Trump Says Hes Closing Foundation but Democrats Want More

first_img US Share this article Trump Says He’s Closing Foundation, but Democrats Want More By The Associated Press December 25, 2016 Updated: December 25, 2016 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img President-elect Donald Trump says he will dissolve his charitable foundation before taking office to avoid conflicts of interest. The Democratic Party says that’s not enough and is calling for the billionaire businessman to put his assets in a blind trust.The New York attorney general’s office has been investigating the foundation following media reports that foundation spending went to benefit Trump’s campaign. A spokeswoman says the foundation cannot close until the investigation is complete.Trump said in a statement Saturday that he has directed his counsel to take the necessary steps to implement the dissolution of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, saying that it operated “at essentially no cost for decades, with 100 percent of the money going to charity.”“The foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers and children,” he said in a statement.“I will be devoting so much time and energy to the presidency and solving the many problems facing our country and the world. I don’t want to allow good work to be associated with a possible conflict of interest,” he said.Trump said he will pursue philanthropic efforts in other ways, but didn’t elaborate. The Democratic National Committee criticized Trump for what it called “a wilted fig leaf to cover up his remaining conflicts of interest and his pitiful record of charitable giving.”The statement from party spokesman Eric Walker also took a jab at the president-elect over his controversial business holdings: “Shuttering a charity is no substitute for divesting from his for-profit business and putting the assets in a blind trust—the only way to guarantee separation between the Trump administration and the Trump business.”A 2015 tax return posted on the nonprofit monitoring website GuideStar shows the Donald J. Trump Foundation acknowledged that it used money or assets in violation of IRS regulations during 2015 and in prior years.Those regulations prohibit self-dealing by the charity. That’s broadly defined as using its money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.The tax filing doesn’t provide details on the violations. Whether Trump benefited from the foundation’s spending has been the subject of an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Related CoverageFlorida Man Charged With Threatening Trump on FacebookTrump Asks When US and Allies Will ‘Fight Back’In September, Schneiderman disclosed that his office has been investigating Trump’s charity to determine whether it has abided by state laws governing nonprofits.Documents obtained by The Associated Press in September showed Schneiderman’s scrutiny of The Donald J. Trump Foundation dated back to at least June, when his office formally questioned the donation made by the charity to a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.Bondi personally solicited the money during a 2013 phone call that came after her office received complaints from former students claiming they were scammed by Trump University, Trump’s get-rich-quick real estate seminars.The Trump Foundation check arrived just days after Bondi’s office told a newspaper it was reviewing a lawsuit against Trump University filed by Schneiderman. Bondi’s office never sued Trump, though she denies his donation played any role in that decision.Trump later paid a $2,500 fine over the check from his foundation because it violated federal law barring charities from making political contributions.Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for Schneiderman’s office, said Saturday that the foundation “cannot legally dissolve” until the investigation is complete.The charitable foundation was ordered to immediately stop fundraising in New York just weeks before the general election, Schneiderman’s office saying it wasn’t registered to do so. The N.Y. attorney general’s office said in October the Trump Foundation had a registration for an organization with assets in New York, but the law requires a different registration for those that solicit more than $25,000 a year from the public. It complied with the order and stopped its fundraising activities.Trump was highly critical of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s family charity, the Clinton Foundation, saying she ran “a vast criminal enterprise run out of the State Department” while she was secretary of state. At the final presidential debate, he challenged Clinton to “give back the money” that came from donors in countries that fail to respect various human rights.Related CoverageTrump Welcomes ‘Nice’ Letter From Putin After Nuclear VowMore than half the people outside the government who met with Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money—either personally or through companies or groups—to the Clinton Foundation. The proportion indicated possible ethics challenges had she been elected president.Trump’s announcement to dissolve his own foundation came a day after the president-elect took to Twitter to declare it a “ridiculous shame” that his son Eric will have to stop soliciting funds for his charitable foundation, the Eric Trump Foundation, because of a conflict of interest.“My wonderful son, Eric, will no longer be allowed to raise money for children with cancer because of a possible conflict of interest with my presidency,” Trump tweeted. “He loves these kids, has raised millions of dollars for them, and now must stop. Wrong answer!”Trump was spending the Christmas weekend at his South Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, his retreat for most holidays. He and his wife, Melania, attended services Saturday night at an Episcopal church in Palm Beach. US President-elect Donald Trump addresses a ‘Thank You Tour 2016’ rally in Mobile, Alabama on December 17, 2016. 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Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall West of AlabamaMississippi Border

