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3/30/2017

One form of employee recognition is the polite use of "please" and "thank you," but there is also a need to display more tangible forms of appreciation, writes Cord Himelstein of Michael C. Fina Recognition. "Keep in mind the terms are only the beginning of gratitude, and specific rewards beat out generic rewards any day of the week," he writes.

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3/30/2017

A greener banana often has slightly more resistant starch, which is good for gut bacteria within humans, but you're generally OK eating a banana at the color and ripeness you prefer. The general preference for a bright yellow color is most likely the result of decades of marketing.

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The Verge
3/30/2017

Selling is a learnable skill that can be respectful and dignified when done properly, says Boston Beer founder Jim Koch. Boston Beer sales representatives go through a number of training courses that include basic selling skills, strategic selling and how to hold wholesaler meetings, Koch says.

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3/30/2017

Twitter can provide sellers with an outlet to contact buyers directly and reap the benefits of social sales. "Depending on the brand's end goal, the specific action could be a link to a helpful article, a coupon or direction to a search page to the business's nearest location," writes Ryan MacCarthy.

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3/30/2017

US airports face a $42 billion shortfall in infrastructure needs, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, and there is broad agreement on the need to improve airports. Consensus breaks down, however, on where the money will come from.

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USA Today
3/30/2017

Professionals can realize better performance at work by organizing the rest of their lives, writes Nicole Lapin. By scheduling every activity and only checking email or social media accounts at specific times, professionals can be more organized and efficient.

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3/30/2017

Senate Democrats are preparing to make good on their promise to filibuster in order to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation vote, while Republicans are considering the "nuclear option," changing the rules that require 60 votes to confirm a nominee to the high court. The showdown may change the way the Senate operates.

3/30/2017

According to a Reuters poll, 49% of Republican voters blame Congress for the American Health Care Act's failure. Eighty percent Republicans say they still believe Congress should work to replace the Affordable Care Act, while the majority of Democrats say the government should stop attempting to replace the ACA.

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3/30/2017

Several crowdfunding campaigns have cropped up after Congress voted to repeal rules that make it difficult for internet service providers to sell personal information. "Supernatural" television star Misha Collins raised more than $60,000 toward his $500 million goal to purchase the browser history of all lawmakers who voted to repeal the internet protection rules.

3/30/2017

The Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, has announced its 2017 film lineup, with "3 Generations," starring Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts, opening the festival. BFF reported a 247% increase in submissions, and will feature films from countries all over the world, including Iran, France and Nicaragua. "I'm so excited to be heading into our third annual BFF. The Festival has become an important catalyst for change and we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the past year and setting the stage for years to come," Davis said.