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Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic’s first two astronauts, Frederick “CJ” Sturckow, left, and Mark “Forger” Stucky, celebrate following a successful suborbital spaceflight in December 2018. Branson will serve as guest speaker during Cal State Bakersfield's 50th year anniversary virtual celebration on Oct. 1.

CSUB is getting ready to kick off its golden anniversary with a celebration Oct. 1, which will be a chance to commemorate the very first day of classes in 1970. A virtual celebration marking that day will feature guest speakers and musicians including Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group.

The CSUB community will be able to submit questions through the university's website to the British businessman. Congressman Kevin McCarthy will serve as moderator of the discussion.

"Sir Richard Branson represents the infinite possibilities for our world, our future and our people when imagination and science work together to conquer new frontiers," CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny said in a news release. "As a visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Richard is an example to CSUB’s students of excellence and ingenuity. His maverick spirit has written a new chapter in the proud aerospace history of the Mojave Desert, here in our own region. Sir Richard is a model to our community and students that no idea is too big, no dream out of reach if we devote ourselves to their pursuit."

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will be performing at the event, as well as Bakersfield Sound favorite Monty Byron. CSUB Foundation chair John Nilon will be the emcee. 

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you don't think he's just here looking 4 Kevin just to put a good word in UncleDon's ear..I mean Sir Ricky liked to court even Barack....and UncleDon's got very deep pockets....America's pockets....Virgin Atlantic completes rescue plan; 1,150 jobs lost

Virgin Atlantic has completed its 1.2 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) restructuring plan and cut 1,150 jobs as the airline seeks to rebuild following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

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September 4, 2020, 5:38 AM

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Sir Ricky is a perfect fit 4 Trumps America…. "Sir Richard Branson represents the infinite possibilities for our world, our future and our people when imagination and science work together to conquer new frontiers," CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny said in a news release. "As a visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Richard is an example to CSUB’s students of excellence and ingenuity. His maverick spirit has written a new chapter in the proud aerospace history of the Mojave Desert, here in our own region. Sir Richard is a model to our community and students that no idea is too big, no dream out of reach if we devote ourselves to their pursuit."….Wiki-----Controversies Tax evasion In 1971, Branson was convicted and briefly jailed for tax evasion, having fraudulently obtained export documents for records to be sold on the domestic market to avoid paying Purchase Tax.[154][155] Customs officials caught onto the scheme and executed a sting operation, marking records bought for the international market with invisible ink and subsequently buying them on the domestic market. Branson was advised of the sting by an anonymous tip-off and attempted to dispose of the evidence, but this was unsuccessful.[154][155] Branson's business empire is owned by a complicated series of offshore trusts and companies. The Sunday Times stated that his wealth is calculated at £3 billion; if he were to retire to his Caribbean island and liquidate all of this, he would pay relatively little in tax.[156] Branson has been criticised for his business strategy, and has been accused of being a carpetbagger.[157][158][159] Branson responded that he is living on Necker for health rather than tax reasons.[160] In 2013, Branson described himself as a "tax exile", having saved millions in tax by ending his mainland British residency and living in the British Virgin Islands.[161] This was echoed by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Labour's John McDonnell, in 2016, amid calls for his knighthood to be revoked.[162] Promotion of SeaWorld Branson has been criticised by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation organisation for profiting from selling trips to SeaWorld and similar themed parks that hold dolphins, whales and other sea life in captivity for entertainment purposes.[163][164] Assault claim In November 2017, singer Antonia Jenae, a backing singer for Joss Stone, claimed Branson sexually assaulted her at Necker Island by "putting his head between her cleavage and making boat engine noises."[165] A spokesperson for Branson confirmed to The Sun newspaper that members of the band had been invited for a party on the island in 2010, but that he and friends and family in attendance had "no recollection" of the events and that "there would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable. Richard apologises if anyone felt that way."[165][166] Personal life Branson married Kristen Tomassi in 1972 and divorced her in 1979. He has a daughter Holly (b. 1981) and a son Sam (b. 1985) with his second wife, Joan Templeman, whom he met in 1976. They were married in 1989 on Necker Island.[citation needed] He stated in an interview with Piers Morgan that he and Joan also had a daughter named Clare Sarah, who died when she was four days old in 1979.[167][168] In 2007 Branson was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery to conduct an on-flight wedding as part of a marketing effort for domestic flights in the USA on Virgin America airline. [169] From 2013 to 2017 Branson served as President of the Old Stoic Society of Stowe School.[170] [171] Branson is also an experienced kitesurfer, holding some world records in the sport.[172][173] In August 2016 Branson was injured while riding his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands and suffered torn ligaments and a cracked cheek as a result. He was taken to hospital in Miami for X-rays and scans.[174] In 2017 Branson's Necker Island home was left uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma.[175] It was the second time the Necker Island home had been severely damaged after the building caught fire when it was struck by lightning caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.[176] Influences Branson has stated in a number of interviews that he has been much influenced by non-fiction books. He most commonly mentions Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, explaining that Mandela was "one of the most inspiring men I have ever met and had the honour to call my friend." Owing to his interest in humanitarian and ecological issues, Branson also lists Al Gore's best-selling book, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock amongst his favourites. According to Branson's book, Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life, he is also a fan of Jung Chang's Wild Swans and Antony Beevor's Stalingrad.[177][178] In fiction, Branson has long admired the character Peter Pan,[179] and in 2006, he founded Virgin Comics LLC, stating that Virgin Comics will give "a whole generation of young, creative thinkers a voice".[180][181]

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