Butch Trucks Founding Member of Allman Brothers Dies at 69

first_img Share In this file photo, Butch Trucks at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Drummer Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69.Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent, said Trucks died Tuesday at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Stallings didn’t know the cause of death.Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped formed the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.Originally from Jacksonville, Trucks joined with the Allman siblings to form the band, including guitarist Dickey Betts and bassist Berry Oakley. They moved to Macon, Georgia, to cut their first record with Capricorn Records.In a statement released Wednesday, Gregg Allman mourned the loss of his longtime friend and partner.“I’m heartbroken. I’ve lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I’m going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch,” Allman said. The two drummers melded their individual styles, with Trucks considered to be the straightforward, driving train rhythm player, while Johanson added his R&B and jazz drumming influences.The band’s 1971 live album, “At Fillmore East,” became their seminal breakthrough album, featuring a fusion of jazz, blues and rock. It featured songs like “You Don’t Love Me” and a 22-minute-long version of “Whipping Post.”But Duane Allman died shortly after that record in 1971 and Oakley died in 1972. The band continued to record and tour before breaking up in the late ’70s. Over the last three decades, they have reformed several times with additional band members.In 1995, The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Trucks also helped encourage a family lineage of musicians. One nephew, Derek Trucks, is the frontman of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and also joined The Allman Brothers band in 1999 as a guitarist. Another nephew, Duane Trucks, is the drummer for Widespread Panic.Trucks was most recently touring with his band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train. He is survived by his wife and four children. center_img US Butch Trucks, Founding Member of Allman Brothers, Dies at 69 By The Associated Press January 26, 2017 Updated: January 26, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Tenn Senate Passes Bill to Punish Protesters Who Block Streets

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this article US Sharecenter_img Tenn. Senate Passes Bill to Punish Protesters Who Block Streets By The Associated Press March 25, 2017 Updated: March 25, 2017 Protesters block a street and stop traffic during a demonstration against President-elect Donald Trump, early Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.Under the bill, protesters who block emergency responders would be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $200. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Mike Bell, a Republican from Riceville.During debate Thursday, Sen. Lee Harris, a Democrat from Memphis, said he had a mixed opinion about the bill.Harris said he thought it was important to support emergency responders. However, he also expressed concern that the measure is trying to undermine the efforts of people who engage their governments in a time of protest.Bell said the measure was not designed to quell protests.The Senate passed the bill on a vote of 28-2. last_img read more

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Secret Service Agent Shoots Self in the Leg Reports

first_img Secret Service Agent Shoots Self in the Leg: Reports By Jack Phillips July 26, 2017 Updated: July 26, 2017 US Share A U.S. Secret Service agent accidentally shot himself and was hospitalized on Tuesday afternoon, according to the agency.The Secret Service, in a news release obtained by the Washington Examiner, said that a special officer assigned to the Washington, D.C., field office accidentally discharged his firearm while on duty.He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, the agency noted.The incident is being reviewed by the Office of Professional Responsibility.According to WJLA-TV in Washington, the agency sought an ambulance to respond to the incident at the 1100 block of L Street in Northwest D.C. at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.Police said that there were no other injuries related to the shooting. No damage to property was reported.No individual who was under Secret Service protection was nearby at the time of the incident.In February 2011, a Secret Service agent who was assigned to protect former First Lady Nancy Reagan accidentally shot himself in the hip at a shooting range in Ventura, Calif., according to The Associated Press and other news outlets at the time. The gun went off as the agent was placing it back in the holster.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Share this article Secret Service stand outside the White House Briefing Room following an evacuation of the press at the White House in Washington, DC, June 9, 2015. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

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White House Says Clinton Campaign Colluded With Russia in Spreading Disinformation

first_imgWhite House press secretary Sarah Sanders during a press briefing at the White House on Oct. 31, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) White House Says Clinton Campaign Colluded With Russia in Spreading Disinformation By Jasper Fakkert November 1, 2017 Updated: November 1, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Revelations that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were the financiers of a dossier containing Russian disinformation against Donald Trump is evidence of collusion, the White House said.“There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the president to influence the election,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Oct. 30.The company behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, had commissioned former British spy Christopher Steele and his UK-based company Orbis Business Intelligence to produce the report on Trump. Steele had previously worked on the Russia desk of MI6, the UK’s equivalent to the CIA.The 35-page report, marked as classified, relies almost exclusively on Kremlin-linked sources. These include a senior Kremlin official, a senior Russian official in the Russian Foreign Ministry, and a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.Law professor Ronald Rychlak, a leading expert on Russian disinformation operations, said the Trump dossier had all the hallmarks of a classic Russian disinformation campaign.“It does seem to fit with some of the crazy ideas that have come from the high levels within the Russian government,” said Rychlak, in an earlier interview. According to National Public Radio, the dossier was given to the FBI in August. It was also spread among major media organizations and politicians in an attempt to discredit Trump during the election campaign and might have formed the basis of the media narrative that Trump colluded with Russia.Court documents from the UK, where Steele and his company are currently being sued for libel by a Russian businessman mentioned in the report, show that the former spy had given briefings to journalists on the contents of the dossier.Steele’s defense attorney says in the court documents that Steele was instructed by Fusion GPS to brief reporters of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, CNN, and Yahoo News on the contents of the dossier. The briefings were done in person and verbally.Steele also “participated in further meetings at Fusion’s instruction with Fusion and The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Yahoo News,” the court documents say.The documents show that a representative of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) met with Steele to discuss the contents of the documents. McCain admitted in a statement in January to having personally delivered the document to then-FBI Director James Comey.Lawmakers are currently probing whether the unsubstantiated dossier was used by the Obama administration to obtain an approval under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to unmask the identities of members of the Trump campaign and transition team, in order to monitor their communications. House investigators say that hundreds of such requests involving the Trump team were made. Several former Obama officials, including former national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, have been forced to testify before the House intelligence committee in recent months.The dossier was eventually published by BuzzFeed News in its entirety in January. Since then, much of its contents, including for instance the claim that Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, traveled to Prague to meet with Russian officials, has been discredited.FundingThe funding of the dossier by the Clinton campaign and the DNC had been repeatedly denied by both organizations.The fact that both organizations paid for the dossier was first reported by The Washington Post on Oct. 24. According to the Post, the Clinton campaign and the DNC hid the payments to Fusion GPS from Federal Election Commission filings by routing the money through law firm Perkins Coie and declaring it as “legal services” rather than “research.”The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the Clinton campaign and the DNC violated federal election laws by not accurately reporting these payments.The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million in legal fees between June 2015 and December 2016, while the DNC paid the firm $3.6 million from November 2015, according to campaign finance records reviewed by the Post.Fusion GPS had jealously guarded this information, and it was only after the House intelligence committee issued a subpoena for the firm’s bank records that the Post report appeared. On Oct. 28, a federal judge in Washington authorized a settlement between Fusion GPS and the House committee.When press secretary Sanders was asked by a reporter whether the Clinton campaign funding of the Fusion GPS report was equivalent to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, Sanders said they were two distinctly different things.“The big difference here is you have a meeting that took place versus millions of dollars being sent to create fake information to actually influence the election. You compare those two, those are apples and oranges,” Sanders said.“One is pretty common practice in any campaign, to take a meeting. The other one is actually paying money for false information. That’s a big deal and a big difference.”Special Counsel IndictmentsSanders said, in response to three indictments made by special counsel Robert Mueller on Oct. 30, that the charges have “nothing to do with the president’s campaign or campaign activity.”Charges were filed against Paul Manafort and business partner Richard Gates related to their political consulting and lobbying work for Ukraine between 2006 and 2015.According to the indictment, the two did not register as foreign agents for their work and tried to hide tens of millions of dollars in payments.However, the charges against the two date back to before they joined the Trump campaign.Manafort was forced to resign as campaign chair only months after being appointed, due to a report that he had received $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Ukraine between 2007 and 2012.“These were seasoned operatives that worked on a number of campaigns. Paul Manafort was brought in to lead the delegate process, which he did. And he was dismissed not long after that,” Sanders said.A third person who has been indicted is George Papadopoulos, who worked for the campaign in a volunteer capacity.Papadopoulos was indicted for lying to the FBI about his contact with a Russian professor, a female Russian national, and someone described as an official in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The indictment said that Papadopoulos was in contact with these Russians. It also said that he had boasted during a foreign policy meeting that Trump attended that he had contacts that could help set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.However, Papadopoulos was not taken up on his offer, and no meeting between Trump and Putin occurred during the campaign.“He [Papadopoulos] reached out and nothing happened beyond that, which I think shows, one, his level of importance in the campaign, and two, shows what little role he had in coordinating anything officially for the campaign,” Sanders said.Sanders said that Papadopoulos was not paid by the campaign and that his involvement was “extremely limited.”“This individual was a volunteer on an advisory council that met one time over the course of a year,” Sanders said.The advisory council met only once, on March 31, 2016.‘Uranium One’ DealSeparate from the Fusion GPS dossier on Trump, Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have come under renewed scrutiny over their involvement in a Russian deal to acquire control over 20 percent of uranium mining in the United States.The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate the deal.The Hill reported on Oct. 17 that the FBI had knowledge of a Russian bribery campaign surrounding the uranium deal. According to the report, Russian officials were engaged in “bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering” intended to grow Putin’s “atomic energy business inside the United States.”Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Kremlin-linked Russian investment bank to speak at an event while the deal was being negotiated and while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.Russian investors linked to the uranium deal also made more than $10 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation, The New York Times reported in April 2015.According to The Hill, the Obama administration passed the deal, despite the FBI being aware of the Russian bribery campaign.Mueller served as FBI director at the time. He flew to Moscow in 2009 to personally provide Russia with a sample of 10 grams of highly enriched uranium.Joshua Philipp contributed to this report. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert center_img US News Show Discussion Share this articlelast_img read more

