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Six Defendants Sentenced in $4.7 Million Check Cashing and Identity Theft Scheme

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Six defendants have been sentenced to prison terms for their participation in a $4.7 million check cashing and identity theft scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

Stanley Presendieu, 33, of Lake Worth, Latasha Pharr, 29, of Davie, Scarlee Valias Jean, 25, of Smyrna, Georgia, Brian Deronceler, 32, of West Palm Beach, and Jason Miles, 34, of Plantation, were indicted in case number 15-20032-CR-GAYLES and charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344, and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. Husein Habib, 58, of Parkland, was charged by information in case number 15-20238-CR-GAYLES. Habib, Presendieu, Valias Jean, and Miles pled guilty to bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Following a jury trial, Deronceler and Pharr were convicted of all counts charged in the indictment.

On various dates, beginning on October 7, 2015, the defendants were sentenced for their participation in the fraudulent check cashing and identity theft scheme. Presendieu was sentenced to 212 months’ incarceration; Pharr was sentenced to 259 months’ incarceration; Valias Jean was sentenced to 51 months’ incarceration; Deronceler was sentenced to 183 months’ incarceration; Miles was sentenced to 145 months’ incarceration; and Habib was sentenced to 72 months’ incarceration.

According to the court record, Presendieu, Pharr, Jean, Deronceler and Miles used stolen personal identification information to make fraudulent claims on falsified tax returns. As a result of the unauthorized claims, the defendants fraudulently procured and cashed tax refund checks. The defendants also obtained stolen United States Treasury checks that had been issued for tax refunds, veterans’ benefits, and disability payments. Between March 2010 and late 2014, each of the defendants brought the illegally acquired checks and counterfeited identification documents to an accomplice, Habib, who operated a Boca Raton Kwik Stop convenience store that offered illicit check cashing services.

Evidence introduced at trial included undercover recordings of the conspirators presenting stolen and fraudulent checks, discussing the selection of identities they would use for the counterfeit identification cards and examining the quality of the falsified documentation that they produced for use in the check cashing scheme. The defendants and other individuals would use the stolen identities of victims throughout South Florida, including individuals in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties along with others residing outside of the Southern District of Florida, and impersonate the taxpayers on fraudulent tax returns. The offenders would then have the refunds sent to an unauthorized address or transmitted to their illicit tax preparation companies. On other occasions, the conspirators arranged to cash the refunds and other benefit checks that were stolen from the U.S. mail. As a result of the fraudulent scheme, in excess of $4.7 million in stolen and fraudulent checks were cashed through the Boca Raton convenience store. Disabled individuals and other victims were deprived of much needed funds, college financial aid benefits were compromised, and one individual was temporarily forced to relocate to a homeless shelter.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rochlin.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 03, 2015
  • Southern District of Florida (305) 961-9001

AARP Launches Accountability Effort for Presidential Candidates

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Voters Expect Those Running for President to ‘Take a Stand’ on the Future of Social Security

Washington, DC– AARP launched their 2016 election accountability campaign called Take a Stand, which demands on behalf of all voters that Presidential candidates take a stand on their plans to update Social Security. AARP expects every presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound so current and future generations can receive the adequate benefits they’ve earned.

“Our members and voters of all ages believe that having a plan to ensure Social Security is strong for future generations is a true test of Presidential leadership,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “We will work to ensure that voters know which candidates have a real plan for updating Social Security and which don’t.”

The effort, beginning in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, will expand as the election season moves forward. All plans put forward by candidates will be posted on the Take a Stand website, www.2016takeastand.org.

Additionally, the effort will hold candidates accountable for laying out their Social Security plans as AARP informs voters of all candidate plans through advertising, social media, grassroots outreach and our publications, which reach 22 million households.

“We intend to demand that candidates discuss their plans in front of the voters through the course of the entire campaign,” added AARP Senior Vice President John Hishta. “When it comes to a Social Security plan, candidates can no longer just pay lip service to voters they’re trying to court.”

Below is one of many advertisements voters may soon see:

So far eleven Democratic and Republican candidates have proposed plans and seven have not yet proposed any specific plans. The nonpartisan AARP does not support or oppose any political candidates, nor contribute any money to political action committees, campaigns or super PACs.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at 84th Interpol General Assembly

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:

Thank you, President [Mireille] Ballestrazzi, for that kind introduction – and for your tireless work to foster greater cooperation among the world’s law enforcement agencies.  Thank you also to Secretary General [Jürgen] Stock for your leadership at Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and your dedication to justice.  My thanks as well to my colleagues from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security who have committed so much to this organization, including Alan Bersin, Jolene Lauria [Sullens] and our National Central Bureau.  And thank you to everyone who is here with us today – distinguished leaders, passionate citizens and committed partners in the work that is our common cause.  It is an honor to address this eminent assembly and a privilege to be able to return to Rwanda – a country of unsurpassed beauty and tremendous resilience.

I first came to Rwanda 10 years ago to conduct a witness tampering investigation for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  As you can imagine, the stories I heard were heart-rending.  How does one comfort a woman who describes surviving a churchyard massacre by hiding under a pile of dead bodies and who went to the priest the next day for sanctuary, only to be turned away?  How does one promise justice to another woman who still bears the scars of the machete in her skull and who collapses in tears as she recounts how she was betrayed to the Interahamwe by someone who promised to smuggle her to safety?  These and other witnesses shared their stories with me with a faith that, first and foremost, justice could be achieved and that others would be helped if they shared their pain.

Serving that tribunal brought me face to face with what can happen both to a country and to the soul of its people when the rule of law collapses and justice cannot be found.  But it also reminded me of the fundamental human rights that our community of nations must defend and protect.  It reaffirmed my unwavering belief that upholding the rule of law is a government’s foremost responsibility – a responsibility that must be stronger than the desire for expedience, power or vengeance.  Individuals in every nation have the right to a government that prizes their citizens’ self-determination over its own desire for influence and power, and the right to expect that no organization or individual is above the law.  That is what the tribunal signified.  And through the indictment of 93 perpetrators and the uncovering of buried truths, it demonstrated what the family of nations can accomplish when we find the moral resolve and the political will to work together.

It is that same commitment to collaboration and that same understanding of universal rights that fuels this important organization today.  With 190 member countries and an unshakeable devotion to the rule of law, Interpol stands as an invaluable conduit for mutual assistance between law enforcement agencies across the world and a critical facilitator for international cooperation in matters of security, opportunity and human rights.  You are ensuring secure global police information systems; providing round-the-clock support and operational assistance; driving innovation and fueling improvement; and expanding international capabilities to identify crimes and pursue wrongdoers.  In all of your efforts, you are focused on working collaboratively to enhance the foundations and infrastructure essential to the work we share.

That work involves action against some of the most important and complex challenges of our time.  You provide a network to coordinate counterterrorism aid and a partnership to help combat the threat of foreign terrorist fighters – a resource that is invaluable as we seek to stem illicit travel by individuals moving to and from conflict zones in Syria and Afghanistan.  You join nations with one another in protecting cyber-security, helping to deprive cyber criminals of their mistaken sense of impunity and ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable – an effort that becomes more important every day.  You assemble information on common challenges and best practices of law enforcement, helping nations to learn from one another and strengthen our procedures.  In fact, the Interpol office in the United States has begun to offer Interpol members access to files in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, starting with data on wanted persons, firearms and stolen vehicles, in order to assist police organizations worldwide.  And you are working to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our society by partnering with law enforcement agencies at all levels to exchange intelligence on human trafficking and to support action against those who exploit human beings for financial gain.

This last issue – a crime that is nothing less than modern-day slavery – is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General of the United States and one of our foremost challenges as an international community.  Because human trafficking is a largely hidden crime, it is difficult to precisely estimate how many millions of women, men and children are its victims.  But we do know that it occurs in countries all over the world, including the United States.  It is a crime that can take many forms – from forced physical labor to forced sex to child soldiers – and whose victims range from domestic workers to schoolchildren, to farmworkers, to countless others.  And with its ties to organized crime, its preying on flows of migrants and its complex financing schemes, human trafficking is a truly global problem that demands a truly global response.