first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Flooding also was a risk. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas.Forecasters said it was possible Gordon’s winds might meet the 74 mph (120 kph) threshold to be a hurricane before making landfall later Tuesday. The last hurricane to strike the U.S. was Nate last October, coming ashore in Biloxi with 75 mph (120 kph) winds.Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. Mississippi shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos. Workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated.Gordon became a tropical storm Monday near the Florida Keys.Mayors of barrier islands in the storm’s path warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland.“When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across. Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across,” said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama.Gordon was poised for only a glancing blow to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has “the pumps and the power” needed to protect residents.Authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city’s levee protection system.Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the U.S., and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land.“It’s the peak of hurricane season. Now is the time to get your plans all set,” Hurricane Director Ken Graham said. Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall West of Alabama-Mississippi Border By The Associated Press September 4, 2018 Updated: September 5, 2018 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlecenter_img Share US News GULFPORT, Mississippi—Thousands of people were without power as Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.The National Hurricane center said Gordon struck about 10 p.m. and the storm is forecast to quickly weaken as it moves inland across Mississippi, Louisiana and into Arkansas through Thursday. It did not reach hurricane status.Gordon strengthened some in the final hours as it neared the central Gulf Coast, clocking top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph). The National Hurricane Center said Gordon’s tight core was about 30 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, or about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Mobile, Alabama, where heavy rains and winds picked up shortly before nightfall.NOAA forecast for Tropical Storm Gordon NOAA forecast for Tropical Storm Gordon. (NOAA)More than 27,000 customers are without power Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Gordon began pushing ashore. Those outages are mostly in coastal Alabama and include the western tip of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola, with a few hundred in southeastern Mississippi. The number of outages has been rising rapidly after dark Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Gordon’s wind and rain began to take a toll on the Gulf Coast’s power grid.Pensacola International Airport has reported more than 4 inches of rain, the heaviest total reported so far along the Gulf Coast. Skies quickly turned dark gray as storms overshadowed Mobile, a port city. Metal chairs were lashed together atop tables outside a restaurant in what’s normally a busy entertainment district, and a street musician played to an empty sidewalk just before the rain began. Conditions were expected to deteriorate westward to New Orleans as the stormed closed in on the coast, possibly becoming the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.Families along the coast filled sandbags, took patio furniture inside and stocked up on batteries and bottled water ahead of Gordon.John and Robin Berry, vacationing on Dauphin Island, Alabama, went to the beach to see the roaring surf before the rain began. Accompanied by their dog Bentley, the couple had to evacuate the beachfront home they had rented for the week because of Gordon, but they didn’t go very far.“There are no dunes and there’s no protection, so the realty company we rented from moved us across the street and down so that we would be safe,” said Robin Berry.Visiting from Nashville, Tennessee, the couple planned to stay on the island despite the storm. Katrina cut the narrow island in half more than a decade ago, but John Berry wasn’t very worried about Gordon.“It’s awesome. It’s so beautiful,” he said of the pounding waves.About 20 miles away on the mainland, dozens of brightly colored shrimp boats were tied up to docks in Bayou La Batre, a seafood town that processes oysters, shrimp and crabs from across the Gulf of Mexico.The staff at The Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian, Mississippi — only about a block from the Gulf of Mexico — were among those carrying out pre-storm preparation rituals. The hotel restaurant planned to stay open Tuesday evening as usual, fortified by sandbags to keep out torrential rains, the manager said.Gulfport was among communities providing sand and bags to residents, and Kenny Macdonald filled them for himself and older residents. MacDonald said that while such preparations become all too routine, one must remain wary.“You don’t know what the intensity of the storm is going to be. You don’t want to take it lightly, of course,” MacDonald said.A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire Mississippi and Alabama coasts with the possibility Gordon would become a Category 1 storm. The National Hurricane Center predicted a “life-threatening” storm surge of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) along parts of the central Gulf Coast. Tropical storm #Gordon is expected to intensify to a #hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall near Mississippi tonight. Here’s the latest view of the storm from #GOESEast. Latest updates from the National Hurricane Center: https://t.co/hMF9BOKLp0 pic.twitter.com/QCIgqM0UAa— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 4, 2018last_img read more

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Legal experts say that in the US adversarial sy

first_imgLegal experts say that, in the U.S. adversarial system, attorneys are accorded broad protections from lawsuits based on things they say while defending their clients—even if what they say is mean-spirited or false.“If my client informs me he didn’t do it and I say that publicly … that’s part of our job as lawyers,” said Jeffrey Granich, a Chicago attorney not connected to the Smollett case. At the same time, Granich said he understood the brothers’ frustration and desire to show they are telling the truth.Smollett, who is black and gay, has stood by his account that he was attacked in downtown Chicago early on Jan. 29 by two masked men who beat him, shouted racial and anti-gay slurs, poured bleach on him, and looped a rope around his neck. He said his attackers also shouted slogans supporting President Donald Trump.At a Tuesday news conference, the brothers’ lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, said the Osundairos regret their involvement with Smollett and decided to tell the truth when confronted by investigators in mid-February.Jussie Smollet case 4 Gloria Schmidt, right, a lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself, listens to questions with attorneys Gregory Kulis, left, and James Tunick during a news conference in Chicago on April 23, 2019. (Kiichiro Sato/Photo via AP)“We’re going to make sure that the lies and malice attacking our city, our police department and my two clients are met with truth and healing,” she told reporters. The brothers did not attend the news conference.Prosecutors have said that Smollett’s friendship with Abimbola Osundairo dated back several years and that Osundairo had served as a stand-in for a character named Kai on “Empire.” Ola Osundairo also appeared as an extra on the show, prosecutors said.In their lawsuit, the Osundairos says the defamation by Smollett’s lawyers has caused the brothers “significant emotional distress” and made them feel unsafe and alienated from the local community. It doesn’t specify an amount of money they are seeking, but says it would be more than $75,000 in compensatory and damages, and other costs.The Osundairo brothers, who are of Nigerian descent, testified before a grand jury days before Smollett was charged, saying Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage the attack. They contend in their suit that Smollett took advantage of their aspirations to have TV and movie careers.“Mr. Smollett used his clout as a wealthy actor to influence Plaintiffs, who were in a subordinate relationship to him and were aspiring to ‘make it’ in Hollywood,” the lawsuit contends.Attorney Mark Geragos talking to the media during a news conference Attorney Mark Geragos talking to the media during a news conference in downtown L.A. (Richard Vogel/Photo via AP)The lawsuit also states that Glandian “inferred” during an interview on the podcast Reasonable Doubt this month that Abimbola Osundairo “engaged, at least briefly, in homosexual acts” with Smollett. The filing says that’s false, that Osundairo is heterosexual and to say otherwise could put him and his family in danger in Nigeria.“Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, which can result in 14 years of imprisonment,” the lawsuit asserts. “If the accused is married, the punishment is death by stoning.”In the weeks after the alleged attack, police arrested the Osundairo brothers on suspicion of assaulting Smollett but released them without charges. A police spokesman said the two were no longer considered suspects and that investigators had new evidence after questioning them.About a week after police questioned the brothers, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct and accused of making a false police report about the attack. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the charges in March, angering the police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said Smollett had dragged Chicago’s name “through the mud” and that the decision to drop the charges was “a whitewash of justice.”The city has since sued Smollett, seeking repayment for the costs of investigating the case.By Michael Tarm and Caryn Rousseau Abel Osundairo (L), and his brother Ola Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett but were released after reportedly telling detectives Smollett paid them to stage the attack. (Team Abel/Instagram) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   CHICAGO—Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the “Empire” actor’s attorneys on Tuesday, April 23, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn’t true.Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo said in a joint statement issued after their lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago that Smollett’s legal team has spread false accusations that have hurt their reputations and undermined their career prospects.“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life,” they said. “These lies are destroying our character and reputation in our personal and professional lives.”In their lawsuit, the Osundairos contend that even after prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett while simultaneously saying they could prove the attack was a hoax, Smollett’s attorneys kept saying in interviews that the Chicago-born brothers “led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett.”Jussie Smollett and attorney Patricia Brown Actor Jussie Smollett, right, listens as his attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after prosecutors dropped all charges against him on March 26, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)“Mr. Smollett’s attorneys, faced with an outraged public, did not retreat after their success (in getting charges dropped). Instead, they doubled down,” states the lawsuit, which names celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, fellow lawyer Tina Glandian and Geragos’ Los Angeles-based law firm as defendants. In a joint statement, Geragos and Glandian called the lawsuit “ridiculous” and “a desperate attempt” by the brothers “to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated.”“We look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public,” they added.The odds may be against the brothers prevailing in court. US News Share this article Brothers Sue Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers, Claiming Defamation By The Associated Press April 24, 2019 Updated: April 24, 2019 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Family Heartbroken After American Tourists Suddenly Die in Fiji By Jack Phillips June 4, 2019 Updated: June 4, 2019 “We appreciate the efforts made thus far by the Fijian authorities and stand ready to provide further assistance, if requested,” the U.S. Embassy in Fiji told CBS News.Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services said it is working with police, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the causes of death for the pair, the Fiji Broadcast Corporation reported.Speaking to WFAA, Calanog suggested that couple might have been stricken with an unknown virus. Share this article Show Discussion Beach paradise, Fiji Islands, in a stock photo. (Shutterstock) A young Texas couple died of a mysterious illness after vacationing in Fiji, an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, their families have said.The families of David and Michelle Paul said they couldn’t believe it when authorities in Fiji called them, saying the two suddenly died, ABC News reported on June 4.It’s not clear how the couple died. Tracey Calanog, a family member, said that they got the phone call a day before the two were slated to leave for home. The Fiji Broadcast Corporation reported that the two Americans died in the city of Nadi.“For more than a week, the U.S. Embassy has been closely working with the Fiji government, police, and health officials in their investigation into the tragic deaths of two U.S. citizens while on holiday in Fiji,” Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Becca Archer-Knepper, said in a statement to People magazine.She added: “The Embassy has facilitated contact between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Fiji’s Ministry of Health to ascertain the causes of death and to assist in any related measures. We appreciate the efforts made thus far by the Fijian authorities and stand ready to provide further assistance, if requested. At this point, we are not aware of any specific public-health threat to the community.”“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death,” a State Department spokesperson told ABC. “We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.” US News “They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital,” Calanog told the local Texas station. The report said that Michelle Paul may have died first before her husband.The family said that hospital workers were trying to take David Paul to an Australian hospital, but he died.WFAA reported that the couple had a 2-year-old son, and David Paul had a daughter.In the wake of their deaths, Calanog told KVUE the couple’s bodies will remain on the island until it is determined that the illness is not infectious. If it is, she said their bodies will have to be cremated. A young Texas couple died of a mysterious illness while enjoying an “amazing vacation” in Fiji, according to their family. https://t.co/jOmZhQLEKd pic.twitter.com/KogqCjtMuQ— ABC News (@ABC) June 4, 2019 Share Healthy Texas couple dies from mysterious virus in Fiji – https://t.co/dt69ISCPuu pic.twitter.com/1698MJ3QGQ— American Digest (@americandigest_) June 4, 2019last_img read more

