Personal pages – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 05:46:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adakotacandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Personal pages – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ 32 32 Application and payroll support services for new and applying PSWs and home-based employers https://adakotacandles.com/application-and-payroll-support-services-for-new-and-applying-psws-and-home-based-employers/ Tue, 10 May 2022 21:05:34 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/application-and-payroll-support-services-for-new-and-applying-psws-and-home-based-employers/ How to Contact the PSW Processing Team at IDD Deschutes County program: PSW.Timesheets@deschutes.org New and current PSW and home-based employers, how to navigate state-required payroll application and submission processes: we provide new and current resources to PSWs and home-based employers to complete the tasks you will receive from the state and PPL, click on any […]]]>

How to Contact the PSW Processing Team at IDD Deschutes County program: PSW.Timesheets@deschutes.org

New and current PSW and home-based employers, how to navigate state-required payroll application and submission processes: we provide new and current resources to PSWs and home-based employers to complete the tasks you will receive from the state and PPL, click on any bold underlined text to access online tutorials, electronic forms and submit requests for assistance.


Updates and information. Updates and revisions added May 10, 2022.


  • State-required refresher training for current workers:

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  • Acronyms and Instructions for Completing State Required Task Assignments:
  • BCUs: Background check unit.
    • A message from the State of Oregon, “If you are applying for a job and your background check is being processed by the DHS Background Checking Unit, you will need an email address. You can complete your authorization and any disclosure for background check on a computer or other device (tablet or smartphone).
    • Application and renewal PSW: after receiving the “Next Steps” confirmation from us:
  • CME: Case management entity. the PSW The processing team is your “local case management entity” and we resolve most eXPRS EVV billing errors:
    • The most frequently requested help topics are:
  • For PSSP billing currently in eXPRS VEV, ‘contact your CME’ is a common error message due to “no service billing authorization found”. To resolve:
    • Click here to submit a billing support request.
    • These third-party entities oversee the CME:
      • The state allows PSSP work and get paid: we assist the PSWs to complete their application in multi-step processes.
      • BVG and the IRS allows work-from-home employer applications so they can hire PSSP. Home-based employers complete their application process when the IRS issues them an EIN.
  • eXPRS: Express Payment and Reporting System hosts the EVV system.
  • VEV: Electronic visit verification.
  • polypropyleneL: Public partnerships (BVG)
  • PSW ABC: Personal Support Worker Collective Agreement
  • CCSO: Oregon Home Care Commission and Trust. Access your benefits and union information

Timesheet Submission Methods

  • Electronic:
    1. https://weblink.deschutes.org/Forms/pswtimesheet click to access electronic timesheet submission.
    2. All empty boxes require information
    3. Click “Upload” and attach all the pages that complete your timesheet submission
    4. Click on the empty box next to “I’m not a robot
    5. Click ‘submit’ to finish
      • Auto-reply email #1 you receive: This confirms that you have “submitted” timesheet images.
      • Auto-response email #2 you receive: we confirm that your requests are approved, or in case of processing errors incurred; we will provide you with instructions for correcting your complaints.
  • Drop box:
  • Overdue timesheet:
    • According to ABC policy, you receive confirmation of a “rejected” timesheet. Remember to resubmit your rejected timesheet for payroll processing dates.

Home Based Employer Application: Complete 1-2 below and submit forms to PSW.Timesheets@deschutes.org


  1. Employer Responsibilities and Agreement | Employer Solicitation
  2. PPL form: request an Employer application from the third-party entity

PSW Application: Complete 1-2 below and submit the forms with a front/back image of your driver’s license for PSW.Timesheets@deschutes.org


  1. request a PSW background check
  2. request PSW provider number | Trabajador de apoyo personal (PSW) Acuerdo y solicitud de inscripción de proveedores

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The Cure for the Great Resignation: Hiring Older Workers https://adakotacandles.com/the-cure-for-the-great-resignation-hiring-older-workers/ Mon, 09 May 2022 08:30:05 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/the-cure-for-the-great-resignation-hiring-older-workers/ A truly fascinating book, just published by psychology professor Becca Levy of Yale University shatters many of the basic – and completely wrong – assumptions that we’ve been told have been the gospel of aging for as long as most of us can remember. “Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How […]]]>

A truly fascinating book, just published by psychology professor Becca Levy of Yale University shatters many of the basic – and completely wrong – assumptions that we’ve been told have been the gospel of aging for as long as most of us can remember.

Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live,” provides answers to difficult questions facing both employers and America’s aging population itself.

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Levy about the myths of aging – how age affects what we are able to do. If you thought that just turning the pages of a calendar meant a decline in mental and intellectual health and “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, then come here for a dog biscuit, for today’s story will dispel that belief.

Because, as his book states, “Thinking for Ourselves old is a self-fulfilling and dangerous prophecy.

Her mission is to convince an aging population to believe in her and to realize that candles on a cake have no connection with reality, for the person blowing them out or for their employer.

I asked him to list several of the most common myths about aging and their consequences for our society, the business world, and each of us when we wake up one day with a wrinkle that didn’t exist before.

Myth #1: Your older workers aren’t as effective at work. Reduce their job responsibilities.

Studies show: Anecdotally and decades of research have shown that older workers take fewer sick days and reflect a strong work ethic that rubs off on younger colleagues. From their work experience – and life lessons – they often find effective shortcuts to get things done faster.

Moreover, for employers who give in to such bias, it is an invitation to a lawsuit for age discrimination.

Myth #2: Older workers don’t have the ability to be creative.

