Day: September 14, 2020

Texas man gets federal prison for Masters golf ticket scheme

A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament.

Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, of Athens, and three family members in Texas sold those tickets for a profit.

U.S. District Court Judge Randall Hall in the tournament’s hometown of Augusta sentenced Freeman to 28 months in prison. More than a year had passed since Freeman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His parents and a sister also entered guilty pleas last year and were sentenced to three years on probation.

As part of their plea deals, the family members agreed to pay a total of nearly $275,500 in restitution. A news release from U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine’s office did not say how many tickets the family obtained or how much they profited from

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Opinion | With anxiety over voting by mail, we need a new strategy

Voters worried that they might not get their absentee ballot in time or that it might not be counted are going to have a slew of alternatives that do not rely on the Postal Service. Public and private entities are pushing to increase these options, opening up opportunities for the vast majority of Americans to vote without using the mail or exposing themselves to the coronavirus. One significant source of help comes from sports franchises. “Twenty NBA teams have announced plans to transform their facilities to serve voters in the upcoming 2020 general election,” Business Insider reports. “Several of the league’s franchises will convert their arenas and sports facilities into voter registration drives, early voting locations, and polling places for Nov. 3. The large indoor spaces are expected to provide enough room to accommodate social distancing measures for in-person voting, an alternative to mail-in ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” Voting

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Small Business Spotlight: BK Yoga Club

Owners: Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson
Established: February 2019
Based in: Brooklyn, NY
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Since early 2020, people across the world have had to adjust to a “new normal” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. For many, self-care has become a top priority.

Here in Brooklyn, BK Yoga Club is on a mission to help New Yorkers find their “home away from home” during these times of uncertainty.

After opening their studio in Feb 2019, co-owners Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson have joined the movement of reshaping what a yogi ‘should’ look like by opening up a studio that is body positive and inclusive.

BK Yoga Club Founders: Ferguson (left) Alexandra (right)

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BK Yoga Club Founders: Ferguson (left) Alexandra (right)

“We are firm believers that yoga is for everybody — people want to see themselves represented in yoga and that comes with

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Johnson lashes out at EU as he clears first hurdle for Brexit treaty breach

By Elizabeth Piper and William James

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lashed out at the European Union on Monday as he won initial approval for a plan to breach the Brexit treaty, saying the move was needed because the bloc had refused to take a “revolver off the table” in trade talks.

Johnson won the so-called second reading parliamentary vote on the Internal Market Bill 340 to 263. A wrecking amendment was defeated shortly beforehand, though more will follow as he faces a growing rebellion in his party.

The EU says Johnson’s bill would collapse trade talks and propel the United Kingdom towards a messy Brexit while former British leaders have warned that breaking the law is a step too far that undermines the country’s image.

Johnson, though, said it was essential to counter “absurd” threats from Brussels including that London put up trade barriers between Britain

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Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank on corporate profits, social change

Billionaire businessman Arthur Blank told CNBC on Monday that businesses must care about more than just profitability, suggesting social responsibility should also be an area of emphasis.  

“If you don’t care about people, profit and the planet at the same time, profitability by itself isn’t really enough,” Blank said on “Power Lunch.” “And the truth of the matter is, you can have them both, and I think we should have them both.”

Blank, who co-founded The Home Depot in 1978, is now owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. His comments Monday came one day before the release of his book, “Good Company,” which details his business career and his views on corporate strategy. 

The remarks also come shortly after the 50th anniversary of the publication of economist Milton Friedman’s seminal essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits.” In recent

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University of Chicago’s Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab Discuss Leadership in Water Innovation at First-Ever Chicago Water Week

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is hosting a webinar as part of Current’s inaugural Chicago Water Week. The event will highlight Chicago’s innovative, cross-sector water leaders from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2020.

On Monday, Sept. 28 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT, the Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab will present a webinar titled, “Partners in Innovation: How to Collaborate with Universities and National Labs.” The discussion will demystify the “tech transfer” process and explain how easy it is to collaborate with universities and national labs on the development of new technologies.

Panelists include:

  • Bill Payne, executive director, science and technology, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Phil Smith, business development executive, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mauricio Suarez, deputy head of technology development and industry engagement, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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Global Crusher Market 2020 to 2025 – Top Manufacturers, Business Strategy and Forecast Report

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Sep 14, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
The research document entitled Global Crusher Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 by studies and gauges through the current market forces that shows growth direction and holistic growth trends. The report acts as a thorough synopsis on the study, analysis, and estimation of the market. The report offers a concise summary of the global Crusher market trends, end-user, regions, types, market size, revenue estimation, and geographical outlook. People seeking for their business growth on both local and global level as well as producers, newcomers in the industry, professional association, private businesses, and commercial marketers, will get a thorough assessment of the report.

Enumerating Some of The Most Important Pointers Addressed In The Report:

The report descriptively draws out the competitive backdrop of eminent players

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Feds to Review Oracle TikTok Proposal, Mnuchin Says

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday said the Trump administration will conduct a national security review this week of Oracle’s bid to take over TikTok’s U.S. operations. Mnuchin made the comments on CNBC, soon after Oracle confirmed it had reached an agreement to become TikTok’s “trusted technology provider” in the U.S.

If the deal gets the green light from the feds, Mnuchin told CNBC it would lead to a new wing of the company dubbed “TikTok Global.” (TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance.) The deal would also lead to about 20,000 new American jobs, Mnuchin said, which could grease the wheels even more when it comes to getting the blessing of President Trump.

The president — who signed an executive order last month giving Bytedance 50 days to offload TikTok’s U.S. operations of the popular video-sharing app to an American firm — has said any deal would need offer a

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America Needs to Start Treating Childcare as What It Is: Vital Infrastructure

An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic
An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic

An Enviro-Master employee disinfects toys with an electrostatic virus vaporizer at a childcare center in Elk Grove, Calif. on July 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic Credit – Max Whittaker—The New York Times/Redux

If the highway that connected the residential communities and business district of your town collapsed, the effects on the local economy would be immediate and obvious. If all public transportation were suddenly rerouted away from the office buildings in your town, business leaders and policymakers alike would respond quickly to the predictable ripple effects in the area’s workforce and revenue. It is well understood that infrastructure decisions like public roads and transportation are the foundation on which local economies grow. But an obstacle of similar magnitude is threatening the economic recovery that communities

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Northwest Bancshares, Inc. Announces Branch Optimization Plan

WARREN, Pa., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 14, 2020, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”) announced plans to optimize its branch network as part of its ongoing efforts to accommodate changing customer behaviors while also recognizing operating efficiencies.  The Company plans to close 42 of its 205 full-service offices, or approximately 20%, throughout its footprint, one free-standing drive-through and one business office beginning Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18, 2020.   

In making this announcement, Ronald J. Seiffert, Chairman, President and CEO, noted, “Our customers’ banking preferences continue to evolve to favor a more digital banking experience and the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified and accelerated these preferences.  This branch optimization plan reflects our ongoing efforts to ensure we are well positioned in our industry to provide the community bank experience that is valued by our customer base while also enhancing our strong digital and mobile banking

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