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Hoffa: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Has Room For Improvement As It Makes Its Long March Through Congress

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(WASHINGTON) The following is a statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation allowing for the nationwide deployment of automated driving technology.

Further Action Needed to Safeguard Workers, Public Safety

“As the legislation concerning autonomous vehicles moves forward through Congress, the interests of working Americans and the safety of our roadways must be a top priority for lawmakers.”

“The Teamsters Union is encouraged by recent improvements to the bill, including the bipartisan consensus among members of Congress that commercial motor vehicles should be exempted from this legislation.

“However, more work needs to be done. The exemption for commercial vehicles must be clarified prior to final passage. We look forward to working with members of both parties to ensure that workers and the motoring public will have the safe and reliable transportation system they deserve, both today and far into the future.”

“The testing of autonomous vehicle technology must be transparent and any technologies that have not been fully vetted and proven should certainly not be rushed into implementation in any commercial capacity.”

“We will continue to closely monitor legislation concerning autonomous vehicles and share our concerns with members of Congress in order to ensure that workers are safeguarded and highway safety is protected.”

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SBA hiring temporary disaster recovery efforts now

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(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with the agency’s disaster recovery efforts at several locations across the country. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused massive devastation, and the SBA is staffing up to respond to the increased flow of disaster loan applications from homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

The temporary positions include:

• Damage Verifiers/Construction Analysts

• Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants

• Loan Specialists

• Customer Service Representatives and Public Information Officers

• IT Specialists

• Administrative Support Assistants

Most of the jobs are located at one of SBA’s disaster field operations centers in Sacramento, Dallas, Atlanta, Buffalo, or in the areas affected by the recent hurricanes. Bilingual language skills are a plus.

Visit www.sba.gov/disaster and click on the “view jobs” tab for details on the job descriptions, salaries, and how to apply.

About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit http://www.sba.gov.

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Nordstrom Announces Latest Retail Concept: Nordstrom Local

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

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(SEATTLE) Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day), Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below).

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services

Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

“As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms surrounding a central meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.

Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.

Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.

Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.

Curbside Pickup – Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local’s Curbside Pickup.

Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.

Nordstrom Gift Card Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.

Style Boards – Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.

Nail Services – Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.

Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.

On-Site Refreshments – Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from our Nordstrom Ebar.

Nordstrom Local is located at 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (on the Corner of Melrose Place and Melrose).

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 356 stores in 40 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 224 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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You won’t believe who’s the next star at the club: DJ Kristiany

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – We had a chance to interview the hottest star; one that you can’t miss at the club. DJ Kristiany lays down some tracks as a top DJ in Miami, FL and San Juan, PR.

There’s no stopping this DJ with Puerto Rican roots.

She’s a veteran of some of the hottest spots in the electronic music mecca. Nikki Beach, Fountainbleu, Versace Mansion, LMNT, and all over Miami, FL.

DJ Kristiany is not just hitting the littest clubs, she’s done a ton of work in the corporate world also.

Adidas, All Saints, Home Depot, Carnival Cruises, Veuve Clicquot, Dewar’s, Bacardi, and Harley Davidson are just some of the brands that call her to get their parties going strong.

Who doesn’t want to be at a Bacardi party, let alone DJ the party and be the center of it all? It takes a special person with the right ‘je ne sais quoi’ to get this kind of party where it needs to be.

That’s DJ Kristiany and that’s why she took the world by surprise when she released her new single: “Taste of You.”

All my songs are tales and emotions in my life. I was craving on someone definitely.

Taste of you?! Yes, please. You are at the dance floor, you can smell the sexy perfume (ok, sometimes sweat,) you can feel the physical touch of the bodies grinding together to the beat…but what you really want is a taste of you.

You know that’s the game and that’s what you really want.

DJ Kristiany makes that game sexy and all about the desire to taste each other.

Here’s where we say “yummmmmmm” and “soooo hotttttt.”

The new single is out and it promises to make you sweat and feel sexy all at the same time.

“Taste of You,” her new single says it all. Its not only about the beat and the music, but getting all your senses wrapped up in her world. Let her guide you through the music like a shaman does to his followers during a spiritual ritual.

I pulled up the song on YouTube to see what it was all about. It was my first time listening to it. Instantly, my girlfriend gets up and dances to the beat. She wants to know what i’m listening to. “This is definitely a song to get down at the club,” she said. And getting down in the house, if you’re into that.

This is the kind of song that you can pretty much listen to anytime and feel great and sexy. You don’t have a choice but to feel sexy with all that Puerto Rican flavor bursting through the vocals.

I’m a journalist. A bold-glasses, bearded, long-haired journalist, and even I was feeling sexy. I’m not the definition of sexy-at-the-club, but I certainly felt like it. It’s the thought that counts people. Don’t judge.

The piano structure reminds of a bit Christina Milian throwback, “Dip it Low.” It has that sharp tone with a bit of an ethereal feeling of an Asian world, mixed with some Geisha sexiness. Even DJ Kristiany’s look on the cover of the single, gives off a bit of that vibe.

It’s pretty amazing what DJ Kristiany has done so far. We asked her a few questions and she so gracefully answered them all just for you. You have to read this because it goes beyond music. It’s about life and accomplishing your dreams. You need to get out there and find your song, just as DJ Kristiany has.

