The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, October 12, 2015
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MEA WILLIAMS (U.S. Navy Veteran and President/CEO of "Grace After Fire," an organization that directs and oversees all efforts and activities related to developing and implementing an innovative peer-to peer counseling program that assists women Veterans returning to civilian life after service to their country.) U.S. SEEMS CLOSE TO ALLOWING WOMEN IN COMBAT Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he's nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily on Tuesday that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy." Meanwhile, in memo obtained by the Associated Press, Carter gave the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until the end of October to forward his review of the services' recommendations on which jobs - if any - should remain closed to women. The chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, was commandant of the Marine Corps until recently and was the only service chief to recommend that some front-line combat jobs stay male-only, according to several U.S. officials.Speaking to a crowd of troops that included a large number of Marines, Carter said he hasn't decided on the recommendations sent to his office and to Dunford. He pledged to thoroughly review the recommendations, particularly those of the Marine Corps, but said that generally he believes that any qualified candidate should be allowed to compete for jobs."You have to recruit from the American population. Half the American population is female," Carter told the troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, in response to a question from a Marine. "So I'd be crazy not to be, so to speak, fishing in that pond for qualified service members." For that reason, he said the military should recruit women into as many specialties as possible. In the memo to all the service secretaries and chiefs, Carter said that he is "fully committed to removing unnecessary barriers to service" in the military, and he asked Dunford to review all the reports and send his final recommendation to Carter by Oct. 31. But Carter also said he wants to hear from everyone before he decides. "I am less interested in who is making a particular recommendation and more interested in the reasoning behind it," he said. "My ultimate decision regarding any exception to policy will be based on the analytic underpinnings and the data supporting them."This debate seems to center on whether women have what it takes to serve in combat and if the military should adjust its rigorous physical training requirements to accommodate women?

DAVID LIGHTMAN (National Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers) On his weekly call, David talkeddd about what is happening in Washington.

RICHARD ROTH (A multi-faceted attorney, focusing on sports, white-collar crime, and employment. He's represented publicly held corporations and privately held businesses, CEOs, and industry magnates as well as celebrities, athletes, and professional) SCANDAL ERUPTS IN UNREGULATED WORLD OF FANTASY SPORTS: CRITICS RAISE HEAT ON SPORTS-FANTASY SITES DRAFTKINGS, FANDUEL A major scandal is erupting in the multibillion-dollar industry of fantasy sports, the online and unregulated business in which players assemble their fantasy teams with real athletes. The two major fantasy companies were forced to release statements defending their businesses' integrity after what amounted to allegations of insider trading, that employees were placing bets using information not generally available to the public. The statements were released after an employee at DraftKings, one of the two major companies, admitted to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L. games. The employee, a mid-level content manager, won $350,000 at a rival site, FanDuel, that same week. "It is absolutely akin to insider trading," said Daniel Wallach, a sports and gambling lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "It gives that person a distinct edge in a contest."New York attorney general opens inquiry as companies face uproar over employee's early release of data. Two big fantasy-sports companies scrambled to contain fallout as questions arose over whether the billion-dollar startups do enough to police employees who have access to inside data. The uproar, involving an employee of one startup with access to inside data who won big money on the other's site, renewed calls for greater oversight of an industry that has been largely unregulated. The New York Attorney General's office said it has opened an inquiry in response to the controversy and is demanding a raft of the companies' internal data-from the win/loss records of players to the algorithms that determine the pricing for fantasy athletes-and details on their policies to prevent fraud. In letters sent to the chief executives of DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc., the attorney general also asks for information on specific employees, including DraftKings' Ethan Haskell, who acknowledged on an online message board last week that he had prematurely released internal data. Reports that employees may have misused inside data, "raise legal questions relating to the fairness, transparency, and security," of the fantasy-sports companies, read both letters. How did they think they'd get away with it? Are we on the road to regulation? The companies have until Oct. 15 to respond.

BARRY HOROWITZ LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO Barry was in studio to talk about the changes regarding the probate court as well as his upcoming Estate Planning Seminars.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Angelico's, New Britain

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00PM - 9:00PM Location: Imperial Room Banquet Hall, Danielson

  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM & 7:00PM - 9:00PM Location: Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Wethersfield

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull

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