Rockin’ New Yr’s Eve Duncan model: True North hosts group NYE celebration | Group

Confetti, lights, and resolutions will bring the local community together for the start of a brand new year as the goal of a local surgeon brings a little of the New York vibe and celebration to the citizens of Stephens County.

Emalee Ligon, chief of operations at the Surgical Institute, said the “Let’s Have A Ball 2022” event will be held on New Years Eve from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at the True North Properties Office Complex.

The event is open to everyone without incurring entrance fees.

The NYE event will host a variety of food trucks including Jimmy’s Bag of Donuts, Dastardly Dogs, and Rogers Strong Smoke ‘N’ BBQ.

“Viridian has partnered with us to sell coffee, beer and wine,” said Ligon.

For entertainment, the NYE event features music and games for community attendees.

Ligon said at midnight that there will be a New York City style ball drop.

“The whole idea started when Dr. Miller was hoping to take his family to the NYC Ball Drop in 2020, ”Ligon said. “With COVID-19 things changed, so he decided to create his own ball drop.”

Dr. Ché Miller MD, general and vascular surgeon at The Surgical Institute, said her family looked forward to the New Year’s Eve ball drop every year.

“In fact, we hope to someday have the chance to travel to New York to see it in person,” Miller said. “A trip there seems increasingly unlikely. So we decided to improvise. “

Desiring to usher in the New Year surrounded by community, Miller and his family took what they created last year to start something new this year.

“Last year we did a little New York-style ball drop in our neighborhood and it was a huge hit,” said Miller. “This year we decided to invite the whole city to our party.”

Miller said they’ll be hosting New York Style, the New Year’s Eve ball drop on the corner of Elk Avenue and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

“I think this is an opportunity to be fresh, fun, and most importantly, free,” Miller said. “Everyone is invited and we would like to celebrate the start of 2022 with you.”

Anticipating future events, Miller hopes the celebrations will continue for years to come.

The Surgical Institute at True North is located at 2845 W. Elk Ave., Building # 100 in Duncan. For more information, please contact the office at 580-255-9797.

Boris Johnson will not be a real conservative within the type of both One Nation Tory Benjamin Disraeli or Margaret Thatcher – Alastair Stewart

Boris Johnson wears a blue rosette, but is not a true conservative (Image: Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

He is determined that the party’s politicians are evil and that its members are grouchy hagiographers. Boris Johnson and Co could cure any disease and would still be demoned.

What is frustrating is that he does not recognize the number of Conservatives who do not recognize their party. That is, many that the Conservatives consider non-conservative.

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This is not a new problem, but an acute one these days. Like Theresa May and David Cameron, Boris Johnson repeatedly claimed that he would form a conservative “one-nation” government.

A nation’s conservatism could (to borrow Ted Heath) be called the acceptable face of the Conservative Party. It belongs to the small (c) tradition – conservatives believe that one cannot know everything and that institutions, organizations and professional fields are better left to those who specialize in them than politicians. They accept that there should be a social safety net, but are skeptical of senseless social tinkering and goals – politics must be justifiable with public reason.

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was the first to turn philosophy into an electoral creed. In his view, the role of politics was to overcome class stratifications (while accepting that they could never be eradicated). One-nation conservatism emphasizes paternalistic obligations to create prosperity, the cohesion of the country and a common national feeling for all.

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It’s hard to see the last decade as an era of true conservatism. Playing in referendums (even if you discard the economic and political chaos that follows) is not good governance. The condescending tone of the SNP’s democratic mandate does not encourage a collective British feeling. Talking about “Global Britain” while international aid is cut is not a moral policy.

Disraeli was a skilled politician. Cynics who say his philosophy is to advance his own interests and find new relevance to the Tories would be right. Disraeli responded to the industrial revolution and political crises of the 1840s. The upheaval of industrialization opened a gap between the “two nations” of the rich and the poor. It had to find relevance to the Conservatives, as opposed to the free trade campaign and the rise of a liberal urban elite in their political sympathies.

