COVID-19 Is Overwhelming Doctors and Economies in the North Caucasus

first_imgWith nearly 2,000 officially confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Republic of Dagestan is currently the most badly hit territory in the North Caucasus. Furthermore, the republic has the fifth-largest number of cases in the Russian Federation. Some Dagestani municipalities report that they cannot cope with the inflow of new patients anymore. Authorities locked down the second-biggest city in the republic, Khasavyurt (population around 130,000) on May 3. Its main hospital has run out of capacity to receive new patients, as its existing 250 spaces have filled up. Doctors at the Khasavyurt medical facility say they are under extreme duress and cite a lack of recommended medications to treat patients with the novel coronavirus (Chernovik, May 4). Some municipalities in Dagestan have started charity campaigns to cope with the crisis. They say that the aid sent by the republican and Russian federal authorities is not sufficient (Novoe Delo, May 4).Aina Gamzatova, the spouse of Dagestan’s mufti (Muslim religious leader), appealed to the public to help the republic’s hospitals. She, along with her family, was infected with the coronavirus and hospitalized in Makhachkala. Moreover, according to Gamzatova, her husband, mufti Akhmad Abdulayev (60), was most badly affected by the disease. She stated that hospitals in the Dagestani capital lack vital resources and medical machinery, such as tomographs, ventilators and other equipment (Novoe Delo, May 4).Interestingly, local sources contend that Dagestani Salafis (adherents of so-called “unofficial Islam”) quickly reacted to the wave of coronavirus infections hitting the region by stopping collective Friday prayer services, while Dagestani Sufis (representatives of “official Islam”) were somewhat slower in suspending collective prayers (Maksim Shevchenko YouTube channel, May 3).The unofficial list of medical workers who have died during the COVID-19 crisis in the Russian Federation included 9 names of doctors and nurses from Dagestan, out of a country-wide total of 101, as of May 4 (Spisok Pamyati). The total number of deaths in Dagestan, according to official information, is 14.Dagestan’s neighbors are no better off. Ingushetia has reported 25 deaths and nearly 1,000 coronavirus cases. An estimated 8 deaths and about 600 cases have been registered in Chechnya. Six deaths and over a thousand cases have been reported in North Ossetia (Kavkazsky Uzel, May 4). Since Dagestan (population around three million) is the largest republic in the North Caucasus, these smaller territories (Ingushetia, around 400,000; Chechnya, 1.4 million; North Ossetia, 700,000) are even worse off than Dagestan on per capita counts of deaths and spread of the new disease. Moreover, some observers in Dagestan think that the official numbers of coronavirus infections are inaccurate. For example, many people with pneumonia have not been counted toward the figure of infected people (Novoe Delo, May 4). Some sources have even claimed that “pneumonia” victims in Dagestan amount to as many as 200 people per week. Patients often are expected to pay for their own treatment. Local businesses had to join forces to buy equipment and medical supplies, including simple face masks, for hospitals (Maksim Shevchenko YouTube channel, May 3). A Dagestani newspaper provides evidence showing that, conspicuously, there are more patients in Dagestan diagnosed with pneumonia than with COVID-19 (Molodyozh Dagestana, May 4).Along with the health crisis, the regional economy is also unraveling. Many residents of the North Caucasus have already lost their entire livelihoods, and some have resorted to desperate measures. On April 20, a large protest action took place in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia (see EDM, April 30). Protesters demanded the resignation of the regional governor, the improvement of living conditions, and the release of an opposition leader. Authorities arrested scores of demonstrators but also promised to support the republic’s most vulnerable families (Kavkazsky Uzel, May 4).Next door, the notorious speaker of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov, condemned the father of eight children for asking for help. The man found himself without work due to restrictions imposed in connection with the coronavirus. The official reprimanded the petitioner and told him to sell his car in order to “buy time” (Kavkazsky Uzel, May 3).Instead of helping people to stay at home and avoid contagion, it appears that some republican governments in the North Caucasus have simply allowed residents to go about their business as normal. Regional authorities are stripped of resources to deliver any massive aid, and—unlike Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya—many of the republican leaders actually lack a sufficient local repressive apparatus to subdue brewing protests. So, to avoid a social explosion, other governors in the North Caucasus feign having adopted a self-isolation regime but do not really enforce it. For example, in Dagestan, all markets reportedly continue to function as normal (Maksim Shevchenko YouTube channel, May 3).The Russian federal government has promised credits for small businesses (Abon, May 4). However, observers are skeptical that the Kremlin is going to support this sector in any meaningful way. Instead, the authorities appear to be energetically promoting a public relations campaign but with little actual infusion of funds (Valery Solovei Facebook page, May 4).Low oil prices have purportedly forced Moscow to conserve resources for a rainy day. Though, many Russian analysts argue that the rainy day has already arrived, and the central government should begin to tap this money in order to help Russian citizens survive the growing crisis. So far at least, the North Caucasus region appears to have been left largely to its own devices, receiving little or no resources from the federal government beyond the pre-crisis subsidies. But if the economic situation persists much longer or continues to worsen, the regional governors could easily find themselves trapped between an indifferent or powerless Moscow and angry local residents. Some of these leaders will, thus, face a difficult choice: either siding with their constituents, suppressing the discontent or resigning.last_img read more

