LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Police DepartmentFlorida Agriculture DepartmentGas StationsSkimmers Previous articleEvent Update: Apopka’s Public Safety Day Postponed Due to Expected RainNext articleApopka High School Engineering Team Wins Robotics Competition Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 103 skimmers were found in a three-month statewide inspection last summer of 7,571 pumps.The Apopka Police Department (APD), with the assistance of The Florida Agriculture Department conducted “pump checks” at 37 local gas stations in search of skimmers – a device that can steal debit card information. Detective Dan Colley of the APD requested the pump check because of the increased frequency of credit card fraud associated with two skimmers found at Apopka gas stations this year.The pro-active inspection today turned up no skimmers, according to Detective Andrew Parkinson of the APD Public Information Office. Detective Dan Colley of The APD requested the inspection after two skimmers were found in Apopka gas stations this year.A three-month state inspection last summer of 7,571 Florida gas pumps by state consumer watchdogs found 103 skimmers — 15 in Central Florida. None were found in Apopka during that inspection period.Skimmers, which steal credit- and debit-card information, are small devices that are secretly installed in gas pumps. One skimmer can gather hundreds of card numbers, which can be used to make withdrawals at ATM’s by making a counterfeit card from the information gathered. The devices are attached inside the pump, and cannot be seen from the outside. Torn security tape is one sign that a pump may have been tampered with.A skimmer is easy to install according to Scott Williams of The Florida Department of Agriculture, who performed the inspections today in Apopka.“If a person knows their way around a gas pump, they can install it (the skimmer) in 15-30 seconds,” he said. “Usually they have a car blocking the view of the attendant, or they have a second person inside the store to distract them.”Consumer Reports suggests these tips for minimizing risks posed by debit and credit card skimmers:To totally avoid becoming a skimming victim at the pump, use cash when you buy gas.Use a credit card rather than a debit card at the gas pump.If you must use a debit card, never type in your PIN. Instead, select the option on the screen that allows you to have your debit card purchase processed as a credit card transaction.Monitor your bank and credit card accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges or cash withdrawals and report them immediately.To read the complete Consumer Reports article, go here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
‘Got any spare change, Stevie?’ yells a Scot from the back of the sell-out crowd. ‘I do now, brother,’ replies Steve. ‘An’ it’s mostly yours’, he drawls as an afterthought. This is all that has changed as a result of Steve’s increasing popularity following his performance on Jools Holland’s ‘Hootenanny’, and more recently at Glastonbury. In all other respects he stays true to his roots as a hobo who spent years on the streets of Mississippi after leaving a broken home at the tender age of 13. Dressed in denim dungarees, an old cap and sporting a grizzly grey beard, Steve roars through his intensely personal brand of blues with a crazy tramp’s gusto. His songs are underpinned by his own grim experiences, which he tells with razor-sharp wit and honesty. One of the most striking aspects of the performance is the modest equipment Steve uses. He plays a one-stringed ‘Diddley Bo’, a Mississippi Drum Machine (a wooden box that he stamps in place of percussion) and most impressively, a battered three-stringed guitar. Most bands would refuse to step on stage with such sub-standard gear, but for Steve it is part of the magic of his set: from these instruments he draws a thumping, knee-slapping blues rhythm that resonates throughout the hall. Like his equipment, Steve’s voice belies his gnarled exterior. There is little of the gruffness his appearance would suggest, as he sings with richness and composure, whilst the atmosphere remains visceral. Throughout the set there are moments of tenderness in his tribute to his dead dog, which manages to avoid mawkishness due to its obvious sincerity, and ‘Fly By Night’, Steve’s “song for the ladies”. It is ‘The Dead Song’, though, that is most poignant. Again it is based on his memory of the past – this time, of his own near-death from a heart attack. The crowd sings the haunting refrain ‘There ain’t nobody coming back from the dead’ back to Steve, who conducts his choir, eyes twinkling with delight. This is the pinnacle of Steve’s union with his audience, but the Edinburgh crowd, amongst which there are many old fans, has stayed captivated throughout. No one can resist stamping to the driven blues beat, joining in with the memorable choruses, or eagerly anticipating his next story from the streets, but at the heart of it is the fact that Steve is genuine. He seems constantly thrilled to be on stage, yet he also seems bemused by this new-found fame. ‘Girls used to cross the road to avoid me, but now I’m on stage with a guitar they all want to talk’, he says coyly. There are no inflated rock egos and no pretensions of stardom and this is clearly refreshing for the crowd. Despite the obvious incongruity of a hobo from the Deep South in a room full of Scots, fundamentally it is only the stage that separates Steve from the audience. The set culminates in the fans’ favourite ‘Dog House Boogie’, which receives rapturous applause. An autobiography set to a droning blues riff that moves to a wailing chorus, it encapsulates the spirit of Seasick as energy, wit, candour and emotion combine to leave the audience howling for more. It is difficult to see how Steve can continue to generate fresh material without becoming predictable, whilst sticking as he must to his winning formula. For now though, Steve’s live act is a truly memorable performance that looks set to delight wider audiences as his reputation justly expands.
The view from the apartment at 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane.A LAVISH sky home in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD has sold for a $775,000 discount after languishing on the market for nearly three years.It’s been a long time coming, but the contemporary apartment in the riverside Admiralty Precinct has finally changed hands for $2.725 million, more than 1000 days after first being listed for sale in August 2015. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The open plan living space at 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane.The master bedroom and three other spacious bedrooms all come with walk-in robes and ensuites.There’s an enormous 44 sqm entertainer’s balcony, a separate entertainment area, large study, plus a bar and wine cellar.The property offers five car spaces and use of the building’s resort-style facilities, including a tennis court, swimming pools, a gym and access to the riverside boardwalk to the Eagle Street Pier. Inside the home at 20 Victoria Pde, Clayfield, which has just sold for $2.25m.The vendor had recently obtained Development Approval for a high-end apartment building, allowing for 11 apartments over five levels. One of the four bedrooms in the apartment at 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane.The second biggest sale of the past week according to CoreLogic was a grand, two storey house in one of Clayfield’s most prestigious streets. SOCCEROO SETTLES ON GOLD COAST BEAUTY This property at 20 Victoria Pde, Clayfield, has sold for $2.25m. This apartment at 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.It was first listed with a price in December 2016, when it was advertised for offers circa $3.5 million.That price was then dropped to between $2.85 and $3.1 million in May 2017, but without any bites the property was eventually listed for ‘all offers considered!’ UNLISTED HOME SETS NEW RECORD Inside the apartment at 432/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane.It was named the top sale of the past week by property researcher, CoreLogic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe massive apartment on the 43rd floor at 432/30 Macrossan Street is bigger than most houses, spanning 315 sqm, and offers stunning, uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge and the city. POWER COUPLE SLASH $3M OFF WATERFRONT MANSION Inside the property at 20 Victoria Pde, Clayfield, which has sold for $2.25m.The property at 20 Victoria Parade comprises a five-bedroom house on an 810 sqm parcel of land over two lots with 20 metre frontage. An artist’s impression of an apartment development proposed for the property at 20 Victoria Pde, Clayfield, which has just sold for $2.25m. An artist’s impression of an apartment project proposed for 20 Victoria Pde, Clayfield.