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Northeast Braces for First Snowy Weekend

first_imgIf you like this article please share it. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Old Man Winter still dusting Corpus Christi. Harbor Bridge open and TxDOT crews have kept it well treated all night with small gravel/deicing agent. Go to https://t.co/kqjmpa3TiH for road conditions. pic.twitter.com/wK4EsryNg6— TxDOT CRP PIO (@TxDOT_CRP) December 8, 2017 Share Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for most of northern New Jersey, southeast Pennsylvania, and Delmarva Peninsula, where people can expect 2 to 4 inches.No flooding, damaging winds, or significant icing is expected.The snow will come Friday night and will continue through Saturday, moving north from Virginia to New England, hitting all the metropolitan areas including Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.New York City can expect up to 4 inches in Manhattan and the Bronx and 4 to 6 inches in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and Connecticut, according to the local branch of the National Weather Service. Show Discussion Some impressive snow amounts this morning across parts of the southern US! This maps shows locations that have reported 3 or more inches of snow. Check this link out for more observations: https://t.co/7XC3QBfwJY pic.twitter.com/shQaOTfE16— NWS (@NWS) December 8, 2017 Enhanced infrared satellite picture of the United States from Dec. 8, 2017. (National Weather Service) Snow in the desert!! The Basin Rd has closed while we clear snow, but may remain closed for several hours. Most of the park is currently snowing, so it should be easy to take advantage of this rare, special event. pic.twitter.com/iQb4xQa1ag— Big Bend NPS (@BigBendNPS) December 7, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Northeast Braces for First Snowy Weekend By Petr Svab December 8, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018 Some 250,000 lost power due to the storm, Weather.com reported, and over 650 flights to and from the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta were canceled on Friday, according to FlightAware.“Unfortunately, travel conditions continue to deteriorate. Snowfall intensity is greater than originally expected. If at all possible, STAY HOME & enjoy the snow!” National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama stated on Twitter on Thursday night. Unfortunately, travel conditions continue to deteriorate. Snowfall intensity is greater than originally expected. If at all possible, STAY HOME & enjoy the snow! #alwx— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) December 8, 2017 The same system bringing snow to the northeast brought a rare snowfall to southern states on Friday and has been moving from coastal Texas into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Some parts of Mississippi saw up to 6 inches of snow. The Washington DC area will see their first accumulating snow of the season. Lexington Park is forecast to receive the most snow with 6-8 inches. Snow amounts decrease to the northwest. https://t.co/FqoD3CQ2Cx— NWS (@NWS) December 8, 2017 The first accumulating snow is expected on Saturday into Saturday night. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for 1 to 3 inches across Orange County, 2 to 4 inches for Manhattan, Bronx, NE NJ, and Lower Hudson Valley, 4 to 6 inches for Queens, Brooklyn, LI and CT. pic.twitter.com/WSy4spEvl6— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) December 8, 2017 Washington, DC, area can expect up to 8 inches of snow in the Lexington Park area. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for north and central Georgia. Snowfall totals between 2 and 4 inches are possible in these areas, with higher totals likely in high elevations. Beware of ice on the roads, especially in higher elevations and on bridges and overpasses. #gawx pic.twitter.com/lhrhvkBgFD— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) December 8, 2017 Up to 8 inches of snow is expected over the weekend as the first days of heavier showing approach the eastern coast.A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the Southern New Jersey, mainly south of I-195. People could expect 4 to 6 inches of snow, the National Weather Service stated.The warning has also been issued for north and central Georgia. Share this articlelast_img read more

