Related ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Host Chris Harrison is speaking out after production of Bachelor in Paradise was suspended amid allegations of misconduct, saying the cast and crew’s well-being was behind the decision.“The safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” Harrison said an exclusive statement to Good Morning America today. “Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there I don’t find that to be possible anymore.”There had been reports of the “misconduct” had to do with an alcohol-fueled romp between two of the contestants, but Harrison wouldn’t elaborate.He offered only that Warner Bros., the production company behind the spin-off series, is, “handling all the details of that investigation…once that’s done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here,” the statement reads.Harrison asked viewers to “be patient” until the investigation is complete and apologized to “cast, crew, and our loyal fans” for the delay.“I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can…It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”Filming for the fourth season began recently in Mexico.Several women from the last season of The Bachelor were among the female contestants, including Raven Gates, Corinne Olympios, Alexis Waters and Jasmine Goode. DeMario Jackson, who was recently eliminated on the current season of The Bachelorette, was revealed to be one of the men on the show.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
McGhee, who has 20 caps for Scotland’s under 21 national side, has now signed for the Bairns on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year.The defender said: “I am delighted to be here. This is a really big club with good ambitions to get back into the top flight. It’s where it belongs and I really hope to be able to help it get there.”His move further bolsters a new-look Falkirk back line which will also feature former Partick and Kilmarnock defender Conrad Balatoni, who joined on a one-year deal earlier this week.Manager Peter Houston said: “Jordan is a player of real quality but also one with massive potential still to fulfil in the game. Hearts defender Jordan McGhee has joined Falkirk on an initial one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Middlesborough but failed to make a single first-team appearance.Boro decided against taking up the option of making McGhee’s move to Tyneside permanent after their relegation to the English Championship.The centre-half returned to Tynecastle this summer but is surplus to requirements following the summer addition of Scotland international Christophe Berra. “He is a player who is highly recommended by a number of people and at the age of just 21 will be a real asset to this club.“I have said all along that I was looking to strengthen with two more players and both Jordan and Conrad Balatoni who we signed yesterday were my key targets.”He added: “I am really pleased to have them both on board as I feel that we needed to add in these areas and both with all strength to our defensive options.“Both Conrad and Jordan trained with the team this morning and already you can see they are settling in well to the group.”
Share The Town of East Hampton is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over a permit the agency issued in March that allows the operators of a sand mine to excavate into and far below ground water levels.If the owner is allowed to mine sand and gravel, as has been laid out in the DEC permit, a 110-foot deep, sharply sloped artificial lake covering more than six acres of ground would eventually be created. It is located east of Middle Highway, a little over 300 yards north of Oakview Highway, in East Hampton.The permit was issued despite the fact that the mine is in an area zoned residential, and “is in a designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Environmental Area,” a press release from the town states.The mine, owned by a limited liability corporation named Sand Highway, which is run by Patrick Bistrian Jr.Town officials are questioning the timing of the issuance of the permit, coming as it did smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, following over a year of review and the town’s objections. “The dramatic expansion of the mine is particularly troublesome given its proximity to Suffolk County’s sole-source aquifer, the community’s critical drinking water supply. It is also upgradient of well fields for two public water supply wells for the Suffolk County Water Authority.”According to the town, the expansion of the mine “would not only be an environmental cataclysmic intrusion into the water table that serves as a sole source aquifer for the entire South Fork, but it is patently prohibited by the zoning code of the Town of East Hampton.” The mine, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is a pre-existing, non-conforming site. Any expansion of such a site without approval from the town violates the its zoning laws.“We are disappointed that the New York DEC would allow the expansion of this mine in a residential zone and we need to act in order to protect the community’s drinking water supply,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.East Hampton has retained Daniel Ruzow of the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. The town board allocated $40,000 for the court action back in April, though that amount can be revisited, if need be.The suit, which was to be filed at the New York State Civil Supreme Court in Riverhead June 25, charges that the DEC did not follow its own guidelines when it issued the permit. The town is seeking an injunction to prevent any expansion of the mine until the legal issues can be squared firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 14, 2017 5 min read Register Now » Not every high school dropout winds up running a $20 million-plus business, but not every high school dropout is Adam Lyons. After working a series of odd jobs, the tireless and hungry hustler went back to school to study risk management and insurance at Temple University. In 2012, he and his partner Josh Dziabiak used what they learned in school and in life to co-found The Zebra, an auto insurance comparison engine that allows drivers to anonymously compare dozens of insurance companies in real time.Related: SXSW 2017: There’s a Scary Reason You’ll Start Taking Digital Privacy SeriouslyThe business was built by recognizing the problems that over-regulation created in the insurance industry, and finding a solution.This week at SXSW, Lyons sat on a panel with one of The Zebra’s primary investors, Mark Cuban, to discuss government’s role in tech, and more to the point, the government’s role in disrupting the disruptors.Entrepreneur spoke with Lyons about the panel and the steps he took from being a self-described “nobody” to becoming a change-maker in business. (Hint: don’t undervalue the power of a cold email!)How did this panel come about?Mark and I had talked about doing a panel a while back, and it seemed like a pretty timely topic to talk about how government can work with or against innovative companies. And so Zebra being one of his more regulated investments, it made a lot of sense.Related: SXSW 2017 Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Photos Mr. Cuban has not been shy on Twitter about his feelings about the Trump administration. Do you share his outlook? When it comes to business, some of Trump’s ideas and policies are great. I also think that he’s doing a lot of things that aren’t great. I like the talk about how for every regulation that lawmakers want to add, two need to be removed. As a business, it is hard to operate when there is a lot of regulation.Do you wish there was no regulation or is it a balancing act?Of course, you need regulation and some government oversight, but as a business, you don’t want it in extremes. I do believe that often regulators come in with good intent, but their efforts end up hurting things or slowing them down to the point that they have the reverse of the intended effect.What have you seen at SXSW that has blown you away?I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to get to see a lot. But for me, the greatest part of SXSW is all of the people you meet and talk to. I love to hear new ideas and new ways of thinking.Related: Mark Cuban’s 3 ‘Smart Money Moves Everyone Should Make’Can you talk about the importance of making these connections?Having a network is so important. I became at entrepreneur at age 15, dropped out of school, moved out of my house. I did not have a network. I knew nobody. If you are just starting out, you want to talk to everybody you can. You want to get people coffee. You want to focus in on people who you vibe well with. It sounds intuitive, but a lot of people get hung up on Linkedin profiles and resumes. But if you meet someone and you enjoy speaking with them and hanging out with them, that’s the types of person you want to work with. I think sending cold emails are under-utilized. I sent a cold email to Mark Cuban and that’s how he became one of our biggest supporters and investors to date.He must get a thousand emails a day, likely. How did yours stand out?One of the ways I like to approach challenges is to think about the game and my position. A lot of entrepreneurs don’t understand that. I wasn’t trying to close Mark Cuban on that initial email, I was trying to get a response. That was the game. And my position? I’m a nobody. He gets thousands of pitches, so I knew I had to be very succinct and honest and to the point, and we got that response.Related: 10 Quotes From Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and the Rest of the ‘Shark Tank’ CrewHow would you describe your approach to effective problem-solving?The word that comes to mind is empathy. Solving complex problems — whether you are an entrepreneur or a member of government — you need to approach things by trying to understand each other’s views. You can’t just read a headline and jump to a conclusion. You have to take the time to really understand people’s positions.You went from sending Mark Cuban a cold email to siting next to him on a panel at SXSW. Do you ever have a “Wow, how did I get here?” moment?Every day! Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.