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RideShare Safety: “What’s My Name??”

Ride-share companies are re-examining the driver-passenger matching process. Already Uber and Lyft emphasize license-plate matching as a base-level safety precaution, but other tools like Uber’s glowing Beacon and Lyft’s Amp are supposed to help match drivers and riders…

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President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand

President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand

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We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society.

President Donald J. Trump

ADDRESSING THE DRIVING FORCES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioids Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand will confront the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.

President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse will address factors fueling the opioid crisis, including over-prescription, illicit drug supplies, and insufficient access to evidence-based treatment, primary prevention, and recovery support services.

The President’s Opioid Initiative will:

Reduce drug demand through education, awareness, and preventing over-prescription.
Cut off the flow of illicit drugs across our borders and within communities.

Save lives now by expanding opportunities for proven treatments for opioid and other drug addictions.
REDUCE DEMAND AND OVER-PRESCRIPTION: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will educate Americans about the dangers of opioid and other drug use and seek to curb over-prescription.

Launch a nationwide evidence-based campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid use, as well as other drug use.

Support research and development efforts for innovative technologies and additional therapies designed to prevent addiction and decrease the use of opioids in pain management.

This will include supporting research and development for a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction and non-addictive pain management options.

Reduce the over-prescription of opioids which has the potential to lead Americans down a path to addiction or facilitate diversion to illicit use.

Implement a Safer Prescribing Plan to achieve the following objectives:

Cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.

Ensure that 75 percent of opioid prescriptions reimbursed by Federal healthcare programs are issued using best practices within three years, and 95 percent within five years.

Ensure that at least half of all Federally-employed healthcare providers adopt best practices for opioid prescribing within two years, with all of them doing so within five years.

Leverage Federal funding opportunities related to opioids to ensure that States transition to a
nationally interoperable Prescription Drug Monitoring Program network.

CUT OFF THE SUPPLY OF ILLICIT DRUGS: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will crack down on international and domestic illicit drug supply chains devastating American communities:

Keep dangerous drugs out of the United States.

Secure land borders, ports of entry, and water ways against illegal smuggling.
Require advance electronic data for 90 percent of all international mail shipments (with goods) and consignment shipments within three years, in order for the Department of Homeland Security to flag high-risk shipments.

Identify and inspect high-risk shipments leveraging advanced screening technologies and by using drug-detecting canines.

Test and identify suspicious substances in high-risk international packages to quickly detect and remove known and emerging illicit drugs before they can cause harm.
Engage with China and expand cooperation with Mexico to reduce supplies of heroin, other illicit opioids, and precursor chemicals.

Advance the Department of Justice (DOJ) Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force to fight the prescription opioid crisis. The PIL Task Force will:

Expand the DOJ Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit’s efforts to prosecute corrupt or criminally negligent doctors, pharmacies, and distributors.

Aggressively deploy appropriate criminal and civil actions to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for any unlawful practices.

Shut down illicit opioid sales conducted online and seize any related assets.
Scale up internet enforcement efforts under DOJ’s new Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team.

Strengthen criminal penalties for dealing and trafficking in fentanyl and other opioids:
DOJ will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law.
The President also calls on Congress to pass legislation that reduces the threshold amount of drugs needed to invoke mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids that are lethal in trace amounts.

HELP THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will help those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services:

Work to ensure first responders are supplied with naloxone, a lifesaving medication used to reverse overdoses.

Leverage Federal funding opportunities to State and local jurisdictions to incentivize and improve nationwide overdose tracking systems that will help resources to be rapidly deployed to hard-hit areas.
Expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment in every State, particularly Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction.

Seek legislative changes to the law prohibiting Medicaid from reimbursing residential treatment at certain facilities with more than 16 beds.

In the meantime, continue approving State Medicaid demonstration projects that waive these barriers to inpatient treatment.

Provide on-demand, evidence-based addiction treatment to service members, veterans and their families eligible for healthcare through the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
Leverage opportunities in the criminal justice system to identify and treat offenders struggling with addiction.

Screen every Federal inmate for opioid addiction at intake.

For those who screen positive and are approved for placement in residential reentry centers, facilitate naltrexone treatment and access to treatment prior to and while at residential reentry centers and facilitate connection to community treatment services as needed.

Scale up support for State, Tribal, and local drug courts in order to provide offenders struggling with addiction access to evidence-based treatment as an alternative to or in conjunction with incarceration, or as a condition of supervised release.

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Starbucks: The New Homeless & Addict Campground?

“I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald.

“I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said Desiree Mollere.

But some customers have other concerns.

“If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green.

“You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying. I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there,” said Joe Selva.

“I’ve definitely done it. So I don’t see a problem with it,” said Nicole McDonald.

“I think it should have always been that way, especially because of the way racism is you know,” said Desiree Mollere.

But some customers have other concerns.

“If you go into a business and you just sit there and you don’t buy anything you are taking up space at the table,” said Melrose Larry Green.

“You could end up having a squatters problem where you just have people coming and staying. I mean if they are going to do that they need to limit how long people can stay in there,” said Joe Selva.

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Microsoft YouthSpark: Helping young people create and capture opportunity

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Helping young people create and capture opportunity

Today’s youth face an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. With more than 75 million unemployed youth around the world, we must work together to close this divide in order to secure the future of our youth, and of our global economy.

