iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A racially charged post against Asians by a California lawyer has led a civil rights group to start a petition to have the attorney formally disciplined.Christina Ignatius, an attorney from Orange County, posted the rant last week, apparently sparked by the blockbuster hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”Ignatius’ comments, which were first posted on a private Chapman University Fowler School of Law Facebook group, drew comparisons between the wealthy characters and their lavish lifestyle in the film to the “Asians who flooded into Orange County then took over our mall at South Coast Plaza.”She also said Asians “will drive in their Mercedes” and cut across lanes to get to the mall.“That’s why we have the term ‘driving like an Asian,’” Ignatius wrote.She also mocked her interpretation of Asian accents. A law school tutor, Ignatius said many students went to the University of California Irvine to become doctors.“They were raised by Tiger Moms who told them ‘to become docta,’ and then if they were not smart enough to become a doctor, ‘to marry docta,’” she wrote.The post has since been taken down.Ignatius, who has deleted or suspended all of her social media accounts, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.After the uproar of her posts, Ignatius wrote that she “posted something funny about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’” and didn’t think “talking about stereotypes would be so provocative.”“I really love them,” she said of Asians. “And I find differences to be funny and interesting.”Ignatius told the Mercury News that the post was meant as a joke for Facebook friends and that she has received numerous threats because it fell flat and then went viral.“I didn’t have any intent of anger and hatred,” she told the paper. “If you have no malintent, you didn’t do anything wrong.”She added that she was riffing on the “Things Asian Moms Say” memes popular on the internet and Youtube.“They (Asians) poke fun at themselves,” she told the paper. “I love them. I work with them. I love their culture. That’s why I love ‘The Things Asian Moms Say.’”The derogatory posts have spurred the Asian American Advancing Justice, a nonprofit civil rights organization and legal service that act on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, to push to get Ignatius to be held accountable.The group has started a petition to submit to the State Bar of California to have Ignatius formally disciplined.Sylvia Kim, the organization’s regional director, said the comments “devalued an extremely diverse community.”“There was shock and outrage that resonated with our community members,” she said.“The timing is ironic,” she said, adding that because of the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” it made the comments “even more outrageous.”Screenshots of Ignatius’ post went viral soon after she posted it last week and drew an immediate backlash.After the post was shared on a private Facebook page of the Chapman University Fowler of Law, a spokeswoman for the school called the post “regrettable.”Jamie S. Ceman, the spokeswoman, added that Ignatius’ comments were “certainly not consistent with the values and beliefs we hold at Chapman University.”Ceman, who confirmed that Ignatius was an alumna of the school, said the Facebook group has no official affiliation to the university.Meanwhile, Leah Wilson, the executive director of the State Bar of California, said racial bias “has no place in the practice of law.”Wilson added that though investigations of attorney misconduct are confidential, the bar takes them seriously.The bar is limited, though, to the current rules of professional conduct and are not at liberty to say whether a rule is applied to any given case, said Rebecca Farmer, its director of communications.However, Wilson said it is expanding its guidelines by adding new ethics rules that will “allow the State Bar to better hold attorneys accountable for discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected categories, in their representation of clients and in law firm operations.”The rules are expected to go into effect November 1.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide.Over 50.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 10 million diagnosed cases and at least 237,742 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news developed Monday. All times Eastern:Nov 09, 8:30 pmCases, deaths see major increase over last weekThe U.S. saw a jump in coronavirus cases and deaths over the last week, according to a memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtained by ABC News.From Nov. 2-8, 730,925 new cases were confirmed, representing a 29.2% increase from the previous seven-day period, according to the memo. During that same time period, there were 6,654 deaths, which represented a 15.1% increase from the previous week, HHS said.The national test-positivity rate increased to 8.6% from 7.2% in week-to-week comparisons, and 24% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, the memo said.Nov 09, 8:21 pmCDC issues stricter guidance for ThanksgivingThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans to keep their Thanksgiving plans small in updated guidance on its website.