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If Google Stadia is meant for everywhere gaming shouldnt the controller be

first_imgTouted as the Netflix for gaming, Google Stadia promises the ability to play A-list games on any device. Imagine being able to play console-level games on your smartphone, Assassin’s Creed on potentially a $400 device. The promise of Stadia is to take hardware constraints away from gaming, allowing you to play the best games over the air, as everything renders out on Google’s servers, with just the graphics reaching your device like a livestream video would. Google’s Stadia is made for everywhere gaming. On your phone, laptop, tablet, desktop, even your TV… so shouldn’t the controller be accommodating of that?Designer Devin Sidell’s re-envisioned the Stadia controller as a NES-style bar-shaped controller that’s easy to slide into pockets and backpacks. Its slim profile feels almost like a remote, and comes with all the functionality you need. Devin hasn’t taken away from the Stadia controller’s abilities, but rather just streamlined the form to make it more portable. In your hand, the Stadia Bar Controller concept feels a lot like a single Joy Con from a Nintendo Switch (albeit slightly thicker). It has all the buttons, including all four trigger shoulder-buttons (with their numbers written upside down, so when you tilt the controller over, you can read them), and a tear-drop shaped D-Pad and XYAB buttons, giving the Stadia a unique visual appeal. Stadia’s USP isn’t comfortable gaming, but rather gaming unchained… and the bar-controller’s portable-over-organic form factor plays perfectly into that ethos!Designer: Devin SidellSharePinShareFlipSharePocket964 Shareslast_img read more

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Painting to Begin on the Bethlehem Inn

first_img Email Painting to Begin on the Bethlehem Inn Pinterest Facebook Tumblr 0 Share. Twittercenter_img By CBN Webfoot Painting’s 4th Annual $5,000 Painting Charity Giveaway gets underway this week at the Bethlehem InnWith warm, dry weather upon us, the Seriously Great Painters of Webfoot Painting Co, have their eyes set on the exterior of their annual giveaway recipient- The Bethlehem Inn.  The Bethlehem Inn is Central Oregon‘s only emergency shelter serving homeless families, men, and women of our community.  The exterior surfaces of their three buildings have only received light touch up and partial painting over the last 15 years.The work began last Friday, May 3 with Mike Accardo of Quality Interior Works and Mike Montgomery of Montgomery Builders taking on the replacement of 140-feet of fascia that was severely weathered and falling apart.  Miller Lumber donated the 140-feet of new fascia and the Mike’s took care of the rest.The project continues through this week with pressure washing and the initial prep work, then on Saturday, May 11 Webfoot Painting’s entire team will hit the complex in a one-day painting makeover!  With the majority of the siding being vinyl, their efforts will be focused on the severely rusted metal railings and posts, about 50 front doors and door trim, the entrance of the Bethlehem Inn, and the neglected backside of their largest building where the fascia board was replaced.This is Webfoot Painting’s 4th Annual $5000 Painting Charity Giveaway.  Starting January 1 of each year they begin collecting nominations for worthy recipients and then in March they meet to vote for the person or non-profit they feel is most deserving.  Everyone in the company gets a single vote as well as one vote per supporting sponsors.  The supporting sponsors of this event are Sherwin Williams who donates all paint and materials, Press Pros who donates promotional flyers, ORSA Design who donates a free color consultation, Quality Interior Works and Montgomery Builders for donating carpentry work, Miller Lumber for donating building materials and Brian Page Design.“With over 30 nominations this year, all exceedingly worthy of this giveaway, it was incredible difficult to select a winner” says Webfoot co-owner Travis Ulrich.  “In the end the voters were excited to be able to help out a large number of people over a single family.”  All those involved are very proud to be able to help preserve their structures and provide a much needed facelift for the 1000 plus residents served by the Bethlehem Inn. Webfoot Painting would like to thank all those that participated and submitted nominations.  They would also like to remind everyone that did not win that next year will bring another opportunity, so they encourage those people to resubmit their nominations next January.   www.webfootpainting.com Google+ LinkedIn E-Headlines on May 7, 2013last_img read more