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Judge Loses Job Over What She told Woman in Court

first_imgVideo Credit: Broward County via Sun Sentinel via Storyful US News Share Judge Loses Job Over What She told Woman in Court By Jack Phillips April 24, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018 Recommended Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted?  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A Florida judge is facing criticism after she had an angry exchange with a frail inmate who was confined to a wheelchair in Broward County.Circuit Court Judge Merrilee Ehrlich snapped at Sandra Twiggs, 59, as she explained her ailments and breathing treatments. Her family told CBS News that she suffered from COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.“Ma’am, do you need water? Just nod your head,” Ehrlich said. When she responded, the judge shouted: “Ma’am, I’m not here to talk to you!”“I need a breathing treatment,”  Twiggs said. “Ma’am, I’m not here to talk to you about your breathing treatment,” Ehrlich said.“I’m not here to talk about your breathing treatment,” Ehrlich told her. Then she just told her to listen.“Ma’am, don’t even say yes. Just listen,” she said. She allowed Twiggs to be released without bond for a domestic violence charge. “You have to arrange for someone to carry you if you cannot get there yourself,” Ehrlich said.Twiggs then died in her sleep several days later, CBS reported.Twiggs “tried to tell us how they treated her, but she had anxiety, and every time she tried to talk about it, she couldn’t breathe,” Twiggs’ goddaughter, Carolyn Porter, was quoted as saying.“When she came home from being in there she was never the same,” she said.Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday, April 21, that the judge won’t return to the courthouse due to her conduct, saying that she’ll retire over the summer. She filed paperwork to retire a few weeks before the incident.“To see a person begging you for help and trying to you, and you treat them like a dog for what reason?” Carolyn Twiggs said, Fox19 reported. “If that judge is listening to us and looking at us, I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you killed her,” Carolyn Twiggs said, adding that the way the judge treated her combined with the night in jail may have contributed to her death.Tuter said he’ll apologize to Twiggs’ family.“I am saddened and disappointed in the way Judge Ehrlich behaved on the video. Her behavior cannot be condoned,” he told CBS.The incident was described “aggressive and tyrannical behavior and revealed her lack of emotional fitness to sit on the bench,” Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said.Twiggs appeared via a live video stream before Ehrlich at bond court on a misdemeanor charge after she fought with her daughter.center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Florida Taco Bell Employee Wont Serve Woman Because She Doesnt Speak Spanish

first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Florida Taco Bell Employee Won’t Serve Woman Because She Doesn’t Speak Spanish Taco Bell says the employee was firedBy Jack Phillips September 18, 2018 Updated: September 19, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Florida Taco Bell worker who didn’t serve a woman because she didn’t speak Spanish, which went viral in a video, was fired, the company confirmed in several media reports.In the video, shot in Hialeah, Alexandria Montgomery and the employee, who said her name was Luisa, engaged in an argument for several minutes before Montgomery drove away.“I’m trying to order and she tell me I can’t order because she don’t speak English. Who’s wrong? What did I do wrong?” she said in the video. Luisa then tells her that no one in the store speaks English.“That doesn’t mean nothing, ‘Because this is Hialeah,’” Montgomery said. “This is America!”The employee slammed the window in Montgomery’s face and threatened to call the police, according to the Orlando Sentinel.“I actually felt like I wasn’t wanted there,” Montgomery, who is black, was quoted as saying by the paper. “Like, you don’t speak Spanish so I’m not going to serve you.” The Sentinel reported that 89 percent of residents of Hialeah, located in Miami-Dade County, consider Spanish their first or second language.Montgomery received a $100 gift card for her troubles from Taco Bell. “This does not meet our customer experience expectations. We have worked quickly to resolve with the customer to ensure this doesn’t happen again. The individual no longer works for the brand,” Taco Bell wrote to CBS News.“I understand everyone in Hialeah doesn’t speak English and that’s fine, but if she was willing to work with me I think the outcome would have been different,” Montgomery said.“It really made me feel like I don’t belong here and I grew up here my whole life,” she told CBS after the incident. “I want this to get out so people can know and be aware of situations like this so it does not happen again,” Montgomery said.florida taco bell fired spanish english The Florida Taco Bell worker who didn’t serve a woman because she didn’t speak Spanish, which went viral in a video, was fired. (Alexandria Montgomery via Storyful)FeedbackSome people agreed with Montgomery’s sentiment, while others panned her as racist.“Yes, Luisa knows English she didn’t want to take your order because she is racist. English is America’s Language and we, the Spanish people, must learn your language once we decide to live in this country. I am more than happy that her contract was canceled. She must learn how to treat human beings no matter skin color. She clearly stated: ‘I understand but I don’t want,’” wrote Facebook user Elda Yanez.“Racist???? She called you ‘my darling’ and ‘dear’ all the time. The manager is the one responsible for not having a bilingual staff in the store. Most immigrants come to this country without knowledge of the language. This lady was working late at Taco Bell and couldn’t find any way to communicate with you. Once again, it’s the manager’s fault,” said Facebook user Carlos Alvarez Dieguez. center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Florida Zoo Hopes to Rebuild After Devastating Blow From Hurricane Michael

first_img Zooworld, a privately owned and funded zoo is an attraction in Panama City Beach that has been in place for more than 60 years, the manager of the zoo for the past four years, Kayte Hogan told Reuters.The five acre small zoo, home to capybaras, alligators, a lion, tigers, giraffes and more, offers ‘a close and personal experience’ where visitors get to interact and connect with animals that are just a few feet away.Hogan has added new enclosures to the facilities and had plans to add more by the end of winter, however, today she hopes she can fix the damage caused by Michael, a storm that devastated the Florida’s northwest, instead.Hogan, who hunkered down with her staff at a hotel across the road, said that she was grateful that all the zookeepers and staff are safe but was heartbroken over the damage caused by the storm that claimed the lives of two animals inside the park.Zookeepers and other animal loving volunteers from nearby towns did rush to help with the situation at Zooworld, post Michael, and were able to secure and account for, and in some cases shuffle the location, of the animals to assure safety of all.In a town that today has no power or cell services, it has been a challenge to bring building materials and workers to boost the recovery process as Hogan and her team would like to do.At least seven people were killed in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina from falling trees and other hurricane-related incidents as Michael barreled its way north. Crime and Incidents QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Show Discussion Florida Zoo Hopes to Rebuild After Devastating Blow From Hurricane Michael By Reuters October 12, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018last_img read more

