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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hackers are targeting schools, U.S. Department of Education warns

When Superintendent Steve Bradshaw first received a threatening text message in mid-September, he didn't know it was coming from a hacker trying to exploit his Montana school district.

But soon, students and other schools around Flathead County were receiving threatening messages, too. More than 30 schools in the district shutdown for three days.

Longtime AmEx CEO Kenneth Chenault is stepping down

Kenneth Chenault, the longtime CEO and Chairman of American Express (AXP), is stepping down after 37 years at the company.

The retirement of Chenault, who has been CEO since 2001, will leave just one black executive at the helm of a Dow 30 company, according to the Executive Leadership Council, an organization that works to boost diversity in corporate America. That leader is Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck.

SeaWorld is laying off 350 workers as attendance wanes

SeaWorld has had a rough few years.

The company, which has been cutting costs, announced Wednesday that it's laying off 350 employees in the face of low park attendance.

In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans

A group linked to the Russian troll farm behind thousands of fake Facebook ads paid personal trainers in New York, Florida, and other parts of the United States to run self-defense classes for African Americans in an apparent attempt to stoke fear and gather contact details of Americans potentially susceptible to their propaganda.

More than 40 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault

It started with Ashley Judd.

The New York Times story that unearthed the first of what would become more than 40 accusations of sexual harassment, and in some cases assault, against movie titan Harvey Weinstein started with an account from Judd. The actress told the story of an encounter that happened more than two decades ago, when she was in the midst of filming 1997's "Kiss the Girls."

This Mid Atlantic City is Tops for Women-Owned Businesses in the US

Baltimore was just named the top city for women-owned businesses in the U.S., according to a recent report from Citrix ShareFile (NASDAQ: CTXS).

Merkel Moves Left to Disarm the Right

Angela Merkel's response to the rise of the far-right AfD is to shift her party further to the left and position herself as the social conscience of the new coalition. But within her party, many have doubts about the strategy.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Scores ‘Hat-Trick’ of Awards from EMEA Finance

Winning Accolades in Foreign Exchange and Treasury Services

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


WASHINGTON – This morning, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan joined WCLO’s Andrea Morrow to discuss ongoing efforts in Congress to reform the tax code:

Working with the Administration to Support Kentucky Coal Jobs, Families

October 172017

Under President Obama, the EPA didn’t want to come anywhere near Kentucky coal country. Now, the people of Kentucky finally have a friend at the head of the EPA. I was proud when Administrator Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to lead the agency, accepted my invitation to come back to his native Kentucky in his professional capacity. In Hazard – the heart of coal country – I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Pruitt to listen to the concerns of miners and their families. 

Together, we are supporting those hurt by the War on Coal.

The EPA recently announced a full repeal of the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) for existing coal-fired power plants. The CPP was an anti-worker regulation that sought to close coal plants and threaten Kentucky jobs. It represented a shocking overreach from the EPA and would have been devastating to coal miners, their families, and communities throughout Kentucky who benefit from coal’s reliability and affordability.

For years, I led the fight against the CPP and other Obama regulations, encouraging our nation’s governors to reject the administration’s power grab. I also sponsored legislation to block the rules. But President Obama and his team disregarded the concerns of Kentuckians. His EPA refused my invitations to come to Kentucky and listen to those affected by their actions. Instead, Obama used his veto pen to protect his left-wing friends at the expense of hardworking Kentuckians. 

Today, Kentucky has friends in the White House and at the EPA, and I applaud their decision to listen to Kentucky workers and repeal the CPP.

This latest action builds upon significant progress from Congress and the Trump Administration to remove regulatory burdens on coal communities. At the beginning of this year, I sent a letter to then President-Elect Trump about what his administration and Congress could do to help Kentucky’s coal communities. And I am pleased that we have collaborated to accomplish many of those goals. 

First, Congress passed a measure I introduced to repeal the “Stream Buffer Rule,” which the Obama Administration forced onto states on its way out the door. The rule was a blatant power grab which tried to make coal too expensive to mine or use, and it put up to one-third of coal related jobs at risk. I proudly stood with President Trump as he signed our legislation to stop this harmful rule.

