Mike Pence Joins Job Creators Network Small Business Call and Celebrates 9.3 Million Jobs Gain

Job Creators network, one of the country’s largest pro-jobs organizations, hosted a call with Vice President Mike Pence and small business owners on Friday and discussed the Trump administration’s multifaceted efforts to support small businesses across the country, tackle the coronavirus pandemic, expand healthcare, and revitalize the economy.

“In the last three months, we’ve gained 9.3 million jobs – more than during the entire Obama Administration. That’s a credit to America’s job creators and entrepreneurs. You are reopening your businesses, while putting the health of your employees and customers first,” Pence said during the call. “JCN has been – and continues to be – a leading voice on the imperative of reopening the economy. JCN was a leading voice on Capitol Hill for the PPP negotiations. Your organization has brought together thousands of job creators who employ millions.”

“We’re going to get through this pandemic together. As the President has repeatedly said, ‘We’re going to bring this economy back bigger and better than ever before,’” Pence continued.

While the U.S. economy continues to show signs of a faster, stronger recovery amid the pandemic, small businesses are optimistic about the future but still need support.

“We appreciate Vice President Pence taking time from his busy schedule to have a dialogue with JCN’s small business owners. The Trump Administration has been – and continues to do – an incredible job supporting our small business community,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO. “Their tax cuts and regulatory reforms kicked off the greatest economic boom in history. And then, when the pandemic struck, they came to the rescue again – starting with the Paycheck Protection Program, which saved 51 million jobs, and continuing with the recent executive order suspending the payroll tax.”

“The President promised a ‘V-shaped’ recovery, and he is delivering,” Ortiz said. “JCN will continue working closely with the Administration to keep America moving in the right direction. We are grateful to the President, the Vice President, and all the members of their team.”

Former HHS Secretary and JCN Senior Healthcare Fellow Dr. Tom Price also joined Friday’s call and took the opportunity to brief Vice President Mike Prince on the Job Creators Network Foundation’s “Healthcare for You” initiative, which has been endorsed by seven Republican Governors. 

Jerome Hudson is Breitbart News Entertainment Editor and author of the forthcoming book 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump. Order your copy today. Follow Jerome Hudson on Twitter @jeromeehudson.

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Coronavirus, funerals and sorry business behind record low voter turnout in remote NT

Santa Teresa is less than an hour’s drive from Alice Springs, but with a very rough 60-kilometre road between residents and town, it can feel much further away.

Annie Young said it was why she came out to vote when the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) set up a mobile polling booth in the community.

“I want to see politicians do something about the road; it’s been like this for years and nothing’s been done,” Ms Young said.

Ms Young is not alone — many voters the ABC spoke with in Santa Teresa said a wish for a better road and better housing brought them out to vote.

But the Electoral Commission is worried that more than a dodgy dirt track is separating the residents of this remote community from the seat of power.

Santa Teresa resident Annie Young says her vote is for better road and housing.(ABC News: Samantha Jonscher)

Record low remote turnout

With a week left until the election, the NTEC says alarmingly few remote community residents have voted.

Of the 359 registered voters in Santa Teresa, just 113 voted when the NTEC set up a mobile polling booth for three hours on a Thursday morning in the community.

The Santa Teresa community members told the ABC that a prominent death in the community and a planned funeral were keeping people away from the polling booth.

The situation is same in other parts of the region.

The 51 communities visited so far by NTEC have a combined total of 3,801 people on the electoral roll, but only 1,856 have cast their vote so far.

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NTEC Commissioner Iain Loganathan is hoping the voter turnout will pick up in the final week of the race.(ABC News: Samantha Jonscher)

“The trend is not good, it’s under 50 per cent … a record low turn out,” NTEC Commissioner Iain Loganathan said.

“They might vote in town, they might vote in another community, they might vote by post.

“Voting is the foundation of our democracy and if we have certain segments of our society not voting, it doesn’t augur well.”

Mr Loganathan said just as in Santa Teresa, funerals and sorry business were keeping people away from the polls in a number of other remote communities.

“A lot of funerals have been delayed because of coronavirus and biosecurity area restrictions, and we have tried to accommodate that wherever possible,” he said.

