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Homelessness among military veterans is a noble subject for a filmmaker to take on. So it deserves a better vehicle than “Sgt. Will Gardner,” writer-director Max Martini’s clumsy and sometimes downright laughable portrayal of an injured Iraq war vet.
“Sgt. Will Gardner” is Martini’s first film since 1999’s “Desert Son.” It opens with shots of waves and the American flag, along with the voiceover of Will (also Martini), who is locked in a motel bathroom and assumed to be a squatter by the police banging on the door. He quotes verse — specifically, “The Road Not Taken” — then we get a combat scene, then the cops breaking down the door. They drag him out in handcuffs and say, “Do you believe this guy? He’s something else!” Why he’s “something else” isn’t exactly clear, and the scene ends with Will reciting Walt Whitman’s “As I Ponder’d in Silence.” The stiff exchange, along with the poetry, set the stage for the rest of the film.
Robert Patrick then shows up to play a malevolent property owner in a scene whose timeline relative to Will’s arrest isn’t stated. Will asks if he has any odd jobs available, and when Patrick’s Tony says no, Will requests that they settle up for the work he has already done for him. Tony gives him less than what he owes, citing the fact that Will actually spent his time exercising, “and I caught you reading more than once!”
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Will counters that these activities were performed on his breaks and furthermore, “The VA doc says to exercise to get my heart rate up to get oxygen to my brain. And they told me to read to take my mind off other things.” Tony doesn’t let him slide just because Will has a traumatic brain injury and lost his friend in the war. “Just like all of ‘em, lookin’ for a handout,” he says with a sneer. “Walk away, Will,” Will says as he does, indeed, walk away.
That’s not the end of their working relationship, however. Will returns to steal Tony’s new motorcycle — an action without repercussions — and rides it cross-country to visit a son he hasn’t seen for an undisclosed amount of time and whom he finds without effort, along with the boy’s mother, Kimmy (Elisabeth Röhm), who freaks out until she realizes it’s him. (She and a friend are in the same park as the boy, but far enough away that she drives her car over to confront Will, one of many details that don’t make sense.) The tortured dialogue continues.
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Will also has a love interest. He first sees Mary-Anne (Lily Rabe) when he’s riding by just after she quits her job in a huff. (When she calls her boss a nimrod, he says, “Nimrod? I don’t know what’s happening to you lately, but you’re becoming completely unreliable!”) Then Will and Mary-Anne meet — or drive by — cute again and again. Mary-Anne is into Will because she thinks he’s, wait for it, Bryan Cranston. (Martini looks nothing like Bryan Cranston.)
Conveniently, when they finally talk, he tells her only his nickname, Ghost. So she sleeps with him, continuing to believe he’s Cranston, while he never notices even though she says things like, “You are so talented.” Weird thing to tell someone she’s only seen riding a bike, right?
“Sgt. Will Gardner” also has a magical-Negro problem. When Will’s friend Sam (Omari Hardwick) first shows up, it’s not clear that he’s a figment of Will’s imagination, the buddy who was killed in combat. But then we see him in odder settings, such as sitting in the corner of a room in front of a small, staticky TV while Will rages at life. (It’s a mystery where he is. There’s no indication that he had been invited to stay anywhere, and it’s not a motel room because the mattress is on the floor.)
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Sam sings Will songs and counsels him through his grief, eventually saying something life-changing that allows Will to let go. There are a lot of speeches here, including one that Mary-Anne gives Will about her life and another that Will gives another homeless vet about standing proud.
The score and soundtrack can be classified as inspirational and country, respectively; the film has a decidedly red-state feel, even if politics are never explicitly brought up. (Though Gary Sinise shows up to offer a bit of slut-shaming regarding a regular at the establishment where his character tends bar: “Then she let the guys get all over her, and that done changed her.”) You can’t help but think of “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s superior movie about the horrors of war and the inability of a vet to truly come home.
It’s heart-wrenching when Will tells yet another homeless veteran, “The VA’s a f—ing s—show, man,” as well as when Martini offers a postscript about the reality of vets and homelessness: you know these things are true. But “Sgt. Will Gardner” is its own kind of mess, one whose missteps are too distracting to allow you to feel sympathy for its characters for very long.
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The major news networks differed sharply in how they covered Donald Trump address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make a case for tough immigration laws and more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
His remarks were carried live on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. On Fox News, host Tucker Carlson kept it light with colleague Dana Perino, volleying between joking about recent news coverage and dispassionate assessments of what Trump might and might not say. On the other side of the ideological spectrum, MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow were already pre-fact checking the president, offering corrections to claims they expected him to make and offered liberal-friendly speculation about how the shutdown might end.
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The network was aided by sharply critical chyrons, which have become increasingly common among news outlets to combat what they say are President Trump’s falsehoods. CNN, per usual, attempted to chart a middle course with Anderson Cooper leading a panel of eight reflecting opinions on all sides.
ABC, NBC and CBS all cut into regularly scheduled primetime programming to air the address.
None of the networks attempted to fact check Trump in real time through the use of chyrons — a practice which both CNN and MSNBC have occasionally adopted during other public remarks from Trump in the past. Most lower thirds held static messages like “Trump Oval Office Address” or “Presidential Address to the Nation.”
The speech itself was brief, with Trump reading unemotionally from a teleprompter. No new points were offered and Trump didn’t ad lib. And contrary to speculation prior to the address, the president did not invoke emergency powers to build the wall without funding or congressional approval.
“There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Trump said. “We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country… Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.”
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer offered a brief rebuttal after Trump finished speaking.
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“President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation – many of them veterans,” Pelosi said.
The post-game media wrap up fell among predictable partisan lines. On Fox News, Sean Hannity welcomed viewers to commentary offered by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Fox News host Mark Levin. There was no particular emphasis on the factualness of Trump’s remarks.