Next, President Trump signed a critical executive order aimed at stopping the “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which threatened coal jobs and Kentucky agriculture. This rule tried to extend the reach of the federal bureaucracy into every pothole, ditch and puddle in America. By sending the bureaucracies back to the drawing board, President Trump protected Kentucky’s coal workers and farm families.

Undoing the damage from the previous Administration requires more than rolling back harmful regulations, which is why I will continue to help hard-hit coal communities rebound from the economic blow felt under eight years of the Obama Administration.

I helped secure millions of dollars in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to support workforce training services for laid-off coal miners.

Joining Congressman Hal Rogers, I sponsored two bills to support Eastern Kentucky communities. We introduced the RECLAIM Act, which would build upon a successful pilot program we helped create by releasing $1 billion over five years to help redevelop abandoned mine lands to spur economic growth. 

We also sponsored legislation to reform the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Although I firmly believe in its mission, ARC can do more to help our Commonwealth. That’s why we introduced legislation to shift more of ARC’s funding to the most distressed communities in Appalachia and to require ARC to relocate its headquarters out of Washington and into the region it serves.

I also was proud to lead the effort to secure a permanent extension of the health benefits for thousands of coal miner retirees and their families. If Congress had not acted, more than 3,000 Kentucky miner retirees – and tens of thousands more around the country – would have lost their health benefits. Now, they have the peace of mind in knowing their health benefits are safe. 

I look forward to continuing to mend the damage caused by the Obama administration’s War on Coal. I proudly stand with Administrator Pruitt, President Trump, and the rest of the administration in listening to and supporting coal communities and Kentucky workers.
Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican, is Kentucky’s senior Senator and the Senate Majority Leader. He is the sponsor of the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Reform Act

'Theresa May Engages in Doublespeak on Brexit'

On the issue of Brexit, the Labour Party finds itself in an advantageous position as Prime Minister Theresa May's government struggles to find unity. In an interview, Keir Starmer, Brexit minister in the shadow cabinet, speaks of the possibility that Brexit talks might fail as well as his pity for the prime minister.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces CashPro® Assistant

Digital Tools Take Advantage of APIs to Deliver Configurable Analytics and Enhance Service

Truck Drivers Most In-Demand Among Small Business Jobs Not Requiring a College Degree

Not every small business is looking to fill its IT department with some new recruits.
In fact, there are thousands of small businesses right now looking for employees who don’t possess a college degree.

UnitedHealth Group Third Quarter Highlights

Senator Hatch and Attorney General Sessions on Religious Liberty

#news #politics #senate

Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Weighed Down by Predecessor

Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda insisted recently that she has had no recent interaction with her predecessor Luis Ocampo, who finds himself mired in scandal. But documents seen by DER SPIEGEL indicate that she may not have been telling the truth.

UnitedHealth Group Third Quarter Highlights


IRS won't return seized money from veteran business owner

This is not the first time that small business owners were caught up in rules that were intended to crack down on drug traffickers and terrorists. - JBK

Amgen And Boston Children's Hospital Enter A Collaboration To Find New Genes And Drug Targets For Severe Pain Syndromes

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Boston Children's Hospital today announced that they have entered into a neuroscience research collaboration aimed at identifying novel pain targets based on human genetic analyses. The one-year collaboration will focus on patients with genetic anomalies of pain sensitivity. Amgen will leverage its industry-leading expertise in genetic target identification and validation and will have access to Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Pain Medicine to identify patients with abnormal pain conditions. Amgen and Boston Children's Hospital will collaborate to validate the genetic findings as potential pain targets.

The Power of Testimonial Videos for Amazon Product Pages

If you’re not including testimonial videos on your ecommerce product pages, especially on Amazon, you could be missing out on a lot of sales.
Small Business Trends caught up with Frank Morelli of at the recent Influencer Marketing Days conference in New York City’s Times Square. Morelli is an Account Executive with, an influencer marketing platform that helps ecommerce businesses integrate video content from influencers right on their shopping and product pages. The company also has a special relationship with Amazon that could help small businesses selling on the huge ecommerce site.

