Palm Beach County launches investigation into its monitoring of Jeffrey Epstein on work release

first_imgRick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Palm Beach County launched an internal investigation into its sheriff’s deputies monitoring of Jeffrey Epstein, following allegations he had “improper sexual conduct” while on work release from jail.Epstein served a 13-month jail sentence in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a deal with federal prosecutors. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office allowed Epstein to participate in a work-release program wherein he could spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, at his office in West Palm Beach, despite being registered as a sex offender.This week, Epstein was accused of having “improper sexual contact” with young women while on that work release by attorney Brad Edwards, who is representing several alleged victims in a new federal sex trafficking case against Epstein.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Sheriff Ric Bradshaw “ordered an Internal Affairs investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein matter,” according to a statement.“Sheriff Bradshaw takes these matters very seriously and wants to determine if any actions taken by the deputies assigned to monitor Epstein during his work release program violated any agency rules and regulations, during the time he was on PBSO work release program,” the statement said.“All aspects of the matter will be fully investigated to ensure total transparency and accountability,” it continued.Attorney Edwards claimed Epstein “was able to have visitors that were under the age of 21” while on work release, but he knows none who were under the age of 18.“What you’re going to learn is he was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York and continuing to engage in similar conduct, literally while he was in ‘jail,’” Edwards claimed.Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.On Thursday in New York, he was denied bail. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Accepting Internship Applications for 2017 Legislative Session

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dear Friend,We are now accepting internship applications for the 2017 legislative session.The House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining hands-on experience. This paid program during the spring semester allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives.Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors.[Click here to tweet about these internship opportunities]Interns receive a bi-weekly compensation of $700, and can earn college credits and a scholarship. The internship program also offers many networking opportunities and is a great resume builder.Interns will be placed in one of five departments, including legislative, communications, technology, fiscal policy or policy.The application deadline is Oct. 31.To learn more about these internship opportunities and the application process, click here.Sincerely,State Rep. Wendy McNamaralast_img read more

Local Roundup: St. Bernard’s softball takes two from South Fork Cubs in Miranda

first_imgMiranda >> The St. Bernard’s Crusaders softball team’s offense scored 26 runs en route to a double header sweep over the South Fork Cubs on Wednesday in Miranda.Crusaders pitcher Ally Del Grande pitched a five-inning complete game in the opener, scattering three hits while striking out six. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and three RBI.Calissa Stokesberry and Lauren Lewis also drove in three runs each for the Crusaders in 17-0 game one win.In the nightcap, Crusaders pitcher …last_img

Avoid Being a Pollyanna CEO

first_imgTags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Children’s literary character Pollyanna is supposed to teach the value in maintaining a super sunshine-filled attitude. The lesson echoes, perhaps, the notion that “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Social pleasantries aside, this is probably no way to run your business. And in a recent blog post, VC Ben Horowitz agrees, cautioning CEOs against falling into the trap of being too nice and too positive. “Tell it like it is,” he advises.Horowitz describes his own decision to stop being too positive as his “single biggest personal improvement as CEO.” He shares some of his early experiences leading a company, recognizing the pressures that he felt and the way in which he tried to shoulder the burdens of business setbacks himself, rather than transferring some of that burden to his employees. Thinking that that would make the problems worse, “I thought I should project a positive, sunny demeanor and rally the unburdened troops to victory. I was completely wrong.”Employees, contends Horowitz, have a pretty nuanced understanding of the reality of situations. By “blowing sunshine,” he was actually doing more damage than good. By keeping negative information to himself, he was failing “to give the problem to the people who could not only fix it, but would be personally excited and motivated to do so.”Horowitz lists three reasons why it’s imperative that CEOs be honest and transparent.1. Building TrustIf you trust someone, then you don’t really need additional explanation or justification for a particular course of action. But if there’s no trust, then no amount of communication or reasoning can really make an impact. And “without trust,” writes Horowitz, “communication breaks.” As communication gets to be increasingly challenging a company grows, Horowitz argues that it’s vital a CEO develop the employees’ trust. “A CEO’s ability to build this trust over time is often the difference between companies that execute well and companies that are chaotic.”2. Deploying Your Company BrainpowerIn order to build a tech company, you have to hire a lot of smart folks. And it’s a waste to not take advantage of that brainpower to solve companies problems. “A brain, no matter how big, cannot solve a problem that it doesn’t know about.”3. Building a Problem-Solving Company CultureBad news travels fast, as the old adage goes. Good news tends to travel a lot more slowly. As a result, employees at failed companies often have known about the fatal problems long before companies have floundered. But, as Horowitz observes, the company culture in these situations frequently discourages people to spread bad news – and by extension, to address the problems. A healthy company, on the other hand, encourages people to discuss problems openly and freely. “Build a culture which rewards – not punishes – people for getting problems into the open where they can solved.” This may involve countering some old management maxims such as “don’t bring me a problem without bringing me a solution.” Horowitz admits that there are “overwhelming psychological pressures to be overly positive.” But he encourages CEOs to stand up to these pressures and to be honest – even if it means sharing unpleasant news. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Indian audiences ready for films like Finding Fanny, says Arjun Kapoor

