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Our women’s football team has shown how, despite minimal state support, success can be achieved. But that shouldn’t be the case. FILE PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED


Our women’s football team has shown how, despite minimal state support, success can be achieved. But that shouldn’t be the case. FILE PHOTO: FIROZ AHMED

We have more tragedies than successes in our national life. We continue to witness a pure polarization of politics – something that has spread beyond the political spheres and relevant professional bodies. Such division is never a good sign for a nation, as opportunists take advantage of the cracks, while people in general are frustrated. And we are weakening as a nation, even though our country has made notable progress in economic and social development. There are valid questions about whether our development has been distributive – something that is deeply tied to governance. It is a fact that the rich get richer and the poor poorer without good governance. And democracy without good governance is not effective in its true sense.

On the other hand, we face natural calamities – floods, cyclones, etc. – as well as man-made disasters such as road accidents that tear thousands of families away from their loved ones. Traffic jams are a major reason for our daily frustration, especially for those who live in big cities like Dhaka and Chattogram. I’ve heard people say they’ve gone to green pastures abroad to avoid the endless traffic jams that made their lives horrible. We often hear stories of our men taking the riskiest journeys to reach the shores of Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.

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Our men’s national cricket team, however, could bring joy and pride to our national life. Again, when they win, we are extremely happy, but equally sad when they lose. It’s possible that such extreme emotions stem from our deep desire to win, but also reflect that somewhere within us we lack the level of satisfaction we should have.

The victory of our women’s national football team is extraordinary. Certainly, it gives all of us, especially women, an extraordinary level of confidence to dream of breaking down barriers like our footballers do. How and why?

These are the women who come from modest backgrounds, from the most remote areas – not from families who could provide nutritious food, high-quality housing, a gym or a playground. What they had was determination, hard work, discipline and patriotism. Above all, they had the zeal to free themselves from all sorts of stigmata.

The composition of this team is quite interesting. They cover all strata of Bangladeshi society. A significant number of players come from ethnic communities. It shows the true beauty of a nation – unity in diversity. I once had the opportunity to speak to a player from our national women’s under-18 football team. She explained how mingling with players from ethnic communities in a training camp changed her misconceptions about ethnic communities in the country. “I found them very friendly, loving and caring…we became very good friends,” said the footballer.

This goes with the fundamental spirit of Bangladesh, a secular country where people of all creeds, races, ethnicities are expected to live together without discrimination – the ideal on the basis of which this country was liberated from a communal, repressive and discrimination in 1971. We can see how the ethnic and religious conflicts in our neighboring countries have put their lives at risk. Bangladesh, despite some challenges, can still succeed in maintaining this unity. Any attempt to break this unity must be prevented with all our might if we are to prosper.

Unfortunately, our women’s football team is not used to receiving the same dignity, salary or any other privileges as our men’s teams. This reflects the sheer gender discrimination that still persists in our society. In general, social and economic inequalities are still quite high. This is not in line with the fundamental values ​​of our country. We have been deprived of equal political, economic, cultural and social rights since our independence. Women, ethnic groups and the working class are still denied equal rights.

Our women’s soccer team has shown how, despite minimal state support, a combination of determination, hard work, confidence, unity and patriotism can lead to tremendous success. We must internalize these qualities, taking inspiration from this team of champions. We need more success to be more confident, not just in sports, but in all aspects of life.

Porimol Palma is a diplomatic correspondent for the Daily Star.

The Canton du Nord gives notice of departure from the Joint Planning Council – Bemidji Pioneer


BEMIDJI — Northern Township has given official notice of its intention to withdraw from the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, an organization made up of a partnership between Northern Township and the town of Bemidji.

Presented at a joint meeting between the North Township Council and Bemidji City Council on Monday, September 26, the notice is not an immediate exit from the organization, and North Township President Jess Frenzel , said they were always open to discussion and cooperation on the future of the partnership.

“We’re not saying we want to go out now,” Frenzel explained. “We always want to have discussions.”

The JPB, which is the regulatory body for planning and zoning decisions for Bemidji and the Canton du Nord, was created 15 years ago. Since then, Frenzel said, a lot has changed in the region.

One of the biggest changes has been the fact that the town of Bemidji has annexed a significant portion of the north in recent years, making the area served by JPB very different.

Jess Frenzel

“When we started joint planning years and years ago, the township was basically in the city. The town is now in the countryside of Bemidji,” Frenzel said. “We lost a lot of property because of the annexation.”

The Northern Township Board also pointed to other concerns that led to the advisory, including the time JPB staff spent in each of the jurisdictions and the unequal representation between the two government bodies within the JPB. Bemidji has three members on the board of directors, compared to two for Northern Township.

“We don’t have equal representation anymore,” said Northern Townships Council member Mike Kelly. “We feel like we’ve lost our ability to communicate inside the JPB…it just doesn’t work for us.”

The current notice presented by Northern Township would result in the formal dissolution of the partnership on December 31, 2024, although this may be adjusted depending on the interpretation of the exit terms of the initial contract.

If Northern Township decided to leave the JPB, it would not be the first. Bemidji Township, which was also a founding member of the organization, left the group in 2017 following settlements related to the township’s annexation of the township.

Frenzel stressed that he does not want the end of the partnership between the city and the Canton du Nord, if it happens, to be done on bad terms.

“We want to end on good terms, you guys were great partners,” Frenzel said. “You have to see the situation from the canton’s point of view. We’re trying to do the right thing here.

The Canton du Nord is open to discussions on how the JPB could continue, assuming some adjustments are made to the organization. The notice serves in some respects as an ultimatum for these conversations.

“We are still planning to have discussions with (the town of Bemidji) to see how it might work, but if we can’t figure it out in two and a half years, are we ever going to figure it out?” Frenzel said.

Even if the township pulls out of the deal, its board members have stressed that they would like to continue a partnership at least to some extent.

“We still believe joint planning is important for the region,” Kelly said.

Council members understood Northern Township’s concerns and responded that they would need to have their own discussions.

“I understand why you provided this notice,” Mayor Jorge Prince said. “We’re going to have to take this information and arrange our own meeting.”

The future of the JPB was not the only topic of conversation during the joint meeting between the two government bodies. Another point of discussion was an update on progress on a project to extend water and sewer services to Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge on Lake Bemidji.

Several different options were presented to achieve this goal last January in both the Canton du Nord and the town of Bemidji. These ranged from the possibility of Bemidji annexing land along the extension road, to the North Township developing its own system of water and sewage services.

With those options set, Northern Township began pursuing the latter option, soliciting letters of support from Bemidji and working with state lawmakers to secure funds.

At Monday’s meeting, Frenzel asked about the possibility of creating a memorandum of understanding with Bemidji on the project, since the city would be the township’s partner for this.

“The next step we would like to suggest is to talk about what a deal would look like. I would love to have that discussion,” Frenzel said.

A formal memorandum of understanding and commitment from the city could help gain support from the legislature to include the project in a bail bill.

“Our (state) partners are asking for it. They want to be sure we have a project and a partner,” Kelly said.

The city has expressed the need for additional information on the project before a memorandum of understanding can be signed between the two parties.

“We need a little more information to know if there’s a realistic plan here or not,” City Manager Nate Mathews said. “The MOU will be trickier for both of us, you need to know what your costs are.”

A consensus was reached that more details of the project need to be worked out between the township and the city before a memorandum of understanding is discussed.

“The devil is in the details,” Prince said. “What I don’t want to see happen is an additional burden on the city taxpayer or an additional risk.”

With a focus on public safety, Rep. Malliotakis outlines the GOP’s legislative agenda


STATEN ISLAND, NY — Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) hosted Advance/SILive.com at her Bull’s headquarters on Monday to review her party’s legislative agenda.

Hoping Republicans will take the House and Senate in November, the top congresswoman outlined the party’s plan, titled “Pledge to America,” emphasizing four key points: freedom, strength, safety and responsibility.

“It’s basically a blueprint for what the Republican agenda will be if we take over the House and take over running the next Congress,” she said.

House Republicans began pushing the agenda last week, but much of the plan centers on well-rehearsed conservative talking points on reining in government spending and securing the border.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) instructed the various Republican members of the chamber to separate working groups on the topics they focus on and picked Malliotakis for the focused working group. on public safety.

She said one of their first goals will be to repeal legislation that funded the hiring of about 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees over the next five years. This funding could be better used to support the hiring of border patrol agents or local police forces, she said.

“We don’t see the need that Democrats see in terms of these IRS officers, so we want to repeal that,” she said.

Even if the Republicans get their ideal midterm election result and take both houses of Congress, President Joe Biden will still occupy the White House with the ability to thwart their full legislative agenda.

Malliotakis said the accountability component of the Republican plan includes holding federal officials accountable for immigration issues at the southern border and the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The congresswoman, who is set for a 2020 rematch with former Rep. Max Rose (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), would only say she would support hearings and investigations when asked if she would be in in favor of impeaching the president.

McCarthy unveiled his party’s legislative platform at a town hall event near Pittsburgh and said he developed the plan following a national tour to hear voter concerns.

“We want to roll it out across the country to know exactly what we’ll do if you trust us and give us the ability to take a new direction for this country,” McCarthy said. “What commitment is is a plan – a plan for a new direction.”

Posters and Pints ​​unites beer and science


The crunch of beer cans and lively conversations erupted in the Sarah Flaum Atrium on Tuesday as hundreds of postdocs, graduate students and faculty gathered for Posters and Pints, an evening of informal science communication and tasting of beer.

About 14 students presented research posters as hundreds of them spoke, drank beer and ate free food.

“The food is delicious, the drinks are delicious, and the science is fun,” graduate student Jason Nagourney said after entering the atrium unaware the event was happening.

An experienced presenter noted that Posters and Pints ​​was the most successful presentation session they had ever had.

“I was at a big international conference in Vancouver at the end of August, and I had more interactions here than at this conference, probably five times more interactions. It’s awesome,” postdoctoral student Christina Post told the CT. “This is definitely the best poster session I’ve ever had.”

Presenters and attendees were thrilled to have the opportunity to speak to their peers across the University. And, of course, they were also excited to sample many types of beer.

“I like having the option of beer,” said postdoctoral student Samantha Romanik, referring to how many European conferences are structured to have an informal atmosphere. “It feels more informal and feels like you’re talking to collaborators and colleagues rather than being sort of tested on your poster.”

For many, Posters and Pints ​​was a springboard to prepare for future conferences and presentations of research projects.

“I’m giving a talk at NERM, the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in about two weeks, so I thought it would be a good event to get me out of the lab,” said graduate student Jordan. Butt. CT.

This year’s event, which was the second Posters and Pints ​​ever, was the result of a collaboration between the UR Postdoctoral Association, the Thinkers and Drinkers Communications Club and MyHub. Thinkers and drinkers spearheaded the first iteration in 2019.

“We all talked about what we liked and disliked about the poster sessions and tried to do something that we would like in a poster session, and that would be free booze and casual conversations about science,” Ian Krout, co-chairman of Thinkers and Drinkers, says the CT.

The COVID-19 pandemic suspended the second edition of the event until this year as organizers wanted to ensure it would be able to go ahead.

“I think it’s an exciting event to attend,” said Erin Davis, co-chair of the Postgraduate Association. “It’s more informal and social, there’s no judgment. We’re just here to have a good time and help people communicate their own research.

Bursts of bold UN discourse on feminism, masculinity and patriarchy


Few men in power have addressed gender equality on the main stage of the United Nations this month, but those who have have gone there boldly: claiming feminist credibility, selling “positive masculinity and resolutely demand an end to patriarchy.

On the first day of the General Assembly meeting of world leaders, Bolivian President Luis Arce touted 2022 as “the year of cultural revolution for depatriarchy” for his country and urged the United Nations to embrace a global effort to a decade to do the same. .

Arce said his country wants to promote policies aimed at “transforming this unfortunate reality caused by patriarchy as the oldest system of oppression, and which is also linked to colonialism and capitalism”.

Gender equality, one of the main goals of the United Nations, has long been a safe topic of discussion for world leaders, and there have been many brief and polite mentions of the progress made towards the empowerment of women, including promoting women in leading roles, ensuring equal educational opportunities for girls and supporting women’s autonomy over their own bodies.

There were also leaders who didn’t say the words “women” or “girls” at all during their appearance on stage – the King of Jordan, the President of Cyprus, the Prime Minister of Japan.

At other times, “feminism”—considered an F-word by many for generations—was used with pride.

Liberian President George Weah has declared himself “the chief feminist”. Andorran Prime Minister Xavier Espot Zamora acknowledged that “feminism is one of the great challenges of the present moment”. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez trumpeted “the feminist agenda and the fight for gender equality”.

“We live in a time when demanding fundamental rights is always a revolutionary act,” Sánchez said in his speech at the UN. “The global threats to women’s sexual and reproductive freedom are another example of how painfully slow the world is moving towards securing full equality. Worse still, it is the fragility of our past social achievements, victims of the decline of certain advanced democracies, which is completely inexplicable at this stage of the 21st century.

It was an impassioned blow, apparently directed at the event’s host country, where a recent Supreme Court ruling ended the constitutional right to abortion. In contrast, US President Joe Biden made only passing mention of abortion rights – even as the court ruling continues to spread across the country.

“The future will be won by countries that unlock the full potential of their people, where women and girls can exercise equal rights, including basic reproductive rights,” Biden said in his speech.

The contrast was a stark reminder that words matter, said Sylvia Maier, professor of global gender studies at New York University, who said the unabashed use of progressive language by some world leaders on this important stage was new, unusual and surprising. The largest gathering of world leaders remains a male-dominated forum.

“It’s time we stopped using euphemisms and beating around the bush,” Maier said. “It’s time we started talking about what we’re up against in clear terms. … We can’t solve these problems – which are all related – without really calling it by its name.

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi said in his speech that he was a “champion of positive masculinity”, affirming the need for “radical change” while highlighting the holding of an African Union men’s conference to combat the rise in violence against women. “Because equality is not a gift given to women,” Tshisekedi said.

The United Nations has defined positive masculinity as “an innovative approach to engaging and involving men, and making them allies in gender equality and peacebuilding efforts in conflict and post-conflict settings. “.

Maier said it’s important to model the so-called idea of ​​”what a good and honorable man should do” – to resist violence and speak as a bystander, to understand consent, to believe survivors of gender-based violence and to create services to help those in crisis. .

“It’s hard work to change social norms, which are really gender stereotypes,” Maier said. “Positive masculinity really means reinforcing positive traits, but all of those traits, they shouldn’t even have gender.”

The problem is particularly acute for the Congo. One of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, the country has long struggled with high rates of sexual violence, domestic violence and child marriage.

“The issue is not masculinity,” said Ousseina Alidou, a professor who directs the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University and is president of the African Studies Association. “Who we are is not the issue, but what we adopt as our ideology.”

Alidou said it was commendable that Africa is taking the issue seriously as part of healing the continent from its painful history of colonization.

“Patriarchy was the framework in which colonialism manifested itself, in the most inhuman way on the African continent,” Alidou said. “Patriarchy is not the monopoly of one region of the world. It is a worldwide phenomenon. »


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Coastal Bend executives disagree over more than $180 million in disaster relief


The leaders were ready to fight for their piece of the pie, but it was something that was put on hold before the meeting even really started.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Just about every city and county leader across the Coastal Bend crammed into a room for a Council of Governments meeting Friday.

Nearly $180 million from the General Land Office is expected to be split among the 11 counties. It’s money that local leaders didn’t have to ask for and will go to communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey which rocked Coastal Bend in 2017.

But it turns out the meeting ended before it even had much of a chance to start.

Leaders were ready to fight for their piece of the pie – but it was something that was put on hold due to a question whether leaders had received the required 72-hour notice for the meeting to take place .

When millions of free money are up for grabs, you can expect to catch the eye of local politicians.

“Most of us in county government think we’re here to serve a region, it’s part of our mission, water knows no borders, that’s why money is so important,” Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said.

The judge adds that the county is expected to win $31 million in funding, with the city of Corpus Christi receiving about half that amount.

“The City of Corpus Christi objected to the methodology. I think that’s why you see a full house,” Canales said.

The funds must specifically be used for protection against future disasters. Projects that include flood control.

Emily Martinez, director of regional economic development for the Coastal Bend Council of Governments, said there are endless possibilities for the funds.

“There could be infrastructure, shoreline protection, everything from sewage treatment facilities to the average drainage project,” Martinez said.

The Council of Governments was appointed by the General Lands Board to determine how to distribute the funding. They teamed up with the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to find ways to distribute the money.

“You can’t argue with data, because we’re using very specific data, weighted it, the 15% population uses things like low to moderate income, floodplain,” Martinez said.

But this is not without discussion on how the money should be distributed.

“Each agency is fighting for dollars. There is a dispute over how the formula was calculated,” said Corpus Christi District 3 Councilman Roland Barrera.

Barrera’s concerns center on his district, District 3.

“My district has some of the poorest in the area, of which we actually have drainage issues in the western area of ​​the city,” Barrera said, “however, the demographics were calculated based on the average of the entire the city. So that brought the average for me, that included Ocean Drive and Padre Island.”

However, even before it could be challenged, Portland Mayor Cathy Skurow grew concerned about whether the leaders had been given proper notice of the meeting itself.

“In order to make sure everyone has a voice at the table, it’s important for us to have proper notice for these meetings, that was my point of order today,” Skurow said.

Instead of discussing this item, a motion was made to return to the table next week.

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They recognize Cuba’s priority in respecting the 2030 Agenda (+photo)


Havana, September 23 (ACN) Cuba 2030 program This is a state commitment and a national priority, and this responsibility has been assumed and reaffirmed in the midst of very complex challenges, assured today in the capital Consuelo Vidal-Bruce, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in the country.

An officer speaks at the first Cuban civil society dialogue sustainable development goals (SDGs), organized within the framework of the Global Week of Action for the SDGs, during which the National Group for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda had exchanges with representatives of various sectors, in addition to report on progress and challenges.

After pointing out that many agencies Him They highlight Cuba’s population among the most vaccinated in the world, with Vidal-Bruce pointing out that Cuba is returning to its new normal through its own efforts, as various crises have forced the world to achieve goals and targets. is put in grave danger of not being able to. at the time of this program.

He expressed that the Caribbean nation has a strong potential for its human resources to promote sustainable development, and has a large number of innovative projects at the local level which, if developed, could become accelerators of the SDGs.

The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system highlighted the ability of the Cuban United Nations Association (UNAC) to foster coalitions and projects and initiatives in pursuit of these goals and the 2030 Agenda.

During the meeting, Susette Rosales Vazquez, the coordinator of the national group for the implementation of these mechanisms, pointed out that to monitor and analyze them, the country has a platform-laboratory of the SDGs.

The Director of Strategic Planning and Development of the Ministry of Economy and Planning reported today on the main progress and results of 703 national and regional initiatives in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Plan for Economic Development and (PNDES) 2030.

He explained that the platform-laboratory promotes the expression of funding sources and the more efficient use of resources as well as the transfer of innovations, among other benefits, and involves 90 institutions and the participation of 217 other actors and entities. . ,

Representatives of the Ministries of Public Health and Education, one of the mobility-related local development projects of the capital, the Express Platform for Integral Regional Development (PADIT), and representatives of organizations of Cuban civil society presented their contributions.

During the meeting, examples were mentioned of acceleration initiatives that reaffirm the will of the State to adhere to Agenda 2030, the Family Code, which will be presented in a referendum on Sunday, the legislation on food sovereignty and food and nutrition security, the anti-COVID 19 vaccine and other efforts for the well-being of the population and the development of the country.

There was also agreement on the need to expand the network of alliances, including national and local actors, including public enterprises, MSMEs and non-agricultural cooperatives, suggested in the dialogue, Heroes of the Republic of Cuba, Ramón Labanino, vice-president of the National Capital Region. Union of Cuban Economists and Accountants.

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Norma Goicochia, President of UNA-Canada; and Juan Carlos Alfonso, Vice President of the National Statistics and Information Office, agreed with other participants on the urgency of making visible the efforts and achievements, initiatives and contributions along the way towards the SDGs, in a context of strengthening the blockade. , and to organize such meetings.

ASMSU Approves Board Accountability Measures


At the Michigan State University Associated Student General Assembly, or ASMSU, meeting on Thursday, the status of the Board of Trustees and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. was discussed with the administrator Rema Vassar, five bills were considered and a president resigned.

The meeting began with a period of open discussion with Vassar.

“I’m not saying that Michigan State University is unique in terms of inappropriately responding to reports…Michigan State, however, cannot afford to be wrong,” Vassar said. “At this point, the university is not in compliance with state law.”

She referred to the legally required certification process for Title IX compliance for universities.

Stanley told a Faculty Senate meeting last week that when he signed the Title IX compliance form, he felt that all reports had been reviewed. He said administrators were to blame for not reviewing the reports given to them.

Board survey to be conducted by the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance and professional development training

The meeting concluded with consideration of two September 13 Faculty Senate resolutions.

In agreement with the Faculty Senate, the General Assembly approved the resolution to conduct investigations of the Board of Trustees by the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance. The investigation report would be available to the public.

The second resolution to hire a firm to provide professional development training for the Board of Directors was also approved. The training would ensure that Council members do not hide information and maintain community confidence in the Council.

“In order to build the trust, transparency and accountability that we can hold our board of trustees to, they need to undergo professional development training and general development,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Aaron Iturralde.

IM sports facilities Update

Guest speaker Rick McNeil, Director of Recreational Sports and Fitness at MSU, presented visuals of a new recreational facility set to be built at Cherry Lane Field. The facility will include an indoor pool, updated machines, a variety of courts and outdoor recreation areas.

“We’re not building an IM building, we’re building a destination,” McNeil said.

He said the goal is to create a space where Spartans want to go to have fun. While the project awaits funding, it’s critical that the student body advocate for the establishment with Vice President Vennie Gore or the board of trustees, McNeil said.

General Assembly GroupMe Community guidelines

After two amendments and a debate on the executive power of the administrator of GroupMe in the General Assembly, the bill allowing the administrator of the chat to delete harmful messages at his discretion was adopted by 14 votes.

The bill was first introduced at the Summer General Meeting on August 25 after offensive comments were made in the chat.

“These are ground rules and common sense for any business environment,” a rep said. “It’s very easy for people to become keyboard warriors and start a fight instead of having these conversations in person, which can lead to meaningful and impactful change. Starting a fight in a GroupMe won’t result in This leads to more arguments and more divisions than we have already seen in this General Assembly, especially this summer.

Beneficiaries of SNAP, WIC and TAIF to buy menstrual some products

Introduced by Representative Shrishti Jalan of the Women’s Council, this Bill allows beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Scheme, Women, Infants and Children and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scheme to use these benefits to buy menstrual products.

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The bill was passed unanimously.

Resignation from Ishaan Fashion

Vice President for Government Affairs, or VPGA, Ishaan Modi announced his resignation from his post last night. During his two years of involvement with ASMSU, he served on the General Assembly, in a staff position and as VPGA.

“In the process, I never anticipated that I would meet some of my best friends and truly impact this community,” Modi said. “Unfortunately, my time at ASMSU is coming to an end. I always planned to stay at ASMSU until the end of my senior year, but plans change, life changes you. At this stage of college , I have to prioritize other personal and professional goals.”

Modi’s resignation becomes effective with the election of the next VPGA, which will most likely take place at the October 20 General Assembly meeting, he said.

The next meeting of the General Assembly will be held on October 6 at the International Center in room 115.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article included a quote incorrectly attributed to Academic Governance Secretary Tyler Silvestri. The quote “In order to build the trust, transparency and accountability that we can hold our board of directors to, it needs to undergo professional development training and development in general,” came from Vice President of Academic Affairs Aaron Iturralde , not Silvestri.


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Tin Cup Social at Fairport NY is designed for game day


Four sports enthusiasts have teamed up to open Tin Cup Social, a Fairport bar designed for game days.

The bar’s owners ― Daniel D’Angelantonio, Mike Mrzywka, Chris Valentine and Scott Seppen ― had been looking to collaborate on a venture for some time and finally found the right place at The Cannery, a thriving development located in the former factory of the American Can Company. . D’Angelantonio, Mrzywka and Valentine are veterans of the local bar scene.

The name of the bar has a double meaning. It pays homage to the building’s history of making cans for beer. The owners are also avid golfers, and the name is a nod to the movie “Tin Cup.”

“The message of the movie ‘Tin Cup’ is just go for it,” D’Angelantonio said. “That’s what we did.”

“We’re going to be a place to come and watch the game, eat good food,” he said. He envisions the bar as a gathering place for pro football games, college football games, March Madness, the FIFA World Cup, and more. Its opening coincided with the week of the Buffalo Bills’ first game, and it was packed.

Above the bar is a giant screen that can be split into four; Another 11 TVs are visible from virtually anywhere in the room. Sports memorabilia line the walls, and one of its three unisex bathrooms pays homage to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, with Zubaz wallpaper. “I’m the biggest Bills fan on the planet,” D’Angelantonio said.

The drinks

In keeping with The Cannery’s history, the bar’s range of around four dozen beers are served entirely in cans. Beer list includes sours, lagers, IPAs and other selections from Other Half Brewing Company, Equilibrium Brewery, Resurgence Brewing Company, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Rising Storm Brewing Company and K2 Brothers Brewing, as well as top brands .

The bar’s specialty cocktails were created by Tony Rials, a well-known Buffalo bartender who is a partner in the city’s Waxlight Bar a’ Vin. “He’s a cocktail guru,” D’Angelantonio said. “He’s traveled all over to learn different recipes. He’s a master at his craft.”

The food

Chef Mark Day cooks a menu of upscale casual fare that can be paired with beer and sporting events.

Smashed burgers are made from a mixture of short ribs, brisket, and chuck; one of the four versions is The Jalapeño, topped with pickled jalapeños, jalapeño poppers, and garlic aioli. The sandwiches are completed with a crispy chicken sandwich and a veggie portobello banh mi.

The share fare includes soft pretzels and wings served with a variety of sauces. A vegan Tin Cup caviar, made with black beans, corn and vegetables, is presented in a container reminiscent of a tin cup and served with tortilla chips.

Rounding out the menu are a pair of salads, shrimp tacos, crab cakes, and garlic parmesan fries.

If you are going to

Tin Cup Social is located at 25 Parce Ave., in The Cannery complex. It is open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; noon to 2 a.m. Saturday; and from noon to midnight on Sundays. It is closed on Tuesday.

Accessibility: A series of ramps lead to its front door. Most seats are high, but a standard-height bench seat borders a long wall. The bar has three unisex bathrooms, two of which are accessible. Accessible parking is available in a common car park in front of the company. The environment is noisy.

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Tama Co. Zoning Commission members Doug Dvorak, Wade Mitchell and Darren Thiessen met Sept. 12 to discuss the county’s commercial wind power ordinance. With only three members present and, therefore, an insufficient quorum, ideas were exchanged to help get the ball rolling on possible reforms.

Dvorak immediately addressed the lack of zoning commissioners present.

“(Zoning Director) Todd Apfel told me that a lawyer advised him not to come to this meeting tonight [and] not to have meetings,” he said.

After opening the meeting with the oath of allegiance, Dvorak, as temporary active chairman during the meeting, made a statement on the oath.

“The final words of that pledge are ‘With freedom and justice for all’, and I think that’s why we’re all here. We want all owners to have their property rights and the freedom to do what they want, but at the same time justice for all,” he said. “We must have justice for all owners and their rights. It’s a fine line we’re walking here.

The Zoning Commission compared and contrasted wind ordinances in Worth, Grundy, and Benton counties to help restructure Tama.

Mitchell studied the Worth County ordinance before the meeting.

“I haven’t seen anything in there that I wouldn’t keep, and everything in the Tama County ordinance is covered in Worth County,” he said. “Things such as dismantling, setbacks and sound are covered in more detail in the Worth County Ordinance.”

While reviewing the Worth County ordinance, Mitchell outlined changes that likely will need to be made for Tama County, such as building wind turbines, reviewing and maintaining road conditions. He also noted the lack of explicit details on turbine removal and road repair after turbine decommissioning in the Worth County ordinance.

Dvorak supported the meeting to do a line-by-line comparison between the two ordinances to help establish a baseline, starting with the turbine setbacks from the structures. Tama’s setback requirement is only twice the turbine height – or 1,000 feet – while Worth’s has a setback of 3.75 times the total height or 1,600 feet.

Dvorak also spoke with the Grundy County zoning coordinator before the meeting.

“They had recently undergone changes [and] decided to go with a setback of any residence five times the total height of their turbine, including the deployed blade,” he said. “Their approximate measurements [of a turbine] measured 628 feet [making the set back] 3,140. That’s about six-tenths of a mile.

While comparing the recoil standards of Worth and Grundy, Mitchell also touched on containment feeding operations.

“If the containment power operation is owned by the owner who owns the turbine, then I have no problem with it being so close [like in Worth’s Ordinance]but if it’s going to create problems with someone’s livestock, I think that setback could be a bit further,” he said.

Dvorak addressed the concerns of making a decision immediately considering only the setbacks.

“As you can see, we spent 15 minutes discussing the setbacks, and we didn’t come to an agreement because it’s tricky,” he said.

The commission then jumped to the ordinance’s sound regulations, with Tama set at 60 decibels compared to Worth’s expanded regulations of 35 to 85 decibels depending on location relative to the man’s occupied residence, the property lines, time of day and tone duration. The World Health Organization has released a report stating that the dba (noise level in decibels) should not exceed 45 in a residential area.

“We have to be specific about how these noises are. It’s a bit different if it’s a continuous noise and if it’s a tone. Mitchell said. “Before we agree on anything or what we are going to do, we need to know more about new regulations from the World Health Organization.”

While the citizens of Tama County would like to expedite the commission process, Mitchell reminded attendees that the project must be handled with care.

“To try to get through everything tonight, I don’t know how you do it because you have to take [time to] get the research about it and then come out with the right conclusion for it. There is a good answer to this, we just need to find it,” he said.

The decommissioning section of the Tama County ordinance only mentions the removal of the turbines up to four feet, but the tiling goes down four to six feet into the ground. The Commission agreed to adjust this number up to six feet. The public raised concerns about the clear definition of rollback in the order and the liability of the parties, as well as escrow accounts to cover these costs.

Dvorak then cited the downgrading policy of the Grundy County ordinance.

“They made the landowner, where the turbine is located, responsible for the removal of the end-of-life turbine, not the county because the county is worried [law]lawsuits and liability, he said. “I’m pretty ok with that if the landowner wants to have a turbine on their property. If we blame it on the owner, it will certainly hurt those who want to deal with it in the first place. »

Mitchell shared his thoughts on restoring land after a wind turbine was taken out of service.

“When they’re downgraded, this pitch, to me, should be like it was before it was ever there,” he said.

While having only a brief discussion on the subject, Dvorak noted that addressing non-compliance was not addressed in the Tama County ordinance and recommended: “to put teeth” in the performance clauses.

The public expressed other concerns they wanted the Commission to address, such as flickering shadows, dismantling of turbines, transmission lines, time limits on conditional use permits, fees for turbine administration, a complaint process plan, signal interference, notices to landowners in the area prior to clearance, and DNR recommendations.

“We can see that it will take time to resolve all these issues,” said Dvorak.

The Commission approved a motion for a six-month moratorium on any further expansion of industrial wind power for recommendation to the Supervisory Board. In the meantime, the Commission will spend more time researching wind ordinances from other Iowa counties and global agencies to help reform Tama County’s wind power ordinance.

The next public meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building at 104 W. State St. in Toledo.

Republican lawmakers outline blue state agenda

House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora surrounded by other Republicans during a press conference on September 21, 2022 Credit: Hugh McQuaid/CTNewsJunkie

Republican incumbents and House hopefuls on Wednesday highlighted some familiar legislative priorities on issues like tax policy and parental rights at a press conference intended to persuade voters to change control of a legislature long dominated by the Democrats.

Republican Representatives and Legislative hopefuls thronged the north steps of the State Capitol building and offered a preview of the policies they intend to offer, in many cases still, if elected for a 2023 legislative session.

The package, which they called a “Contract with Connecticutincluded a series of tax cuts and a bill reversing recent criminal justice and law enforcement policies passed by the state’s majority Democrats. Another proposal sought to give parents more control over school policies by requiring impact statements each time a new rule is implemented during a health emergency.

Other proposals would help cities seeking to resist state efforts to demand affordable housing or the regionalization of services. Republicans have also proposed a government accountability bill that would, among other things, verify federal COVID funding, update the state’s civil preparedness and public health emergency statutes, and compel voters to present an identity document to vote.

“These proposals that we’re putting forward, this contract with Connecticut, we’re not really asking permission from the majority party to do these things, we’re telling you that if you give us the responsibility, we’ll do these things,” said the representing David Rutigliano, R-Trumbull.

Republicans estimated the tax package proposed Wednesday would cut taxes by about $700 million. Among other things, it would cut income tax from 5% to 4% for households earning less than $175,000, repeal mileage-based highway user fees that are slated to take effect next year, and would increase the property tax credit from $300 to $500.

In the short term, the proposal hinges on spending a portion of the state’s projected $2.3 billion surplus. House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora said fiscal safeguards included in a bipartisan budget passed in 2017 helped create the surplus the state now enjoys.

“[P]the art of the equation that Republicans wanted to use these reforms to actually reduce the tax burden in the state of Connecticut, which is one of the highest in the country and it’s frustrating and shameful that now that we’re going through a period pomp and residents are suffering, Democrats don’t want to have that conversation,” Candelora said.

House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora signs contract poster Credit: Hugh McQuaid/CTNewsJunkie

In a statement, House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, said much of the GOP plan was political rhetoric designed to capitalize on voter fear and anxiety. The package attacked public education, repealed criminal justice reforms and was “intentionally dishonest” about its tax proposals, Rojas said.

“When CT Democrats introduced a budget bill that included more than $660 million in tax cuts to help combat the effects of inflation and make our state more affordable for working-class residents and middle class, CT Republicans voted no,” Rojas said. “Enough with the election year posturing. We need real leadership for our state. Let’s hope they are up to the task in the next legislative session because I sincerely hope that we can work together towards a fair Connecticut for all, without letting the partisan divide grow.

Candelora said the proposals reflected what members of his caucus had heard from Connecticutans as they knocked on doors throughout this year’s election campaign.

“Rather than do what Democrats have done is come to the podium and tell us what they think the issues are, we’re here today to tell you that we’re listening,” Candelora said. “Our commitment to the residents of Connecticut is that we are committed to improving your life.”

The proposals were tabled the same day a Quinnipiac University poll found Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the ticket, have a 17-point lead over their Republican opponents.

Evolution of Psychotherapy Orlando 2022 Conference Features Small Group Masters and Thinkers in Updated Educational Program


The Evolution of Psychotherapy meeting welcomes back the masters of psychotherapy and new presenters to discuss future-focused emerging topics that expand on the fundamentals of effective care.

“This year at Evolution of Psychotherapy Orlando, we are embracing what evolution really means: changing, developing, and growing,” said Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, conference chair and director and founder of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

This year’s Evolution of Psychotherapy meeting once again welcomes the masters of psychotherapy and welcomes new presenters to discuss future-focused emerging topics that expand on the fundamentals of effective care.

The four-day Integrated Forum is scheduled for December 14-17 in Orlando. Dubbed the “Woodstock of psychotherapy” by TIME magazine in 1985, the meeting allows established experts, forward-thinking thinkers, and professionals in the field to connect, engage, support, and invigorate their practice. in the field of psychotherapy.

“This year at Evolution of Psychotherapy Orlando, we are embracing what evolution really means: changing, developing, and growing,” said Jeffrey Zeig, PhD, conference chair and director and founder of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. “This is a practice-changing event, designed by experts and inspired by our attendees, where fundamental principles will inspire future practice.”

The educational program includes a core group of over 20 world-renowned faculty, providing a familiar experience for past participants. Keynote speakers include:

  • Dan Siegel, MD, co-founder and executive director of the Mindsight Institute
  • Helen Fisher, PhD, internationally renowned neuroscientist, biological anthropologist and Chief Science Advisor at Match.com
  • Otto F. Kernberg, MD, FAPA, professor of psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Stephen Porges, PhD, Distinguished Academic Scientist, Indiana University and author of The Polyvagal Theory
  • Diane Ackerman, MA, MFA, PhD, bestselling author of 26 books of prose and poetry

New Evolution Stage voices are at the center of reTHINK sessions, with short, punchy presentations given by practitioners covering future-focused topics, including psychedelics and technology-augmented psychotherapy. Their innovative insights are designed to spark deep conversations that will examine current mental health challenges.

reTHINK sessions are facilitated by Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Speakers include:

  • Gowri Aragam, MD, clinical instructor in psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; co-founder, Stanford Brainstorm Lab for Mental Health Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Heather Berlin, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD, Ralph Metzner Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and director of Psychedelics Division, Neuroscape, University of California San Francisco
  • Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
  • Sheryl Gonzalez Ziegler, PhD, Founder, The Child and Family Therapy Center at Lowry

Participants can earn more than 60 continuing education credits in specific areas required for license renewal, including domestic violence, ethics and telehealth. The conference is open to professionals in mental health and health-related fields, including marriage and family therapists, clinical psychologists and counselors, psychiatric social workers, pastoral counselors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurse practitioners, counselors and graduate students.

Conference registration includes two free pre-conferences on ethical decision-making and treatment strategies for adolescents and young adults.

For more information or to register, visit evolutionofpsychotherapy.com.


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Hong Kong police arrest man playing harmonica at Queen’s wake on suspicion of sedition


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A man suspected of sedition has been arrested in Hong Kong after playing the harmonica at a vigil for Queen Elizabeth II, under a colonial-era law that once banned insulting the Queen – and has now been revived by authorities amid an ongoing crackdown.

Videos posted on social media show hundreds of people gathering outside the city’s British consulate on Monday evening to pay their respects to the Queen, as her funeral took place in London – an event fraught with political significance in the former British colony, where mourning for the monarch has become a subtle form of protest.

Many streamed the funeral procession live on their phones, while others waved candles and laid flowers at a memorial site.

A video shows a man playing on his harmonica the tune “Glory to Hong Kong”, a protest anthem created amid the pro-democracy and anti-government protests that rocked the city in 2019.

The catchy ballad, which includes lyrics such as “For Hong Kong, let freedom reign”, has become an anthem of the pro-democracy movement and its performances have received millions of views on YouTube.

At Tuesday’s vigil, crowds waved iPhone flashlights in the dark and sang on harmonicas, some singing a chant that has also become synonymous with protests: “Hong Kong, add oil” .

Photos later show police arriving and escorting the man into their van.

When CNN asked police about the harmonica player, they said a 43-year-old man surnamed Pang was arrested that night around 9:30 p.m. He was suspected of having committed acts of sedition and was held for questioning – then released on bail pending an investigation, police said.

He will have to report to the police at the end of November.

Hong Kong’s Sedition Act is part of a 1938 Crimes Ordinance once used by the colonial government to target pro-China groups and publications – particularly after the Chinese Communist Party came to power and during anti-government demonstrations in 1967.

It originally defined sedition as speech that brought “hate or contempt” against the Queen, her heirs or the Hong Kong government.

The law sat dormant for decades until it was reinstated in 2020 – alongside Beijing’s introduction of a sweeping national security law, which targets secession, subversion, collusion with forces foreigners and terrorist activities.

A conviction under the Sedition Act carries a maximum sentence of two years.

The revival of the law – and its use as part of a broader crackdown by authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing – has drawn criticism from activists and aid organizations around the world.

In July, the UN Human Rights Committee urged Hong Kong to repeal the Sedition Act, saying it feared it would limit citizens’ ‘legitimate right to freedom of expression’ .

The Hong Kong government has repeatedly denied that the Sedition Act or the National Security Act – which has been used to arrest activists, journalists, protesters and former elected lawmakers – poses a risk to people. people’s freedoms.

The sedition law “is not intended to silence the expression of opinion which is only genuine criticism against the government based on objective facts”, he said in response to the UN, adding that the national security law “quickly and effectively restored stability and security”. after the 2019 protests.

The crackdown has seen the steady erosion of civil liberties in what was once a freewheeling city with an independent press and a rich culture of protest.

Most pro-democracy groups have dissolved, their leaders imprisoned or forced into exile, and mass protests are virtually banned.

Without traditional avenues of protest – people have now been arrested for social media posts and even for publishing children’s books deemed seditious – the Queen’s death emerged this month as an unexpected opportunity for dissent.

The Hong Kong colonial flag and images of Queen Elizabeth are placed outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on September 12.

In celebration of the monarchy and its symbols, some Hong Kongers see an opportunity for a veiled search by both the Chinese Communist Party, which has made no secret of its eagerness to make Hong Kongers forget the era, and the authorities. locals who have recently introduced textbooks that claim the town was never even a colony.

A retiree named Wing, who spoke to CNN outside the consulate on Monday but declined to give his full name, said it was “amazing” to be part of a mass rally again.

“I am angry that the Hong Kong government is not showing respect properly (to the Queen). They are afraid that the Chinese government will reprimand them, but we were part of the colony,” said Wing, born in the 1960s.

The displays of affection are also reminiscent of the city’s pro-democracy demonstrations, during which protesters adopted the colonial flag as a sign of resistance to China’s one-party rule.

However, other critics have pointed out that even under British rule, Hong Kongers did not have universal suffrage. And many felt that London had neglected its duty by not granting British citizenship to Hong Kongers at the time of the transfer, instead offering most a limited passport which did not give them the right to live and work in Great Britain. Brittany.

Since the introduction of the National Security Act, Britain has created what it calls a pathway to citizenship via a new type of visa.

American Airlines reveals data breach


Written by AJ Vicens and Suzanne Smalley

A “limited number” of American Airlines employee email accounts were compromised by an “unauthorized actor,” who potentially had access to a range of those employees’ personal data, the company said in a September 16 disclosure. .

The notice stated that the company had discovered the breach in July and that the hacker may have had access to the name, date of birth, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address. email, driver’s license number, passport number and “certain medical information you have provided”. ,” the company said in the notice Signed by Russell Hubbard, Assistant General Counsel for American Airlines and Chief Privacy and Data Protection Officer.

A request for additional details sent to the company’s press office on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The notice of violation follows a meeting the White House held last week with airlines and other aviation leaders to discuss the cybersecurity threat facing the industry. Anne Neuberger, President Biden’s deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies, led the meeting.

The gathering of aviation officials was the Biden administration’s third classified threat briefing with leaders from critical infrastructure sectors in recent months. Neuberger is spearheading a sector-by-sector effort to close cybersecurity gaps in critical infrastructure and just weeks ago led a similar briefing on classified threats to the rail sector.