Mr Loganathan said he hoped the trends would be reversed in the final week of the race.

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It is not clear what impact the record low turnout will have on the election results.(ABC News: Samantha Jonscher)

Anyone’s seat to win

Santa Teresa is the largest remote community in the seat of Namatjira, and candidates from four parties personally attended the booth and brought campaigners.

But how this record low remote turnout will affect the race’s outcome remains to be seen.

After undergoing a major redistribution the former bush seat now includes Alice Springs suburbs. The changes mean the seat of Namatjira has no incumbent, with the current member, Chansey Paech, now running in a different electorate.

Matt Paterson, who is one of the candidates, said the low voter turnout would affect everyone equally.

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Familiar foes face off as AFL North Coast nears business end

NEARING the half way mark of the season the fixtures take on a very interesting twist as familiar faces back up for a second battle in seven days.

After the men’s competition had to be reworked in response to the ever changing landscape, Grafton Tigers will look to find a similar result to last week’s 11-point win over Sawtell Toormina Saints.

Heading back down south, Coffs Harbour Breakers could make it two on the trot after finally picking up a 29-point win against Port Macquarie Magpies last Saturday.

While a home game for Sawtell Toormina, the Saints have decided to hit the road again hosting the Tigers at Woolgoolga’s Centennial Oval, allowing the club to play all their senior games in one location.

The Grafton Tigers proved too strong in an upset over defending premiers Coffs Harbour Breakers in round one of the AFL North Coast season on Saturday, July 18. Photo: Brad Greenshields

Considering the Tigers’ victory in last week’s showdown it’s a big call by the Saints to forego home ground advantage.

The result represented the Saints first loss of the season, and first loss to the Tigers in many years, so coach Brandt Lee will want to make sure that it doesn’t become two in a row.

The Tigers are flying high, with three wins from four matches, and are already dreaming of a finals berth.

It’s a real boost for the competition to have the Tigers competing so strongly, and coach Adi Campbell and the key leaders won’t let the group’s focus wander beyond the next match.

The Breakers are feeling buoyed by breaking their duck for 2020 and will be keen to use last week’s win as a platform to launch another title tilt.

However, the experienced playing group will know that winning on their home patch is one thing, but they need to back it up by proving to everyone including themselves, that they can also win away from home.

AFL North Coast action as Coffs Harbour Breakers host Port Macquarie Magpies at Fitzroy Oval during round 4 of the competition on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

AFL North Coast action as Coffs Harbour Breakers host Port Macquarie Magpies at Fitzroy Oval during round 4 of the competition on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Port Macquarie are still feeling their way with a new playing group and new coach at the helm. On paper, they appear to have a line-up that can be ultra competitive each week, they just need the combinations to gel.

Playing at home has always represented a huge advantage for the club and this group will know that they need to make Wayne Richards Park a fortress that holds trepidation for visiting teams.

In the women’s match of the round, the well rested Northern Beaches Blues host the battle weary Saints.

These teams last met in a midweek clash that saw the Blues claim their first win of the season.

Northern Beaches had the bye on the weekend so have had ten clear days to prepare for this clash which has also provided a great chance to recover from any general soreness that may have built up.

Sawtell in the meantime, had a bruising encounter with the Breakers and now face their third match in 11 days.

This is a huge challenge for any team but is made doubly tough for the Saints considering the number of new players to the code they have within their line-up who are unused to the physical rigours of AFL footy.

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New free TAFE course drives small business success

DOING a two-week online course in overcoming COVID-19 disruption challenges has helped one Lismore small business owner drive towards greater success.

Minarelli Smash Repairs owner Tracy Dwyer said a fee-free short course from TAFE NSW has been really helpful.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Lismore businesswoman Tracy Dwyer said she would recommend the fee-free TAFE NSW course which has helped her navigate COVID-19 challenges for her family owned business, Minarelli Smash Repairs.

Mrs Dwyer said the two-week pilot course offered training in the digitalisation of products and services, digital marketing, professional/personal health, wellbeing, resilience and emotional intelligence.

