Blockchain Algorithms Sign Free Match-Fixing Monitoring Deal

The Times

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, August 31, 2021 / — Blockchain Algorithms have agreed a new partnership with the Moldovan Football Federation (FMF) in the fight against the threat of match-fixing in Moldova.

Blockchain Algorithms will provide a dedicated alert service to the FМF free of charge, notifying suspicious betting patterns and suspected or potential match-fixing in Moldovan football.

If the FMF decide specific allegations of match-fixing need to be investigated further Blockchain Algorithms will provide detailed analysis which it will charged for.

“This is a service we have been providing free of charge to federations since 2010,” said Evens Fletcher, Director of Football at Blockchain Algorithms. “We are monitoring the betting markets and have always been of the opinion it is pointless sitting on information of potential criminal activity when it could be of benefit to governing bodies.”

The agreement with the Moldovan federation will see Blockchain Algorithms investigate specific allegations of match-manipulation in Moldova, working closely with the FMF on any such investigations.

Evgheni Zubic, FMF’s Integrity Officer, said: “We know match-fixers are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to gain influence in more levels of sport and in more countries than ever before. Our new partnership with Blockchain Algorithms demonstrates our commitment to kicking out the match-fixers and keeping football in Moldova clean.”

Blockchain Algorithms uses its technology to analyse betting markets as well as match video footage to identify suspected matches in order to maintain integrity within sports. Its investigative reports rely on analysis of the betting markets and corresponding action on the pitch.

“Match-fixing continues to present a serious threat to sporting ethics and the credibility if sports competitions worldwide and it is vital that we tackle this meance through forward-thinking partnerships such as this,” said Evens.

Blockchain Algorithms has provided its base monitoring of suspicious betting patterns in football free of charge since the inception of the company in 2012, its specialist anti-match fixing division. This service is a back-up to its core sports trading consultancy, though obviously is of even greater importance to governing bodies whose competitions and their integrity are threatened by match-fixers.

Data-driven business Sportradar last month announced it was making available a base match-fixing alert service from its Fraud Detection Service (FDS) that monitors betting markets.

Jamie Blythe
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TITLE: The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Mississippi Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Top Asbestos Law Firm

For decades through the 1980s, asbestos was used in dozens of industries.

Pipefitters are at a higher risk of exposure to asbestos than most due to the hands-on nature of the job.

The Steinberg Law Group is affiliated with doctors around the country.

The Steinberg Law Group has the experiences, resources and results to obtain the maximum financial compensation for veterans


TITLE: The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Mississippi Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Best Asbestos Law Firm – Experience/Resources/Results

PASCAGOULA, MISSISSIPPI, USA, August 31, 2021 / — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Mississippi is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from The Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Mississippi has endorsed The Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, The Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2021 were exposed decades ago.

Fortunately, Mississippi does not contain any naturally occurring asbestos deposits. However, Mississippi residents should be wary of the heightened risks of asbestos exposure in the oil & gas, power plant and shipbuilding industries, to name a few. Risky occupations for asbestos exposure include welders, electricians, mechanics, gas fitters, dock workers, demolition workers, chemical workers, carpenters and boiler operators.

Jobsites and locations with known asbestos exposure in Mississippi include, but are not limited to, Ingalls Shipyard, Greenville Hospital, West Biloxi Treatment Plant, Coahoma County Hospital, Jacob & Rouse Cottages Columbia Training School, Mississippi State College for Woman, Greenville Steam Electric Station, Gerald Andrus Plant, Gariner J. High School, Jones County Hospital, Masonite Plant, R.H. Watkins High School, Kosciusko Cotton Mills, Aberdeen High School, Blackburn Junior High School, Binkley Junior High School, Callaway High School, Hinds Memorial Hospital, Green Elementary School, McWillis Elementary School, Rex Brown Power Plant, United County Hospital, University Medical School & Teachers Hospital, Mississippi Vocational College, Bernard Reed Green Coliseum, Hercules Turpentine Plant, Jack Watson Power Plant, Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood Power Plant, Henderson Generating Station, Henderson Power Plant, Denman Junior High School, Calvery Baptist Church, Jeff Anderson Hospital, Lauderdale County Courthouse, Mississippi Insane Asylum, Moss Point Shipyard, Redwoods Power Plant, Natchez Mill, University of Mississippi, Gulley Warehouse, F. B. Walker Shipyard, Schaupter Shipyard, Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant, Baxter Wilson Plant, White High School, Warren County Courthouse, Vicksburg Mill, Tupelo Cotton Mills, Mississippi State University, John M. Stone Cotton Mills, Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College, Morrow Power Plant and Blake Creek Refinery.

