Study nanotech processing greener than oil refining

first_imgShare1CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: Study: nanotech processing “greener” than oil refiningActuarial model puts risks of making nanotubes on par with making wine Using a method for assessing the premiums that companies pay for insurance, a team of scientists and insurance experts have concluded that the manufacturing processes for five, near-market nanomaterials — including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes and buckyballs — present fewer risks to the environment than some common industrial processes like oil refining. For two of the nanomaterials – nanotubes and alumoxane nanoparticles — manufacturing risks were comparable with those of making wine or aspirin. The study is available online and slated for publication in the Nov. 15 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. It compares the environmental and health risks associated with the production of five nanomaterials — single-walled carbon nanotubes, buckyballs, zinc selenide quantum dots, alumoxane nanoparticles and titantium dioxide nanoparticles — with the risks of making six commonplace products — silicon wafers, wine, high-density plastic, lead-acid car batteries, refined petroleum and aspirin. “There are many unknowns about the impacts of nanomaterials on living organisms and ecosystems, but a great deal is known about the properties of the materials that are used to create nanomaterials,” said study co-author Mark Wiesner, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University. “Our goal was to produce an early estimate of the environmental ‘footprint’ for nanomaterials fabrication. “The jury is still out on whether some nanomaterials pose a risk, but it is not too early to consider how we might avoid environmental and health risks associated with making these new materials,” Wiesner said. “We have a narrow window of opportunity to guide the emerging nanomaterial industry towards a green future. With this study, we hope to establish a baseline for the safe, responsible development of the nanomaterials manufacturing industry.” In developing their risk assessments, the research team developed a detailed account of the input materials, output materials and waste streams for each process. Risk was qualitatively assessed for each process, based on factors including toxicity, flammability and persistence in the environment. Using an actuarial protocol developed by the Zurich-based insurance company, XL Insurance, the researchers developed three risk scores for each of the 11 processes: incident risk, which refers to in-process accidents; normal operations risk, which refers to waste streams and airborne emissions; and latent contamination, which refers to the potential for long-term contamination. Wiesner said the incident risks for most of the nanomaterials were comparable or lower than those of non-nanoprocesses. “That doesn’t imply that the non-nano processes present an acceptable level of risk, or that there is no room for improvement across the board, but the study does suggest that the risks of making these new materials will not be drastically different from those we encounter in current industries,” he said. For example, the incident risks associated with alumoxane and nanotube production fell near or below the scores for wine production. Buckyballs had the highest incident risk rating among nanomaterials and scored near the risks associated with producing polyolefins, a broad class of polymers like polyethylene that are used in making plastics. The normal operations risk scores for nanotubes and alumoxanes were comparable to those of wine and aspirin making, while the scores for buckyballs, quantum dots and titanium dioxide were comparable to the operations risks of making silicon wafers and car batteries. The normal operations risks associated with plastics and petroleum refining were greater than those for any nanomaterial. For all of the nanomaterials except buckyballs, latent risk scores were comparable to those of silicon wafers, wine and aspirin production. Buckyballs had a latent score comparable to car battery and plastics production and considerably lower than the score for petroleum refining. “We can’t anticipate all of the details of how nanomaterials fabrication will evolve, but based on what we do know, the fabrication of the nanomaterials we considered appears to present lower risks than current industrial activities like petrochemical refining, polyethylene production and synthetic pharmaceutical production,” said Wiesner. Co-authors on the study include Rice doctoral student Christine Robichaud; sustainability researcher Dicksen Tanzil of Bridges to Sustainability; and Ulrich Weilenmann of XL Insurance. The research was funded in part by the National Science Foundation, and by the Environmental Protection Agency. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice University to host School Options Symposium Oct 5

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Amy Rice University to host School Options Symposium Oct. 5HOUSTON – (Oct. 1, 2013) – Rice University will co-host the second annual School Options Symposium Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rice’s Duncan Hall.The annual event is designed to help parents better navigate the maze of choices and requirements as they select a private or application-based school for their child. The event will include presentations by area educators and parents and keynote presentations by Melissa Marschall, professor of political science at Rice and author of “Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools”; and Shelby Joe, president and founder of General Academic, a company providing services to parents seeking advice on school selection.“Any parent considering placing their child in a new school will benefit from the symposium,” said Marschall. “While we will primarily discuss private and application-based public schools, even parents considering sending their children to automatic-admittance schools will gain valuable insight.”Who: Rice University and General Academic.What: School Options Symposium.When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5.Where: Rice’s Duncan Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston.For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or a map of Rice University’s campus, go to news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Melissa Marschall bio: School Options Symposium: General Academic: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Rice political scientist available to comment on Cruz choosing Fiorina as running

first_imgAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice political scientist available to comment on Cruz choosing Fiorina as running mateHOUSTON – (April 27, 2016) – As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign faces a must-win Indiana primary May 3, multiple news sources report that he is planning to name former Hewlett Packard CEO and former GOP presidential rival Carly Fiorina as his running mate, even as he still trails GOP frontrunner and New York businessman Donald Trump in delegates. Mark Jones, a political scientist at Rice University, is available to comment on this unexpected move from Cruz.Jones said that the Cruz campaign is in “do or die” territory facing Indiana, which means it is time for them to pull out all the stops including pre-emptively naming his vice-presidential nominee for the general election in November.“Cruz realizes that if Trump wins in Indiana, that will not only aid Trump mathematically in the delegate hunt, but will demoralize Cruz donors and supporters on the ground and will lead at least some members of the ‘Never Trump’ camp to begin to reach out to Trump based on the logic that his nomination is becoming inevitable,” Jones said.Jones added that at this point, Cruz can’t leave anything on the table.“This is one of the last remaining arrows in his quiver,” Jones said.Jones noted that while things may seem rather dark for Cruz right now, all it takes is a victory in Indiana to move him from the outside to the inside.“If Cruz can keep Trump from winning on the first ballot in Cleveland, it will favor Cruz on subsequent ballots,” Jones said. “He needs to keep Trump as far below the magic number of 1,237 as possible, and this includes winning on Tuesday.”A candidate must have 1,237 delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination outright. Currently Trump has 954; Cruz has 562.Jones also noted that Cruz choosing Fiorina as his nominee also bolsters Cruz’s narrative that he is the only candidate capable of defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the fall.“If you’re running against the first female major party nominee, you simply can’t run an all-male ticket,” Jones said. “It was probably inevitable that Cruz’s ticket would be a parity ticket.”Jones said that choosing Fiorina also reinforces a broader message that Trump’s favorability ratings among women are abysmal, which Jones said is “one of the principal reasons he will have little to no chance of defeating Clinton in the fall.”Jones is a leading expert on Texas politics. He has been quoted nationally about Cruz’s political career, which he has followed extensively since Cruz’s days as solicitor general of Texas to the launching of a long-shot U.S. Senate bid to today. To speak with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Jones in the news:Fox 26: Analysts say Cruz poised to capture nomination at convention after Wisconsin winBloomberg Politics: Surging Cruz is Big Oil’s new crush as donors cool to BushLa Voz: Comienza la votación anticipada y podría decidir las primarias en Texas antes del Súper MartesRelated materials:Mark Jones biography: Jones Twitter handle: @MarkPJonesTXMark Jones headshot: credit: Rice University.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you would rather not receive future communications from RiceUniversity2, let us know by clicking here.RiceUniversity2, Public Affairs – MS610 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United Stateslast_img read more

