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Revised Travel Ban Set to Take Effect After Supreme Court Decision

first_img Share US After five months of court disputes, President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from six “countries of concern” partially goes into effect on June 29 at 8 p.m.Under the 90-day partial ban, people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen can’t travel to the United States, unless they have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” according to a June 26 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the limited ban go into effect, while the legal disputes in lower courts continue.The ban also prevents refugees (of any origin) from entry for 120 days, unless they can prove the bona fide relationship.What counts as ‘bona fide’?“For individuals, a close familial relationship,” the court stated, would count as a bona fide relationship. “As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading [the travel ban].”Foreign students, foreign workers, and foreign lecturers would qualify for an exemption from the ban.The court also illustrated what would count as avoiding the ban: “For example, a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their exclusion.” Other groups exempt from the ban are:U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders)People from the six countries that also hold passports from another countryVisa holdersVisa applicants already in United States on June 26People already granted refugee or asylee statusIn addition, consular and immigration officers can grant case-by-case waivers “if the foreign national has demonstrated to the officer’s satisfaction that denying entry during the suspension period would cause undue hardship, and that his or her entry would not pose a threat to national security and would be in the national interest,” states Trump’s March 6 executive order.Trump originally issued the ban in a Jan. 27 executive order that included Iraq among the banned countries. Trump said the ban needed to be issued abruptly, otherwise it would have given people with ulterior motives time to sneak in.The temporary ban is intended to keep out terrorists and potential threats, pointing to the fact that the countries named on the executive order had already been identified as “countries of concern” by the Obama administration, and that these countries either don’t cooperate with the U.S. screening process, or are so unstable as to render the current screening methods ineffective.The Supreme Court allowed the ban be put in place while the legal dispute continues, but carved out the “bona fide” exception as to prevent hardship to U.S. families, employers, and hosts who have legitimate reasons to invite people from the six banned countries.Stephen Gregory contributed to this article. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Revised Travel Ban Set to Take Effect After Supreme Court Decision By Petr Svab June 29, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018 TSA agents check the documents of travelers as they go through the TSA PreCheck security point at Miami International Airport on June 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Florida Police Say Venus Williams Entered Intersection Lawfully Before Crash

first_img Show Discussion Florida Police Say Venus Williams Entered Intersection Lawfully Before Crash By Reuters July 8, 2017 Updated: July 8, 2017 US Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article USA’s Venus Williams reacts during her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens during the French Open at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France on June 2, 2017. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann/File Photo) Florida police said on Friday that a newly surfaced video shows that tennis star Venus Williams was acting lawfully when she drove her sports utility vehicle into an intersection before a fatal crash with another car on June 9.Jerome Barson, 78, who was a passenger in a sedan that collided with the vehicle Williams was driving, was fatally injured. His family filed a wrongful death suit against Williams last week.Williams, the former top-ranked tennis player in the world, on Friday won her third-round match at the Wimbledon tournament in England.A statement from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said a video, taken from the entrance to the gated community where Williams lives, indicates she acted lawfully in entering the intersection before the crash.The statement said the video showed that a car not involved in the collision stalled Williams’ progress, causing her to linger in the intersection. When the traffic light changed, an approaching car driven by Barson’s wife, Linda, collided with Williams’ vehicle.The initial traffic report said Williams, 37, was at fault for failing to yield the right of way to Barson. But on Friday, Major Paul Rogers of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department said a fuller investigation began after Barson’s death on June 22. He said police have not made a final determination of fault in the investigation.The Barson family attorney, Michael Steinger, in a statement issued Friday, said the video “continues to support the fact that Ms. Williams remained in the intersection at a red light, violating the Barsons’ right of way.”Williams’ attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, on Friday did not immediately reply to an email requesting comment. last_img read more

Sarah Palin McCain One Tough Fighter

first_img Show Discussion U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (L) at a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. (Darren Hauck/Getty Images) US Sarah Palin: McCain ‘One Tough Fighter’ By NTD Television July 20, 2017 Updated: July 20, 2017 As news of Sen. John McCain’s cancerous brain tumor spread on the evening of July 19, former Alaska governor and his 2008 vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, said she was sure “He’ll face this diagnosis with courage and strength.”“John McCain is one tough fighter,” she said in a Facebook post with a picture of them on the campaign trail. “We know he’ll face this diagnosis with courage and strength.”McCain was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and after his plane was shot down over Hanoi, he became a prisoner of war for over five years.Palin told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that she expects his attitude to be that this hardship is “fuel to endure.”“I were going to war, I wouldn’t [ just] want McCain on my side, I’d want him leading the charge.” Indeed, his daughter Meghan McCain said in a statement on Twitter that “it won’t surprise you to learn that in all this, the one who is most confident and calm is my father.”The 80-year-old Republican from Arizona was diagnosed with primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, according to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona where he’s being treated.McCain had been complaining of double vision and fatigue when he went in for a physical. Doctors ordered a CT scan and an MRI, and the results showed what they thought was a blood clot above his left eye.When surgeons went to remove it last Friday, that is when they found the tumor.The Mayo Clinic said in a statement that he was considering treatment options, which may include radiation and chemotherapy.Currently he’s recovering at home, and said in a statement that he would return to work when he gets his doctors’ clearance.His absence from the Senate floor pushed back a vote on the Better Care Act, the Republican senators’ alternative to the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a statement, “While John is recovering, the senator will continue our work on legislative items and nominations.” Share this article From NTD Television Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img Here’s What Was Found in Scott Peterson’s Car After Wife’s Body Was Found By Epoch Newsroom September 13, 2017 Updated: January 2, 2018 Share this article Scott Peterson. (Modesto Police Department) US News Sharecenter_img Interest in the Scott Peterson case has increased in recent weeks due to the A&E documentary, “Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson.”Laci went missing on Christmas Eve 2002 when she was 7-months pregnant. Her body was found in the San Francisco Bay several months later.When that happened, Modesto Police knew they had to act.“When the bodies came up, what it did is it automatically injected a big sense of urgency in the case,” said former Modesto police detective Jon Buehler, ABC News reported Wednesday.What was found in Peterson's car (Modesto Police Department) What was found in Peterson’s car (Modesto Police Department)Modesto Police said they questioned Peterson, who was convicted of murder and is currently in prison, one day after his wife went missing. Peterson claimed that he was out in his boat at the Berkeley Marina in Richmond, California, and was fishing. “I suspected Scott when I first met him,” Buehler said. “Didn’t mean he did it, but I was a little bit thrown off by his calm, cool demeanor and his lack of questioning … he wasn’t, ‘Will you call me back? Can I have one of your cards? What are you guys doing now?’”Buehler and fellow investigator Allen Brocchini said that on April 13, 2003, the body of Laci was discovered.“I just thought, ‘We’ve got to find Scott right now,’” Brocchini told People. “He told me he was there and that’s where the bodies came up? I mean, I believe it was premeditated, he planned it.”What was found in Peterson's car (Modesto Police Department) What was found in Peterson’s car (Modesto Police Department)They both knew that Scott Peterson was in San Diego at the time.“San Diego was pretty darn close to the Mexican border,” Buehler said. “Scott knew the area pretty well. That’s where his parents lived. That’s where he lived. So it wasn’t like he was going to have to get on MapQuest to try and figure out a way to get to Tijuana.”As they followed his car, Scott was “driving erratically” through San Diego.“He was driving 80 miles an hour on a freeway and he would slam his breaks on, pull over,” Brocchini added. “It got to the point where we had a helicopter, lost him … either he’s going to kill somebody or one of these agents that are trying to follow him are going to get killed or kill somebody.”When they arrested him, they found a rope, knives, thousands of dollars in $100 bills, kids’ books, and other items.What was found in Peterson's car (Modesto Police Department) What was found in Peterson’s car (Modesto Police Department)“The guy had like, I don’t know, $14,000, $15,000, cash, he had his brother’s ID,” Brocchini said. “Hiking boots and… a shovel and [a] fishing pole.”They also found about a dozen Viagra pills.“This guy is like James Bond without the secret agent mission,” Buehler said.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Bald Eagle Lands on Fire Trucks 911 Tribute Disp

