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    A female JP Morgan Chase financial advisor is suing the banking giant because it allegedly allowed male staff to steal her clients and excluded her from key meetings. Gwendolyn Campbell, 53, said in a lawsuit filed Friday with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing that America's biggest bank has discriminated against her because she is a woman, CBS reported.  Campbell's $1.1 billion New York-based financial advising group was recruited from Merrill Lynch in 2020. At the time, the veteran financial advisor with more than 30 years of experience cited JPMorgan's leadership in wealth management and unique career opportunities as reasons for joining the company. Her lawyers, Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin, argued in the court filing that Campbell told her employer she was an immunocompromised single mother of two children with disabilities. The suit alleges that JPMorgan agreed to provide accommodations and later took advantage of 'her vulnerable position,' harming her career irreparably as a result.  'J.P Morgan has thanked Campbell by trying to steal her clients pursuant to a well-known ''playbook,'' casting her aside,' the complaint reads.  Campbell's lawyers claimed that...
    (CNN)The last of three meetings aimed at ratcheting down tensions with Moscow over its potential invasion of Ukraine ended without a clear breakthrough, leaving prospects for future diplomacy and de-escalation in doubt as Russian officials warned they could soon turn to military options.Thursday's meeting in Vienna at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) capped a week of intensive engagements that the United States and its NATO allies hoped could spur Russia to pursue a path of "de-escalation and diplomacy" rather than mobilizing the tens of thousands of Russian troops whose presence has swelled along Ukraine's borders.However, in the wake of the meetings, Russian officials reacted with frustration and impatience, suggesting they were poised to abandon discussions over the US and NATO's refusal to entertain Moscow's key demands: guarantees that Ukraine will never be permitted to join NATO and that the alliance roll back its expansion in Eastern Europe. The US and its NATO allies have repeatedly said such proposals from Moscow are non-starters."The jury's out on which path Vladimir Putin is going to choose," said Secretary of...
    (CNN)US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed Wednesday that Russia must de-escalate tensions on the border with Ukraine in order for upcoming diplomatic meetings to succeed, saying "it's very hard to make actual progress in any of these areas in an atmosphere of escalation and threat, with a gun pointed at Ukraine's head."The top US diplomat said the path of "diplomacy and de-escalation" was one of two the US and international community has laid out for Moscow ahead of a series of meetings aimed at defusing a potential crisis as Russia amasses troops on the border with Ukraine.The other path was that "of deterrence, including the serious costs, the massive consequences it would incur if it renews its aggression against Ukraine," Blinken said.Blinken made the comments days before a US delegation sits down with Russian representatives in Geneva, the first of three engagements with Russia next week. He said it was "important that we begin these conversations," but "if they're going to bear fruit, if they're going to show real progress, that will require de-escalation."Read More"The real question is whether...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a display of unity, the Biden administration and its European allies are beginning a series of meetings aimed at showing Russia that an invasion of Ukraine would be met with a forceful response. Using virtually identical language, the U.S. and its European allies have several times in the past month issued joint and individual messages advising Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country will face “massive consequences” and “severe costs” if he goes ahead with further military intervention in Ukraine. Yet the severity of the response hinges largely on Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and a diplomatic heavyweight within the 27-nation European Union. Potential actions — be they economic, diplomatic or political — will top the agenda in talks in Washington on Wednesday between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and new German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. The Blinken-Baerbock meeting will follow a telephone call last week between President Joe Biden and Putin, a conversation Sunday between Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and a group discussion Tuesday among Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan and his...
