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Change the Mascot Campaign Praises Oklahoma City School Board Decision to Remove Racist R-Word Mascot from Capitol Hill High

Oneida Nation Homelands (NY) (PRWEB) December 09, 2014

The Change the Mascot Campaign today congratulated the Oklahoma City school board for its stand against the use of the R-word as a sports mascot. The board voted 8-0 yesterday to end the use of the dictionary-defined slur by Capitol Hill High School after hearing impassioned pleas from students and community members.

After the vote, District administrators said they will immediately begin eliminating the R-word mascot and will create a committee of students, alumni and community members to identify a new mascot for Capitol Hill High School before the end of the spring semester.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata, leaders of the Change the Mascot campaign, have issued a joint statement today along with Brian Patterson, President of United South and Eastern Tribes (USET). Halbritter, Pata and Patterson stated:

“On behalf of the Change the Mascot movement we would like to express our admiration for the Oklahoma City school board and the broader community for their courageous actions this week. Capitol Hill High School had used this offensive term for their mascot for nearly 90 years. Washington’s NFL team and its owner Dan Snyder, who insist upon continuing to slur people of color with the R-word, could certainly learn a lot from the conscientious community in Oklahoma City. Their actions demonstrate to Snyder that clinging to outdated and offensive epithets out of tradition and a desire to profit from the continued marketing of a slur are not nearly as important as doing the right thing and choosing to stand on the right side of history.”

The Change the Mascot campaign has rallied supporters all across America and internationally to urge Washington’s NFL team to end its use of the R-word as a team name and mascot. The grassroots movement has garnered support from Native American tribes, sports icons, political leaders from both sides of the aisle, and the President of the United States.

In a seminal moment in 2013, students at Cooperstown High School in New York voted to drop the R-word slur as their school’s mascot.* Several of the leading student advocates later joined a Change the Mascot educational symposium in Washington, D.C. last fall to talk about their efforts.

Meanwhile, Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania has made headlines in recent months when the editors and the advisor to the student newspaper banned the R-word, even in the face of punishment.** Earlier this year, the Houston Independent School District also announced plans to replace all “inflammatory” mascots including “R*dskins.”***

As communities throughout the nation make the choice to end the use of this epithet, national headlines continue to question the use of the insensitive and racist slur in the NFL.

Learn more at http://www.changethemascot.org.

*New York school drops ‘Redskins’ team name, 2/15/13, washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/15/n-y-school-drops-redskins-team-name/

**Neshaminy High School Students Ban ‘Redskins’ From Newspaper, Get Sent To Principal, 11/16/13, usatoday.com/story/sports/2013/11/16/neshaminy-redskins-banned-name-school-newspaper/3613377/

***Houston school district bans ‘inflammatory’ nicknames, including Redskins, 4/16/14, sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/houston-school-district-bans–inflammatory–nicknames–including-redskins-170840794.html

Future Foundation Spots 2014 Holiday Shopping Trends: Price-conscious shoppers want VIP treatment from retailers. High on wish lists are gift cards, peace, jobs

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Those on the receiving end primarily want gift cards, a source of immediate gratification and a means to finance gifts for others. Next on wish lists are, in order, peace, health and happiness; debt relief; tablets; a new job; and clothes.

“Despite economic gains, personal finance remains top-of-mind among a majority of the US population. As such, holiday shoppers will take advantage of all means possible to locate the best deal at the best possible price—according to the level of quality they want,” says Meabh Quoirin, managing director of trend-spotting company Future Foundation and co-author of The Big Lie: . . . or Interpreting Your Global Customer’s Inner Life for Profit. “At the same time, Americans seem to be withdrawing a bit from our tech-centric society, asking for more soulful and abstract things like peace and happiness. Or, perhaps they acquaint financial wellbeing with emotional wellbeing.”

Future Foundation surveyed 5,000 of Americans to arrive at key holiday trends and statistics, while identifying companies that exemplify how best to cater to shoppers.

Price Sensitivity Among American Shoppers

    Of those surveyed, 45% shop at the last minute to get the best deals.
    22% do so because they are “still saving/don’t have the money yet.”
    15% do so because they plan to use their last paycheck before Christmas to buy gifts.
    20% take advantage of post-holiday sales to buy gifts for next year.