first_img Bald Eagle Lands on Fire Truck’s 9/11 Tribute Display By John Smithies, Epoch Times September 12, 2018 Updated: September 12, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share A wild bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, landed on the ladder of a fire truck in Minnesota that was taking part in a commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.The incident was captured in a video on Sept. 11 by fire chief Jerry Streich that quickly went viral, garnering over a million views.Streich can be heard repeatedly exclaiming that what he is seeing is “unbelievable.”“There’s no better symbol to represent America today than a flag but then for an eagle to land on a fire truck holding a flag, I mean, it doesn’t get much more symbolic than that,” Streich said, according to KARE-TV.The bird can be seen perched on top of a fire truck’s extended ladder, then flying off.The truck was parked alongside another fire truck, with an American flag suspended between their ladders as members of the fire department gathered to pay tribute to the 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks. ‘We Will Never Forget’Several firefighters had set up vehicles on an overpass and draped a banner over the railing that read, “We will never forget.”On Sept. 11 there were many tributes held across the country to remember the terrible events of 9/11.President Donald Trump and the first lady were in Pennsylvania to observe the anniversary, while at the Pentagon a group including Pentagon employees, service members, Prince Charles, members of Congress and the Cabinet, and friends and family of those who died that day gathered underneath a flag.Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva spoke of the ideals of freedom and liberty that were the target of the al-Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four planes that day.“They volunteered during a time of war to defend our country because they believe in what we stand for as a nation,” he said. “We will ensure that future generations of Americans enjoy the same freedoms and liberties.” Follow John on Twitter: @jdsmithies  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share this article FAMILY FEUD: “She’s always been serious about her yard,” he said. “I never had a problem with her. I never seen or heard her do anything like that.”由 FOX31 KDVR.com 发布于 2019年3月16日周六  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Crime and Incidents The unnamed woman said she took photos and captured a video of Bowen’s threats.Fox13 reported at the woman had an order of protection against Bowen for assault.Police searched for the gun, finding only the holster. Bowen was arrested on March 14 and was released on her own recognizance, it was reported.Another neighbor told WREG that he was stunned to learn about the allegations, but said she has “always been serious about her yard.”“I never had a problem with her. I never seen or heard her do anything like that (sic),” he said. “I hope they don’t send her to jail.”“She’s an old lady. Just serious about her yard,” he continued.In the incident, police responded to the 2300 block of Larose Avenue in Bethel Grove.Other details about the case are not clear. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer. The neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee (Google Street View)Violent Crime Up in MemphisMemphis was ranked by the FBI as the 3rd most violent big city in the United States.In 2017, the last year that figures were released, there were 181 homicides in Memphis, or about 28 deaths per 100,000 residents, said the FBI in October 2018.More specifically, “In 2017, there were 200 reported homicides in Memphis, but 19 were ruled as justifiable and not counted in the number of homicides sent to the FBI,” reports the Daily Memphian publication.The Daily Memphian in January 2019 reported that there were 184 homicides in all of 2018.“Memphis recorded 184 homicides last year, a 5 percent increase over the 176 slayings in 2017, but still lower than 228 homicides in 2016, the deadliest year recorded in the city in the last two decades,” the publication reports.In September 2018, the FBI said that overall, Americans committed fewer violent and property crimes across the United States in 2017, according to statistics. The violent crime rate—including offenses such as murder, robbery, and aggravated assault—dropped by almost 1 percent and is still about 4 percent above the 2014 rate. The murder rate dropped by 0.7 percent.“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to [the FBI] nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the agency said.Of the estimated 17,284 murders in 2017, more than half occurred in larger cities—with populations of more than 100,000.Stock photo of police tape Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock)There are fewer than 300 such cities in the United States, and while they account for less than 30 percent of the country’s population, many of them contribute far beyond their share to national crime rates and have done so for years, even decades.While the national murder rate inched down to 5.3 per 100,000 residents, it spiked by 15 percent in Philadelphia, to a rate of more than 20 per 100,000 residents. Columbus, Ohio, saw a massive 54 percent murder rate increase, reaching nearly 16.3 per 100,000 residents.The murder rate in St. Louis rose by more than 10 percent and reached 66 per 100,000 residents—the highest among larger cities.Baltimore’s murder rate rose by nearly 8.5 percent, reaching some 56 per 100,000 residents. Police say it escalated quickly when the grandmother grabbed a gun.由 WREG News Channel 3 发布于 2019年3月15日周五center_img 90-Year-Old Woman Points Gun and Threatens to Kill Neighbor Over Leaves in Yard By Jack Phillips March 17, 2019 Updated: March 17, 2019 A police car in a file photo. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images) A 90-year-old woman threatened to kill her neighbor after pointing a gun at her, said police in Tennessee.Nonagenarian Memphis woman Bessie Bowen was charged with aggravated assault and violation of an order of protection, Fox13 reported.A woman called police saying Bowen pointed a firearm at her and threatened to shoot and kill her over leaves in her yard. Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article A new, disturbing map shows where human feces have been reported in San Francisco since 2011.Nearly every street and block have had a human waste sighting over the past several years, according to data posted by Open The Books.Open the Books didn’t offer a statement on the matter, but it appears that the largest concentration of feces-related complaints was in the Market Street area. Share San Francisco Human Feces Map Highlights Disturbing Trend By Jack Phillips April 23, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2019 So @open_the_books mapped out every report of human feces on the streets of San Francisco since 2011 and uhhhhhh https://t.co/7t3Cocc6Qf pic.twitter.com/5B5sw8R3xC— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 22, 2019center_img Show Discussion Twitter, Uber, and other tech firms are based there. The San Francisco City Hall area also had a large number of reports.In 2011, there were just 5,500 reports logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works, and in 2018, there were about 28,000 reports.It’s worth noting that the figures are the documented reports to the local agency, and the number of actual feces on San Francisco’s streets is probably much higher.flood 1 A man carries an umbrella as he crosses the street with the skyline at rear in San Francisco, on Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)“I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed told NBC News last year.Describing the issue as a “huge problem,” she said it’s not “from dogs” but “from humans.”The City by the Bay was also named “doo-doo” capital of the United States, according to website RealtyHop.“Since San Francisco has the perfect weather, we assumed that we’d see more evenly distributed curves … poop complaints are more evenly distributed compared to New York City and Chicago, two cities that both have tough winters and snow. What’s interesting in our finding, however, is that August 2018 marked the worst August in history since 2011. It is no wonder why the city is launching the Poop Patrol program, as the poop crisis has reached a whole new level,” the website says. A view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., on June 28, 2016. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)It added that Monday is the worst day for feces-related complaints.In October 2018, a resident created a free app to make it easier for people to report poop and used needles on the city’s famously dirty streets, The Associated Press reported.Sean Miller, 24, moved to San Francisco from Vermont after college last year and says he was astonished by the amount of public grime. His “Snapcrap” app was released over the weekend for iOS users and declares itself the “fastest way” to request cleaning in San Francisco.“See something gross? Just snap a photo and press submit,” the app’s description reads. A city worker tells a homeless man that the area next to him on is about to be power washed and points to an area he might want to move in San Francisco on Feb. 26, 2016. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)The photos are passed to the city’s Public Works Department, which has its own 311 app to report feces and trash, as well as potholes and graffiti.Miller, who lives and works downtown, said at the time that downloads have been in the “few hundreds.”Miller says he’s adding features to the app and hopes to work with the city to improve a very San Francisco problem. A homeless man in San Francisco, as seen in a stock photo. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)The Associated Press contributed to this report. US News The Bay Bridge is seen at WIRED25 Work: Inside San Francisco’s Most Innovative Workplaces in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 12, 2018. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25 ) last_img read more