Dodgers President Talks Strength Of The Franchise AT UCLA Anderson

first_img RelatedUCLA Hosts Worldwide Alumni, Startups, and More – Los Angeles NewsIt’s Friday! Let’s dig into the most recent news coming out of the Los Angeles metro from the past week that isn’t about the Lakers or Dodgers. Worldwide Welcome Weeks – UCLA Anderson UCLA Anderson celebrates its annual ‘Worldwide Welcome Weeks’ this month with events designed to introduce new alumni to their…October 19, 2018In “Featured Home”Xerox CEO and Chair Ursula Burns receives UCLA Anderson’s John Wooden Global Leadership AwardUCLA Anderson School of Business bestowed Xerox Corporation Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns with the 2015 John Wooden Global Leadership Award. The event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on October 6, 2015. Ursula Burns rose from intern to CEO of Xerox over the course of…October 13, 2015In “Featured Region”Embracing Diversity at UCLA Anderson, Graziadio’s Commencement, and More – LA NewsFriday, ya’ll. Let’s dig into the biggest stories coming out of Los Angeles this week. UCLA Anderson’s Hosts Annual Diversity Conference – UCLA Anderson News UCLA Anderson recently hosted its annual Embracing Diversity Conference. The co-VP for diversity of the Anderson Admissions Ambassador Corps, Denice Gonzales-Kim, discussed her involvement with drawing…December 14, 2018In “Featured Home” Speaking with a crowd of over 400 Anderson School of Management MBA students last month at Korn Convocation Hall, Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten talked about the strength of the organization and the turnaround since purchasing the franchise five years ago for $2 billion.Kasten wasn’t the only celebrated mogul speaking at the event. He was joined by Leslie Moonves, the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, as well as Def Jam Recordings CEO Steve Bartells—a 1992 Anderson graduate. The conversation with Kasten came during the keynote of the event, held in mid-February, with UCLA Anderson professor and Faculty Director Sanjay Sood. Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan KastenMuch of the context of Kasten’s discussion went beyond the value and success of the Dodgers, but rather Major League Baseball as a whole. Among the more prominent North American team sports, MLB has earned a standout reputation as being on the forefront of technological progress. Last year, Disney acquired a huge chuck of ” BAMtech, a technology company spun off from digital media company MLB Advanced Media, for $1 billion.” MLB is currently working alongside ESPN (which is also owned by Disney) to create its own independent cable-less service. Disney currently owns 33 percent of BAMtech with a future option to become the majority owner. But for now, the purchase is a long-term investment in the continued tech overhaul of MLB.Kasten somewhat dismissed the rumor that the Dodgers were looking to bring in more ownership hand.“People have been coming to us,” Kasten said. “We decided to see what strategic contributions could be made. We have an interest in new business and international business. We went public because stuff leaks out and gets misinterpreted. I don’t know if we will add anyone, but if we can add strategic partners, we’re always looking into it.”Despite six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants—combined as both the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers—the franchise is still trying to end it’s surprisingly long 29-year title drought; now the 12th longest stretch in the MLB. The Cleveland Indians, last year’s American League champions, currently hold the league’s longest streak at 69 years.Read more on Kasten’s discussion and more over at the official UCLA Anderson blog. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Last Updated Mar 3, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Los Angeles Dodgers President Talks Strength Of The Franchise AT UCLA Andersonlast_img read more

Chicago Cops to Be Reprimanded After Photo Shows Them Kneeling With Activist

first_imgTremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem??— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Trump also reiterated that his issue with kneeling had nothing to do with race, but instead is about “respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.”Recently Ben Roethlisberger, the longtime quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said that he regrets the team’s much-derided move to not appear on the field during the national anthem last Sunday, adding that the team will most likely stand for the anthem in future games.The two-time Super Bowl champion wrote on his personal website that he “was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday.”The Steelers didn’t come out on the field during the national anthem in a move that many saw as an attempt to boycott the anthem. Two other teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks, also didn’t appear on the field during the anthem in a later game on Sunday.From  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Two Chicago Police officers who knelt with an activist will be reprimanded for making a political statement while in uniform, the department spokesperson said.A photo of the encounter was posted to social media on Sept. 25 by activist Aleta Clark according to the Chicago Tribune, who goes by the name of “englewoodbarbie” on Instagram.Clark wrote in the caption, “That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kaepernick… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel.!”The comments under the photo were mixed with both criticisms and support for the officer’s decision to kneel. US News Sharecenter_img Share this article Chicago Cops to Be Reprimanded After Photo Shows Them Kneeling With Activist By NTD Television September 26, 2017 Updated: September 26, 2017 Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department told the Chicago Tribune that the officers will face a reprimand. The department said it will not be publicly identifying the officers in question. Guglielmi said, “We are aware of the photo and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies.”According to the Chicago Police department’s “rules of conduct” an officer is not allowed to be “participating in any partisan political campaign or activity.”Colin Kaepernick an NFL quarterback was the first player who knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick’s actions were widely criticized as un-American.But in recent times more NFL players have been kneeling, including nearly the whole team of the Pittsburgh Steelers.President Donald Trump on Twitter recently criticized the players for not standing during the anthem.“Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country. #StandForOurAnthem” Trump tweeted on Sept. 25. Show Discussionlast_img read more