“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer,” the agency said.The CDC also provided more specific guidance for households over the holiday.Guests should consider bringing their own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils, and avoid going into places where food is prepared, according to the agency.Hosts should make sure their home is sanitized and consider having the windows open if they are eating indoors, the CDC said.“If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils,” the agency said.Nov 09, 7:37 pmFDA approves new treatment for milder casesThe FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients.The treatment, from Eli Lilly and Company, was shown in trials to reduce hospitalization for patients who are at high risk for disease progression within 28 days after treatment when compared to placebo, the agency said in a press release.Bamlanivimab is not authorized for patients who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 or require oxygen therapy due to COVID-19, the FDA said.“The issuance of an EUA is different than FDA approval,” the FDA said in a statement. “In determining whether to issue an EUA, the FDA evaluates the available evidence and carefully balances any known or potential risks with any known or potential benefits of the product for use during an emergency.”Nov 09, 7:08 pmFauci says he has no intention of leaving after Jan. 20Dr. Anthony Fauci says he has no intention of leaving his post after President-elect Joe Biden assumes office.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases declined to talk about the election during an interview with CNN Monday evening, but said he plans on staying in his position next year.“I have no intention of leaving,” he said. “This is an important job. I’ve been doing it now for a very long time. I’ve been doing it under six presidents. It’s an important job and my goal is to serve the American public no matter what the administration is.”Fauci complimented the members of the new Biden/Harris COVID-19 task force, saying they’re established colleagues that he admires and has worked with for years.In the meantime, Fauci warned that Americans need to heed the health warnings and guidance in place as cases continue to rise across the country. Although Fauci called Pfizer’s announcement of its vaccine progress “extraordinary,” he said people need to remain cautious.“This is something that we should really feel good about,” he said of the vaccine news. “But I want to make sure people understand that it’s good because we know there is light at the end of the tunnel, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to give up the important public health measures that we continually still have to do every single day.”Nov 09, 4:54 pmStricter COVID rules take effect in NJ Thursday, governor saysGov. Phil Murphy announced stricter coronavirus rules in New Jersey Monday, including restrictions on bars, restaurants and casinos. Starting Nov. 12, indoor dining and drinks will be not be allowed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Takeout and delivery services, as well as outdoor dining, are still permitted. In addition to dining restrictions, all interstate games and tournaments for indoor youth sports are prohibited, starting Thursday.“It is simply not safe for teams to be crossing state lines at this time to participate in indoor competitions,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.The rules come on the heels of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New Jersey, as well as a testing positivity rate that exceeds the threshold health experts recommend.“We’re taking steps today to mitigate the current increasing rate of spread,” Murphy added. “The last thing I want to do is shut our economy back down. Thankfully, we’re not at that point.”Nov 09, 2:17 pmNew record: US surpasses 10 million COVID-19 casesThe United States hit another grim milestone Monday afternoon, when it surpassed 10 million COVID-19 infections, according to Johns Hopkins University.With 10,018,278 COVID-19 cases, the U.S. has reported more infections than any other nation. India, which has the second highest number of infections, reported 8,553,657 COVID-19 cases as of Monday.So far, 237,742 Americans have died of COVID-19.Nov 09, 1:48 pmSecond COVID wave looms in NYC, mayor saysNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to wear masks and keep six feet apart as he warned of a looming second wave of COVID-19 during a Monday press conference. The city’s positivity rate has moved in the wrong direction over the past few days, according to de Blasio.“We have to act immediately to turn this around,” he added.While cases, testing positivity rates and deaths are all rising, they remain far below what New York City experienced in the spring, which de Blasio described as “horrendous.” For now, hospitalizations are decreasing.“We did it before,” de Blasio said of using masks and social distancing to drive down transmission rates. “We need to do it again right now.”Nov 09, 12:42 pmUS poised to surpass record-breaking 10 million COVID cases todayAs a new administration prepares to take the helm in Washington, D.C., the United States is expected to surpass a staggering 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases. The expected milestone follows five consecutive days in which COVID-19 cases in the U.S. topped 100,000.Every state in the country, except for Hawaii, is reporting an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, according to an ABC News analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project.Japan and China, by comparison, have reported 109,000 cases and 91,600 cases respectively as of Nov. 9, according to Johns Hopkins University.ABC News’ Soorin Kim, Brian Hartman, Benjamin Bell and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Nov 09, 11:35 amSec. Ben Carson tests positiveU.