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first_img US News Show Discussion A New Mexico city issued permits to a company to build a section of border wall on private land, days after issuing a cease-and-desist order.Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage’s nonprofit We Build the Wall Inc. and contractor Fisher Industries were erecting the bollard-style fencing in Sunland Park over the weekend but the city said its application wasn’t complete and issued the order.After the order was issued, the city government was deluged with thousands of phone calls from supporters of the wall.City Manager Julia Brown told the Associated Press on May 30 that the paperwork was completed and that permits were issued for the barrier. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Kolfage said in Twitter early Thursday that We Build the Wall “was given the green light yesterday afternoon by the city of Sunland Park to resume construction, and our permits were re-issued.”“From the start We Build The Wall, Inc complied with all regulations as required by law as we stated,” he added.He later shared pictures of the permit and the wall being built.A project summary released by the nonprofit said the property owner was originally told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that erecting a wall on their land was too difficult because of a mountainside, but the group and its contractor was still able to build the barrier. It said the area was part of the territory of the Jaurez cartel, which has been human and drug trafficking from Mexico into the United States.The land is owned by American Eagle Brick Co.Sunland Park officials told KTSM they’d be answering questions about the project at a 1 p.m. press conference. They had received thousands of calls from supporters.“I got 800 calls on my answering machine in one hour. They’re all calling from out of state. They are in favor of the wall,” said one Sunland Park city official who declined to be named. WINNING!! @WeBuildtheWall was given the green light yesterday afternoon by the city of Sunland Park to resume construction, and our permits were re-issued. From the start We Build The Wall, Inc complied with all regulations as required by law as we stated.@JackPosobiec #Trump pic.twitter.com/XcUnMKvK3i— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) May 30, 2019 New border wall being constructed by We Build the Wall in the El Paso metropolitan area on May 24, 2019. (Courtesy of We Build the Wall, Inc.) The CEO of Arizona-based Fisher Industries said that he was proud to be working on the wall.“They would just come over, and you can see the pathways from Mexico where the drugs would run and everything else,” Tommy Fisher told 3 TV. “It makes me feel very very proud, as well as just the effort that all the employees of the Fisher Industries family have put in to do this amount of work in ten days.”Fisher said his company had placed a bid with the federal government to build 234 miles of border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border but that the Army Corps of Engineers was chosen to erect the wall.Still, the company is now engaged with We Build the Wall, which said it was going to build additional sections on private property.“I think it’s going to be very effective,” Fisher said. “I’ve heard from multiple border agents. They just can’t believe it.”From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber WE BUILT THE WALL! Project 1 summary.DONATE NOW! https://t.co/uHdeeSUN97@gatewaypundit @RyanAFournier @gehrig38 @JackPosobiec @BreitbartNews @cnnbrk @JudgeJeanine @IngrahamAngle @LouDobbs @DRUDGE @brandondarby @DustinStockton @FoxFriendsFirst @HeatherChilders @kilmeade pic.twitter.com/DL3QUkfx77— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) May 30, 2019 We are back to work building the wall! Here’s new permit! WINNING!@BreitbartNews @foxnation @FoxNews @CBSNews @ABC @NBCNews @OANN @NeilWMcCabe2 @TeamCavuto @DRUDGE @JudgeJeanine @LouDobbs @replouiegohmert @gatewaypundit @gehrig38 @TrumpStudents pic.twitter.com/u7JTfyy09D— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) May 30, 2019 Share this article Update: New Mexico City Allows Construction of Border Wall on Private Land By Zachary Stieber May 30, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019last_img read more

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Kenneth Jackson APTN News The five candidates vyin

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsThe five candidates vying to become national chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Vancouver Tuesday spent the afternoon making the case for their candidacy.And first up was Russ Diabo.Diabo didn’t pull any punches. He said the lobby group has become a “cheerleader” for the federal government’s approach to First Nations’ issues under incumbent candidate Perry Bellegarde.“Their job is supposed to warn the chiefs of any dangers from Ottawa, but they aren’t doing that,” said Diabo. “They’ve basically turned into a cheerleader for the federal government.”Diabo warned the development of the Indigenous recognition framework, that aims to do away with the Indian Act, means First Nations have to give up their rights.He recalled a meeting with chiefs in Quebec a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his Feb. 14 speech on the framework.“A Quebec chief asked the Justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, ‘what about Section 87, you know the section that property on-reserve is tax exempt,’ and she said ‘well that’s a tough one chief but with self-government comes taxation,’” he recalled.“Our people need to know this.”Diabo said electing him means “transformative change” and asked the chiefs not to stick with the status quo.Bellegarde is aiming for a second term as national chief after first being elected three years ago. He defended his record.“We opened the doors to the chiefs so you could take your issues forward. You need to have access to the prime ministers, the cabinet ministers … that’s how we made our organization, the AFN, more effective in that way,” said Bellegarde.He received several loud rounds of applause from the crowd during his speech. As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 2600 people registered to the event, including 522 chiefs and proxies.Bellegarde has called the Trudeau government’s investments of about $17 billion since 2016 “historical.”“We advocated for investments every fiscal year. Yes, that $17 billion is not enough and we know that,” he said.“We have more work to do.”He said more work needs to be done to fight child welfare, over-incarceration of Indigenous people, suicide and the fight for Aboriginal rights and title.“We agreed to share. Depth of a plow. Nothing underneath, ” he said referring to treaties. “We didn’t cede, surrender or extinguish title to the crown.”He said nations have the right to self determination and the framework will be developed at the pace of First Nations, not the federal government.Sheila North also took aim at the AFN and Bellegarde.“We need a national chief that can sit at the table with the Liberals without becoming one,” said North to a round of applause.Trudeau has put a lot of money into the AFN since coming into power in late 2015.Under the Trudeau government, funding for the AFN has nearly tripled from about $13 million to approximately $32 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year according to financial statements released Tuesday.“We must remember that the AFN is not a government. The AFN is there to work with the chiefs,” said North. “As national chief, I will report to you not the other way around.”Miles Richardson said First Nations are at a crossroads — continue to live under the Indian Act or move away from it as sovereign nations.“I want to say this to you, all of the chiefs assembled here, we are the change,” said Richardson. “The people that have the power to choose our path forward are sitting in this room.”He said that path can’t be one that depends on the federal government.“We must have … the courage to stand up and be who we know we are as Indigenous people. We must be the change,” said Richardson.Katherine Whitecloud gave a speech that focused on hope and encouragement.“No one person is greater than another,” said Whitecloud. “You have a responsibility to your people, to your nation because every single person is important.”Because at the end of the day this election is about the people, the children and their future, she said.“Lead, because that is what our children expect of you,” said Whitecloud.Voting for the first ballot begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

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Amber Bernard APTN News The Executive Council of t

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN NewsThe Executive Council of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has suspended its president, Francyne Joe.“Francyne Joe has been suspended as President by NWAC’s Executive Council as of June 18th, 2019,” said Steven Pink, senior director of legal and communications in an emailed statement to APTN News.NWAC said it appointed Gail Paul as interim president until a vote can be held at a future date.“In order to protect Francyne Joe’s privacy, NWAC will not comment on the reasons for the suspension,” the statement added.The suspension comes after months of internal strife at the organization.In April, the problems between Joe and NWAC CEO Lynn Groulx went public.“While I cannot discuss the details, I can say there is tension in the relationship between Francyne Joe and myself,” Groulx said in an email to APTN in April.“In spite of every effort I have made to try and resolve these issues – including an intervention from our Elders in a healing circle.”(Francyne Joe)Even employees at NWAC have been speaking out about the issues inside the Ottawa office.Indigenous womenSeveral sources who spoke to APTN in April on condition of anonymity because they feared for their jobs, said major changes are needed if the organization hopes to fulfill the vision of helping Indigenous women across the country.They allege people running the organization are ignoring staffing issues and turning a blind eye to problems in the workplace.“Clearly staff are in critical distress,” one of the sources told APTN.NWAC’s board held a meeting in June to determine if Joe would remain in her role. But that special meeting was adjourned when not enough members attended.NWAC’s executive council cannot vote Joe out but it has the power to suspend her.(NWAC CEO Lynn Groulx)APTN asked Paul at a meeting she attended in Saskatchewan what she thought of Joe’s suspension.“It’s an internal matter and I’m not prepared to talk about it,” she said.Francyne Joe was unavailable for comment.Blocking on social mediaJoe’s suspension came to light after it was learned NWAC was blocking former and current employees on social media platform Twitter.Anna Thomas, the second vice president of NWAC, said she was blocked from the organization’s Twitter account @NWAC_CA.Thomas, who goes by the handle @crazibeauty75, tweeted: “Blocking me was probably the most immature display of social media behaviour I have ever seen.”She called out NWAC on Twitter saying “@NWAC_CA blocked me because I tweeted about the ED (Lynne Groulx) using it for her own PR.”Former employees, who asked to remain anonymous due to non-disclosure agreements they say they signed, claim they’ve also been blocked for confronting NWAC online.One told APTN they were blocked for confronting NWAC online.APTN reached out to NWAC for comment on the blocked social media accounts but did not receive a response by the time this article was published.READ MORE: NWAC special meeting to decide fate of president cancelledabernard@aptn.ca@AbernardNewslast_img read more

