Eclipse Across America, Inc and Curiosity Stream partner to produce first limited series about the Historic Eclipse of August 21st, 2017

Eclipse Across America, Inc. and CuriosityStream have partnered to create a four episode limited series titled Eclipse Across America designed to build public awareness for the historic, upcoming Eclipse on August 21st, 2017.  Coast-to-coast principal photography was completed March 2017.

CuriosityStream, the world’s first ad-free streaming service for factual programs in science, technology, nature, history and more, is the vision of Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, with former Executive Vice President of Global Content for NGC Worldwide, Steve Burns, as Head of Content. This limited series is the first offering available about the dynamics of how and where to see this once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse.

Slated for a July 13th, 2017 premiere, the limited series will feature experts, scientists, animation and stunning 4k cinematography that is the hallmark of CuriosityStream programming.

 “This will be the first time in almost four decades that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the United States,” said CuriosityStream’s Steve Burns.  “The Eclipse Across America team travelled from the shores of Oregon across our great nation to South Carolina to reveal to our audience the best, and oftentimes secret, spots to witness this remarkable event, and to showcase not only the most enjoyable way to experience the eclipse, but also the science behind it.”

Eclipse Across America, Inc. was co-founded by filmmaker/director and Eclipse Chaser Mark Bender and Producer Elizabeth (Betty) Buckley.  They are joined on this CuriosityStream production by Michael Mavretic, who serves as writer/producer for the series. The EAA team previously worked together on the National Geographic special, Easter Island Eclipse.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect – from viewing locations to key details of this Eclipse; From the science of how and why eclipses happen, to the different ways scientists, eclipse chasers, and the general public can watch and experience it.

Says Bender, “Having travelled across the entire country along the path of totality, I was humbled at my journey’s conclusion on the coast in South Carolina. Once there I was struck by what a truly unique moment this total eclipse will be for this vast and diverse nation!”

The Oregon segment of the trip features astronomer, professor, eclipse chaser, and artist, Tyler Nordgren, who created an original “Eclipse Across America” poster, available free for all to download on the NASA and EAA website.

The series reveals how different communities along the eclipse path are preparing for the event.  States are expecting huge crowds, while most hotels along the path are sold out.  Some municipalities have gone into full emergency preparedness mode.

Along the path, from Lincoln City, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, festivals large and small are planned, from wineries in the Willamette Valley to the events in Columbia, South Carolina, where the local baseball team, The Fireflies, will play—then pause the game for the whole stadium to witness the eclipse.

Similar events, some scientific and many celebratory, can be found all along the path the shadow of the moon will create as it crosses the continental United States for 90 continuous minutes.

Meanwhile, the series explores how the scientific community sees this event as perhaps the greatest opportunity to observe the sun and its all important corona in a lifetime.  With so many locations to choose from across the eclipse path, the question facing astronomers and physicists isn’t whether or not to go to the eclipse, it’s where they should go to give themselves the best shot at clear skies.

 

 

About CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream is the world’s first on-demand streaming service for documentary and nonfiction programming. Over 1,500 shows from the world’s best filmmakers are available to watch on most streaming devices, including Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android, starting at just $2.99 per month. Focused on offering enriching and enlightening content covering science, history, technology and nature, CuriosityStream was founded by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks. For more information, visit www.curiositystream.com.

 

For more information:

 

Vanessa Gillon – CuriosityStream

301-755-2069

vanessa.gillon@curiositystream.com

 

Elizabeth Buckley – Eclipse Across America

210-314-9370

eclipseacrossamerica.org

eclipseacrossamerica@gmail.com

Aviation Weather Site MyFlight Forecast Partners With Airlines to Provide Custom Passenger Briefing Portals

​Traveling hundreds of miles per hour, thousands of feet in the air, a routine flight for an airline cabin crew can be a source of profound dread for passengers suffering from aviophobia (fear-of-flying). Throw in the x-factor of a few unexpected bumps in the ride, and some potential customers will check out of air travel completely. That’s why popular online turbulence predictor MyFlight Forecast™ has recently unveiled a customized Passenger Briefing Portal service for aviation companies, including airlines and charter operators, giving them a new tool to help set travelers at ease. The Portal will aggregate various weather reports to produce a turbulence index for the airline’s upcoming flights.

