On the picket line

first_imgChicagoRacist, anti-worker Acosta to head Labor DepartmentAlexander Acosta became secretary of Labor on April 27, the last member of Trump’s cabinet. The son of anti-Cuba reactionaries, Acosta clerked for archconservative judge Samuel Alito before his appointment to the Supreme Court and was a blatantly anti-worker member of the National Labor Relations Board. His actions as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush also exposed him as a virulent racist. In an Ohio voting rights case in 2007, Acosta sided with Ohio Republicans who engaged in a racially motivated, illegal tactic known as “vote caging” — challenging the credentials of 23,000 mostly Black voters.Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was “astonished” that Acosta would “lead a federal agency tasked with promoting lawful hiring practices and safe workplaces,” since a 2008 federal report “found actions taken during Acosta’s tenure politicized hiring decisions and violated Justice Department policy and federal law.” (Rewire, Feb. 16) But Acosta fits right in with other Cabinet members who head departments they ideologically oppose and want to destroy.However, Aiesha Meadows McLaurin, a Burger King worker and Fight for $15 campaign member, was quoted by Rewire as saying that activists will continue the fight to raise the minimum wage. “We’ll keep taking to the streets, standing up and speaking out until we win $15 [per hour] and union rights for all.”Fight at Charter Spectrum continuesOver 300 members of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 picketed outside Charter Spectrum offices in Stamford, Conn., on April 25 in an effort to maintain health care and retirement benefits in their pending contract. The workers say Charter Spectrum’s proposed wage increases do not offset cuts in health benefits — a new $3,000 deductible — and ending employer contributions to the pension plan. As Lance Van Arsdale, Local 3’s business manager, told the Stamford Advocate on April 25, Charter Spectrum is also penalizing workers for its own faults — disciplining workers for service problems caused by the company’s “old and faulty” equipment. These are among the many reasons why 18,000 in-house cable technicians have been striking since March 28.NY unions behind state ‘Medicare for All’ systemWith Trump’s second attempt to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act already sliced and diced from both left and right, unions in New York state are supporting the New York Health Act, which would be a state-run, Medicare-style, single-payer system. It now has 30 co-sponsors in the state Senate and endorsements from more than 40 unions and labor groups, including the state’s largest health care union, 1199SEIU, and the New York State AFL-CIO and Western N.Y. Labor Federation. The New York State Nurses Association has been campaigning for such a system for more than 25 years.Richard Gottfried, Assembly Health Committee chair and the bill’s sponsor, said the major reason that labor is behind the bill is that health care has increasingly become a flashpoint in union bargaining — the Charter Spectrum strike is a prime example. Being forced to focus on that, he noted, doesn’t allow enough leverage to negotiate for better wages and pensions and often results in larger deductions, higher copays and narrower networks. ”As nurses, we look at the health outcomes. As union members, we look at the costs. On both sides, [the New York Health Act] is a much more effective and rational solution,” said Steven Toff, NYSNA director of state campaigns.A similar bill was introduced in California on Feb. 16. (LaborPress, April 18)New York City agrees to payA crowd in red plastic raincoats cheered on April 4, Equal Pay Day, on City Hall steps at the news that the city had finally settled the Communications Workers Local 1180 lawsuit charging wage discrimination. Though the agreement must still be reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department, the case covers more than 1,000 women and people of color who hold the civil service title of administrative manager and 300 retirees. The settlement, upwards of $250 million, will bring current employees in line with the $93,000 salary target and compensate retirees for many years of wage discrimination. (Chief-Leader, April 14)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Growing revolt by Black journalists

first_imgIn an historic week that has witnessed demonstrations, too numerous to count, against police brutality in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, another anti-racist movement is growing.As reports surface of police intentionally targeting journalists across the U.S, especially Black and Brown reporters, journalists of color are speaking up and taking action against decades of major publications refusing to address racism — especially in two notable newsrooms — the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times.On June 4, 44 journalists of color at the 200-year-old Philadelphia Inquirer staged a sick-out strike one day after forcing a public apology from the Inquirer editorial staff for a blatantly racist headline — “Buildings Matter, Too” — posted on June 1.This article addressed plans to repair property damages to buildings and infrastructure following May 31 anti-racist protests in communities of color that exploded in an expression of outrage over unaddressed systemic racism.The journalists issued a collective statement detailing what they see as decades of management ignoring their concerns and the glaring lack of people of color on the editorial staff since the retirement of Black editor Acel Moore in 2005.In a June 3 letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer management these reporters stated: “As journalists of color, we do more than report on the community — we are the community. We do our best to give the community a platform to be heard. We strive to represent the voice of the people.‘We’re tired of …’“It’s no coincidence that communities hurt by systemic racism only see journalists in their neighborhoods when people are shot or buildings burn down. It takes commitment to correct and improve that relationship. It is an insult to our work, our communities, and our neighbors to see that trust destroyed — and makes us that much more likely to face threats and aggression. The carelessness of our leadership makes it harder to do our jobs, and at worst puts our lives at risk.“We’re tired of shouldering the burden of dragging this 200-year-old institution kicking and screaming into a more equitable age. We’re tired of being told of the progress the company has made and being served platitudes about ‘diversity and inclusion’ when we raise our concerns. We’re tired of seeing our words and photos twisted to fit a narrative that does not reflect our reality. We’re tired of being told to show both sides of issues there are no two sides of.”‘We demand a plan, with deadlines’“It is an act that pains us, knowing that now more than ever it is our duty and responsibility to uplift the marginalized voices of our community. But in this moment, it is more important for us to stand alongside those who have risen up against systemic racism and inequities and call on the Inquirer to do better. To be better.“We demand action. We demand a plan, with deadlines. We demand full, transparent commitment to changing how we do business. No more ‘handling internally.’ No more quiet corrections. If we are to walk into a better world, we need to do it with our chests forward — acknowledge and accept where we make mistakes and show how we learn from them. Your embarrassment is not worth more than our humanity. This is what it means to ‘give a damn.’”On June 7, the Inquirer announced that Executive Editor Stan Wischnowski, who joined the paper in 2000, and signed the public apology issued by the newspaper, had tendered his resignation.New York Times writers revoltOn June 3, the New York Times faced its own “open revolt” when over 800 staff members publicly expressed outrage over its editorial decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) calling for military intervention in “violent riots” entitled, “Send In the Troops.” Several N.Y. Times reporters called in sick in response.The Times editorial page editor, James Bennet, tried to defend the publication of Cotton’s op-ed as a “both sides” argument. On Twitter, it was noted that “running this put N.Y. Times Black staff in danger.” On June 7, Bennet resigned.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Protests for Daniel Prude in second week in Rochester, N.Y.

first_imgSept. 13 – Nearly six months ago, Daniel Prude was murdered by police officers in Rochester, N.Y., while experiencing a mental health crisis. Initially, the details of the case were swept under the rug by Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and Mayor Lovely Warren. However, on Sept. 2, body camera footage of the murder of Daniel Prude at the hands of Rochester Police Department became publicly available. The same day the family of Daniel Prude called a press conference to share the gruesome video and details of the cover-up by RPD with the community. Joe Prude, the brother of Daniel, condemned the police action, declaring it a “cold-blooded murder.”On Sept. 2 and on following days, large numbers of protesters assembled at Rochester’s “public safety” building, demanding justice for Daniel Prude. On the first day, protesters were arrested for attempting to enter the building where the mayor was holding a press conference. On the second night, the police responded with force, beating people with batons and shooting pepper balls into the crowd. Pepper balls are a glass ball filled with pepper powder, lightly coated in plastic, which can cause serious permanent injury or even death. The next few days saw protests growing larger as more community members, saddened by the loss of another Black man murdered by police and enraged by RPD’s reckless disregard for human life, joined the marches. By the weekend, demonstrations had grown to over 1,000 people. Often beginning at MLK Park, protesters sang and chanted “Out of your houses, into the streets!” and were met with love and support from the neighborhood. At this writing, protests have been ongoing for 11 consecutive days. Rochester had already seen regular protests weekly since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Members of Workers World Party’s Buffalo branch – only an hour away – have been on the ground to demonstrate their solidarity in their neighor city’s struggle against police violence.Marching for Black lives in Rochester, N.Y., during September protests.Demonstrators met with brutalityEvery day, the people of Rochester are posting new first-hand images of their injuries at the hands of police. Many people have been shot point-blank with pepper balls, some even being shot directly in the face and eyes. Police have brought out dogs and deployed flash-bang grenades and tear gas, as well as an LRAD Sound Cannon, a sonic weapon police use to disorient protesters. Protesters are armed with little more than water bottles and umbrellas for protection. Most people are attacked by police without a clear reason, and many shot at while running away and attempting to disperse. Police have circled the city scooping up fleeing people, making opportunist arrests of unlucky people they come across. Some protesters report being covered in pepper spray, shackled and locked in a police van for an extended period of time.One person present at a protest, Roderick Douglass, said of his experience being abducted and arrested by police: “I was the first person arrested and one of the last unshackled and released after more than four hours. I wasn’t alone. Shortly after my arrest, a close comrade and roughly a dozen others were taken into custody. None of those arrested were ‘rioting.’ None were throwing bottles. We were on the front lines attempting to keep people safe and calm. “We were using our bodies to shield vulnerable people from the onslaught of rubber bullets and pepper balls being launched into the crowd. All of us were shot at close range multiple times before being abducted. Our bodies were covered in fresh welts and bruises, many of us bleeding. At least one man was shot in the eye.” Douglass explained the excruciating conditions arrestees were subjected to after the arrests: “Three more hours passed. We were handcuffed behind our backs the whole time. Numbness and agony set in. Your shoulder blades burn. Your wrists bleed. You’d give just about anything for the ability to get blood flow to your limbs. Cramping set in due to the dehydration. No water. Covered in pepper spray. Everyone wincing in pain. This was our punishment for the sin of trying to protect people.” (Roderick Douglass on Facebook)During the protests, the police specifically singled out street medics, firing tear gas and pepper balls as they attempted to treat injuries and rescue incapacitated individuals. One anonymous street medic recalled the deliberate targeting of medics by police: “When we were being pushed back into residential neighborhoods, there was someone who had been shot point-blank in the eye with a pepper ball. My medic buddy and I were trying to treat the person and get them to safety, when two RPD cowards snuck out from behind a building and fucking sniped me. They were aiming right at us. I got clapped in the hand by one pepper ball, and a whole bunch popped off around us, separating us from our other medics, who were helping the injured person. This is not a new tactic for the police, they’ve historically targeted medics, but we are ready for it.” (posted on Facebook)At one point on Sept. 5, police surrounded United Downtown Presbyterian Church, trapping people inside and firing pepper balls at the building. The church was being used as a safe place for people to get away from the violence. Pepper balls could be seen splattered on the side of the brick wall the next day.As well as the overwhelming threat of police assault, attacks from the far-right were also a safety concern. On Sept. 4, two cars drove through the crowd of protesters, hitting one person. Bear mace was sprayed onto dozens of people by someone inside the vehicle. Luckily, street medics were on site to assist, and no serious injuries occurred. Rumors of other fascists in the area continued in social media over the next few days, keeping protesters vigilant.Looking forward towards victoryIn the wake of the popular demonstrations, on Sept. 8 Police Chief Singletary abruptly retired and the entire command staff resigned. Some may view this as a final victory, but most of the protesters understand the problem lies in the racist foundations of policing as an institution, rather than a few “bad apples” or inadequate leadership of RPD. Protests have continued despite the resignations, and people have consistently advocated for defunding and abolishing the police. A list of demands compiled by Free the People Roc, a group focused on defunding the police and abolishing the prison-industrial complex, has been popularly adopted by many people in the city since the protests for George Floyd. Those demands include dropping all charges brought against protesters since May 30, defunding police, paying reparations to people and their families who’ve been impacted by police brutality, ending mass incarceration and surveillance, and cancelling rent and reinvesting funds from RPD to provide needed housing.Other demands arising since the murder of Daniel Prude include firing and prosecuting the officers involved, prohibiting RPD’s use of military-grade weapons, passing legislation prohibiting police from responding to mental health calls, and the resignation of Mayor Lovely Warren and Deputy Mayor James Smith.Some demands have already been won, such as the repeal of Section 50a which had kept police disciplinary records hidden, making the police somewhat more accountable to the community. Another victory was the removal of RPD officers from Rochester City School District, a significant step towards fighting the school-to-prison pipeline and for the abolition of the prison-industrial complex. Of course liberation will never be granted through the courts, it must be fought for in the streets. The decisive factor in maintaining these smaller victories will be whether or not the people can gain and keep control over the streets, and keep collective pressure on the police and city government.With each protest day, the protesters grow smarter and become more well organized. Despite heavy police repression and many injuries and arrests sustained in the fight for Black liberation, the people are resilient and remain dedicated to their cause. They have seen the protests in Portland going on for over 100 consecutive days and know that this fight is a long haul.The great revolutionary Fred Hampton once said, “Everything would be alright if everything was put back in the hands of the people, and we’re going to have to put it back in the hands of the people.” Workers World Party is with the people of Rochester and oppressed people across the world struggling for national liberation. We echo the call for defunding and abolishing the police, rent cancellation and dismantling the prison system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick business owner prepares to enter the Dragons Den

first_imgEmail Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up WhatsApp A LIMERICK business owner is hoping to make a positive impression when he appears on RTE programme ‘Dragons Den’ on Sunday night.Keith McGuigan, originally from Raheen and now living in Mayorstone, will pitch his business MarketDirect.ie to the dragons as he seeks €50,000 for a 20 per cent stake in the firm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up MarketDirect.ie is an online company which sells quality produce from Irish craft workers and tradespeople, and Keith came up with the idea after identifying a market niche.He explained: “I have two young kids and, a couple of years ago, I found that I couldn’t get to the Milk Market in town. It was hard to get time to go out and it was too busy in there on a Saturday to bring a buggy around. I thought there must be another way so I looked online and I couldn’t find anything which sold quality Irish produce.“I have a passion for helping small Irish businesses and when I did my market research I found that most of them weren’t online, and I couldn’t find the others online because they didn’t have the time, money or expertise to set up a proper website.”MarketDirect.ie helps Irish traders by selling their produce online with no setup fee and no risk for the craftsperson, with Keith’s company taking a 10 per cent commission on any products sold.He had worked as a chartered accountant for 14 years prior to establishing his own business, a decision that he made with his head as well as his heart.“I had always wanted to set up my own business and, when I was doing my research, I realised that I had a choice to make. I could continue what I was doing or I could follow my dream and take a leap of faith.“I told myself that if I didn’t go for it, I wouldn’t be able to look my children in the eye and tell them to follow their dreams. I also looked at the financial side of it and realised that we wouldn’t end up on the street, so I’ve no regrets.”Speaking about the Dragons Den experience, Keith said: “I’m delighted to get the opportunity. I have a lot of experience in presenting to groups of people, but this is a different ball game going to face five people and a camera. “You’ll have to watch the show to see how I get on!”Keith will make his TV appearance on RTE One on Sunday May 4 at 9:30pm. Advertisement Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! BusinessNewsLimerick business owner prepares to enter the Dragons DenBy Liam Togher – April 30, 2014 1065 Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Printcenter_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed people Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Previous articleBail granted on county Limerick drugs chargesNext articleLimerick’s latest prize bond millionaire Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter TAGSbusinessDragons DenenterpriseKeith McGuiganMarketDirect.ierte Linkedinlast_img read more

Permian Basin Drilling Report: Apr. 26 – May. 2