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Dont Miss the Health Insurance Deduction if Youre SelfEmployed

first_img on March 28, 2013 E-Headlines Don’t Miss the Health Insurance Deduction if You’re Self-Employed 0 Google+ Twitter Share. The deduction is for medical, dental or long-term care insurance premiums that self-employed people often pay for themselves, their spouse and their dependents. The insurance can also cover your child who was under age 27 at the end of 2012, even if the child was not your dependent.You may be able to take this deduction if one of the following applies to you:You had a net profit from self-employment. You would report this on a Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business, Schedule C-EZ, Net Profit From Business, or Schedule F, Profit or Loss From Farming.You had self-employment earnings as a partner reported to you on Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc.You used an optional method to figure your net earnings from self-employment on Schedule SE, Self-Employment Tax.You were paid wages reported on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, as a shareholder who owns more than two percent of the outstanding stock of an S corporation.There are also some rules that apply to how the insurance plan is established. Follow these guidelines to make sure the plan qualifies:If you’re self-employed and file Schedule C, C-EZ, or F, the policy can be in your name or in your business’ name.If you’re a partner, the policy can be in your name or the partnership’s name and either of you can pay the premiums. If the policy is in your name and you pay the premiums, the partnership must reimburse you and include the premiums as income on your Schedule K-1.If you’re an S corporation shareholder, the policy can be in your name or the S corporation’s name and either of you can pay the premiums. If the policy is in your name and you pay the premiums, the S corporation must reimburse you and include the premiums as wage income on your Form W-2.For more information, see Publication 535, Business Expenses. It’s available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).center_img LinkedIn By CBN Facebook Pinterest Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

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A Troubling Pattern Developing in Salem Oregon Arts Commission Cancels Funding to

first_img In the news recently is the announcement that the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) has pulled funding of the High Desert Museum stating that it does not meet eligibility requirements for two grants that amount to about $20,000. The OAC cleverly determined that the grants were for arts-related organizations and the Museum does not fulfill the requirements because its ‘core mission is not related to arts.’One argument with that assessment is that the Museum has several permanent art exhibits and features periodic art-related displays such as the current Art of the West and the Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression as well as the ongoing Spirit of the West and Indian Nations of the Columbia River Plateau By Hand Through Memory.It sounds like the OAC has now defined art as not being inclusive to history, culture and diversity.Dana Whitelaw, executive director of the High Desert Museum explains, “We feel that the Commission’s new approach to determining eligible grant awardees will further concentrate funding in the Portland metro area and the Willamette Valley, where more opportunities for funding and arts programming already exist. That surely cannot have been the Legislature’s intention when establishing the Commission. Their statutes mandate funding for the arts in Oregon. Organizations solely focused on the arts have not been as successful in less populated regions of our State. Places like the High Desert Museum can bring art experiences to more rural communities – let’s support that model, too.”The Museum contested the cancelling of the OAC grant and submitted that the Oregon Legislature provided that Commission’s objectives to complement, assist and strengthen existing programs and activities of private associations in the arts. To carry out those objectives, the Legislature has instructed the Commission to develop programs and plans that “encourage public interest in conserving and understanding the cultural and artistic heritage of the State and its people.” At its essence, that is the Museum’s core purpose and mission.The cancelling of the Museum’s funding shouldn’t come as a surprise if you look at the bigger picture and see a pattern of Salem disenfranchising Central Oregon from arts funding.In reviewing the OAC’s report identifying its FY16 Operating Grant recipients, the total number of grants was 182. Only 17 (about 9 percent) of those were to organizations located east of the Cascades. Correspondingly, about 9 percent of the funding went to these organizations.Cascade Business News received a notice in June announcing FY2016 Career Opportunity Grants. The OAC, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and The Ford Family Foundation awarded $61,625 to 17 artists for career development projects. Not one from Central Oregon.The OCF and the OAC partnered in March 2016 to provide additional funding for established literary and performing arts artists; a long-standing partnership with The Ford Family Foundation provides similar grants to established visual artists. The awards include $18,480 from the OAC, $23,145 from The Ford Family Foundation and $20,000 from OCF.Not one artist from Central Oregon was awarded a grant. We asked the communications manager for OAC and the Oregon Cultural Trust, Carrie Kikel, why her response was: “Unfortunately most of the state’s artists live in larger cities. We work through all of our statewide contacts to encourage artists from rural communities to apply, but they represent a far smaller group of applicants.”The Ford Family Foundation announced the selection of Oregon visual artists — five of Portland and one of Eugene — as the 2016 Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts.  This is the seventh year of the $25,000 unrestricted awards to support Oregon visual artists and their exploration, conceptualization, production, exhibition and documentation of new work.During the seven years not one Central Oregon artist has been selected for one of these awards despite local artists applying for this honor. I suspect that Hallie Ford, a philanthropist from Roseburg, Oregon who ‘ left a legacy of support to the Oregon arts ecology’ would not be pleased about the Portland/Eugene continued limelight for her funds.Another arts group, the Portland Biennial, claims to have “conducted a major survey of Oregon artists who are defining and advancing the state’s contemporary arts landscape.” The Portland2016 Biennial is a two-month celebration that showcases 34 artists at 25 partner venues in eleven communities across the state billed to be “the largest and most comprehensive survey of Oregon art, ever.”Of the 34 artists selected for this showcase not one is from Central Oregon, in fact 20 come from Portland, one from Beaverton, one from Ashland, two Corvallis, eight Eugene, one Springfield and the only one from the eastside of the mountains is from Pendleton.How could the curator Michelle Grabner (credentials include co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and senior critic at Yale University) who claims to have reviewed over 400 artist submissions and conducted more than 100 studio visits across the state completely overlook the talented contemporary artists in Central Oregon? Think Randy Redfield, Bill Hoppe and Sandy Brooke. Grabner claims her search to be the most extensive outreach to Oregon contemporary artists to date. She missed and/or ignored the High Desert.The Portland Biennial includes exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations through September 18. Biennial organizers asked COCC Pinkney Gallery and Art Adventure Gallery to host exhibits, but failed to mention that no local artist would be represented. The Oregon Cultural Trust helped fund the 2016 Biennial.The Cultural Trust, established by respected and celebrated Ben Westlund of Central Oregon, depends on funding by volunteer donations via tax credits and cultural license plates. Ben would not be happy that the Arts Commission and the Trust have taken a limited view of art on the eastern side of the Oregon mountains and developed a pattern of exclusion.I hope you will help me in expressing your concerns about the cancellation of the High Desert Museum funding along with the lack of attention of local artists by writing to the arts organizations and our state elected officials.Oregon Arts Commission | Oregon Cultural Trust carrie.kikel@oregon.govShare your opinion with the governor at www.oregon.govState Senator Tim Knopp sen.timknopp@state.or.usState Senator Doug Whitsett sen.dougwhitsett@state.or.usState Senator Ted Ferrioli sen.tedferrioli@state.or.usState Representative Mike McLane rep.mikemclane@state.or.usState Representative Knute Buehler rep.knutebuehler@state.or.usState Representative Gene Whisnant gene@genewhisnant.com Facebook By Pamela Hulse Andrews CBN Publisher/Founder, Bend, Oregon on August 2, 2016 Google+ Tumblr LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Twitter E-Headlines Pinterest 2 Share. 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3000 RunnersWalkers To Participate in the 9th Annual Cascade Lakes Relay