Lilly Declares Fourth-Quarter 2017 Dividend

Trump Executive Order on Health Insurance Aimed Directly at Small Business

Obamacare still hasn’t been repealed. And the chances it happens before the end of the year seem unlikely.

Latino Owned Small Businesses See Revenues Up 26 Percent But Credit Scores Falling

Latino owned businesses are rising on the tide of the improved national economy with improved revenues. However, they need to leverage business credit better to keep their credit scores from dipping.

How to Comply with the Not-Yet-Repealed ACA Healthcare Law

The latest attempt to repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has failed. On July 28, 2017, the “Skinny Repeal,” which promised to eliminate the individual and small business mandates of Obamacare, was unsuccessful.
However, the new administration has vowed to continue working on the issue of healthcare. Whether new legislation will be introduced before the end of 2017, or what the fate of any such legislation would be, is hard to judge.

Australia takes on revenge porn

Here's an idea: Don't allow anyone to take pictures of you that you wouldn't want your mother to see. - JBK


The Australian government wants to help victims of revenge porn.

A new online reporting portal from the country's eSafety Commissioner's office aims to assist people who have suffered from the spread of intimate, nude or sexual images distributed without consent.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Accepts Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Application for Opdivo (nivolumab) in Patients with Resected High-Risk Advanced Melanoma and Grants Priority Review

Opdivo also previously received FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation, the seventh time Opdivo has received the designation
Application based on results from Phase 3 CheckMate -238 study

California will make one year free at community colleges

California just became the latest state to reduce the cost of a public college education.

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that will make one year free for students at the state's 114 community colleges, so long as they are residents and new students who are enrolled full-time.

Rapidly Progressing Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Shown to Benefit in New CYRAMZA® (ramucirumab) Phase 3 Subgroup Analysis

Data presented at 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer

How Hyperloop One will transform the US economy

#news #business #transportation

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BofA Merrill Helps Clients Reduce Costs With Multicurrency Netting

New Solution Gives Companies Greater Visibility and Control Over Their Inter-Company and Vendor Payments

Pfizer Presents Full Results from Phase 2 Study of Next-Generation Investigational ALK-Inhibitor Lorlatinib in ALK-Positive and ROS1-Positive Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced full results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of the investigational, next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor lorlatinib that exhibited clinically meaningful activity against lung tumors and brain metastases in a range of patients with ALK-positive and ROS1-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including those who were heavily pretreated. Further, side effects were generally manageable and primarily mild to moderate in severity. The results [Abstract #OA 05.06] were presented by Professor Benjamin Solomon, lead investigator and medical oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia, today during an oral session at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan. Pfizer will also present data from several other lung cancer clinical programs.

Small Farmers Won’t Be Hurt by NAFTA Withdrawal, Commerce Secretary Assures

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross dismissed concerns that withdrawing from NAFTA, the trade treaty between Mexico and Canada that President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened, would cripple American agriculture businesses.

Opdivo Alone or Combined with Yervoy Shows Encouraging Response and Survival Rates in Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients with High Tumor Mutation Burden, in Exploratory Analysis from Phase 1/2 Study CheckMate -032

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced data evaluating Opdivo (nivolumab) and Opdivo plus Yervoy (ipilimumab) in previously treated small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients whose tumors were evaluable for tumor mutation burden (TMB), from the Phase 1/2 CheckMate -032 trial. The primary objective of this trial was objective response rate (ORR) as assessed by a blinded independent central review (BICR), for which results were previously presented; in the pooled intent-to-treat (ITT) population (n=401), the ORR was 11% with Opdivo alone and 22% with the combination. Among the ITT population, 211 (53%) patients had an evaluable TMB result for these analyses and were divided into subgroups of high, medium and low levels of TMB.

Drone hits passenger plane in Canada

A drone crashed into a commercial airplane in Canada, the first time such an incident has occurred in the country, the government said Sunday.

A plane operated by charter airline Skyjet was approaching Quebec City's Jean Lesage International Airport on Thursday when a drone struck one of its wings, according to local media reports. There were six passengers and two crew members aboard the plane.

