July 2019

Greg Walden Nominates Central Oregon Students for Acceptance to US Military Academies

first_img Google+ Madison Mansberger, daughter of Kirk & Kathryn of Bend attending Summit High School –  United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy Katherine (Paige) Westoby, daughter of David & Barbara Westoby of Bend attending Mountain View High School –  United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy Connor Mansberger, son of Kirk & Kathryn Mansberger of Bend attending the University of Portland – United States Naval Academy Tumblr E-Headlines Greg Walden Nominates Central Oregon Students for Acceptance to U.S. Military Academies Twitter By CBN Lane Rutz, son of Travis & Shannon Rutz of Prineville attending Crook County High School – United States Naval Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy on December 18, 2012 James Warburton, son of James & Cindi Warburton of Bend attending Summit High School –  United States Naval Academycenter_img Share. LinkedIn Eight local students nominated by Walden to be considered for service academy appointmentsWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced the nomination of eight students from central Oregon for acceptance to one of the prestigious United States service academies based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.Jameson (Jay) Borland, son of Thomas & Ellen Borland of Bend attending Bend High school – United States Air Force Academy Andrew Snyder, son of Timothy & Kelle Snyder of Sisters attending Sisters High School –  United States Naval Academy “Being nominated to one of our nation’s service academies represents years of hard work and discipline,” Walden said. “Competing with the best and brightest of America’s youth for an appointment to a military academy is a tremendous opportunity and a great honor. I am confident that these talented students would represent their families and communities well in that effort, and I commend them for their desire to serve our country in uniform. It takes a special commitment to pursue the rigors of an academy education, and these young Americans are continuing a long line of patriotic Oregonians in their endeavor.”Final selection for admission to the service academies will be performed by officials at each respective academy. 0 Facebook Pinterest Geoffrey (Geoff) Gerdes, son of Michael Gerdes & Amy Stuart of Prineville attending Crook County High School – United States Naval Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy Emaillast_img read more