Studies show: Creativity often increases later in life. Many artists, including Matisse, are credited with producing their most innovative work in old age. Many writers will admit that their skills and artistry improve with age. The average age of 60 minutes journalists was 71 in the days of Mike Wallace and Andy Rooney, and Lesley Stahl is still busy covering stories at 80!

Successful startups are more likely to be led by entrepreneurs over 50 than under 30. Certain skills combined with creativity allow us, as we age, to better solve problems at work.

Having resolved conflicts throughout a lifetime allows specific neurons to remain active in making connections and better responding to new conflict situations that arise in each organization. Just getting older and successfully managing real-world conflict is a huge boon for employers.

Myth #3: Older people in general do not contribute to society and are selfish. At work, they do not help their colleagues and think only of themselves.

Studies show: Older workers seek close, positive and productive relationships with their colleagues. After a lifetime in a particular field, they are better able to see the potholes that an employer must avoid.

Altruistic values ​​were found to increase significantly, while selfish behaviors were rare. In general, older people engage in legacy thinking, wanting to help create a better world for their families, employers, friends, and a genuine desire to benefit society.

Myth #4: Health is determined entirely by genetics and biology, and attitude plays no role.

Studies show: You can just shorten your own lifespan with this thought! Studies show that only 25% of longevity is genetically determined. The remaining 75% are due to the influence of the environment, psychological factors, personal beliefs and especially those concerning aging.

Culture in the form of beliefs about age has a powerful influence on the health of older people. Having positive beliefs about age – including thinking you’re knowledgeable at what you’re talking about, creative, and a good source of advice for family and friends – will greatly reduce the influence of propaganda that older people lose these abilities. Positive beliefs have a proven impact on cardiovascular health, mental and psychological well-being.

Myth #5: There is little to be gained by hiring or training older employees in high tech, because you will be faced with the frustration of “Old dog new tricks”.

Studies show: The brain, instead of reaching a maximum learning capacity around the age of 25 – the dogma of years ago – is in fact an organ capable of acquiring new skills at any age. Don’t let wrong thinking rob you of a real asset to your business.

Myth #6: Age doesn’t need to be included in diversity training programs.

Studies show: Not including age in your diversity strategy will be seen as validation that older workers are worth less than younger workers. Surveys of employers in 78 countries showed that only 8% include age in diversity, equity and inclusion policies. Think what they lost!

Concluding our interview, Dr. Levy wants employers – from the local mom and pop market to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies – to understand the reality facing America’s aging population.

“Not everyone wants to retire or will be financially able to. We know from decades of experience that an active mind and body keeps us healthy. Reinforcing positive beliefs about age gives us a longer, more productive, and happier life.

I can’t think of a better gift for that CEO or spouse who looks in the mirror and sees their mom or dad, wondering what my life will be like as I get older? What can I do now to influence how I will be as these calendar pages go by so quickly?

Breaking the age code will give you the answer.

Lawyer at the bar, author of “You and the Law”

After attending law school at Loyola University, H. Dennis Beaver joined the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in California, where he established a consumer fraud section. He is into the general practice of law and writes a column in a syndicated newspaper, “You and the Law”. Through his column, he offers free help to readers who need down-to-earth advice. “I know it sounds corny, but I love being able to use my education and experience to help, just to help. When a reader contacts me, it’s a gift.”

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Roe’s toppling draft opinion begs a question: are there any other precedents? https://adakotacandles.com/roes-toppling-draft-opinion-begs-a-question-are-there-any-other-precedents/ Thu, 05 May 2022 23:00:14 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/roes-toppling-draft-opinion-begs-a-question-are-there-any-other-precedents/ Justice Alito dismissed this idea as “flatly precluded by our precedents” – citing a 1974 case on whether pregnancies should be covered by a state-run temporary disability insurance program and a case of 1993 on anti-abortion protesters, and quickly moves on. The era of the Roberts court began in 2005, when Chief Justice Rehnquist died […]]]>

Justice Alito dismissed this idea as “flatly precluded by our precedents” – citing a 1974 case on whether pregnancies should be covered by a state-run temporary disability insurance program and a case of 1993 on anti-abortion protesters, and quickly moves on.

The era of the Roberts court began in 2005, when Chief Justice Rehnquist died and President George W. Bush named John G. Roberts Jr. as his successor.

Later that year, Mr. Bush appointed his White House attorney, Harriet Miers, to fill the post left vacant by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But conservatives balked because she had no written record showing her commitment to their ideology. Mr. Bush withdrew his nomination and nominated Mr. Alito instead, beginning a shift to the right.

Overall, the Roberts court was not exceptionally inclined to overturn precedent, according to data compiled by Adam Feldman, a Supreme Court scholar and creator of the Empirical SCOTUS blog.

From 2005 to last term, the Roberts court overturned precedents in about 1.47 cases per term, the fewest of any chief justice since World War II, Feldman’s data showed. Measured another way, the court overruled precedents in 2.27% of the cases it heard, a slightly lower rate than predecessors dating back to the Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s.

But in recent years, the composition of the court has changed dramatically. Mr. Trump replaced a moderate conservative judge, Anthony Kennedy, and a liberal judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with judges considered far more likely to vote in a still-conservative direction, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

With Justice Alito, Neil M. Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, there is now a conservative supermajority on the court. And its ideologically middle justice – which in close cases determines the majority – has shifted from Justice Kennedy or Chief Justice Roberts to Justice Kavanaugh or Justice Barrett, legal scholars say, making it much more likely that decisions will be published. conservative.