“This is the most presidential I’ve seen President Trump,” Graham said. Levin — who dialed in by phone — lauded Trump as well and hailed the speech as a success.
Over at MSNBC, the mood was sharply the opposite.
“Mainly the president’s speech was a litany of scare stories about immigrants being terrible criminals coming into the United States to rape and murder Americans,” said Rachel Maddow, before welcoming Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to offer her critique in an exclusive interview.
At CNN, the network turned to Daniel Dale, a Washington Correspondent for the Toronto Star — who has developed a following on Twitter for his fact checks of President Trump’s rallies. In recent months he has become a regular on CNN and is a favorite of “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.
In his new primetime home, Chris Cuomo grilled Dale on a series of claims from Trump’s speech, to which the reporter did his best to check live on the air. Later on Cuomo and New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman dissected the speech on style with both agreeing the Oval Office address was not the optimal venue for Trump’s talents.
The non-cable channels, including ABC, NBC and CBS spent a little time on post-speech analysis before returning to their regularly scheduled programs.
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Former workers can get disability benefits sooner with experienced representatives on their side
Belleville, Illinois, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) will reinstate the Reconsideration step of the disability adjudication process in 10 states beginning in 2019. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants in those states will need to prepare for a new and unfamiliar appeals process and potentially longer waits for their benefits, according to Allsup, the nation’s premier disability representation company.
Of all initial applications, 66 percent are denied and anyone who is denied can file an appeal at the Reconsideration level, possibly avoiding the months-long wait for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
However, the Reconsideration process itself adds three to six months of processing time at Social Security. In fiscal years 2016 and 2017, only 13 percent of former workers were awarded benefits at this stage of the SSDI process. Having a representative with Reconsideration experience can improve the likelihood of success for applicants. Allsup reports an average approval rate of approximately double the national average for its customers at the Reconsideration level.
“The added appeal level can be an opportunity for those Allsup customers denied at the initial level to skip the lengthy wait for a hearing. But there are some important steps SSDI claimants should take to maximize their success when appealing their initial denial,” said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of Operations Strategy and Planning at Allsup. “If applicants working without a representative simply repeat mistakes they made in their initial filings, they will face an ever longer wait for benefits in these 10 former ‘skip states’.”
As of Jan. 1, 2019, Reconsideration has been reinstated in five states:
· California (Los Angeles North and West Branches)
· New Hampshire
· New York
It will be reinstated in the five remaining states on a rolling basis by June 26, 2020:
· Pennsylvania: April 1, 2019
· Alabama: Oct. 1, 2019
· Michigan: Oct. 1, 2019
· Missouri: Jan. 1, 2020
· Alaska: March 1, 2020
The SSA also is working to train state Disability Determination Services (DDS) staff and adjudicators to efficiently and accurately process claims at this level. It announced plans to hire hundreds of new staff members to handle the influx of tens of thousands of Reconsideration claims in these 10 states.
“Many of the claims examiners and administrative staff in these states have not worked on this level of the appeals process before,” said Steve Perrigo, Vice President and National Account Director at Allsup. “It will benefit both applicants and the SSA to have experienced representatives available to help guide claimants through this reinstatement process in their state and resolve any missteps common when introducing new processes.”
Out of the approximately 1.8 million claims awaiting a decision at all levels in 2018, there were approximately 129,000 at the Reconsideration level. This number is projected to increase to 177,000 pending claims by Sept. 30, 2019.
Allsup has helped more than 300,000 people to receive their SSDI benefits. The online tool empower by Allsup® combines an SSDI assessment for eligibility and Social Security disability application support, along with return to work guidance for those who may medically recover. Allsup’s average success rate on behalf of its customers is over 50 percent higher when compared with the national average of 34 percent.
Find more information about the Reconsideration process, how to apply for disability benefits, or getting back to work with a disability, by visiting TrueHelp.com.
By phone: Individuals who have been denied SSDI and are filing their Request for Reconsideration in these states: California (Los Angeles North and West Branches), Colorado, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and New York, may call (888) 217-3795 for assistance from the Allsup Disability Resource Center.
*Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, return to work, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Learn more at TrueHelp.com and @Allsup or download a free PDF of Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance: Getting It Right The First Time.
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Dallas-based Highlands Residential Mortgage, a full-service mortgage lender, is honored to announce that National Mortgage News ranked the company No. 1 on their inaugural 2019 Best Mortgage Companies to Work for list. Founded in 1976, National Mortgage News is an award-winning resource serving the residential mortgage industry. It covers depositories, brokerage firms, vendors, regulators, and non bank lenders.
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Dallas-based Highlands Residential Mortgage, a full-service mortgage lender, is honored to announce that National Mortgage News ranked the company No. 1 on their inaugural 2019 Best Mortgage Companies to Work for list. Founded in 1976, National Mortgage News is an award-winning resource serving the residential mortgage industry. It covers depositories, brokerage firms, vendors, regulators, and nonbank lenders.
Using extensive employee surveys and employer reports on benefits and policies, the awards program identifies and recognizes the best employers in the industry. The process involves a thorough company assessment designed to collect detailed information about each company's workplace. Employers fill out a detailed questionnaire and employees share their honest feedback in a company-wide survey.
The publication works with Best Company Group, a company with experience in conducting employee surveys. They sort survey results into eight core focus areas:· Leadership and planning
· Corporate culture and communications
· Role satisfaction
· Work environment
· Relationship with supervisor
· Training, development, and resources
· Pay and benefits
· Overall engagement
“We are very excited to be named the number one best mortgage company to work for by National Mortgage News! This is a great honor and we are so proud of all of our outstanding team members that have made Highlands such a special place! Everyone has worked together, unified in all things with a daily purpose of being the very best at helping families with all of their home financing needs. Our dynamic culture throughout the organization has been the driving force behind our success and resulted in five consecutive years of growth! A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Highlands family on this well-deserved recognition!” – Brian Bennett, President
In addition to being recognized on National Mortgage News’ Best Mortgage Companies to Work for list, Highlands has appeared three times in the SMU Cox - Dallas 100 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, twice on Inc. 5000’s list of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies, and three time on The Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places to Work list.