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A Remarkable Advance in Energy Saving Building Technology

first_img Share. Email By CBN Twitter on May 14, 2013 Facebook E-Headlines Tumblrcenter_img A Remarkable Advance in Energy Saving Building Technology 0 Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Independent university research determined that the EnergyBlock wall system can cut energy usage by 29 percent. The study was completed in March 2013 by students in the OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Engineering program. Overall, the findings were very favorable indicating that the EnergyBlock wall system saved 58,750 BTU/day equating to 29 percent of total energy compared to a similarly built wood-framed home. In addition, the CO2 emissions reduced due to the energy saved is 1.6 tons per year.SunTerra EnergyBlock is an energy efficient wall system that utilizes the principle of thermal mass to create an even temperature throughout a home or building year-round. The thermal mass absorbs heat energy when the surroundings are higher in temperature than the mass and gives thermal heat back when the surroundings are cooler. This produces the most efficient and comfortable living environment available for the occupants.This proves what current homeowners have experienced in their SunTerra home. In February of 2012, they left their home for a three week vacation and turned off all heat other than the passive solar window array with an automatic shutter that opens in the morning and closes in the evening. Upon their return, the interior temperature was 57°, a drop of only 10° during the period. The average outdoor temperature during this time was 30° and the average overnight low temperature was 19°.“We were very excited to be selected as a project by the OSU-Cascades students to study the energy efficiency of the EnergyBlock wall system,” said Jim Chauncey, designer/builder and inventor of the of SunTerra EnergyBlock. “We were very confident that the research would prove out what our homeowners were already experiencing, and it did.”Each year the students in the OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Engineering program need to complete a capstone project as part of their degree course work. The program is a combination of mechanical and industrial engineering core courses supplemented with energy-related and business management courses, and is offered in partnership with Oregon State University’s College of Engineering.Energy systems engineers oversee complex energy conversion and distribution systems, work to improve energy storage systems, and manage the efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing, and processing systems. These engineers also study the secondary effects of energy usage from a local environmental impact, regional and national economic impact, and global climate change perspective.One of the projects selected in the fall of 2012 was the opportunity to design and implement a study to monitor the energy efficiency of a SunTerra EnergyBlock home in Sisters.The system is readily available to architects, builders and consumers in the Pacific Northwest. The company is looking toward expansion throughout the U.S. and Canada.last_img read more

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Deschutes County Community Development Annual Report Draft Work Plan Available for Review

first_img Facebook Email The Deschutes County Community Development Department (CDD) has drafted its Annual Report and Work Plan for fiscal year 2014-15. The document summarizes achievements over the past year and outlines anticipated projects and goals in each of CDD’s four divisions for the next fiscal year. A Public Hearing before the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners will be held Monday, June 16, at 10am in the Barnes/Sawyer Rooms at the Deschutes Services Center. It is available for public review on CDD’s website at www.deschutes.org/cdd  on June 3, 2014 Deschutes County Community Development Annual Report & Draft Work Plan Available for Review, Hearing Set By CBN Tumblr Share. LinkedIn E-Headlines Google+ 0 Twitter Pinterest CDD’s mission is to facilitate orderly growth and development in the Deschutes County community through coordinated programs of Land Use Planning, Environmental Soils, Building Safety, Code Enforcement, education, and service to the public.The public is encouraged to attend the hearing and provide input to this important document. Feedback about the proposed plan may also be submitted by sending comments to CDD Director Nick Lelack at Nick.Lelack@deschutes.org. For more information about the work plan process, the June 16 public hearing, or about the Deschutes Community Department, please call (541) 317-3193.last_img read more

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Shriners Run For A Child 5K 10K in Old Mill District in

first_img on July 28, 2015 LinkedIn Share. Shriners Run For A Child 5K & 10K in Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon (Photo above: runners at past Run For A Child 5k | courtesy of www.shrinersrunforachild.com)Runners are encouraged to register now for the Central Oregon Shrine Club’s third annual Shriners Run for a Child 5K Run/Walk and new this year, 10K, which serve as fundraisers for Shriners Hospitals for Children Portland.Set for Sunday, August 9 at 9am in Bend’s Old Mill District at Riverbend Park, this year’s event will feature the 5K and 10K at 9am, a post-race barbeque and multiple prize drawings for participants, a silent auction, family activities including a children’s water obstacle course, as well as vendor and sponsor booths.Registration for the 5K event is $25, the 10K is $35, and can be made online at shrinersrunforachild.com. Representatives from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Portland will be on hand to answer questions. Annually, over 100 children from the tri-county area of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties received life-altering treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.In 2013, the Central Oregon Shrine Club (COSC) set out to increase awareness of Shriners Hospitals through an annual fundraiser and a Shriners Sunday was conceived, in which families could participate in a run/walk for this great cause and enjoy a barbeque meal hosted by local Shriners.This year Macy Kaufman and Zachary Henneous are serving as our 2015 Race Marshals. Kaufman is a freshman at Summit High School who underwent a lengthy spinal surgery to correct her scoliosis at Shriner’s Hospital in July 2013. Without this life changing surgery, her future mobility may have been questionable. Now able to do most everything, Kaufman is signing up friends and family to join her for this event.Henneous has served as race marshall since the first Run for a Child event and is in elementary school in Bend. He was born with one leg significantly shorter than the other and was referred through our local screening clinic in 2004. He has been a patient of Shriners Hospital in Portland since he was nine months old.COSC has entered into a partnership with Mosaic Medical to be its primary referring agency for children in Central Oregon. Children who might be eligible to receive care and don’t have a primary physician can contact Mosaic, and Mosaic Medical will see the child and make the referral to Shriners Hospitals for Children.The Central Oregon Shrine Club thank sthe following generous Gold and Silver Run for a Child2015 sponsors: Les Schwab Tire Centers, Deschutes Brewery,Dr. Krueger DMD, Five Talent Software, Thompson Pump & Irrigation, SELCO Community Credit Union, Wells Fargo.Volunteers are needed to help put on this fun, all-inclusive event. Interested people can sign up on the 2015Run for a Child web page, which offers current information about the event, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, and participation at www.shrinersrunforachild.com. Run Chair Terry Griffith at 541-205-4484. Facebook 0 E-Headlinescenter_img Google+ Pinterest Twitter Tumblr By CBN Emaillast_img read more

