Alabama is certainly looking for revenge after last season’s blowout loss. Fortunately for college football fans, the current betting odds would anticipate a close contest.The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has Clemson as a 2-point favorite over Alabama.From ESPN gambling writer David Purdum, on how far that sportsbook has those two programs ahead of the rest of the FBS:Aaron Kessler, senior oddsmaker at Golden Nugget, told ESPN that he’d have Alabama and Clemson favored by at least seven points against any other team in the nation. Georgia is third in Kessler’s power ratings.“They’re definitely the best two teams out there,” Kessler said of Alabama and Clemson. “It’s just tough trying to figure out how much better they are than the rest of the field.”With Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back to lead their respective teams, it’d be tough to see anyone dethrone either program.Senior oddsmaker Aaron Kessler told ESPN that Alabama and Clemson would see a much bigger spread if they don’t face each other.[ESPN] SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)We’re only three months away from watching college football, and it shouldn’t shock many people that Alabama and Clemson are considered the early favorites to meet in the national championship.Betting odds for games on next season’s schedules are starting to emerge this week. This makes senses considering that a bunch of kickoff times for major programs were released on Thursday.It turns out that a few sportsbooks are also placing an early line on a potential rematch between Alabama and Clemson. Another showdown between these powerhouses would mark the fifth-straight year they’d meet in the College Football Playoff.In the event that the Crimson Tide face the Tigers this upcoming season, the edge is currently with the defending champions.
Prudential Consulting Inc. (PCI), an Ontario-based medical transcription company, is expanding its business in Nova Scotia. The company plans to create up to 70 new jobs over the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the company’s expansion with a payroll rebate set at a maximum $590,400. It is an earned incentive tied to the company achieving hiring targets. “Nova Scotians are looking for flexible and quality job opportunities,” said Economic Development Minister, Angus MacIsaac. “Because of its unique operating model, PCI can draw talent from across the province, so Nova Scotians can live and work in their own communities.” Qualified medical transcriptionists will be able to log in through a remote, secure workstation network, so they can work from home via a high-speed Internet connection. Prudential Consulting Inc. has strict policies to ensure confidentiality. The company’s equipment does not enable any storing of patient data and blocks open Internet access. Prudential Consulting Inc. provides health information management services for hospitals in Nova Scotia and across the country. “I attended university in Nova Scotia, so I’m very excited to be expanding Prudential Consulting’s business operations in this province, my second home,” said CEO Vikram Khurana. “Our home-based medical transcription service provides employment opportunities for people from the comfort of their homes, which is ideal in today’s working environment.” The company’s employees are trained to work with secure and anonymous patient information, transcribing dictation from doctors for an electronic file that becomes part of the patient’s record. Electronic documentation is part of the improvements taking place in the health-care system so accurate patient files can move away from hard-to-access paper files. “The health-care-services sector is growing rapidly,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “And while we recognize that these are turbulent times, PCI’s expansion is proof that Nova Scotia maintains its competitive edge — it’s our people and technology infrastructure.” Headquartered in Toronto, Prudential Consulting Inc. (PCI) is one of Canada’s leading software as a service providers. From locations in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and India, PCI provides dictation, speech recognition, transcription and report distribution services that integrate with most health information systems. PCI also offers outsourced transcription, training and consultation services to its clients. Through its service offerings, PCI helps hospitals, clinics, physicians and healthcare organizations become more productive, thereby improving the quality of patient care. For more details, visit www.prudentialconsulting.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.