first_img Any event sponsored or permitted by Jefferson County shall cease and events greater than 10 people shall cease at all public facilities across Jefferson County, according to the order.Branick said this can apply to church services.Bishop Curtis Guillory of the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont on Wednesday suspended all liturgical and sacramental services in light of the coronavirus.Some churches, including Catholic, offer live streaming of services. City council, county commissioners and school board meetings may be covered by a decree set forth by the Governor on Tuesday morning, but Branick had not had time to study the information at press time.Other changes include the operation of grocery stores and convenience stores, which are encouraged to remain open, but citizens are urged to use the delivery or curbside services of local supermarkets.Nursing homes and seniors living facilities shall limit visitation.A 24-hour curfew is ordered in Jefferson County for all under the age of 18, those not in school, those not accompanied by an adult or guardian and those not going directly to their place of employment or home.A person is ordered not to sell any goods or services for more than the price a person was charged for them before March 12, 2020. The order also affects funerals and weddings, Branick said via phone interview with The News Wednesday evening.One issue he expects to be addressed soon by the Texas Department of State Health Services is childcare facilities.Industry, obviously a large part of the local economy and a major employer, will be allowed to operate as long as there is some type of screening at the gate for fever and other coronavirus symptoms.Media can operate as long as there are no more than 10 people in one room at a time. The media, he said, has an option to work from home and that may be a better course of action.center_img Many changes are coming to Jefferson County with the implementation of the latest amended emergency order that shutters bars and nightclubs, orders restaurants to close their dining rooms and limits gatherings to 10 people or less.Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick signed the third amended emergency order at 5:38 p.m. Wednesday, hours after the public learned that a Beaumont resident had contracted COVID-19, or coronavirus.The order shall remain in effect until amended or terminated. It’s the latest government-sanctioned restriction in response to the spread of COVID-19 that began Friday with the first disaster declaration in Jefferson County.last_img read more