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first_img Share this article US News Show Discussion Navy SEAL Seeks to Toss Slaying Case Over Withheld Evidence By The Associated Press May 29, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019 Sharecenter_img Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. (Andrea and Edward Gallagher/File Photo via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   SAN DIEGO—Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an ISIS prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense.Attorneys for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plan to ask a military court Wednesday in San Diego to dismiss the case or remove the prosecutor and, possibly, have the judge himself step aside.“Gallagher’s case has been irreparably corrupted by a government campaign of outrageous and illegal conduct,” attorney Tim Parlatore said in the opening salvo of his motion to dismiss the charges. “This prosecution threatens to make an unequivocal farce of our justice system.”The motion comes with Gallagher’s trial less than two weeks away and amid mounting pressure from the defense after lawyers discovered prosecutors planted tracking software in emails sent to the defense team and a journalist that may have violated attorney-client privilege and other constitutional rights.The Navy has said it did nothing wrong and has no plans to remove the prosecutor. A spokesman wouldn’t comment on the motions. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner. (Andrea Gallagher/File Photo via AP) Among the evidence apparently kept from the defense were results of a polygraph exam Gallagher was given weeks before his arrest on charges that he fatally stabbed an injured young teenage terrorist and picked off civilians from a sniper’s perch.Gallager knew at the time he was under investigation and denied committing any war crimes during the test, Parlatore said in court papers. Gallagher was told he passed the exam.Parlatore said he only knows about the exam because his client told him about it and investigation documents showed efforts to schedule the test.Polygraphs, commonly referred to as lie-detector tests, are not admissible in civilian or military courts because they are “not an indication of truth,” said Gary Solis, a former military judge and Marine Corps prosecutor who teaches law at Georgetown.Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher A U.S. Navy SEAL (C) watches Iraqi army scouts during weapons training in Fallujah, Iraq, on July 26, 2007. (John Moore/Getty Images)Passing such a test means the person answered most of the key questions without any indication of lying.It’s debatable whether the results would be considered evidence of innocence, and therefore the prosecution would not necessarily have to turn them over to the defense, Solis said.The judge could admonish the defense for revealing polygraph results because it could taint the jury in the case, Solis said.The effort to get the case thrown out comes as President Donald Trump has considered pardoning several service members accused of war crimes.Gallagher’s family has lobbied vigorously for his freedom and some Republican lawmakers have rallied to his cause. He has pleaded not guilty.Prosecutors have said Gallagher stabbed the injured terrorist and then posed for a photo with his corpse for his re-enlistment ceremony. He sent a text to fellow SEALs later saying, “I got this one with my hunting knife.”Parlatore dismissed that as a joke that reflects the dark humor of a warrior. No blood was found on the knife by forensics experts, he added.Parlatore said he’s aware of evidence that showed at least one member of Gallagher’s squad practiced medical procedures on the terrorist when he was dead or nearly dead, which might indicate he died from a different cause.He said witnesses would be willing to testify to that, but prosecutors have said they’re unaware of anything performed on him that was not medically necessary or any alternative cause of death.Parlatore also claimed that prosecutors can’t prove that Gallagher shot a young girl and old man because charges of attempted murder are based only on rumors and inadmissible hearsay.Gallagher faces trial June 10.By Julie Watson and Brian Melley last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN News requested an interview with Manitoba Hydro for this series. They declined, but spokesperson Bruce Owen emailed a written statement.“We recognize the impact hydro-electric development has had on many Indigenous communities,” he says. “We also recognize that resolving past grievances is fundamental to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous communities.”APTN also reached out to Manitoba’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations, Eileen Clarke, who declined our interview request.“Hydro has altered our way of life,” Clarke says, standing on the shore at Two-Mile Channel after showing Wa Ni Ska Tan members how Hydro re-engineered the land and waters between Playgreen Lake and Lake Winnipeg.“It’s altered everything. And what upsets me is they don’t show us proper regard or respect,” he continues.“Sure, the damage is done already, but how can we minimize it? How can we help the lake survive?“Someday I want to see my grandchildren…or my sons, continue this way of life that I’ve enjoyed.“Trapping, hunting, fishing. It’s who we are as Cree people. The lake and the land were loaned to us by the Creator for us to survive. I want people to understand that. Life is not all rosy, and we have issues to deal with, but we try our best to live.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewsabrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandson This is Part 2 of a series on hydro-impacted communities in Treaty 5 territory. Click here to access other stories featured in Power Failure: The impacts of hydro in Northern Manitoba.Justin BrakeAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsIt was mid-December, a few years back when Chris Clarke was out on snowmobile near his brother’s camp and trapline on Playgreen Lake.He “hit an air pocket” and went through the ice into the shallow water below, he recalls.“Almost drowned that time.”His brother built a fire to warm Clarke up. The two spent hours trying to haul the brand new snowmobile out of the hole.The father and fisherman “quit trapping for a couple years,” he says.(Chris Clarke says despite his community’s settlement with Hydro, the waters are still polluted, fish populations are dwindling, and his people are struggling to hold on to their way of life. Photo: Justin Brake)But the heightened dangers associated with waterways connected to hydroelectric development weren’t enough to keep Clarke away forever.He returned to fishing and trapping, carrying on his family’s tradition and working to preserve his people’s way of life for future generations.But that way of life has been threatened since the 1970s, he explains, when Manitoba Hydro began reengineering the lakes and rivers that Cree in Treaty 5 territory have lived along, and depended on, since time immemorial.Watch Ashley Brandon’s story on the effects of hydro development on northern Manitoba.  “We have to live with these changes every day…”Clarke is president of the Norway House Fisherman’s Cooperative, which represents 50 local fishers who work in a struggling industry harvesting fish from Playgreen Lake, Lake Winnipeg and Kiskittogisu Lake.Today he’s taking Wa Ni Ska Tan alliance members out in boat to show them the impacts hydro development has had on the waters and fisheries.The boat weaves through a channel, a few kilometres outside of Norway House, with cabins and homes scattered along the shore.A crane towers above the tall grasses along the banks and watches the boat pass by.Minutes later the channel opens up, revealing beams of sunlight glimmering on Playgreen Lake’s pale green waters. There is slight wind.The boat passes dozens of islands, some of them new, some reduced to the bedrock that once sat below their soil and vegetation, and others completely submerged underwater.All of the islands have eroded as a result of fluctuating water levels controlled by Manitoba Hydro; they’re a danger to fishermen and others who use the lake, Clarke explains.(The Norway House Fisherman’s Co-op, established in 1962, represents 50 commercial fishers from the Norway House area. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)A 20-minute boat ride takes the alliance members—there to witness and document the impacts of hydro development on local people and communities—to a small plant owned by the Fisherman’s Co-op.It’s here the fishermen land their catches of whitefish, pickerel and sauger and package it for transportation by truck 800 kilometres to Winnipeg, where the fish is further processed and marketed.Standing on the dock and peering out at the lake, Clarke says the co-op’s fishers are working with a significantly reduced quota and often struggle to make ends meet.