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After severing ties with 3 restaurants, Sheldon remains a partner in the renovation of Freestone Hotel



After severing ties with 3 restaurants, Sheldon remains a partner in the renovation of Freestone Hotel

A prominent Sonoma County restaurateur who severed ties with three of his businesses over sexual harassment allegations, isn’t forced to leave a fourth.

Lowell Sheldon was accused by at least six women of unwanted touches and inappropriate comments in a series of incidents six years ago.

He was taken off his hands this year at three Sebastopol restaurants: Fern Bar, Handline and Khom Loi.

The charges against him were first reported in September by the San Francisco Chronicle.

But Sheldon, who has not been charged with crimes, will remain as a partner at the Freestone Hotel, seven miles west of Sebastopol, the Chronicle first reported on Tuesday.

That 148-year-old building is undergoing renovation and is expected to reopen in 2023.

In a statement emailed to his “community” on Tuesday, Sheldon wrote, “I screwed up in some very real ways” and that “my mistakes have spread and caused pain throughout the community.”

Referring to training sessions on “appropriate work standards” he has undergone over the past two years, he expressed a desire “to better understand my impact as I travel the world.”

Jeffrey Berlin, one of the partners in the Freestone Hotel project, believes Sheldon is “really distraught” by the way he hurts people, “and is legitimately trying to handle those things about himself.

“If I didn’t see something very genuine and authentic in him in his response to what happened, I wouldn’t support him,” Berlin told The Press Democrat on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t stay in business with someone I thought would be a threat, or a danger to people,” Berlin said.

Sheldon acknowledged that his “relationships in three former restaurants had fallen apart because of the way I was.

“I have been in therapy for several years and will be in therapy for several more years,” he told The Press Democrat on Wednesday. “I intend to keep learning, growing.”

Sheldon added that he hopes to “show people that I’ve grown and that I’m ready to be that member of the community, and make them feel good about the company I’m part of.”

Leah Engel, a former Sheldon employee who made allegations against him, told the Chronicle she found the decision to include Sheldon in the Freestone Hotel project “baffling”.

Engel did not respond to a text message requesting comment on Wednesday. Jesse Hom-Dawson, ex-communications manager at Sheldon’s restaurants, who he once told him to “sit on Dad’s lap,” told the Chronicle she plans to challenge the Freestone Hotel’s licensing and alcohol licensing applications. She declined an emailed request for comment from a Press Democrat journalist.

Sheldon will have no hand in the day-to-day operations at the Freestone Hotel. “That was the plan from the start,” says Berlin, the general manager of the establishment.

The project’s third partner, Noah Churma, will provide financial support, as will Sheldon, who will also oversee the design of the hotel. Sheldon will then help Berlin set up the company, which Berlin will lead.

In addition to reopening the hotel, “we also want to run a wine shop, and possibly an on-site tavern,” Berlin said. “I don’t know if we want to run a full-fledged restaurant. It will be a lot more informal.”

For now, Berlin lives in the Freestone. If someone wants to talk to him, ‘It’s not like they have to track down someone in another city. I am here, ready, willing and able to communicate with people.”

In fact, he said, correcting himself in his mind, “it would be less about communicating, and more about just listening.”

You can reach Staff Writer Austin Murphy at [email protected] or on Twitter @ausmurph88.


Supreme Court issues notice on OMR sheet manipulation plea, discrepancy in final results




NEET-UG 2021 : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea Alleging Rigging Of OMR Sheets, Discrepancy In Final Results

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice in a written petition favored by 6 NEET-UG candidates alleging that their OMR sheets were tampered with after the publication of the response keys by the National Testing Agency.

The petitioners allege widespread discrepancies in NTA’s scoring process and dispute their grades and ranks achieved in the test conducted by the National Testing Agency on September 12, 2021.

The case was brought to court Judges DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna.

It has been argued that there was a huge discrepancy between the figures calculated by the petitioners based on the answer keys published by the NTA and the final figures set by the NTA on 1 November 2021. One of the submitters claims that his score based on the answer key was 584, but the final result was 164. According to another submitter, his score based on the answer key was 675, but the final result was 52 points. Another submitter’s final score was zero, although his guess was 545 points according to the answer key.

“It appears that there has been massive manipulation in the screening of the OMR sheet shortly after the publication of the answer keys and the consequent uploading of the OMR sheet for self-assessment and before the actual declaration of the result and scorecard on the NTA website, which has led to a blatant discrepancy in the figures obtained by the petitioners”, is in the petition.

Referring to the comparative tabulation of numbers, the petitioners have argued that it is “clearly apparent” that there is a huge margin of error in their scores.

It has further been claimed that something is completely wrong on the part of the NTA and that it should be addressed by opening an investigation against the authority.

The petitioners have referred in their petition to the news for the leak of the questionnaire and criminal conspiracy to sabotage the fair examination process for which several FIRs were registered in various places in India.

The sum and content of the initial research in these FIRs had demonstrated the rampant use of unscrupulous means and unfair practices to manipulate the results in favor of the wealthy and unmerited candidates, the petitioners said.