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You can now ask Google to remove your phone number, email address or address from search results – Krebs on Security https://adakotacandles.com/you-can-now-ask-google-to-remove-your-phone-number-email-address-or-address-from-search-results-krebs-on-security/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 05:59:10 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/you-can-now-ask-google-to-remove-your-phone-number-email-address-or-address-from-search-results-krebs-on-security/ Google said this week that it was expanding the types of data people can request to remove from search results, to include personal contact information such as your phone number, email address or physical address. The move comes just months after Google rolled out a new policy allowing people under the age of 18 (or […]]]>

Google said this week that it was expanding the types of data people can request to remove from search results, to include personal contact information such as your phone number, email address or physical address. The move comes just months after Google rolled out a new policy allowing people under the age of 18 (or a parent/guardian) to request removal of their images from Google search results.

Google has for years accepted requests to remove certain sensitive data such as bank account or credit card numbers from search results. In a blog post Wednesday, Google michelle chang wrote that the company’s expanded policy now allows for the removal of additional information that may pose an identity theft risk, such as confidential login credentials, email addresses, and phone numbers when appear in search results.

“When we receive removal requests, we will assess all web page content to ensure that we are not limiting the availability of other widely useful information, such as in news articles,” Chang wrote. “We will also assess whether content appears as part of the public record on government or official source sites. In such cases, we will not perform removals.

While Google removing a search result from its index will do nothing to remove the offensive content from the site hosting it, getting a link decoupled from Google search results will make the content of that link much less visible. According to recent estimates, Google has a market share close to 90% in the use of search engines.

KrebsOnSecurity decided to test this expanded policy with what seems like an obvious request: I asked Google to remove the search result for BriansClub, one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) cybercrime shops for sale of stolen payment card data.

BriansClub has long abused my name and likeness to pimp its products on hacking forums. His homepage includes a copy of my credit report, social security card, phone bill, and a fake official government ID.

The login page for perhaps the most bustling cyber crime store for stolen payment card data.

Briansclub updated their homepage with this information in 2019, after it was massively hacked and a copy of their customer database was shared with this author. The leaked data – which included 26 million credit and debit card records from hacked online and physical retailers – was eventually shared with dozens of financial institutions.

TechCrunch writes that the policy expansion comes six months after Google began allowing people under the age of 18 or their parents’ request to remove their photos from search results. To do so, users must specify that they want Google to remove “imagery of an individual currently under the age of 18” and provide personal information, image URLs, and search queries that would bring up the images. results. Google also allows you to submit requests to remove non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images from Google, as well as unintentional fake pornography, TechCrunch notes.

This post will be updated in case Google responds in some way, but it may take some time: Google’s automated response said: “Due to preventative measures being taken for our support In light of COVID-19, it may take longer than usual to respond to your support request. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will respond to you as soon as possible.

Update: 10:30 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that people should show explicit or implicit threats regarding requests to remove information such as a phone number, address, or email address from a search result. . A Google spokesperson said “we don’t need to find the content harmful or maliciously shared.”

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Google will now allow you to ask it to remove more information https://adakotacandles.com/google-will-now-allow-you-to-ask-it-to-remove-more-information/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 23:17:11 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/google-will-now-allow-you-to-ask-it-to-remove-more-information/ Google now allows users to ask them to remove sites from search results that list more types of personal information than before, including details such as your phone number or physical address. This is important because, until now, Google only removed links containing information that could be actively used to steal your identity or money, […]]]>

Google now allows users to ask them to remove sites from search results that list more types of personal information than before, including details such as your phone number or physical address. This is important because, until now, Google only removed links containing information that could be actively used to steal your identity or money, such as your social security number or credit card details.

In a blog post yesterday, Google explained that it believes “it is important to control how your sensitive and personally identifiable information can be found”. Although it doesn’t necessarily host a lot of personal data, Google search is often the tool that brings it up on other sites. This puts him in a rather unique position because, as he explains, “The Internet is constantly changing – with information appearing in unexpected places and being used in new ways – so our policies and protections must also evolve.”

According to Google, under the new policy, the company will now consider removing links to sites that include “personal contact information such as a phone number, email address, or physical address.” And The Verge notes that this type of information could now also include “images of identity documents” or “confidential login credentials”.

This is in addition to information it already had a policy of deleting, including confidential government ID numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, images of handwritten signatures and highly personal records. restricted and official, such as medical records.

As The Verge points out, Google will also remove “non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images”, “unintentional fake pornography” like deepfakes, and links to “sites with exploitative removal practices”. There is also a separate process for requesting removal of (non-exploitative) photographs of minors, which we have covered in detail before.

Getting Google to remove credentials, while now possible, isn’t necessarily easy or guaranteed. To remove personally-identifying information, or “doxxing” content, for example, the tech giant requires your contact information to be listed, as well as the presence of “express or implied threats, or calls for express or implied action to cause others to harm or harass.” This means that if your phone number is just listed on a Craigslist ad or your address is included in a local news article, Google is unlikely to remove the link from search, if there isn’t also the corresponding threat. Likewise, deleting your information from data brokers, such as Spokeo, Intellius, or MyLife, requires a different approach.

To make a removal request, you need to fill out a fairly detailed form that lists the URL of the content you want to remove, the Google search URL that displays it, and “representative screenshots” showing the personal content or otherwise identifier. Depending on what you ask to be deleted, Google may contact you and ask for even more information, possibly proof that you are who you say you are.

