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Papa Johns Is in Big Trouble for Spamming Its Customers

Papa Johns Is in Big Trouble for Spamming Its Customers | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Middle America's favorite pizza chain got slapped with a $250 million class action lawsuit for sending spammy text messages to its customers without their permission.
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A 'Joy Luck Club' television series is in the works

A 'Joy Luck Club' television series is in the works | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

There's apparently a Joy Luck Club television series in the works. Whaaaaaaat. Somebody -- Ellen DeGeneres, possibly(!?) -- is developing a new television series based on Amy Tan's widely-read 1989 novel, and they're putting the call out to Chinese American women to be part of a discussion as research for the show.

According to this casting call, producers are seeking a "professionally diverse group of Chinese American born women," ages of 26 to 34 years old in the San Francisco area, to "discuss their lives as a Chinese American female in today's society." The project will take place on June 20 in San Francisco.

Here's the casting call:

Ellen DeGeneres and world-renowned author, Amy Tan want to invite fans of the novel, The Joy Luck Club to be part of a cultural discussion as research for a new television series.

We are seeking a professionally diverse group of Chinese American born women between the ages of 26-34 years old in the San Francisco area to discuss their lives as a Chinese American female in today’s society with producers of the series.

This project will take place in San Francisco on June 20th.

Email us a short bio about yourself and contact information to castingasianamericans@gmail.com


The Joy Luck Club, of course, has already been adapted into a 1993 feature film directed by Wayne Wang.

I know that the book and movie are somewhat divisive in some circles of our community, but I'm honestly curious about how a television series version of The Joy Luck Club might be re-envisioned and adapted for modern audiences, and if said research can perhaps help make it not totally unbearable. (I don't really understand how Ellen DeGeneres has anything to do with it though.)

I've been seeing this casting call circulated via social media, and I'm told it's legit. Submit accordingly.

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UX Design in Healthcare: 3M’s UX Design Principal Talks User-Centred Design in Life or Death Situations | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

UX Design in Healthcare: 3M’s UX Design Principal Talks User-Centred Design in Life or Death Situations | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Andy Vitale has one colorful background; before getting into design, he studied TV and radio before trying to make it as a professional wrestler. A desire to work in digital brought him to graphic design, launching him down a path that would see him become the UX Design Principal at 3M’s Health Care Business Group.

In 2001, the company Andy was working for became the target of the first anthrax attack in the United States. What followed were two months of chaos and uncertainty for him, as he was tested over and over to confirm he was not affected by anthrax exposure (he eventually received a diagnosis that he was safe and healthy). After that, he vowed to improve the healthcare industry for patients and doctors. More on that part of the story a little further down, but first we asked Andy to share some insights on design that puts the user first.

How can UX designers create experiences that put the user first?

In order to put the user first, you have to involve them. Involving users throughout the process allows you to understand them. Even more than understanding them, it’s about having empathy for them. While product owners have a good pulse on the pain points of the user, they aren’t necessarily able to solve their problems, or see the bigger problem beyond an individual feature. Designers are really good at identifying user needs, whether articulated or unarticulated, and helping solve their problems.

The best way to understand any user is to talk to them. Observe them with intent. Ask them about their goals and their desired results. It should be enjoyable for them to complete their tasks, not complex. When users have to duplicate work because the product workflow doesn’t match their actual workflow, it is a bad experience

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Missing Uber Driver's Car Found Stripped In Bayview

Missing Uber Driver's Car Found Stripped In Bayview | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
48-year-old Piseth Chhay was on his way to a friend's house on Mother's Day when he disappeared, and his family suspects foul play.
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Why Marijuana Business Owners Are Storming Capitol Hill

Why Marijuana Business Owners Are Storming Capitol Hill | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Cannabis business owners from across the country have come to Washington, D.C., to demand fair treatment – and both sides of the aisle are listening
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Brawl erupts during high school graduation

Brawl erupts during high school graduation | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Nothing says graduation like a massive brawl breaking out between parents inside of a Memphis church.
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Margate man on trial for girlfriend's choking death wants to show penis to jury

Margate man on trial for girlfriend's choking death wants to show penis to jury | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Attorneys argued in court Monday over whether the penis of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend should be shown to the jury in his murder trial.
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Building a Database of WhatsApp Users Can Be Pretty Easy