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning after experiencing symptoms that prompted him to get tested.“Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus,” Carson’s chief of staff, Coalter Baker, told ABC News in a statement. “He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery.”Carson was tested at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a short visit and he is no longer at the hospital.Carson was at the White House for the Trump campaign’s election night watch party on Tuesday — an event that was also attended by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who also tested positive for COVID-19 last week.ABC News’ Katherine Faulders contributed to this report.Nov 09, 10:53 amUkraine’s president tests positiveUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.“There are no lucky people for whom #COVID19 does not pose a threat. Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test,” Zelensky wrote on his official Twitter account.The former comedian-turned-president noted that he feels “good” and takes “a lot of vitamins.”“Promise to isolate myself, but keep working,” he added. “I will overcome COVID19 as most people do. It’s gonna be fine!”Nov 09, 10:44 amWales emerges from ‘firebreak’ lockdown as new restrictions beginWales emerged from its 17-day “firebreak” lockdown on Monday, with pubs, gyms, hair salons, restaurants and schools allowed to reopen.But as the lockdown restrictions ended, new ones went into effect. People cannot travel in or out of the country, including to neighboring England, without a “reasonable excuse.” Two households can again join together to form a bubble and meet up inside their homes. People can meet in groups of four inside cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants, which can serve alcohol until 10 p.m.Businesses that were forced to shutter during lockdown can now reopen, while supermarkets can again sell non-essential goods. People are still required to work from home whenever possible.Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford called on people to be “careful and cautious.”“The fact that you can travel is not an invitation to travel and it’s certainly not an instruction to travel,” Drakeford said at a press conference Monday.Drakeford said it’s still too early to know whether the “firebreak” was a success but there were “tentative positive signs,” including a plateauing case rate.“We cannot go back to the way we were living our lives and throw away all that hard work,” he added.Wales’ lockdown ended just a few days after England entered a month-long lockdown on Nov. 5.Nov 09, 9:10 amPortugal returns to state of emergency amid rising infectionsPortugal began a 15-day state of emergency on Monday, with curfews imposed in the areas hit hardest by coronavirus pandemic.From Monday until at least Nov. 23, some seven million people across Portugal must stay at home on weekdays between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., and on weekends after 1 p.m. Meanwhile, restaurants have to close by 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and are only allowed to provide takeaway services on weekends after 1 p.m.Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced on Friday that the country would return to a state of emergency, which grants authorities special powers such as the restriction of movement. The decree can be extended indefinitely in 15-day periods. A state of emergency was in effect in Portugal earlier this year at the beginning of the pandemic.The move comes as the southern European country of over 10 million people grapples with a rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Although Portugal has reported relatively low numbers compared with other countries in Europe — over 179,324 total cases with 2,896 deaths — daily infections hit an all-time high of 6,640 over the weekend.Nov 09, 7:23 amEarly data shows Pfizer’s vaccine is more than 90% effectiveIn a promising development, an initial glimpse at the data from Pfizer’s ongoing late-stage clinical trial shows that the American pharmaceutical giant’s COVID-19 vaccine is more effective at preventing the disease than placebo.A press release from Pfizer early Monday morning said the vaccine, being co-developed with Germany’s BioNTech, was “found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19” according to an early analysis that included 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in trial participants.“With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer chairman and CEO, said in a statement.Vaccine experts told ABC News these results are “encouraging.”More safety data is still necessary before the company will apply for a limited authorization for high-risk individuals (i.e. elderly, health care providers and/or first responders) or the more complete Biologics License Application that grants approval for almost everyone.Pfizer’s vaccine won’t be rolled out in any mass immunization campaign just yet. First, the company must demonstrate that the vaccine is not just effective but also safe. According to guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, that means at least two months of safety data after the last injection in half the volunteers.The company plans to submit for FDA authorization in the third week of November. From there, it could take the FDA two to four weeks to make an authorization decision after a public hearing and a recommendation from an independent vaccine advisory committee.According to FDA guidance, companies are permitted to ask for an emergency authorization based on efficacy data from an interim analysis, plus at least two months of safety data.This could make Pfizer the first company to have a vaccine available in the United States if given the green light by the FDA. Other companies, like Moderna, are not far behind.Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui told ABC News that if everything continues to go according to plan and there are no major scientific or manufacturing delays, most Americans could have access to a vaccine by spring 2021 and possibly be immunized by June.Nov 09, 6:03 amBiden and Harris unveil transition COVID-19 advisory boardU.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris unveiled their transition COVID-19 advisory board on Monday morning, naming the people in charge of making the rubber of the duo’s coronavirus policy hit the road as they prepare to take office in just 72 days.“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement announcing the board. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”In his first address to the nation as president-elect on Saturday night, Biden said one of his first actions would be putting the panel in place — a signal of his primary focus on getting the coronavirus pandemic in check when he takes office in January.As previously reported, the team will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. David Kessler, along with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of medicine at Yale University.In total, 13 co-chairs and members comprise the board, including former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Dr. Rick Bright, who made headlines earlier this year when he resigned from his role at the National Institute of Health and filed a whistleblower complaint over “an abuse of authority or gross mismanagement” at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the COVID-19 response.Biden and Harris will receive a briefing from the board on Monday morning, according to their transition team — the first public event for the pair since being projected as the winners of the 2020 election.Nov 09, 5:19 amIndia’s capital sees record rise in casesIndia’s capital territory, Delhi, confirmed 7,745 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, its highest single-day rise in infections yet.The capital city of New Delhi, which is located within the national capital territory and is home to more than 21 million people, is the latest Indian megacity to emerge as an epicenter of the country’s outbreak. The country’s previous epicenter was the financial hub of Mumbai.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Friday that the state government will increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients in several government-run hospitals, a move which he said “will be paramount in order to successfully combat the third wave.”Overall, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed on Sunday 45,903 new cases of COVID-19 and 490 deaths from the disease, bringing the country’s cumulative total to 8,553,657 cases with 126,611 deaths.India has one of the highest tallies of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, second only to the United States.Nov 09, 4:31 amUS reports over 105,000 new cases as tally nears 10 millionThere were 105,927 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally falls under the country’s all-time high of 128,412 new cases set the previous day.An additional 457 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Sunday, almost half the previous day’s count and down from a peak of 2,666 new deaths in mid-April.A total of 9,972,333 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 237,574 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.But the best the Americans can do now in China is finish fifth. They’re going home with a berth in the 2020 Olympics secured, but no medal.“We came here to win gold,” Gobert said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win.”Gobert said beating the Americans wasn’t the goal — winning gold is.“It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win in the end,” Gobert said.Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U.S., all of them coming in the first three quarters. The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive possessions down the stretch, the drought that allowed the French to take control of a back-and-forth game for the final time.Nando De Colo scored 18 for France.France was up 10 early in the second half. The U.S. went on a 31-14 run over the next 10 minutes to go up by seven. And then the French responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, going up 82-76 on a long jumper by Frank Ntilikina with 2:05 left.Mitchell had a chance to get the U.S. within two with about a minute left, driving against Gobert — but the Jazz center read what the Jazz guard was going to do perfectly, swatting the try away.France had been 0-9 against the U.S. in major international play, most of those outcomes one-sided affairs. But the last meeting between the nations was only a 100-97 