Seasonal Workers Could See Major Boon from 2017 Holiday Hiring

’Tis the season for holiday hiring.

Early predictions indicate a holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent versus last year’s 3.6 percent. To help, according to the National Retail Federation, 500,000 to 550,000 season workers will need to be hired.

And while some companies are making it attractive to apply, there are still some things that applicants need to be aware of:

• The economy may not be your friend. Rather than hire a slew of temps, some employers such as Walmart are offering extra hours to existing workers.

Studies Show Handwriting Improves Memory

(NewsUSA) – According to a recent study at Kent State University, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and others, using pen and paper instead of laptops to take notes boosts memory and increases the ability to retain and understand concepts. Of course, in the past, handwriting was the only option for capturing key information. But if a pencil broke or the pen stopped working, important details could be lost. Then, along came the laptop and tablet, and taking notes seemed so much easier.But it turns out that taking notes by hand helps improve listening and cognition skills, and boosts the ability humans need to summarize information. The Journal of Psychological Science cites that taking handwritten notes appears to be more beneficial, as it helps one remember and understand the information given, as opposed to participants who mindlessly take verbatim notes on a laptop.With that in mind, enter Boogie Board, creators of the new Blackboard, a device often referred to as an "eWriter" that features Liquid Crystal Paper. Blackboard allows users to write and erase electronically without using ink or paper: High tech meets traditional."With Blackboard, we’ve arrived at an incredible cross-section where high technology allows us to create a back-to-basics experience that somehow feels revolutionary and familiar at the same time," says Hunter Morris, Blackboard’s director of product design."Quite ironically, we’ve developed a breakthrough tech product without the inconvenience of chargers, plugs or ports," Morris adds.With nothing to load or charge, Blackboard writes with absolutely no lag or delay, just like pen and paper, making it convenient on-the-go.The new device comes in a large 8.5" x 11" letter-size, semi-transparent writing surface, and includes four different templates, which are also helpful in sketching out plans, taking notes, or planning your calendar. The screen is also perfect for tracing an image, map, photo, or even another digital screen.The new technology that makes Liquid Crystal Paper possible is the new, patented Exact Erase feature that allows users to easily clear the screen with the touch of a button, or erase small and large portions, as if using a pencil and eraser.Another reason to "write on" is the free app that makes it easy to save, organize, search, and share your work, doodles, designs, lists, notes and more. Unfortunately, deciphering your scribbles is something the Blackboard may not be able to help you with.Writing is a technique that has been used through several millennia to teach, learn and communicate with one another. It just works. So why put yourself at risk for "mindless processing" when you can use a new technology that boasts 50 patents to help you boost memory and increase understanding of concepts and facts. Old fashioned? Hardly.Find Blackboard at Amazon http://amzn.to/2AYKefU, or other retailers, including Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, Fred Meyer, and more.

Solving A Major Problem in “Additive” Manufacturing

(NewsUSA) – A new approach to making everything from jet engines to toys, called 3D printing, is creating a revolution in manufacturing — and a small company called Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ:SGLB) has an enabling technology that can make it happen.In traditional manufacturing, companies start with metal or other materials, then cut, shape or drill the material to get the finished products.In the late 1980s, however, researchers at MIT came up with a radical new idea. Instead of cutting material away, why not build things by adding layer after successive layer? The method they developed was similar to printing ink onto paper, only in three dimensions.3D printing, also called "additive manufacturing," is now becoming big business. GE Aviation uses it to build jet engine fuel nozzles, for instance, instead of welding together 20 small pieces. Technology Review recently named additive manufacturing one of its 10 "Breakthrough Technologies."But 3D printing turns out to have a major challenge: It’s extraordinarily difficult to build identical top-quality parts every single time. In fact, Sigma Labs has now solved this problem, ensuring that every part and product is built correctly.How? The company uses sensors to measure key parameters such as the temperatures of the material as each layer is deposited. Then it uses sophisticated algorithms to process the data, and to determine if the resulting part meets customer quality standards."When we monitor every layer, for every part, we can tell if it’s a good part," explains John Rice, CEO of Sigma Labs.Sigma has installed its PrintRite 3D system at 3D manufacturing facilities for more than a dozen key companies, such as Siemens, Honeywell, Woodward, and Pratt & Whitney.Rice envisions that, once the technology is proven in actual operations, Sigma’s patent-protected approach may fuel explosive growth in 3D printing, and become an essential part of 3D metal manufacturing operations, dreaming of "Sigma Inside," such as Intel chips in personal computers."This has the potential to be a major transformative technology by enabling the leap to volume AM metal production," says Rice. 

