Djerejian available to comment on Middle East developments

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775david@rice.eduDjerejian available to comment on Middle East developmentsHOUSTON – (Jan. 7, 2014) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, is available to comment on the latest developments in the Middle East, specifically the Syrian civil war, Lebanon, Iraq, the activities of Islamic extremists and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent efforts to broker a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. In November, Djerejian traveled to Israel, where he met with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers and scholars to discuss recommendations for achieving a peace agreement.EDWARD DJEREJIANAccording to news reports, the recent security situations in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have deteriorated greatly. Kerry visited the Middle East over the weekend, his 10th time since taking office. His visit included meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.Djerejian is a leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He also led the Baker Institute’s U.S.-Syria academic and policy dialogue from 2002 to 2005.Djerejian is also the author of the book “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Djerejian on Twitter: www.twitter.com/EdwardDjerejian @edwarddjerejianDjerejian biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/edward-p-djerejian/Photo courtesy: Rice University’s Baker InstituteFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  AddThislast_img read more

Rice takes deeper look at unconventional oil and gas

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0213_NMR-5a-web-1c3nz4o.jpgSimulations created by Rice University engineers will help them understand the effect of confinement on dipolar relaxation, a critical factor in interpreting nuclear magnetic resonance data. The image here is of heptane molecules in a nanotube. The study is a preliminary step toward understanding dipolar relaxation of fluids confined in the chemically and structurally heterogeneous kerogen matrix in oil shale. (Credit: Dilip Asthagiri/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0213_NMR-1-web-zhtdi2.jpgRice University research scientist Philip Singer holds kerogen, a component of oil shale, extracted and compressed for study into a pellet. Because natural gas escapes from kerogen at atmospheric pressure, the Rice lab reloads it with gas at pressures up to 5,000 psi and then probes it with a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. The results are used to validate molecular simulations that may someday help characterize wells before their hydrocarbons are extracted. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0213_NMR-3-web-r9ikob.jpgRice University researchers, from left, George Hirasaki, Philip Singer, Walter Chapman and Dilip Asthagiri are integrating molecular dynamics simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance to help make extraction of hydrocarbons from deep oil shale formations more efficient. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share6Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice takes deeper look at unconventional oil and gas Rice University engineers enhance methods to characterize deposits, potential for extraction HOUSTON – (Feb. 9, 2017) – Understanding how oil and gas molecules, water and rocks interact at the nanoscale will help make extraction of hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing more efficient, according to Rice University researchers.Rice engineers George Hirasaki and Walter Chapman are leading an effort to better characterize the contents of organic shale by combining standard nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) – the same technology used by hospitals to see inside human bodies – with molecular dynamics simulations.Rice research scientist Philip Singer holds kerogen, a component of oil shale, extracted and compressed for study into a pellet. Because natural gas escapes from kerogen at atmospheric pressure, the Rice lab reloads it with gas at pressures up to 5,000 psi and then probes it with a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. The results are used to validate molecular simulations that may someday help characterize wells before their hydrocarbons are extracted. Photo by Jeff FitlowThe work presented this month in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance details their method to analyze shale samples and validate simulations that may help producers determine how much oil and/or gas exist in a formation and how difficult they may be to extract.Oil and gas drillers use NMR to characterize rock they believe contains hydrocarbons. NMR manipulates the hydrogen atoms’ nuclear magnetic moments, which can be forced to align by an applied external magnetic field. After the moments are perturbed by radio-frequency electromagnetic pulses, they “relax” back to their original orientation, and NMR can detect that. Because relaxation times differ depending on the molecule and its environment, the information gathered by NMR can help identify whether a molecule is gas, oil or water and the critical size of the pores that contain them.“This is their eyes and ears for knowing what’s down there,” said Hirasaki, who said NMR instruments are among several tools in the string sent downhole to “log,” or gather information, about a well.In conventional reservoirs, he said, the NMR log can distinguish gas, oil and water and quantify the amounts of each contained in the pores of the rock from their relaxation times — known as T1 and T2 — as well as the diffusivity of the fluids.A sample of oil shale, left, and a kerogen pellet, right, extracted from shale by Rice engineers. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“If the rock is water-wet, then oil will relax at rates close to that of bulk oil, while water will have a surface-relaxation time that is a function of the pore size,” Hirasaki said. “This is because water is relaxed by sites at the water/mineral interface and the ratio of the mineral surface area to water volume is larger in smaller pores. The diffusivity is inversely proportional to the viscosity of the fluid. Thus gas is easily distinguished from oil and water by measuring diffusivity simultaneously with the T2 relaxation time.“In unconventional reservoirs, both T1 and T2 relaxation times of water and oil are short and have considerable overlap,” he said. “Also the T1/T2 ratio can become very large in the smallest pores. The diffusivity is restricted by the nanometer-to-micron size of the pores. Thus it is a challenge to determine if the signal is from gas, oil or water.”Hirasaki said there is debate on whether the short relaxation times in shale are due to paramagnetic sites on mineral surfaces and asphaltene aggregates and/or due to the restricted motion of the molecules confined in small pores. “We don’t have an answer yet, but this study is the first step,” he said.“The development of technology to drill horizontal wells and apply multiple hydraulic fractures (up to about 50) is what made oil and gas production commercially viable from unconventional resources,” Hirasaki said. “These resources were previously known as the ‘source rock,’ from which oil and gas found in conventional reservoirs had originated and migrated. The source rock was too tight for commercial production using conventional technology.”Simulations created by Rice engineers will help them understand the effect of confinement on dipolar relaxation, a critical factor in interpreting nuclear magnetic resonance data. The image here is of heptane molecules in a nanotube. The study is a preliminary step toward understanding dipolar relaxation of fluids confined in the chemically and structurally heterogeneous kerogen matrix in oil shale. Illustration by Dilip AsthagiriFluids pumped downhole to fracture a horizontal well contain water, chemicals and sand that keeps the fracture “propped” open after the injection stops. The fluids are then pumped out to make room for the hydrocarbons to flow.But not all the water sent downhole comes back. Often the chemical composition of the organic component of shale known as kerogen has an affinity that allows water molecules to bind and block the nanoscale pores that would otherwise let oil and gas molecules through.“Kerogen is the organic material that resisted biodegradation during deep burial,” Hirasaki said. “When it gets to a certain temperature, the molecules start cracking and make hydrocarbon liquids. Higher temperature makes methane (natural gas). But the fluids are in pores that are so tight the technology developed for conventional reservoirs doesn’t apply anymore.”The Rice project managed by lead author Philip Singer, a research scientist in Hirasaki’s lab, and co-author Dilip Asthagiri, a research scientist in Chapman’s lab, a lecturer and director of Rice’s Professional Master’s in Chemical Engineering program, applies NMR to kerogen samples and compares it to computer models that simulate how the substances interact, particularly in terms of material’s wettability, its affinity for binding to water, gas or oil molecules.“NMR is very sensitive to fluid-surface interactions,” Singer said. “With shale, the complication we’re dealing with is the nanoscale pores. The NMR signal changes dramatically compared with measuring conventional rocks, in which pores are larger than a micron. So to understand what the NMR is telling us in shale, we need to simulate the interactions down to the nanoscale.”Rice researchers, from left, George Hirasaki, Philip Singer, Walter Chapman and Dilip Asthagiri. Photo by Jeff FitlowThe simulations mimic the molecules’ known relaxation properties and reveal how they move in such a restrictive environment. When matched with NMR signals, they help interpret conditions downhole. That knowledge could also lead to fracking fluids that are less likely to bind to the rock, improving the flow of hydrocarbons, Hirasaki said.“If we can verify with measurements in the laboratory how fluids in highly confined or viscous systems behave, then we’ll be able to use the same types of models to describe what’s happening in the reservoir itself,” he said.One goal is to incorporate the simulations into iSAFT — inhomogeneous Statistical Associating Fluid Theory — a pioneering method developed by Chapman and his group to simulate the free energy landscapes of complex materials and analyze their microstructures, surface forces, wettability and morphological transitions.“Our results challenge approximations in models that have been used for over 50 years to interpret NMR and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) data,” Chapman said. “Now that we have established the approach, we hope to explain results that have baffled scientists for years.”Chapman is the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate dean for energy in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Hirasaki is the A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.The Rice University Consortium on Processes in Porous Media supported the research, with computing resources supplied by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, which is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.-30-Read the paper at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090780717300319Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Consortium for Processes in Porous Media: (Hirasaki group): http://porousmedia.rice.eduChapman Research Group: www.ruf.rice.edu/~saft/chapman.htmRice Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: https://chbe.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0213_NMR-2-web-x5ck4g.jpgA sample of oil shale, left, and a kerogen pellet, right, extracted from shale by Rice University engineers. Rice researchers are building simulations based on samples from unconventional, organic shale formations that can help predict how much oil and gas a well might produce and how best to extract it. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0213_NMR-4-web-1j1kx38.jpgRice University research scientist Philip Singer places kerogen pellets into a nuclear magnetic resonance instrument to analyze its hydrocarbon content and match the results to simulations. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