10 Barrel Brewing Rolls Out Major Expansion

first_img on June 6, 2017 (Photo above by CBN Staff)New Facility Includes State-of-Art Packaging and Pub in Northeast BendContinuing a meteoric rise since its inception a decade ago, home-grown success story 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has laid the foundations for further exponential growth with a new 60,000 square foot facility ramping up production capacity – and innovation opportunities – in Northeast Bend.Complete with a tasting room and 138-seat pub offering views into the plant’s inner workings, company chiefs say the craft brew hub adjoining the original brewery operation on NE 18th will allow locals and visitors to get “up close” to the manufacturing process as part of a philosophy of reinforcing a connection with the community.The new tap room and restaurant (with outdoor patio and fire pit) will no doubt be a boon to residents seeking more options in that quadrant of the city, but 10 Barrel’s wider expansion plans have been in the works for some time to cater to steadily increasing demand, both on the retail front and for an expanding footprint of brewpubs, which now number Portland, Boise, Denver and San Diego locations as well as two in Bend.The project – designed by Portland-based SEA Architects and built by Bend general contractor CS Construction – broke ground just over a year ago and now houses warehousing, packaging and shipping operations on a 5.5 acre site adjacent to the existing brewery, linked by a connecting beer bridge.State-of-the-art equipment imported from Europe includes canning and a bottling line that can crank out 240 units a minute in various styles and sizes – effectively increasing packaging potential three-fold – while other features include a new keg filler that can top off a full keg about every minute, bigger cold storage areas and a new tasting room.Other, second floor amenities include a 3,000 sqft multi-purpose room complete with twenty taps, which can be used for events or as a banquet facility, as well as offices and an upper deck patio featuring mountain views.Significantly, the move has freed up space for more fermentation tanks and a larger cellar room in the original brewing building – which currently spans around 25,000 sqft following previous expansions – to allow brewers to focus on high-end specialty beers and barrel-aged products in addition to stalwart standards like the flagship Joe and Apocalypse IPA’s. A second kettle recently added can now be dedicated to increasingly popular sour styles.During a recent tour of the new facility, 10 Barrel Brewmaster Jimmy Seifrit said he was somewhat relieved to get back to the core of his innovation role after overseeing much of the operational shift and expansion coordination of the last few years.Since, 2011 when he was coaxed away from Deschutes Brewery to take over brewing operations – when 10 Barrel was putting out around 10,000 barrels a year – he has gone through three brewery expansions and the building of five pubs under his watch.He said, “This latest expansion really allows us to realize economies of scale and be more efficient, and should take care of our needs long into the future.“Last year we pumped out around 73,000 barrels, which itself was more than a thirty percent increase on 2015. We kept running out of space and infrastructure periodically since the original ten-barrel system, which was very manual, but now the fifty-barrel brewhouse with more automation has a capacity in the range of 124,000 barrels annually.”The new capacity is a far cry from when founders Jeremy and Chris Cox along with Garrett Wales procured a 10-barrel brewing set-up and launched the start-up brewery originally know as Wildfire some ten years ago, selling product through their “JC’s” pub in downtown Bend.The name was changed in 2008, and subsequent expansion included the opening of a pub on Galveston Avenue in Bend and allowed a move into the Portland market in 2012, with operations growing to a fifty-barrel system.The original ten-barrel system is still intact and is now used for new beer development and special releases, but more recent growth has been fueled by the acquisition of 10 Barrel’s brewing operations by Anheuser-Busch InBev in late 2014 and a consequent capital influx spurring wider distribution and the opening of marquee brewpubs in hot craft beer markets featuring a notable line-up of innovative brewers.Seifrit’s current “dream team” includes Tonya Cornett, Shawn Kelso, Bobby Jackson, Whitney Burnside, Ben Shirley, Ian Larkin and Kay Witkiewicz, and he added, “We produce all the consistent standard brews here, but the philosophy has been to hire talented brewers, including in the various pubs, and to encourage them to push the envelope and give them the tools to create higher end flair product reflecting their own strengths.”He said one spin-off benefit of the new packaging lines was that it had alleviated congestion compared to the previous more labor-intensive approach and freed up employees to pursue more creative work.He said, “This all needed to happen to build our infrastructure to cater to not just growth but increased innovation. People may not realize, but we are actually Bend’s most award-winning brewery.“The equipment installed is optimal for our size and the best fit. It allows us to be dynamic with filling different styles and sizes of bottles and cans whether they be 8, 12 or 16 oz.The line can empty a 400-barrel tank in one shift versus 2-3 days previously.“Part of the idea was also to provide the total experience for visitors. People can sample the taste room, take a tour of the brewery – we have now set catwalks to get visitors through in a safe manner – ask questions and go to the pub to relax and buy some merchandise if they wish and really enjoy the whole experience.“We wanted to put it all together so people could see us at work and reinforce that connection with the local community.A lot of thought went into this project and the layout, with input from various stakeholders including a list of what ideally would like to be seen incorporated.“In all we hope to have created an optimal environment for our people, with the belief that a happy employee is better when work life is more enjoyable. We don’t lose many people, we have a lot of five-plus-year tenures and still have employee number one and number two! We encourage people to move up within the company and try to identify their passions in terms of what they would like to pursue, including creating a path for brewers whether that be in sensory management, labs, marketing and so forth.“It’s about finding the right personality and fit. People appreciate the opportunity to grow with the company and have a quality environment and the support network in which to thrive.“Between the brewing and packaging facility and the restaurant, we employ between 155 and 175 people at any given time. The emphasis is that essentially nothing has changed, we are still made in Bend and the same old company and enjoying still being here.”Seifrit revealed that a distillery is next up to be installed in the brewing facility, to be located by a pre-existing bottling line. 10 Barrel had to give up its wine license to trade out cider for the new initiative, but he said exponents were excited to experiment with the new direction and 100 wooden barrels had already been procured for the warehouse.He added, “There has been a lot of investment to make this happen, which demonstrates we are here for the long haul. When we ran out space previously, the team got split up somewhat but now we are all back together again under the same roof, which promotes cross-collaboration and creativity.“The backing gives us the tools to flourish. I was always the kid that wanted the box of 128 crayons, and as much of a palette to play with as possible.We have got all the colors here, with creative people who are fun to work with coming together and we enjoy an open communication throughout the organization with wide input on decision-making.”Seifrit lauded the opportunities offered for brewers to further collaborations, including with old world items and overseas brewers sharing knowledge and passion. Current projects include working on a Red Rice beer with a Chinese brewery, and a strawberry Lambec involving a 100-year-old system out of Belgium.On the design and construction side, he said, “The new facility was done as a build-to-suit in conjunction with CS, with design by SEA who have worked with us on multiple projects now and have a high level of consistency and creativity within the overall theme.We like to repurpose older buildings that have character wherever possible regarding the pubs, with an overall industrial type feel.“CS was the best construction partner possible. They were with us every step of the way with open communications and really were a dream partner to work with.They hit the deadline and budget, and their communication and transparency on a project this size was exceptional – I’m not sure any other company in Oregon could have pulled this off, especially given such an aggressive timeline.“We had a great collaborative team from the get-go and that is reflected in the finished result.”Seifrit said this year’s forecast calls for more of the popular Crush series of fruit-flavored sour beers as the current incarnations, Raspberry and Cucumber, have each proven popular, but even with the expanded footprint, 10 Barrel’s primary focus would be trained on organic growth in its home markets and continued innovation.For more information, see their website www.10barrel.com. Brewery and new pub is located at 62950 NE 18th Street, Bend, OR 97701.10 BarrelName/Address of Project:62950 18th StreetProperty Owner/Developer:10 Barrel / Investment Property Development – Jordy SkovborgContractor: CS ConstructionSquare Footage: 80,000Amenities: (Good BEER!!)Project Manager: Eric MeeuwsenSupervisor: John Lester (Sr. Superintendent)Architect: SEA – Scott Edwards ArchitecturePrincipal Architect: Nathan JunkertStructural Engineer: LB Engineering, Inc.Civil Engineer: LB Engineering, Inc.Mechanical Engineer: Cole Breit EngineeringLandscaping: Land EffectsSubcontractors and Suppliers:7PeaksPaving, AM-1Roofing, Apollo Mechanical, Bell HardwareBend Commercial Glass, Broken Top Window Covering, Cascade Floors IncCement Elegance, Davidson’s Masonry, Easybar, ECIInsulation, EngineeredProducts, FabulousFloors, FinerCabinets, GHSurveying, GrizzlyMountain, Imagine Stoneworks, J&RFire, JKD Concrete, Land Effects, ME Westfall, Moyes Drywall, Overhead Door, Steel Encounters, SubcontractTemplates, Sunburst Fabrication, Superior Garage Floors, ThyssenKrupp, TomcoElectricWestern Protective Coatings 0 By Simon Mather CBN Feature Writer 10 Barrel Brewing Rolls Out Major Expansion LinkedIn Share. 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8 Steps to Keeping Your Employees Safe in the Workplace

