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Donald Trump’s Miss USA back on TV: Reelz channel steps in – Jul. 2, 2015

The Miss USA organization is half owned by Donald Trump. Univision and NBC backed out of airing the pageant after Trump’s incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants caused an outcry in June.

The pageant’s organizers then tried to seek out other distributors, like Reelz, which has entertainment shows including “Hollywood Hillbillies” and repeats of “Access Hollywood Live.”

Reelz says it’s available in 67 million of the roughly 100 million cable-connected homes in the United States. It is hard to find on some channel lineups, however.

“The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of the Hubbard family-owned Reelz, said in a statement.

“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere,” he added.



Jetblue adds checked bag fees – Jun. 30, 2015

Starting Tuesday, consumers will have to pay to check their bags on the airline, either by purchasing a ticket that covers the fees, or paying them separately at the airport or online.

JetBlue passengers will have three options when buying tickets: Blue, Blue Plus and Blue Flex. It will cost fliers with a Blue fare $20 to check their first bag when checking-in online or at a kiosk. If they wait to check-in at the airport counter, the fee goes up to $25. A second checked bag flies for $35.

There is an average $15 difference between Blue and Blue Plus tickets and around an $85 difference between Blue Plus and Blue Flex, according to Marty St. George, JetBlue’s executive vice president of commercial and planning.

Baggage fees brought in more than $864 million for the U.S. airline industry in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Department of Transportation. Delta collected the most fees at $198 million in the quarter, while jetBlue hauled in almost $22 million.

The airline company, which claims to have the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline, said its onboard perks, including free snacks, soda and TV will remain in place.



Brazil once had an All-Star economy. Now America is the stud – Jun. 30, 2015

Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, visited President Obama Tuesday at the White House as Brazil’s economy continues to shrink. When Obama visited Rousseff in 2011, Brazil was coming off a stellar year of economic growth and the U.S. was making tepid progress in its recovery from the .

Brazil’s economy slammed the brakes in the past year. It’s main engine of growth — commodities — has slowed to a stop as prices for oil, gas and metals have plummeted since last summer. Unemployment recently hit a four-year high, and inflation is causing people’s bills for things like electricity to rise sharply.

The turbulence is paying out with Brazil’s currency. The Real has lost about 30% of its value in the past year alone. After years of a gaining steam, the Real began a sustained

Obama, meanwhile, is having one of the best weeks of his presidency after major Supreme Court victories. The U.S. economy is also on the upswing — at least compared to where it was.

When Obama went to Brazil in 2011, U.S. unemployment was still 9%. The was pumping money into the economy with its stimulus program to try to finally get the U.S. on the right track after the Great Recession.



Mark Zuckerberg: The future of Facebook is telepathy – Jun. 30, 2015

“You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like,” Zuckerberg said. “This would be the ultimate communication technology.”

In the past decade, the company has expanded the way users communicate on the platform. First there were plain profile pages. Next came comments, and then the Wall, Likes, Groups and News Feed.

With its Oculus aquisition, Facebook gave us a hint of what it wants to do with virtual reality — to make users feel like they’re right next to their friends, seeing and experiencing everything in real time.

Scientists have already discovered ways to create “computer brain interfaces,” or the ability for computers to translate brain waves into software commands, and vise versa.

, for example, has been building a system that allows researchers to send brain signals from one person to another through the Internet. In the past, one participant has been able to successfully move a second participant’s finger on a keyboard, just through thought. Both were wearing special hats equipped with carefully placed electrodes.



Turning ‘food deserts’ into an oasis of healthy – Jun. 29, 2015

Tasty occasional snacks, no doubt. But when millions of Americas rely on convenience stores as their primary grocery, offering more nutritious options becomes a public health imperative.

Several programs around the country are trying to do just that — putting up the cash so convenience store owners can remodel, showcasing healthy food up front and relegating the sodas and Ding Dongs to the back.

“Right when you come in the door we’ve got veggies, fruits, whole grain cereals,” said Clara Olivares, owner of Olivares Food Market near downtown Philadelphia. “We wanted to offer more choices to our customers, and for the community to get healthier.”

In 2012, Olivares signed up for a program run by The Food Trust, a regional advocacy group that gets funding from a variety of public and private sources. The Food Trust provided money and expertise, sprucing up her store with a new refrigerated display case, awning, vegetable kiosk, as well as signs throughout directing customers to the healthy eats.

The Trust provides training on how to handle fresh produce — such as not storing the bananas next to the apples, as apples give off ethylene, which rots the bananas. There’s tricks on how to sell produce, like never letting just a few pieces of fruit linger at the bottom of a big box, as well as training with ordering and book keeping.



A Guide for Business – Protecting Personal Information

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A Guide for BusinessProtecting Personal Information
Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files-names, Social Security numbers, credit card, or other account data- that identifies customers or employees.
This information ofter is necessary to fill orders, meet payroll, or perform other necessary business functions.  However, if sensitive
data falls into the wrong hands, it can loead to fraud, identity teft, or similar harms. Given the cost of a security breach – losing your customer’s trust and perhapseven defending yourself against a lawsuit – safeguarding personl information is just lain good business. 
Some businesses may have the expertise in-house to implement an appropriate plan.  Others may find it helpful to hire a contractor.  Regardless of the size – or nature – of your business, the 5 key principles in these Blogs will go a long way toward helping you keep data secure in your business.
5 Key Principles for Data Security
Principle #1.  Take Stock. Know what personal information you have in your files and on your computers.
Effective data security starts with assessing what information you have and identifying who has access to it.  Understanding how personl information moves into, through, and out of your business and who has – or could have – access to it is essential to assessing security vulnerabilities.  You can determine the best ways to secure the information only fter you’ve traced how it flows.
  • Inventory all computers, laptops, flash drives, disks, home computers, and other equipment to find out where your comapny stores sensitive data.  Also inventory the information you have by type and location.  Your file cabinets and computer systems are a start, but remember:  your business receives personal information in a number of ways – through websites, from contractors, from call centers, and the like. What about information saved on laptops, employees’ home comuters, flash drives, and cell telephones?  No inventory is complete until you check everywhere sensitive data might be stored.
  • Track personal information through your business by talking with your sales department, information technology staff,human resources office, accounting personnel, and outside service providers.  Get a complete picture of:
1.  Who sends sensitive personal information to your business. Do youget it from customers?  Credit card companies? Banks or other financial institutions?  Credit bureaus? Other businesses?
2.  How your business receives personal information.  Does it come to your business through a website?  By email?  Through the mail? Is it transmitted through cash registers in stores?
3.  What kind of information you collect at each entry point.  Do you get credit card information online?  Does your accounting department keep information about customers’ checking accounts?
4.  Where you keep the information you collect at each entrypoint.  It it in a central computer database?  On individual laptops?  On disks or tapes?  In file cabinets?  In branch offices? Do eployees have files at home?
5.  Who has – or could have – access to the information.  Which of your employees has permission to access the information?  Could anyone else get a hold of it?  What about vendors who supply and update software you use to process credit card transactions? The contractors operating your call center?
  • Different types of information present varying risks.  Pay particular attention to how you keep personally identifying information:  Social Security numbers, credit card or financial information, and other sensitive data.  That’s what thieves use most often to commit fraud or identity theft.
Your Company Security Check
QUESTION:  Are there laws that require my company to keep sensitive data secure?
ANSWERYES.  While you’re taking stock of the data in your files, take stock of the law, too.  Statutes like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act may requie you to provide reasonable security for sensitive information. Visit