Ironic reunion former OSU quarterback Joe Germaine coaching in Arizona

Arizona State linebacker Paul Reynolds stepped onto the field for the final drive of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Ohio State as confident as could be. The Sun Devils had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-14 with less than two minutes to play, and the Buckeyes were sending out an unproven sophomore quarterback to lead them on their final drive. “Pat Tillman (Reynolds’ ASU teammate) and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field,” Reynolds said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.” Joe Germaine led a 65-yard game-winning drive, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Boston, to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Thirteen years later, Reynolds, the athletic director at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Ariz., hired the “baby-faced” quarterback with “big ear pads” to be his varsity football coach. “My first day in the weight room, we took a photo of the kids and me,” said Joe Germaine, 1997 Rose Bowl MVP. Reynolds “had it PhotoShopped and put me in a Sun Devils shirt. Naturally, I did the same to him, only putting him in a Buckeyes jersey.” Germaine played in the NFL for five seasons and has had multiple stints in the Arena Football League since graduating from OSU in 1998. In his first season as coach, Germaine is 5-1, with a triple-overtime victory over the defending Arizona Class 4A Division II state champions. “I’ve always had a passion for the game,” Germaine said. “I loved practicing. I loved going to meetings. I just loved learning the game.” Hired by Reynolds in March, Germaine was a quarterback coach at Basha High School in Arizona for three years and an assistant at Mesa Community College for two years before coming to Queen Creek. “I got into coaching once I started playing Arena Football,” Germaine said. “The schedule was different from the NFL, and I had the time to do it.” The Arena Football League plays its games from April to August instead of September through January, as the NFL does. “It’s a thrill, being a head coach,” he said. “I’m seeing the game from a different vantage point.” Germaine played for OSU from 1996–1998. Known for his prolific passing and unflappable composure, he threw for 6,370 yards, third-most in OSU history, and 56 touchdowns, second-most in OSU history. Reynolds said the unflappable composure is still there. “In the triple-overtime win, he didn’t look nervous for one second,” he said. “He has such a calm demeanor.” Queen Creek won the triple-overtime thriller 49-42, securing the game with a goal-line stand in the third extra period. “The kids definitely take after their coach,” Reynolds said. “They’re high school kids, you know. You expect them to make mistakes, but no one lost their composure and they held on for the win.” Germaine said he holds high expectations for his players. “We have very high standards on and off the field,” Germaine said. “We teach accountability, and the kids have just been great.” Against Illinois on Oct. 2, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor passed Germaine for seventh on the “all-time total offense” list at OSU. Germaine had 6,094 yards of total offense as a Buckeye. “I think Terrelle is a terrific talent,” Germaine said. “I expect him to be one of the all-time greats at Ohio State once it’s all said and done.” He said some of the criticism Pryor faced last season as a sophomore was unfair. Germaine said everyone has to mature and credited the OSU coaching staff for helping Pryor develop his game. “Great coaches make great players,” he said. Jim “Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano are great teachers of the game. It’s easy to see why Pryor is where he’s at with coaches like that.” Germaine said his coach at OSU, John Cooper, taught him a lot about the game. “He was fair and treated his players with respect,” he said. “I try to do those same things for my players.” Understandably, many of Queen Creek’s players are Arizona State fans. Queen Creek is only about 30 miles from the ASU campus. “It’s funny,” Germaine said. “We have an ASU-OSU thing going on. They razz me a little bit and I razz them a little bit, but they know that I’m a Buckeye, and there’s no changing that.” Reynolds said Germaine is a great coach and is only going to get better. “He’s been doing a great job,” he said. “I don’t think the kids realize what they’ve got, but I sure do. Hopefully, we can get him to stick around here a while.” It might be tough for Reynolds to keep the former OSU star at Queen Creek. Germaine said he would love to coach at the collegiate level. He even hinted at the possibility of coaching at his alma mater. “Who knows?” he said. “Maybe a few years down the road, Tressel will be hiring and I’ll come back to Ohio State. OSU has a special place in my heart and that’d be something.” Although he said he loves coaching, he still has a desire to play. “I wish more than anything to get an opportunity to play again,” he said. “I keep in shape, hoping that chance will come — you never know.” As for the rest of Queen Creek’s season, Germaine said they’ve got one of the tougher schedules in the state, but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t set high. “You can imagine how we want to finish,” he said. read more

TBDPITL Ep 19 Ohio State mens basketballs downward spiral

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s four-game losing streak and if it will become a five-game one after the Purdue game, and if there is a end to the losing ways in the near future. Wyatt and Colin also talk about Ohio State men’s hockey’s sweep against then-No. 13 Penn State and how the team looks ready for another deep tournament run, as well as women’s basketball’s recent defeat against Michigan.

Xherdan Shaqiri hints readiness for transfer

first_imgSwitzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that one day he would be open to a transfer out of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to move to Serie A.Shaqiri who came to Anfield after having from Stoke City in the summer transfer window is still settling to the breath of Liverpool.The 27-year-old Shaqiri netted two goals with two assists so far in nine Premier League games this season, however, he only played four times in the top flight.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by The Sports Review, Shaqiri said:“I had some good times there, and I couldn’t criticise Inter Milan ever.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as Podolski, Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.”Shaqiri has probably opened up door for a move as he claims that he never know what next for his future yet states he is happy at Liverpool FC.“Go back to Italy? I’m fine at Liverpool, but you never know,” he added.He could also feature in Liverpool against Everton on Sundaylast_img read more