Known companies with asbestos exposure in Mississippi include, but are not limited to, Armstrong Cork Company, Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Trinity Marine Group, Biloxi Electric Railway and Power Company, Coast Shipbuilding, Dubaz Brothers, Hunt Wesson Foods, Inc., Rhodes Flood Covering, Shell Fish Company, Southern Shell Fish Company, American Hardware Company, Emhart Company, Mississippi Cotton Seed Oil Company, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Baxter Laboratories, Inc., New Orleans Furniture Manufacturing Company, Columbus Compress & Warehouse Company, Columbus Ice Coal Company, Columbus Railway Light Power Company, Gencorp, Inc., Homer C. Porter & Sons, Inc., Mitchell Engineering Company, Southern Pipe & Supply Company, Oldbury Electro Chemical Company, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Interstate Lumber Company, Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Company, Southbridge Plastic Products, Inc., Wurlitzer Piano Company, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, American Box Company, Cargill, Inc., Chicago Mill and Lumber Company, Delta Light and Traction Company, Mohasco Corporation, Mississippi Power and Light Company, Greenville Mills, Inc., Moscow Screw Company, P E Barnes Lumber Company, United States Gypsum Company, Uncle Ben’s, United States Axminster, Inc., Bailey Lumber Company, Continental Turpentine & Resin Corporation, David Herring Construction, Derrick Sheetmetal Works, Eastman, Gardiner and Company, Green Lumber Company, Gulf States Construction, Gulf States Investment Company, Hercules Chemical Company, Laurel Compress Company, Laurel Light and Railway Company, Laurel Machine & Foundry, Lindsey Wagon Company, Mason Fibre Company, Masonite Corporation, Mengel Company, R.L. Nix Plumbing, United Roofing & Construction, Aponang Manufacturing Company, Hamilton Manufacturing Company, Planters Oil Mill and Gin Company, T.S. Wambles Machine Shop, Buckeye Cellulose Corporation, Buckeye Cotton Oil Company, Century Manufacturing Company, Jackson Water Company, Jackson Steam Laundry, Jackson Railway and Light Company, Jackson Electric Railway Light and Power Company, J.P. Thompson, International Paper Company, Hood Furniture, Inc., Harper Supply Company, Inc., Glass Containers Corporation, Filtrol Corporation, F.M. Gravier, Entergy Mississippi, Inc., Enoch Lumber and Manufacturing Company, Engelhard Corporation, Jitney-Jungle, Inc., Kasten Masonry Sales, Inc., Mid-South Insulation Company, North Brothers, Inc., Mississippi Products and Supply Company, Straits Furniture Company, Crosby Chemical, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Mississippi Power Company, Wicht Insulation Company, Inc., Olin Aluminum, Mandal Roofing, Indal Aluminum, Gulfport Creosoting Company, Foster Wheeler, Gulf Development Company, Gulfport and Mississippi Coast Traction Company, Associated Piping & Engineering Company, Inc., Olin Mathieson, Reichold Chemical, Phillips Milk of Magnesia Company, Struthers Wells Corporation, Toche Enterprise, Grenada Oil Company, Federal Compress & Warehouse Company, Memphis Hardware Flooring Company, Moss Brothers, Wood Preserving Corporation, North American Rockwell, General Electric, Greenwood Utilities Company, Mid-South Insulation Company, Sun Oil Company, Eagle Cotton Oil Company, Flintkote Company, Gulf States Creosoting Company, Meridian Laundry Company, Meridian Light and Railway Company, Rust Engineering Company, Tuscaloosa Veneer Company, St, Regis Paper Company, Shell Oil Company, Standard Oil Company, Thiokol Chemical Corporation, Southern Kraft Corporation, Smith’s Pogey Boats, D.A. Burge, H.K. Porter, Halter Marine, Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company, Diamond International, Fidelity Tire and Rubber Company, Fidelity Tire Manufacturing Company, Johns Manville Products Corporation, National Box Company, Titan Tire, Chambers Stove Company, U.S. Plywood Corporation, Alpo Petfoods, Inc., Americaloide, Badham Insulation Company, Inc., Callahan Construction, Chevron Oil Company, Chevron USA, Inc., Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Clark Seafood Company, Coastal Chemical Corporation, Corchem Corporation, Corning Glass Company, Davy PowerGas, Inc., Hopeman Brothers, First Chemical Corporation, Engard Shipbuilding, Pascagoula Veneer Company, Quaker Oats Company, Selby-Buttersby, Shook & Fletcher Insulation Company, Inc., Mid-South Insulation Company, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, Bryan Foods, Babcock & Wilcox Company, Bryan Brothers Packing Company, Advance Gin and Mill Company, George F. Houston and Company, Grand Gulf Construction, Houston Brothers, Hudson Harwood Flooring Company, Illinois Central Railroad Company, Refuge Cotton Oil Company, Southwest Potash Corporation, Vicksburg Chemical Company, Spencer Chemical Company, Vicksburg Ice Company, Vicksburg Laundry and Cleaners, Vicksburg Light and Power Company, Vicksburg Railway and Light Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tupelo Concrete Products, Inc., Southland Oil, Amerada Hess Corporation, Hess Oil & Chemical, Pontiac Eastern, Kaiser Aluminum, Mississippi Gulf Refining Company and Advance Gin Mill Company.