Building a Database of WhatsApp Users Can Be Pretty Easy | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A researcher showed how it’s possible to grind through phone numbers, see if the person is using WhatsApp, and then grab some user details.
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Asian-American female buying power, influence rapidly growing: Nielsen report

Asian-American female buying power, influence rapidly growing: Nielsen report | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Asian-American and Pacific Islander buying power grew 222 percent since 2000, according to a recent Nielsen report.
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Alexa, Say What?! Voice-Enabled Speaker Usage to Grow Nearly 130% This Year - eMarketer

Alexa, Say What?! Voice-Enabled Speaker Usage to Grow Nearly 130% This Year - eMarketer | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

While still far from mass adoption, virtual assistants are becoming more widely used by Americans, according to eMarketer’s first forecast on users of digital assistants, such as Siri, and voice-enabled speakers, like Amazon Echo.


This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant device at least once a month. That’s a jump of 128.9% over last year.Amazon’s Echo speaker will have 70.6% of users. Meanwhile, Google Home will trail far behind with just 23.8% of the market. The remaining portion will be shared among smaller players, such as Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel....


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I love my Echo even though Alexa can be annoying! Amazon controls 70% of the voice-enabled speaker device market and market growth potential is huge.

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Council Corner Councilman Robert Weinroth On Heroin Overdoses, Sober Homes - Boca Newspaper

Council Corner Councilman Robert Weinroth On Heroin Overdoses, Sober Homes - Boca Newspaper | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca Newspaper This month, I depart from my usual mission of highlighting the great things happening in our city and turn your attention to a crisis in our community. We are six years past the peak of the pill mill crisis. Back in 2011, over 7 Floridians a
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Rich Manhattanite Yells 'White Power,' Attacks Asian Man: PD

Rich Manhattanite Yells 'White Power,' Attacks Asian Man: PD | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A wealthy Manhattanite was arrested for beating an Asian man while shouting about immigrants and “white power,” police said.Steven Zatorski, 48, was arrested and charged with assault after witnesses told an NYPD transit cop about the beating, according to police.
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Click here to support Help Emmett Recover! organized by Sara Ryan

Click here to support Help Emmett Recover! organized by Sara Ryan | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

On Sunday, April 30th 2017, Emmett was violently attacked and beaten by a group of 5 to 7 individuals after a show at Backbooth in Orlando, FL. He suffered many wounds but the worst of them require serious facial surgery. Doctors say both orbital sockets, nose and jaw need to be operated on or he could have serious issues in the future like loss of sight and the inability to chew.

My family just mourned the loss of our oldest brother, Sione due to similar acts of violence. Sione was beaten to death. We are overwhelmed emotionally, but also financially. Emmett has no savings and no health insurance.

Emmett is a talented musician, a student, and an aspiring athlete. He is intelligent, funny, and introspective. It would be absolutely remarkable if donations were made in order to assist us in the goal of bringing Emmett back to being Emmett. No amount is too small. We would be forever thankful for any assistance received.

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Confederate monuments are the real ‘Lost Cause’

Confederate monuments are the real ‘Lost Cause’ | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Confederate-era war memorials and monuments to the traitors who fought against the Union to uphold slavery have no place on public land. You know, property paid for and maintained by taxpayers. Every day they remain standing is a celebration of racism and an affront to core American values. That’s why I applaud what’s happening in New Orleans right now.

After public hearings, a city council vote and court battles, the Crescent City has finally begun the process of removing four monuments. On Monday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, D, announced the removal of the Battle of Liberty Place Monument, an obelisk honoring hate. Death threats were made against the contractor. David Duke, that paragon of tolerance, took to Twitter to decry the company “willing to take shekels to tear down priceless New Orleans & American history.” The work is considered so dangerous that the people involved in the removal hid their identities and wore flak jackets while under the protection of police.

“First statue erected to honor members of white supremacist organization who killed New Orleans’ racially integrated police force,” reads the top line of the press release from Landrieu’s office. Landrieu was even more blunt when I talked to him on Wednesday about removing Confederate memorials.