first_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook 3,000 Runners/Walkers To Participate in the 9th Annual Cascade Lakes Relay 0 (Photo by Thomas & Velo Photography at the 2015 Cascade Lakes Relay)Cascade Relays will produce the 9th Annual Cascade Lakes Relay Friday, July 29th – Saturday, July 30. Cascade Lakes Relay (CLR) is Central Oregon’s largest sporting event with over 3,000 participants and thousands of spectators traveling here from over 32 states and 3 countries.  280 teams of 6-12 runners/walkers are registered to participate in the 216 mile or 132 mile relay.  The scenic course begins at Diamond Lake or Silver Lake on Friday morning with teams running through the night to finish 24-36 hours later at Riverbend Park, Bend.A typical team consists of 12 runners/walkers, each person completing three legs for an average total of 18 miles. Cascade Relays is committed to bringing the best race experience to its participants, with a focus on team spirit and camaraderie, an intimate feel and safety.  Cascade Relays has partnered with Airlink CCT to provide all CLR participants with critical care medical transport insurance should any participant require emergency air transport due to the remote location of portions of the course.Cascade Relays is the country’s industry leader in using mobile technology, developing a Cascade Relays mobile app, created in partnership with Root-2 of Reno, Nevada. The Cascade Relays mobile app enables teams to record split times for all 36 legs, follow other team’s race progress in real time, access all leg maps, engage with sponsors and breweries through promotions and discounts, and utilize social media throughout the event.The CLR Finish Line Brew Fest at Riverbend Park is open to all teams, friends, family and the general public.  Spectators are welcome to come cheer on teams while enjoying local craft beers, cider & Kombucha from seven local breweries including: Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Silver Moon Brewing, Worthy Brewing,  Atlas Cider and Humm Kombucha.  Food carts will offer amazing lunch or dinner options and the Boys & Girls Club of Bend and Girls on the Run will raise funds by hosting a Charity Float for anyone wishing to use a tube to float the Deschutes.A core mission of Cascade Relays is supporting local charities and school groups. This year Cascade Relays will contribute $50,000 to Central Oregon nonprofits and community groups in Bend, La Pine and Silver Lake.About Cascade Relays:Cascade Relays is a local business with the mission to provide exceptional race experiences while supporting the local communities we travel through. Owners Scott and Carrie Douglass prioritize rural courses, local vendors & small businesses, personal relationships and supporting local non-profits.  Cascade Relays currently produces the Cascade Lakes Relay, Bend Beer Chase, Spokane to Sandpoint Relay and Centennial Beer Chase.Scott J. DouglassExecutive Race DirectorBend Beer Chase – June 4, 2016Cascade Lakes Relay – July 29-30, 2016Spokane to Sandpoint Relay – August 26-27, 2016Centennial Beer Chase – October 1, 2016Chief Endorphin Officer (CEO)Cascade Relays541.633.7174 office541.350.4635 cellscott@cascaderelays.comwww.CascadeRelays.comRelay on Us! Tumblr on July 28, 2016center_img By CBN Share. LinkedIn Twitter E-Headlines Emaillast_img read more

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Lessons from a Hollywood Sex Scandal

first_img Tumblr LinkedIn on November 14, 2017 0 E-Headlines Share. Pinterest Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault scandal shaking Hollywood; it’s everywhere. Nearly every week since the scandal broke, additional accusers have come forward with their stories and interactions with him or other high-powered Hollywood executives.From an employment law perspective, one surprising aspect of the ordeal is the contract Harvey Weinstein supposedly had with The Weinstein Company, as reported by multiple media outlets. Those stories suggest that the company entered into a contract with him where he was essentially allowed to harass individuals without fear of reprisal, so long as he personally reimbursed any settlement or judgment amounts paid by the company as well as paid a penalty to the company that increased with each incident.If those stories are accurate, those contract provisions do not bode well for the company’s liability in civil suits from the alleged victims and former employees who have alleged sexual harassment. Turning a blind eye toward harassment is a good way to expose a company to liability, as well as damage the company’s public image and reputation. Instead, employers should follow these best practices to reduce liability and more importantly, reduce the possibility of sexual harassment in the workplace.Have a Policy in PlaceIn this day and age, employers would be remiss to not have a policy prohibiting sexual harassment on the books (of course, the handbook should contain policies forbidding all unlawful harassment and discrimination, not just sexual harassment). More than just a simple policy prohibiting certain conduct, a robust policy should also be a “complaint and reporting” policy as well. This means that employees know exactly who they can report to and outlines examples of the type of inappropriate conduct that employees should report.The policy should require employees to report not only policy violations that happen to them, but also policy violations they observe or have credible information about, even if they did not witness it (such as being told about it by a coworker).Take Reports SeriouslyAll complaints of harassment should be taken seriously, no matter how minor they may seem. Furthermore, if the company is aware of the issue, even though an employee has not made a “formal” complaint, the company should initiate an investigation. While it is good to have proper reporting channels, requiring employees to report harassment in a certain way or using certain words should not be a barrier to an investigation to determine whether the report can be substantiated or not. There are no magic words on employee should be required to use (such as “harassment” or “discrimination”), and employers should listen to the type of conduct being described in determining whether to investigate further.Do an Investigation PromptlyAll reports of harassment, however insignificant they may seem, should be investigated promptly by the employer. The employer typically interviews all persons involved in the incident(s) as well as any witnesses. The employer should also review any documents, files, or printed materials that pertain to the allegations. After the investigation, the employer analyzes the evidence collected to determine whether some type of harassment occurred, and metes out some level of discipline or corrective action based on what the investigation reveals. Of course, an employment law attorney can be brought in to do a workplace investigation where the circumstances warrant, such as with an employer who is new to workplace investigations or where the investigation may be especially confidential or large in scope.Adamantly Prohibit RetaliationFederal and state law prohibit retaliation against someone who has complained about harassment. As such, it is paramount that employers ensure the person complained of does not retaliate against the individual(s) who brought the complaint forward. Some examples (though this list is certainly not exhaustive) of retaliation would include changing shifts or work hours, reducing pay, disciplining more severely than similarly situated employees, or “freezing out” the employee by leaving him or her out of meetings and other office functions. Employers should be vigilant in watching for retaliation during and after an investigation, especially where the person complained of holds a supervisory role with the company.Conduct Harassment TrainingsEven if the investigation does not substantiate the claim, consider whether workplace trainings may be appropriate. It is often a good idea to have regular trainings on harassment and discrimination so employees know what type of behavior is prohibited, what type of behavior should be reported and what the company will do once a report is made. Training is often a first-line of defense; providing supervisors and managers with the knowledge and tools of how to handle these situations can reduce liability and the number of these incidents.Involve Employment CounselSexual harassment claims are an ongoing serious problem, and can result in expensive lawsuits. Getting an employment attorney involved early on can help ease the burden and ultimate costs as they can proactively guide you through the process and help reduce potential liability moving forward.center_img Google+ Lessons from a Hollywood Sex Scandal By Sean Ray of Barran Liebman LLP Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Vote for Redmonds Baker Park to be Selected as Portland Trail Blazers