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Assistant Professor

first_imgPosition NumberF67650 Working TitleAssistant Professor Grant funded position?No Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/105581 Number of Months12 Application Process/Additional Information DepartmentSOEEdLdshp: Dep Required Qualifications Proposed Hire Date07/01/2021 As a preeminent national, urban, public research university andacademic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University iscommitted to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – anenvironment where all can thrive in their pursuit ofexcellence.Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions toDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)providing your career aspirations and contributions towardpromoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,you can share how your lived experiences, and academic andprofessional activities will impact your contribute to VCU’smission of promoting equity and inclusion.Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals ofequity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangiblypromotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, andcelebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship thatpromotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/orengaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionallyunderrepresented groups to create a positive and successfulorganizational experience. In addition, please submit applicationmaterials via VCU eJobs at www.vcujobs.com.Application materials must be submitted online through VCU eJobs bythe application deadline, and must include all of the following: 1)A letter of application that addresses the applicant’squalifications based on position announcement and consideration ofthe goals and mission of Virginia Commonwealth University and theSchool of Education; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) List of threeprofessional references with contact information; 4) DiversityStatement. Please upload documents 1-3 as one PDF under ‘OtherDocument’ at www.vcujobs.com for review by the Search Committee.Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. KimBridges at [email protected] If selected as a finalist for theposition, candidates must agree to current and prior employersbeing contacted. -Experience with master and doctoral students including advisingand/or chairing dissertations/capstones and serving oncommittees-Evidence of successful teaching at the graduate level-Potential for developing programs for interdisciplinarysettings-Experience with online delivery of instruction-Expertise in one or more of the following areas: leadershipdevelopment; organizational change; school law; fiscal and humanresource management; cross-sector educational collaborations;program or organizational evaluation, community-based actionresearch-Experiences that inform worldviews and/or perspectives aboutminority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender,sexuality, religion, and disability-Evidence of collaborations with research centers and institutesand/or with community agencies Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Type of SearchNational School/UnitSchool of Education Posted Salary$65,000-81,900 RankAssistant Professor Position Responsibilities Is this employee on a H1B Visa?Nocenter_img -Earned doctorate in educational leadership or related field-School, District, or Central Office leadership experience/practicein the K12 setting and/or leadership experience/practice ineducation-related non-profit organizations-Experiences facilitating and/or leading adult learning-Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a teamenvironment-Strong facilitation and problem solving skills-Strong and applied commitment to diversity, equity, and access asthey relate to educational leadership, policy, and systemsimprovement-Demonstrated leadership experience and practice in advancingaccess, equity, and quality education for learners fromhistorically marginalized and underrepresented minority populationsliving in poverty and/or the educators that serve them-Demonstrated experience and practice working in and fostering adiverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to doso as a faculty member at VCU and community member at large-Ability to build and leverage meaningful cross-sector partnershipswith local school divisions and education-related non-profitorganizations for the purpose of educating and preparing leaderswho advocate for social justice and lead communities of learningand continual improvement-Experience with innovative programming around leadership forsocial justice-Leadership experience and practice related to or within urbansettings with individuals in our communities who have beenhistorically marginalized, and done from a culturally responsiveand antiracist lens Preferred Qualifications Application Deadline Date05/28/2021 Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Open Until FilledNo Date Posted04/28/2021 Mission or Goal of Unit The Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Educationis committed to preparing leaders able to influence equity,excellence, innovation, and impact in urban and other settingsserving students with unmet needs. By combining innovativeresearch, teaching and critical reflection with authentic communityengaged learning experiences, the department prepares leaders whocan address crucial needs in culturally rich and diverseenvironments.At VCU, we believe different perspectives and areas of expertiseenhance possibilities and solutions. This philosophy drives ourrecruitment process. We welcome applicants with diverse experiencesand backgrounds who will contribute to an already diverse communityof faculty, staff, and students. Candidates need to havedemonstrated experiences advancing access, equity, and qualityeducation for underrepresented learners, particularly withinlow-resource communities. This includes a commitment to addressingdiversity, inclusion, social justice, equity, and antiracistpractices in education/educational leadership and practice throughteaching, service, and mentoring. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * The School of Education values the following as our culturestatement, ‘The School of Education (SOE) recognizes that trustamong all members of the SOE community is the foundation of apositive work climate. Realizes that our well-being as aninstitution depends upon the wellbeing of our members. Respects allmembers, new and continuing, regardless of status. Values honestcommunication and finding ways to respectfully address difficultissues. Strives to listen without bias and search for commonunderstanding. Is committed to equity, fairness and a level playingfield for all of its members. Knows that the SOE community thrives,because of diverse viewpoints and areas of expertise. Fosterscollaboration, collegiality and mutual support among all members ofits community.’ Please describe ways in which you have worked tofoster this type of culture in the professional workplace or inyour everyday life.(Open Ended Question) The primary duties of this position will include teaching andservice. The employee will teach graduate courses in educationalleadership and practice, work with doctoral students on capstonesand dissertations, and advise/supervise/mentor students. In regardsto service, they will engage in service to the department, school,university, surrounding community, and national/internationalprofessional organizations. Diversity Statement InformationFor more information on diversity statements, includingguidelines, please click here . The Term Assistant Professor will demonstrate through teaching,service, and public engagement the richness of diversity inlearning experiences and integrate multicultural approaches andperspectives into instructional methods and research. They willteach graduate courses in educational leadership and practice, workwith doctoral students on capstones and dissertations, andadvise/supervise/mentor students. The professor will also engage inservice to the department, school, university, surroundingcommunity, and national/international professionalorganizations. Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsOther DocumentDiversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)Optional Documentslast_img read more

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Salvini: Italy to spend ‘at least €1 billion’ in North Africa

