SL Chamber gets
The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce named Ray Pickup as the 104th chairman of its board of governors. Pickup, who previously served as vice chairman, is president and CEO of the Workers Compensation Fund. He will serve a one-year term. The vice chairmanship will be filled by Questar CEO Ron Jibson.
Bank to celebrate
Bank of Utah plans to mark the opening of its new South Ogden branch by hosting an open house ceremony and charity yard sale. The new branch is at 4605 Harrison Blvd. The bank said its open house will start at 11 a.m. on Friday. A charity yard sale will follow from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14 in the branch's east parking lot.
Utah's iLights is
Grow Utah Ventures announced iLights was the grand prize winner of its consumer products "Concept to Company" contest. Developed by Josh Wiscombe and Bret Millar, iLights is a string of light bulbs controlled by using a smartphone app. Grow Utah Ventures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the creation of entrepreneurial businesses.
Canada's unemployment rate inched down to 7.2 percent in June as employers added 7,300 jobs, Statistics Canada reported. The agency said the jobless rate fell from 7.3 percent in the previous month as full-time jobs increased by 29,300 and part-time employment fell by 22,000 positions.
China shrugs at
The Chinese government issued a mild response to a U.S. complaint challenging its imposition of steep tariffs on some U.S.-made vehicles. The U.S. told the World Trade Organization that the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs totaled as much as 22 percent on some models. Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said U.S.-China trade is beneficial to both countries but it is hard to avoid some friction. He said China will handle the dispute at the WTO.
Ban of Samsung
Galaxy Tab stays
Samsung Electronics Co. lost a bid for an emergency stay of an order that it stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer while a patent- infringement suit filed by Apple Inc. is pending. The U.S. Court of Appeals denied the request, but ordered Apple to respond to Samsung's appeal by Thursday. A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., ordered the ban last month.
Dynegy Inc. said it filed for bankruptcy protection after years of wrestling with falling electricity prices. The Houston company, which sells electricity on the open market, said the filing won't affect its coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. They are owned by separate subsidiaries that aren't part of the bankruptcy.