In-store Retail Continues Slump In Fall But With Some Positive Signs

Retail sales at brick and mortar stores continue to slump moving  into fall. That’s just one of the insights from in-store analytics firm RetailNext’s year over year numbers in the Retail Performance Pulse report for September.
But not all was doom and gloom in the reports as some regions showed more positive numbers than in August.

USPS Rate Hike Could Cost Businesses Nickel More on Priority Flat Rate, 50 Cents a Letter

The price to send a letter may be going up a penny early next year — making it a full 50 cents for a stamp.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hatch Sets Record Straight on Flawed Opioid Report

#News #Politics #Senate #Congress

#OrrinHatch #SenatorHatch

Truth about Blue Slips

Attend This Facebook Live Event to Give Your Local Marketing a Boost

What’s the one big secret to local marketing success?
To answer that question, you’ll need some input from an expert. And you can get just that with an upcoming Facebook Live event, “One BIG Secret to Local Marketing – with Rev Ciancio of Yext.”

Stossel: 100 years of Communist Disaster

#news #politics

Rand Paul 'all in' for tax cuts

#News #Politics

Dimes to Dollars: 10 Energy Saving Tips That Add Up

Did you know you could save small amounts that together add up to big benefits for your business?  Conserving energy, making smart use of technology, recycling, seeking out energy tax breaks, and other moves can improve your business, help make employees more committed and result in savings.
Here are 10 ways to do that:

Facebook Introduces Oculus for Business Bringing VR to Your Office

Oculus for Business is one way Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is looking to bring Virtual Reality (VR) to the masses. The $900 professional Rift bundle is priced to make many small businesses consider the technology. Although not cheap, it is not prohibitively expensive. The question is, how can small businesses justify this expenditure, and what can they do with it?

Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

#News #Politics

FBI to release new tarmac meeting documents

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Noah Webster | The Founders, Religion and Government

"In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."
~ Noah Webster, Preface to his first Dictionary (April 14, 1828)

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster of Connecticut. Webster did not sign any important founding documents. He did not lead armies during the Revolution. But his words did stir Americans and gave us a common language. In creating American spelling and American textbooks, he helped to create America.

Webster was born on October 16, 1758 in West Hartford, Connecticut to Noah Webster Sr. and his wife Mercy Steele Webster. The Websters were an old New England family. His mother could trace her lineage back to William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony. His father was a farmer, respected member of the community, and deacon of the local Congregationalist Church.

Webster started Yale College at age 16. At the same time he began college, the colonies and Britain began a war. The fighting and shortages disrupted the college and forced it to hold classes in other locations beside the school. During this time, Webster served in the Connecticut militia, but still managed to graduate in 1778. Like John Adams, Webster became a school teacher after graduating and then began studying law. Webster was admitted to the bar three years later, but unlike Adams, did not care for the life of a lawyer. He returned to teaching and even set up several schools. Unfortunately, they did not succeed.

Webster disliked that American schools were using British textbooks. A product of the Revolution, he felt American children should have American books. Instead of the British aristocratic study of Latin and Greek, American education should be based upon "the same republican principles as American civil and ecclesiastical constitutions." For these things he is called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education.”

So Webster turned his attention to writing. During the debates on ratification of the Constitution, Webster came out in support of the Federalists. He lent his pen to the cause with a pamphlet titled "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution Proposed by the Late Convention Held at Philadelphia." It was not published under his name, but under the pseudonym "A Citizen of America." A few years later he moved to New York to found and work as editor of the city's first daily paper, American Minerva, a Federalist paper that was later renamed the Commercial Advertiser. He also edited a biweekly paper, the The Herald, A Gazette for the country (later known as The New York Spectator). During his short tenure with the paper, he produced a great number of editorials, enough to fill twenty volumes. He wrote articles on disease and political essays. He produced a speller, a reader, and the first American dictionary. He was one of the most prolific writers of the founding era.