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Established in 2010, Highlands Residential Mortgage is a retail mortgage banker headquartered in Dallas, Texas that is led by long time industry veterans. The company handles home purchase, refinance and cash out financing needs for its’ customers. They have built an employee-focused culture that supports its members both personally and professionally. The mission of valuing people drives everything they do and has resulted in the company growing for five consecutive years. The company currently has 31 branches in 11 states with more than 350 employees. Reported by PRWeb 9 hours ago.
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Detroit, MI, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) is proud to announce significant accomplishments and growth in 2018. After five years in operation, NVBDC has certified over 500 Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs) and has over 250 “active” certified SD/VOBs in their database. The leading certification agency continues to increase its corporate membership. As well, corporations who are affiliated with NVBDC have reported over two billion dollars in corporate spending with their SD/VOBs. NVBDC will also launch an “off-the-record” survey in 2019 with current corporate members in order to determine their annual Veteran spend.
Earlier this year, NVBDC published a White Paper titled “A History and Business Case for the National Veterans Business Development Council” detailing the history of the certification agency as well as the establishment of Veteran businesses as a recognized classification within the Federal government. The NVBDC White Paper was very well received and picked up by numerous online business publications.
NVBDC continues to work on educating Veterans on certification and the important topic of ‘what is a veteran.’ “It’s a challenge NVBDC deals with on a daily basis and ensuring Veterans understand the importance of the need for higher certification standards, and what’s the role of supplier diversity professionals. In response to the demand, NVBDC will hold two webinars in 2019. One which is directed towards Veteran Business Owners and the second for corporate members explaining why accepting discharge paperwork from veterans could potentially expose the corporation to fraud,” said Keith King, President NVBDC.
In 2018, NVBDC hosted four events including; the Doing Business with the Federal Reserve and Private Industry Conference, the annual Golf outing, the National Veteran Business Matchmaking event and the Northeast Veterans Business Development Conference hosted by JP Morgan Chase & Co. Upcoming in 2019, NVBDC is proud to announce they will host three events, one in the southeast region, Doing Business with the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit, and we are excited to announce our national event will be held in Columbus, Ohio at the newly opened and architecturally stunning National Veteran Memorial and Museum. In addition, NVBDC expanded operations and hired more staff who were brought on board to further increase the standard of service for Veterans and corporate members.
As NVBDC reflects on 2018, it was a year of growth, and the organization is honored to work with Veteran Business Owners. NVBDC is committed to continue our gold standard in certification and educate SD/VOBs as well as corporate members on the importance of certification standards.
The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.
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· *In 2016, Microsoft tied components of executive compensation to internal diversity and inclusion goals. *
· *More recently, the company incorporated inclusion into its performance review process for every employee.*
· *In this op-ed, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, chief diversity officer at Microsoft, says that the company's starting to see signs that this shift is working.*
· *This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.*
Nearly every major company has announced plans to push for more diversity and inclusion. Millions of dollars have been pledged, initiatives born, and organizations created. Yet despite many well-intended efforts, we’re oftentimes left wishing that progress would come more quickly.
It turns out that talking about diversity and inclusion is much easier than actually living diversity and inclusion.
At Microsoft, we don’t have all the answers. But we are actively working to increase accountability throughout the organization for driving progress in diversity and inclusion.
It started first with an expectation that our leadership team can and needs to do more to prioritize inclusion. We recently expanded this to include every employee in our organization — each of whom can do more to foster a greater sense of inclusion within the company.
While we’re far from any victory line, we’re beginning to see positive indicators that this shift is working.
**Holding leaders accountable **
In order to hold leaders more accountable for improving representation at all levels, in 2016 we tied components of executive compensation to internal diversity and inclusion goals. This was an effort designed to align leadership on shared goals, and to deliver on one of our core goals, which is to operate as one team instead of multiple “businesses within a business.”
Qualitative performance indicators were created to align long-term interests of all our stakeholders, including those in our product & strategy world; our customers; and with leaders throughout the company.
One way a leader can show measurable progress includes hiring through one of the many programs we developed to find great talent outside of the traditional academic path such as veterans, workers transitioning from other industries or life phases, and people with Autism.
Another example could include results driven by our mission to design products and technology capabilities that are inclusive of everyone, like our Xbox Adaptive Controller.
Our senior leadership team meets every week to understand what’s working and where our efforts need refinement.
**Helping every employee prioritize inclusion **
A few months ago, we took another step: incorporating inclusion into our performance review process for every employee. We refer to this as a “shared core priority.” which calls for ongoing dialogue between employees and managers to discuss how each person can incorporate inclusion into their daily work, in both large and small ways.
This accountability is complemented by an internal focus on awareness, curiosity and courage.
Awareness means that every employee has a responsibility to be cognizant of other people’s voices and ideas and the impact of their own behavior on others. Curiosity means nurturing a culture that encourages people to ask hard questions and practice open-mindedness. And perhaps the most important, courage means having the will to put beliefs into action.
To us, these three concepts are the foundational building blocks for a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
**Accountability through ownership **
By encouraging employees to become engaged advocates for themselves and each other and providing tools like the shared core priority to track their journey, we’re committed to ensuring everyone has a stake in owning our culture.
This sense of shared accountability also complements efforts at the programmatic level, like pipeline building through public and private partnerships, funding new ventures for diverse innovators, reinventing how we recruit employees, and engaging new talent through second acts and returnships.
All of these things in combination have impact, but we know we can — and must — do more.
There is no question that greater diversity and inclusion is a business imperative, and while programs and policies are important for the foundation, it’s the people in an organization who bring the commitment to life. Embedding it into our employee lifecycle — rewards, recognition, performance, career velocity, succession, development — is incredibly important work.