“Our goal is to make people feel safer traveling by air,” says Captain Timothy Griffin, Founder of MyFlight Forecast’s New York-based parent company, FlyHome. “We do that by giving them access to the kind of sophisticated weather and turbulence forecasts that pilots themselves rely upon. Knowing what to expect from your flight conditions removes that area of uncertainty where an overactive imagination can do its worst.”

MyFlight Forecast’s data includes information on precipitation and cloud cover, weather advisories, fleet tracking and a specific turbulence forecast for any flight in the United States. As much as one quarter of the American population suffers from some degree of flight nervousness, with 6.5% (>20 million people) being diagnosed with aviophobia. The term “turbulence forecast” alone generates over 22,000 Google searches per month. Particularly for smaller charter companies, maximizing sales means being able to access customers their competitors can’t.

“Through our iOS, Android and Alexa apps, as well as MyFlightForecast.com, we already helps tens of thousands of people every month who are taking it into their own hands to do this research,” says Griffin. “By working with us, airlines and private charter operators will be able to offer their customers a direct link to a customized Passenger Briefing Portal on our site, complete with the airline’s own branding and data pertaining to the routes they fly. We can pretty well guarantee clients will see significant uptake on the offer to check out the Portal from their customers. People are desperate to know this kind of information.”

Captain Griffin is more familiar than most with the needs and behaviours of aviophobes. He’s the principle instructor behind the FlightAnxiety 101™ course, which has an astounding success rate alleviating pre-flight anxiety, while the FlyHome brand has received positive coverage in many major news outlets.

“We’ve had great success going directly to travelers with MyFlight Forecast, and we’re excited to follow-up on that success by partnering with airline and charter companies,” says Griffin. “Everyone should feel safe in the sky.”

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For more information contact:

Lara Turner
​press@flightanxiety101.com

Wyndham Worldwide Honors Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™ for Excellence

[Lake Buena Vista, FL. April 13, 2017] – The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™, an official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, today received the Award for being a “Best of Wyndham Hotels”.  This prestigious honor recognizes Excellence within the Wyndham Brand.

“This is an incredible award for our team, and a direct result of our guest service commitment and ‘can do’ culture” said Jay Leonard, General Manager of the Wyndham LBV Disney Springs™ Resort. “I am equally proud of our recent introduction of the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista.  Our Wyndham Garden is connected to the Wyndham, located on the same acreage and shares all the same amenities as the upscale 19-story tower at even more value-minded price.”

The Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Springs, has become a favorite of Wyndham Rewards members and includes 394 guestroom accommodations comprising 330 rooms with two double beds and 64 rooms with one king bed.

Both Wyndham properties are Official Walt Disney World® Hotels, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort. As such, continuous shuttle service to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks is available. A Disney Character Breakfast is featured three days a week, and an on-site Disney Store is offered for those seeking souvenirs and Disney Theme Park tickets. Walt Disney World® Theme Park admissions can also be purchased online through the hotel website or by visiting the Guest Services Desk in the tower lobby.

Guests of each hotel have plenty of activities to enjoy at the resort. The Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground features two pools with many interactive water attractions for children, a hot tub and an abundant amount of space to stretch out in the Florida sun. The Oasis Bar & Grill, located poolside, is perfect for cooling off and refueling for the next adventure. The resort also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, along with tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts.

With the recent re-imagination of the 12,000-square foot grand ballroom in the tower, a $10 million-dollar renovation was completed, giving the resort a total of 21 function rooms and a total of 25,000 square feet of meeting space ideal for corporate travelers, groups and associations.

The 19-story Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs tower features 232 guestroom accommodations, including seven parlor suites, 42 rooms with one king bed and 183 rooms with two queen beds.

A lake house retreat concept ties together the tower’s redesign while lobby space is energized with a fresh, neutral color palette accented by vibrant turquoise and pops of chartreuse. Distressed wood paneling, white granite, custom wood screens and bead board paneling are a few of the finish details that are now incorporated into the lobby. The concept extends throughout the public spaces – from Sundial Café to the Eclipse Lobby Lounge to the Lakeview Restaurant.