FBI Rescued 1305 Children From Predators Youngest 7 Months Old

first_imgFBI Director Christopher A. Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI Headquarters, on June 14, 2018 in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Show Discussion FBI Rescued 1,305 Children From Predators, Youngest 7 Months Old By Jasper Fakkert June 17, 2018 Updated: June 17, 2018 Share US News center_img In this year alone, the FBI has rescued 1,305 children from child predators, FBI Director Christoper Wray said in a June 14 statement.The youngest children rescued were just 7 months old.Each year, thousands of children across the United States fall victim to sexual abuse. Worldwide, more than 1 million children are currently being sexually exploited, according to estimates by the International Labor Organization.Countering the threat of child predators and the freeing of abused children have been key points of focus of the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Trump administration.Last week, the DOJ announced it had arrested more than 2,300 suspects of child sexual abuse and trafficking in a major nationwide operation.“Any would-be criminal should be warned: This Department will remain relentless in hunting down those who victimize our children,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement following the arrest of the 2,300 suspects. Child sexual abuse has seen a sharp rise in recent years, in part fueled by the easy access children have to the internet. Predators win children’s trust through the use of personal information the children have posted on social media.“It’s an unfortunate fact of life that pedophiles are everywhere online,” said special agent Greg Wing, who supervises a cyber squad in the Chicago Field Office, in an earlier statement by the FBI.“The younger generation wants to express themselves, and they don’t realize how vulnerable it makes them,” Wing said. “For a pedophile, that personal information is like gold and can be used to establish a connection and gain a child’s trust.”In recent months, the DOJ has also targeted American nationals who travel overseas to sexually abuse children. Among those convicted was Paul Alan Shapiro, 71, a retired auto dealership employee who lives in Los Angeles. Shapiro was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing minor boys in Thailand. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlelast_img read more

Houses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Flore

first_imgHouses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence on the outskirts of Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 17, 2018. (Jason Miczek/Reuters) Share this article More than 53,600 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Sept. 19, after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast last week, power companies said.That was down from a peak of 1.9 million customers that lost power during the storm.Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area, said power had been restored to 1.6 million customers out of nearly 1.7 million customers who experienced an outage during the storm.The company said it expects to restore power to most customers by Sept. 26.Florence, which made landfall on Sept. 14, as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina and eight in South Carolina.Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence’s historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and repair efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home. US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Share More Than 53,000 Carolinas Customers Without Power After Florence By Reuters September 20, 2018 Updated: September 20, 2018last_img read more

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first_img US News Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Video footage shows the moment Hurricane Michael’s peak winds slam into the Florida Panhandle.Reed Timmer of AccuWeather posted the footage, showing catastrophic winds in Panama City. The storm’s eye came ashore on Mexico Beach, located 20 miles southeast of Panama City.Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, where it started to hammer Georgia and the Carolinas with soaking rain.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm made landfall as a strong Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. There were also tornado warnings in effect for parts of northern Florida and Georgia.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “I think everything from Panama City down to Mexico Beach is way worse than anybody ever anticipated,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said, according to Reuters.“This is going to be a long recovery but Florida is resilient, we help each other, and we survive,” Scott said. “We worked all night in endangered circumstances.” Officials told Reuters that it isn’t clear what happened to 280 people who stayed behind in Mexico Beach.More than 830,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, as of Oct. 11.An 11-year-old Georgia girl was killed in the storm, The Associated Press reported. Officials said that strong winds picked up a portable carport Wednesday and dropped it down on the roof. One of the carport’s legs punctured the roof and hit the 11-year-old girl in the head.hurricane michael slams mexico beach florida Hurricane Michael caused devastating effects in Mexico Beach, Florida. (CNN)The Orlando Sentinel reported that another person was confirmed dead in the storm, saying a man died when a tree fell.Sally Crown, a Florida Panhandle resident, told the Sentinel: “It’s absolutely horrendous. Catastrophic. There’s flooding. Boats on the highway. A house on the highway. Houses that have been there forever are just shattered.” She said that the area around her home was totally devastated.A reporter with The Weather Channel said on live television that she and her crew tried to get to Mexico Beach with a police escort, but they were unable to get there due to downed power lines. She also revealed that an entire freight train was knocked over.“There are so many downed power lines and trees that it’s almost impossible to get through the city,” said Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said.tropical storm michael over south carolina The storm is located over South Carolina and is slated to move to the northeast. (NHC)Storm TrackIn an 8 a.m. update, the NHC said the storm is moving over South Carolina.“A turn toward the east-northeast and an even faster forward speed are expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move across central South Carolina this morning, then move across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this afternoon and this evening, and move into the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.The Associated Press contributed to this report QualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Hurricane Michael’s Peak Winds Near Panama City, Mexico Beach By Jack Phillips October 11, 2018 Updated: October 11, 2018 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

