Don't let people bail on tasks
3/29/2017 Leadership Freak blog

Leaders need to do all they can to avoid "reverse delegation," or the situation where a task they've assigned comes back to them, writes Dan Rockwell. He offers 12 things to say to reduce the chances of this happening.

How do associate degrees affect earning power?

Women who earned an associate degree made about $740 more per year than women with a certificate, while men made $530 more annually than men with a certificate, according to a paper. Long-term certificates are better, researchers say, but overall, graduates with an associate degree tend to have higher earning power.

Taxpayer ROI varies across states

WalletHub has ranked states based on taxpayers' return on investment, noting someone's choice of state for residence is an investment decision. The list balances taxation against quality of government services, examining education, health, safety, the economy, infrastructure and pollution.

New Kroger site gets personal with stories, discussion
3/29/2017 Progressive Grocer

Kroger has created a new website for associates and customers to share stories about the retailer and discuss the changing food industry. The site features written content, photos and videos on topics such as the retailer's longest-tenured associate, 79-year-old Larry Arnold, who recently retired after working for Kroger for 63 years.

Report outlines goals to reduce threat of hepatitis B, C by 2030
3/29/2017 HealthDay News

A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends enhanced methods of screening, treatment and prevention to help eliminate hepatitis B and C as a public health concern in the US by the year 2030 and save almost 90,000 lives. The report says a coordinated federal effort is needed, such as expansion of needle exchanges, free access to the hepatitis B vaccine and unrestricted treatment for patients with hepatitis C.

How the YouTube ad boycott could affect advertising
3/29/2017 Advertising Age

Traditional publishers such as Conde Nast and Hearst could benefit from the YouTube ad boycott, as they can cite quality content and audiences to advertisers seeking safer ground. Third-party measurement firms also may see more business as brands seek more transparency, and brands may turn more to agencies to ensure that their ads don't appear in the wrong place.

Coach could be close to buying Kate Spade
3/29/2017 Glossy

Coach is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire Kate Spade & Company, which said last month it would explore options including a sale. Coach has reversed sales declines with a focus on millennials, and it could help lead a similar revival for the Kate Spade brand, retail analyst Jessica Ramirez said.

AI becoming a bigger part of cybersecurity
3/29/2017 CSO

The use of artificial intelligence to battle cyberattacks is expected to grow enough to partly offset the shortage of qualified professionals, but it's not a panacea, particularly if companies don't use basic defense tactics, writes Doug Drinkwater. Intertek executive Dane Warren said, "Through enhanced automation, orchestration, robotics, and intelligent agents, the industry will see greater advancement in both the offensive and defensive capabilities."

Roche gains FDA approval for multiple sclerosis drug
3/29/2017 Reuters

Roche Holding's injectable Ocrevus, or ocrelizumab, has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for the primary progressive form of multiple sclerosis. The approval was based on a clinical study that showed patients being treated with Ocrevus were 47% more likely to have no disease progression than patients taking a placebo.

House votes today on elimination of FCC privacy regulations
3/28/2017 The Hill

The House will vote today on eliminating a Federal Communications Commission privacy policy that affects internet service providers. The bill, which is widely expected to pass, would nullify rules that require broadband providers to obtain permission to use or share consumer data.

Leaks close Air Force Academy chapel

The Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado will close for as long as four years to undergo a $68 million renovation. Workers will remove the iconic aluminum skin and stained glass to install a flashing system.

JavaCycle turns coffee waste into fertilizer

Coffee company Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA partnered with Minnesota recycling company JavaCycle to make commercial fertilizer out of coffee-bean waste. The fertilizer pellets are made from coffee chaff as well as soybean and bone meal, and will be available on Amazon.

JetBlue, Boston Red Sox partnership to remain through 2030

JetBlue and the Boston Red Sox have extended their relationship through 2030, marking the commitment by giving away 43,000 co-branded hats to students at 104 Boston public schools. JetBlue is the largest airline in Boston and the official airline of the Red Sox.

Saltana Cave spa in Conn. offer healing relaxation

Anna Pogoda, owner of the Saltana Cave, a spa in Ridgefield, Conn., was inspired to open a salt cave after visits to one in Poland helped her daughter's asthma improve. The salt cave features 12,000 pounds of mineral-rich Himalayan salt and attracts those suffering from skin and respiratory conditions.