first_imgItaly plans to invest “at least €1 billion” in Northern African countries in an effort to stem migration flows from the region, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Friday.“Our aim is to control the southern borders … And, to reply to all of those who see me as Satan, we are preparing a project that provides for at least a €1 billion in investments to support the economy and the work of hundreds of thousands of people in hardship,” Salvini told Sky TG24, explaining that these investments would focus on agriculture, fishing and trade.“It is not enough to close [ports] and send [migrants] back home,” Salvini said. “It is also necessary to create prospects of growth and work in these countries,” he said, adding that the ruling coalition between his far-right League and the anti-establishment 5Star Movement would “probably succeed in doing what the left has never done.” The initiative is a part of a wider push to tackle a number of security issues including the mafia, drug trafficking, terrorism and immigration, according to Salvini.The interior minister also said he will push for legislation that revokes a migrant’s right to demand asylum if he or she commits “any sort of crime,” saying he’d pursue “serious and stable agreements” with African countries on sending back people who do not qualify for asylum.Italy should become “a main actor” on migration policy in Europe, Salvini tweeted, adding that he would “soon” travel to Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.In the interview, Salvini also called on the EU to help Italy in its efforts, saying Italy has asked Brussels to include a “repatriation clause” in any future trade agreements with African countries.“No one has done it in the past, but I’m not here complaining about the past — I’m working for the future,” he said.Salvini also confirmed the government’s intention to introduce tax cuts and move ahead on pension reform, moves that risk breaching EU fiscal rules. Italy has been under pressure from the EU to reduce its massive public debt, and Economy Minister Giovanni Tria has previously said the Italian government will take a cautious approach to spending. Also On POLITICO euro press review Berlusconi blocks Salvini’s anti-gay, Euroskeptic pick for public broadcasting chief By Gabriela Galindo Macron and Salvini face off over Continent’s future By Ryan Heath, Maïa de La Baume and Jacopo Barigazzilast_img read more

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Democrats raise fresh quid pro quo questions about Ukraine missile sale