first_img on February 20, 2018 E-Headlines By CBN Twitter Pinterest Blazers to Donate $10 for Every Assist During the Season to the Winning Park ProjectCity of Redmond’s Baker Park was recently selected as one of three community park projects eligible for the Portland Trail Blazers Moda Assist Program.  For every assist on court during Trail Blazers games, a joint $10 donation from Moda and the Trail Blazers will be made to the Trail Blazers Foundation to fund a park project.  The park receiving the most fan votes online at trailblazers.com/assists, will receive the funds raised at the end of the season. Voting opens February 20 and closes on March 19.Redmond is competing for votes against park projects in Gresham and Dallas, Oregon.“We are very excited to have Baker Park’s renovation project in the running for the Trail Blazers Assist Program,” states Annie McVay, Redmond Parks and Facilities Division Manager. “As the only project east of the Cascades, it’s going to take voting by park supporters throughout Central Oregon to win. The funding would kickstart needed updating of one of our oldest parks.”This is the fifth consecutive year the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health have teamed-up to install all-abilities playground equipment at select community parks in Oregon through the Moda Assist Program.  Past recipients of the program include Birnie Park (La Grande, OR), Culley Park (Portland), Fichtner Mainwaring Park (Medford, OR) and Sunset Park (Hermiston, OR).  To date, the program has generated more than $73,000 in funds to support the initiative over its multi-year history.For more information on the Portland Trail Blazers Moda Assist Program or to vote, please visit trailblazers.com/assists. Tumblr Share.center_img LinkedIn 0 Vote for Redmond’s Baker Park to be Selected as Portland Trail Blazers Assists on Court Donation Fund Recipient Google+ Facebook Emaillast_img read more

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BacktoSchool Marketing What Strategies Make the Most Sense

first_imgAs a brand marketing to college students, you don’t want your strategy to be just another flyer or advertisement emblazoned with the words “back-to-school sale.” You’re dealing with a lot of competition, so you want your ads to stand out in the crowd.Strategies such as setting up a table, passing out flyers and advertising on Facebook all scream “one big ad.” These strategies are unlikely to achieve their desired effect, as most millennials think mainstream advertising is intrusive and inauthentic. According to HubSpot, a survey found that over 80 percent of millennials don’t trust traditional advertising.“Millennials are looking for information before they make purchases, but they’re looking for it from their trusted sources, and their trusted sources are not the manufacturers or providers of products,” said Nora Ganim Barnes, chancellor professor of marketing and director of the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in an interview with eMarketer.So how do you come up with a winning marketing strategy? At my advertising agency, Campus Commandos, we use a strategy called “Ideal Mixology” to help brands market their products and services to college students on more than 700 college campuses across North America. Before every campaign, we ask the brand three questions to ensure that we always have the right ingredients before developing a concept. Consider these three questions to create an ideal millennial marketing strategy in your own business:Who Is Your Ideal Student?To create a successful marketing campaign, it’s necessary to first identify your target market. In targeting, the biggest mistake possible is trying to reach everybody, and ending up appealing to no one. Narrow it down to the ideal consumer to effectively focus and strengthen your campaign. In back to school marketing, ask yourself the question: who is the ideal student for this product/service?One of our clients is a calculator company, and wants to sell more calculators. We asked ourselves, “Who is the ideal student to market to when selling a calculator?” The answer came to us quickly: finance and engineering students typically use their calculators frequently. Rather than wasting our efforts marketing to all students, who could be English or history majors with little need for a calculator, we would focus our efforts on marketing to engineering and finance students.What Is Your Ideal Timeframe?The next step in creating a successful marketing campaign is to consider the timeframe in which purchases are expected to be the greatest. Focus your efforts on marketing within that time period to increase your return on investment.In the case of the calculator marketing campaign, we decided to focus our efforts during the end-of-summer period. For students shopping for school supplies, this is when they’re thinking about what they need for their classes. By the fall, it’s already too late: students have typically already bought a calculator at this point and will use it well throughout their college years.What Is Your Ideal Message?Once you have identified your ideal student and the ideal timeframe for marketing the product to them, you need to get their attention. But what are you going to say? Given how busy everyone is, you need something that will both grab their attention and keep their interest. Think of it as your elevator pitch: you have only a few seconds to give your sales spiel and make them interested. This is where the ideal message comes in. You need to brainstorm how you want to convey the message of your product in the ideal way to reach your target customers.What could we say to a student shopping for a calculator to pique their interest? As we brainstormed, we tossed out the idea that a calculator is the only approved cheating tool on a test. This was definitely attention-grabbing, but we didn’t want to associate the product with the word “cheating.” We rebranded the calculator as a “Personal Exam Assistant.” Succinct and catchy, we knew that we had found our ideal message to apply to marketing the calculator.What Is Your Ideal Concept?“Ideal Mixology,” our strategy of mixing together these answers, keeps you on track toward a concept that resonates with your goals. When you put all of the answers to the above questions together, you get your ideal concept. By marketing to the ideal student, during the ideal timeframe, and with the ideal message, the best concept for your marketing campaign can be identified.The ideal concept that we came up with for the calculator company involved marketing to college students as they toured the engineering and business (finance) buildings during their late summer orientation sessions. We handed out relevant information on what type of “Personal Exam Assistant” they would need for their upcoming classes. By following this exact formula at Campus Commandos, we achieved a 60 percent sales growth for our client on their engineering calculator, and a 7 percent sales growth on their finance calculator from website sales.Say goodbye to generic back-to-school marketing campaigns and start using winning components to actualize an ideal concept that will capture the attention of your target market.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Strategic Back-to-School Marketing: What Strategies Make the Most SenseSeptember 18, 2017 by Adam Grant 257SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