Lyon president would love to sign Olivier Giroud

first_imgJean-Michel Aulas revealed he’s been dreaming of signing Olivier Giroud for a long time now and hopes to make it a reality at the end of the season.The French striker has found regular opportunities hard to come by in London for the past couple of seasons at Arsenal and Chelsea.Giroud has only made six starts in his 12 Premier League appearances this season and recently confessed in an interview that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival leaves his Chelsea future in doubt.Now Lyon president Aulas has come forward and revealed his great interest in bringing back Giroud to his native France after spending the last six and a half years in London.The 69-year-old added that he had initially attempted to sign Giroud at the end of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup victory in Russia.“I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though.“Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players.“[At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.“We will have to see the coach who will be at the end of the season, but I like the boy. He’s a good person.”In total, Giroud has managed five goals and assists in 27 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.The 32-year-old’s fellow striker Alvaro Morata left Chelsea this week in favour of a return to Atletico Madrid on loan after falling of favour under coach Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR State Rep Candidate Dave Robertson Defends Himself Against Disinformation

first_img(Editor’s Note: The letter below is in direct response from a press statement recently released by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee.)Dear Editor,Desperate times call for desperate measures and outright lies it seems, at least in the eyes of some campaigns here in the 19th Middlesex District. Rather than report on the facts, they decided to spread disinformation in the dark in hopes that you, the people, would fall for it. So rather than take up more of your, the voter and residents, precious time let me set out my stance on immigration and Senator Warren.First, immigration. Here are the real facts, and not the “fake news.”I never have nor never will support sanctuary cities and the concepts of them.Unlike my opponents, who have not mentioned any other policy regarding illegal immigration but sanctuary cities, I have vocally and formally opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.Again, unlike my opponents, I have vocalized my staunch opposition to allowing for state ID’s or driver licenses to illegal aliens as well.I have the most recent and wide-reaching knowledge on what proposals are being put forward regarding illegal immigration and the best and deepest knowledge on which ones need to be stopped. No other candidate can claim this.Secondly, with respect to “endorsement” by Senator Warren.I do not support Senator Warren and she does not support me. In fact, I haven’t spoken to her directly in any capacity in over 2 years, and never in any campaign related capacity.My interactions with her office have been to assist veterans find lost paperwork, to help book tickets to the White House for constituents, or to make inquiries about IRS backtaxes. It was to help constituents, and nothing more. Problems were solved, and people’s lives put back together.I took a photo with Senator Warren to send to an ex-girlfriend who was starting law school at the time. Senator Warren and her attended the same institute, and Senator Warren was kind enough to wish her luck by taking a photo. I was only being a loving and supporting boyfriend, nothing else.Having lived here my whole life, I know Wilmington and Tewksbury residents are too smart to fall for these tricks once the facts come to light. Residents don’t want to hear mudslinging, they are too busy working hard and providing for their families. Residents want substantive plans going forward from proven, experienced, and local candidates who will accomplish things like working to stop the Transrail development in Wilmington, or help bring state-funding to build a new elementary school in Tewksbury and provide actual taxpayer relief. To those still with questions, I’m an open-book, and am happy to answer any question. Voters are always welcome to reach out to me on Facebook via Dave Robertson for State Representative or any other of the ways we’ve published, or to stop and ask me when I see them out and about town.Sincerely,Dave RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman & Dave Robertson Respond To Criticism From Tewksbury Republican Town CommitteeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of “Flip Flopping” On ICEIn “Government”last_img read more

NonMPO teachers staff end hunger strike

first_imgThe Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions had been observing the hunger strike since Sunday. Photo: Hasan RazaTeachers and employees of the non-MPO educational institutions on Friday called an end to their fast unto death programme after an assurance from prime minister Sheikh Hasina.MPO or monthly pay order is the financial benefit received by private educational institutions that are recognised by the government.Sazzadul Hassan, private secretary to the prime minister, confirmed the withdrawal of the hunger strike to Prothom Alo.The Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions had been observing the hunger strike since Sunday, demanding inclusion of all government-approved secondary schools, colleges, madrasas and vocational institutions under MPO facilities.Now classes will resume on Sunday, they said.The educational institutions under MPO avail monthly government allocation for teachers and employees while non-MPOs do not get this.last_img read more

Journalist Mahfuz Ullah dies

first_imgSenior journalist Mahfuz Ullah File photoNoted journalist Mahfuz Ullah passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Saturday morning.He was 69.The journalist, who was on life support at Bumrungrad International Hospital, breathed his last around 10:05am (Bangladesh time).“My father is no more. He breathed his last at 10:05 am today. We are taking preparations to take his body home as early as possible after completing necessary formalities,” his daughter Nusrat Humaira told UNB.Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various complications of the heart, kidney and lungs. He was flown to Thailand on 10 April for advanced treatment.He was politically active since his student life and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained MA degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University.He started his career in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with the then popular weekly “Bichitra” since its inception in 1972.He also worked at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a “China expert” and taught at Dhaka University’s journalism department.Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and been involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in the country.He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.Books edited by him include the biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and independent Bangladesh.last_img read more

UPDATE Harris County Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Doctors For Opioid Epidemic