New Form of Farming Revolutionizes the Way We Eat

(NewsUSA) – By 2050, the world population will reach almost 10 billion people, at least 66 percent of whom will live in urban areas.Water-scarcity issues are rampant and will only increase, and the ability to feed humanity is a vital issue that must be tackled now.Thankfully, technological innovations are giving hope to addressing this catastrophic problem.Texas-based Mouser Electronics created a program this year called Shaping Smarter Cities that features engineering marvels throughout the world that are helping solve humanity’s most pressing problems.The company makes electronic components that engineers of any level can purchase online to make the projects of their dreams.In this video, (http://bit.ly/2grhOWD) their celebrity spokesperson, Grant Imahara, visits Tokyo, Japan, where more people live than in the entire state of Illinois — too many mouths to feed for traditional farming to take on alone. The city presents an ideal testing ground for vertical/urban farming.Mouser shows how a vertical farming facility can efficiently provide fresh food for the densely populated city.The food produced there yields 50-100 times more per square meter than traditional farming. And the indoor setting allows for almost complete control of weather conditions and temperature. Even the water gets recycled to reduce the drain on resources. The end result? Up to 99 percent in water savings.This video is one of many in Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together initiative.Since its creation last year, incredible engineering feats have been spearheaded through their electronic components partners — with projects ranging from bringing superhero technology to life to 3D printing a semi-autonomous car with drone technology.The focus of this year’s program is about solving tough problems that impact humanity as a whole.To watch more awe-inspiring videos, visit http://www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation

Incubators Help Florida Small Businesses Bloom

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For neophyte companies, business incubators can offer economic space and experienced leadership for entrepreneurs in their critical first years.
The reality is that without marketing savvy and the expertise to manage certain costs, more than 70 percent of companies will fail, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
To combat this, one state is finding a way to help small businesses flourish.
In Florida, there are more than 70 recognized organizations instrumental in incubating small businesses. Some of those include UF/Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute, which received the 2017 InBIA Top Global Incubator Award; Beaver Street Enterprise Center; The South Florida Accelerator; and Venture Hive. The success of these programs can be seen in the numbers, with startup growth up 61 percent since 2014.
Whether the incubator programs are sponsored by economic development organizations, government entities or academic institutions, Florida stands out.
“There’s a movement across the country to help startups succeed,” says Dr. Thomas O’Neal, executive director of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP) and the president of Florida Business Incubators Association (FBIA). “There is a culture focused on it [helping small businesses] and it’s especially friendly to do business in Florida.”
Small businesses are flocking to Florida because the state has a solid reputation of helping startup companies thrive. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently named Florida number one for entrepreneurship.
In addition, Florida has the second-highest density of startup businesses in the United States, with more than 100 startup firms per 1,000-firm population, according to Business Insider, which considers the state a hot spot for innovative entrepreneurs.
“We [incubators] increase their chances of success,” says O’Neal. “We get that idea off the kitchen table and make it legitimate. We teach them how to work smartly. Set milestones. We help them make connections. Incubation is a process, not a place.”
One company member of the UCFBIP program would agree.
Alvin Cortez and Ronnie Elliott started an Orlando-based company that places nurses at hospitals across the country, for either short- or long-term assignments. They work to provide housing, benefits and good salaries, and to build relationships with the nurses to better place them in locations that may turn into full-time work.
Cortez, Elliott and Richard Manuel finished the incubation program in March 2016. They changed the name of the company from Nurses First Staffing to Nurses First Solutions, based on advice from the program to show the company as more than a staffing business. They have also grown their business from $300,000 to $6 million in the last year.
“It has been nothing short of enlightening,” Elliott says. “The program introduced us to a lot a people and opened a lot of doors. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the incubation process. It has broadened our horizons, and we are already looking to open our next business in Florida.”
For more information on small businesses opportunities in Florida, visit enterpriseflorida.com.

Content Agency Helps Clients With Small Advertising Budgets

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – One of the biggest differences between millennial men and women when it comes to saving? Vacations.

Women cited it as their top short-term savings goal in TD Ameritrade’s illuminating “Millennials and Money Survey,” while men were most concerned with having an emergency fund.