The textures and patterns selected for the tower guest rooms and suites are reminiscent of those found in nature. Custom case goods and lighting, plush seating in neutral-toned upholstery fabrics, luxurious pillow-top bedding and modern bathroom fixtures are all just part of the numerous upgrades to the hotel.

Both Wyndham hotels are adjacent to Lake Buena Vista and have gorgeous water views. The guest rooms and suites in the tower offer guests a true sanctuary with generously appointed accommodations and all the amenities that could be found in a Central Florida vacation lake house.

Media Contact:    George McNeilly

                             407.791.6851                                  george@mcneillycommunications.com

Securus Reaffirms Its Integrity Pledge to the Corrections Industry

California Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval for Global Tel*Link (GTL) to Pay $8.8 Million Dollars for Violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Report #3in a Series – Competitor Has History of Wrongdoings

 

April 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DALLAS, TX April 5, 2017– Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced a reaffirmation of its Integrity Pledge (Customer Integrity Pledge) established in 2012 and a release of Report #3 in a series of reports, facts, findings, and articles that will highlight significant wrongdoings and integrity breaches by inmate communications provider Global Tel*Link (aka “GTL”).

“Every Securus Associate must sign our integrity pledge upon their hire and then reaffirm their commitment to it every year,” said Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Securus Technologies. “I love our industry – serving law enforcement, corrections, inmates, friends/family members, and all of society – and only hire Associates with the highest integrity and ethics. It offends me that some carriers have less than the highest integrity in their business dealings and even engage in unlawful practices such as deliberately programming clocks that time the duration of calls and adding 15 to 36 seconds to calls, charging rates over those permitted, using add-on programs to artificially inflate charges to its customers, and deliberately double billing calls. At Securus we always serve all of our customers with their best interests at heart – it’s in our DNA.”

Securus recently received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a formal accreditation. “I’m proud that the BBB determined that we met their standards of honesty, integrity, transparency and trust and gave us their highest rating,” said Smith. “It’s a testament to our Associates and the only way we will conduct business. Our customers deserve it, and we deliver it each and every day.”

 

Report #3 – Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval for Global Tel*Link to Pay $8.8 Million into a Class Action Settlement Fund

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush as public law.  The law restricts telephone solicitations (telemarketing) and the use of automated telephone equipment (dialers).

“GTL was sued in 2014 for TCPA violations by way of class action plaintiffs.  They allegedly used robo-calling to inmates’ friends/family members in a way that would violate federal law,” said Smith.  “The United States District Court in California approved and recommended approval of a settlement between GTL and the plaintiffs.  GTL also agreed to system/process changes so as not to violate the TCPA in the future.  To my knowledge, this the largest class action settlement amountby far ever paidin our sector – not surprising to me that GTL holds that distinction.”

 

Previous Reports

 

Report #1 – Louisiana Public Service Commission

 

Report #1 involves a formal 17 page Order No. U-20784-B by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding GTL actions when they served the Louisiana Department of Corrections and provided outbound telecom services to thousands of inmates.  The Louisiana PSC investigated GTL actions and found the following:

 

  • Global Tel Link programmed the clocks in their telephones at correctional institutions to add either 15 or 36 seconds to the duration of each call and “Global’s practice of advancing the clocks [was] unauthorized…and unlawful”;
  • Global Tel Link  “programmed its telephones to rate calls on the basis of higher rates than those permitted either under its tariffs or the [PSC] rate caps” and  “this practice was wholly unauthorized”;
  • Global Tel Link “artificially inflate[d] charges to its customers” by “the addition of various amounts of money to its calls after the calls were rated”  and  “No excuse could possibly exist for such action.” “The use of add-on programs is perhaps the most insidious and problematic of all of Global’s activities.
  • Global Tel Link “engaged in the practice of billing a single call more than once” and “No authorization exists for such double billing”.
  • In many instances, these unlawful practices were engaged in deliberately and with no other intent than to unlawfully overcharge customers”.
  • We find that as a result of the four practices described above,…Louisiana taxpayers were overcharged by Global in the amount of $1,243,000”.

 

Report #2 – Attorney General of the State of Mississippi Sues GTL

Report #2 involves a 17 page lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi on February 8, 2017 against GTL regarding the payment of bribes and other illegal actions with the then head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (DOC).

