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7th Circuit Affirms Murder, Racketeering Convictions Despite Government Error

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first_img7th Circuit Affirms Murder, Racketeering Convictions Despite Government Error Olivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comDespite improper statements made by the government during closing arguments of a trial, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the defendant’s murder and racketeering convictions, writing that the statements constituted harmless error.In United States of America v. Juan Briseno, 15-2347, Juan Briseno was indicted and tried for murder, attempted murder and multiple charges related to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act based on his two-year association with an East Chicago gang.During closing arguments, the government referenced various allegations connecting Briseno to the attempted murder of Andreas Arenivas. The government also contented that in order for Briseno to not be guilty, its witnesses must have conspired to frame him through false testimony at trial. Finally, the government emphasized that eight of its witnesses deserved to be believed. In his eventual appeal, Briseno would contend that each of those statements was improper.After deliberations, the jury convicted Briseno of nine counts – conspiracy to participate in racketeering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms of marijuana, five separate murders in aid of racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.Briseno appealed for a new trial, arguing that the government’s statements during closing arguments had improperly referenced evidence pertaining to a prior acquittal, impermissibly shifted the burden of proof to him and vouched for its witnesses in an inappropriate fashion.Specifically, Briseno argued that the government had improperly argued that he was guilty of attempting to murder Arenivas and of using a firearm in that attempt by referencing five pieces of evidence related to the Arenivas case, such as his alleged stated intent to kill him and the use of the same gun that was used in the murder of Harris Brown, for which Briseno was charged.Such evidence was improper in the present case because a district judge had acquitted Briseno in the Arenivas case, he said. But 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Williams wrote in a Friday opinion that Briseno’s argument was based on the incorrect assumption that the Arenivas case had no bearing on the current case.Instead, Williams wrote that the Arenivas evidence in question related to the gang’s practice of attacking individuals who posed a threat to its drug-trafficking enterprise, which relates to the RICO conspiracy charge. Additionally, the gun was also relevant to the Brown murder charge because it was the same gun used in the Arenivas case, so the government did not act improperly by referencing it in closing arguments, she wrote. Further, even if the statements were erroneous, the error was harmless, Williams said.However, the 7th Circuit did agree with Briseno that the government’s statements implying that witnesses would have had to conspire to submit false testimony in order for him to be not guilty “crossed the line by implying that the jury could not acquit Briseno while at the same time accepting as truthful the testimony of the government’s witnesses.”But Williams wrote that such an error was not fatal to the government’s case because there was more than sufficient evidence of Briseno’s guilt, and much of that evidence involved credibility determinations as to the government’s witnesses.Additionally, any improper statements the government made vouching for eight of its witnesses did not deny Briseno of a fair trial, Williams said.“The statements were solitary and brief in nature, the district judge instructed the jurors both before and after closing arguments that attorney statements were not evidence, and as noted above the vast weight of the evidence was against Briseno,” she wrote.Finally, Williams wrote that the jury instructions related to the racketeering charges were not erroneous because Briseno did not object to them at trial and because there was no “clear or obvious” error.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Guess who’s coming to dinner