first_img8 Steps to Keeping Your Employees Safe in the Workplace 0 Pinterest Email E-Headlines Google+ As an employer, you are responsible for the well-being and safety of your employees. To some, this is obvious: you ensure that your employees have the right equipment, that safety procedures are in place, and that they know what to do in a dangerous situation. Yet, many employers believe that pointing out the fire escapes and having a poster showing the layout of the building is enough. It is not, especially as nowadays you have the threat of cybercrime to add into the mix. So, how can employers step up to the plate and properly ensure that their employees are safe when at work?Assess the EnvironmentYou need to determine how safe the workspace truly is; for example, are all electrical sockets up to standard, do your windows have safety catches if you’re off the ground floor, and are there any trip hazards? You may find that simple fixes such as tidying up cables or moving desks away from the exits are all that need to be implemented. If so, you’ll be looking after the well-being and safety of your employees with minimal effort.When you’re assessing the environment, you should also check all alarms. Some may be broken or in need of new batteries, or you may even find that your workplace doesn’t even have any alarms in place!Look out for Strange Behavior You’ve heard it before, when someone (a neighbor or co-worker) could never have thought of someone close to them committing a crime. It does, however, happen. As an employer, you need to be aware of all your employees and notice if any off behavior has started. Maybe someone who is usually upbeat and optimistic has suddenly become pessimistic or cut themselves off from everyone else – rather than ignore the problem, ask them to your office and speak to them. No one wants to think of a perpetrator being amongst them, but it happens, and being ignorant doesn’t help matters.Be Aware (Teach Awareness)There are many areas you need to train your employees. For example, if you work in construction, then you need to provide them with the appropriate training for health and safety procedures. You can enroll your workers on a 10-hour OSHA outreach training course, to improve the safety of everyone on site. You should also have all employees trained in First Aid, or at the very least, have leaders and managers trained as a minimum.As we all now live in a digital age, we also need to be technology smart and aware when it comes to our computers, smartphones and even tablets. Teach your employees to choose a difficult password, and if it’s applicable, have them change it on a regular basis. You should also teach your employees not to leave passwords written down anywhere, to always log off, and to use anti-malware and a firewall. As a company, you should already encrypt your data, have a secure cloud system in place, and have regular software updates. If someone quits, leaves or is fired, then change that employee’s passwords and remove their access to sensitive documents.Designate Leaders within Your TeamEvery employee should have a basic knowledge of health and safety, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of everyone in the organization. However, you should ensure that there are leaders in your group who can coordinate and take additional responsibility if something were to happen.Certain situations can lead to a lot of stress, miscommunication and chaos; therefore, you need someone who can remain cool, communicate well, make decisions and lead well when things go wrong. Before you offer such a responsibility to someone, you need to ask them whether they’re up for the job. Not everyone would like to be a leader.Consider Self-Defense Learning to protect yourself will not only prove useful within the workplace, but also outside of the office. By having a day or afternoon where you bring in a self-defense teacher, your employees can learn how to protect themselves, each other and, depending on the industry, even their customers. Enrolling everyone into a self-defense class is an employee perk, and can lend itself to many situations.Have a Drill in PlaceFire drills may be irritating to employees, as it takes them away from their work. However, you need to make sure your employees know where to exit the building, how to act and where to stand. They also need to know how to account for everyone while they’re stood outside. By working out any kinks during a practice run, you’re more likely to limit injuries and accidents.Ask the ExpertsIf something were to happen, then you may have to contact lawyers or even the police depending on the situation. As the employer, you do not want you or your company to be liable, therefore, by heading to the experts, they can offer their guidance, assistance and opinion. They can even suggest courses, security measures that have to be in place and whether anything needs to be changed or adapted in the workplace. What is the safest measure may not be apparent to you, so find a knowledgeable individual who can offer your guidance.Create a Welcoming EnvironmentYou need to create a welcoming environment where your employees can address any issues with you without feeling anxious. Have an open door policy, and tell your team that if there are any problems, to come talk to you. If you have an employee who is being inappropriate with others, then you want your employees to tell you; if their computers are not performing as they should then you want to fix it as soon as possible. Although you may be busy yourself, you need to listen to your employees, otherwise serious issues may arise and escalate.Accidents happen; some can be unavoidable. However, you need to implement the appropriate measures so that your employees can lead a safe life in the workplace. Be an employer who cares and is proactive, rather than one who does the bare minimum. Share.center_img Tumblr Twitter LinkedIn Facebook on November 27, 2017 By CBNlast_img read more

25 Years… and Still Counting

first_img Pinterest Facebook Share. on November 29, 2017 (Photo above: Bethlehem Inn receives donation from Sign Pro)In 1992, there were many whispers of Costco coming to Central Oregon. Central Oregon experienced the worst winter in history, a record that was held until 2017. There were no roundabouts in Bend and zero drive-up coffee shops. And… on December 1, 1992, Sign Pro opened their doors with a dream, one computer and NO cell phones.It is a fact that only 1/3 of all small businesses successfully reach their tenth year of business, much less 25 years. Owners John Larkin, Susie Decker and Tess Tompos credit much of their success to the balance of fully invested partners. They relied on each other to share the burden, temper risks, collaborate creatively, take on specific areas of responsibility and to motivate each other, especially during the early stages of their growth.There have been some dramatic changes in Bend in the last 25 years but Sign Pro has maintained its commitment to providing great quality and service. Sign Pro would like to “high-five” their loyal friends and customers because it could not have been achieved without them. Since its start, Sign Pro has felt a responsibility and desire to give back to this wonderful community where they feel very lucky to live and do business. So, to celebrate this milestone Sign Pro has donated a total of $10,000 to four very worthy causes in Central Oregon. A donation of $2,500 has been presented to Bethlehem Inn, Bend Spay & Neuter Project, Grandma’s House and the Giving Plate.John, Susie and Tess say Thank You for 25 Years and they are NOT done yet. They value your patronage and friendship and are very proud to be a community partner.Sign Pro of Central Oregon512 SE Glenwood Dr., Bend, OR 97702541-382-7446www.signprooregon.com Tumblr By CBN Emailcenter_img Google+ 25 Years… and Still Counting 0 LinkedIn E-Headlines Twitterlast_img read more

ORA Juice Co Open for Business

first_img LinkedIn ORA Juice Co. Open for Business By CBN Google+ (Photo | Courtesy of ORA Juice Co.)A local, online business which offers multi-day juice cleanse programs and delivers within Bend city limits is now open in Bend. ORA Juice Co. utilizes an innovative approach, where online commerce meets local, fresh production. Clients must order online and can select Sunday in-store pick up or Monday delivery to start their week off right.ORA offers a wide array of recipes. Clients get to choose from pre-selected cleanses (including a rainbow chakra cleanse or all greens) or take a DIY approach; allowing them to select their favorites or stick to a particular protocol for organ system or anti-inflammatory diets. ORA uses a rotating menu of Western and Ayurvedic herbs added to each juice selected for full body regeneration.Ora Juice Co., LLC, is the shared vision of Jill Hodgson and Ryan Re, two friends and long-time Bend residents, whose commitment to empowering the health of our culture has been at the heart of their many community endeavors.orajuiceco.com • facebook.com/orajuiceco • instagram.com/orajuiceco on January 29, 2019 E-Headlines Pinterestcenter_img Facebook 0 Twitter Share. Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

This NYC Startup Was Just Acquired by Sothebys

first_imgViyet, the marketplace for vintage and antique furniture, has been acquired by Sotheby’s, the brokers for fine art, jewelery, antiques, real estate, and collectibles. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Viyet will continue to operate under its current brand at Sotheby’s with the entire team joining Sotheby’s and Viyet CEO, Elizabeth Brown remaining at the helm.Founded by Elizabeth Brown, Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, and Rachel Rodin in 2012, Viyet had raised a total of $7.3M in funding over five funding rounds. Its backers include Social Starts, Compound, RiverPark Ventures, Rosecliff Ventures, Female Founders Fund, and Julie McDermott.This is the second startup acquisition by Sotheby’s this year. The publicly traded company acquired Thread Genius just last month.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST This NYC Startup Was Just Acquired by Sotheby’sFebruary 14, 2018 by Reza Chowdhury 260SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Exits Tagged With: Compound, Elizabeth Brown, Female Founders Fund, Julie McDermott, Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, Rachel Rodin, RiverPark Ventures, Rosecliff Ventures, Social Starts, Sotheby’s, Viyet, Yash Thakkarlast_img read more