The lawsuit indicates the following quotes/comments:

  • Defendant GTL paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in so called “consulting fees” to Sam Waggoner and these were used to pay bribes and kickbacks;
  • DOC Commissioner Epps awarded, directed and/or extended public contracts, paid for by the state, to Defendant GTL;
  • Mississippi seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, civil penalties, disgorgement of all ill-gotten funds as a result of Defendant’s conspiratorial scheme;
  • DOC Commissioner Epps, Sam Waggoner, and GTL knowingly and intentionally conspired to devise schemes using overt acts such as bribery, kickbacks, unfair and deceptive trade practices, misrepresentations, fraud, concealment, money laundering, and fraudulent use of sole source contracts and other wrongful conduct, all with the intended purpose and effect of defrauding the state of at least $6,000,000;
  • Waggoner paid a portion of his fees as bribes and kickbacks to Epps in exchange for the Mississippi DOC awarding approximately $6,000,000 in public contracts to GTL.

 

“I would note that the claims against GTL by the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi are only causes of actions – it does not represent a judgment or finding against GTL and GTL deserves their day in court,” said Smith.  “But these causes of actions are serious and ultimately could conclude with a settlement or a judgment against GTL – either outcome could possibly be business ending events for GTL as it would be difficult to retain their existing contracts or win any new contracts – now, and in the future.”

“Our industry is very special – serving law enforcement, corrections, inmates, friends/family members, saving lives, solving and preventing crimes, and serving all of society,” said Smith.  “It offends me and our entire industry when a carrier stoops well below the integrity bar that most other carriers have – but GTL may not have.  Our business’mission is a lot more than making money.  It is to serve all of our customers with their best interests at heart – in the right way and to obey the rules and laws of this land.  And we follow the rules of the game at Securus,” concluded Smith.

To that end, Securus will continue to provide historical additional wrongdoings/potential wrongdoings by GTL in a series of additional Press Releases over the next several months.

 

ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live.  Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters®.  To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit SecurusTechnologies.com.

 
For more information, contact:

Russell Roberts
972-277-0656

rroberts@securustechnologies.com

Source: Securus Technologies, Inc.

Native American Traditions to help European Scholars Interpret Ancient Beginnings

A Call for Papers has been issued for a highly unusual gathering.  

Everyone wants to know what was going on at places like Stonehenge.  Megaliths, mounds, kivas and cairns: monumental ceremonial and ritual spaces are hallmarks of human development that predate agriculture and technology, and signify a revolution in lifestyle.   In March 2018 researchers from around the world will gather on Florida’s Gulf Coast to explore and share the traditions of various Indigenous people in pursuit of a better understanding of how civilization got on its current path.

“A lot of things can be proved by local archeological, historical, folkloric material but cross-cultural analysis would complete the researcher’s final conclusions and findings,” says H. G. Ananyan, Curator of the Museum of the Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan.  “This initiative is a great opportunity to exchange thoughts and get acquainted with the rituals, legends and beliefs of other people.”

Equal benefit to the New World side of the exchange is suggested by Stanford University Anthropology professor Dr. Ian Hodder:  “I do think that there is an exciting potential for getting the new generation of Native American scholars to interpret the monuments of the ‘origin of civilization’ in the Mediterranean and Middle East – a wonderful example of ‘talking back’.”

The People of the Great Stones Symposium welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices.   Details for participation are on the website:  http://www.OTSF.org/greatstonesymposium.html

Parker & Sons- Hiring an Electrician

If there is one HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service provider company in the Greater Phoenix area that holds its standards as high as possible, it is Parker & Sons. With just over forty years of experience and expertise in these areas, they have become a leading example in more ways than one. And one of those ways is their electrical work, and the electricians that they hire.

“We take so much pride in our electrical division,” said Parker & Sons representative Justine Kelly. “Nick Rogers, who is the manager of our electrical division puts his heart into his work, and it really pays off, not only in the high quality service they provide, but the satisfaction of our employees, as well.”

Parker & Sons has been nationally recognized for their electrical division, as they not only hire skillful electricians that come with a wide breadth of knowledge, but also train them in new technologies and provide them with the resources, tools, and support they need to do their jobs no matter the situation or circumstance.