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first_imgGAZETTE:  Can you tell us about your own scholarly research on how interracial couples navigate race in their relationships with each other and with the world?MTSHALI:  One of the implicit understandings that we tend to have in our society is that interracial couples transcend race or are above race. We, as a society, want to think that solving racism is really easy, because we don’t want to actually have to do the emotional, intellectual, and grueling work that will take to actually dismantle racism.In my work, which is interview-based and focused on heterosexual couples in interracial relationships, I show that these couples still have to contend with racism or with race because they’re socialized in this country. They come into relationships with certain ideas around race, and how certain people of certain races interact with others. Some couples rarely talk about race, and some talk about it a lot. Sometimes talking about race a lot may mean conflict, and in other cases it may mean eventually being on the same page in a positive way.We have had more of an awakening over the last few years about how much work we still have left to do in regard to dismantling racism in America, and I think there’s something that can be gained from looking at these couples who have to wrestle with this concept of interracial intimacy and building a life in a country that is still racially segregated in many ways.GAZETTE:  Have there been any surprises in the course of your research?MTSHALI:  I did a lot of my data collection around the time when more attention was being given in the news to police brutality toward Black people, and particularly Black men. This was a topic of conversation amongst quite a few these couples, and it enabled them to give me many different examples of some of the things that they were talking about and dealing with and how they were approaching it. What I found were conversations where, usually, a Black partner was trying to educate or share information about racism with their white partner. I could see the different strategies and tactics that they used to go about this, and how they were trying to communicate.Another very interesting finding was the generational difference between older and younger couples. Older couples were not a huge portion of my sample, but many of them felt that because they were of different races, there was no way they could actually understand or have the same perspective about race in America. That is likely reflective of the time period in which they were brought up. Younger couples tended to have a different approach, that their races were not a barrier to understanding racism in America. Often that meant more conversations about it or attempts to try to come to some type of common understanding about race.GAZETTE:  What are some lessons you’ve learned from doing this work?MTSHALI:  The “love is love” phrase is overused, but love is very important, and it can be undervalued in our fast-paced, consumerist, capitalist society. I think it’s wonderful to see people — in a society that is still quite racially segregated — who are still able to meet, connect, fall in love, and build a life together.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. Romance is never just romance for Marya T. Mtshali. The lecturer on studies of women, gender, and sexuality teaches the undergraduate course “Interracial Intimacy: Sex, Race, and Romance in the U.S.,” and her current research uses an intersectional lens to examine the ways interracial couples navigate social norms and issues. Mtshali spoke to the Gazette about the long history of American fears of racial mixing, the importance of decentering whiteness in discussions of race and relationships, and why we should value love as a scholarly subject. Q&AMarya T. MtshaliGAZETTE:  What are some of the themes you cover in the course?MTSHALI:  The history around interracial relations in the United States is amazingly rich, and fears around race mixing and miscegenation have been used for preventing the end of American slavery to resisting the integration of schools and neighborhoods. We start the course with the Age of Discovery, and the ways in which Europeans came in contact with Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous women specifically — how the idea of accessing and conquering these women’s bodies paralleled the conquering of Turtle Island [North America]. Then we get into scientific racism and eugenics. We also talk about the different types of interracial intimate relations that occurred during times of slavery. “Relations” is an intentional term, because in the United States some of the interracial intimate sexual relations were consensual, some were coercive, and some were forced. Later in the 20th century, we cover the story of Loving v. Virginia in 1967, which struck down restrictions on interracial marriages, and the impact that this has had on the frequency, visibility, and perception of interracial relationships.GAZETTE:  What are some of the contemporary cases you look at?MTSHALI:  We look at different configurations of interracial relationships, and why some are viewed differently than others. For instance, we talk about why relationships involving Black men and white women attract more attention and often appear more taboo than relationships between Asian women and white men. We get into concepts such as “yellow fever.” I do a case study on media coverage of Meghan [Markle], Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. We also take some time to look at interracial relationships among people of color and interracial LGBTQ relations.GAZETTE:  Are there some misconceptions or assumptions that students have going into the course? How do you address some of the taboos that surround these issues?MTSHALI:  I get some students who are still surprised with how controversial these relationships still are. I also find it interesting that white students in my class often don’t know about the very different dynamics involved in interracial relationships for communities of color. There are a couple of things that I found to be helpful in teaching taboo subjects, and it comes down to the culture of the classroom, and how I scaffold the material for students. Especially with Harvard students, there is sometimes a bit of a fear of saying the wrong thing. In the classroom, and especially in the first few weeks, I use humor to create a comfortable, safe space. We also talk about what goes on at Harvard and ask: How are the things we see on campus representative of what we see throughout the United States and how are they different? Students really enjoy that activity. It’s also been particularly rewarding to see students who haven’t understood certain things they’ve heard, or certain things they’ve experienced, and then actually [gain] the vocabulary to understand, from a sociological perspective, what that experience was really about. “I get some students who are still surprised with how controversial these relationships still are.” — Marya T. Mtshalilast_img read more

