Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 24, 2014

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A Columbia University physician who traveled to Guinea to care for Ebola patients is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He fell ill and later tested positive for Ebola. More on New York's preparedness for such a situation. Plus, UPS will hire 95,000 temporary workers this holiday season, and is experimenting with new ways for customers to pick up packages. The hiring spree aims to avoid last year's catastrophe when Christmas presents were delivered late due to a lack of staff. And on Friday, presidential elections take place in Botswana in southern Africa. The country is the world’s largest diamond producer, but has managed to avoid the “resources curse” that troubles many such nations. But whomever is elected will have to address the economic disparity that still exists within the country. And lastly, the midterm election is just eleven days away, and we learned this week that when all's said and done, Democrats, Republicans and outside groups will have spent close to $4 billion campaigning. That'll make this "the most expensive midterm ever," according to the Center for Responsive Politics. We speak with Rob Collins, who heads up the Republican Party's efforts to win a senate majority.

 

Segments From this episode

UPS hiring 95,000 workers for holiday season

Oct 24, 2014
As e-commerce grows, so do holiday shipping demands.

In Botswana, all eyes are on the election

Oct 24, 2014
The victor must diversify the diamond-rich economy to ensure continued growth.

PODCAST: All I want for Christmas is a gift I ordered

Oct 24, 2014
The first patient with Ebola in NYC, the EU vows to cut emissions, and UPS hires for Christmas.

A Columbia University physician who traveled to Guinea to care for Ebola patients is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He fell ill and later tested positive for Ebola. More on New York’s preparedness for such a situation. Plus, UPS will hire 95,000 temporary workers this holiday season, and is experimenting with new ways for customers to pick up packages. The hiring spree aims to avoid last year’s catastrophe when Christmas presents were delivered late due to a lack of staff. And on Friday, presidential elections take place in Botswana in southern Africa. The country is the world’s largest diamond producer, but has managed to avoid the “resources curse” that troubles many such nations. But whomever is elected will have to address the economic disparity that still exists within the country. And lastly, the midterm election is just eleven days away, and we learned this week that when all’s said and done, Democrats, Republicans and outside groups will have spent close to $4 billion campaigning. That’ll make this “the most expensive midterm ever,” according to the Center for Responsive Politics. We speak with Rob Collins, who heads up the Republican Party’s efforts to win a senate majority.

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC