Damon West, others denied Paycheck Protection because of criminal history

first_img It was a gut punch for West. In 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison but made parole in 2015 and now works as an author, teacher and speaker, visiting schools and correctional facilities to talk about how he turned his life around.“You go and you pay your debt and you’re still paying your bill,” he said.The Paycheck Protection Program, which already doled out $350 billion and is now awaiting another cash infusion, is supposed to be a lifeline for businesses teetering on the edge, helping them stay afloat and keep their employees on the payroll during the pandemic. WASHINGTON (AP) — Damon West was hoping the government’s coronavirus rescue package for small business owners would help replace the income he’s lost now that he can’t travel the country as a keynote speaker.But then he got a call from his accountant. A question on the application form asked whether, within the last five years, he had been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony or “been placed on any form of parole or probation.”Another asked whether anyone who owns at least 20 percent of the company was incarcerated, under indictment, on probation or parole. If so, they are ineligible. Many people with felony convictions, he noted, have been forced to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs because it’s so hard to get hired with a record.For West, who lives in southeast Texas and describes himself as the “poster child” of someone who reformed their life after years in prison for organizing dozens of burglaries, the restriction “felt kind of like a kick in the gut, a punch in the gut,” especially given the administration’s talk of second chances.President Donald Trump achieved a rare bipartisan victory in 2018 when he signed criminal justice reform legislation called the “First Step Act.” He has since highlighted efforts to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs and talked about helping the “forgotten” men and women. His campaign spent millions on a Super Bowl ad that featured the story of Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender whose life sentence Trump commuted after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West championed her case. The ad showed footage of the emotional moment when Johnson was released from prison and reunited with her family.“Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance,” the ad said.Johnson said in an interview Monday that she was aware of the small business rule and and that she and others had succeeded in getting the administration to exempt those with misdemeanor records and to shorten the time frame for convictions from seven to five years.“I’m so sorry for the small business owners,” she said, blaming the speed with which the program had been pulled together. “It’s really heartbreaking that this couldn’t have been fixed. … We are ringing this bell of what is going on. I want you to know that we are not being silent on this.”Trump appeared unaware of the provision when he was asked about it during his daily briefing on Monday.“I’d like to look into that,” he told a reporter.Advocates like Mark Holden from the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity have also been making calls and sending letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the Small Business Administration urging them to amend the policy as they finalize a package to give the program another cash infusion.Holly Harris, executive director of the Justice Action Network, said her group had been reaching out to Republicans on Capitol Hill to try to get their support.That thought is seconded by Shon Hopwood, a professor at Georgetown law school who began his legal career in federal prison writing briefs for other prisoners.“The federal government has made a decision that they’re unworthy of assistance,” he said. “If they get out and feel, ‘I’m never going to get a shot at real life again,’ that’s usually when they get back to the things they know.”center_img Independent contractors and those who are self-employed also qualify. But not, it turns out, if they have had certain run-ins with the law.The Small Business Administration, which oversees the program, did not respond to questions about why the exclusions had been added. But ineligible would-be applicants and their advocates say the restrictions are a slap in the face for those who have served their time, especially from an administration that has trumpeted second chances. They note many businesses run by formerly incarcerated people employ other people with criminal records who could be driven back to crime if they lose jobs.Robert Rooks, co-founder of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a national criminal justice reform organization, said he’d heard from multiple small business owners frustrated by the provision.“I’m hearing that people have worked their entire life to get to this place where they have something they can call their own. They’ve paid their debt to society, clawed their way to this point, and should be able to get what everybody else is able to get to keep their business afloat,” he said.last_img read more

World Premiere of Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. Opens Off-Broadway, Starring Carl Lumbly

first_img The production features set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design byr Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Robert Kalowitz and projection design by Shawn Sagady. The world premiere of Regina Taylor’s futuristic new play stop. reset. opens September 8 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Taylor, the production stars Carl Lumbly as Alex Ames, a book publisher trying to bring his company into the digital age, and Ismael Cruz Cordova, the tech-savvy janitor who could have the answers. stop. reset. is scheduled to play a limited engagement through September 29 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. stop. reset. centers on Alex Ames (Lumbly), the owner of Chicago’s oldest book publishing company. As e-books begin to outsell printed copies, Ames must question his employees to determine who is still relevant in the rapidly changing world of publishing. When Alex meets J (Cordova), a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Ames must discover how far he will go to survive in a world where the real and the virtual are inextricably linked.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Fort Jackson Housing: 8 On Post Options (2021 Edition)