Fifteen years ago, a framework for that united effort was created by two documents: the U.N. Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons and the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act, or TVPA.  Together, these instruments acknowledged psychological coercion as a common factor in involuntary servitude; recognized the effectiveness of holistic approaches involving protection, prosecution and prevention; and articulated the need for international collaboration in alleviating this heinous crime.

In the new era of resolve ushered in by the TVPA and the Palermo Protocol, Interpol has been at the forefront of the global crusade against human trafficking.  Whether developing tools and systems to help the global law enforcement community share intelligence, or partnering with bodies like the Organization of American States to pool resources and exchange best practices, or conducting operations like the one last June in the Ivory Coast that led to the arrest of 25 suspects and the rescue of more than 75 children, Interpol has helped dismantle trafficking networks, shut down illegal labor operations, apprehend smugglers and kidnappers and care for survivors.

Through efforts like these, the international community has come a long way in the last 15 years.  But the fact that millions of individuals remain in forced labor reminds us of how far we still have to go.  In addition to the persistent scope of the problem, new challenges are emerging – particularly the rise of the Internet as a forum for traffickers and criminal gangs’ reliance on child sex trafficking as a revenue stream.  As we seek to develop innovative, comprehensive and nimble responses to these evolving threats, we must find ways to work even more closely together in order to end this affront to our values and stop this crime against humanity.

I am proud to say that the United States is deeply engaged in combating this devastating threat.  Under my predecessor, Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Department of Justice joined the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security in launching the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative to create specialized units of attorneys and agents from across the federal government, enabling us to more effectively identify, apprehend and prosecute human traffickers and those who offer them material support.  I was proud to announce earlier this year that we would be expanding that initiative into new cities to bring to bear the full weight of our law enforcement capabilities and investigative expertise.  Just last month, in close conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies, the FBI conducted its ninth annual “Operation: Cross Country” initiative against those who traffic in children for sexual exploitation, resulting in the arrest of hundreds of sex traffickers.  And through the department’s Enhanced Collaborative Model Program, we have been able to give municipalities throughout the United States tens of millions of dollars in grant funding to bring together law enforcement and victim services providers to not only ensure that traffickers are brought to justice, but to fully address the issues faced by survivors in a holistic, comprehensive and victim-centered environment.

These are important steps forward and I hope that in the months and years ahead, we will continue to join together to build on our achievements, in our own nations and around the world.  That work will not be easy, but it is deeply necessary.  This country – through its history – and this organization – through its design – understand the importance of making progress, one individual at a time, as difficult as it may be.  Every trafficker brought to justice represents a victory against inhumanity and a safer world for all nations.  Every survivor pulled from the clutches of a trafficking organization is a human life with a new opportunity to imagine his or her own destiny.  And every achievement we make together is a validation of our common mission to protect the rule of law.

When I shared my experiences at the tribunal with friends some years ago, one told me that the images painted by my words made him despair of the human race.  Surely, such evil condemned mankind to a life that was indeed “nasty, brutish and short.”  But I was not discouraged and I was compelled to explore why not in order to answer him.  And it is because, when we are confronted with the admittedly irrefutable evidence of man’s inhumanity to man, be it the betrayal of genocide or the scourge of human trafficking, the destructive impetus of terrorism or the corruption of cyberspace, we turn to the law.  Not because the law is perfect, but because it is the instrument through which we forge justice: fairly, impartially and transparently, even in the face of horrific crimes.  It is how we ensure that no one receives preferential treatment and that all receive equal protection.  It is how we honor the memories of the fallen and assure survivors they are not alone.  It is how we punish those responsible for unspeakable crimes and how we ensure the innocent are not falsely accused or wrongly convicted.  And it is ultimately how we create a better future – not only for the powerful, but for every citizen in our own nations and around the world.

As we gather here today, let us resolve to remember our part in that effort.  Let us pledge to stand together in that fight.  And let us continue, every day, to pursue our mission of a safer world, to advance our vision of a more just society and to hold close our hope of a brighter future for all.