first_imgIt’s an English language “offbeat” entertainer; made by an Indian director with three veteran and two young stars of Bollywood, and topped with one promotional Hindi song- that’s Homi Adajania’s “Finding Fanny”. Arjun Kapoor, who plays one of the five “oddballs” in the movie, believes Indian audiences are ready for such content.”I was scared and apprehensive to begin with, but as the journey went on, I was more and more happy that I made the brave choice of doing an English film, which is offbeat,” said Arjun.Well, Arjun “never saw it as an offbeat film”!At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him”For me, it’s a film which the country is ready to watch, and the fact that the trailer has received an overwhelming response is an example that people are willing to watch such content,” he said of the over two million views that the “Finding Fanny” trailer garnered within two days of hitting online videosharing platform YouTube.Arjun is a happy and content young man.At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him. Starting with the 2012 movie “Ishaqzaade”, in which he sported a rough and rebellious look as Parma, he pulled off a double role in “Aurangzeb”, essayed the hot-headed Bala in “Gunday”, and the nerdy yet affable boy-in-love Krish in “2 States”.Arjun says he was surprised when Adajania, the man behind English language film “Being Cyrus” and the Bollywood saga “Cocktail”, considered him for the role of Savio D’Gama in “Finding Fanny”, especially after watching the actor’s work in “Ishaqzaade”.advertisementThe fact that the forthcoming movie has a stellar cast comprising actors as senior and prolific as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as well as a glamorous star as Deepika Padukone in a de-glam avatar made the “Finding Fanny” journey all the more inviting for Arjun.Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny”It was almost like going to an acting class…having such fantastic actors around. The idea is to do something different, keeping in mind that you can get eyeballs with these actors who are a known commodity for Indian audience.”Had Homi taken five unknown actors, it would have been a very niche film. But he has taken five known actors and set out to do something different. I think it’s an intelligent choice on their part to mix known commodities with an unknown world,” said the tall and handsome actor.Of course, Arjun stepped into the film clearly knowing that away from the commercial Bollywood potboilers that he’s been part of so far, this one’s going to have a limited audience given the fact that it’s in English and sans any of Hindi cinema’s song and dance routines.”That’s the amazing part about making cinema! People can have an opinion about it. I’d rather be part of a film about which people have an opinion than be in a project people don’t notice.”‘Finding Fanny’ is definitely relevant in terms of getting people to talk about it. If it does well, people will talk about encouraging young talent to make films like this. If it doesn’t, then they will think how well did it do or didn’t do.”I think it is a talking point kind of film. It won’t just come and go, which is what I like – it’s got people talking already. And you can’t always expect people to love everything you do…if they notice, for better or for worse, it’s a good thing,” said the actor.Presented by Fox Star Studios, “Finding Fanny” is produced by Maddock Films. The film, a quirky satirical comedy, releases Sep 12.last_img read more

Garvey to be Cleared of All Criminal Charges

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August, 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon.  Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving to clear National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, of all criminal charges that were laid against him in Jamaica.Addressing a civic ceremony to commemorate the 130th birthday of Jamaica’s first National Hero, held at Lawrence Park, St. Ann, on August 17, the Minister said a Bill is being finalised that is aimed at absolving a number of iconic Jamaicans, including Mr. Garvey, of what she described as “acts of liberation”.    The Bill will be presented to Parliament.“We continue to argue that Garvey’s actions were not criminal, but were acts of liberation with moral justification.   The Bill should be brought to the House in October to absolve National Heroes, including Garvey, and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters.   By including Garvey in this Bill, we are moving to ensure that his record will be totally cleared,” the Minister said.Ms. Grange said despite several failed attempts to get Marcus Garvey’s name cleared of criminal charges in the United States, the Government remains unrelenting in efforts to achieve that goal.“As a country, we have done a number of things to honour this great son of Jamaica and to remove the blots against his name… .  We cannot give up this fight to clear his name,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said in bad and good times, Jamaicans can take courage from the work of the National Hero as well as the statue which stands tall in Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.“Garvey’s statue looms large, and is a reminder of his influence on the world stage, a reminder of his determination, not just to uplift black people but to help us understand our innate power.   In true Jamaican style, Garvey showed that nothing is impossible, despite opposition,” the Minister added.She praised Marcus Garvey for the role he played in influencing world leaders and power brokers to stop and take a look, not only at him and his work but at Jamaica, the country of his birth.The Minister said that the government of Namibia has advised the Jamaican Government that the main street in that country’s capital, Windhoek, will be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey, with the ceremony set for later this year.last_img read more