Day: October 3, 2020

Camarillo business drives funding of cannabis initiative, stands to benefit

The political committee backing an initiative for commercial production of marijuana in Ventura County has spent nearly $1.5 million and raised nearly all its campaign funding from a business that stands to benefit.

a close up of a green plant: Marijuana


More than 99% of the $1.7 million raised came from Glass Investments Projects, Inc., according to public documents filed by Ventura County Citizens for Responsible Cannabis Cultivation, the committee promoting Measure O on the November ballot.


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The business would like to see its patented climate-control technology implemented in the greenhouses where the marijuana would be grown, said Jeanette Lombardo, CEO of Glass Investments Projects.

“This is simply a business investment,” said the executive at the patent management company in Camarillo. 

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The company would make money from sales and consulting on use of the technology, she said. 

The initiative

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Can Patriots knock Chiefs from unbeaten ranks?

Week 4 of the NFL season has already taken a turn, the only matchup of unbeaten teams – Steelers at Titans – postponed Thursday after another Tennessee player tested positive for COVID-19.

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Saturday, the highly anticipated Patriots-Chiefs game was delayed due to more COVID-19 positives – though the league still hopes to stage it Monday or Tuesday. If that happens, New England will be without QB Cam Newton, according to multiple reports, because he has the virus.

a person in different poses for the camera: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (15) will meet New England's Cam Newton for the first time Sunday.

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (15) will meet New England’s Cam Newton for the first time Sunday.

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But the NFL forges ahead, and the schedule should still provide matchups worthy of anticipation. Browns at Cowboys should be

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China to Tighten Supervision of Country’s Booming Online Insurance Business | Investing News

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s banking and insurance regulator issued draft rules on Monday to rein in risks accumulated in country’s booming online insurance sector.

The rules, on which the regulator is seeking public feedback till Oct. 28, will ban unlicensed institutions and individuals from participating the online insurance businesses, including selling and offering consultancy services of insurance products, according to a statement released by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC).

The rules will also require Internet companies to obtain insurance licenses before involving in the business, according to the draft.”The fast development in the online insurance sector has exposed certain problems,” the CBIRC said, “The rules are to effectively defuse the risks and protect the interest of consumers.”

The CBIRC said in a Sept. 3 article that thriving online mutual-aid platforms selling healthcare insurance need to be brought under specific regulations.

Xianghubao, operated by fintech giant Ant Group,

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CREDIT ACCEPTANCE SHAREHOLDER ALERT by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Reminds Investors With Losses in Excess of $100,000 of Lead Plaintiff Deadline in Class Action Lawsuit Against Credit Acceptance Corporation – CACC

NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”) and KSF partner, former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors that they have until December 1, 2020 to file lead plaintiff applications in a securities class action lawsuit against Credit Acceptance Corporation (NasdaqGS: CACC), if they purchased the Company’s shares between November 1, 2019 and August 28, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”). This action is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

What You May Do

If you purchased shares of Credit Acceptance and would like to discuss your legal rights and how this case might affect you and your right to recover for your economic loss, you may, without obligation or cost to you, contact KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or via email (, or visit to learn more. If you wish to serve as

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Business Buzz: New Dominican cuisine food service | Local News

They moved to Missoula to be closer to family, he said, and have noticed that people here are always on the lookout for more worldly flavors.

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“I thought Dominican food would be a lot like Mexican food, but it’s not,” he said. “I’ve been there five times now, each time for about a month. (My wife) lives in a rural country area. It’s the real experience, not like the touristy areas.”

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes’ Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for coronavirus business relief funds. The CSKT Small Business Relief Grants program offers over $1 million in federally allocated financial assistance to qualified CSKT-member-owned small businesses and active CSKT-member livestock producers in the recovery, stabilization, and adaptation of business operations. Funds can be used for working capital to support payroll, rent, accounts payable (such as utilities

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Central Maine business briefs: Marshall Communications launches Crisis Communications Division

Marshall Communications, an award-winning public relations and marketing agency based in Maine, has launched a crisis communications division, in conjunction with retired Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. The new division will provide clients with communications planning in advance of crises, as well as assistance during times of major events, according to a news release from the Augusta-based agency.

After more than three decades with Maine Public Safety, McCausland will serve as a communications specialist for the Marshall team. He will be available for media training, crisis communications and planning, and spokesperson and executive training and coaching before and during ongoing events. Most notably, McCausland and Marshall plan to team up to provide assistance and guidance to businesses; local, county and state government; and organizations and groups. The move shows the continued growth and innovation of Marshall Communications, which celebrates 30 years of business in April 2021.


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The new Business Analysis BenchMark report

This year’s Business Analysis Benchmark report has been published, asurvey on the impact of  mature requirements management. I always findit a good read, and not just because I know the author. It really backsup what BAs everywhere are trying to tell their management:Requirements Matter.

Here are some bits that jumped out at me, statements that some may find surprising but are backed up by survey results:

“Requirements maturity may be more important than any other singlefactor in the determination of overall development effectiveness.”

“The notion that the business can produce requirements on its own inthe absence of mature requirements definition and management competencyis absurd; it is akin to a CFO attempting to prepare financial reportsin the absence of knowing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.”

“Poor Requirements Definition and Management wastes 34% of the average organization’s IT Budget.”

“Agile, Waterfall, Iterative, Prototyping/Visualization haveimmaterial performance differences for any given level of requirementsdefinition and

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Trump says insulin is so cheap, it’s ‘like water.’ It isn’t

There was much to dislike in this week’s presidential debate — the lies, the rudeness, the inability of the White House incumbent to rise above the level of a cranky kindergartner.

For me, the low point came not when President Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, and not when he tore into the sons of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, but when he once again sought to convince the American people that he had single-handedly lowered the cost of prescription drugs.

Trump claimed that drug prices “will be coming down 80% or 90%” thanks to him.

He claimed that a series of executive orders have forced pharmaceutical companies to slash prices.

And the one that floored me: Trump claimed that the cost of insulin is now so low, it’s practically free.

“I’m getting it for so cheap, it’s like water,” he said. “You want to know the truth? So cheap.”


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Microsoft Ignites 2020 With New Services And Tools For Business Resiliency

Another week, another virtual tech conference come and gone. This time it was Microsoft and its annual Ignite conference, where the company showcases its latest and upcoming solutions for its ecosystem of developers and IT professionals. We’re all getting used to the digital conference song and dance by now, and Microsoft, of course, pulled it off without a hitch. I tuned in to the event last week and wanted to share some takeaways, which I’ll break into two different blogs. The first will be a flyover of sorts, while the second will be a more in-depth look at some of the news around Microsoft’s Power Platform. Let’s dive in! 

Introducing Azure Communication Services 

Microsoft took the occasion to announce Azure Communication Services, which it touts as the world’s first fully managed communication platform available from a leading cloud provider. The offering seeks to save developers from the hassle of building

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President Trump’s week: Tax returns, a raucous debate, and coronavirus

  • President Trump’s whirlwind of a week started with his tax records being released and is ending with a coronavirus infection.
  • On Sunday, the New York Times released a blockbuster report detailing Trump’s financial records.
  • Days later, Trump’s highly anticipated debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden turned into a chaotic shouting match.
  • Then on Friday, Trump announced he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus amid confirmed infections from his inner circle.
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Last weekend, President Donald Trump was still beaming from a White House event where he formally announced Amy Coney Barrett as his latest nominee to the Supreme Court.

But by the following day, his week started to take very unexpected turns. 

On Sunday, the president’s financial records were released in a blockbuster report by The New York Times, revealing Trump had only paid $750 in taxes over

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