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Listen to the News 88.7 In Depth report here: Listen Harris County’s lawsuit is not the first of its kind. Lawsuits of this nature have been popping up across the country. Upshur County, in East Texas, filed a similar lawsuit in September. Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) is a national trade association that represents wholesale distributors, some of whom are involved in the lawsuit.In a statement, HDA spokesman John Parker said:“As distributors, we understand the tragic impact the opioid epidemic has on communities across the country. We are deeply engaged in the issue and are taking our own steps to be part of the solution – but we aren’t willing to be scapegoats. Distributors are logistics companies that arrange for the safe and secure storage, transport, and delivery of medicines from manufacturers to pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and others based on prescriptions from licensed physicians. We don’t make medicines, market medicines, prescribe medicines, or dispense them to consumers. Given our role, the idea that distributors are solely responsible for the number of opioid prescriptions written defies common sense and lacks understanding of how the pharmaceutical supply chain actually works and how it is regulated.We are ready to have a serious conversation about solving a complex problem and are eager to work with political leaders and all stakeholders in finding forward-looking solutions.” AmerisourceBergen, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., also involved in the suit,  provided Houston Public Media with statements:Janssen Pharmaceuticals: Responsibly used opioid-based pain medicines give doctors and patients important choices to help manage the debilitating effects of chronic pain. At the same time, we recognize opioid abuse and addiction is a serious public health issue that must be addressed. We believe the allegations in lawsuits against our company are both legally and factually unfounded.  Janssen has acted in the best interests of patients and physicians with regard to its opioid pain medicines, which are FDA-approved and carry FDA-mandated warnings about possible risks on every product label. According to independent surveillance data, Janssen opioid pain medicines consistently have some of the lowest rates of abuse among these medications, and since 2008 the volume of Janssen opioid products always has amounted to less than one percent of the total prescriptions written per year for opioid medications, including generics.  Addressing opioid abuse will require collaboration among many stakeholders and we will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to support solutions.- William Foster, spokesperson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.AmerisourceBergen: AmerisourceBergen and other wholesale drug distributors are responsible for getting FDA-approved drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers to DEA-registered pharmacies, based on prescriptions written by licensed doctors and health care providers. Our role in doing so is quite widespread across different therapies, with the distribution of opioid-based products constituting less than two percent of our sales. We are dedicated to doing everything within our power as a distributor to mitigate the diversion of these drugs without interfering with clinical decisions made by doctors, who interact directly with patients and decide what treatments are most appropriate for their care. Beyond our reporting and immediate halting of tens of thousands of potentially suspicious orders, we refuse service to customers we deem as a diversion risk and provide daily reports to the DEA that detail the quantity, type, and the receiving pharmacy of every single order of these products that we distribute. We are committed to collaborating with all stakeholders, including in Texas, on ways to combat opioid abuseTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.: Teva is committed to the appropriate use of opioid medicines, and we recognize the critical public health issues impacting communities across the U.S. as a result of illegal drug use as well as the misuse and abuse of opioids that are available legally by prescription. To that end, we take a multi-faceted approach to this complex issue;  we work to educate communities and healthcare providers on appropriate medicine use and prescribing, we comply closely with all relevant federal and state regulations regarding these medicines, and, through our R&D pipeline, we are developing non-opioid treatments that have the potential to bring relief to patients in chronic pain. Teva offers extensive resources for prescribers, patients and pharmacists regarding the responsible pain management and prevention of prescription drug abuse. Teva also collaborates closely with other stakeholders, including providers and prescribers, regulators, public health officials and patient advocates, to understand how to prevent prescription drug abuse without sacrificing patients’ needed access to pain medicine.Marc Fleming, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, said while there is an issue in Harris County, there’s responsibility and blame all around.“From a societal stand point, to the individual patients, to unscrupulous doctors that enable these patients with unethical prescribing of these medications,” said Fleming.Allison LeeMarc Fleming, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, said responsibility and blame reaches further than only the pharmaceutical companies.Fleming also said there are many factors contributing to opioid abuse; one being lyrics to popular songs referencing prescription medication abuse.“These medications are commonly talked about in some of these lyrics, and so forth.” said Fleming. “One of my concerns is that we have a generation of kids that has grown up very accustomed to taking medications. So there’s nothing taboo, for this generation, about taking a medication.”Fleming said if damages are awarded to Harris County, it would be best spent in rehabilitation, and other alternatives to help pain management; like yoga and physical therapy.“Does your insurance cover that? Typically not,” said Fleming. “How are you going to pay for that? These are things that are not being addressed.”Lawyers say a trial date could come in the next year. Share Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced Wednesday his office has filed a lawsuit against 21 drug manufacturers and distributors, four doctors and one pharmacist because of the opioid epidemic. All of them operate in Harris County. The companies Purdue Pharma L.P., Cephalon Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. are three of the defendants and they are referred to in the lawsuit as manufacturers, distributors and sellers of opioids in Harris County and the rest of the United States.The doctors the county is suing are: Gazelle Craig, Arun Shmma, Karin Sharma and Richard Arthur Evans. The lawsuit also lists pharmacist David Devido as one of the defendants.The lawsuit contends the “defendants knew that the use of opioids had the potential to cause addiction and other health maladies” and adds that “driven by profit, defendants engaged in a campaign of lies, half-truths, and deceptions to create a market that encouraged the over-prescribing and long-term use of opioids even though there was no scientific basis to support such use.” (Find the document of the lawsuit at the bottom of the story).As for the impact the opioid epidemic has in Harris County, the lawsuit indicates that opioid prescribing rates in the county “historically have been above average and as high as 79.4 prescriptions per 100 persons.” The lawsuit adds that “of the more than 33,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States in 2015, 2,588 were in Texas” and adds that “Harris County bore its share of this burden, with 318 (12.3%) of these deaths occurring in the county.”During a news conference held in downtown Houston, Ryan blamed pharmaceutical companies for promoting opioids too widely. You can watch it below: center_img Being addicted to painkillers, or opioids, is a serious health issue in Houston and nationwide.In October, President Trump even declared the opioid crisis a “national public health emergency, under federal law.” It’s the first presidential administration to do so.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid prescribing has fueled the epidemic. It said nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription. And a recent government report said the US economy lost over 500 billion dollars from opioid abuse, in 2015.When it comes to the question of who should pay for the losses, Harris County has said that the drug companies should; just like tobacco companies were made to pay for smoking-related health care and prevention.“It’s exactly pharmaceutical’s tobacco moment,” said lawyer Tommy Fibich. He’s one of the several lawyers representing Harris County against the pharmaceutical companies mentioned in the lawsuit.“These are the most addictive drugs on our planet. They knew that. They promoted them in a way that caused people to be addicted to them,” said Fibich. “The problem is the companies that manufactured opioids went against every statue in law designed to protect the consumer.”Allison Lee“I would never say the pharmaceutical companies dropped the ball,” lawyer Tommy Fibich said. “The pharmaceutical companies blew up the ball, and kicked it out to the public, for it to explode.”Fibich said the regulations in place should have worked, but they weren’t enforced.“The manufacturers and distributors, primarily, managed to disregard them. They did it with impunity. And everybody was making so much money that they were willing to do it and take the risk,” said Fibich.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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Cleveland ISD Police Department Donates Door Blocks To Hundreds Of Classrooms

first_imgArea schools continue to weigh security options following the shooting in Santa Fe.The Cleveland ISD Police Department says 1000 donated door blocks will be distributed to hundreds of classrooms in Cleveland, Tarkington, and Splendora ISDs.The blocks slip under a door and use a steel pin to keep it from opening.Cleveland ISD says it’s also received 100 gun locks through a donation. It plans to distribute the locks to families in the district who ask for them. Sharelast_img