It only takes a series of small acts fueled by awareness, curiosity, and courage, to light the fire needed to both acknowledge the past and generate momentum for the future.
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SMITHFIELD, Va. , Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the 2019 competition barbecue season kicks off, Smithfield^® is excited to present the recipients of the third-annual Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant program. After receiving more than 200 applications, 33 non-profit and community barbecue events across the country have been carefully selected to receive $3,000 each, totaling $99,000 on behalf of the brand. Established in 2017, the Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant program is designed to provide event support for sanctioned barbecue competitions and deepen the prize pool in overall and major meat categories for participating cook teams.“Since the inception of this program, we’re proud to have awarded 119 grants, bringing our total investment to nearly $400,000,” said Emily Detwiler, director of fresh pork marketing for Smithfield Foods. “From our sponsorships of major competitions, to lasting relationships with award-winning pitmasters, and commitment to delivering consistent, top quality products, this program is just one of the many ways Smithfield continues to invest in the sport of competition barbecue.”
*2019 Grant Program Winners*
Jan. 18-19: Slab-O-Rama Barbeque Challenge, Bullhead City, Ariz.
Jan. 25-26: Lakeland Pigfest, Lakeland, Fla.
March 1-2: Sip and Swine BBQ Festival, Lawrenceville, Ga.
March 22-23: Hammond BBQ Challenge, Hammond, La.
March 29-30: Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash, Venice, Fla.
April 5-6: Beeville Spring Fest BBQ Cookoff, Beeville, Texas
April 12-13: Smoke In The Spring, Osage City, Kan.
April 19-20: High on the Hog Festival, Winchester, Tenn.
April 26-27: HANOR Smokin’ Red Dirt BBQ, Enid, Okla.
April 26-27: Bishop Wild Horse Desert Roundup and BBQ Cook-Off, Kingsville, Texas
April 26-28: WashMO BBQ, Bikes & Blues, Washington, Mo.
May 3-4: Jiggy With the Piggy BBQ Challenge, Kannapolis, N.C.
May 3-5: Masters In May, Bancroft, Wis.
May 4-5: BBQ Jamboree Double, Fredericksburg, Va.
May 24-26: Westmont Red, White & BBQ, Westmont, Ill.
May 31-June 1: Big Blue BBQ Championship, Marysville, Kan.
May 31-June 1: Smokin’ In Steele BBQ & Blues Festival, Owatonna, Minn.
May 31-June 1: Valley Veterans BBQ Competition, Valley, Neb.
May 31-June 1: Original South Dakota BBQ Championships, Huron, S.D.
June 21-22: Covington Cork and Pork Festival, Covington, Va.
June 22-23: Belvidere Heritage Day’s BBQ Showdown, Belvidere, Ill.
July 12-13: Gold Ribbin’ BBQ Fest, Green Bay, Wis.
July 27-28: Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge, Gilroy, Calif.
Aug. 16-18: Hudson Valley RibFest, New Paltz, N.Y.
Aug. 23-24: Death’s Door Bar-B-Q, Washington Island, Wis.
Sept. 14-15: Table Rock Boats & Bones, Kimberling City, Mo.
Sept. 20-21: Tilley Harley-Davidson Biker Blues & BBQ Rally, Salisbury, N.C.
Sept. 20-21: Riverfest BBQ and Music Fest, Decatur, Ala.
Sept. 20-21: Tri-City BBQ Fest, Denison, Iowa
Sept. 27-29: Wildwood BBQ Bash, Wildwood, Mo.
Oct. 11-12: MS Delta State Barbecue Championship/Cleveland Octoberfest, Cleveland, Miss.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Downtown Jonesboro BBQ & Music Festival, Jonesboro, Ark.
Dec. 13-14: Briscoe Ranch BBQ Cook-off, Uvalde, Texas
In addition, the brand recently launched the Smokin’ With Smithfield National Barbecue Championship, the first-ever unified points chase open to all competition barbecue cooks in the country, designed to level the playing field across all major sanctioning bodies and events. To register your team for the National Barbecue Championship and check the current leaderboard, or to learn more about the Smokin’ With Smithfield Grant and Committed Cooks programs, please visit www.SmokinWithSmithfield.com.
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia. From hand-trimmed ribs, loins and bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the United States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield’s products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
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Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield^®, Eckrich^®, Nathan’s Famous^®, Farmland^®, Armour^®, Farmer John^®, Kretschmar^®, John Morrell^®, Cook’s^®, Gwaltney^®, Carando^®, Margherita^®, Curly’s^®, Healthy Ones^®, Morliny^®, Krakus^® and Berlinki^®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.SmithfieldFoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s films tend to exist on the extremes; for many viewers, they are either very good or very bad, with almost no middle ground. After his breakout success with “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable,” Shyamalan disappointed moviegoers with dud after dud, including “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender.” In the past few years, Shyamalan has made an extraordinary comeback with the one-two punch of “The Visit” and “Split.”
With “Glass,” Shyamalan closes a story loop that he started 19 years ago with the critically acclaimed “Unbreakable.” This new sequel finds that movie’s protagonist, David Dunn (Bruce Willis), taking up a side gig as a vigilante superhero with the help of his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark, TNT’s “Animal Kingdom”). Still using the ominous-looking green security guard poncho from his old job, Dunn decides the next villain to track down is the very troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), whose 24 personalities includes a superpowered monster known as The Beast.
But in the middle of rescuing The Beast’s next potential victims, both superhumans are captured by a SWAT team and placed under the care of a poisonously calm therapist played by Sarah Paulson, who wants to cure them of their delusions of superhero grandeur. But David and Kevin are not her only patients — the two are shortly joined by another familiar face from “Unbreakable,” David’s archnemesis Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), or as he calls himself, Mr. Glass.