“The silting is killing this lake because it’s killing the oxygen: the plant life, the fish — the fish can’t spawn here anymore.”(Lands were blasted and excavated to create Two-Mile Channel, which connects Playgreen Lake to Lake Winnipeg. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)He says sturgeon—culturally significant to the Cree but now listed as an endangered species—were once plentiful in the lake but have almost entirely disappeared since the wave of hydro development in the region four decades ago.Clarke says trees are constantly falling into the lake due to the shoreline erosion, and that they pose a safety risk to fishermen.As in other hydro-impacted communities, Manitoba Hydro pays locals from Norway House to retrieve trees and other debris in order to reduce the safety risk, he explains.Fluctuating water levels also create air pockets beneath the ice in wintertime, like the one Clarke fell through a few years ago.Some have given up fishing altogether, he says.“We have to live with these changes everyday. Day in, day out, while we’re out here trying to make a living, providing for our families.”Dispossessed by hydroIn the 1960s, Manitoba and the federal government jointly explored the hydro potential of the Nelson River as a source of power for the growing energy needs in the south.The Nelson drains into Lake Winnipeg and runs more than 600 kilometres to Hudson Bay.With a drainage basin that spans more than 1 million square kilometres across multiple provinces, it’s also an important waterway for the Cree, Metis and other Indigenous peoples in the region.But by the 1970s, Manitoba Hydro had turned the river, its tributaries, and other waterways in the region into energy-and-profit-producing entities.According to Hydro’s website, The Churchill River Diversion (CRD) “was created to increase the water flow to our large generating stations on the lower Nelson River”, with most of the Churchill’s flow “diverted at Southern Indian Lake into the Nelson River.”Hydro describes a network of dams and channels that control the river’s flow into South Indian Lake and Split Lake, with the outcome being an average of “25% more water [flowing] into the Nelson River system.”At the same time, as it was re-engineering the Churchill River system, Hydro also undertook the Lake Winnipeg Regulation (LWR), another massive engineering feat that “created a second outlet for Lake Winnipeg and a network of channels and structures,” according to Hydro’s website.Hydro boasts that the Jenpeg dam and a series of diversion channels “increase [Lake Winnipeg’s] outflow potential by about 50%” and help “reduce overland flooding in summer.”In writing, the Churchill River Diversion and Lake Winnipeg Regulation projects sound relatively harmless.But for the Indigenous peoples whose existence and well-being are intimately connected to these waters, a reality of destruction, disorientation, and dispossession unfolded.The Churchill River’s flow was completely reversed, affecting fish migration and spawning. Fish that did survive were found to have elevated levels of mercury.Rivers and lakes people once travelled on, swam in and drank from, turned green after the flooding, their levels and currents unpredictable.Those who carried traditional knowledge of the rivers and lakes’ nature and behaviour found themselves unable to navigate the waters.Lands were flooded, including burial sites and other sacred spaces. People were uprooted from their ancestral homelands and forced to relocate to accommodate the new reservoirs.Influxes of southerners to their communities during the construction phases of dams, powerlines and other infrastructure created social problems.The Cree’s way of life was dramatically altered.A 1993 report on the NFA prepared for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples describes the “systematic degradation of the local economy,” resulting from hydro development in the region.“Many persons or households find themselves incapable of coping with economic and social disruption,” the report continues, explaining many were forced out of the traditional land-based economy and on to “welfare”.(The Jenpeg generating station near Norway House Cree Nation. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)In Norway House, it was the Two- and Eight-Mile Channels that brought an influx of water into Playgreen and Little Playgreen Lakes from Lake Winnipeg.And the 115-megawatt Jenpeg dam 100 kilometres north of the community that held those waters back.Most of Norway House’s people, once members of a community at the heart of the 18th and 19th century fur trade, and in the 19th century the beneficiaries of a thriving fishery, began witnessing the end of a way of life.The Northern Flood Agreement and broken promises In 1974, as multiple dams were under construction on the Nelson River and flooding continued to devastate to Cree communities, the chiefs of five First Nations—Nelson House, Norway House, Cross Lake, York Landing and Split Lake—formed the Northern Flood Committee to negotiate compensation for their people.In 1977 they signed the Northern Flood Agreement (NFA) with Manitoba Hydro, the Government of Manitoba, and the Government of Canada.The NFA promised to compensate First Nations with reserve lands impacted by the flooding, chief among those promises “a commitment and schedule to investigate plans for alleviating mass unemployment and poverty in the communities,” says Peter Kulchyski, a professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.“And Article 6 was an open-ended commitment from the federal government to ensure a continuous supply of potable water that meet the federal government’s water, health and safety standards,” he adds.Kulchyski, a co-founder of Wa Ni Ska Tan who has worked with hydro-impacted communities in northern Manitoba for more than two decades, says the NFA’s key commitments were never met.“I think [Manitoba] Hydro thought they were going to make so much money they wouldn’t know what to do with it, and they were going to throw some money at these communities and they’d be fine,” he says.But the promises proved too costly for Hydro, from a financial standpoint, Kulchyski explains.“The community needs, and also the environmental impacts, I think were far greater than they anticipated,” he says, adding the provincial utility “still touts hydro as clean power — but that’s now in absolute denial.”From Canada’s perspective, Kulchyski figures the feds were “very worried about their water commitment and the cost of that, especially when they saw that…it wasn’t going to be safe to drink the water from the river.“So suddenly supplying fresh water to the communities was an expensive proposition,” he explains.With provincial and federal governments and Manitoba Hydro largely unwilling or unable to fulfill their promises to the communities, they “went community by community, offering them various packages of some hundreds of millions of dollars,” Kulchyski continues, “if the communities would sign an agreement that said they would no longer pursue any legal action under the NFA.”Four of the five NFA Nations, excluding Cross Lake, signed what Hydro has called “implementation agreements”.Or, as Kulchyski calls them, “extinguishment agreements”.“They are basically agreements saying ‘we won’t live up to our promises under the NFA and you’ll get some money instead,’” he says.Cash compensation “never going to be enough”: councillor(A sign by the Jenpeg generating station warns of a rapidly changing water levels. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)Norway House signed its implementation agreement in 1997.The $78.9 million deal compensated the community for the harms hydro had inflicted on its people.Over the past 20 years the band has used the money to build housing, a multi-use facility, and to fund programs in the community.Band councillor Langford Saunders says most of that money is now spent, though some remains invested but not generating as much interest as the band council hoped.Yet with some new infrastructure and several now-defunct programs, Saunders says the impacts of hydro development on his community continue.The beaches he grew up playing on are still gone due to the flooding.The scarcity of safe places for young people to swim or fish, coupled with fear of getting sick from the once-clean waters, is still keeping youth off the land, he says.Saunders, who was elected to council earlier this year, says he’s hopeful Hydro will work with his community to ensure the people of Norway House are compensated for the loss of their way of life.At the same time, “it’s never going to be enough,” he says.“My opinion is we can’t put a price on the loss of the activities we used to do prior to the construction of the two channels [on Playgreen Lake]. We’ve lost a lot, and there’s not enough compensation to compensate for that.”Saunders says Hydro’s “commitment to support the community has to continue.”last_img read more