But don’t think those females surveyed aren’t also worried about coming up short in a crisis. In fact, by a 12-percent margin -; 62 percent vs. 50 percent -; more females were focused on socking money away to deal with what’s described as “the potential for a financial disruption.”

Content Agency Provides the Best Bang for Your Advertising Buck

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – These days, there are a several ways to get your company’s message out — if you have the dollars to pay for it. The problem is that small, niche companies need the same exposure (if not more) than the Fortune 500 companies, but are hamstrung by limited resources.
Fortunately, advertising doesn’t have to be exclusively PR-centric, but can be a blend of traditional and effective strategies, according to PR News.
In this way, Washington D.C.-based NewsUSA does exceptionally well by specializing in writing matte releases — feature articles that help to fill space in newspapers and online media — for its clients.
NewsUSA guarantees product placement (around 1,000-1,400 placements per story) for its clients in various media outlets around the world, including television sites and hundreds of digital and print newspapers.
“NewsUSA’s strength is that it has all these contracts and relationships with newspapers and online media sources that have been built over years and can be trusted for writing and editorial,” said Rick”>www.newsusaadvantage.com/key-team-members”>Rick Smith, CEO of NewsUSA. “In terms of mass marketing to the consumer, for some of the budgets that these companies have, there just aren’t a lot of options. That’s where NewsUSA comes in.”
For NewsUSA client Security Equipment Corporation (Sabre), it granted access to media outlets that the company wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“As a first-time user of NewsUSA, I was pleasantly surprised, not only with the number of placements we got, but the quality of our placements,” said Marisa McKay, marketing manager for Sabre. “Our content was placed in high-profile publications that we wouldn’t have been able to afford if we had to buy traditional advertising space.”
As a result, the family-owned and -operated manufacturer of the top brand of pepper spray had three stories distributed to more than 3,600 news outlets, both online and in print, for a total reach of more than 90 million readers nationwide. The ad value equivalency of the campaign was more than $1.1 million.
Another client, Star Clippers, also saw a huge return on investment when it engaged NewsUSA to write five stories about its ultimate cruising vacation alternative — a tall ship mega-yacht experience aboard authentic re-creations of the classic sailing clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 1800s.
In return, Star Clippers garnered more than 6,000 placements that reached more than 319 million readers nationwide, for a total ad equivalency of $3.8 million.
For more information, visit www.newsusaadvantage.com.

Turn to Telemedicine for Hassle-Free Health Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Telemedicine — the ability to access a physician or other health care provider remotely — is becoming an integral part of health care, and an attractive option for many patients looking not only for medical expertise, but for convenience and cost savings as well.
Health insurers are increasingly offering telemedicine as an added benefit in medical plans as a way for members to connect remotely with medical providers, including doctors, psychologists and lactation consultants. These providers can be accessed easily via voice or video, on a mobile device, tablet, or laptop.
Telemedicine sessions with a medical expert are ideal for addressing non-emergency situations such as colds, allergies, headaches, nausea, sore throats, and skin conditions. Telemedicine allows patients to potentially avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room or urgent care center, and to speak with a doctor as soon as symptoms arise.
However, telemedicine should not be used for emergency situations; patients in these situations should call 911 or get to an emergency department immediately.
“While telemedicine is not meant to replace your doctor, it provides another avenue for people to receive care when and where they need it, whether they are in a rural community or a big city, and whether they are at home or on the go,” says Beth Bierbower, president of Employer Group Segment for Humana, a leading health and well-being company.
For most telemedicine services, patients can use the phone or download a mobile app and create an account. Once a consultation is requested, the average wait time between requesting a session and speaking to a doctor is often less than 5 minutes.
Telemedicine services are offered through many health insurance plans. For example, Humana offers these services through the Doctor On Demand platform as a benefit on most of its group health plans nationwide. Check with your insurance carrier to see if telemedicine is a covered benefit on your health plan.
Telemedicine sessions often cost less for patients than in-person doctor visits, and offer a similar level of care to in-person medical services. Telemedicine clinicians are uniquely trained to treat patients virtually and are fully licensed to practice in a particular patient’s state.
Many telemedicine platforms ask patients to complete a questionnaire before the session begins that gives the clinician relevant information, including health history and prescriptions, to streamline the patient experience. And, to ease any privacy-related fears, all sessions with a clinician are conducted using private, secure and confidential technology.
Visit humana.com/employertelemedicine to learn more about the benefits of telemedicine and how to use it as part of an overall health-care strategy.

