A new requirement for small businesses to file ownership information with the government, known as Beneficial Ownership Information reports, has been deemed easy by most who have completed it, according to a survey by Small Business Majority. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees have until 2025 to file this information with the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. While some studies indicate a lack of awareness among small-business owners about the new requirement, proponents argue that it is essential for combatting criminal activities such as money laundering and funding terrorist networks. Despite opposition and a lawsuit from the National Small Business Association, advocates believe that the law will withstand judicial scrutiny and play a crucial role in helping law enforcement crackdown on criminal enterprises.
Published: 2024-02-26 21:47:17
A nursing student, Laken Riley, was killed in a violent act, which has sparked a debate on immigration policies and the impact on public safety. Former President Donald Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp blamed President Joe Biden's immigration policies for the killing. The accused, Jose Ibarra, a Venezuelan citizen, is said to have unlawfully entered the U.S. in 2022. The incident has triggered emotional gatherings, including a vigil, and political statements. The White House offered condolences and referred inquiries to ICE and local law enforcement. The situation has become part of the immigration debate, with some criticizing the Republican response and the portrayal of migrants as criminals. Amidst this, studies have shown that immigrants are less likely to be involved in violent crimes compared to native-born citizens. The incident has also raised attention to the immigration issue in the political landscape, potentially influencing future elections and the stance of political leaders on immigration policies.
Location: Atlanta, United States
Published: 2024-02-26 21:27:11
SpaceX and NASA are preparing for a crewed launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida's Space Coast. The Crew-8 mission will use SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to transport the crew to the ISS. The mission aims to conduct scientific experiments and technology demonstrations while on board the ISS, with a focus on research to aid in human exploration beyond Earth's orbit. The Dragon spacecraft, named "Endeavour," was previously used for other ISS missions. The first stage booster is expected to land at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch will be streamed live by News 6.
Location: Cape Canaveral, United States
Published: 2024-02-26 20:24:59
In honor of Black History Month, the University of Central Florida (UCF) celebrated the contributions and legacies of African Americans, highlighting notable individuals within its community who are embracing their Black heritage and making positive impacts. Among them, Toshami Calvin, representing Jamaica as the 2022 Miss Universe Jamaica winner, has been using her platform to raise awareness for autism. Pegasus Professor Peter Delfyett, a leader in optics and photonics engineering at UCF, has made significant contributions to scientific knowledge, including 45 patents. Shaquem Griffin overcame physical challenges to become a star football player at UCF and was the only known one-handed player in NFL history. Xavier Henderson, a UCF graduate, is now a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin and chief technical officer of a water sustainability company, Hydronomy Inc. Sisters Natacha and Sabrina Jérôme, both UCF alumni, have been recognized for their accomplishments, with Natacha making strides in the business world at PepsiCo and Sabrina excelling in multicultural affairs and social advocacy. Derreasha Jones, a UCF graduate, has preserved the legacy of John T. Washington, one of the university's first Black faculty members. Konya Plummer, a UCF graduate, made history by becoming the youngest captain at the 2019 FIFA World Cup and leading Jamaica to qualify for the tournament. Timanni Walker, a UCF advertising and public relations graduate, is now a strategy director at a New York City advertising agency and has also created her own women's suiting company, Always in Pursuit, reflecting her Caribbean heritage.
Location: Orlando, United States
Published: 2024-02-26 18:10:57
Tina Descovich, a co-founder of the conservative group Moms for Liberty, faced opposition from Democrats in her bid to be confirmed as a member of the state Commission on Ethics. The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, with all three panel Democrats dissenting, backed her confirmation, but she still needs approval from the full Senate. Descovich, a former Brevard County School Board member, has been heavily involved in Moms for Liberty's efforts to address what they view as indoctrination in public schools and inappropriate school-library content. Democrats questioned potential conflicts of interest arising from her advocacy work and connections to high-ranking government officials. Descovich denied any conflict and clarified Moms for Liberty's endorsement process for school board candidates. She also confirmed her attendance at a meeting with Governor DeSantis and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr., but denied influencing the governor's choices. Senator Debbie Mayfield defended Descovich, expressing confidence in her ability to serve in both capacities effectively.
Location: Brevard County, United States
Published: 2024-02-26 16:17:00