A senior White House official said last week that the administration “has brought in industry leaders from the aviation sector to share sensitive information that provides them with important context, compelling them to strengthen their cybersecurity and to receive feedback on changes by the U.S. government to mandate certain cyber practices for the industry.”

“Malicious cyber actors are still trying to exploit US critical infrastructure,” the official added.

Cyber ​​threats against airlines and airports have become a growing concern for administration officials and experts. While the American Airlines hack appears to have primarily affected employee data, analysts have warned that attacks endangering passengers are possible.

“Airports and airplanes have networks designed to allow passengers to access the Internet,” said Jim Richberg, Fortinet’s CISO for the public sector, told StateTech magazine earlier this month. “Computer and navigation systems could be held for ransom or infiltrated with other malware to slow or disrupt travel and potentially put lives at risk in the worst case scenario.”

A spokesperson for American Airlines says Bleeping Computer that the compromise was the result of a phishing campaign and may also include customer information, a detail that does not appear in the September 16 notice.

The company said it had engaged a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate the full extent of the incident, but so far has “no evidence to suggest”. [the] the information has been misused.

The employees were offered a two-year membership in Experian’s IdentityWorks identity theft monitoring program, the notice said.

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Thursday September 22

Berks Alliance Community Development will host a community forum, “The Impact of Fulfillment Center Growth,” beginning at 11:30 a.m., virtually via Zoom. Berks County has become a warehousing and distribution center due to its location accessible to population centers with low cost land. Moira Conway, assistant professor of geography at Kutztown University and Allison Conway, associate professor of civil engineering at City College of New York used geographic mapping to analyze warehouse development in Berks County. They will share their analysis. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdOGtrTsuHNGkGFO-tTCEftXsW2ZD7v_q. This meeting is free to the public.

tuesday september 27

The Manufacturers Resource Center will be hosting a free lunch and learn, “On Demand Digital Manufacturing,” from 2 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MRC — 7200A Windsor Dr., Allentown. The MRC will partner with ProtoCAM for this event. Technology is advancing manufacturing and creating a digital workflow. This luncheon will explore how this trend is affecting more traditional manufacturing processes such as CNC, sheet metal and metal fabrication. Participants will learn how to solve manufacturing problems for prototyping and manufacturing using on-demand digital manufacturing. Attendees can then visit ProtoCAM, 6620 Grant Way in Allentown for an on-site demonstration. For a full description and to register: www.mrcpa.org/events. Contact: Diane Lewis at [email protected] or 610-628-4578. Cost: Free, no charge.

tuesday september 27

Berks LaunchBox presents “Step-by-Step Website Building, 6-7:30 p.m. at Berks LaunchBox at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Suite 105, Reading. This hands-on, in-person course will use the free tool – Google Sites – to start building a website for beginners.Every major skill for building a Google Sites website will be demonstrated on a projected screen, giving you time to practice many skills on a fictional site you create. Bring a USB key with your logo (if you have one) and some photos on it. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/step-by-step-website-building-tickets-412243530497. Places are limited for this free course.

Wednesday, September 28

The Small Business Resource Association is hosting a MINGLE Networking at the Windsor Inn, 38 W. Lancaster Ave., Shillington, from 5:30-7 p.m. Registration : https://www.sbrassociation.com/register-windsor-inn. SBRA MINGLES offers a unique opportunity to network with other small business owners. This event is free for members, $25 at the door for non-members.

Thursday, October 6

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) will hold its third and final Breakfast4Success, from 7.30am to 9.30am at Heritage at Green Hills, 200 Tranquility Lane, Shillington. GRCA will host Travis Berger, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business, Communication & Leadership at Alvernia University. Berger will present “Leadership in Complex Times: Doing It Right” to provide attendees with a practical and valuable understanding of leadership and ways to address leadership challenges. Register on morereading.org. Cost: $30 for the member. This is a members-only event.

Every second Tuesday

The SHRM Berks County Chapter will meet virtually from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The meeting includes a presentation on a relevant HR topic. Visit www.berkspa.shrm.org for more details.

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Blitz 2.0: why EdNC visits all 58 community colleges


On August 23, EdNC kicked off our 58 North Carolina community college blitz.

It’s blitz 2.0 for us, and we’re on track to wrap it up by the holidays.

With the leadership of the system office in transition and the outcome of the midterm elections uncertain, leveraging our team, we can complete 58 weeks of research in one quarter.

This will allow us to quickly iterate our news, research and stories in the new year ahead of the lengthy NC General Assembly session.

EdNC’s Emily Thomas with the Catawba Valley Community College team.

Why blitz?

We blitz to test our own hypotheses.

We strive to deepen our relationships with community college leaders, faculty, and students.

We strive to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to inform our news and stories.

We blitz to continue to get to know the communities we serve.

And we blitz to invest our dollars in your communities while we stay and play in your corner of the country.

EdNC’s Derick Bell at the Piedmont Community College Child Development Center.

What are we learning?

The EdNC team conducts research on these questions:

The economic impact of 58

This economic impact study of our community college system and each of the 58 community colleges found an annual impact of $19 billion on the North Carolina economy.

You can click on the map and access the economic impact analysis for each community college. There you will find an executive summary, fact sheet, main report and infographic. You will also find economic impact studies specific to each program.

The stories we publish about the blitz bring this study to life so you can meet the students, faculty, alumni, small business owners and other stakeholders who make up the hard and fast economic impact of our community colleges, but also move the impact beyond the numbers.

Faculty remuneration

The North Carolina community college system continues to rank in the bottom 10 states nationally for faculty compensation.

During the blitz, we meet the teachers of each of the 58 who are making an impact in their classroom and in their communities.

Meet Ashley Larach, CPA and professor of accounting at Blue Ridge Community College. Larach earns teaching about half of what she would earn in the private sector. Why? “Our students are the most important thing here to us besides the community we serve,” she says.

President Pamela Senegal of Piedmont Community College wonders if now is the time to invest in leaps and bounds in teacher compensation.

“Is it keeping pace with inflation? I’m not sure that’s the case. Is it keeping pace with increases for health care? I’m not sure that’s the case,” she said. “What might be needed is instead of incremental changes, a leapfrog investment…There might be a real opportunity in this next long session to do something really powerful to really move North Carolina forward. .”

“North Carolina has always been a leader in many ways. Why don’t we show some leadership?”

— President Pamela Senegal, Piedmont Community College

early childhood education

The North Carolina community college system plays two important roles in early care and education: preparing faculty and providing child care to students and communities.

Community college by community college, EdNC studies trends, challenges, and opportunities in early childhood workforce training; whether colleges provide childcare services to students, faculty, and the community; and the need for drop-in childcare for adult learners.

The early childhood education landscape is in crisis. Low wages, confounded by the pandemic and general labor shortages, have caused a staffing crisis in a field that supports the critical brain development that occurs in the first years of life. We seek systemic solutions.

Career and college promise, including early colleges

Career and College Promise (CCP) is a dual-enrollment program that allows qualified high school students in North Carolina to take college courses, tuition-free, while in high school. The CCP is administered by the North Carolina Community Colleges.

Three pathways exist under the aegis of the CCP:

  • University transfer path (CTP): provide tuition-free course credit for a number of college transfer degrees, including Associate of Arts and Associate of Science – generally the most popular degree-seeking options.
  • Vocational and Technical Education (CTE) course: provide tuition-free course credit toward a certificate or diploma. Students can also take a Continuing Workforce Education (WCEP) path that leads to a state- or industry-recognized credential.
  • Innovative Cooperative High Schools (CIHS): Located on college campuses and offering students the option of earning an associate degree or earning up to two years of college credit in five years. These are often known as early colleges.

County by county, we map how the CCP is going for students across all three pathways, including visits to many of the first 117 colleges to partner with a community college.

Leia Rollins is the High School Programs Coordinator at Piedmont Community College. “I want policy makers to see,” she said, “what the CCP has done for all of my students – from a student taking a course to a student graduating.”

Federal funding

Since March 2020, there have been three rounds of pandemic-related federal funding for higher education institutions, including community colleges. We document how colleges have spent federal dollars, challenges and opportunities in administering funding, lessons learned from additional dollars, and looming concerns as funds are spent.


At 58, thank you for welcoming us, for allowing us to listen to you and learn from you, for entrusting us with your stories.

Alessandra Quattrocchi is the mastermind behind blitz 2.0. She plans all the two-day visits to each of the 58 community colleges.

Liz Bell and Katie Dukes are the lead early childhood researchers. Emily Thomas is the Career and College Promise Manager, and Quattrocchi is also the First Colleges Manager. Molly Osborne is responsible for federal funding. Cheyenne McNeill leads multimedia production.

Thank you to all of you who open your doors to us. Thanks to the team for bringing joy to our blitz. Follow us on Twitter at #Impact58.

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Mebane Rash is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of EducationNC.


EdNC staff reports are based on staff, interns and columnists.

National Register Listed Historic Lake Providence Mansion

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A historic mansion in the parish of East Carroll has served multiple purposes over the past century.

The Fischer House, located at 15 Lake Street, notable for its open floor plan, once served as a private residence and later as a social gathering place for the citizens of Lake Providence.

The floor plan is wide open with a large corner room connected to a rear hall that takes up over a third of the floor plan area. The room features elaborate paneling stained with boards and battens, parquet flooring, heavy machined cornice and large paneled ceiling panels. A few years after the house was built, a massive brick segmental arch fireplace was added with a heavy brick fireplace shelf and tapered medieval style chimney flue. This fireplace, along with the dark wood walls and thirteen foot ceiling give the room the character of a medieval hall.

Besides this large room, the main floor is occupied by bedrooms and a kitchen. Most rooms have panes of glass that go all the way to the floor. The sixty- and seventy-foot galleries are composed of catalog-ordered, machined Ionic columns of a type similar to those used in furniture of the period.

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The current owners finally closed the lower level of the house so as to form a ground floor. Appropriate landscaping has been installed to obscure this work as much as possible. Originally there was a front staircase but this has been removed due to decay.

The main living space, with its dark wood paneling and massive fireplace, is one of the most impressive interiors in the area. It also holds an important place in the history of Louisiana architecture as it represents the culmination of the late 19th and early 20th century trend toward open floor plan. In Queen Anne homes, large sliding doors were frequently used to open parlors, hallways, and parlors into one another, to unify public spaces. Fischer House went above and beyond that, eliminating walls entirely and creating a truly open floor plan.

For subscribersOld East Carroll Parish Courthouse one of the most endangered historic sites in the state

The house was built in 1905 by Joseph L. Fischer, the owner of a local lumber company. He purchased the site in 1904 from the Providence Land Company. Fischer and his family resided in the house until 1920 when, due to a business setback, he sold it to Walter Pittman. The house remained in the hands of the Fischer family until 1929, when they sold it to the American Legionaries at Lake Providence. Over the next nine years, the house was the scene of many community social gatherings, including Legion functions, Rotary meetings, wedding receptions, bachelorette parties and dances.

In 1938, the Pittman family repurchased the house and kept it until 1968, when James Stewart Pittman, Jr. sold it to local developers. Shortly thereafter the property was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brown.

The property’s lakefront became a public swimming area with a pier for public fishing.

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Future Hospitality Summit set to promote sustainability and ESG agenda in hospitality


Dubai, United Arab Emirates. September 18, 2022. Dubai-based AI-powered consumer insights and influence specialists, D/Ashared data from its latest GCC Sustainability Report ahead of the Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) which will take place in Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah from September 19 to 21, 2022.

The report, which is based on the largest study on understanding sustainability in the GCC, covers consumer interest in sustainability, explores where government is leading discussions and charting the course for the future, and what brands talk about sustainability.

Data shows that there was an almost 100% increase in the number of consumers interested in sustainability in 2021 compared to 2019, with a significant movement in 2020 coinciding with the peak of Covid-19. The profile of consumers interested in sustainable development in the region is young, particularly in Saudi Arabia where 50% are under 30 years old.

Faisal Khan, VP Strategy & Insights at D/A, said, “With data as the context, for any customer-centric organization, the first opportunity is to recognize the relevance and size of the opportunity around the sustainability. It helps to set clear sustainability goals and meticulously assess how organizations are advancing sustainability from now on, otherwise they run the risk of building a real customer connection.

Social sustainability is a priority for consumers in the GCC, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, but the environment is also a priority, with climate change being the fastest growing trend, aligned with government priorities in the region. Sustainability in the context of travel and hospitality has generated consistent interest among GCC consumers, with 50% of conversations focusing on the role hotels can play in education and awareness of sustainability, and 30 additional % on environmental sustainability, including climate change. But are brands doing enough?

There is a 40% year-over-year increase in the number of brands prioritizing sustainability and brands are creating 105% more content on the topic year over year, with environmental sustainability counting for 56.5% of the content created. However, brands are underutilizing social sustainability and not talking enough about climate change initiatives, demonstrating the opportunity to champion sustainability and create resonance and an emotional connection with GCC consumers, all the more so. that the average engagement on sustainability content is 50% higher than all posts created by brands. Brands in some sectors are more active than others, with food and beverage being the most active, followed by retail and service brands – including travel – which together account for 90% of sustainability posts in the GCC.

GCC leaders speak out on the role of sustainability in the region’s future. Government entities in the region are known for their initiatives to maintain social balance and have been active in supporting countries and societies in need. What emerges as a priority beyond social sustainability is environmental sustainability, with a strong focus on climate change and pollution, generating 75% of conversations, followed by animal welfare, including food safety and plant-related topics at 16%, and waste management at 14%. . The research shows a significant effort by governments to raise awareness of sustainability.

Commenting on the data, Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench, said: “This information is extremely important to our industry as we seek to lead change and chart the future of sustainable tourism and hospitality in the Middle East. and beyond. Sustainability is at the heart of this year’s program at FHS, not only in the main stage presentations and panel discussions, but also in the event experiences we’ve created for delegates this year. We are also proud to host the final of the 2022 Sustainable Hospitality Competition and I look forward to hearing insights on innovation and sustainability from the world’s most talented student teams as the next generation of hoteliers.

Hosted by Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and co-organized by The Bench and MEED, FHS brings together the investment communities of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) and the African Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF ) under one roof under the theme Lead the change. The action-packed three-day event will feature numerous sustainability-focused sessions, including:

monday september 19

1:15 p.m. –

A round table on adopt responsible consumption followed by a conversation on the sustainable future of food delivery at 2:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – The final of 2022 Sustainable Hospitality Challengea global competition for students to bring their ideas for innovation and sustainability to life, on the main stage of the summit.

tuesday september 20

9:40 a.m. –

Presentation by Path Thaker of The Economic Intelligence Unit titled ‘From war, ESG, supply chain chaos to food safety.’
2:15 p.m. –
A conversation about the innovations driving the cost challenges of responsible purchasing and sourcing followed by a presentation by Tim Peck to OBMI on sustainable design and a round table on the rise of ecocentric experiential hotels in the Middle-East.

15:00 – Keynote by Alaa Abudiaum, CEO of Egis Middle East, on the future of green infrastructure and how it will transition into the future of hospitality, followed by a panel discussion that will address data-driven sustainable investments and regulations driving change.

4:00 p.m. –

Hospitality industry experts have the chance to address the FHS audience at a special conference Open mic session, with five minutes to show how they are Lead the change when it comes to innovation, sustainable practices and personal growth. This is followed by a conversation about accelerate sustainable development and operations in the hospitality sector.

Wednesday, September 21

12:30 p.m.-

Additionally, FHS delegates have the opportunity to participate in several sustainability-focused event experiences. These include a trip to bustanicathe world’s largest vertical farm to find out how Dubai is reducing its reliance on food imports by creating a year-round growing environment for leafy greens, aquaculture farmwhich focuses on the breeding and hatchery of marine fish to support the local aquaculture industry and reduce dependence on imported fish from abroad, and the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project in the famous Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Al Naseem, the only such project in the region, which has seen the return of 2,050 sea turtles to Dubai waters since its launch in 2004.

For more information about FHS in Dubai, visit https://www.futurehospitalitysummit.com and for the full program of the FHS diary, click on here.

About the bench

The Bench has created a legacy of providing world-leading investment forums and conferences in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The key principle behind these platforms remained “dealmaking”. Transforming the way businesses connect, Bench has developed a reputation for creating innovative, high-impact meeting spaces for the industry.

For over two decades – government leaders, tourism ministries, global travel and tourism associations, the world’s most influential hotel brands, hotel owners and investors, renowned restaurant groups, airlines and aviation authorities , destination developers, asset managers, financial groups and consultants – have participated in The Bench events for their respective purposes. These include AHIC, AHIF, GRIF, FHS, AHF, IDEEA, AviaDev and RENEW – where industry players showcase their brands, position themselves as thought leaders or innovators and connect to the right opportunities and knowledge .

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About MEED

Launched on International Women’s Day in 1957, the Middle East Economic Digest, MEED, is a well-known and trusted brand used by governments and businesses operating in the region.

Encompassing a business intelligence service, digital media, publications and events, MEED delivers exclusive news, data and analysis daily. We are responsible for keeping our audiences of subscribers, registered users and event attendees informed, helping to facilitate decision-making and connections.

Our marketing solutions team connects clients to our audiences. We partner with local and international businesses that need to reach our high-value communities. In consultation with our clients, we use proven methods to target and engage decision makers to advertise and explain, lead and develop, and contact and convert business leaders into clients.

MEED is 100% owned by data and intelligence firm GlobalData Plc, which means our marketing solutions clients can also access a network of over 13 million digital users per month across 18 different industries.

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Future Hospitality Summit (FHS)

Date: September 19-21, 2022

Location: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sponsors: Host Sponsor: Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

Platinum Sponsors: Accor, Dur Hospitality, Hilton, Marjan, Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Radisson Hotel Group

Emerald Sponsors: Emaar Hospitality Group, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, NEOM, Rotana, Royal Commission for AlUla, SMIT Morocco and Taiba Investments.

Gold Sponsors: Aleph Hospitality, CBRE, Colliers, Compass Project Consulting, Dentons, ELAF Group, ENVI Lodges, GG&Grace International, Hospitality Management Holding, HVS, The Indian Hotels Company, Insignia, Interior360, Ishraq Hospitality, IT Hospitality Group, Knight Frank, Louvre Hotels Group, LXA, Mapal Group, Minor Hotels, OBMI, PwC Middle East, QUO, SSH, STR, Valor Hospitality Partners and Voltere by egis.

Silver Sponsors: Deutsche Hospitality and Katch.

Supporters: Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA), Sustainable Hospitality Challenge and Women in Hospitality (WiH).

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The Delta Record | BOE Reunion Celebrates Upshur Stars and More


ROCK CAVE – The Upshur Stars were recognized at the final Upshur County School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at Rock Cave Elementary School (RCES). In addition to the Upshur Stars recognition, an official swearing-in ceremony was held for the newly appointed Acting Superintendent and Acting Assistant Superintendent.

Students honored with an Upshur star included Charlotte Davis, Caroline Arey, Wyatt Collins, Jackson Marteney, Lawson Bickel, Ilias Lee and Payden Lane.

Davis was nominated by RCES Pre-K Teacher Jill Stemple. Stemple commented: “Charlotte followed the PAX rules in our class. She followed the PAX signal for quiet, walks our hallways quietly, listens to directions, and is kind to others.

Arey was nominated by RCES kindergarten teacher Samantha Gainer. “Caroline Arey is my PAX Lead of the Month. She exudes all the traits of a PAX Leader. She is kind, caring, and on task all the time. She sets a wonderful example for all kindergarten students,” said Gain.

Collins was nominated by RCES first grade teacher Pamela Hissam. “Wyatt Collins is the freshman PAX leader for the month of August. Wyatt is always prepared and ready to learn. He is a good friend to others and makes good choices. Wyatt is a PAX leader! as noted by Hissam.

Bickel was nominated by RCES third-grade teacher Nicky Smith. Smith’s comments about Bickel were, “Lawson has been an absolute joy to have in my class this year. From day one, he exhibited all the behaviors of a model student. Not only does he listen, follow instructions, and always do his best academically, but he is also a great help to me and other students. He never hesitates to help even before being asked. I will often drop something or miss doing something in the trash and Lawson is there before I even have a chance to pick it up myself! Lawson is an amazing student and it’s never too early to recognize greatness! I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes this year.

Lee was nominated by RCES fourth-grade teacher Sheila Reynolds. Reynolds’ comments about Lee were: “Ilias is a conscientious, hardworking and dedicated learner. He is kind and willing to help others in his class. It follows the PAX Vision that we created together in class. He demonstrates self-control and takes ownership of his behavior. I love how it shows enthusiasm for learning. Ilias always lights up the class with his smiles and kind words. It’s a pleasure to have him in class. He leads by example. Well done Ilias! I’m so proud of you!”

Lane was nominated by RCES fifth-grade teacher Alana Rennix. “I am truly honored to recommend Payden Lane not only as a PAX leader, but also as an Upshur star. Payden portrays herself well as a dedicated student who is committed to learning. Payden is also a leader in our class and throughout our school. Every day, I watch Payden go out of his way to help others, from the smallest to the greatest acts of service. Payden never asks for recognition, but rather performs these acts with the kindness of his own heart. I am constantly inspired by his hard work and dedication. Outside of the classroom, Payden is an athlete who plays competitive football. As a retired player myself, I know how hard it is to be disciplined in training after a long day at school, but I’m sure she does it well. I believe she likes to draw and is a very talented artist. On top of everything else, Payden proudly helps make announcements every morning. I can always count on his dazzling smile to brighten my day and I really enjoy being his teacher,” Rennix shared.

Following the recognition of the students, the teachers were also recognized. RCES Grade 3 teacher Nicky Smith was nominated by RCES Kindergarten teacher Samantha Gainer. Gainer shared, “Mrs. Smith is an extraordinary teacher. She takes the time and effort to build very strong and positive relationships with her students. Her students can attest to this as they return to see her for years to come. She had a huge impact on every student she had in class. Not only does she go to great lengths to build relationships with her students, but she also does the same with her colleagues. She always displays a positive attitude and genuine happiness when she first enters, which is infectious for students and staff alike. As a colleague, I strive to be like her every day. She is committed to this career and the countless hours she spends in her free time are proof of that. I can’t wait for my son to have him as a teacher!

Hannah Lively, an art and physical education teacher at RCES, was nominated by Stemple. Stemple’s comments to Lively were, “Mrs. Lively was Upshur County’s Favorite Teacher of the Year for The delta of records. She always goes out of her way to help RCES students and staff. She is the chair of the faculty senate and is always willing to help set up the gumball for special events at our school. We appreciate you!

Stemple also named the RCES Relay for Life team, which includes Ms. Stemple, Ms. Carpenter and her family, Ms. Natasha Davis, Ms. Ashley Arnold and students Kooper Arnold, Jaxon Arnold, Kaitlyn Davis, Caroline Davis and Charlotte Davis. Stemple’s comments about the Relay For Life team included: “Congratulations to the Rock Cave Relay For Life team for participating in the annual event held on July 16th. Our team received the Rising Star award for raising over $1,000. Our school won first place in the camping contest with amazing t-shirts, hats and presentation. We also placed first in total laps walked and Kaitlyn Davis tied for walker with the most laps. Our team is looking forward to participating again next year.

In addition to the Upshur Stars, as noted above, Upshur County Schools Acting Superintendent Dr. Debra Harrison and Acting Deputy Superintendent Melinda Stewart were formally sworn in by Judge Jacob E. Reger.

Dr. Harrison and Ms. Stewart were sworn in with Justice Reger presiding. This ceremony marks the formalization of Dr. Harrison’s and Ms. Stewart’s roles with the Upshur County School Board.

Porsche icons return in November 2022


Icons of Porsche returns this year for a second edition at the Dubai Design District on November 26 and 27. the Middle East region.

This year’s event promises to feature an even larger gathering than last year. The 17,000 square meter site will host an exciting mix of experiences, the largest exhibition of classic Porsches in the region, installations of artwork by renowned artists, popular F&B vendors and thrilling shows from all over. the region.

After over 7,000 visitors and 1,000 Porsche cars attended the inaugural festival in 2021, Icons of Porsche will once again provide a meeting point for Porsche enthusiasts, families and a wide variety of international and local communities driven by shared passion points. like classic cars, art, music, off-roading and thrilling experiences.

Porsche Icon Festival, Dubai, 2021, Porsche AG

“Following the overwhelming response at last year’s festival, we are truly delighted to announce that Icons of Porsche is back,” said Dr. Manfred Bräunl, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE. “Icons of Porsche is a celebration of Porsche’s incredible heritage. Last year’s event was one of the most impressive car shows this region has ever seen, with over 200 classic Porsche sports cars in attendance.”

“The safari theme for this year’s event will provide many exciting moments and captivating experiences. Attendees can expect to see famous Porsche vehicles throughout our rich history, with pedigree and success off-road as well as on the race track. We are planning to deliver a not-to-be-missed calendar event. It will be the ultimate platform to experience classic car nostalgia in connection with art, culture and community.

Celebrating milestones and unveiling a new model

The family event will feature several milestone celebrations. This includes 20 years of Porsche Cayenne, the brand’s first SUV model, 50 years of Porsche Design and will provide a meeting place for Porsche Clubs across the region as they celebrate an incredible ’70 Years of Porsche Clubs’ .

Porsche Museum cars at this year’s “Icons of Porsche” festival

959 Paris-Dakar, 1986, Porsche AG

959 Paris-Dakar


911 SC “San Remo”

924 Carrera GTS Rally, 1981, Porsche AG

924 Carrera GTS Rally

911 SC Safari, 1978, Porsche AG

911 SC Safari

As well as celebrating the past, the latest addition to the Porsche model range will take center stage during the festival. Receiving its regional premiere, the new model is poised to become another icon among the adventure-focused Porsche communities of the Middle East and beyond. Its unveiling during the festival will highlight how Porsche delivers unexpected, new and unconventional brand moments.

Experience areas

New highlights that aim to appeal to an even wider audience include the addition of real and virtual driving experiences. An Esports Arena will offer participants the chance to test their racing simulator skills in a Porsche against other competitors, while a special off-road course will provide an adventurous driving experience in Porsche Cayenne models. The festival will be divided into five distinct themed areas for visitors to explore. This includes:

  • adventure camp: An exploration of the adventurous and rebellious side of Porsche. Here attendees can expect a mix of off-road, land and rally exhibits, featuring famous museum race cars, special modified cars and driving experiences.
  • Community Village: A market for all participants fascinated by automotive culture and wishing to adopt the Porsche lifestyle. This merchandise hub features popular partner brands, a one-stop shop for Porsche merchandise, and activations that will give every visitor a piece of the festival to take home.
  • Design Factory: A center dedicated to the art of automobile construction and its influence on lifestyle. Showcasing Exclusive Manufaktur and Porsche Design, this area showcases the brand’s design process, its heritage and a variety of iconic sports cars built to perform and turn heads.
  • Electric field: A modern desert metropolis for all to experience the heart-pounding speed of Porsche cars in-game at the Esports Arena and be entertained with special installations that show how Porsche has shaped the world of pop culture in movies, digital art and Games.
  • Valley of the Arts: A gallery of unique works of art by renowned international and local artists inspired by Porsche. Here, visitors are guaranteed to be inspired and have the opportunity to get creative themselves.

Last year, the festival attracted over 7,000 visitors and more than 1,000 Porsche owners, making it the largest gathering of Porsches ever held in the region. It included some of the most exciting highlights of the brand’s rich racing heritage as well as rare classic road cars and design studies making their first appearance at a public event outside Germany, the country of Porsche origin.

First-ever ‘Icons of Porsche’ festival attracts thousands of visitors

The first-ever “Icons of Porsche” festival has gone down in history as one of the largest public events held by a car manufacturer in the Middle East region.

Offering something for everyone and welcoming regional and international guests and performers, Icons of Porsche is a truly unique event that targets a wide range of audiences – from classic car owners to automotive enthusiasts and experience enthusiasts. . It is a testimony that Porsche is not only synonymous with exceptional sports cars, but also with passion, inspiration and dreams.

Registration to attend this year’s two-day festival for free is now open to the public at www.iconsoporsche.com. Be sure to follow and contribute to the #IconsofPorsche hashtag on social media.

Public Notice of State Fire Prevention & Building Code Council Meeting


A meeting of STATE COUNCIL FOR FIRE PREVENTION AND BUILDING CODE will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 by videoconference (WebEx) at the following locations:

  • 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York, in Conference Room 505;
  • 123 William Street, New York, New York, in Conference Room 231;
  • 295 Main Street, Buffalo, New York, in Conference Room 803.

The public has the right to attend the meeting at any location or can attend remotely at the link provided below. Anyone interested in attending the meeting in person is encouraged to email [email protected] prior to the meeting with the venue they wish to attend.

Please note that one or more members of the National Fire and Building Code Council may participate by videoconference from a remote location that is not open to the public pursuant to Public Officials Act §103- has.

Alternatively, the public can attend the live meeting remotely by registering in advance.

First, register for the meeting at the link provided above. You can pre-register at any time before the start of the meeting. If you haven’t pre-registered before the meeting starts, you can register at any time while the meeting is in progress.

Second, access the meeting at the link provided below. You must register before you can access the meeting.

Link for registration and to access the meeting:



If you need further information, please contact the Assistant Director for Code Development, Division of Building Standards and Codes, New York State Department of State, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231 ( telephone : 518-474-4073 option 3 or; E-mail: [email protected]).

5 Things in Oregon: Mobile Crisis Services, Current Agenda, Q&A with Dr. Melinda Davis – State of Reform


In this month’s newsletter, we feature a conversation about rural health care with ORPRN’s Dr. Melinda Davis, a video on federal health policy from the HHS Regional Director (Region 10), Ingrid Ulrey, and details about Oregon’s recently approved Medicaid Mobile Crisis Services program.

We also have some updates on our upcoming 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference which you can find below.

Thanks for reading!

Emilie Boerger
State of reform

1. Video: HHS’ Ingrid Ulrey discusses national health priorities

Ingrid Ulrey, regional director for Region 10 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussed HHS’s Top 3 National Health Issues during a recent state of reform keynote. She says top priorities, as led by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, include COVID-19 response and recovery, the national mental health strategy, and health equity, coverage and access. .

During the conversation, Ulrey highlighted recent federal investments to address the behavioral health challenges facing the country. She said the Biden administration’s mental health strategy includes many different elements. “One is about chronic labor shortages, which are difficult in health care, but I would say deeper in behavioral health and long-term care. The second is to integrate behavioral health into primary care and schools. A video of his full remarks is available here.

2. ICYMI: Thematic agenda now available!

In case you missed it, we recently posted the news program for the 2022 Oregon Reform State Health Policy Conference to be held on October 25. Take a look to see the schedule of roundtables that focus on issues such as workforce, cost of care, behavioral health, and the long-term impacts of COVID on the healthcare system.

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our detailed program, which we’ll be posting in just a few weeks. It will include the full list of 60 speakers we will have lined up for the event. If you haven’t registered yet, we would be honored to have you join us!

3. HHS Approves Medicaid Mobile Crisis Services Program

HHS announced this week his endorsement of the OHA’s proposal to cover mobile community crisis services through Medicaid. The agency said, “The new amendment to the State Medicaid plan, the first in the nation, will allow Oregon to provide community stabilization services to people suffering from mental health and/or addiction crises statewide. connecting them with a behavioral health specialist. 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

This new Medicaid option became available in March 2022 through the American Rescue Plan Act, which allocated $15 million in planning grants for 20 state Medicaid agencies to continue these programs. mobile crisis services include screening and assessment, stabilization and de-escalation, and coordination with other services as needed. Oregon is the first state to seek and receive approval for this program.

4. Questions and Answers: Dr. Melinda Davis, ORPRN

Dr. Melinda Davis is acting director of the Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network, where she collaborates with patients, community and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and underserved settings. In this Q&A, Davis discusses ongoing efforts in the state to get more rural Oregonians screened for cancer.

A project brings together CCOs and rural clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening rates in hopes of detecting cancers early and improving outcomes. “We use this collaborative model to help overcome challenges in rural areas by identifying eligible patients and helping to centralize the administrative aspects of the program,” says Davis. “One thing our research seems to show is that these types of partnerships have so much potential to help healthcare practices, and even more so in times of stress like the pandemic.”

5. OHA Announces 4 New Regional Health Equity Coalitions

Last month, the OHA announced the creation of 4 new Regional Health Equity Coalitions. RHECs are community-led groups which aim to identify and develop solutions to pressing health equity issues. New coalitions include: Eastern Oregon Health Equity Alliance (Morrow and Union counties), Mid-Willamette Valley Health Equity Coalition (Marion and Polk counties), South Coast Equity Coalition (Coos and Curry counties) and Transponder (Lane counties and Douglas).

The groups focus on creating long-term, sustainable policy and systemic solutions for priority populations, including tribal communities, immigrants, and communities of color. The OHA says it is currently working to add 5 more coalitions in the 2023-2025 biennium, which would bring the state total to 15.

The Board of Governors votes to hire Ray Rodrigues as Chancellor


The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the senator. Ray Rodrigues to be the next Chancellor of the Florida State University System. The hiring decision came at the same meeting where governors honored the outgoing Chancellor Marshal Criser.

Rodrigues, an Estero Republican serving in the Legislative Assembly for the past 10 years, expressed his gratitude and hailed Florida’s higher education system as the best in the country.

“Florida has avoided the mistakes that other states have made, either neglecting their higher education budgets or offering the wrong incentives and focusing on enrollment rather than student success.”

The sitting senator also shared a personal biography as a first-generation college graduate, whose parents first set foot on campus to witness his Berry College debut.

Rodrigues then worked in the offices of General Electric under legendary CEO Jack Welch before taking a finance position at Florida Gulf Coast University. He worked at the school — where his wife, Ruthis also employed — since 2006.

A national search conducted by the BOG resulted in a recommendation of Rodrigues on candidates from all over the world. A research committee interviewed Rodrigues and Dr. Lori Cromwellbusiness director of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, as finalists.

But Rodrigues’ political connections prove hard to ignore. He surprised the political world in July when he opted out of seeking a second term in the Senate, news that broke after the government. Ron DeSantis announcement he would endorse the chairman of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee jonathan martin as Rodrigues’ successor.

The senator later told Florida Politics that he made the decision not to run in hopes of getting the chancellorship. DeSantis appoints the BOG members, but the board itself ultimately had a say in who would succeed Criser, who announced his retirement shortly after Rodrigues decided not to seek re-election.

Rodrigues served eight years in the House, including two years as Republican majority leader. He was elected in 2020 to the Senate, where he chaired the redistribution committee. During his legislative career, he also worked on a number of higher education bills, including a controversial new law requiring faculty to be surveyed about philosophies and ideologies.

But he also worked closely with university presidents and the Board of Governors on budget and policy priorities that were ultimately taken up by the Legislative Assembly.

During the BOG meeting, Rodrigues praised the governor for his leadership in the state.

“I’m just thrilled to be in a state that has a governor who champions higher education,” Rodrigues said. “He said the goal was to have the highest quality education at the most affordable price.”

The BOG at its meeting, held on the University of West Florida campus, also passed a resolution commending Criser for his service.

“We have been very clear, I hope, about what you mean to us,” the BOG chairman said. Brian Lamb.

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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Several destroyed civilian cars are seen on a road near the town of Balakliia, Ukraine, in the Kharkiv region, on September 13. (Glen Garanich/Reuters)

As Ukrainian units continue their offensive in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russian forces are trying to gain ground elsewhere, according to the Ukrainian military.

The Army General Staff in its latest bulletin said that Ukrainian units had successfully repelled Russian attacks around the town of Bakhmut, while Russian artillery and airstrikes continued to pound the villages. settlements near the front lines across Donetsk.

“During the day, the enemy carried out two missile strikes, eight air strikes and carried out 13 strikes from anti-missile artillery systems,” according to the army.

Russian mortar and tank fire also took place in the Zaporizhzhia region, the General Staff said.

Claims of plunder: The military claimed that in the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions there had been widespread looting by retreating Russian forces.

The General Staff said that on the Starobilsk-Luhansk highway, in the direction of Luhansk, “about 300 civilian cars, mostly with national license plates of the Kharkiv region, were spotted – most on trailers driven by Russian soldiers”.

He claimed that in the south, around the town of Polohy, Russian troops were also stealing private cars. And in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region, the Russians “began to massively remove furniture and household appliances from temporarily abandoned settlements.”

CNN is unable to confirm the army’s claims, but there is ample evidence of looting in Kharkiv and other previously occupied Russian areas.

Claims of military shortage: The General Staff also claimed that the Russian military was increasing the graduation of cadets from some Ministry of Defense academies, such as the Black Sea Higher Naval Academy, to compensate for the shortage of junior officers.

“The shortage of commanders at the tactical level is due to the refusal of reserve officers to sign contracts amid recent events. The level of morale and the psychological state of enemy personnel continues to decline,” the general staff said. general. “A significant number of military personnel do not return to military units after their vacation ends.”

Asia-Pacific Roundup: Indian Pharmacopoeia Joins Global Focus Group Pilot

Regulatory news

| September 13, 2022 | By Nick Paul Taylor

The International Pharmacopoeia Discussion Group (PDG) has accepted the Indian commission in a one-year pilot project that aims to expand its membership beyond the European Union, Japan and the United States.

Almost a year ago, PDG revealed that it was preparing a pilot to integrate other global pharmacopoeias. PDG is currently composed of the European Pharmacopoeia, the Japanese Pharmacopoeia and the United States Pharmacopoeia, with the World Health Organization acting as an observer. Together, the groups have harmonized and maintained 29 general chapters, as well as 46 excipient monographs, since PDG began operations in 1989. The expansion pilot is intended to foster convergence of the global pharmacopoeia.

PDG reviewed applications to join the pilot expansion against criteria that required pharmacopoeias to have equivalent approaches and policies to existing members, apply selected International Council for Harmonization quality guidelines such as Q2, Q3C and Q3D as standards development principles and implement all harmonized general chapters and monographs.

Only one of the candidates met all of the PDG criteria. Acceptance of the application from the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) will see the body join the pilot expansion in October, positioning it to serve as a testing ground for CEO’s plans to expand beyond the EU, Japan and the United States.

While the CEO rejected all other applications, he plans to “keep in touch” with unsuccessful pharmacopoeias regarding “opportunities for collaboration in the future with the aim of achieving greater convergence of global pharmacopoeia standards.” Collaborative opportunities include continuing to share PDG publications, such as draft texts for public comment and final endorsement texts, with non-CEO pharmacopoeias “to support the convergence of these texts beyond the CEO”.

There may also be other opportunities to join the expanded CEO in the future. Established CEO members “will use lessons learned from the year-long expansion pilot to further refine the group’s ways of working and, at the end of the pilot, identify changes needed to ensure the CEO continues to function.” effectively, before wider deployment.

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Indian panel finds Sanofi failed to conduct study according to approved clinical trial protocol

India’s Expert Committee on Vaccines (SEC) has accused Sanofi of failing to conduct a study of its hexavalent vaccine “in accordance with the approved clinical trial protocol”. The committee concluded that “the clinical study report is not acceptable as presented”.

Sanofi hosted the meeting to discuss next steps for its hexavalent vaccine, which is designed to provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b and poliomyelitis. At the meeting, Sanofi presented the Phase III clinical trial report along with a proposal to seek authorization to administer an intramuscular booster dose in infants aged 12 to 24 months.

“After detailed deliberations, the committee noted that [the] the company did not conduct the study according to the approved clinical trial protocol and the committee recommended that [the] the clinical study report is not acceptable as presented,” the SEC wrote in its minutes of the meeting.

The setback comes about 18 months after the SEC advised that Sanofi has received authorization to manufacture and market the vaccine, “under the condition that [the] The company is expected to continue the ongoing booster dose study and submit safety and efficacy data as they become available. At the 2021 meeting, the committee also indicated that Sanofi’s clinical trial sites could be audited to verify compliance with good clinical practice requirements.

Minutes of meetings

TGA approves Australia’s first combined self-tests for COVID-19 and flu

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved Australia’s first combined self-tests for COVID-19 and influenza. TouchBio and Fantest received the approvals after presenting clinical and analytical data.

Combination tests that differentiate COVID-19 from influenza could be useful when both pathogens are circulating, given that infection with either can lead to similar symptoms. TGA said that for many consumers, “distinguishing between COVID-19 and the flu is important to managing their infections.”

TGA expects providers to make the tests available for purchase in pharmacies, supermarkets or online. The TouchBio COVID-19 and Flu A/B Rapid Antigen Combo Test is now available for pre-order for shipping in late September. The standard price direct from TouchBio is AU$27 ($18.50), although the company is currently offering the test for AU$24.30.

Like providers of other COVID-19 self-tests, sponsors must provide instructions for use and telephone support. The TGA asks sponsors to provide it with ongoing quality and performance information, including reports of any issues with the use of the tests, such as users experiencing false positives or false negatives, and evidence that they can detect emerging variants of COVID-19.

TGA Reviews

Pakistan’s DRAP adopts action plan to enhance cooperation with other regulators

The Medicines Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has adopted an action plan for medicines regulation developed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). More than 40 OIC members have adopted the plan, which calls for increased cooperation, human resource development and harmonization initiatives.

The OIC counts several Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Malaysia and Pakistan, among its members. Last week, the heads of Member States’ national medicines regulatory agencies, including DRAP CEO Asim Rauf, met in Turkey, leading to the adoption of an action plan for 2022 to 2024 aimed at promoting access to safe, effective and quality medicines. medicines and vaccines.

The Plan of Action includes eight goals related to topics such as cooperation, human resources and creating and strengthening regional and sub-regional harmonization and networking among OIC countries.

Participants also adopted the Istanbul Declaration, which recognizes the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disparity among OIC members. The disparity is linked, in part, to the lack of sufficient drug manufacturing capacity in some countries.

PARD Notice, OIC Notice

India classifies non-sterile portable medical devices in MDR risk categories, 2017

India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has assigned risk categories to unsterile and invasive surgical instruments used for procedures such as cutting, drilling and sawing. The publication of the list advances the implementation of the Medical Devices Rules 2017.

The list covers “non-sterile, non-powered, portable or hand-operated general purpose surgical instruments intended for use in a variety of general surgical procedures”. This term encompasses four types of medical devices, namely those used for: cutting and dissecting; clamping and occlusion; retract and expose; and grab and hold.

CDSCO has assigned all four groups of surgical instruments to risk category A. Class A is the lowest risk category in India. The low risk of surgical instruments partly reflects the fact that they are intended for transient use, a term CDSCO defines as continuous use for less than 60 minutes.

