Rockin’ Big Apple Food: Sammy Hagar To Open Mexican Restaurant In Times Square

What do Mexican food and rock ‘n’ roll have in common? Apparently, Sammy Hagar. The former Van Halen frontman has recently signed a 10-year lease for a location in Times Square to open yet another installment of his Cabo Wabo Cantina. Although the location is technically a restaurant, it’s probably going to be a little bit more focused on slinging tequila shots and hosting all night ragers than serving authentic Mexican cuisine; the part-restaurant, part-club atmosphere — which, of course, features a main stage for rock ‘n’ roll performances (including those by Hagar himself) — originated in 1990 with Hagar’s first location in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas. While this will be the first one to hit the East Coast, the chain’s party-hardy history has seen others crop up in Las Vegas (naturally), Lake Tahoe, and Hollywood. Known for their happy hour specials and free-flowing tequila, we’re pretty sure more than one person will be runnin’ with the Devil on opening night — or all year long, for that matter! And, don’t worry: the traditional bean/corn/pepper combos that the Mayans used 2000 years ago will still be available in tacos and quesadillas if that’s more your style. Though New York City is a melting pot, boasting cuisines and cultures of all kinds, we have a feeling not everyone is JUMPing for joy at the announcement. Fortunately, the purists out there — who no doubt consider New York-style pizza to be far more legendary than Hagar’s (albeit awesome) career — will always have their entirely unique and unable-to-be-replicated-elsewhere pizza. The complexity of truly authentic New York-style pizza is so fascinating that people have genuinely, scientifically figured out what creates the difference in taste. The answer? There really is something in the water. Around 80% of the country has hard water, which is defined by the presence of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium. New York City water happens to have a near-perfectly-neutral pH (7.4), and ideal quantities of calcium and dissolved minerals; both of these together cause a process called “the calcium-ion effect” to kick in and strengthen the wheat protein, giving New York dough that classic taste. (We’re unsure if the New York water could have an impact on Hagar’s Mexican menu, but we’re also expecting people to be so deep into tequila shots and margaritas that they don’t care either way). Regardless of your preference of New York cuisine, we can definitely agree on one thing: it’s all going to be expensive! “Prepared” food in New York City (where even something as simple as slicing a bagel counts as preparation) brings with it a whopping 8.875% sales tax, so...

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Protecting Your Business In 2018: Beware of These 3 Cyber Threats
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Protecting Your Business In 2018: Beware of These 3 Cyber Threats

According to a global survey of workers and IT professionals by IDC, document challenges account for as much as 21.3% of a company’s productivity loss. Unfortunately, there are far worse issues that can arise from document challenges, especially when it comes to cyber security. Everything from a company’s financial reports to personnel data can be found across the digital landscape. If this information isn’t adequately protected and secure, a business risks being targeted by innovative cyber criminals across the globe. Here are some of the main digital threats to a company’s network security: Network-based ransomware — This attack involves self-propagating ransomeware that quickly spreads across a network, without relying on an employee to mistakenly click a button, download a file, or plug in a USB stick. The best way to prevent these kinds of network attacks is to regularly backup all your company’s critical data and keep all your systems and applications up-to-date. Malware masked as cloud services — Since so much of today’s information is stored in the cloud, there are hackers that have created was to pose as legitimate cloud services, hoping to break into an organization’s network and access sensitive data. Utilize threat intelligence monitoring and analytics systems to identify suspicious cloud-based behavior. Social media cyber threats — Criminal hackers are identifying high-value individuals within a company and are finding ways to access their social media and email accounts. Once inside, they can begin the process to compromise other aspects of a business. With document management software systems, organizations will have a much better chance of protecting their valuable information and preventing serious cyber attacks from occurring. According to LA News, the document management software market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.3% by...

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2018 Hurricane Season Caused All Kinds of Flooding Issues
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2018 Hurricane Season Caused All Kinds of Flooding Issues