Texas Will Deploy 1000 National Guard Troops To The Border With Mexico

first_imgMiguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas TribuneTexas Gov. Greg Abbott in the Governor’s Mansion in Jan. 8, 2018.Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state will deploy 1,000 troops from the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid the federal government with border security efforts.“There is an escalating crisis at the border — a crisis Congress is refusing to fix,” said Abbott, who was flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, along with Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard, during a news conference at the Texas Capitol.Abbott said the troops will “provide assistance at temporary holding facilities” in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso and also help at ports of entry. The federal government, he said, will pay “100% of the costs of this short-term mission.”Migrant apprehensions along the border have continued to surge in recent months. According to numbers released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the beginning of June, roughly 133,000 were apprehended or surrendered to border agents along the southwest border in May.In the El Paso and Del Rio sectors, the number of migrants crossing the border has jumped 43% and 46%, respectively, since April. The vast majority of migrants entering the country are unaccompanied minors or families from Central America who are seeking asylum in the United States.National Guard deployments at the Texas-Mexico border have become relatively common in recent years. President Donald Trump sent troops to the border in 2018 after saying Congress wasn’t acting on border security.Trump’s two predecessors, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama, also temporarily sent guard troops to the border. Bush sent about 6,000 National Guard troops there in 2006. Obama deployed 1,200 in 2010.And Abbott’s predecessor, Republican Rick Perry, deployed state guard units as tens of thousands of migrants from Central America began crossing illegally into Texas, mainly in the Rio Grande Valley.This article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.  Sharelast_img read more

DC GOP Voters Favor Rubio Kasich Over Trump

first_imgU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won 10 delegates in the D.C. Republican primary. (Courtesy Photo)While billionaire Donald Trump may be winning primaries in many states, he came up significantly short compared to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the District Republican primary. Rubio edged past Kasich in the March 12 primary at the Loews Madison Hotel in downtown D.C. With a total of 2,839 voters, Rubio had 37.3 percent of the vote to Kasich’s 35.54 percent with Trump falling way behind with 13.77 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) bringing up the rear at 12.36 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Dr. Ben Carson each got less than one percent of the vote, even though they were long gone from the race. The results mean that 10 delegates to the Republican National Convention, to take place from July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio, will be pledged to Rubio. Kasich will have nine and the three District members of the Republican National Committee, who are automatic delegates – Jill Homan, Jose Cunningham and Bob Kabel – are likely to support Rubio because he was the top vote getter. Black delegates elected to represent the District in Cleveland are Rich Counts, Laurent Crenshaw, and Jennifer Higgins. Six percent of District voters are Republicans. The city has never supported a Republican candidate for president since 1964, when the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted the District the right to vote in national elections. Political experts and District historians say the city’s Black population and the progressive bent of its Whites are why it’s a Democratic stronghold. Herbert Harris, a resident of Ward 7, waited almost 50 minutes in line to vote for Kasich and was one of the few Blacks casting a ballot. He said the former Ohio U.S. representative has the qualifications and experience to be president. “Gov. Kasich has legislative experience and he understands how Washington works” Harris said. “He has years of experience on Capitol Hill. He is mature and understands what is expected of a president.”While Trump got no delegates from the D.C. Republican Party, he has a supporter in African American Amone Banks, a resident of Ward 5 and a former Democrat. “I like his ideas about bringing jobs back to the U.S.,” Banks said. “I also like what he says because he takes a strong stance on issues, is funding his own campaign, and [is] not beholden to special interests. My wife disagrees with me and we argue, but I’m with Trump.” Georgetown University student Ra’Mond Hines wants Cruz to live in the White House next. “I agree with him on a number of issues such as the Constitution should be interpreted strictly and his ideas on controlling immigration,” Hines, a member of the university’s College Republican Club, said. “Blacks should consider voting for Cruz because he will support small businesses and he will dialogue with the Black Lives Matter movement.”last_img read more

Lululemon Launches Sweatlife Podcast in Partnership With Makers

first_img Popular on Variety Lululemon is the latest brand to embrace podcasting: The athleisure brand unveiled a new podcast called “Sweatlife” Monday that is being created in collaboration with Makers, the Verizon Media subsidiary that is focused on women-centric storytelling.The new podcast is said to feature weekly conversations with athletes, activists and more about physical and mental wellness. It is being produced by Tongal, an online community of more than 160,000 independent creators.Some of the booked guests include transgender activist Corey Rae, indigenous jewelry maker Jess Sanchez, The Black List founder Franklin Leonard and Havana Chapman-Edwards, the 8-year-old who made headlines last year for being the only kid at her primary school to participate in the National School Walkout against gun violence. “We’re proud to be in partnership with Makers to elevate real conversations through the ‘Sweatlife’ podcast,” said Lululemon’s corp comms director Erin Hankinson in a statement. “Together, we’re amplifying different perspectives on wellness, equality and leadership to inspire and create change within our communities.”“‘Sweatlife’ listeners will hear from inspiring leaders from the Makers community to create change in their own lives,” said Makers founder and executive producer Dyllan McGee. “Lululemon has been a fantastic partner to Makers and we’re excited to continue the our multi-year collaboration with this podcast, Makers 2020 and more next year.”“Lululemon is a great example of a brand creating multi-dimensional entertainment content and consumer experiences year round,” added Tongal chief brand officer Tina Walsh. “Our relationship allows us to create the right entertainment for the right platforms to further tell the Lululemon story and expand on our shared vision.”“Sweatlife” on all major podcast distribution platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRadio. New episodes will be released every Monday.Lululemon’s expansion into the podcast spaces makes sense for the brand. On the one hand, it squarely meets the interests of its mostly female audience. On the other, it also may help the brand to rebuild its reputation, which was hurt over reports of toxic work environment, resulting in the firing of its CEO in early 2018.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

