On Friday, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) will host a group of 23 tourism and hospitality professionals from former Soviet nations. The CVC will present topics on marketing, tourism development, convention center operations, services and sales. After the presentations, the group will tour the downtown area and visit the Gateway Arch and representatives from the National Park Service.
At 10 a.m., Saturday, GOPs will gather at the Eagle’s Lodge in Columbia, MO. for a confab followed by a barbecue. Sen. Roy Blunt will be featured along with Ed Martin, who initiated the annual event begun during the Kit Bond era. Bond used to hold the summertime do at his house in Mexico, MO. Donations will gladly be accepted
“Do not compromise on talent. Provide great training and extraordinary opportunity,” Taylor told New York Times’ reporter Bryan Burnhart during a half-day interview with the Enterprise Holdings’ exec chairman as published in today’s edition. Taylor: “The Management Training Program at Enterprise is not for everyone. Even if folks don’t make it at the end, they will have learned a lot they can take with them to another company.” Along the way, Burnhart noted he met company execs Dave Deibert, Aaron Toombs, Tina Diehl, Steve McCarty and Pam Webster.
One reason for dining on your birthday at a chain restaurant may not result in the staff singing “Happy Birthday To You.” Warner-Chappell Music may demand royalties if someone cellphones/videos the performance and notifies the company which will demand payment. Holding this song for private royalties is about as dumb as the NFL forcing grocers during Super Bowl week to advertise “stock up for the Big Game,” because the NFL might sue them for using the trademarked name Super Bowl in their ads, opines hometowner D.J. Fone. . .Gerald and Pamela Brink of Mehlville have been involved in several shady limited liability corporations that were established to protect them and their various businesses dating back 20 years. They are now linked to three corporations that are a front for adult book stores, a sex boutique and internet cafe they own in Rolla, MO. Last July, they opened the Internet Cafe where they ran an online gambling operation. They were busted on Aug. 29 and indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 13 on felony charges of promoting gambling in the first degree and for possession of gambling devices. The case is pending in St. Louis County Circuit Court. Prior to this they had been arrested for selling bath salts and other banned hallucinogens. . . Gene Marks in the N.Y. Times: “St. Louis’s tech start-up scene is exploding and cities around the country hunt for the same magic”. . .Also in the Times, our town’s Thomas Schlafly, Sr.: “If St. Louis is going to prosper in the 21st century, we need to attract and welcome talented people who have numerous options in deciding where to work and live”. . .Anheuser-Busch InBev ranked #1 in beverages on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies”. . .The Spanish School (TSS), an elementary program of the St. Louis Language Immersion received the 2012 Excellence in Spanish School Award from the Education Office in Spain.
“Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead the country forward, I’m proud to announce that I am ready for Hillary,” wrote McCaskill and posted at ReadyforHillary.
In January, for the first time ever, a United Nations panel will question Catholic officials on how and whether the Vatican is honoring an international children’s rights treaty. And this week, in Geneva, that panel will hear from two SNAP leaders, including David Clohessy of St. Louis, who argues that the church hierarchy continues to hurt and endanger kids. On Wednesday, Clohessy and SNAP’s Barbara Blaine will meet for three hours with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee.
On its website, Apple has released data regarding the almost 5,000 number of national security requests it has received. Apple has now joined Facebook and Microsoft in releasing the info. The company says the most common forms of requests came from “police investigating robberies” and other matters such as missing children and trying to prevent suicides.