first_imgHome Local News Business Permian Basin Drilling Report: Apr. 26 – May. 2 Facebook Local NewsBusiness Permian Basin Drilling Report: Apr. 26 – May. 2 Previous articleMOSC presents ‘Celebrating Our Heroes’Next articlePERRYMAN: Going digital admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Permit applications approved by the Texas Railroad Commission for April 26 through May 2 for Districts 7C, 8 and 8A. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of permits approved for that leasehold.Ajax Resources, LLC, Vineyard HZ L Unit, Martin, new drill; Vineyard HZ F Unit, Martin, new drill (3); UL Blk 6 DDU A, Andrews, new drill.Ampak Oil Company, Nellie Sellers, Sterling, new drill; Nellie Sellers, Sterling, recompletion.Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC, Saratoga State 54-4-10 Unit, Reeves, new drill (3); Juniper State Unit 2-3, Reeves, new drill.Apache Corporation, CC 43 West C, Upton, new drill; CC 43 East D, Upton, new drill.APC Water Holdings 1, LLC, APC 54-1-18, Loving, new drill.Blackbeard Operating, LLC, David L. Marston, Ward, new drill (2); Sealy Smith Foundation A, Winkler, new drill (7).Bluestone Natural Resources II, LLC, Huckleberry, Pecos, new drill.Browning Oil Company, Inc., Hargrove 49, Scurry, new drill.BTA Oil Producers, LLC, Radio Tower State 21601 28, Reeves, new drill.Burleson Petroleum, Inc., University U, Andrews, recompletion.Callan Operating Company, LLC, White Ranch A, McCulloch, new drill; White Ranch, Menard, new drill; Gibson Unit A-A1 28-21, Howard, new drill; Wright Unit C 41-32 A1, Howard, new drill; Wright Unit C 41-32 A2, Howard, new drill (2); Eaglehead C A4, Reagan, new drill.Carrizo Permian, LLC, Zeman 40 (alloc. C), Reeves, new drill; Corsair State Unit, Reeves, new drill (3); Womac 7557 (alloc. B), Reeves, new drill.Centennial Resource Production, LLC, Carpenter State C, Reeves, new drill; Carpenter State D, Reeves, new drill; Carpenter State E, Reeves, new drill.Champion Lone Star Operating, LLC, CLS Walton, Winkler, new drill (5).Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Brd Wrigley Unit, Midland, new drill (5).Cimarex Energy Co., Brokers Tip 24 State Unit, Culberson, new drill (7); Giacomo 11 Fee, Culberson, new drill; Grindstone 2 Fee, Culberson, new drill; Vagrant 38 C, Culberson, new drill.Cody Energy, LLC, State Mandujano, Pecos, new drill.COG Operating, LLC, White Crow Unit, Reeves, new drill (2); Prairie Flower Unit, Reeves, new drill.ConocoPhillips Company, Frank A, Ector, recompletion; JF Cowden, Ector, new drill; Alpha State, Reeves, new drill.Crimson Exploration Operating, Inc., River Rattler 8-9, Pecos, new drill.Cross Timbers Energy, LLC, Connell Heirs, Ector, new drill.CrownQuest Operating, LLC, Green Sprangletop, Howard, new drill; Green Sprangletop C, Howard, new drill.Custer & Wright Operating, Inc., Sieber, Yoakum, new drill.Diamondback E&P LLC, Bullfrog 47 North A Unit, Howard, new drill; Riley X 1807, Glasscock, new drill; Riley Y 1807, Glasscock, new drill; Warlander, Reeves, new drill; Bombardier A Unit, Midland, new drill (3); Black Stone State 1-12 A, Pecos, new drill; Black Stone State 1-12 B, Pecos, new drill; Queen Bee SWD, Andrews, new drill; State Neal Lethco 36-32 Unit, Pecos, new drill; Neal Lethco 35-36 Unit, Pecos, new drill (2).Discovery Natural Resources, LLC, Divide-Scott F, Reagan, new drill.Encana Oil & Gas USA, Inc., Miller 41C, Howard, new drill; Samba, Martin, new drill.Endeavor Energy Resources LP, Lost Dutchman, Martin, recompletion; Rio Frio 25-32 Unit 1, Midland, new drill.Energen Resources Corporation, Sites SN 9-4 01, Glasscock, new drill; Sites SN 9-4 06, Glasscock, new drill; University 38-20, Winkler, recompletion; Jem Ranch, Ward, new drill; Adams NS 43-6 01, Howard, new drill.EOG Resources, Inc., State Pathfinder, Loving, new drill; El Patron Unit, Loving, new drill (6); State Bluewing Unit A, Reeves, new drill (2).Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd., Fee BJ, Ector, new drill.Felix Energy Holdings II, LLC, UL Spruce 1621-21, Winkler, new drill.Fivestones Energy, LLC, University A, Andrews, recompletion.Gary Permian, LLC, Columbine, Pecos, new drill.Goodnight Midstream Permian, LLC, Muley SWD, Reeves, new drill.Halcon Operating Co., Inc., Sealy Ranch, Ward, new drill; Berkley State East, Pecos, new drill.Henry Resources, LLC, Gwendolyn, Midland, new drill.Highpeak Energy Holdings, LLC, Jasmine Unit, Howard, new drill.Hillstone Daco Permian, LLC, Saguaro 1, Loving, new drill.Hunt Oil Company, Boone-Coffee 30, Midland, new drill.Impetro Operating, LLC, Ox, Winkler, new drill.Incline Energy, Imperial Fee, Pecos, new drill.Joint Resources Company, Scrambler, Gaines, new drill.Joplin Oil Co., Inc., Seiber, E.H., Cochran, new drill.Kinder Morgan Production Co., LLC, Sacroc Unit, Scurry, new drill (6); Yates Field Unit, Pecos, recompletion (2).Luxe Operating, LLC, California Chrome Unit, Ward, new drill; Angels Envy 4-3W Unit, Reeves, new drill.Matador Production Company, Clare Glassell 71-TTT-B01 WF, Loving, new drill (2); Walter Fister 71-TTT-B01 WF, Loving, new drill; Magnus Larson 04-TTT-B02, Loving, new drill; Howard Posner 83-TTT-B33 SA 203H, Loving, new drill; Howard Posner 83-TTT-B33 SA 204H, Loving, new drill.Maverick Operating, LLC, Flying B Ranch, Tom Green, new drill.Oasis Petroleum Permian, LLC, Paintbrush B 27-6-21, Winkler, new drill.Occidental Permian, Ltd., Gibson Unit, Yoakum, new drill; A Herring 94-93 Unit, Ward, new drill (2).Oxy USA Inc., E.L. Powell BC, Glasscock, new drill (2); Morris Grantham B 2304, Howard, new drill; Morris Grantham B 2306, Howard, new drill; Morris Grantham B 2308, Howard, new drill; Hall Trust, Howard, recompletion; Block 31 Unit, Crane, recompletion (5); Stallings Adkins, Howard, recompletion.Oxy USA WTP, LP, Monger 303A, Reagan, new drill.Parsley Energy Operations, LLC, Greg Maddux 31-32-D, Reagan, new drill (3).PDC Permian, Inc., Liam State 53-12, Reeves, new drill (3); Sugarloaf 7475 3U, Reeves, new drill.Permian Deep Rock Oil Co., LLC, Charger, Midland, new drill (3).Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., Driver W28Q, Reagan, new drill; Woody-McMorries 31G, Martin, new drill; Woody-McMorries 31H, Martin, new drill; Woody-McMorries 31I, Martin, new drill; Woody-McMorries 31J, Martin, new drill; Woody-McMorries 31K, Martin, new drill; Aldwell K R 40, Reagan, new drill (5).PRI Operating, LLC, Viper 14A, Reeves, new drill; Viper 14B, Reeves, new drill; Viper 14C, Reeves, new drill; Viper 14D, Reeves, new drill.QEP Energy Company, GT Hall, Martin, recompletion.Rosehill Operating Company, LLC, Weber 26, Loving, new drill.Rosetta Resources Operating, LP, Cole Younger State 30-23 Unit A, Reeves, new drill (2).RSP Permian, LLC, Spanish Trail 48 HZ Unit, Midland, new drill; Revolver 7507 E, Loving, new drill; Crockett Reese State Unit B, Loving, new drill (2); Pistol 25-9, Loving, new drill.Sabalo Operating, LLC, Dodger 33-28, Howard, new drill.Sable Permian Resources Land, LLC, Weatherby 1225-1226 (alloc. 