New credit card chip technology goes live today

ST. PETERSBURG -Starting today, businesses that accept credit cards must be prepared to handle transactions with new chip-embedded cards or find themselves paying the bill in the event of fraud. They’re called EMV cards, and consumers will insert them into a card reader at checkout, rather than just swiping. The card reader takes the info […]

Miami-Dade principal reassigned after Internet post about Texas officer

MIAMI – The principal of a South Florida high school has been removed from his position after expressing support online for a Texas police officer who waved a gun at teens while responding to a call about an unruly pool party. The Miami-Dade County school district announced today that Alberto Iber had been removed as […]

Cinco de Mayo Events in Broward and Palm Beach 2015

  It’s time to break out the tequila and celebrate Cinco de Mayo once again, so we put together a list of a few fiesta’s that are taking place around Broward and Palm Beach County. Unleash your Mexican spirit and come out to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the defeat of the French in the […]

Brush fire that threatened homes in Miami-Dade County under control

A brush fire that threatened about a dozen homes in south Miami-Dade County is now under control. The fire burned Sunday near Southwest 224th Street from 117th Avenue to 115th Avenue, requiring 20 crews from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to tame it. “We’ve been able to contain the fire to just the area that it’s burning […]

Want to see broadband’s future? Check out the airline industry

  A New Yorker explainer on why the airlines want to make you suffer has been making the social media rounds. It’s an excellent case study in how the airlines have created a miserable experience for passengers so they can build a profitable business based on charging fees for bags, early boarding and better seats. […]

Dania Beach roller coaster may be sold to fund disaster relief, church, school

The highly visible Dania Beach Hurricane, one of the United States’ 112 wooden roller coasters, will be sold for scrap to help fund a local charity, a spokeswoman for the owner said. The proprietor, Jerald Holland, wants to choose the right charity to provide the coaster to as a donation. on the grounds that announcing […]

Unemployment claims lowest since 2008 in South Florida

The fewest South Floridians since 2008 are asking for unemployment checks. Declining claims suggest South Florida employers haven’t launched significant layoffs. New requests for unemployment aid have dropped to a four-year low in South Florida, as the labor market slowly recovers from the recession. The recent tally of first-time claims for unemployment insurance most commonly […]

Small Business Makeover: Machinery parts exporter gears up for changes

In the 1970s, Veronica Le-Bert’s father and brothers started a business exporting parts for the massive mining machinery that excavates copper, gold, lithium and other minerals in South America and the Caribbean. For 13 years, Le-Bert International chugged along as a family-run company, becoming a well known name in the industry. Then George Le-Bert decided […]

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport adds Food Network Kitchen

Motivated by South Florida’s reputation as being a “culinary crossroads, ” the Food Network basically opened its first casual restaurant and gourmet market inside the nation Thursday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport terminal. Foodies and fans of the most popular lifestyle network, magazine and website is now able to get their fix at the meals Network […]

H&M opens Thursday on South Beach

Where movies once played on the big screen at Miami Beach’s Lincoln Theatre, there is now a 19-foot LED screen with videos of models parading down the runway in the hottest fashion looks. The rebirth of the historic theatre marks the long-awaited arrival of H&M in Miami Beach, which sets out to restore the glamour […]

Haitian TV network launching in South Florida

A new Haitian TV network is debuting in South Florida, broadcasting mainly in Creole to fast-growing Haitian communities from Delray Beach to Florida City. Haitian Digital Television is the brainchild of film producer and TV veteran Claude Mancuso, who ran a local 24-hour Haitian cable TV channel that closed in 2006. His new venture will […]

Fort Lauderdale boat show ends on high note for many

The 53rd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show wrapped Monday, and though bad weather dampened opening day attendance, it didn’t keep the serious buyers at bay, according to several exhibitors. “It went really well,” said Bob Denison, president of Denison Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, which had 12 new and 8 pre-owned boats on display. Although […]

Big cargo ships bring big changes to Port Everglades

The coming wave of transoceanic shipping steamed into Port Everglades early Monday morning and tied up at Berth 32. And it is big. The aptly-named MSC Texas, the largest cargo ship ever to call at the port, is a forerunner of what’s to come: massive oceangoing vessels plying trade between continents, utilizing an expanded Panama […]

Job seekers flood job fair in Davie

A job fair at the Signature Grand in Davie on Wednesday drew more than 7,500 people, a stark reminder that even with a declining unemployment rate many in South Florida are still searching for work. The line of those hoping to land a job – or at least an interview with one of the 60 […]

South Florida stores expect pent-up Halloween demand

With the ghoulish celebration a few weeks away, early-bird shoppers have already started to descend on mom and pop, chain and pop-ups costume stores in search of the perfect Halloween outfit. Last year rain dampened many South Floridians’ Halloween plans as such some costume sellers are anticipating pent-up demand from revelers this year. “We’re hoping […]

Toys R Us to hire 800 in South Florida for holiday season

Toys R Us plans to hire about 800 seasonal employees in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. These jobs are part of 45,000 seasonal workers nationally that the chain will hire to staff both its temporary pop-up stores and distribution centers. This hiring is nearly a 13 p.c jump from the forty,000 seasonal workers Toys R Us […]

Jobs to hawk in a tough South Florida hiring market

A brutal job market has been surprisingly productive for Tiffany Price, who makes a living off employers who can’t find workers. “Everyone here is struggling to find people,’’ Price said from the floor of the job fair she organized recently in West Palm Beach, where more than two-dozen companies paid about $850 each to set […]

HCA facilities lead top hospital list in South Florida

Five hospitals in the HCA chain are among 11 in South Florida that received top scores from the Joint Commission, the nonprofit group that accredits the nation’s hospitals. The Memorial Healthcare System in South Broward had three on the list. Baptist Health South Florida had two in a report scheduled to be released Wednesday. The […]

Former head of Miami-based CompUSA agrees to SEC settlement

Financial regulators have accused the former head of CompUSA of engineering about $400,000 in kickbacks from the company’s suppliers. Federal investigators said Miami-based Gilbert Fiorentino allegedly “demanded” as much as $10,000 a month from one supplier to Systemax, the New York-based company that bought the CompUSA brand and eventually parted ways with Fiorentino over the […]

Growth – not just recovery – ahead for Miami hotel industry, experts say

With high and rising room rates, continued interest from developers and record numbers of tourists visiting the area, Miami’s hotel market should continue to improve, a panel of experts said Thursday. The trade has been mountain climbing out of the droop reached in 2009, when the economic downturn compelled travelers to reduce. but average lodge […]