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Geriatric Care Management for Central Oregon

first_img 1 Business & Industry, E-Headlines Geriatric Care Management for Central Oregon on June 15, 2016 By Krystal Marie Collins CBN Feature Writer Facebook Twitter (Photo above: (L-R) Jeanne Merritt, LCSW and Jennifer Rogers, CCM, founders of Bend Senior Care Management | Photo by Krystal Marie Collins)As people of the 21st century, our time is often filled with the needs of career and our immediate family. This has changed our relationships with our elders. Finding time for personal endeavors is challenging, let alone managing an aging loved one’s care. For this reason, the founders of Bend Senior Care Management (BSCM) say they are able and willing to step in. They ask, how can we best honor and value our senior generation and then facilitate care choices on behalf of family and individuals.Jennifer Rogers, CCM and Jeanne Merritt, LCSW built BSCM from a foundation of their many years working in health and senior care in various capacities. Rogers holds a degree in health care administration from Oregon State University, an accreditation as a professional case manager through the Commission for Case Manager certification and has worked in the local Bend community for the past 23 years. Merritt has a masters in social work with an emphasis in geriatric care, a licensure in clinical social work and 20 years’ experience serving seniors locally.They first met while working at Bend Transitional Care and explain that through their work in medicine, they saw a gap in healthcare and patient needs. “Professionals aren’t given enough time to work with the clients,” says Merritt. This knowledge, combined with market research showing Deschutes County to have the highest percent population of 65 and older in the state, prompted Rogers and Merritt to take action.Some of the concerns under the geriatric care umbrella that BSCM can oversee are short term transitions for isolated injuries or recoveries, long term transitions into assisted living and supervising care when loved ones live far away.Rogers says, “The best way to say it is we are guides for seniors. Whether that is family education, creating a comfortable environment at home for someone with complex needs, making choices sensitive to financial circumstances, help navigating insurance or picking care givers with suitable personalities. We strive to honor the wishes of clients and coordinate what is necessary to meet their wishes.”“The cherry on the sundae,” Merritt beams, “is once folks are settled after a transition. We can offer life enrichment and social activities beyond the treatment. This work is so gratifying.”Having worked in many facets of healthcare, they know legalities, how to handle paperwork, obtaining designations and are looked at in the health care arena as trusted professionals. They both agree that relationships they have built in the health industry are invaluable to clients they serve.Merritt says many of the clients they see are in crisis management mode and wish they would have contacted BSCM sooner, because they unnecessarily handled everything on their own for too long.“During crisis,” Rogers observes, “families are under pressure, their time window is narrow, differing opinions may be on the table and BSCM can guide those folks to a better place.”BSCM’s preference is to offer services before a crisis is eminent. They offer a service called life care planning through which they establish a relationship with the client and stay abreast of developments and modify as changes are needed. “Clients will most benefit from planning ahead of time. It can be uncomfortable because some aging health-related topics are taboo, but we open the dialogue. We help the client plan for what ifs.”“Even housing can be an issue,” Merritt reflects, “I am in the midst of moving my mother to Bend from Tennessee. She is on a fixed income and buying or renting is challenging at the moment.Fixed income lists for senior living are up to 100 people long and some of the wait lists are closed. Some specialized care facilities are having similar issues.”Rogers explains that in formulating a startup and being small business owners, she and Merritt do everything. “It is interesting because in our other jobs there was someone in charge of marketing, book keeping, there were salaries and benefits, but not when you open your own business.”Merritt adds, “We are doing all the minutia, brand building, billing, website design. What we like is we get to do it how we want to and our values and ethics really shine through. We wouldn’t be doing this without the team, without each of our contributions. Working with another female, thinking similarly and emotionally supporting each other, our life philosophies are in alignment and ultimately that is what matters.”As small business owners, they appreciate the support they receive from associations in their industry. Aging Life Care Associates and the National Association of Social Workers offers training, publications, webinars and keeps them aware of trends, changes and opportunities.They have received much guidance from mentors Jim Lee (InvitExcellence), Dr. Michel Boileau, MD senior administrative advisor to St. Charles Medical System and Rusty Merritt (COO of FireWhat Inc.). “They listened to our business plan, gave us feedback, and they were willing to listen and help us be successful.” Rogers and Merritt say they are grateful to have continued dialog with suchaccomplished professionals.BSCM is careful to mention they are currently a private pay service. While many insurance companies recognize the value of geriatric care management, presently, these types of consulting services are not covered by Medicare.In closing, Rogers and Merritt say, “Aging is a complex process. We are committed to being a beacon of advocacy so that seniors and their families age with dignity and grace. People are living much longer, our goal as geriatric care managers is to guide, support and advocate for our clients. When there is a crisis or medical emergency we will assist them and their family to navigate the complicated healthcare system.”Bend Senior Care ManagementTagline: Personalized Compassionate Health AdvocacyFounders: Jennifer Rogers, CCM and Jeanne Merritt LCSWwww.bendseniorcaremanagement.com, 541-782-8381, jennifer@bendseniorcaremanagment.comWhen did you open your doors: March 2016No. of employees: 2What is your product/market niche: Our product is client management, care planning and care recommendations as a service for seniors and their families.What has been your greatest success to date: Each one of our clients has been grateful for the services we have provided. Several of whom have expressed their regret in not having us involved sooner.What are your company’s goals in the next year: It is twofold: Helping healthcare providers understand how we provide consistency and continuity throughout the aging process. Secondly, establish Bend Senior Care Management as a model for modern day geriatric caremanagement services.What other ways is your company involved in the community:The committee for Walk to End Alzheimer’s and collaborating with local agencies which assist and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.center_img Share. Email Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr Google+last_img read more