first_imgIntroductionWelcome to Fort Jackson! Located in the middle of Columbia, South Carolina, this is the army’s largest basic training installation. Now that you have your orders and are on your way, you’re probably focused on finding a place to live. Finding a new home can be overwhelming and challenging, especially if you’re moving to a new area. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to help you get started and give you an idea of what to expect when it comes to your choices for housing on Fort Jackson.Suggested Read: Fort Jackson SC: In-Depth Welcome CenterFort Jackson BAHThis link will allow you to look up your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for your rank and zip code. Knowing your BAH is crucial for making a budget and guiding your home search.To learn more about how your military BAH rate is determined, visit our in-depth guide here.Fort Jackson BarracksBonafide Single or Unaccompanied Soldiers in the ranks of E1-E5 are required to reside in the Freddie Stowers’ Single Soldier Complex. A bonafide single Soldier is a Soldier who would be entitled to a housing allowance at the without dependent rate. Single Soldiers may reside off post, but approval to reside off post must be granted in advance by the Garrison Commander. Living spaces are provided in the eight-building complex, which also has two community buildings with 24-hour access. All Single/Unaccompanied Soldiers are required to in/out process at the Housing Office.Barracks-Single Soldier Complex Housing2447 Bragg StreetFort Jackson, SC 29207Phone: 1 (803) 751-1636Fort Jackson Housing OfficeThe Housing Services Office should be your first point of contact when you get to Columbia, whether you’re going to live on or off the installation. The Housing Services Office will assist you in finding suitable and affordable housing in the local community, provide the list of Off-Limits Establishments, school and community info, deposit waivers, etc. They will also assist with landlord-tenant disputes, lease reviews, and check-in/out inspections.Fort Jackson Housing Services Office4514 Stuart St.Columbia, SC 29207Phone: 1 (803) 751-7567Hours: Monday through Friday 0800 – 1600Fort Jackson Housing Options1. Jack’s InnJack’s Inn is an older officer in Family housing in the form of 2-bedroom efficiency style apartments. These units are partially furnished and provided with a limited maid service. Interested parties should contact the Victory Travel Office at 1 (800) 221-3503 or (803) 751-5812.Fort Jackson Family HomesFort Jackson Family homes offer many different styles of homes in varying floor plans across 8 unique neighborhoods. Click here to browse the available floor plans and find the best for you. Homes range from 2-5 bedrooms, and common single-family, townhome, and duplex styles. Select homes are also available to rent to qualified military retirees, DOD civilian employees, and general public applicants.The neighborhoods are walkable and pet friendly and feature several amenities including playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a fitness center, on-site management and maintenance, curbside trash and recycling pickups, and several events and activities for residents. Best of all, the neighborhoods are close to Columbia and everything the city has to offer.Robins Family Homes520 Brown AvenueFort Jackson, SC 29206Phone: 1 (803) 738-8275Note: Even though some neighborhoods may be available to all ranks, only certain homes within that neighborhood may be available to certain ranks.1. Howie VillageRanks: O1 – O3; W1 – W3; Company Grade OfficersHowie Village offers three and four-bedroom homes with 2.5-3.5 baths. The neighborhood is located near Fort Jackson Golf Club and Commissary. These homes include a master suite, exterior storage, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. Residents in Howie Village have access to their own playgrounds and a basketball court.2. Pierce Terrace 1Ranks: E7 – E9Pierce Terrace 1 offers spacious three and four-bedroom homes with 2.5 baths. These homes feature a master suite with a walk-in closet, a two-car garage, and central heating and air conditioning. Residents have access to multiple playgrounds and are close to the US Army Chaplain Museum, US Army Chaplain Center and School, and Fort Jackson NCO Club.3. Pierce Terrace 2Ranks: E7 – E9In Pierce Terrace 2 you will find a variety of three and four-bedroom homes with between two and three bathrooms. Houses in Pierce Terrace 2 feature a master suite and fully-equipped kitchens with breakfast bars and patios. This neighborhood offers several playgrounds and is close to Pinckney Elementary School and Fort Jackson Dog Park.4. Pierce Terrace 3Ranks: E1 – E8Pierce Terrace 3 is within walking distance of theCommunity Center and all of its amenities, including basketball and tennis courts and a large playground, as well as Pierce Terrace Elementary School. The homes in Pierce Terrace 3 include 2.5 baths and three and four-bedroom layouts with outdoor patios, garages, and a master suite.5. Pierce Terrace 4Ranks: E1 – E8Pierce Terrace 4 features homes with two to four bedrooms and 1.5 to 2.5 baths. These homes have central air conditioning and heating, fenced-in backyards, and fully-equipped kitchens. The neighborhood is within walking distance of several playgrounds, Fort Jackson Dog Park, and Pinckney Elementary School.6. Pierce Terrace 5Ranks: E1 – E9; military retirees; DOD civilians; general publicPiercer Terrace 5 offers two, three, and four-bedroom homes that offer between 1 and 3.5 baths. These homes feature patio space, fully-equipped kitchens, and central heating and air conditioning. The neighborhood is also within walking distance of the Commissary, as well as several playgrounds and elementary schools.7. Pierce Terrace 6Ranks: E1 – E6Homes in Pierce Terrace 6 have between three and four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. They also feature a master suite, external storage, and a garage. The neighborhood is near the Community Center, offering easy access to basketball and tennis courts, as well as a large playground. The Commissary and Pierce Terrace Elementary School are also nearby.8. Pierce Terrace 7Ranks: E1 – E9; military retirees; DOD civilians; general publicPierce Terrace 7 is located near both Pinckney Elementary and a large playground. Houses here come in two, three, and four-bedroom varieties and feature between 1-2 baths. These houses offer patio space, ceiling fans, and fenced-in backyards.ConclusionWhen you’re moving, a little research can go a long way. Fort Jackson has a number of great housing options available for those living on-post. Finding the best one for you will take time, but we hope this guide will help you narrow down your options. Be sure to check availability based on rank and to contact the Housing Services Office for guidance when you start your search.More like this: 22 Of the Best Things to Do in Fort Jackson SClast_img read more