When it receives your removal request, Google’s moderators “evaluate all content on the webpage to ensure that we are not limiting the availability of other broadly useful information.” They will also “evaluate whether content appears as part of the public record on government or official source sites,” and in those cases, will not make removals. Likewise, if Google considers the link to contain content “from or from government and other official sources”, “newsworthy”, or “relevant to professionals”, you’re out of luck.

If your request is successful, Google strips the URL from all search queries or only those that include your name or other identifying information. This means that if something like a forum post explicitly doxes you, it will likely be removed from all searches, while a long post of contact information for hundreds of people will only be removed when someone searches specifically your name.

Google also clarifies that removing links from its search results does not remove anything from the Internet. If you want things to go away completely, it’s suggested that you contact the hosting site directly, “if you’re comfortable doing so”.

While this new policy is certainly a step in the right direction, getting Google to remove links from search results is certainly an uphill battle, at least in the United States. In Europe, where the “right to be forgotten” is part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation enacted in 2018, users can request that information that is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive » are deleted. Until broader federal privacy protections are put in place, Google is likely to interfere as little as possible with its algorithmic search results.

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The 1st private astronaut mission to the International Space Station is back on Earth : NPR https://adakotacandles.com/the-1st-private-astronaut-mission-to-the-international-space-station-is-back-on-earth-npr/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 17:33:00 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/the-1st-private-astronaut-mission-to-the-international-space-station-is-back-on-earth-npr/ The SpaceX crew seated in the Dragon spacecraft earlier this month in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX/AP hide caption toggle caption SpaceX/AP The SpaceX crew seated in the Dragon spacecraft earlier this month in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX/AP CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three wealthy businessmen returned from the International Space Station with their escort of astronauts […]]]>

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Three wealthy businessmen returned from the International Space Station with their escort of astronauts on Monday, wrapping up an expensive trip that marked NASA’s debut as a B&B host.

Back in a SpaceX capsule, they landed in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida to wrap up a 17-day tour that cost them $55 million each.

The trip was supposed to take just over a week, but bad weather kept visitors in orbit almost twice as long as expected.

“Welcome to planet Earth,” SpaceX Mission Control announced over Southern California. “We hope you enjoyed the few extra days in space.”

“Amazing mission,” said real estate mogul Larry Connor.

Before departing the space station on Sunday evening, the group thanked its seven hosts, including three NASA astronauts whose own missions are coming to an end.

It was the first time NASA had opened its space hatches to tourists after avoiding the practice honed over decades by Russia. Last fall, a Russian film crew flew in, followed by a Japanese fashion mogul and his assistant. In each case, an active duty cosmonaut traveled with them.

The latest guests were accompanied by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston company in charge of the flight, making it the first completely private trip to the space station.

After hosting longer than expected, NASA was eager to make room for the next crew. SpaceX will attempt to launch three NASA astronauts and an Italian to the space station on Wednesday. They will replace the three Americans and a German up there since November who will return to Earth in their own SpaceX capsule.

The pace is incredibly fast by NASA standards. SpaceX’s Benji Reed said the company launched its first passengers – a pair of NASA test pilots – two years ago and had just completed its first private flight using the same capsule.

Axiom took care of the travel logistics for its three paying customers: Connor of Dayton, Ohio; Mark Pathy, Canadian Private Equity CEO; and Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe from Tel Aviv. Their chaperone was Michael Lopez-Alegria, an Axiom vice president who flew into space four times while a NASA astronaut.

It was an “incredible adventure we had, even longer and more exciting than we thought,” Lopez-Alegria said after leaving the space station.

Axiom partnered with SpaceX for the journey, which began with an April 8 liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It was SpaceX’s second private flight, just months after a billionaire’s orbital jaunt with the contest winners.

In space, visitors experimented and looked at Earth.

“It opened my eyes in so many ways,” Pathy said, “that I think will have such a lasting impact on my life.”

The experience was particularly personal for Stibbe. He served as a fighter pilot under Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Stibbe stole copies of surviving pages from Ramon’s space diary, as well as artwork and music created by Ramon’s children. He celebrated Passover with matzah bread that he took away and gefilte fish offered by the Russians at the station.

Axiom’s second flight is scheduled for next spring as the company plans to have its own space station by 2030.

“There were a lot of eyes on this mission just to see if it was practical,” Axiom COO Derek Hassmann said after the splashdown. “Everyone understood that it was possible,” but wondered if amateurs could pull this off with abbreviated training, without disturbing the space station crew.

“I think we proved we could do it,” Hassmann said.

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Orrin Hatch, longtime Utah senator, dies at 88 https://adakotacandles.com/orrin-hatch-longtime-utah-senator-dies-at-88/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 01:13:50 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/orrin-hatch-longtime-utah-senator-dies-at-88/ Hatch has also championed GOP issues such as abortion limits and helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court, including defending Justice Clarence Thomas against sexual harassment allegations during confirmation hearings. He then became an ally of Republican President Donald Trump, using his role as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee to secure a major rewrite […]]]>

Hatch has also championed GOP issues such as abortion limits and helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court, including defending Justice Clarence Thomas against sexual harassment allegations during confirmation hearings.

He then became an ally of Republican President Donald Trump, using his role as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee to secure a major rewrite of US tax codes on the president’s desk. In return, Trump helped Hatch solve a key problem for Utah Republicans with a controversial decision to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments that had been declared by former presidents.

Thanks to Trump encouraging Hatch to run again, the longtime senator should have faced a tough primary battle and vowed to retire. Hatch instead stepped aside and encouraged Romney, a critic of the former president, to run as his replacement.