6 Settings When ReadyAimFire May Doom Your Startup

first_img6 Settings When Ready-Aim-Fire May Doom Your StartupApril 26, 2019 by Martin Zwilling 251SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin I know entrepreneurs who have suffered from premature execution often associated with the ready-fire-aim quick-to-market approach. Yet, I believe that many more have benefited from this approach, especially in early startup stages. If your product is highly innovative, and speed to market is critical, you won’t get it right the first time anyway, no matter how cautiously you plan.The ready-aim-fire traditional approach works best in more mature markets, where your strategy is to add features and value to competitive products or address an underserved new segment of the marketplace. These are the environments where you really need extended planning to ensure proper positioning before launching the product.But Lonnie L. Sciambi, in his classic book, “Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success,” reminds me that premature execution will doom even a good ready-aim-fire plan. This most often happens due to impatience, which is not typically an entrepreneurial virtue. It also happens due to overreaction to some market surprise, a last-minute input, or a squeeze on cash.Even when a good plan is possible, I believe there are many circumstances where the ready-fire-aim approach is the best alternative, even though it may be counter-intuitive that one can fire without having aimed precisely. Here are the key parameters that can swing the pendulum:Engineers have an uncontrollable ability to add more features. Many good ideas never get off the ground, simply because the product or service is never “finished.” Some entrepreneurs don’t believe in the “minimum viable product (MVP)” approach, and they keep thinking they need to get the vision absolutely perfect before launching it.Entrepreneur confuses a sense of urgency with a sense of emergency. Urgency comes from an outbound purpose to get market returns quickly while handling emergencies is a reactionary inward approach to saving ourselves from the daily crisis. It’s easy to be too busy to aim, so ready-fire can get you moving but may generate the next emergency.Impossible to get adequate market information for any given plan. For innovative new products in a “fast-paced culture,” entrepreneur leaders can’t count on conventional market research or expert consultants to give them the data to build a plan. After you’ve “fired” once, you have some actual data with which to adjust your aim.The target market is moving in unpredictable ways. Marketing is inherently a trial and error process in new and unknown environments. The ready-fire-aim approach works best here, but must be used with a plan to learn from misses and feedback, rather than random shots into the dark. Be prepared for pivots and mistakes.The planning cycle for determining certainty is too long. Too many entrepreneurs get bogged down in planning and thinking and never get to the point of action. This leads to another dreaded syndrome, called analysis paralysis (i.e. ready-aim-aim-aim-aim-aim…). If they don’t fire before they aim, they may never take action at all.Cost of a planning cycle is greater than the cost of an execution iteration. Start with a strategic plan that embodies an iterative launch cycle, with a minimum viable product to a focused and limited domain, and the cost of execution will be low. That limits the scope of your plan, makes is more measurable, and forces you to plan for change.It was Tom Peters and Bob Waterman (“In Search of Excellence”) who first came up with the “ready-fire-aim” go-to-market strategy. I like it in many cases since it is action-oriented, helps streamline and decrease product development time and costs, and focuses on the product and the firm on customer needs rather than technology.Of course, if you fire without aiming, there’s always a greater chance that you will shoot yourself in the foot. I’ve even seen some entrepreneurs who quickly reload, only to shoot themselves in the other foot. Making your business a game of Russian Roulette is not the way to success. If you can’t plan ahead, at least plan to learn from your mistakes.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategiclast_img read more

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered started out as a port

first_img$19.46 Buy The Legend of Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII Remastered was originally to be just another re-release on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch, but Square Enix decided to make some big visual overhauls at the last minute.   Right before the Final Fantasy VIII port went gold, the team made the monumental decision to go back and remaster the character models and graphics. It wouldn’t do to just re-launch the PS1 classic without touching things up, especially after the game’s 20th birthday in February. So Yoshinori Kitase enlisted the help of original Final Fantasy VIII developers to make something special; it’s not the remake treatment they gave to Final Fantasy VII, but an enhanced version like the FFX Remaster collection. In a recent interview with Famitsu (as translated by Siliconera), Yoshinori Kitase revealed why the game’s taken so long to release. It was originally set to release in February to celebrate FFVIII’s birthday, but the massive overhaul set the project back a ways. “At first, the plan was to release it on current-generation hardware, with more or less the same graphics. However, the title recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and since TVs evolved from SD CRTs to LCD HDTVs, we decided that it was necessary to improve on character quality.  “So then we continued its development until just before it went gold, then out of nowhere, we decided to work on refining the characters. For that reason, we found ourselves in a situation that needed a major schedule change, but thanks to the efforts from the original staff’s Harada, character modeler Kayano, and character designer Nomura we were able to revive it with wonderful quality. The troubles were there, but in the end it was the right call.”  Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is set to release in 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.  It’ll feature built-in cheats and convenience features to expedite combat and gameplay, and give long-time fans a quick way to revisit one of their favorite RPGs. TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days agocenter_img $19.49 US$19.46 –last_img read more

Maduro urges Venezuelan army to prepare for US military action

first_imgVenezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro attends a rally in support of the government and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the arrival to the presidency of the late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela on February 2, 2019. (Reuters) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged his troops Saturday to “be ready” for potential U.S. military action, after the opposition leader Juan Guido’s call for his supporters to take to the streets for more protests to topple country’s elected leader remained largely unanswered. London best pest control center_img The small turnout for the Saturday marches, with participants in the hundreds, not the thousands, is another setback for opposition leader Guaido, following a failed military uprising earlier in the week. Maduro on Saturday instructed the military “to be ready to defend the homeland with weapons in your hands if one day the U.S. empire dares to touch this territory, this sacred earth.”Underscoring the continued military support for his socialist regime, Maduro delivered his televised address from a base in northwestern Cojedes state, where he appeared alongside his defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, and in the presence of more than 5,000 troops.Maduro has thwarted the latest coup attempt against his government as Guido’s call on the military appeared not to have triggered a wider revolt. The military has so far supported the country’s democratically elected Maduro and refused to back Guaido, who declared himself interim president in January and has backing from dozens of countries, including most of Latin America and the U.S. Maduro has called Guaido a U.S-backed “puppet” who seeks to oust him in a coup.For the third time this year, the U.S’ attempt to remove Venezuela’s democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro from power has turned out to be a bust. After an uprising in Venezuela quickly fizzled out, President Maduro blamed the U.S. government for orchestrating a coup attempt against his country. Guaido’s cause gained renewed support on Saturday from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who issued a video address to the Venezuelan people, telling them: “The time for transition is now.” “You can hold your institutions, your military and their leaders to the highest standards and demand a return to democracy,” Pompeo said in the message. “The U.S. stands firmly with you in your quest.”Venezuela has been rocked by protests since Jan. 10 when President Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycott by the opposition. Tensions climbed on Jan. 23 when Juan Guaido declared himself interim president, but Maduro has so far refused calls to step down.last_img read more