Additionally, the following is a non-comprehensive list of Mississippi military sites with known risks of asbestos exposure: Keesler Air Force Base, Greenville Air Force Base, Gulfport Navy Base and Pascagoula Naval Station.

To determine the best possible medical treatment for your mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, contact The Steinberg Law Group so a member of our team can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit now.

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CCHR: As Suicide Awareness Month Approaches, Reliance on Risk Assessments Questioned

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually.

A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States.

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States.

Suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree.

Suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree.

Research into 40 years of suicide risk assessment data suggests that not only do these screenings not help but they may actually increase the risk of suicide.

If proof is needed that suicide risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health access and funding.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — Each year September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness Month. The stated intention of this campaign is to “inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide”. However, experts report that, “because suicide is a relatively rare event, and suicidal intent can change rapidly, it is not possible to predict which patient will or will not attempt or die by suicide at any given point in time.” [1,2]

Unfortunately, the one solution offered up most frequently is the increased screening of individuals through the use of suicide risk assessment tools. This year is no different with the call possibly being louder due in large part to COVID-19 and mental health advocates predictions that “suicide is likely to become a more pressing concern as the pandemic spreads and has longer-term effects on the general population, the economy, and vulnerable groups”. While the jury is still out as to whether or not the pandemic results in increased suicides, the numbers tell a different story. A recent article in the Washington Post revealed that a “new report says that preliminary data indicated that suicides actually fell in 2020.” [3, 4]

One fact is certain though, suicide risk assessments may be contributing to the long term increase in suicide rates. A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide. [5,6]

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide deaths were more than double those due to homicides in 2015, which means that for every murder reported in the news, there were at least 2 other deaths that occurred due to suicide. [7,8,9]

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States and once again suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree. [10,11]

While risk assessments, screenings, school mental health programs and more funding are often presented as the solutions to suicides rates, the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog organization, believes these so-called solutions are contributing to the problem.

According to Diane Stein, the president for CCHR Florida, how much Florida spends on mental health per capita compared to other states is regularly brought up during discussions of how to help those people who are in crisis; and Maine is often used to show why Florida should increase access to mental health as well increase mental health funding. However, what is never mentioned is that despite a per capita spending of $375 on mental health, Maine has a serious suicide problem. The suicide death rate per 100,000 population in Maine is 18.45 while nationally it is 14.21 which is significantly lower than the rate in Maine. [12,13]

“If increasing mental health access and funding was the solution to suicide, shouldn’t Maine have the lowest rate in the country?” asks Diane Stein. “Florida, for example, reportedly has low access and the lowest funding and yet Florida also has one of the lower suicide rates in the country.” [14]

Referencing an article published in Scientific American which reported that a study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide, CCHR believes that the misguided reliance on screenings, assessments and psychiatric drugs is clouding the search for real answers. [15]

“A decade after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used so called experts are calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments which makes no sense,” stated Ms. Stein. [16]

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit

[2] Suicide Risk: Detecting & Assessing Suicidality—detecting-and-assessing-suicidality
[3] Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic:
[4] Biden says suicides are up because of covid. That may not have happened.
[5] Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work
[6] Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Cohort Studies of Suicide Risk Assessment among Psychiatric Patients: Heterogeneity in Results and Lack of Improvement over Time
[8] Suicide Statistics
[9] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States
[10] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States
[11] A review of suicide risk assessment instruments and approaches
[12] 2019 U.S. Mental Health Spending Topped $225 Billion, With Per Capita Spending Ranging From $37 In Florida To $375 In Maine – OPEN MINDS Releases New Analysis–open-minds-releases-new-analysis-301058381.html
[13] Suicide Facts & Figures: Maine 2020
[14] Suicide Mortality Rate by State
[15] Ibid. Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work
[16] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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CCHR FL – The Right to Refuse Psychological Screenings

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Five Important Warning Signs to Look Out for After A Car Accident

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — Not all injuries show symptoms immediately after a car accident. Some take hours – or even days – to show up. It is important to know what signs to look for.

Here are five important warning signs to look out for after a car accident:

Dizziness or Nausea
Dizziness can be a symptom of many serious medical conditions. It could indicate brain damage or internal bleeding. These conditions can be fatal if they are left untreated. Nausea may be caused by the dizziness or be a symptom of a different medical condition altogether. In either event, be sure to see a qualified medical professional if you experience dizziness or nausea after a car accident.

Confusion and Disorientation
Confusion and disorientation can also be a sign of concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Ask the people around you to tell you about any changes they notice. If you start speaking incoherently or have difficulty forming a thought, or any other cognitive changes, it is important to see a doctor right away.

Any Unexplained Bleeding
There are many different parts of the body that might bleed after a car accident. Bleeding in the head, eyes, ears, mouth, or nose is concerning, as it could indicate bleeding in the brain. Blood in your urine or stool is also concerning because this could indicate internal bleeding that you cannot even see. Be sure to see a doctor if you experience any unexplained bleeding. Severe bleeding can cause dizziness, so be especially cautious if you have any bleeding accompanied by dizziness.

Numbness or Tingling
Internal bleeding can also lead to numbness or tingling. When the body does not have enough blood, it starts diverting blood flow away from the extremities to reserve it for the vital organs. This can cause tingling in the arms and legs. Numbness and tingling could also be a sign of nerve damage. Internal bleeding and nerve damage are both serious conditions. The sooner you seek medical treatment, the better your prognosis is likely to be.

Stiffness or Pain in the Neck
Whiplash is a common outcome of car accidents – especially if you have been struck from behind. But just because it is common does not mean you can ignore it. Stiffness in the neck can also be a sign of a more serious condition, like broken vertebrae or spinal cord damage. Always get a doctor’s opinion about any symptoms you experience in the vital neck region.