2020 General Election Canvass to be held November 10

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos will be holding the Statewide Canvass of Vermont 2020 General Election results on Tuesday, November 10 in the Snelling Room of the Vermont History Museum located at 109 State Street in Montpelier. The canvass begins at 10 am.Secretary Condos, along with Chairs or their designees from the three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), will be certifying vote totals and winners for federal and statewide offices.The Statewide Canvass is open to members of the public and the press. Attendees are asked to wear a mask and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines. Secretary Condos will be available for questions following the canvass.Source: Montpelier, VT – Vermont Secretary of State https://sos.vermont.gov(link is external)last_img read more

Gatorade on course at Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

first_img Related Competitor Group Inc (CGI), ‘the leading media and event resource in the active lifestyle industry’, has confirmed a new partnership with PepsiCo-owned Gatorade as the Official On Course Sports Drink for several upcoming events in the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The deal also includes the Gatorade Chicago headquarters’ hometown race, the XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 22 July.“The Rock ‘n’ Roll events align closely with the mission of Gatorade, as both brands share a passion for helping athletes achieve their goals,” said Jen Schmit, Director of Brand Strategy for Gatorade Endurance. “We will be providing our special endurance line of products at all Rock ‘n Roll Series races to fuel athletes along the journey to the finish line.”Gatorade will leverage its new partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series with its endurance-specific product line. G Series Pro Endurance Formula, in lemon-lime flavour, will be available on event courses and at the finish lines. Additionally, Gatorade will have a presence during several Health & Fitness Expos, where all participants pick up their race number the day before the race and have access to the very latest in running gear and nutrition.“Gatorade is an iconic brand and we are delighted to welcome them as a partner for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of CGI. “Their commitment to innovation compliments our growth and industry leading market share of runners, who will enjoy and benefit from Gatorade’s products to enhance their performance throughout the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon experience.”The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is unlike any other event, with live bands and cheerleaders creating a party-like atmosphere along each mile of the racecourse in 30 cities nationwide across the US and internationally.www.runrocknroll.comwww.gatorade.comlast_img read more