“I took a lot of value from the course and would absolutely recommend it because I earned new skills which could be easily implemented into her business operations” she said.

“The course has provided me with so many simple, practical tips on the types of website and social media marketing upgrades I could be doing and how to actually implement those changes.”

Mrs Dwyer said the teacher was first class as were all the guest speakers.

“The TAFE NSW teacher was very experienced, knowledgeable and understood that being a small-business owner means you wear many different hats,” she said.

”Our family-owned South Lismore-based business has been going for 14 years and the course was a good reminder to be proactive.”

Business NSW Northern NSW Regional Manager Jane Laverty said she received a lot of feedback through her conversations with industry and small businesses that they were struggling with digitalisation and professional wellbeing.

Ms Laverty said COVID-19 has brought disruption and many challenges with small businesses and sole traders having been hit the hardest.

“The impact of COVID-19 had forced businesses to either go into hibernation or adapt their skillset quickly to survive the coming months, she said.

This TAFE NSW course has been designed to equip business owners with the practical skills they need for their business to survive the pandemic and come out thriving on the other side.”

Research conducted indicates 63 per cent of small businesses have been impacted by the virus in one way or another with 91 per cent stating that they are concerned about keeping their business afloat in the coming months.

For more information visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601 for more information.

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Police investigate ‘highly unusual’ disappearance of Brisbane business man in Far North Queensland

Police have launched a large-scale investigation into a “highly unusual” disappearance of a Brisbane man who failed to return from a business trip in Far North Queensland on Thursday.

Anthony Brady, 52, arrived in Cairns on Monday and was last seen leaving a petrol station in the Cairns CBD after 9:00am Wednesday evening.

His family raised the alarm when Mr Brady failed to attend appointments the next day or arrive home on his return flight to Brisbane on Thursday night.

Mr Brady has not been seen or heard from since.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ed Kinbacher said the disappearance was extremely out of character.

CCTV footage of missing man Anthony Brady who was last seen at a Caltex petrol station in Cairns.(Supplied: QPS)

“This is serious. What we see at the moment, this is serious,” he said.

Police have been working to establish Mr Brady’s movements on Wednesday night and have appealed for public help.

“What the public see and know and have heard is what we’re interested in,” Sergeant Kinbacher said.

“It may well be there are a number of people who potentially have interacted with him or have seen him on the street and can provide information as to what has unfolded in that night and over following days.”

He said Mr Brady’s last known movements were leaving a hotel on the Cairns Esplanade and walking to a Caltex petrol station on Sheridan Street to buy food.

Mr Brady was auditing petrol stations in the Cairns region at the time of his disappearance, but police said his business did not involved the Caltex where he was seen on Wednesday night.

Sergeant Kinbacher said relatives were assisting police and may be flown to Cairns over coming days.

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Coronavirus: US jobless claims dip below a million as Wall Street rebounds | Business News

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits has fallen below one million for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, last week’s drop has been put down to the ending of a $600 weekly supplement, which is likely to have discouraged some from filing claims.

The updated figures from the Labor Department did little to change economists’ views that the jobs market recovery was faltering in the face of the continuing coronavirus emergency.

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Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York, said: “It is too early to declare victory as there is a long way to go to stop the bleeding of the labour markets and part of the reason for reduced filings looks to be tied to the expiration of that $600 weekly turbo-boost for unemployment benefits from the expired federal programme at the end of July.”

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 228,000 to a seasonally adjusted 963,000 for the week ending 8 August.

That was the lowest level since mid-March when authorities started shutting down non-essential business to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Claims peaked at a record 6.9 million in late March.

Even with last week’s fall, claims are well above their 695,000 peak during the financial crash in 2008.

A total 28.3 million people were receiving unemployment benefit at the end of July.

Data last week showed the economy had regained only 9.3 million jobs of the 22 million lost between February and April, indicating that it faces a long road to reach pre-pandemic levels.

In contrast, Wall Street has recovered most of the trillions of dollars in losses at the start of the pandemic and the benchmark S&P 500 was within a few points of a record high.

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The rise in share price puts Apple close to be being valued at $2trn

The tech-heavy Nasdaq was the first of the three major indexes to hit a record high in June.