CDSCO Notice

Other news:

The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has restricted parking in its compound to the elderly and those with permanent disabilities. The FDA said a lack of space and “increased daily clearance release schedule” led it to impose parking restrictions, which are intended to support the effective and efficient delivery of public services. FDA Notice

TGA has issued a safety advisory on high levels of lead and other heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicine called Penisole. Taking the drug can lead to lead poisoning. TGA Reviews

© 2022 Society of Regulatory Affairs Professionals.

LGBTQ Diary: 9th Circuit Upholds Washington State’s Ban on Conversion Therapy for Minors :: Bay Area Reporter


A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a Washington state law banning conversion therapy for minors.

The decision was released on September 6 and praised by Born Perfect, a project of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights. Equal Rights Washington, which intervened in the case to help the state attorney general defend the law, was represented by the NCLR, according to a news release.

In 2018, Washington banned licensed mental health professionals from subjecting young people to conversion therapy, which supporters say helps people who don’t want to be LGBTQ to recover. The practice, however, has been widely discredited and condemned by major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association. The American Psychiatric Association in 2018 issued an official statement encourage legislation prohibiting the practice on minors, among other findings. The same organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1973.

Washington’s law is very similar to a law passed by California in 2012, the first in the country to do so. Opposed by Republicans, California Senate Bill 1172 was signed into law by then-Governor Jerry Brown, who said at the time, “This bill prohibits unscientific ‘therapies’ that have led young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis. in science or medicine and they will henceforth be relegated to the dustbin of quackery.”

California law challenged years ago

In December 2012, the California law was challenged by the Pacific Justice Institute, a “conservative legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious liberty, parental rights, and other civil liberties,” according to the group’s website, on the grounds that it infringes on freedom of expression and religion. Judge William Schubb, who was appointed by President George HW Bush in 1990, ruled with challengers granting a preliminary injunction against the law. This however did not last long. The 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the state. In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two challenges to that decision, leaving the law standing.

Since then, 20 states and the District of Columbia have implemented laws banning conversion therapy for minors, and six others have implemented partial bans. Currently, three states — Alabama, Florida and Georgia — are “in a federal court circuit with a preliminary injunction currently preventing the conversion therapy bans from being enforced,” according to the Movement Enhancement Project, a think tank focused on on LGBTQ equality.

Washington State Law

Washington state enacted its law in 2018 but, three years later, it was challenged by conversion therapist Robert Tingley, saying it violated his and his clients’ rights to free speech and freedom of speech. religion.

Tingley “claimed that the state’s ban on conversion therapy by licensed practitioners chilled his speech and that he self-censored for fear of enforcement,” the Court House News Service reported September 6. . Tingley, according to the ruling, believes that the sex assigned to each person at birth is “a gift from God” that should not be changed and overrides an individual’s “feelings, determinations or wishes.” . »

The 9th Circuit panel – Justices Ronald Gould, Kim Wardlaw and Mark Bennett – rejected Tingley’s claim that a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. . Becerra’s blocking enforcement of a California law that required faith pregnancy centers to inform clients about state-subsidized medical care, including abortion care, applied to her case. That ruling found that the law violated the First Amendment, by requiring center employees to speak contrary to their own beliefs.

The panel said Tingley “had standing to bring his claims as an individual and that the claims were prudentially mature. Tingley’s complaint showed a plan or desire to violate Washington law; Washington confirmed that he would enforce the ban on conversion therapy ‘as it enforces other restrictions on unprofessional conduct;’ and Tingley alleged that the law chilled his speech and that he self-censored for fear of being enforced. “

Tingley, however, had no right to represent the interests of his clients, the judges ruled, nor was he able to establish that the application of the law prevented his clients from having access to the information they wanted to hear.

“Tingley does not explain how a law that allows minors to seek conversion therapy from counselors practicing under the ‘auspices of a religious denomination’…denies its clients ‘access to the ideas they want. hear and counsel consistent with their own personal faith.'”

The fact that medical treatments are carried out by the spoken word “rather than by scalpel” does not negate the power of the state to regulate such treatments, the panel said.

In its 3-0 decision, the panel ultimately ruled: “Relying on all of the evidence before it as well as medical recommendations from expert organizations, the Washington legislature acted rationally in amending its regulatory regime for licensed healthcare providers to add ‘[p]performing conversion therapy on a patient under the age of eighteen” to the list of malpractices of health professions. »

NCLR welcomed the decision. Shannon Minter, a trans man who serves as the organization’s legal director, argued on behalf of Equal Rights Washington at the hearing in Tacoma, Washington last year, according to an NCLR statement.

“We are thrilled with today’s decision, which ensures that Washington’s vital law can continue to be enforced and that LGBTQ children in Washington will not be subjected to these discredited practices, which have been dismissed as dangerous by all major medical organizations in this country,” Minter said Sept. 6.

Mathew Shurka, co-founder of Born Perfect, the NCLR program that aims to end conversion therapy, said conversion therapy harms young people.

“Laws like Washington’s are essential to protect minors and parents from harm caused by unethical therapists who falsely claim they can prevent a child from being gay or transgender,” said Shurka, a male gay. “As a survivor of more than five years of conversion therapy, I know firsthand how harmful these practices are to young people and their families. The medical community has rejected these practices because they are harmful, ineffective and Being LGBTQ is not a mental health disorder. Trying to change such a fundamental aspect of a person’s identity is not only impossible, it’s deeply dangerous and causes serious and lasting harm.

Courts across the country have upheld similar laws in the 9th and 3rd Circuits and by federal district courts in Maryland, Florida and Illinois.

According to the NCLR, the only exception is a 2020 split decision by a panel of three 11th Circuit judges in Otto v. Boca Raton, which overturned a federal district court opinion upholding two Florida city ordinances that protected minors from conversion therapy. The 11th Circuit refused to rehear the case en banc (the entire circuit) earlier this year, despite strong dissenting opinions noting that the panel’s decision wrongly ignored the factual findings of the district court and misapplied the law of the first amendment.

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Virtual Appointments Available for Faculty September 27, Staff Badge Sale


September 12, 2022

Virtual Appointments Available for Faculty September 27, Staff Badge Sale

University Events and Protocol announces a virtual sale of faculty and staff badges through Herff Jones, a national supplier of custom badges. Graduate students wishing to purchase badges rather than rent are also welcome.

Mark Krevin, the university’s Herff Jones representative, will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 27 by online appointment to help faculty and staff order badges.

Please visit the registration page to arrange a virtual meeting with Krevin. Web conference details will be provided upon appointment confirmation. The appointment link and additional information can also be found on the University Events and Protocol Badges web page.

If you cannot meet Krevin on September 27, you can contact him at [email protected] or 314-669-5991 to order badges and receive the sale price.

Please allow six weeks for processing and shipping. To receive badges for the December 17 start, order by October 21, 2022.

SIU commencement and convocation exercises require full academic badges to introduce our faculty to our students, parents, and alumni on these special occasions.

For more information, contact University Events and Protocol at 618-453-7424.

Mighty Roots is offering a discount to Coahoma County residents


STOVALL – Mississippi’s newest and fastest growing Americana festival, The Mighty Roots Music Festival, returns for a second year of live music, camping and revelry at historic Stovall Farm on Friday and Saturday the 23rd and September 24, 2022.

The festival is thrilled to announce a special offer for Coahoma County residents – 50% off any general admission ticket purchased online by September 16.

“We want the Mighty Roots Festival to be not only a significant tourist attraction for Coahoma County, but something our local community enjoys and embraces,” said festival founder Howard Stovall. “And we don’t want anyone to feel left out by the price of a ticket.”

The discount means that after all fees and taxes, ticket prices for local residents will be:

• Friday general admission ticket $24.19

• Saturday general admission ticket $32.72

• General Admission Weekend Pass $49.77

Tickets available at www.mightyrootsmusicfestival.com, Promo code COAHOMA will offer a 50% discount at checkout. VIP ticket prices are not included in the discount. Proof of address will be required for entry with a discounted ticket.

Discount not available after September 16.

The festival also announced that all campsites will be free this year.

“We have acres of space,” adds Stovall. “We would rather fill it with free campers than leave it unused.”

The festival continues to build its team of volunteers for 2022. Volunteers work half a day in exchange for a festival t-shirt and a free weekend GA ticket to the festival.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the festival at [email protected] and advise what day and whether it is early or late. The festival also needs a limited number of volunteers on the Wednesday and Thursday before the festival.

The festival recently announced two additions to its lineup. Nashville-based Southern alternative rock band The Vegabonds will play just before Saturday’s headliner Jamestown Revival, completing a day of music that includes Jimbo Mathus and Creatures of the Southern Wild, Robert Ellis, Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, and Alice Hasen and the Fire.

The festival also announced the addition to the late-night stage of “the most impressive one-man band you’ve ever seen, Cam Cole.

Also appearing on the late night scene are Delta bluesmen Luscious Spiller Friday and Terry “Big T” Williams Saturday. The late-night scene will remain lively until 2 a.m., when the action takes place inside the Stovall Store with Mississippi singer-songwriter Trey Gardo.

Friday’s lineup on the Visit Clarksdale main stage includes Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads, Daniel Donato, Few Miles South and Jonathan Ruhl.

Saturday at midnight, the festival will continue its tradition of burning a wooden guitar in effigy to signal the official end of another Mighty Roots Festival.

“It’s our Delta version of Burning Man,” adds Stovall.

The festival has again partnered with the Delta Council, an area economic development organization representing the 19 counties of the Delta and part of the Northwest Mississippi Delta.

The Delta Council will bring its group of farmers and agribusiness actors Young Delta to an educational and social gathering at Mighty Roots on Friday evening. Celebrating the region’s agribusiness is a unique facet of Mighty Roots and fundamental to the event.

Contributing to the immersive festival experience, camping and motorhome pitches are also available. The historic gin building will be open as a VIP area. The food truck concessions will be anchored by the Doe’s Eat Place Truck of Greenville, Mississippi and the Lost Pizza Truck of Cleveland, Mississippi.

The festival is building its team of volunteers for 2022. Volunteers work half a day in exchange for a festival t-shirt and a free weekend GA ticket to the festival. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the festival at [email protected] and advise what day and whether it is early or late. The festival also needs a limited number of volunteers on the Wednesday and Thursday before the festival.

Find the Might Roots Music Festival at: https://www.mightyrootsmusicfestival.com/

For more information about the area, visit VisitMississippi.org and VisitClarksdale.com.

King Charles is meeting with representatives from the Commonwealth realms, but will they keep him as king?


When Queen Elizabeth II died, it wasn’t just the role of head of state in the UK that passed to her son. The new King Charles III also immediately became head of state in 14 countries outside the UK, known as the Commonwealth Realms. And he also took on the post of Head of the Commonwealth – not a hereditary post but a role that was agreed in 2018 would become his.

King Charles was joined by his wife Camilla for meetings today at Buckingham Palace reflecting his new global roles. He met the Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland (above), in the 1844 Room and with the High Commissioners of the Commonwealth Realms in the Bow Room. The meetings, which took place on the fourth day of his tenure as king, come as the question of whether the kingdoms will retain him as head of state is now being debated.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told Sky News today that he would not hold a referendum on the monarchy during his first term out of respect for the Queen. The country last put the issue to a vote in 1999, when a slim majority voted to keep the British monarch as head of state. Reports have indicated, however, that Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said he intends to hold a referendum within three years. And in recent months, the conversation about if – or when – the Commonwealth realms will get rid of the monarchy has already been at the forefront.

In November 2021, Prince Charles then represented the Queen in Barbados when the country became a republic and appointed a president: the first country to get rid of the Queen as head of state in nearly 30 years. When Prince William and Kate embarked on their Caribbean tour in March, the Jamaican Prime Minister effectively let them know his country would do the same, saying Jamaica was “moving on”. Another of their destinations, Belize, signaled his intention to review the situation shortly after the visit. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were due to visit Grenada, another Commonwealth realm, in April, but at the 11th hour the destination was removed from their itinerary.

There were, of course, no signs of tension in the footage that was released of the King’s meetings today, showing him and the Queen Consort wearing mourning clothes and chatting animatedly with the High Commissioners. But King Charles could not fail to be aware of the ongoing conversations about the future of the monarchy.

Queen consort at a reception with the kingdom’s high commissioners and their spouses in the Bow Room at Buckingham Palace.


His position as head of the Commonwealth of 56 independent nations – most but not all of which have ties to the British Empire – has also raised some eyebrows. When the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) took place in June, Reuters reported that “some Caribbean member states were not comfortable with the decision” made in 2018 for Charles to succeed his mother.

KCR discusses proposed national party agenda with Kumara…



Hyderabad, Sep 11 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and JD-S Leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday discussed the proposed national party agenda to be launched by the first.

Janata Dal-Secular leader met with KCR, as Telangana leader Rashtra Samiti is popularly known, at the latter’s official residence and they discussed a wide range of national policy issues during the meeting three hours.

KCR told Kumaraswamy that national party formation and policy formulation will take place soon after continuing discussions with intellectuals, economists and experts from various fields and reaching consensus on an alternative national agenda.

According to the chief minister’s office, they discussed the threat of a political and governance crisis in the country if the “destructive political movements of the BJP are not stopped”. They felt that the people of the country were waiting for an alternative political platform that would carry on the spirit of the Indian Constitution by integrating all communities regardless of castes, religions and regions, he said.

The two leaders reached a consensus that they should end BJP rule, which exploits emotional issues, and use the upcoming general election as a platform for that.

Kumaraswamy asserted that the immense experience of KCR which has realized the state of Telangana by uniting all sections and moving forward democratically and peacefully is required by the country in the current situation.

He believed that KCR should move forward to form an alternative front in national politics and play a key role and assured his full support. He added that the country urgently needs a top leader like KCR in the wake of space for an alternative in current national politics.

Kumaraswamy congratulated KCR saying that the whole country is discussing the development Telangana achieved in just eight years and the whole nation also wants a similar development.

The TRS leader stressed the need to collectively thwart conspiracies aimed at creating division among peoples. The two leaders discussed the “dangerous and selfish political path” taken by the BJP government at the Center and its consequences and expressed serious concerns.

They reached a consensus that they will protect the country from dangerous religious hatred in any situation. In this sense, they stressed the need for the unity of all alternative political forces to safeguard the spirit of democratic federalism in the country.

The former chief minister of Karnataka said people are waiting for an alternative to BJP across the country. He urged KCR to make a foray into national politics and contribute to the qualitative progress of the country. He said he would give his full support if a political party was created for this purpose.

Both leaders felt that people have come to the opinion that Congress is not a strong alternative to BJP and they have lost faith in the leadership of Congress. They discussed the urgent need for regional party unity so that the spirit of democratic federation can flourish.

KCR told Kumaraswamy that there is growing pressure on him to enter national politics and lead the country like Telangana. He said people were extending their support at public meetings everywhere during his district tours with cheers and slogans to fight against the anti-people and autocratic attitude of BJP and Modi.

He claimed that people are completely against the BJP which keeps creating problems in Telangana which is running on the path of progress.

The two leaders condemned the anti-farmer policies adopted by the BJP government in the Center, which acts as an “anti-farmer” government and engages in plots to undermine national agriculture.




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Presidential Research Open Forums scheduled for Sept. 28-29, survey to be sent to OHIO community this week


The Ohio University community is invited to engage in the search for the next University President through upcoming open forums and a survey that will be sent to students, faculty, staff and to the elders.

Several forum sessions planned

As part of an extensive stakeholder engagement project spearheaded by the Ohio University Board of Trustees, open forums will be held Wednesday, September 28 at all five regional higher education campuses in Ohio University and Thursday, September 29 on the Athens Campus at Walter Hall Rotunda.

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the forums, which will include panel discussions moderated by professional facilitators.

Higher Education Regional Sessions will be held simultaneously beginning at 3:30 p.m. on September 28 across all campuses and connected virtually via Zoom.

OHIO faculty and staff are invited to RSVP for Open Forums on the Athens campus at the links below

  • Athens Campus Session 1 – 11am-12:20pm Thursday September 29 (RSVP)
  • Athens Campus Session 2 – 2:00-3:20 p.m. Thursday, September 29 (RSVP)

Feedback survey distributed later this week

In addition, a survey on the search for the 23rd President of OHIO will be distributed to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni during the week of September 12-16. The survey will be online, but printed surveys will also be provided to employees with limited email access.

Members of the OHIO community are encouraged to monitor emails with additional survey information.

The survey and open forums are part of the overall process established by the Board of Trustees to ensure that the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners can be shared and heard throughout Presidential Research. .

Updates on the stakeholder engagement process, including key meeting dates and additional information on the Global Presidential Research, can be found on the Presidential Research website.

Church and State Marketplace Welcomes Makers, Movers and Shakers


SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Church & State, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a sustainable ecosystem of startups and small businesses, is remodeling its historic 23,000-foot work and event space squares into a gathering place that brings together diverse communities. With a mission to promote productivity and well-being, Church & State is open to anyone looking to connect, collaborate, and contribute to collective growth.

The recent opening of Café Juniper, a café offering comforting and creative drinks, pastries and artisan toast, has transformed Church & State into a destination where people want to linger. Sunlight filters through beautiful stained glass, making the dog-friendly space an inviting hangout for the neighborhood. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City at 370 S. 300 East, Church & State has been a mainstay in the entrepreneurial community since 2014.

“When people with different interests and backgrounds come together, amazing things can happen,” says June Chen, MD, co-founder of Church & State. “By deliberately blending creators and entrepreneurs in a space where retail and office blend seamlessly, we hope to spark collisions that will lead to new friendships and new ideas.”

Visitors to Church & State can indulge in an upscale barbershop experience at Retro Barbers, where professional pin-ups specialize in classic haircuts, razor shaves and beard trims made to order. the hand. They can train in modern Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Combat Arts Jiu Jitsu or strengthen their core at Polestar Pilates. Church & State is also home to professional services firms such as Alta Bookkeeping, an outsourced accounting and auditing services company, and Monarch Social, a digital marketing agency.

On the second Tuesday of each month, Church & State hosts The Night Market, a nighttime market produced by SLC Lunatics featuring an array of local vendors and live entertainment. The next market will take place on September 13, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information on spaces currently available at Church & State, email [email protected]

About Church and State

Founded in 2014, Church & State is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable ecosystem that provides entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses with the essentials needed for success. To learn more, visit https://www.cs1893.com/.

Poland Spring withdraws request to extract more water in Hollis after residents object


In its application and at a public meeting on August 24, Poland Spring insisted that the additional withdrawal should be relatively minimal. Photo credit: Facebook

Bottling company Poland Spring backtracked request to double the amount of water it is mining from one of its wells in Hollis, after growing opposition from townspeople concerned about further withdrawal amid this summer’s drought.

Local residents, some of whom had dried up wells, attended two public meetings to express their outrage and demand answers from the bottling giant. The decision to withdraw the application came just days before another planning council meeting that had been scheduled to hear the permit application.

“Meeting and public hearing canceled for September 14” a notice on the City of Hollis website said Friday. “Poland Spring has withdrawn its candidacy.”

Poland Spring was looking to doubling its withdrawal from 30 million gallons of water per year to 60 million gallons from what it calls Borehole No 6, one of its wells.

On Friday evening, the company confirmed to the Maine Monitor that it was stepping down.

“Consistent with our long-standing principle and practice of being a good neighbor, we have determined that it is in everyone’s interest not to proceed at this time. Although this project recently received Maine DEP approval, we appreciate the community’s engagement on this permit application as well as their comments and suggestions,” a Poland Spring spokesperson said in a statement..

The Monitor reported that BlueTriton Brands, the owner of Poland Spring, filed an application in June to modify its license in order to increase the levy.

Like much of Maine, much of York County experienced a drought this summer, and demand for the bid surfaced as anxious residents worried about their wells. But the request has also raised broader concerns among some residents about Poland Springs, which has been drawing water from Hollis for about two decades.

Residents have attended two Hollis Planning Board meetings in recent weeks, with a third meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen so many people gather like this before,” local resident Barbara Coleman said.

The city planned to hire an independent hydrologist and other experts to assess the request. Residents were upset about the number of Poland Spring trucks passing through town as well as the impact of increased water withdrawal from the aquifer.

In its application and at the August 24 public meeting, Poland Spring insisted that the additional withdrawal was relatively small. “The increased withdrawal rate will not deplete or degrade adjacent water bodies or water supplies,” the app states.

In its statement on Friday evening, a spokesperson said: “we will continue to be passionate water stewards and report water withdrawals to the City of Hollis and the Maine DEP.

Experts disagree on the impact of bottlers extracting huge amounts of water on nearby wells, and bottled water companies have traditionally argued they take a relatively small amount. of the vast Maine aquifer. Nevertheless, in 2016 Poland Spring, then owned by Nestlé, reduced its water withdrawals amid a severe drought, the Portland Press Herald reported at the time.

David Dahl is the editor of the Maine Monitor. Contact him with ideas for other stories: [email protected]

2023 Big Game Hunting Regulations on ODFW Commission Agenda



The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Sept. 15-16 in Burns for a field trip to the area on Thursday and a meeting at the Historic Central Hotel in Burns on Friday.


View the tour and meeting agenda and watch a live stream of Friday’s meeting at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/22/09_Sep/index.asp

To accompany the commissioners on the tour which includes stops to discuss wolf management, dry forest resilience and bull trout restoration, meet at the Hines District Office (238 S Hwy 120, Hines) no later than 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Members of the public must provide their own transportation and lunch.

To testify remotely on Friday, register at least 48 hours in advance (by Wednesday, September 14 at 8 a.m.) at https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Z0SoBJG_RyipOKZMcU9p5w

To testify in person, register for the meeting.

Comments can also be emailed to [email protected]

A public forum allowing people to comment on topics that are not on the agenda is scheduled for Friday morning after the Director’s report. To participate in the public forum, contact the Office of the ODFW Director at (503) 947-6044 or [email protected] by Wednesday, September 14 at 8 a.m. (48 hours prior to the meeting).

The Commission will adopt the Big Game 2023 Rules at its meeting. One major proposed change is to move the date on which Controlled Hunt draw results are available, from June 20 to June 12. The deadline for amending controlled hunting applications would also move to May 25 (from June 1). The efficiencies of the electronic licensing system will allow ODFW to make results available more quickly.

Another change would add a controlled youth archery hunt that would give youth shooting a beacon the ability to hunt with a “one elk” bag limit in all but five units. Other proposals from the staff include a general end-of-season traditional archery opportunity in southwest Oregon and two all-weapon-legal controlled late-night deer hunts in western Oregon. For a complete list of proposed amendments to the Big Game Regulations, see https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/22/09_Sep/B/Exhibit%20B_Attachment%203_2023%20Staff%20Proposals_Big%20Game%20Regulations.pdf

In other cases, the Commission will be asked to:

  • Appoint a landowner representative to the Access and Habitat Council, which funds projects that provide public access for hunting or improve wildlife habitat on private land.
  • Approve the acquisition of 10 acres of land in Pendleton for the future headquarters of a new watershed district office as the current building (an early 1900s house converted to office space) is inadequate for the needs of the ‘agency.
  • Amend the rules of the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) to reduce the time required between grant submission and review.
  • Approve the recommendation to the Oregon Watershed Improvement Board (OWEB) for the appointment of a fish and wildlife habitat member to the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission.

The Panel will also hear from ODFW staff on chronic wasting disease and flow and temperature modeling efforts to advance understanding of the effects of climate change, and from the Harney County organization, the High Desert Partnership.

Britain mourns Queen Elizabeth II: Scenes from England and Scotland


JThe gentle rain covering Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace did little to deter mourners gathered outside on Thursday evening, when a constant feature of British life appeared to pay its own solemn tribute to another far nobler example : Queen Elizabeth II.

Earlier in the afternoon, the beloved monarch died aged 96 at her Scottish estate of Balmoral, some 122 kilometers away, drawing the curtain back on a remarkable reign that spanned seven decades. She was the ruler of 15 nations and her reign spanned the terms of 14 US presidents and 15 British prime ministers.

“I feel numb. She was amazing, so selfless and so dedicated to her people, ”says Wendy Green, 45, who came to pay tribute to the Queen’s official residence in the Scottish capital, on which the national flag flew at half mast. “We’ll never have another like her.”

Read more: The story behind TIME’s Queen Elizabeth II commemorative cover

As her age advanced, the Queen’s health was monitored with increasing scrutiny by a team of dedicated doctors on call around the clock. Nevertheless, the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch left a nation stunned.

The BBC suspended regular programming for breaking news ahead of the 6.30pm local time announcement of his death. Across the UK, in homes and pubs filled with after-work drinkers, his subjects received the news with shock and grief. Places of worship are encouraged to ring their bells in remembrance and to remain open for prayer or special services. Meanwhile, a flood of tributes poured in from around the world.

“She represents the whole history of Europe which is our common home with our British friends. She has always given us stability and confidence, she has shown immense courage and is a legend in my eyes,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“She seemed so timeless and wonderful that I’m afraid we had come to believe, like children, that she would go on and on and on,” tweeted former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who saw the Queen earlier this week to hand in his resignation.

Read more: How Queen Elizabeth II showed why Britain still has a monarchy

The Queen had ongoing mobility issues which led her to cancel her September 3 attendance at the Braemar Highland Gathering, an iconic annual celebration of Scottish sport and culture. (Prince Charles – now King Charles III – stepped in instead.) She also used a cane when she received new British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday, in what would be the Queen’s last official engagement.

Such a meeting would normally have taken place at Buckingham Palace in London; the fact that it took place in Scotland was taken as a sign that the monarch was too frail to travel. Yet no one expected members of the royal family, including Prince Harry and Prince William, to rush to Balmoral two days later. Their gathering was a signal for the nation to expect the worst.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waits in the drawing room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, where Truss has been asked to become Prime Minister and form a new government, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland on September 6 2022.

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Mourning for Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s coffin will now be transported to Holyrood, then to St Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and from there to London by Royal Train. A 10-day period of mourning, during which Parliament will be suspended, will be followed by a funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to arrive from around the world to pay their respects, adding to the huge crowds of all ages and ethnicities who have already gathered at royal residences across the UK to leave flowers and keepsakes.

On Thursday evening, a somber crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace, spontaneously bursting into “God Save the Queen”, along with choruses of “God Save the King”, as the national anthem will henceforth be called.

Read more: What happens when Queen Elizabeth dies

Many mourners spoke of the Queen’s unifying and reassuring presence during a time of political and social upheaval – from the pandemic to Brexit and the uncertainty in Europe sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine. “I just feel like the world is collapsing around me now. It’s just a terrible loss,” Louise Cabral told TIME outside Buckingham Palace. It’s just a really devastating thing to add to all of this.”

“You can’t really imagine she’s not here,” added Sally Cherry, an Australian tourist. Australia was once a federation of British colonies and it continued to regard Elizabeth as its sovereign. “She’s been there for so long and [was] such a part of my parents’ life. We have known only one monarch, so quite extraordinary. I don’t think you’ll ever see a reign like that again.

A person holds their phone with a screensaver of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 in London.  (Leon Neal—Getty Images)

A person holds their phone with a screensaver of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 in London.

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The Queen’s Legacy

When Elizabeth came to the throne, Britain was the pinnacle of a sprawling empire on which, it was said, the sun never set. The queen leaves behind a complex legacy in many of these former imperial possessions. But it suited many for her to go to Scotland, which she has always had in deep affection.

Balmoral has been a residence of the British Royal Family since 1852 and the Queen regularly spent her summer holidays there. Shortly after her coronation at Westminster Abbey in 1953, the Queen and Prince Philip spent a week in Scotland.

“The people of Balmoral considered her their neighbor, often meeting her on walks or in the village,” says Charlotte Cruickshank, 29, who owns a family home near Balmoral. “I will miss her terribly.”

Read more: Queen Elizabeth II’s death at Balmoral has major implications for Scotland

Queen Elizabeth II was actually the first of her name to reign in Scotland. Elizabeth I, who herself ruled England for a record 44 years between 1558 and 1603, was never queen north of the border.

The reign of Elizabeth II was not well received by all Scots. Nationalists frequently defaced the royal emblem. Brexit, which was not well received by Scots, who voted to stay in the EU, galvanized calls for Scottish independence. But the Queen’s shameless fondness for Scotland won many hearts.

“His life was one of extraordinary dedication and service,” tweeted Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a staunch supporter of independence. “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I send my deepest condolences to the King and the Royal Family.”

Read more: See every TIME cover featuring Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth’s successor Charles is expected to make several ceremonial appearances in his new kingdom in the coming days. It remains to be seen whether or not he can provide the same sense of unity and stability as his mother.

“The Queen reigned for so long that it would be strange to see someone else in her place,” says Balmoral local Cruickshank, expressing the sentiments of many in the UK. “Charles certainly has big boots to fill, but hopefully the general public will be behind him.

—With reporting by Yasmeen Serhan/London

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Pentagon leaders discuss China’s space ambitions in classified meeting


WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders convened a key advisory group this week to discuss China and Russia’s advances in space and the U.S. military’s efforts to protect and retain access to its assets in orbit.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said the classified meetings on Sept. 6-7, announced in an official notice as discussions of potential space-based weapons development by adversarial nations, were also focused on China’s growing reliance on space for intelligence, data relay. and communications.

Like the United States, Kahl said at the Sept. 7 defense press conference in Arlington, Va., that China is “double-dipping” on using space for warfare.

“It’s hard to treat China as the raving threat and not have a conversation about space,” he said. “It’s one of the areas where the competition is fierce and the stakes are the highest.”

The meeting follows China’s demonstration last year of a hypersonic vehicle and fractional orbital bombardment system, a capability that can remain in orbit as long as a user determines, then de-orbit as part of its flight path. The technology, which the Soviet Union first demonstrated in 1969, followed by China in the 1970s, is difficult for early warning systems to track.

While many details of the 2021 Chinese protest are unclear, Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, the Biden administration candidate for the head of the Space Forcecalled the system last year “very cutting-edge technology.”

Kahl said the FOBS demonstration raised key strategic questions about whether U.S. early warning systems could be evaded by this type of technology.

“In our case, we don’t believe that’s the case,” he said. “We believe there is nothing China has developed that undermines the foundation of our nuclear deterrent, for example.”

Yet, according to Kahl, the United States must continue to invest in its space-based missile warning and tracking systems. Space Force plans to spend $24.5 billion over next five years to improve these skills. Its fiscal year 2023 budget included $3.4 billion to continue development of next-generation airborne persistent infrared satellites and ground systems and $1.2 billion for satellites to track hypersonic missiles, which can travel at speeds greater than Mach 5.

Kahl declined to provide details on how the fiscal year 2024 budget would prioritize these systems, but he said concerns about adversarial US advances in hypersonic and ballistic missile technology are driving the department’s investment strategy in this area.

“We need missile warning, missile tracking and integrated air and missile defense that takes all of these into account. [developments]that is why we are making significant investments – not just in things like updating our interceptors for ballistic missiles or cruise missile defense, but also significant investments in space missile warning and tracking” , did he declare.

Chris Evert breaks silence on allegations that she has an agenda against Serena Williams


Retired American tennis player Chris Evert recently hit back at a fan who claimed she had an agenda against Serena Williams. The fan recalled an old letter Evert wrote for Williams, but Evert has now doubled down on his position.

The 18-time Slam champion had composed a letter to Serena Williams in 2006, a time when Williams suffered numerous setbacks in her tennis career. Evert is now unhappy with how the letter was received, saying her intentions were misunderstood by some people on social media.

In the letter, Chris Evert expressed strong feelings about Williams’ career trajectory and expressed his disappointment with the 40-year-old’s below-par results. The tennis veteran then advised Williams to focus entirely on her tennis career during her peak years.

“Just a few years ago, when you were fully committed to the game, you showed the athleticism, shooting and competitive desire to become the greatest player of all time,” Evert noted in the letter. . “Many others shared the same sentiment as I did. You won five of the six Grand Slams you entered in the 2002 and 2003 seasons and looked utterly dominant in the process.”

“Then you’ve been distracted by injuries, pet projects and indifference, and you’ve only won one major in the last seven games you’ve played. I find those results hard to understand. You you’re just too good not to win two Grand Slam titles a year. You’re still only 24, well into your prime. These are crucial years that you’ll never come back. Why not devote yourself entirely during the next five years and see what you can accomplish?”

A fan then used the said write-up against Evert, claiming that she also had a not-so-constructive attitude towards the recently retired tennis legend.

“Chris Evert’s attitude towards Serena Williams has been going on for a long time. Look at this letter she wrote to Serena in 2006,” the fan wrote.

The former USA pro noticed the interaction and fired back, saying Williams only won several more Grand Slams after heeding her advice.

“And then she got engaged and won another 18,” Evert remarked.

Eastern Michigan University faculty vote to allow strike over labor dispute


YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University the faculty voted to allow a strike over a labor dispute at a union meeting Tuesday night.

Members of EMU chapter of the American Association of University Teachers voted 91% in favor of authorizing the strike by more than 500 tenured professors.

The strike which will begin on Wednesday morning (September 7) is due to the repeated failure of the EMU administration to negotiate in good faith and find common ground on a new labor agreement.

“Our message to EMU students, parents and alumni is simple: EMU faculty stand up for you and for a quality education,” said Matt Kirkpatrick, associate professor of English language and literature at EMU and chair of the EMU-AAUP negotiating team. “But the EMU administration has let you down, raising its own salaries while trying to cut our compensation and repeatedly failing to negotiate in good faith.”

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Prior to the vote to authorize the strike, the EMU-AAUP negotiating team had invited the EMU administration to continue negotiations on Monday and Tuesday, but they did not get a response.

A negotiation session with state mediators is scheduled for Wednesday morning, and EMU-AAUP negotiators will be present to reach a fair agreement as soon as possible.

“It is truly regrettable that the failure of the EMU administration at the negotiating table is causing delays and disruptions for our students,” said Mohamed El-Sayed, professor of engineering at EMU and president of EMU-AAUP. “We won’t be in our classrooms tomorrow, but our bargaining team will be at the bargaining table. We seek solutions that support our students and set the stage for a quality education at EMU over the long term.

The previous agreement covering more than 500 full professors and leading to tenure at EMU expired at midnight on August 31.

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National Night Out helps make Woodlands Township neighborhoods safer


THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Township of Woodlands encourages residents to unite against crime and drugs during National Night Out on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 3-6 p.m. When neighborhoods participate in national night, it accomplishes one of the first steps in crime prevention: “neighbor knows neighbour”.

PHOTO: Join The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch in celebrating National Night on Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 3-6 p.m. Plan a National Night with a theme of your choice and you could be a winner like the National Night 2021 First Place Theme Night Winner Venetia Grove of Creekside Park.

National evenings
Hosting a national night is a great way to bring neighbors together. Residents are encouraged to lock their doors and step outside and gather with their neighbors for a social gathering as simple or elaborate as they wish. To register a National Night Out party, please complete the registration form at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/nationalnightout. A National Night Out promotional video, party guide, and list of frequently asked questions are available on the website.


National Night Out Package Collection Day
Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch can provide National Evening party supplies during National Evening Package Pickup Day. Supplies available may include balloons, party favors, yard signs, party ideas and more. Please pick up your supplies Thursday, September 22, 2022, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Woodlands Township, located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd. Pre-registration is required.

National Night Out offers many opportunities for neighborhood camaraderie, including a themed party contest, sidewalk chalk art contest, police officer selfie contest, food drive in partnership with Interfaith of The Woodlands, ID the Burglar village challenge and the National Night Out Military Drive.

Community Safety Fair
The Community Safety Expo is a day of food, fun and public safety demonstrations for the whole community. Residents can meet Public Safety personnel, view equipment, walk into Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Mobile Command Units, watch live law enforcement demonstrations K- 9 and Drone and more at this free event. Kids can indulge in face painting, a bouncy house, and crafts. The Community Safety Expo will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from noon to 3 p.m., at Northshore Park, located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Food drive in partnership with Interfaith of The Woodlands
Non-perishable food items collected at National Night Out parties can be dropped off directly at Interfaith, 4242 Interfaith Way, October 3-7, 2022, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please be sure to credit National Night Out when donating to Interfaith. Together, residents can make a difference in relieving hunger in South Montgomery County.


John Cooper School February 2022

ID the Burglar Village Challenge
The ID the Burglar Village Challenge is a fun contest designed to promote neighborhood cooperation and crime prevention awareness, and to test a person’s skill and accuracy in identifying a suspect. A group from each village will be drawn from among the registered parties to participate in the challenge. A “burglar”, accompanied by a “good guy”, will be escorted by a deputy from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to the chosen group in each village. The neighborhood must work as a team to help identify the burglar.

National Night Out Military Drive
Support the military by collecting items at National Night Out block parties. A complete list of needed items is available in the party guide at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/nationalnightout. Donated items will be picked up at Woodlands Township Town Hall located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., October 3-7, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Selfie photo contest with a cop
Take a selfie with a cop at your National Night Out block party. Post your selfie to Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #NationalNightOutTheWoodlands on Sunday, October 2, 2022 before 11:59 p.m. Check back to The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch Facebook page on Monday, October 3, 2022 to see if you’ve won. There will be two winners!

Since 1990, The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch has brought together residents and public safety agencies serving Woodlands Township in positive circumstances. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.

For more information on National Night Out, please contact the Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department at 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/nationalnightout. Also, please like and follow The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/townshipneighborhoodwatch.


NBA in focus: agenda of the new exco (2)


We are indeed living in very interesting times, within the legal profession and the general body politic. Last week, social media was awash with simmering controversy over the alleged pact struck by one of the many interest groups within the NBA, Egbe Amofin Oodua, to boycott or not the Olumide-led NBA Exco. Akpata. I do not attend meetings of Egbe Amofin or any other chapter group within the NBA, but I am aware that this group and others exist within the bar solely to promote tribal interests during elections in the within the NBA National Exco and nothing more. They are similar to Afenifere, Ohaneze, Arewa Group, PANDEF and other ethnic groups who claim to speak for the interests of their people. I am not aware of the alleged boycott decision, so to that extent I could not have supported it when I did not even know the justification for such a drastic decision.

However, given the principle of federality and the need to be included in an organization, it is difficult for me to rationalize how an organization of lawyers could conduct elections and marginalize an entire region of the country to the point that No position was held by any Southwestern lawyer in the Akpata-led NBA Exco. What could be the offense of those who are regarded as ‘proprietors’ of the legal profession, who have contributed in large measure to the development and progress of the bar, the judiciary and Nigeria in general? Perhaps this could also be the underlying factor for the passive involvement of the cream of Southwestern lawyers in NBA activities under Akpata and it is gratifying that this was corrected under the Maikyau regime. . We have come to unify the Bar for the advancement of our profession and our dear nation. This is a task for all of us, whether at the Eastern Bar Forum, Egbe Amofin or Arewa Bar Forum. Let’s continue with the agenda of the new Exco.

Judicial state of emergency

Except we are wrong, legal practice in Nigeria is facing its greatest trials ever. Even before COVID 19, the administration of justice was steadily heading towards the grave, perhaps only remaining to be buried. The NBA is expected to declare a state of emergency in the justice sector, with a focus on emergency rescue efforts. So far, we have only paid lip service to judicial reforms, only touching the surface without delving into the substance. The lack of essential infrastructure in this very important sector is a major impediment to effective judicial administration. Such a slow and unproductive system can only breed corruption, given the desperation faced by lawyers and litigants to have their cases heard and decided. In this respect, the unfinished new complex of the Federal High Court along Bourdillon Road in Ikoyi, Lagos, is a calamitous eyesore, it is a worldwide embarrassment to all lawyers and judges, an unforgivable disservice to litigants and a disgrace monumental for Nigeria as a nation. I mean, how can Nigeria as a mature state struggle to complete a single building for one of the most important judicial organs in the country? A proper analysis of Section 251 (1) of the 1999 Constitution clearly shows that the Federal High Court is now the foundation of litigation in Nigeria, given the critical matters it has been empowered to deal with. It is the Court that adjudicates matters relating to the revenues of the federation, oil, oil and gas, electricity, admiralty, mines and minerals, immigration, aviation , telecommunications, citizenship, broadcasting, customs and fiscal, security, taxation, banking, operations. business, shipping, copyrights and patents, weapons, ammunition, diplomatic and consular matters, drugs, bankruptcy and insolvency and indeed everything related to the federal government and one of its agencies. And this Court is not functioning as it should, as lawyers and litigants stand in rain and sun to conduct their business. When I learned recently that even the judges’ rooms do not have functioning toilets, I was moved to tears. A judge sometimes sits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but he cannot afford to eat while he is in office, because there is no way to cope with the pressure that can come with such a luxury, for so say. The NBA should make it a priority and work with relevant government agencies and the head of the court to ensure its completion.

It is not only the Federal High Court, but also the Court of Appeal and even the High Courts. It is totally unacceptable that lawyers and litigants go to court and cannot even find a place to sit to conduct their business. My suggestion in this regard is that the National Executive Board of the NBA should, at its next meeting, mandate all branches of the NBA nationwide to urgently undertake an audit of all courts within their jurisdiction and submit a full report, as a working document for discussion and action. On the basis of these reports, the NBA Exco should, on behalf of all the lawyers, meet with the heads of the various courts, the attorneys general of the States concerned or of the Federation as the case may be and the governors of these States. If we are constantly clamoring for funds for the court system, if litigants and lawyers are paying through their noses to have their cases filed and processed (both in the probate division and in the main courts), then we must have a corresponding improvement of facilities in all courts.

We must be courageous in tackling the problem of backlogs in the administration of justice, by encouraging the executive branch of government to build more courts and appoint more judges. When traveling outside of Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja to other states, trials are conducted in the courts of those other states in just one week, final written addresses are filed and judgment is rendered within one month, so that in Lagos State, for example, it takes an average of four years to close a case because a judge in Lagos has an average of 600 cases to deal with. The rigid case management conference process, which was supposed to last just three months, is now taking years to complete. There is an urgent need to revise the Rules of the various jurisdictions, so that non-contentious cases of service of substitution, authorization of summons, renewal of summons, extension of time, etc., can be taken by qualified lawyers among judicial staff, such as paralegals, lawyers, etc., who would then report daily to the judge-commissioner. These orders can be reviewed in the event of manifest abuse. In the Supreme Court, for example, these requests are taken on a special day in the chambers by the judges, in the absence of lawyers and their lawyers and you are only informed of the success or failure of your request afterwards.

The National Assembly is currently working on a constitutional amendment. Instead of only singling out cases involving politicians and political officials for a speedy trial, the NBA should set up a committee to work with the National Assembly to streamline the jurisdiction of appellate courts, particularly over matters relating to interlocutory appeals and matters where the principles of law are fairly established, such as land law, stay of execution, electoral petitions, criminal cases, the application of fundamental rights, etc., in order to decongest these courts.