Space barons Musk and Bezos in focus at Rices Baker Institute May

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775‘Space barons’ Musk and Bezos in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute May 7 HOUSTON – (May 1, 2019) – Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport will discuss his book, “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos,” May 7 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The book is an account of the birth of a new Space Age, the personal clashes of the innovators behind it and the struggle to end governments’ monopoly on space exploration.The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Space Policy Program, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2006.Who: Washington Post reporter and author Christian Davenport.George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at the Baker Institute, will give introductory remarks.What: A discussion of Davenport’s book, “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.”When: Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8 p.m. A reception will be held at 6.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Davenport is a staff writer at the Washington Post covering the defense and space industries for the financial desk. He joined the Post in 2000 and has written about the D.C.-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery.  He was on a team that won the Peabody Award in 2010 for reporting on veterans with traumatic brain injuries and has been part of teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times.Davenport previously was an editor on the Post’s metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman.A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the Rice University Campus Store.A live webcast will be available at the event page, www.bakerinstitute.org/events/2006.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Cornell Johnson Announces New Dean and More – New York News

first_imgCornell Johnson Announces New Dean, and More – New York News Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Kevin Hallock Named Dean of SC Johnson College of Business – Cornell ChronicleThe SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University recently announced noted economist Kevin F. Hallock as its new Dean, effective December 15 and expected to run through June 30, 2024.Provost Michael Kotlikoff explained the unique qualifications of Professor Hallock, an “expert on executive compensation, compensation design and labor markets.”“As an accomplished economist, scholar and administrator, Kevin provides the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business with the leadership to maximize its enormous potential. His thorough familiarity with Cornell’s administrative workings is a significant asset, and the college will be well served by his deep understanding of business administration theory and practice.”Hallock reportedly told the Cornell Chronicle that he is “grateful and excited to start this new chapter at Cornell.” “The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, in its infancy, faces challenges, like many new organizations, and those challenges are part of what attracted me to this role. But there is also enormous opportunity, outstanding strength and unique advantages in the college and its three schools. I am excited to work with its talented staff, students, faculty and alumni, and I am exceptionally optimistic about the future of the college.”You can read more from the Cornell Chronicle article here.College of Business and Economics Donates Barron’s Subscription to BASD – Lehigh College of Business and Economics NewsThe Lehigh College of Business and Economics recently donated a 12-month subscription to Barron’s to the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD), which Dean Georgette Chapman Phillips explains is an effort to provide “experiential learning opportunities “ to BASD students and faculty.According to the article, Barron’s “covers global financial information, market developments, and includes a weekly summary of market activity.”BASD Assistant Superintendent for Education and Chief Academic Officer Jack Silva explains, “The subscription will be used by students in our government and economics class. It’s a valuable resource that they can access 24/7 and supports our existing curriculum.”Dean Phillips writes, “We are partnering with our community by sharing what we do best—business education.”You can find out more about the donation and the business school here.Finding Narratives in Numbers in Financial Reporting – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business NewsThe Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business recently profiled Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. Elaine Henry, who’s work focuses on financial reporting as communication and recently coauthored a new Review of Accounting Studies paper on “flexibility in cash-flow classifications under the International Financial Reporting Standards.”In an interview with the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business News, Dr. Henry explains how they are continually inspired by the challenge that companies face to “tell their stories better and describe their economic reality more clearly.”When it comes to financial reporting, there are stark differences between domestic and international guidelines that determine “how the underlying economic reality is portrayed.”For instance, “under U.S. GAAP, companies must categorize interest paid, interest received and dividends received as operating cash flow, but IFRS gives companies the freedom to classify these items under operating, financing or investing cash flow. If, for example, an IFRS company chooses to classify its interest paid as a financing activity rather than an operating activity, that choice will result in the company showing a larger amount of operating cash flow—an important metric for financial analysis and valuation.”You can read the rest of the Stevens interview with Dr. Elaine Henry here. Last Updated Oct 16, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img regions: New York City RelatedNew Dean Will Lead Cornell SC Johnson College of BusinessEconomist and labor market scholar Kevin F. Hallock has been appointed dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business beginning December 15, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced yesterday afternoon. The Cornell College of Business, formed in early 2016, integrates the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the School of Hotel Administration, and…October 4, 2018In “Featured Home”School vs. School: Yale SOM or SC Johnson Cornell?Deciding which school you’ll attend for your MBA isn’t easy. There are many factors that come into play when choosing the best school for you. You might be most concerned about where and what you want to study, or you could care more about reputation, alumni network, ROI, or even…March 6, 2019In “Featured Home”What is Going on at the Cornell Johnson College of Business?Cornell Business Dean Soumitra Dutta has officially stepped down from his role, but no one is saying why. Soumitra Dutta, who has served as the first-ever dean of the S.C. Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, resigned abruptly yesterday, and neither the school nor Dutta has provided any reason…February 2, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

Looting Protests in Mexico Over Gas Price Hikes Turn Deadly

first_img Share Looting, Protests in Mexico Over Gas Price Hikes Turn Deadly By The Associated Press January 6, 2017 Updated: January 6, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Residents steal gasoline and diesel from a service station after protests against fuel price hikes in Allende, Veracuz state, Mexico. (AP Photo/Erick Herrera) Share this articlecenter_img MEXICO CITY—The death toll in protests and looting fueled by anger over gasoline price hikes in Mexico rose to six Friday when authorities confirmed that two men died in a confrontation between protesters and police in the central state of Hidalgo.There were four previous deaths in looting-related incidents and over the course of the week, at least 300 stores were looted and more 1,000 people were detained, officials said.The protesters in Hidalgo were blocking a highway on Thursday and confronted police who were trying to keep order, when gunfire broke out. Two people also were found dead near looting in the eastern port city of Veracruz. Earlier, officials said a bystander was run over and killed by a driver fleeing police in another part of Veracruz state, and a police officer was killed trying to stop robberies at a gas station in Mexico City.In the northern city of Monterrey, officials said a crowd of protesters had smashed some of the stained glass windows of the Nuevo Leon state capital building. Several reporters were hurt, and 182 people were detained.The country’s business chambers said the combination of highway, port and terminal blockades and looting this week forced many stores and businesses to close and threatened supplies of basic goods and fuel. The scenes of mass lootings came as parents were trying to buy presents for the Jan. 6 Three Kings Day holiday.The looting and protests quieted somewhat Friday, but protesters continued to post themselves at highway toll booths with banners. Mexicans were enraged by the 20 percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation of the energy sector.People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico on Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez) People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico on Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)While acknowledging the anger, President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday he would forge ahead anyway with the deregulated price scheme, which would do away with fuel subsidies and allow gasoline prices to be determined by prevailing international prices.“I know that allowing gasoline to rise to its international price is a difficult change, but as president, my job is to precisely make difficult decisions now, in order to avoid worse consequences in the future,” Pena Nieto said in a televised address. “Keeping gas prices artificially low would mean taking money away from the poorest Mexicans, and giving it to those who have the most.”Pena Nieto said the other big challenge for Mexico in 2017 was to “build a positive relationship with the new U.S. administration,” something he said would be done with Mexico’s “unbreakable dignity.”Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes Linares ventured out Thursday and tried to persuade a crowd not to attack a grocery store that had already been looted a day earlier. About 300 people were detained in Veracruz.In Mexico State, which borders Mexico City, 529 people had been detained as suspected looters. Four state police officers were fired and detained after they were caught on video taking some looted items and putting them in their patrol vehicles. The state government said the looting had quieted Thursday. But video of the Wednesday disturbances showed riot-like scenes of people streaming out of stores carrying flat-screen TVs and other items.People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico onJan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez) People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico onJan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)Officials claimed many of the lootings incidents were promoted through social media.With blockades affecting everything from gas distribution terminals, seaports and highways to shopping centers and gas stations, the Communications and Transport Department announced it would cancel permits for any truckers who block roads.The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about 90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico’s just raised minimum wage for a day’s work—80 pesos (about $4).The National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores of Mexico has said in a statement that more than 79 stores had been looted and 170 were closed or blockaded in central Mexico, including the capital. US Show Discussionlast_img read more