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When they first met in 2000, Elijah shared with David his theory that because someone like him is so weak — his bones are so brittle, they shatter “like glass” — that must mean someone else in the world must be so strong as to be his equal, like a riff on Newton’s Third Law of Physics. Both “Unbreakable” and “Split” are idiosyncratic works about our fascination with superheroes and their mythologies, yet “Glass” never feels like it becomes its own movie. It’s so heavily indebted to its predecessors that much of the emotional impact will be lost on anyone who hasn’t watched the other films.
There’s also a troubling development with Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), the sole survivor of The Beast’s attack in “Split.” In that movie, she’s a conflicted character struggling with her own problems before she’s kidnapped with her friends by one of Kevin’s personalities. In “Glass,” her situation feels conveniently shelved, as she takes on a nurturing role for Kevin. It’s disturbing to see her reduced this way, especially when violence against women and the deadly assumption that women can fix dangerous men is still so prevalent. Also unexplored is any strife Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) might have felt after learning that her son is an evil genius-turned-terrorist.
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The film’s three leads, at least, remain fascinating to watch. Willis’ gruff return to his character is less reflective than in his origin story, but his reluctant, aged alter ego makes for a nice counterbalance against the overwhelming energy in McAvoy’s performance. Even when sharing the screen with veterans like Willis and Jackson, McAvoy’s ability to quickly change accents, the pitch of his voice, facial expressions and posture for different characters works wonders in Shyamalan’s steady long shots. Although the movie is named after his character, Jackson really doesn’t shine until its final third. He’s delightful in a maniacally sinister way, a perfect conduit for Shyamalan’s signature plot twists.
Performances aside, “Glass” is a pretty mixed bag of exposition-filled dull moments and pedantic dialogue. Shyamalan, who also wrote the movie, unloads comic-book knowledge at the expense of character development, going so far as to explain what a “showdown” is and having a character give a brief history of the comics medium, which seems extraneous in a world where superhero movies have opened in theaters every summer for the past decade. That moment would have worked in 2000, but nowadays, any kid on an American playground has heard of the Avengers.
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Despite its flaws, the movie has a fair share of entertaining scenes, usually the ones involving all three leads. However messy, Shyamalan still has a few tricks up his sleeve when tying the threads of these separate movies together. There are several references to the previous films, including Casey’s Philadelphia Zoo jacket from “Split” and the return of Clark and Woodard (and even Shyamalan) to reprise their “Unbreakable” roles almost 20 years later.
But the surprises aren’t limited to numerous references to the director’s previous work. The cinematography (by Mike Gioulakis, “It Follows”) feels much more cohesive than other parts of the movie. Our superhero and villains each have their own color reflected in their outfit, sidekick and homes. David’s presence, particularly in the fluorescent-lit office where he works with his son, is coded with the shades of green of his poncho. Carrying over the grimy yellow tones of “Split,” Kevin wears bright yellow pants and Casey’s outfit lightly mirrors his with mustard, grey, rust and brown tones. Elijah’s mom is easily recognized by a purple suit, which carries over to her living room. Purple, yellow and green make spectacular superhero colors, and Shyamalan and Gioulakis take full advantage of them.
If “Unbreakable” and “Split” are some of the strongest works in Shyamalan’s filmography, “Glass” holds a place somewhere in the middle between those and the titles that turned off so many moviegoers. But don’t count out Shyamalan just yet. There is enough experimentation — such as the stirring POV shots during the fight scenes — that shows a director still pushing his craft to bring his viewers something new. He’s not done surprising us.
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Recipients of Scholarships to Attend OWASP AppSec California Announced
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) January 11, 2019
AppSec California 2019 will happen from January 22nd-25th at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California, a three mile stretch of beach along the sun drenched Southern California coast. This year’s conference will have the first two days reserved for hands-on trainings, followed by an additional two days of keynotes and presentations. AppSec California is a one of a kind experience for anyone in the information security community.
OWASP AppSec California is dedicated to increasing diversity in the workplace while also helping solve the information security talent shortage. With these goals in mind and in order to help under-represented groups enter into the Information Security arena, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has provided eight scholarships allowing admittance to AppSec California 2019 Conference. Two of the scholarships have been sponsored by Contrast Security and Segment. A single scholarship includes a two-day conference attendance ticket and up to a $1200 stipend for reimbursement of travel expenses for non-local candidates.
OWASP and AppSec California are proud to announce that four of the scholarship recipients are Military Veterans, and by the luck of the draw they represent four service branches of our military: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. One Veteran is in the process of completing the last few months in twenty years of service to our nation.
OWASP is also proud to announce that the remaining four recipients are women. While women comprise almost half of the U.S. population, they only make up 20% of the cybersecurity workforce. While that's up from a mere 11% in 2013, there is still a lot of opportunity to be seized in cybersecurity careers. Through these types of scholarship and forming the Women In AppSec Committee (WIA), OWASP is committed to changing the trend by promoting female participation in the Information Security sector.
In support of greater interest in Information Security among students, OWASP is offering a deep discount for AppSec California 2019. Registrants with a valid .edu email address or a valid student ID can attend the $400 conference for only $99 (a 75% discount). Interested students may apply to receive their tickets by following the instructions at https://2019.appseccalifornia.org/index.php/register/student-discount/
It is not too late to contribute and become a corporate sponsor for AppSec California 2019 Diversity and Veteran Scholarship. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
You can sign up for just training, or you can take advantage of the special discounted package and attend one or two days of training followed by two days of keynotes and speaking sessions. For a conference of this caliber, the cost of the training and the package is remarkably low. Join us on the beach, grab drinks, hack around, network with over 600 security pros and end the day with a serene sunset. Register before discount pricing ends, so go and own a ticket before it’s gameover! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/appsec-california-2019-tickets-49541214105
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, worldwide organization focused on improving the security of application software. OWASP’s mission is to make application security visible to ensure that organizations and individuals can make informed decisions about true application security risks. Participation in OWASP is free of charge and open to the general public. All OWASP materials are available under a free and open source license. http://www.owasp.org
California OWASP Chapters
The OWASP Los Angeles chapter hosts a networking dinner on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the Orange County chapter meets on the fourth Thursday. OWASP Bay Area meets every other month, and OWASP San Diego meets monthly. The Santa Barbara chapter is being relaunched! Great networking, food and drinks, and awesome presentations focused on what security is really about.