Legislative Update Oregon House Votes to Boost Support for Small Businesses Local

first_img Facebook 0 LinkedIn Last week  the Oregon House of Representatives passed two job creating bills that will help businesses grow in Oregon. House Bill 4005 would increase the number of “electronic commerce zones” the state can approve from 10 to 15. The “e-commerce” designation provides additional tax incentives to encourage technology companies to locate in traditional enterprise zones.  Senate Bill 1563 would raise the cap on a business development fund that the state offers to small businesses looking to hire and expand. “Oregon’s economy is showing some signs of recovery, but it’s not growing fast enough,” Rep. Joe Gallegos (D – Hillsboro) said. “This bill will provide opportunities for more communities to compete for private investment that will be critical in helping more Oregonians get back to work.”Businesses locating in an enterprise zone can get a three- to five-year property tax waiver, and the e-commerce designation allows business owners to claim an additional credit on their state income taxes that equals 25 percent of their capital investment. The credit is capped at $2 million per year, per business, for up to five years. Another measure that passed the House – Senate Bill 1563 – would raise the cap on a business development fund that the state offers to small businesses looking to hire and expand.“This program has helped small businesses get off the ground throughout Oregon, but we need to do more,” said Rep. Shemia Fagan (D – Clackamas/East Portland), who was recently recognized as one of the top business leaders in the state by the Portland Business Journal. “Expanding this program will help more businesses grow and more Oregonians get back to work.” Oregon’s Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund (EDLF) helps start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses expand or become established. Since 2009, Business Oregon, the agency that manages the fund, has provided more than $1.6 million in loans to more than 50 small businesses in sectors ranging from natural resources to high tech. SB 1563 raises the amount of support that a small business can receive through EDLF to a total of $100,000, up from the current cap of $70,000.“Today our legislators made a clear statement: we support small business,” said Jim Houser, co-chair of Main Street Alliance of Oregon, which is a coalition of more than 1,800 small businesses. “Our legislators who voted in favor of this bill know that access to capital can mean the difference between adding family-wage jobs on one hand, and losing those jobs on the other.”House Votes to Boost Support for Emergency RespondersOregon House of Representatives passed legislation that will boost support for the emergency responders and 911 services that help keep Oregon’s communities safe.Much of the funding for Oregon’s 911 centers comes from a 75-cent monthly charge on landlines and standard cell phone lines, but prepaid cell phone users have not been charged anything even though they benefit from access to the same emergency services.House Bill 4055 is the result of years of work to include prepaid cell phones in the funding stream for Oregon’s emergency responders. Under this policy, phone companies would pay the charge for the first nine months of next year, with customers paying a 75-cent charge on each purchase of prepaid cell phone credits starting in October 2015. HB 4055 also applies to Voice over Internet Protocol service, and is written to ensure the law would apply to future technology innovations.“This is about keeping our neighborhoods safe,” House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D – Eugene) said. “Closing the prepaid cell phone loophole will help our emergency responders continue to do their jobs.”The state has about 60 centers taking thousands of 911 calls every day and dispatching emergency crews to Oregonians in need.“All Oregonians should be able to call 911 and get the help they need in an emergency,” said Rep. Chris Gorsek (D – Troutdale), a former Portland Police Officer. “It’s exciting that we were finally able to come up with a legislative solution to this important issue and boost support for emergency responders who are working every day to keep our communities safe.”HB 4055 passed the House 56-1 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.HB 4005 passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Senate. SB 1563 won its final legislative approval and will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Legislative Update: Oregon House Votes to Boost Support for Small Businesses, Local Economies, Emergency Services Tumblr Share. Twittercenter_img E-Headlines Pinterest Email Google+ on February 25, 2014 By CBNlast_img read more