In 1789, Webster married Rebecca Greenleaf. It was a good marriage in many ways. Her family was a member of the pinnacle of Connecticut society, but it also appears to have been a happy union. The couple had eight children, six girls and two boys. It appears that six survived childhood. As he approached his middle years, Webster abandoned his revolutionary ways and became a devout Congregationalist. He turned his attention to the need to spread Christianity in the nation. In 1791 he also took up the cause of abolition and founded the Connecticut Society for the Abolition of Slavery. However, he did not approve of the movement's later attitude that those who tolerated slavery and were not actively apposing it were sinners. He warned his daughter, "slavery is a great sin and a general calamity – but it is not our sin, though it may prove to be a terrible calamity to us in the north. But we cannot legally interfere with the South on this subject." He later moved to Amherst, Massachusetts where he co-founded Amherst College before he returned to Connecticut. He died on May 28, 1843 and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven.

Webster was an American patriot and scholar, teacher, lawyer, founder and editor of New York's first daily newspaper, political commentator, author of the first dictionary of American English usage (1806) and the author of the 1828 edition of the dictionary that bears his name. He had seen Americans speak many languages and this led to misunderstandings. He hoped his dictionary would create an American tongue to make it easier for people to work together. For these reasons, we add him to the list of Founders.

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1 Timothy 2:2 | The Founders, Religion and Government

Our leaders, good and bad, bear a great burden. Those who seek to serve the people need strength. Those who do not need a change of heart. Will you pray for them all?

Freedom of Speech Week | Harry S Truman National Historic Site

The third full week in October is Freedom of Speech Week. In his 1950 Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States President Truman stated, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Disastrous harvest means wine prices could be going up

Here's some bad news: The world is facing a shortage of wine.

Spain, Italy and France -- which together produce over half the world's wine -- are bracing for their worst harvests in decades after extreme weather damaged grapes.

Small Business Optimism Drops, But Not For Long, Says NFIB

The optimism coursing through many small businesses earlier this year is not as easy to detect right now.

Dreamforce 17 Will Feature Keynotes on Growth, Small Business Breakouts, Big Names

We’re less than a month out from Dreamforce 2017 and if you’re attending the marquee Salesforce event, prepare for an event featuring big names, keynotes on business growth and break out events focused specifically on small business.
Headlining the keynote roster are former First Lady Michelle Obama, actor and noted investor Ashton Kutcher, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo and former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush.

Catalyst Health Network and UnitedHealthcare’s Accountable Care Organization Fostering High-Quality Care at Lower Cost

DALLAS (Oct. 12, 2017) — 
More people in the Dallas metroplex are accessing high-quality care at lower cost through Catalyst Health Network (Catalyst) and UnitedHealthcare’s accountable care organization (ACO).

The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign

When he first announced his candidacy, ex-European Parliament President Martin Schulz rocketed upward in the opinion polls. But his slide was just as dramatic. DER SPIEGEL was with him throughout and provides a unique look from the inside of his doomed effort to unseat Angela Merkel.

Amgen Foundation Awards Khan Academy $3 Million To Support Development Of Free Comprehensive Biology Lessons

More Than One Million Students Access Biology Content Each Month

Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes

Honeywell Announces Planned Portfolio Changes: Plans to separately spin off Homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, as well as its Transportation Systems business, into two stand-alone, publicly-traded companies.

Meet Honeywell's Primus Epic 2.0 - Innovative Avionics For The World's First Super Versatile Jet

Meet Honeywell's Primus Epic 2.0 - Innovative Avionics For The World's First Super Versatile Jet: The integrated avionics system has been certified by the FAA and will transform jets with the ultimate in navigation and communication performance.

Honeywell Engines Reach More Than 225 Million Flight Hours

Honeywell Engines Reach More Than 225 Million Flight Hours: Honeywell’s strong legacy in engine technology continues to evolve with its HTF7000, TFE731 and TPE331 engines.

Honeywell Gives Pilots New Cockpit Technology Upgrades With Primus Elite

Honeywell Gives Pilots New Cockpit Technology Upgrades With Primus Elite: Primus Elite® cockpit offer includes new Federal Aviation Administration certifications for Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Fairchild-Dornier aircraft.