HC lawyers ceasework extended again

first_imgKolkata: The ceasework by lawyers’ associations that has crippled the Calcutta High Court for over a record two months, will continue till May 11 over demands for appointment of judges, the Bar Association said today. The Bar Association, which commands the affiliation of the majority of lawyers practising at the high court, has decided in a general body meeting that the ceasework will continue till May 11 and the decision will be reviewed on May 14, its general secretary Amol Mukherjee said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The ceasework will, however, automatically stand withdrawn if appointment of new judges is notified in the meantime,” Mukherjee said.The Bar Library Club, which is also participating in the ceasework, will meet on Monday to decide on its course of action with regard to continuation of the agitation.”Our members will hold a meeting on Monday to take an independent decision with regard to extension of the ceasework,” Bar Library Club president Jayanta Mitra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe previous longest strike was of 2 months in 2002 in protest against hike in stamp duty by the West Bengal government. It was observed across all courts in the state including Calcutta High Court.Though a miniscule percentage of petitioners have moved the high court in-person during the ceasework, which began on February 19, most of the cases pending before the court could not be heard as lawyers have not participated in proceedings.The associations have also demanded the appointment of a chief justice to the high court, which has been headed by acting chief justices for over three years with the exception of only three months. The high court at present has 33 judges, while the sanctioned strength is that of 72 judges.Thousands of litigants, whose petitions are pending before the high court, are at their wits’ end as to when their cases would be disposed of given the uncertainty over when the ceasework would be lifted.Till the end of March, 2,23,921 cases are pending before the high court, according to official data.Very few new petitions have been filed since February 19 owing to the ceasework by lawyers, thus landing those who have urgent matters to be moved before the court in a soup.last_img read more

Rath Yatra BJP moves HC against refusal of permission

first_imgKolkata: The BJP on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra. Granting leave to the BJP to file the appeal, a division bench comprising Justices B Somadder and A Mukherjee said it will hear the matter at 12.30 pm. The bench directed BJP’s lawyers to serve copy of the appeal to the West Bengal government and other respondents before the matter is taken up for hearing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A single bench of the high court on Thursday said it cannot grant permission at this stage for the BJP rally in Coochbehar, scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah on Friday, after the West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension. The court directed that superintendents of police of all districts in West Bengal will file a report by December 21 to it on the holding of ‘rath yatra’ rallies by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after hearing all district presidents of the party. Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of BJP for permission to hold the Rath Yatra cannot be granted at this stage.last_img read more

Help Astronauts Poop in Space

first_imgNovember 29, 2016 Everyone poops. But not everyone must do so while wearing a spacesuit in a complete vacuum.The NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched a competition to crowdsource ideas for how astronauts can safely defecate inside a pressure suit.On the International Space Station, two toilets use a fan-driven suction system, which collects and stores solid waste until it can be disposed of. In case of emergency, crew members may be relegated to their suits, which provide clean air, shelter, water and enough nutrients to survive short-term (up to 6 days).This isn’t much of an issue, as the ISS operates only 250 miles above Earth — a three-hour-or-less trip home. But as NASA sets its sights on interstellar missions, new refuse tech is needed.”As humans push beyond low-earth orbit to travel to the moon and Mars, we will have many problems to solve — most of them very complex, technical problems,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio said in a video. “But some are as simple as ‘How do we go to the bathroom in space?'”The old standby solution — an absorbent diaper — works for liquid waste, but makes for an uncomfortable space walk if you have to go number two; given enough time, infection or sepsis can set in, harming or even killing astronauts.NASA last month launched its Space Poop Challenge on open prize platform Hero X, encouraging folks to design an in-suit system that collects human waste and routes it away from the body, hands-free. The solution will be incorporated into the orange Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES), adapted for long-term missions of up to six days.”It isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary for survival,” Mastracchio said.Interested inventors have 21 days to enter for a chance to win $30,000 and bragging rights. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20; winners will be announced on Jan. 31.”Even though this technology is being developed for space flight, like many NASA technologies, it will have applications here on Earth,” Mastracchio said. “Your ideas may not only save a crew of astronauts, but many people here on Earth.” 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet Eamonn Lynch jailed for 18 months for killing Shane Patton at speed of 104 mph. Now he is suing victim’s family for his injuriesREVEALED: Serial Derry offender Eamonn Lynch has tried to sue the family of his teenage victim Shane Patton after killing him while traveling at 104 mph.Lynch smashed into the teenager after the 18 year old emerged from a side-road in Co Donegal in July 2012.Lynch, who already had hundreds of previous convictions, was drunk, did not have a driving license and had been banned from driving at the time. But now it has emerged that the Derryman has tried to claim from the Patton family’s insurance company for injuries he suffered.Shane’s heartbroken mother Julie revealed to our sister site Donegal Daily how a letter from Lynch’s legal team arrived at their home in Drumkeen in April, 2014.“I initially opened the letter and realised it was from Eamonn Lynch and I just gave it to my husband Martin who took it to our solicitor.“As I understood it he was claiming off our insurance company and was claiming that the crash was in some way Shane’s fault because he came out of a side-road. “But if he hadn’t have been traveling at twice the speed limit then this might never have happened and Shane might still be here,” she said.The late Shane Patton with his mum Julie.At the time Shane was a named driver on Mrs Patton’s insurance policy.Mrs Patton said she does not know if the claim is still being processed after Lynch was recently found guilty of careless driving causing her son’s death on July 12th, 2012.She did inform her insurance company in 2014 that a claim had been put in against her policy.At present her and husband Martin are paying around €1,000 between them for their car insurance.“I’m not sure if that affected my insurance but it did go up. Perhaps we were just too honest,” she said.Aged just 18, Shane had just completed his Leaving Cert and had ben accepted onto a course to study to become a mechanic.Mrs Patton said that she still has many questions to ask surrounding the issue of why the Director of Public Prosecutions decided to pursue a charge of careless driving causing death instead of dangerous driving causing death at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Lynch pleaded guilty to the careless driving charge and Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to 18 months in prison.He is already serving a driving ban until 2023.Mrs Lynch said herself and husband Martin are due to see their solicitor this week to see if they are in a position to appeal the sentence.“I’m not even sure what the position is because it was the DPP who decided to press ahead with the careless driving charge.“We have so many questions still that we would like answered. We realise the Gardai could only do so much and they had to follow the instructions of the DPP,” she said.Mrs Patton said she wanted to continue to highlight the case so other families might get more answers in similar cases in future.“We cannot understand why the DPP would not take into account the fact that this man had so many previous convictions.“We are just ordinary people and nothing like this had ever happened to us before. We were never in a courtroom before.“We just want to highlight this so that other families might be helped if they are ever in such a position as we found ourselves in,” she added.DERRY DRIVER EAMONN LYNCH SUING FAMILY OF HIS TEEN VICTM SHANE PATTON was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY DRIVER EAMONN LYNCH SUING FAMILY OF HIS TEEN VICTM SHANE PATTONDRUMKEENJULIE PATTONLETTERKENNY CIRCUIT COURTlast_img read more