Whats Your Brand Story

first_img Share. Twitter 0 Email Facebook What’s Your Brand Story? E-Headlines Every business has an epic yarn, fairy tale – or even a sequel. Everyone you meet has a story. They have experiences, strong values, personal insights, people in their lives who influence them, history that has helped shape their perspectives – and of course, interesting quirks that make them who they are. Strong brands are really no different. You can immediately tell the brands that have paid attention to their stories, crafted them into a real narrative – and put it out in the world for people to identify with – or not. These brands often elicit a kind of tribal following from customers who relate to their story. Harley Davidson, for example, doesn’t only sell motorcycles. They sell a rebellious adventure. Starbucks doesn’t only sell coffee. They sell a tale about taking a break, communing with friends over a hot drink, or settling in for some delicious solo time with your laptop.  Your brand has a story as well. After all, your brand is the magnet that draws customers to your service or product. It should have a personality! It should be authentic, true to your company’s fundamental beliefs – and charismatic.  Not sure what it is? Finally figuring it out can be a little like winning the lottery. This knowledge can take much of the guesswork out of your strategy and lead to original marketing solutions, compelling advertising and maybe best of all, more customers. If you’ve ever struggled to convey the amazing qualities and benefits of your brand to consumers in your marketing or advertising, you know that it just isn’t as easy as it sounds. Understanding your story – and how to tell it – takes much of the pain out of that process.  How to do it? There are many different ways to uncover brand insight, but I think none is as fast, efficient and collaborative as a brand workshop. Workshops can take many forms, depending upon the brand in need. For example, maybe you are just starting out, maybe you’ve been in business for a while, or maybe you’re a brand who has weathered a lot but could use a fresh perspective. Some workshop sessions can revisit an existing brand, digging to find that authentic “magic” that can help to bring it back to life. Other sessions bring stakeholders together to birth a new brand, exploring emotions, values and tangible benefits to come up with a compelling story. Yet others might include research with customers or like-minded community partners to search for unique ideas and lay groundwork for revitalized advertising strategy. The information learned from these workshops sets the stage for innovative strategies and tactics needed to meet the challenges of today’s economic realities – and overwhelmed consumers. Sound scary? The process is faster and usually far more enjoyable than you would think.  Think about your story. You can tell it through your business. And you can put your company on the path to becoming everything you – and the right customers – love. You can figure out how to work your way into customers’ hearts, minds and wallets. Just tell your story. Georell Bracelin is a strategist and creative director for the Gb2 Agency, a branding and marketing firm that specializes in uncovering authentic brand stories for businesses. Gb2 collaborates with clients through brand workshops and also offers full-service design, copywriting, planning, ideas, conversations and results. For more information and brand story examples, contact georell.bracelin@gmail.com; 541- 410-6965.center_img Pinterest By Georell Bracelin of Gb2 Agency Google+ LinkedIn on March 25, 2014 Tumblrlast_img read more

MT Bachelor Ski for Schools in Bend Oregon Offers Eight Days of

first_img LinkedIn MT. Bachelor Ski for Schools in Bend, Oregon Offers Eight Days of Skiing for just $30 and support of Bend-La Pine & Redmond Schools Pinterest on November 20, 2014 Twitter By CBN The 10th annual Mt. Bachelor Ski for Schools fundraiser to benefit the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools and the Redmond Education Foundation will run with eight days over the course of two weeks once again this year. One day passes, priced at $30 each, will be for sale now through November 30 and again December 5-7 at the local area retailers listed below. They may be redeemed Monday – Thursday, December 1-4 and Dec. 8-11.In Bend and Sunriver: 4 Season’s Recreational Outfitters, ASPECT Board Shop, La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery, Mid Oregon Credit Union, Mountain Supply, Newport Market, Pine Mountain Sports, Powder House, REI, Side Effect, Skjersaa’s, Sunriver Sports, and Zydeco.Mt. Bachelor generously donates 100 percent of Ski for Schools revenue. Since the inception, the event has garnered more than $175,000, benefiting countless local students. Drew Jackson, marketing and communications manager at Mt. Bachelor, said, “Mt. Bachelor is excited to support the Education Foundation in this unique fundraising program. With Ski for Schools, we can offer an incredible deal on lift tickets to our local community while contributing to our area schools, a win-win for students, skiers and snowboarders alike.”Bob Jones, executive director of the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools shared, “We are extremely grateful to Mt. Bachelor for their ongoing support of our mission. The funds raised for our district largely support the Activity Fee Scholarship Program, providing financial aid for middle and high school youth in need for sports registration fees. Since the recession, the need has been immense and studies show that student engagement in after-school programs yields significant returns to both individuals and society-as-a-whole.”Tickets are limited and will NOT be sold at the Mt. Bachelor ticket windows, so purchase them at an area retailer now!For more information please call 541-355-5660, email education.foundation@bend.k12.or.us or visit www.engagedminds.org. Google+center_img Facebook Tumblr Share. Email E-Headlines 0last_img read more

Bridge 99 Brewery of Bend Oregon Expands Opens Tasting Room

first_img Share. After just over one year in business, Bridge 99 Brewery – one of Bend’s newest specialty craft breweries – is expanding. On January 22, Bridge 99 will open the doors of its new location at 63063 Layton Avenue: a new venue with more room to brew, as well as a setting for tastings and growler fills.With sales increasing and a positive response at the 2014 Bend Brewfest, Bridge 99 is stepping up beer production to meet demand from area restaurants and growler fill stations. In their first year of business, Bridge 99’s specialty craft beers, including the ultra-hoppy Wizard Falls IPA and richly-layered Bull Trout Stout, were only available through limited growler distributors, as well as Platypus Pub and Wubba’s BBQ restaurant. All that’s about to change.Co-owners Trever Hawman and Rod Kramer are excited about the move. “With demand exceeding supply, we’ve outgrown our current space,” Trever said. A professional general contractor by day, what started as a hobby has grown more quickly than expected. “We didn’t think we’d need to expand so soon,” Trever laughs, admitting that the transition has meant long hours for he and his crew.The work has paid off, with a beautiful new tasting room offering beer-lovers a welcoming outdoor setting, complete with two large fire pits for socializing while sipping. Trever tastefully designed and built the new venue, using aged juniper exterior siding and a stunning redwood-topped bar in the tasting room. The redwood is a one-of-a kind piece, from an 800 year-old fallen tree.Hop plants line a 260-foot wall along the outdoor patio, providing ambience, as well as the raw materials for next year’s ‘Pick Your Own’ hop party. Keeping things fun is an important part of plans for the brewery.Bridge 99’s tasting room will open with eight taps and expand to 16 as production develops. Trever and Rod hope to offer a new beer every other month, to keep things fun and fresh for customers. Some of their more unusual recipes include a Vanilla Oatmeal Brown Sugar Stout and Rock Crawler Rye. “I like to ask people what they like in a beer,” Trever explained, “then see if I can get them to try something out of their box.”In a town known for specialty craft beer, coming up with unique offerings is no small feat. Happily, Trever and Rod enjoy experimenting. “We like to come up with beers we like and seeing if other people enjoy them,” Trever said.Their Bull Trout Stout began as a porter, originating from a 1900’s recipe. “We liked it, made a few changes, and turned it into a stout,” Trevor explained. Bull Trout turned heads at last year’s Bend Brewfest, where tasters were surprised by its full flavor. Trever and Rod have also received praise for Red Eye Rye, a specialty ale, and Smash Beer, a single malt.The tasting room will allow more people to taste Bridge 99’s offerings and offfer ideas for new recipes – a process that Trever and Rod enjoy.As part of keeping things local, the brewery buys fresh hops from nearby Tumalo Hop Company. They send their grain byproducts to local farms for use as a nutrient-rich fertilizer. “We want to keep our byproducts from going into sewers and landfills,”Trever said.With a fun and fearless approach to experimentation, Bridge 99 comes from humble beginnings but is poised for growth.Bridge 99 BreweryLocation: 63063 Layton Avenue, Bend, ORPhone: 541-280-1690Website: www.Bridge99brewery.comCEO: Trever HawmanNo. Employees: 2 (Co-owned by Trever Hawman and Rod Kramer)Year Established: 2013Product/Service: Specialty craft beerHot News: Tasting room with growler fill capability opening January 22nd. Outlook for Growth: Increased production capability and a new tasting room will allow Bridge 99 to distribute to a additional Bend-area restaurants and growler fill stations. 0 Email By Lauren Baker E-Headlines Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Google+ (L-R) Trever Hawman and Rod Karmer at new Bridge 99 Brewery & tasting room. Photo courtesy of Bridge 99 Brewery. Twitter LinkedIn on December 22, 2014 Bridge 99 Brewery of Bend, Oregon Expands, Opens Tasting Room last_img read more