We stopped several people in the airport and it

first_img“We stopped several people in the airport and, it’s embarrassing, but we asked them, ‘Do you think we smell? Because we just got kicked off a plane for smelling,’” Jennie told WPLG.“I’m very frustrated,” Yossi told the station. “I want them to own up to what really happened and to tell me the truth. What was it?”According to the Times of Israel, the Adlers said there was a religious reason for the move.“There’s a religious reason for some reason that they’re kicking me off the plane. We don’t have odor, OK? Nobody here has odor,” Adler says in the video, according to the publication. Family Kicked Off American Airlines Flight After Passengers Allegedly Complain About Body Odor: Reports By Jack Phillips January 25, 2019 Updated: January 25, 2019 Share This is exactly why BOB always keeps a spare deodorant in the glove box. You just never know when you’re going to need it. Anyone else stash deodorant in their car?由 97.9 Bob FM Bloomington 发布于 2019年1月24日周四 American Airlines reportedly removed a family from a plane after other passengers allegedly complained about body odor.Yossi and Jennie Adler and their 19-month-old daughter were asked to get off their plane heading from Miami to Detroit as they were boarding.“All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate and then they said, ‘Sorry, sir, some people complained you had body odor and we’re not letting you back on,’” Adler told local news outlet WPLG. The airline employee told them: “Now you told me for religious reasons you don’t shower, is that what you said?”“No I didn’t! I shower every day. I said you kicked me off because of religious reasons,” Adler shot back at him.Last week, the Adlers were able to make it back to Detroit and got their luggage without incident, the Times reported.Wheelchair Issue?American Airlines said it’s investigating after a woman in a wheelchair was left in an airport overnight following a canceled flight.Midwest Snowstorm Chicago Crews de-ice an American Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (Noreen Nasir/AP Photo)Olimpia Warsaw, 67, was attending a relative’s funeral in Chicago and was scheduled to fly back to Detroit on Nov. 30.Claude Coltea said that he walked his mother Warsaw, who has Parkinson’s and diabetes, to the gate. “I walked with her all the way to her gate,” he told CBS. “I confirmed with the gate agent that the flight was on time. Everything was ok. She said, ‘Yup, all’s fine. We’ll take good care of your mom.’” Coming up at 9: A Detroit family upset after being kicked off a flight leaving from Miami International Airport — American Airlines says it was because of their body odor.— Parker Branton (@ParkerBranton) January 24, 2019 An American Airlines spokesperson issued a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, saying, “They were asked to deplane after multiple passengers, along with our crew members and Miami airport team, were concerned about the comfort of our other passengers due to the odor.”The person said, “Our team members took care of the family by providing overnight accommodations and meals and rebooking them for the next available flight.”The Adlers boarded another flight and this time, they went around asking people about their odor. “We don’t have odor, OK?” Yossi said to an airport agent, according to the report. “Nobody here has odor.”The family said the airliner told them they could collect their luggage, but the flight left with their stuff.“They have our car seat, stroller, everything,” Jennie told outlet. Share this article An American Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 28, 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters) BODY ODOR BOOT – A family vacationing in Miami was kicked off their flight home because passengers complained about their body odor.由 WPLG Local 10 发布于 2019年1月24日周四  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

To those passing by no one would have suspected

first_img“To those passing by, no one would have suspected that these five marijuana grow houses were harboring criminal activity,” police said.The grow homes, the largest of which was 8,500 square-feet in Norcross, had sophisticated equipment to manufacture high-grade marijuana, authorities said.Authorities uncovered two large drug trafficking organizations “that embedded themselves into the community,” Gwinnett County police said in a press release.The 16 suspects are aged between 26 and 54 and are members of large-scale organization that operates in the southeast region of the U.S., police said. As the investigation is still ongoing, more arrests could be made, local media reported.“This is still very active. We are still following up on leads to see where where our next seizure, our next information that we get,” Corporal Michele Pihera, of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WSB-TV Atlanta.It is illegal to grow, buy, sell or smuggle medical or recreational marijuana in Georgia, Fox News reported.The news comes as Federal agents seized $450 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $12 million at the Port of Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.The cocaine, valued at $27,000 per kilo, was seized on board the Desiree and later taken for processing at a warehouse by agents, ABC7 Chicago reported.The drugs bust was the second largest at the Port of Philadelphia this month. $35M worth of pot, other illegal drugs found in ‘elaborate’ grow houses, police say: @wsbtv— Linda Stouffer (@LindaWSB) March 21, 2019 Police Arrest 16 and Seize $35M Worth of Pot in Atlanta Grow Houses By Isabel van Brugen March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019 Chief Butch Ayers said, “The work of the detectives in this case is a shining example of the dedication our officers have to serving the community.”— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) March 20, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Marijuana worth $35 million has been seized across three Atlanta counties following a five-month long investigation that led to the arrest of 16 people, authorities announced Wednesday.Police raided five large “grow houses” in Gwinnett, Henry and Clayton counties on March 14, each with an average of 340 to 1,500 marijuana plants. Police recovered 3,174 marijuana plants altogether, along with THC candies, THC oil, cocaine, illegal mushrooms, 22 firearms, around $676,500 in cash, and six vehicles, the press release said. THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for many of the psychological effects of marijuana. Police estimate the total street value of the seized drugs is around $35 million. US News File photo of individual marijuana bags. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Show Discussion Share Share this article “Major Cleo Atwater, commander of the Narcotics Unit, said, ‘The detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit truly committed themselves to this criminal investigation. Because of their hard work, a significant amount of drugs will be kept out of our neighborhoods and schools,’” Gwinnett Police Department tweeted.“The work of the detectives in this case is a shining example of the dedication our officers have to serving the community,” Police Chief Butch Ayers, 35, added. Over $35 million in drugs were seized from several grow houses. Open images for more information.— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) March 20, 2019 “The detectives learned that the operation was tied to a larger international organization serving not only Gwinnett County and the metro-Atlanta area but also the southeast United States,” the press release continued.Dacula, Jonesboro, Locust Grove and Lawrenceville were named by Gwinnett County police as the locations of the other grow homes searched. The following people were charged in reference to a significant drug investigation spanning the past 5 months.— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) March 20, 2019 Major Cleo Atwater, commander of the Narcotics Unit, said, “The detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit truly committed themselves to this criminal investigation. Because of their hard work, a significant amount of drugs will be kept out of our neighborhoods and schools.”— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) March 20, 2019last_img read more


first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Biden Accuser Wants Him to ‘Acknowledge’ Wrongdoing Over Alleged Incident By Bowen Xiao March 31, 2019 Updated: April 17, 2019 Russo’s initial statement said, in part, that “Neither then, nor in the years since, did (Biden) or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes.”Flores said she was glad Biden was willing to listen, but noted that she wants him to acknowledge more of what happened. “If he is saying that he never believed that that was inappropriate, then frankly I think that’s a little bit of a disconnect,” she said. “I want him to change his behavior, and I want him to acknowledge that it was wrong,” she continued.In an op-ed posted on The Cut on March 29, Flores detailed how she felt Biden get closer to her from behind at a campaign rally. Biden was there to offer his support in her bid for lieutenant governor in Nevada.“He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it… He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.” Rev. Al Sharpton and former Vice President Joe Biden arrive during the National Action Network Breakfast on January 21, 2019 in Washington. (Al Drago/Getty Images)“I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience,” she wrote.In describing the incident, she told CNN that the Biden’s actions were “completely inappropriate” and not normal in a “professional setting.” She said she believes his alleged behavior was “disqualifying” for Biden’s likely run for 2020. Biden has not yet made any formal announcement but has indicated that he has been considering whether to run or not.Weeks ago, Biden had a slip of the tongue and almost announced running for president as he gave a speech to a dinner gathering of Democrats in Delaware.Biden failed to develop a strong base of political support in his two previous presidential runs, dropping out of the race both times. If he were to be elected, he would be 78 years old when taking office, which would make him the oldest president-elect in U.S. history. He grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has spent more than four decades in Washington, mostly as a U.S. senator representing Delaware.Flores also argued in her response that is not the first time that Biden has interacted with woman inappropriately. Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington on March 12, 2019. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)“I just can’t imagine that there was never a situation where someone said to him, ‘Mr. Vice President, you probably should stop doing that. You should probably stop touching women in that way. You should probably keep your hands to yourself,’” she told CNN.Despite not having announced a presidential run, Biden is the clear frontrunner in all major polls tracking possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, including Morning Consult, Monmouth, Harvard-Harris, and Emerson. According to a RealClearPolitics average, Biden leads at 29 percent, as self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) trails far behind at 22 percent. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Share Show Discussion Share this article Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on March 31 denied ever acting inappropriately after allegations came out that he made a woman uncomfortable when he kissed her at a campaign event back in 2014. But the accuser responded the same day, saying she wanted Biden to “change.”“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said in a statement. “And not once—never—did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”Biden said he did not recall the 2014 incident.Former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores responded to the new statement and said it was “certainly better” than the initial response from Biden’s spokesman, Bill Russo, on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) 2020 Election last_img read more