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Last year’s hurricane season saw some of the worst storms ever recorded, causing devastation across the entire Northern Hemisphere. The 2017 hurricane season wasn’t quite as damaging, but there were still plenty of major storms that struck the United States. In total, there were 15 depressions, 14 storms, seven hurricanes, and two major hurricanes (above a Category 3 storm). Altogether, 137 fatalities were recorded (3,361 fatalities were recorded in 2017) and $21.57 billion in damage was reported. Though 2018’s hurricane season hasn’t been as deadly, there were still plenty of serious issues caused by these storms — especially pertaining to flooding. Property owners across the country were left with horrible flood damage, which also left all kinds of molding issues. According to Farmers Insurance, there has been a 1,100 increase in mold-related insurance claims over the past decade. Since Hurricane Florence, Issac, and similar storms caused so many flooding issues, there will likely be a significant spike in structural mold claims in the near future. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), state officials are cautioning property owners to be mindful of all the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that could be present inside homes and structures. Additionally, there are all kinds of problems that you and your family could end up dealing with during the aftermath of a serious storm. That’s why you need to focus on hurricane prepping. There are so many things that you and your family need to be aware of in order to minimize damage and prepare for the next major storm approaching. Here are some great tips for preparing for a hurricane: Plan for evacuation — Sadly, sometimes a storm is so dangerous, there is nothing that you can do to salvage 100% of your property. If you’re being warned by your local government to evacuate as a storm is approaching, you and your family need to listen and get out while there is still time. It’s recommended to check your city or county website every 30 minutes for updates to find out whether you’re being told to evacuate or not. Grab all your essential belongings and get to a safe place. Additionally, it’s best to let someone know when you leave your home and when you’re projected to arrive at the next location so someone knows you’re all safe. “Some people will actually test the evacuation route in good weather,” said Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather Hurricane Expert. “Waiting until the day of the hurricane isn’t a smart idea since everyone will be...

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Canadian Jumps Naked Into Aquarium Shark Tank

Ever wanted to swim with sharks? We have to admit, it sounds pretty terrifying, but in the right locale, it could be fun. The Hawaiian island of Oahu is 597 square miles of paradise and home to some of the most beautiful shark diving on earth. We might be able to find a way to go shark diving while basking in the Hawaiian tropics. While we’re daydreaming of warm sandy beaches, one Canada man couldn’t be bothered with waiting, laws, public decency, or anything remotely resembling the behavior of civilized members of society. There are more than 1.3 million lawyers in the U.S., but we’re willing to bet that they’d be hard pressed to get this fella’s charges dropped. In Toronto, around 10:30 PM last Friday, police got a call from Ripley’s Aquarium reporting that a naked man jumped into the shark exhibit and was swimming around in it. “We arrived on scene within seven minutes and he was already gone. There were no injuries to the man, animals or patrons,” said police spokesperson Katrina Arrogante. Perhaps just fancying a quick dip with the fishes, the man entered the aquarium, was polite enough to purchase a ticket, then walked straight to the shark exhibit. He calmly stripped completely naked, climbed over security barriers, and jumped into a 766,000-gallon tank that contains 17 sharks among other sea creatures. In utter disbelief, crowds watched (and videoed) as he splashed around while ignoring the angry orders of security guards. Finally, he got out of the tank, but before security could grab him, he did a backflip right back into the tank. Some people applauded him while others watched in horror, but he knew he’d overstayed his welcome and was somehow able to escape the aquarium without being arrested. The aquarium plans to press “all appropriate charges” once the skinny-dipper is caught. Fortunately for them and very unfortunately for the mystery man, he was arrested later for something that happened before the shark tank swim-session. Now identified as 37-year-old David Weaver, our skinny dipping shark guy had allegedly committed a violent assault earlier that same night against another man at a Medieval Times, then smashed two glass doors before fleeing the scene. Where did he flee to? The aquarium. Now in custody and being charged with assault and mischief, Weaver gets to reflect on the repercussions of a particularly wild Friday...

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Silly ‘Ol Bear Gets Head Stuck In Container, Then Saved By Forest Rangers

Problems for humans and problems for animals are wildly different. About 80% of adult humans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, but they don’t — hopefully — have to worry about getting their heads stuck in food containers when they’re hungry. Emphasis on hopefully. One black bear cub wasn’t so fortunate. Uncleverly dubbed Buckethead, this bear got a very Winne-the-Pooh-esque rumbly in his tumbly and needed something to eat. Bears are renowned for their ability to get into all sorts of shenanigans in search of food and Buckethead, a 100-pound cub, was no exception. He happened across a container of food. By the looks of the container, it was junk food like cheeseballs. He started snacking from the container, but as the snack level got lower, he put his head further in the container and it got stuck. The best part is that the bear cub ignored the fact that he was stuck until after finishing the entire container of cheeseballs. Then he couldn’t get the container off his head. It is a clear container, so he could still see and apparently breathe well enough to traipse around the forest with his mom and sibling for three days before Rangers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources came to his aid. After video footage of the be-jugged cub came to the Rangers, they knew that they didn’t remove the container from the cub’s head soon, it would die of a combination of dehydration and starvation. Over the course of three days, they tracked the cub and were finally able to tranquilize him, remove the jug from his head, then return him to the forest where his family awaited. “Wildlife and Heritage Service response staff tracked this bear cub for three days and, with assistance from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, were able to rescue this 100 lb male cub from the bucket that covered his head,” the department posted on Facebook with pictures of a tranquilized Buckethead being removed from his bucket. Far from being the first bear to get stuck in everything from sewer manholes, dumpsters, garbage bins, and milk canisters, as long as there is food in tight quarters, bears are going to keep getting...

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