Teenage Firefighter Killed in Car Crash

first_img Share US News Teenage Firefighter Killed in Car Crash By Chris Jasurek March 27, 2018 Updated: March 27, 2018 Elmer, N.J., junior firefighter Timothy Crim. (Elmer Fire Department) Share this articlecenter_img A teenage firefighter trainee from a small town in New Jersey died when he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed.Timothy Crim of Upper Pittsgrove, New Jersey, joined Station House 21, the Elmer Fire Department, when he was just 16 years old, according to the Elmer Fire Department Facebook page.Crim was determined to work his way up from junior firefighter, to probationary firefighter, and finally to be a full-fledged member of the squad.That plan ended on Sunday, March 25, when the 17-year-old junior firefighter lost control of his pickup while passing a car less than 10 miles from the firehouse where he hoped to work for the rest of his life.Several of Timothy Crim’s relatives served or still serve at Station 21. (Google Map screenshot) Several of Timothy Crim’s relatives served or still serve at Station 21. (Google Map screenshot)By signing up as a fireman, Timothy was upholding a family tradition. Crim’s late father Thomas, his late grandfather Herman, and his uncle Robert all served as fire chief in Elmer. His brother, Evan, and two of his cousins, Capt. Nate Crim and firefighter Kate Crim, were also on the squad, according to PressofAtlanticCity.com.The Elmer Fire Department Facebook page attracted many posts offering condolences.David D Butler said, “Heaven has one heck of a great fire department with all the Crim’s. Keep watching over us.”Bobby Garrison posted, “Tim is an awesome friend. Would help anyone out, he will be missed … Prayers to the family and friends.”The accident happened at about 12:40 p.m., according to Firehouse.com. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he was pronounced dead.“Today the Elmer Fire Department is mourning the loss of 17 year old Junior Firefighter Timothy Crim,” the Elmer Fire Department posted on its Facebook page. “Tim joined the department at the age of 16 as a junior firefighter and was working his way up to becoming a Probationary Firefighter.”Crim had been a junior at Woodstown High School. He was also a boy scout, a member of Troop 60.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Boiling Water Turns to Snow Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_img US News WASHINGTON—Speaking before a conference on Qatar in Washington, members of Congress joined military leaders and experts in questioning current U.S. policy toward the gas-rich petrocracy. The U.S. currently maintains extensive ties with Qatar, centered around Al Udeid Air Base southwest of Doha, the nation’s capital.Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), a retired lieutenant general, criticized Qatar for spying and hacking on U.S. soil, and for sponsoring Middle East terrorism.Bergman stated that Al Jazeera, Qatar’s propaganda outlet, “ran a months-long spy operation aimed at U.S. Jews and pro-Israel groups.” He also noted that Qatar hacked Americans, including an American rabbi and allies of a GOP megadonor. Worse, Qatar sponsors terrorism, including in the United States and European Union, and “continues to fund Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.”Bergman said the Palestinian terror group regularly praises as martyrs those who murder innocents and gives money, often provided by Qatar, to terrorists’ families. Hamas fires rockets into Israel and digs tunnels from Gaza into Israel, “all with financial backing from Qatar.”Likewise, Qataris fund al-Qaeda in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood, and paid a ransom of up to $1 billion to an al-Qaeda affiliate and Iranian security officials.Bergman said the Anti-Defamation League “point[ed] to abhorrent, hateful anti-Semitic cartoons that demonize Jews and often appear on editorial pages,” calling on Qatar to follow its own law banning anti-Semitic propaganda. Bergman called for passage of The Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act, H.R. 2712, which is intended to prevent Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad from accessing international support networks. Under the bill, the administration would be required to impose two or more sanctions on those who assist the organizations, including denying Export-Import guarantees, credit, or insurance; defense sales or services; munitions export licenses; exports of goods or technology controlled for national security reasons; or credit of more than $10 million.Moreover, the bill would require the administration to impose a one-year suspension of U.S. assistance, international loans, technical assistance, and munitions exports for foreign governments that provide support for acts of terrorism or material support to Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.Finally, it would prohibit such governments’ transactions in foreign exchanges subject to U.S. jurisdiction and transfers between financial institutions subject to U.S. jurisdiction that involve any interest of such a government.Bergman also voiced support for “[enabling] U.S. victims of terrorism to sue in U.S. courts the Gulf nations or entities they support.” Iran already has billions of dollars frozen in U.S. banks as victims attempt to claim its assets for restitution.He argued that the law should allow a terrorism exception to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state, whether for physical terrorism or cyberterrorism, empowering families to use civil litigation to shut down foreign governments’ dabbling in both. “So long as Qatar sponsors terrorism, it should not be protected.”Likewise, Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) stated, “Qatar insists that it only sends humanitarian aid” to Israel’s region, yet Hamas—which he noted has killed more than 400 Israelis—rejected grants recently in part because of such limitations.Qatar, he said, also serves as a source of funding for the Nusra Front, a radical Syrian group aligned with al-Qaeda. He echoed Bergman’s support for H.R. 2712.Similarly, retired Air Force Gen. Charles F. Wald said, “My personal opinion is that Qatar has to decide: It can either work with Western-aligned countries in the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], or it can be aligned with Iran. It can’t do both.”“If they want to become isolated or aligned with Iran, I think that would be a big mistake. I think the objective for the United States is to help the Qataris understand that.” Wald expressed concern over Qatar proving a haven for both the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood. “You just can’t accept it.”Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), a second-term congressman from the home state of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, agreed with other conference participants that Qatar’s “well-documented support for extremism has fueled bloodshed” throughout the region and around the world.According to Marshall, that support “calls into question the long-term partnership” between the United States and Qatar.“We have a significant investment in intelligence” in Qatar, and Pompeo and fellow senior administration figures “understand the complexity of this issue,” he said.In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain issued a list of individuals and organizations linked to Qatar and terrorism. The countries charged the list demonstrates Qatar “announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organizations on the other hand.”According to Marshall, this support “will not be tolerated. … A realignment of military support may be long overdue.” Congressmen, Military Leaders, Experts Question US Relationship With Qatar By Christopher C. Hull February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this articlecenter_img Share Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) (L) and Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI) appear on Urban View’s Helping Our Heroes Special, moderated by SiriusXM host Jennifer Hammond at the Cannon Building on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Georgia Man Claims 500K Home as His Own in Sover