first_imgDemocrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump want to take a fresh look at whether the sale of anti-tank missiles to Kiev last year was in any way connected to Ukraine’s decision to halt investigations into Trump’s campaign chairman.The renewed interest in the circumstances surrounding the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles — long coveted by Ukraine as a way to fend off Russian aggression in the east — has been spurred by revelations about the Trump administration’s dealings with the newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. It raises the prospect that the president, or his aides, may have been pressuring the Ukrainian government in exchange for political favors far earlier than previously known.“I think that’s all part of the fact finding that members of the six committees need to pursue, and as a member of the foreign affairs committee, it’s something that I’m very interested in,” said Representative Jim Costa in an interview. Still, other sources said at the time that Trump wasn’t looking to sell the Javelins to the Ukrainians for nothing. To get him on board, Trump’s national security advisers emphasized that this would be a sale, not a gift, said a U.S. official with direct involvement in the matter. And Poroshenko won favor with Trump by facilitating an $80 million coal deal — the first between the U.S. and Ukraine — that was politically expedient for both leaders. Less than two months after the State Department approved the sale, Ukrainian Railways signed a $1 billion locomotive deal with GE Transportation, which boosted Trump’s campaign promise to revitalize the U.S. rail industry.US President Donald Trump | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty ImagesNow, Democrats want to know if there were other incentives at play — especially in light of Zelenskiy’s comment, in his July call with Trump, that Ukraine is almost ready to buy additional Javelins from the U.S. “for defense purposes.” Trump responded by asking for “a favor” — namely, that Zelenskiy investigate Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election, with help from the attorney general.“When you look at the chronological order on how all these things came forward … I think it would lead anyone who’s simply trying to gather the facts to want to try to get all the information possible and see where it leads,” said Costa.Democrats on the three panels leading the Trump impeachment inquiry — House foreign affairs, House intelligence, and House oversight — asked Kurt Volker, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, about Manafort and the Javelin sales during his deposition last week, according to a person familiar with his testimony. But this person couldn’t recall whether the Democrats specifically asked whether there had been a quid pro quo.Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have continued to support Manafort, who is currently serving a 7.5-year prison sentence for tax and financial fraud crimes.“I think it would lead anyone who’s simply trying to gather the facts to want to try to get all the information possible and see where it leads” — Representative Jim Costa The president has defended his former campaign chairman as a “good man” and has said he feels “badly” for him, calling his conviction “a very sad situation.” And Giuliani, who has long maintained that Manafort was framed by falsified documents, has reportedly continued to communicate with Manafort through his lawyer as he continues investigating the conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in the 2016 election to bring Trump and Manafort down.Russia has been making a similar accusation since December 2016, when Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson accused Ukraine of trying to sabotage Trump’s campaign by exposing a “black ledger” revealing that Manafort hid millions in payments for his work for Yanukovych. That ledger became public in August 2016 via the New York Times, and led to Manafort’s resignation as campaign chairman that month.Manafort began pushing the White House and RNC to allege “collusion” between Ukraine and Democrats in the spring of 2017 to distract from the ongoing Russia investigation, POLITICO first reported. But prosecutors had Manafort’s financial records, not just the so-called ledger, and even Giuliani acknowledged that he didn’t think he could fully “exonerate” the disgraced Republican operative.