If Gambling Is a Problem Who Is Responsible

first_img on May 31, 2016 Pinterest LinkedIn Google+ 0 E-Headlines Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford.In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.”Her concern for the public welfare is touching, but if one simply “follows the money” associated with the state’s own gambling franchise—the Oregon Lottery—it’s clear that the Governor has little regard for the health of Oregon citizens.The Oregon Lottery is a state-run monopoly using a network of 3,939 retailers to offer players a wide choice of games, including Scratch-its, Keno, Powerball, Win for Life, Mega Millions, Lucky Lines, and Pick 4.In addition, the Lottery has approximately 11,925 Video Lottery terminals deployed throughout the state. These terminals accounted for 71.5% of total sales in 2015 and are highly addictive. According to the Oregon Health Authority, roughly 90% of problem gambling in Oregon is associated with Lottery video machines.In 2015, Oregon earned $1.2 billion from the state Lottery. In January, Powerball mania resulted in record sales of $36 million in one week. An Oregon Lottery spokesman said, “Any time sales go up, that’s a good thing for our beneficiaries.”Who are these beneficiaries? By law, 57% of net Lottery revenues support public education. Activities loosely defined as “economic development” get 27%. State parks and salmon enhancement programs split 15% of revenues.Those activities account for 99% of all Lottery funds. The last 1% gets allocated for problem gambling. The state estimates that 81,800 adults and 4,000 adolescents have a gambling addiction.If Governor Brown were so interested in the “public welfare,” she would be advocating for an increase in the percent of Lottery funds dedicated to the 86,000 problem gamblers. This would at least give her some moral high ground to stand on before criticizing a casino proposed by the Coquille Tribe.But despite total control of the legislative process by the Democratic Party, the Governor has not made this a priority.Oregon’s misuse of tobacco tax money is even more egregious. Oregon was one of 44 states that sued the tobacco industry in the mid-1990s regarding the health care costs associated with smoking. As a result of a Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the four largest tobacco manufacturers, each state was to receive payments every year from 1998 through 2025.According to the plaintiffs, MSA money was supposed to be used for tobacco prevention activities and health care subsidies necessary to treat smoking illnesses, but that was not a formal part of the agreement. Thus, each state was free to use the funds in whatever way its state legislature approved.In Oregon, total MSA funds received since 1998 equal $1.26 billion—yet only 0.8% of the money has been used for tobacco prevention activities.The Governor’s hypocrisy associated with the use of tobacco and gambling profits is embarrassing. She should clean up her own house before she starts lecturing any of the Tribes about their casino expansion plans.________________________________________John A. Charles, Jr. is President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization. This article originally appeared in The Coos Bay World on May 24, 2016.www.cascadepolicy.org info@cascadepolicy.org503-242-0900 If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible? center_img Facebook Twitter Share. By John A Charles Jr Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Decorating Tips That Will Make Customers Want to Buy More in Your

first_img Google+ Share. LinkedIn Pinterest Decorating Tips That Will Make Customers Want to Buy More in Your Store on March 19, 2019 Tumblr Twittercenter_img E-Headlines Facebook 0 By CBN There are endless ways to decorate your store. It can even be a lot of fun! Unfortunately, most business owners don’t really think about the reasons behind decorating their store.Many people decorate their store knowing that it should look good, but the very best designs are the ones that actually make people want to buy more when they step foot into your store.Is your store designed with customer habits in mind? If not, follow these tips and you’re sure to see an increase in sales.Choose the Right BannersFirst, you should make sure you’re utilizing your indoor and outdoor spaces to their full potential. That means using the right business signs.If you haven’t spent a lot of time looking into signs and banners, you’ll be surprised to discover that you have many different options. Just a few include:Fabric banners are great for grand openingsMesh banners can be used in many different ways outdoorsHanging banners can be used to utilize ceiling spaceBackdrop displays are perfect for behind the checkout counterFeather flags can display sales outside your storeNo matter what kind of signs you decide to use, it is important that you design them properly. Include your business name, logo, and any other relevant information. Working with a professional designer will ensure you create effective signage.Be Bold with ColorIt’s true that white, gray, and cream retail spaces can look clean and modern, but they aren’t very interesting. No matter how beautiful, if your retail space isn’t interesting, your shoppers aren’t likely to remember it.Colors can influence shoppers in a number of ways. For example, burnt orange can create a cozy and warm environment that’s perfect for a cabin-style retail space. Greens and blues are perfect for a small beach-side shop.You should also think about other retailers that are in the area, especially if they are located right next door. Avoid using the same colors they’re using. Instead, create a contrasting display. For example, if they are using a lot of bright colors, consider using subdued jewel tones to stand apart.Let in the LightLight is a hugely important design element, especially if you want to boost sales. However, it’s also the one element that is often overlooked.Think about how the lighting inside a jewelry store is different than the lighting inside a trendy brewery. Effective retail spaces utilize the right lighting to their advantage.A few lighting tips to consider include:Choosing the right lighting figuresChoosing the right temperature to set the moodUsing ambient, accent, and high-activity lightingThink about the mood you want to set in your store, and what customers will be doing. For example, a makeup and accessories store will need to use bright lighting, while a cozy home interiors store can use warmer bulbs.Group the Right ProductsCreating attractive displays in the window is extremely important, but you should also be using attractive displays throughout your store.That means grouping the right products. Unfortunately, many small businesses get it wrong. Grouping like items with like items is a surprisingly ineffective way to sell more merchandise.Instead, you should focus on grouping similar, yet different items. For example, instead of hanging all of your shirts together on the same wrack, create a display that combines those shirts with matching pants and shoes.Create a HotspotThe retail hotspot is a surprisingly underutilized concept, but it can be hugely successful if done properly.The hotspot in your store is simply the area of your shop where people spend the most time. If you aren’t sure where your hotspot is located, watch your customer’s habits for an afternoon and you’ll quickly discover where they spend the most time.Once you’ve discovered the area where they spend the most time, use it to your advantage. Display discounted merchandise there to get rid of it faster, or tie it into a neighboring display to draw customers into other areas of your store.Don’t think a hotspot has to be a big space on the wall! It may be a single shelf on an endcap that gets the hotspot star treatment.Decorating isn’t just for fun in a retail space. It has a purpose, and that purpose is to sell more product! With these tips, you will undoubtedly create a more beautiful space, but you’ll also create one where people are encouraged to spend more money. Emaillast_img read more