U.S. win at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago, and France returned three players — Gobert, De Colo and Nicolas Batum — who got minutes in that game.None of the U.S. players who played that afternoon in Rio are on this year’s World Cup team.France outrebounded the U.S. 21-12 in the first half, Gobert found his way to the line 10 times in the game’s first 20 minutes and the Americans went into the break trailing 45-39. The U.S. had trailed for 8:25 in their first five games combined — and trailed for 11:24 in the first half alone on Wednesday.Fournier’s layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that’s when Mitchell got going.He had 14 points in the third quarter alone, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the U.S. into a 60-60 tie. Marcus Smart made three free throws after getting fouled by Gobert to put the U.S. back on top, and the Americans took a 66-63 lead into the fourth.But they couldn’t finish it off.TIP-INSFrance: Gobert played the first 12:26. The longest he went before getting his first break in a Jazz game last season was 11:30. … Ntilikina scored 11 for France.U.S.: Smart scored 11 and Kemba Walker had 10 for the U.S. … Before Mitchell’s offensive outburst Wednesday, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown’s 20-point game against Japan in the opening group round. … Jayson Tatum (sprained left ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game.UP NEXTFrance: Faces Argentina in semifinals at Beijing on Friday.U.S.: Faces Serbia in consolation round at Dongguan on Thursday. Tags: Donovan Mitchell/FIBA World Cup/France/Rudy Gobert/Team USA September 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters; Gobert and Mitchell shine Written by Associated Press
Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency launches complaint over corporate rival’s ‘very similar’ new tagline previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency launches complaint over corporate rival’s ‘very similar’ new taglineJames Pendleton claims its trademark tagline The Home of Property Experts could have been infringed by Hampton’s new company moniker.Nigel Lewis25th November 202001,991 Views A leading London estate agency has taken issue with Hampton International’s recent brand refresh and in particular its new tagline.As we reported yesterday, Hamptons International has redesigned its logo and adopted the tagline ‘The Home Experts’.But nine-branch estate agency James Pendleton says the wording is very similar to its own strapline ‘The Home of Property Experts’.This difference might go unnoticed by some passers-by but in at least one location the two agencies are next door to each other, including in Battersea on Northcote Road.At this location Hamptons International has already re-branded its branch with the new look and tagline (pictured).Lee James Pendleton (pictured), Chief Executive of James Pendleton, says he consulted his lawyers at length yesterday and will make representations to Hamptons International later this week.“My view is that the two taglines are very similar and that this is a trademark or unfair competition issue that needs to be sorted out,” says Lee.“I am staggered that the agency’s owner Countrywide didn’t check if there were any estate agency within their patches with very similar taglines.”James Pendleton has form when it comes to trademark infringements – it won a legal battle with Savills recently over a similar issue.But the basic rule is that if two firms are in the same sector, then a business owner can prevent others from using his or her trademark only if the other use is confusing – which Lee argues is the case on this occasion.Hamptons International says all due diligence in reference to competitor tag lines was completed long before launch and “we can confirm that there are no registered UK trade marks for “The Home Experts”.Lee James Pendleton james pendleton Hamptons International Savills trade mark infringement November 25, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Hyatt Place Hotel Latest of Downtown DevelopmentsOCTOBER 18TH, 2016 LAUREN LESLIE EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Downtown Hotel and Convention Center is slated to open this winter at the same time another hotel will be under construction. A new Hyatt Place Hotel is the latest of developments to be added to the city’s hotel inventory.Project developers say the purchasing paperwork is signed and the financing is in place for construction to begin. The developers of the new 139 room Hyatt Place say time and location were key in their decision to develop.The $18-million private investment won’t receive any city subsidy but is expected to impact the city’s future for years to come, “We know it creates jobs providing income to residents who need work, employee pay-roll taxes and of course property taxes,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.For years the properties that will be developed have been tax exempt — owned by non-profits but that will change, creating revenue from property taxes after the development is assessed, “This is going to be great for the city it’s also going to be great for our Convention and Visitors Bureau because of room taxes and those go into amenities throughout the community,” said Downtown Alliance Director Joshua Armstrong.While some are concerned about supply and demand, Bob Warren with Evansville Conventions and Visitors Bureau says the