    SACRAMENTO —  On the day California’s independent redistricting commission approved and released to the public long-awaited draft political maps, one of the panel’s 14 members was missing for the bulk of the key meeting. Commissioners spent seven hours on Nov. 10 reworking draft legislative, congressional and board of equalization lines that, once finalized, will be used for the next decade. Antonio Le Mons, a No Party Preference commissioner from Studio City who now has a Rancho Mirage address, logged on late and didn’t participate in the process, video recordings and transcripts show. But before voting to approve the draft lines, he congratulated his fellow commissioners for the accomplishment. “I’m very proud to have been a part of this process with my fellow commissioners,” he said. “This has been quite a journey in the heart of a pandemic, and I think we should all feel very good.” This wasn’t the first time Le Mons logged on late or missed a meeting before important deadlines. The commission has marked Le Mons absent for roll call in 16 of 44 hearings since October,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A week after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief resigned in the wake of making sexist comments, another male octogenarian leader in Japan has attracted ire by spouting misogynistic remarks.Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the country's leading Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), on Tuesday proposed that women lawmakers should be able to observe the party's key meetings -- but not speak in them.The 82-year-old's plan to allow five female lawmakers to observe the party's main gatherings was a response to criticism that the LDP's board is dominated by men, according to Reuters. On February 15, Tomomi Inada, who was Japan's second female defense minister, had written to Nikai with suggestions on how to promote women within the party and ensure they were more involved in policy making.Two of the party's 12-member board are women, while only three of its 25-member general council are female.Nikai said it was important for the women to "fully understand what kind of political discussions are happening" at the directors' meeting and the general council. "It's about letting them take a look," he added, at a...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - After a sexism row sparked by Tokyo Olympics chief's saying women talked too much at meetings, Japan's ruling party wants women at key meetings - but only if they don't talk. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed a new plan that allows five female lawmakers to join the party's key meetings as observers. Toshihiro Nikai, the party's 82-year-old secretary general, said on Tuesday that he heard criticism that the party's board is male-dominated, but added that the board members are elected. But it is important for the party's female members to "look" at the party's decision-making process, he said. "It is important to fully understand what kind of discussions are happening. Take a look, is what it is about," Nikai said at a news conference late on Tuesday. Those female observers can't speak during the meetings, but can submit opinions separately to the secretariat office, the daily newspaper Nikkei reported. Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee, resigned last week after derogatory comments about women speaking too much at meetings and making...
            by Kyle Hooten  Minneapolis City Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham once claimed that “community engagement” is key to defunding the police. Now, Cunningham has canceled his “Community Office Hours” after facing backlash due to the council’s efforts to defund law enforcement. Cunningham has served on the council since 2017, when he became the second female-to-male transgender person elected to public office in the U.S. Cunningham also took a key role in the push to amend the City Charter to defund the police in June, and presently heads up the continued action towards this goal. One week ago, Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder unveiled a new plan to neuter the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The trio introduced a measure called the “Transforming Public Safety Charter Amendment” that would eliminate the MPD as a standalone department. The new amendment seeks to alter the City Charter to nix the requirement that the city provide funding for a minimum number of MPD officers, according to Minnesota Public Radio. It would then replace the police department with a so-called “Department of Public Safety.” The amendment,...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the nation's COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. A review by The Associated Press finds that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize limited doses have held closed meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, the meetings have been open to the public, the AP found. But even in those states, governors and health departments can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation. In several others, governors and their staffs make decisions without formal advisory bodies to guide them. The lack of transparency raises the risk that some decisions will be grounded in politics rather than public health and that well-connected industries could receive special treatment while the concerns of marginalized groups are ignored. “You don’t want to have...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A panel of experts that will help decide which groups get the coronavirus vaccine first in Iowa has been holding closed meetings, circumventing the state open meetings law. The Iowa Department of Public Health convened the Infectious Disease Advisory Council this month to develop recommendations on how to use the vaccine when supplies are limited in the coming weeks and months. In particular, the 25-member panel will recommend which groups of health care workers, essential workers and people at risk for severe COVID-19 illness should be considered higher priorities than others. The panel has met twice this month without giving prior notice to the public, publishing an agenda or allowing the public to participate as required by the Iowa Open Meetings Act. The act states that advisory committees formed by the governor or Legislature to develop and make recommendations on public policy are required to follow those steps. So are those that are created by “executive order of this state” or one of its political subdivisions. The Iowa Department...
    Chiefs, 49ers, Saints, Ravens. All powerhouses last season. All in excellent position to be so again if the NFL actually gets to play during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone who believes continuity isn’t an essential part of pro football success will need to re-examine that philosophy. As NFL teams finally get together after an offseason of virtual, well, everything, the rosters featuring stability, and coaching staffs remaining intact, will provide a huge advantage. No one is crowning any of those four teams Super Bowl champion just yet. But there can be no argument that the continuity of roster and staff in Kansas City, San Francisco, New Orleans and Baltimore — all division winners with a combined record of 52-12 — gives them a huge edge heading into the 2020 schedule, whenever it gets rolling. “We’re definitely ready to hit the ground running,” Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said during the offseason. “John (Harbaugh) has done a great job with the schedule and us doing everything from home, and meetings haven’t changed. We were talking the other day as a defensive...
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