The new NBA Exco must confront the problem of corruption in the justice system head on, as it already affects the fabric of our national life. The system of appointing judicial officers should be made more transparent, like that of the main lawyers, if it cannot be better. It is totally unacceptable that a collection of lawyers and litigants should be able to determine the courts to which their cases are assigned, because this in itself is the greatest injustice towards their adversaries. We simply cannot continue like this, exploiting a corrupt system of walking into the courtroom blindfolded while your opponent is in cahoots with the court. And this is especially the case with seasoned lawyers, who deploy their position and their influence to determine the fate of cases pending before the courts. It should be very easy for security agencies to know the earnings of bailiffs, with the advent of bank verification numbers, tax ID, payer ID, etc. While I can personally testify to the credibility, neutrality and nobility of many judges and senior officials. lawyers, but we cannot close our eyes to certain anomalies that could erode public confidence in justice.

But of course we cannot do much in this regard without first addressing the question of the poor social conditions of judicial officers. Hearing that some judges drive to court, stand in traffic for hours and are expected to sit in court, deal with cases and then render very solid rulings and judgments, is a big joke. In some states, judges’ salaries and benefits haven’t increased in over a decade! Even though judicial assignment is more of a vocation, judges are human beings who frequent the same market as everyone else, who send their children to school and also buy diesel to power their generators at home and sometimes even in their offices. In this regard, the NBA NEC should direct the NBA branches to meet with heads of courts from all states, collect salaries and allowances of court officers for confidential discussion and commitment, through a sub-committee of the NEC, made up of experts and proven advocates.

This then brings us to the question of ethics within the legal profession, as a means of improving the image of lawyers and judges. By now, it is clear that rules of professional conduct have become totally irrelevant and unnecessary, having been overtaken by technology and global trends in legal practice. But even at that, what we currently need is a separate Code of Conduct for senior counsel, as a model for legal practice. Once we fully understand the senior lawyers, it becomes very easy for their juniors to line up. The things we see some SANs doing in court are totally unpleasant to print. Lawyers say it to themselves in small gatherings, prominent names are very often mentioned, but it seems that there is not much anyone can or will do about it. I don’t want to say more in this regard, except that the NBA should work urgently with the Body of Senior Advocates and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, to develop a new set of rules to guide the conduct and etiquette of Senior Advocates. Since there aren’t that many of them, it should be easy to isolate the offenders, for compliance and reform purposes. So 24 hours will not be enough for the president and his team, but there is enough good will to succeed. I wish them good luck. (To be continued).


CO Architects Soars in Healthcare and Education Facilities During Pandemic


For Miracle Mile-based CO Architects, which specializes in the design and renovation of healthcare and education facilities, the pandemic has proved an unexpected boon, ushering in a period of rapid work and staff growth.

Since the start of the pandemic, CO (pronounced “KO”) Architects has increased its staff by a third, to 160 employees, prompting a move to a larger 27,000 square foot headquarters at the end of the year. ‘last year.

“After the brief initial lockdown, the work started pouring in and hasn’t stopped,” said Jenna Knudsen, the company’s new chief executive. “Healthcare and life sciences research never really slowed down and there was pent-up demand in the education market.”

Over the past 15 months, CO Architects has undertaken design work on two huge projects in the healthcare market: the five-year, $1.7 billion Harbor-UCLA Medical Center replacement project years in West Carson and a $1.3 billion hospital and medical complex on the north end of the UC Irvine campus.

Staff growth was most evident in CO Architects’ only satellite office, located in San Diego. It was opened five years ago with a handful of staff. Knudsen said the office now has a dozen employees and continues to hire.

CO Architects has a long-standing relationship with UC San Diego, having worked on more than a dozen projects over the years. The company is now in the design phase of a 250,000 square foot outpatient center on the university’s Hillcrest Medical Campus and hopes for further work on a $3 billion redevelopment plan for the entire campus. 10 acre medical.

Over the past year at least, all of these new projects and additional CO Architects staff have yet to translate into additional revenue, which fell last year to $63 million from nearly $66 million. dollars in 2020.

Nonetheless, CO Architects ranked #2 in local billings among LA County architectural firms on the Business Journal’s most recent list, behind San Francisco-based Gensler.
The business has grown steadily since its founding in 1986 as the Los Angeles office of San Francisco-based Anshen+Allen Architects, which was sold in 2010 to Edmonton, Alberta-based Stantec.

Since its inception, the company, 100% owned by employee shareholders, has focused on health and education institutions, as well as other civic projects.
“Those have always been our primary markets — and Los Angeles our primary geographic focus,” Knudsen said. CO Architects is not alone in focusing on these markets.

“Healthcare projects have long been a hot market,” said William Richards, a Washington DC-based freelance writer who has covered architecture business and culture and worked as a communications consultant at the American Institute of Architects. “Indeed, many architectural firms were founded solely for this market.”

CO Architects designed the City of Hope Ambulatory Center in Duarte.

Hot sector

Richards said higher education has also become an increasingly popular sector in recent years.
“Many universities are brimming with donations and ready to launch campus improvement projects,” he said.

The pandemic has also provided more work for architectural firms, as healthcare and other institutional settings have had to retool their heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of spread. of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 indoors.

And in California, there has been another driving factor in both markets, but especially in health care: the state’s seismic modernization requirements. In California, hospitals and other acute care facilities face a 2030 deadline to ensure they can remain operational after a major earthquake.

The Harbor-UCLA project that CO Architects recently joined the team on is a building replacement driven largely by these seismic upgrade rules.

UCLA and Paul Williams

CO Architects has also completed several earthquake-resistant renovation and retrofit projects on the UCLA campus. Among the most challenging were two buildings designed by famed mid-century black architect Paul Williams: the LA Kretz Botany Building and the Pritzker Hall Psychology Tower.

“It was very challenging: because these were Paul Williams buildings, we spent a lot of time figuring out how to respect the original designs while bringing the buildings up to modern standards,” Knudsen said. “The placement of the shock absorbers was particularly difficult” to dampen the jolts caused by the earthquakes, she added.

Peter Hendrickson, associate vice chancellor of design and construction at UCLA, worked with CO Architects on both projects.

“What stood out to me was how CO Architects was able to work on these two very complex seismic projects when both buildings were fully occupied,” Hendrickson said.

“CO Architects did something very unusual: they involved the students and faculty using the two buildings in the design and construction process,” he continued. “They went above and beyond the expectations of the building’s end users to really understand what the program was all about. And, just as important, they incorporated student and faculty feedback into the design.”

Last year, just after the completion of the main works on the La Kretz Botany building, CO Architects led an additional – and unexpected – project.
“In the Botanical Building, we came across a design for a mural by Paul Williams that never made it into the original building,” Knudsen said. The design was black and white and featured a glass mosaic filled with plants along the bottom. “We created a mural in the building based on this original concept,” she added. This involved some of the firm’s architects studying Williams’ other works to better understand his color preferences.

Growth keeps coming?

Like many architecture and design firms in recent months, CO Architects has experienced longer delays between submitting designs and starting construction. As a rule, most of this time is spent on the supply of building materials. But since early last year, soaring material costs, supply chain issues and other difficulties have extended the lead time by more than six months for many projects.

Knudsen added that in response, CO Architects adjusted the materials required by its designs. “In many cases, the materials we choose now initially may not be the same as three years ago,” she said.
The company has also revised its designs to adapt to the changing nature of the workplace brought about by the pandemic.

“We now need to adjust designs for new workplaces where many people work remotely most of the time and occasionally come into the office,” she said. “That means multiple uses for outdoor spaces, different sizes of meeting rooms, and working with engineers to improve ventilation, among other things.”

As for growth, the company is not looking for geographic expansion. “We plan to expand services to customers in our core markets: interior design, medical space planners and environmental graphics technology,” she said.

Geographically, CO Architects remains firmly focused on Los Angeles as its core market and has no plans to open additional offices beyond San Diego in the near future.

Knudsen said that when project opportunities arise in other parts of the country, the company works through partnerships with local architectural firms in the project area.
“Sometimes these companies do the permitting and we tend to be the design architect, especially for projects in our core practice areas,” she said.

Acquisitions are also not on the menu in the near future, she added. “We are focusing more on organic growth.
It’s an appropriate strategy at this stage in the field of architecture, said Richards, a writer and industry communications consultant.

“Looking at the areas that CO Architects are focusing on, they fall within the top growth areas: healthcare, education and technology.”

Weekly News Update – 09/04/22 | eHop


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On Tuesday, September 6, the polls will open at 7 a.m. and the “end of line” will be established at 8 p.m. for the closing of the polls. All Hopkinton voters vote at Middle School Gym (88 Hayden Rowe).

If you are registered with a party, you must vote with that party’s ballot. Unregistered (independent) voters can choose which ballot they wish to vote on, but they must choose. Choosing a party in a Primary does not change your registration as a voter.

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Fruit Street Turf Project Completed

The Fruit Street Fields Turf Replacement Project is officially complete. “This is the best news of the day, as far as I’m concerned,” said Jay Guelfi, director of parks and recreation. “The city commissioned us to replace this field. They gave us $1.7 million to do it. They wanted it done before the start of the football season, and it’s done. And it’s under budget. If you’ve been there and seen it, great.

CPC funded projects discussed

The commission discussed potential projects to bring to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) this fall.

Sandy Beach ad hoc committee has plans

Commissioner Cynthia Esthimer shared the Sandy Beach ad hoc committee’s recommendations for improvements for next year’s summer season.

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State relaxes MBTA community housing rules

The Planning Board at its Monday night meeting learned of an update to a state law designed to create multi-family housing opportunities in communities served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that the city will need to consider whether it wants to be eligible to receive three sources of state funding.

Multifamily zoning requirement for MBTA communities

Continuation of the 83 Main Street East proposal

The only continuing hearing scheduled for the evening regarding the open space mixed-use development (OSMUD) proposed at last month’s meeting for 83 East Main Street was scheduled to run until September 19. Only four voting members were present when the hearing was called. While an actual quorum of five members was present, member Jane Moran recused herself from voting on the draft.

Planning Board roundup: Plans discussed for historic home at 83 East Main

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Hopkinton is reconsidering the possibility of regulating short-term rentals after residents of Pike Street raised concerns with the Zoning Advisory Committee about a property being rented out and being used for weekend parties.

“If short-term rentals were to be regulated by zoning, all rentals should also be regulated by zoning,” Gelcich said. “And then at that point, I don’t even know how you would do that.”

The crux of the debate was what counts as the use of a property, he continued. The business side of a rental and how a property is used would make it more of a licensing issue.

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Hopkinton Water and Sewer Department Manager Eric Carty has warned residents there could be discoloration in the town’s water over the next few days due to a broken water main .

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What to expect for the week of September 5, 2022 to September 9, 2022 No work on Monday, September 5 – Labor Day

  • Pursue project-wide service connections

East side of the project

  • Continue Comcast Ductbank work on East Main Street.

West side of the project

  • Install new granite curb along Main Street eastbound from Main Street West to the fire station
  • Continue grading and compacting the sidewalks between Wood Street and the fire station
  • Continue to form concrete sidewalks from Wood Street to the fire station
  • Concrete sidewalks will also take place at the end of the driveways; affected owners will be notified in advance as access to the driveway will be affected; Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained
  • Detours from Pleasant Street and Elm Street should be used as needed

Read more details about the Main Street Corridor Project

Hopkinton City Hall, Public Library and Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

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King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon resume joint program after vacation – Royal Central


Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen / The Royal Court

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway made a joint appearance on the balcony of the Royal Palace to greet a military parade.

But this was not just any military event; it was the annual performance of the 3rd Guard Company, which consists of approximately 130 servicemen, who are recruited in early fall and train through the fall and winter, then leave for concerts , exhibitions and other performances at home and abroad in spring and summer.

The King and Crown Prince made an appearance on the balcony, from where they watched the performance of the 3rd Company, and also waved to the crowd that had gathered in the Royal Palace Square to watch the parade.

The event came just a day after King Harald returned from a three-day visit to the western counties of Møre and Romsdal aboard the royal yacht, which served as their home base and was also the venue where King and Queen Sonja hosted a reception on the last day of their tour.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Haakon was opening the Arctic University of Norway’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, King Olav V, who opened the institution in 1972. The university is also the entity that organized the arctic research expedition in which the crown prince took part earlier this year.

It was reassuring to see King Harald step out in the final days of summer, as he battled health issues for most of 2022. In March he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and in August , he was admitted to the hospital for four days to fight an infection.

In 2021, he underwent surgery to repair a broken tendon in his knee and has been using crutches ever since; in 2020, he underwent heart surgery to replace one of the organ’s valves.

Miss Manners: What should I do when I see my friend’s ex in public?



Dear Miss Manners: For many years, I was close to a childhood friend and her family. Recently it emerged that her husband was not the man he claimed to be and had a long history of secretive and abominable behavior.

They are now going through a bitter divorce, during which he was financially and emotionally abusive to my friend.

I was surprised to meet him at a social event. He seems to have no sense of shame for the damage he has done to his wife, children and community, and he welcomed me as if nothing had changed.

I find the man repulsive, but I didn’t want to make the other people present uncomfortable. I declined a hug over pandemic concerns and offered a faint smile before retreating.

What are my obligations in such a situation? Should I pretend to be warm towards him in a social setting?

The weak smile and a hasty retreat are the correct response to such a person – no pandemic apology required.

The art of politely bypassing (or “cutting off”) objectionable people in social situations requires nothing more than minimal acknowledgment of their presence. If done correctly, Miss Manners assures you, it’s the perfect tag crime: sharp and somewhat devastating, but with the victim unable to identify exactly what just happened.

Dear Miss Manners: I have an older brother who thinks he can behave disrespectfully towards my family under the pretext that it is “just a joke”. Although he could be very caring, he saw fit to spit on my children and insult me ​​in front of them, always laughing and saying he was joking.

During a family reunion, my son (who had just returned from Afghanistan) and I took a minute to talk, as the reunion was stressful for him. As we sat my brother came out with a golf club and hit pine cones above our heads shouting “Fore!” When he hit me with one, his response was, “Just kidding.”

I don’t know how to take care of him anymore. He’s my only brother, but I find it hard to find humor in his jokes.

Humor is measured in the ear of his audience. And when attempts to produce it don’t have the desired effect, the public – or the victims – can’t be ashamed or say they just don’t own it.

Don’t fall for this tactic. Miss Manners suggests you say to your brother, “If it was humorous, we’d be laughing.” But you seem to be the only one doing it. Please stop spitting on my children, insulting me and hitting me with pine cones. The fact that you find it funny is far more disturbing than we don’t.

Dear Miss Manners: My friend has been a widow for three years. This year would have been their 50th anniversary. What gift is appropriate?

The pleasure of your company, if it is up for it. Otherwise, respecting his desire for solitude.

New Miss Manners columns are published Monday to Saturday at washingtonpost.com/board. You can send questions to Miss Manners on her website, missmanners.com. You can also follow her @RealMissManners.

DeepMarkit Announces Shareholder Meeting Update, Year-End Change and Option Changes



CALGARY, Alta., September 2, 2022 /CNW/ – DeepMarkit Corp., (Deep Markit or the Company) ( TSXV: MKT) (OTC: MKTDF) (FRA: DEP), a company focused on transitioning the global carbon offset market to a more accessible digital economy by adding carbon offsets to the blockchain, announces that it will hold its next general meeting and Extraordinary Annual (the “Meeting“) of the shareholders of the Company (the “Shareholders“) at the offices of DS Lawyers Canada LLP, Suite 800, 333 – 7th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2Z1, at 10:00 a.m. on October 4, 2022.

During the Meeting, Shareholders will be asked in particular to:

  1. Receive and review the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021;
  2. Elect Ranjeet Sundher, Steve VanryJ Garry Clark, Paul McKenzie and James Henning as directors of the Company for the following year;
  3. To appoint the auditors of the Company for the following year and authorize the audit committee of the board of directors of the Company to fix the remuneration of the auditors;
  4. Approve the Company’s stock option plan;
  5. Approve the Company’s equity incentive compensation plan (see the Company’s press release dated August 19, 2022);
  6. Approve that Radiance Assets Berhad become a new “controlling person” (as that term is defined on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Swap“) Corporate Finance Manual) of the Company;
  7. To approve an ordinary resolution of the disinterested shareholders ratifying the granting of an aggregate of 15,800,000 restricted stock units previously approved by the board of directors of the Company and issued on August 19, 2022 (see the Company’s press release dated August 19, 2022);
  8. Approve an ordinary resolution of disinterested shareholders amending certain options previously granted to insiders of the Company, subject to the policies of the Exchange; and
  9. To pass a special resolution authorizing the change of name of the Company to “First Carbon Inc.” or such other name as the Board of Directors of the Company, in its sole discretion and subject to applicable regulatory approval, deems appropriate.

The Notice of Meeting and Management Proxy and Information Circular for the Meeting should be mailed to all shareholders on September 13, 2022 and will also be available under the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Year-end change

The Company also announces that it has today filed a year-end changeover notice with the securities authorities of alberta and British Columbia. As a result, the Company changed its year-end date to June 30th and it will file audited financial statements for the completed six-month transition year June 30, 2022 on or before October 28, 2022. Please see the Year-End Change Notice filed on SEDAR for more information.

Repricing of existing options

The Company proposes to modify the terms of 14,980,000 stock options (“Choice“) to acquire 14,980,000 ordinary shares of the Company (the “Ordinary actions“). The proposed change is to reduce the exercise price of Stock Options $0.2125 to the greater of (i) $0.15 and (ii) the market price of the common shares, as defined in the policies of the Bourse, on the date of the meeting, being October 4, 2022.

In accordance with the policies of the Exchange, the Company is required to obtain disinterested approval to modify 3,400,000 of the options held by insiders of the Company. The resolution to approve the modification of these options will be submitted to the shareholders of the Company for consideration at the meeting.

The options were granted in March 2022. Since then, the common stock price has been consistently below the exercise price of the options. Therefore, options have had little or no value or incentive for option holders, defeating the purpose of their issuance.

The Company initially issued 16,000,000 Options in March 2022. Pursuant to an agreement between the Company and a consultant of the Company, 1,020,000 Options were canceled with effect August 19, 2022.


DeepMarkit Corp. is a company that focuses on democratizing access to the voluntary carbon offset market by transforming offsets into NFTs. Its common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol “MKT”, on the OTC market of United States under the symbol “MKTDF” and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “DEP”. DeepMarkit Corp. is a software infrastructure company operating in the blockchain tokenization vertical. Its main asset, MintCarbon.io, is a web-based platform that facilitates the minting of carbon offsets in NFT (based on the ERC-1155 standard) or other secure tokens (based on the ERC-20 standard).



“Ranjeet Sundher”
Ranjeet Sundher, CEO

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.


Statements in this press release may contain forward-looking information. All statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, including statements relating to obtaining shareholder approval on matters to be submitted to the meeting, including Disinterested Shareholder Approval and Stock Exchange Approval. , as the case may be, and their respective timetable. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in preparing any forward-looking information may prove to be incorrect. Events or circumstances may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated due to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond DeepMarkit’s control. Additional information regarding risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s business can be found under the heading “Business risks and uncertainties” in the Company’s management report for the period ended. March 31, 2022 and other public documents of the Company which are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and DeepMarkit undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements included, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by securities law.

SOURCE DeepMarkit Corp.

For further information: Ranjeet Sundher, CEO, Tel. : 403-537-0067, Email: [email protected]Web: www.deepmarkit.com/ Twitter: @DeepMarkit

Lesotho: New Urban Agenda (NUA), Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) to promote sustainable urban development


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Collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on the localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), New Agenda (NUA) and the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) will have a huge impact because it will enable Lesotho to promote sustainable urban development within the context and challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.

This was stated by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chiefdoms, Mr. Lefu Manyokole during the dissemination of the National Housing Policy, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program and the Workshop of the New urban agenda held in Maseru on Thursday.

Mr. Manyokole said the NUA was adopted at the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, establishing a universal framework for housing and sustainable urban development.

He said she envisions a city that offers, among other things, the right to adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, without discrimination, sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and universal access to clean water. safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation.

He mentioned that the PSUP was launched in 2008 and implemented in Lesotho in 2012 in response to the challenge of slums, urban poverty and unsustainable urbanization trends, noting that it is funded by the European Commission through political mobilization of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP) and implemented by UN-Habitat.

He noted that the successful implementation of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) aims to trigger change to make a real difference in the lives of slum dwellers and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular target 11.1 of SDG 11 as well as the implementation of the NUA for inclusive and sustainable urbanization.

Mr. Manyokole said that the PSUP seeks to address urban poverty through adaptive and proactive measures to improve the management of urbanization through assessment studies and strategic planning approaches for development processes. participatory and inclusive decision-making and large-scale participatory slum upgrading.

He further stated that the PSUP approach is aligned with the National Housing Policy, the NUA and the SDGs tested in many African, Caribbean and Pacific (OACP) countries with many successes, lessons to be learned. pull and scaling opportunities.

He said that in the past, slum upgrading has been approached on a project-to-project basis and experience has shown that this approach is inefficient as it has rarely gained in scale and replication, adding that to make the Sustainable Slum Upgrading, there is a current shift towards strategic and inclusive city-wide slum upgrading with proactive measures being implemented by the PSUP.

Furthermore, he said that considerable progress had been made in transforming living conditions in informal settlements and slums in Lesotho through the PSUP, noting that achievements included Lesotho Housing Profile, National Urban Profile, Maputsoe Urban Profile, Mafeteng Urban Profile and National Housing Profile. Policy.

In conclusion, he said the profiles demonstrated the impact of spatial inequalities on how cities are divided and how basic human rights are not respected for many city dwellers, pointing out that the national housing policy and profiles are followed by the ongoing national slum upgrading and prevention strategy and city-wide strategic approaches that seek to integrate slum upgrading into budget and broader development plans .

Speaking at the same event, UN-Habitat PSUP Kenya, Mr. Joshua Maviti said that the NUA is aligned with the goals of the SDGs, thereby promoting urban development and human settlements.

Mr Maviti said they were working with Lesotho on the PSUP and NUA to ensure that by 2030 they have transformed slums into adequate housing for Basotho people.

He said the NUA principles promote cities and adequate housing for all without leaving anyone behind, saying it is about ensuring everyone has access to infrastructure.

He further noted that the NUA ensures participation in the national framework and policy formulation and all other development plans that benefit the Basotho.

The Acting Director of Housing at the Ministry of Local Government and Chiefdoms, Ms. Mamphaka Mabesa, said the mandate of the National Housing Policy is to eliminate inequalities in land and property rights, saying this will improve planning and land use management.

Ms. Mabesa said the house policy will reduce unplanned settlements with limited services that are rapidly growing in an unplanned way without adequate provision of basic infrastructure.

She mentioned that the NUA promotes equal rights to adequate housing and fundamental freedoms as well as functioning social and civic systems with participatory access to the realization of sustainable cities and livable human settlements.

She said the government must provide affordable housing as this would reduce the increase in unplanned settlements leading to slum conditions.

In the same vein, the Head of Housing, Mr. Seeisa Seeisa, said that the national housing policy will be implemented within the framework of the 2030 agenda, which promotes access to adequate housing and the improvement of slums in the country.

Similar workshops have been held in other districts including Butha-Buthe, Mokhotlong, Leribe, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Qacha’s Nek and Thaba-Tseka.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Government of Lesotho.

This press release was issued by APO. Content is not vetted by the African Business editorial team and none of the content has been checked or validated by our editorial teams, proofreaders or fact checkers. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

UM faculty council formally opposes paid vacation changes | Central Missouri News


COLOMBIA — Elected UM faculty representatives formally objected to proposed changes to paid vacations for employees in the UM system at a meeting Thursday. The Faculty Council voted 18 to 2 with three abstentions.

The vote comes as the UM system board is due to vote on the proposed changes next Wednesday. On Monday, dozens of people protested the proposal at a rally organized by Labor Local 955, which represents MU employees.

In June, the UM system’s board of curators proposed overhauling the paid leave system for faculty and staff by allowing employees to take parental and care leave, which is not currently available.

However, the changes would also eliminate up to 10 days off, angering some MU employees.

Board members have repeatedly expressed concerns that the changes would drive UM employees away from jobs with better benefits and scare away potential hires.

“It seems to a lot of people I’ve spoken to that now is not the right time to make being a staff member at Mizzou less attractive,” said board member Chuck Munter.

“It puts even more stress and pressure on their [MU employees] ability to get the kind of stability they need,” said board member Penny Smith-Parris. “These are tough economic times and we don’t want to lose these important support people we rely on so deeply.

The Faculty Council also discussed a survey asking UM professors to judge Mun Choi’s work as president of the UM system.

According to council member Graham McCaulley, one of the key takeaways from the survey “was a sense of [faculty] not be listened to.”

Choi, who is president of the UM system and chancellor of MU, said in a written statement that he had reviewed the survey results and wanted to hear from more faculty members.

“After reviewing the results, I’m interested in finding ways for my firm and I to gather more constructive feedback on a variety of topics from a broader group of faculty,” he said.

UM System Board Chairman Darryl Chatman voiced his support for Choi.

“While there is always room for improvement and constructive criticism is a valuable tool in this process, the Board of Trustees fully endorses President Choi’s hard work and tireless dedication to the University of Missouri which have led to significant achievements in research, student success, and engagement. We will continue to work with President Choi and the faculty for the continued advancement of the University,” Chatman said.

Thursday’s meeting was scheduled to be held in person, but was moved online due to “campus space requirements,” according to the Faculty Council’s website.

The UM System Board of Directors will meet next Wednesday to vote on proposed changes to the PTO.

Isolation notification for students living off-campus


Dear mountain friend,

West Virginia University is committed to the health and safety of our campus community. And as part of our COVID-19 response plan, the University has recently been advised that you must self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

We know this is tough news. However, rest assured that the WVU family is here to support you during this time. We ask that you remain calm and use the following tips. As a member of the community, it is essential that you take these necessary steps to keep everyone safe.

The information in the letter below should answer your questions about your isolation.

It is your responsibility to inform your close contacts that they have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information on identifying close contacts, please see the definition of exposure on the CDC website. You can also contact the WVU Care Services team at [email protected] with any additional questions.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, must self-isolate for at least five days. This includes any positive PCR test or positive rapid antigen test.

You must remain isolated until all of the following criteria are met:

  • You are at least five full days away from your test date.
  • If you had symptoms, those symptoms have improved significantly AND you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever medication.
  • If you continue to have a fever and/or symptoms that do not improve within five days, you should remain in self-isolation until you meet the criteria above or until 14 days have passed. elapsed since the onset of your symptoms.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, you can discontinue self-isolation six days after the date of your first positive test.
  • You should wear a properly fitted face mask for an additional five days after the end of your self-isolation period when around other people, practice physical distancing when possible, and avoid large social gatherings.

After testing positive, you must immediately return to your residence to begin your isolation period. You must not leave your residence under any circumstances. This includes going to classes in person or being on campus. You must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.

Student-athletes and those connected to WVU Athletics will be contacted by the Athletics Health Team and may have different protocols required by the Big 12 Conference. Anyone reporting to athletics should follow the guidelines of isolation from the Big 12 Conference.

You are not allowed to leave isolation to retest for COVID-19. You must remain in isolation until released by the University. Please note that violation of isolation protocols for any reason may result in conduct charges and/or student sanctions.

If you fail to meet the isolation requirements, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include temporary suspension, educational requirements, withdrawal from classes , a ban from campus in designated areas, removal from residence halls, academic probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion. Visit the Return to Campus website for more information and to review the COVID-19 Isolation Policy.

Please keep in mind that you cannot attend any WVU athletics events during your self-isolation period.


  • If your symptoms worsen, you should contact Student Health at 304-285-7200. You can also contact student health at 304-285-7200.
  • If you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature, or other acute symptoms, you should call 911. Let them know you are isolated for COVID-19 and be sure to wear a mask/face covering if emergency medical services assist you in any way.


  • It is your responsibility to inform your instructors that you will not be attending classes.
  • If you need help reaching the instructors, please contact the department chair and then the college or school dean.
  • For academic questions and concerns, please contact [email protected]


  • We will set your contingent release date six days after your test date. We will send you a letter with further instructions the day before your contingent release. We understand that you will eventually be released from solitary confinement on [DATE].
  • You can be released on day six, five full days after your test date if:
    • You are asymptomatic OR you are at least five full days away from the onset of symptoms and these symptoms have significantly improved, AND you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever medication , you can resume your daily activities .
  • You must agree to wear a properly fitted mask for an additional five days after your release.
  • The Monongalia County Health Department and WVU will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from isolation.
  • If you were asymptomatic and develop symptoms within 10 days of testing, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day symptoms first appeared.


Health Resources

Home delivery of groceries and products

  • Instacart – Offers delivery service from CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, Aldi, Target, Sam’s Club and Petco.
  • Walmart – Provides delivery service for groceries and household essentials.

Grocery pick-up

food delivery

  • DoorDash
  • hub grub
  • Dub V Eatz

Thank you for doing your part to promote a safe and healthy campus community by following WVU’s COVID-19 isolation protocols. We are here to support you throughout this process.

Contact your residence hall staff or [email protected] if you have questions or need guidance during isolation. You can also contact [email protected]



Shareholders wishing to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting must:

I. be registered in the register of shareholders kept by Euroclear Sweden AB regarding the circumstances on Monday September 19, 2022and

ii. notify the participation in the Extraordinary General Meeting no later than Monday September 26, 2022 by voting in advance in accordance with the instructions under the heading “Advance Voting” below, so that the advance voting form is received by the Company no later than Monday September 26, 2022.

In order to be entitled to participate in the meeting, shareholders whose shares are registered in the name of a nominee must provisionally register the shares in their own name with Euroclear Sweden AB. Shareholders whose shares are registered must therefore, no later than Monday September 19, 2022, through their representative, provisionally register the shares in their own name in order to have the right to participate in the general meeting. Registrations of voting rights made no later than the second business day following September 19, 2022 will be taken into account in the presentation of the share register.

Shareholders can only exercise their voting rights at the Extraordinary General Meeting by voting in advance by so-called postal vote in accordance with article 22 of the law (2022:121) on temporary derogations to facilitate the execution of general meetings in companies and other associations .

A special form is used for advance voting. The form is available on the LeoVegas website, www.leovegasgroup.com/en/corporate-governance/. The advance voting form constitutes notification of participation in the Extraordinary General Meeting.

The completed voting form must be available to the Company no later than Monday September 26, 2022. The completed and signed form should be sent by regular mail to LeoVegas AB (publ) “Extraordinary General Meeting”, Att. Philip Doftvik, Luntmakargatan 18, 111 37 Stockholm, or by email to [email protected]

If a shareholder votes by proxy in advance, a proxy must be attached to the form. Proxy forms are available on the Company’s website, www.leovegasgroup.com/en/corporate-governance/. If the shareholder is a legal person, a copy of the registration certificate or a corresponding document of the legal person must be attached to the form. The shareholder cannot provide specific instructions or conditions on the voting form. If so, the vote is void. Further instructions and conditions are included in the Advance Voting Form.


1 Election of the chairman of the general meeting

2 Preparation and approval of the voting list

3 Election of a person to check the minutes

4 Determination of the regular convocation of the general meeting

5 Approval of the agenda

6 Determination of the number of members of the Board of Directors

7 Determination of the remuneration of the Board of Directors

8 Election of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of Directors


The Board of Directors proposes to the Extraordinary General Meeting to decide that Anna Green Jensen of the law firm Cederquist, or the person designated by the board of directors in his absence, be appointed chairman of the extraordinary general meeting.

The voting list proposed to be approved under point 2 of the agenda is the voting list drawn up by the Company, which is based on the share register on the date of registration of the general meeting. and on advance votes received, and as verified by the person elected to verify the minutes.

The Board of Directors proposes that Linnéa Sellström of the law firm Vinge, or, if she is unable to do so, the person designated by the Board of Directors in her absence, be the person responsible for verifying the verbal. The person checking the minutes should also check the voting list and ensure that the advance votes received are correctly reflected in the minutes.

MGM proposes to the Extraordinary General Meeting to decide that the Board of Directors will be composed of three members.

MGM proposes to the Extraordinary General Meeting to decide that no remuneration will be paid to the Board of Directors.

MGM proposes to the Extraordinary General Meeting to decide that Gary Fritz (born in 1973, responsible for the Gaming IAC, member of the boards of directors of BetMGM, LLC and Darkstore, LLC), Guillaume Corcorne(born in 1957, CEO MGM Resorts Internationalmember of the board of directors of GBank Financial Holdings Inc., three squares and Implementation funds) and Gustaf Hagman (born in 1974, CEO LeoVegas AB (publ) will be elected members of the board of directors for the period until the end of the next annual general meeting. Gary Fritz is proposed as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Number of shares and votes
The total number of shares of the Company on the date hereof amounts to 101,652,970 shares, with a corresponding number of votes. The Company holds 4,000,000 treasury shares.

More information
The notice and proxy form are available at the Company’s offices at Luntmakargatan 18 at stockholm and on the Company’s website, www.leovegasgroup.com/en/corporate-governance/ no later than three (3) weeks before the Extraordinary General Meeting and will be sent to shareholders who so request by providing their e-mail address. -email or postal address.

The Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer must, if a shareholder so requests and if the Board of Directors considers that this can be done without material prejudice to the Company, provide the Extraordinary General Meeting with information on the circumstances likely to affect the appreciation of a point on the agenda. A request for information must be received by the Company in writing no later than ten calendar days before the meeting, i.e., September 17, 2022 at LeoVegas AB (publ), Att. Philip Doftvik, Luntmakargatan 18, 111 37 Stockholm or by email at [email protected] The information will be made available on the Company’s website, www.leovegasgroup.com/en/corporate-governance/ and at the registered office no later than September 22, 2022. The information will also be sent, within the same period, to any shareholder who has requested it and who has indicated his electronic or postal address.

Processing of personal data
For more information on how personal data is processed in relation to the meeting, see the privacy notice available on the Euroclear Sweden AB website: https://www.euroclear.com/dam/ESw/Legal/Privacy-notice-bolagsstammor-engelska.pdf.

stockholm in September 2022
LeoVegas AB (publ)
Board of directors

‘Doesn’t agree with Trump’s agenda’: Millionaire Hollywood actor admired Lindsey Vonn’s tough stance against Donald Trump in 2017

Lindsey Vonn is one of the most decorated female alpine skiers of all time. However, after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, she gave up her competitive career in the sport. Before leaving for the 2018 Winter Games, the skier gave an interview in December 2017. During the interview, she touched on a few words about Donald Trump, the then American president.

However, in the result, she faced backlash and was compared to Colin Kaepernick.


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Lindsey Vonn appreciated by a Hollywood actor for her stand

A report of TMZ Sports showed that after facing backlash from people regarding her opinion of Trump, a Hollywood actor came out to support her. The actor is none other than Billy Baldwin. He spoke about Lindsey’s opinion and showed how much he admires and respects her.


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He said, “She wins a gold medal, and as the flag goes up, does she take a knee on the podium?” Additionally, Baldwin added, “She disagrees with Trump’s agenda and she takes a stand. I totally admire that and respect that.


‘Never really asked for help’: Lindsey Vonn only figured out her career when she was 12

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The topic began when Lindsey discussed her Olympic plans during an interview with CNN’s Christina MacFarlane. There Vonn also said, “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think there are many people in our government right now who do that. Absolutely not. But I have to win to be invited. No, actually, I think everyone on the American team is invited, so no, I’m not going.

Moreover, Lindsey once said, “Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” Some people have also compared her to Colin Kaepernick, who took a stand against Trump in a game.


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Colin Kaepernick’s protest

NFL quarterback Colin took a knee to speak out against widespread racial injustice and police brutality across the country. Many athletes have since adapted the gesture to express their support for the cause. Her list of supporters also includes star USWNT player Megan Rapinoe, kneeling during the national anthem.

ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during halftime of the Michigan Spring Football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Lindsey is currently engaged in numerous film and documentary projects under her brand as she prepares to wrap up a distinguished career.


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Watch this story: Here’s a quick look at Lindsey Vonn and Lewis Hamilton’s friendship moments

BOE County expels student after school lockdown – The Brewton Standard


The Escambia County School Board met last week and approved the expulsion of a student from WS Neal High School.
Superintendent Michel McClung confirmed the expulsion was the result of a school lockdown event on August 19 in East Brewton.
At the time of the event, officials released the following information:
“A potential threat to the safety of a WS Neal High student was posted on social media, August 19, 2022. For this reason, WS Neal High and the Escambia Career Readiness Center have been placed under lockdown. The situation was investigated and determined not to pose a threat. Both schools have resumed normal operations.
According to reports, a threatening photo of a student with what appeared to be a gun was posted on social media from an off-campus location. A full investigation was conducted and no firearms were found on either campus.
McClung told board members on Thursday that the student would be given a laptop and complete the rest of the school year in a “virtual learning” situation. She further stated that the student would not be allowed on campus for any reason and would be prohibited from attending any school events.
Neither the student’s parents nor the student attended Thursday’s meeting. McClung said the student expressed remorse for the actions that resulted in the disciplinary action.
“We take all threats seriously. Student and faculty safety is our top priority,” McClung said. “We would like to thank everyone for their response and understanding.”
WS Neal High School remained in conversation as the board approved the demolition of the school’s auditorium.
The auditorium was deemed a total loss following a tornado that ripped through the county in June 2021. The building sustained extensive damage and will be replaced with new construction in the coming months. Ingle Demolition will demolish the facility at a cost of $126,000 according to a council-approved article.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, McClung commended board members who completed the hours of training required by the Alabama Association of School Boards. All members were honored with a certificate commemorating their achievement. Those who received McClung’s commendation were Coleman Wallace, Danny Benjamin, Kevin Hoomes, Mike Edwards Cindy Jackson, Loumeek White and Sherry Digmon.
The following personnel recommendations were also approved by the Board:
Authorized leave:
Elisabeth Harrison, Educational Assistant, Turtle Point Science Center, Leave of Absence, effective August 22, 2022 through December 16, 2022;
Tawana Jones, English and Language Arts Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 31, 2022;
Keyon Thompson, math teacher, Escambia County High School, effective August 24, 2022;
Latonia Brooks, teaching assistant, Escambia County High School, effective August 26, 2022;
Amber Carpenter, janitor, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective July 19, 2022;
Scotty Benton, elementary teacher, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective August 24, 2022;
Vernice Dailey, Special Needs Bus Helper, Atmore Bus Shop, effective August 16, 2022;
June Kent, Temporary/Part-Time, Special Education Services, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective May 26, 2022;
Kara Bradley, Accountant, Escambia County School Board, effective September 1, 2022;
Tracy Hudson, School Improvement Supervisor, Escambia County School Board, effective September 6, 2022 (replacing Valarie Smith);
Maranda Johnson, office assistant, Escambia County High School, effective August 26, 2022 (replacing Emily Harrison;
Joel Gonzalez, teacher’s aide, Escambia County High School, effective August 26, 2022;
Cara Beyette, 6-Hour Lunchroom Worker, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective September 1, 2022 (replacing Sabrina Dialey);
Ashlyn Ward, Janitor, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 26, 2022 (replacing Kimberly Price);
Kelly Mitchell, Counselor, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 23, 2022 (replacing Levon Wright) (date amended);
Marty Stringer, Part-Time Teacher/Gifted Education Specialist, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective August 29, 2022;
Preston Hassell, caretaker, Escambia Career Readiness Center, effective September 1, 2022 (replacing Sandra Floyd);
Tawana Jones, English/Language Arts Teacher, WS Neal High School, to English/Language Arts Teacher, Escambia County High School, effective April 18, 2022 (replacing Levon Wright);
Job change:
Kelli Stuckey, Business Office Clerk, Escambia County School Board, Brewton Central Office, to Accountant, Escambia County School Board, effective September 1, 2022;
Andrea Godbolt, Central Operations Clerk, Brewton Central Office, to Accountant, Escambia County School Board, effective September 1, 2022;
Felicia Bishop, Office Assistant, Escambia County High School, to Secretary/Registrar, Escambia County High School, effective August 26, 2022;
April Dunsford, Office Assistant, Flomaton Elementary School, to Secretary/Registrar, Flomaton Elementary School, effective August 26, 2022;
Jaye Jaye Hagan, Office Assistant, Flomaton High School, to Secretary/Registrar, Flomaton High School, effective August 26, 2022;
Kathleen Allen, Office Assistant, Huxford Elementary School, to Secretary/Registrar, Huxford Elementary School, effective August 26, 2022;
Melissa Cosey, Special Education Teaching Assistant, Pollard McCall Junior High School, to Elementary Teacher, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 26, 2022 (replacing Rebecca Green);
Jacqueline Gresham, Office Assistant, Pollard McCall Junior High School, to Secretary/Registrar, Pollard McCall Junior High School, effective August 26, 2022;
Vonda Bynum, Office Assistant, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, to Secretary/Registrar, Rachel Patterson Elementary School, effective August 26, 2022;
Peggy Nelson, Office Assistant, WS Neal Elementary School, to Secretary/Registrar, WS Neal Elementary School, effective August 26, 2022;
Deborah Silcox, Temporary/Part-Time, Special Education Services, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective August 26, 2022;
June Kent, Temporary/Part-Time, Special Education Services, Office of Special Education and Student Services, effective August 26, 2022.

Discovery and Attribution: What’s Driving Instagram’s New QR Code Push?


Instagram, like all social media platforms, invests heavily in its e-commerce capabilities. But while its ambitions look to the future, it also looks back to an underrated marketing tool to boost those ambitions. – the QR code.

The QR code is experiencing a renaissance. Once mostly seen in out-of-home (OOH) field campaigns, the code’s value has skyrocketed as marketers have learned to understand its broader implications for attribution and analytics.

Instagram, which finds itself falling behind for e-commerce compared to platforms such as TikTok and Snapchat, is now quietly rolling out a new QR-based feature for all users. After a limited trial of the tool, as noted by Alessandro Paluzzi, the platform is allowing its wider user base to share links to reels and posts through the generation of a QR code.

A Meta representative told Techcrunch, “To make it easier for individuals and businesses to share specific content, we recently launched the ability to create QR codes for profiles, tags, locations, reels and more. .”

It’s a new life for the QR code. In 2015, Snapchat experimented with the launch of QR-based Snapcodes, allowing users to easily follow their friends. TikTok has also launched its own visually distinct QR code to allow users to share their own profiles.