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2015 Annual Government Waste Hotline Report Shows 35 Percent Increase in Reporting

first_img Email Twitter Share. By CBN Confidential Hotline allows Oregonians to report concerns about waste, fraud and abuse of public resources: 800-336-8218.The Oregon Audits Division in the Office of the Secretary of State released its annual report on the Government Waste Hotline today. The 2015 report shows a 35 percent increase in complaints over the previous year.“The increase in complaints from 2014 is in large part a reflection of the public’s increasing awareness about the Government Waste Hotline and increased outreach efforts to state employees,” said Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins. “This is good news. We want Oregonians to know that there is a confidential and secure way to report their concerns about possible waste, fraud, and abuse of public resources.”State law provides confidentiality for the identity of any person making a report through the Hotline. Complaints come from both private citizens and state employees and include allegations of fraud, theft, unethical or improper workplace conduct, time theft, and misuse of state vehicles. Upon receiving a complaint, the Audits Division conducts an initial investigation of each report of alleged waste, inefficiency, or abuse to determine which reports warrant further investigation. The Audits Division is required to notify the Oregon Government Ethics Commission if potential violations of the Oregon ethics law are discovered. Law enforcement must be notified if potential criminal activity is discovered.“Since the hotline’s inception, the Oregon Audits Division has estimated that they have detected about $16 million in questioned costs,” said Atkins. “Research shows that fraud is most often detected by tips from concerned citizens and state employees. This hotline serves as a check on the use of public resources and a deterrent to bad actors.”A 2016 study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found that tips are consistently the most common fraud detection method. The study showed that organizations with a reporting hotline have a much higher likelihood that fraud will be reported than organizations without a reporting hotline.The Government Waste Hotline was established in 1995 for public employees and members of the public to report alleged waste, inefficiency or abuse by state agencies, state employees, or persons under contract with state agencies. In addition to a toll-free telephone line, hotline reports may be submitted by email, fax and by directly calling the Audits Division.Citizens and government employees with concerns about government waste and inefficiency can contact the hotline at 800-336-8218, by fax 503-378-6767, or through mail by sending an envelope clearly marked “Confidential” to:ConfidentialOregon Audits DivisionGovernment Waste Hotline255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 500Salem, Oregon 97310 Pinterest E-Headlines 2015 Annual Government Waste Hotline Report Shows 35 Percent Increase in Reporting center_img Facebook on June 23, 2016 0 Google+ Tumblr LinkedInlast_img read more

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How to Attract More Employees to Your Company

first_img Google+ Share. 0 Email Twitter on August 28, 2018 How to Attract More Employees to Your Company Every company reaches a point where they need to attract more high-quality employees into their ranks. This can be tricky, as lots of businesses feel as though it is the prospective employees who should be the ones setting out to impress. The reality is that a company should sound like a great place to work, in order to attract job applications. With the current climate full of competition, it is likely that there are other companies competing for the same employees of a similar caliber. Luckily, there are various ways you can help your business stand out from the crowd, where you will attract the best of the best to work with you.Treat your current employees wellBefore people apply for a job, they will always want to know if the company is a good fit for them, and is it will treat them well. Everyone has heard horror stories over how some companies treat their employees, which is arguably one of the worst advertisements for a business you can have. To avoid getting negative reviews placed on job review sites, and to give your employees the respect they deserve, it’s wise to treat them well within the workplace. This could include giving them the support they need for new roles or recognizing their skillset often. All of this will get back to people who are looking for a new role within a company, as your employee testimonials will reassure them that they are looking at the best company to work for.Have an Employee Value PropositionIt is widely regarded that having a great set of company perks attracts large numbers of employees. However, you won’t want a large volume of applicants without the skills you are looking for. Having an Employee Value Proposition in place ensures that these rewards are offered based on the skills and experience a prospective employee brings to the table. More importantly, the Employee Value Proposition you have defines your company and the values that it stands for in day-to-day business practices. Your Employee Value Proposition, or EVP, should encompass your company and the reasons employees are proud to work for you and are inspired to stay with your company. It is important as it can help you to attract a very specific type of employee, one who fits the mold of exactly who you are looking for. In the long run, it won’t just attract the cream of the crop to your company, but it will help you retain your employees and reduce your turnover rate.Have a welcoming workplace After getting through the initial job application stages with your prospective employees, it is likely that you will be bringing them in for an interview. When this happens, you should be prepared to sell them your workplace, in the same way they are willing to promote themselves in the interview room. From the moment they walk into your office, they will be gathering information to decide if it is a suitable place for them to work. When a company culture is exclusive, this may not be the best way to make your interviewees feel welcome. Having a warm and inviting atmosphere means they will walk away from the interview hoping that they receive a job offer to work for you.By taking the time to develop your Employee Value Proposition, treating your customers well, and having a welcoming workspace, you can hope to attract and attain the most suited employees to your company, who will be enthused to stay with your company for the long-term. It is worth investing time into developing methods to attract top employees, and you will soon see the benefits when your company does more successfully, simply due to taking the above points into due consideration. In three easy steps, you can be well on your way to changing for the better.center_img By CBN LinkedIn E-Headlines Tumblr Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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Webfoot Painting Tenth Annual Project Serious Nonprofit Edition

first_img E-Headlines Facebook (Webfoot painting crew | Photo courtesy of Webfoot Painting)Entries Accepted Through February 8Webfoot Painting Company is looking for a local nonprofit organization (local charities, churches, community-centers, etc.) with a painting, carpentry, drywall and/or deck need to tackle for its Tenth Annual giveaway, Project Serious: Non-profit Edition. This year, they’re going Seriously Big and awarding $25,000 of in-kind services. They’ve been alternating years between local charities and local homeowners—next year’s contest will benefit a local homeowner.Giving back has been a core tenant of their business since they opened in 2003. Webfoot loves the Central Oregon community and are so proud to be able make this donation to one lucky winner each year. Co-owner Gavin Hepp shares, “For our tenth year we wanted to do something big for a local organization. We really [want]them to be able to focus their funds on the good they’re doing in the community, not on keeping their building protected and looking beautiful. Let us handle that part.”Since their customers are at the center of everything they do, they want to let them in on the voting process. Their current and future customers will be able to vote on their Facebook and Instagram accounts and help Webfoot select the top three entries. In addition to moving through to the final company vote, the entrant voted number one on social media will receive an additional company vote, which could be the tie-breaker.Nonprofit organizations in Bend, Redmond, Sunriver and Sisters are eligible to apply. This year’s application process includes both a brief online entry form and a 60 second amateur video—the more creative and engaging, the better—that they will post to their social media accounts for voting.Nonprofit organizations can submit their entries online (projectserious.com) between January 14 and February 8 but remember, the earlier you submit, the more time you’ll have to collect votes. Voting will close on February 22 and the winner will be announced on February 26.webfootpainting.com • projectserious.com on January 15, 2019 0 By CBN Pinterest Emailcenter_img Twitter Google+ Webfoot Painting Tenth Annual Project Serious: Nonprofit Edition Tumblr Share. LinkedInlast_img read more

