The World Values Network is honored to announce the presence of television personality and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner at their Sixth Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which will be held on March 8th, 2018 at The Plaza in New York City. Having already summited the spheres of athletics and entertainment, Caitlyn became one of the foremost exponents of LGBTQ rights in the world today and has become a cultural icon. Widely considered the most famous openly transgender woman on earth, she is also a sincere supporter of the State of Israel, which has always been a world leader in securing the rights and wellbeing of people of all identities. In a region where discrimination, persecution, and even execution are daily realities for LGBTQ communities and individuals, Israel’s message of liberty and tolerance must be desperately heeded.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said, “Israel is a bastion of global human rights and a great light to the nations. But the Middle East is sadly a cesspit of human rights abuses, especially toward LGBTQ citizens who are routinely murdered, beheaded, and even hung from cranes. Caitlyn Jenner, a great friend of the Jewish people and Israel, is uniquely suited to highlight Israel’s incredible record on human rights and LGBTQ rights and protection to the LGBTQ citizens which is utterly unique and unprecedented in the Middle East. I believe her remarks will have a global impact, especially as we celebrate 70 years of Israel as the Middle East’s only democracy.” For years, Israel’s military has served as a model for transgender soldiers to serve. In 1993, Israel became one of the first countries on earth to protect the rights of transgender soldiers, providing them with the constitutional right to a full and unhindered service. Today, the Jewish State is one of only eighteen nations on earth whose armies allow transgender individuals to serve.The Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, now in its 6th year, celebrates individuals who honor human rights and defend the protections and values of democracies like Israel which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Other honored guests will include Ron Dermer (Israeli Ambassador to the US), Dennis Prager (The Dennis Prager Show), Sean Spicer (Former White House Press Secretary), Dana White (Chief Spokesperson, The Pentagon), Congressman Ron DeSantis, Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel) and Adar Gandelsman (Miss Universe Israel). Past honorees have included Pamela Anderson, Senator Cory Booker, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Pulitzer Prize-winner Brett Stephens, Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich and Senator Ted Cruz.
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Kolkata: The state government on Thursday appointed Subhanjan Das as the District Magistrate (DM) of Alipurduar district. Nikhil Nirmal, who was posted as the DM of the district, was transferred as the Managing Director of West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. Das has been holding the charge of Additional Secretary of the state Health and Family Welfare department.Nirmal, an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, was removed from his position a few days ago, after he was caught on camera thrashing a man inside a police station. The state government on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking permission for transferring Nirmal and as soon as the nod was received, the state effected the transfer. The nod of ECI was necessary as DMs are electoral officers. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA state government notification further informed that Mahua Banerjee will be posted as the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare department until further orders. Banerjee was holding the charge of Commissioner in the state Information & Cultural Affairs department and is the CEO of Nandan. It may be mentioned that Falakata police station at Alipurduar had arrested one Binod Sarkar for making objectionable comments against the wife of Nirmal on her Facebook page. Following his arrest, the DM went to the police station and thrashed Sarkar. His wife Nandini Krishnan was also present during the assault. The video footage of the incident went viral on social media, following which Nirmal was sent on a 10 day leave by the state government. Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the district Chiranjib Ghosh was acting as the DM. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the police have started a fresh case against Sarkar on the basis of a fresh complaint by Krishnan, who had alleged that Sarkar had beaten up one of her close friends.
December 15, 2011 Tech-savvy: Chris Dilla of Bocktown Beer and Grill has embraced Tabbedout.Photos© David JohnsonBocktown Beer and Grill’s patrons have grown accustomed to change. The Pittsburgh full-service restaurant’s signature list of American craft beers rotates on a daily basis, exposing customers to a procession of new brews and guaranteeing Bocktown–and its clientele–doesn’t fall into a rut.”We call ourselves ‘The place where beer meets grill,'” says Chris Dilla, Bocktown’s founder and owner. “Other places don’t seem to have an interest in serving good beer, but we pull it all together. Our beers change every day, so our customers have to be the kind of people who want to explore something new.”Bocktown’s progressive attitude extends beyond its menu. Dilla is the epitome of the tech-savvy entrepreneur, rolling out a mobile-optimized version of the Bocktown website, actively leveraging Facebook, Twitter and foursquare, and even adding a scannable QR bar code to Bocktown’s take-home beer growler label. Now Bocktown is introducing Tabbedout, a mobile payment app that lets consumers open a bar tab, view their bill in real time and pay at their discretion, all via iPhone or Android smartphone.”We can get very busy–we get a lot of corporate guys in here for lunch, and they’re always in a hurry,” Dilla says. “Now when it’s time to go, you can pay up and get out of here whenever you like. You can even pay your tab before you get your food.”Here’s how it works: After downloading the free Tabbedout app, consumers enter their credit card information (stored on the device and secured with 256-bit AES encryption), select “nearby locations” to identify Tabbedout merchant partners and tap the “open a tab” option on arrival. Tabbedout then generates a unique five-digit code that patrons show to their server. The server will see a button matching the code within the bar’s point-of-sale system, connecting the bill directly to the guest’s smartphone. Patrons order as usual, and close out the check via Tabbedout when they’re ready. There’s no more handing off a credit card to waitstaff, or forgetting the card behind the bar.350 merchants in 100 cities are using tabbedout.Austin, Texas-based Tabbedout is the brainchild of co-founder and CEO Rick Orr, who previously co-founded WholeSecurity, a security software firm acquired by Symantec in 2005. The idea behind the app first came to Orr eight years ago while he waited 55 excruciating minutes to close out a restaurant bill. But it wasn’t until smartphones entered the mainstream that he translated his irritation into innovation. “Like today’s physical wallet, your phone is always on your person,” Orr says.But Tabbedout doesn’t only benefit harried patrons–according to Orr, the solution reduces friction for merchants and their staffers as well, because it eliminates time-consuming payment-processing chores and frees them up to focus on other tasks. “It takes four times longer to close a tab than it does to pour a drink,” Orr says. “We help you serve more drinks and clear more tables during peak hours.”Orr designed Tabbedout to integrate seamlessly and painlessly with existing POS technologies, requiring no additional hardware or new financial accounts. (The installation process requires about 20 minutes in all.) Because the app submits all payment information to the POS upfront, merchants are protected from dine-and-dash schemes, dead phone batteries and other potential wrinkles, and they can manually close a tab within the POS at any time. Tabbedout guarantees servers and bartenders a default tip amount (determined by the venue management) and offers patrons social media sharing, e-mail receipts and even a click-to-call option for local taxi companies in the event happy hour extends into the wee small hours.As of fall 2011, about 350 merchants in 100 U.S. cities had added Tabbedout to their menu. Costs vary from business to business, based on venue size, location and contract terms. Orr plans to expand the service in the months ahead, adding geo-targeted offers, loyalty programs and other mobile marketing efforts. “Tabbedout allows merchants to interact with their consumers in a more meaningful way,” he says. “Mobile payments are just a start.”Dilla raises her glass to Tabbedout. “The servers love it,” she says. “One of my servers said to me, ‘It’s great–now I don’t have to deal with paperwork, and I can spend more time engaging with the customers.’ There’s a lot of attractiveness to this method. And everybody’s already on their phones anyway. It’s just the way the world’s going.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the December 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now »