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Holland business owner’s Biden-Harris election sign causes uproar

Cassandra Lybrink and Arpan Lobo, Holland Sentinel
Published 4:25 p.m. ET Sept. 28, 2020

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A political sign at the home of a Hudsonville business owner has sparked a controversy after the business responded explicitly to criticism over Facebook. (Photo: Brian Vernellis, Holland Sentinel)

HOLLAND, Mich. — A Hudsonville business has disabled its Facebook page after a profanity-laced exchange with a Holland resident over a political sign that some residents have called offensive.

Douglas Smith, 54, of Holland, owns Smitty’s Truck Wash. At his home in Holland, Smith flies a Trump 2020 flag, supporting President Donald Trump in his reelection bid against Democratic candidate Joe Biden. In addition to the Trump flag, Smith displays a sign using derogatory language against Biden’s running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

A photo of the sign, sent to The Sentinel by a Holland resident who did not want to be identified, reads:

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Week of first presidential debate begins: US election live news | US & Canada

  • President Donald Trump on Monday will give remarks on the coronavirus testing strategy as he and challenger Joe Biden prepare for Tuesday’s debate.
  • Senator Kamala Harris, the vice presidential candidate, is in North Carolina to address the Republican push to confirm a new Supreme Court justice.
  • A report on Trump’s taxes may tarnish his image as a successful businessman.
  • Jill Biden will visit Wisconsin, a battleground state that has received special attention from both candidates, with 36 days until November 3.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is Joseph Stepansky.

Here are the latest updates:

Monday, September 28:

14:30 ET – Five takeaways from Trump tax report

A New York Times report saying President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House has added yet another dynamic to a contentious and fast-developing election season.

The

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Square Survey Finds 76% of Small Business Owners Plan to Give Their Employees Time Off to Vote this Election Day

  Square Survey Finds 76% of Small Business Owners Plan to Give Their
  Employees Time Off to Vote this Election Day

    Why Small Business Owners Are Encouraging Employee Voter Participation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- September 28, 2020

According to a new survey conducted by Square and Wakefield Research, 75% of
U.S. small business owners think voting in the upcoming presidential election
has become more important since pre-pandemic and 96% plan to vote themselves.
But nearly 3 in 4 are concerned that COVID-19 will impact their employees’
abilities to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election and here’s how they
plan to address those concerns:

  * More than three-quarters (76%) of small business owners will give
    employees time off to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
  * Among small business owners giving employees time off to vote, 83% plan to
    give paid time off.
  * 26% of small business owners would be 
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Facebook’s oversight board will start reviewing controversial content before the election | Business

A leading member of Facebook’s Oversight Board says the panel will begin taking content appeals cases within weeks, as critics worry about the social media giant’s potential impact on the US election less than two months away.

Jamal Greene, a co-chair of the Oversight Board, told CNN Business in an interview this week that “sometime next month, in mid-to-late October, we’ll be able to announce the board is ready to start hearing cases.”

While Greene declined to offer a specific prediction of how many cases the Oversight Board will receive at launch, he said the organization’s initial goal is to hear roughly 100 cases a year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first pitched the Oversight Board in 2018 as a kind of social media Supreme Court that can make independent, binding decisions that may overrule Facebook’s content removal decisions. If a user feels treated unfairly by Facebook, he or she can

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Trump, Biden court Black business owners in final election sprint

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: ‘What country are we in?’ Romney: ‘Unthinkable and unacceptable’ to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: ‘What country are we in?’ Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE are seeking to boost engagement with Black business owners, part of a key demographic critical for both campaigns as the election enters the home stretch.

Their efforts underscore how the economy remains just as much a key issue for Black voters as with other groups, even as national attention focuses on racial justice protests that have swept the country following

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Facebook oversight board will start reviewing controversial content before the election

A leading member of Facebook’s Oversight Board says the panel will begin taking content appeals cases within weeks, as critics worry about the social media giant’s potential impact on the US election less than two months away.



Pamela S. Karlan, Ronaldo Lemos, Maina Kiai, Julie Owono, Tawakkol Karman, Terry Bowman, Michael W. McConnell are posing for a picture


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Jamal Greene, a co-chair of the Oversight Board, told CNN Business in an interview this week that “sometime next month, in mid-to-late October, we’ll be able to announce the board is ready to start hearing cases.”

While Greene declined to offer a specific prediction of how many cases the Oversight Board will receive at launch, he said the organization’s initial goal is to hear roughly 100 cases a year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first pitched the Oversight Board in 2018 as a kind of social media Supreme Court that can make independent, binding decisions that may overrule Facebook’s content removal decisions. If a user feels treated unfairly by Facebook,

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Edo election: Lessons for business managers

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” This paraphrase of the original quote by Nelson Mandela underpins the theme of this write-up. The political language of the recently conducted Edo State election proved to be the decider, hence, in this article, it is used to explain the critical success factors needed for a winning business-customer relationship. The views expressed are dispassionate, non-partisan, apolitical, and only meant for illustration purposes.

The product a business offers can be in the form of goods, which are tangible, or services, which are intangible. Whatever the case, quality and perception of the product in the eyes of the consumer is contingent upon the series of value adding activities the business has put into production and delivery of the final product. These series

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Esper and Milley appear to adopt different strategies to deal with Trump as election approaches :: WRAL.com

— The Pentagon’s two most senior figures were so angry about President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on senior military leadership earlier this month that they got on the phone with the White House chief of staff to express their dismay, according to several defense officials.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke to Mark Meadows after Trump accused Pentagon leadership of waging wars to boost the profits of weapons manufacturers.

“I’m not saying the military’s in love with me — the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference on Labor Day.

The

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Business Central Releases 2020 Election Report With A Clear Message To Government

Business Central has released its 2020
Election Report
ahead of the upcoming election,
outlining what businesses in Central New Zealand expect from
an incoming government.

The
report
sets out seven key focus areas, with the
post-lockdown economy being the central focus of
businesses’ concerns. Business sentiments were drawn from
survey data from both BusinessNZ’s Deloitte-ChapmanTripp
Election Survey and the Central New Zealand Quarterly
Business Confidence Survey conducted by Business Central in
August.

Business Central Chief Executive John Milford
says the region and country are doing it tough at the
moment, and the message to the political parties couldn’t
be clearer – put the economy first.

“It goes without
saying, 2020 has been a difficult year so far for the
majority of the business community, given the economic data
out just this week, it’s going remain that way for some
time.

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CSOs hail US Govt over visa ban on election riggers

Urge other countries to act

CSOs hail US Govt over visa ban on election riggers

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, Tuesday, hailed the United States Government over visa ban on election riggers in Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections.

Reacting to the development, the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, in a statement said, “The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the recent historic move by the United State Government with resultant Visa restrictions on electoral-related violence, primarily to restore fairness, credibility, and transparency in Nigeria’s electoral processes.

“We recognised the remarkable development as restoration of fast-eroding democratic principles and core values in the nation’s electoral processes, dominated by decades of unchecked violence, vote-buying, and ballot looting.

“We express total support for the new policy, which has validated the years of persistent demands by Civil Society, Human Rights and Anti-corruption activists for stringent international measures to discourage electoral violence that

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