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(NAPSI)—The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or “smarten” the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly limitless catalog of entertainment.

It’s important, however, to realize that some devices may not be as secure as others. For example, millions of rogue entertainment boxes are now in homes. While these devices look like an Apple TV or Roku box, they are unsecured and can expose consumers to malware. Typically, they are used to illegally access pirated movies, TV shows or live events.

The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA)investigated apps on these devices and found malware on them that stole researchers’ user names and passwords, probed user networks and surreptitiously uploaded user data without consent. Most consumers are unaware of the security risks that can occur when plugging one of these devices into a home network, and if they did know, they would be much less likely to allow them in their home. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Getting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation. To keep your next road trip rolling along, the nonprofit Car Care Council recommends a quick tire check before you leave the driveway.

“The excitement of summer vacation quickly deflates when your car has a flat tire,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A quick four-step tire check will help you to avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.”

  1. Check that all tires, including the spare, are inflated to recommended pressure levels.
  2. Check tire tread depth with a simple penny test-if you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, then it is time for new tires.
  3. Check for irregular wear as uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment.
  4. Check tires for cuts, bruises, bulges, bald spots or other irregularities that can lead to a flat tire.

“AAA expects to get calls from stranded motorists this summer and a good portion of those vehicle troubles will be tire related,” said White. “A comprehensive pre-trip vehicle inspection, including the tires, is the best way to alert yourself to any potential issues so you can address them before you leave home and keep your road trip on track.” Continue reading

Fiesta Ko SA Ocala Florida

  • Date: 08/10/2019 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Tuscawilla Park
    829 NE Sanchez Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470

A Philippino Food Street Festival and a cultural presentation to be held at the Jenkins Theater stage and Tuscawilla Park.,  For details, please contact Jerome Majarocon of One Philippines Entertainment at 352.642.8500.

Back 2 School Bash

  • Date: 07/27/2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: E.D. Croskey Recreation Center
    1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala, Florida 34475

Annual Back 2 School Bash and school supply give-away.  School clothing give-away at Barbara Gaskin Washington Adult Activity Center.  For additional information, please contact Monica Bryant of the Marion County Children’s Alliance at 352.875.1248.

Cops, Kids and Firefighter’s Day

  • Date: 07/18/2019 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: E.D. Croskey Recreation Center
    1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala, Florida 34475

An opportunity for the youth to interact with the local law enforcement and public service officers in fun and play.  For details, please contact Bridgett Griffin of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks at 352.433.7626 or 352.401.3916.


Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series featuring “PJ Morton”

  • Date: 07/19/2019 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Webb Field at Martin Luther King Recreation Complex
    1510 NW Fourth St., Ocala, Florida 34475

Get AMPed for a Summer of three FREE concerts!  Join us for an evening of music and fun at Webb Field each Friday night from July 19 to Aug. 2 from 6-9 p.m.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Normoyle  of the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department,  Ocala Cultural Arts Division at 352.629.8220 or at jnormoyle@ocalafl.org

After Dark in the Park: The Greatest Showman [PG]

  • Date: 07/12/2019 8:45 AM – 10:45 PM
  • Location: Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex
    2390 SE 36 Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34471

These events are FREE and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served for a nominal fee.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  For further information, please call Ocala Recreation and Parks at 352.368.5517.

(NAPSI)—Among the tastiest and most versatile fruits on Earth, olives are enjoyed by many cultures around the world. They have been in existence for 8,000 years, and while olives are not indigenous to the Americas, they have been in the New World for a good long time.


It was the Spanish who introduced olives to Peru and Argentina in the 1500s. As time passed, olive trees made their way up the Pacific Coast through Mexico when Spanish missionaries brought them to California in 1769.

However, it wasn’t until the 1900s when commercial olive production began in the United States, thanks to a German immigrant woman named Freda Ehmann. She had a small grove and began experimenting with 280 gallons of olives on her back porch in Oakland, California, thus inventing the ripe olive style that Americans have come to know and love. Continue reading

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented Seniors vs. Crime volunteer Bryan Lifsey the 2018-2019 Advocate of the Year Award for working to protect seniors from scams. Lifsey is one of five Seniors vs. Crime volunteer sleuths nominated for the award. These Super Senior Sleuths are taking extraordinary steps to assist consumers through Attorney General Moody’s Seniors vs. Crime Project.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am thrilled to present our inaugural Senior Sleuth Advocate of the Year Award to Bryan Lifsey. Bryan volunteers his time with our Seniors vs. Crime Program to help seniors and stop scams targeting older Floridians at our regional office in The Villages. Florida is lucky to have such dedicated volunteers like Bryan, our other Super Senior Sleuths and every volunteer who gives their time and talents to help our office protect vulnerable Floridians.” Continue reading

Office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

Planning for our 2019 Human Trafficking Summit is underway, and we are accepting nominations now for this year’s Summit awards. Florida is fortunate to have so many people dedicated to the fight to end human trafficking and help trafficking survivors heal. I look forward to recognizing some of these outstanding Floridians when we host the Summit this fall.

If you know someone who is committed to the fight to stop human trafficking or strives to help survivors of this atrocious crime get back on their feet, please nominate them so we can recognize their efforts.

The following four awards will be presented during the summit:

  • Community Advocate of the Year;
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year;
  • Prosecutor of the Year; and
  • Survivor Advocate of the Year.

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