His death prompted an outpouring of condolences from leaders like GOP Sen. Mike Lee, who called Hatch a “friend, mentor, and example to me and countless others.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, praised Hatch’s legislative acumen.

Orrin’s decades of leadership have led to an endless catalog of major legislative accomplishments and landmark confirmations,” McConnell said in a statement. He entered the Senate as a principled young conservative in the 1970s, when the modern conservative movement was in its infancy. He has stood by his principles his entire career and applied them to issues such as the landmark Tax Reform Act of 2017 and the work of the Judiciary Committee to enormous benefit to our country.

Hatch was also known for his parallel career as a singer and music recording artist with themes from his religious faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their six children.

Hatch came to the Senate after an election victory in 1976 and became the longest-serving senator in Utah history, winning a seventh term in 2012. He became acting Senate president in 2015 when Republicans took Senate control. This position placed him third in the presidential succession behind then-Vice President Joe Biden and the Speaker of the House. His tenure places him as the longest serving senator in the GOP, behind several Democrats.

One issue Hatch returned to during his career was whether to limit or ban abortion, a stance that placed him at the center of one of the nation’s most contentious issues. He authored a variety of “Hatch Amendments” to the Constitution aimed at reducing the availability of abortions.

In 1991, he became one of Thomas’s most vocal defenders against law professor Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations. Hatch read aloud at confirmation hearings for “The Exorcist,” and he suggested that Hill stole details from the book.

Although unquestionably conservative, Hatch has at times differed from many of his fellow conservatives, including President George W. Bush, when Hatch lobbied for federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

In 1997, Hatch joined Kennedy in sponsoring a $24 billion program for states to provide health insurance to children of low-income parents who do not qualify for Medicaid.

“He exemplified a generation of lawmakers high on the principles of comity and compromise, and he embodied those principles better than anyone,” Hatch Foundation President A. Scott Anderson said in a statement. “In a nation divided, Orrin Hatch helped show us a better way by forging meaningful friendships on both sides of the aisle. Now, more than ever, we would do well to follow his example.

Hatch also helped pass legislation strengthening child pornography laws and making illegal downloading of music a prosecutable crime.

For Hatch, the music download problem was personal. A member of the faith widely known as Mormon, he frequently wrote religious songs and recorded music in his spare time in order to unwind from the stresses of life in Washington. Hatch earned around $39,000 in royalties from his songs in 2005.

One of his songs, “Unspoken”, went platinum after appearing on “WOW Hits 2005”, a compilation of Christian pop music.

In 2000, Hatch sought the Republican nomination for president, saying he had more experience in Washington than his opponents and could work with Democrats. Hatch easily recognized that winning would be a long shot. He withdrew from the race after winning just 1% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, then endorsed George W. Bush.

He became a staunch opponent of President Barack Obama’s 2009 Health Care Act after he backed out of early bipartisan talks on the legislation. At one point he said of the bill, “It is 2,074 pages. It’s enough to make you vomit.

Hatch faced a tough re-election battle from a conservative candidate in 2012, two years after a wave of tea parties ousted longtime Republican Utah senator Bob Bennett . Bennett and Hatch both voted in favor of a bank bailout in 2008 that displeased those on the far right.

Hatch contributed about $10 million to his 2012 run and worked to build support from Tea Party conservatives.

Hatch used to play tough – he learned to box as a boy in Pittsburgh to fend off attacks from older, taller students. Not afraid to fight, he said he always made it a point to quickly become friends with those he had a fight with.

When Hatch announced he wouldn’t be running again in 2018, he said “every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”

After moving to Utah in the early 1970s, Hatch – a former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – ran for his first public office in 1976 and narrowly upset the senator Democrat Frank Moss.

In 1982, he held off challenger Ted Wilson, the Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, to win a second term by a solid margin.

It was never seriously challenged again.

Orrin Grant Hatch was born in 1934 in Pittsburgh to a carpenter and plasterer. He married Elaine Hanson in 1957 and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1959. He received a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962 and was a partner in the law firm of Thomson, Rhodes and Grigsby in that town until 1969. Later he was a partner in Hatch & Plumb of Salt Lake City.

Her six children are Brent, Marcia, Scott, Kimberly, Alysa and Jess.

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Johns Hopkins MBA and her husband organize efforts to help individual Ukrainians https://adakotacandles.com/johns-hopkins-mba-and-her-husband-organize-efforts-to-help-individual-ukrainians/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 14:12:40 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/johns-hopkins-mba-and-her-husband-organize-efforts-to-help-individual-ukrainians/ Yaroslav Syzonenko, a volunteer from Brovary, Ukraine, prepares boxes of humanitarian aid to send to eastern Ukraine. Syzonenko’s wife, who is in Poland, helps buy medicines and other needed supplies in Poland, delivers to Syzonenko in western Ukraine, who coordinates delivery to Kyiv and other destinations with other other volunteers in the field. Jon Ilani […]]]>

Yaroslav Syzonenko, a volunteer from Brovary, Ukraine, prepares boxes of humanitarian aid to send to eastern Ukraine. Syzonenko’s wife, who is in Poland, helps buy medicines and other needed supplies in Poland, delivers to Syzonenko in western Ukraine, who coordinates delivery to Kyiv and other destinations with other other volunteers in the field. Jon Ilani calls him the “heart and soul” of the Ukrainian Alliance. (Courtesy picture)

The first days after the Russians attacked Ukraine, Mike Ilani simply shut down. Through many friends and family, the Ukrainian native heard of the roads he used to come and go that were now spotted by Russian landmines, his friend’s recently opened flower shop destroyed by bombs , the father of his cousin’s best friend killed in the violence.

