Economist: US can achieve 3% growth by 2021
5/25/2017 CNBC

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget is based on an expectation that US growth will reach 3% by 2021, which economist Mohamed El-Erian believes is achievable. Policies such as tax cuts, infrastructure spending and deregulation will be essential to reach 3% growth, El-Erian said.

Federal Student Aid COO resigns

Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer James Runcie has resigned, citing concerns about the constraints placed on his department by President Donald Trump's administration. A department official said the administration has shown the team little respect and that Runcie refused to be "thrown to the wolves" at a Congressional hearing.

Brexit won't derail eurozone recovery, ECB official says

European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio says the eurozone economy will not be significantly damaged by Brexit, despite warnings to the contrary from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. "Brexit is very significant for the UK, but in view of the relative size, it's much less meaningful for the rest of the EU," Constancio said.

Roche Bros. sees sustainability success with green bags
5/25/2017 Progressive Grocer

New England-based family-owned grocer Roche Bros. Supermarkets has surpassed the 5 million mark in its branded Ecograde recyclable shopping bag initiative. The retailer teamed with GXT Green to offer the environmentally friendly bags, which are made of minerals and organic materials, degrade in about 240 days and are comparable in cost to traditional plastic bags.

Diabetes retinopathy screening increases with telehealth program

Screening rates for diabetic retinopathy increased from about 25% to 40% among rural and underserved patients of primary care clinics that added a telehealth program, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers followed 1,661 adults participating in the North Carolina Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Network.

Sources: Facebook teams up with Vox, others on video shows with ad breaks
5/25/2017 Reuters

Facebook has signed deals with BuzzFeed, Group Nine Media, Vox Media and ATTN, among others, to create original short- and long-form video that will contain ad breaks, Reuters reports. Facebook intends to run scripted shows that it will own, lasting between 20 and 30 minutes, and shorter unscripted and scripted content that it will not own, lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.

Best Buy bets on click-and-collect to drive store traffic
5/25/2017 MarketWatch

Best Buy drives customer traffic to its brick-and-mortar stores with click-and-collect programs, and about one-third of customers now opt to pick up their online purchases at stores, according to Fitch Ratings. Once customers arrive, the store has the chance to sell them additional items.

Hayden: US needs private sector's cybersecurity expertise
5/25/2017 Computerworld

The private sector must help the federal government fight cyberattacks, said Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA. Companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook have the cybersecurity expertise and can move more quickly than the US government to deter threats, he said.

Opinion: Homegrown biofuels protect American energy security
5/25/2017 The Washington Times

Data from the US Energy Information Administration showed that US oil production decreased last year, causing an increase in petroleum imports, but US resources such as biofuel can provide energy security, writes Rick Santorum of Americans for Energy Security and Innovation. The Renewable Fuel Standard allows farmers to provide homegrown crops for biofuels such as ethanol, promoting rural growth and protecting energy security, Santorum writes.

A&E GM: Consistency is key for networks
5/25/2017 Advertising Age

TV offers so many choices now that networks need to focus on bringing their viewers quality content and not just one popular show, says A&E and Lifetime General Manager Robert Sharenow. Consistency and "leaning into what your brand is best known for" are the keys to success, Sharenow says.

Construction sites look to overcome regulations for on-site, nonpotable water use
5/25/2017 Engineering News-Record

Construction firms and environmental groups see the benefits of using nonpotable water at construction sites, but any effort to do so is stymied by regulatory hurdles. A commission has been assembled to study the problem and develop potential solutions.

GE Renewable Energy wins 120-turbine supply deal in Texas
5/25/2017 ReNews (UK)

GE Renewable Energy has won a contract to supply Invenergy's Santa Rita project in Texas with 120 GE 2.5-megawatt 116 90-meter turbines for a total capacity of 300 MW, said the companies. "Invenergy and GE have a long history of successfully working together to provide several gigawatts of affordable, reliable, sustainable energy," said GE Renewable Energy President and CEO of Onshore Wind Peter McCabe.

10 US airports testing for tighter security

Electronic devices larger than a cellphone are one of the main subjects of intensified screening for carry-on bags by the Transportation Security Administration at 10 test airports in the US. The Department of Homeland Security said the heightened security at these sites, which are not being named, is not connected to a March decision to ban carry-on devices on flights to the US from 10 Middle Eastern and African countries.

Ireland's best new facials
5/25/2017 Her.ie (Ireland)

New facials at Ireland's spas can address skin problems, such as spots or fine lines, in time for summer. For tired skin and fine lines, turn to the celebrity favorite Anne McDevitt in Dublin for the Eminence Organic Signature Facial featuring Hungarian massage techniques, hot and cold herbal masks and blackhead extraction.