Mass Authenticity

“Americans are increasingly focused on where and how products are made. Increasingly, shoppers want artisanal products. We call this mass authenticity, which has great selling power around the holiday season,” Quoirin said. “Millennials, known for their quest for control in nearly every aspect of their lives, are most particular when choosing gifts.”

     60% of Americans like to know about the sources and origins of the products they buy.
     33% of Americans, and 40% of millennials, read reviews of products online at least once per week.
     33% of millennials say the often look for products that accurately reflect a culture, tradition or place—especially when buying food.

The VIP Shopper

“We call American consumers ‘maximizers’ in the sense that they want personalized service and all-inclusive shopping experiences,” Quoirin said. “This trait explains why they consider themselves ‘VIP’ and will increasingly demand concierge perks from retail outlets, but usually at minimal to no cost. This sentiment will be especially apparent in the busiest holiday shopping season of the year.”

    Of those surveyed 60% want products purchased online to be delivered in a specific one-hour time frame. The breakdown: 38% wouldn’t want to pay for it while 22% would pay fees ranging from 50 cents to $ 19.99 – depending on the service.
    40% said they agree with the idea of spending money to save time, whith 10% saying they strongly agree. Those most likely to strongly agree or agree are shoppers between 25 and 34, and those with a household income of $ 40,000 or more.

What Shoppers Want from Retailers

“Consumers this holiday season expect seamless, omnichannel shopping experiences. For retailers, this means first and foremost a mobile strategy. People want to be able to browse, order and pay via mobile while also demanding digital services in-store,” Quoirin said.

Future Foundation recommends that retailers provide:

    mobile content tied to all other channels
    digital kiosks in stores to complement conversations with salespeople
    product selection via social media channels, tied to digital shopping
    cashless/mobile payment options
    instant delivery services

About Future Foundation

Future Foundation—an independent global consumer trends and insight firm—works with corporations around the world to help them transform strategy, innovation, marketing, consumer research and analysis, and customer service. Future Foundation consultants likewise help their clients to not only withstand the changing world around them, but also to thrive in it. The company prides itself on highlighting the real truth behind the changes happening, empowering individuals and companies to move forward with confidence. The company has offices in London, New York and Stockholm. Download a sample of The Big Lie…Or Interpreting Your Global Customer’s Inner Life for Profit here and buy the book on Amazon here.

Find Future Foundation on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Country Star Trace Adkins Honors Fort Hood Military Community with Concert Sponsored by the USO, Fort Hood MWR and PenFed

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) November 03, 2014

Twitter Pitch: @the_USO and @PenFed treat @FortHood to concert feat @TraceAdkins and @CaseyJames

What opened with a blistering performance by country music newcomer Casey James, ended with a show-stopping concert by country star Trace Adkins as the stars united to support the Fort Hood community and perform a concert there Nov. 1. The event was sponsored by the USO, Fort Hood MWR and Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), which generously donated $ 100,000 to help fund nearly three-hours of star-studded entertainment for troops and their families. The morale-boosting show took place at Fort Hood Stadium and helped bring camaraderie, fun and good times to Fort Hood – home to more than 41,292 soldiers and more than 69,487 family members. ***USO photo link below***


    The USO/Fort Hood MWR/PenFed show was attended by 2,500 soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Hood.

    The concert ran from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and included an array of food vendors including Baskin Robbins, who gave away free scoops of Independence-flavored ice cream to military families. In honor of troops, they also named their newest flavor, First Class Camouflage, as November’s flavor of the month and will donate $ 0.10 to the USO for every scoop sold on Veterans Day, 11/11.

    Far from a stranger in supporting troops and military families, Adkins volunteered with the USO in 2002 and was among the first group of USO entertainers to travel to the Middle East. Over the past 12 years, the star has participated in eight USO tours and traveled to seven countries – lifting the spirits and creating moments for more than 39,700 troops and military families. Among the countries he has visited with the USO are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait and the U.S. Just last month, Adkins performed a free, USO show for troops and military families Arts in San Antonio, Texas as part of the grand opening of the Tobin Center.

    Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is currently out on tour performing with his six-piece band the Sarepta Gentleman’s Club. The tour kicked off on June 5th and will continue into Fall 2014. Earlier this month the megastar announced he will be embarking on a 25-city Christmas Show Tour starting Nov. 14 and performing holiday classics and songs from his 2013 album of Celtic carols, ‘The King’s Gift.’

    Going from American Idol finalist in 2010 to Top 15 on the country music charts in 2012 with his hit song “Crying on a Suitcase,” country newcomer Casey James is back with his new hit single “Falling Apart.” A native of Fort Worth, Texas, the singer began playing guitar at just 13-years of age and is an avid supporter of America’s Armed Forces. Casey traveled to Bahrain and Djibouti in 2013, where he visited and entertained countless troops and military families.

    Nicknamed “The Great Place,” Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the U.S. Armed Services and is home to USO Fort Hood and USO Fort Hood North – two USO centers which offer the everyday comforts of home, programs and services to troops and military families stationed locally.

    Established in 1935, PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the country serving nearly 1.3 million members. Its longstanding mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost effective manner, while responding to members’ needs. The connectedness to those who serve is a significant part of PenFed’s culture. The credit union plays an active role in events like this concert and other initiatives designed to meet the needs of the troops, their families, and veterans.

    The “Every Moment Counts” campaign invites Americans to join the USO and PenFed in honoring and creating moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families – like this Trace Adkins USO/Fort Hood MWR/PenFed concert at Fort Hood. For more information please visit USOmoments.org or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using #USOMoments.


Attributed to Major General Kendall P. Cox of Fort Hood:

“USO and PenFed doing this, they understand… This concert is intended for our service members and their families. It’s truly an opportunity for them to just relax, sit back and in truth, be given thanks for what they do every day. That’s what this is all about. And having it here right on Fort Hood is significant because it pays recognition of the long days (and) the times away from home… It’s all about taking care of the soldiers and their families.”

Attributed to Trace Adkins:

“I’ve had a wonderful relationship with the USO for many years now. I’ve never done a show with them that I didn’t walk away from feeling like I was better for it. And I just continue to. Whenever they call and we’re able to do it, we do it…”

Attributed to Casey James:

“I hope I can brighten somebody’s day with being here (at Fort Hood) playing music. I mean that’s my job as a musician, as an artist, but specifically that they can kind of get out of their head for a minute and maybe escape reality for an hour, you know.”

Attributed to PenFed President and CEO James R. Schenck:

“Since 2002, Fort Hood has deployed over 630,000 men and women to go into harm’s way to protect our nation. This was PenFed’s way of saying thank you to the service members who served and the families who support them, and to the extended community… There’s been way too many deployments this last decade. And for them to spend time with their kids and with each other, we feel it’s very important.”

Attributed to USO Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff John Pray:

“The USO was thrilled to partner with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union team and the Fort Hood MWR to bring Trace and Casey back to Texas to say “thank you” to an absolutely amazing group of Americans – the troops and their families at Ft Hood. They have endured many challenging deployments to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily and this concert was a way to show our gratitude and let them know that we are always by their side.”


USO Photos: http://bit.ly/1tPeSD2

USO Video: Coming soon…


About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About PenFed

Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed is one of the largest credit unions in the country, serving 1.3 million members worldwide; with more than $ 19 billion in assets. Its long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking, and a wide range of other financial services with its members’ interests always in mind. Serving a diverse population, PenFed offers many ways to become a member; including numerous association affiliations and employee groups. PenFed is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. PenFed does business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and is a member of NAFCU. To learn more about PenFed, visit PenFed.org.

About Fort Hood

Fort Hood is currently home to more than 41,292 soldiers and more than 69,487 family members (16,108 on post and 53,379 off post). We have approximately 5,000 DA Civilians and more than 14,600 contractors. When you include retirees who use the post for support, the total population supported by Fort Hood is more than 388,300. Fort Hood’s Land Area equals 218,823 acres or 342 square miles. It stretches as far north as Waco, Texas; east to Temple, Texas; west to Copperas Cove, Texas; and south to Georgetown, Texas.

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Be Part of the Movement: Feed Hungry Kids, Fight Childhood Obesity and Keep Your Little Ones Healthy with Pocket Protein KIDZ

St. Petersburg, Florida (PRWEB) October 22, 2014

Pocket Protein KIDZ, a new protein drink for children, is joining the fight against childhood hunger and obesity — and you can help.