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first_img US News Oregon Baker Gets Second Chance to Justify Denying Same-Sex Wedding Cake By Matthew Vadum June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019 Photo of the exterior of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon on Feb. 5, 2013. (Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court punted in a high-profile civil rights case this week, instructing a lower court to reconsider its ruling punishing Christian bakers in Gresham, Oregon, who refused on religious grounds to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.The ruling, which comes a year after the Supreme Court reversed a Colorado ruling compelling a Christian baker to make a cake for a gay couple, gives the married bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, another opportunity to contest the finding of liability under Oregon’s public accommodations law.At the original hearing, Oregon Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough ordered the Kleins to pay a total of $135,000 in damages to a cake-seeking lesbian couple. The Kleins were forced to close their custom-cake bakery. A state appeals court upheld the award.According to their petition to the high court, the Kleins “owned a bakery, which they operated in accord with their religious convictions. They designed and created custom cakes—only custom cakes. And they did so without regard to the sexual orientation of their customers, including the complainants in this case, who had commissioned a wedding cake from the Kleins for a traditional wedding just two years before setting this litigation in motion,” the document stated.“What the Kleins could not do in good conscience was to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a wedding ceremony that contravened their religious belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”Appearing on Fox News Channel on June 18 with her lawyer, Stephanie Taub, Melissa Klein said she was “really happy” to be given a “second chance” to fight the charges. “We lost our business. It’s been six years now and it’s definitely taken a toll on our family,” Klein said.Taub said the state of Oregon acted with “anti-religious hostility” toward the Kleins. “No one should be forced to express a message they disagree with,” the attorney added.The high court ruled June 17 in the case, known as Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, without hearing oral arguments, performing what lawyers call a “grant, vacate, and remand.” This means the court simultaneously granted the bakers’ request to review the case, set aside the unfavorable ruling by the Court of Appeals of Oregon, and returned the case to that court with instructions to reconsider it.Specifically, the Supreme Court ordered the Oregon court to reconsider the case, in light of its ruling last year in an even more high-profile confectionery case known as Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.In that June 2018 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the Colorado civil rights agency had failed to treat religious expression neutrally when it exhibited hostility to a baker’s religious beliefs. Two gay men had asked the baker, Jack C. Phillips, to bake a wedding cake for their same-sex nuptials. The Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 that Phillips’ rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment had been infringed and reversed the commission’s decision forcing the bakery to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.Ethan W. Blevins, a staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, co-authored a friend-of-the-court brief in the Kleins’ case.PLF is concerned about the growing power of the so-called administrative state. Blevins told The Epoch Times his organization got involved because administrative law judges across America “are deciding sensitive issues,” often favoring the government’s position, “without clear guidance from the Supreme Court.”In his brief, Blevins argued “state laws pose unique First Amendment problems given their sweeping ‘breadth and operation.’”“Although this case deals with cake artistry, the court of appeals noted that the Oregon law could also apply to ‘a person whose business is writing commissioned music or poetry for weddings, or producing a sculpture or portrait of the couple kissing at an altar.’ … Thus, without this Court’s guidance, state agencies will continue to ‘awkwardly appl[y]’ state public accommodations laws to “a person whose ‘business’ is artistic expression.” Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

An Ohio woman said she tripped and fell on a wet

first_imgAn Ohio woman said she tripped and fell on a “wet floor” sign at Cincinnati’s Jack Casino and was awarded $3 million by a jury. (Google Street) Ohio Woman Awarded $3 Million After Tripping Over Casino’s ‘Wet Floor’ Sign By Jack Phillips June 30, 2019 Updated: June 30, 2019 “The Casino’s callous disregard for their customers’ safety was on full display throughout the trial.”A normal person would still observe a bright yellow sign on the floor— Jammers! (@Ford289HiPo) June 30, 2019 US News Sadowski’s lawyer, Matt Nakajima, said a casino employee walked around the sign and didn’t pick it up before she fell.“The casino had no safety policies in place for floor inspection or fall prevention and had no criticism of the employee’s failure to pick up the trip hazard even though its own internal documents found her at fault,” Nakajima said, reported the Enquirer. “The casino’s callous disregard for their customers’ safety was on full display throughout the trial.”In the fall, the woman suffered a broken knee cap. Her lawyers said she had to get a metal piece surgically inserted in her knee, and now, she has arthritis where the fracture occurred.Nakajima said she might have to undergo more surgery.The casino, however, said the “wet floor” sign was visible and Sadowski didn’t see it, the report said. Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img “Ohio woman who slipped on collapsed ‘wet floor’ sign at casino awarded $3M”— Bobby (@BTBobby) June 30, 2019 An Ohio woman was awarded $3 million after she tripped and fell on a “wet floor” sign at Cincinnati’s Jack Casino, it was reported on June 29.Lynda Sadowski had walked to the knocked-down sign inside the casino September 2016. The woman wasn’t aware it was on the ground, tripped, fell, and suffered injuries, her lawyers said, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.A jury in Hamilton County, Ohio, found that the Jack Casino didn’t “use ordinary care” and didn’t maintain a safe environment before the woman fell. Share this article Share Lawyers for the Jack Casino said her fall “resulted merely from [her] failure to pay attention to her surroundings,” the paper reported“[Sadowski] cannot recover for her injuries because she had superior or equal knowledge of the alleged hazard,” the casino noted.Man Gets $7.5 Million Over Watermelon Injury (Getty Images | Scott Olson)An Alabama jury once awarded $7.5 million to a man who broke his hip buying a watermelon at Walmart.Henry Walker walked into the Phoenix City Walmart in June 2015. He reached for a watermelon in a container sitting atop a pallet, unaware his foot had become lodged in the side opening of the pallet, according to one of Walker’s attorneys Shaun O’Hara.When he turned back to his shopping cart, his foot stuck, he fell and broke his hip. The Army veteran was 59 at the time. He used to play basketball with friends three days a week before his fall, O’Hara said. Now he has to use a walker.(gresei/iStock) (gresei/iStock)“You don’t expect to go into a grocery store walking fine on your two feet and come out on a stretcher,” O’Hara said, according to jury viewed security footage from the store that showed several other people getting their feet caught in the pallet’s side opening.“It was a fair verdict because Walmart just didn’t care,” said Charlie Gower, Walker’s lead attorney. “They should have had something to cover up that pallet so someone’s foot couldn’t get caught in it, and they didn’t.”Walmart issued a statement, saying, “We are disappointed in the verdict and believe that the damages awarded were excessive in light of the facts in this case.” last_img read more