first_img Georgia Man Claims $500K Home as His Own in ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Case By Colin Fredericson February 14, 2019 Updated: February 15, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Gwinnett County Police Department, in Duluth, Georgia. (Screenshot via Google Maps) A man has claimed a half-million dollar house as his own and has refused to move out, claiming land rights in what police have labeled a “sovereign citizen” case.Joel Fedd occupied a house in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and claimed it as his own before he was arrested by police, WSB-TV reported. Fedd posted images on his Facebook page showing him exploring the property and talking about how he hoped to legally claim it as his own. A family had already purchased the property but had yet to move in.He posted multiple pictures of himself standing on various parts of the property. In the pictures, a real estate company’s sign indicates the house is already “under contract.” Share this article He also posted videos on Facebook from inside the house.“They say the [expletive] $500,000, half a million, but this [expletive] free when you a [expletive] Moor, and you know where you at and who you are, what you tied to,” Fedd said in one of the videos. “They say it was $500,000, but thank you ancestors for the free gift. It was already mine I just had to realize that.”Fedd expects there will be a legal battle once he fully moves in, but he claims he is ready and has things lined up.In another video, Fedd shows himself pasting legal documents on the windows to the home from inside, and says that these are documents he filed that allow him to occupy the home.“We doing everything the legal way. I might look like a bandit, but, no. That’s what they want you to think. I’m actually one of the good guys. Reclaiming what’s rightfully mine,” Fedd says in another video. The text next to the video says “Claim It You Have The Law On Your Side.”Fedd also says in the video that he just needs one more document to fully claim the house as his own and that he has practically everything else needed.Next to another video post, Fedd wrote the following:“I know people don’t know what I got going on and are scared but this is our land and I’m willing to put my life on the line for the Future of Our Nation And Empire so at this point the property is mine I just need to close the deal with the courts and obtain that Alloadial Title I’m learning as I go and I’m look forward to hearing from someone claiming I don’t own this property cause they will have to prove IN COURT how exactly do they own it if I don’t but the thing is Everything On This Land Is Mine So Take From Me”Jack Campbell lives near the property. He said the true owners of the house were locked out because Fedd changed the locks. After the owners changed them, Fedd changed them again, WSB-TV reported.“At the time we were all worried about him,” Campbell told WSB-TV. “We’ve got small kids in this neighborhood so we were all scared.”Fedd was charged with criminal trespass and making false statements. The owners have since regained control of the property and have started moving in, according to WSB-TV.It Gets WeirderA Georgia family recently discovered a man had been living in their home after traveling over the holidays. He even changed the locks and claimed the house was his.Janice Henson told WSB-TV that the key to her family’s home in Marietta wouldn’t work when she attempted to open the door.cobb d1 in georgia Nathaniel Nuckols was charged with felony first-degree burglary and making terroristic threats (Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)Marietta, in Cobb County, is a city located northwest of Atlanta.A man in a wheelchair came to the door and told her to leave. The stranger also claimed to have a gun, said Henson.The police were called, leading to a five-hour standoff between officers, the SWAT team, and the suspect. WSB reported that the SWAT team broke down the door and sent a robot to locate the suspect. Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

This product may contain feces Thats the label

first_imgThis product “may contain feces.” That’s the label that one consumer rights advocacy group wants for the government to require meat distributors put on the food they send out to grocery stores. (Manfred Richter/Pixabay) This product “may contain feces.”That’s the label that one consumer rights advocacy group wants for the government to require meat distributors put on the food they send out to grocery stores.The recommendation is tongue-in-cheek, Deborah Press, an attorney for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, tells CNN. The group represents 12,000 physicians whose mission includes promoting plant-based diets and ethical scientific research.But it gets at real concerns the PCRM has about the US Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspection system.The US Department of Agriculture has a “zero tolerance policy for fecal material on meat and poultry,” a spokeswoman told CNN.ground beef An informational notice regarding replacement ground beef hangs near a food cooler at a Cub Foods grocery store in Niles, Ill., on Dec. 4, 2000. (Tim Boyle/Newsmakers/Getty Images) USDA said it sends inspectors out to facilities who look at a “statistically valid sample of carcasses randomly selected throughout the production shift.”If inspectors find fecal material on an animal carcass, they ensure that contaminated meat can’t enter the food supply, USDA said. And if inspectors observe repeat infractions, the FSIS uses “progressive enforcement actions” against the meat company.But Press says USDA’s current inspection policy isn’t good enough because it only applies to fecal matter that’s “visible” on the production line.And the USDA has relaxed its rules on the speed at which poultry companies can process birds. The requirement used to be 140 birds per minute, but has since been raised to 175 birds per minute.That would mean those working on the line are scanning about three birds per second. They’re whizzing by at a rate that’s hard for the naked eye to comprehend.Doctors Are Looking for AnswersFor at least six years, the PCRM has been asking questions about fecal matter contained in the birds we eat on a daily basis.Yesterday, the group filed a lawsuit in a federal district court based in Washington, DC.The question matters, first of all, for the obvious gross factor. “Nobody wants to eat feces,” Press says. But it gets more dire quickly: harmful microbes like E. coli are found in fecal matter.Despite their questions and follow-ups, they say they’re not getting straight answers from the government about its food inspection procedures.In 2013, PCRM sent a petition to USDA asking for it to change its rules regarding fecal contamination, and to remove the word “wholesome” from the way it labels and categorizes food that’s past inspection.Press said the term misleads the public.Stock image of raw chicken Stock image of raw chicken. (Rita E/Pixabay)The PCRM tested chicken products and found 48% tested positive fecal contamination. And the petition cited a Consumer Reports study that corroborated their evidence, finding “more than half of the packages of raw ground meat and patties tested positive for fecal bacteria.”The USDA didn’t respond to the petition.In 2017, the PCRM filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for “records regarding the number of USDA poultry inspectors, detection rates for visible fecal contamination in poultry, average poultry line speed, USDA poultry inspection rates, and inspection training.”Their lawsuit this week says the USDA violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to that FOIA request about fecal contamination rates. Federal law requires that agencies respond to FOIA requests within 20 days of the agency receiving them, according to the Digital Media Law Project.In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture told CNN that USDA can’t comment on pending litigation.The requirement around “visible” fecal contamination belies what’s going on in the bowels of those chickens, the PCRM says.Stock image of poultry meat Stock image of poultry meat. (Manfred Richter/Pixabay)In its legal complaint, the group cites an unnamed federal inspector who spoke to them:“We often see birds going down the line with intestines still attached, which are full of fecal contamination,” that inspector told them. “If there is no fecal contamination on the bird’s skin, however, we can do nothing to stop that bird from going down that line.”From there, the bird would get into a large vat of water called the chill tank, where the fecal matter in the bowels can easily wash out and settle on other bird carcasses in the tank. The inspector cited in PCRM’s legal complaint said this is sometimes called “fecal soup.”Hope for ReformPress said the complaint faces an uphill battle in court. But she was optimistic that reform is possible.“‘The Jungle’ came out in 1904,” she said. “At that time, there was no federal oversight” of food manufacturing. But Theodore Roosevelt, the President at the time, read the muckracking novel that detailed the horrors of the meatpacking industry. He demanded action.In 1906, Congress put the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act on Roosevelt’s desk for his signature.Press is hoping that, by detailing the industry’s flaws today, PCRM can push for improvements in food safety.2019 CNN Trademark Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News Show Discussion It’s Legal for Your Meat to Have Trace Amounts of Fecal Matter—A Group of Doctors Want to Change That By Wire Service Content April 22, 2019 Updated: April 22, 2019last_img read more