Did You Know Your Eye Makeup Could Be Making You Sick?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – La creatividad se dispara cuando los niños se disfrazan y se les da la oportunidad de expandir sus propias identidades personales.
Los disfraces pueden despertar la imaginación bien sea cuando es el momento de pensar en Halloween, o solo durante un día al disfrazarse para una fiesta del té con amigos imaginarios.
Los niños que aspiran gobernar el reinado pueden ir en búsqueda de Elena de Avalor, una adolescente valiente y aventurera que aprende a liderar su reinado como una princesa heredera.
Abajo podrás encontrar algunas divertidas maneras de equiparte para tu próxima aventura familiar de la misma forma en que Elena lo haría.
* Disfrázate para la aventura: Las princesas tienen que estar listas para gobernar, y qué mejor manera de hacerlo que usando el vestido rojo de Elena. Ningún vestido está completo si no se tienen los zapatos y accesorios tales como zarcillos, un brazalete y un cintillo de flores.
* El baile: las chicas se pueden disfrazar de la princesa heredera de Avalor con el vestido del baile real el cual pondrá el ritmo a la canción principal, “My Time”, que sonará en el show. Agrega más accesorios, como lo son zarcillos, una tiara, y zapatos.
* Canta. ¿Quieres inspirar a tu hija con música? La guitarra de Elena está personalizada con su firma y tiene tres modos de juego: puede tocarla usando cuerdas verdaderas, tocar tres canciones, o cantar con Elena.
* Gobierna el mundo. ¡La aventura de Elena no estaría completa sin su cetro! Así como Elena cree que la magia viene desde lo interno, las chicas podrían querer activar las luces y poderes mágicos en pleno show con la onda del cetro mágico de luz. La varita mágica también hace sonar la canción principal “My Time”, presentada en el show.
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What the H? Rhum Finally Arrives to the Cocktail Party

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Just as Miami has mojitos and Mexico has margaritas, so too is a French Caribbean Island. Martinique, also known as the “island of flowers,” is not only home to warm, tropical breezes and blue waters, but also to Ti’ Punch — the cocktail that is the heart of this island’s culture.
With a selection of just three simple ingredients: Rhum Agricole, sugarcane syrup or natural raw sugar, and a piece of lime, one can experience the spirit of Martinique and enjoy the island’s culture in a glass. Islanders already know Ti’ Punch (short for ‘petit ponch,’ or ‘small punch’) is to be savored throughout the day in the French West Indies, much like espresso is woven into daily lives in Italy. The cocktail’s foundation is Rhum Agricole, a French-style rum made from freshly squeezed sugarcane juice rather than molasses. The spelling of rum with an “H” distinguishes it from its counterparts and signifying that it is Rhum Agricole.
In the spirit of promoting this classic cocktail, Rhum Clement, a world-class producer of Rhum Agricole, hosted the first Clement Ti’ Punch Cup beginning with several regional contests in 2015, and finally concluding early last month at Habitation Clement. The Ti’ Punch Cup world final brought together 17 finalists from 10 countries, whittled down from more than 400 accomplished bartenders who hailed from Hong Kong to the United States, as well as other local and European countries. All entrants submitted recipes that stuck to the skeleton of the cocktail recipe, with an added twist.
More than 1,400 people attended the event held at Habitation Clement, a historical landmark in Martinique, and watched as the finalists first presented their winning cocktail recipe qualifying them to travel to Martinique. From there, 10 contestants competed in the semifinal “marketplace” round, challenged by creating a Ti’ Punch using a secret ingredient sourced from a banquet table of more than 60 local fruits, herbs, spices and local elixirs. The final round, the Ti’ Punch Speed Challenge, ultimately awarded Dirk Hany, the head barman of The Widder Bar in Zurich, Switzerland, the coveted first Clement Ti’ Punch Cup trophy.
“Rhum Clement has demonstrated that Rhum Agricole has an equal footing in the world of cocktails? and that Ti’ Punch is in the spotlight as one of the world’s great classic cocktails,” says Gregoire Gueden, CEO of Rhum Clement.
Due to the success of the first Ti’ Punch Cup, Rhum Clement has set the dates for its second contest. Registration will begin in the spring of 2017 and the next world final in Martinique will be held in March of 2018.
Follow Rhum Clement at facebook.com/rhumclement, on Twitter at @rhumclement and on Instagram at @rhumclementofficial for more information on this popular event.