“This is a large puzzle that we’ve been dealing with now for the better part of three years and more recently it seems like we’re finding more pieces of the puzzle,” said Costa. Also On POLITICO ‘An avoidable, unforced error’: Trump’s Ukraine trap starts worrying allies By Anita Kumar Pompeo defends phone call, saying Trump wanted to stop Ukrainian corruption By David M. Herszenhorn Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez and Patrick Leahy sent a letter to Lutsenko on May 4, 2018, expressing their “great concern” about reports that the investigation had been impeded — and asking directly whether “any individual from the Trump administration, or anyone acting on its behalf” encouraged Ukrainian government or law enforcement officials not to cooperate with the Mueller probe. They never received a response, according to a spokesman for Democrats on the Senate foreign relations committee.Renewed interest in the circumstances surrounding the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles has been spurred by revelations about the Trump administration’s dealings with Volodymyr Zelenskiy.Lutsenko, who met with Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani earlier this year as part of Giuliani’s ongoing efforts to investigate what he claims is Ukraine’s “interference” in the 2016 election, has not replied to multiple requests for comment in recent days. The White House did not reply to questions about the Javelin sale.There was no evidence at the time that Trump had directly asked the Ukrainians to halt the cooperation, and a New York Times report indicated that the Ukrainians had done it of their own volition to stay on the president’s good side.A person familiar with the matter said refraining from selling Javelins to Ukraine had been “a bad policy in the Obama administration” that top Trump administration officials including then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were eager to reverse. (The Obama administration’s hesitance to approve the sale of the Javelins, officials said at the time, was primarily due to their concern that Russia, which was pouring troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine, could use the missiles as a pretext to escalate the conflict.)The source acknowledged that it “took a few rounds for the president to get his support” before he signed off on it, but said he “wasn’t aware of anything related to Mueller at that time.” House foreign affairs committee members Representative Gerry Connolly and Tom Malinowski are also interested.“It certainly is on the list of inquiries to be pursued,” Connolly told POLITICO on Tuesday, saying the question of potential “extortion” of Ukraine will be “a major part of the impeachment inquiry.”“I intend to ask about it,” added Malinowski.Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelenskiy — in which he urged him to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and issues surrounding the 2016 election, all while withholding military assistance aid to Kyiv — and the concurrent pressure placed on Zelenskiy by U.S. diplomats has led some Democrats to view the Javelin sale in a new light.The U.S. completed its shipment of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in May 2018, finalizing a sale that was pushed by lawmakers in both parties and reluctantly approved by Trump in November 2017. In April 2018, then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered Ukraine’s top anti-corruption prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko — who’d been tasked with investigating corruption that occurred under former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych — to stop cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.Mueller, at that point, was investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s work for Yanukovych in Ukraine and his ties to Russia.last_img read more

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Yellow Jacket protests mark a year of anger