Today in the United States, more than 15 million children don’t know when they’ll eat next. An even higher number of children are obese, making it the first time in our nation’s history that obesity is endangering more young Americans than hunger. Even for parents who have the means to make nutritious snacks from scratch, as schedules become more and more hectic, finding the time to whip up tasty, healthy treats that provide the essential nutrients our kids need is a daunting challenge.

That’s where Pocket Protein KIDZ comes in.

The creators of Pocket Protein have spent the past two years working with pediatricians and other experts to perfect Pocket Protein KIDZ, a groundbreaking new way to ensure that children are getting enough protein.

Pocket Protein KIDZ is shaking up the market in five key ways

Filler-free. Pocket Protein KIDZ is fat-free, caffeine-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free, as well as low-sugar and low-carb. A drink that never needs refrigeration, Pocket Protein KIDZ is full of essential vitamins instead of the extra junk other snacks and drinks feature that cause sluggishness and even obesity.

Allergen-free. Finding on-the-go options for children with nut allergies or gluten or lactose intolerance has been notoriously difficult—until now. Pocket Protein KIDZ offers a complete, energizing protein that all kids can safely drink.

Protein-packed. Pocket Protein KIDZ provides 7 grams of protein.

Safe. Pocket Protein KIDZ adheres to the FDA rules and regulations for beverages. It is registered with the FDA and submits its ingredients and manufacturing process to them for review. Pocket Protein KIDZ adheres to all the safety regulations and oversight as milk or juice.

Naturally sweet. Made without artificial sweeteners, colors or sodium benzoate—three particularly harmful add-ins for kids with autism or ADHD—Pocket Protein KIDZ is made from real apple juice and a blend of all natural sweeteners including Stevia.

Now, Pocket Protein has launched a crowdfunding campaign powered by Tilt to help get the power of Pocket Protein KIDZ on shelves, and is asking for those who share the product’s focus on healthy children and quality ingredients to support the effort.

The company has turned to crowdfunding out of a desire both to work with moms and dads across the country, and to be even more answerable to health-conscious consumers. When the public helps put more responsible, wholesome options on the market, everyone wins. People have real power to create substantial change. By contributing to companies with a mission like Pocket Protein KIDZ, individuals join a passionate movement for wellness that is gaining momentum around the world.

The goal? Pocket Protein hopes to raise $ 100,000. The funds will pay for the first 150,000 units of Pocket Protein KIDZ, which will be sold both in brick and mortar stores and online.

But that is just the beginning. Pocket Protein believes the momentum from the first $ 100,000 raised will inspire communities to believe that, together, we can have real impact in the fight to eradicate childhood hunger and obesity. Pocket Protein’s stretch goals if they raise >$ 500,000 include creating a “Strong Body. Strong Mind” National Award program to recognize children and families who’ve achieved healthy goals both in both body and mind and providing Pocket Protein KIDZ to food banks and school districts around the country.            

Every little bit helps. Donate here: https://pocketproteinkidz.tilt.com.

In addition to bringing a responsibly sourced new product to grocery shelves everywhere, Pocket Protein is partnering with parents, Feeding America’s Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, The Center for Youth: Crisis Nursery, and others to feed hungry kids. As organizations across the country with big hearts and small budgets step in to help, they often have to rely on highly processed, non-refrigerated foods: starchy, sugary carbs, and other foods high in fat and sodium. Pocket Protein KIDZ offers a way to now include a safe, non-refrigerated, vitamin-packed protein drink—an ideal tool for the hundreds of non-profits working diligently to make a difference in kids’ lives everyday.

For more information about Pocket Protein KIDZ’s expert-led development and exciting crowdfunding campaign launch, check out the official video.

Learn more about Pocket Protein via http://pocketprotein.com.

About Pocket Protein

The most challenging nutrient to fit into your daily diet has just become the easiest. In a single 2-ounce foil pack, Pocket Protein delivers 20 grams of delicious, high grade protein with zero fat, carbs, sugar, gluten, lactose or caffeine. It never needs refrigeration and can fit into your pocket for a satisfying protein boost anytime, anywhere.