Call Us Today to Speak with an Aggressive Texas Car Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone else, you are probably entitled to compensation under Texas Law. At Rose Sanders Injury Law, we know how to get insurance companies to pay up and provide every client we take with personalized service. To schedule your free case evaluation with our relentless and “win at all costs” aggressive Texas car accident lawyers, call our office today at 713-231-9288 or contact us online. We fight for injured car accident clients across Texas from our offices in Houston, Dallas and McAllen. Schedule a free case evaluation today.

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PaayaTech Inc., a software company announce the release of CorpSync Cloud solution

CorpSync Cloud built on Microsoft Azure platform and works with Microsoft Office 365.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 30, 2021 / — PaayaTech Inc a software technology company announce the release of CorpSync Cloud solution. CorpSync Cloud build on Microsoft Azure platform and work with Microsoft Office 365.

CorpSync automatically pushes your corporate address book to any mobile device contact list and keeps it up to date. This will enable the user to utilize built-in feature of their phones such as caller ID to recognize incoming calls as well as Google Assistant or Siri on iPhone. Moreover, CorpSync will enhance communications with colleague and clients by syncing updated corporate contacts on employees’ MS-Outlook and Office 365. Many firms in Canada & USA use CorpSync as their main solution for the ever challenging of keeping contacts up-to-date and inner office communication.

The Mass SMS notification feature of CorpSync allows the administrative to send quick mass SMS message which can be used in different ways such as business continuity in case of an emergency or when email or phone system is down.

This valuable tool assists in large firms in their day-to-day activities as well as their disaster recovery backup plan.

• Requires no additional software on your phone or tablet.
• Seamlessly integrates with Exchange Office 365
• Integrated to Active Directory, HR database, or any SQL database as address book source.
• Push and sync corporate address book to Outlook and mobile devices and keep it up to date.
• Send Mass SMS (text) messages to target user distribution list for different purposes such as emergency notification, reminders, marketing, etc.


Sean Donnelly
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AAAED Announces its 2021 Rosa Parks Award Honoree

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Dr. Ruth J. Simmons

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, Rosa Parks Award Honoree

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University, will be honored with the Rosa Parks Award at the AAAED Awards Ceremony on October 15, 2021

We are humbled to have the opportunity to honor such an outstanding icon of social justice and excellence in education, diversity and equal opportunity.”

— Dr. Richard Anthony Baker, President, AAAED

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced that it will confer the Rosa Parks Award on Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University. “We are humbled to have the opportunity to honor such an outstanding icon of social justice and excellence in education, diversity and equal opportunity,” said Dr. Richard Anthony Baker, president of AAAED.

The awards celebration will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 during the AAAED’s 47th National Conference and Awards Ceremony (October 7 – 15, 2021). Themed “Reflect, Reset and Move Towards Justice, Equity and Inclusive Excellence,” the ceremony will be held virtually from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET.

Named for the civil rights icon who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus and sparked not only the Montgomery Bus Boycott but the ultimate end of racial segregation of public facilities, the Rosa Parks Award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model and leader for others through his or her personal achievements, excellence in a chosen field; commitment to human, civil rights and social issues and contributions to the betterment of society. Previous recipients include Rep. Maxine Waters (2020), Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (2019), Rogsbert Phillips-Reed (2018), and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (2016).

Ruth J. Simmons serves as President of Prairie View A&M University. She was President of Brown University from 2001-2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities. A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Holdsworth Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Square. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.

The AAAED 47th National Conference and Awards Ceremony is open to the press. For more information or to register for the Conference, October 7 – 15, 2021, go to:

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There is no charge for news media, but they are asked to register at
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Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity. AAAED has 47 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities. AAAED is the longest-serving organization for the Equal Opportunity Profession. Its tagline is “Advocate. Educate. Activate.”

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Privacy Ref Case Study: Sontiq Takes Critical Steps to be Privacy Law Compliant

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Privacy Ref is an expert firm that could help with the practicalities of developing and implementing a sophisticated privacy program.