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Planning Commission Openings

first_img on January 29, 2019 Pinterest Twitter The City of Bend is seeking applicants for two positions on the Planning Commission. The City Council appoints members to four-year terms. The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations regarding land-use matters, subject to State law and City code. Consideration will be given to include representatives of the various geographical parts of the City of Bend, as well as familiarity with land-use and development within Bend.The current openings are for four-year terms beginning in January 2019, concluding at the end of December 2022.The City Council has focused attention on implementing the community’s growth plan, identified in the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion and accompanying Comprehensive Plan policies. This plan highlights the need for more urban-style development in opportunity areas, infill development, a variety of housing types to meet the community’s housing needs and master planning UGB expansion areas.  The Planning Commission will continue to play a key role in the implementation of this plan. Familiarity with the concepts listed above is desirable. Applicants must be residents of the City of Bend.Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Monday, February 4, 2019. To apply:Submit a one page letter outlining interest in serving on the Planning Commission to Susy Munson at smunson@bendoregon.govComplete the Advisory Committee application: https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/citizen-committees/advisory-committee-applicationbendoregon.gov/planningcommission LinkedIn By CBN Facebook E-Headlinescenter_img Google+ Tumblr Planning Commission Openings Share. 0 Emaillast_img read more

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City of Bend Moves Strategic Energy Management Plan Forward

first_img Pinterest Share. By CBN E-Headlines LinkedIn Google+ City of Bend Moves Strategic Energy Management Plan Forward Twittercenter_img (Photo | Pexels)The Bend City Council recently approved Phase Two of a contract with Ameresco, an energy services company, to help the City improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel use. The Council adopted Resolution 3044 in September 2016 with a goal of reducing the City’s fossil fuel use by 40 percent by 2030.Last year, Ameresco audited a variety of City facilities and operations as part of Phase One of its Strategic Energy Management Plan. The audit identified opportunities for reducing the City’s fossil fuel use and determined which projects to recommend for Phase Two. Projects to be included in Phase Two were selected based on their capacity to significantly reduce the City’s fossil fuel use, lower maintenance costs and use less energy and/or water, which lowers operating costs for the City.Phase Two projects will improve energy efficiency in nine City facilities by upgrading lighting and lighting controls, conserving domestic water, improving building thermal performance, installing solar panels and updating heating and cooling systems. The City will also upgrade street lighting to light-emitting diode (LED) lights in Phase Two. A full list of Phase Two projects can be found in the online issue summary.“We’re excited to get started on this important work with Ameresco,” said Senior Policy Analyst Gillian Ockner. “We’ll save money and reduce our carbon footprint. It’s an opportunity to save taxpayer dollars on operational costs and improve our energy efficiency at City facilities.”The estimated total cost for this phase of work will be $3.8 million. More than $300,000 in grants and other incentives has already been earned to help offset those costs. Annual savings to the City through reduced energy costs is expected to fully cover the costs for these improvements.“We learned a lot about the City of Bend’s energy usage through the audit we did last year,” said Joe O’Donnell, Northwest Region sales manager for Ameresco.  “We are ready to work closely with the City on these projects to help them meet the goals of the Strategic Energy Management Plan.”These projects are expected to begin immediately and are scheduled to be completed by early 2020.bendoregon.gov/energy    Facebook 0 on February 12, 2019 Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

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The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 121317

first_imgHere are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/13/17. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST 253SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Bizzabo, the event management platform, has raised $15M in Series B funding from Pilot Growth Equity. Founded by Alon Alroy, Boaz Katz, and Eran Ben-Shushan in 2011, the company has now raised a total of $29.5M over six rounds. FANCHEST $4M – Seed The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 12/13/17 by AlleyWatch center_img FANCHEST, the sports theme inspired gift box company founded in Brooklyn in 2015, has raised a $4M seed round from investors that include GoAhead Ventures, Drew Brees, Nicholas Horbaczewski, Connected VC, and Von Miller. Tagged With: Alon Alroy, Bizzabo, Boaz Katz, Connected VC, Drew Brees, Eran Ben-Shushan, FANCHEST, GoAhead Ventures, Nicholas Horbaczewski, Pilot Growth Equity, Von Miller Bizzabo $15M – Series Blast_img read more

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NYC Women in Tech Stephanie Benedetto of Queen of Raw