In This Issue   Nikkei plunges 73   Chin

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Nikkei plunges 7.3%.. *  Chinese manufacturing contracts. *  Two handed economists. *  Gold rebounds. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Markets Take What Big Ben Said Hawkishly? Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! What the heck was I thinking, was running through my mind when the alarm went off this morning. In an attempt to relieve Chris from having to write the Pfennig this morning, I told him not to worry about it, I would write it.. All the time knowing that my flight from Houston wasn’t getting in until very, very late..  And that was before all the cancellations! What the heck is going on with the aviation sector? It’s a very long story, so I won’t bore you with the details, but just know that I was ready to raise the white flag and say “you win, you’ve beaten my will”.  Darn airlines! OK. The Big news overnight came from China, where the Chinese Purchasing Managers Index (manufacturing) fell to a seven month low of 49.6, which is obviously below the line in the sand demarcation of 50. Any number below 50 represents contraction in the sector. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Sure I saw the tea leaves on China’s economic slowdown, but didn’t think it would show such a cooling off of domestic demand. I did think that the external headwinds that face China every day, like Europe and the U.S. would play badly with this data, but the slowdown of domestic demand was a surprise.. This news sent the Japanese Nikkei to the woodshed. The Japanese stock market plunged 7.3% overnight. The Nikkei had been the darling of stock markets ever since the new PM Abe, made his announcement about promoting growth and inflation.  Since China is Japan’s biggest trading partner, the Chinese slowdown in manufacturing, really sunk the Nikkei’s battleship.  The Nikkei’s plunge is weighing heavily in Europe this morning, and will probably hang like a dark storm cloud over the U.S. stock market too. The other Big news overnight, has been the decision by the Eurozone leaders to cut austerity. the leaders apparently are receiving too much complaining and such, and see their ability to get reelected diminishing.  I say that in complete disgust, because the austerity was working. and now when things get tough, the though roll over and look for their bellies to be scratched! Sure the Eurozone economy had contracted since the 3rd QTR of 2011, did these “leaders” really think it wouldn’t, given the massive cuts to spending that they implemented?  Well, at least the leaders didn’t say, “we raise the white flag on austerity, and pin our colors to the “stimulus” mast.”  At least that’s for now. So. With the weak manufacturing report in China, the plunge of the Nikkei in Japan, and the Eurozone leaders rolling over to get their bellies scratched, the currencies are not having a good day. However, as  I write, Gold is up $21 this morning. Of course that’s before the NY boys and girls arrive at their desks and decide whether to play their shell game with Gold again or not. The bias to buy dollars is back on the table after a couple of days of not much movement either way. Yesterday, we had Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to the lawmakers on the state of the economy. For us “old timers” this trek to the “hill” by the Fed Chairman used to be called the Humphrey-Hawkins testimony. But that bill requiring the Fed Chairman to make this trip expired many years ago, and since it made so much sense for this to happen twice a  year, it has continued.  We usually get some real interesting quotes from Big Ben, and yesterday was no exception. Speaking from both sides of his mouth, Big Ben threw a cat among the pigeons by saying, “The Fed could take a step down in our pace of purchases in the next few meetings.”   But then threw cold water on that by saying, “A premature tightening of monetary policy could lead interest rates to rise temporarily but would also carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery and causing inflation to fall further.” So. What do you think? Sounds like he was waffling to me. Trying to please everyone with a little bit of this, and little bit of that. it started with a kiss, now we’re up to bat.  and so on.  These guys like to speak out of both sides of their mouths for sure. My dad used to say they were “two handed economists”. They would say, “on one hand, we could see. , but on the other hand we could see this.”  Never really saying what they thought for sure! And the markets’ reaction to the statement by Big Ben? Well, now there you’ve got another pot to stir. You never know how the markets will take something like this, and yesterday was no different, as the markets decided to forget Big Ben’s waffling, and go with a “hawkish” view of his testimony.  That was good for the dollar in the immediate reaction to the statement, but has since dissipated a bit. The euro is attempting to eke out some small gains this morning, after getting walloped yesterday.  The Eurozone saw some better readings of their latest manufacturing with the index ticking up to 47.8 from 47. Still contraction territory, but an upside surprise should be enough to kick start a currency, as it has this morning with the euro. I told you above about the Nikkei’s plunge, and in the never ending attempt by the Japanese to move in opposite directions than other markets. The Japanese yen is rallying on the Nikkei news.  Strange eh? But remember, all the time the Nikkei was rallying the past 3 months, yen was getting passed around like a pack of cigarettes at a prison, and now that the Nikkei has plunged overnight, yen recovered.  I really don’t expect much more to come of this  scenario, so don’t get all lathered up and go out and back up the truck with yen. But then, that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong! The Aussie dollar (A$) is getting sold again this morning. This time, the selling, is tied to the announcement by Ford Motor Co. that they will close down their Australian local car production, along with two manufacturing plants.  That’s not a good sign folks.  The New Zealand dollar / kiwi, is getting sold alongside the A$ this morning.  Sentiment toward these two is really plunging. And it started with a kiss. no wait.. it started with a rate cut in Australia and news of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announcing that they were sellers of kiwi. The Swiss franc is having a couple of good days of trading, a couple of days that it hadn’t seen in some time.  No worries, the franc is very weak VS the euro, compared to a year ago, when it was bumping up against the 1.20 floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put into place in September of 2011.  Today, the cross to euros is trading around 1.2470. So, the franc could use a little strength, eh? I had a reader send me a note and say that he noticed that Japan had booked a Trade Deficit for 11 months now, and since I always say that “We’re turning Japanese” what did that mean for the U.S.?  Well. In the case of Trade Deficits. The Japanese are actually turning American, for the U.S. has long dominated the Trade Deficits.  But, to the Japanese, this booking of Trade Deficits is a real psychological problem, for they were the captains of trade surplus, long before the Chinese awoke from their slumber. I told you above that Gold was up $21 as I was writing.  Gold and other metals were also pushing higher yesterday before the Big Ben statement. And then they weren’t.  So, this recovery this morning is warranted, in my opinion. For in my opinion, Big Ben didn’t’ tell us anything that we didn’t already know. Sure we all know that he could decide to end stimulus any ole time he wants to, but when is he going to want to? That’s the question, and as long as there are questions, the markets should take the dollar to the woodshed. I’ve told you before, and I tell crowds whenever they come to listen to me talk, that I wouldn’t be surprised to see  QEnterity. You know, 10 years from now, someone from EverBank will be up on the stage talking about QE 22, or 23, or 24. As Chris told you earlier this week, I get the honor of talking about a boat load of economic data the next two days.  First, we have Fed St. Louis President, James Bullard speaking today. then we’ll see the usual Thursday fare of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. In addition, New Home Sales, and the latest PMI Manufacturing Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Confidence. Then There Was This.Since the markets were so moved by Big Ben’s talk yesterday, I thought that this comment by Fed Head William Dudley that I found on played well with my thought that Big Ben is not ready to scale back his bond buying stimulus.. Let’s listen in to what Mr. Dudley had to say.. “Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley said policy makers will know in three to four months whether the economy is healthy enough to overcome federal budget cuts and allow the central bank to begin reducing record stimulus. “I don’t really understand very well how the tug-of-war between the fiscal drag and the improving economy are going to sort of work their way out,” Dudley said in an interview with Michael McKee airing on Bloomberg Television. “Three or four months from now I think you’re going to have a much better sense of, is the economy healthy enough to overcome the fiscal drag or not.” Dudley’s remarks underscore that Fed officials have yet to reach consensus on when or how to dial back their $85 billion monthly bond-purchase program designed to spur growth and lower unemployment. Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser has called for reducing stimulus at the Fed’s next meeting in June, while St. Louis’s James Bullard said Tuesday the purchases should continue. Chuck again. OK. these guys are all over the place with their forecasts, pretty soon, they’ll talk and no one will pay attention. Of course I wish that were the way it was now!  Anyway, the markets react and we have to shuffle through the mess they leave each and every time they think the Fed Heads are ready to pull the plug on stimulus. I tell them each time, but they just don’t listen that it’s print or suffer the consequences of a deeper depression than the one we’re in. To recap. Big Ben speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and the markets think he means he really is ready to remove stimulus. Chuck says hogwash to that! The bias to buy dollars that entered the markets after the Bernanke speech, reversed a couple of days of healing in the currencies. The Nikkei plunges 7.3% overnight, and China posts a manufacturing index that showed contraction, sending the Asian markets reeling. Currencies today 5/23/13. American Style: A$ .9695, kiwi .8095, C$ .9675, euro 1.2880, sterling 1.5080, Swiss $1.0320, . European Style: rand 9.590, krone 5.8395, SEK 6.6675, forint 226.35, zloty 3.2625, koruna 20.2390, RUB 31.40, yen 101.70, sing 1.2645, HKD 7.7625, INR 55.58, China 6.1947, pesos 12.47, BRL 2.05, Dollar Index 83.95, Oil $93.36, 10-year 2%, Silver $22.40, and Gold. $1,390.20 That’s it for today. A great Big Happy Birthday today to my grandson, Braden Charles Butler.. Braden turns 2 today. It’s great having two grandsons that are close in age, watching them learn to interact with each other is a treat!  Kathy says when they turn 5 she’s taking them to Disneyworld. I tell her, I bet she changes her mind in 3 years!  Well, this weekend will be Memorial Day Weekend. The Backyard grills will get fired up, the public pools will open, and the old brickyard gets a workout in Indianapolis. But let’s not forget what the holiday is really about. And with that. here we go! Let’s make this a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Bitcoin is spreading everywhere One of these busi

