Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action conference. Held at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30—May 1, this hands-on summit will bring together organizations and individuals who are all working to restore civility in society. A reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration will set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.
Choose from six tracks:
Government – How does incivility manifest in government and politics, national, state, and local? How does incivility impede all peoples’ voices from being heard, and make it more difficult to reach common ground? Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.
Workplace – How does incivility manifest in workplaces? How is it experienced by customers, employees, managers, and executives? Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.
Communities – How does incivility manifest in communities? What are the signs of incivility? What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.
Media (social and public) – Social media platforms and news media organizations are frequently accused of furthering incivility, by promoting, publicizing, even profiting from it. What needs to change, and how to make this occur? What are the incentives and disincentives to their doing so? What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.
Education – How does incivility show up in schools – elementary, middle, and high schools – and on college and university campuses? What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? Are they doing less than they used to? What more needs to be done? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.
Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Certainly, habits of behavior, how to treat others, and how to discuss and resolve conflicts are all begun early. What can family members, especially parents, do to raise children who are thoughtful problem-solvers and engaged citizens? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.
Among the highlights of the conference will be honoring the Father of Civility, Dr. PM Forni as a Civility Pioneer.
Register today at Civility--A Springboard for Action.
Single-day and student rates are available.
For more information: info@CivilityConvening.org
Automotive Defense Specialists, a team of lawyers defending SMOG shops, STAR Program participants, and technicians against California's Bureau of Automotive Repair at https://automotivedefense.com/, is announcing a new post on how to fight the Bureau. Many station owners and technicians are, unfortunately, intimidated by the high-paid lawyers who work for the state of California. Unfortunately, they may therefore not seek out legal representation to aggressively defend their rights under the law.
"We see our first duty as to fight for the rights of SMOG shops and technicians who participate in the STAR Program, are threatened with invalidations, and work to keep them serving the people of California," explained attorney William Ferreira of Automotive Defense Specialists. "Our new post explains in layperson's language the steps necessary to fight the Bureau and defend one's rights."
To read the new post, visit https://automotivedefense.com/2018/12/07/time-to-give-thanks-for-a-top-defense-lawyer-ready-to-fight-against-the-bureau-of-automotive-repair/. Importantly, the post has a key link to a web page that explains the services offered by the law firm at https://automotivedefense.com/about/services/. Persons or Repair Shops who may be concerned about their licensing status vis-a-vis California's Bureau of Automotive Repair are urged not only to visit the website but also to contact the law firm for a consultation. No two situations are alike, and only competent legal counsel can work with a client, assess the facts, evaluate the law, and determine the best course of action. What is not recommended is "going it alone" against the highly paid and skilled attorneys of the Bureau of Automotive Repair.
TALKING TURKEY ABOUT FIGHTING THE BUREAU OF AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR
Here is the background for the release. Every Californian can agree that the people of California have an interest in clean air and that, within the constraints of the law, the State of California and the Bureau of Automotive Repair have a job to do to make sure that every reasonable and lawful effort is undertaken to this end. That said, technicians and repair shop also have rights especially when they are formally or even informally accused of misconduct. Fortunately, the law provides them the opportunity to have legal counsel and support. Many of them may still be intimidated by the attorneys paid by the state, and so the new blog post helps them understand the logistical steps necessary to find a defense attorney and investigate by means of a consultation whether he or she can help them.
For these reasons, Automotive Defense Specialists is proud to announce a new post to their blog.
ABOUT AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SPECIALISTS
Automotive Defense Specialists is a top law firm representing auto repair facilities, SMOG check stations, and technicians in every facet of their legal needs including Bureau of Automotive Repair letters, citations, and invalidations. The company offers phone consultations to auto shops, mechanics, technicians and others who are facing disciplinary actions from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
Tel. (415) 392-2886
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Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”
Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”
The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics
Today, OpsCompass, a leading public cloud governance and compliance company, announced new regulatory compliance capabilities for their flagship SaaS product, Helm.
