiet evenings alone with her husband became a fantasy without a dependable babysitter.

    “I even tried stealing babysitters from friends,” said Slocum. “It got to be really sad.” Promising starts often ended in disappointment, Slocum said – like the time she and her husband found what they considered to be the “perfect teenaged babysitter.” “She was good with the kids and dependable – at least for the first few weeks,” Slocum said. in our site my babysitters a vampire

    But it wasn’t very long before that babysitter found herself a new boyfriend and was too busy to babysit.

    “She was barely free to sit for us on weeknights and weekends were entirely out,” said Slocum. “That’s when I heard about” Today, Slocum has a reservoir of three regulars who often babysit her kids.

    “My boys love them all and I’m very comfortable with the sitters because they’re experienced and reliable,” she said.

    Currently, there are about 2,000 sitters listed on, according to Thiers.

    The company does not screen sitters or check their personal references. Once Sittercity matchs you with potential sitters, it’s up to you to interview them and check their personal references.

    “Our function is solely to help people find sitters,” said Thiers. “We leave the screening to the parents.” According to Thiers, also operates in Rhode Island, Ohio and New York and will soon expand into the Chicago area.

    Caption: MAKING THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS: Genevieve Thiers, left, president and founder of, an online babysitting service, talks with tow of her employees, Andrea Morris, center, and Jessica Sanchez. Staff photo by Nancy Lane Cavaan, Azell Murphy

Kuh Shise

Here we go again, barganing away the future of American Manufacturing, so these high priced planners of the "Service Economy" can profit on the destruction of working middle class Americans. Suprise! Suprise! Sell or give away your technology, drive the manufacturing profits down so no manufacturer can afford to carry on the research needed to grow new products, and pass laws to aid the transfer and theft of the intelectual property of the country.

January 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Bob Hickerson

Liz, Have a safe flight and stay warm. BobH

January 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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  • Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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