“One of the most important things about being an electrician is having the knowledge to solve any and all kinds of different problems,” said Justine Kelly. “That is why we take some much time to train our electricians about new and upcoming technologies they might have to deal with. And one of the greatest things is that the electricians we hire are really dedicated to their work, and are eager to learn more about these kinds of technologies.”

More often than not do people hire electricians who offer their services at a low cost, but pay a steep price in the long run. When it comes to hiring an electrician, it is always important to take cost into account. While some companies or individuals will offer their services at an inexpensive, easily affordable price, it is more worthwhile financially to hire an electrician who works for a trusted company.

Luckily, Parker & Sons recognizes this common occurrence, which is why they run seasonal and annual deals and discounts so that everyone can afford professional electrical workers that will not break the bank.

Contentverse Allows Alliance Insurance to Meet Regulatory Compliance

With over forty years’ experience, Alliance Insurance is one of UAE’s leading providers of premium insurance services to individuals, corporations, and government bodies. Established in 1975, Alliance Insurance was founded on a commitment to excellence by providing unmatched customer service, security and reliability to the clients.

Alliance Insurance specializes in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Health Insurance, Motor Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Home/Office Package Insurance, Travel Insurance, Marine Insurance, Aviation Insurance, Liability Insurance, and Jewelers Block Insurance.

Challenges

  • Physical storage, tracking, and management of documents are a tedious task.
  • Company processes hundreds, if not thousands, of physical paper documents each day, including client applications, policies, endorsements, declarations, cancellations and reinstatements, claims, and financials, thus generating huge volume of documents
  • Back-office insurance document management processes involved in claims management, underwriting, policy administration, application processing, insurance records management and accounting, often begin their lifecycle with paper-based processes that are time-consuming, and costly.
  • Without a centralized repository, employees don’t have access to latest versions or files and need a longer turnaround time to answer customers.
  • Cost of storage of documents is high, due to the real estate cost. The departments of the organization are spread across multiple floors.
  • While some documents can be shared with some users, some can’t be.

Implemented Departments – Finance, PRO, Legal & Real Estate, Human Resources, Administration, Group Life & PA, Non Motor Technical, Medical Department, Non Motor Department, PHS Department, Motor Department

Document Types – Payment Voucher, Journal Voucher, Petty Cash Voucher, Debit Notes, Credit Notes, Auditing Documents, Legal Documents, Employee Personal Files, Memos, Policy Document, Receipts, Life Policy Document

Average Number of Documents Processed & Stored – 3000 pages per day

Solution & Benefits

  • Implementation of Contentverse Document Management System allowed  Alliance Insurance to have a centralized document storage policy.
  • Search tools such as full text search, keyword search, date, name, and metadata search allowed employees to find documents quickly and improve their response turnaround time.
  • The Document management system allowed them to meet insurance regulatory compliance mandatory from national and regional supervisory authorities.
  • Our Document Management Solution is integrated with existing system database, thus reducing the data entry time, minimized errors and maximized efficiency.
  • Streamline and automate document retention Policies.

Why Contentverse Document Management System

Contentverse emerges as a viable solution for insurance industry because it fulfills needs specific to this industry and it is simple, flexible and affordable and has many salient attributes which really benefit insurance firms.

  • Familiar user interface
  • Supports 400+ file formats
  • Powerful scanning, indexing and searching features
  • One click email and print
  • Built in OCR and full text search
  • Custom workflow features
  • Highly secure. Control access at any level. 128 bit encryption
  • MS Office Integration & Outlook Hot Folder
  • Powerful annotation features
  • Version/ Revision feature
  • Check in/ Checkout feature
  • Notification & Alerts
  • Audit trail feature
  • Integration with the existing application
  • Database lookup feature
  • Records retention feature
  • Automated data capture using EasyIndex
  • Local services and support provided by reseller Cube Innovators Technologies LLC

Implemented across several of Alliance’s departments in Q4 of 2016, the solution centralized and secured document storage policy, integrated with insurance mission critical application to reduce data entry, minimized errors / maximized efficiency, streamlined and automated retention policies, and dramatically improved customer service with immediate access to documentation. Most importantly, Contentverse enabled them to meet insurance regulatory compliance, mandatory from national and regional supervisory authorities.