Over 100 Business Jets Now Flying With Honeywell-Inmarsat High-Speed Wi-Fi

Over 100 Business Jets Now Flying With Honeywell-Inmarsat High-Speed Wi-Fi: JetWave™ system, the high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi service for the business aviation industry, is now installed in over 100 business jets.

Honeywell Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Data Control And Consulting Service To Boost Connected Aircraft Offerings

Honeywell Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Data Control And Consulting Service To Boost Connected Aircraft Offerings: Operators and ground crew gain better visibility into data use through real-time updates, sophisticated data traffic management tools, consultation services, additional billing options.

Honeywell Brings Touchscreen Technology To Business Jet Cockpits

Honeywell Brings Touchscreen Technology To Business Jet Cockpits: Through its Primus Epic portfolio of cockpit solutions, Honeywell is now bringing advanced touchscreen technology to business jet cockpits.

Honeywell's Business Jet Aviation Forecast Projects 8,300 Deliveries Valued At $249 Billion Through 2027

Honeywell's Business Jet Aviation Forecast Projects 8,300 Deliveries Valued At $249 Billion Through 2027: The business jet aviation industry is likely facing a modest pace for near-term orders due to an uncertain economic and political environment and a very competitive used aircraft market.

FDA Grants Priority Review for Potential New Indication for Lilly's Verzenio™ (abemaciclib) as Initial Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer

U.S. FDA Approves LYRICA® CR (pregabalin) Extended-Release Tablets CV

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved LYRICA® CR (pregabalin) extended-release tablets CV as once-daily therapy for the management of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (pDPN) and the management of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). LYRICA CR did not receive approval for the management of fibromyalgia.

10 Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Chargebacks from Online Sales

Businesses that operate online are increasingly being targeted by fraudsters. In 2014, it was estimated US businesses suffered from $8 billion worth of losses to online swindlers. Chargeback fraud is a growing concern for businesses, increasing by 41 percent year-on-year.
The term chargebacks refer to the return of funds to a customer, which has been initiated by the issuing bank under the instruction of the customer. This differs to fraudulent chargebacks, also known as friendly fraud, which involves a customer paying for goods or services via their credit card and then requesting a chargeback from the issuing bank, despite having received the goods or services.

'We Need to Develop Political Heroism'

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, French President Emmanuel Macron talks about his first months in office, elaborates on his plans for Europe and discusses his developing relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Zappos offers to help cover funeral costs of every Las Vegas victim

Zappos wants to help cover funeral costs for families who lost loved ones in the October 1 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

6 Reasons Small Businesses May Need to Change Banks

Do you know how some people are quick to purchase those novel kitchen gadgets in a TV infomercial? Well, there were a handful of years when I got excited about new banking options and opened a bunch of savings accounts with different banks.
Just like people found uses for those “As Seen on TV” gadgets, I found ways to justify my new accounts. Can you say “money nerd?” Fast forward to the here and now. While I’ll no longer open a ebank account on an infomercial whim, I still keep an eye out for better options.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Half of All Small Businesses Use WiFi Technology Almost a Decade Old

Small businesses are using older WiFi that doesn’t fit their needs on several fronts. A new Linksys sponsored survey says half of the small businesses polled are using WiFi technology that’s over eight years old. Beyond not being able to keep up with mobile expansion, business owners are concerned over the lags in security and speed.

Small Business Favorite GetResponse Announces $30M Investment in U.S.

A direct marketing platform already very popular among U.S. small businesses is expanding its business domestically with a huge new investment. GetResponse, the European-based online marketing platform, is increasing its U.S. operations with a big investment and a new Boston office to better serve American small businesses.

UnitedHealthcare Awards $120,000 in Grants to Five Community Organizations in Michigan

DETROIT, Mi. (Oct. 11, 2017) — 
UnitedHealthcare awarded five grants totaling $120,000 to five community organizations aimed at increasing regular physical activity among Michigan children and families.

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Customers are the backbone of your business. Customers are more important than consultants, trainers, senior managers, and executives. Without paying customers, a business goes bankrupt.
Therefore, reaching as many people in your market as possible is paramount. However, building goodwill in people extends beyond the “here we are now — buy our stuff.” Nobody buys from businesses just because they exist.