first_imgBitcoin is spreading everywhere. One of these business owners, in a very rural area, has built a Bitcoin mining operation. And not only Bitcoin, he is also mining for the other crypto-currencies. And, he’s telling everyone else about it. I was surprised (and pleased) by this, since this meeting had absolutely nothing to do with computers, economics, or anything else that usually connects to crypto-currencies. This man simply saw a great opportunity and jumped on it. “Do NOT waive the 72 hour waiting period.” “Do NOT allow them to enter your facility or inspect anything without authorization from counsel.” Dealing with employees is a major issue, especially involving the immigration police. These people are justifiably concerned with fines and indictments, just from hiring employees who are clearly long-time Americans. (That is, not Hispanics or other recent immigrants.) A few of the comments I heard: I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time. What I Found First Overall, I found a large room full of productive human beings. It was uplifting. Most of these people were between thirty and seventy years old, more men than women, and they were all productive people, the kind who get up early every day, make sure that complex systems are producing properly, fix anything that is broken or near breaking, plan for the future, cooperate with large numbers of other people, and then go home at the end of the day and love their families. If all the world lived like these people, we’d be halfway to a paradise by now. And that was a thought that made me sad. Why? Because these people – by any standard of decency – should be left alone to create their better world. But instead, they are forcibly tied to wasteful, parasitic, and destructive systems. Half or more of their earnings are taken from them every year. Their actions are restricted by their moral inferiors. They live less than half the rewarding lives they should be enjoying, and for no defensible reason. The Other Things Beyond my overall happy/sad impressions, I found quite a few particular things: These people would have preferred to discuss the practical particulars of their businesses – tools, materials, technical obstacles and solutions, and so on. But instead, they were forced to discuss government compliance. Almost every subject discussed from the front of the room dealt with government regulations. Most of the subjects discussed on the sides involved tools, equipment, business strategies and so on.center_img Nearly all of these people agreed that government in America is out of control, abusive, and oppositional to their happiness. I think that’s a positive opinion, since it reflects reality, meaning that they have stopped looking at the world through myth-colored glasses. The sad part of that is… These (good) people don’t know what to do about it. The system they grew up believing was their friend has turned against them. They’ve gathered the considerable courage required to face that, but they don’t know what to do next. They are working within the system as they can, trying to avoid its hazards, but don’t see any clear alternative – and no path of escape. They’d like to do other things, but they also need to feed their kids, and don’t know what to do about it all. “Good luck trying to explain that to an ICE agent.” All In All All in all, I came away from the day more confident in the future than I had been the day before. We are exposed to so many horror stories every day. The images thrust upon us show a world filled with danger and discouragement. The reality, however – once you remove yourself from the newsfeed – is that there are a lot of very decent people who are generally doing the right things. Our job now is to define newer and better ways to live and to spread that information to as many good people as we can. And to remind them they DO have the right to live good, happy, prosperous lives. Please do everything you can along these lines. Thanks. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