Source: Office of Attorney General

NAACP Begins Planning 107th Annual Convention

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BALTIMORE, MD – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has begun the planning process for its 107th Annual Convention which will be held in Cincinnati, July 16th – 20th, 2016.

The NAACP Convention Planning Committee will be holding a planning retreat in Cincinnati, November 5th – 7th to begin the planning and preparations.  In announcing the planning retreat, Leon W. Russell, chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and vice chairman of the NAACP, also announced that Dan Lincoln and Jason Dunn of Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will serve as local host coordinators for the convention.

“The NAACP will work closely with Lincoln and Dunn to create a blue ribbon host committee to provide leadership locally and logistically for the planning effort,” said Russell.  “This committee will also be responsible for identifying and insuring local participation in all facets of the convention efforts.  As planning moves ahead, we will look to this local group to assist in the reorganizing effort to insure a viable and successful local NAACP unit.  We recognize that we have challenges here, but we are committed to having a successful convention and leaving this city with a viable, stable and fully engaged Cincinnati branch.”

“A hallmark of the Cincinnati USA community is the strong partnerships among our corporations, city and county government, and civic organizations,” said CVB President & CEO Dan Lincoln. “Cincinnati’s collaborative attitude creates an ideal atmosphere for the thought-provoking dialogue surrounding important national issues that will be part of the 2016 NAACP Annual Convention.”

Cincinnati has served as host for the 2008 Annual Convention which brought more than 10,000 NAACP members, delegates and speakers for the five-day conference, including then-Senator and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. In 2016, presidential candidates – as well as other national political, civic, religious and business leaders – are expected to attend.  Key topics of discussion are expected to include voter registration, voter education, and Get Out the Vote with a focus on efforts to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.

“Our team has worked closely with the NAACP planning committee throughout the bid process and last November’s site visit,” said Jason Dunn, CVB Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development. “The CVB has a proven track record of success in booking and hosting high-profile multicultural meetings, and we will apply this expertise to make the 2016 Annual Convention one of the most successful ever for the NAACP.”

“The NAACP Annual Convention is perhaps is the most significant event in the NAACP’s yearly calendar,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the National Board of Directors.  “There is much work to be done to plan for this Convention, but the Association and Cincinnati USA are up to the task of giving this year’s event the dedication, effort, and diligence that our members and the community expect and deserve.”

“This year’s presidential election comes amid an organized campaign to limit access to the ballot in the South as well as in pivotal swing states like Ohio,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. “The NAACP Annuall Convention will give our members and units an opportunity to gather our strength and the tools necessary to fight back against efforts to suppress the vote and ensure that the people will be heard strongly and clearly on Election Day.”

The NAACP looks forward to working with Cincinnati USA to help plan a successful annual convention, the results of which can be felt in every community served by an NAACP unit.

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield’s Statement on the Death of Former CBC Member Augustus “Gus” Savage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement on the passing of former CBC Member Augustus “Gus” Savage

“Members of the CBC were saddened to hear of the passing of former Representative Augustus “Gus” Savage, who represented the Second Congressional District of Illinois from 1981 until 1993.  During his six terms in Congress, Rep. Savage was an advocate for some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens and was vocal on critical issues impacting African Americans and minorities throughout Chicago, a city which he loved.  The CBC offers our thoughts and prayers to his family during this very difficult time.”

Former U.S. Congressman Gus Savage, 90, died in his sleep early Saturday, October 31, 2015, at his son’s Olympia Fields home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1257 W. 111th St., in Chicago, at 11 a.m.

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $300,000 to Support the National Urban League’s New Entrepreneurship Center Program in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, MD – The National Urban League, already set to attract  $4.2 million in economic impact to the city of Baltimore with the National Urban League 2016 Conference, announced the creation of a Greater Baltimore Urban League Entrepreneurship Center  that will generate at dozens of jobs and generate millions of dollars in contracting and bonding opportunities.

“Entrepreneurship is one of the most fundamental elements of economic self-sufficiency,” Morial said. “Particularly in communities of color, small businesses have always played a critical role as job creators and wealth generators.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $300,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration grant for the development of a new Entrepreneurship Center. The program will train and advise small-business owners and entrepreneurs who were affected financially by the recent unrest.