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RallyPoint and Recon Realty Partner to Empower Servicemembers and Veterans To Use Real Estate as a Successful Transition Path
WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019
RallyPoint, the military’s largest online network with 1.6 million members, announced a new partnership with Recon Realty that will help veterans learn whether becoming a rehabber, builder, or income property owner is a smart move for them, regardless of where they are in their military or civilian career.
Recon Realty, founded by Marine Corps Sergeant Andy Williams has a clear vision for Veterans to win in America. The Real Estate Entrepreneur and co- Host of HGTV’s Flip or Flop - Fort Worth, has launched a resource center on RallyPoint that will deliver valuable real estate insights to RallyPoint members.
“In early 2018, I ran a successful pilot empowering a dozen veterans to buy, flip and rent income properties, says Andy Williams. “This success inspired me to launch a new initiative that will support my fellow veterans achieve similar success but on a much greater scale. This initiative is veteransbuyamerca. This partnership with RallyPoint will support and expand the movement by empowering the military community with the ability to serve as responsible rehabbers, builders, and property owners in the communities in which they live during and after their military service. ”
This partnership will enable the servicemembers, veterans and military family members on RallyPoint to access education, resources and guidance so they can determine if building, flipping, and / or buying turnkey real estate as a form of passive income is the right path for them.
“At RallyPoint, we actively connect our members to leaders who have a broad and impactful value proposition to our member base,” said Dave Gowel, RallyPoint CEO. “The individuals and companies with whom we seek to join forces are those who authentically have our members’ best interest in mind and who lead by example. We’re proud to partner with Recon Realty because they couldn’t be a better fit for these criteria.”
To learn more about this initiative, go to https://www.rallypoint.com/topics/real-estate, and get exclusive information and authentic stories on how veterans have made and lost money with real estate.
About RallyPoint: RallyPoint is the online platform where warriors talk. With more than 1.6 million members, RallyPoint is the premier network for military service members and veterans to come together and discuss military life through both professional and personal perspectives. Visit http://solutions.rallypoint.com/ to learn more, and follow RallyPoint on Facebook and Twitter @RallyPoint.
About Recon Realty: Recon Realty is a benefit corporation that deploys select veterans into communities primed for revitalization, empowering each Veteran with a clearly defined mission: to positively impact our country, economy, and community.
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The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. Also, it could mean financial hardship for some federal government employees facing mortgage payments without their regular paychecks. Here's how the shutdown is affecting homebuyers and homeowners — and what you can do about it. IF YOU'RE GETTING AN FHA, VA OR USDA LOAN If you're getting a Federal Housing Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs loan, it's likely you can expect delays in the underwriting process, and it's possible your closing date will be pushed back as well.
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Bill Rudowitz, accomplished client services and IT executive, joins Traliant
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019
Traliant, an innovator in sexual harassment training for the modern workforce, today announced the appointment of Bill Rudowitz as the company’s Vice President of Client Services. Rudowitz will manage the company’s Customer Success and Client Services teams, and be responsible for delivering exceptional service and support to Traliant’s growing roster of compliance training customers.
“I’ve know Bill for over 20 years and he personifies what it takes to deliver the highest level of customer service,” said Mike Pallatta, CEO and Co-Founder of Traliant. “Bill’s hands-on experience and strategic understanding of client services will be instrumental in building successful, long-term customer relationships.”
Throughout his career, Rudowitz has earned a reputation for managing high-performing technical services and support teams across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Traliant, he served as vice president and general manager of network operations at Maintech, an IT service management company. Prior, he served as chief operating officer of Volt Telecom Group, and held various management positions with regional and global organizations.
“I’m excited to join Traliant at a time when the company is quickly expanding its customer base and suite of training products,” said Rudowitz, who is a certified ISO Quality Management System auditor. “Providing outstanding customer service and value is a core principle I share with Traliant’s co-founders and team.”
Rudowitz is a graduate of Upsala College and earned an MBA in finance from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Traliant was founded by industry veterans from some of the world's most successful compliance training companies to meet the challenge of transforming compliance training from boring to brilliant. Backed by Martinson Ventures, Traliant delivers immersive, bite-sized compliance training on an eLearning platform that enables fast and easy customization. Courses are available on numerous topics including Diversity Training and Sensitivity Training. For more information visit: http://www.traliant.com. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
· The ongoing federal government shutdown could start affecting the US housing market soon.
· Federal workers not receiving pay owe $249 million in mortgage payments and $189 million in rent payments this month, according to Zillow.
· Some federal housing programs such as Federal Housing Administration loans, Veterans Affairs loans, and USDA loans are experiencing delays.
· Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development cannot pay rental assistance to landlords who provide roughly 100,000 low-income Americans with affordable housing.
The ongoing government shutdown looks like it may cause a mess for the US housing market.
As the shutdown enters a record-tying 21st day, a number of worries are piling up, ranging from looming mortgage payments for federal workers to missing rent assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The problems have left workers worried about making ends meet, potential buyers frozen out of loans, and affordable housing experts concerned about evictions.
*Missing paychecks mean missed payments*
The most direct effect of the government shutdown on the housing market is the increasing possibility that the 800,000 federal workers who are not receiving paychecks during the shutdown are going to face a mortgage or rent bill without any income to pay it.
According to online real estate database firm Zillow, federal workers who are not receiving paychecks have $249 million in mortgage payments and $189 million in rent payments due this month.
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While the Office of Personnel Management released guidance for federal employees who may experience problems, many employees worried that the suggestions — which include writing letters to landlords asking for a delay — are woefully inadequate.