VR and AR Gets Easier, More Interesting with Dell

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first_imgQuestions were asked in 2017 if virtual reality (VR) was here to stay or if it was just a flash in the pan like previous technologies such as 3D TV. I believe, we can say with some conviction, that this is clearly not the case and it is starting to be more and more pervasive in our lives, Dell has been involved in several VR projects last year across several different areas – media and entertainment with Spider-Man-Homecoming and Dunkirk all the way through to medical innovations in viewing MRI scans and helping with the rehabilitation of patients.With so many diverse applications and more springing up on an almost daily basis then this has gained a strong foothold in our lives. One of the perceived barriers to VR is the cost of the system on which to run it. Dell has also played a strong role here in driving down the costs of systems whilst giving a great experience – the introduction of the Dell Visor and new Inspiron gaming systems are allowing us to hit much lower price point than before.However, as with all things, we are stronger as a team and that is why the Dell Technology Partner Program is key to delivering solutions that are desired by our customers. You are a demanding lot – always needing the best performance at the best prices and well you should be – I was in the market for a washer/dryer and I wanted performance without compromise at a good price (and I wanted them to look good). We are all looking for the best we can get, with the funds we have available. It is always great to get things together as you then only have one supplier to deal with and gives a great piece of mind and so that is why we have made some improvements to give you a better experience.Right now, Dell is the first PC manufacturer to offer the consumer HTC Vive headsets as part of the customer shopping experience. Only with Dell can you get some of the best ‘Ready for VR’ PCs as well as the option of Dell Visor or the consumer HTC Vive headset in one place. These bundles join the existing HTC Vive Business Edition for those looking to develop new immersive VR experiences and have a business level support for critical projects.On the augmented reality (AR) front, we will soon be the first PC manufacturer offering an augmented reality headset from a leader in the space, META. We will have more news and details on that in the coming week and it’s a great partnership that adds to the very tangible benefits of Dell’s partner program. From analyst studies then, AR is going to be a huge driving force in industry – imagine seasoned workers passing on skills of the trade to trainees from the comfort of a warm office whilst seeing what the apprentice is seeing and then pointing out areas that need attention and talking them through it. Imagine looking at IoT sensors and information being displayed dynamically to show where issues could lie for troubleshooting and replacement.“…we will soon be the first PC manufacturer offering an augmented reality headset from a leader in the space…ShareThere is a careful balance in the industry currently where this is about to turn. The addressable market for headsets was deemed small and so quality content was not being developed. On the flip side there was not a lot of quality content and so folks did not buy headsets. Now that the prices have dropped significantly in the last year then this dynamic will change and everyone will benefit. So, we have talked about the consumption of VR above but how does this get created? With the new Alienware Area 51 desktops featuring AMD Threadrippper processing, partners such as Grab Games are developing fantastic new experiences better and faster than ever. Our friends at TrinityVR are not only developing incredible fun new experiences, but their content is another great example of how VR is transforming industries. With DiamondFX, Trinity VR is utilizing a data-backed virtual reality foundation to create a scouting and player development platform for professional baseball teams to standardize batting data across batters, leagues and countries – so not only is it fun but it’s actually helping improve preparation. It also helped me realize that I did not have a future as a professional baseball player…As we look at the new year we also have an eye on our partners and industries using VR/AR to improve lives. What we’re referring to as ‘VR for Good’ helps us rally some great influencers in the VR/AR world that are experimenting and actually achieving life-altering results through the power of these new immersive technologies. While the work we’re collaborating on in the healthcare space certainly yields unmistakable benefits, the work in the education space is equally important as it lays the foundation for the next generation of creators that can absorb the potential of VR/AR in a unique way. Mt Vernon school is a great example of a progressive institution harnessing the power of both Alienware and Precision PCs to cultivate new skill sets in young students.This week we are taking advantage of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase some of the interesting work being done ‘for Good.’ Stay up to date on the latest Dell news by visiting our CES press site here throughout the duration of the show.We also have another look at the Dell PC technology enabling these experiences as we head to the Sundance Film Festival later this month – more on that in the coming weeks.Now I am off for four sleepless nights in Vegas watching faces light up with wonder at the new marvels that are being shown here – and one of those faces will be mine.last_img read more