In 2012, we announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide, global initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth by 2015. Through 30+ programs and partnerships with more than 350 youth-serving nonprofits, at the close of its second year Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 227 million young people in over 100 countries around the world. Although there is much still to do, we’re inspired by what we’ve seen: young people taking the lead in changing not only their lives but the lives of other around them, making a real impact in their local communities and on the global stage.

Explore this site to see how young people around the world are seizing opportunities to build a better future for themselves and for all of us.
YouthSpark Grants

Microsoft provides cash grants to eligible organizations whose missions and activities support youth development. For more information, see our Nonprofit FAQ.

Microsoft also donates software and services to a broad array of eligible nonprofit organizations. Visit our software donation page for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

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Tony Mestres Named President & CEO of The Seattle Foundation

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Former Microsoft executive will focus on enriching Foundation’s legacy, enhancing community impact

Seattle, Wash. – Former Microsoft executive, nonprofit board leader and philanthropist Tony Mestres is the new president and chief executive officer of The Seattle Foundation, announced Martha Choe, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees. Mestres replaces Norman B. Rice, who is retiring.

“In this ever-evolving philanthropic world, the board sought a leader adept at navigating change and skillful in uniting diverse interests toward a common goal,” said Choe, who is also chief administrative officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Tony has demonstrated these skills in the highly competitive world of global technology and in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. With his wide-ranging capabilities and belief in the power of philanthropy, Tony will both enrich The Seattle Foundation’s legacy and enhance our impact going forward to continue improving our community.”

A 22-year veteran of the technology industry, Mestres was most recently a marketing general manager and sales vice president for Microsoft, managing worldwide partner, sales and marketing execution for the company’s mobile strategy and Windows product line. His philanthropic leadership includes more than 12 years as a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners, a 500-member organization that cultivates effective philanthropists. In addition, Mestres is president emeritus of the board of directors of Kindering, a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs and their families. He has served on Kindering’s board for more than a dozen years.

“Kindering has benefited immensely from Tony’s leadership over the past 12 years,” said Mimi Siegel, Kindering’s executive director. “He thinks big, asks challenging and probing questions, and at the same time, is respectful of the legacy and culture of our organization. His leadership style and skills will result in a stronger Seattle Foundation, making even greater positive impact on our communities.”

The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to foster powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all. In his role as president and CEO, Mestres will provide strategic direction and leadership for the nation’s 20th largest community foundation serving more than 1,200 families, businesses and nonprofit organizations and holding more than $800 million in charitable assets.

“More than a decade of deep involvement in Social Venture Partners and Kindering ignited my interest in the dynamic world of social impact,” said Mestres. “The chance to lead a philanthropic organization with such a rich legacy and abundant opportunity ahead aligned perfectly with my desire to move into a career of greater service and purpose.”

“Tony is a passionate, strategic leader with the skills to redefine The Seattle Foundation’s role in local philanthropy in a fashion that will excite its longstanding partners and attract new philanthropists,” said Paul Shoemaker, chief connector at Social Venture Partners.

A native of New York City, Mestres is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He began his career in telecommunications and joined Microsoft in 1999, progressing through business development and general management roles before being named vice president in 2010.

Mestres was chosen following a rigorous six-month search process chaired by Ann Watson, Foundation trustee and chief financial officer at Moss Adams, a regional assurance, tax and consulting firm based in Seattle. His selection caps a search process facilitated by Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm, which specializes in placing executives at the nation’s largest and most prestigious organizations and who has worked with many of the most impactful nonprofits in the world.

Mestres will begin work at The Seattle Foundation on July 1.

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Recent Violence in Seattle and outlining areas

We have had a recent series of violent gun-related incidents in Seattle over the past few years. However this year, as reported by the Seattle Police Department, there has been more violence involving possible guns.

This week, I have informed various organizations that I personally feel that the local ‘church’ organizations, community activists,etc should have their pastors, hot the streets daily and target youth one on one to end this violence immediately. Not tommorrow, not next week, not next month, today. Right now.

On Thursday a Madrona man named Justin Ferrari was killed, caught in a crossfire while preparing to go on a vacation with his wife. His parents, and children were in the car when he was fatally shot. Mr. Ferrari recently had worked at Seattle based Zillow as Sr. Software Developer.

Then over the weeked more violence was reported with several shootings, as well as a shooting at the Seattle ‘Folklife’ Festival.

And now yet more shootings..

I’m REQUESTING that the Seattle Police Department, local church leaders, as well as youth-violence organization leaders, whose CLAIMS are to end this violence, are on the STREETS, at events, monitor the streets, and ‘enforce and suppress’ any form of violence. I’m concerned it is their and our responsiblility to do just that, to the best of everyone’s ability.

As with Mr. Ferrari, other innocent victims have been hurt and/or killed. There is no need to continue with these shootings and killings.

Even with the DOJ investigating the SPD, who will be monitored as an end result I suspect, if these ‘youths’ are not approached and given better options, sooner or later regardless if the SPD know they are now being monitored, someone(youth) will put themselves in a situation and be shot/killed. This is not going to happen just once, this will happen multiple times.

Lets all get to work and stop this violence..
…because talk,…means nothing.

Ron Williams 310-270-6887

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Seattle Sees Job Growth, But Not in Real Estate Sectors

It’s been a while since we had a look at local job growth data, and now is as good a time as any to take a look at the latest data.

First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors:

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The Great Recession’s toll: Tallying the impact in the Northwest


For most of us, Washington’s economy has never been this bad. Since the mortgage bubble popped we’ve lost more jobs faster, and recovered more slowly, than at any time since the Second World War….

Source: http://www.seattletimes.com