“When you see the building you walked through for 20 years destroyed and you’re so far away, it’s a horrible feeling. People are getting killed. People are losing their homes. They are real people,” says Ilani Poets&Quants. “Understanding that this is someone’s home, this is someone’s life – and not just someone’s, is that what six or eight million people have been led astray? It was paralyzing. »

Like so many across the country, Mike and her husband, Jon Ilani, were almost frozen in those early days by the shock of what they were seeing. Both are full-time students – Mike is studying to become a beautician while Jon is a first-year MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. They didn’t understand how they were supposed to go to class and meetings when Mike’s country was under attack.

Mike and Jon Ilani raised $30,000 and coordinated the delivery of hundreds of humanitarian aid boxes for those suffering from the Ukrainian war. Mike, left, grew up in Ukraine and has family in the country, and Jon is an MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University. (Courtesy picture)

So the couple, who live in Baltimore, Maryland, got to work. Through the evolution of their aid efforts, which they call Ukrainian Alliance, they connect everyday Ukrainians suffering from war with people in this country and beyond who are desperate to help. Their mission is to help on an individual level – teachers, students, shop owners, grandparents – people with an immediate and specific need that other larger aid organizations may miss. Like this mother of seven who needed money right away to buy food for her children. Or the village volunteer who needed a bulletproof vest to protect himself while on patrol or delivering food to the bomb shelters. Or the woman who needed thyroid medication after it disappeared from store shelves.

While their efforts began with their own friends and Mike’s family still in Ukraine, they have since expanded to others with specific needs, either via Instagram, word of mouth or via the website they established. The couple have raised $30,000 so far and helped coordinate hundreds and hundreds of humanitarian aid boxes through a network of volunteers helping them from Poland as well as Lviv, Kyiv and Brovary in Ukraine. They also put Ukrainians in direct contact with donors.

“I think it gives us a sense of stability on the surface, like we’re somehow in control, which we’re not. But we are able to help at least some of those who are crying out for help,” says Mike.

In the first weeks after the invasion, Poets&Quants reports countless responses from business schools. For example, Stanford MBA collected millions of medical supplies, Ivey Business School of Canada announced plans to bring 10 Ukrainian MBA students to join its current cohort, and Ukrainian MBAs studying abroad urged the world to galvanize around their home country. Now that the war has been going on for over 50 days, more news is beginning to make headlines.

“I think our biggest message to people now is that it’s not over. We know you’re tired, but so are Ukrainians. So are volunteers, so are soldiers, so are mothers, but it’s not over. isn’t over yet. They still need your help. They still need your rallies and your attention,” said Jon P&Q. “We also want people to know that every little bit counts. People hear on the news that $50 million has been sent to Ukraine and they think, “Well, what can I do?” But, when I get an entire day worth of $5 donations, it adds up.

At the end of last week, Poets&Quants got to sit down with Mike and Jon to talk about the Ukrainian Alliance and their efforts to help ordinary people still reeling from war. Since we spoke, Russia has intensified its attacks in eastern Ukraine and launched missiles at the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Reports of civilian casualties continue to rise.

Our conversation, featured below, has been edited for length and clarity.

Mike, tell us about your childhood in Ukraine. Do you still have family there?

Mike: I grew up in the suburbs of kyiv, the capital, about 20 minutes away. My grandparents live in the capital, so it was always a very easy drive. I grew up in a family with a brother, my younger brother and my parents who unfortunately are no longer with us.

How are your brother and your grandparents doing now? Your friends? What kind of contact did you have?

Mike: Thank goodness for the connection and service they still have. It’s really a blessing because every hour I am in contact with my grandparents, my brother, my cousins, my uncles, my aunts. I am constantly on the phone with someone.

Jon: But some of them lost connection for a while.

Mike: Some of them, yes, did indeed disappear, but we just hoped they were okay because they were in the cities that are being destroyed right now, like surrounding kyiv on the Belarusian side. So we were just praying they were okay. It was like the first, second week of war.

Jon: It was really scary. It’s like his best friend who he talks to every day. Still. Like, on FaceTime all day, and then all of a sudden there was no service, and he had no way of knowing how she was doing. It was very scary.

Next page: Connecting with Grandparents in a Warzone + Starting the Ukrainian Alliance

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Empowering inclusive workplaces starts with you https://adakotacandles.com/empowering-inclusive-workplaces-starts-with-you/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 22:54:04 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/empowering-inclusive-workplaces-starts-with-you/ ​”PPeople are not excluded because of what they lack, they are excluded because of what others lack.” These are profound words from Seramount President Subha Barry, who provided powerful personal stories alongside those of others during the general session “Empowering Inclusive Workplaces Starts with You” on Tuesday at the SHRM Talent Conference & Expo 2022 […]]]>

​”PPeople are not excluded because of what they lack, they are excluded because of what others lack.”

These are profound words from Seramount President Subha Barry, who provided powerful personal stories alongside those of others during the general session “Empowering Inclusive Workplaces Starts with You” on Tuesday at the SHRM Talent Conference & Expo 2022 in Denver.

The discussion, led by moderator Wendi Safstrom, president of the SHRM Foundation, explained the importance of building allies in the office, having the courage to report any instances of injustice or wrongdoing, and connecting to more personal levels with colleagues.

The discussion focused on employers who do more than just say that employees are their most valuable assets. He explained how HR can empower others to use their expertise to inspire; using empathy to help employers and employees imagine themselves in the situation of others; and create a better workplace by improving hiring practices to include older, disabled, and formerly incarcerated employees.

