Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Boomers saving less for retirement than other workers
Employed baby boomers, from 50 to 64, are the most likely of any age group to be saving less this year for retirement than last year, according to a survey conducted by North Palm Beach-based Bankrate.com. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Bankrate.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Tired of going out of state to find programmers for his Pragmatic Works software company, Brian Knight is starting a training school in Jacksonville to teach the .NET programming language used by Microsoft. Opening in September, the Vivo School of Technology in downtown Jacksonville will charge $9,900 for an 18-week course.
Where the heck are all the hurricanes?
Through today, we’ve seen five named storms in the Atlantic (Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, and Erin), but no hurricanes. While this is a bit on the slow side, it’s certainly not unprecedented, nor does it allow for too many conclusions to be drawn about the remainder of the season. [Source: Washington Post]
Smokers need not apply at Florida hospital
Starting Jan. 1, Bert Fish Medical Center will no longer hire tobacco users, joining two other local hospitals in telling smokers not to apply. Applicants will be tested for a nicotine by-product and sign an agreement to remain tobacco-free during their employment with the New Smyrna Beach public hospital. [Source: Daytona Beach News Journal]
» FRIDAY PREVIEW: Coming next week to FloridaTrend.com:
- Ticket to Ride: Florida East Coast Industries believes it can make money offering a service no private company has offered.
- Jacksonville is goal-oriented: Jacksonville pulled off an unlikely coup last year when 45,000 soccer enthusiasts showed up to watch the U.S. men’s team defeat Scotland at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field.
- Spaceships in Florida: NASA retired the shuttles and with it manned space flight from Florida, but over the next year, other space milestones are on the Canaveral schedule.
- FECI: Old assets, new organization: How Florida East Coast Industries manages their hard assets, employees, and railroad rights of way.
» You'll find all these stories first on the Daily and Afternoon Pulse e-mails.
Out of the Box
For those who hesitate to take that long-stemmed wine glass poolside for fear of shattering it, Tervis Tumbler has a solution: “The Goblet.” Made with typical Tervis functionality, the Goblet is a 16-ounce insulated drink holder that inside is shaped like a wine glass — complete with a stem — while the vessel's exterior is a plastic shell that keeps the liquid inside chilled.
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