Court considers kids’right to representation

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first_imgCourt considers kids’right to representation Court considers kids’ right to representation Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Children in juvenile court should not be allowed to waive their right to counsel and enter a plea without first talking to an attorney and understanding fully what rights they are giving up.That was the top priority of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, after three years of research and study. It was also recommended by both the Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Family and Children in the Courts and the Juvenile Court Rules Committee, approved by the Bar Board of Governors, and endorsed by the Florida Public Defender Association.But in oral arguments June 10 on proposed amendment to Fla. R. Juv. P. 8.165, justices peppered lawyers with practical questions, including Justice Charles Wells’ attempt to get a handle on the fiscal impact it may have on public defenders who say they are willing to take on these added duties in juvenile court.“My concern is, I want to understand how this will work in real life,” Wells said.Gerard Glynn, executive director of Florida’s Children First! and a member of the Juvenile Rules Committee, described what he envisioned should happen at arraignment: The judge would ask the child whether he or she had talked to an attorney. If the child answers, “Yes,” the judge would inquire: “Whom did you speak with?” and probably go into a colloquy about what the child understood. If the child answers, “No,” the judge would ask the child to speak to the public defender already on duty in the courtroom.Justice Peggy Quince asked about determining whether the child is indigent to qualify for the public defender. And Justice Raoul Cantero asked whether a child’s family who is not indigent would be directed by the judge to hire an attorney.To the first question, Glynn answered that the public defender would simply be assigned to talk to the child for that limited purpose, not appointed for the whole case, so it should not be a problem. To the second question, Glynn answered that §985.203 deals with that issue.“It is common that a parent may refuse to want to hire an attorney. And the reason the child is entering this plea is because generally children don’t have money,” Glynn said. The statute gives the judge the authority to appoint a paid attorney to a non-indigent client and order the parents to pay for that attorney, he said.Justice Barbara Pariente asked why the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children saw the need for this new rule.Glynn quoted the commission’s 2002 final report: “Alarming to many commissioners was that children entitled to representation in delinquency cases often waive that right.”But Glynn was not able to answer Justice Kenneth Bell’s question on how many children plead guilty or no contest to crimes they did not commit.There was a difference of opinion of whether this proposed rule would create a substantive right that should be addressed in changes to the statute by the legislature, rather than a procedural matter that could be addressed in a rule change by the court.Glynn argued that the right to counsel is created in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the rule would create a procedure so there are guarantees before that substantive right is waived.“The issue of why these procedures are necessary is because. . . we recognize there needs to be extra caution when we are dealing with children waiving their rights,” Glynn said.Ward Metzger, of Jacksonville, speaking on behalf of the Florida Public Defender Association, said: “Let me assure the court that, in fact, the public defenders do wholeheartedly support this rule and the concept behind the rule. We believe that it is crucial that children in the courtrooms of the state of Florida understand before they enter a plea, before they waive counsel, what it is in fact that they are giving up.”Wells asked whether the association had “done an analysis of how many more lawyers the public defender would need in order to provide this service? In other words, the fiscal impact?”Because public defenders are already present in juvenile courts, and many judges already make sure no child goes unrepresented, Metzger answered: “We believe at this point in time that there will not be a direct fiscal impact.”Jennifer Parker, general counsel for the Department of Juvenile Justice, spoke in her capacity as chair of the Juvenile Rules Committee, and presented the minority opinion that to mandate a child be represented by counsel confers a substantive right.Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead asked whether DJJ objects when judges, such as those in Jacksonville, already follow the practice of appointing a lawyer for the child.“Absolutely not,” Parker answered. “Again, I am not really here for the department. But it would be the department’s position that every child be represented before they proceed. It is just our opinion that the statute needs to indicate that, not the rule.”Sixth Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper, a member of the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, spoke on behalf of the Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Family and Children in the Courts, which voted 12 to 3 in favor of the proposed rule change.“Children have a right to counsel. Courts take waivers all the time,” Tepper said. “How we take that waiver is procedural. It is not conferring a right on a child. The right exists. It is to assure that the judges, and I believe it is frankly probably the majority of judges in this state who may not do what we do in Dade City or do what they do in Duval County, and have a child confer.”Tepper pointed out that there is already a fiscal impact with the status quo, noting that 35 cases have gone up on appeal regarding a child’s waiver of counsel. Thirty-three of those were reversed with the finding it was not a valid waiver of counsel, so those cases will have to be retried, she said.Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead: “I take it that you see this as a very valuable quality control device?”“Absolutely,” Tepper said. “I’m concerned that I have children whose parents have the wrong motivation at heart. It is the children’s rights that are at issue. These children and these families are in crisis.”Justice Quince wondered what happens in “some jurisdiction where the public defender is not available or will not talk to children who are not indigent?” And even though Metzger assured the public defenders of the state are willing to take on the requirements of the new rule, Justice Wells reminded “but they don’t have a statutory obligation.”“With this rule, it will make it clear that they would need to be there,” Tepper answered. “Again, children can waive their right to counsel. This doesn’t mean that the public defender will be with the child through every stage of the proceedings. And it doesn’t mean that children whose families can afford an attorney will necessarily end up with a public defender at an adjudicatory hearing.”But it would mean that the judge must inquire whether the child had an opportunity to talk to a lawyer before entering a plea, she said.“It may be I have a child who is being prosecuted for domestic violence,” Tepper said. “The very parent being asked to pay for the attorney is the named victim. It is my policy, frankly, to appoint the public defender.”Justice Cantero asked: “Why don’t we just establish a rule that a certain colloquy needs to be undertaken, when the right to counsel is waived?”“I would refer you to the research and testimony of the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children that did consider these alternatives,” Tepper said.“Yes, we can educate judges. Yes, we can improve that. But I have found that children may have defenses they do not recognize or they’re simply stating to the court, ‘I don’t want an attorney. I didn’t do it. I want to get it over with.’ Their motivation may not fully comprehend the consequences, although I say, ‘This is going to come back and haunt you.’ I have found the public defender’s office is very effective in persuading their clients just exactly what the impact may be in a few years.” July 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Cuomo Proposes State, NYC Minimum Wage Hike