1), Reagan, new drill; Rocker B 20-21, Reagan, new drill (10).Santa Fe Midstream Permian, LLC, Rattlesnake AGI, Yoakum, new drill.SBJ Oil & Gas, LLC, Wilson 33, Pecos, new drill.Scala Energy Operating, LLC, Lili Von Shtupp State Unit 39 46, Culberson, new drill.Sheridan Production Company, LLC, Dunbar D, Gaines, new drill (2); Parker Minerals 8C, Ector, new drill; Parker Minerals 8D, Ector, new drill.SM Energy Company, Beesly C, Howard, new drill; Jenny Curran, Howard, new drill; Marion Ravenwood B, Howard, new drill; Delphin SWD, Howard, new drill; Merlin E, Howard, new drill; Maximus C, Howard, new drill; Top Gun, Howard, new drill (2); McFly A, Howard, new drill.Surge Operating, LLC, ESCO Hamlin Unit 20-17, Howard, new drill; SFH Unit B 23-26, Howard, new drill; Williams Unit B 24-13, Howard, new drill; Newton Unit 06-43, Howard, new drill.Texland Petroleum, LP, Serenity 10, Lubbock, new drill; Emory, Andrews, new drill; Zelda, Andrews, new drill.Triple Crown Resources, LLC, Farmar BC Pooled Unit, Irion, new drill.Wishbone Texas Operating Co., LLC, Longhorn 708 A, Yoakum, new drill (2); Wishbone Acres 648, Yoakum, new drill (2).WPX Energy Permian, LLC, Chance State 4, Reeves, new drill.XTO Energy, Inc., Comancheros 19-31 3101, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3102, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3104, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3111, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3112, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3113, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3114, Midland, new drill; Comancheros 19-31 3181, Midland, new drill.RAILROAD COMMISSION By admin – May 6, 2018 Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Pinterest Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Ashford Hospitality Trust: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Congressman Mike Conaway talks to the Odessa American on Jan. 7, 2018. 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Liz Weston: Why you don’t want to be an executor

first_img WhatsApp Being asked to be an executor is an honor you might want to pass up. Settling an estate typically involves tracking down and appraising assets, paying bills and creditors, filing final tax returns and distributing whatever’s left to the heirs. At best, the process is time-consuming. At worst, it takes hundreds of hours, exposes you to lawsuits and thrusts you into the middle of family fights. Robert Braglia of New York, a certified financial planner, was executor of an estate where the woman disowned three of her four children and left most of her money to just one of her many grandchildren. That could have caused an uproar even if the family got along, which it didn’t: Two of the woman’s children were fighting over the woman’s ashes before she actually died. “Even without conflicts — which there always are — it is an enormous job,” Braglia says. Before you agree to take on this role, be clear on what’s involved. YOU COULD BE DOING IT FOR MANY MONTHS The time involved in settling an estate varies enormously. A small estate with few debts might be distributed within six to 12 months. It may take years to finalize a large estate with contentious heirs, lots of creditors or assets that are difficult to value, such as a business or rare collectibles. A survey by EstateExec, an online tool for executors, found the typical estate took about 16 months to settle and required 570 hours of effort. The largest estates, worth $5 million or more, took 42 months and 1,167 hours to complete. That doesn’t necessarily mean the executor has to put in that many hours, says CFP Russ Weiss of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. An executor can use some of the estate’s funds to hire an attorney and other help that could be more efficient than trying to figure everything out on their own. “If you have other professionals involved — an attorney, a CPA, an investment person or wealth advisor — they’re doing most of the heavy lifting,” Weiss says. “Executors are like the quarterback in the administration of the estate.” Executors may also collect a fee, with the amount depending on state law or what’s specified in the estate documents. YOU MIGHT HAVE A TOUGH TIME FINDING ASSETS Even with help, executors should expect to spend many hours finding documents, inventorying assets and debts, arranging appraisals, communicating with financial institutions and government agencies, managing property and keeping careful records. If the estate includes a home, the house may have to be emptied of possessions and readied for sale. The less organized the estate, the more time it may take to track down assets. EstateExec CEO Dan Stickel said his father, who died at 69, rented multiple storage sheds without telling his children where they were. Finding the various backyard sheds was challenging enough, but then they had to sort through the dusty contents. Those included piles of newspapers, battered furniture and several bars of silver bullion hidden under a dirty tarp. Even then, they missed something. The auction company Stickel hired to dispose of the rest of the sheds’ contents found a box containing $30,000 in savings bonds. Fortunately, the company returned the bonds to the family. YOU COULD BE SUED Executors have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries, which means the executor is required to put the beneficiaries’ interests first. People are typically advised to choose executors who are responsible, honest, diligent and impartial. “It’s an honor. If somebody asks you, it’s to say, ‘I trust you, and I trust you implicitly that you will handle my affairs in a way that’s fair,’” Weiss says. But the fiduciary duty comes with potential legal and financial consequences. Executors can be held personally responsible for mistakes and other problems. For example, one child may remove items from a parent’s home that are bequeathed to another child. The heir whose items were taken could sue the executor for failing to secure the home. Executors also may have to make judgment calls, such as whether to spend the estate’s money to fix up a house for sale and if so, how much. Unhappy heirs can sue over those decisions, as well. Given everything that can go wrong and the time commitment, people should think carefully about whether they really want the job before agreeing to be an executor, says CFP Kate Gregory of Huntington Beach, California, who has settled both her mother’s and her husband’s estates. Gregory says she would agree to serve again only if a family member asked, and only if there wasn’t likely to be a lot of conflict among the beneficiaries. Even then, she would want to see the will or trust documents to ensure there aren’t any unpleasant surprises that could cause discord. She also would insist that the documents name alternates in case she can’t or won’t serve. No one can be forced to be an executor, but Gregory says she would feel better about saying “yes” if she knew there was a plan should she later say “no.” “I want to make sure that I could resign,” she says. —————————————————————————————————————————————— This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: [email protected] Twitter: @lizweston. 