“They were put up during a very narrow point of time, four years of our formal 300-year history, as though they reflect the whole history of the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu told me. “In effect, they were put up by people, the same group of people called the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause.’ And the Lost Cause was the cause of the white supremacy in the South. Those monuments don’t reflect who we ever have been.”

Private funds were used to pay for the monument removals. And Landrieu is keeping the list of donors anonymous. His decision is understandable. "It has been a challenge to make sure that we're able to make sure that the people that are engaged in this are safe and that our police officers are safe as well," he said.

 

The three other monuments slated for removal are the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle; the Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway; and the General Beauregard equestrian statue at the entrance to City Park.

“As a matter of who was Robert E Lee, he never stepped foot in the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said, pointing out that Union soldiers actually camped at Lee Circle. “This monument was not put up to represent, to revere Robert E Lee, it was put there to represent the cause that he fought for, which in our opinion, was not what New Orleans has ever represented.”

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Vote Now! | PBCR Cover Competition - Palm Beach Illustrated

Vote Now! | PBCR Cover Competition - Palm Beach Illustrated | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

After a month-long call to artists, we have received a great deal of submissions conveying the theme of philanthropy and giving. It wasn’t easy, but we have narrowed down the field to the three submissions that best illustrate the concept.

The three works below, all created by local artists, speak beautifully to the spirit of charity and community togetherness. Now the power is in your hands. The one with the most votes will appear on the cover of our 2017-18 Palm Beach Charity Register, which is released in November 2017.

Voting closes MAY 31, 2017.

Tonya Scholz's insight:

Please vote for Vibrant Community by Agata Ren! #BocaArtist #SFLartist

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Hackers may have names of thousands of Florida gun owners

Hackers may have names of thousands of Florida gun owners | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say hackers may have obtained the names of more than 16,000 people who have Florida concealed weapon permits. Th
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Senators Collins and Baldwin Introduce Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act

Senators Collins and Baldwin Introduce Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2017, legislation to support the health and wellbeing of family caregivers. Their bipartisan bill would authorize $15 million per year over the next five years for the Lifespan Respite Care program, which allows full-time caregivers to take a temporary break from their responsibilities caring for aging or disabled loved ones.

“Family caregivers are an invaluable resource to our society, devoting enormous time and attention and making tremendous personal and financial sacrifices to care for their loved ones. This task, however, can take a toll. Caregivers experience higher rates of acute and chronic health conditions, and far too many caregivers don’t receive the support they need in their caregiving role,” said Senator Collins. “That is why respite care, which provides caregivers with a temporary break from their responsibilities, is so essential. Our legislation would give family caregivers and their loved ones the support they need by ensuring that quality respite is available and accessible.”

“Every day, family caregivers in Wisconsin and across our country tend to the needs of their loved ones,” said Senator Baldwin. “Although this work can be very rewarding, it can also be emotionally and physically challenging. This legislation will help ensure continued funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program so that our family caregivers can access the support and relief they need.”

Respite care protects the health of caregivers, decreases the need for professional long-term care, and allows individuals who require care to remain at home. To date, 35 states have received funding through the Lifespan Respite Care program. The program provides competitive grants to states to establish or enhance statewide respite resources and help ensure that quality respite is available and accessible to all family caregivers.

The Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act was endorsed by 38 aging and disability organizations including the AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Easterseals. The organizations wrote a letter to Senators Collins and Baldwin as well as to Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS), who introduced a companion bill in the House, strongly expressing their support.

“We, the undersigned national organizations representing all ages and disabilities, are writing to offer our fervent support for and endorsement of the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act being [introduced] to reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program at $15 million a year for five years,” the organizations wrote. “We thank you for your commitment to individuals living with disabilities, older individuals in need of assistance and support, and the loved ones who care for them and we look forward to continuing to work with you as the bill moves forward.”

There are 43 million family caregivers in the United States that provide an estimated $470 billion in uncompensated care each year.