Inclusiveness as part of corporate culture

“You can do all the right things for inclusion, technically,” Barry said, “but if that mindset isn’t infused into your culture, you won’t experience lasting change.”

Barry said that when hiring, business leaders should “ask for a clean slate of diverse candidates for your open positions, but you also need to ask for a diverse interview panel or you’ll get the same results as you did.” ‘previously.

“Panels tend to hire someone who is most like them, so if the interviewers are all middle-aged white males, they’ll be the ones they’ll pick.”

She said that by documenting the list of candidates and interviewers, the company can determine if it got different results based on who was chosen for those roles.

She noted that it’s important for all employees not to just mind their own business. “If you see something that doesn’t look right, speak up,” she said.

Everyone needs a great ally

“The alliance” (a term coined by Barry) is crucial in helping to create an inclusive environment.

It’s about creating allies among all workers, not just those “like you”, she said. “Have the attitude of wanting to stand up for someone else because it’s the right thing to do.”

What makes a good ally? Have a sense of fairness and justice and have the courage to stand up for others, Barry said, adding that you’d be surprised to find lasting allies in unusual situations.

Barry spoke of a supervisor she had who was a “guy dude” and surrounded himself with staff like him as part of a really “macho” culture. When Barry was hired, she was the only woman or person of color. When she was recognized for her progress, she always felt like she had earned it on her own, and it was not something the supervisor bestowed on her through her own decisions. She came to resent him.

Things changed, she says, when she was hospitalized with cancer.

“He showed up at the hospital every day to see how I was doing,” Barry said. “He didn’t say much, but he showed me a supportive, empathetic and caring side that I didn’t know I had. My lesson was to never put anyone in a box based on what you perceive that he is.”

They became allies, so much so that Barry gave his eulogy when he died a few years ago.

“Remember: you can focus on a part of a person you don’t like, or you can focus on a positive person and embrace them,” Barry said. “And, you have to look for ways to build trust with others. It creates a foundation for a relationship.”

This approach to gaining allies can trickle down to team members through empowerment.

Barry said an administrative assistant once said to him, “You do such a good job with your job, why are you doing mine?” It’s really stuck. Focus on what you do best and delegate to others.”

Peers can serve as mentors

Mentors are great assets, but mentorships and alliances don’t always have to come from higher-level employees.

“Think of your peers as your mentors,” Barry said. “You’d be surprised if you could learn new insights from them about things that can help you.”

She compared the strength that can come from having strong allies to a three-legged stool.

  • First of all, what will this ally bring you? Identify the personal strengths you have that will help them and use those strengths.
  • Then, what will the ally bring to others? You have a notion of fairness and justice. Now recognize those who might be struggling because of a lack of inclusion and step up for them.
  • Third, how can the organization benefit from the alliance? Examine the processes within the organization and determine how to create structural fairness where there may not be.

Autism internship program inspires everyone

The most touching example of the session was the discussion of an autism internship program that Barry helped create while working at Freddie Mac as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. The program aimed to recognize the skills of people with autism and then help them find jobs where they could use those skills.

“We wanted it to be more than just hiring people on the spectrum to do something like stock shelves,” Barry said. “Our HR team has invested time and money in training our staff on how to work with people on the spectrum.”

Teams were formed to lead this training and included at least one worker on the team who had direct experience interacting with autistic family members or friends.

Among the things Freddie Mac learned from the program was that employees who made up these teams had higher job satisfaction scores than those who didn’t, and they also increased their job satisfaction scores. work against their scores before being part of these teams.

Barry said the same approach can be taken when it comes to other groups of potential employees such as people with disabilities, veterans or seniors.

Helping business leaders connect with staff members

Business leaders are key to creating inclusive work cultures. Barry said almost every leader has been left out, and it’s important to recognize that and learn from it as an organization.

For example, she told of an executive who came from a low-income background and once showed up for a job interview wearing khaki pants and a white shirt. The other applicants wore sports jackets and ties. He didn’t feel like he “looked the part”. But before his interview started, someone lent him a sports jacket and tie to make him more comfortable. “I didn’t even ask him to do that,” the chef said, “and I’ll never forget him for what he did for me.”

By leading by example, business leaders can promote and develop a culture of inclusion within their company.

Barry emphasized, “Don’t feel like you have to convince everyone in the company that [promoting this culture is] the best thing to do. There will be those who don’t embrace it and feel like “this just isn’t the place for me” and leave because they’d rather work for a band like an “old boys club”, and that’s is good. You weren’t going to convince them anyway.”

Barry recommended that leaders work to build trust and inclusion by hosting regular coffee or lunch meetings with employees. Invite four workers – people from diverse backgrounds, such as women or people of color – and give them 10 or 15 minutes to talk about themselves.

“They may be nervous about doing this, but HR can advise them on how best to talk about their values ​​and their value to the company, why they belong to the company and what they can bring,” she said. “It organically connects and brings a greater sense of inclusion.”

Truly having allies leads to a much greater sense of belonging in the company, she said. And, the results of those coffees and lunches are priceless.

“These employees no longer have to come to work and worry about things like your hair looking different or you speaking with an accent or eating with the same group for lunch every day,” Barry said.

Paul Bergeron is a freelance journalist based in Herndon, Virginia.