The tool has also been used in the marketing of print titles. Associated Media of South Africa – which among other things publishes regional editions of Cosmopolitan – has seen positive results from printing QR codes next to products in its print magazines. This allowed its brand partners to track the purchase funnel from an analog to a digital product with much greater specificity than would otherwise have been possible.

At the time, Associated Media Managing Director Julia Raphaely said, “We started with a QR code because in South Africa it’s the payment gateway that’s very well recognised. We partnered with a bank-powered QR code technology and started testing it. »

In the rest of the world, however, the QR code was mostly seen as a tool that had never lived up to its potential. Today, however, the public is more familiar with the codes for sharing information and links. In its most recent Marvel series, for example, Disney included QR codes in TV shows that take users to bonus content.

A social strategy

Now, however, the QR code has returned to prominence as a viable marketing tool. On social platforms, as in print, codes are used to open the buying funnel for consumers – and to provide more measurement options for advertisers.

Jordan Lukeš, Communications Director at Emplifi, explains: “QR codes offer a wealth of opportunities for brands in terms of social-forward marketing. We know that influencer marketing is a huge hit with young consumers, in particular. Imagine how it could improve the shopping experience – you could have QR codes linking product information to posts where an influencer wears the item, or even include QR codes on physical clothes racks in stores.

“Not only does this create a phygital experience for the shopper, it provides a new way for brands to drive and monitor their engagement in a way that can be traced back to the bottom line.”

The codes would also help solve one of Instagram’s eternal problems. – that of discovery. As more consumers use platforms such as TikTok and Pinterest to search and discover recommendations, opening up the buying funnel for partner brands, Instagram is struggling to match their capabilities. This QR code integration allows its creators to share their posts off-platform, which could help solve this problem.

Beyond that, the main benefit for Instagram is that of attribution. The QR code allows for more direct and demonstrable measures of effectiveness when it comes to linking to advertising partners’ products.

Max Harris and Ali Moloney of Media Bounty explain: “For advertisers, this trend has provided the added benefit of collecting audience data for future marketing purposes. For example, QR codes can store numerical information such as when, where, and how often you scan a code, which usually leads to an app or website that then tracks your personal information. Therefore, the rise of QR code follows the agreement between platforms and users as we exchange our data for access and convenience.

The QR code fell victim to Amara’s law, and its first use cases were arguably too early to capitalize on the rise of the smartphone camera and social media. As Instagram and other major social platforms make huge strides in developing their e-commerce operations, the QR code has again found its place in the marketing arsenal.

Why China is the only country to stick to the zero-Covid policy with lockdowns


China is the only major global economy to stick to a zero-Covid policy.


Millions of people in areas surrounding the Chinese capital were ordered into solitary confinement on Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to contain Covid-19 ahead of a key meeting of the ruling Communist Party this year.

Nearly four million people in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, have been ordered to stay at home until the end of the week as authorities race to curb a small surge of the virus.

And more than 13 million people in the nearby port city of Tianjin are due to undergo mass testing from 6 a.m. (2200 GMT), after 51 mostly mild cases were reported.

China is the only major global economy to stick to a zero Covid policy, and lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing have disrupted businesses and stunted growth.

Beijing has doubled down on its policy ahead of the Communist Party’s 20th National Congress, which is expected to take place within the next three months.

Handling the pandemic is widely seen as central to the political legacy of President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be nominated for an unprecedented third term at the meeting.

But “the actual Covid situation in China may worsen as Omicron has once again spread to major cities,” Nomura analyst Ting Lu warned in a research note.

Chengdu, the largest city in western China, has also seen strict travel restrictions.

And in Shenzhen’s southern tech hub, two districts are partially on lockdown, while the world’s biggest electronics market in Huaqiangbei has closed – despite just 35 daily cases being reported in the city of more than 18 million people.

“The closure notice came abruptly, we only had a few hours to put our stock in warehouses and lock it up,” a trader at Huaqiangbei Tech Market, who only offered his name, told AFP. from the Chen family.

In Futian, where the city government is located, cinemas, karaoke bars and parks are closed until Friday and major public events have been cancelled.

Authorities have also cordoned off the Wanxia district on the outskirts of the city, which provides affordable housing for delivery drivers and migrant workers, although no cases have been reported there.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Meta Blasts FTC Deal Challenge and the President’s Agenda

By Matthew Perlman (August 29, 2022, 7:26 p.m. EDT) – Meta Platforms Inc. told a California federal court that its planned purchase of virtual reality fitness app developer Within Unlimited Inc. would be good for competition and consumers, arguing that the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge is based on the president’s preconceptions.

Meta on Friday filed a response to the FTC’s lawsuit in federal court as the agency seeks to block the deal over concerns that Meta is trying to force its way into the virtual reality fitness market rather than produce its own application or extend its “accessory” Beat Saber fitness application.

In his response, Meta said the case was filed for…

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DeSantis Ally recommended for Florida system chancellor


A Florida Board of Governors search committee has recommended hiring incumbent Senator Ray Rodrigues, an ally of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, as the next chancellor of Florida’s state university system.

Rodrigues — who has sponsored legislation requiring inquiries into intellectual freedom and diversity of views and reshaping the mandate — announced in June that he would not seek re-election to the Florida State Senate. He applied for the CEO job opening in July, boasting 16 years of experience in higher education, all at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is currently director of interagency partnerships.

Rodrigues, who was one of two finalists interviewed, is recommended to fellow finalist Lori Cromwell, business director of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, to replace outgoing chancellor Marshall Kriser.

“I am delighted that we had two highly qualified candidates to discuss with today. The conversation was vigorous, the candidates well prepared,” Brian Lamb, chairman of the board of governors, said in a news release Friday announcing the recommendation. “I am delighted to bring Mr. Rodrigues to the next phase of this process. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Florida higher education system that I believe will serve our students, faculty, staff, and institutions well.

The full board will consider the recommendation at its next meeting on September 14.

Father McGivney celebrates his 10th birthday


Over 300 people celebrated the 10th anniversary of Father McGivney Catholic High School with a Sunday mass and reception at Glen Carbon.

The anniversary committee was led by Suzanne Halbrook, director of school advancement.

“We are honored to have Bishop Thomas John Paprocki not only attend our celebration but also deliver the homily. We will end our event with a social gathering on campus surrounded by the people who have made this school a reality with the presence of God. We are grateful, excited and honored to celebrate 10 years,” she said.

The Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner, president of the school, spoke about how difficult it was for the school to come to fruition.

“After many challenges, sacrifices and much prayer, Father McGivney Catholic High School opened in 2012 and welcomed 19 freshmen,” he said. “FMCHS was the first new high school to open in the Diocese of Springfield in over 80 years. To date, FMCHS has successfully educated and trained more than 400 students faithfully while promoting “A Culture of Life”. I believe that this school is truly a miracle.

Father McGivney Catholic High School is the only school in the United States named after Father Michael J. McGivney. In choosing a name for the local Catholic high school, the founders wanted to honor someone with the same values ​​they hoped to instill in future graduates. The search for a person who has dedicated his life to service, family and youth led them to an American priest.

Father McGivney is also the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

“Their pillars of unity, charity, brotherhood and patriotism are the foundation of the mission of Father McGivney Catholic High School,” said Principal Joseph Lombardi. “We are very proud of what our school has accomplished and we can’t wait to see where we are. in 10 years. »

The school opened in 2005 with the help of a group of parents, grandparents, pastors and other dedicated volunteers. Today, the school welcomes more than 300 students each year who participate in academic, sports and religious activities.

Maricopa County Constable recalls meeting Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay


PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Police say Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay was serving an eviction notice with apartment manager Angela Fox-Heath when she was killed. The alleged shooter, Gavin Stansell, 24, then allegedly turned the gun on himself after he also killed Elijah Miranda, 25.

Martinez-Garibay was an Army veteran who toured Afghanistan several times, according to a statement from Governor Doug Ducey. After leaving the military, she volunteered at local nonprofit organizations. His most recent position was as Pima County Constable. She got the job earlier this year. Maricopa County Constable Luke Palmer said it was something they bonded over during training in Flagstaff last month. “It was just interesting to hear her experiences and her perspective on things. She was very willing to share her opinion and ask lots of questions. She was there to learn and improve in her job.

Palmer said during training, Martinez-Garibay mentioned she served expulsions without a ballistic vest. “I don’t know if she had received it since the conference, but she said she was working and had none,” he said. Police did not say whether she was wearing one at the time of the shooting.

In a statement, Governor Doug Ducey said the Tucson native will be remembered for how she treated others with dignity and respect. “Her point, and she shared it with the group, was, ‘I’m here to serve. I stepped in to bring the bad news, but bring it with compassion and understanding, but always with the firmness to apply the law itself,” Palmer said.

This all comes after a shooting in July involving a Maricopa County constable in east Phoenix. The officer was unharmed while signing papers at an apartment complex when a shooting erupted, killing a resident.

Agenda: Why it’s important for you to have a say on land reform


HORRID images of wildfires destroying large swaths of land across Europe and water scarcity issues being felt in Scotland and the UK underscore the urgent need for action to tackle the climate emergency .

How land is owned and used is critical to addressing the climate emergency and contributes to a thriving economy while supporting diverse communities.

Over the past five years the Scottish Land Commission has worked to provide a strong evidence base to support recommendations to improve land work in the public interest and to highlight the opportunities that land reform can bring. to Scotland and its people.

Now everyone in Scotland can make a meaningful contribution to the debate by taking part in the consultation on the next Land Reform Bill recently launched by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government’s Statement of Land Rights and Responsibilities (LRRS) sets out practical guidance on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better and fairer decisions about land use .

One of the recommendations to consider for inclusion in the Land Reform Bill is to strengthen the LRRS and make it a legal requirement for large landowners to comply with associated codes and protocols.

There are long-standing concerns about the highly concentrated pattern of land ownership in rural Scotland and the monopoly of power this creates. Proposals from the consultation include introducing a public interest test for the transfer of large-scale land holdings and requiring landowners to give notice to community bodies if they intend to sell.

There would also be greater transparency over who owns Scottish land if a proposed measure is passed, which would require those who receive public funding and seek grants to register their land on the land register.

A small number of people own much of Scotland’s land, putting these people in potentially very powerful positions. When the owner of a large piece of land fails to behave in the public interest, it means they are not making the most of that land for the benefit of the people of Scotland – the consultation includes measures to deal with these situations.

The way we own, manage and use our lands can address today’s challenges around net zero, nature restoration and a just transition. The Scottish Land Commission has brought together all of the Commission’s research and evidence, proposals and quick guides to provide background information for the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Bill consultation and can be found on our website landcommission.gov.scot.

To find the right balance, it is important to take into account a wide range of points of view and I urge people to make their own contribution by visiting Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation (https://www.gov.scot/publications/land-reform-net-zero-nation-consultation-paper/) which remains open until September 25.

Andrew Thin is Chairman of the Scottish Land Commission

Elon University / Today in Elon / Elon recognized as one of the best LGBTQIA campuses for 8th grade


Campus Pride, a national resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion and advocacy in higher education, recently announced that Elon is one of the “best of the best” in supporting LGBTQIA students.

Elon University has been included in Campus Pride’s 2022 “Best of the Best” list for the eighth consecutive year. Campus Pride, a national nonprofit resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, selected 40 institutions nationwide that best support LGBTIA communities through their policies, programs, and practices.

“For me, this is recognition of the work of many people on campus who have contributed now or in the past to LGBTQIA+ inclusion work at Elon University,” said Luis Garay, Director of Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC). “Often when I talk to incoming LGBTQIA students, they cite our high ranking on the Campus Pride Index as a reason for choosing Elon. The Campus Pride Index is a great tool to gain insight into our current situation and we need to balance that with meeting the changing needs of LGBTQIA students. »

Committed to advancing LGBTQIA inclusion for the nearly 200 students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community, the GLC has created and enhanced several on-campus initiatives.

Over the past year, the center has formalized a queer and trans students of color initiative called RISE, expanded the gender and sexuality learning community to 40 rooms, and created a sexual health education initiative inclusive LGBTQIA called SexEU. Educational resources for faculty, staff and students on LGBTQIA topics have also been enhanced.

Campus Pride, a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion, and advocacy in higher education, awarded Elon a five-star rating on its Campus Pride Index benchmarking tool. To achieve a five-star rating, campuses receive a score of 90-100% based on their LGBTQ inclusion policies, programs, and practices.

Students and staff attend the Elon Pride Celebration, sponsored by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.

According to Genny Beemyn, coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse, more institutions are receiving five stars because campuses are doing more to support their LGBTQIA students. “While all colleges can and should do more to be trans-inclusive, many institutions are taking important steps forward.”

Campus Pride launched the Best of the Best list to recognize the outstanding achievements of colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating safer and more welcoming campuses for LGBTQ+ people.

“Students, prospective students and their families, as well as faculty and staff, deserve to know if they will be safe on campus, so they can make the best choices for their own academic success – and by creating inclusive and safe environments, these colleges are taking responsibility for all students,” said Shane Mendez Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.

The complete methodology and the list of winners are available here.

The world’s “coolest” streets named – and two of them are right here


Every street has a story to tell, but not every street is named “the coolest”.

Melbourne’s Gertrude Street has taken second place in a prestigious list of “the coolest streets in the world in 2022” – beaten only by Wellington Street in Montreal.

Entertainment and culture media Free time surveyed over 20,000 people around the world to compile its top 33 list.

Glasgow’s Great Western Road took third place, followed by Yongkang Street in Taipei in fourth and Værnedamsvej in Copenhagen in fifth.

Gertrude Street in the northern suburb of Fitzroy offers heritage-listed facades and an “incredibly leafy, slow-moving and peaceful” vibe, according to the outlet. It overthrew its neighbor, Smith Street, which ranked No. 1 last year.

“Gertrude Street is beautiful, unassuming and devoid of the frenzied nightlife of its relatively rowdy siblings. It has steadily added a host of independent outlets, bars and restaurants to its cultural portfolio,”Free time wrote.

“Despite its proximity to the city center, this 850m stretch feels incredibly green, slow-paced and peaceful…Gertrude maintains a very local energy, if you know you know,”

The only other Australian city to be mentioned on the list is Enmore Road, in Sydney’s inner suburb of Newtown, in 24th position. He toppled a close rival at King Street, who was No.19 in 2021.

According Free timeEnmore Road’s glory lies in its laid-back charm and inclusive spirit and its legendary cultural hub, Enmore Theater – where longtime local celebrity Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined thousands last week to watch the Sydney Gang of Youths.

“While King Street claims much of the glory, Sydney’s other main thoroughfare in Newtown – joining it with Enmore and Marrickville – is a haven of excellent restaurants, bars, pubs and shops.” Free time said.

Officially named “the coolest street in the world”, Wellington Street in Montreal – Quebec’s largest city – is perfect for social gatherings with one of the best cocktail bars, stellar brunches and an urban beach.

In summer, the boulevard becomes pedestrianized, with a free tuk-tuk service to transport visitors from one end to the other.

Third on the list, Glasgow’s Great Western Road is known for its cheap pizzas, beer schooners, thrift stores, craft beers, anti-hangover cafes and breakfast burritos.

“When the sun sets over the tree-lined barrel of Great Western Road in the summer, it feels like anything is possible… buzz from morning to night with everything from mums and dads sipping a latte to students and to full-fledged hipsters – [Great Western Road] this is where all good things happen,” Free time said.

The coolest streets in the world – chosen by Free time:

1. Wellington Street, Montreal

2. Gertrude Street, Melbourne

3. Great Western Road, Glasgow

4. Yongkang Street, Taipei

5. Vaernedamsvej, Copenhagen

6. Karangahape Road, Auckland

seven. Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong

8. Yaowarat Street, Bangkok

9. Oranienstraße, Berlin

ten. Hayes Street, San Francisco

11. Avenida Amsterdam, Mexico City

12. Kolokotroni, Athens

13. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles

14. Ossington Avenue, Toronto

15. Via Provenza, Medellin

16. Ocho Street, Miami

17. Deptford High Street, London

18. Praca das Flores, Lisbon

19. Oxford Street, Accra

20. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago

21. Cutting Room Square, Manchester

22. Capel Street, Dublin

23. Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

24. Enmore Road, Sydney

25. Kagurazaka, Tokyo

26. Kloof Street, Cape Town

27. Suleyman Seba Caddesi, Istanbul

28. Calle Echegaray, Madrid

29. MacDougal Street, New York

30. Carrer del Comte Borrell, Barcelona

31. Newbury Street, Boston

32. Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

33. Everton Road, Singapore

Volleyball opens the 2022 season at the Coyote Invitational


COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri volleyball enters its 49th season by traveling to South Dakota for the Coyote Invitational on Friday (August 26), Saturday (August 27) and Sunday (August 28) inside Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

The weekend includes Friday’s game against Northern. The Tigers and the No. 4 Cardinal will face off Saturday at 3 p.m. before closing the invite on Sunday against South Dakota.


  • Mizzou is 2-3 all-time against Louisville. The last time they met was last year, with the Cardinals winning the Tigers in straight sets.
  • The Tigers face Northern Kentucky for only the second time in program history. The most recent meeting last year, the Tigers swept the Norwegians.
  • Mizzou holds an all-time 4-0 record against South Dakota. Their most recent meeting was last season, where the Tigers defeated the Coyotes in four sets.


  • Fans will notice a different look for the Tigers as five new faces dot the roster in 2022. Mizzou’s new recruiting class has been ranked among the top 15 in the nation and includes nationally ranked freshmen.
  • Senior outside hitter Anna Dixon returns to lead Mizzou after racking up an impressive 380 wins in 2021. Dixon was named to the preseason All-SEC awards list.


Is there enough land for our ambitious renewable energy program?


Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) will require adding 630 gigawatts of new solar power and 390 gigawatts of new wind power per year by 2030, four times the growth rate in 2020.” For solar power, this means building the largest farm current solar energy in the world almost every day”, reports Yale Environment 360.

The problem is that the rapid expansion of large-scale solar and wind farms requires huge land acquisitions in an increasingly land-scarce world. Green energy competes with agriculture and urban sprawl as it sinks into new green pastures, and as valuable as renewables are, they are no more essential to human life than the food and housing, which makes the competition as complex as it is fierce.

For scientists and engineers, the solution is obvious: renewable energies must become much more efficient. Capacity must increase as the physical footprint of renewables decreases. Until now, approaches to this problem have been piecemeal and very context specific. Many approaches have solved the competing needs of agriculture and solar power by combining them through an approach called agrivoltaic. In Germany, farmers grow hay in the furrows between rows of standing solar panels. In France, the vines grow in the shade of the solar panels on the vines, while in Japan it is the tea leaves that benefit from the shade of the panels. In the United States, agrovoltaic aims to delay blooms benefit late season pollinators. And in many other places as remote and ecologically distinct as Canada and Australia, solar farms share pastures with sheep. However, not everything was perfect. The expansion of solar power over large swaths of land has been a contentious and contentious endeavor. Land tenure is a touchy subject and the Solar Expansion has awakened legions of NIMBYs across the world. Many communities, from cities to Native American tribes, have fought against the installation of large-scale solar farms within or near their borders. “As solar developers come up with often sprawling new projects in places like Kansas, Maine, Texas, Virginia and elsewhere, local governments and activist groups seek to block them and often succeed,” wrote Reuters earlier this year in a special report titled “U.S. solar expansion stalled by rural land use protests. The report continues: “They cite reasons ranging from aesthetics that would hurt property values ​​to fears about health and safety, and the loss of arable land, agricultural crops or wildlife habitat.

Related: Gas price in Europe now equals $410 a barrel of oil

Now the Biden administration is quietly trying a new approach. Instead of settling on undeveloped land, a provision of the new Inflation Reduction Act funnels money into clean energy, in particular to convert existing fossil fuel power plants and other infrastructure to nuclear or renewable power plants. This could include the transformation of existing dams into hydroelectric power stations, old oil and gas wells into geothermal power stations, old coal-fired power stations into sites for large batteries, old coal mines into solar farms. These provisions could also forge a new friendship between clean energy and rural America by creating new jobs in places that have recently lost coal mines and mills, especially in West Virginia, one of the last coal strongholds of the country.

While all of these efforts are making tremendous progress that should not be ignored, the world still has a long way to go to make the expansion of renewable energy easier, more efficient and more popular. Finding new and innovative ways to scale down renewables and make them synergistic with other land use needs should be an urgent priority for policymakers and scientists everywhere. The expansion of renewable energies is not a luxury, it is a necessity in the same way as agriculture and urban development.

By Haley Zaremba for Oilprice.com

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Generosity The Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Inc. | senior project manager


Posted on August 24, 2022

Under the overall direction of the HCIF Senior Director, provides advanced project management support in the design, delivery, and evaluation of programs within the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) Population and Community Health Portfolio ). The role entails strong teamwork, the ability to perform advanced project management tasks independently, a high degree of attention to detail and accountability for project deadlines and deliverables. project, meeting facilitation and event planning skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and facility for data collection and analysis. Currently, this position supports two initiatives:

  • Novo Nordisk’s Cities Changing Diabetes, a private/public partnership working to improve the lives of people living with or at high risk of developing diabetes in cities around the world. The Senior Project Manager will play a critical role in overseeing the Faith & Diabetes Initiative of Philadelphia, a unique interfaith learning collaboration focused on building the capacity of faith communities to address chronic disease through collaboration, health literacy and peer education.
  • Health literacy initiatives have focused on building health literacy coalitions at the regional (southeastern Pennsylvania) and state levels.

Main duties:

  • Manages project responsibilities by contributing to project development, establishing and ensuring adherence to project timelines, and monitoring grant and contract requirements. Is responsible for the completion of action items to ensure deliverables are met on time and in accordance with program requirements.
  • Demonstrate autonomy in setting internal team meeting agendas, facilitating team meeting discussions, tracking and recording follow-up using project management tools and resources, and ensure the completion of the actions to be taken.
  • Records project expenses and contributes to program and grant budgets.
  • Provides information on programmatic goals and monitors progress.
  • Plays a lead role in the planning and execution of meetings, conferences, webinars and other events. Identifies potential faculty and speakers, communicates and coordinates engagement of faculty and speakers, develops agendas, compiles presentation materials, and facilitates sessions. Works with project staff in planning program logistics and delegating action items related to preparing for meetings and events, troubleshooting issues as they arise, and tracking events.
  • Creates and edits meeting notes, forms, and other external written communications. Takes initiative in maintaining relationships with various partners through regular communication and correspondence with project participants, external clients, expert professors, contractors and suppliers.
  • Manages evaluation and data collection processes for individual projects. Design and administer surveys and other data collection instruments. Maintains project databases and monitors qualitative and quantitative data integrity. Interfaces with participants as needed to answer data entry questions and ensure timely data submission.
  • Analyzes project data at periodic intervals and at the close of each project. Prepares tables, graphs, maps and other visuals to summarize findings. Develops written reports and manuscripts to disseminate project results.
  • Develops and delivers formal internal and external presentations, as requested. Tailors presentations based on audience level and knowledge base, including interpretation of complex data for non-clinical audiences.
  • Help with business development, leveraging existing relationships and finding new potential partners. Identifies new sources of funding and assists in drafting grants, contracts and agreements as needed.
  • Promotes program activities and results on the HCIF website, in HCIF newsletters, in email communications and through social media.
  • Interview, onboard and supervise HCIF interns.
  • Supports broader organizational efforts by participating in organizational service opportunities (e.g. Anti-Racism Collaborative Planning Committee, Cultural Diversity Task Force, Marketing and Communications Committee).


  • The HCIF believes that expertise derives from diverse identities, backgrounds and other professional and lived experiences. Applicants will be assessed holistically based on a combination of formal education, professional background and personal experience. Favorite experiences include:
    • Master’s degree in public or community health, health care management, health communication, public affairs, nonprofit management, or similar discipline.
    • A minimum of three to five years of relevant work experience in a healthcare or community health setting, involving project management and data analysis.
    • Experience in population health, collaborative health care initiatives, chronic disease management, faith-based community health initiatives and/or health communication preferred.
  • Effective time management skills to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to balance competing demands, meet all project deadlines, and complete tasks in a reactive and non-prompted manner.
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills, attention to detail.
  • Interest in working closely with a small team on a day-to-day basis, while balancing a broad network of partners in the non-profit, healthcare and philanthropy sectors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with individuals and partner organizations.
  • Mastery of project management tools and Microsoft office tools.
  • Proficiency with webinar platforms (Zoom), infographic platforms and use of social media.

About Us

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) was formally established in 1980. Based in Philadelphia, HCIF (www.hcifonline.org) is a nonprofit organization that promotes high quality health care through collaboration and shared learning among stakeholders. Our vision is healthier communities through collaboration and shared learning. The HCIF approach engages multi-stakeholder resources to implement solutions that no market player could achieve individually. Since its inception, HCIF has been recognized as an outstanding example of how advancements in quality care can be achieved through large-scale collaboration. Our newest strategic priority is to improve health equity and we have an organizational commitment to anti-racism.

The Board of Directors is made up of leaders representing health systems, health payers, the business community and the public health sector. The HCIF has a staff of eleven (11) professionals and is supported by contributions from hospitals and health systems, government grants, contracts, corporate and payer partnerships, and donations from foundations and individual donors.

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Peterborough area sees 86 new COVID-19 cases in a week, no new deaths


The Peterborough area has recorded 86 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, with no new deaths, according to Wednesday’s weekly report.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Peterborough Public Health has recorded 8,311 cases and 92 deaths in the city, county, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.

There are currently 255 active cases.

Testing isn’t as common as it was at the start of the pandemic, so the health unit notes that results may be underrepresentative of actual numbers in the community.

Health workers are measuring the numbers in part by testing for COVID-19 in stool samples taken from local sewage at five locations – Havelock, Norwood, Lakefield, Peterborough and Millbrook.

“The data so far has mostly aligned with increases and decreases in COVID-19 cases and has proven to be a useful tool in detecting the presence of the virus,” says PPH. “Concentrations of COVID-19 in wastewater are not comparable between sampling sites due to differences in populations served and sanitation systems.”

The Community Risk Index is currently moderate, meaning masks are recommended for indoor public spaces and social gatherings should be limited to 25 people or fewer.


There are eight active institutional outbreaks in the region. These include Fairhaven, Kawartha Heights Retirement Living, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Riverview Manor and Springdale Country Manor long-term care homes. Other outbreaks are ongoing at the Peterborough Regional Health Center and two group residences in the city.

Institutional outbreaks are defined as two or more cases in a 14-day period where at least one case could have been acquired at the facility.


As of Wednesday, 367,651 doses of vaccine have been administered locally. Of these, 124,432 people received one dose, 120,215 received two, 80,897 received three and 27,736 received four.

Walk-in vaccinations are available in Peterborough Square Units 36 and 37 (lower level). The clinic is operated by Peterborough Public Health.

People who make an appointment will have priority service. Appointments can be booked online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Pediatric early dose walk-in clinics for children six months to five years old will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. .

Walk-in Pediatric Dose Clinics for children ages 5-11 are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk-in clinics for ages 12 and up are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wearing a mask is compulsory in clinics.

Some local pharmacies also offer vaccinations by appointment.

The fourth dose is offered to all adults 18 years and older who received their third injection at least five months ago.

Stocks mixed, Shenzhen Composite drops, Xpeng down 10%


Thailand’s SET briefly give up winnings as court orders PM suspended from office

Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ordered the suspension of the country’s prime minister while it considers a petition alleging he overstayed his legal term, Reuters reported.

The court said it would hear a petition by the main opposition party that claims Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s eight-year legal limit should include his time serving as head of a military junta, according to the report.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan will take over as caretaker leader, a government official said earlier in the week, according to Reuters.

The SET index briefly gave up earlier gains after the announcement, but was last 0.2% higher.

Japanese power stocks soar on reports of restarting nuclear reactors

Ping An is ‘not an activist investor’, says co-CEO, despite pressure on HSBC

Ping An Insurance Group is not an activist investor, co-CEO Jessica Tan told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” when asked about the company’s call for HSBC to spin off its business. in Asia.

“We support any proposal that will actually improve long-term shareholder value,” she said. “We’re not an activist investor, but we care a lot about long-term value.”

Ping An Asset Management is the largest shareholder in HSBC Holdings and owns 8.3% of the bank, according to Refinitiv data.

On Tuesday, Ping An reported a 3.9% increase in first-half profit from the same period in 2021. Hong Kong-listed Ping An shares rose more than 2%, while the index Wider Hang Seng was down 1.1. %.

—Abigail Ng

India’s NDTV shares rise after announcement of Adani tender offer

Shares of New Delhi Television jumped at the opening of the Sensex to 4.99% following an announcement that India’s richest man was seeking to control a majority stake in the company, marking a peak in 12 years.

A unit of the Adani Group used financial rights in a bid to acquire a 29.18% stake in NDTV, the company said, adding that the company had also made a bid for another 26% stake in the company. of media.

NDTV said in a filing that the move was “made without the consent of” its founders.

NDTV is considered one of the few media groups that often takes a critical look at the policies of the ruling administration. It operates three national channels: NDTV 24×7 in English, NDTV India in Hindi and a business news channel.

Adani said his subsequent open offer would be 294 Indian rupees ($3.68) per NDTV share, which would amount to 4.93 billion rupees ($86 million).

—Charmaine Jacob

Chinese EV makers slide in Hong Kong trade, Xpeng to new lows after missing estimates

Shares of Hong Kong-listed electric car makers plunged after Xpeng reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss of 2.7 billion Chinese yuan ($394 million), without analysts’ estimates.

The figure was also worse than the 1.19 billion Chinese yuan loss reported in the second quarter of 2021.

Xpeng stock plunged more than 13%, hitting new lows since its debut in Hong Kong last year. Its U.S.-listed shares fell 10% during Tuesday’s session.

Shares of Li Auto fell 6.6% and Nio 5.19% in Hong Kong. Geely Auto fell more than 4% and BYD also fell 5.49%. Nio is expected to report earnings later today, while Li Auto reported earnings earlier in August.

—Abigail Ng

Singapore travel stocks muted after news unvaccinated travelers can skip quarantine

South Korean automakers trade lower after US recalled more than 280,000 vehicles due to fire risks

Korean automakers are trading lower after the US government issued a recall of more than 280,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited fire hazards and advised drivers to “park their cars outside and away from houses”.

Hyundai Motor was down 1.3% in early morning trading and Kia was down 1.4%. Hyundai Mobis also traded down 3.08%.

The agency issued a “stop sale” notice overnight, saying an electrical short “may cause a vehicle fire while driving or when parked and turned off.”

The agency added, however, that there were no confirmed fires, accidents or injuries related to these risks at this time.

– Jihye Lee

IPEF’s first in-person ministerial meeting to be held in Los Angeles next month

The United States will host the first in-person ministerial meeting for its new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Los Angeles on September 8-9.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will co-host the meeting.

“The first in-person Ministerial Meeting builds on the constructive virtual meetings with 13 Indo-Pacific partners held this year before and after President Biden’s official launch of IPEF to develop an inclusive, high-level economic framework that… will benefit workers and consumers across the region,” the couple said in a statement on Monday.

Previous virtual sessions have taken place in May, June and July.

Next month’s discussions will focus on the four pillars of IPEF, namely trade and supply chains, the statement said.

The framework, which is not a trade agreement, serves as a pivot for the United States to return to Asia-Pacific. It is also seen as a way to counter China’s economic rise.

The IPEF, which is widely seen as symbolic, is made up of Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, from South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and the United States.

— Su-Lin Tan

Australian Dollar, Japanese Yen Weaker Against Dollar After Overnight Moves

The Aussie dollar weakened early in Asia, after rising sharply overnight against a weaker dollar.

The Aussie was trading at $0.6910, after a jump above $0.6950.

“A weaker dollar and higher commodity prices likely contributed to the AUD’s gains,” Carol Kong, senior associate for international economics and currency strategy at Commonwealth Bank, wrote in a note.

The dollar index fell after August flash readings of the S&P Global Purchasing Managers’ Index missed expectations and last came in at 108.695.

The Japanese yen was at 136.87 to the dollar after strengthening to 135.93 overnight.

—Abigail Ng

Morgan Stanley says the ‘smart’ electric vehicle industry is the next big thing in tech. Here are his top stock picks

Morgan Stanley says tech supply chains are poised for growth in the next big thing: smart tech features — from EV batteries to chips and self-driving technology.

The investment bank named its top picks of stocks that should benefit from this trend.

Pro subscribers can read the story here.

—Weizhen Tan

Fed’s Kashkari says his biggest fear is that inflation will be more persistent or hotter than expected

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Chairman Neel Kashkari said his biggest fear was that markets are underestimating the level of inflation or its persistence, adding that the Fed may need to be more aggressive than expected.

“The big fear I have deep down inside is that we get it wrong and the markets get it wrong, and that inflation is much more entrenched at a much higher level than we like or the markets like,” he said, commenting on the market. inflation expectations returning to 2% in the next two years.

“Then we will have to be more aggressive than I expected, probably longer, to bring inflation down,” he said at an event at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kashkari also pointed to supply-side shocks behind “one-half to two-thirds” of the country’s high inflation.

“The more supply-side help we get, the less the Fed has to do and the better we are able to avoid a hard landing,” he said. He added, however, that there is evidence that supply chains are starting to normalize.

Kashkari is already seen as the most hawkish of the 19 U.S. central bank policymakers and expects the Fed to raise its key rate – now within a target range of 2.25% to 2.5% – another two points percentage by the end of next year.

– Jihye Lee

CNBC Pro: Citi names energy stock with ‘strongest balance sheet’

The energy sector was a big winner in this year’s volatile stock market.

But a stock always stands out for its “strongest track record,” according to Citi. It also posted a set of second-quarter profits that easily beat its major listed peers.

Pro subscribers can read the story here.

— Zavier Ong



POORLY ORDERED AGENDA: Extremists want to physically eliminate those who disagree with them on religious practices. There are dozens of sects in Islam, each practicing the religion in the most sincere way. Why target a cult? If the extremists feel they can wipe out the followers of a particular sect, they are living in a fool’s paradise. If they are truly sincere towards the religion and its followers, they should use their resources to provide protection to Rohingyas or Kashmiris languishing under anti-Muslim regimes.

Sayed GB Shah Bokhari

GOVERNANCE ISSUES: Natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes, are common phenomena that occur all over the world. It requires robust and resilient infrastructure to survive natural disasters with minimal damage to lives and livelihoods. Pakistan ranks poorly on this front due to poor governance. The current monsoon rains have once again revealed the shortcomings.

Asad Aziz

CHARISMATIC LEADER: Jinnah’s tireless struggle for the creation of Pakistan reflects the concept of a charismatic leader presented by Max Weber. Jinnah had all the charismatic traits of a towering leader that enabled him to achieve his goal; the creation of a separate state for the Muslims of the subcontinent. In a short time, he was able to generate massive support for the cause as he managed to convince people of the authenticity of the cause and the sincerity of his approach. His inimitable leadership and dedication enabled him to realize what we proudly call Pakistan today.

Manan Ijaz

BREATH PROBE: The Ashura procession in Karachi was attacked in 2009, killing a number of people and injuring many others. The explosion had inflicted heavy financial losses on many others. None of the real culprits were held responsible, although they could be easily identified in post-incident videos. The wait continues.

Rubine Jan

Posted in Dawn, August 24, 2022

Midland College Board Members to Talk About Aviation Maintenance Program


Examining options for reopening the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Midland College is on the board’s agenda on Tuesday.

The board will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. in the Cowden Rotary Community Hall at the June & Frank Cowden Jr. Dining Hall.

Over the past few months, efforts have been made to revitalize the aircraft maintenance technology program. In the spring, a meeting at the program house at Midland International Airport to see what support there was to keep the program going.

This is where officials from Kepler Aerospace, a spaceport tenant, declared the need for aircraft mechanics. In subsequent town hall meetings and in opinion pieces in the Reporter-Telegram, Ed and Dianne Anderson stated the need to train and retain technicians, particularly if Midland Development Corp. wanted to grow the aerospace economy it established with AST & Science and Kepler Aerospace, not to mention charter aircraft companies like Deerhorn Aviation.

In a July op-ed, Ed Anderson wrote, “As of this writing, there are 22-24 positions available for AMTs in Midland, Odessa and Andrews. The number is the result of a survey conducted last month of nine aviation-related companies. … We have a booming aviation and aerospace industry in Midland, but we have competition. A Permian Basin company recently lost AMTs to Van Horn-based Blue Origin.

Anderson told the Reporter-Telegram in an email on Monday that he “hopes the board will vote to reopen the Aviation Maintenance Technology (airframe and power plant) program at Midland College.”

“The board has been hearing from the community over the past few months, and it’s clear the community wants this program revived,” Anderson wrote. “No one has come forward to say, ‘We should keep this school closed.’ If the board decides to reopen the school, trustees and administration will likely expect those who have come forward to support the school to be closely involved in its future success. This goal is achievable; we can make this school a precious and valuable part of Midland College and the Permian Basin.

Midland College President Steve Thomas said in April there was no backup of the aviation maintenance technology program at Midland College, even if someone came with the money to help finance it.

Midland College board members have been talking about the program behind closed doors since Thomas made the comments.

“We have already followed procedures to ‘suspend’ the program, which means we have notified the FAA and accrediting agencies of the program,” Thomas said in the statement. “We also informed the advisory board, faculty and students over a year ago that the program was closing. Professors are retiring and we are not recruiting new students. We anticipate other uses for the installation.

New hope for easing the stigma and isolation of hearing loss – Harvard Gazette


The Food and Drug Administration recently approved regulations that will allow hearing aids to be sold without a prescription as early as this fall, a move intended to broaden access to the devices, which only a fraction of the millions of Americans with hearing loss today have. use today. The Gazette spoke to Meaghan Reed, director of clinical audiology at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, about the decision. She said experts hope it will cut costs, increase innovation and expand access. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

GAZETTE: What was your response to the news?

REED: It’s a good decision. It went on for five or six years, and I’m glad the FDA finalized those regulations.

GAZETTE: What motivated the decision?

REED: There are approximately 30 million people in the United States with hearing loss and only a small percentage of individuals who could benefit from hearing aids actually pursue them. We also know that it takes people a while, once they start having hearing difficulties, to continue with the intervention — about seven years on average.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a group in 2016 to examine accessibility and affordability of hearing loss and hearing health care. One of their recommendations was that the FDA create this class of over-the-counter hearing aids to overcome some of the barriers that prevent individuals from pursuing hearing intervention when they could benefit from it. The affordability of hearing aids is certainly one such issue. Accessibility can be another barrier.

GAZETTE: How much does a hearing aid cost and is part of the cost covered by insurance?

REED: The average cost is $2,000 to $5,000. Manufacturers are blamed a lot because these devices are expensive – and they are more expensive than they should be. The idea is that over-the-counter hearing aids could bring more vendors into the market and that could drive costs down. But another thing that contributes to the cost of hearing aids is the fees associated with hearing health professionals – an audiologist or hearing aid specialist – who fit and dispense and provide the long-term care to support these devices. Our services are often built into this cost.

Unfortunately, Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids, so older people who have hearing loss — which is the largest patient population — may not be covered if their only insurance is Medicare. More commercial insurance is starting to provide some coverage, but it’s often not for the full cost of the device. There aren’t many insurance plans that offer full coverage for hearing aids.

GAZETTE: What are the main causes of hearing loss?

REED: Presbycusis, age-related hearing loss, is the leading cause of hearing loss. Added to this are environmental factors. Although there is more awareness and education in the workplace for the harmful effects of noise exposure and when to use hearing protection, compliance may not always be met. And there has been an increase in exposure to environmental noise – the world is a much noisier place than it was 20 or 30 years ago.

GAZETTE: What is the impact of hearing loss on quality of life and the ability to live independently?

REED: It depends on the degree of hearing loss and the communication needs of the individual. Mild to moderate hearing loss is usually not severe enough to impact one-on-one conversation in a quiet situation, but it can be debilitating in complicated listening situations – restaurants or social gatherings with lots of people. ambient background noise, or multiple people speaking simultaneously, or situations where speakers are at a distance and may have soft voices. This is where this degree of hearing loss will have the most impact. Regardless of the degree, hearing loss can be very isolating. Depression is associated with hearing loss and it is very easy to imagine, for someone who does not feel comfortable in social situations, that engaging in life becomes increasingly internalized and isolated. , which may confound other factors.

GAZETTE: What effects do you expect from over-the-counter sales?

REED: I hope there will be better regulation of over-the-counter devices. Previously, there was separate regulation for “personal sound amplifiers”, a less expensive over-the-counter option that provides amplification. These are not intended to be advertised for the hearing impaired, although many of these devices have similar features and functionality to hearing aids. But the quality of these devices is extremely variable. My hope with these regulations is that over-the-counter hearing aids will be better regulated and provide a higher standard quality device, and that we can be confident in their safety and effectiveness.

GAZETTE: Are the new rules expected to stimulate innovation and the entry of new companies into the market?

REED: Yes. I can’t wait to see what kinds of devices might be coming. When we talk about barriers, accessibility and affordability are not the only ones, there is always a stigma for hearing aids and hearing loss. Some of the personal sound amplifiers on the market come in a variety of form factors, looking more like a Bluetooth headset than a hearing aid. Will we see manufacturers come up with creative form factors that would appeal to a wider audience and break that stigma?

GAZETTE: How big of an obstacle is stigma? Are hearing aids considered an indicator that you are over a certain age?

REED: That’s certainly the stigma, even though hearing aid technology, design and fit have improved and the devices have gotten smaller. Most hearing loss is associated with age, but we see more people in their 50s and 60s. For these young people, there is always this feeling of “Am I going to look old? Or, when still in the workplace, “Are people going to think I’m still competent at my job?” There is also the idea of ​​an association between intelligence and hearing loss, unfortunately. The stigma is absolutely out there, and we encounter it every day.

GAZETTE: Is there potential for disruption in the hearing aid industry as we have seen in others?

REED: I think companies see this as an opportunity to really try to create something new that meets the need. There is continuous innovation and development not only in hearing aids, but also in diagnostic tools. In countries with fewer resources, can we do more remote assessments or lower cost hearing loss assessments so we can provide care at a lower cost? There is a lot of attention there. There was just an article that came out about a new, very low-cost tympanometer – a machine that assesses the movement of the eardrum to look for fluid in the middle ear or holes in the eardrum. It is associated with a smartphone, while a normal tympanometer can cost more than $10,000 and a lot of equipment. This smartphone-based device would greatly facilitate travel and outreach activities in countries that may not have the resources. I think we will see that in the years to come.

GAZETTE: How might the FDA’s decision affect the way you do your job?