first_imgA diminished Yellow Jackets movement showed it was nonetheless determined to make citizen anger felt in the streets of Paris as it marked the one-year anniversary of its first protest.The interior ministry estimated 4,700 protestors assembled in the French capital Saturday, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands who in earlier weeks swarmed into cities and towns around France from the countryside to protest rising fuel costs.However, Action 53 — marking the 53rd weekend of protests — had the same hallmarks of destruction and clashes with police as earlier demonstrations. By early afternoon Saturday, Paris’ Place d’Italie was in flames, a section of the city’s peripheral highway had been momentarily blocked and police had arrested several dozen protesters, including one of the founding activists, Thierry Paul Valette, according to BFMTV. By 8 p.m. police reported 147 had been arrested. On Sunday, authorities closed multiple metro stations in anticipation of further action.After launching in November 2018, protesters took to the streets weekly — and while their numbers gradually sagged, they had a concrete impact.As their rampages scared off tourists and impinged on the Christmas 2018 shopping season, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in December said they were creating an “economic catastrophe,” and President Emmanuel Macron withdrew his plans for a carbon tax, the original impetus for the protests. Five months later, he announced a “national debate” to collect public opinion on matters like taxation, public services and shifting toward a greener economy.“This period has changed me,” Macron told reporters in April as he announced a series of reforms aimed at addressing some Yellow Jacket anxieties, while rejecting core demands like a new tax on the rich.In a poll published Wednesday, 55 percent of respondents generally support the Yellow Jacket protests. However, a greater proportion, 66 percent, don’t want to see the demonstrations ramp up again.On Saturday, protesters headed toward the Place de la Bastille, while firefighters dodged projectiles as they responded to flames at the Place d’Italie — police barred a march slated to begin from the roundabout, citing violence. Hundreds of other actions took place around the country, involving an estimated 28,000 people in total. Distrust between police and citizens is one of the legacies of the Yellow Jacket protests, said David Le Bars, head of the French police commissioners’ union.“Nothing will be like before in the relationship between the police and a certain part of the population,” Le Bars told Franceinfo on Saturday. “Parts of society are about to fracture.”This article has been updated.  Also On POLITICO Macron’s push triggers annoyance among Europhiles By Jacopo Barigazzi French anger at police violence goes beyond Yellow Jackets By Pauline Bocklast_img read more

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Keurig Green Mountain and family-owned Community Coffee announce partnership

first_imgKeurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ:GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont, a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology, and Community Coffee Company, the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, announced on Monday a multi-year licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement to bring Community coffee to Keurig portion pack formats for consumer and commercial Keurig hot brewing systems. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.With this new agreement consumers in the US will soon enjoy their favorite Community coffee varieties with Keurig simplicity at the touch of a button. The new, licensed Community coffee K-Cup packs plan to launch in spring 2015 for in home and away from home use, with extensions into K-Carafe packs for the Keurig 2.0 brewing system and Bolt packs for the KeurigBOLT Carafe Brewing System in the future. All Community coffee K-Cup packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste, and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig brand.“Consumers tell us that they choose Keurig brewers for the quality, simplicity, and variety of brands and beverages available in the system,” said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. “Welcoming a premium brand like Community coffee into the mix means the loyal fans of Community coffee will be able to enjoy the coffee they know and love with the quality and consistency they expect from their Keurig brewer.”Based in Baton Rouge, LA, Community Coffee Company, a fourth generation family owned business, has sold premium quality coffees since 1919. Today, the company has grown to become the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America. Community Coffee Company imports, roasts, and distributes its premium coffees through retail stores, restaurants, offices, convenience stores, and hospitality channels, while using only the top 10% of coffee beans in the world to make its delicious, rich and smooth coffees. Soon, consumers will be able to savor Community coffee with the quality and convenience denoted by its Keurig Brewed seal.“Community Coffee Company continues to experience explosive growth and remains deeply committed to providing the highest quality coffee experience for our customers,” said David Belanger, President and CEO of Community Coffee Company. “Partnering with Keurig allows us to further extend our products in a format that is highly desired by consumers and we are very excited about this opportunity.”Keurig hot system brewers use innovative brewing technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect single cup of hot or brewed over ice coffee, tea, cocoa, or fruit brews every time at just the touch of a button. With the next generation Keurig 2.0 brewer, consumers are able to brew both a single cup and a carafe of coffee from a Keurig brand pack. With Keurig 2.0 brewing systems, consumers continue to get the same Keurig quality, simplicity and beverage choice they expect with 60 brands and nearly 400 beverage varieties currently available, all brewed with Keurig’s new beverage-optimizing brewing technology.Now in its 95th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100 percent Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com(link is external) or find the brand on Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external).Keurig Green Mountain is a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology.Source: –(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–Keurig Green Mountain, Inc 12.1.2014last_img read more

