Great presentations start with self-awareness
4/27/2017 Skip Prichard blog

Self-awareness is a critical requirement for delivering a compelling presentation, says Scott Schwertly, founder and CEO of Ethos3. He offers advice on content, visuals and vocal delivery, as well as mistakes he commonly sees.

Biden urges students to curb campus assault

Former Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech this week at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., urged students to speak out against sexual assault on college campuses. Biden, who helped launch the "It's On Us" campaign in 2014, reminded students that a 2015 study found 1 in 5 women attending college in the previous four years reported being a victim of sexual assault.

ECB maintains interest rates, stimulus

As widely expected, the European Central Bank said it would hold interest rates steady and continue its ambitious stimulus scheme. Most economists responding to a Reuters poll say they expect the policy to remain in place until June, when a slight change in approach might be possible.

Jewel-Osco president to lead operations at Albertsons

Albertsons has named Jewel-Osco President Mike Withers to serve as executive vice president of retail operations in charge of the retailer's East region. The move will bring Withers to Albertsons' headquarters in Boise, Idaho, where started his career as an Albertsons clerk in 1976.

Insider misuse is major cybersecurity threat in health care, report finds
4/27/2017 ZDNet

Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report showed a 50% increase in ransomware incidents across all industries in 84 countries, with 68% of the threats in health care coming from internal sources. "Insider misuse is a major issue for the health care industry; in fact it is the only industry where employees are the predominant threat actors in breaches," Verizon said in the report.

MGM Resorts International's Wik on its shift to in-house programmatic

Instead of running competing marketing campaigns for its hotel groups, MGM Resorts International has consolidated its creative marketing strategies with PHD and McCann and shifted programmatic in-house. Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing Kate Wik cites the ability to use first-party data more quickly as a major factor in handling programmatic internally.

HSN's Mindy Grossman named CEO of Weight Watchers

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman will step down on May 24 after 11 years in the post and take over as chief executive of Weight Watchers International in July, the companies said. Grossman moved to HSN after six years leading Nike's global apparel division, and in 2008 she and other executives took the company public.

Amazon introduces Echo Look for styling

Amazon has introduced the Echo Look, a device that allows users to take voice-activated videos and photos of themselves to help make wardrobe decisions. Amazon has also introduced the Style Check app, which offers customizable suggestions using machine learning and information from fashion experts.

Sugarcane with higher sucrose yield in development in Brazil
4/27/2017 Genetic Literacy Project

Researchers in Brazil are developing sugarcane that can produce more sucrose by identifying the genes that stimulate the activity. The scientists applied ethephon and an ethylene inhibitor on sugarcane before maturation, which led to a 60% increase in sucrose production with ethephon, and scientists determined which genes responded to ethylene during the ripening process.

Warner Bros., DC Entertainment to launch digital platform

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will launch a DC-branded digital platform that will be based around expanding the fan experience with TV series and comic books. The platform is to launch in 2018 with live-action series "Titans" and animated series "Young Justice: Outsiders."

NYC rail infrastructure crumbling, needs billions
4/27/2017 CBS News

The rail lines at Penn Station in New York City have seen two derailments in recent months, and Amtrak, which owns the lines, says underfunding of repairs is to blame -- the same problem with the tunnel under the Hudson River. The planned $20 billion Gateway project would build a new tunnel under the Hudson and improve rail infrastructure in the region.

Gap to use only sustainably sourced cotton by 2021

Gap will work toward sustainably sourcing by 2021 all of the cotton for its primary brand. The move is one of the retailer's sustainability goals, which also include cutting down on water consumption and reducing waste.

American Airlines boosts pay for pilots, flight attendants
4/27/2017 CNNMoney

American Airlines has announced pay increases of 8% and 5% for pilots and flight attendants respectively. "As our industry has rapidly evolved and pay increases at other airlines have accelerated, some of our colleagues have fallen behind their peers at other airlines in base pay rates," said CEO Doug Parker, who noted that didn't feel right or reflect American's new commitment to its employees.

Review: Canada's Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa

The Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, boasts seven steam rooms and saunas, a peppermint-scented igloo room, hot tub that seats 30, cryo chamber, Kneipp hot/cold water stepping circuit, yoga studio and relaxation room. The spa menu features dozens of treatments, including maple sugar body scrubs.