Use Online Reviews To Drive Customer Conversion

first_imgUse Online Reviews To Drive Customer Conversion Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Facebook on May 28, 2019 LinkedIn In a world where everything is digital, businesses always try to find an edge to one-up their competitors. Everybody’s got a trick up their sleeves and all businesses try to find an angle that would make them the best in the market. Yet, at the end of the day, most of these edges have something to do with the website. An e-commerce business is completely dependent on the online aspect of the job, and it’s where all the action takes place and where a business must outplay its competition. People log into websites, and they expect something unique and trustworthy. If that something is not there, they won’t come back or finish the sale. It’s as simple as that. One of the most important angles that people look for and many websites ignore is online reviews, and they can do wonders to your conversion rates.Why are online reviews important?While shopping online is quite pleasant and an experience that many people enjoy, it’s still not easy. People want to make the purchase but they quite often, and quite easily, can find half a dozen reasons not to. This is where the website and its efficiency kick in, and your website has to ensure the customers that they’re making the right choice. Online reviews play a huge part in this because they help potential customers trust your website and your products. People feel much better if they know someone had gone through the same experience they did. Some studies show that over 80 percent of customers believe online reviews are as important as a personal recommendation, and over 70 percent said positive reviews help them trust a business more and more.This is particularly true in younger generations, who put much stock into user-generated experience and reviews. It’s quite simple really. If you want to pay a pair of headphones, but you’re not sure how good they are, you’ll simply check online reviews to find out what other users think and how the product panned out for them. If the overall reviews are favorable, then you’re in for the purchase. If not, then you’ll look for another product.All the big companies are doing itHave you ever asked yourself why any major e-commerce website puts so much emphasis on reviews? It’s because they’re that important to any customer. All the big players are doing it, and if you want to get ahead in the game, so should you. If you look at different websites, you’ll find that the better the reviews, the better the sales. Weave is one of those businesses that have benefited greatly from adding online reviews. The number of positive reviews the site got led to a boost in sales due to the fact that word got out that the service is reliable and of quality. Studies show that 50 or more customer reviews can increase your conversion rates by over 4 percent!People are more likely to buy a service or a product from a website that offers online reviews. You’ve probably heard of Amazon, unless you’ve been living under a rock. Amazon reviews have always been a staple of the website’s success, and a reason why many people put so much faith in their products. If you check any popular products, you can find tens –– even hundreds –– of reviews, which makes the decision-making process much easier.Search engine optimizationBelieve it or not, user-generated reviews do much for the betterment of your SEO. The thing about customer reviews is they’re unique, so it’s not a fixed piece of content being repeated all over. The more reviews people write, the more distinguished your site can be and the better your ranks are going to be. In simpler terms, because many people write reviews on your site, when people search for a certain product that you actually have, your site has a bigger chance to appear higher in the search results. It also helps that many people search by the product name with the word “review” next to it. This can lead to increased traffic to your website since it does have reviews of said product, and ultimately excellent conversion rates.Now’s the timeIf by any chance you’re an e-commerce business, you definitely need to have a review section on your website. It is not a luxury anymore and it can do wonders to your conversions if executed right. It doesn’t cost much and it can be easily done, but you need to put your mind into it. Simply put, customers trust websites with plenty of reviews on the product or service. And when they trust a website, they tend to come back, which will reflect positively on your customer conversion rate.center_img Email E-Headlines By CBN 0 Google+ Share.last_img read more

Tarantino asks for no Once Upon a Time in Hollywood spoilers

first_imgDuring this week at the Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino will be revealing early screenings of his ninth film Once Upon a Time Hollywood. Tarantino has asked his viewers to please not reveal anything. #NoSpoilersInHollywood pic.twitter.com/d2cZcNfibh— Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (@OnceInHollywood) May 20, 2019  On the official ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Twitter page, a picture of a note signed by Tarantino details how Tarantino would like viewers to come into his new movie. Tarantino begins by saying; “I love CInema, You love Cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time.”  Tarantino continues and says that he is very “thrilled to be here in Cannes to share “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood” with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way.”  The movie is planned for release in theaters on July 26th, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Rick Dalton. Brad Pitt plays his stunt double Cliff Booth. Margot Robbie also plays the character Sharon Tate who was murdered by the family of Charles Manson who is played by Damon Herriman. Other actors include; Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, James Marsden, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Lena Dunham, Emile Hirsch, and Dakota Fanning. Buy TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago $6.99 $9.99 center_img Inglourious Basterds US$6.99 $6.99 last_img read more

StarCraft Remastered gets Cartooned in new 15 game skin

first_imgBuy TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void – Standard Edition $14.39 US$14.21 center_img – Blizzard have released another graphics overhaul for StarCraft Remastered, this time round we are introduced to StarCraft Cartooned.    The above trailer gives us a funny and quirky introduction to StarCraft Cartooned which has been created by Carbot Animations. The overhaul lets players choose in the graphics setting if they want their game to appear cartoonish across the board. The graphics changes every unit, building, structure, map, menu and mission with this cool fresh new art-style. Not only can players enjoy the single player campaign with a new splash of color, but they can take that color to online/multiplayer games as well. It should be noted that this graphics mod can only be applied to StarCraft Remastered and will also cost $15. For more information check out the official link here. $14.21 last_img read more

Serbian President asks Kazakhstan to open embassy in Belgrade

first_imgLondon best pest control As the Serbian President noted, the two countries enjoy high-level political cooperation and cooperation in the international arena.  “I would like to express my gratitude for your solid position in the protection of vital and national interests of Serbia, especially those concerning Kosovo issues.Thank you very much for your support of our territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty,” Aleksandar Vučić said.He also stressed the importance of economic cooperation. “I hope we will strengthen our cooperation in the future and increase our commodity turnover because there is a good foundation of unused potential. We would like you to open the Kazakh Embassy in Belgrade. It is our big request,” the Serbian leader said.President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić also invited Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit Serbia. (By Dr Shahid Qureshi, Chief Editor in Astana – Kazakhstan)last_img read more