A regulator chaired by a former Tory minister is r

first_imgA regulator chaired by a former Tory minister is refusing to investigate charities that have signed contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its secretary of state Esther McVey.The Charities Commission – a non-ministerial government department – is chaired by Baroness Stowell, a former Tory communities and local government minister and a former work and pensions spokeswoman in the House of Lords, who resigned the Tory whip when she was appointed to chair the regulator.This week, the commission has refused to express any concern or take any action after it emerged that disability charities had signed up to contracts that include strict clauses preventing them from criticising McVey or DWP.The commission said yesterday (Wednesday) that it was “not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme”, despite being shown one of the clauses.Both the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations contacted Disability News Service (DNS) this week so they could examine the clause, after reading last week’s news story.So far, charities including Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Other charities linked to the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People, have refused to answer questions about the clauses.The clause in the DWP contract signed by Shaw Trust says that the charity and its “affiliates” must “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and must promise not to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.And the clause warns that these promises apply whether or not the damaging actions relate to the Work and Health Programme.Other charities, including RNIB, have signed agreements with the main contractors that say they must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.A Charities Commission spokeswoman said in a statement: “Decisions on whether to enter into a contract and accept specific terms are a matter for a charity’s trustees.“They must ensure that any action they take is in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.“They should also consider whether it is necessary to take professional advice before reaching a decision.“The commission is not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme.“However, it would consider on a case-by-case basis any evidence that might suggest that a charity’s trustees were not fulfilling their legal duties.”*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.last_img read more

Millennial Employees How Much They Make Where They Work What They Do

first_imgMillennials Enroll Now for $5 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer 4 min read Millennial Employees: How Much They Make, Where They Work, What They Do and What That Means for Your Business Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images Millennials want meaningful work and a path for getting ahead. Who doesn’t? Next Article –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Vice President of Risk, Compliance, and Data Analytics at Paychex Though millennials have only been the largest generational employee group since 2016, employers and HR professionals have spent years working to understand their workplace needs and what makes them want to join and stay with a company. Aside from examining their habits in the workplace, one way to better grasp what drives millennial employees is evaluating their hourly earnings and wage growth, not only across the board, but by region and industry for a narrower view.A recent report by Paychex takes a deep dive into millennial wages, geographic distribution and industry preferences, analyzing their current status, growth rates and what this all means for businesses trying to attract, retain and grow talent in this increasingly important employee group. The report found that, among small businesses nationally, the millennial full-time employee population is comprised of 54.7 percent males and 45.3 percent females; and millennials make, on average, $21.80 hour ($5.79/hour less than the all-generation average), but millennial wages are growing at a rate nearly double that of all generations (5.8 percent compared to 3.0 percent, respectively).Depending on the location and nature of your business, millennial employee population, wages and wage growth can differ. The West, for example, has the highest percentage of millennial employees among regions overall at 40.2 percent and the highest percentage of millennial female employees (41.5 percent), while the Midwest has the lowest percentage of millennial employees (36.0 percent) and is the only region where the percentage of millennial male employees is higher than that of Millennial female employees.Related: 6 Concepts Your Millennial Employees Wish You UnderstoodWhen it comes to industries, leisure and hospitality has the highest percentage of millennial employees among industries (49.9 percent), but also the lowest millennial wages at $15.51/hour. On the bright side, that’s only $2.28 less than the all-generation average of $17.79/hour as minimum wage increases are likely impacting the pay scale. Millennials in professional and business services earn the most among industries at $26.05/hour, but have the lowest growth rate at 5.3 percent.Overall, the gender gap is narrower among millennials than employees of all generations (a $2.59/hour difference compared to $6.64/hour, respectively), but the gap could widen again as millennial male employees have an annual wage growth rate of 6.2 percent compared to the millennial female growth rate at 5.3 percent. Again, this differs depending on where millennials work and what they do. Regionally, the Midwest and South have the largest gender pay gaps among millennials, 84 cents and 87 cents on the dollar, respectively; and though each industry’s millennial gender pay gap is smaller than the all-generation gaps, in no industry do female millennials outpace males in wage growth.Knowing these facts gives you a baseline understanding of millennials’ current employment situation overall, as well as in your unique region and industry, but once you start the recruitment process, there are a few additional factors to consider.Related: Want to Understand Millennials? It’s Simpler Than You Think.First, be proactive and effective in your recruitment effort. Millennials don’t like to drag out their job decisions. As with any candidate you’re interviewing, really listen to what the millennial applicant is looking for in a workplace. While you don’t need to change your entire business model to adapt to millennial employees, there are perks — flexible work hours, work from home/telecommuting options, casual dress days, etc. — that can make the difference to millennial employees in choosing and remaining content and engaged at a company.Once the employee is hired, offer meaningful work opportunities and foster connections. Millennials seek to be effective and impactful in their roles. As the job allows, let them work on projects that they are passionate about that also impact results and provide them with opportunities for development, whether a special project, exposure to other departments, or classes/training outside of the workplace. Be sure to ask millennial employees early on about their career aspirations, develop a plan to help them get there and regularly monitor progress toward those milestones.There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recruiting and retaining employees of a generation, but it is important to understand, in general, how they fit into the workforce now and in the future.Related: Millennials Are Not the Only Ones Who Want Feedback Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Frank Fiorille December 8, 2017last_img read more