About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

For 41 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank distributed 60 million pounds of food in 2013 and 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which – with the help of 33,000 volunteers annually – it distributes through a network of more than 670 partner agencies at more than 1,050 distribution and program sites. In addition, 97 percent of monies raised and in-kind donations go directly to programs. Our efficiency and effectiveness led to the LA Business Journal to name the Food Bank as the “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” among large local organizations in 2013. For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.lafoodbank.org.

Docu-series Confucius Was a Foodie! Heads into Production

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

Lucent Media Production Inc. announces that production has begun on the 6 X 1 hr. documentary series Confucius Was a Foodie! A New World Adventure in an Ancient Cuisine. The series is being produced in partnership with New Tang Dynasty Television Canada for both English and Mandarin viewers, and is backed by the broadcaster’s Canada Media Fund envelope with an expected delivery date in the first half of 2015. Lucent will head to MIPCOM next week to introduce the property to new partners.

Confucius Was a Foodie! was inspired by the discovery that the 2,500-year-old philosopher was in fact a ‘gourmand’ who wrote extensively on all aspects of food and eating. Confucius taught that food should be eaten seasonably, cooked with food safety in mind, and in moderation. He wrote: “Food can never be too good, and cooking can never be done too carefully.”

Confucius Was a Foodie! follows a journey of discovery as celebrity chef Christine Cushing explores Chinese food in North America and, through her three Chinese master chef ‘guides’, learns about the five traditional Chinese cuisines and the place they hold in North American Chinese cuisine today.

Each episode will dispel North American misconceptions, inform, enlighten and entertain as Christine eats and cooks her way through some of North America’s major centers of Chinese culture and cuisine.

The series will feature well-known celebrity chefs and fans of Chinese cuisine from food writers and bloggers to scholars and academics.

“To quote Confucius, ‘real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance’,” says Cushing, a TV chef with classic French training. “What I know of Chinese cuisine does not come from my professional training, so I’m excited to become a student again and learn about a 5000-year-old cuisine that is responsible for so much more than tea and noodles!”

The Chinese title for the series will be “老外名廚學中餐,” or literally, “Western celebrity chef learns Chinese cuisine.”

The documentary is being directed and written by Theresa Kowall-Shipp who was senior producer for all four seasons of Christine Cushing Live and was Co-Creator and Creative Producer of Recipe to Riches, both on Food Network Canada. “Food TV has altered the way we look at food and this kind of documentary is an evolution of food programming,” says Kowall-Shipp. “With Confucius Was a Foodie! we are looking at Chinese food as a cuisine both central to an ancient culture and a lot of fun.”

Additionally, Kowall-Shipp notes thats Cushing brings a combination of academic background, curiosity and laughter to the series. Whether trying to make a dumpling with instructions in Cantonese, or operating a Chinese Wok cooking table with heat controls at her knee, she is the perfect combination of serious chef and eager student. “Viewers are going to fall in love with Christine and Chinese cuisine all over again!”

Confucius Was A Foodie! is one of an array of documentaries being created by Lucent Media Executive Producer Jason Loftus in partnership with NTD that look at how Chinese culture is adapting and thriving in the West. “There’s a lot in Chinese culture that resonates in the West when we can get past the clichés and stereotypes,” says Loftus. “Confucius Was a Foodie! will challenge what you know about Chinese food, surprise you, and introduce you to a rich world of cuisine that is thriving right in your backyard.”

About Lucent Media Production

Employing a cross-cultural team of top established and emerging production talent, Lucent Media Production Inc., produces documentaries, drama, performing arts, and interactive properties that tell great stories and transcend cultural barriers. The Toronto-based company led by executive producer Jason Loftus produces both original English-language and Chinese-language projects for a diverse audience.

Loftus is also executive producer of the Miaomiao animated series that introduces Mandarin language education to preschoolers, and the action-adventure game series, Shuyan the Kung Fu Princess, which was featured in several “Best of Canada” showcases in 2013/14.