Many firms tell companies what they have to do for compliance. Privacy Ref is unique in telling clients what they have to do and how to do it.”

— Bob Siegel


Complexities of ever-expanding privacy laws all over the world mean that legal departments at many companies, large and small, need help in navigating complex laws, keeping up with new legislation, and ensuring corporate, as well as employee compliance. That’s where the experience and knowledge of Privacy Ref’s seasoned consultants come into play. Privacy Ref’s ongoing relationship with Sontiq, the leader in Intelligent Identity Security (IIS) showcases an effective transition from regulatory compliance as part of a legal department to the establishment of a dedicated information privacy function overseen by a Chief Privacy Officer.

Sontiq provides identity theft and cyber fraud protection to global businesses — including those in the banking and insurance industries — and consumers. Providing services to the financial sector is complicated. Early in the growth of regulations governing data privacy, Sontiq’s legal department, led by General Counsel John Burcham, found itself managing a myriad of compliance and data privacy regulations. Much of this was related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) protections in the banking industry. Then, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations arose to ensure companies were enforcing policies they established, and that these practices were communicated to customers. Now, added to the CFPB and FTC, are the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act, Canadian compliance, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union with many emerging laws on the horizon.

As Sontiq’s cybersecurity client footprint grew after its acquisition of Cyberscout, Burcham recognized the need for additional expertise and support. In leading Sontiq’s corporate efforts to meet information privacy requirements, Burcham quickly aligned with Privacy Ref’s Founder and President Bob Siegel to undergo extended privacy officer certification. Burcham explained, “We needed a highly-reputable resource with broad experience working with multiple industries to act as a sounding board and suggest where and how to expand our information privacy practices. Some companies use a law firm to address the technicalities, but after having taken a privacy officer certification class led by Bob Siegel, we sought Privacy Ref as an expert firm that could help us with the practicalities of developing and implementing a sophisticated program.”

About its client relationships, Siegel says, “Many firms tell companies what they have to do for compliance. Privacy Ref is unique in telling clients what they have to do and how to do it.”

Privacy Ref’s Rapid Privacy Program Assessment™ is the first step in identifying each client’s information privacy needs. This involves an inventory of data being stored, a review of existing policy documents, and a lot of questions about current practices. A final report breaks down legal requirements into easy-to-understand tables and then utilizes other frameworks that make it simpler to be compliant.

Following conversations around a variety of projects identified in the assessment, Sontiq implemented a successful Trust Center model. The Trust Center is a centralized location to develop and store all documents and activities related to information privacy, security, and compliance. This is made clear to clients with a dedicated website tab. “Privacy Ref, collaborated with our marketing team to help make this happen,” Burcham adds. In addition, Privacy Ref helped expand the program to include the preventive aspects of employee training as well as an ongoing up-to-date knowledge base to address state and international regulations.

The assessment highlighted two key employee positions to oversee the upgraded privacy work. Sontiq added the role of Privacy Program Manager to operationalize a new internal privacy policy. The policy was created using a Privacy Ref template — with the assistance of Ben Siegel, Privacy Ref’s Senior Privacy Consultant — to meet CCPA requirements of transparency in corporate policies, and documents that could be easily understood by the general public.

Privacy Ref brings a distinct point of view and on-the-ground advice to executing Sontiq’s information privacy program. With the constantly changing environment of international privacy laws and regulations, Privacy Ref helps Sontiq keep up on the general state of compliance with those that affect the company and its clients.

Sontiq’s information privacy program has evolved into one where there is a focus on determining what is internal information technology security and what is data privacy, providing integration where IT security crosses over into privacy, document compliance, and training people on the inside who have access to data as to how they can use it and whether they have authority to answer sensitive questions.