Economic TREND CLIMBING Slow and Steady Upwards

first_img Pinterest 0 Facebook Headwinds for Our Region For the most part, 2013 will feel like a solid growth year. So it’s never fun to talk about challenges on the horizon just as our region’s long-awaited positive momentum is starting to pick up steam. It may seem crazy, but with industrial vacancy rates in Bend now in the single digits, we may be facing another employment land shortage. That’s good for landowners, but not so good for industrial users. Similarly,  vacant retail space is being absorbed at a rapid clip as healthy businesses improve their locations and that in Bend, with an 8 percent vacancy rate, we’re rapidly approaching the magic 6% point where new construction is triggered.Expect retail sales, care sales and defense-related orders to be flat to down in 2013, particularly later in the year. Expect also to see some overall prices increases for fuel and goods in general as inflation starts to rear its head more assertively. Case in point, the Bureau of Labor Statistic just reported that compensation costs for civilian workers increased 1.9 percent for 2012 – a trend that has been down or flat for more than five years. With change in the air, however, we would suggest overall caution rather than unbridled optimism or pessimism.Forecast for EDCO Efforts While EDCO is and must be a student of the broader economy, we are much more focused on changing it for the better at the regional level. 2012 was actually the best year on record for EDCO, during which we closed 26 business deals with companies that are on their way to adding nearly 900 new jobs and investing more than $215 million in capital investment. Not bad for a little non-profit with a handful of staff and small army of unpaid volunteers. Our pipeline for 2013 is as full as ever with quality companies in a variety of industries that provide well-paying jobs. Owners and managers of these employers are either in the process of making a decision to relocate or expand here or they are in the middle of executing on decisions they have already made.We don’t count these as “done deals” until the hiring starts, new building is occupied or the equipment is in production. While it’s a bit early to tell, 2013 could keep pace with the record-setting year EDCO just concluded for job creation and capital investment. That’s great news for the Central Oregon economy.   Traded-sector industries in our region that will see the most traction in the year ahead are consistent with what has been hot in recent years—what we at EDCO affectionately shorthand as “Brew| Bio|Rec| Tech.”  In other words:  brewing and distilling operations, biosciences including pharmaceuticals and medical devices,  recreational equipment and apparel,  high technology including software, electronics and data centers.It’s surprising to many when we actually talk about the critical mass in these value-producing sectors:  almost two dozen companies in the fermentation business, Oregon’s center of brainpower in pharmaceutical research, 50 plus companies in recreational equipment and three dozen software firms. On a global scale, many of these companies are small, but they are thriving and competing well within their own niche industries.Don’t count out our significant local building products manufacturing industry – construction in the U.S. is making a small rebound. However with big investments in automation, companies in this industry are able to meet growing market demand with ever-fewer employees.Aviation/aerospace, particularly production of light aircraft and related parts, is seeing some stabilization, albeit at a much lower level than six years ago. We expect to see some local growth from this sector in the year ahead.  Professional business services and government (the biggest losers of jobs over the past year in our region) should also see some leveling off and even modest job creation.Overall, growth of our regional economy is still a mixed bag but the trend is climbing slow and steady upwards. That we’re not growing crazily in any given sector is reason for long-term optimism – lower chances of another painful bust when that growth evaporates.www.edcoinfo.com Google+ LinkedIn on February 7, 2013 E-Headlines We learned the painful lesson recently that Oregon and our region of the state are very much linked to the national economy. The 2001 recession—hardly a bump in the road for the Central Oregon economy—gave us false confidence that we could buck the national business cycle.  Fast forward to 2013 and officially three years and half years after the official end of the “Great Recession” and it is finally feeling like our local economy is on the mend. But will the good times roll? Well, there is a reason it’s called the business cycle.Local/Regional Tail WindsTail wind indicators include the fact that Central Oregon is returning to month-over-month job increases.  Over the past year in Deschutes County, a surprising employment sector is leading all others:  manufacturing.  Commercial brokers are taking notice since industrial building vacancies have dropped dramatically over the past 18 months.  Crook County no longer has the distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in Oregon.  Building permits are up in Bend as the market responds to a brisk year of home sales and a mere two-month inventory of existing homes is currently available for purchase.Residential foreclosures and short sales compose a rapidly decreasing portion of homes on the market and the forecasted flood (shadow inventory) of these properties appears not to be materializing. Quietly, the Central Oregon economy has been diversifying – gradually replacing jobs lost in the recession and its aftermath – via a myriad of small companies doing really cool and amazing things.  Many of them you’ve never heard of.National TrendBut what about the national economy, to which we are most certainly hinged? Even as recent monthly new job starts in the U.S. are better than analysts’ forecasts, our sources (not EDCO research) are pointing to the declining rate of growth in many critical sectors, including corporate bond prices, purchase managers’ indices, and industrial production.In particular, the Institute for Trend Research (ITR, www.itreconomics.com) predicts a solid year for the national economy, but notes there are some dark cloud on the horizon for 2014 and then brighter days starting in 2015.  ITR has been remarkably accurate over the past seven decades in forecasting the overall U.S. business cycle and its connection with today’s global economy.  EDCO’s 2013 Annual Luncheon on March 6 will feature Alan Beaulieu, principal with ITR, who will provide specifics about what we can expect in the years ahead and, most importantly, how to capitalize on ever-changing economic conditions. Share. 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Partnership to End Poverty Announces its Closure

first_imgPartnership to End Poverty Announces its Closure Tumblr Pinterest E-Headlines 0 on February 26, 2013 By CBN Twittercenter_img After a decade of service in Central Oregon, The Partnership to End Poverty will close its doors for good at the end of the year. The work of the organization was made possible by the Northwest Area Foundation out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, established to promote economic revitalization and improve the standard of living for vulnerable citizens.Since NWAF’s initial investment, The Partnership’s efforts have been focused on breaking the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families gain self-sufficiency through workforce and education, asset development, leadership and capacity building, and public policy. Important initiatives will survive the closure, including: Mosaic Medical, Cascades East Transit, Project Connect, Project Mobile Connect, the Faith Based Networks, the Earned Income Tax Credit program and Open Campus.“Our lasting legacy is that we helped to create new infrastructure that supports low-income families in our region. Mosaic Medical is a perfect example. The clinic started out with a dozen employees and a few hundred patients in Prineville. Now it’s a regional clinic with 150 employees and 17,000 patients,” explained Jason Carr, executive director of The Partnership.NWAF announced a few years ago that it would officially end its yearly funding. This came as no surprise to Partnership leaders and the board who made the decision to dissolve the organization by the end of this year. The Partnership has accomplished what it was commissioned to do, and will exit Central Oregon with a great deal of pride.“Our relationship with NWAF was designed to be a short-term investment, so The Partnership always had a shelf-life. We knew this would be our last year in operation, but we say good-bye knowing our efforts have clearly made a difference,” said Cyndy Cook, Housing Works executive director and Partnership board chair.From 2008-2011 $1.5 million in direct resources leveraged over $21 million in new investment, infrastructure, and capacity to provide economic revitalization for people living in poverty. The Partnership will operate as usual throughout the remainder of 2013, and is actively working on projects that will have long-lasting impacts on poverty reduction in Central Oregon.“Using outside dollars to make investments in community development has a powerful multiplier effect on the economy. It’s unlikely the efforts of The Partnership would have happened without the resources provided by NWAF,” explained Carr. Google+ Share. LinkedIn Email Facebooklast_img read more

New Climate Study Predicts Future Water Scarcity in Upper Deschutes Basin

first_img Tumblr Email By CBN 0 on April 2, 2015 Google+ (Photo above Tumalo creek from the web)Flows in the headwaters of Tumalo Creek will be severely reduced in the coming decades, according to a new study released today. The study indicates that by the year 2039, the average June baseflow for Tumalo Creek will decline by 61 percent compared to a 2008 baseline. The study, Climate Change Impacts on Stream Flows, Upper Deschutes Basin, indicates that a warming climate will impact groundwater discharge to streams, decreasing the flows that currently contribute to Bend’s water supply.The study was commissioned by Central Oregon LandWatch (COLW) and conducted by the hydrogeologic consulting firm Mark Yinger and Associates. They used modeling tools to simulate climate change, aquifer recharge, and groundwater flux to and from streams in the basin. The models indicate that by mid-century, there will be a significant reduction in the volume of water in Tumalo Creek above Tumalo Falls during summer and fall months, and that in the future there may be little or no water for the City of Bend to divert in warmer months.“The study concludes that, “because of the significant impacts of climate change on the upper portion of Tumalo Creek, from which the City of Bend gets its surface water, the City’s planned water withdrawals from Tumalo Creek may not be sustainable if flows over Tumalo Falls are to be protected.”“Fish, wildlife, municipal water providers, irrigators and recreationists all rely on these stream flows,” said Paul Dewey, executive director of COLW. “The findings from this study confirm that the upper reaches of the Tumalo basin will be profoundly affected by climate change and reinforce the importance of working to conserve water now.”The model shows that reductions in stream flow will occur primarily in the higher elevation reaches of tributaries to the Deschutes River. They indicate that by the year 2039, the average June baseflow for Tumalo Creek will decline by 61 percent compared to a 2008 baseline. The flows will decline further by the year 2060, to 86 percent less than current flows. The study also modeled future impacts to Whychus Creek, whose headwaters are at a lower elevation than Tumalo Creek.Results show a consistent five to ten percent reduction of flow throughout the year, not just the warmer months.While the results of the study show the long-term impacts of climate change on Central Oregon’s water resources, its effects are being felt now. Scientists say this year’s warmer weather and reduced snowpack are a precursor of what’s to come, including water shortage problems, drought and more frequent wildfires.“While we can’t make it snow, we can take steps that will mitigate the risk to our critical water resources,” said Dewey.“It is imperative that we make the right decisions today to make sure there is an adequate water supply in the future.” Those decisions would include moving the City to more of a reliance on groundwater and less on Tumalo Creek water, moving Tumalo Irrigation District to more of a reliance on Deschutes River water instead of Tumalo Crrek water, and reducing consumption by City conservation measures and by improving on field efficiencies by TID and Three Sisters Irrigation District (because of reduced flows on Whychus Creek).”Paul Dewey, COLW Executive Director: 541-420-8455 paul@centraloregonlandwatch.org. Twittercenter_img Facebook Pinterest E-Headlines LinkedIn Share. New Climate Study Predicts Future Water Scarcity in Upper Deschutes Basin last_img read more