Spotlight: The Lost Cajun Brings Unique Food, Atmosphere to a New Location

Cajun restaurants might be all the rage in Louisiana. But they’re not nearly as common in the mountains of Colorado. So when the founders of The Lost Cajun moved across the country from their home in Louisiana, they realized there was an opportunity to bring their favorite foods to a new market.
Read more about this business and its growth in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

Apply These 15 Big Brand Secrets to Improve Your Company Culture (Infographic)

Most big companies started out small. Google started in a garage while the idea for Facebook was born at a university campus. It goes without saying, small businesses can learn a lot from these big players and their success strategies.
The question is what do these big companies do differently to stay ahead? The answer: they have excelled at creating a strong company culture.

13 Ways to Create a High-Performing TV Ad

The goal of every entrepreneur is to have a TV advertisement spot that makes an impact. It should resonate with views and compel them to your cause. According to a report by The Rueben Rink Co., there is much to consider when developing an ad spot and key factors such as budget and audience need to be taken into account. That’s why we asked 13 members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following:
What’s the key to a high-performing TV advertisement spot?

These 6 Things Will Improve Your Retail Customer Experience

If you’re looking for repeat business as a retail company, one of the areas you absolutely need to focus on is customer experience. How a customer feels — not only when she is in your store, but also when she interacts with your brand online or after the sale— will determine whether or not she will buy from you in the future. It’s worth your attention to ensure that her experience is a positive one that is memorable.

UnitedHealthcare and Optum Take Action to Support People Affected by Wildfires in Northern California

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) — 
UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking action to help people affected by the wildfires in Northern California.
Support includes assisting health plan participants who may need to make alternate arrangements to access care and early prescription refills, as well as offering a free emotional-support line to help people who might be affected.

Gulfstream to Add Customer Support at U.S. Business Aviation Hubs

Gulfstream to Add Customer Support at U.S. Business Aviation Hubs: SAVANNAH, Georgia — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced it will increase services to customers with the construction of a new maintenance facility at Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles and the establishment of a Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) unit in the Boston area.

Gulfstream G650ER Affirms Performance Prowess With World-Record Run

Gulfstream G650ER Affirms Performance Prowess With World-Record Run: SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 9, 2017 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced its flagship G650ER has again proven its performance capabilities with a worldwide record streak heading into the 2017 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.

Gulfstream Exceeds G500 and G600 Planned Performance

Gulfstream Exceeds G500 and G600 Planned Performance: SAVANNAH, Georgia — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

Fully Outfitted Gulfstream G600 Makes Debut At NBAA-BACE

Fully Outfitted Gulfstream G600 Makes Debut At NBAA-BACE: SAVANNAH, Georgia — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Gaetz Introduce Resolution Defending Israel, Condemning UNESCO

October 13, 2017



WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced he will introduce the Senate companion to H.Res.570, a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), reaffirming the deep historical connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem. The resolution also expresses support for the Israeli government’s protection of religious freedom for all faiths, and condemns the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the anti-Israel resolutions it has passed in recent years.
The U.S. State Department announced on Thursday that the U.S. would be leaving UNESCO because of its “anti-Israel bias.” Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, called the decision “brave and moral,” and indicated that Israel is planning to withdraw from UNESCO as well. The U.S., however, will remain an “observer state” in UNESCO. Sen. Cruz’s and Rep. Gaetz’s resolution urges the U.S., regardless of its UNESCO membership, to work with its allies and prevent future anti-Israeli resolutions from being adopted.
“The Trump Administration has demonstrated strong moral clarity in deciding to withdraw and continuing to withhold U.S. taxpayer dollars from UNESCO as a result of its relentless hostility towards our close ally Israel,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am proud to have worked with Rep. Matt Gaetz on this bicameral resolution that formally rejects UNESCO’s shameful and absurd attempts to deliberately erase the history of Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. This resolution reaffirms the profound historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem that has existed for thousands of years, describes archeological excavations at the City of David that have revealed incontrovertible, physical evidence of the Jewish, as well as Christian ties to Jerusalem, and denounces efforts at UNESCO to delegitimize Israel and deny historical truth.”
“The Jewish people, and the people of Israel, have a deep and ancient connection to the holy city of Jerusalem. Yet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, is actively trying to rewrite history. UNESCO has not been silent in their condemnations of Israel. Each year brings new horrors. Their cruelty, their attempts to erase history, and their anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated any longer,” Rep. Gaetz said.
The full text of the resolution can be found here.

