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    Add value to your degree, and prepare to enter the workforce.

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    Business News | The Kansas City Star

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    Kansas City s Harley-Davidson plant makes newest model to hit the market

    Assembly of the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide motorcycle began this summer at the company’s assembly plant east of Kansas City International Airport.

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    Kale smoothies, avocado toast among the offerings at this new Troost restaurant

    New Overland Park restaurant serves Indian barbecue kebabs (and sides)

    Updates: Veterans Day free meals, deals discounts in the Kansas City area

    It s like darts, but with axes: Ax throwing club hits West Bottoms

    Thrillist picks Plaza area steakhouse as one of the 31 best in the nation

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    KCTV and KSMO replace general manager with former business manager

    Meredith Corp., which owns the two stations, did not say why its own vice president of finance has succeeded Kansas City general manager Mike Cukyne.

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    Kansas City area medical practice falls into bankruptcy

    Kansas City Internal Medicine filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. Some of its doctors are joining the HCA Midwest Physicians network.

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    Government & Politics

    How about another election? KC council plans to ask for key vote in April

    The City Council set in motion plans for an April election to extend the one-cent sales tax for capital improvements. The city collects about $70 million a year from the tax, first approved by voters in 2007 and which is up for renewal next year.

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    Updates: Veterans Day free meals, deals discounts in the Kansas City area

    Discounts for veterans and active duty military run through Nov. 13. They include free or discounted meals, free haircuts and discounts on merchandise.

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    Poll showed new KCI had big lead but supporters kept it under wraps

    As Election Day loomed, “cautiously optimistic” was the mantra chanted by advocates for a transformed Kansas City International Airport. They expected a win, but said it would be close.

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    With KCI votes counted, when will we see the wrecking ball?

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    A look at Trump’s business associates across Asia

    A look at some of President Donald Trump’s business partners and contacts in Asia.

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    President Donald Trump is bashing the “haters and fools” he says are questioning his efforts to improve relations with Russia.

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    Baltimore is losing out on collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in parking fines because city officials have not implemented a new law for more than two months.

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    The Straits Times

    Ezion details refinancing proposals for bond holders

    Liftboats are used to maintain and repair production platforms in shallow-water oil fields. Currently, seven of Ezion’s 14 liftboats are deployed. PHOTO: EZION HOLDINGS

    Liftboat operator offers options, from six to 10 years, before investors can get back $575m

    Ezion Holdings wants holders of its bonds and perpetuals to stick it out for another six to 10 years before they get their $575 million paid back in full.

    The cash-poor liftboat operator said it is in talks with lenders to bring down its debt, and has been promised a fresh line of up to US$100 million (S$136 million) from six banks to help fund the modification and deployment of vessels over the next 12 months. But the lenders – DBS Bank, United Overseas Bank, OCBC Bank, Maybank, CIMB, RHB and Caterpillar Finance – need to see bond holders bite the bullet too before talks can proceed.

    Also waiting in the wings is a strategic investor – an industry-based conglomerate – that is keen to work with Ezion, but wants to see the refinancing completed first.

    Ezion has a fleet of 14 liftboats, 20 rigs and 45 small vessels. At present, seven liftboats and nine rigs are deployed, but the contractors for six rigs are not paying.

    According to an illustration of cash flows presented by financial adviser RSM, Ezion could make a net cash flow of US$933 million over the next six years, based on current charter rates.

    Ezion chief executive Chew Thiam Keng told The Straits Times: “Our liftboats are all new. The oldest is about seven years old, and the average age is two years. God willing, we should have all deployed by the middle of next year.”

    Some people depend on interest income and have counted on that. To go to 0.25 per cent could be hardship and there may not be liquidity to sell their bonds. With Option B, they could partially liquefy their holdings and get their principal back in six years rather than seven.

    MR ALEXANDER ZEEH, chief executive of SEA Asset Management, who believes the option to swap debt for equity could make more sense for investors.

    RSM assumed an 80 to 85 per cent liftboat utilisation rate in its illustration. Liftboats are used to maintain and repair production platforms in shallow-water oil fields. Work is expected to pick up from next year since oil majors have cut capital expenditure, Mr Chew said.

    As for the small vessels division, Ezion has warned of a substantial impairment. Rigs, tugs and barges will have to be scrapped or stacked.

    “We were hoping the rates would recover this year but they did not. It’s problematic,” said Mr Chew.