REED: As an audiologist, hearing health professional, I’m thrilled. I think the profession is eager to see how this affects our patients and how it affects our care. We know from experience that hearing impaired patients always need professional care and support to maintain the devices, learn how to use the devices, and optimize the devices for their hearing needs. If people are looking for over-the-counter hearing aids and they aren’t meeting their communication needs, it’s important that they know that doesn’t mean more can’t be done for them. This would be when I would recommend seeking a more traditional assessment with a hearing health professional.

Publication of the circular and the notice convening the general meeting of shareholders in the context of the reimbursement of capital

Publication of Circular and Notice of General Meeting of Shareholders in
Connection with Capital Repayment

Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement published by RAK Petroleum
plc (the "Company") today, 22 August 2022, regarding the plan to transfer its
DNO ASA shares and cash to shareholders through a capital repayment, then delist
and liquidate. 

The Company hereby convenes a general meeting of shareholders on 21 September
2022 at 14:00 hours (British Summer Time). The circular to shareholders and
notice of a general meeting, including the resolutions to be considered by the
shareholders, is attached to this notice and can also be found on the Company's
web page:

For further queries, please contact: 

Kevin Toner 
Managing Director 
RAK Petroleum plc 
Email: [email protected] 

About RAK Petroleum plc
RAK Petroleum plc is an Oslo Stock Exchange listed oil and gas investment
company established under the laws of England and Wales as a public limited
company. Its principal holdings are 44.94 percent of DNO ASA and 33.33 percent
of Foxtrot International LDC held through Mondoil Enterprises, LLC. DNO ASA is a
Norwegian oil and gas operator focused on the Middle East and the North Sea.
Founded in 1971 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, DNO holds stakes in
onshore and offshore licences at various stages of exploration, development and
production in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Norway, the United Kingdom,
Netherlands and Yemen. Foxtrot International LDC is a privately held company
active in West Africa whose principal asset is a 27.27 percent interest in and
operatorship of Block CI-27 offshore Côte d'Ivoire.

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The Agenda: Local Government Notes for 8/22/22


The mixed-use lake development is expected to feature a 6-acre surf pool and a 13-acre lake in addition to retail, restaurants and offices. (Image courtesy of Flatwater Cos.)

Chesterfield supervisors consider lake development grant pact

Chesterfield’s board of supervisors is due to meet on Wednesday. Full agenda here.

The board is expected to vote on whether to approve a proposed grant agreement for The Lake, a development of Flatwater Cos. which should include a surf pool and recreational lake. The deal would provide approximately $27-28 million in incentives to Lake Adventures LLC (an entity related to Flatwater Cos.).

The $323 million development is planned for a 105-acre area at 13400 Genito Road and 2500, 2601 and 2991 Genito Place.

Also on the agenda is a staff presentation on the proposed Genito/288 Special Interest Area Plan, a land use plan for the Southside Speedway site and adjacent areas intended to enhance operations at the River City Sportsplex of the county.

Supervisors will also review a rezoning application related to a proposed development that would include a 6,000 square foot convenience store with a restaurant and fuel pumps as well as a commercial building and mini storage facility at the intersection of Iron Bridge Road and Irongate Drive. .

The convenience store included in the Adams Property Group proposal appears to be a Sheetz based on concept images included in the staff report

Chesterfield County released a draft vision for the development of the former Southside Speedway site as part of Genito Special Interest Area Plan/288, a proposed land use guide for the area around River City Sports Complex. (Image courtesy of Chesterfield County)

The nearly 7,700 square foot commercial building that is also part of the project on the 10-acre site could be converted into a restaurant or office, according to the staff report. The mini-storage facility would be approximately 110,000 square feet.

The assemblage that constitutes the project site consists of several plots on Iron Bridge Road and Omo Road near the Irongate Village shopping centre.

The Planning Commission recently voted to recommend approval of the application.

Business development with Dunkin’ advances in Hanover

Hannover’s Planning Commission voted to recommend rezoning linked to a new Dunkin’ last week.

WEDG Acquisitions LLC wants to build a three-unit commercial strip across from Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. The 6,200 square foot retail strip to be built at 8257 Meadowbridge Road would include a Dunkin’ restaurant, according to a staff report.

The Supervisory Board will consider final approval at a future meeting.

Hanover County maintains AAA bond rating

Hanover County announced last week that all three major rating agencies have confirmed the locality’s AAA bond rating.

High ratings from ratings agencies Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings and Fitch Group mean Hannover can borrow money at the lowest rates. Hanover earned its AAA rating in 2010, according to a county press release.

Henrico Holds $511M Bond Referendum Briefings

Henrico County has launched a series of briefings on its $511 million bond referendum that will appear on the ballot in the 2022 general election this fall.

Last week’s meeting took place at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. Additional meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 6 and October 4 at the Western Government Center on East Parham Road.

The referendum will appear as four questions on the ballot, with a separate question for each project category: schools, recreation and parks. fire stations and public safety facilities, and storm water drainage.

Click here to see project category pages for referendum questions as they will appear on the ballot, as well as proposed projects and their funding amounts (only the questions will appear on the ballot). Absentee voting, including in person, will begin on September 23. Election day is November 8.

Opening of the St. Petersburg Police Station at Market Street Lofts

The Petersburg Police Bureau opened a substation inside the Market Street Lofts apartments in conjunction with Thalhimer Realty Partners, which owns and rehabilitated the 106-unit building. The building and substation are located at 201 Hinton St.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday to open the substation, which the city described in a statement as “a step forward in the expansion of community policing.” TRP does not charge the city for the substation, which officers will use to patrol downtown.

TRP opened Market Street Lofts in January. The building is made up of studios and includes communal facilities.

The release included a quote from TRP Director Drew Wiltshire, who said the initiative “is consistent with our goals of maintaining a high-end living experience for our residents and connecting with the community.”

Roy Exum: Harpeth Hall in shock


I like to think that our private schools in Chattanooga are smarter than running face to face into a deep wasp’s nest like Nashville’s prestigious Harpeth Hall just did. Last week, ‘woke’ thinkers at the girls’ school let slip that the school would consider accepting ‘any student who identifies as a girl’ due to a ‘gender diversity philosophy’ which has just been adopted. Since then, the fires in hell can’t be hotter than the outrage that’s engulfed what is frankly one of the best college prep schools in the country.

Fox News is even fanning the flames and some patrons who would pay $33,000 in tuition a year (i.e. per girl) are now asking anyone who had anything to do with this travesty to quit or be fired .

In a scathing letter, it is alleged that the school’s board and its most prominent members are more focused on “political activism than the education of our girls.” Current events are just one symptom of this activism.

The letter read: “We call today for the resignation of board members who have been the supporters or facilitators of political activism and division.”

In a Zoom town hall call obtained by Fox News Digital, Harpeth Hall school principal Jess Hill said the trans issue “is something we’ve been thinking about and working on for probably six years.” Yet until last week very few people in the school’s community knew of the ‘gender diversity philosophy’ and it is believed that no boy who thinks he is a girl has applied to the admissions office. .

The latest letter from “worried Harpeth Hall parents, alumni and donors” emphatically stated until action is taken by the board “We will withhold all financial donations to the school”. The board quickly issued a statement saying it would “pause” the implementation of the gender diversity program.

The letter also said the authors would submit to the board “the name of a female leader who will be appointed chair of the board, effective immediately, so that she can begin the process of rebuilding the school as a place of excellence. “.

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* — “Parents and the general public have spoken out loud and clear on this subject. Yet these woke institutions keep trying to subvert the will of the peoples. That’s how authoritarian dictatorships run and, man, are we on the direct path to that kind of leadership in this nation.

* — “Why don’t liberals understand there is no such thing as gender diversity?” Of the more than 5 million animal species on the planet, all of those that produce eggs are female. Those who fertilize the eggs are males. Why do liberals think this doesn’t apply to humans? No genetic human male has naturally produced an egg and no genetic human female has naturally fertilized an egg. Why don’t liberals understand this?

* — “That is why all schools must be privatized. They would be directly accountable to the people paying the tuition. Unions and politicians would have no say. And there would be a competition to see who could become the best students.

* — “And once they have a new board in place, there needs to be an amendment to the school charter, that only those born biologically female can attend the school. They do not recognize gender change, gender fluidity or gender transition. This is a private institute, run by private donors and they have the right to run their school as they see fit. If you don’t like it, don’t go there.”

* — “Is anyone else amazed/surprised at how deeply this awakening movement has woven itself into the education system? How long has this been going on? Do the teachers in these schools really agree with the concepts? If there was a silver lining in the COVID deal, it’s that parents are paying more attention than ever to programs and administrators. I would love to hear a response from some teachers.

* — “In the early 90’s, I went to a PTA meeting where I was talking about hosting a basketball tournament for kids and dads. When I talked about advancing winning teams, the physical education teacher interrupted me and said we couldn’t keep score because there were no winners or losers. Surely that was happening at the time and these kids are those who, as adults, cannot understand when things don’t go their way.

* — “Their communication that “…the belief that the Harpeth Hall Board of Trust and school administration have focused more on political activism than on the education of our daughters”, hits right in the thousand for all these school boards across the country in private and public schools.

* — “How long has this been going on? Ever since the federal government created the Department of Education. Combine the Department of Education with the teachers’ unions and you have liberal control of education. top-down education. Teachers have gone from a fairly balanced 50/50 liberal/conservative to more than 90% liberal, with the conservatives having been pushed out over the years. I can cite several examples of teachers in university who were fired for expressing a conservative view.

* — “The directors of Woke got their hands in the cookie jar thinking they could do it without any pushback and even worse by not asking the people who pay their salaries for feedback. They need to be fired in in haste.

* — “Graduates and those who have supported financially, through tuition or donations, should sue for damage to the institution’s reputation.”

* — “This illustrates exactly what the good guys would do in public education. These Harpeth Hall parents and donors have the power of the pocketbook to get what they pay for. If they don’t like results offered by the school, they can withdraw their funding and go elsewhere, an option that is not available to most parents of children in public schools where school boards and unions have no responsibility.

* — “You know what? The tide is turning. Rational Americans have been caught off guard during the Covid pandemic by the sudden wave of radical, authoritarian, un-American actions by hardline extremists. Americans on both sides across the political spectrum were appalled and confused by the sudden onslaught. But, more and more, I see Americans asserting themselves and standing up to the crowd. Let’s keep it up guys. Let’s keep flouting their agenda until let them slip away.

* — “When I first read the story about this, I knew it wasn’t going to turn out very well. Private schools can’t crush parents like public schools do. Allow people to lead their school taxes to the school of their choice and watch how quickly the public school system is recovering.

* — “No words can express how proud I am of these donors who have withheld funds. Parents and alumni are also to be appreciated for their stand. when the money stops The reputation of any entity that has endured since 1865 should not be endangered for 1, or at most 2, of the mentally ill.

* — “THIS is what fighting the madness of social engineering looks like. Well done, parents, donors and alumni… Well done.

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SDP presidential candidate Adebayo set to speak at NBA conference in Lagos


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo, was named as a guest speaker at the gathering of around 13,000 jurists, under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.

The gathering of lawyers, scheduled to last August 19-26, 2022, aims to interrogate issues affecting the profession and society, and to continue to seek innovative ways to advance the administration of justice and provide solutions. value-added legal services to their needs. customers and the environment in which the members of the Association operate.

The letter inviting Prince Adebayo, who is also a lawyer, was signed by Tobenna Erojikwe,
Chairman, Technical Committee on NBA Conference Planning.

The letter reads in part as follows: “On behalf of the National Executive Council and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), I am writing to formally invite you, as a guest, to the 62nd edition of the NBA Annual General Conference (“the NBA Conference”), scheduled for August 19-26, 2022 in Lagos State.

“As a result, we look forward to welcoming you as a guest to the Conference, in particular to the opening ceremony, which will take place on Monday, August 22, 2022, as well as to a special session which will follow immediately afterwards, entitled “Democratic Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond,” he said.

The NBA Conference is the NBA’s flagship event and a main feature of the annual calendar for the Nigerian legal profession.

It offers legal practitioners in Nigeria a unique opportunity to interrogate issues affecting the profession and society and to continue to seek innovative ways to advance justice and provide value-added legal solutions to their clients and society. environment in which the members of the Association operate.

The NBA Conference is also the largest gathering of business, political and opinion leaders on the African continent and will bring together thought leaders in the fields of justice, technology, economics, politics , judicial reforms and the rule of law.

This year’s conference is expected to bring together approximately 13,000 delegates from the bar and judiciary. Also expected are businessmen from different sectors, technocrats as well as political leaders from within and outside Nigeria.

Wilmington Board Appoints Preston as New Councilor | News, Sports, Jobs


Michelle Preston (Photo by Lake Placid News — Andy Flynn)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington City Council members on Thursday nominated Michelle Preston to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Paula McGreevy, who resigned Aug. 10 because she said she felt her integrity was in question.

The vote – a 3-1 decision – came four days after Supervisor Roy Holzer announced on the city’s Facebook page that he was calling a special meeting at the community center and would present a motion to nominate Preston, who is currently in operations. regional visitor office manager at Whiteface Mountain. She is also the widow of former Town Supervisor Randy Preston.

Holzer said he also posted the reunion announcement on the Jay Community News website and at the post office.

Opening the meeting, Holzer apologized to his fellow board members: advisers Darin Forbes (assistant supervisor), Tina Terry Preston and Tim Follos.

“When I published the public notice on transparency, it was my personal point of view”, Holzer said. “They weren’t speaking on behalf of the city council members as a whole. I stand by my comments.

Preston was on the City Council ballot in November 2021 and came in third place. Voters chose Follos and Tina Terry Preston to fill the two vacant council positions.

After his apology, Holzer turned the meeting over to his assistant supervisor, he said, because he had already made his decision publicly.

“We have decided to fill the position with a candidate who we feel is best qualified based on his experience, up to date on city issues and essentially past running for office,” Forbes told the audience of more than 30 people. “It has nothing to do with any of the candidates. They are all great in their own right. Everyone sitting here agreed that next election cycle, if we have four such strong candidates, we will be a very lucky city. .

After reading the ad for the special supervisor’s meeting on Facebook, a number of residents reached out to council members and three more people expressed interest in the vacant councilor seat. It was Stephanie Gates, who was on the ballot in 2021 but said she would not take the job if elected as she had just started a new job at Northwood School and was unsure to be able to devote enough time to the city. former city councilor Rarilee Conway, who decided in 2021 to retire from city service and not run for office; and Mindy Goddeau, who is currently the Treasurer of the Village of Lake Placid.

After the assistant supervisor’s opening remarks, Tina Terry Preston thanked everyone who contacted her about the nomination.

“We had a lot of divisions in our city, and it’s no secret,” she says. “But I think now is when we have to start coming together, working together regardless of the outcome today. We’re not going to make everyone happy. It’s just not going to happen.

Tina said she tried to respond to as many emails as possible because it was important to hear the views of her constituents. City council members, she added, were there to listen.

“So please start making your voice heard, and please start coming to meetings and talking to us,” she says.

Forbes then asked members of the public if they wanted to comment on the nomination. Several people, including Gates, expressed opinions, and all but Gates said they would like to see Michelle Preston nominated.

“I would very much support Michelle’s nomination because I think it’s really important to have someone who is a known entity, and I think a lot of people know how Michelle works and what she’s capable of,” said Conway. “My submission letter really stood for Michelle.”

Conway said she was ready to spend time as a city councilor until the end of 2023 if needed. McGreevy’s city council seat expires Dec. 31, 2023. Holzer said that because McGreevy tendered his resignation after June 20, it’s too late to put his seat on the ballot for the November election.

After about 10 minutes, the city council reconvened in executive session to discuss the nomination.

During the executive session, Gates spoke to the Enterprise about her desire to be the next councilwoman. After a year in her new position at Northwood School, she said, she feels she has enough time to devote to the city. If the city council did not nominate her, she added, she expected to be on the ballot in November 2023 for the position.

After the executive session, Forbes explained that city council members talked about the four candidates and the wait to fill the position. Then Holzer moved a motion to appoint Michelle Preston to complete McGreevy’s unexpired term, Forbes seconded the motion, and Tina Terry Preston voted in favour.

When voting, Follos did not say “Yay” Where “Nope” At the move.

“I vote for Stephanie Gates” he said.

“So you’re voting no” said City Clerk Dawn Stevens, who was seated next to Follos.

“I vote for Stephanie Gates” He repeated. “Nothing against Michelle.”

Then the meeting was adjourned.

After the meeting, Michelle Preston said she was delighted with her nomination.

“I look forward to beginning to serve the city to a greater extent than I have in the past 20 years,” she said, adding that her first goal is to try to bring unity back to the city.

“We’ve had a lot of splits in town lately, and I’d like to see where our board will work together,” said Michelle Preston. “Nothing against Paula. Paula was fantastic, and I’m sad to see her go because I think she was a very quiet voice on the board, and her departure was a huge loss for the city. But hopefully I can balance the board again.

As for running in the November 2023 elections, she would not commit to either case.

“I won’t make any promises yet” she says. “We will see.”

After the meeting, Follos explained why he voted against Michelle Preston’s nomination.

“It was not the right way to do it, announcing it four days (before the special meeting), appointing someone a little more than a week after the resignation without other people having the opportunity to express their interest, Folos said. “It was basically announced and then ratified. There has been no outreach, as far as public comment is concerned. There could have been. There could have been many different ways to do it. »

Follos also explained why he would have voted for Gates instead.

“Stephanie Gates represents a large segment of the community that has been ignored for a long time,” Folos said.

Follos wondered why the meeting was taking place during the working day and why this appointment could not have waited until the next regular meeting of the city council.

“I don’t think it’s an absolute urgency that we need a new member of the city council within a week or eight days after the resignation,” Folos said.

On Friday, Holzer defended his decision to take the nomination quickly.

“It was not an emergency” Holzer said in a phone interview. “It was more about managing this business because we have so many issues going on, I want a full board. … Say, God forbid, something else happens to another one of us, it was imperative for me to fill the position as soon as possible. Politics did not enter into it.

Holzer also defended his decision to call a special meeting and announce his choice to replace McGreevy on the board.

“From my point of view, it was the only way to do it”, he said. “It was just a few months ago, she circulated a petition, started running for the job herself,” he said. “And the reality is that she got 170 votes.”

Holzer acknowledged that he and Follos differed in their approach to filling McGreevy’s seat.

“I told him, I said if there weren’t other people who would have run in the last election, and if the last election weren’t so close… I would have been the first to say ‘OK. We will be accepting applications. We will interview and name that way. But it made sense.” Holzer said. “The town has been a bit controversial lately, and I thought a quick date, a justified date, would be the best thing for the community.”

Holzer also pushed back against any speculation that his choice of Michelle Preston was politically motivated. After all, he said, he is a Republican and she ran as an independent in 2021.

“Anyone who knows me and knows Michelle,” he said, “She and I can sometimes be like oil and water. So it’s not because I’m on Team Michelle or anything like that. It is simply the right thing to do.

Preston’s first meeting as a councilor will be on September 13. Anyone wishing to run for the four-year term in the 2023 election can submit nomination petitions early next year.

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Security, Stability and Trade – Program for Prime Minister Hasina’s visit to India ahead of Bangladesh elections


New Delhi: When the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, visits India next monththe main concern on the minds of the leaders of both countries will be how to maintain stability in South Asia amid political instability and turmoil in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

During her three-day visit to India which is scheduled to take place from September 5-7, Hasina will also be keen to garner India’s support even as she prepares for the elections she will face next year. next, diplomatic sources told ThePrint.

The 2023 general elections in Bangladesh are expected to be difficult for Prime Minister Hasina and come at a time when the country is struggling to retain its image of democracy.

According to sources, during this visit – probably the last before Hasina immerses himself in the electoral campaign – India’s support will be crucial given that it is the largest democracy in the world and that others in the neighborhood continue to face enormous challenges.

This visit comes at a time when all is not well in Bangladesh. Although the Padma Multi-Purpose Bridgewhich was inaugurated in June, was seen as a project that could help buttress support for Hasina’s ruling Awami League in next year’s elections, it also comes at a time when Dhaka has hit at at the gates of the World Bank for a $2 billion loan to stabilize its foreign exchange reserves.

For India, this has become a major source of concern as it also translates into China’s growing influence in India’s neighborhood, sources said.

In addition, Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh remains a concern, especially with incidents of violence against minority hindus reported in the country. Sources said this issue was also going to be a major factor for Hasina in the election.

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Defence, security and the Chinese factor

With the Chinese “spy” ship Yuan Wang 5 moored in the strategic port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka, New Delhi has become extremely cautious in its relations with its neighbors. With Bangladesh seen as a close friend of India, New Delhi wants to make sure it will not rely on Beijing, another source said.

Ties between Dhaka and Beijing are set to see a major boost in the coming months as the Rohingya refugee issue continues to spiral out of control for Bangladesh. The Hasina government wants China to push Myanmar to take back the refugees.

Moreover, while Bangladesh plans to strengthen itself militarily, India wants to sell more and more arms and equipment to this country. According to sources, the submarines that Bangladesh bought from China in 2016 did not prove useful. Therefore, he is looking for defense articles from countries like France and India.

The issue was discussed at length during Indian army chief General Manoj Pande’s visit to Dhaka in July – his first abroad since taking office.

During Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Bangladesh earlier this month, Beijing called Bangladesh “along-term strategic partner‘ and Dhaka reiterated that it follows the ‘A Chinapolicy even as tensions between China and Taiwan grew.

Trade relations will remain crucial

During his visit to India, Hasina may also urge the two sides to launch talks to conclude a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and Bangladesh, a far-reaching trade pact for goods and Services.

Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hasina would likely officially announce the launch of CEPA negotiations this year.

The two leaders are also expected to jointly inaugurate a 1,320 MW power plant set up by Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Limited, a joint venture between Indian state-owned energy conglomerate NTPC and the Bangladesh Power Development Board.

Rajiv Bhatia, a seasoned diplomat and neighborhood expert, said: “This visit will be particularly important this time because there is a certain degree of turbulence in South Asia and the two sides, being friendly countries, will take a global stocktaking of what is happening in South Asia and continue to work together as a factor greater stability.

Bhatia, Emeritus Member of foreign policy think tank Gateway House, also said that Bangladesh would also like India to include it in the US-led program. Indo-Pacific economic framework (IPEF) as a member because he feels he is “still not part of the spectrum”.

During his visit, Chinese Foreign Minister Yi also mentioned duty-free access of goods and services from Bangladesh to Chinese markets by 97-98%.

(Edited by Uttara Ramaswamy)

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Miami vice president of communications leaves for Old Dominion


Jaime Hunt, University of Miami vice president of academic communications and director of marketing and communications, has accepted a new position this semester at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

At Old Dominion, Hunt will serve as vice president of strategic communications and chief marketing officer. Jessica Rivinius, Miami’s director of news and media relations, will assume the position of interim vice president from Hunt and lead university communications and marketing (UCM) while Miami launches a formal search for candidates.

Hunt’s first day in Miami was Sept. 1, 2020. It all started, she said, with an 8:30 a.m. meeting about the status of COVID-19 at the university. That semester, students on campus didn’t move in until September 21, but problems were already emerging.

“We had had a lot of students testing positive the day before, and I was just thrown right in, ‘Okay, COVID is here. We have a lot to do to communicate about this,” Hunt said. “It was a very intense way to start a new job.”

While working with campus departments to ensure students received clear messages about the impact of the pandemic on their college experience, UCM has also been impacted. Most of Hunt’s staff were working from home at the start of the pandemic, and she hasn’t met several people on her team in person for months.

For many days, Hunt was the only person in the UCM office at Nellie Craig Hall. It almost felt like an apocalypse, she said.

“There were all these empty desks,” Hunt said, “and everyone left thinking they’d come back after a few weeks, so it was just all these empty desks and cups of coffee sitting outside. was very strange.

Rivinius began his work at UCM four months after Hunt arrived in Miami. Even though they both started during the height of the pandemic, Rivinius said Hunt worked hard to make the staff feel like a team.

Every Wednesday morning, Rivinius said staff meet for a 15-minute “Idea Cafe.”

“We just stand in the kitchen and one of us leads the invite,” Rivinius said. “Sometimes it’s totally work-related, like, ‘What’s the best story on campus we should tell right now? Sometimes they’re looser, like “What’s your favorite podcast?” We use it to stimulate a conversation and get to know our colleagues.

In addition to leading the university’s communications efforts throughout the pandemic, Hunt has also led several other initiatives. These include a placement strategy to position faculty members as experts in local and national media and the development of a new cohesive brand platform that the university is rolling out this semester.

Beyond his own department’s initiatives, Hunt and his team have worked with every other department on campus to help them effectively communicate and market their messages.

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“There isn’t an area that we don’t have some sort of connection to or touch,” Hunt said. “Everything we do has to be communicated for the most part.”

One of Hunt’s most significant collaborations has been with the Office of Admissions. There, she worked with Brent Shock, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success, to ensure Miami’s recruiting efforts were successful.

Every way the university reaches out to prospective students, whether it’s email, print materials or digital websites, goes through UCM, Shock said. He has worked with Hunt several times a week since arriving in Miami.

“I found her to be extraordinarily talented and creative and easy to collaborate with,” Shock said. “We both have a similar mindset when it comes to the idea that collaboration matters and produces better results…and I’m going to miss her when she’s gone.”

When Rivinius steps into the acting position, she said she would take what she learned under Hunt with her.

“She told me, ‘It’s never a bad idea to be the calmest person in the room,’ and I think that guides her,” Rivinius said. “It guides me. It guides our approach. There can be issues that get on people’s nerves, like how do we tell the truth and the context and ease the anxiety? I think keeping communication clear and transparent is a way exceed.

Hunt will begin in his new role at the start of Old Dominion’s fall semester. There, she said she expects her colleagues from Miami to want to visit for the proximity to the beach.

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Scott Morrison’s portfolio saga continues; Australia’s unemployment rate falls; The 2022 NRL Grand Final remains in Sydney; Solomon Islands-Huawai agreement reached; 2002 Bali bomb maker will be freed


Torres Strait Islander women shared their insights with Anthony Albanese on how Indigenous voice in parliament could help close the wellbeing gap.

The Prime Minister today concluded a two-day visit to the region by meeting with community leaders.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese concluded a series of meetings in the Torres Strait.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“We need to close the gap in education, health, life expectancy, housing,” Albanese said following the meetings.

“But the way to do that is to make sure that, first, you give people that sense of belonging, that you check them out. That’s the right way to do it.

Labor pledged in the election to put the indigenous voice to a referendum by the end of the term.

The Prime Minister said he received unanimous support during his meetings for the vote in parliament.

The draft question to ask the Australian people is: “Do you support a change to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice?

A new provision in the constitution would have three sentences:

There will be an organization called the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice can intervene with Parliament and the Executive Government on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Parliament, subject to this Constitution, has the power to make laws in relation to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice.

State and territory ministers agreed to support the Labor government’s work to enshrine the voice.

A successful referendum requires an overall majority of votes as well as majorities in a majority of states.


Licensing Interest Assessment Board – NBC Boston


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would like to know how many and which companies are interested in obtaining a sports betting license in the state and is asking interested companies to get in touch by the end of the month.

As it prepares to launch a new legal form of gambling under the watchful eye of the betting public, the Gaming Commission is meeting Thursday morning with five establishments – Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor, Suffolk Downs and Raynham Park – who can apply for licenses that would allow them to accept both in-person betting on physical sportsbooks and also mobile betting via one or two platform partners.

The companies told the commission on Thursday that they are largely ready to go and detailed the work they have done to prepare for the legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts. MGM Springfield, for example, said it could launch betting within 90 days of the regulations becoming available, and Encore Boston Harbor said it would begin hiring immediately after the commission schedule for the launch of legal betting is known.

“One of the things we as an operator look for when we start our preparation is an official launch date,” said North Grounsell, vice president and general manager of Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville. “And this date is important because it feeds into many other operational decisions that need to be made in terms of when construction will start, whether or not we will need a temporary location, when we will start our recruitment efforts, a target date for equipment delivery, and a host of other operational decisions.”

Thursday’s group meeting with the commission is the universe of potential candidates for the Class 1 and Class 2 licenses created in the state’s new sports betting law. But the Gambling Commission can also issue up to seven Category 3 licenses that would allow a company to take bets via a mobile or digital platform, and regulators have said they want to get a better idea of ​​the work ahead of them.

A notice of intent form the commission published on Wednesday asks any company interested in a category of license to notify it by August 31.

“As the MGC continues to work to regulate and defend sports betting in Massachusetts, the MGC asks any entity interested in obtaining a sports betting license to submit this Notice of Intent so that a landscape of interest in sports betting licenses may come into focus,” the commission said. It added: “The submission of a notice of intent does not constitute an application for a sports betting license and further failure to submit a notice of intent does not preclude an entity from applying for a sports betting license in the future.”

The number and scope of the responses could inform or influence the commission’s decision on how to proceed with sports betting implementation in the Bay State, as avid bettors are calling for quick action.

President Cathy Judd-Stein said last week that she thinks “there is a real question about who gets up first”: current commission holders who can take bets in person or mobile-only operators who aren’t necessarily connected to businesses the commission is already familiar with.

Lobeck wants to bring a controlled growth program to Dais


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Lawyer Dan Lobeck knows his way through a government program. He has been a staple of land use hearings for years, often representing groups opposed to the expansion of development rights or speaking on behalf of his group, Control Growth Now.

This year, he is running for a seat on the Sarasota City Commission podium, where he hopes to make a difference in managing growth.

“We need to embrace growth, but manage it in a way that preserves the charm, character and value of the city,” he says, “and, more importantly, make growth profitable.

Lobeck is one of six candidates seeking two at-large seats on the Sarasota City Commission. The decision to run for himself comes after decades closely following local development decisions. His candidacy clearly proved troubling in some circles, with committees sending out mail castigating Lobeck to voters. “Honestly, the developers are doing me a favor by boosting my name awareness,” Lobeck suggests.

What could disturb the construction industry? Lobeck offers a list of decisions made over the past two years where he disagrees with the outcome, including drafting a comprehensive plan amendment that could increase the number of development applications approved at the staff level. The candidate said that if such a change comes to fruition, it will allow developers to lobby staff outside of public hearings and increase profit margins on developments without going through a public hearing process.

Incidentally, Lobeck bristles at the term “administrative review” to describe this process. All development requests are subject to staff review. His problem, he says, is with “administrative approval” without ever taking a matter to an elected city commission, or at least a commission-appointed planning board.

“We wouldn’t have public hearings if there weren’t important choices to be made,” he said. “I learned through the various roles I held at the state level, where I was legislative assistant to a Republican state senator, at the local level, where I was involved as as a civic advocate for decades, that the main thing wrong with government is when it’s taken captive by those who would use it for their purposes and against everyone else’s purposes. understood that there was no better return on investment than buying off politicians.

He believes his election would reverse a pro-development slant on decisions made at City Hall, and believes the vast majority of voters are hungry for such change.

He is currently expressing clear frustration with what he sees as pro-development city staff, criticizing a recent presentation of affordable housing which suggested that the threshold for defining affordable should be based on income over $108,000 per year for a family of four.

Lobeck doesn’t like that administrative approvals may already be granted in downtown Sarasota, something in place to spur redevelopment years ago that he no longer considers necessary. Extending the process to single-family neighborhoods would do the community a disservice, he said.

Other candidates for the city commission this year include Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Sheldon Rich, Terrill Salem, Carl Shoffstall and Debbie Trice. The top three voters in an August 23 primary will qualify for a runoff in November, where the top two will win seats. The general election will be open to all voters within the city limits.

Fayetteville approves plan to add more school resource officers

School District Superintendent Dr. John L. Colbert speaks at the Tuesday, August 16, 2022, city council meeting. (Fayetteville Government Channel)

Fayetteville will soon have a new school resource officer and may add more as early as next year.

City Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday to approve a proposal to add a new officer, while also pledging to add two new officers each year until each school has a full-time officer on duty each day. of school.

The measure was sponsored by council member Holly Hertzberg who said she wanted to keep schools safe, but also because the local school district should follow recent state recommendations suggesting that all schools should have at least least one resource officer.

The city currently has six school resource officers assigned to the Fayetteville Public Schools District, which operates 15 campuses and will open a new middle school west of Fayetteville next year.

Hertzberg’s plan will add a new officer this year. The addition of two new agents per year would begin in 2023.

The city shares the cost of paying school resource officers with the district. Adding a new officer this year will cost $40,000. The district will reimburse the city for $23,400 of the officer’s salary and the city will pay the remaining $16,600.

Debate 2020

The board last considered adding new SROs in 2020 when it twice rejected a federal grant that would have helped hire two new officers.

At the August 4, 2020 meeting, the council was split 4-4 in the vote and Mayor Lioneld Jordan broke the tie to accept the grant, but council member Sarah Marsh overturned her vote, causing the vote to fail. resolution 3-5. Others joining Marsh include Sonia Harvey, Matthew Petty, Sloan Scroggin and Kyle Smith. Supporters were Mark Kinion, Sarah Bunch and Teresa Turk.

Turk brought the discussion back to the board on August 18, 2020 in what would be a heated nine-hour debate.

Some who spoke out were people of color who told stories of traumatic experiences they had with ORS and described interactions they had with officers who they said targeted them, trapped and had made them uncomfortable or unwelcome in schools where the student body was predominantly white.

Several school resource officers have come out in favor of the proposal and described the relationships they have formed with struggling students and children who come to them with problems they say they don’t think to be able to trust someone else.

At the time, Councilor Harvey said she was most affected by listening to those who spoke about their personal negative experiences. She said the city should put its SRO program on hold to allow more time to think about the idea. Turk said the second discussion was worth it, but ultimately voted with the majority in a 7-1 decision to table the proposal indefinitely. Kinion was the only board member to vote against the filing.

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Police Chief Mike Reynolds presented a report containing data on citations and arrests from recent years.

Last school year, there were three arrests by SROs and 18 citations issued, the data shows. Of these, 62% were initiated by school officials, including 33% by an officer who witnessed a fight or other criminal act inside the school. Reynolds said 5% of the incidents were triggered after a complaint from a parent, student or other witness.

The data shows that the 21 incidents that occurred in the last school year have decreased in recent years. There were 50 incidents in 2019-20 and 68 in 2018-19. Data for 2020-21 has been omitted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report also shows the race of those cited or arrested last year. Among the incidents, nine students were black, eight were white, two were Hispanic, and two were listed as “other.”

(Fayetteville Police Department)

Reynolds then showed body camera footage of Fayetteville officers responding to a shooting incident near Dickson Street in which they quickly located and apprehended a suspect without incident. It also showed footage of officers responding to the murder of Officer Stephen Carr.

“As you can see they’re running towards the shots,” Reynolds said. “They are not hiding. They are brave and their actions save lives, and they are ready to protect the students and teachers of the city’s school system.

Cheryl May, director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Arkansas, said ORS training is extremely important. She said the state has made great strides in recent years to ensure Arkansas officers are properly prepared to work with students.

“The focus is not on getting kids in trouble, the focus is on helping them out,” May said.

Megan Duncan, assistant superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools, agreed and said the district has recently invested heavily in counselors, student support specialists and social workers to work alongside ORS.

School district superintendent Dr. John L. Colbert said ORS is only one part of the district’s overall approach to keeping students safe, but it’s an important part of the plan. He said the Fayetteville Police Department is different from some cities where officers are often criticized for their behavior, especially toward minorities. Fayetteville officers, he said, have a reputation for being collaborative and supportive of all residents.

“I know what we stand for here,” Colbert said. “We are different and we are special.”

Council member Sloan Scroggin suggested amending the resolution to include an optional $3,000 stipend that officers can use if they wish to obtain social work certificates or other council-related courses that might be useful on the job. . Scroggin’s amendment was approved 8-0.

Public Comment

During public comments, 16 people spoke in favor of the proposal and nine spoke against it.

Those opposed questioned the effectiveness of officers in schools and said other options should be considered such as reducing class sizes or adding more staff such as counselors or aides. teachers.

Representatives of the local nonprofit Arkansas Justice Reform Coalition said adding armed police to schools was not the solution. Some data shared from a Brown University Annenberg Institute study that estimated the impacts of ORS placement from 2014 to 2018. The study found that while ORS is effective in reducing some forms of violence in schools, they don’t prevent school shootings or guns. related incidents.

Others object to cited studies that show the presence of ORS sometimes leads to increased academic sanctions, citations, or arrests that have disproportionate effects on black students or people with disabilities.

Several of those in favor were teachers or school district staff who said they saw first-hand how the SRO interacts with Fayetteville students and asked the board to please help add more officers to the ranks. .

Council’s remarks

Council member D’Andre Jones said he listened to both sides, but was ultimately in favor of the proposal. He said politics seems to play a role in people’s opinions of ORS, but the council should put safety before politics, especially in a town where the police department has a good reputation.

“The responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of our students, teachers and administrators,” Jones said.

Kinion said it’s obvious the community is engaged in the issue and would like to see more ORS. He said it was unfortunate that the board did not approve a grant two years ago that would have funded two new SROs.

“But I think today we can offset that to some extent,” Kinion said.

Bunch said things have clearly changed since two years ago when so many people spoke out controversially against adding ORS to Fayetteville. She said more and more people are realizing that there is a lot more to an SRO than just being there as a police officer, and people seem to be more understanding when it comes to discuss ORS.

“It’s something that really enlightened me,” Bunch said.

Council member Mike Wiederkehr said the change over the past two years likely stems from the seeds that were planted in the first discussion. He said he also agreed with Bunch that Fayetteville’s ability to have a positive debate on tough topics is refreshing.

“That level of talk doesn’t happen everywhere,” Wiederkehr said.

Harvey said his concerns from two years ago have since been alleviated. She said the direction the district wants to move in has become clearer now that more time has passed and more people have weighed in.

“What has changed is not just how we frame the school safety conversation, but also the understanding that SROs are a key piece of the puzzle,” Harvey said.

Mayor Jordan said he was in favor of the proposal to add more ORS two years ago and is in favor today. He said the atmosphere in the council chamber had improved since the last debate.

“I feel much better about the conversations I overheard tonight than I overheard a few years ago,” Jordan said.

Jordan said his support for the proposal stemmed first from his confidence in the police department.

“I think we have the most outstanding, most progressive, best-trained police force and the best police chief anyone could ever have in this state,” Jordan said.

Trust in the school district is another key factor in his support, Jordan said.

“We have the best school system anyone could have in the state,” he said.

But more important, Jordan said, is the city’s responsibility to do everything possible to keep its students safe.

“We’re going to keep the kids safe,” Jordan said.


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The Skanner News – Basic Guaranteed Income Scheme launched for Black Portlanders


The Black Resilience Fund will provide dozens of Portland families with a guaranteed basic income for three years, with the first checks being issued in December.

More than 11,000 applicants had applied by the deadline this week for about 50 spots in Brown Hope’s 2023 Village Building Cohort model, which will give $1,000 to single participants and up to $2,000 to participating families, per month.

Cameron Whitten, activist and founder of Brown Hope and the Black Resilience Fund“The Black Resilience Fund was created specifically at the height of COVID during the response to the murder of George Floyd,” said Cameron Whitten, activist and founder of Brown Hope and the Black Resilience Fund. The Skander. “We raised $2.6 million over two years and distributed that funding directly to Black Portlanders. Now we recognize the inevitable truth that we are emerging into a post-pandemic world and how we approach recovery and resilience is going to be different. For us, the answer was simple: a guaranteed income.

From the city of Stockton, California, to the nations of Finland, Kenya and others, guaranteed income programs have been introduced on a small scale, allowing policy makers to observe the impact of direct cash transfers on populations often vulnerable. The idea of ​​a universal basic income isn’t new, but has recently gained traction with proponents like former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and organizations like Mayors for Guaranteed Income in the United States. point out that such measures would end poverty.

“We’re talking about investing in Black Portlanders with no paperwork, no bureaucracy,” Whitten said.

“That’s not the way government usually works. That’s not how big foundations usually work.

Funding Hope

Brown Hope’s initial program has a budget of $500,000, much of which comes from community donations. With a $100,000 matchmaking campaign from the Oregon Community Foundation, the organization is more than halfway to its goal.

Applicants to the Black Resilience Fund Basic Income Program must be at least 18 years old, identify as Black, African American, or African, and reside in Multnomah County. Priority is given to single parents, those who have been incarcerated, workers earning less than two dollars of Portland’s hourly minimum wage, and those who have been through the foster care system.

Single applicants are eligible for monthly payments of $1,000, while adults with one or two children are eligible for $1,500 and adults with three or more children can apply for $2,000 per month.

The program’s income limits for applicants take into account the high annual costs of child care. A household of four or more, for example, can bring in up to $74,745 a year and still qualify.

Data from other such programs internationally come to the same conclusion: providing guaranteed income—even income that isn’t enough to fully replace a salary—takes participants away from the mindset survival, which improves physical and mental health outcomes and family stability.

“Brown Hope and the Black Resilience Fund, we are not an economic justice initiative,” Whitten said.

“We are a healing justice initiative, and it goes beyond finances.”

Similar programs tend to last about a year. Whitten explained how the Black Resilience Fund decided to create a three-year model.

“I think the biggest challenge we’ve seen with basic income pilots and projects in the US is that they lasted a year, and a lot of them also cost $1,000 a month,” Whitten said. “But we know that long-term resilience happens over a longer time horizon than a year. We believe we set people up for their greatest success with a three-year time investment.

“One year of basic income isn’t enough to be able to do well in school, or to take time out for job training, or to start a family,” Whitten said. “These are things that we know take planning, and for a lot of people that first year is going to take the weight of the worry off, take the stress out of the scarcity. This second year builds that abundance mindset, builds confidence and self-belief. The third year is take-off. That’s how I see it. »

Survival and dignity

stacey rutland introStacey Rutland, Founder and Director of Portland-based Income MovementStacey Rutland, founder and director of the Portland-based Income Movement, argued that the COVID crisis has given Americans a taste of guaranteed basic income.

“In addition to the drastic jolts to our broader economy, I think the pandemic was the first time our government decided to deal with an economic downturn by giving money directly to people,” Rutland said. The Skander. “So you’ve got the stimulus checks, you’ve got the child tax credit that was in effect for six months last year, and we’re certainly seeing those bold moves have had quite a big impact on poverty rates in across the country, and have certainly moved a lot more. people who are elected to boldly support direct cash and basic income or much more open to conversation, and interested in digging deeper into the data from many federal programs that have been put in place.

Rutland said the unlimited nature of direct cash payments is central to every basic income program.

“It’s absolutely rooted in the importance of finally acknowledging the complexity of people’s lives not just as individuals, but even on a month-to-month basis,” Rutland said. The Skander.