"No payments means no gas for our cars, no money for our prescriptions, our groceries, our rents and our mortgages," Steve Ching, an electrician who contracts for NASA, told the Washington Post. "We're all wondering how long our families will be able to hold out."
*Services for homebuyers are experiencing some problems*
In addition to the looming payments for federal workers, the federal government has also stopped activities such as loan programs and income checks that people need to buy homes.
While Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) loans are going out during the shutdown, new applicants may experience delays as FHA/VA employees who work on the underwriting process are on furlough, which means they aren't working.
Additionally, the US Department of Agriculture, which provides loans for people buying homes in rural areas, is not processing those requests.
The IRS is also working through a backlog of income verifications that are needed for some borrowers because the process was paused when the shutdown went into effect, so some buyers may experience delays.
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These pauses are causing problems for some people trying to buy a new home, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors released on Tuesday.
Three-quarters of realtors surveyed reported no clients having issues due to the shutdown. But 22% said a current client or potential client was having trouble, with reasons for disruptions including:
· 25% said "the buyer decided not to buy due to general economic uncertainty, though they were not a federal government employee"
· 17% had a client who was unable to get a USDA rural home loan processed due to the shutdown
· 13% had a delay due to IRS income verification problems
· 9% had a delay due to the FHA pausing loans
· 9% said they had a client who decided not buy because they were a federal employee
· 6% had a seller who could not sell because their move was impacted by the shutdown
· 3% had a client who was rejected for a loan because they were on furlough
· 3% had a buyer who decided not to buy because they were on furlough
*Affordable housing problems*
Thr housing problems are also threatening to hit some of the most vulnerable Americans, with HUD experiencing a funding shortfall.
Contracts with 1,150 landlords who offer subsidized units for low income Americans have expired during the government shutdown and another 500 contracts will expire in January, according to the Washington Post. This means those landlords will not receive the federal assistance to offset the lower rent costs, and as many as 100,000 low-income tenants could face eviction.
HUD has sent letters to those landlords who are no longer under contract asking for extensions and a HUD spokesperson told the Post that no one has ever been evicted due to a shutdown.
But the current funding lapse is poised to set the record for longest shutdown in the modern budgeting era on Saturday — and the unprecedented length could mean unprecedented effects.
*SEE ALSO: Here's what happens to food stamps and other federal food programs during the government shutdown*
*SEE ALSO: The housing market is cooling off — and uncertainty isn't helping*
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trustlook, the global leader of AI-powered cybersecurity, launched Smart Contract Insight (SCI), a smart contract bytecode decompiling platform and announced a free smart contract auditing service based on this platform.The open source spirit of Ethereum is intended to allow developers to share their work with the community so innovative platforms and applications can be built. However, according to a survey conducted by Trustlook at the end of 2018, there have been roughly 2 million smart contracts built and deployed on the Ethereum network, but over 80% were published as unreadable low-level byte-code. This makes it nearly impossible for the average developer to analyze the contents of these smart contracts, which lead to the widespread use of insecure and unreliable contracts. This is likely a key enabler for a number of serious incidents on the Ethereum network.
Trustlook's SCI decompiles unreadable smart contract byte-code into Solidity, a familiar and readable high-level language. There currently exists no product on the market which matches SCI in maturity or capability. Additionally, the decompiler has been released for free online use, which will allow developers a convenient tool for analyzing previously opaque smart contracts. Trustlook is hopeful that in the process of using SCI, community developers will also improve the quality and security of the Ethereum Network.
The security of smart contracts is critical since they may not be altered once deployed. Accordingly, the ability to audit smart contracts is necessary to ensure their security, as their bugs can directly cause thousands or millions of dollars in damages to digital currency exchanges and users.
Therefore, Trustlook has decided to provide the smart contract auditing service for free to the community while launching the SCI platform.
The founding team at Trustlook are cybersecurity veterans with over ten years of industry experience, with deep understanding of traditional cybersecurity fields as well as cutting edge blockchain security issues. Trustlook seeks to provide security and reliability to all smart contract based services in order to build a safer and more mature Ethereum network.
Trustlook (www.trustlook.com) is a global leader in next-generation cyber security products based on artificial intelligence. Their innovative SECUREai engine delivers the performance and scalability needed to provide total threat protection against malware and other forms of attack. Trustlook's solutions protect users from both known and zero-day threats by analyzing millions of code-level and behavior combinations to find malicious patterns. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Jose and managed by leading security experts from Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, Google and Yahoo.
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AFCEA International supports STEM with $5,000 award.
Fairfax, Virginia, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helping to prepare future generations of information technology defenders is one of AFCEA International’s primary goals. To achieve this objective, the association’s Educational Foundation has created a $5,000 scholarship for college students studying cybersecurity.
AFCEA International donated $25,000 of the proceeds from its David Sarnoff Award Dinner, which honored Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN (Ret.). The scholarship was created in recognition of Adm. Rogers’ service in the field of cybersecurity.
“Cybersecurity and education are closely linked, and we need plenty of both if we are to meet the threats to our nation within the digital realm. As important as new technologies are to our ability to meet those threats, it is our human capital that is both our greatest edge and our largest shortfall. I applaud AFCEA for recognizing that and establishing the AFCEA Educational Foundation Cyber Security Scholarship,” Adm. Rogers said.
Applicants for the Cyber Security Scholarship currently must be at least a second-year college student enrolled in a four-year college or university. In addition, they must be majoring in cybersecurity, computer science, digital forensics, information assurance, information technology, electronic engineering or other field related to supporting U.S. cyber enterprises.
Students are asked to provide basic information as well as a brief synopsis of their current academic program and a personal statement outlining their career goals and how they will contribute to the U.S. workforce in areas related to STEM, defense, communications, information technology, national security and/or information systems. This is a merit-based scholarship; financial need will be one of several criteria used to choose the winner.