However, the blue-chip Dow is about 5.6% below its February peak.

Stocks in Apple rose 2.4% to about $463.09 (£354.80), less than $5 (£3.83) a share shy of the tech giant being valued at $2trn (£1.53trn).

Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina, said “Our take on a new high, if it happens, is that it’s another reminder to investors how disconnected the stock market and the economy have been this year.

“The stocks have soared but the economy – it’s improved, yes – but a million initial claims is still not good.”

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Meanwhile, markets continued to hold on to hopes the Democrats and the Trump administration would reach an agreement for a stimulus to help the economy recover.

Unemployment benefits have been a sticking point in their talks.

The US presidential election is also expected to add another layer of uncertainty into markets, with roughly 12 weeks remaining until election day.

“The fact that interest rates are so low, people really have no place to put money,” said Kevin Miller, chief investment officer of Minnesota-based E-Valuator Funds.

“A lot of the larger companies that make up the S&P 500 have a heavy cash position, they really have strong free cash flow, so it’s a magnet for investor dollars.”

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JOBS: Business trying to employ ‘as many people as we can’

MOUNTAIN Blue is a Northern Rivers company currently looking for as many local people as they can get to support its harvest season.

Managing director Andrew Bell said the jobs will start with fruit picking from mid-August until Christmas time.

The family-owned and operated agri-company produces berries at their farming operations of blueberries and raspberries in Tabulam and other locations in Australia, breeds new varieties of blueberries and blackberries, they also own a local nursery, plus a marketing business for berries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries producers around the country.

Mr Bell said he is currently looking for people to work in their Tabulam farm during harvest.

“In Tabulam, we start in May and we ramp up with a peak in October,” he said.

“As we move towards September, we are trying to find as many people as we can, and we are focusing on local employment.

“This is important for us because we want to support the local economy, giving jobs to people who live on the Northern Rivers,” he said.

The company is looking for people ready to work in and around Tabulam, Drake, Bonalbo, Kyogle, Tenterfield, Casino and Lismore.


Mountain Blue was founded by Andrew Bell’s father in 1978.


“Local people to come and harvest with us would be fantastic,” he said.

“Jobs will start being available from mid-August and local people will be given priority.

“We are looking for people to join a great work environment where we have a lot of fun, people that are keen to work and be part of a team.

“Experience is great but not essential, we have a training team, so the only requirement is to have the right to work in Australia.”

The positions offered will be available until Christmas, but Mr Bell said there may be further job opportunities further from the temporary jobs.

“After the harvest we have to prune the whole orchard ready for next year, and then we have other jobs at the farm,” the executive said.

Mountain Blue was started by Mr Bell’s father in Lismore in 1978.

Northern Rivers NSW Business manager Jane Laverty said job opportunities are becoming available in the area.

“Agriculture has always been an integral part of the Northern Rivers economy and at this time our growers and producers need us as locals to get behind them with a labour force for harvest,” she said.

For more information or to apply, visit mountainblue.com.au/employment

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Sumner Redstone: CBS and MTV billionaire media tycoon dies aged 97 | Business News

US media mogul Sumner Redstone, who took his father’s drive-in movie business and built it into an empire that included Paramount Pictures, CBS and MTV, has died aged 97.

The billionaire tycoon was remembered by ViacomCBS, which he led for decades, for his “unparalleled passion to win, his endless intellectual curiosity, and his complete dedication to the company.”

During his colourful career, he became as well known for his family feuds as his aggressive corporate acquisitions.

The mogul would not discuss succession, declaring: ‘I’m not going to die’

Redstone was once sued by his son to break up the business, who then agreed a significant settlement to give up his voting shares.

His daughter Shari, with whom he was reunited after being estranged, said in a statement: “My father led an extraordinary life that not only shaped entertainment as we know it today, but created an incredible family legacy.

“Through it all, we shared a great love for one another and he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

“I am so proud to be his daughter and I will miss him always.”

Shari Redstone
Shari Redstone said her father had ‘led an extraordinary life’

Born in 1923 in Boston, he attended Harvard and during the Second World War worked with an elite US Army unit that cracked Japanese codes.