Some US regions seeing spotty flu vaccine delays

first_imgAs the season’s first reports of influenza deaths appear in the media, some manufacturers and US regions are reporting delays in flu vaccine shipments, but company officials said they are minor and not a cause for concern.This week local media reported shortages of the pediatric formulation of Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone vaccine in some areas of Minnesota. And some facilities in the Virginia Peninsula—an area in Virginia that includes Williamsburg, Newport News, and Hampton—reported slow shipments of the FluMist nasal-spray vaccine, made by MedImmune.A scientist with the St. Paul–based advocacy group Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) said minor glitches are not out of the ordinary and that vaccine distribution is a months-long process.”Many people forget that flu vaccine is not produced like Dunkin’ Donuts where they make it all and then put it all into one box and hand it to you in one batch,” said Litjen Tan, PhD, chief strategy officer with IAC.”It is more like Krispy Kreme, where the doughnuts roll off a conveyer belt over time. Thus, vaccine must arrive over time.”Early-season flu cases, deathsThe vaccine news parallels accounts of early-season flu deaths in North Carolina and Idaho.Yesterday the Associated Press (AP) reported that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said an elementary school–aged child in the state’s Triangle region died last week of flu. He had underlying medical conditions, the agency said.And an elderly woman in Idaho also died of the flu, KXLY-TV in Spokane–Coeur d’Alene reported. The state’s Panhandle Health District said a woman over the age of 65 in Kootenai County died from flu complications on Oct 8. Her case was the first reported in the state this year.In addition, Maryland reported its first flu case of the season, caused by an H3 strain in an adult, according to the Baltimore Sun, and Kentucky officials confirmed that state’s first flu case, the Louisville-based Courier-Journal reported.Local vaccine delaysDelayed shipments of Fluzone for children 3 years and younger mean that physicians at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have been delaying flu shots for that age-group, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune reported this week. Sanofi is the only provider of injectable flu vaccine for US kids 3 and younger, but FluMist is an option for children 2 years and older.Another major Minnesota vaccine provider, MVNA, however, reported a sufficient supply of flu vaccine.On the Virginia Peninsula, delays in FluMist have been noted throughout the region, though not all providers are affected, the region’s Daily Press reported. Craig Parrish, director of pharmacy services for the Virginia Department of Health, said the state received its first shipment of FluMist Quadrivalent—the four-strain version—2 days ago.Last month, another vaccine maker, GSK, reported that it will fall about 2 million doses short of its earlier estimate of vaccine production because of problems at its Ste. Foy, Que., plant. That situation is also causing delays.Companies still expect full deliveryMichael Szumera, director of US communications at Sanofi Pasteur, told CIDRAP News, “Sanofi Pasteur has informed customers that shipments of certain presentations of Fluzone influenza vaccine have been delayed. We plan on shipping the majority of doses in October but some of our doses will continue to ship into November.”He added, “Shipments are well under way, and Sanofi Pasteur plans to deliver every dose of the more than 65 million we committed to produce and distribute this influenza season.”Although the timing of our shipments are later than originally planned, we are doing everything we can to expedite the release and delivery of our Fluzone vaccine shipments. We are working closely with our customers with the common goal of getting patients immunized prior to peak disease season.”Melissa Garcia, MedImmune spokeswoman, said, “We have ample supply of FluMist Quadrivalent for our customers. We are shipping product every week and are on track to deliver between 14 and 15 million doses of FluMist Quadrivalent to our customers nationwide.”When asked specifically about the Virginia situation, Garcia said, “Once our product goes to distributors, they decide how product is allocated and where.” She said MedImmune has delivered more than 11 million vaccine doses so far to national distributors, as well as to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense.The IAC’s Tan said that Sanofi’s delay was due to problems with production and MedImmune’s delay “was at the start of their distribution season, but that is all caught up now.” He added that other manufacturers are on pace, “and bioCSL tells us that they are close to complete.”He said that early-arriving flu vaccine in recent years has led to heightened expectations. “Just because we have had a couple of good seasons where vaccine arrived early, that should not be construed to mean that vaccine will always be on hand during August and early September,” he said.News writer Lisa Schnirring contributed to this report.See also:Oct 9 AP storyOct 8 KXLY reportOct 9 Baltimore Sun storyOct 9 Courier-Journal articleOct 8 Star Tribune storyOct 8 Daily Press storySep 4 CIDRAP News item on GSK delayslast_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Apr 03, 2019