Kenneth Jackson APTN News Minutes before a schedul

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsMinutes before a scheduled interview with the Chiefs of Ontario regional chief was to begin APTN received a cease and desist letter from the organization’s lawyer.The lawyer said APTN was in possession of confidential documents that were damaging to the organization.They knew this because APTN had told them when requesting an interview. The documents included financial reports, internal emails and workplace harassment complaints that showed the organization was under a financial and organizational restructure, as well grappling with complaints from two former female employees – one alleging her sexuality was targeted.“I write to urge you not to further facilitate the breaches of privacy and confidentiality that have already occurred, and to refrain from distributing unlawfully obtained, retained, and distributed information,” Katherine Hensel wrote Aug. 22.“Further, the person or persons who provided them to you has breached their obligation of confidentiality to the organization, and may be liable contractually and in equity for so doing.”Read the letter the COO sent here: Release of Confidential Information and Documents to MediaAPTN didn’t respond to the letter and the interview proceeded as scheduled with Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald who first asked for the motive of APTN to be asking questions.The story ran five days later.That same day a letter went out to chiefs, which was just recently given to APTN.Archibald had alerted leadership to APTN’s story but also that she suspected who the sources were.“Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to do as much as possible to protect the privacy of past and present employees, cease and desist letters have been sent to the individuals we suspect being responsible for the release of confidential information,” wrote Archibald.Archibald also reached out to their “funding partners”. Indigenous Services provides most of the funding and did the financial review in July that found the organization was running a deficit of more than $1.3 million that was growing at $50,000 a month.“The article released earlier today also stated that the organization is bleeding money monthly on a large scale,” said Archibald. “I wish to assure you that by addressing this issue cooperatively, with the Board and senior management team, we have stabilized the organization since I took office by instituting sound fiscal management and I’m leading the organization through fiscal restraint and proper management of all resources.“My goal is to eliminate the deficit by March 31, 2019. I am currently working collaboratively with our funding partners on ensuring that the financial health of the organization continues, and is strengthened, balanced and stable going forward.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Drunk pilot found slumped over in the cockpit in Canada

first_img‘Drunk’ pilot found slumped over in the cockpit in Canada Blog January 5, 20170 Commentscenter_img A Sunwing Airlines pilot, who was three times over the legal alcohol limit, was found slumped in the cockpit before take-off on a flight from Canada to Mexico.Miroslav Gronych, 37, had boarded with five other crew members and 99 passengers just after 7am on New Years Eve for a flight from Calgary to Cancun, Mexico. The co-pilot alerted police after he found Gronych slumped over in the pilot’s seat minutes before take-off. Mr Gronych was escorted from the plane and charged with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired and having care and control of an aircraft while having a blood alcohol level over .08.The pilot, a Slovakian national residing in Saskatoon, was released on $1,000 bail and made to surrender his passport. On Thursday, his lawyer appeared at the Case Management Office in Calgary, at which time the case was put over until Jan. 25. Gronych did not appear in person and no plea was entered.Sunwing spokeswoman, Janine Massey, praised the rest of the crew for handling what she called a very unfortunate matter. She said: “We can confirm that shortly before 7am local time, the gate agents, first officer and crew of Sunwing flight 595, departing from Calgary and destined for Cancun, determined that the captain was unfit to fly and reported this accordingly.”In the space of a week, there have been two major incidents involving drunk pilots. Only a few days ago, Secret Flying reported the story of how a ‘drunk’ Indonesian pilot stumbled through security to fly a plane with 154 passengers on board. In that incident, it was the passengers that became suspicious when they heard slurred words and unclear announcements from the cockpit.last_img read more

Free Family Saturday at The High Desert Museum February 23

first_imgFree Family Saturday at The High Desert Museum- February 23 Pinterest 0 Email E-Headlines on February 21, 2013 Free admission to the High Desert Museum, courtesy of Mid Oregon Credit Union, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23. Museum Free Family Day hours are 10am to 4pm.The “Free Family Saturday” complimentary admission program supports the educational mission of Mid Oregon Credit Union by providing the community with the opportunity to explore wildlife and living history right in Central Oregon’s backyard.“This event is a high spot for us each year,” said Kyle Frick, Mid Oregon Credit Union VP of marketing and community relations. “The staff members who volunteer at the event come back with great stories about the families who visit the museum on the free days. It is amazing to see the smiles and energy of all the people who enjoy the museum on Free Family Saturday!”Enjoy diverse species of live, free-flying butterflies and hummingbirds at the Butterfly & Hummingbird Exhibit. For more information about exhibits, wildlife encounters, living history performances, music, and tours, visit the Museum’s website at The museum is located five minutes south from Bend on Highway 97. Note: Parking is limited: A free shuttle is offered from the Morning Star Christian School (19741 Baker Road) parking lot to the Museum and back all day. Children requiring car seats are not allowed to ride the shuttle. Thank you for understanding. Twittercenter_img Share. By CBN Google+ LinkedIn Facebook Tumblrlast_img read more