    Series 003 to Series 007 bond holders have two options. Option A is to defer their principal for seven years, and collect a small 0.25 per cent coupon per annum and 5 per cent redemption premium at the end of seven years. Option B shortens the wait to six years, and instead of a redemption premium, bond holders can swap their holdings for equity. If a bond holder opts to convert his entire principal into shares, he would take a 36 per cent haircut based on an initial conversion price of 30.8 cents. Ezion shares last traded at 19.7 cents.

    For Series 008 perpetuities holders, Option C is similar to Option A except they have to wait 10 years instead of seven. Or they can choose Option D, where they continue to hold a perp but can also swap their holdings for equity.

    Shareholders face dilution of up to 47.5 per cent from this proposal. Ezion’s DBS-backed bonds are not part of the restructuring.

    Mr Alexander Zeeh, chief executive of SEA Asset Management, which holds some of the 2018 bonds in the S.E.A. Asian High Yield Bond Fund, said: “The terms for the perp holders seem to be too generous compared with the senior debt holders’. Perp holders get the option to be repaid in 10 years, that’s shorter than a perpetuity.”

    He believes the option to swap debt for equity could make more sense for investors: “Some people depend on interest income and have counted on that. To go to 0.25 per cent could be hardship and there may not be liquidity to sell their bonds. With Option B, they could partially liquefy their holdings and get their principal back in six years rather than seven.”

    He added: “I think there’s a good chance they (Ezion) survive. We do expect repayment.”

    Ezion will use the next week to fine-tune the refinancing terms. It plans to launch a consent solicitation exercise by the middle of this month, where it needs a 75 per cent majority from bond holders. Shareholder approval will be sought at a later date. Mr Chew estimates that 70 per cent of bonds were sold to private banking clients.



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    Naming a business

    A trademark is a sign, mark, or indicator used by an individual, business, or organization to identify a product or service as its own and to distinguish the product or service from those of its competitors. A business name generally can be protected as a trademark under federal and state trademark law.

    Trademark law is designed to avoid consumer confusion over the trademarks that businesses or other organizations use in connection with their goods and services. Stated briefly, trademark law makes it unlawful for a business to use a trademark (e.g., a slogan, a logo, a name) in connection with a good or service if that use is confusingly similar to another business’s use of a trademark. To see how this works, imagine a consumer – Sally. If Sally buys a Dell computer, she can be pretty sure that the computer was made by Dell Computer and nobody else. She can take Dell’s reputation into account without worrying that a knockoff company is making shoddy computers with the Dell logo on them because trademark law prohibits that kind of confusing commercial activity and it gives Dell the right to sue for money damages and an injunction if someone does it.

    As a general rule, if someone in a similar field to yours is already using a particular business or organization name, you should not use it, nor should you use a name that would be confusingly similar. Traditionally, there was nothing to prevent someone from using a trademarked name in a completely unrelated field or industry (for instance, Delta Faucet and Delta Airlines) because there was no possibility that consumers would confuse one for the other. However, the emergence of something called anti-dilution law means that the owner of a famous trademark (it means pretty much what is sounds like) can prevent you from using it even in an unrelated industry. Therefore, it probably would not be a good idea to call a blog Kodak News or McDonald’sBlog, unless your website is actually about Kodak or McDonald’s (in which case you should read Using the Trademarks of Others section closely). Traditionally, the law also permitted multiple companies to use a given name in different geographical areas of the country, but the global nature of the Internet breaks down the importance of geographical isolation and makes it more likely that an Internet use of a name or trademark could be confusing regardless of where the brick-and-mortar businesses or organizations are physically located. Thus, you probably want to steer clear of a name that is the same or similar to a name used by someone else in your field, even if that person or organization is located far away from you.

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  • Search for others using your chosen name or similar ones. You should search the Internet and federal and state trademark databases, at the very least. You should not use the name if someone in your field or a similar one is using it. You may be able to use the name if someone in an unrelated field is using it, but you should try not to use similar logos, styles, or colors. For details, please see the Naming Your Business: Searching for Trademarks of Others section.

  • Consider registering your chosen business name as a trademark. Registering a state and/or federal trademark has advantages. It is relatively cheap and easy to register a state trademark. Federal registration is more costly, but it is worth considering because of its nationwide effect. For details, please see the Securing Trademark Rights: Ownership and Federal Registration section.