“He recognizes that their needs are very fluid and that they are the best experts on their own financial situation.

“A lot of programs right now are prescriptive, they’re paternalistic in the sense that the people who write and design these programs assume they know what’s best for people.”

Whitten agreed.

“I think the beautiful thing is that we trust the Black Portlanders,” Whitten said. “We know that the people who participate in this program have big dreams of healing, for themselves and for the black community. This is the big thing we look for when reviewing these apps.

“We are looking for people who understand that their resilience is tied to the resilience of black people living in Multnomah County.”

Prove Success

Perhaps the best case studies, Rutland notes, come from a successful but temporary federal measure.

“We look at the child tax credit as guaranteed income for families,” Rutland said, “and when there was all the debate last fall about extending it for a year, with senators (Joe ) Manchin ((D-West Virginia)) and a few others, there was a lot of conversation around, ‘Should we give parents money? They should have to work or they’re going to use the money to buy food. drugs” – it was largely what we understand to be the false narratives out there that demonize people living in poverty.

“But you look at the child tax credit data, and you can see what they were using the checks for and it was to pay bills, it was to put food on the table, it was to getting caught up on their credit card bills, it was minimizing the number of transactions with payday loan places – it’s profound, the impact of it.

“So a lot of what we recognize for the pilots as well is to help build not only the quantitative data, but also just as important, the qualitative data – the stories of people’s experiences on the ground – so that we can begin to do some of the system shifting and broader storytelling work that we need to eventually open minds by opening hearts to receive the data.

Social connections

Whitten admits it will be difficult to select the program’s first cohort from the multitude of applications received by the Black Resilience Fund.

“What we are really looking for are people who have a very clear dream of resilience and growth for themselves over the next three years, and people who have really demonstrated an investment in improving the resilience of the black community. around them,” Whitten said. .

“Because we’re really a village-building program, and we know who we’re investing in is investing in the black community.”

The program includes a “social capital component,” Whitten said.

“Every participant is expected to attend a monthly social gathering, because our community is not only facing a shortage of finances, but a shortage of connections. Racism, whether it’s gentrification, discrimination, ongoing trauma in the news – those things make people feel small, alienate them from the community. And so people don’t feel safe and people feel lonely.

“I will argue to the teeth that social connections are just as important for financial stability, and so for us we know that the strongest form of healing will be to incorporate both that monthly income in addition to gathering spaces social for people to be able to build together.

Rutland pointed to the overall benefit of guaranteed income.

“A lot of pilots focus on the members of our communities who have been most consistently pushed to the wayside, and ultimately the people who, to many degrees, have struggled with the way our systems are currently set up” , she said. “I think we’re finally starting to recognize that when you design for the less fortunate members of our community, you’re going to take care of everyone else.”

Applications are now closed for the first round of the Basic Income Program. For more information about the program, visit blackresiliencefund.com.

CLS: Public Offer and Notice of General Meeting – August 2022



Release date:

August 15, 2022

CLS Holdings plc

(“CLS” or the “Company”)

Proposal to buy 1 ordinary share in 40 at 2.5 pence each

in the Company (“Ordinary Shares”) at 250 pence per share

by way of a public offer (the “Public Offer”) and notice of the General Meeting


LEI: 213800A357TKB2TD9U78

On August 10, 2022, the CLS Board of Directors announced in its half year results for the period ended June 30, 2022 its intention to purchase 1 out of 40 ordinary shares through a tender offer at 250 pence per ordinary share.

CLS today published a circular to shareholders relating to the tender offer (the “Circular“) on the terms set out above. If the maximum number of 10,184,984 Ordinary Shares are acquired under the Tender Offer, this will result in the payment of approximately £25.5 million per the Company to participating shareholders Capitalized terms used but not defined in this press release shall have the meaning given to them in the Circular.

The Tender Offer is open to all Qualified Shareholders registered on the Company’s register at 6:00 p.m. on September 9, 2022, who may participate by tendering all or part of their ordinary shares at the above price. No Ordinary Shares will be purchased under the Tender Offer unless the relevant special resolution to be proposed to the general meeting of the Company to be held on September 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. is passed. The tender offer will be void if it is less than 0.1%. of the issued ordinary share capital of the Company (excluding treasury shares) in total is contributed. The Ordinary Shares purchased under the Tender Offer will be held as treasury shares.

Context and reasons for the takeover bid

In the first six months of the current financial year, the Council completed two property disposals, realizing a total of £10.1 million at prices in line with their valuations at 31 December 2021.

In addition, on August 3, 2022, CLS announced that it had completed the sale of two UK properties, Great West House, Brentford and 62 London Road, Staines and one French property, 96 Rue Nationale, Lille for a total of 39.8 million pounds. The three properties sold for an average of 3.7% above valuations on December 31, 2021.

The price of a common share continued to trade at a significant discount to net tangible assets (“NTA“) value of one Ordinary Share (last reported NTA per Ordinary Share of 352.8 pence per Ordinary Share,

Registered in England No. 2714781. Registered office as above.


as of June 30, 2022). The Board believes that the share price discount to its NTA is unjustified and that it is in the interests of all Shareholders to implement the Tender Offer to reduce this discount.

The Board determined that the Tender Offer should be made at an appropriate premium to the price per Ordinary Share and that this would be the most appropriate means of returning capital to Shareholders in a timely and efficient manner, taking into account the costs relative, complexity and timescales of possible methods, as well as the equal treatment of all Shareholders.

The Board of Directors of the Company considers that the Tender Offer is beneficial to the Shareholders as a whole, including, among other reasons, that:

  • the Tender Offer is open to all Qualified Shareholders, regardless of the size of their holding;
  • the Redemption Price represents a premium to the price of the Ordinary Shares, as follows:
  1. a 22.5% premium to the average closing price of the Company’s ordinary shares of 204.0 pence for the 30 business days to the last practicable date; and
  1. a premium of 18.8% to the closing price of the Company’s Ordinary Shares of 210.5 pence
    Last practicable date.
    1. a premium of 20.2% to the closing price of the Company’s ordinary shares of 208.0 pence on 9 August 2022 (the day before the publication of the Company’s notice half-year results).
  • the Tender Offer offers Qualified Shareholders who wish to reduce their holding of Ordinary Shares the opportunity to do so at a market-determined price with a premium;
  • the Tender Offer allows Shareholders who wish to retain their current investment in the Company and their Ordinary Shares to do so, with no Shareholder being required to participate in the Tender Offer, and thus providing Shareholders with flexibility; and
  • the Tender Offer will reduce the number of Ordinary Shares outstanding, and should therefore, assuming earnings and net asset values ​​of the Group’s properties remain the same, have a positive impact on earnings per share and net asset value per Group share.

The size of the tender offer has been determined to be appropriate to ensure that the Group’s loan to value ratio and liquidity remain at an acceptable level, below 40% for an appropriate period of time, and that cash and liquid resources and available facilities are over £100 million, giving the Group the flexibility to focus its portfolio on attractive growth prospects and continue to invest to improve the quality of its existing portfolio.

Interim Dividend 2022

As the record date of the Tender Offer is the same as the record date of the 2022 Interim Dividend, Shareholders who participate in the Tender Offer will continue to receive the 2022 Interim Dividend , or 2.60 pence per Ordinary Share, for all Ordinary Shares tendered.

Substantial shareholders

The Sten and Karin Mortstedt Family & Charity Trust which, through wholly owned subsidiaries of Creative Value Investment Group, owns 51.46% of the issued ordinary share capital of the company, and Bengt Mortstedt, which owns 6.52% of the issued ordinary share capital in the Company, have indicated to the Board that they intend to exercise their right on a pro rata basis in the context of the Tender Offer.

Registered in England No. 2714781. Registered office as above.


Expected calendar of events

Time and deadline for receipt of proxy nominations

11:00 a.m. on September 7, 2022

Ex-dividend date for the 2022 interim dividend

September 8, 2022

Record date of the 2022 interim dividend

September 9, 2022

General assembly

11:00 a.m. on September 9, 2022

Time and deadline for receipt of submission forms and TTE

3:00 p.m. on September 9, 2022

CREST shareholder instructions

Closing of the public offer

3:00 p.m. on September 9, 2022

Date of registration of the public offer

6:00 p.m. on September 9, 2022

Announcement of the result of the public tender offer

September 12, 2022

Checks sent for Common Shares with certificate

Before September 16, 2022

purchased under the Public Tender Offer and payment by

CREST for uncertificated Common Shares purchased

in the context of the Public Offer

CREST accounts credited with uncertificated Ordinary Shares

Before September 16, 2022

submission without success and sending of the part of balance

unsold Ordinary Share certificates with certificate and shares

certificates for unsuccessful offers of the Certified Ordinary


2022 Interim Dividend payment date

October 3, 2022

The terms of participation in the Public Offer and the terms of voting at the General Meeting are specified in the Circular. A summary of the tax consequences of the Tender Offer for UK resident Shareholders is also set out in the Circular. However, Shareholders are advised to consult their own professional advisers regarding their own tax position.

Copies of the Circular, Proxy Form and Submission Form have been submitted to the FCA National Storage Mechanism and are available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.

The circular will also be available shortly on the CLS website at www.clsholdings.com, in the Investor Relations section under Shareholder Documents. Copies of the documents can also be obtained from the company secretary.


Registered in England No. 2714781. Registered office as above.


For more information, please contact:

CLS Holdings plc

(LEI: 213800A357TKB2TD9U78) www.clsholdings.com

David Fuller, COO +44 (0)20 7582 7766

Liberum Capital Limited

Richard Crawley

Jamie Richards

+44 (0)20 3100 2222

Liberum Capital Limited, which is authorized and regulated in the United Kingdom by the FCA, is advising CLS in connection with the tender offer and no one else and will not be liable to anyone other than CLS for providing the protections given to clients of Liberum Capital Limited or for providing advice regarding the tender offer, the contents of this announcement or any transaction, arrangement or other matter referred to in this announcement.

Registered in England No. 2714781. Registered office as above.

Burlington City Council tackles busy schedule and community concerns


BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – On Monday, Burlington city councilors tackled a packed agenda, as well as residents’ concerns about safety.

After a string of recent shootings here in Burlington, residents are asking city councilors to review security in the city, particularly officers’ use of force.

“One of the reasons people feel compelled to do real de-escalation work, which takes well over four minutes, is because we’re afraid BPD will find the crisis first,” Jennifer said. a resident of Burlington.

However, the advisers did not provide any response to their concerns. Instead, they moved on to their otherwise packed agenda.

This included a school board resolution asking to put a $165 million bond for a new high school before voters in November.

“We needed a new high school 20 years ago and the discovery of PCB toxins at the existing high school clearly accelerated that need,” said Burlington resident and former school board member Christopher Haessley. of Burlington.

After a lengthy executive session, councilors reached a settlement with the school board, ultimately deciding to put the issue on the ballot.

If Burlingtonians vote yes in November, the average homeowner will see a tax hike of about $800 a year.

“We are going to have to commit together to avoid general borrowing until our target levels are back in our debt management policy,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said.

Councilors also voted in favor of creating a cannabis control commission. The group will establish guidelines for adult use of the city‘s cannabis stores.

Some healthcare providers were on hand to speak out in favor of the measure.

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Campus Services helps make every Roadrunner’s journey a success | UTSA today | UTSA


Getting Around: Parking Permit, The Runner and VIA U-Pass

Those planning to park on campus will need a valid permit. A wide variety of permit options are available to suit various needs and budgets, including surface, garage, reserved garage, and evening-only permits. It’s quick and easy to order a permit on MyParking. Allow five to seven days to receive it by mail. Convenient payment options include credit or debit, add-on tuition and fees (for students), and monthly payroll deductions (for faculty and staff).

To help Roadrunners know where to park, each parking permit has a list of valid parking areas for that type of permit printed on the back. Visit the Campus Services website for clear, color-coded parking maps that identify designated parking areas on each UTSA campus.

For those who don’t come to campus often enough to warrant purchasing a parking permit, FastPass, a rechargeable parking pass for hourly parking in main campus garages, is an option worth considering. Another great hourly parking solution for casual campus runners is ParkMobile, which allows individuals to park in designated hourly parking zones across campus and pay the hourly parking rate from their phone. Parking time can also be extended from any location – no worries if a meeting or study session takes longer than expected.

UTSA’s main campus transit system, The Runner, provides service to and from on-campus parking lots and some nearby apartment complexes. Track a shuttle’s arrival time and view live bus maps and route schedules with The Runner GPS – download the free app from the App Store or Google Play.

Miss Manners: How should spouses handle arguments when hosting guests?

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Dear Miss Manners: Our marriage has its ups and downs, including heated arguments. But our social life continues, and sometimes that means having guests at our house.

To date, we have never had an explosion in the middle of a rally, but I can’t say that will never happen. If so, what do you suggest we do once we have calmed down and regained our composure?

Allow Miss Manners to introduce you to a useful military concept that dates back to the 14th century: the truce.

While you and your partner appreciate this unstable relationship, it shouldn’t be inflicted on the guests. As entertaining as it can be for them and as productive of amusing gossip, watching hosts fight puts them in an untenable position.

If they pretend not to notice, they look stupid and may even be unwanted in the future – in case your quarrel is forgotten, but you don’t appreciate witnesses to your discord. If they take sides, they will upset at least one host, and probably both.

Forget the possibility that they don’t gossip about it. Why should they be discreet when you are not?

So if you and your co-host can’t control each other, you should put the fun on hold until there’s a clear winner. The only alternative is to have a firm policy that when others are present there will be a total truce.

This means pretending nothing happened and preventing yourself from firing what you consider to be subtle darts that your guests won’t understand. They go.

Dear Miss Manners: When someone invites you to their home, are you supposed to wash your own dishes, or is the host supposed to pick up your plate when you have finished eating and then wash the dishes?

Just ask what’s the right thing to do, when you’re at someone’s house and they tell you that you have to do your own dishes before you leave.

Why? Were you snack at your parents’ house and leave a mess?

I was just asking. When a question – especially a question asked twice – involves such a clear transgression, Miss Manners can’t help but wonder if she’s heard the whole story.

Of course, guests shouldn’t normally be asked to clean up, although a considerate guest would try to ease the burden on the host – at least to the extent that they clean up any mess they make themselves. created, if he did not offer to participate. thoughtless guests is to refrain from inviting them again.

But it wouldn’t be bad to ask someone close to the house not to leave dirty plates anywhere.

Dear Miss Manners: Do you wrap sympathy gifts?

what you call “Sympathy gifts” usually take the form of food or other necessities that would help relieve the bereaved of necessary duties. You wouldn’t surprise a new widow with diamond earrings unless you have something other than sympathy on your mind.

So indeed, Miss Manners would consider festive wrappings as out of place.

New Miss Manners columns are published Monday to Saturday at washingtonpost.com/board. You can send questions to Miss Manners on her website, missmanners.com. You can also follow her @RealMissManners.

Iraqi justice says it has no power to dissolve parliament

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s top judiciary said on Sunday it lacks the power to dissolve the country’s parliament, days after an influential Shiite cleric gave it a week to dissolve the legislature so that new elections can take place.

The Supreme Judicial Council’s decision is likely to heighten tensions between supporters of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and members of Iran-backed groups as Iraq sinks deeper into its political stalemate. now in its 10th month. The standoff is the country’s longest since a US-led invasion in 2003 reset the political order.

The Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement after a meeting on Sunday that the country’s political groups should not involve the judiciary in their “political rivalries and competitions”.

Al-Sadr, whose supporters stormed parliament in Baghdad earlier this month and have since staged a sit-in outside the building, tweeted on Wednesday that the judiciary had a week to dissolve the legislature. Al-Sadr has already called for the dissolution of parliament and the holding of early elections, but this time he has set a deadline.

Al-Sadr’s political bloc won the most seats in parliament but failed to form a majority government that excluded its Iran-aligned rivals. He called on his supporters on Saturday night to be ready to stage massive protests across Iraq, raising fears of tensions. He did not set a date for the planned protests.

“The Superior Council of the Judiciary does not have the power to dissolve Parliament,” the statement said, adding that its main job is to deal with legal matters and that it cannot “interfere in the work of the authorities. legislative or executive”.

Even before Sunday’s judicial meeting, he said he had no constitutional right to dissolve parliament and that only lawmakers could vote to dissolve the legislature. Given that parliament has missed the constitutional deadline to form a new government after the October elections, what will happen next is unclear.

Al-Sadr’s political rivals in the Coordinating Framework, an alliance of Iran-backed parties, said earlier the parliament should meet to dissolve. On Friday, supporters of the group demonstrated in Baghdad to protest the occupation of the legislature by al-Sadr supporters.

Earlier this month, thousands of al-Sadr supporters stormed the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses Iraq’s parliament, government buildings and foreign embassies. They invaded and occupied the parliament, after which all sessions of the assembly were canceled until further notice. The takeover also effectively halted efforts by the coordination framework to try to form the next government after al-Sadr’s failure.

During their takeover of parliament, al-Sadr’s supporters failed to invade the nearby Supreme Judicial Council building – an act many would consider a coup as the judiciary is the highest judicial authority of the country.

Joe Manchin destroyed Biden’s agenda, but saved many in the end

  • Joe Manchin is one of the Democrats most responsible for stalling much of Biden’s economic agenda.
  • But he saved a lot of it in the end, helping push through a huge climate bill that’s headed for Biden’s desk.
  • “Once in a while, Joe Manchin reminds us that he’s a Democrat,” GOP Sen. Kevin Cramer said.

“Another week, another Manchin.”

This quip from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York in early March summed up the depth of Democratic frustration with perhaps its most stubborn member: Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. As winter turned to spring, Democrats were rudderless. Their economic program was shattered and they hadn’t really started sorting through the debris of their Build Back Better plan. Russian troops pour into Ukraine drives up gas pricescompounding their political problems.

It was a time when snatching victory from the jaws of defeat seemed unlikely for Democrats and President Joe Biden. Manchin often doused even a leaner version of their ambitions with cold water. Few trusted him to make a deal.

Although this time Manchin didn’t pull the football off at the last minute. He became a red-state Democrat who signed the biggest climate bill ever assembled in Congress — and helped get it across the finish line with just three months to go until the midterms.

“Once in a while Joe Manchin reminds us that he’s a Democrat,” Republican Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said at the US Capitol last week. “For Joe, being a Democrat is as natural as being Italian.”

Manchin drafted the package with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer behind closed doors, avoiding the public back-and-forth that characterized last fall’s turbulent talks. The Democratic conclave even kicked out Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, another crucial vote. But it ultimately resulted in a breakthrough that surprised Congress the most, especially when it came to the deal’s scale of climate spending.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, director of the climate and energy program at the center-left Third Way think tank, said the bill was “the most impactful action the United States has taken on climate change.”

“It really provides the assistance in the form of grants, loans and tax credits to incentivize the private sector to accomplish what we need to accomplish,” he told Insider. The bill allocates $370 billion in clean energy tax credits intended to reduce the cost of purchasing electric vehicles and provides funding for the installation of solar panels and heat pumps.

“There were certain parameters on how he wanted to do it,” Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank that worked with Manchin, told Insider. “But he’s as committed to federal investment in the clean energy transition as Schumer or [Sen. Brian] Schatz.”

“As the package evolved from a social spending program laden with lots of tax gimmicks to a clean energy infrastructure package, Senator Manchin became more supportive because the package reflected his priorities,” Grumet said.

Only time will tell if Democrats reap political benefits

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) walks past Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup, on Capitol Hill on May 03, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Manchin has always made it clear that he is a Democrat cut from a different cloth. He is from a state that Trump won in the 2020 election by nearly 40 percentage points, the former president second largest margin of victory in the USA.

He was a saver instead of a big spender, sounding the inflation alarm long before the Democrats. The fiscally austere moderate has halted his party’s efforts to expand the safety net for families, balking at the idea of ​​a “rights-based society” taking hold. Plans to restore Biden’s monthly child tax credit, establish universal, affordable pre-K child care have all been scrapped to accommodate the thin limits of his vote.

“Our party has spent the last year asking those moderate Democrats who never made those big, bold promises of progressive change and never campaigned on Build Back Better to vote for those policies,” John said recently. LaBombard, a former Sinema collaborator. says Insider.

By late spring, Democrats had abandoned their quest for social spending at a level similar to the New Deal or the Great Society. But that didn’t stop them from claiming a major victory over the more modest legislation anyway.

Progressives think they’ve won big, holding the line on Biden’s agenda against moderates determined to cut it. They insist they will return for the rest if the Democrats manage to keep control of Congress.

“From the beginning, progressives have fought tooth and nail to advance the president’s entire economic agenda,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington said at a press conference Friday. “Now we just need a few more Democratic senators to make the rest of this program a reality.”

It’s long. Biden’s approval ratings are plummeting and voters are ranking inflation at the top of their medium-term concerns. Democrats are expected to lose the House, but they can still cling to the senate.

Only time will tell if Democrats will reap the political benefits of the Cut Inflation Act, which has drawn no GOP support. Some of the most popular initiatives — such as a $2,000 ceiling on out-of-pocket drug expenditures for seniors — kick in several years after midterms. Additionally, automakers are warning that few, if any, electric vehicles will be eligible for consumer tax credits once strict sourcing requirements come into effect from next year.

Democrats suffered more than a year of hand-twisting because of Manchin. But without him in a divided Senate, their economic agenda stood no chance. “The only reason there’s anyone named Majority Leader Schumer is because Senator Manchin got elected in West Virginia,” Grumet said.

A long and generous life well lived


A family foundation honoring the late Madeline (left) and Jim McMullan has provided more than $1.25 million in scholarships to Ole Miss students. The foundation’s latest donation supports the university’s Foundations for Academic Success Track program, which helps freshmen succeed. Photo submitted

OXFORD, Mississippi – During her lifetime, the philanthropy and service of the late Madeleine McMullan improved the lives of countless people. Today, his family’s foundation continues his legacy with recent gifts totaling $500,000 to the Foundations for Academic Success Track program at the University of Mississippi.

FASTrack helps freshmen become successful members of the college community by providing smaller, enhanced class sizes, one-on-one mentoring, and student leadership opportunities.

It is the last of 30 years of donations made to the university by McMullan and her late husband, Jim McMullan – a UM graduate in 1956 – and the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. The foundation was established in 1987 and is managed by the couple’s daughters Carlette McMullan, of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Margaret McMullan, of Pass Christian.

To date, the foundation has provided over $1.25 million in scholarships.

“The University of Mississippi is extremely grateful for the unwavering support of Madeleine, her late husband, Jim, and the entire McMullan family,” said Chancellor Glenn Boyce. “They have provided us with extraordinary resources that benefit our students and strengthen our academic programs.

“Their generous commitments are an essential part of how our sustained standard of excellence is increasingly evolving.”

Overseeing their family’s foundation, the sisters say they incorporate their parents’ primary concerns and philanthropic goals into every decision they make.

“Our parents were both passionate about education, community work, health care and organizations that help the underserved,” said Margaret McMullan. “My sister and I always consider them when making decisions about foundations. We are very proud of the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Mississippi for sharing our parents’ vision. »

“Our Mississippi-born and raised father was deeply interested and passionate about Southern history and supportive of research and learning,” said Carlette McMullan. “Our parents’ shared passion for helping those less fortunate and their belief in the benefits of education inspired much of their philanthropy. Margaret and I are blessed to be guided by their vision.

“We are excited to continue our family foundation’s partnership with the University of Mississippi and the FASTrack initiative.”

The latest donations have added resources to funds created by the family in 2016: the Student Success Fund, which supports the Academic Mentor position in the FASTrack program, and the Student Leadership Fund, which supports new student leadership and/or peer mentors for FASTrack Participants.

Trynica Wash, from Newton, one of the most recent McMullan scholars, said the McMullan family helped her fulfill her dream of going to university.

Trynica Wash, an Ole Miss student from Newton, is one of the newest McMullan scholars. Photo submitted

“Because of the opportunities they have given me, I continue to be motivated to work hard and get the best grades possible so that I can graduate as a member of the class of 2023,” Wash said. “Their contributions to scholarships and FASTrack help so many students succeed.”

Suzanne Wilkin, Academic Mentor and Acting Director of the program, said she was honored to be a part of student success.

“Thanks to Madeleine and her daughters, I have the privilege of working with students every day and seeing them flourish,” she said. “Thanks to the generous support of this family, FASTrack students have the opportunity to discover new experiences and gain the confidence to be leaders in the community on our campus and beyond.”

The generosity of the McMullan family helped the university’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture gain national recognition, said Bill Ferris, its first director.

“Madeleine McMullan was simply the center’s guardian angel,” he said, recalling a first meeting with the couple. “Jim said that he and Madeleine wanted to support our programs on the American South and that they had considered endowing a chair with $500,000. We were speechless.

“Then, with a twinkle in her eye, Madeleine said, ‘Jim, don’t beat around the bush. Round it up to a million dollars.

The James M. and Madeleine M. McMullan faculty endowment, the McMullans’ first major gift to the center, funded the hiring of two new co-appointed professors in literature and anthropology.

The Literature position is held by Kathryn McKee, McMullan Professor of Southern Studies, Professor of English and Director of the Center. The position of anthropologist is held by Simone Delerme, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Anthropology.

“We became friends over the years and Madeleine never failed to ask me what I was working on or how my classes were going,” said McKee, who credits the McMullans with her on-campus career.

“Madeleine liked to talk about ideas, music, art, history and literature. His own keen intellect molded exactly what we seek in interdisciplinary study: a sense that all things are interconnected and best understood as pieces of a larger puzzle. I am proud that his name is attached to my post.

Delerme said she was grateful to the family for funding a chair in both Southern Studies and anthropology, a unique combination.

“I chose to join UM in 2013 because I could work at a center that focuses on Southern history and culture,” she said. “The family has created an opportunity where scholars like me can document and analyze the evolution of the southern United States, share our love of southern culture with our students, and challenge inequality so we can work for change. positive through community-engaged research.”

Over the years, the McMullans have welcomed the center’s faculty and students into their home. Their daughters continue to support the center through the family foundation.

Additionally, the McMullans’ longstanding support of the university includes the Hardin Future of the South Endowment, Friends of the Library, Thelma Boozer McMullan Memorial Library Endowment, the Ann Abadie Fund for the Oxford Conference for the Book, and fellowships at the Oxford campus, as well as Dr. Guy Gillespie Jr. Endowment at the UM Medical Center campus in Jackson.

“Madeleine and Jim’s philanthropy has opened doors for so many people, including me,” said Bruce Ware, one of the first McMullan Fellows.

Ware is a board member of the UM Foundation and the Ole Miss Alumni Association. He is Vice Chairman of DaVita Inc., a Denver-based Fortune 500 healthcare company, and a member of the boards of directors of Blackhawk Bank in Beloit, Wisconsin, and AAON Inc., of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“They not only gave generously of their financial resources, but they also gave of their time, wisdom and kindness,” he said. “Just look at the magical things that happened in the lives of young Newtonians, like Trynica, who was recently inducted into the Mortar Board and on her way to graduating with honors here at the University of Mississippi thanks to Madeleine and his family.”

With the McMullans in mind, a few years ago Bruce Ware and his wife, Rhondalynne, established the Annette Ware Fund, which supports Newton students considering Ole Miss by providing resources to visit campus. This fund also supports the FASTrack program, the McLean Institute, and the Department of African American Studies.

“Remembering my dear friends and mentors, Madeleine and Jim McMullan, continues to inspire me,” Ware said. “We invest in the educational opportunities of current and future UM students because the McMullans have invested in me and so many other young people in Mississippi.

“Rhondalynne and I believe that philanthropy begets philanthropy. And so, we do our best to share with others how we have observed and experienced the impact of Madeleine and Jim’s transformational gifts.

To support UM programs, contact Nikki Neely Davis at [email protected] or 662-915-6678 or visit https://nowandever.olemiss.edu.

Travel: Giving up alcohol is fast becoming the big new vacation trend


In search of clarity and well-being, some travelers swap beer and wine for non-alcoholic alternatives. By Sarah Marshall.

There was a time when a pint of beer or a glass of champagne were as essential to a holiday as a bucket and a spade. But as we become more health and cost conscious, drinking alcohol while abroad is not the ultimate solution.

Michelle Tole, travel and wellness expert at BluePillow (bluepillow.co.uk), a holiday accommodation rental service, believes this reflects a growing trend towards booze-free breaks.

She suggests it reflects “the way Britons want to embrace and make the most of their holidays, rather than spending their time hungover and tired”.

Ahead of dry January this year, Alcohol Change UK estimated that a record 7.9million people planned to quit drinking alcohol for the month. There has also been a surge in the sale of non-alcoholic or low-alcohol beverages. According to a study published in 2021 from the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR) beverage market analysis, the sector is expected to grow by more than 31% by 2024.

The travel industry is following this growing trend – and here are some indulgent vacations that won’t give you a hangover…

The abstinent hotel break

Inaugurated on September 1, the new Sommerro hotel in Oslo has developed an alcohol-free offer in response to customer demand. Bar manager Loukia Blouti has created an innovative menu inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, called The Prohibitionists.

“We are fully aware that people choose not to drink alcohol for a variety of reasons, including health issues, driving, pregnancy – or even just for a change from time to time. But that shouldn’t be not be a reason to miss a social gathering,” says Blouti. “Taste, complexity and quality of ingredients are guaranteed for every drink, regardless of alcohol content.”

Rooms start from £205 per double including breakfast. For more information visit sommerrohouse.com

The meal with (almost) 0% guilt

A flight of wine is the perfect accompaniment to a Michelin star meal. Fortunately, however, non-drinkers no longer need to miss the full dining experience.

At the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland, wine director and sommelier Amanda Wassmer-Bulgin has created a drink pairing for dishes served in the two-star Michelin restaurant, Memories, run by her husband, Sven Wassmer.

The kombucha is served with caviar and horseradish, while the truffle balls come with a barley lemonade.

Visit resortragaz.ch.

The super sober getaway

Some travelers might want to give up alcohol for a longer period.

In Saudi Arabia, alcohol consumption is illegal, providing a good opportunity to bump booze over the head for the duration of your trip.

Now that the destination is opening up to Western tourism, several operators are organizing tours in the Gulf country. Corinthian Travel offers a 10-day Arabia Felix: Asir & Al Bahah trip along the scenic Sarawat Mountains between Abha and Jeddah. Highlights include exploring Rijal Almaa, one of the most beautiful historic villages in Arabia, discovering the cave settlements on the remote mountain of Shada, and a visit to the traditional market of Moyhal.

From £4895 pp (two people sharing) including transfers, B&B accommodation, activities/tours and a guide. Flights extra. Visit corinthiantravel.co.uk.

Bonham ISD Regular Board Meeting August 15


Regular meeting agenda
Board of directors
Bonham DSI

A regular meeting of the Bonham ISD Board of Directors will be held on August 15, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonham ISD Administration Center, 1005 Chestnut Street, Bonham, TX 75418.

Matters to be discussed or considered or on which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Points should not be taken in the same order as indicated on this notice of meeting. Unless removed from the consent program, items identified in the consent program will be processed at one time.

1. Call to order

2. Invocation led by Sean Floyd

3. Pledge of Allegiance: Led by the BISD Board of Directors

The Texas Pledge: “Honor the flag of Texas: I pledge allegiance to you, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”

4. Warrior Speech

5. Public Comment

6. Disclosure: Financial Update

7. Action to be taken: review, discuss and possibly act on an order calling for an election of bonds

8. Consent Program

A. Review and possibly approve meeting minutes

B. Review and possibly approve budget changes and amendments

C. Consider approval of tax credits, supplements and collection of overdue taxes for July 2022

D. Consider approval of financial statements and bills payable for July 2022

E. Consider approving course materials

9. Reports to the Board

A. Written Report of the Assistant Superintendent

B. Written report from the Chief Financial Officer

C. Written report from the Director of Operations

D. Athletic Director’s Written Report

E. Written report from the Director of Infant Nutrition

F. Bailey Inglish Principal Written Report

G. Finley-Oates Principal Written Report

Main written report by HIW Evans

ILH Rather Senior Written Report

Written report from the Principal of J. Bonham Secondary School

K. Superintendent’s Report

1. TASA/TASB Agreement; September 22-25; San Antonio Convention Center

2. Open positions

3. Registration Report

4. Staff update

5. Safety and Security Update

10. Information Point: 2022-2023 District and Campus Assessment Schedules

11. Information Item: Campus Parent/Student Handbooks

12. Information Point: Employee Handbook 2022-2023

13. Disclosure: AP Examination Results

14. Action Item: Review, discuss, and possibly approve a resolution that the Fannin County 4-H Extension Services organization be granted afterschool status.

15. Action Point: Review, discuss, and possibly approve Fannin County Extension Department adjunct faculty application.

16. Action Item: Review, discuss and possibly approve KFYN air radio sports events for the 2022-2023 school year.

17. Action Item: Consider Endorsement of BSHAC Recommendation for Health Education Materials

18. Action Item: Consider Approval of BISD Student Code of Conduct 2022-2023

19. Action Item: Review, discuss and possibly approve the District Improvement Plan 2022-2023

20. Action Item: Review, discuss and possibly approve concrete testing lab fees as well as additional construction materials (drainage control pipe) with an accompanying project cost increase for concrete projects BHS and Finley-Oates.

21. Disclosure: Delinquent Tax Collection Report

22. Executive Session

A. Discuss the request received regarding trust property

B. In accordance with Section 551.074 of the Government of Texas Code, discussion of personnel matters relating to staff appraisals, assignments, terminations, replacements, reassignments, hiring, and additions

1. New recruits: Suzanne Tanton ~ Cafeteria; Heather Hicks~BHS; Jazmin Sanchez~BI; Angel Esquivel ~ BI; JD Wingo ~ LH rather; Hayden Todd~BHS;

2. Reassignments: Jennifer Wright ~ BI; Alecia Butler ~ BI;

3. Resignations: Jordan Thompson ~ Admin; Lisa Thomas ~ B.I.; Belinda Edwards ~ Evans

23. Information point: Report on personnel matters regarding accepted reassignments and resignations

24. Action point: Consider approving the items listed during the executive session


Emergency Response Highlights Jasper County Program


The Jasper County Court of Commissioners met in special session on August 10 and covered the following agenda items:

The court first voted to renew Jasper County’s local disaster declaration and countywide burning ban. The court noted that although Jasper County has recently received minor rainfall in isolated areas, drought conditions and fire danger still exist. In an effort to protect lives and property and to provide relief to tired volunteer firefighters, the court extended the burning ban and declaration.

Next, the court considered a request made by Sheriff Mitchel Newman to acquire up to two boats for use as emergency response craft to augment the craft used by the Jasper County Emergency Corps. The court also noted that the application would allow the boats to be stored in a future storage facility owned and maintained by the Jasper Hospital District in the unincorporated community of Sam Rayburn.

After a brief discussion, the court voted to allow the sheriff’s office to acquire the boats using prisoner reimbursement funds for payment and further allowed the county’s boats to be stored at Jasper Hospital District facilities. once construction is complete.

In other matters related to emergency response, the court voted to appoint a committee to work on requests for the proposed supply of Jasper County’s pre-disaster contract for management services, removal , Disaster Debris Removal and Monitoring, which will be renewed in 2023. The court named former members of the committee, Enclosure 2 Commissioner Roy Parker, Emergency Management Coordinator Billy Ted Smith and County Auditor Melissa Smith and a new committee member, Precinct 1 Commissioner Seth Martindale.

The court also heard from County Treasurer Rene ‘Ellis, who renewed Jasper County’s Medicare retiree supplement program, known as County Choice Silver. The court voted to renew the plan, which is paid for entirely by individual retirees at no cost to Jasper County.

In county road maintenance, the court voted to approve the donation of several truckloads of rock material from Mr. David Frankens, owner of the property called Blue Hole in the northern part of Jasper County. The court appreciated the donation and the commissioners said they looked forward to using the material for needed road repairs.

Concluding the cases, the court voted to approve Jasper County’s annual optional vehicle registration fee renewal for fiscal year 2023, which is $10.00 for road and bridge maintenance performed by the commissioners. The court voted to leave the fees at the same rate as since around 2005.

School board record: homeroom teacher fired after disciplinary charges; new appointments made; policy on teaching controversial issues filed


The Riverhead Board of Education fired a tenured teacher at its Tuesday meeting, after a hearing was conducted by a New York State Department of Education-appointed hearing officer on disciplinary charges brought against the individual.

After a resident approached the podium ahead of the council vote to speak out against the firing and urge the council to file the point, a district attorney said the district does not comment on personnel matters. The Hearing Officer issued his final decision and award in the case on July 25.

The item was adopted as part of the consent agenda in a unanimous vote. Directors Christopher Dorr and Therese Zuhoski were absent from the meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved the appointment of 18 faculty members, including eight new positions in the district. The board also approved the appointment of Colleen O’Hara as vice principal of the college. O’Hara will be paid $149,117 a year and replaces Jeannine Campbell, who was hired into the new position of STEM director in May.

The board also named Darien Riley as the district’s NJROTC instructor replacing Charles Mahala. Dena Tishim was appointed as the district’s alternative school facilitator for one year with an annual salary of $121,500. Brianne Tully has been appointed to the position of Special Assignment Teacher – Special Education for the current school year with an annual salary of $121,500.

The board also named a new assistant purchasing officer, Allison Mancuso, who will receive an annual salary of $75,000 with benefits. Tornatore said Mancuso had to come to the district as a contracts technician due to the job classification in the civil service. Rodney Asse, the assistant superintendent of finance and operations, will continue as district purchasing officer.

The board also voted 4-1 to approve four contracts with the Heinemann Company for professional development services at Aquebogue, Riley, Pulaski and Phillips elementary schools for a total cost of $54,400, paid for through federal funds to assistance to elementary and secondary schools. Administrator Virginia Healy voted against the article.

Connelly also moved to table the second reading of the board’s revised policies on teaching controversial issues. At the last board meeting, Dorr and Zuhoski voted against the first reading of the policy.

“I would like to see this policy referred to committee, due to concerns from board members as to how best to implement this policy,” Connelly said.

As previously reported by RiverheadLOCAL, current policy on teaching controversial issues requires that they be dealt with as they arise in the normal course of teaching and not be “requested”. nor avoided”. Discussions would be “conducted in a manner that takes into account the age and developmental level of students.”

Teachers would be required to present “adequate background information” to students when discussing a controversial issue and grade students based on “objective criteria, without bias to students’ positions on the subject”, according to the amendment.

The amendment also removes the requirement for teachers to submit materials on controversial issues to a building superintendent or person designated by the superintendent for review and prior approval before presenting them to students.

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Baidu obtains the first Robotaxi permits in China


While self-driving vehicle testing in the US (particularly with Tesla vehicles) gets a lot of our attention, we also like to keep an eye out for developments in other places, like China. In what’s being called a “world’s first,” Baidu, the “Google of China,” has secured permits to offer fully driverless commercial ride-hailing services in two Chinese cities.

“This is a huge qualitative change,” said Wei Dong, vice president and safety operations director of Baidu’s Smart Driving Group. “Completely driverless cars offering rides on open roads to paying customers means we have finally arrived at the moment the industry has been waiting for. We believe these permits are a key step on the road to the inflection point, when the industry can finally deploy fully autonomous driving services at scale.

In two of China’s biggest megacities, Chongqing and Wuhan, Baidu’s self-driving transportation service Apollo Go is now allowed to take fares for robotaxi rides — entirely without a human driver in the vehicle — thanks to permits. Authorities show great confidence in the strength of Baidu’s self-driving technology among regulators as self-driving vehicles continue to grow across China. In addition, the announcement of a partnership with Didi Chuxing is an important step for the future of transport in China, paving the way for a generalization of driverless VTC in the country.

Baidu’s robotaxis had to go through many phases of testing and licensing, starting with a security operator in the driver’s seat, through testing with a security operator in the passenger seat, and finally receiving permission to operate without a driver or human operator inside.

Baidu has obtained permits from local governments in Wuhan and Yongchuan District in Chongqing. Both cities have been on the cutting edge in recent years, both developing infrastructure and updating new rules for AVs.

Baidu has received the necessary permits and will start providing fully driverless robotaxi services in designated areas in Wuhan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in Chongqing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with five 5th generation Apollo robots circulating in every city. In Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone, the service area is 13 square kilometers, while in Chongqing’s Yongchuan District, it is 30 square kilometers.

Baidu’s self-driving vehicles are the first in China to obtain a variety of permits from two megacities, including Google’s Waymo and Uber. The autonomous driving system, monitoring redundancy, remote driving capability and a strong security operating system, all of which are backed by a huge data repository containing real data collected by Baidu’s AVs over 32 million kilometers (about 20 million miles), give them multi-layered mechanisms to ensure ultimate security.

Baidu said that as of the end of March 2022, it had obtained the first place in China for the cumulative number of autonomous driving patent applications, with 4,000. Among them, there are more than 1,500 global driving patent families. high-level autonomy in the world. Apollo Go has already expanded to all top-tier cities in China and is now the world’s largest robotaxi service provider, having recently reached one million orders.

Here is a video of the service in action:

Learn more about Baidu’s future Robotaxis

Baidu’s main advantage in the autonomous vehicle industry has been software and hardware, but the company didn’t want to get involved in car manufacturing, which is why Tesla struggled as a new entrant. in an already crowded and established market.

So Baidu partnered with Geely (pronounced GEE-lee with ag for giraffe, not g for gut). The resulting collaboration is now known as JIDU (JI-du), which combines Geely’s “Gee” with Baidu’s “DU”. But, they used a different character for the “Ji” part, so the new name means “concentration”.

The LIDU was designed from the ground up to be a completely autonomous vehicle. It has a steering wheel, but it folds under the dash when driving to make more interior space. It has additional LED lights, arranged in matrix patterns, to better communicate with other road users. It also includes voice recognition software that allows it to not only give commands to the car, but also tell people in and around the vehicle everything they need to know. At the end of the video, when the car says “I am Robo One” (in Mandarin), it’s a reminder that this is just one way to operate an unmanned vehicle.

The vehicle was also designed to be a practical automobile when you want to drive it yourself, according to the company. Whereas most self-driving vehicle projects, like Argo.ai or Waymo, include big, fun sensors that stick out everywhere. Such sensors can fold up and be hidden behind closed doors in the Robo-01, much like a gas cap would.

So it’s a vehicle you’d be less embarrassed to manually drive to a social gathering. But it’s also a safety measure, because folding the sensors before an accident involving a pedestrian (at least ones that can’t be avoided) can help protect people from harm.