Former staffers allege that Liam Booth made racist comments about Zuckerbergs wife

first_imgShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:55Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been placed on administrative leave after staffers accused the bodyguard of sexual harassment and of making homophobic and racist comments about the Facebook CEO’s wife.Two former employees alleged that Liam Booth, Zuckerberg’s security chief, had groped household staffers and made a lewd comment, according to Business Insider, which first reported the allegations. The employees also said Booth made homophobic and racist jokes that included saying that Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, could not drive because she is a woman and Asian.Zuckerberg was made aware of the allegations against Booth after receiving notice from the Los Angeles based office of The Bloom Firm, which represents two former employees of Zuckerberg’s staff. Bloom confirmed to Fortune that she represents the former employees, but declined to comment further on the allegations, and whether the employees intend to file a lawsuit.Booth, a former secret service agent, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of an independent investigation by an outside law firm, Ben LaBolt, Zuckerberg’s personal spokesperson, told Fortune. “The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters,” LaBolt says.On LinkedIn, Booth lists his job as “chief security officer” and says he has more than 25 years of experience working in security, including the U.S. Secret Service.Without mentioning names, Booth writes that his current job includes designing and managing “the safety and security strategies in support of a prominent family, their brand, physical assets and all associated entities from a physical, intelligence, personal and surveillance standpoint.”Booth could not be immediately reached for comment.It’s common for wealthy people, especially one as recognizable as Zuckerberg, to hire bodyguards and security experts to devise a safety plan for them when they’re at home, in public, and even in the office.Zuckerberg personally paid Booth’s salary, however Facebook also spends millions on protecting its founder.The company’s spending on Zuckerberg’s security has continued to increase by millions each year. Facebook spent $9.96 million on Zuckerberg’s security last year, according to regulatory filings. That works out to more than $27,000 per day. As CEO, Zuckerberg also receives an additional $10 million annual stipend to cover security expenses for himself and his family.Zuckerberg is free to spend that money on bodyguards, equipment to make his home safer, and for using private jets for his personal travel, according to a filing with the SEC.The latest news about Zuckerberg comes after he survived a vote of confidence on Thursday at Facebook’s annual meeting that attempted to remove him as Facebook’s chairman. But Zuckerberg owns a majority of voting shares and rejected any changes.You May Like The Future of Smart Homes HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Sponsored Content by Qingdao Haierlast_img read more

Workherwaycom A great site for careerminded women

first_imgLast week, I posted a blog entry titled, “Don’t be That Girl,” discussing the unconscious, self-defeating things that women do in the workplace that often hold them back from “getting the corner office,” or from being promoted within their company.After reading my post, a friend and former co-worker of mine, Alanna Tweedy, sent me a link to a website that she thought was relevant to the topic of women being successful in the workplace: www.workherway.com. This site, created by Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” participant, Carolyn Kepcher, serves as a great resource for women who are looking for work-related advice.In a recent article posted by a Work Her Way expert under the category “Stay in the Game”, Alexandra Levit gives advice on how to deal with angry people in a call center environment. She writes:“Even if your ears are burning, try not to revert to these common but ineffective responses:‘Calm down’ – this is bound to elicit the response “Don’t tell me to calm down!”‘That’s not my fault’ – whether true or not, the angry customer will not appreciate hearing you deny responsibility. He is looking for your help.‘You’re way out of line’ – needless to say, this will just make the situation uglier.‘If you just hold on, I’ll transfer you to-‘ – this lack of urgency and personal ownership will just irritate her more. She wants YOU to come up with an action plan NOW.The point is worth repeating. Remain calm. People don’t want to argue with themselves. Empathize with her problem and try not to take accusations personally, even if they are directed specifically at you. Show that you’re eager to do whatever it takes to remedy the situation, and then follow through. You’ll derive some satisfaction from the fact that you turned an unhappy customer’s day around, and plus you won’t have to explain to your manager why you got into a screaming match on the phone, or risk losing the client.”Incredible – a Reality TV star is actually doing something worthwhile! Thank you Carolyn Kepcher for bringing inspiration to women everywhere who are looking to have a corner office of their own one day!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

A Blueprint for a Competent Product Launch

first_imgThe first step in a product launch doesn’t directly involve the product, oddly enough.Market research is actually the first task you should undertake. You then use your findings to position your product, properly, within its optimal market. Yahoo Answers, Google groups and Amazon’s product reviews are great places to do your research, find your customer’s emotional cues and sync up your product with them.Finding what drives your customer is going to simplify your product launch tenfold. Customers will flock to your product because they’re emotionally compelled to. If you’re selling a weight-loss product and you believe your audience is self-conscious, tell them that losing weight will do wonders for their self-image. It’s a radical thought.Now you’ve taken these steps to position your product, but what about actual sales? If you’ve planned correctly, your product should be welcomed with open arms. Sales will become a byproduct of your planning and execution.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Harnessing the Benefit of LinkedIn Advertising

first_imgNot many marketing strategies consider the benefits of LinkedIn beyond social media networking. But rest assured, there are benefits left to be gained. With millions of users on LinkedIn, there is a vast, untapped pool of potential clients. In fact, at least 1 million LinkedIn users are C-level executives. Advertising on LinkedIn essentially opens this door, allowing you to reach an untouched market. This, clearly, creates a competitive advantage.LinkedIn has also improved their advertising platform as of late. It allows you to breakdown your targets by information such as company, geography, age and more. Furthermore, you’re allowed to pay-per-click or by impressions. The choice is yours.With all of these available features and market opportunities, it certainly seems like LinkedIn is making a bid to throw its hat into the advertising ring. For more on this topic, read the full article by the Creative Team.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