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California, Nevada likely seeing increase in COVID-19 cases due to Labor Day, officials say

first_imgRattankun Thongbun/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Some areas of the country are beginning to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases that may be due to Labor Day weekend gatherings, officials said.California is seeing “the trends and impacts of Labor Day,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary for California’s health department, said Friday during a COVID-19 briefing.“It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since Labor Day,” Ghaly said. “We’re starting to see what we think is attributable to Labor Day.”In particular, case rates, COVID-19-related emergency department visits and new COVID-19 hospitalizations are all showing an uptick and are “areas of concern,” Ghaly said.The health department predicts that there will be an increase in hospitalizations over the next month, going from 2,578 as of Friday to 4,864 by Oct. 25. Flu season adds a new layer of concern in this area, Ghaly said.“We’ve never done COVID hospitalizations with flu hospitalizations,” he said. “It’s really about not letting our guard down as we did earlier in the summer.”The increases also come 3 1/2 weeks since the state started its new reopening plan and five weeks after the fire season began, Ghaly noted, both of which could also be contributing factors.In Oregon, COVID-19 cases are rising after weeks of steady decline, in part due to Labor Day gatherings, as well as the state’s recent wildfires and college students returning to school, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The state reported its single highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, with 457.Regions of Nebraska and Tennessee have also seen case upticks and outbreaks tied to Labor Day weekend gatherings, according to an internal Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News Friday night.In Saunders County, Nebraska, rising cases have been linked to a “large gathering” over the holiday weekend, the memo said, while outbreaks in the southwestern part of the state have also been tied to Labor Day as the “epidemic continues to grow” in Nebraska.Putnam County in middle Tennessee saw a 157% increase in cases in the past week compared to the previous week, with officials attributing the rise to Labor Day gatherings, as well as nursing facilities and schools, the memo said.Daily new cases were up about 50% in Washoe County, Nevada, officials said this week, blaming in part Labor Day gatherings. There were nearly 88 new cases per day, compared to the mid-50s last week, District Health Officer Kevin Dick said on Wednesday during the county’s weekly COVID-19 update.“The seven-day rolling average that we have of new cases over the past week has increased significantly,” Dick said. “We attribute a number of these cases to people that participated in private gatherings over the Labor Day holiday that are now testing positive for COVID-19.”He also pointed to cases in students at the University of Nevada, Reno, who attended off-campus parties.“That is of concern,” Dick said of the increase in cases. “There is a lot of COVID-19 in the community.”Some areas of the country are cautiously optimistic that they have not seen a Labor Day weekend surge in cases, including Alabama and Charlotte, North Carolina, according to reports. Though health experts warn that increases two weeks after major holidays are “very predictable.”“We saw that with Memorial Day and we saw that with July 4,” ABC News Contributor Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer for the Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School, said earlier this month. On May 25, Memorial Day, the national seven-day average of new cases was 21,955. Five weeks later, on June 29, the seven-day average jumped to 40,178, an 83% increase in new cases, according to an ABC analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.A similar pattern occurred just over a month later following the Fourth of July weekend. Just two weeks after July 4, the U.S. hit a record high of 76,842 daily cases, and by July 23, current hospitalizations hit a near-record high of 59,718, according to the COVID Tracking Project data.Death metrics, which tend to lag behind other COVID-19 data, increased in the weeks following the early summer holidays. On July 4, the seven-day average of deaths stood at 500; on Aug. 12, approximately five weeks after the holiday, there were the most reported COVID-19 deaths this summer, with 1,519, the ABC News analysis found.ABC News’ Josh Margolin and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wise up to the Web

