I’m sure anyone who watched Tuesday night’s episode of the Colbert Report, which was billed as Colbchella ‘013, noticed the lack of Daft Punk on stage. Colbert explained to the audience and viewers the nature behind their absence, but in case you missed it you’re going to have to read this to believe it. Because MTV had booked Daft Punk to perform at the upcoming Video Music Awards, the helmet-wearing electronic duo were supposedly contractually disallowed from playing any other television performance. Colbert explains it as such:Here’s the story: it’s a true story. We booked click and clack over here about a month ago. This network is owned by Viacom, which is also the owner of MTV… Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: no one told me until two hours ago.Colbert was obviously displeased by this turn of events (even jokingly breaking out a bottle hidden under his desk while he told the news), but definitely made light of the situation. Bringing out Ashton Kutcher saying that the whole thing was another rendition of MTV’s Punk’d was the first in his celebrity-fueled episode. What followed was pure genius: Colbert, who had promised the song to his audience, played Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky and danced along to it, with some notable guest appearances. Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Henry Kissinger, the Breaking Bad cast (most notably Bryan Cranston on roller skates), Jeff Daniels, the hosts of America’s Got Talent, and Jimmy Fallon all provided cameos in the song’s play. And Colbert realized that there’s more than one official song-of-the-summer this year, and surprised the audience with another hit performed live; Robin Thicke entertained the audience with a live version of his hit song Blurred Lines, which went off without a hitch. Though it had a rocky start, Colbchella ‘013 was still a memorable night and an entertaining experience. If you still want to catch Daft Punk perform on TV apparently there’s only one place to do it this year, and that will be at the MTV VMAs on August 25th.
In joint letters sent to both the House and Senate yesterday, NAFCU and five other financial trades refuted “misleading and counterproductive” statements being made by retailers about data security breaches in hearings this week.The letters recognized and appreciated the acceptance of responsibility taken on behalf of Target and Neiman Marcus, whose executives have testified before Congress this week on their data breaches. The executives, in their testimony, accepted responsibility and agreed to work with lawmakers and the financial industry to better protect consumers.However, the industry trades also pointed out that many in the retail industry do not appear to share the views expressed by Target and Neiman Marcus and attempt to divert attention and duck responsibility. In an effort to set the record straight, NAFCU and the other financial trades noted the following:In 2013, 77 percent of data breaches occurred at healthcare facilities and other retailers and only 4 percent at financial institutions.Chip-and-pin technology is not a cure-all, as these recent breaches involved intrusions into computer networks of companies. The companies’ internal firewalls were breached, and new card technology could not have prevented that.Currently, it is up to financial institutions to make breach-affected consumers’ whole. They are the ones replacing cards and reimbursing consumers for fraudulent charges and often are not reimbursed themselves. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Aparo, who is joint managing director of FPS Sydney and Melbourne, replaces FPS Group founder Benny Ling, who has taken an early retirement for health reasons.The FPS advisory board now comprises Aparo as chairman; FPS Indonesia ceo Iskandar Zulkarnain as treasurer; and Kettivit Sittisoontornwong, ceo of FPS Thailand and Leo Global Logistics, as membership director. Sam Aparo. www.fps-group.net
Rep. Olson (R – District 30): “I think being on the losing side of a major issue but ultimately being on the right side of it, as it played out, that being ACES and AGIA, I was in a minority that was under 21 votes which in the House is what you need to get the bill through, but I think it turned out. We’re still digging ourselves out of that. Being on the right side of Senate Bill 21 because that one has made us a lot more money in the down market that we’re in right now than we would have had if we had not gone that direction.” He says that legislation is meant to be a fail safe in case lawmakers do not come to an agreement on a plan for Alaska’s future in time to implement it for the next fiscal year. Rep. Olson(R-District 30): “I think I’m probably going to take my wife on a trip and I’m not worried about campaigning this year because I withdrew my letter of intent on April 1.” Olson says it freed him up to introduce a couple of bills recently without external influence, one of those being the bill to tax Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividends by 35 percent if no sustainable plan is implemented. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Kurt Olson of Soldotna has some big plans for the summer after the legislature completes their work… Rep. Olson (R – District 30): “The minute there is a long-term plan in that back fills the deficit that we have, this plan will self-destruct immediately.” Olson also introduced a bill to to change the way that legislators’ per diems are calculated during their regular and special sessions. The representative reflected on a couple of more memorable moments in the House… He says he has very much enjoyed the experience during the 12 years he’s held the District 30 seat in the House but he’s ready to spend more time with his family. He says he is not endorsing anyone in particular for the primary election but advises the next person representing District 30 to be consistent and not be afraid to say no.