11 Tips for Building a Great Team

first_imgteam buildingIn a post for Small Business Trends, The Young Entrepreneur Council offers up 11 tips for building and managing a team.To the question, “What one employee management tip would you give entrepreneurs who are building their team?” the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) produces several answers.Train Them“Many entrepreneurs have the deluded expectation that an employee should show up able to do their job. No matter how competent they are, an employee will require train up and integration time. An added upshot, thinking about employee training cycles and growth paths really gets you thinking about how to grow your company.” ~ Charlie Gilkey, Productive Flourishing(See Create a Healthy Team in 5 Easy Steps)Create an Entrance Interview“We’ve created some documents for new employees to fill out right when they start about how they like to work, be rewarded, have meetings, etc. By having this written down it gives our whole team an understanding of how new team members might fit in and creates a better work culture.” ~ Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets BrandingGet a Good Project Management System“Entrepreneurs can keep the big picture in their head, but employees need to have the details in front of them. A good project management software (Manymoon is free) is a great way to keep the team focused and on task. Efficiency and productivity increase when you measure accountability with project management software.” ~ Lucas Sommer, Audimated(See Bringing the Best Out of Your Team)Culture Is King“Put your employees first, and they will take better care of your customers. As you are building your team, you must define what the inside of your company is going to look like. Your internal brand ultimately dictates how the company is represented on the outside. If you try to design the customer experience first, it will be forced and unnatural. Try to design the employee experience first.” ~ Nick Friedman, College Hunks Hauling JunkFor all 11 tips on building and training a team, read the full post here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Soar Past the 100M Revenue Mark Podcast

first_imgWhen the market for Imprivata’s founding idea was too small, the company changed course and pivoted successfully to soar past the 100M revenue mark. Omar Hussain, former President & CEO walks you through their journey.Prefer to listen on iTunes? Access the episode here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img

Electronics Banned From Some USBound Flights

first_imgPersonal Electronics UPDATE 3/21: The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday confirmed that it will ban electronics larger than a cell phone on flights to the U.S. from 10 specific airports. All passengers on these flights, regardless of nationality, must check their larger gadgets in their luggage; devices cannot be brought onboard.Airlines were notified at 8 a.m. ET today; they have 96 hours to implement the ban, which will remain in place indefinitely, DHS said. “We have reason to be concerned about attempts by terrorist groups to circumvent aviation security and terrorist groups continue to target aviation interests,” DHS said on its website. “Implementing additional security measures enhances our ability to mitigate further attempts against the overseas aviation industry.”Affected airports include: Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan; Cairo International Airport; Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul; King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait International Airport; Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, Morocco; Hamad International Airport in Qatar; Dubai International Airport; and Abu Dhabi International Airport.Outbound flights to these airports are not affected.”The new procedures remain in place until the threat changes,” according to DHS. “These are risk-based decisions and TSA continuously assesses security risks and seeks to balance necessary security requirements with their operational impact on the industry.”As threats change, so too will TSA’s security requirements,” the agency said.As for device specifics, banned gadgets include:LaptopsTabletsE-ReadersCamerasPortable DVD playersElectronic game units larger than a smartphoneTravel printers/scannersIt appears larger smartphones, or phablets, will be allowed. “The size and shape of smartphones varies by brand. Smartphones are commonly available around the world and their size is well understood by most passengers who fly internationally,” DHS said.As for why now, DHS says its “information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying.”We note that disseminated propaganda from various terrorist groups is encouraging attacks on aviation, to include tactics to circumvent aviation security,” the agency said. “Terrorist propaganda has highlighted the attacks against aircraft in Egypt with a soda can packed with explosives in October 2015, and in Somalia using an explosives-laden laptop in February 2016.”Original Story:Passengers could soon be prohibited from traveling with large electronic devices on some U.S.-bound flights due to a ban that appears to be instituted by the U.S. government.The new rules surfaced in a now-deleted tweet on Monday from Royal Jordanian Airlines, which said that starting March 21, passengers are not allowed to bring any “electrical or electronic device” other than cell phones or medical devices on board the company’s flights to the U.S. It would affect flights flying into New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal, the tweet said.Royal Jordanian said it was following “instructions from the concerned U.S. departments” and would ban “laptops, cameras, DVD players and electronic games” from the flight cabins.Royal Jordanian did not immediately respond to a request for comment. When asked on Twitter why its initial tweet had been deleted, the airline responded that “further updates will be announced soon.”A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to comment. “We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate,” he wrote in an email.According to The Guardian, airlines from 13 countries will be caught up in the ban, including Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Airlines. The airlines were informed via a confidential email distributed by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), which The Guardian suggests was supposed to be kept quiet, perhaps prompting Royal Jordanian to delete its tweet.Saudia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Other than an exemption for cell phones, the ban’s specifics aren’t clear, although it appears to be up to the airlines to ensure that passengers on affected flights don’t have any of the banned electronics in their carry-on luggage.As airlines install Wi-Fi on more aircraft, laptops and tablets are gaining usefulness in the air, and many carriers have been using tablets to replace the heavy navigational charts and other paperwork that their flight crews were formerly required to carry. It’s unclear if those tablets would also be subject to the ban.The news comes shortly after a U.S. court struck down President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. 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. DHS confirms that passengers on U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports will not be allowed to bring electronics larger than a cell phone on board. March 21, 2017 Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Tom Brant and Chloe Albanesius Enroll Now for $5center_img 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Electronics Banned From Some U.S.-Bound Flights –shares Writers Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article last_img read more