Having developed a relationship with Privacy Ref, Sontiq’s Burcham says, “The evolution of the landscape of privacy regulations and the acceleration of regulations has been phenomenal. What used to be insignificant is now huge. Along with confusing overlap, there is little consistency. Having someone staying on top of the changes and the details is one of the reasons we will continue to partner with Privacy Ref in this area.”

Because laws, business models, competitors, and technology change over time, Privacy Ref continues to conduct cost effective annual assessments for Sontiq and provides TrustArc software as a managed resource for Sontiq’s privacy impact assessment program. When new projects arise, Privacy Ref conducts privacy impact and risk assessments to address potential issues before they happen. Privacy Ref’s knowledgeable team acts as advisors and supplements Sontiq’s internal information privacy team by supplying resources to keep the program running. This ongoing relationship ensures that any requirements for updating of the privacy policies and employee training are met.

Diana Lozano
Privacy Ref
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Acclaimed Criminal Attorney, Vince Imhoff, Examines Civil Rights Groups 'Keeping Inmates Home After Pandemic Emergency'

Vince Imhoff, Famed Criminal Attorney

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — A coalition of U.S. criminal justice reform advocates on Wednesday sent the Justice Department a proposal to help prevent the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) from sending thousands of federal inmates released during the pandemic back to prison. In a letter to department officials, the groups offered the Justice Department an analysis, which concludes that the BOP has legal authority to keep people out on home confinement after the emergency is lifted.

Acclaimed criminal attorney, Vince Imhoff, is an advocate for such protocols and believe they are the best solution to a difficult situation. "The US Bureau of Prisons should continue its home confinement policy after the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close," states Imhoff.

A Justice Department spokeswoman did not have any immediate comment. In March 2020, Congress authorized the department to declare an emergency so it could expand the pool of low-level, non-violent federal inmates who could qualify for home confinement, to contain COVID-19's spread throughout the federal prison system.

Imhoff continues, "This practice has afforded the prison system and the public learn how well home confinement can work for those with low level flight risk. It appears that after more than a year of electronic monitoring that the risk to the public is minimal."

But in January, the department's Office of Legal Counsel issued a memo which found that once the emergency is lifted, the BOP will have no choice but to "recall prisoners in home confinement to correctional facilities" because the authority to send more people home was temporary.

"This program is a success and should be continued into the post COVID American life," concludes Imhoff.


Vince Imhoff

Vince Imhoff is from Chicago, Illinois. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania. Imhoff achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Lewis University and later obtained his JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1989. After earning his JD, Mr.Imhoff was a Public Defender in Cook County, Illinois, from 1990 to 1997. He then entered private practice as a solo practitioner.

Vince Imhoff founded Imhoff & Associates, PC, in 2003. In 2005, he became Managing Director of the Cochran Firm, Criminal Defense section. However, following the death of Mr.Cochran, Imhoff left the Cochran Firm to re-establish Imhoff and Associates, PC. He was also the assistant coach for the trial team at Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, from 2000 through 2002.

Vince Imhoff is now the Managing Director of Imhoff & Associates, PC. With offices throughout the United States, Imhoff & Associates works with over 650 lawyers. Today, Vince Imhoff is a member of the State Bar of Illinois, State Bar of California, and State Bar of Pennsylvania. He is also an active member of the California Public Defenders Association, Santa Monica Bar Association (Treasurer 2012-2014, Board Member 2008-2014), Lesbian Gay Lawyers Association (Secretary 2009-2011, Board Member 2009-2015), San Bernardino County Bar, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

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Akopyan Law Firm's Team Recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine

One of Burbank's premier employment and personal injury lawyers were added to one of the industry's most prestigious award lists.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — Representatives of the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C. based in Burbank, California, announced today that the firm's very own Michael Akopyan and Ani M. Akopyan were named to the 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers® List.

Michael was previously named to the distinguished list from 2016 through 2021.

“It is an honor to be named to the Super Lawyers list,” said Michael Akopyan, founder of Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C.