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first_imgJill Paice(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Broadway alum Jill Paice is among the complete cast of the upcoming off-Broadway debut production of Jerry Springer — The Opera. The show featuring a book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas and music by Thomas will begin previews on January 23 and open on February 22 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Tony winner John Rando directs the previously announced production that will feature choreography by Chris Bailey.Paice will take on the role of Baby Jane, with the full cast including Jennifer Allen as Irene/Mary, Florrie Bagel as Peaches, Sean Patrick Doyle as Tremont, Luke Grooms as Dwight/God, Nathaniel Hackmann as Chucky/Adam, Billy Hepfinger as Steve, Justin Keyes as Montel/Jesus, Beth Kirkpatrick as Zandra, Elizabeth Loyacano as Andrea/Valkyrie and Tiffany Mann as Shawntel/Eve. The musical’s ensemble will comprise Brandon Contreras, Bradley Greer, Kim Steele and Nichole Turner. As previously announced, Tony nominee Terrence Mann will take on the title role alongside Tony nominee Will Swenson as Warm-Up/Satan. Jerry Springer — The Opera features The Jerry Springer Show as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse until violence breaks out and Jerry must face his trickiest guest ever.The production will feature set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by John Shivers and projection design by Olivia Sebesky. Jerry Springer — The Opera will play a limited engagement through March 11.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesCastro issued a statement Tuesday night saying his condition was “stable” and that he felt “perfectly fine.” The statement, read on Cuba’s state-run television, provided no details about his intestinal ailment. Cuban-Americans in Miami said the statement sounded like government propaganda. “They are just saying that. They are covering up the truth because they can’t take an uproar of people within the island,” said Cari Gonzalez, 26, whose parents came from Cuba in 1980. Reports that Castro had ceded power led a pot-banging, cigar-smoking, flag-waving crowd to take to the streets of Miami’s Little Havana on Monday night. The crowds were smaller Tuesday but no less fervent, with about 75 people gathered at midday outside the Versailles Cuban restaurant, waving Cuban flags and honking horns. Vendors sold small U.S. and Cuban flags to passing motorists for $7 each. “The long-awaited day of a Cuba without Castro may be approaching,” said U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1962. “Our hope and purpose should now be for a true moment of change, not a transfer from one dictator to another.” Talk radio stations devoted nearly all their airtime to the Castro story, and government leaders set up a hotline to keep rumors in check. But in a city where Castro has loomed large for more than a generation, many of Miami’s 800,000 Cuban-Americans have long dreamed of the day his communist rule would come to an end. Most Cuban-Americans view Castro as a ruthless dictator who forced them, their parents or grandparents from their home after he seized power in a revolution in 1959. Cuban-Americans elsewhere also celebrated. In Tampa’s heavily Cuban-American Ybor City, Gladys Sequeira-Garcia said her family had been “in an uproar.” They fled Cuba in 1960. “I want my parents to see Cuba back to the way it was when they left – the beautiful beaches, the growing economy and the happy people,” she said. The festive atmosphere was tempered by the understanding among many Cuban-Americans that Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul, harbors the same views as his elder brother and has been in firm control of the island’s military. Jorge Alonso, 78, said he expected true change to take 20 years or more. “The change has to come from within Cuba. It’s not going to come from the United States,” Alonso said, playing dominos and drinking Cuban coffee at a Miami park. “There will be bloodshed in Cuba because there is a lot of hate there. It’s been 47 years of suffering.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Cuban exile Federico Falcon remembers well how the government of his native country kept a tight lid on information and intimidated anyone who espoused anti-communist views. So, he said, the uncertainty surrounding Fidel Castro’s illness came as no surprise. The Cuban government “is sneaky and manipulative,” said Falcon, 48, an engineer who fled the island nation on a raft in 1994. “Something surely happened, but they have a tendency to keep things quiet until things are under control.” On Tuesday, Falcon’s suspicions were shared by thousands of other Cuban-Americans in Miami who questioned whether the Cuban government was telling the full truth about the intestinal disorder that prompted Castro to cede power temporarily to his brother. “Basically, we are seeing what the Cuban government is saying, but we don’t know if that is true,” said Ninoska Perez of the Cuban Liberty Council, an anti-Castro exile group. “I think they are just gaining time. For all we know, Castro may already be dead or critically ill.” last_img read more

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first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Google announced this morning that Google Product Search is now tightly integrated with mobile search results on the iPhone and Android. The new interface should make it easier to find price comparisons and customer reviews while on the go. I’m not a big shopper but I have struggled while standing in stores to find product reviews on my phone for tennis racquets, vacuum cleaners and power tools within recent memory. Natural search results and Amazon listings only worked so well. Unfortunately, a lot of shopping searches I tried this morning didn’t have Product Search results. When they are available, they are pretty good though.The best thing about the new inclusion of Google Product Search may be its availability in Google Voice search as well. That’s handy, or hands-free as the case may be.Google Product Search is the new name, as of two years ago, for what used to be called Froogle. That product never gained much traction, but speaking as a likely user of this new feature – I hope it continues to improve. Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

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first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… People in the U.S. now spend 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q2 earnings call on Wednesday.He qualified that statement by saying people spend about nine hours total on digital media, mobile use and television included. But 40 minutes is still four percent of your waking hours.Some of that time spent might eventually turn into sending your friends money via Messenger, Facebook’s mobile messaging app. On the call, Zuckerberg said there will be “some overlap” between messaging and payments, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon. The social network recently hired David Marcus, former PayPal president, to become vice president of the company’s messaging products. See also: PayPal’s David Marcus Is Headed To FacebookZuckerberg said that people are now sending 12 billion messages each month.Other notable numbers from today’s earnings call include Facebook’s 1.32 billion monthly active users, an increase of 14% year-over-year, and its mobile monthly active users increased 31% year over year to 1.07 billion. Mobile advertising revenue accounted for 62% of the company’s overall ad revenue. Yes, a lot of people are still using Facebook, and advertisers like it. The company’s stock price was up almost four percent in after hours trading on Wednesday.Lead image courtesy of Maria Elena on Flickr The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img selena larson Tags:#earnings#Facebook A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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first_imgSeattle has repealed the employee head tax that was scheduled to take effect in 2019.Head TaxThe  tax would have been imposed at a rate of $275 per full-time employee on businesses with at least $20 million annually in taxable gross receipts. The tax would have been used to combat homelessness.Additional information on the repeal can be found on the city council’s website at Tax On Business, Seattle City Council, June 12, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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first_imgWant to surprise your audience into paying attention? Here is a great example.Suppose you’re trying to sell milk in a way that is cooler than those mustaches, which are getting old. How about irony? How about shades of Spinal Tap and a retro young ironic hip cool vibe?How about… putting milk inside a guitar? In the hands of a musical phenom by the name of White Gold?Talk about zigging instead of zagging… You’ve got to love this Got Milk? campaign for California.last_img