He joined National Amusements, his family’s cinema chain in 1954, taking the helm in 1967.

Known for his straight talking and risk taking, Redstone was in his 60s in 1987 when he bought Viacom for $3.4bn (£2.6bn) with mostly borrowed money.

A few years later he acquired Paramount for more than $10bn (£7.7bn) and added CBS to the portfolio in 1999 in a deal valued at $37bn (£28bn).

ViacomCBS also owns the UK’s Channel 5.

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The tycoon fell out with Tom Cruise, but the pair later patched things up

Redstone, who often told interviewers that “content is king”, was estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth $4.6bn (£3.5bn).

One of his more high-profile fallouts was with Tom Cruise, whose couch-jumping antics on The Oprah Winfrey Show and embrace of Scientology led Redstone to cut short a deal with the film star and his production company.

“We don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot,” he told The Wall Street Journal in 2006.

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However, the pair later patched things up ahead of the making of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

In his later years questions were raised over his health and whether he was fit to run the company.

A former girlfriend challenged his mental competence in a lawsuit filed in 2015, referring to him as a “living ghost”, although this was subsequently thrown out.

His death thins the ranks of a group of media executives, including Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner, who have shaped the world of news and entertainment.

Asked in his last interview, about who might succeed him, Redstone said, “I will not discuss succession. You know why? I’m not going to die.”

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Daniel Ricciardo is all business as Renault delivers

Daniel Ricciardo means business this weekend, quietly optimistic Renault has the package to deliver at Silverstone after taking a “big step”.

The Australian F1 star was third quickest in the second practice session ahead of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix — the second consecutive race at Britain’s iconic track — and was upbeat when asked if he could replicate that performance when it mattered.

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“If we do what we did this afternoon, then yeah. And I think that was genuine for the track conditions,” Ricciardo said.

“We did a few changes through the session, and I really felt a big step with one of the changes we made, and I was like, ‘This is a pretty good race car right now’.

“So I think we can hang in there. We’ll see. If we’re here in quali, I think that would still exceed what probably our expectation is now, but I think we can still do a very good job.”

Ricciardo equalled his best ever finish with Renault in his last start, crossing the line fourth in the British Grand Prix. He’s hopeful of similarly strong performances in qualifying and in the main event on Sunday but is wary of other variables at play.

“The big thing is tomorrow, the wind is changing 180 degrees by the looks of it, and it’s going to pick up,” he said. “People at home will go, so what? But that is going to change the balance and the cars a lot.

“So I think tomorrow … there might be a different story and there’ll be a few other things going on, but we certainly put ourselves in a good place today.”

It’s rare to see Ricciardo without a smile on his face and he’s forever playing jokes in the paddock, but F1 broadcaster Will Buxton noticed something was different with the West Australian after practice.

Buxton said the 31-year-old was the “most serious he’s been all year”, suggesting he’s fully focused because this might be his best chance for an inaugural podium with Renault.

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“Down at Renault doing post session interviews. Ricciardo the least jokey and most serious he’s been all year,” Buxton wrote on Twitter.

“Not in a negative way. Quite the opposite. Genuinely high hopes down here of a really decent showing this weekend.

“He was positive but he wasn’t joking about.

“There’s a big difference between Daniel being positive and him playing the fool. I’ve known him long enough to know the difference and what that means about his mindset.”

Renault is fifth in the constructors’ standings while Ricciardo is a lowly ninth in the drivers’ championship, having retired from the year’s first race in Austria because of a gearbox issue before following that up with two eighth-placed finishes and his fourth last week.

His teammate Esteban Ocon is two spots below Ricciardo and is also buoyed by Renault’s performance in practice.

“We tested a lot of different things across the cars. It’s good to see that we are capable of being in the top 10 obviously, and seeing Daniel putting it up there, it’s quite nice,” Ocon said.

“It means the car has the speed.

“We did change quite a lot of things (since the British GP), especially confirming things between the cars, and we have some stuff that we will carry on with, and some stuff that is not worth carrying on.

“So it was good overall.”

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