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How To Get Relief from Menopause with Black Cohosh

How To Get Relief from Menopause with Black Cohosh | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Cimicifuga racemosa or, as it is more commonly known, black cohosh, is a native American herb used primarily by women seeking relief fro
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Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Chinese Lantern Festival 2017 September 7 – October 29, 2017 Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Please note, tickets must be presented at entry for admission to the Garden. Ticket sales/entry end at 9 p.m. each evening. The Garden … Continue reading →
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Woman with terminal cancer decides she can't wait for Mr. Right, does wedding photo shoot solo

Woman with terminal cancer decides she can't wait for Mr. Right, does wedding photo shoot solo | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A Taiwanese woman with terminal cancer has inspired people from across the globe by having the courage to pursue her dream of having a wedding photo shoot, even without a significant other to share it with.

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Lucy Liu’s Elementary Escapes Death

Lucy Liu’s <em>Elementary </em> Escapes Death | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
It’s elementary.One of the few series on network television starring an Asian American, Elementary, has been renewed by CBS.The show stars Lucy Liu as Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlocke Holmes.The Hollywood Reporter says Elementary escaped a death sentence despite being CBS’ lowest rated drama.Apparently the show has enough international appeal and attractive library deals to make keeping the show for a sixth season worthwhile.Two episodes remain this season.According to Entertainment Weekly the brains behind the the SBK gang will be revealed.“So in the second to last episode, Sherlock and Joan will realize they’ve underestimated a certain shadowy member of the group. They’re going up against a very different kind of gang leader, to say the least,” said executive producer Rob Doherty.
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Matt Valle Vice President of Development for FPL Speaks in Boca Raton on May 10th - Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club

Matt Valle Vice President of Development for FPL Speaks in Boca Raton on May 10th - Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Matt Valle is the Vice President of Development at Florida Power & Light (FPL) in Juno Beach, Florida. In his role, Matt is responsible for leading the new generation development for the company across technologies including solar and natural gas.  Currently, his team is responsible for the development of 600 MW of solar in 2017 …
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Walmart Selling Novelty Item with Racist Asian Caricature

Walmart Selling Novelty Item with Racist Asian Caricature | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
You’re kidding, right? Did anyone at Walmart even notice. Do they even care? A racist caricature of an Asian with buckteeth, sinister looking slanted eyes and wearing a cone shaped hat is featured on a novelty button sold on Walmart.com. Compounding matters, the slogan on the button mocks broken English. “Ry you no call?” What is that supposed to mean? Hahaha. What a freaking stale joke.
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West Palm fire chief resigns; women now hold 4 top positions in city

West Palm fire chief resigns; women now hold 4 top positions in city | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
With naming of interim fire chief, all three top West Palm departments led by women
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If you get enough of this vitamin every day, you won’t get bitten by mosquitos this year.

If you get enough of this vitamin every day, you won’t get bitten by mosquitos this year. | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
With spring arriving all over the Northern hemisphere, people are starting to spend more time outside in the sun. That means lazy weekend afternoons in the park or at the pool, or just sipping cold drinks in your own backyard.
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Vietnam on the bayou: In 1975, New Orleans laid out the welcome mat

Vietnam on the bayou: In 1975, New Orleans laid out the welcome mat | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us. Today, the series continues with the influx of Vietnamese immigrants to New Orleans in the 1970s.

 

THEN: When Saigon fell to Communist forces on April 30, 1975, thousands of South Vietnamese citizens suddenly became refugees. Archbishop Philip M. Hannan invited them to come to New Orleans, even sponsoring 1,000 families, 2,100 people in all, through the Church. In addition to this official welcome, New Orleans -- which, like Vietnam, is a former French colony, and heavily Catholic, to boot -- was attractive to the new arrivals because the climate is similar to that in Vietnam. Also, because of the local coastal geography, many could continue fishing, as they had done in their native country.

NOW: The Vietnamese population in the New Orleans area has grown to more than 15,000 in the four decades since the fall of Saigon, with Vietnamese markets and restaurants adding another layer to the local cultural melange. They have become so devoted to their new home that, after Hurricane Katrina, nearly two-thirds of the local Vietnamese population returned to the city, according to a Tulane University study, even though their core neighborhood in eastern New Orleans had been devastated by flooding in the wake of the storm.

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  • In 2008, Anh "Joseph" Cao -- who fled Vietnam as an 8-year-old boy -- became the first native Vietnamese member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The first appearance of the name "Ngyuen" -- the most common Vietnamese surname -- in a New Orleans phone book came in 1974, with just one number listed. By 1979, there were 318.
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