Any true one-nation conservative and true Thatcher supporter interested in long-term stability would be appalled by the militant zeal of the “Brexit or die” mentality. You would be appalled at the government’s hostile environment towards EU citizens; the relentlessness towards the mandate of the SNP; the cut in international aid; the reduction in the universal credit; the casual cruelty towards migrant transitions; the inhumane aspects of Covid-19 deaths; and the human rights protection opt-outs. You would also be appalled by the endless allegations of corruption and feel that this is a favor government.

Johnson isn’t a Thatcherite either. That’s a lazy binary equation. The former prime minister described her style, substance and reasoning as contradicting her party’s “wets”. She wanted to replace the One Nation, the post-war consensus, with Thatcherism, monetarism and the New Right. But that doesn’t mean the opposite of Tory Wet is a Thatcherit today. One-nation conservatism and Thatcherism are decidedly less ideological, nationalistic, and chaotic than current government policies.

Disraeli didn’t actually say the phrase he is remembered for. Instead, it stems from his concern for the two divided industrial worlds in his novel à thèse Sybil (1845). It was Stanley Baldwin in 1924 who said that the Unionist Party, as it was then called, “should represent the unification of the two nations that Disraeli spoke of two generations ago: the unification of our own people into one nation to make our own people ”. “.

In order to reflect openly on Boris Johnson’s conservative and one-nation references, we should ask ourselves two questions: Who is his policy really good for? Is his policy suitable for a unifying consensus that unites the different interests, nations and social classes?

No peacetime prime minister has ever volunteered the British people for domestic and international disruption to the same extent as Johnson did. Cameron and even May were fire starters and torchbearers, but Johnson has an ugly, disgusting nationalism.

Johnson’s “ism” in history will not be conservatism, but narrow-mindedness. We could define his government as a government or a leader who is relentlessly committed to its goals and vehemently denies conflicting views and the dangers involved. Said government or leader excuses failure and rejects contradictions as unpatriotic and ignorant. It’s an angry, lanky populism that some may forgive for its ridiculousness and its silly leader.

As an addendum, we could add that it is less about the scandals than about the cognitive dissonance that goes with them. Gas lighting is another word. George Orwell’s 1984 Ministry of Truth physically changes and erases history; that twists the mind. Wasn’t Boris Johnson standing next to a big red bus promising the NHS £ 350m more a week during the Brexit referendum if we voted for Leave?

“One-nation conservatism,” “Tory democracy,” “paternalism” and “progressive conservatism” are some of the many names given to politics that place high value on the duty of citizens, especially the richest and most powerful, to be help those who are less fortunate.

The philosopher Michael Oakeshott said: “To be conservative means to prefer the known to the unknown, to prefer the tried and tested to the untested, the factual to the mysterious, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unlimited, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the abundance, the pleasant to the perfection, present laughter to utopian bliss ”.

Even the most ardent Conservative has to admit that the Prime Minister is not a Conservative. Certainly his politics and politics do not reflect this. He chases dreams and wages war against facts. This is not a One Nation Conservative.

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Bonnie Tyler leads tributes to ‘true genius’ Jim Steinman | Leisure Information

Bonnie Tyler paid tribute to the “true genius” Jim Steinman.

The legendary rock composer and record producer, who wrote and produced great hits for Meat Loaf, Air Supply, Celine Dion and Bonnie, died on Monday (04/19/21) at the age of 73 in Connecticut The State Medical Examiner received from the TMZ and the honors for the deceased star have died.

His longtime friend and musical collaborator, for whom he composed the Grammy-nominated hit “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” admitted that “the world is a better place to live and work, and a worse place to be for death.”

In a touching tribute, the 69-year-old singer wrote on Twitter: “I was absolutely devastated to learn that my longtime friend and musical mentor Jim Steinman has passed away. Jim wrote and produced some of the most famous rock songs of I Had The Great Privileged to have received some of them from him.

“I did two albums with Jim even though my record company initially thought he wouldn’t want to work with me. Thankfully they were wrong and can say without a doubt that Jim was a true genius. He was also funny, kind, supportive and.” deeply caring person and the world is a better place for his life and work and a worse place for his death. I will always be grateful to him for the opportunity to work with and to know him too. “”

Celine, who made Steinman’s “It All Comes Back to Me” hit in 1996, said it was “one of the greatest privileges” of her career to work with him.