 

Immigration Reform Strategy – “One Nation Under God”

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

The outrage and cries of racial discrimination, and religious persecution has caused tension, violence and hatred through the entire nation.  U.S. States like Texas, and most recently, California are threatening to secede. 

“Have we forgotten that we are a United States by choice?”, asked Lisa Garrett, Chief Executive Officer of Vero Integritas Global, Inc., a human resource company in Virginia.  “It’s time that we stop looking at who is to blame for our immigration concerns and start seeking solutions, Garrett stated.

Vero Integritas Global, Inc., recently submitted an Immigration Reform Initiative designed to develop strategic answers to the U.S. immigration problems. “These concerns have touched the hearts and minds of every American citizen, and have traveled with light speed around the globe and throughout the news media, and internet. Something has to be done to tap the logic and reasonableness in people.  Everyone just seems to be letting their emotions get them best of them,” said Garrett. “Democrats! Republicans! People! Stop, and look at what is happening to our country.”

The purpose of this strategy is to provide a positive, fair and equitable solution to the immigration question while keeping to the promises and helping to sustain a workable agenda for the new administration.  “President Trump is a businessman; he knows a business opportunity when he sees it”, Garrett stated. “The purpose of this initiative is to give our floundering political system the chance to think outside of the box and give the new administration the opportunity to apply business strategies to develop something unprecedented, toward a workable solution”, Garrett stated.  “This is not about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about a free nation losing control of what we stand for and not paying attention to how much we can lose if the left and right can’t find a balance.” Said Garrett.

The immigration initiative involves inclusion of a diverse “think tank” of American citizens, politicians, and individuals from each generation using ideas and strategies included within this strategic proposal.  “President Trump has promised to make our nation great, again. But, I submit to you that we are a great nation made up of great people. It is the people that are shouting at the top of our lungs, “We need a better solution!”, we are merely presenting a foundation for that solution,” said Garrett.

 “Vero Integritas is part of a consortium of companies that can assist with developing an immigration plan that will bring the right people to the table, with a focus on a positive solution and encouraging nation-wide unity toward the stabilization of a divided nation,” stated Garrett.   

The strategy was provided through the White House Liaison’s office last week with the hope that it will be introduced to President Trump. “It is our hope that we can provide something to stop the negative rhetoric and help our leaders seek a viable immigration option,” Garrett said. The proposed immigration reform plan is designed as a unification strategy to give the American people the opportunity to decide as, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD, how to reunite the people. So, whether you believe in God or not, whether you hold fast to a religious belief or not, we are all human beings with the right to live free, as it was promised in our Constitution. This is an inalienable right and the very foundation of our existence as American citizens. But, there must be order, justice, benevolence, and above all other things, equality in the way we go about seeking and applying our freedoms”, Garrett continued.

The premise of the plan is to create a transparent “think tank”, open and available to the public for opinions and ideas, strategies, and constructive debates to find a solution for how to go about protecting the lives of the nation’s citizen, while at the same time, allowing persons from other nations the opportunity to exist in a free nation.

“We are a nation of wise, intelligent, and amazingly talented people from all walks of life”, Garrett stated. “It is no small wonder that people from other countries want to live here. We are a GREAT NATION. But it is “We, the people”, that make it great. It is not corrupt politicians, media, or rich business executives.” Garrett stated. “We owe it to our future generations to get this one right. This proposal is a jumping off point to begin the development process for a new generation to sustain our Constitutional framework and to involve the people in the process. I encourage my fellow citizens to embrace this solution. It is only a UNIFIED people that can right this ship.”, Garrett concluded. 

Unsolicited Proposal: U.S. Immigration Strategy

  1. Immigration Precepts
  2. Immigration Operations Committee

 

This initiative is a “jumping off point” to establish a fair and equitable plan for our nation. 

The Immigration Operations Committee is the heart of the unification plan and is made up of the following:

1)     Qualified NON-PARTISAN (two each, one male, one female) professionals selected from relevant agencies and departments (Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Treasury, State Department).  

2)     Governors from all 52 states and territories.