By the end of the song, you’ll want to be at one of her club presentations and listening to her new single “Taste of You” live.

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Check out what DJ Kristiany has to say.
– Your Twitter bio says you are a DJ and a singer, how do you balance both? Do you prefer one or the other? 

I love doing both. And hopefully I can be 90 years old and still go hard at it. I am known more for DJing and that’s how I started in the music industry.​ I love singing songs while I DJ with a mic my songs or without to others people’s music, just feeling the lyrics and singing. I manage both singing and DJ, simply I sing while I’m at my house showering, cooking , sending emails and I right and voice memo my ideas. When it’s night time I like recording myself ideas and produce a simple beat to develop the song. If I know I have a show coming up I prepare my DJ set according to the type of event I am DJing​,but I choose my songs as I see my audience bounce​.

– What made you start a career in the music industry?
My love for music is what made me start my career​, I got a bachelor’s in Exercise Science and I was a personal trainer. I wanted to do a beach bootcamp with a live DJ while I gave the class and I invested in speakers, mixer and have a friend DJ my class. I started doing Youtube tutorials and teaching myself at night as a hobby and I fell in love with that and didn’t to work what I studied. I always wanted to be in the music industry, but I felt at one point in my life that I couldn’t happen to me, but once I just started my craft and doing it because I ​simply ​loved it. I then realize that It’s my life and I want to make it a good one and just spread great vibes and make dope music. Being grateful, genuine and bold is my legacy I want to leave through my music.

– What was your first gig like?
I was very excited for my first DJ gig actually and not nervous at all and I felt more like ” Finally… I get to DJ live”​​. ​My first DJ gig was at a bar/ club in Old San Juan called Pieria and my best friend Eunice and her brother Rafa opened up this cool spot and I was already bartending there and I asked to DJ and they said Yes! I played 4 hours that ​night​ to packed place. It was so fun and memorable to me.

– Have you ever reached a point so difficult that made you want to quit music? How did you overcome?

Yes, I have ​been through that a ​moment in my life when I had to balance other jobs to live and it was exhausting and​ alot of people suggested to keep my old job in Fitness because I made more money doing that. ​ I hated asking to switch shifts and dealing with​ getting days off​​ from my day job for a gig​. I just had to let myself​ take a few punches​ learn the business and go through trial and error.​ I decided that fear was not going to choose my life anymore and quit my other jobs that weren’t music related. I ​​k​eep motivating myself, practice, and believing in myself and art. Thankfully, I never quit and I know I never will, and now I work only in music​ and live of it​…finally!

– While working as a DJ, what was the moment you knew that you wanted to record a single?
I wanted to record quite some time now, but ​I chose to release “Taste Of You” because I felt it was sexy, bold and simple and I did mostly everything in creating this song. From singing, songwriting and producing. I had Timmy Clover mix and master it. ​I​t’s summer time ​now​ and I felt this jam ​was ​ready to be heard.

– Did you have the support of those close to you?

Yes, I do. It’s very important to surround myself with people that I love, inspire, motivate and enjoy my wild ideas.

– How was it recording the single “Taste of You?

Recording Taste Of You was a real chill and the muse hit me hard. I did the song overnight from midnight to 6am. I started singing lyrics to a simple beat and just let the lyrics sing out of me. I should it to my circle of friends and they loved it.

– Was this your first single? or did you have experience recording before?

This was my first single I released and I sing on.

– Did you think of someone when you wrote the song?

Yes! All my songs are tales and emotions in my life. I was craving on someone definitely.

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– Why call it “Taste of You”?

I just started singing it and it just felt right.

– What would you say is the song’s style of music?

Pop, Moombah and Dancehall style

– Who collaborated with you on the single?

I didn’t collaborate with anyone, but I would love to do collabs with singers, dj​’s and ​producers with ​​songs coming up.

– Any plans for a video?

I do have plans for the video. I’m going to work with GF Films, the vibes are tropical, sensual and carefree. Filmed in Puerto Rico.

– What’s a day in the life of Kristiany like after this single was released?

After the single released I got more DJ gigs, more meetings with individuals that want to know more about myself and my music projects, still recording music at home, and I had the opportunity being on air at HOT 102.5 FM. God is great!

– Do you get to DJ and promote your single at the same time?

I always play my song when I DJ. I love seeing partiers bumping , dancing and Shazaming to it.

– Are you promoting the single in Puerto Rico or Miami?

In Puerto Rico

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– Any future plans?

My future plans from now are finishing my music video, start my own monthly party called “St. Tropez” here in Puerto Rico, and taking over the world with my flow and dope music.

– Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you so much Puerto Rico Buzz for just being awesome and the support! I want the readers and fans to know that nothing is impossible and life is way better in the other side of fear. Follow me on twitter and IG @djkristiany.

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Here are all the ways you can get in touch with DJ Kristiany:

Bookings: KRISTIANY@KRISTIANY.COM
www.kristiany.com
www.soundcloud.com/djkristiany
www.facebook.com/djkristiany
www.instagram.com/djkristiany @djkristiany
www.twitter.com/djkristiany @djkristiany
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-5z2YS6WJYDzdLKq0Ez4g
snapchat/ kandii_dj

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