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Citing “stubborn” economic and social problems that have “persisted for decades,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed two separate minimum wage hikes for workers—one for the state and a more ambitious increase for New York City—and tax relief for small businesses as well as several more economic-related initiatives he hopes to have passed as part of this year’s budget.Under Cuomo’s proposal, the state’s minimum wage would be raised to $10.50 by the end of 2016. In New York City, Cuomo is proposing hiking the minimum wage to $11.50 because of the higher cost of living in the city compared to other areas in the state. If these hikes are approved, New York would have the highest state minimum wage in the country.“It’s too easy to say, ‘Get a job,’ ” Cuomo said on Sunday. “You need to get a job, which means you need to have the training and skill to get the job, which means the job has to exist. When you get the job, the job has to pay enough that you can pay the rent, and you can pay for food, and it’s a sustainable wage.”The wage hike is one part of Cuomo’s so-called 10-point plan to combat poverty and inequality.His initiative also includes student loan relief, doubling funding to tackle high unemployment in minority communities, investing nearly $500 million in affordable housing and more than $200 million in homeless services, and $4.5 million to battle hunger. The governor also proposed reducing the income tax rate for small businesses from 6.5 percent to 2.5 percent. The tax cut would drop over a three-year period starting in 2016. Small businesses that file under the corporate franchise tax would be eligible.“That is the lowest level in 100 years for small businesses,” Cuomo said of the proposed tax cut, “and we believe that’s going to be a real shot in the arm for the labor market.”The minimum wage hike and small business tax cut announcement comes days before Cuomo delivers his fifth State of the State address, when he’ll officially lay out his roadmap for 2015. His anti-poverty campaign is expected to be on the list of issues he’ll discuss.But looking at his legislative prospects in Albany, the governor may face his biggest battle over the minimum wage hike.In November State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) shot down a potential minimum wage hike, noting that the Legislature had previously passed an hourly wage hike as part of the 2013-2014 budget, increasing the minimum wage to $9 per hour by the end of 2015. The Republican majority leader also nixed helping children of undocumented immigrants acquire citizenship rights through the Dream Act and opposed campaign finance reform involving public funds.“There will be a discussion, I’m sure,” Skelos said, according to Capital New York. “We’re not doing Dream Act, we’re not doing minimum wage, we’re not doing taxpayer financing. If there are other reforms we can come up with, then I’m for it.”Cuomo explained that despite the passage of the earlier hike, a second increase was necessary. “The wage gap is continuing to grow,” he said.The state’s current minimum wage is $8.75.Addressing concerns of college graduates drowning in debt, Cuomo proposed a “get on your feet” loan forgiveness program for graduates who attended a college in New York and continue to live in the state, earn less than $50,000 per year and participate in the federal Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE). For those graduates, the state will pay the difference between what the federal government covers and the graduate’s total monthly loan payment.last_img read more