“The enthusiasm, initiative and drive that motivates entrepreneurs are the fuel for driving Baltimore’s economic growth,” Greater Baltimore Urban League President and CEO J. Howard Henderson. “We need to do everything we can to support their innovation and ambition, as the jobs they create and economic activity they generate leads to more stable and resilient communities,”.

Rebuilding and strengthening Baltimore’s economy not only will help create family-sustaining jobs, but rebound, but it will provide new opportunities that will ultimately make it stronger and more resilient in the future. I applaud the Urban League for its efforts to support local businesses and build a brighter future for the people of Baltimore.”

The grant is the second major economic development boon to be announced since Baltimore was selected August for the 2016 Conference, expected to attract 13,000 attendees and fill 6,000 hotel rooms.

Baltimore is the 13th Urban League affiliate to launch the Entrepreneurship Center Program, Morial said. The others are in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Jacksonville, FL, Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, New Orleans, LA, Philadelphia, PA, Houston, TX, Washington DC and Las Vegas, NV.

“Last year, our Entrepreneurship Centers served nearly 11,000 business owners, helping to create or save more than 1,170 jobs and procure $73,765,728 in new contracts and financing,” Morial said. “We look forward to a similar success here in Baltimore.”

The Countdown Begins for the Florida Blue Florida Classic Rivalry Between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University

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The nation’s largest HBCU rivalry between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats returns for the 36th year on November 21 in Orlando.
Florida Classic 2015

Orlando, FL (BlackNews.com) — In less than 20 days, tens of thousands of fans both near and far will descend upon the City of Orlando for the big game with a big impact supporting educational opportunities and having an annual economic impact of about $30 million for the Central Florida region.

Billed as the nation’s largest HBCU sports event, the Florida Blue Florida Classic annual matchup played between in-state rivals, the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats returns on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. FAMU and B-CU will meet for the 70th time and the 36th in the Florida Classic.

“The Florida Blue Florida Classic is always exciting for both universities because of the funds it raises for our scholarship programs and the significant impact it adds to the Central Florida economy, shares Milton Overton, FAMU Athletic Director. Its more than just a game and is part of our multi-layered approach to partner with the community.

In addition to the football game, the weekend lineup of events also emphasizes community partnership. The Career Expo and Job Fair presented on Friday, November 20 at the Amway Center is a collaboration with Orlando Jobs to connect job seekers with employers hiring for over 4,000 jobs across various sectors. Among the recruiting list of companies includes the City of Orlando, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Visit Orlando, Verizon, Florida Virtual School, Marriott International, Region’s Bank, Orlando Health, and more. Also on the same day is the Florida Consortium Kickoff Luncheon presented by Florida Blue and brings together community partners, supporters, and local organizations. Other events include the Florida Blue Battle of the Bands on Friday night, a pre-game FanFare with activities for the entire family, and the McDonalds Halftime Show featuring the Marching 100 and the Marching Wildcats.

We continue to enhance the game experience to drive value for our fans and to create greater impact for the community each year, shares Lynn Thompson, B-CU Athletic Director. Last years game was the first played at the newly renovated Orlando Citrus Bowl, which enhanced the game experience for fans. This years game is significant because both teams are playing under the leadership of two new head coaches Coach Alex Wood with the Rattlers and Coach Terry Sims with the Wildcats.

The Florida Blue Florida Classic is a game of tradition with a long storied history dating back to the first Classic played in 1978. Since then, more than 1,500,000 fans have attended the game. In addition to the economic impact the game has on its host city, Orlando, proceeds continue to support educational opportunities at both universities.
Last years game was the first played in the new Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and featured a better fan experience with larger, more comfortable seats with chair backs, an additional six inches of legroom in the lower bowl, multiple club suites and lounges, better concessions, new team facilities, and video displays on each upper deck.
Tickets are still on sale and available for purchase starting at $15 at Ticketmaster or at www.FloridaClassic.org.