Sen. McConnell Applauds Trump Administration Repeal of Obama-Era Anti-Coal Jobs Regulation

October 102017

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following comment today regarding the announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that the Administration will repeal President Obama’s anti-coal regulation:
“I was proud to join Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday as he announced in Kentucky coal country that the EPA will begin the formal process to repeal former President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan. I applaud the Trump administration and Administrator Pruitt for supporting Kentucky miners and for taking steps to overturn one of the main pillars in the Obama War on Coal. Today’s announcement will help protect Kentucky’s reliable and dependable energy source from further regulatory assault.
“I have fought against this regulation since the Obama administration first proposed it, and I am proud to finally have friends of coal in the White House and leading the EPA. I would like to thank Administrator Pruitt for coming to Kentucky to speak directly with the people impacted by his agency’s actions, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to restore the EPA back to its original purpose. Moving forward, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to support coal miners, their families, and their communities.”
BACKGROUND: Senator McConnell repeatedly tried to convince President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to visit Kentucky and speak directly with the families impacted by its costly regulations. On more than one occasion, he personally invited Obama’s EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, to visit Kentucky coal country and each time, his requests were ignored. President Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, accepted Senator McConnell’s invitation and attended events in Kentucky to hear from Kentuckians living in coal communities. 
At the beginning of this year, the Senator sent a letter to then President-Elect Donald Trump urging him to adopt important coal related priorities for Kentucky, including overturning the Clean Power Plan Rule. Since 2015, Leader McConnell has led multiple efforts to oppose the Obama administration’s clean power rule. Specifically, he encouraged states to not immediately comply with the costly regulation and wait for additional legal and congressional action to take place. He also penned two letters here and here to all 50 governors and introduced a number of bills to overturn the rule.

Diversity Of Thought Is A Strength For Society, Not A Weakness

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There May Be 56 Million Business Meetings in America Today (INFOGRAPHIC)

If you are working, there is a good chance you are part of the up to 56 million meetings taking place today. And as the new infographic from Cincinnati Bell Inc. (CBTS) indicates, you also might be part of the 76 percent that thinks they are unnecessary meetings.
This brings us to the title of the CBTS infographic, “How to Master Meetings.” Being able to master meetings in today’s collaborative workforce is extremely important. Small and large businesses alike are holding more meetings because of the readily available technology, remote work, and easy access to global resources. But how do you master meetings?

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Jeppesen to Provide Flight Data for Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro Service

Trusted Jeppesen data bolsters mobile GoDirect user experience on iPad for business aviation operators

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its subsidiary Jeppesen, today announced its digital aeronautical charts and navigation data will be included with the iOS-based Honeywell GoDirect™ Flight Bag Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) application for business aviation operators.  
The Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro mobile app allows business aviation pilots to create flight plans, view weather conditions and access flight briefing information through a single user platform.

Boeing Launches Outreach Campaign in Canada

Campaign to reinforce Boeing's presence and economic impact

OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today launches an intensive multimedia campaign to raise awareness and understanding across Canada of the company's significant presence and annual impact on the nation's economy.

Boeing Donates $5 Million to USO Pathfinder

Multi-year investment to support programming for transitioning service members

CHICAGOOct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a $5 million, multi-year donation to help expand United Service Organizations (USO) Pathfinder transition services—a comprehensive global program for transitioning service members.
Boeing's contribution will support more than 210,000 transitioning service members during the three-year investment period. The funds will target the launch of eight new support centers across the country—with a planned nationwide expansion to 25 centers by 2020, enabling the USO to reach 80 percent of all active-duty transitions each year.