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In ‘Ice Rivers,’ Jemma Wadham offers a personal and compelling exploration of melting glaciers https://adakotacandles.com/in-ice-rivers-jemma-wadham-offers-a-personal-and-compelling-exploration-of-melting-glaciers/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 22:28:43 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/in-ice-rivers-jemma-wadham-offers-a-personal-and-compelling-exploration-of-melting-glaciers/ Rivers of Ice: A Story of Glaciers, Wilderness and Humanity By Jemma Wadham. Princeton University Press, 2021. 256 pages. $26.95 “Ice behaves more like a liquid than a solid,” British glacial biogeochemist Jemma Wadham tells us in the opening pages of “Ice Rivers,” justifying the title. Most Alaskans are familiar with this concept. Our glaciers […]]]>

Rivers of Ice: A Story of Glaciers, Wilderness and Humanity

By Jemma Wadham. Princeton University Press, 2021. 256 pages. $26.95

“Ice behaves more like a liquid than a solid,” British glacial biogeochemist Jemma Wadham tells us in the opening pages of “Ice Rivers,” justifying the title. Most Alaskans are familiar with this concept. Our glaciers are always in motion. What we might not consider is how essential these glaciers are to life. And as they stop behaving like liquids and become liquid instead, the life inside and outside of them changes. It’s part of the story Wadham tells in a book that seamlessly blends memoir and hard science, offering both an account of Wadham’s three decades of research and insight into the person behind it all.

Wadham is well known in the field of glaciology. She made a name for herself through groundbreaking work – or should it be an icebreaker? — study the paths taken by meltwater through a glacier in Svalbard, Norway, and discover that the form took unexpected paths and carried essential elements of life that it delivered into the sea. Plus, after months of tedious work collecting samples of this water, she found evidence of microscopic organisms living in it. After her study, she wrote: “We could no longer think of glaciers as frozen, barren wastelands – they were as much a part of the earth’s biosphere as forests and oceans.

The book begins on a personal note with a vivid description of the childhood days Wadham spent roaming the Cairngorms of Scotland, through lands carved by the retreating glaciers of the last Ice Age. She didn’t find any glaciology, she says. Glaciology found her and took her to the ends of the Earth. Here she takes the readers.

Wadham did his undergraduate studies on the Haut Glacier d’Arolla in the Swiss Alps. By her own admission, she doesn’t like being cold, but her profession requires it, and it was on this first expedition that she found her obsession with glaciers to be more than enough to offset the daily discomforts of long periods of life. but above them while pursuing studies. One of the lessons of this book, in fact, is that field research is not glamorous. “In fact, you are there to survive,” she explains.

From Europe, Wadham dives in the Arctic, first in Svalbard and then in Greenland. She offers brief but concise and easily understandable explanations of the long history of ice on our shared planet. She can distill the intricacies of the last ice age into short passages that will familiarize readers with the basics enough that they can understand the underpinnings of her work without getting lost. His descriptions of the different ways glaciers move are easy to grasp. His explanation of the composition of glacial flour is accurate. Flour, she shows, contains vital soil nutrients that support phytoplankton. There is a lot to learn here.

[From 2019: Vanishing ice: Alaska’s shrinking glaciers drive a new brand of tourism]

Greenland’s fabled ice cap is melting, and part of Wadham’s job was to figure out how that was happening and how fast. It’s not nothing. As water drains off the island’s shores and into the ocean, global sea levels are rising, just as it did the last time the planet warmed, although that’s long before humans entered the scene. Today, billions of us are congregating along coastal regions, and if the current rate of melting continues, the planet’s lower towns will become flooded and uninhabitable.

For reasons involving atmospheric currents and other factors, the Antarctic ice sheet is not melting as rapidly as the Greenland ice sheet, but it is also slowly flowing. The real concern, as Wadham’s work on the southernmost continent has shown, is the glaciers holding the ice sheet back. They regulate the flow of ice out of the continent, slowing it down. Glaciers are drying out and if they weaken enough, the ice could begin to sink rapidly, raising sea levels dramatically. And a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas exponentially stronger than carbon, is trapped beneath the icecap. His release would be catastrophic on a global scale.

For most people, talk of sea level rise caused by melting polar ice caps remains comfortably in the future, making it easy to ignore. Harder to ignore is the impact of melting glaciers in temperate and tropical zones. Wadham hopscotch from Patagonia to India via Peru to visit glaciers where the consequences of melting ice are more immediate.

As glaciers retreat, they leave behind large lakes, lakes that are often partially contained by walls of ice. These walls are prone to collapse, sending sudden, massive waves of water rushing down the valleys. In 1941, 1,800 residents of Huaraz, Peru perished in one of these events. An instrumental study by Wadham of the distant Rio Huemules in Chile, which is fed by the Steffen Glacier, found that it briefly swelled up to 50 times its normal volume when lakes farther upstream gave way. Fortunately, the land downstream is largely uninhabited.

Even more pressing is the melting of the Himalayan glaciers which provide essential water to over a billion people. Most are endangered. “The melting of glaciers is one of the great humanitarian time bombs of climate change,” Wadham writes, and the communities that will be hardest hit are impoverished, and they are minor contributors of greenhouse gases.

As Wadham writes about her career, she also shares a little about her personal life, but never enough to shift the focus primarily to herself. She admits bouts of depression and self-doubt, but even when a benign tumor had to be removed from her skull, she demonstrates stereotypical British understatement by saying ‘the brain surgery had somehow interfered’ with her work.

Longtime Alaskans have also seen our glaciers retreat, perhaps not as closely as Wadham, but we are seeing it in real time. “Ice Rivers” offers an explanation of what we are witnessing, why it is happening, and what we are losing. The success of Wadham’s book is its ability to feel this loss on a personal level and explain to us why we should all do it.

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