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Jobless claims soar after Hurricane Sandy Economic Report

Jobless claims soar after Hurricane Sandy Economic Report | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The number of Americans who sought unemployment benefits last week jumped to an 18-month high, largely a side-effect of the superstorm that battered parts of the East Coast.

First-time jobless claims soared by 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 in the week ended Nov. 10, the Labor Department said. A government spokesman said applications surged in the parts of the country that lay in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

The aftermath of the storm has made it all difficult to get a good read on the health of the economy or labor-market trends: is hiring improving, weakening or staying the same?

“The bottom line is that in coming weeks the data will be extremely volatile and will likely not reflect the true picture of the labor market developments,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva of BNP Paribas.

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Click here to support Ulia medical bills organized by Mai Thao

Click here to support Ulia medical bills organized by Mai Thao | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Mai Thao needs your help today! Ulia medical bills - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HrvT-8lP1cI ‌ So as many of you have heard, my niece has become a victim of gun violence on 6/18/2017. She has suffered a gun shot to the head and is currently being treated and remains in critical condition fighting for her life in the ICU. My niece is a beautiful, cheerful and full of energy little girl. 

I've created a gofundme to help my sister and brother in law with the medical bills. So please, if you are able to help out it would be greatly appreciated. By donating, you are unloading the burden for my sister and brother in law by helping them pay any hospital bills. Please keep our family in your prayers as we go through this very hard time. Thank you

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Woman goes on racist tirade demanding a "white doctor" for her son

Woman goes on racist tirade demanding a "white doctor" for her son | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
“He was not speaking English. His teeth were brown. I do not need his help,” the woman said in a Mississauga, Ontario, clinic.
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Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular

Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
While the US government still hasn’t shown much interest in supporting longevity research for its citizens, the life extension movement is dramatically expanding around the world.
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f.lashes - Fun, Interactive, LED Lashes!

Tien Pham & Davey Taylor - Tavey Designs is raising funds for f.lashes - Fun, Interactive, LED Lashes! on Kickstarter!

Fine, Fresh, Fierce - f.lashes are the next level up in wearable electronic and interactive cosmetics
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Free Lecture: How to Eat Better and Live Longer~ by @lifeextension via @facebook

Free Lecture: How to Eat Better and Live Longer~ by @lifeextension via @facebook | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Be Our Guest!

Chef Shashank Agtey (the Sidewalk Chef) will be presenting on "How to Eat Better and Live Longer" as part of Life Extension's free monthly lecture series. He will share his passion for healthy eating and fitness, addressing what clean eating means, how you can easily prepare healthy meals, and proper nutrition for an active lifestyle. 

Indian-born Chef Agtey is a culinary expert and extraordinary athlete. An avid runner, Agtey has spent the last 45 years training and competing while honing his culinary skills as an executive chef at numerous establishments throughout South Florida. He is dedicated to leading, and helping others lead, a healthy and active lifestyle through better nutrition and mindful cooking. 

Chef Agtey recently developed an all-natural, clean energy bar system, Hop Step Jump Energy Bars. The bars are made using five “superfood” ingredients including bee pollen, maca powder, chia seeds, cardamom and beet powder. Chef Agtey is also in the process of developing a healthy meal prep service throughout South Florida.

Learn more about Chef Agtey at www.sidewalkchef.com and Hop Step Jump Energy Bars at www.hopstepjumpenergybars.com.

 

**** UPDATE: Chef Shashank will be offering food samples from his new, healthy meal prep service: Eat Clean Club! In addition, samples of his all-natural energy bars, Hop Step Jump Energy Bars, will be available to taste. Bring your appetite! ****

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Click here to support Karen Stewart Young organized by Denise Nelson Fontaine

Click here to support Karen Stewart Young organized by Denise Nelson Fontaine | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Sadly last Friday  this beautiful young woman lost her life. She was a Mother a Sister a Daughter and a friend.
Our goal is to enable her dear Sister the funds to fly to her funeral in Scotland,'We can only imagine how badly her family needs her by their side at this awful and sad time.
Karen was only 46 a couple of weeks ago.
Please help us get her Sister there to help comfort her three children and her Mother and Brother.

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Asian-American Rappers Are Slowly, But Surely, Gaining The Traction They Deserve

Asian-American Rappers Are Slowly, But Surely, Gaining The Traction They Deserve | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
How technology, an international sensibility and simple awareness have transformed Asian-American rappers' careers.
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The death rate from Alzheimer's disease increased 55% over 15 years — and it points to an important problem

The death rate from Alzheimer's disease increased 55% over 15 years — and it points to an important problem | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia, affects about 5.
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More parents share frustrations over campus sex assault cases: 2 Investigates

More parents share frustrations over campus sex assault cases: 2 Investigates | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

In light of recent reports of sexual assaults at Palo Alto High School, 2 Investigates has heard from several Bay Area parents about similar cases involving their children in other school districts. Multiple parents expressed frustrations that they believe their district leaders aren’t keeping their kids safe.

Sean and Denise Lynch of Danville said they are dealing with a case of cyber bullying against their daughter. The couple claims a girl at San Ramon Valley High School secretly used her cell phone to record their 15-year-old daughter using the toilet in a locked stall at school. It happened during sports practice.

The video was then uploaded to social media last November. It wasn’t until the video was posted again in April that the family learned of what happened. 

 

“If this had been done by the school janitor, a teacher, or say an upper class boy, would it be handled differently? I think so,” Sean Lynch said.

The family said Danville Police arrested the alleged perpetrator in April for multiple crimes from that incident, but the accused girl is still on campus, playing sports.