first_imgWise up to the WebOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article From share trading to shopping, e-commerce is sure to have a massive impact on life in the 21st century, allowing businesses to trade with customers around the world. By Sue WeekesWhat is it?The umbrella term for any business conducted electronically via the Internet. It covers everything from on-line share trading and banking to shopping at an on-line supermarket. Some e-businesses are extensions of existing businesses while others only exist on-line. An NOP survey conducted in August 1999 predicts that e-commerce in Britain will reach £9.5bn this year.The story so farThe Internet was created 30 years ago but it took the development of the World Wide Web, a graphical user interface created by Tim Berners-Lee 10 years ago, for the world at large to exploit its potential. Arguably, the perfect model for an Internet business is still to be discovered, but many cite the best working example as the on-line bookseller Amazon, set up in 1995 by American Jeff Bezos. Despite being lauded as a success, like many Net businesses, it still runs at a loss.While 1999 was the year that saw a mass of high-profile businesses establish their on-line presences, it was, more significantly for the long-term future of e-commerce, the year that the public was given the option of free Internet access, spearheaded by the Dixons-owned Freeserve, now the UK’s biggest Internet Service Provider (ISP). This meant Internet users no longer have to pay a subscription to get access to the Internet although they still have to pay telecommunications companies for the time spent on-line. However, even this is changing with a number of deals being struck with ISPs and telecoms companies that sees discounted and even free call charges to the Net at certain times of day.While there is still a lack of consumer confidence over issues such as security, sophisticated encryption techniques for sending transactional data over the Net are helping to break down this barrier to e-commerce. Targeted marketing by companies such as Egg and Marbles, whose credit cards come with a special Internet guarantee, is also helping.Sixteen million European users started using the Web this year, says independent research company Forrester, and a report by NOP found that 1.5 million adults in the UK used the Web in the four weeks to June 1999 to purchase products or services, spending £239m in the process. “Britain will see its economic potential eaten away before its eyes by clever and hungry dot.com start-ups unless it exploits e-commerce immediately. With the Internet, we are witnessing the re-invention of customer relationships,” says Neil Holloway, managing director of Microsoft UK. “All the traditional rules and ways of doing business have changed. The end customer is determining the new rules. Business models across the world will change more in the next 10 years than the past 100.”The promiseA truly global market for everyone and unlimited choice for the consumer. Smaller companies really can compete with the big boys and Forrester claims that northern Europe is closing the e-commerce gap on the US, with a recent report predicting that Europe’s on-line business and consumer trade will grow at triple-digit rates over the next five years, reaching £1.6 trillion by 2004.ProsBecause of its immediacy and the relatively low overheads, start-up times and costs are drastically lower than for a conventional business. “E-commerce is inherently more efficient, it massively reduces the cost of searching for a product, supplier, or customer and so more and more companies which are selling to the next link in a supply chain will be using web sites to allow customers to check technical specs or order products, says Adair Turner, director-general of the CBI.“For some it will simply be a source of information, leading to a human interface, while for others it will be the means of executing the transaction.” Turner points out that this is crucial for British business in particular, with its large proportion of SMEs – “The most intensive users will be the SMEs because they are typically further down supply chains from major companies, and they are linked in business-to-business relationships with each other. They may not have a strong enough brand name such that everyone has to come and find them, their product may not be unique, and so they have to put that window on the world.”ConsIt can be easy to underestimate the amount of money needed to promote and market a Net business – you can launch an e-businesses relatively cheaply but there is little point if no one knows you are there. Credit cards are the preferred and now promoted method of payment on the Net, but in order to accept credit card details on-line, an e-business needs a merchant ID from the bank. The bank will not issue this unless you have been trading for two years.There are inherent recruitment problems – the skills-set needed by e-commerce businesses are far removed from that of a traditional job spec. For instance, last month data transfer firm Vio’s chief executive Mike Simmonds packed his bags and left because it had adopted e-commerce as the backbone of its services – an area where Simmonds had no experience. The acceleration of e-commerce had led the company to develop a new business strategy.The sheer choice of products and services offered to the consumer is causing customers to become more demanding and less loyal and the growth in e-commerce will only intensify this.Who’s on board1999 will be seen as a landmark year in e-commerce, witnessing significant commercial events such as the launch of the first Internet-only bank First-e. Prudential’s spin-off Egg also enticed a mass of savers on-line with highly competitive interest rates for a large part of the year. The major high street banks now offer some or the majority of their services on-line and in the money markets, on-line stockbrokers such as Stocktrade and Charles Schwab have opened up the world of trading to a whole new generation of on-line buyers.On the retail front, the supermarket high street battle has already begun on-line with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Iceland all offering on-line ordering and home delivery, while a mass of smaller outlets – from sausage sellers to salt miners – are selling their wares via the Net. Aside from Amazon, the Net has already spawned its own entrepreneurs with companies such as Lastminute.com, whose last-minute range of products and services appeals to those who have money to spend but no time to spend it. The company, started by Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox just over a year ago, is currently valued at £400m.FACT FILEKey playersTim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the generic user interface for the Internet, today known as the World Wide Web. Jeff Bezos, founder of on-line bookstore Amazon, one of the most established e-commerce businesses. He was also Time magazine’s Person of the Year last year. In the UK, Tony Blair has appointed