Houston-area officials, business leaders denounce SB7, HB6 bills

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joined local officials, community and business leaders to denounce Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6 Monday afternoon.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the proposed laws will prevent voter fraud and protect voter integrity.

Senate Bill 7 would limit extended early-voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and make it illegal for local election officials to proactively send applications to vote by mail to voters, even if they qualify.

Turner was joined by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Fort Bend County Judge KP George and other community and business leaders to denounce what they call “voter suppression bills.”

“The right to vote is sacred,” Turner said.

The mayor stated that women and people of color have had to fight for their right to vote through the years. He said the state has concerns over voter fraud but little to no evidence has been found.

He said

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ZoomInfo Technologies : 14 Data and Business Analytics Leaders to Watch

At ZoomInfo, our very lifeblood is data. Everything we do for our customers is based on understanding how data and analytics affect business operations.

So we pay close attention to the data and business analytics leaders making an impact in every industry.

Previously we wrote about leaders in social responsibility, who successfully use data in their everyday work.

So let’s take a look at fourteen professionals in the field who are doing some great work in data and analytics:

1.Steve Kozek, Citizens Bank

Steve is Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Excellence with Citizen’s Bank. He strongly believes in aligning data and analytics strategy within marketing departments.

Kozek previously worked in various leadership roles for over 15 years at GE Capital, including Managing Director of Commercial Operations, and Divestitures.

Steve holds an MBA from Sacred Hearts University.

2.Sears Merritt, MassMutual

Sears is Head of Data, Strategy, and

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Biden imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders behind coup-ANI

Washington [US], February 11 (ANI): US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) signed an executive order imposing sanctions on the leaders of the military coup in Myanmar.
“Today, I am announcing a series of actions that we are taking to begin imposing consequences on the leaders of the coup. The US government is taking steps to prevent the generals from improperly having access to the 1 billion dollars in Burmese (Myanmar) government funds held in the United States and today I have approved a new executive order, enabling us to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests and their family members,” he said at the White House.
Biden further said that Washington will identify the first round of targets this week and will also impose strong export controls, along with freezing US assets that benefit the Myanmar government while maintaining support for healthcare, civil

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ECB’s Lagarde says business needs more women leaders

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said Friday that there are still too few women in top jobs, and that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem.

“There are still too few women in management worldwide, particularly in the economic and financial spheres, including central banks,” she said in an interview with French economics weekly Challenges.

Lagarde, the first female chief in the ECB’s history, lamented that the 19 eurozone central banks are all run by men, and that she and her German colleague Isabel Schnabel were the only women on the ECB’s 25-member governing council. 

“That’s not how it should be!” she said.

Arguing for changes in the workplace, Lagarde said men should be encouraged to take paternity leave, and it should be granted to them for “longer periods than their current entitlement of a few days or weeks.”

Noting that the gender wage gap was still 13 percent

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