She wrote on Instagram: “I’m so sorry to hear of Jim Steinman’s death.

“He was a musical genius … a great producer and songwriter … and the opportunity to work with him has been one of the greatest privileges of my career. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.”

At the time of writing, Steinman’s cause of death is unclear, but it appears that his death was sudden as an emergency medical call came to his home early in the morning on Sunday (04/19/21) to transport a male patient.

Alaska Poll Measure Targets the ‘True Sources’ of Darkish Cash | Wiley Rein LLP

As previously reported in Election Law News, the Alaskans narrowly passed Election Measure 2 in the 2020 general election. This measure, along with other electoral reforms, carries out an open primary and ranked election in the state. The move also has a significant impact on the role of so-called “dark money” in the Alaskan election by introducing strict disclosure of contributions to companies that make independent spending to campaign for the election or defeat of a candidate. The disclosure system primarily focuses on identifying the “true source” of the contributions and any intermediaries.

Definitions. Alaska defines “dark money” as “any contribution whose source or sources, whether wages, capital gains, inheritances, or income from the sale of goods or services, are not made available to the public”. “True Source” means “the person or entity whose contribution is funded by wages, capital gains, inheritances, or income from the sale of goods or services.” However, “[a] Any person or entity who has received funds through contributions, donations, fees, or gifts is not the true source, but an intermediary for the true source. If a member organization receives dues or dues less than $ 2,000 per person per year, the organization itself is considered a “true source”.

Reporting. Election Action 2 aims to tackle the role of “dark money” through strict disclosure by imposing a 24-hour reporting requirement on both independent spending companies and their contributors.

Any individual or group who contributes more than $ 2,000 in total to a business that has made, is making, or is reasonably making independent expenses in a calendar year must report the contribution within 24 hours of crossing this cash threshold. The report must include the applicant’s name, address, main occupation and employer. the amount of the contribution; and the total amount of contributions the applicant made to that company during the calendar year. The applicant must also report and certify the “true source” of the contribution and any intermediaries. In addition, the contributors must “indicate the identity of the true source of the recipient of the contribution at the same time as the contribution itself is made available”.

Companies receiving Entries described above must report the Qualifying Entry and all subsequent entries within 24 hours of receipt.

Disclaimer of liability. The move also requires any group that receives more than 50% of its funding from outside of Alaska to include a disclaimer for all communications that reads, “A majority of contributions to the name of the (externally funded entity) came from outside the state Alaska.”

Wiley’s electoral law and government ethics practice will continue to monitor the implementation of this electoral measure.

‘Dream’ of 66-acre leisure venue in North Corridor nearer to coming true

Bennett, unavailable for comment, requested the venue as a specific use of the property, which is divided into agricultural residential areas.

According to Hall County records, the property has a 1,139 square foot house dating from 1959 and other buildings, including a garage and “various outbuildings,” according to a report from Hall County planners.

The venue, which functions as Bennett Farm and Barn, has a building with outdoor and indoor areas for “smaller or larger groups”.

“The interior of the building would have storage rooms with plenty of storage space for chairs and tables,” Bennett said in her narration of the project. “The kitchen would have space for catering and flower arrangements. The interior of the building would have beautiful wooden beams and could aesthetically be a casual or formal setting. “

Bennett said the events would take place on the weekends and end at 10 p.m.

The hall planning staff recommend approval of the venue.

The planning authority’s recommendation would go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners on April 22 for a public hearing and final decision.

Opinion: AB 5-Type Protections Wanted for True Unbiased Contractors as Gig Work Grows

The artist Roman de Salvo is building an “electric picnic” in the Timken Museum in 2019. Courtesy of the museum

Independent contractors are excluded from traditional employment benefits such as unemployment insurance, minimum wage standards, employee compensation, and protection from discrimination and harassment.

The lack of protection is particularly acute among art workers in California, where 35% are self-employed. This lack of protection includes business owners, sole traders, independent contractors, and gig workers. If independent workers had access to additional social security programs, worker protection and other employer-provided safeguards during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people with unemployment would have had a safety net and our economy could recover faster.

As the economy’s reliance on gig workers grows, California has sought to protect them by making sure they are not mistakenly excluded from the benefits and protections they should receive.