Alex Allen, as an e-envoy to boost performance. And the cabinet office has set targets demanding that a quarter of government business must be done on the Web by 2002 rising to 100 per cent by 2008.The IoD has appointed its first head of e-business policy, Jim Norton, who is focusing on small businesses.Many of the business schools, like Henley Management College and Cranfield School of Management, also have their own e-commerce experts.HR ContributionIt is important to know that e-commerce projects have a tendency to grow and devour resources and that means you will have to consider how to recruit e-commerce-savvy staff. You will need to know how much to pay them – a project manager will command about £45,000, Web designers demand between £30,000 and £35,000, and as for programmers, the sky’s the limit. You will also need to know how to secure staff loyalty whether by lock-in clauses, profit sharing, or a hugely increased training budget.Essential [email protected] office report into Internet trading.Weaving the Web Orion Business The past, present and future of the World Wide Web by its inventor. By Tim Berners-Lee, ISBN 0 7528 2090 7. The Amazon.com Way The story of the Internet’s most talked about company. By Robert SpectorISBN 0 0666 2041 4.The Electronic [email protected]: From the SilkRoad to the E-Road by Robin BloorOne of Europe’s leading IT analysts on the rules of e-commerce.Internet 2000 The Rough Guide Angus J Kennedy Rough Guides ISBN 1 8582 8442 2.Web siteswww.forrester.com Forrester specialises in looking at the effect of technology on business.www.nop.co.uk Go to its Internet surveys section for latest reports and findings.www.trustwise.bt.com BTis committed to raising confidence in e-commerce by providing tools to communicate securely on-line.Sue Weekes is deputy editor of the net Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Guess who owns the website for Purplebricks’ new ‘totally sold’ tagline

first_imgThe new Purplebricks tagline ‘Totally Sold’ launched yesterday to much fanfare and featured prominently within its new TV advert as a replacement for its ‘Save Yourself from Commisery’ tagline hasn’t quite gone to plan.The hybrid agency would appear not to have checked who owns the website www.totallysold.com before launching the tagline which, it transpires, belongs to former online adversary Russell Quirk.He says that he bought the domain name in 2013 and at the same time applied for the trademark to the phrase.At the time the website was one of several online businesses that the former eMoov CEO had planned to launch, but later shelved.“It’s surprising that Purplebricks didn’t check before launching an expensive ad campaign,” he told The Negotiator.Quirk (pictured, left) says he hasn’t contacted Purplebricks yet but has ensured that any online traffic that finds its way via Google to www.totallysold.com now redirects to his PR business Properganda’s website.The new Purplebricks tagline is designed to reflect a shift in strategy at the hybrid agency, which hopes to persuade more vendors to use it as a ‘full service’ agency rather than only using its pared-down, flat-fee only service.In its most recent results published last month, the company said that it had seen a 6% increase in average revenue per instruction and that the sort of ancillary products and services its new tagline refers to now accounted for 44% of its UK turnover. Purplebricks Russell Quirk Emoov August 8, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, andsothestorybegan andsothestorybegan 8th August 2019 at 8:52 amOf course, Russell might do the honorable thing. Sell the domain and trademark to PurpleBricks and give the proceeds to emoov creditors.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Guess who owns the website for Purplebricks’ new ‘totally sold’ tagline previous nextAgencies & PeopleGuess who owns the website for Purplebricks’ new ‘totally sold’ taglineStep forward Russell Quirk, who has owned the domain name and applied for the trademark in 2013 when launching emoov.Nigel Lewis8th August 20191 Comment2,330 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford blue plaques honour trailblazing women

first_imgDr Williams’ plaque is outside her home on 12 King Edward Street, which is now the Oxford Sixth Form College. Dr. Ivy Williams graduated in 1900 after being accepted by the Society of Oxford Home Students to read Jurisprudence. However, like Rogers, she also had to wait until 7th October 1920 to matriculate and receive her degree on 14th October. The blue plaque remembering Rogers is fixed outside 35 St Giles, where she lived between 1891 and 1899. Although she could not be awarded a full degree, she obtained marks in her finals which warranted first-class honours in Literae Humaniores (Classics) and became Oxford University’s first female don. Dr. Williams became the first woman to be appointed to the Bar of England and Wales in 1922, two years after the Disqualification (Removal) Act opened the profession to women. She did not continue to practice the law, instead returning to the Society of Oxford Home Students as a lecturer. As her sight began to fail in later life, she taught herself to read braille and wrote a textbook on the subject which was published by the National Institute for the Blind. The Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Scheme is responsible for the commissioning and erecting of 66 plaques across Oxford, and more across the county. Other famous residents commemorated include the authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, alongside medical breakthroughs such as the first isolation of penicillin. The new plaques bring the total number of women represented to 15. Rogers dedicated her life to gaining women the right to obtain full membership of the university. Her posthumously released memoir Degrees by Degrees provides an account of her campaign, including as a tutor at the Society of Oxford Home Students, which later became St Anne’s College. Two new blue plaques have been unveiled in central Oxford, commemorating two pioneering women associated with the university. Both women – the classicist Annie Rogers and solicitor Dr. Ivy Williams – were among the first to matriculate and graduate with full degrees in 1920. Image Credit: Niamh Nugent.last_img read more