Bread for the World Applauds President Obama’s Call to ‘Ban the Box’

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 Washington, D.C. – Bread for the World applauds President Obama’s decision to prohibit federal agencies from asking prospective government employees at the start of the hiring process about their criminal histories on job applications. Often called “ban the box,” the process refers to the checkbox on employment applications asking if the individual has ever been convicted of a crime.

“We thank President Obama for taking action to reduce the barriers to employment people face when returning from prison,” said Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread for the World. “When people can’t work, they can’t eat. Right now, too many people aren’t hired because of a past criminal record. The president’s action is a major step that will improve people’s ability to access employment and put food on the table.”

Bread for the World believes that reforming our country’s mass incarceration policies and practices is crucial to ending hunger and poverty. Individuals leaving prison or with a criminal record are much more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, partly because of the huge obstacles they encounter in finding work.

“This is one of many steps our elected leaders can take in reforming our criminal justice policies that will help alleviate hunger for people across this country,” Mitchell said. “But there is much more work to do.”

For example, Congress is currently considering the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123). The bipartisan bill reduces mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, includes prison reforms, promotes programming for individuals currently incarcerated, and gives judges more flexibility when handing down sentences.

“While this bill won’t solve all the problems with our current criminal justice system, it represents a critical first step,” Mitchell added. “Reforming our criminal justice system is essential to alleviating hunger and poverty in our country.”

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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Author Peter Jones Releases New Book, “Out Of The Crutches Of Poverty”

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Helps readers of all professions attain their goal in life
Out of the Crutches of Poverty By Peter Jones

Las Vegas, NV (BlackNews.com) — Author Peter Jones from Demopolis, Alabama has worked his way from the bottom to the top of his career despite coming from humble beginnings. This experience has inspired him to write Out of the Crutches of Poverty: Climbing Up the Ladder to Success (published by Xlibris), a book solely created to help other people achieve their true potential.

Out of the Crutches of Poverty is a book specifically written to help people climb up the ladder to success and to succeed against the odds. By following the steps outlined in the book, a person can take this information and brand themselves in their workforce and become a productive citizen no matter what stage of life they are in. The formula Jones uses throughout the book is a catalyst to help anyone get a jump start at any point in their career.

It also shows that society today suffers from an unstable work force made up of many people from different professions. This book will help the person just beginning out in life to the advanced career professional. It is an excellent resource in a bad economy and a good economy because it is career oriented and focuses on becoming indispensable.

Book Details:
Out of the Crutches of Poverty
By Peter Jones
Hardcover ISBN 9781514403495
Softcover ISBN 9781514403488
E-Book ISBN 9781514403471
Available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble



About The Author:
Peter Jones is a retired career technical educator for the State of California, department of corrections. He is a licensed real estate broker in California and Georgia. He is the CEO of PK&G Group LLC a real estate consulting firm. He also holds a teaching credential to teach real estate in any public school or college in the State of California. He received his teaching credential from UCLA under the Ryan Designated Subjects Vocational Education Teaching Credential Program.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Peter Jones

Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness

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November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – While the winter of 2015-16 is expected to be milder thanks to the effects of El Nino, its unlikely Illinois will completely avoid the cold temperatures, snow and ice that define Midwestern winters.

To help people prepare for potentially dangerous winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November.

“There hasn’t been a winter in Illinois without at least one winter storm in the past century,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Right now, before that first snowstorm or ice event, is the perfect time to prepare yourself, your home and your car for winter.”

Joseph said that includes checking and restocking vehicle emergency supply kits, which should include items such as:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Non-perishable snack food

  • Water

  • Sand or cat litter

  • Shovel

  • Booster cables

  • Cell phone charger

    “Despite winter outlooks indicating mild and less snowy conditions in Illinois this coming winter don’t let your guard down,” said Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS office in Lincoln. “We can still expect cold temperatures, snow and ice, which will impact travelers. In fact, minor accumulations of snow or ice can be just as dangerous for drivers as major winter storms, so they need to adjust their driving accordingly.”

IEMA, the NWS and the American Red Cross developed a winter weather preparedness guide that covers winter weather terms and tips for staying safe at home, in the car and at school. The guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Winter weather preparedness tips also will be posted on the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages.

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