The firm’s Ani M. Akopyan was also named to the 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers List. Ani was named to this distinguished list in 2020, and 2021.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters company, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers distinction is granted to fewer than 5% of a state's top lawyers.

Super Lawyers' selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The result is a fair and unbiased rating of attorneys by practice area. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2001 and his law degree from Southwestern Law School in 2005. Before establishing his own firm in 2009, Michael worked as an associate attorney with Keith Fink & Associates and Solomon, Saltsman & Jamieson. Michael has successfully represented clients in civil and administrative trials and appeals.

Michael was recognized as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine in 2012 and 2013.

The Akopyan Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of workers who fall victim to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or other illegal conduct in the workplace. Employees who are terminated, laid-off, or demoted often don't know their rights and needlessly suffer at the hands of their supervisors and/or employers. Every employee deserves to work in an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

"If you been wrongfully fired from your job by your employer, we will fight relentlessly to enforce your rights," said Akopyan.

Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C.'s team of attorneys, Ani and Michael, have a combined experience of more than 30 years. They have recovered millions of dollars for their clients.

For more information, please visit or call (818) 509-9975 today for a complimentary case evaluation.


About Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C.

The Akopyan Law Firm is committed to restoring the balance of power against the government, large corporations, and insurance companies alike whenever they seek to deprive people of their rights. The Akopyan Law Firm is dedicated to defending its clients against oppression and can stand up for them in their time of need.

The Akopyan Law Firm's employment lawyers in Burbank are dedicated to helping employees stand up for themselves and speak truth to power whenever they are wronged. The Akopyan Law Firm has experience handling nearly every kind of employment law case.

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Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab Employee Terminated After Cancer Diagnosis, Lawsuit Claims

NAPA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 / — Scott Floodman, a former behavioral associate at Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab (“Duffy’s), a drug & alcohol addiction treatment center in Northern California, filled a lawsuit alleging disability and medical condition discrimination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Mr. Floodman also alleges that Duffy’s failed to provide him with a reasonable accommodation and failed to engage in a timely, good-faith interactive process after Mr. Floodman was diagnosed with colon cancer.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Floodman alleges that he began suffering from symptoms of colon cancer and was taken off work for some time on or about May 14, 2020. Mr. Floodman alleges that he continued to see doctors until his colon cancer diagnosis was finalized near the end of 2020.

Mr. Floodman is also alleging interference and retaliation in violation of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) due to Duffy’s failure to provide all statutorily required notices so as to permit Mr. Floodman to exercise his rights under the Act. Mr. Floodman’s lawsuit alleges that he was an employee eligible to take CFRA leave to take care of himself for his serious health condition, and who did request such leave. However, Mr. Floodman alleges that Duffy’s retaliated against him for taking medical leave by terminating his employment.

The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Floodman was a good employee who received positive reviews on a consistent year-to-year basis that emphasized his reliability, teamwork, and attendance. The lawsuit also alleges that despite these positive reviews, Mr. Floodman was wrongfully terminated on or about November 27, 2020 under the excuse of “job abandonment.” Mr. Floodman alleges Duffy’s retaliated against him by terminating his employment on the basis of his request to Human Resources (HR) to take a legally protected leave of absence.

Mr. Floodman’s complaint also contains a cause of action for Defamation Per Se as Mr. Floodman further alleges that Duffy’s made false and defamatory statements which include but are not limited to express and implied accusations that Mr. Floodman failed to abide by corporate policy, was absent without excuse, and failed to keep Duffy’s informed of the need for protected leave for purposes of excusing his absences, in a manner that violated company policy. Mr. Floodman alleges that these statement and similar statements by Duffy’s expressly and impliedly assert that Mr. Floodman was not a good employee, was absent without good reason or excuse, and refused to adhere to company policy when offered the opportunity to do so, all of which Mr. Floodman claims as false.

Mr. Floodman is represented by Attorney Kyle Todd, Esq. of Kyle Todd, P.C. Requests for comment can be directed to Attorney Kyle Todd, at (323) 208-9171 or

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