Gettin Hitched

first_imgTechnology Internet protocol and TV: a union that should only get better with time. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Mike Hogan Next Article –shares 5 min read Gettin’ Hitchedcenter_img Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for one of our nation’s last great monopolies to be subjected to free market competition. Internet protocol TV is what will finally give cable TV a real race for your money, and 2007 is the year it begins in earnest.I want my FiOS TV or DAVE.TV! I want multiple PCs connected to multiple TVs at Chez Hogan simultaneously playing news and different HBO content on my PCs, as well as PC videos, spread-sheets and e-mail on my TVs. I want to pause, play back or skip ahead in live TV programs. And before business trips, I want to use Google to fetch Gilligan’s Island episodes for my laptop.Unfortunately, this vision hasn’t come into sharp focus yet, and IPTV hasn’t reached my neighborhood. But triple-play IPTV bundles (broadband, voice and video) are available to millions of folks in communities large and small, from Boston to Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, to Beaumont, California. A potentially fruitful aspect of these deployments is a new connection between your PC network and entertainment constellation. For example, subscribe to Verizon’s FiOS triple play, and the tech installs a wireless router connected to a TV set-top box/digital video recorder that’s actually a 160GB server. It can save 120 hours of video and let you view different videos, live programming, or photos from a PC on three separate TVs.That’s just a first wobbly step toward converged PC/entertainment networks, which Parks Associates predicts will be found in 30 million American homes by 2010. Not all will include IPTV. There are thorny digital rights and regulatory issues to work out before IP becomes the lingua franca between PCs and TVs. But we’ve passed some important milestones, including super-fast internet access for a critical mass of consumers; PCs and handhelds with enough graphics and computing power to deliver quality video and audio; and big, high-resolution TV/PC flat panels available at commodity prices.More than 5 million people worldwide already subscribe to IPTV version 1.0, reports iSuppli. That number will triple in 2007. By 2010, there should be 63 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, says iSuppli vice president Mark Kirstein, about 13 million of them in the U.S.That’s not most of the viewing public by any means. But IPTV doesn’t have to supplant cable to dampen subscription rates and up the TV ante. It just has to be a viable alternative.Telecom Tuning InIronically, the main proponents of IPTV are the same telcos who’ve had their own monopolies undermined by cable competitors. AT&T and Verizon are committing billions to a last-mile fiber-optic build-out-in part to defend their best markets against cable phone offerings. But video is also the richest vein in the triple play and a brand-new way for even century-old ruraltelcos to serve less populated areas.”It’s amazing how quickly Verizon picked up 25 percent to 30 percent market share in some communities,” muses Kirstein, considering those customers were wrested from cable. Initially, IPTV providers will break in by highlighting multiscreen viewing, expanded DVR and more interactivity for prices comparable to cable. But eight separate studies have found double-digit cuts in cable rates when IPTV comes to town.The speed of deployment will depend on the outcome of a regulatory tug-o-war being fought in state houses and city councils nationwide. TV isn’t just any old free market where technology will win out. As many as 30,000 separate regulatory bodies have to give their blessing and receive their tribute.Besides expanded functionality, New TV ushers in expanded video on demand. Initially, it will be mostly the same content traditional cable pro-viders offer, says Kirstein. But cable is contractually bound to an Old TV establishment that’s conflicted about its digital rights and how many copies of what should be allowed on what platforms. The growth opportunity is not in the same mass-market content–it’s in channels narrowly focused on a particular sport, hobby, music genre or religion, says Kirstein, or foreign-language channels direct from overseas.The BBQ channel on DAVE.TV might not be your cup of sauce. But, as the MySpace/YouTube phenomenon demonstrates, there are millions of wannabe moviemakers out there. They’ll need hardware, software and services that iSuppli projects will constitute a $4.5 billion TV spinoff by 2010. And like blogs or podcasts, VOD offers a low-budget way for entrepreneurs to reach self-selecting, highly motivated customer sets.Imagine marketing to a very defined audience and supporting them with click-to-call URLs and how-to videos. The hallmarks of New TV will be more choice, more flexibility and much more interactivity between you and your customers.It won’t be your father’s TV.IPTV GuideA sampling of nationwide IPTV services:Akimbo: A $180 player and $10 a month bring an eclectic mix of 10,000 vids to your TV.AT&T U-verse: A wireless router hooked up to a set-top network lets three TVs display or record 80 hours of different traditional channels simultaneously.DAVE.TV: This content-sharing community proves anyone with a camera-phone can make movies.ITVN: A $100 player (free with a 12-month subscription at $10 per month) accesses a half-dozen reasonably priced channel packages.Verizon FiOS TV: Like AT&T U-verse, but you can record 120 hours of video and transfer PC pics and music to your TVs.Mike Hoganis Entrepreneur’s technology editor. December 1, 2006 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Marijuana Research Could Get A Boost With New Bill

first_img Marijuana Research Could Get A Boost With New Bill Guest Writer dispensaries.com Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares 3 min read Dropping Science Long-awaited scientific research into the plant is a step closer to being a reality. Next Article Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. October 16, 2018 Image credit: Aaron MCcoy | Getty Images Download Our Free Android App Cannabis business owners have long complained about the lack of scientific research in the industry to back their claims of the medicinal properties of the plant. Now a bill that would allow an expansion of medical marijuana research in the United States has cleared an important committee and is awaiting a vote by the full House of Representatives.If approved by both the House and the Senate, the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018 could dramatically increase the amount of research done on marijuana in the U.S. Thanksfully, it would bypass the need for approval from the Department of Justice, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been accused of holding up further research on medical marijuana.Instead, Congress would have the power to direct the granting of more marijuana cultivation licenses for medical research on a specific timetable. The DOJ would still oversee the program, however.The bill was first introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida. Gaetz had bipartisan support when introducing the bill from 26 other congressmen.In a statement, Gaetz said the bill “finally allows researchers to study the potential cures medical cannabis may unlock. Further scientific research on medical cannabis could unlock cures for veterans, the chronically ill, and the elderly.”Related: MedMen’s CEO Talks Acquisition: ‘I See It As A Leapfrog’Research roadblockAs things currently stand, the only place where marijuana can be grown for research is a University of Mississippi farm. Some researchers have complained about the quality of the marijuana there, as well as the lack of variety.Congress, in the meantime, is caught in a classic Catch-22. They can’t make a serious move to change federal law regarding cannabis without more research. But they can’t do more research without making a change to the law.The new bill seeks to solve that problem. It’s very narrowly focused. Essentially, it would put decisions on marijuana research into the hands of Congress, bypassing the Department of Justice. That’s been a major roadblock since Sessions, who is opposed to legalization, took office in 2017 as part of President Donald Trump’s administration.Related: Here’s Why the DEA Re-Scheduling Just One Cannabis-Based Drug Is a Very Big DealOne big hurdle clearedPassage by the powerful House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the country’s drug law enforcement efforts, was a significant hurdle. The panel approved the measure by voice vote earlier in September.Two years ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its intention to grant more licenses for marijuana research, but to this point, nothing has happened. It’s made for a rare bipartisan effort to change marijuana research policy.For example, senators Orrin Hatch, the Republican from Utah, and Kamala Harris, the Democrat from California, joined together to write a letter to Sessions in late August. In the letter, they urged him to stop blocking efforts for medical marijuana research. When does that happen?“Marijuana’s impacts are being felt every day across the country—with or without research,” the two senators wrote. “It is imperative that our nation’s brightest scientists have access to diverse types of federally-approved, research-grade marijuana to research both its adverse and therapeutic effects. Such research is the critical foundation of sound policymaking that puts public health and safety first.”As of late September, Sessions has yet to respond.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine.last_img read more

Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift

first_imgAmazon Prime Day Taylor Swift will headline a live-streamed Prime Day Concert held exclusively for Prime members which will also feature Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. Matthew Humphries Next Article 2 min read Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift 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. This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queuecenter_img Senior Editor Amazon’s rivals have been quick to crash in on the artificial holiday that is Prime Day, but it seems unlikely they can even attempt to compete with the just-announced Prime Day Concert.On July 10, Amazon Music is set to host a Prime Day Concert which will be live-streamed exclusively to Prime members. The big draw for viewers will be the fact Taylor Swift is headlining the event, which starts at 9pm ET. Additional performances will come from Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G.Amazon is using the concert to celebrate the best in Amazon entertainment for all Prime members around the world. Although it’s live, Amazon will allow members to stream the concert again on-demand for a limited time once it’s over.In the run up to the concert on July 10, Amazon has created a concert playlist for Prime members to listen to. If you own an Alexa device you can now say, “Alexa, play the Prime Day Concert playlist” to hear music from the concert artists. The same will be true on July 10 when the concert kicks off. Saying “Alexa, play the Prime Day Concert” will play the audio stream, or saying “Alexa, show the Prime Day Concert” will play the video stream if you own an appropriate device such as an Echo Show ($89.99 at Amazon).Never one to miss an opportunity for more sales, Amazon is taking news of the concert as an opportunity to push Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions. Right now, Prime members can get four months for just $0.99, which means over 50 million songs to listen to without ads. After that, the price will increase to $7.99 per month or $79 a year. Image credit: Amazon | Entrepreneur –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand June 27, 2019 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

World Food Innovation Awards what are the judges looking for

first_imgWorld Food Innovation Awards: what are the judges looking for?Posted By: News Deskon: January 22, 2018In: Awards, Blog, Business, Food, Health, Industries, OpinionPrintEmail There’s still plenty of time to enter the World Food Innovation Awards, which will soon return to Hotelympia for another year. To help you out with your application, this year’s judges will be explaining what they are looking for from entries.Here, Nestlé’s Olivera Medjugorac, The Silk Initiative’s Andrew Kuiler and food blogger Michelle Minnaar tell us what they’re hoping to see from this year’s entrants.You can also see the thoughts of three more judges from the World Food Innovation Awards in part one here. Olivera MedjugoracEU affairs manager, Nestlé Michelle MinnaarFood blogger, Greedy Gourmet Andrew KuilerCEO, The Silk Initiative The elements I’ll be looking at are the following:The impact of the production process on environment. What is the company’s carbon footprint? Do the benefits of the product outweigh the cost to society? Is the product worthwhile or even a necessity?Welfare – this applies to humans and animals. The vegan movement is growing because people want to live with a better conscience. Likewise, we want to know that staff are treated well and that this is a ‘happy’ product with good vibes.Waste – the recent screening of Blue Planet II has finally started opening the public’s eyes as to just how dire the state of our oceans is. Landfills don’t fare much better. What we don’t need is more plastic and other non-recyclable materials. Excessive, including environmentally friendly packaging, just to be cute won’t help either. Keep it simple, keep it green. Design – make it fun. Make it colourful and eye catching. Stand out. Be unique. There have been a few instances where I was utterly wooed by the product design even though the contents were dubious.Creativity – let’s face it, all the traditional stuff has been done to death. We don’t need another chocolate chip cookie on the market. On the other end of the scale don’t get too weird by thinking everybody would love your blue cheese liqueur, but be original! center_img Set that trendHave you launched a new product? Then the World Food Innovation Awards are for you! We regularly come across new products and trends, providing them with the platform to get the exposure they deserve. Showcase your latest innovations and set that trend!Find out more Here are the real practicalities I look at when determining how innovative a product really is.People – there is a big difference between innovating a product that is on trend, and one that is merely latching on to a passing fad. Truly innovative products are grounded in insight and have a real, deep-rooted consumer need behind them, as well as being on trend.Beyond this, a lot of our work is designed to identify consumer enemies. These hold the triggers that motivate consumers to buy and inspire repeat purchases, rather than just trying something for fun. Key criteria: How relevant is your innovation to consumers?Places – how products show up in the market is a key aspect as to how innovative it truly is. Breakthrough innovations understand the category they are playing in, and offer new news in the way of ingredients, packaging format, or perhaps product profile to really stand out.Channel is also essential. Our China work – with a booming, fiercely competitive and fast paced e-commerce market – has taught us how to really punch through. That’s why many of our clients build an offline presence in convenience stores first, before moving online for scale.Criteria: Is your innovation showing up in the right place at the right time?Protection – the best innovations are those that can protect themselves for an extended period of time – when there’s something ownable about the innovation that can’t be copied by a competitor (something we see very often in the China market). The strongest innovations build a story around a particular brand asset, such as an ingredient, a certain technology, or a place. This maintains the product innovations’ positioning as a leader.That’s why I look for proof points that a brand owner has considered ownable brand and product assets to build a story around, and hasn’t just produced a bright idea for the sake of a bright idea.Criteria: What product or brand assets are actually protectable and ownable? Innovations today please consumers who are longing for new and inspiring products, surprising technology launches and radically useful services embodying at the same time societal values and purpose. Hence, there can be no compromises when it comes to sustainable production processes, clean labelling, and health benefits and at the same time a superior taste experience. Consumers expect more and better (taste) with less (ingredients) to delight their often very individual needs.Innovations that are healthy by design nudge consumers into adopting healthier eating habits. Smart packaging solutions reduce packaging waste whereas creative relaunches of historical food packaging can help prompt happy memories among patients diagnosed with dementia, for example. What defines successful innovation? What guarantees that your innovations rank among the 15% (Nielsen) or even 5% (HBS) of consumer good products still on shelf just two years after launch? Is it their overwhelming usefulness, surprising novelty or just the perfect match with consumer preferences?All innovative products are the result of intense and rigorous data analysis, complex ideation processes, exploration of new categories of products, but what makes an innovation truly outstanding and product category growing are daring deeds. Venturing new ideas that lead to stunning new technologies, products or services based on thorough consumer insights and market data analysis unlock potential for huge market opportunities. For me, distinguished innovation winners perfectly address consumer needs whilst tapping into new trends with progressive and daring product offerings and radically useful technology solutions. Share with your network: Tags: World Food Innovation Awardslast_img read more