Improving Our Emotional Intelligence is a Smart Move

first_imgImproving Our Emotional Intelligence is a Smart Move Email By Commentary by Maeve Perle of Central Oregon Community College. Facebook 0 Google+ Pinterest Most scientists agree that we are more or less stuck with the IQ we were born with. Although we can improve our brain’s functionality by activitiessuch as exercising, practicing music, learning a new language, doingbrain teasers, and eating well, our brains don’t actually get smarter. We simply use our gray matter more efficiently, resulting in better outcomes.  The good news, according to Daniel Goleman, is that “at best IQ contributes only about 20 percent to the factors that determine life success”. In other words,extreme intelligence is not enough to guarantee you promotions and career advancement. Instead, a better predictor of success, he posits, is your Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ)—your capacity to manage social relationships and controlyour emotions.Your ability to touch colleagues and customers alike through genuine warmth, compassion, and kind wordsor gestures,is tantamount to long-term personal success (and personal fulfillment at work). While our temperament, our unconscious mind,and the values, beliefs, and norms of the culture we grew up in all influence our EQ, our emotional intelligence can be vastly improved through training, awareness and effort.Recent studies have divided EQ into four clusters:1. Self-awareness- understanding your moods, emotions,and needs (and their impact on those around you). 2. Self-management- acting with honesty and assertiveness in a consistent and acceptable manner. 3. Social awareness- understanding how others are feeling, and reading their bodylanguage and mood.4. Relationship management- having the interpersonal skill to communicate clearly with compassion, humor, and honesty.From these characteristics, you can see how a person with a high EQ would work better in teams, communicate more effectively to a wider, more diverse population, adaptcalmly to change, and manage cross-cultural relations. You can also imagine that having an advanced EQ could lead to better problem solving and conflict management skills. Lastly, motivating others and leading effectively would become easier with this skillset.The first step to improvingyour EQ is observation and awareness. Does the problem stem from you (your behavior) or your hiring decisions? Have you based hiring decisions solely on a skill-set for the job or the overall fit for your team/company? Start to become more aware of how people you are supposedly connecting with are reacting to you, and analyze your self-management. Are you quick to anger? How is your attitude? How are these factors affecting the people you work with?Maybe you think you are doing fine; however, a true test entails asking your co-workers and peers foranonymousfeedback so that you can truly understand how you are perceived and if it correlates to how you see yourself. If a true problem exists, it shows up as a pattern with many staff members coming to the same conclusions. View this information as useful to your evolution in the company and not as a personal slight. Do you know someone who seems to be charismatic and socially adaptable? Try to emulate what they do and how they do it. Once you know where you should improve, refining emotional intelligence becomes easier.Maeve Perle is an adjunct instructorfor the business department at Central Oregon Community College.center_img E-Headlines LinkedIn Twitter Tumblr Share. on February 4, 2014last_img read more

League of Women Voters of Deschutes County and the Deschutes Public Library

first_img 0 Candidates for Deschutes County Circuit Judge, County Commission and District Attorney will appear at various forums in April. A forum will also be held on the City of Bend Fire Levy Measure.Deschutes County Circuit Judge, Position # 5 (This is an open seat with Judge Haslinger retiring)Candidates: Steven M. Kurzer Walter Randy Miller Thomas SpearDeschutes Public Library, Brooks Room,  April 1, 5:15pmDeschutes County Commissioner, Position #1Candidates: Tony DeBone (R) Richard Estermann (R)April 8, 12:15pmState/County Building, Barnes/Sawyer Meeting Room Deschutes County District AttorneyCandidates: Patrick FlahertyJohn HummelApril 15, 5:15pmState/County Building, Barnes/Sawyer Meeting RoomThe public is welcome to these events. These are moderated events with questions welcome from the floor. A few refreshments will be provided by the League of Women Voters. May Ballot Measure Bend Fire LevySpeakers: Larry Langston, Bend Fire ChiefTom Fay, Executive Director, Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 & Bend fire Department Facility ManagerJodie Barram Bend Mayor Pro TemApril 3, 11am-1pmBlack Bear Dinner  Larry Langston, Bend Fire Chief started his fire career in 1972 as a paramedic in Alaska.  In 1987 he was promoted to Chief of the Anchorage Fire Department where he served for 8 years before coming to Bend. Larry became the 5th Chief of the Bend Fire Department in 1994 until 2008 when he retired. Asked to step in as Interim Chief in 2013, Larry is once again at the helm of Bend Fire.Tom Fay, executive director, Deschutes County Rural Fire Protection District #2 & Bend Fire, Department Facility Manager oversees the fire protection of 250 square miles of the County for residents outside of municipalities.  He also has a 5 member board that he works with. Jodie Barram, Bend Mayor Pro Tem has served on the Bend City Council since December 2008. Before that, she was on the Bend Planning Commission. Jodie substitutes as an educational assistant and is married with two active teenagers. This event is open to the general public. The League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through active and informed participation in government. The league influences public policy through education and advocacy The League of Women Voters is a national, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through active and informed participation in government.The league influences public policy through education and advocacy. Google+ E-Headlines Email League of Women Voters of Deschutes County and the Deschutes Public Library Host Candidate Forums Share. By CBNcenter_img on March 20, 2014 Pinterest Tumblr LinkedIn Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