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first_imgToday is an exciting time in business for both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. Social causes are getting a great deal of media attention as consumers are demanding companies take an interest in the welfare of society. More and more research is showing that consumers want to purchase from companies that care about their causes. Meanwhile, companies are regularly looking for unique ways to reach new markets and become more profitable.Nonprofit organizations can provide a way for companies to meet this need while furthering their own missions. Consumers’ heightened interest in social causes has provided an opportunity for collaboration between nonprofits and for-profits, helping companies expand markets and reach more consumers while supporting nonprofit organizations and their causes.Mikel Smith Koon, President of Mosaik Strategies, LLC, has worked with companies and nonprofit organizations for years guiding them toward effective, mutually beneficial collaborations. Download the transcript(s) and supporting documents to learn more about her discussion on these topic areas:Principles of successful nonprofit/for-profit collaborationsHow to apply these principles to your organization and make them work for youSpecific tactics including matching grants, focusing on companies within the community, community involvement, employee support, etc.last_img read more

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first_imgContinuing with Benefit Exchange week, keep in mind, you need to make yours personal.Our audience members need to believe from our message that the reward we’re offering for taking action will make life better for them as individuals. The private sector understands the importance of making rewards personal. They don’t sell you a car by explaining the way the engine is built; they tell you the car is reliable, safe, or fast, depending on who you are and your personal priorities. They take the attributes of their product and translate them into personally desirable benefits.That translation is easy to make for most products. It’s harder for good causes. While I was living in Ukraine, the government tax authority launched a campaign to motivate taxpayers to stay honest and continue paying their taxes. The tax authority developed several ads. One was a cartoon illustration of a bee in front of a hive with a slogan celebrating the fruits of a collective contribution to the government. Another was a photograph of a new well and water pump; city residents could fill containers with fresh water from the well. An accompanying slogan thanked taxpayers for making the well and other city improvements possible. In one of my trainings, I placed the ads side by side and asked a roomful of Ukrainians which was more effective given the tax authority’s marketing goals. Not surprisingly, they were unanimous in their judgment that access to fresh water was far more personally relevant, and therefore motivating, than a role in building a metaphorical hive.This example seems obvious, yet in our communication we often focus more on hives than on wells. We talk about saving the earth, ending poverty, or creating a great society. Every day, we have to remind ourselves that the hive is what we’re building; the well is what our audience needs to see. At the end of the day, the personal connection, not the grand concept, grabs our attention.last_img read more

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first_imgSuppose you’re creating an organization for women with alopecia areata — the autoimmune skin disease which stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. You want to convey that you are about community, support and fun. You want to make women with this condition feel empowered. And you want them to be absolutely COMPELLED to join you.Typical nonprofit approach?Call it the Alopecia Areata Association.A brilliant approach?Call it Bald Girls Do Lunch.Congratulations Bald Girls Do Lunch on amazing marketing.PS Full disclosure: I learned about this group when they signed up for Network for Good fundraising services. I work at Network for Good. When I saw their name, I just had to know who they are. But this post isn’t about business, in fact they don’t know I blogged this:) Yet.last_img read more

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