3-second account access wins IdentityX NACUSO Big Idea Award

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How would you like to dropkick your password and access your account in 3 seconds? Well, you can. IdentityX President Conor White joined us to explain how his speedy, yet secure, biometric technology works and why it won NACUSO’s recent Big Idea Award along with CUNA Technology Council’s Award at the 2015 GAC. continue reading »last_img

Three reasons your employees should also be your members

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first_imgA few weeks ago, I escorted our senior staff writer, Colleen Cormier, to the Apple Store – also known as my happy place. Yes…I am married to Apple. Each member of my family owns some kind of MacBook. We also own iPhones, iPads and iPods. If there is a little “i” in front of a device, I probably own it. I also provide an Apple computer for each of my staff members. This was Colleen’s transition to the “other side.”My experience there is always a positive one, but something one of the employees said took us both by surprise. He said “I don’t use a Mac.”A similar scenario happened not too long ago during a marketing audit we were conducting for a client. One of the employees told us he didn’t use his credit union’s products and services – not one. Why would a customer or member use your products if your own employees don’t?“Internal branding and vocal brand advocacy from employees will be minimally successful at best if your employees don’t actually use your brand,” writes Susan Gunelius, president and
CEO at KeySplash Creative, Inc., in a blog at corporateeye.com. “How can they truly talk about your brand, advocate your brand, develop appropriate new products, and sell your product if they’ve never or rarely used it?” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The future of HSAs

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first_imgIf there is one constant in American politics, it is that with every new administration comes change. One of the first questions that I received after the election was if I think that health savings accounts (HSAs) are at risk of being negatively affected or eliminated. My answer—absolutely not. Of all the issues discussed, it was one of the few issues both sides agreed on. Let’s take a look at why.MomentumHSAs became available in January 2004, at a time employers were actively seeking to lower health care expenses for their employees. Hence, the growth of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) emerged. By the end of 2007, approximately 10 percent of employers offered an HDHP. The key driver clearly was economics. For early adopters, acceptance of these high deductible plans required education and support of HSAs. Learn more from an in-depth conversation with Steve in Using HSAs To Attract New Members-Part 1 podcast.HSA Growth ContinuedHSAs and the dollars invested continued to grow at an accelerate rate. At the end of 2007, there were an estimated 3 million HSAs holding approximately $3.4 billion in assets. By year-end 2012, HSAs grew to 8.2 million with $15.5 billion in assets, and year-end 2015, 16.7 million with $30.2 billion in assets. And at year-end 2015, $4.2 billion of that $30.2 billion was held in investment accounts. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Learning the process – Alignment session

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first_img continue reading » Have you ever sat down with a design firm and been immediately inundated with recommendations for the design of your next branch or workplace without diving into your goals and purpose of the project? This process often results in nice looking buildings that don’t deliver on your goals and that your staff don’t quite understand how to use.We take a different approach. Before beginning design or even making suggestions, our team works with your key stakeholders to understand the purpose that is driving your project. We do through a meeting we call an alignment session.“The goal is to uncover what success means to your team. Only then do we draw on external insights and innovations to begin to design a solution.”The alignment session is an interactive workshop, designed to kick off a project and get everyone on the same page. The goal is to uncover what success means to your team, and we do this by facilitating conversations and activities around your goals and requirements for the project. These conversations include deep dives into research, your strategic vision, and a good deal of introspection. This is an opportunity for all voices to be heard, and to discover where your organization’s priorities lie. Ultimately, the team leaves the session with clarity around the best path forward. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 Killed, 2 Wounded in Yaphank Crash

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four people were killed and two others were injured when two vehicles collided and burst into flames on the Fourth of July in Yaphank, Suffolk County police said.Gustave Geyer was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck southbound on Yaphank-Middle Island Road when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a northbound Nissan Altima in front of the Middle Island Country Club at 10:45 p.m. Monday, police said.Geyer, 25, of Ridge, who was alone in his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene along with a man and a woman who were passengers in the Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.A third passenger in the Nissan was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of life-threatening burns and head injuries. And an 11-month-old boy in the Nissan was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.The names of the victims in the Nissan were not immediately released, but investigators believe all five occupants are related.Seventh Squad detectives impounded both vehicles. They are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

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