In light of this background, the petition stated that,

“There are malpractice and corrupt practices occurring at a level that the innocent, deserving and deserving applicants cannot imagine, which has resulted in arbitrariness and rejection of deserving candidates and as such violates their rights under Article 14 of the Constitution of India.”

The case will then be heard on December 13, 2021.

Senior lawyer Manoj Swarup with Rajan Kumar Singh (AOR) and Rakesh kumar Singh Advocate appeared before the applicants

The petition is submitted through Lawyer on Record Ranjan Kumar Singh.

Case : WP(C) 1286/2020


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Amazon brings fresh capital worth ₹650 cr in Amazon Wholesale (India)




Amazon brings fresh capital worth ₹650 cr in Amazon Wholesale (India)

Amazon Corporate Holdings Private Limited and Limited have the 650 Crore Investment in Amazon India Wholesale B2B Branch

US-based e-commerce giant Amazon has injected fresh capital to the beat of 650 crore in one of its India units, Amazon Wholesale (India), according to regulatory documents.

Amazon Corporate Holdings Private Limited and Limited have the A 650 crore investment in Amazon India’s wholesale B2B arm, according to documents filed with the Ministry of Business Affairs and shared by market research firm Tofler.

The allocation date was October 26, 2021, it added.

Amazon India did not respond to email inquiries.

According to the documents, a significant part of the funds (more than 649.94 crore) came from Amazon Corporate Holdings Pvt Ltd.

The new funds will provide Amazon in India with more arsenal to bolster its wholesale B2B business in India.

Amazon has aggressively invested in several business units in India.

These investments have been leveraged to expand infrastructure and add solutions to improve the consumer and merchant experience.

In October, Amazon had also injected fresh capital at the pace of 1,460 crore to Amazon Seller Services – the marketplace that helps sellers sell their products online in India and internationally.

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wisely reveals new ways for restaurants to use data to




wisely reveals new ways for restaurants to use data to

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — sensible, a leading customer intelligence and engagement platform for restaurants, today announced several new features to be showcased at the Customer Intelligence Summit, powered by olo, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Following the recently announced acquisition of Wisely by Olo, Noah Glass, founder and CEO of Olo, and Mike Vichich, VP and GM of Customer Engagement products at Olo, will jointly unveil the latest Wisely product features built to enable restaurants use data to grow their business and deepen guest relationships.

Mr. Vichich will then host a panel discussion with Tana Davila, Chief Marketing Officer at PF Chang’s, and Matt Eisenacher, SVP Brand Strategy and Innovation at First Watch, about maximizing customer lifelong value with customer intelligence.

The 60-minute virtual release event introduces a number of new ways to personalize guest communication, deliver a meaningful dining experience, and keep team members informed. The following features are available, currently within the Wisely platform, for immediate use from December 1st:

  • Email Builder: Set up automated marketing emails in minutes
  • Supercharged segmentation: Segment guests with new Smart Properties such as predicted CLV and churn risk
  • Extensive library of webhooks: Take action after a guest submits a survey to show appreciation for feedback
  • Add a gift: Let others easily share a gift with guests (e.g. bottle of wine) during their dining experience
  • Flexible booking policy: Limit no-shows and last-minute cancellations by configuring selected reservations as subject to cancellation fees, with the flexibility to waive fees
  • Shift Notes: Streamline communication between team members so that the nuances of each shift are passed on

“Being a customer-centric brand means you’re in control of your customer data,” said Mr. Vichich. “Our new features make it easier than ever for restaurant brands to collect, analyze and act on their data – ultimately delivering an exceptional guest experience.”

“Along with Olo’s on-demand commerce platform, we’re proud to give restaurants the tools they need to maximize customer lifetime value and accelerate their digital transformation,” said Mr Glass. “We look forward to sharing our latest innovations and celebrating the unification of our two companies.”

To register for the Customer Intelligence Summit, go to:

About Wise
Wisely is a leading customer information platform for restaurants and was ranked number 300 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Brands such as Chuy’s, First Watch, Fat Brands Inc. QSR Division, PF Chang’s and hundreds of others wisely empower to personalize the guest experience to maximize customer lifetime value and build a profitable future with data. Wisely’s best-in-class software solutions include the first-ever CDP built specifically for restaurants, an all-in-one CRM with marketing automation, waitlist, reservations, table and order management, and guest sentiment. Say goodbye to transactions and hello to customers with Wisely. Visit

About Olo
Olo is a leading on-demand commerce platform driving the digital transformation of the restaurant industry. Millions of orders per day run on Olo’s enterprise SaaS engine, enabling brands to maximize the convergence of digital and physical operations. The Olo platform provides the infrastructure to capture demand and manage consumer orders from any channel. With integrations with more than 100 technology partners, Olo customers can build digital experiences with the largest and most flexible restaurant commerce ecosystem on the market. More than 500 restaurant brands use Olo to grow digital sales, maximize profitability and maintain direct consumer relationships. More information on

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