3)     Two U.S. citizens (selected by the State) representing each Generation

4)     Two College professors with relevant subject matter expertise.

 

5)     Two Democrats, Two Republicans, and Two Independent representatives selected by the Governors of the 52 states and territories, who have served or is serving at least one term as a newly elected official.

6)     The President and Vice President of the United States will remain active, but should not influence the negotiation processes.

7)     Once the Immigration plan is complete, and before it is accepted for review by the President, it must receive a final review and approval from the Final Review Committee made up of:

  1. Former U.S. Presidents, representatives from DHS, Department of State, and other relevant agency representatives, not to exceed a 12- person panel. This NON-PARTISAN committee must be willing to participate as volunteers and must relevant experience and knowledge of the subject matter.

8)     The final approval of the plan lies with the President of the United States.\

9)       The final plan will be voted on via the internet through an online voting process developed specifically for this initiative.

  1. Baseline Agenda:

Premise: 

To develop an immigration reform program that will limit the number of NEW U.S. citizen applicants over the next four years.  Current applications will be placed on hold for a period of six months and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis while the committee begins drawing up a solid immigration plan that utilizes the following criteria. This will do three things:  1) It will limit the number and flow of NEW applicants for citizenship into the country, 2) It will allow for current and new applicants to be highly scrutinized, 3) It will allow for more unity and conversation among those who make up this country to participate in re-creating our foundation for unity.

The U.S. Government will begin gathering information relevant to the gathering of information from current non-documented workers in the United States.  During this time period, all non U.S. citizens and undocumented workers will be allowed to reveal themselves without fear of deportation by reporting to a local State or Federal Immigration station where they will be given the opportunity to provide any information relevant to applying for U.S. Citizenship.

States may be allowed to create and develop their own databases, but the information must be reported to the appropriate agency for inclusion into the U.S. database. Within the specified time period, if non-U.S. Citizens/undocumented workers, have not registered and cannot produce a Documented Registrants Card” (similar to a Drivers’ License, but NOT managed by the DMV!), the individual(s) will be arrested and may face deportation back to his/her country. 

Individuals participating in the “Dreamers” program will be allowed to complete the program, new applicants will not be accepted, and the program will be frozen until a new immigration plan has been created. The “Dreamer” program may be reviewed with the immigration reform program for final analysis and inclusion into the plan.

US government contract companies will be allowed to bid on solicitations relevant to their expertise to assist the U.S. government with implementing this initiative. This will allow a fair and equitable distribution of work and help limit costs, while allowing for transparency in the development process.

  1. Program Agencies:

 

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

 

The U.S. Census Bureau will collect information from illegal immigrants who are seeking citizenship within the allowable time frame. 

Non-U.S. citizens and undocumented workers must self-report.  They will be asked to provide information requested to include:

  • Whether or not they have held a job for more than one year that has a supportable/sustainable income without the need for State or Federal benefits/welfare programs. (In other words, they cannot rely on either State of Federally funded welfare programs to remain in the country. They must have a job or occupation.  As registrants for citizenship they will not be eligible for social programs, either State or Federal, with the exception of Women’s-Infants-Children’s (WIC) or any other welfare programs paid from U.S. taxpayer dollars.)  Individuals who have broken the law up to a Class I misdemeanor will face possible deportation back to their country.
  • Affiliations to extremist groups, gangs, or if they have ever been arrested or detained for (any number of reasons). 
  •  Additional criteria will be added through the Immigration Operations Committee.
  •  Illegal immigrants who fail to register within a specified date will be arrested and processed for deportation at the expense of their home country. If a home country cannot be identified, the individual will be deported back to the last country he/she traveled from before he entered the U.S. and that country will become liable for payment of deportation costs.
  •  Individuals who travel by land, air, or sea into the U.S. illegally will be immediately deported back to their home countries, and given information and assistance about how to legally apply for U.S. Citizenship.

Treasury Department

The treasury department will be responsible for setting up accounts payable/receivables for deportations.  A section of the department will be created to manage payments and ensure that countries are properly billed for costs associated with deportations to include food, shelter, travel, accommodations, etc.  The President may use these costs to negotiate with countries and build solid, unification efforts between countries.  