Applicants also are required to provide a current official school transcript from the school’s registrar’s office and at least two letters of recommendation from a faculty member in their major area of study.
This scholarship is one of three STEM Major undergraduate scholarships the AFCEA Educational Foundation currently offers. The foundation also offers a $2,500 STEM Major Scholarship and a $3,000 Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship. Students are invited to apply for all three scholarships using one online application. The deadline is April 12, 2019.
In addition to the new cybersecurity award, the foundation offers diversity graduate, ROTC, STEM Teacher and War Veterans scholarships. Through the AFCEA Educational Foundation and its chapters, AFCEA International provides $2 million in scholarships annually to support STEM students and teachers.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to the foundation can be made securely online.
Additional details about application requirements are available online. For more information, contact Amanda Goehring via email or at (703) 631-6147.
AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia. Join online.
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NeverlandVR, LLC (d/b/a Neverland Virtual Reality) announced they will host the area’s first electronic sports (eSports) tournament on January 24, 2019 from 6-8:30pm at their 209 East Market Street location in West Chester, PA. Players will compete for over $1,000 in cash and prizes by playing Beat Saber, a globally-popular virtual reality (VR) game that is set to music. Players slash blocks with light sabers to score points while avoiding oncoming obstacles, all in a fully-immersive VR environment.
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019
NeverlandVR, LLC (d/b/a Neverland Virtual Reality) announced they will host the area’s first electronic sports (eSports) tournament on January 24, 2019 from 6-8:30pm at their 209 East Market Street location in West Chester, PA. Players will compete for over $1,000 in cash and prizes by playing Beat Saber, a globally-popular virtual reality (VR) game that is set to music. Players slash blocks with light sabers to score points while avoiding oncoming obstacles, all in a fully-immersive VR environment.
Players will compete using top-of-the line HTC Vive Pro headsets, which are considered the best in the industry.
This tournament marks NeverlandVR’s first foray into eSports, an industry projected to reach the $2B mark globally by the end of 2019. A major distinction between seated mouse/keyboard eSports games and virtual reality tournaments is that VR eSports require physical exertion.
“Few people in our area have a ton of experience with Beat Saber, which means that even first-time players can be competitive in this tournament,” said Josh Smith, one of Neverland Virtual Reality’s co-founders. “The game requires minimal coordination, although a good sense of rhythm is a plus. Beat Saber can be enjoyed at any age, from six to sixty and beyond. We are very excited to see who will win our first-ever tournament!”
The entrance fee for Neverland Virtual Reality’s Beat Saber competition is $25 until January 17, and $40 thereafter. Players must register at NeverlandVR.com in advance. All players must play in person at the company’s West Chester location, rather than participating online from home.
The company plans to host other VR eSports tournaments in the future featuring popular games such as Space Pirate Trainer and Arizona Sunshine.
About Neverland Virtual Reality: Neverland Virtual Reality is a tech start-up focused on delivering and distributing virtual reality (VR) technology in the entertainment, education, training, and mental health industries. The company opened its first “virtual reality experience center” on October 20, 2018 in the historic borough of West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It is the first company to offer “room-scale” VR experiences in the Greater Philadelphia area, and the first business of its kind in Chester County. Company co-founders are Josh Smith and Brady Bagwan, Army veterans who met while serving on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Al-Anbar province of Iraq as part of 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment. Neverland Virtual Reality is woman-led, with Lynn Bagwan at the helm. For more information, visit NeverlandVR.com. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
Nonprofit in need of toiletry items for nearly 1,100 care packages.
IRVINE, Calif. (PRWEB) January 11, 2019
Working Wardrobes (http://www.workingwardrobes.org), a nonprofit that helps people overcoming difficult challenges find meaningful employment, announced today it is coordinating efforts to send New Year, New Start Boxes filled with toiletry items to 1,099 families who lost everything in the Paradise, California Fire. Of the victims Working Wardrobes is assisting, only six families have homes still standing.
“We are heartbroken to learn how many people lost absolutely everything in the Paradise Fire, the majority narrowly escaping with the clothes on their backs,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “We are coordinating New Year, New Start Boxes filled with toiletry items to offer some level of comfort. Our official name is Working Wardrobes for a New Start. These boxes are designed to help Paradise families start the New Year with promise and hope for better days ahead.”
Following is a list of toiletry items Working Wardrobes needs. Full size products are requested.· Shampoo
· Bar Soap
· Shower Gel
· Lip Balm
· Shaving Cream
· Cotton Balls
· Baby Wipes
· Sanitizing Wipes
· Feminine Hygiene Products
From now until the end of month on Thursday, 1/31/19, donors are asked to bring toiletry items to the Working Wardrobes Donation Center at 1851 Kettering Street in Irvine, Monday – Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Donors can also sponsor the cost of an entire box (or boxes). Visit http://workingwardrobes.org/new-year-new-start/ for more information, or contact Jannet Guerrero by phone at (714) 210-2460 x 257 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working Wardrobes has already delivered thousands of clothing items to the Paradise Fire victims, including casual and business attire, as well as comfortable socks. Generous Working Wardrobes corporate partners helped with clothing donations, including Men’s Wearhouse, Tailored Brands, Delivering Good, and Alloy Apparel.
Rosen says that what is needed now are toiletry items for every day care.
About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes is an award-winning, entrepreneurial nonprofit helping men, women, young adults, and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. The organization provides a broad range of career development services using a holistic approach directed specifically to individuals who are underemployed, or have overcome challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, catastrophic illness, domestic violence, long-term unemployment, and military-to-civilian transition.
Founded in 1990, Working Wardrobes serves the Southern California region and has provided job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 95,000 clients and counting. For more information on Working Wardrobes, please visit http://www.workingwardrobes.org or call
714-210-2460. Reported by PRWeb 1 day ago.
The eighth annual Florida Key Lime Pie Festival will be Jan. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park on Merritt Island.
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