Hyatt will be in high demand simply because of its location and connectivity to the downtown business district, “When you look at all of the business travel that’s in our market it’s probably one of the strongest elements of our tourism. People are coming in because we have universities, we have health care centers, we have strong manufacturing…a very strong business climate.”The city currently attracts more than 4 million visitors annually bringing in over $500-million — the new hotel only to generate more revenue, “Our team at the CVB and our industry are working very hard right now to make sure that we are dominant when it comes to conventions and meetings and workshops, seminars, retreats…everything that we can house in this market we’re going to try to house,” said Bob Warren.Vanderburgh County Authorities Warn of Fake Kidnapping ScamOCTOBER 17TH, 2016 MATT PEAK EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Vanderburgh County authorities are investigating a possible phone scam, involving a fake kidnapping and a ransom threat.The sheriff says a mother was tricked into believing her daughter had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom.The caller demanded money in exchange for her release.The mother sent $2,000 via Moneygram and Western Union, and was planning to send more before the daughter called her and she realized it was a scam.The sheriff says the suspects in these types of cases using emotion to get people to make rash decisions.Authorities say if this happens to you, request to speak with the person allegedly kidnapped and call police.Students Have a Chance to Fix Problems with the Changemaker ChallengeOCTOBER 17TH, 2016 MATT PEAK EVANSVILLE, INDIANA A challenge to inspire students to create positive change in the community is underway at the University of Evansville.The Institute for Global Enterprise is kicking off this year’s Changemaker Challenge competition.College students got a chance to get inspired Monday and high school students will meet Tuesday.The goal of the program is to get young people to find a problem they are passionate about and find solutions through collaboration.At the competition in February, college students can win seed money to make their ideas a reality.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
In September of 1994, Dave Matthews Band released their debut studio album, Under The Table And Dreaming. The 12-track album featured classic tracks like “Ants Marching”, “Satellite”, and “What Would You Say”, and would eventually go on to be certified six-times platinum by 2000.At the time, the group was already on the rise, having gained fame through heavy touring along with their independently released album, 1993’s Remember Two Things, and their first-ever live EP, 1994’s Recently. Given the mega-stardom that Dave Matthews and company have now earned, it’s fun to look back to these early years before they reached mainstream stardom with the releases of of Under The Table And Dreaming and 1996’s Crash, which went on to the earn the group three Grammy wins (for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album).These days, fans can revisit this amazing video of Dave Matthews performing at a Blockbuster (RIP) in Memphis, TN back on August 10th, 1994. Taking place about a month prior to the release of Under The Table And Dreaming, the surprise in-store Blockbuster performance followed the Dave Matthews Band’s performance at Memphis’ New Daisy Theatre earlier in the evening.In the 25-minute video, Dave Matthews works through songs like “Recently”, “The Best Of What’s Around”, “Lie In Our Graves”, “I’ll Back You Up”, “Dancing Nancies”, and “Satellite”.Notably, the video also captures fans requesting the song “Spotlight”, to which Matthews replies, “The chances of that are growing smaller and smaller.” At the time of the request, “Spotlight” had not been performed since October of 1993—a fact that still remains true, though the group went on to partially tease the song during shows in both 1994 and 1997. Other highlights include the presence of Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford, who can be seen in the audience a couple times during the video.Watch Dave Matthews’ surprise 1994 in-store performance at a Blockbuster Music store below, which was filmed on Master Hi8 tape by Matt Savard and uploaded and upgraded by Youtube user ChesterCopperpot5. Also, read on for a setlist (with minute-markers) and to hear thoughts from the original taper about the story behind the tape and the show. Interestingly, only three copies of the master tape were ever made, and Savard posits that Dave Matthews himself is the one who initially leaked the video (a VHS-to-DVD recording began circulating in 2007).Dave Matthews – Blockbuster – 8/10/1994[Video: ChesterCopperpot5]Setlist: Dave Matthews (Solo Acoustic) | Blockbuster Music | Memphis, TN | 8/10/1995Set: Recently (01:27), Fans request “Spotlight”/Dave replies (04:44), The Best of What’s Around (04:59), Lie In Our Graves (08:16), I’ll Back You Up (13:35), Dancing Nancies (16:53), Satellite (20:53)Notes from original taper Matt Savard, via ChesterCopperpot5 on Youtube: I am Jeremy’s brother, Matt, who shot the Dave Blockbuster show on my folks’ old Super8 Camcorder. Jeremy didn’t know if you’d respond to a once-removed request so he had mentioned shooting it. Thanks for breathing a little life into the old recording with your edit.A few notes on that day/evening:On the