The new functionality comes in the form of a module add-on for Helm that provides deep compliance automation and real-time reporting to Helm’s existing suite of continuous public cloud governance capabilities. Initially supporting HIPAA, with additional regulatory standards coming soon, the Helm compliance module will immediately help the healthcare industry create value in the cloud by providing a complete, turn-key governance and compliance solution so they can focus on the innovative applications.
“This new functionality will allow our healthcare related clients to leverage the power, flexibility and inherent security of the cloud with even greater confidence and ease than was previously available in traditional infrastructure environments,” commented John Grange, Chief Technology Officer for OpsCompass. He continued, “With cloud-native governance, including regulatory compliance and policy controls, organizations can now have visibility into their real-time compliance posture as well as a greatly improved ability to report and audit.”
OpsCompass worked closely with engineers at the Nebraska Applied Research Institute (NARI) and with a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. The new Helm module meets the changing demands of HIPAA and other key regulatory standards while allowing clients to leverage robust governance and compliance across Azure and AWS using a single SaaS platform.
“This was a very focused use of resources for a specific outcome. We enjoyed working with this unique combination of expertise, it was a real collaboration of academic, public interest and private sector alignment,” added Ken Hansen, Executive Director of NARI. The joint effort allowed the project to be accelerated, finishing phase 2 ahead of schedule and creating a commercially viable product in far less time that would normally be required.
The compliance module for Helm, and specifically the initial support for HIPAA, allows both public and private organizations to more quickly and confidently build the next generation of innovative, data and AI driven applications that drive better outcomes in healthcare. By leveraging a cloud-native product like Helm, organizations can focus more of creating value through innovative applications knowing that their cloud platform is compliant and governed.
“We currently have the compliance module enabled for existing Helm customers in the healthcare space with excellent results thus far, and we are prepared to release the commercial edition in the next couple of weeks,” commented Scott Griffith, senior vice president of Corporate Development for OpsCompass. He continued, “this is an example of how the flexible, integrated nature of the cloud, lends itself to sensitive workloads that require both cloud scale features and precise controls.”
Helm helps companies take advantage of the cloud more rapidly and provide visibility and control, an important factor in the public cloud’s shared risk model.
For a detailed look at OpsCompass’ compliance module: https://waypoint.opscompass.com/helm-a-better-way-to-do-public-cloud-compliance/
OpsCompass, LLC is a Nebraska based provider of enterprise software that drives operational control, visibility, and security in Microsoft Azure and other global cloud platforms. Purpose-built for the cloud, OpsCompass replaces legacy controls that are not designed for contemporary, API-driven, cloud infrastructure. The company was formed by former tech executives that have experience in a variety of cloud related industries and who have lived many of the challenges facing large enterprises in the transition to cloud-based systems. https://opscompass.com or https://waypoint.opscompass.com
About the Nebraska Applied Research Institute
The Nebraska Applied Research Institute is a 501(c) affiliate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha that provides applied research and development, hands-on training, data analytics, and cybersecurity services within the cyber physical system domain to industry and Government clients. Built around multiple high-fidelity hardware-in-the-loop testbeds, NARI’s offerings provide real-world solutions to some of the most complex and difficult cybersecurity challenges facing the high-tech digital world. The Institute was formed by tech executives and cybersecurity professionals with vast experience in vulnerability research, exploitation, data analytics, modeling, simulation, and visualization. http://nari.unomaha.edu.
About the Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Since 1967, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has focused on growing and diversifying the state’s economic base by bringing new investment, businesses, and people into the state. DED’s mission is to provide quality leadership and services that enable Nebraska’s communities, businesses, and people to succeed in a global economy. DED’s primary divisions of Business Development and Housing & Community Development are equipped with a variety of programs to advance Nebraska businesses and communities by assisting with business formation, retention, and expansion and by supporting Nebraska communities with development efforts. To find out more about the programs that DED offers to businesses and communities, please visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov
Iowa Workforce Development recommended Spin Markket as a business that the Governor should visit. The discussion focused on how Spin Markket works with businesses around the state to tell their story about their business for customers and use that same strategy for recruiting new employees.
Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State Tour is talking to businesses about Future Ready Iowa and Empower Rural Iowa Initiative that focuses on broadband, housing, and workforce across the state.
How a business appears online is a critical element in creating that positive story. With 95% of future customers viewing businesses online before they decide to buy, how that business appears is the deciding factor between a sale and no sale. The exact same scenario applies to recruiting employees. The first place that a potential employee goes is online to learn more about that business before submitting a resume or inquiry about the job opportunity.
“We use a variety of digital and social media marketing strategies to tell that story about the clients we serve,” states Cheryl O’Hern with Spin Markket. “That same strategy is used when that client is looking at growing their employment opportunities within their business. Posting an open job position is just not enough anymore with such a low unemployment rate across the state”.
Governor Reynolds also had a great conversation with Jessica Nemechek who will be an intern with Spin Markket starting in March. Jessica is a student at Buena Vista University and will be graduating in May with a degree in business and marketing. Internships are just one of the ways businesses can recruit future employees and create jobs that keep our graduating youth in the state.
The discussion also addressed two additional initiatives that Spin Markket participates in that focus on recruitment and community branding.
Dental Connection is a non-profit advisory group that works with dental professionals and graduating dental students in providing practice management support. The Advisory Group with Dental Connection is composed of professionals that specialize in services for dental professionals. In the group, dental professionals and students can network with a cpa, bank loan officer, healthcare real estate specialist, lawyer, dental equipment, construction and technical advisor, dental supply and systems advisor, marketing advisor, dentist and dental hygienist.
Branding communities to recruit future workforce along with potential businesses is the focus of #ThisIsFortDodge. The community branding campaign kicked off in 2016 and has grown to reach thousands every week through a strategically managed digital and social media marketing plan. It is common to receive posted comments from visitors across the world every week that routinely follow the community through #ThisisFortDodge.
Spin Markket is located at 726 1st Avenue North, Fort Dodge, IA. Additional information on the business can be found at http://www.spinmarkket.com, by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 515-302-8026. Everyone is invited to follow along on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter
New York, NY. In a matter now filed with the Attorney General’s Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, the New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to charge a veteran for all legal fees incurred by his landlord in his attempts to evict him. Landlord, Larry Ginsberg, of Algin Management and owner of over thirty NY high-rise buildings, filed to evict a 40-year tenant on the basis of a claimed late payment of one rental check.
Tenant Gerard Sunnen, a Vietnam–era U.S. veteran (USAF-MC 71-73; USAF Reserves 73-82), states that this one check was duly sent, but not cashed. “For forty years the landlord happily took rent checks, Sunnen said, “ then one month, nothing except for a City Marshall eviction notice pasted on the door. While this may be a case of bias and discrimination, now known is that this is also a common tactic of certain NY landlords eager to flip apartments out of rent stabilization, flouting the rent stabilization guidelines of New York’s Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).“
.The matter landed in NY City’s Housing Court, where months of court appearances ballooned legal fees. Algin demanded some ,800 - reflecting the rates of the landlord’s lawyers, Belkin, Burden, Wenig and Goldman, LLP. - The matter went to Justice Anne Katz, head of NY’s Housing Court. Katz upheld the landlord’s demands.
Appealing the decision to the NY Supreme Court Appellate Term, First Department, the matter awaited final adjudication. In their decision, appellate justices Martin Shulman, Martin Schoenfeld, and Doris Ling-Cohan upheld Katz’s order.
“Tenants’ rights are sacrosanct in many cities around the world,” Sunnen added, “where community cohesion is protected. In these turbulent times breaking down New York’s cultural fabric via massive real estate upheavals, veterans, as all New Yorkers, should have housing shielded from powerful predatory interests, all in the context of a benevolent judicial system.“
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