Lucent Media will be at MIPCOM as part of the Mark Animation table at the Canada Pavilion, stand P-1.A51. MIP Contact: Jared Pearman, Director of Business Development, 613.325.6274 | jared(at)lucentmedia(dot)ca

About NTD Television

New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is the largest Chinese broadcaster in North America and is seen by over 100 million viewers worldwide. It was the world’s first independent, non-profit Chinese-language TV broadcaster established by Chinese living outside China. NTD began broadcasting via satellite in North America in February 2002 and extended its 24/7 programming to Asia, Europe, and Australia in July 2003. Headquartered in New York City, the network has gained an international reputation for its objective and timely reporting of political, economic, and cultural stories in the Chinese language, as well as for its multi-faceted educational and entertainment programs that bring together the finest in both Eastern and Western cultures. NTD Canada is a licensed multi-language Canadian broadcaster available on Bell Fibe, Rogers, Shaw, and Novus.

NTD also knows a thing or two about Chinese food, playing host for the last five years to the world’s pre-eminent Chinese cuisine competition in New York’s Times Square, with winners cooking a banquet for guests at the prestigious James Beard Foundation. Confucius Was a Foodie! is the first documentary series of this kind created for NTD and serving both English and Mandarin viewers.


Media Contact:

Jason Loftus

Executive Producer


(Direct) 416.737.5302

ESTEY BOMBERGER Announces $3 Million Settlement for Sexual Abuse at San Diego Private School

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

The child molestation victim lawyers at Estey Bomberger have obtained a $ 3 million settlement for students who, according to case documents, were allegedly sexually abused by their Spanish teacher at a private school in San Diego. The victims were allegedly in elementary school when they were touched inappropriately from 2008-2010. The name of the defendant in the case remains confidential, per the terms of the settlement agreement. It should be noted that no criminal charges were filed against the alleged perpetrator.

“The school let these kids down,” said Stephen Estey, founding partner of Estey Bomberger, who represented the students in the civil lawsuit. “The families trusted the school’s administration to keep their children safe. This settlement acknowledges that what these children suffered was unacceptable, and that the school failed to properly supervise the teacher.”

“Our hope is that this settlement will help the victims heal as they move forward and try to put what happened behind them. This settlement is not just about these students, it is also about the safety and well-being of children everywhere,” said Estey. “No child deserves to be taken advantage of by their teacher.”


The lawyers at Estey Bomberger provide professional and effective legal representation to those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. While no amount of money can ever compensate a victim for a horrific act like molestation, our team fights to see justice served for victims and to hold perpetrators and those responsible for their supervision fully accountable.

The firm has obtained several record-setting verdicts for victims of sexual abuse, including a 2010 verdict for $ 30 million against a Bay Area foster family agency, and a 2012 $ 23 million verdict against Los Angeles Unified School District. Based in San Diego, the firm represents clients throughout California. To learn more about our services, visit http://www.childmolestationvictims.com or http://www.esteybomberger.com.

Datalogic Provides a Modern Shopping Experience with Joya X1Self-shopping Solution at Coop Estonia

Bologna, Italy (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

Datalogic S.p.A., a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud that the Joya™ X1 self-shopping device was selected by Harju Consumer Society, a member of Coop Estonia, to enhance their customer’s shopping experience.    

Coop Estonia is the largest and oldest jointly operating retail group in Estonia. In operation since 1917, Coop Estonia has 353 stores all over Estonia and employs more than 4,400 workers. On June 11, 2014, the newest Harju supermarket, Miiduranna Konsum, implemented Datalogic’s self-shopping solution using the Joya X1 device and Shopevolution™ 6.0 middleware.

The Harju supermarket aims at providing their customers a fun, fast shopping experience. Since its launch, management has noted increased customer interest for both the new store and the self-shopping system. Merli Sirp, Marketing Manager at Harju comments, “One of the reasons for the interest is that the Joya unit is very attractive and colorful. Once customers use it, they notice that it really is comfortable and fast.”

The Joya X1 device is innovative, colorful, and ergonomically designed, giving the store’s clientele a modern, engaging, and fast shopping experience. “We felt that the target shoppers at the new Harju location, which is a residential setting comprised of young families, was a great fit for the inaugural launch of self-shopping within our stores,” continues Sirp. “Customer adoption of the Datalogic system provides Harju with the best opportunity to distinguish itself from its competitors and deliver on the store’s promise to provide their customers with quick and easy purchases along with a real-time view of shopping costs, while avoiding long queues.”