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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSM East soccer team playing for a trip to state tonight. SM East’s boys soccer team will take on Olathe South tonight at 7 p.m. at the Olathe District Activity Center (20925 159th Street, Olathe) with a trip to the final four in the state tournament on the line. The Lancers, at 15-3-0 on the year, are seeded as underdogs to the Falcons, who are 15-2-1. The winner will advance to the championship bracket, playing its first game Friday, Oct. 3. The Lancers took their Regional title with a win over Harmon last Thursday.Walmart makes $1,000 grant to Roeland Park Police. The Roeland Park Walmart wrote a check for $1,000 to the Roeland Park Police Department to help fund a public safety grant application the department submitted. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for monitoring traffic safety in the city.last_img read more

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Best Best for the Weekend: Edgar Allen Poe, Lancer Day and jelly donut wrestling

first_imgFile photoGosh, there’s a lot of fun to be had on this long weekend! Let’s get right to it:Our cooler, rainy weather makes this a perfect night to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe at the Central Resource branch of the Johnson County Library. The Actor’s Choice, a division of the Senior Barn Players, will present a selection of prose and poetry by Poe that continues to inspire fright for fans of all ages.Our little ones have always enjoyed the Shawnee Mission East Lancer Day Parade, which starts to head down Mission St. to the Prairie Village Shops at 2 pm on Friday. Short and sweet with funny floats and lots of enthusiasm, this parade marks the beginning of Lancer football season.On Saturday the Overland Park Convention Center is playing host to the 1st Annual Coffee and Donut Fest KC. And while I will admit to being confused about the scheduled events (Donut Queen Contest and Jelly Donut Wrestling?), I am onboard with any celebration of life’s greatest treat.And if you’ve got the energy to get out of your neighborhood, there are a number of lovely festivals happening outside of town: Desoto Days, Chisholm Trail Days in Abiline, the Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll, and the start of the KC Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs.last_img read more

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Keep Mr. Beasley out of the kitchen

first_imgby. Lisa HochgrafLessons in service, brand and leadership can come out of early life experiences.Consider Denise Wymore’s first job—serving fast food at Beasley’s Fish and Chips.Wymore, co-founder of 6th Story and author of The 2020 Vision of Marketing: A Focus on Purpose, told attendees of CUES’ Execu/Summit Monday about how her first employer, the owner of the restaurant, shared his values with his employees. (In the photo at right, CUES Director member Mario Shortino talks with Wymore about the connection between a company’s values and its brand. Shortino is a director for $4.8 billion Teachers Credit Union, Brockton, Mass.)Sharing his values, Mr. Beasley told Wymore and her co-workers that what they were doing mattered. He would say things like, “If you are serving someone—even if you are bringing them tartar sauce—you are doing something worthwhile.”To test how employees were doing, Mr. Beasley would come in to eat. If he saw employees doing their jobs right, he would stay at his table and eat. If they did something wrong, he’d come in the back and prepare his own meal. If he didn’t need to do that, he would come back after and thank everyone for the good meal. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Gold Canyon Candles signs 3-year lease in Chandler

first_imgAn Arizona-based company signed a 36-month lease for 42,000 SF at the Gold Canyon Candles Building at 6205 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, Ariz.Lee & Associates principals TJ Swearengin, Stein Koss, SIOR and Tom Louer, SIOR, represented the landlord, Gold Canyon Candles, which occupies a majority portion of the 212,070 SF warehouse building. Andy Cloud with Cassidy Turley represented the tenant, Barlow Company Inc. of Tolleson, Ariz.The property features the original 122,366 SF with an additional 99,704 SF addition added in 2008. The warehouse building is situated on 19.81 acres near the intersection of Riggs Rd. and Arizona Ave. in Chandler and is close to I-10.last_img read more

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