Blockbuster show: It was a great little show for sure. I was the one requesting “I’ll back you up” For my GF who was the brunette sitting in front of me. We all got to hang with Dave a bit after and let him know I’d be taping (audio) the Daisy show that night and he called over his manager and told him to remember me in case we had any trouble, and said I could patch into the soundboard. They were all very cool to deal with and Dave requested a copy of the video. Told him I’d bring him one and after chatting a bit we took off to head home and dupe the Super8 onto VHS.Only 3 copies of this Super8 were ever made, each one from the master. One for me, one for my buddy Chris (yellow hat in video), and one for Dave. Since then the master has not been played. I was intrigued to find the video had leaked. Chris said he never leaked it so it seems Dave did, which is cool.That night at the Daisy, I ran into some trouble getting into the venue with my sound gear (the old owner was a jackass). I eventually left my gear with Chris and went and got his manager who came to the front and laid into the owner at the door “I know you’re going to let these fucking kids in with their gear, and you’re going to let them plug into your board”… I recall him being pretty damn intense. Not sure if this was an ongoing issue with the venue or what.SO we got in, and he walked me down to the board with the owner following. I got set up (just crappy metal cassette tape) and let the Board guy patch me in with the owner hawking me. I set levels at the start of the show (didn’t have headphones) and left my gear with the board and went down to enjoy the show…I sadly don’t recall the setlist, but I recall him playing a solid 90 min set. I went back to flip/change tapes periodically. At midnight curfew, he told the kids they had to leave during this set break, then they were coming back out. They did, and played what seemed like another 90 min set. It was a pretty epic show.After unplugging my gear, I excitedly threw the tape in my car and gave it a listen….. clipping. Lots and lots of clipping. Not sure if the owner told him to do it or what but the board feed was distorted as shit and unlistenable (I was certain my levels were set correctly). Either way, I was the only person to my knowledge taping that night, and the recording was trash.Interesting aside, I was a bartender at Flamingos starting the year after that Dave show you sent the poster of… I had that poster/flyer on my walls all through college up at UT Knoxville. Small world.Matt[H/T Jason Stessel]
Artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data have been making big headlines for the last few years – and for good reason. The amount of data being generated climbs every year thanks to the estimated 20 billion connected devices we’ll see by the year 2020…which is only a little more than two years away. Fast forward to 2050 – we’re looking at one trillion connected devices and “things.”All that data – combined with advancements in processing and compute power, and cloud computing – has made artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning innovation possible. These technologies are game-changers for machine automation and productivity. We’re giving machines the ability to learn and think – just like we do as humans.The devices, cars, and systems we rely on are getting smarter – with intelligence and compute power that can analyze data and patterns to help make informed decisions that lead to tangible business outcomes. Think about the last time you shopped online and that recommendation for an additional purchase was spot on, or your favorite music app served up the right song at the right time. How’d they know? These are simple examples, but what they have in common are systems that quickly make sense of data and patterns to predict what you need and want, when you need and want it. And for enterprise organizations – that’s a huge competitive advantage when it comes to customer loyalty, engagement and satisfaction.These advancements are more than 50 years in the making, with some of the world’s brightest minds and visionaries in history – from Alan Turing to Ray Kurzweil and Stephen Hawking – pushing the limits (and philosophical debates) on what’s possible with algorithms and code.And while the thought of singularity and AI-powered humanoids is fantastic science fiction and makes for great TV and movies – what I’m most excited about is the way AI and machine learning are going to bring real business and personal value to our everyday lives right now, and in the future. By the time we hit 2030, we’ll be working alongside machines in ways we once only dreamed about. The way we learn, work, bank, commute – even how we experience the routine health check-up, all changes.