first_imgNYC Women in Tech: Stephanie Benedetto of Queen of RawAugust 7, 2017 by AlleyWatch 370SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin This installment of Women in NYC Tech is presented by Kali. Kali is a chemical-free, organic tampon and pads subscription service. Stop using boring, chemical sticks and start caring about your lady parts. Kali – Not Your Mother’s Tampons. Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders, or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game?  In this series, we speak with some of the top women in tech in New York as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women.Today we speak with Stephanie Benedetto, cofounder of Queen of Raw. Prior to cofounding the company, Stephanie pursued a career in law focusing on fashion, tech, and media, which eventually led to the founding of Queen of Raw, the company that connects suppliers to innovative raw materials. Stephanie, a 2016 NASA/NIKE/U.S. Dept. of State LAUNCH.org Innovator, was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0, in addition to being a Finalist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards and the Powerful Answers Award. Stephanie serves on the Board of Advisors of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition and is a cohost of the Material Is Your Business podcast.What’s your background and how did you develop your career as a female entrepreneur in the NYC tech ecosystem?My family has been entrepreneurs in the New York textile industry since 1896. My great-grandfather was a Lower East Side furrier, my grandfather sold army surplus after World War II, and my father-in-law owned global textile factories. Textiles, fashion, and entrepreneurism are in my blood!So after six years as a corporate attorney on Wall Street representing fashion, technology, and Startup clients, I co-founded an innovative textile manufacturing facility. It’s there that I saw first hand the disconnect between supply and demand.Designers across industries struggle to find raw materials. And factories and brands around the world struggle to sell the millions of tons of quality excess stock that currently sits in a warehouse and eventually makes its way to a landfill. Queen of Raw uses technology to provide the bridge.What are the advantages of being a woman in tech?Women’s choices impact up to 85% of purchasing decisions. By some analyses, they account for $4.3 trillion of total U.S. consumer spending of $5.9 trillion, making women the largest single economic force not just in the United States, but in the world! That is power. Having women not just on staff, but in positions of leadership in the tech industry is therefore a huge advantage to businesses.What can be done to further promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech in New York?Being active in organizations that promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech is important. But it takes money to make money. We need more women to receive venture capital funding. According to PitchBook, venture capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders in 2016. Meanwhile, women received just $1.46 billion in venture capital money last year. This has to change.What is diversity to you and do you see it evolving in tech?Diversity means more than just gender. Other facets include race, ability, age, and orientation. To have diversity evolve in tech in a meaningful way, we can’t have organizations just publish statistics and hire people to check a box. Companies need to engage in meaningful conversations around these issues to see how they can have a lasting impact on their businesses. How can we provide mentorship and nurture our talent as they rise up in the ranks? How can we educate those who may not be aware of diversity issues and include them in the conversation? These are just some of the questions we should be asking.Why do you think it’s important that women retain, grow, and develop into senior roles within their organizations?Women need to become key decision makers in their organizations in order to bring about change. We know many women leave work for a variety of reasons, including having children. I launched my business at the same time as I had my first child. This has only made my personal and professional life stronger. I am doing what I am doing to make a difference in the world not just for myself anymore but for my children and my children’s children. Because of this mission, I am even more focused and passionate and find the strength to meet any challenges.How do you see the future of teams and interactions in a diverse environment and what implications will this have?Diverse people bring different opinions and unique points of view. And this is where innovation happens. The more interactions that occur within an organization encourage diversity, the more ideas will grow and develop that would never have otherwise been thought of. We need each other.How can women rise in the ecosystem and what are the unseen barriers?Do not be afraid! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, share your story, and stand up for your beliefs. If you can remove the barriers you place around yourself first, it makes the journey a little easier. Then we can come together to fight the bigger roadblocks!Please tell us about a few organizations that you are involved with or respect that are promoting women in tech.I am active in LAUNCH.org, 2XinTech with Grand Central Tech, Women 2.0, Project Entrepreneur with Rent the Runway and UBS, Startup Weekend with Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars, SXSW, and Material Is Your Business. Each of these organizations promote female entrepreneurs and women in tech. They host networking events and contests with prizes, share informational videos and podcasts, and conduct workshops with thought leaders. And they do it at no cost to you. Do not miss these great opportunities!What can men do to participate in this discussion?BE PRESENT. BE ACTIVE. SUPPORT THE WOMEN AROUND YOU. Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Business, Fashion, Interviews, Techs and the Citycenter_img The team at AlleyWatch believes it’s important to have an inclusive discussion around the challenges facing women in tech along with highlighting the work of the female entrepreneurs that have made NYC one of the best places for women in tech according to some recent studies. That’s why we are running this series that showcases women in tech in New York.If you are a female founder in NYC working in tech and interested in participating in the series please visit this link or click on the image above.Please feel free to pass this on to any women in NYC that you feel should be considered for the series. Thank you.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POSTlast_img read more

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The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report 31218

first_img Tagged With: A3-Ventures, Adage Capital Management, Alexandria Venture Investments, Biotechnology Value Fund, Blue Pool Capital, Boxer Capital, Dennis Patrick, Dorm Room Fund, EcoR1 Capital, Harvard University, Highland Capital Partners, Jack Ma, Jennifer Fleiss, Jennifer Hyman, Joseph Tsai, Julius Genachowski, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, Michael Martin, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Nick Horelik, Omega Funds, OrbiMed, Pontifax, Prevail Therapeutics, RA Capital Management, RapidSOS, Rent the Runway, Responder Ventures, The Westly Group, Tom Wheeler, Two Sigma Ventures Rent the Runway, the ecommerce platform that allows women to rent clothing and accessories, has raised an additional $20M in funding in what appears to be a bridge round from investors that include Blue Pool Capital, Jack Ma, and Joseph Tsai. The post money valuation for this round is reported to be slightly under $800M. Founded by Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman in 2009, Rent the Runway has now raised a total of $196.2M in reported funding over seven rounds. Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 3/12/18. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST According to a recent SEC filing, RapidSOS, the emergency tech service provider bringing 911 to the modern era founded by Michael Martin and Nick Horelik in 2013, has raised an additional $8.6M in funding. Investors in previous rounds include Highland Capital Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Dorm Room Fund, Two Sigma Ventures, The Westly Group, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT, Responder Ventures, Julius Genachowski, A3-Ventures, Dennis Patrick, and Tom Wheeler. This funding rounds brings the total capital raised to $28.2M over six funding rounds. The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 3/12/18 by AlleyWatch Rent The Runway $20Mcenter_img Prevail Therapeutics $75M RapidSOS $8.6M 251SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Prevail Therapeutics, the biotech company focused on treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodengerative conditions, has raised $75M in funding from investors that include OrbiMed, RA Capital Management, Pontifax, Omega Funds, Adage Capital Management, EcoR1 Capital, Alexandria Venture Investments, Biotechnology Value Fund, and Boxer Capital. last_img read more

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GGEZ Blizzards global esports boss Kim Phan leaves company

first_img$31.50 Buy TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago US$31.50 $31.50 center_img Overwatch: The Official Cookbook $31.50 Blizzard has just lost its global esports director after 13 years on the job, with Kim Phan leaving the Warcraft, Starcraft and Overwatch developer in pursuit of a “new endeavor” in the gaming industry.   Phan’s resignation was effective as of June 14, with the news coming in less than a month after Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer departed Blizzard, taking a job with competitor Epic Games. In her departure post, Phan said: “As I hang up my sword and shield, I look forward to a bright future and wish all my Blizzard friends and family the very best”. With both Phan and Nanzer leaving Blizzard in the middle of rumors of low morale and mounting resignations from Blizzard, it seems the company and its future in esports is being questioned. last_img read more

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Facebook morally bankrupt New Zealand privacy watchdog says

first_imgNew Zealand’s official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. London best pest control A logo of Twitter is pictured next to the logo of Facebook in this September 23, 2014 illustration photo in Sarajevo. REUTERS/Dado Ruviccenter_img Privacy Commissioner John Edwards’ comments on Twitter on Monday follow previous criticisms of Facebook’s response to a gunman using the platform to livestream some of the slaughter of 50 worshippers.Facebook said in a statement it was “deeply committed” to strengthening policies, improving technology and “working with experts to keep Facebook safe.”Edwards told Radio NZ governments need to come together and “force the platforms to find a solution” to the livestreaming of atrocities.Australia last week passed laws that include prison terms for executives for failing to quickly remove “abhorrent violent material.”last_img read more

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