first_imgPaper defines metrics for pediatric antimicrobial stewardship programsA team of Canadian physicians and pharmacists has identified metrics that can be used to measure the impact of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), according to a new paper in Pediatrics.Using a modified Delphi approach, the team developed two surveys that were sent to experts and stakeholders to establish consensus on metrics for evaluating the processes and outcomes of pediatric ASPs. The metrics were subdivided into four ASP domains: antimicrobial consumption, microbiologic outcomes, clinical outcomes, and process measures.Respondents were asked to rank the scientific merit, impact, feasibility, and accountability of each metric. Consensus was defined as more than 75% of survey respondents agreeing that a metric had scientific merit, and selections were finalized with a face-to-face meeting and a third survey.Overall, 38 participants from 15 pediatric hospitals across Canada completed all three rounds of the Delphi survey. In the domain of antimicrobial consumption, the two selected metrics were days of therapy per 1,000 patient-days and total antimicrobial days. The clinical and process outcomes chosen were 30-day readmission rate and adherence to ASP recommendations, respectively. A microbiologic outcome was felt to be important and feasible, but consensus could not be obtained on a measure. Several barriers to implementation of the metrics were identified, including information technology limitations at various centers.”Wide adoption of these pediatric ASP metrics among national and international programs will facilitate international comparative intervention studies,” the authors of the paper conclude. “These metrics should be considered when planning the infrastructure necessary to monitor the effectiveness of pediatric ASPs.”Apr 1 Pediatrics article Report highlights lack of water, sanitation in global healthcare facilitiesOne in four healthcare facilities around the world lacks consistent access to basic water services, and many lack other services that are crucial to preventing infections and reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance, according to a report today from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.The report, the first from the WHO/UNICEF on access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities, found that 12% of healthcare facilities globally, used by an estimated 896 million people, had no water service. In addition, 14% had limited water service, meaning they had access to either an improved water source that was off site or did not have water at the time of the survey. A little more than half (55%) of healthcare facilities in least-developed countries (LDCs) had basic water services.More than one in five healthcare facilities reported having no sanitation service, which translates to more than 1.5 billion people having either no toilets or unimproved toilets (such as pit latrines) at their healthcare facility.The report also found that one out of six healthcare facilities globally (16%) had no hygiene service, including hand hygiene stations at points of care and soap and water at toilets, and only 27% of facilities in LDCs had basic healthcare waste management.”Not only does the lack of WASH services in health care facilities compromise patient safety and dignity, it also has the potential to exacerbate the spread of antimicrobial-resistant infections and undermines efforts to improve child and maternal health,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, MPA, write in the foreword to the report.An accompanying “practical steps” report details eight actions governments can take to improve WASH services.Apr 3 WHO press release Apr 3 WHO full reportApr 3 WHO practical steps reportlast_img read more

Honeywell chosen for Texas LNG facility

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SpaceX NASA Mission: Astronauts reach ISS

first_imgSource: NASAKnown as NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations. The mission is SpaceX’s second spaceflight test of its Crew Dragon and its first test with astronauts aboard and will pave the way for its certification for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Programme.Elon Musk, Chief Engineer at SpaceX, said, “This is a dream come true for me and everyone at SpaceX. It is the culmination of an incredible amount of work by the SpaceX team, by NASA and by a number of other partners in the process of making this happen.”SpaceX controlled the launch of the Flacon 9 rocket from Kennedy’s Launch Control Center Firing Room 4, the former space shuttle control room, which SpaceX has leased as its primary launch control centre.As Crew Dragon ascended into space, SpaceX commanded the spacecraft from its mission control centre in Hawthorne, California. NASA teams are monitoring space station operations throughout the flight from Mission Control Center at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.Now aboard the ISS, the crew will carry out tests to ensure that the spacecraft can remain docked at the ISS for up to 210 days in future missions in addition to performing research and other tasks at the space station. The spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Yesterday at 14:16 GMT (15:16 BST), 19 hours after leaving the Kennedy Space Center, the Dragon’s attachment to the International Space Station was confirmed.Commenting on the launch, Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, said, “Today a new era in human spaceflight begins as we once again launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil on their way to the International Space Station, our national lab orbiting Earth.”“The launch of this commercial space system designed for humans is a phenomenal demonstration of American excellence and is an important step on our path to expand human exploration to the Moon and Mars.” Source: NASAlast_img read more

Nurminen wins Outotec’s business for delivery to Russia

first_imgThe Outotec’s contract involves logistics planning for the entire concentrating plant, the principal process equipment for flotation and dehydration including 12 of the world’s largest TankCell® 300 flotation cells, the Proscon® automation system, instrumentation and electrification, as well as spare parts and services for the supervision of installation, start-up and training. The equipment deliveries will take place this year and 2013.The Outotec delivery to Chelyabinsk is an important project for Nurminen. It involves transport both by railway and road.The majority of the equipment will be loaded in Nurminen’s Hamina terminal, which the Finish company says is an excellent loading location both geographically and in terms of its other attributes. Numerous special deliveries are linked to the project by both road and rail. Dozens of normal loads and container transports will also take place.Nurminen Logistics will be responsible for all the logistics activities, including transport, documentation, loading and other terminal work, such as the labelling of containers. The total volume of the materials to be transported is approximately 17,000 cu m.Nurminen Logistics has been Outotec’s logistics partner several times prior to this project. In August/September 2012, Nurminen delivered over 3,000 cu m of Outotecs equipment from Estonia to Kotelnikovo in the Volgograd region. www.nurminenlogistics.comwww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img read more