Marijuana Advisory Committee Discusses Buffers

first_img E-Headlines 0 Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Google+ The Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) reached a decision on Bend buffers Thursday, October 15 deciding to have a 150 foot buffer away from day care facilities and maintaining a 1,000 foot buffer from schools.At the October 1 meeting MTAC decided not to have buffers cannabis businesses away from parks and libraries. At the October 15 meeting they decided to have a 150 foot buffer away from day care facilities and maintained a 1,000 foot buffer from schools. The group decided not to have a buffer between cannabis-related businesses. The decision was 6-3 vote in favor of no buffers citing the analogy that breweries and retail facilities that sell alcohol do not have a buffer so there should not be one for cannabis businesses.In the ongoing discussion surrounding marijuana laws and regulations the Bend City Council adopted Resolution 3006 establishing MTAC to provide input to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding “reasonable time, place and manner regulation of marijuana growing, processing and retailing” within city limits.Resolution 3006 recognizes that the community has concerns regarding the siting of marijuana businesses and that Measure 91 and HB 3400 allow the city to “regulate time, place and manner restrictions relating to marijuana bills.” As a result City Council appointed the committee as “knowledgeable members of the community” to assist in developing regulations.MTAC consists on nine members of the community and one non-voting member from the Bend Planning Commission.The Committee includes representatives from the cannabis industry, Jeremy Kwit owners of Bloom Well, and Hunter Neubauer co-owner of Oregrown, both in Bend. Michael Hughes, a Bend attorney specializing in marijuana laws is also on the Committee. Cheri Helt of the Bend-La Pine School Board and several community members at large make up the rest of the Committee.The Committee has been tasked to work with the Planning Commission and the three Councilors to help formulate reasonable regulations for Council consideration based on the general and preliminary direction given by Council at the August 19 work session.The direction consisted of providing recommendations on specific Development Code Regulations and a licensing program to effect reasonable time, place and manner regulations for marijuana businesses, based on models from similar communities, taking a balanced approach.The first meeting was held September 17 in which Mr. Skidmore explained that the city would prefer to be proactive instead of reactive to new marijuana law regulations. He notified the committee that Development Code recommendations should be ready for the Planning Commission by early November and that Development Code and Licensing recommendations should be presented by December.The first hearing is on November 9 for the Planning Commission and will presented to City Council on December 2.The group discussed hours of operation, taxation, required security measures, OLCC Administrative Rules, odor concerns, business locations and sign usage. The group met again October 1 to discuss land use regulations for retail and medical marijuana facilities.On October 15 the Committee focused discussions on buffers with the goal of providing direction on recreational, medical, childcare and school buffers. The group also discussed and provided direction on the types of marijuana-related uses appropriate for commercial, industrial and mixed use zoning districts.The Committee has been reviewing zoning maps, land use regulations, OHA and OLCC rules as part of the discussions.This week’s meeting the committee broke their discussion into two main efforts, according to Assistant City Manager, Jon Skidmore.“Number one the committee needs to figure out what they want to recommend for land use regulations and locating these businesses,” Skidmore said. As of last night we are 99% of the way through the land use discussions.”“Number two we need to focus on a licensing program and make decisions for the enforcement and regulation. For the next meeting we need to review state regulations closely and see what Bend wants to implement for time, place and manner restrictions,” Skidmore said.The committee discussions stem from the State authorizing time, place and manner restrictions decisions be made at a local level. At the next meeting they will discuss display of product, lighting, hours of operation and security based on state regulations. There will be an overlap of state rules and the committee will be tasked with deciding what, if anything, they want to add.The committee will meet again October 29 with the goal of finalizing the licensing program to present for the Planning Commission in early November. Share.center_img Facebook Tumblr By David Clewett CBN Feature Writer Marijuana Advisory Committee Discusses Buffers on October 20, 2015 Emaillast_img read more

Oxford Hotel Awarded 2017 Third Best Hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor

first_imgOxford Hotel Awarded 2017 Third Best Hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor 0 Email Google+ By CBN Facebook Twitter on January 31, 2017center_img Tumblr (Photo by Byron Roe Photography)The OXFORD hotel has once again been recognized as a winner in the United States category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels, ranking third out of the Top 25 US hotels designated for the award. The OXFORD hotel is the only hotel in the nation to have been consistently in the Top 10 for the last four years. In addition to this award, the OXFORD hotel was also ranked the 14th Top US Hotel for Service.Now in its 15th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.  “We truly appreciate our guests who have taken the time to share their experiences with us on TripAdvisor. Receiving this national recognition is a great honor and an outstanding reflection of our hotel team. Bend is a very vibrant community, filled with year-round adventures for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether our guests are here for business or pleasure, we work very hard to ensure that each OXFORD hotel guest has an exceptional stay and a wonderful experience,” said President and CEO Curt Baney.“TripAdvisor relies on the experiences and opinions of our travel community to determine the winners of the Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers planning 2017 trips can find inspiration for some of the best places to book around the world from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations.”  To see why the OXFORD hotel is #3 in the nation, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cTop-g191#3 to see TripAdvisor traveler reviews.For all 2017 Travelers’ Choice winners, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.  The OXFORD hotel is Bend’s first and only luxury boutique hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Bend, the seven-story hotel features 59 spacious and luxurious executive suites, many with views of the Cascade Mountains. Designed with both the leisure and business traveler in mind, the OXFORD hotel features a variety of amenities and services intended to up the ante on the traditional boutique hotel experience. For more information, visit www.oxfordhotelbend.com. LinkedIn E-Headlines Pinterest Share.last_img read more

RELOCATING 5 Tips to Help You Establish Roots in a New Community

first_img Share. Facebook Twitter There is a lot to think about when relocating to a new community. You start with the day-to-day basics like mail, utilities and phone service and then move on to explore deeper community and social connections. Once you’re settled in, you’re likely to begin thinking bigger picture. How can you help your new community grow stronger and be more successful? How can you give back in meaningful ways? You may want to volunteer your time or donate money to local or state causes. Here are five tips to help you get started.1. Decide what you care about the mostThere are so many great causes and organizations that need support, so start by asking what matters most to you personally. Do you want to champion arts and literary programs? Protect the environment? Support access to affordable housing? Provide scholarship funds? Help animals?2. Find Out What Your New Community Needs MostEvery community has strengths and opportunities. If you do a little digging, you may discover some needs that were not on your radar. It may be that your new community has a lot to offer in an area you’re passionate about, but needs help in another. Keep an open mind and explore your options.3. Set Goals for GivingIf you’re interested in making a financial donation, start by answering the following questions: Do you want to support one charity or many? Do you want to give now or set up a gift that will take affect after your passing? Are you interested in leaving a personal or family legacy? Do you want to make a one-time gift or set up a donation that provides an income stream from an appreciated asset? Your answers will help you take the next steps.4. Work with Trusted AdvisorsCommunity and financial advisors can help you make informed decisions about how you give back to your new community. Comprehensive charitable planning requires professional management, meaningful and personal community connections, and attractive tax advantages. You and/or your trusted advisors should be familiar with community needs, organizations and state tax laws.5. Get to Know Your Local Community FoundationCommunity foundations are grant-making public charities dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. More than 750 community foundations operate in urban and rural areas in every state in the U.S. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities. Community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems and their teams of experts can provide as little or as much support as you need. From researching local needs and causes to match your interests, to managing your entire charitable investment portfolio, your local community foundation team can partner with you to make a difference in your new hometown or state.This message is brought to you by The Oregon Community FoundationThe Oregon Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 2,000 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing across Oregon. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. E-Headlines Tumblr RELOCATING: 5 Tips to Help You Establish Roots in a New Community By The Oregon Community Foundationcenter_img 0 on August 24, 2017 Email Pinterest Google+ LinkedInlast_img read more