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The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 12418

first_img Tagged With: Benchmark Capital, Crest Capital Ventures, ENIAC Ventures, Esports One, Hamel Kothari, Len Kunin, Matthew Gunnin, Minal A Mehta, NEA, Shuo Zheng, TimescaleDB, Two Sigma Ventures, XSeed Capital, Zuben Matthews Esports One, the computer vision platform that provides data from esports, has raised $3.3M in seed funding from investors that include Eniac Ventures, XSeed Capital, and Crest Capital Ventures. 259SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin TimescaleDB $12.4M TimescaleDB, the open source time-series database, has raised $12.4M in funding from investors that include Two Sigma Ventures, NEA, and Benchmark Capital. Bridge It $1Mcenter_img The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 1/24/18 by AlleyWatch Esports One $3.3M – Seed According to a recent SEC filing, Bridge It, a newly founded fintech startup, has raised $1M in funding. The filing lists Zuben Matthews as an Executive and Director, and Hamel Kothari, Len Kunin, Minal A Mehta, and Shuo Zheng as additional directors. Linkedin lists these individuals as working at an unnamed Fintech startup. Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 1/24/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

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Wade Wendy Raises Another 76M So That You Can Hire Even Faster

first_imgWade & Wendy Raises Another $7.6M So That You Can Hire Even Faster Using AIMarch 8, 2019 by AlleyWatch 483SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Advances in technology have made applying for a job easier than ever before. Yet the same technology has made the jobs of recruitment professional more difficult given that there has been an influx of candidates that need to be managed.   Enter Wade & Wendy. It’s an AI-powered chatbot that offers automation for both employers and job seekers. Wendy serves as the front line resource for hiring managers allowing them to offload repetitive tasks associated with initial processing of candidates. The ability of companies to hire effectively and quickly is the lifeblood of any growing business and this platform ensures that you are able to do more, faster with AI. Wade on the other hand serves as a resource for job candidates, helping them streamline the process of finding the perfect employment opportunity. TheAlleyWatch had the chance to sit down with CEO and Founder Drew Austin to learn more about the effects of automation in the recruitment business, Wade & Wendy’s future plans, and the company’s most recent round of funding.Who were your investors and how much did you raise? We raised $7.6 million in a Series A. It was led by JAZZ Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Randstad Innovation Fund, ff Venture Capital and Indicator Ventures.Tell us about the product or service that Wade & Wendy offers.Wade & Wendy supports companies in acquiring talent, converting job seekers into applicants, and making informed recommendations throughout the recruiting process. Wendy joins recruiting organization as an AI Recruiting partner, responsible for engaging passive candidates, screening active applicants, and automatically coordinating next steps with qualified and interested talent. Wade acts as an AI Career advisor for talent that presents personalized job opportunities and career insights based on the individuals work history, skills and interests.What inspired you to start Wade & Wendy?I started my career as a recruiter and spent about 5 years working in the industry. While I loved the feeling of helping candidates find the right work and assisting companies build great teams, I felt the job was highly inefficient, unscalable and flawed. I spent too much time on repetitive, robotic tasks which inhibited me from providing candidates an optimized personal experience. From my early research, I found that many recruiters had the same pains and feelings as I did, so I set out to solve the problem.How is Wade & Wendy different?The core difference between Wade & Wendy and other products in the market comes back to how we think about solving the pain of recruiters. Recruiters don’t need another tool making their process more efficient or organized, they need to offload work and tasks so they can focus on higher priority responsibilities. We are the only AI platform operating as a full desk recruiter, responsible for sourcing, screening and evaluating talent.What market does Wade & Wendy target and how big is it? We target companies that seek substantial growth, whether it’s a late stage tech venture that has a small recruiting team and many seats to fill, or a large enterprise organization with a substantial recruiting team that is bogged down by too many applicants. We are domain agnostic as to the types of roles Wendy supports.What’s your business model?We have a credits model. We understand companies recruiting needs go through ebbs and flows, so we wanted to create a flexible model that is aligned with the hiring needs of our clients. When a company utilizes a credit that they have purchased, they can direct Wendy to source or screen talent for a given role for up to 30 days. She can work on as many roles as the company needs at a time.The company has signed a key partnership with Randstad Sourceright. Would you please tell us about that?The relationship with Randstad has been growing since ever since our first year as a company. We started working with them on various pilot programs, supporting their RPO customers across various industries and verticals. After completing a series of pilot programs, we entered into an extended agreement to expand our programs to new enterprise organizations.What was the funding process like?It was much easier raising a Series A, than raising our seed round. When I was first pitching an AI Recruiting Chatbot, the term chatbot was not understood at all. Now we can demonstrate the value we are delivering for clients so it made things easier.What are the biggest challenges that you faced while raising capital?We are still early in our lifecycle. Enterprise recruiting deals take time to close and to measure performance, so we had limited data to back up our claims. This forced us to only work with investors that understood our vision and saw the potential in the platform from the early engagements we were supporting.What factors about your business led your investors to write the check?We have an incredibly experienced team. We have a product in market and are working on a massive market with a business problem that makes sense. We have proprietary technology and collect proprietary data that creates defensibility that investors understood.We have an incredibly experienced team. We have a product in market and are working on a massive market with a business problem that makes sense. We have proprietary technology and collect proprietary data that creates defensibility that investors understood.What are the milestones you plan to achieve in the next six months? Right now, our focus is continuing to increase our platform’s ability to scale to continue to support the growing needs of our customer base. From there we have quite a few user experience enhancements we have planned to incorporate into the platform based on the vast amount of feedback we have received. Lastly, we plan to work towards opening up our Wade beta again to an initial class of users, enabling job seekers to have their own personalized recruiter and career advisor working for them powered by AI.What advice can you offer companies in New York that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank?Build something. That’s first and foremost. Help paint the picture of the vision with something investors can touch. Next, try and sell it, get a couple of people to demonstrate people will pay for the vision you have demonstrated. Lastly, pitch, fail, iterate, ask for an intro, and repeat, until you find your lead. Once you do, put the foot on the gas, because fundraising in NYC is a momentum game.Where do you see the company going now over the near term?We will focus on product development and customer adoption.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?CarbonePREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: AI, AlleyTalk, Business, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, HR, Interviews, Startups, Venture Capital Tagged With: Drew Austin, Ff Venture Capital, Indicator Ventures, Jazz Venture Partners, Randstad Innovation Fund, Wade & Wendylast_img read more

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The Wealthiest Man in the World Is

first_imgLast Wednesday Forbes came out with the updated list of The World’s Billionaires. The surprise is that The Richest Man in the World title did not go to Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, and for the first time it went to a billionaire from a developing country – Mexico. His name is Carlos Slim Helu and he took the first place from Gates leading by about half a billion dollars – $53.5B. Carlos Slim’s empire holds businesses in almost every aspect of the Mexicans life. Despite the criticism of creating a monopoly that suffocates entrepreneurship in the developing country where 17% of the population lives in poverty, Carlos Slim added $18.5 billion to his net worth over the past 12 months.The surge of the financial markets after the first quarter of 2009 made a lot of billionaires regain their wealth as well as added 97 new members to the list, making the total number of billionaires in the world 1011. A big surge of wealthy people is observed in countries outside of Western Europe and the U.S. The full list showed Taiwan tripling its number of billionaires to 18, Turkey more than doubling to 28, and Brazil increasing by 50 percent to 18. Russia also rebounded, almost doubling its number of billionaires to 62. U.S. still keeps its dominance by increasing the American billionaires count by 40 to 403. That is more than six times second-place China with 64 billionaires.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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