In 2019, California legislation was passed Bill 5 Eliminate the misclassification of independent contractors who should be employees. Misclassification denies the individual the protection and benefits in the workplace. A subsequent invoice, FROM 2257, clarified who should be treated as salaried employees and exempted some jobs and business relationships from AB 5, including creative professions such as visual artists.

While unemployment insurance benefits were temporarily extended to independent contractors under the CARES Act, the legislation has not since extended worker protection or solutions for real independent contractors who do not meet the definition of a “worker”. With so many workers grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that we need robust safety nets that include independent contractors, gig workers and freelancers.

In a recently published report entitled “Art worker in California, “Researchers from the Urban Institute examine how independent workers can be included in benefits and safeguards provided by more traditional employer relationships. The study examines the need to protect workers by describing the experiences of art workers, a group that is three times more likely to be freelance.

Art work is usually project-based, short-term, intermittent and involves overlapping and simultaneous “gigs” at the same time. As a result, artists also face challenges shared by other independent workers who cannot plan ahead due to unpredictable incomes, limited savings, difficulty paying off student loan debts and providing health care, families and retirement.

When laws were put in place to protect workers, lawmakers had no idea how resilient the freelance workforce would be. Gig work is clearly here to stay, but the social security support and legal protections available to independent workers have not caught up with the changing workforce.

Current law assumes that freelancers are empowered to negotiate their contracts and the resources to provide their own safety net. The report focuses on a specific segment of this workforce – the arts – to analyze these assumptions and identify why accessible benefits and protections matter for artists and those investing in a more inclusive arts field. If we can do this right for artists, we can do it right for the many other gig workers who share their terms.

The Urban Institute report suggests solutions, including tightening classification laws to prevent employees from being misclassified as independent contractors – as intended by AB 5 – to extend worker protection and social security programs to freelance workers and other contractors and the collective action and efforts to scale nontraditional workers to rebalance power.

New forms of collectivization for workers are needed to gain access to affordable benefits and safeguards, gain bargaining power, provide health care and protect workers from discrimination and harassment. Either of these avenues would improve the conditions not only for art workers but also for the millions of Americans who earn a living from independent work.

Also, by providing access to labor protection and benefits for all types of workers, companies can comply with labor laws and share costs more evenly among recruiters, taxpayers, art consumers and workers themselves.

California has pioneered worker protection policies in the past, and this is the time to think beyond traditional boundaries to make our economy more resilient. This is the time for California to consider innovative new ways to extend protection and benefits to workers whose jobs never fit the traditional employer model.

Angie Kim is President and CEO of Center for Cultural Innovation. Amanda Briggs is a research fellow at the Urban Institute. You wrote this column for CalMatters, a public-interest journalism company dedicated to explaining how the California State Capitol works and why it matters.

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Jennifer Lopez Heads to Washington D.C. in True Diva Model

Tomorrow’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be a star-studded affair. After stumbling for him during the election, some of Hollywood’s A-lists will come to Washington DC to see Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris are sworn in. Among the names to be performed during the ceremony is Jennifer Lopezwho is expected to contribute a live performance at the Capitol. On the way to the event, Lopez gave her fans a taste of what’s to come and updated her Instagram with a look at her private jet and luxurious clothing on board.

Dressed in pieces Alberta Ferretti’s Fall / Winter 2020 collectionLopez was all business. Her slate gray coat, mohair sweater, and sloppy Ferretti wool pants were exactly what a jet setting pop star was.Beauty mogul would wear. However, unlike some of her outré outfits, the look was also suitable for the DC political scene. The dazzling plunging neckline dresses Lopez tends to wear during the award season are perfect for the red carpet, but in a city where fashion is professional, the buttoned-up Ferretti was the ideal choice.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lopez look without a little glamor, and she added visual interest with a trio of statement accessories. In Ferretti’s gold-trimmed belt, a chocolate mini-bag, and a python-printed fedora, the star created visual interest without exaggerating. While Lopez and her stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn are likely to keep a more dramatic look when she takes the stage tomorrow, her chic travel wear is exactly what the diva should be wearing to the political event of the year.