BEND DESIGN 2017 Convenes Creative Thought Leaders Who Shape Our Future

first_img BEND DESIGN 2017 is being presented by ScaleHouse in Bend, Oregon, October 26+27, as a two-day event for creative thinkers, designers and disrupters who seek to explore the processes and practices that enable design thinking to alter our approach to the challenges and opportunities in our lives.BEND DESIGN features talks with innovators of every discipline, interactive workshops, and hands-on exhibits—designed to energize and embolden all of us to improve the quality of life in our communities through creative thinking and action.Anyone whose contributions to their work and the world would benefit from a creative approach to problem solving: Yes, designers, but also architects, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, trades professionals, educators, students, researchers, executives, musicians, writers, civic leaders, city planners, citizens.”There are no tracks dividing the disciplines this year. Attendees can expect to further the ideas they came with, make connections with new mentors and co-conspirators, and emerge ready to design the future.Register at BendDesign.orgBEND DESIGN 2017 Headline Speakers include:ANGELA LUNDA | Founder and CEO | ADIFFAngela Luna is the Founder and CEO of ADIFF, a humanitarian clothing startup that uses design intervention to assist globally displaced persons. A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with a BFA in fashion design, she is redesigning the fashion industry to be more inclusive and proactive. Angela is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, winner of Parsons’ 2016 Designer of the Year Award, and winner of the Eyes on Talents Innovation Award. Based in New York, she is a solution-based designer who is committed to creating products and services that better the world.REBECA MENDEZ | Artist, Designer, Professor | UCLA, Design Media ArtsMéndez is an artist, designer, and professor at UCLA, Design Media Arts, where she is director of the CounterForce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio dedicated to using art and design to develop creative collaborations, research, and projects around the social and ecological impacts of anthropocene climate change. Her research and practice investigates design and media art in public space, critical approaches to public identities and landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. Méndez’s art is driven by her interest in perception and embodied experience. Her diverse works—photography, 16mm film, book arts, and architectural scale sound and video installations—have been exhibited widely at significant institutions and biennials worldwide. Méndez’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Nevada Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, El Paso Museum of Art, and the National Design Museum. Permanent public art commissions include, two murals for Metro Art Crenshaw/LAX project, 2016; the January 8 Memorial design for the January 8 Memorial Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, 2015. Selected awards include, the AIGA Medal, 2017; the National Design Award in Communication Design, bestowed by the White House and the Smithsonian Institution, 2012; and the California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship for Visual Artist, 2010.BRYAN LEE | Founder/Director | Colloqate DesignBryan Lee is a Designer and Design Justice Advocate. He is the founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Lee most recently served as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and prior to that at the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans.And, Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Additionally, he has led two award winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council (local) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (national), respectively. He serves on several boards; most notably as the Design Education Chair National NOMA board and on the National AIA Equity + the Future of Architecture Committee. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow, 2015 International British American Project Fellow. In 2016, Bryan was selected to give a TED Talk and to Keynote at SXSW Eco on Design Justice.LYNDA DECKER | President and Creative Director | Decker DesignLynda Decker is President, and Creative Director of Decker Design, a New York City-based design consultancy. Decker is currently co-chair with Heather Stern of the AIGA Women Lead Initiative. She is a former Vice-President of the AIGA/NY chapter.She began her career at Lubalin Peckolick Associates working as an assistant on the publication, U&lc. Later the firm merged with Pushpin Studios and she worked under the tutelage of both Alan Peckolick and Seymour Chwast. Her career then led her to spend a decade in the world of big advertising where she joined McCaffrey & McCall, Backer Spielvogel Bates and Wells Rich Green. Her work won a Clio and awards from both the One Show and the Art Director’s Club for clients such as Falcon Jet, Mercedes Benz and IBM.Believing that there was a way to combine the wit of advertising and the discipline of design, she established Decker Design in 1996. Beginning in the living room of her apartment, she grew the firm steadily with clients such as Chase, IBM, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Her team has won recognition from Communication Arts, AIGA and numerous other shows.KAWANDEEP VIRDEEKawandeep Virdee uses technology and art to explore ways we can create meaning and joy collectively. He co-founded New American Public Art to build interactive art that makes public spaces more communal and welcoming. Similarly, his internet art strives to encourage collaboration, play, and creativity. His works have shown in venues including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston Convention Center, Sculpture Visions in Chapel Hill, SFMOMA, Detroit Design Festival, Art & Sol in Saginaw, Suffolk University, Transmediale in Berlin, the MIT Media Lab, and EYEO/Northern Spark. Mural commissions include the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Facebook Artist in Residence program. Talks and workshops include MIT, Google Creative Lab, Facebook, Society of News Design, EYEO, FITC, INST-INT, International Conference on Complex Systems, Connected Communities Symposium in Newcastle, Art Institute of Boston, Tech@State, Betascape at MICA, A Better World By Design at Brown/RISD, Robotsconf, IstanbulHS, Makerland in Warsaw, and JSConf. His works have been covered in publications including the Atlantic, Science, Vice, NewScientist, Make, Core77, the New York Times, the Globe, and Art Digital Magazine. He is on the product team at Medium.BEND DESIGN 2017Bend Design 2017 is a celebration of design thinking and design doing. We will stoke curiosity, spark innovation, empower collaboration, and make things happen. Drawing inspiration from multidisciplinary design thinkers in Bend and across the country, BEND DESIGN 2016 will feature workshops, lectures, tours, and hands-on design opportunities, inviting community members, designers, trade professionals, students, entrepreneurs, city officials and citizen-experts, to participate in a conversation around the shape of our shared future. You can find out more by visiting www.benddesign.org.ScaleHouseScaleHouse is a community hub for creative thinkers and the driving force behind the ongoing campaign to develop a Contemporary Creative Center in Bend, Oregon. ScaleHouse seeks to strengthen the local creative community via engaging educational events as well as collective opportunities for creative congregation, collaboration, and cross-pollination. Go to www.Scalehouse.org for more information or to become a member.JOHN CARY | Architect, AuthorAn architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. He is the author of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone and his writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood has appeared in the New York Times, on CNN.com, and in numerous other publications. John works as a philanthropic advisor to an array of foundations and nonprofits around the world, and he frequently curates and hosts events for TED, the Aspen Institute, and other entities. For seven years, John served as executive director of the nonprofit Public Architecture, building the largest pro bono design program in the world, pledging tens of millions of dollars in donated services annually. John is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and a three-time commencement speaker, among other honors.TANNER WOODFORD | Founder, Executive Director, and Bartender | Chicago Design MuseumTanner Woodford is founder, executive director, and bartender of the Chicago Design Museum, maker of Iterative Work and faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout his career, Tanner has worked as a product designer, community organizer, interaction designer and developer. He has taught and lectured on design issues, history and rapid ideation in professional and academic settings. He is irrepressibly optimistic, and believes design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition.“This year’s presenters are aligned with the innovative and collaborative spirit that distinguishes Bend as a hub of entrepreneurialism. ScaleHouse has masterminded BEND DESIGN 2017 as a way engage our forward-thinking, talented community in a meaningful conversation about the role of design in our daily experience and how thoughtful design invigorates and inspires us,” says ScaleHouse co-founder and BEND DESIGN Visionary Rene Mitchell.Those interested in attending BEND DESIGN 2017, or sponsoring, can find out more information and purchase tickets at BendDesign.com. Tickets for the two-day event are: $175, ($75 students) or $150 for ScaleHouse members. Group ticket discounts are available for businesses and organizations, as well. The event will be held at the Tower Theatre, the Oxford Hotel and other iconic Bend locations.Sponsors of BEND DESIGN 2017: include the Bend Cultural Tourism Commission, The Starview Foundation, Bend Furniture Design, Roundhouse Foundation, Astir Agency, Hand in Hand Productions, Bend Fashion Quarterly, The Source Weekly, 1859, Crahmanti., Old Mill District, The Roundhouse Foundation, Brooks Resources, Buzztag, Wild Alchemy, The Capitol, News Channel 21, The Oxford Hotel, Central Oregon Daily, OPB, Captain Possible, Oregon State University, BendBroadband, BBT Architects, Bigfoot Beverage, The Old Stone Performing Arts Center, The Bulletin, DEI and Press Pros.Register at BendDesign.org E-Headlines Email 0 on September 5, 2017 LinkedIn Share. Facebookcenter_img Twitter Google+ BEND DESIGN 2017 Convenes Creative Thought Leaders Who Shape Our Future Pinterest Tumblr By CBNlast_img read more