NeighborImpact Celebrates 50 Years of Community Action

first_img Google+ on September 2, 2014 Twitter By CBN NeighborImpact Celebrates 50 Years of Community Action Facebook LinkedIn E-Headlinescenter_img 0 Individual development accounts boost local economy. Fifty years ago this month, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law giving birth to community action. There are 1,100 across the country, including 17 in Oregon. NeighborImpact is Central Oregon’s community action agency. Community action organizations help low-income people and families move out of poverty and achieve economic stability through a variety of targeted programs such as Head Start, weatherization, energy assistance, job training and placement, financial education, housing and transportation.One program that is contributing to economic development efforts in Central Oregon is the Individual Development Account (IDA) program. This matched savings program, which is made possible through an Oregon state tax credit, helps working-class households build assets through a monthly savings plan. Participants may save to purchase a home, create or expand a business, pay for higher education, rehabilitate their home or obtain technology to create or retain an employment opportunity.“This is about boosting people’s lives and giving them opportunities to get out of poverty and succeed through life-long savings habits,” explains Lynne McConnell, associate director of HomeSource and assets.The IDA program has helped dozens of local businesses become reality, including Fearless Bakery in Bend and Ballokai in Sisters. Bollakai owner Tracy Smith makes handmade pieces of art that merge with fashion and environmental sustainability, while Abby Jensen of Fearless Bakery celebrated her company’s one-year anniversary in May. Both owners utilized the IDA program to help save up the money they needed to kick-start their businesses. There are 100 people currently enrolled in the program and the local program has the highest graduation rate in the state.“The IDA program is all about helping people realize their dreams,” said McConnell. “It’s so exciting for NeighborImpact to play a role in developing opportunities for people to contribute to our local economy.”IDA clients participate in selected NeighborImpact and COCC courses depending on their savings goal, including financial skills workshops. When the client reaches his/her specified savings goal and has attended workshops and coaching sessions, every dollar saved is matched with $3.00 of tax credit funds. Enrollees who save $3,000 of their own money can graduate with $12,000 for their savings goal.Since 1985, NeighborImpact has been a leader in developing solutions and bringing resources to Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes County. The agency offers a diversity of services meeting basic human needs for food and shelter, while enriching people’s lives by providing access to increased education, skills, and hope for the future. NeighborImpact is a private nonprofit organization that receives federal, state and local funding; foundation grants; and donations from individuals and businesses in our community.To learn more about NeighborImpact please visit Pinterest Share. Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras Oregon Offers Impressive Entrepreneurship Program

first_img Pinterest Tumblr Twitter Google+ If the men had not been dressed identically in blue denim and sitting in a building surrounded by fences topped with razor wire, their business plan presentations would not have indicated their current residence—prison. Each presentation was organized, thoughtful and delivered with polished ease.On September 16, inmates, instructors and guests at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras gathered for a graduation ceremony celebrating the inmates completion of an entrepreneurship program offered through COCC’s Small Business Development Center.The inmates participate in an eight-week course, which ends with some of them offering their business plans to a panel of business leaders for feedback on graduation day. The course combines instruction with small group advising providing foundational principles in how to start and run a business. In its third year, the program has expanded from one group of 24 individuals to two groups. The second group was composed of nine inmates who are U.S. Veterans.Instructor Maureen Quinn said completing the course and developing their business plans instills confidence in the inmates.“They’ve done the work and they can see that running their own business is doable and that they can eventually succeed,” she said.One of the guest speakers was a former graduate of the program who owns a successful auto mechanic business.“Pete” (not his real name) told the graduates that they would need to “stay focused and driven,” to succeed. He cautioned them not to expect overnight success or count on a wage in the first year.This was Pete’s second address to the graduates having completed the first year’s program. This time he said he felt more a part of the “outside” community than the Deer Ridge population.Pete served almost 13 years in Oregon prisons before his release several years ago. He had owned an auto repair business prior to his encounter with the criminal justice system.One of the most important skills he gained from the entrepreneurship program was how to write a business plan. He said learning about resources to support his efforts also played a significant role in helping him start his new business.His 1967 Mustang Fastback, valued at $13,000,became the collateral for a startup loan from Mercy Corp Northwest.Michael, a graduate of last year’s program, said it was important for the inmates to see that Pete had made it on the outside.“We hear about failure walking out,” he said.“It’s few and far between that we see success stories.”Michael already has his financing secured for the food cart he plans to open in Portland upon his release in November 2015.Like Pete, all of the businesses the men proposed relied on expertise they had before entering prison. Christopher said he would use his finish carpentry skills to start a custom woodworking business. On display was an oak file cabinet he had built which was slated for the Prineville Chamber of Commerce office.Kelvin and Danial, who both had information technology education and experience prior to their incarceration, plan to begin their business in January 2016. Their brochure, which lists their services and accompanying prices, states that they intend “to create a safer, easier internet that enhances productivity and security for the end user.”Frank said he was 26 when he “joined the department of corrections.” In addition to a landscape maintenance business he plans to start, he’s also going to help launch Taste of Freedom, a coffee cart venture located at Deer Ridge. This enterprise will offer opportunities for graduates of the program to practice the skills they are learning.“I want to be a provider and not a taker,” he said.Larry told the audience his business would be a “felon-friendly employer.” A former sheep farmer, he’d managed and sold three businesses over 30 years before ending up at Deer Ridge. Larry wants to put his farming background to use running an organic dairy farm. Of the $450,000 he estimates he’ll need, he has $150,000 for the down payment on land.Daniel loves diesel engines. That’s all he’s ever wanted to do is work on diesel engines. His brochure said he is a “third generation diesel mechanic.” When he gets out, he and his dad will open Dunes Diesel Performance on the Oregon coast, offering “honest, affordable diesel repair and performance upgrades.”After making their presentations, the perspective business owners received feedback from a panel of three businesspeople, Eric Strobel with Barrett Business Services, James Gentes from BendTECH and Nate LiaBraaten of the Cascadian Group.In addition to advising the presenters on their business plans, the panel members praised the quality of their presentations.“They told us about their businesses in a really creative, interesting way that drew us in and that’s what pitching is all about; that’s the name of the game,” said Strobel.Those polished performances are a result of coaching from members of the Spirit Trackers Toastmasters Club located within the prison, which is under the guidance of Area 10 Governor and inmate Michael who will start his Portland food cart business next year.In preparation for talking about their businesses, the inmates spent three weeks, one hour each day for five days working on their speeches. Michael said the presentations were really rough in the beginning with a lot of awkward pauses. But on graduation day, there was no sign of that “roughness.”The entrepreneurship program has given the men the confidence to act upon what they have learned Michael emphasized. “Before,” he said, “we didn’t think we could be worthy of owning our own businesses.”Kathy Oxborrow is a consultant providing opinion research, facilitation, planning and writing services for businesses and nonprofits. For more information contact Kathy at 541-318-5518 or Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras, Oregon Offers Impressive Entrepreneurship Program 0 Share. Daniel, Larry, Frank, Christopher, Danial and Kelvin. Photo by Oxborrow Consulting Email LinkedIn By Kathy Oxborrow of Oxborrow Consulting E-Headlines on October 2, 2014 Facebooklast_img read more