“There is no doubt in our mind that flagrant bias is being shown to a Caucasian upper class student athlete over an underclass, Asian, non-varsity athlete,” he said.

The family’s attorney has filed a restraining order and requested the girl be removed from campus and transferred to another school for their daughter’s safety.

“I don't know what to do,” Denise Lynch said. “I don't know how to help my daughter daily. She's in distress seeing this gal at school, this perpetrator.”

 

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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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Two Year Old Shot in Head Hangs onto Life

Two Year Old Shot in Head Hangs onto Life | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A two-year-old girl shot in the head earlier this week in St. Paul, Minnesota remains in critical condition today, reports Voice of Alexandria .

She has been identified as Chastity Yulia Vang. Her father Shawn Vang, 23, and Lee Lor, 27, were also shot with less serious wounds.

KARE11 reports that a suspect has yet to be arrested.

Authorities believe there may be a connection between one of the victims and the suspect, but no further information has been released.

“It’s insidious, it rips at the fabric that holds St. Paul together, and it doesn’t just affect the people who are struck,” said police spokesman Steve Linders. “A bullet goes through the air and hits a person, and a family’s life is devastated, children no longer feel safe in their neighborhoods, entire parts of town feel fear. And our officers are put in incredible danger when they respond to these types of calls.”

$5,000 has been raised for Chastity’s medical care through a Go Fund Me page.

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Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O. | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The company’s co-founder had been under increasing pressure, and several major investors demanded that he resign from the company immediately.
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Introducing Optibot, the First Marketing Optimization Bot | Optimove

Introducing Optibot, the First Marketing Optimization Bot | Optimove | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Optibot bridges the gap between data science and the art of marketing by serving marketers with one-click actionable insights for the continuous optimization of marketing activities.
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BREAKING: Lion Country releases more details about sale; name of buyer

BREAKING: Lion Country releases more details about sale; name of buyer | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The founder of a Connecticut-based wildlife center, who also has ties to Wellington’s equestrian community, plans to buy Lion Country Safari in western Palm Beach County in a deal that is expected to be finalized during the third quarter of the year.

Marcella Leone, founder and director of the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut, has “agreed to purchase America’s first cageless zoo,” Lion Country said Tuesday in a news release announcing the impending sale.

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Why the ‘End of TV’ Is Great for Facebook and Google

Why the ‘End of TV’ Is Great for Facebook and Google | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
If the dynamic tech duo could go back in time and design the perfect ally to push advertising from TV to mobile phones, it would look exactly like Netflix.
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Identity Manager OneLogin Has Suffered a Nasty Looking Data Breach

Identity Manager OneLogin Has Suffered a Nasty Looking Data Breach | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The company’s public blog post is thin on details, but a list of mitigations sent to users paints a much more worrying picture.
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AWCSF May MeetUp - Introducing Dress for Success Palm Beaches at The Blue, Boca Resort Tues. May 30th. 

AWCSF May MeetUp - Introducing Dress for Success Palm Beaches at The Blue, Boca Resort Tues. May 30th.  | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Join the Association for Women in Communications South Florida for AWCSF May MeetUp - Introducing Dress for Success Palm Beaches at the blue, Boca Raton Resort on Tuesday, May 30th from 5:30-8:30pm. AWCSF recognize Dress for Success Palm Beaches for assisting underprivileged women in our community enter or re-enter the workforce by providing business attire, education, programs and resources. All attendees are encourage to arrive on time to enjoy the sunset view at The Blue; the views from top floor of a 27-story tower is breathtaking.



Guests will receive Happy Hour Drink Specials and complimentary pass around hors d'oeuvres generously donated by the blue.


This is a FREE event for members and non members. To gain entrance, please bring to the meetup one of the following items:- Mascara - Black and Brown Purses- Cash or Check Donation  

Boca Resort is a private club **RSVP IS REQUIRED**

 Please use eventbrite link to RSVP to be added to the guest list.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awcsf-may-meet-up-introducing-dress-for-success-palm-beaches-tickets-34709217203Event

hashtag: #awcsftalktale

***** Agenda *****

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Meet and greet

Happy hour drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Introducing Dress for Success Palm Beaches7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Networking and happy hour drinks specials

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About Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter (@AWCSF):Association for Women in Communications South FL chapter connects communicators in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, facilitating its members’ integration into the business matrix of South Florida and promoting their personal and professional advancement. Helping to cultivate the complex relationships that bridge all communications disciplines, the AWC South Florida interfaces networking and professional development to equip its members to excel in their fields. For more info: http://awcsouthflorida.org ; Twitter.com/awcsf ; Facebook.com/awcsf; Instagram.com/awcf


The National Association for Women in Communications (@AWC):Association for Women in Communications celebrated 100 years of accelerating women communicators’ careers in 2009, cementing its position as the oldest and most comprehensive professional association in the industry. For more info:http://womcom.org ; Facebook.com/AWCNational ; Twitter.com/AWCConnect


About Dress for Success®:Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 23 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1 million women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

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PRANK IT FORWARD: High school seniors in San Tan Valley help girl

PRANK IT FORWARD: High school seniors in San Tan Valley help girl | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
"Pay it forward" It's a phrase many have heard, which involves doing a good deed for someone. A Valley high school, however, has put a new spin on the phrase, called "pran
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Bullied teen girl filmed urinating: Parents tell Danville school to ‘do their job’

Bullied teen girl filmed urinating: Parents tell Danville school to ‘do their job’ | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Parents of a Danville teen who was bullied at San Ramon Valley High School call out the district to protect their child.
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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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