“…what I’m most excited about is the way AI and machine learning are going to bring real business and personal value to our everyday lives…ShareI also spend a lot of time thinking about how we take all those AI smarts and integrate them as part of the products and services that we deliver.As a 30-year veteran, I’ve had a front-row seat to this evolution – but haven’t just watched. The collective businesses that make up Dell Technologies’ have anticipated the trends, and played a role in computing and data center innovation that now spans compute and processing, data, AI, machine learning and analytics to deliver an entire end-to-end IT infrastructure from the edge to the core to the cloud that makes Digital Transformation possible. In fact, our Products and Operations organization is the only one of its kind to look across the entire IT infrastructure and deliver the solutions and services that combined, are a game-changing force for our customers.For instance:Our infrastructure solutions are getting smarter about data by learning from data. For example, we’re bringing more autonomous storage capabilities into our SC All Flash portfolio that can quickly make a decision about how and where data should be stored and protected based on its unique characteristics – critical when you think about the huge sets of data AI and machine learning are dependent upon.We recently announced new Ready Bundles for Machine and Deep Learning to make high-performance computing (HPC) more accessible for organizations, delivering faster, better and deeper data insights that advance analytics for business intelligence.We’re collaborating with Toshiba Digital Solutions to build AI for mission-critical use cases, such as preventive maintenance, crime prevention, disaster recovery, cyber security, demand prediction and transportation quality improvement.We’re going all in on IoT with a brand new division dedicated to helping our customers maximize their opportunity in the market with services, solutions and financing options. For instance, did you ever think you could make kale taste better and grow at scale in an urban warehouse through the power of analytics? Well, that’s exactly what AeroFarms is doing with our edge computing solutions and VMware at the heart of their IT operation.We’re bringing AI-driven productivity to PC computing with Dell Precision Optimizer that uses machine learning and cognitive technologies to automatically set up the desktop experience based on what it’s learned about the usage of that workstation and the necessary performance. And it learns over time, automatically adjusting every time a user logs in – driving speed in productivity and worker satisfaction.And, we’re changing how often you have to change that laptop battery with machine learning built right into the battery pack, firing up and down based on peak usage hours and activities.Where’s all this going?Dell EMC CTO John Roese recently discussed how AI will do the thinking tasks while we humans can dedicate our brain power to more sophisticated tasks – or even earn ourselves a little more R&R to work better and smarter. We can let the machines multi-task a bit more, and we as humans can start to focus more on how to apply the learnings and data that our machine counterparts present to solve some of the biggest challenges in society – be it a more sustainable way to make plastic and keep it out of the ocean, or how to predict where natural disasters may strike next.Early signs of AI for good is what Pivotal did with their client the Circular Board – together they launched Alice – the first-ever artificial intelligence platform to connect women entrepreneurs in real time with the resources they need to scale based on start-up stage, location, industry, revenue and individual needs. As Alice populates, machine learning will allow her to predict founders’ needs to guide them to referrals, events, mentors and even access to capital.These are just a few of the ways Dell Technologies is driving the AI and machine learning evolution. And we’re just getting started. Every day we are learning new things, and with the help of our machine partners, the opportunities ahead are endless.And this is just the beginning of the conversation – we’ll be talking a lot more about how customers are using AI and machine learning in powerful yet practical ways…and not just from me, but from our CTOs and Fellows (the leading experts on this stuff :)) who are at the forefront of turning artificial intelligence into business and life intelligence.
MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) — Gunfire early Friday left two people dead and three wounded outside a strip club in western Pennsylvania, authorities said.,According to the Allegheny County Police Department, first responders found five victims suffering from gunshot wounds.,Two men were pronounced dead at the scene in McKees Rocks. Three other adults were taken to hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not known.,Authorities have not released any names.,Homicide detectives were investigating and no other information was available.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Maryland man was arrested last week for allegedly posing as a utility worker to distract an elderly woman while he burglarized her Herricks home three months ago, Nassau County police said.Frank Nicholas was charged with burglary on Sept 12, when a judge set his bail at $100,000 bond or $75,000 cash.Police said the 27-year-old White Marsh man wore a yellow work vest and construction hat when he told the 79-year-old victim that he needed to check her home for a gas leak following a made-up gas explosion on June 20.He allegedly told the victim to turn on the faucet in the kitchen while the suspect stole gold jewelry missing from her jewelry box before he fled, police said. The victim discovered the theft shortly later.Detectives are investigating where Nicholas was involved in two similar incidents, one on the same day in Westbury and the other in Syosset on June 19.It is unclear if he is linked to other distraction burglaries and scams on Long Island this summer.