The Joya X1 device reduces customer wait times at the checkout, and avoids the need to remove products from the cart. Customers also have the ability to keep their net costs under control and view the total purchase amount in real-time. The unit is easy to use, light, robust, and fast. The long battery life guarantees operation without interruption even during long shopping excursions.

Francesco Montanari, Vice President & General Manager of Mobile Computing at Datalogic ADC, explains, “Datalogic’s self-shopping solutions continue to be adopted by leading retailers worldwide because Shopevolution middleware and the Joya X1 device provide retailers the features they need to give their clients the best shopping experience.“

The Joya X1 device uses linear imaging technology for increased customer safety and reliability. This imaging technology provides the capability to scan coupons on smartphones and on Electronic Store Label (ESL) displays.

Drawing on years of experience in self-shopping applications, the new Joya X1 device delivers outstanding features, ergonomics, and enhancements. This new version, coupled with Shopevolution middleware, comes ready to receive multi-media content and promotions, perform queue-busting, and assist in inventory management.

Datalogic ADC, the world leader in automatic data capture, offers state of the art solutions with fixed position retail scanners, handheld scanners and mobile computers. Datalogic ADC’s range includes in-counter and on-counter point of sale scanners, general purpose and ruggedized handheld scanners, rugged mobile computers, industrial PDAs and vehicle mount computers. Solutions for applications in several sectors include healthcare, hospitality/entertainment, manufacturing, retail, services and transportation and logistics.

Businesses in the retail sector can particularly benefit from Datalogic ADC’s vision-based technology solutions, analytical tools, self-shopping solutions and consumer relationship technologies.

A division of the Datalogic Group, Datalogic ADC is headquartered in the US with a presence in over 120 countries.

Datalogic Group is a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets. As a world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser markeing systems, Datalogic offers innovative solutions for a full range of applications in the retail, transportation & logistics, manufacturing and healthcare industries. With products used in over a third of the world’s supermarkets and points of sale, airports, shipping and postal services, Datalogic is in a unique position to deliver solutions that can make life easier and more efficient for people. Datalogic S.p.A., listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001 as DAL.MI, is headquaratered in Lippo di Calderara di Reno (Bologna). Datalogic Group as of today employs about 2,400 members of staff worldwide distributed in 30 countries. In 2013 Datalogic Group acheived revenues of 450,7 million Euro and invested over 35 million Euro in Research and Development with a portfolio of over 1,000 patents across the world.

For more news and information on Datalogic, please visit http://www.datalogic.com.

Datalogic and the Datalogic logo are registered trademarks of Datalogic S.p.A. in many countries, including the U.S.A. and the E.U. Datalogic ADC is a trademark of Datalogic S.p.A. The Joya logo is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l in the U.S.A. and the E.U. Shopevolution is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l. in the E.U. All other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


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We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.

Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.

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It’s simple, we kick the money out of politics

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Wal-Mart sent out a press release.

They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.

Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.

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And as always please feel free to post, re-post, and share.


I think is a testament to the cause of the workers that all the Wal-Mart brass can do is play down the size but cant refute the workers claims

Local police disperse, arrest Black Friday protesters on behalf of Walmart

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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.

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Black Friday, Black Heart

These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!

I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.

Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”

If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.

I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.

Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.

Before you buy slow down. Think, “Do I need this?” and “what is the real cost of this item in human capital. Am I contributing to suffering or contributing to a living for another human being or a fellow American?”If you do what you know is right with your hard-earned dollars then you will change your life and others for the better.

The Church of Stop Shopping

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"Reverend Billy" wants you to stop shopping. Especially today. Your buying products that have been shipped from sweat shops in Asia caused Hurricane Sandy. Why do you continue to hurt the earth?

The Church Of Stop Shopping believes we are the problem, and that the 99% is somehow related to their overall message. Maybe it's just an attention getter.

Billy even has a choir:

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I re-blogged this because I really like this blog. But this post is a prime example of how you can hear the sermon but miss the teaching completely. Push past the surface not only on a word press blog but with people in general find out who people are and why they think and act the way they do and they might shock you. Like Rev Billy.

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