Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department

When Joe Arpaio received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, it came of no surprise to his detractors when Susan R. Bolton, United States District Judge, made it official.

Much to the chagrin of his longtime foes, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former head of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department would serve no time for the myriad of crimes that he committed during his terrible reign.

In speaking with the media, Michael Lacey shared his sentiments regarding the controversial decision, referring to President Trump as a “moron,” while also delivering a list of the many crimes that “Sheriff Joe” committed during his 24-year term.

Although the rift between Joe Arpaio and the newspapermen began at the onset of his time in office, it was a decade ago that the tensions finally came to a head. On his orders, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested in their homes, in what was mostly believed to be an unethical response to the honest coverage of the injustices the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

While the arrest was immediately exposed to be bogus, it would kick off a three-year saga that eventually resulted in Larkin and Lacey receiving a substantial $3.75 million settlement.

As they have been dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of those that are violated, the used the monies to create the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which is dedicated to holding up that stance.

In 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were merely two college dropouts who were trying to make a name for themselves in the world of news media. Becoming disillusioned with the conservative coverage of many of the issues ravaging America, in particular, the Kent State Killings, Larkin and Lacey launched the inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times.

While Michael Lacey played the role of executive editor, Jim Larkin, his business partner, would handle the networking aspects of the company. Beginning as a free weekly newspaper, the content provided in the Phoenix New Times, quickly began to cement the paper as a force within the alternative community. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

After over a decade of steady growth amongst subscribers, Larkin and Lacey would acquire a number of publications throughout the United States, placing them under the New Times umbrella. Eventually, their roster would come to include several nationally recognized publications, including Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and Village Voice.

Many of these publications have been highly lauded for their impeccable investigative reporting, as well as their up-to-the-minute coverage of social nuances and culture.

After growing the company into a worldwide media juggernaut, having in excess of 60 million monthly subscribers, they decided to step away, choosing to sell their stake to a group of long-term executives.

Today, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey remain active, donating a large portion of their time to the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which was created with the settlement they received in winning their case against Joe Arpaio, and they recently reentered the world of news media by launching Front Page Confidential.

How Waiakea Water Is Tackling Some Of The Tough Issues In The Bottled Water Industry

There are a lot of companies in the bottled water industry. It is an industry that is now worth more than $100 billion on a global basis. An entire aisle in many grocery stores is dominated by different brands. The number one market is currently Italy for bottled waters but there are several other nations close behind. Read more about Waiakea Water on 10bestwater.com.

The notion of people buying bottled water would have been ridiculed not that many years ago. This is especially true in countries where tap water is just as clean as bottled water and is basically free. To stand out and gain sales many bottled water companies now has a unique take where they offer something in the water that their competitors don’t. It might contain a mix of vitamins or the company will have a unique filtration process that leads to a health benefit.

One bottled water brand that is new and distinctive is Waiakea Water. This brand is located in Hawaii and features water that has been naturally filtered through volcanic rock. The name of the water is based on the Hawaiian words, “wai akea” which translates to English as “broad waters”. Having been founded in 2012, the company makes use of the way that lava rock naturally filters water while also adding a host of beneficial minerals to the water.

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Another part of the industry that Waiakea Water is tackling is one of the biggest issues people have with bottled water, namely the bottles themselves. They are very harmful to the environment and don’t break down for over 1,500 years. Given that only 23% of bottles are recycled this is a big problem. Waiakea Water bottles are made from 100% recycled bottles which definitely helps. Additionally, starting in 2018 their bottles will incorporate a new substance they helped create called TimePlast. This material will break down the bottle in just 15 years which is, of course, much better than 1,500 years.

For these reasons and others Waiakea Volcanic bottled water has been named by some publications as one of the best water brands in the world. One of them, 10 Best Water, named it as the #1 water label that is available due to the quality of the water and how it is packaged. Visit BevNet to know more.

Talented Talos Energy

Talos Energy LLC is an independent oil and gas company focusing on the exploration, development of natural gas and oil in the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The company takes an innovative approach through techniques and cutting edge seismic technologies. Through the efforts of a management team with extensive experience with offshore exploration and production the company has been able to acquire and develop operated shelf and deep water assets.

Founded in 2012 by Timothy Duncan with a $600 million equity raise, Talos Energy LLC was born from Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings. Based in Houston, Texas the company has worked to establish a longstanding solid track record which reflects corporate responsibility, save environment compliant operations, and is in a position of further exponential growth. Mr. Duncan attributes much of the success to the employees, whom he invites on a continual basis to contribute their best ideas. Involvement of staff at this level has enabled the establishment of comfortable corporate relationships. You begin to know each other by name, by their talents, position, and contributions.

Recently, Talos Energy LLC along with London-based Premier Oil Plc, and Mexico’s Sierra Oil & Gas decided to work together in a cohesive manner drilling the Zama-1 well. Drilling began on May 21 and for the first time in 80 years a brand new off shore oil well. This discovery in Mexican waters is exciting because this is a positive step by the country to bring foreign competitors back into its energy markets. All of which translates into better and fortified relationships, improved markets, and a better investment opportunity for all.

Drilling the Zama-1 well will take approximately 90 days to complete, and is estimated to hold 100 million to 500 million barrels of crude oil. Talos holds 35% stake, Sierra holds 40%, and Premier 25% stake. This venture drilling into Zama-1 tells much more than oil itself, it tells us that the Mexican market is offering, exploring, and is willing to foster relationships with foreign companies once again, of which offers success beyond the highly anticipated lucrative financial revenues!

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