Naloxone Training Event

first_img Facebook LinkedIn E-Headlines on May 1, 2018 Email Learn How to Reverse an Opioid OverdoseDo you or someone you know take opioids, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin or other street drugs like heroin? An overdose does not have to be fatal. Naloxone reverses an overdose and restores breathing until Emergency Services arrives. It is not addictive and very safe.Presentations are provided by local law enforcement, pharmacy and clinical professionals. All trainees will learn how to use Naloxone and receive a Free Complete Naloxone kit. Knowing how to use Naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life.Be Prepared. Get Naloxone. Save a Life!The Central Oregon Health Council in partnership with Bend Treatment Center and Max’s Mission will be holding a community Naloxone Training in Bend, Oregon on Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8pm at the Deschutes County Building, 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701, in the Barnes/Sawyer/DeArmond rooms).If you would like more information about this event, please call MaCayla Arsenault at 541-306-3523 or email at macayla.claver@cohealthcouncil.org. Naloxone Training Event Twittercenter_img By CBN Google+ Share. Tumblr 0 Pinterestlast_img read more

Holiday Considerations for Your Pets

first_imgHoliday Considerations for Your Pets Email Facebook Share. E-Headlines, Healthcare, Pets & Livestock Google+ Tumblr (Photo Above | Pixabay)The holidays are in full swing and the Humane Society of Central Oregon is reminding people to keep pets safe during family gatherings and holiday parties. If you lose or find a pet, report it immediately to your local shelter and reclaim your pet quickly. Consider the following tips to keep pets safe and to prevent any accidents.• New People and a Busy Household: Make family gatherings a positive and safe experience for your pet. Introduce new people to pets with care and don’t let the dog or cat dash out the door as people enter your home. Current and legible ID tags ensure a quick and safe return home.• Foods: Too much fatty, rich or even just new types of food can give your pet diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis or gastroenteritis, all of which can be very painful and serious.• Bones: Bones can tear-up or obstruct your pet’s insides. Place your table scraps in a secure, covered garbage container or outside in the garbage can.• Strings and Ties: Often used to tie up the turkey during roasting can tie up your pets insides too.• Alcoholic Drinks: An ounce of alcohol can poison a small dog.• Chocolate: Keep chocolate away from dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death in dogs.• Desserts: In large quantity they can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.• Candles: They illuminate the holidays with their dancing light and enticing smells that may attract a curious pet. Never leave a pet alone with a lit candle to prevent a fire in your home.• Traveling with Pets: Secure pet-friendly accommodations and be a respectful guest in a home. Make sure your pet has an ID tag with cell phone number. Pack essentials like food, medications, favorite toys and treats. Do not leave them unattended in a hotel room or in a strange place.Call your veterinarian or the animal emergency clinic if your pet exhibits any unusual symptoms.hsco.orgcenter_img Twitter Pinterest 0 By CBN on December 5, 2018 LinkedInlast_img read more

Building a Board to Fit Your Business

first_img Email LinkedIn 0 on February 14, 2019 E-Headlines Share. Facebook Building a Board to Fit Your Business center_img Pinterest By SHERRI NOXEL, Ph.D., Director, Austin Family Business Program (2010 Excellence in Family Business Award winner Tom Kelly, owner of Neil Kelly Inc., values an outside board of directors to help him make informed strategic decisions for the company | Photo by Aaron Ziltener) At some point, most family businesses find themselves pondering the question of implementing a board of directors, and for good reason; the experience, perspective and accountability that boards provide can form a platform for stability and growth. The words Board of Directors often evoke images of stately boardrooms and Wall Street trappings, but the reality is usually more pragmatic for family businesses, and boards rarely start out fully evolved.Guidance for families on the common question of board development can be found in the Austin Family Business Program podcast episode, Advisory Boards for Family Business featuring Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Inc. and Rich Simmonds of Simmonds and Associates, excerpted below.An informal beginningTwo or three business associates or family members who meet occasionally to discuss business ideas and strategy is a common starting point for board development. While the group may have no formal decision making authority, it can act as a sounding board for ideas and a source of industry experience for fledgling family businesses.Even relatively young family businesses may benefit from implementing an informal advisory group. Tom Kelly, owner and president of Neil Kelly Company, says that even if he started a brand new business tomorrow, it wouldn’t take him long to start putting together a board. “Having a group of people that I’m accountable to, smart business people that I respect who can help me avoid bad business decisions, is one of the greatest values of a board,” he says.Moving toward structureFamilies regularly hire experienced accountants and business attorneys to advise them on matters that affect business operations. Likewise, families should look at advisory boards as an opportunity to bring together experienced business associates who can help guide the enterprise at the strategic, long-term level.This may mean moving from informal gatherings of a few associates or family members to regularly scheduled meetings, with set agendas and record keeping. These advisory boards are often comprised of family members, trusted associates and key employees. The addition of independent directors, who have no direct connection to the business or family, will bring a more objective viewpoint into the boardroom; their perspective as an “outsider” may allow them to ask questions and see strategic angles that could be overlooked by those enmeshed in day-to-day business operations.Rich Simmonds, family business advisor with Simmonds and Associates, says that a more structured board can also help with succession planning; “for families who are looking at succession in the next five to 15 years, a board can help facilitate a smooth transition.”Formal boards of directorsAt the other end of the spectrum lie formal boards of directors with legal and fiduciary responsibilities for the company. Family businesses with multiple generations and minority shareholders may find the greatest benefit from a formal board, but this is rarely the starting point for board development. Rather it usually results from thoughtful board development done at earlier stages.ResourcesListen: Advisory Boards for Family Business podcast episode, produced by the Austin Family Business Program. http://bit.ly/boardpodcastRead: Building a Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors and Families by Jennifer Pendergast and John Ward. Published by Palgrave Macmillan. Twitter Tumblr Google+last_img read more

Online Jobs That You Can Take When Youre Good at Writing

first_img on April 17, 2019 0 E-Headlines Online Jobs That You Can Take When You’re Good at Writing If you’ve been to college and made it through, then you must have acquired a good deal of writing skills. Writing essays, composing reaction pieces, and delivering well put together speeches are among the hurdles that you need to overcome in order to graduate.Now that you’ve joined the workforce, a career in writing is surely one of the options that you have. In this article, we present some of the jobs that you can take if you believe strongly enough in your writing ability.What’s nice about a career in writing is the fact that you can take it wherever you go. Many of the jobs that revolve around this skill are now made mobile. This means that you can complete your tasks from home, or you can take advantage of the benefits of shared office space and opt for coworking facilities.SEO Content CreationSearch engine optimization or SEO is the strategy employed by many website administrators to make their pages more visible to searchers. Visibility is achieved by making sure that the pages are indexed properly by the search engines so that they show on top of the search engine results pages or SERPs.Being able to write around simple or complex keywords is necessary if you are to succeed as an SEO writer. This is where your skills as a writer can be put to full use. Making a sentence sound natural even if it makes use of unusually ordered or even grammatically erroneous keywords is not always easy. It requires a great deal of creativity and mastery of the language.GhostwritingBeing a ghostwriter is among the most lucrative paths a writer can take, if they are affiliated with the right companies or personalities, that is. When you ghostwrite, you basically let someone take credit for a written work that you worked on. This is not entirely illegal, because it’s like you become someone’s speechwriter, it’s just that they don’t read your work out loud. We say this is lucrative because the fee that you get increases based on the complexity or even the length of the works that you turn in.Aside from superb mastery of the language, the capacity to change the tone and style of your writing is also crucial to your success as a ghostwriter. You can achieve this by being a prolific reader or simply by not putting too much of who you are and what you believe in every work that you submit.Social Media ManagerWhether they admit it or not, a social media manager’s job is largely founded on the manager’s writing skills. One of the main responsibilities of a social media manager is to curate content for various platforms, and they can only do this with precision if they know how to organize their thoughts well and to use the right words to represent the brand that they are trying to build.In order to be successful in this field, you have to have an appreciation for writing as a simple skill with complex ramifications. Other than just using words to articulate thoughts, writing can also be used to represent an entire persona or brand. This is a task that is a bit more complex, and requires a little diversity of knowledge.Writing, no matter how ubiquitous it has become, is still something that many don’t fully understand. It is a simple skill, yes, but it can be used in complex ways. Success in a writing career is heavily dependent on how good you are in making such complexities work to your advantage. Google+ Tumblr LinkedIncenter_img Facebook Pinterest By CBN Twitter Share. Emaillast_img read more