 U.S. State Department

The State Department, specifically the Secretary of State may utilize relatable immigration debts of other countries to effect reasonable settlements for costs associated with deportations. 

Monies received from countries for deportations may be used to build a “Wall” (imagined, not real) of good faith and fair dealing with other countries to ensure that our borders are protected from terrorists.

A secondary part of the plan will be a “good faith and unity” campaign created and administered by the Department of State designed to provide assistance to other countries to crackdown on corruption, unlawfulness, ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, human trafficking, etc., within their borders and to create and build relationships of good faith and fair dealing within their borders. 

The third and most important approach is the unification “wall” which is designed to bring countries to the table (wall) in an effort to prevent terrorism, and develop programs and strategies that support the unseating of corrupt officials in other countries. It is also designed to help the leaders of their countries build their economies upon a legal world market (while at the same time bringing domestic companies back to the U.S) that sells U.S. products to them in order to build alliances within a world market.

Doing this will help us increase our countries ability to expand our business infrastructures domestically and abroad. This will also help promote economic growth and help build financial stability for U.S. citizens and the citizens of other countries and to help them find Democratic freedom within their own countries (so their citizens don’t have to run to ours to find it). This will also allow countries from losing their talented human capital that could bring their countries into the 21st Century. 

For U.S. citizens, it will give all of our citizens (not just the rich) the opportunity to experience the effects of a booming economy and bring hope to the Millennials who will make up 50% of our workforce by 2025.

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TOURtech Announces POWERpinger™ – A Power Monitoring Solution For Events

RALEIGH, NC:  Event WiFi services provider, TOURtech, has announced POWERpinger™.  It’s the latest addition to TOURtech’s proprietary InSite Dashboard Network Management System and extends InSite’s proactive monitoring capabilites to electrical power.  POWERpinger™ is an IP addressable, in-line device that signals an alarm if the incoming electrical power is disrupted. 

Rapid identification and resolution of root cause of failures are critical in supporting modern Music Festivals where hundreds of thousands of dollars in commerce are transacted over TOURtech’s temporary infrastructure.  When coupled with a basic Uniterruptable Power Supply (UPS), POWERpinger™ eliminates downtime by notifying TOURtech’s technicians of a power loss while still on battery power. 

“Our connection points can be miles apart with thousands of people between them.  Sending an IT technician out when a generator is offline wastes time” said Allen Cook, Founder and CEO of TOURtech. “POWERpinger™ allows us to know if the issue is network or power related and deploy the appropriate resources faster.  Downtime equals lost revenue for our clients.  Anything we can do to mitigate or eliminate these issues provides tremendous value.”

POWERpinger™ is now a standard offering across all TOURtech deployments.

Parker & Sons gives thermostat advice

Parker & Sons, a locally based HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service provider who has served the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area for over forty years has come out with new advice for homeowners and renters who believe that their thermostats aren’t working properly, in an effort to provide assistance to the community in addition to the services they regularly provide.

“Sometimes we get calls and inquiries from people who think that their air conditioning unit is broken, or needs a tune up… and when our team members go out to answer a call, they find that the air conditioning unit is working properly fine and that it’s actually their thermostat that is broken in some way or another,” said Parker & Sons representative, Justine Kelly.

To help homeowners and renters save both time and money when they believe their air conditioning unit might be acting up or working improperly, Kelly said that, depending on the season and time of year, set your thermostat 5 degrees higher or lower, and be sure to check if the correct device turns on in accordance with that temperature change. If not, the problem is more than likely the thermostat itself, of a device within the thermostat.

Likewise, Kelly also said that “many people also forget to switch their air conditioning unit ‘on’ on their main circuit breaker when the season changes,” and neglecting to do so might make it seem like your air conditioning unit isn’t functioning properly. In this fashion, it is also advised that homeowners and renters take a moment to check their wires that connect their air conditioning unit to the main circuit breaker. It could be the case that the wires have become loose, or aren’t properly attached to their designated mounting screws, which leads to air conditioning or heating units not receiving the energy or readings they need from the thermostat.

Ensuring that your thermostat and air conditioning unit are both working and functioning together is what will make your home warm or cool depending on the season. However, if you think that one is broken, make sure to check the other before coming to any immediate conclusions.