“The era of smart car 3.0 is the era of robocars,” said Xia Yiping, CEO of JIDU. “The transition to this new era is marked by the shift of driving power from humans to AI, with robocars eventually making self-generating advancements led by AI. The automotive industry of the 3.0 era will see a shift seismic from an energy revolution to a product attribute revolution.The ultimate goal is to achieve a completely driverless transportation experience.JIDU robocar aims to meet users’ needs for intelligent travel, assistance smart car and smart cabin in the new era.”

According to my contact at Baidu, we may eventually meet Robo One in the US, but it’s unclear if he or someone like him will be coming to US roads. They have already begun some testing operations in California after receiving state regulatory clearance earlier this year. Look for an SUV with the word “apollo” on the side in Sunnyvale that belongs to one of Robo One’s parents.

Either way, we are likely to see Baidu become one of the dominant players in global autonomous vehicles in the years to come.

Featured image provided by Baidu.


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Mayflower Wind proposal leads Portsmouth residents to seek benefits


PORTSMOUTH — Mayflower Wind officials are continuing efforts to run transmission cables through Portsmouth, and now locals suggest the town is in a position to benefit from the situation.

Mayflower Wind held a public engagement session with municipal stakeholders on Tuesday as part of its preliminary hearing with the State Energy Facility Implementation Committee approaches, sending Transmission Development Manager Lawrence Mott and General Counsel Daniel Hubbard to the Portsmouth City Council meeting to make a presentation and hear questions and comments from council and residents.

Many council members and residents asked questions and expressed concerns about the project, and although no immediate action was taken after the discussion due to the structure of the meeting’s agenda, council member Keith Hamilton indicated that he would present a resolution at the next council meeting on August 1st. 22 which “would allow the administration and the council the possibility of hiring experts and/or legal advice which they would need in the future, and also to ask certain things of the committee for the implementation of the energy facility at the ‘coming”.

Council Chairman Kevin Aguiar also said the City of Portsmouth had filed a notice of intervention with the state EFSB on July 11, which grants the city “intervenor status” at the hearing. Mayflower finale. The preliminary hearing, scheduled for August 18, allows for public observation, but not public comment.

Portsmouth citizens ask: what’s in it for us?

Peter Roberts, a Portsmouth resident who said he had worked on infrastructure projects requiring cables and similar drilling techniques in the past, said there should be no problem running the cable underwater to Somerset, Massachusetts, through the Sakonnet Basin and under the Sakonnet River Bridgerather than running the cable through several wetlands in the Island Park area.

Mott indicated that the company was not actively exploring this route as an option at this time, and clarified that the company’s preference to pass through Island Park was not associated with financial savings, but to concerns about boat traffic, debris from the old stone bridge and high tides. flow into the basin.

Ben Furriel of Gideon Lawton Lane was one of many residents who pointed out that Portsmouth were in a potentially strong negotiating position, as Mayflower wants to use Portsmouth for a project that does not bring immediate benefits to the town.

He suggested the city establish a timeline as a precursor to well-coordinated engagement with the proposal, and posed the idea that Mayflower would foot the bill for local STEM programming or some other type of direct benefit.

Wind from Mayflower to Portsmouth: Mayflower Wind wants to connect wind turbines to Somerset via Portsmouth. Here’s how.

Hamilton went further, suggesting the city opposes laying any cables until Mayflower and its backers work with Portsmouth to lay a second LNG pipeline at the north end of Aquidneck Island.

Hamilton was concerned that the island’s existing LNG line could be compromised by future installation or maintenance of proposed transmission cables, referring to a 2019 gas outage that left nearly 7,500 customers on the National Grid without heating for a week in January.

There is a precedent in the surrounding region where offshore wind companies pay municipalities far more than the cost of a science education program in order to gain access to a landing for transmission cables.

In Massachusetts, Avangrid Renewables recently signed an agreement to pay the city of Barnstable $16 million over 25 years in addition to business taxes to land transmission cables from the same lease lot where the Mayflower turbines will be built.

Flock cameras: Portsmouth rejected Flock cameras on the Mount Hope Bridge. Why they could go up anyway.

At New York, South Fork LLC Deep Water Wind, whose parent companies are Ørsted and Eversource Energy, will pay the City of East Hampton $870,000 each year for 25 years, including a 2% increase after the first year. The total amounts to $28.9 million, including $100,000 in geotechnical access fees and permits already paid to the City.

According to a local report, the payout is almost four times the amount the developer first offered the city – $8 million – when talks began. The developer will also have to pay property taxes on its terrestrial infrastructure, estimated at an additional $4 million over the life of the project.

Hubbard, Mayflower’s solicitor, told council the company would pay tax directly on its facilities in Portsmouth and confirmed the company’s willingness to engage directly with the city administration to reach an equitable arrangement. .

Little Compton and Middletown Hire Law Firm, Seek Intervenor Status

While Portsmouth was able to immediately file notice of intervention as a directly affected party, Little Compton and Middletown filed motions to intervene. Mayflower Wind filed objections to each, on the grounds that the cables do not touch land in either city and that the waters they pass through when entering the Sakonnet from the Atlantic Ocean are controlled by the state and regulated by state agencies.

An early sign of Mayflower Wind’s commitment to positively impact Rhode Island’s economy, the company hired local law firm Partridge, Snow and Hahn to file its objections to the Middletown and Little Compton notices.

The EFSB has asked Middletown and Little Compton “to file memoranda of law explaining their respective positions with greater precision and detail, explaining how each of the towns’ interests identified in their respective motions to intervene may be directly and materially affected. “.

As each city submitted a list of concerns related to its decision to seek a seat at the table, the EFSB asked them to clarify why those concerns would not be adequately protected by the DEM and CRMC, the state agencies. that regulate and protect the waters of Rhode Island and coastal communities.

Where are they now?: A look back at Portsmouth’s 2002 Little League Championship

Each city has filed the requested memoranda, and the EFSB will decide, after hearing arguments at the preliminary hearing, whether or not either municipality will be granted intervenor status.

The two towns have also retained the services of Desautel Law, a local firm specializing in environmental law, to represent their interests in the Mayflower Wind proposal before the EFSB. Tiverton, at a town meeting on Tuesday, also considered hiring a lawyer, but decided to table the discussion and wait to see how the public process unfolds.

Mayflower will hold a “digital open house” on August 16 at 6:30 p.m. to introduce the project to townspeople, and the public hearing at the EFSB premises in Warwick on the morning of Thursday August 18 will be open to the public and will be broadcast live from the EFSB website.

Like many of my Gen Z colleagues, getting drunk is not on my agenda | Maddie Thomas


Over the past two years, the times I’ve drunk the most have been at (legal) lockdown dinners with my tight-knit group of 50-something friends. We sat around a table at curry nights and roast dinners, happily filling champagne glasses late into the night. We tried our hand at paella and made sangria. I also made a drowned tiramisu at Baileys once, but that didn’t seem to count.

Getting drunk, however, was never on my weekly or monthly schedule. To be honest, it’s not on my agenda at all. And it’s a trend that we’re starting to see more and more in people my age: Gen Z, people born between 1997 and around 2010, seem to be drinking less and zooming in more.

In 2018, a highly cited study found that Gen Z drank 20% less per capita than their millennial counterparts. That rings true.

In the past, if you wanted company, the easiest way was to get out. And going out usually involved a drink. Now you can talk to up to five friends at once, often across multiple platforms, from the comfort of your bedroom. You can start looking for a new relationship in pajamas, without makeup, by swiping left and right.

In the early 2000s Australian television series The Secret Life of Us, a group of 20-30 year olds navigate life, relationships and careers in Melbourne. Almost every five minutes someone says, “I’m going out, do you want to come have a drink?”

But these days, sleepless nights seem to take a back seat. This is due to things that were not a priority for previous generations: the fear that drunken moments would be documented and posted on social media for all (including future employers) to see. The need to save money to combat the financial catastrophe inherited by Generation Z. Job market. Rising health awareness, also resulting in non-alcoholic wine and beer come to the fore. Mental health also plays a role, with pre- and post-lockdown studies reporting high levels of psychological distress among young people.

When I was in college, before the pandemic, free booze was the most talked about draw. It took very little persuasion to get people there. But now, getting people to show up is a whole new challenge.

This may surprise more than one. You would think that university students are surely desperate come back to campus en masse and do everything in person? For my roommate, a 2001 baby, all the bells and whistles and bar tabs in the world don’t necessarily attract her and her peers to social events. For a cohort that has spent their entire college life online, there’s less incentive to leave their comfort zone and get drunk on a group of people they barely know.

Is Covid to blame? I think it’s bigger than that.

The confinement has undoubtedly led to an increase in alcohol consumption at home. Stanley Tucci taught us how to make cocktails, and a day of state-by-state press conferences often ended with a glass of wine, with 42% of millennials report an increase in their alcohol consumption during the first months of the pandemic. But as a social drinker facing almost no social calendar, Covid made me drink less.

Some of my generation may laugh at this, but I feel like most people my age see drinking as a good “adult” thing to do. There seem to be more festive roast dinners washed down with a glass of wine than a night of shots ending at 1am with a kebab in a gutter.

My friends who get into online dating don’t meet exclusively for a drink either. They go for walks, go ice-skating, dine on the beach or meet over coffee. There seems to be less need for a booze trust blanket, and with that comes the confidence that you won’t embarrass yourself if you get inconsistent.

A simple question led to this piece: “Do you drink? Part of me hesitated to give an unequivocal “yes” without caveat. In college, there was an air of judgment about not drinking to get drunk or going out all the time. What would you do with your hands in a photo if you didn’t have a glass to hold? But now we “adults” and as we take pictures and post all the times we raise a glass, we can remember them too. Let’s drink to that.

The future of brand communication in a self-actualizing economy of 2050


Late last year, I was invited to attend the Global Work Tech Scenarios 2050 conference in South Africa. At first, I was nervous about sharing my thoughts because I wasn’t sure how they would be received, and I wasn’t so sure how my marketing expertise and communications would fit into the context of the future of science and technology. .

Quite often, the trend is that we see science as a mutually exclusive subject that doesn’t directly impact our daily lives – or so I thought. However, the more I have been exposed to this field, the more I realize how different waves of science and technology have shaped the cultural experience of society, for example, the way society communicates, buys and accessing information has changed because of the digital age.

Attending this conference again opened my eyes to this topic and therefore made me reflect on the possibilities for the future and the role of marketing and communications in this regard.

In preparation for the roundtable, we received a document entitled Future Work/Tech 2050 Global Scenarios. Using a prospective studies method, the case study thoroughly highlights potential scenarios that could emerge by 2050 due to global technological advances. Additionally, the case study examines the effect these advances will have on politics, economics, and culture. Of the three scenarios presented to us, the third titled: If humans were free – self-realization the economy struck me the most.

A culture of self-awareness, creativity and purpose

According to this particular future study, new technologies in the form of artificial intelligence will change the face of the job market as we know it today. By 2050, approximately 4 billion people will turn to self-employment. This means that while new technologies may not necessarily support formal employment, they can provide an enabling environment for alternative forms of employment to flourish.

With this kind of economic change, the study predicts that the percentage of people employed by corporations will decrease and there will be an increase in the number of self-employed people. The study also suggests that individual power will begin to increase relative to government and corporate power.

This economic change resulting from a technological revolution will also have a direct impact on world culture. Due to the increase in individual power, society will begin to embrace the concept of a self-actualizing economy. Essentially, this means that individuals will begin to decide for themselves how to use their time, reflect on issues regarding their life purpose, and find ways to express their purpose through work.

As a result, a culture of self-awareness, creativity and purpose will peak and this could also change the way people relate to brands. In a society where individuals are self-aware and driven by the need to express themselves, one has to wonder how this will affect how companies market and communicate their brand to the public.

A decline in corporate power

Corporate for many years has benefited from the existence of public relations, marketing and communications. Indeed, this field of study specializes in examining the behavior of consumers or a particular target audience, understanding their needs and desires, using various methods to mass communicate a particular service or product to a group of people for profit.

In fact, Edward Bernays, considered the “father of public relations” and known as the nephew of Sigmund Freud, based the foundations of public relations on the study of crowd psychology – which is a broad study of how an individual’s behavior is influenced in a large crowd.

Over the years, this approach has worked like a charm because the economic system of capitalism has spawned a societal culture of competitiveness, consumerism, and the need to achieve material success to gain social acceptance. Thus, companies, through public relations, marketing and communication, have been able to retain different audiences by drawing on them.

However, if future studies predict a self-actualizing economy by 2050, we will see a decrease in corporate power and an increase in individual power. If the agenda in society will be to explore personal creativity, self-awareness and the pursuit of a goal rather than pursuing material success to gain social acceptance, it may mean that the field of marketing and communications may have to start finding a different approach. communication of brands to the public.

A changing consumer market

So I suspect that, unlike a mass communication approach that groups people according to what they have – for example, using the Living Standards Measurement Method (LSM) to understand a particular target audience, a more personalized approach may need to be adopted.

This means that brands may need to invest more time in analyzing the environment of their target market, taking the time to understand what affects them, what they want, what they need, their their deepest desires and fears. The evolution of the consumer market will dictate brands the ability to engage as an active member of the community and skillfully interpret their belief and value systems, not just their physiological needs.

Previously, brands were content to market and communicate a product to push it to market. This approach worked for years because the consumerist culture back then was more about what a particular product/service can do for me. However, this approach of a consumer today seems detached.

With the digital age giving us easy access to information, there has already been a gradual increase in consumers who are more aware and interested in the policies that govern how a brand operates. As a result, consumers confidently reject a brand that does not represent their beliefs or value system.

This type of unapologetic, self-aware consumer is set to increase exponentially by 2050. For brands that refuse to observe and listen, they will remain detached from the reality of their target audience and find themselves to preach to the unconverted.

Badly Behaved Host Makes Guest Feel Disrespected |


DEAR HARRIETTE: For the past few years, I have spent time with a small group of people in our sleepy summer community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group was really small for health reasons. I like most people, but one woman rubs me the wrong way. .

I went to this woman a few weeks ago, and it was like deja vu. She was acting so obnoxious and rude. I felt singled out, even though I know that’s her nature. She and her husband have a lot of money and they like to make sure people remember it. She will pour drinks for some and allocate less or none at all for others. Sounds pretty juvenile, and I guess it is, but right now it’s nerve-wracking. Why invite me to your house if you want to regulate what I eat and drink?

A friend told me to suck it; that’s how she is. If I want to drink good wine and hang out in fancy surroundings, I should ignore her when she dismisses me. I’m not sure I want to do this. Would I be wrong to step out of the tight circle, at least as far as she is concerned? — Closed circle

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DEAR CLOSED CIRCLE: No one is forcing you to spend time with someone who disrespects you. It seems that you, and perhaps others, tolerate this woman’s bad manners because you enjoy the setting, good wine, and good food. If you can keep accepting this compromise, go for it. But your tolerance for his behavior has clearly diminished.

The short answer is that you don’t have to keep showing up at social time with her and her husband if they don’t treat you well. You can decline these invitations. When you attend social gatherings not hosted by this couple where they display their unique, nauseating charm, you can turn on your heels and walk away from them and enjoy the company of the other members of the group.

DEAR HARRIETTE: A good friend of mine recently met another friend of mine. Looks like they’re going to start dating. Their meeting did not concern me, but I am happy for them. The thing is, I know my friend has a sexually transmitted disease. She told me years ago and swore secrecy. Now that she’s about to go out with my other friend, I feel like it’s my responsibility to tell her. I would feel horrible if someone hid such information from me. But I also know it’s none of my business. What should I do? — Keep a secret

DEAR KEEP A SECRET: It’s not up to you to reveal your friend’s state of health. What you can do is talk to him directly and remind him that you know. Ask her if she intends to tell him. Encourage her to be honest.

California Legislature: many private meetings


Today, California lawmakers are gearing up for a series of high-stakes meetings — behind closed doors.

The Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee — a bipartisan panel of three Democrats and three Republicans — is to meet privately to consider a complaint filed against a lawmaker or another official or employee, according to the legal code Mentioned in the notice of meeting.

This is the first time the committee has met since June 27, 2019, said Katie Talbot, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

In order for the committee to hold a hearing, it must first find that “the verified complaint alleges facts…sufficient to constitute a breach of any standard of conduct” and then conduct a preliminary investigation which determines “there are grounds reasonable to believe that the allegations in the complaint, according to the Rules of the Assembly.

  • Veteran Sacramento lobbyist Chris Micheli told me: “It’s unique because the Legislative Ethics Committee rarely meets. In fact, they haven’t met since 2019. And it’s the first time they’ve met in the current two-year term, as the session ends in just three weeks. And the other unique aspect of it is that they are considering a complaint against a public official. We don’t know who that official or that employee is, and that’s why they’re meeting behind closed doors. »
  • Adam Silver, the committee’s chief counsel, wrote in an email: “Information and records related to complaints received by the Ethics Committee are deemed confidential under the Rules of the Assembly.”
  • However, certain information will eventually become public, in accordance with the Standing Rules: If the committee dismisses the complaint, it’s a public record – and if the committee finds the respondent violated a standard of conduct, it will submit a report to the Assembly along with a resolution including recommendations for disciplinary action.

The office of Democratic Assemblyman Akilah Weber of San Diego, who serves as co-chair of the committee, did not respond to a request for comment. Republican Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham of San Luis Obispo, the other co-chair, declined to comment.

Also today the Joint Legislative Audit Committee is about to embark on the first of two days of closed meetings to discuss candidates for the next California State Auditor, according to online notice of meeting.

Once the committee selects the three final nominees — a process that staffers say may or may not happen this week — it will send those names to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will then appoint the next head of the independent agency. tasked with evaluating the performance of its own administration.

California has been without a permanent auditor since the start of the year following the retirement of Elaine Howle, who resigned after leading the office for 21 years. The bureau has continued to produce scathing reports under Acting State Auditor Michael Tilden, who recently released an audit criticizing the state water board for failing to provide emergency assistance to systems serving water. unsafe drinking water to nearly one million Californians.

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Unemployment benefits too hard to get, report says

Hospitality workers apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles on March 13, 2020. Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Photo

“People should get fired for this.” This was Fresno Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s response to a Monday’s scathing report from the nonpartisan Office of the Legislative Analyst which revealed that California’s embattled unemployment department had delayed payments for about 5 million workers amid the pandemic and wrongfully denied them for likely 1 million more. The report revealed that the Department of Employment Development placed a higher priority on cost reduction and fraud prevention than on the provision of employee benefits, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of pending applications, blocked phone lines and account freezes that have prevented many desperate Californians from accessing funds. they had to stay afloat — even though the agency paid out at least $20 billion in fraudulent claims, including nearly $1 billion to inmates.

Grace Gedye of CalMatters breaks down the other key points from the report:

  • More than half of unemployment compensation denials in California are overturned on appeal, meaning these workers should have gotten the benefits in the first place.
  • In reports to the Legislative Assembly, EDD misrepresented the number of applications it disqualified or denied. From the start of the pandemic through June 20, 2021, EDD said it had disqualified or denied 705,000 claims – when it had in fact disqualified at least 3.4 million. About 78% of the 200,000 workers who appealed were successful.
  • EDD has disqualified about 1 in 4 jobless claims during the pandemic for failing to respond to requests for additional information — or for not being able to process the additional information provided within the time allowed.

Michael Bernick, a former director of EDD who is now a special adviser to the law firm Duane Morris, countered that many of the anti-fraud measures accused of slowing payments are required by the federal government. And EDD spokesman Gareth Lacy said many of the legislative analyst’s recommendations, “such as limiting inappropriate claim denials and minimizing delays, have been incorporated into EDD actions over the past year.”

California and Texas renew bounty hunting

Illustration by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters, iStock and Reuters

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: After the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law allowing private citizens to sue abortion clinics and anyone who ‘aids or abets proceedings after about six weeks of pregnancy and collecting less than $10,000 per violation, Newsom responded with a proposal — which he recently signed into law — allowing private Californians to collect the same amount of money for suing successfully anyone who manufactures, distributes or sells certain illegal weapons. Both of these laws essentially shift law enforcement power from the state to individuals — and in doing so, add to a long and difficult history of bounty hunting in the United States, CalMatters’ Nigel Duara reports.

  • Randy Beck, professor at the University of Georgia Law School: “There’s a good reason lawmakers have stopped using them, and…I’m afraid a group of lawmakers is repeating history that we don’t want to repeat.” … It kind of becomes part of this culture war, one state fighting back against another state. These things are not good in practice.

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Austin Peay State University has four music students selected to perform at the National Flute Convention this month – Clarksville Online


Clarksville, TN – Three undergraduate flute students from Austin Peay State University (APSU) have been selected to perform in the National Flute Association (NFA) Collegiate Flute Choir this month, and one graduate student will perform in the Professional Flute Choir.

James Collier, Katheryn George, and Kaleigh Wills were among 34 flautists chosen for the Collegiate Flute Choir, and Ninfa Garcia was one of 22 flautists chosen for the Professional Flute Choir.

They will perform at the 2022 NFA convention in Chicago. The convention is August 11-14. The Collegiate Flute Choir will perform at noon on Sunday, August 14. The Professional Flute Choir will perform the same day in concert at 10:00 a.m. and during the closing ceremonies at 4:00 p.m.

“It’s an honor to be able to be part of such a massive event and to be able to meet and network with other flautists from across the country and around the world,” said Wills, a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who majors in musical performance.

The agreement also gives students a chance to pursue their academic and professional careers.

“As a future senior, I look forward to learning more about orchestral auditions, which will also help my graduate school preparation process,” Wills said.

Collier, a native of Pegram, Tennessee, who graduated in May with a degree in music performance, agreed. He is pursuing a degree in musical instrument repair at Minnesota State Southeast and plans to work as an instrument technician.

“I look forward to eventually meeting flute technicians or their representatives from the various companies that will be there,” he said. “I might not be able to ask too much of them for something to fix, but it will be great to at least make those connections.”

Wills and Collier also praised Dr. Lisa Wolynec, professor of music, flute, in the Department of Music at Austin State University Peay.

“Going to Austin Peay State University was by far the best decision I’ve ever made,” Wills said. “I met some of my best friends here. The music teachers are all wonderful, and the flute studio is the most supportive and wonderful environment to learn.

“Dr. Lisa Wolynec, our flute teacher, is an incredible teacher and an extremely talented musician,” she added. “She has provided us with many opportunities to grow as musicians and people.”

Collier added, “I’ve enjoyed learning the flute with (Dr. Wolynec), playing with the bands and flute choir, and performing in major productions that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to.”

Collier, George and Wills competed against other full-time college, university or conservatory students nationwide to form the choir. Garcia has competed against pro-level flautists and flute teachers across the country.

Amazon acquires Roomba maker iRobot, sparking data issues


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Amazon has agreed to acquire autonomous vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for $1.7 billion ($2.45 billion), which industry watchers say will add household mapping capabilities to the Amazon’s already sizable data collection arsenal.

Global juggernaut Amazon revealed the plan on Friday, declaring its intention to launch an all-cash deal for the company that first marketed the Roomba in 2002.

The lure of Roomba — disc-shaped vacuum cleaners capable of cleaning floors without human intervention — has changed the way people clean their homes, says Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices.

“I’m excited to work with the iRobot team to invent ways that make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable,” he said in a statement.

The deal is still subject to US regulatory and shareholder approval.

But if it does materialize, the company behind the $1,800 household helpers will join other major acquisitions like Australia’s One Medical and Zoox in Amazon’s growing business portfolio.

Beyond Amazon’s potential to capitalize on the appetite for next-generation cleaning solutions, critics say the acquisition will amplify Amazon’s data collection capabilities.

While Amazon gets shopping data from its core marketplace platform, entertainment insights from its streaming services, and endless data points from its voice-activated assistant Alexa, iRobot’s purchase means the company could soon figure out how its users’ homes are laid out.

Indeed, Amazon referenced the advanced technology that powers the latest Roomba units, saying, “iRobot’s product portfolio includes advanced technologies and concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation.”

And iRobot’s chief executive has previously touted the value of mapping to the broader smart home industry, of which Amazon is a major player.

“There’s a whole ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can provide once you have a rich map of the house that the user has given permission to share,” he said. Reuters in 2017.

Considering the data points collected by Roomba, Ron Knox, a researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance — a group championing independent businesses and criticizing monopoly power — described the takeover as one of the most significant of Amazon’s story.

“From a privacy perspective, this is a nightmare,” Knox wrote on social media.

“From an antitrust perspective, this is one of the strongest data collection companies in the world acquiring another large and intrusive dataset.”

Similar concerns were expressed by Evan Greer, president of Fight for the Future, who said Wired the acquisition of a seemingly innocuous vacuum cleaner company is “a natural extension of the surveillance reach that Amazon already has.”

However, in a separate statement provided to media, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Customer trust is something we have worked hard to earn – and work hard to keep – every day.”

CRAWFED meeting: “Owners not aware of MC registry rules; it is the duty of the probate office to tell other departments


CRAWFED also raised the issue that the MC does not release dues on time for the maintenance of neighborhood parks, as the RWAs who maintain them depend on these reimbursements to pay timely salaries to gardeners.

Chandigarh Municipal Commissioner, Anandita Mitra (centre) with other MC officials and CRAWFED members during the meeting in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Express photo)

Members of the Chandigarh Residents’ Associations Welfare Federation (CRAWFED) have raised concerns over the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s 2017 resolution to charge Rs 10 per day to the owner of a house/apartment, if they have no not informed the civic body of the deed of sale (register). CRAWFED said the resolution, after being passed, was not properly disseminated among the public, and most residents to this day continue to ignore it. “Residents who purchased property after 2017 are now being given notices to submit thousands of rupees as they failed to notify MC authorities of the deed of sale in time,” the members said. This concern and several other RWA concerns were raised at a CRAWFED meeting, held on Sunday at the Community Center, Sector 43, Chandigarh. Representatives from 98 Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) attended the meeting, where the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Anindita Mitra, was the chief guest. Mitra was accompanied by NP Sharma, Chief Engineer MC. A memorandum of civic related issues from Municipal Corporation was delivered to Mitra.

They said that when the registration of a house is done by the probate office, it should be the responsibility of the probate office to inform the relevant departments, including the MC, instead of harassing a resident. They also said that when the occupier pays council tax regularly, there is no need to impose a penalty of Rs 10 per day.

“It has now come to our knowledge that the MC has sent a proposal to impose a fine of 10 paisa per day prospectively instead of Rs 10. As such, we request that you rescind all notices already issued to this respect because the residents were not aware of such a resolution,” he said.

CRAWFED also raised the issue that the MC does not release dues on time for the maintenance of neighborhood parks, as the RWAs who maintain them depend on these reimbursements to pay timely salaries to gardeners. They urged that dangerous trees be pruned or felled, as they pose a risk to life and property. They pointed out that the materials used for the resurfacing of the roads are of substandard quality, stating that the life span of these roads only lasts a few months and urged the respective RWAs to participate in their planning. Members also said that the MC malba (debris) dump in sector 45 D makes the area dirty and asked to move it.

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Dr. Anish Garg, Secretary General of CRAWFED called for land for the rescued strays for their rehabilitation and treatment. Hitesh Puri, President, highlighted the involvement of RWAs in the proper implementation of government projects and the cleanliness of the city. He further suggested forming a committee of prominent RWA members to discuss UT-related matters, before taking agendas to MC House for transparency.

Mitra assured that the issues brought to its attention would be resolved as a matter of priority. She also called on residents to cooperate with the MC to keep the city clean and avoid littering the roads, and encouraged the use of trash cans in their four-wheelers. She also appreciated the suggestion of a ‘pashushala’ for injured and sick animals and promised to bring this proposal to the House and allocate the land accordingly.

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So far so good with the construction of a new hall at W&M – Daily Press


Construction of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall is on schedule, within budget, and expected to be completed by mid-January.

Part of the new Center for Fine and Performing Arts at the College of William & Mary, the theater building will retain its name, while the new music building has yet to be named.

“We are currently on budget ($138.8m) but recognize that we still have approximately six months to go and continue to see inflationary pressures and supply chain issues which could impact the final cost” , wrote Amy Sebring, the college’s chief operating officer. E-mail.

An underground tunnel will connect the music and theater buildings, “serving as a link in the event of bad weather”, explained Suzanne Clavet, director of information and media at the college.

Also, the lettering – Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall – removed from the exterior of the building before construction began, “may be used indoors,” Sebring said.

She added that the college’s lease on the Kimball Theater in Merchants Square will expire in June 2023 “and based on the construction schedule, we do not expect to renew the lease.”

Once both buildings are completed. a “series of activities including commissioning of building systems and installation of furniture and equipment will be completed,” Clavet explained. The tentative move-in schedule will be before the end of the spring 2023 semester, but the first use of the space for academic purposes will be in the fall of 2023, she said.

The new PBK hall will include a main theater and a small theater studio, as well as classroom and seminar space, as well as an art and construction space, costume and conservation rooms and a new space for recitals, rehearsals and dance.

Space in the new music building will include a recital hall, choir rehearsal space and recording studio. Also included will be an electronic music lab, keyboard lab, music library, and digital projects lab, as well as an instrumental rehearsal space, specialized percussion studio, and instrumental storage space. There will also be a faculty office, classrooms and practice space.

In the 1920s, the original Phi Beta Kappa Hall (now Ewell Hall) stood on the former William & Mary campus surrounding the Sunken Garden and adjacent to the campus. The building’s auditorium was burned down in 1953.

Later a new building was constructed on Jamestown Road and named Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall which was partially demolished in 2019-20.

PBK’s national headquarters was at the college, but was moved to Washington, D.C. after the fire of 1953. However, a section of the memorial hall was reserved for the headquarters of the college’s Alpha of Virginia chapter, the first organization of the society. Sebring said the Alpha of Virginia chapter “will have its [new] house in Ewell Hall following the planned renovation of this space. We currently do not have a start date for this project.

PBK Memorial Hall was hastily completed in the fall of 1956 so that it could serve as a meeting place for the 1957 National Governors Conference which had been invited to Virginia and Williamsburg for the 350th anniversary of the Jamestown Colony in 1607 .

The hall stage was set up for meetings as it was the largest meeting area in Williamsburg at the time.

In March 1957, the first activity on the hall’s new stage was the William & Mary Theater production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, starring Linda Lavin, class of 1959. Lavin won a Tony Award in 1987 in Neil Simon Bound for Broadway. She also had the lead role in the CBS TV show “Alice.”

Another college comedian, Glenn Close, Class of 1974, also performed on the old PBK stage as a student. Later, she won three Tony Awards for Broadway productions and eight Oscar nominations.

Manchester Country Club Hosts New England Junior Amateur Invitational August 8-10 | Sports


MANCHESTER— Manchester Country Club, one of southern Vermont’s premier golf courses, will host the 2022 New England Junior Amateur Invitational August 8-10.

The 54-hole invitational event features 60 golfers – 10 junior golfers (seven boys, three girls) from each of New England’s six state golf associations. In addition to Vermont, some of the best junior golfers from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will be on hand to compete in a 54-hole team and individual stroke competition.

MCC’s championship golf course offers spectacular design, dramatic vertical drops and the best greens in the area.

“We are delighted and honored to welcome this group of talented young golfers here to Manchester CC. They will bring 60 of the most passionate and dedicated young players and their families to our city and club for three days,” said Pete Weatherby, Chief Golf Professional at MCC, who oversees MCC’s junior golf program.”This is a great opportunity for the community and our members to see the passion of truly inspired junior golfers and could be the spark that junior golf Vermont was looking for!”

Weatherby was recently named President of the PGA of Vermont Junior Golf Program and also led Manchester CC to industry honors as Vermont’s Top Merchant for 2021 as MCC operations saw a 35% increase in sales. retail sales.

“Pete’s enthusiasm and energy for golf, and especially junior golf, has energized our program and our members and attracted a new demographic to our membership. We are delighted to welcome these young players and their families to experience Manchester,” said MCC Chief Executive and COO Michelle Dougherty.

Spectators are welcome and invited to walk the course to observe some of the best junior amateurs in the region.

About Manchester Country Club:MCC is a private, member-owned club located in the beauty of southern Vermont. The MCC offers a social calendar filled with events for members ranging from golf, tennis and social gatherings. Open to play since 1970, the course designed by Geoffrey Cornish has been recognized as one of the best in New England. The MCC is proud to support golf at all levels and has hosted prestigious local and regional tournaments including the 2021 New England Senior Amateur Championship, 2021 US Senior Amateur Qualifying Tournament and 2020 Vermont PGA Stroke Play Championship. The club also has clay courts and a Trackman launch instructor during the summer months. The Club can host events for up to 120 people. Memberships to suit your needs and desires and lessons are available, with golf and tennis clinics and events held throughout the season. For more information, call or visit www.mccvt.com.

Tesla Shareholder Voting Guide: Here’s How to Vote Your TSLA Stock


The Tesla Inc. (TSLA) annual meeting is taking place today, Thursday, August 4, and among many recommendations, Tesla shareholders will vote on a 3-for-1 stock split plan which, if approved , will be Tesla’s second stock split in less than two years.

TSLA stock is already buzzing. Undeterred by geopolitical tensions between the United States and China linked to Taiwan, TSLA stock jumped 2.27% to close at $922.19, but is still down 13% from the January levels.

Voting for TSLA shares is now open. The voting process may vary depending on your broker. Many brokers outside the United States do not allow retail shareholders to vote. You should check with your broker if proxy voting is permitted.

If you have an account with Fidelity, Robinhood, Charles Schwab or any other broker and want to vote online, you will need to look for a specific email in your inbox, which may be in your spam folder (the same email). -email the address associated with your broker account) to find out how to vote. You can also write to the brokerage to find out about the voting process.

Here are the ways to vote for your shares without attending the 2022 annual meeting.

By Internet—Registered shareholders with internet access may submit proxies by following the voting instructions on the Notice of Internet Availability until 1:00 a.m. Central Time on August 4, 2022. If you are a Beneficial Owner of shares held in street name, please check the voting instructions in the notice provided by your broker, bank or other intermediary for the availability of Internet voting.

By telephone—Registered shareholders who reside in the United States (or its territories) or Canada may request a paper proxy card from Tesla by following the procedures outlined in the Notice of Internet Availability and submit proxies by following the instructions “Phone » applicable on the proxy card. . If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name, please check the voting instructions in the notice provided by your broker, bank or other intermediaries for the availability of telephone voting.

By email—Registered shareholders may request a paper proxy card from Tesla by following the procedures outlined in the Notice of Internet Availability. If you choose to vote by mail, please complete, sign and date the proxy card where indicated and return it in the prepaid envelope included with the proxy card. Proxy cards submitted by mail must be received at the time of the meeting in order for your shares to be eligible to vote. If you are the beneficial owner of shares held in the name of the street, you can vote by mail by

Dixie Cup tax relief is on Northampton County’s agenda on Thursday, but vote could be delayed | Lehigh Valley Regional News


Northampton County Council may delay a vote on a proposed tax break for the redevelopment of the former Dixie Cup factory in Wilson Borough.

Council’s agenda for Thursday says the ordinance must go to a public hearing, but Speaker Lori Vargo Heffner said Wednesday that bad language could push back the vote.

“I think the LERTA language may need to be reviewed and ensure it is appropriate before moving forward with a vote,” she said. LERTA, the acronym for Pennsylvania’s Long Term Economic Revitalization Act, provides tax relief for development. The profit decreases over 10 years.

LERTAs are designed to jump-start the development of challenging properties, and the former 25th Street Tumbler Factory, little used for nearly 40 years, meets that standard. Wilson Borough and the Wilson Area School District have already agreed to the tax relief, but New Jersey-based developer Nick Tsapatsaris said county approval was essential.

The county rarely has a say in development, which is mostly a local issue. However, he may charge higher assessments on properties, which could negate the benefits of tax relief.

Meanwhile, even though the council approved a LERTA for the Dixie Cup, County Executive Lamont McClure vowed to veto it. The Dixie plan will bring traffic and pollution to the 25th Street corridor, which is already congested, he said. McClure said passing a LERTA means taxpayers will subsidize an industry, warehousing, that many oppose.

The Board needs five out of nine members to approve a LERTA order. Six votes are needed to override a veto. McClure noted that use is permitted at the old factory, but said the subsidy was not appropriate.

Councilor Kevin Lott, who heads the economic development committee, wondered if a booming industry needed tax breaks.

Wilson Borough officials, including Mayor Donald Barrett, implored the council to approve the LERTA.

The Dixie Cup plan isn’t just a warehouse, they said. However, Tsapatsaris kicked that conversation off on the wrong foot on May 5, when he showed up unannounced at a council committee meeting and described his plan as a “last-mile logistics facility.”

Vargo Heffner said language isn’t the only potential problem with the Dixie Cup LERTA.

“I think we’ll give him a fair hearing, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions,” she said. The LERTA, as noted earlier, includes more generous terms than previously approved tax breaks.

“Personally, I’m not in favor of granting exceptions to a project when we have several ahead of us,” she said.

Who is responsible here?


AU President Pat Pitney. Photo courtesy of UA.

If you haven’t noticed already, the University of Alaska Anchorage is a large organization with a bewildering list of titles, positions, and departments: dean, president, chancellor, director, professor, assistant, associate professor, etc

To help clear things up, here is an overview of the UAA’s organizational structure.

John Nofsinger, dean of the College of Business and Public Policy, also answered a few questions during an interview with The Northern Light to shed some light on the organization.

University of Alaska

It makes sense to start at the top, and you can’t go much higher than the University of Alaska.

Commonly referred to as UA or Statewide, you have already interacted with this umbrella organization if you have enrolled in courses or done anything through UAOnline.

The AU oversees the three publicly funded universities in Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Southeast, and University of Alaska Anchorage.

It can be easy to confuse the abbreviations for UA and UAA.

The management consists of a 9-member board of directors chosen by the governor. The board selects a president for the organization. Recently, Pat Pitney was selected after serving as interim president.

“Interim” is a prefix meaning temporary and applies when a person is in a position while a search for a permanent replacement is in progress, although it is common to see people move from interim to permanent, as in the case of President Pitney.

What exactly does UA do? You can get an idea by looking at the different departments attached to the president: general legal advice, human resources, planning and budget, IT, students and research.

These functions are things that have been centralized under UA, Nofsinger said.

He also said the organization is responsible for preparing budgets for individual universities and presenting them to the state legislature as one piece of legislation.

The annual budget to operate the three universities is nearly $1 billion, and the state pays about a third of that amount. The rest comes from tuition, grants, and federal funding.

Providing a united front, the AU advocates for the university system with the legislature and receives input regarding state priorities and what is needed to produce a budget that will pass a vote.

The organization also organizes the Juneau Student Trip each year where students from the three universities travel to the capital to speak with lawmakers and advocate for the universities.

Technically, UA is the employer of everyone working at UAA. Additionally, they are in contentious bargaining with the faculty union, United Academics, as The Northern Light reported earlier this summer.

University of Alaska at Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage is its own fully accredited university.

The highest leadership position is called Chancellor and is currently held by former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Parnell was selected after a search for candidates by AU President Pitney.

UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell. Photo courtesy of UAA.

Under Parnell, the management of the university fell into two main categories: teaching and administration.

Vice-chancellors oversee administrative departments such as student affairs, administrative services, academic advancement, and research.

Below them, the university organization is divided into many different departments. Some of these departments, like Athletics, have a large staff with dozens of people, others only a handful.

A common term to describe the heads of these various departments is “director”, although you may occasionally find associate vice chancellor, coordinator and general manager.

“Director” is also the term used to describe the leaders who oversee UAA’s satellite campuses, such as Kodiak College.

On the academic side, Provost Denise Runge is responsible for the various colleges in UAA – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Public Affairs and Policy, etc. – and academic affairs.

The term “provost” generally refers to a person whose job it is to provide leadership for several colleges, although Runge’s full title also includes vice-chancellor.

Below Provost Runge are the deans of the various colleges and below them are the chairs of specific college departments.

As for dealing with issues in the classroom, Nofsinger said that ideally students would move from teacher to department head and then to associate deans. For larger systemic issues, students can approach the Associate Deans directly.

If a student does not wish to resolve an issue within a specific department, there is the Office of the Dean of Students, headed by Benjamin Morton, who can also handle issues.

On the other hand, the Dean of Students is the department that handles disciplinary action against students for issues raised by faculty and staff.


While enrolling in courses or looking at different departments, you might have noticed that there are a large number of titles for the faculty.

Nofsinger said UAA has a few different types of faculty teaching on campus.

First there are the teachers. When they start, they are called “assistant professors” and can later be promoted to “associate professors”.

Finally, they can be tenured and promoted to “professor”.

These teachers are often tenured and represent the long-term core of the university. They also have more rights than other teaching positions — tenured professors have the most — Nofsinger said.

Then come the “full-term professors”.

Nofsinger said these faculty members must be rehired every year and have fewer rights and benefits than full-time employees.

Finally, there are the “helpers”. They are often professionals who are actually working in their respective fields and they are hired to teach related courses.

It can be tempting to think that professors are superior to adjuncts, but Nofsinger said adjuncts bring real-world experiences and knowledge to the classroom, and for this reason, many students enjoy taking classes with them. .


The University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union is the student government of UAA.

The assembly is made up of a president, a vice-president, 10 senators, two delegates from each college and three liaison officers.

USUAA President Katie Scoggin. Photo courtesy of USUAA.

Katie Scoggin is the current president. Vice President Shanone Tejada answered some questions about how the organization works and what it does.

USUAA is one of the ways students influence university policy, Tejada said.

Although the assembly cannot hire and fire people, or appropriate funds, it can pass laws defending the interests of students.

This legislation can be important when the university needs to write policy, show support for an initiative, or secure funding, Tejada said.

A good example of this was at a recent USUAA meeting when Executive Director of Campus Services David Weaver provided an update on the return of shuttle services to campus – closed due to covid – and thanked the USUAA for its legislation that had called for a return to services, saying it was helpful in securing funding.

Tejada said the legislation is important because it creates a history of student priorities and what they are asking for.

USUAA members can also be good resources when trying to solve problems on campus. Tejada said he gained increased knowledge of campus resources through meetings and conversations he had with campus management.

Finally, through Presidential Appointments, students can serve on various campus boards, committees, and organizations, giving them the opportunity to gain leadership experience and have a seat at the table when it comes to life. is about deciding campus policies.

Capricorn daily horoscope for August 3, 2022: Career could strike gold | Astrology


CAPRICORN (December 22-January 21) The professional life of the natives of Capricorn is likely to be flourishing. Those looking to advance in their career can strike gold! Your love life can also flourish. Understanding your partner’s needs and returning their love can take your romance to the next level. Your health can be positively affected. A good mood combined with physical activity can bode well for your overall well-being. However, your financial situation may be unstable. Tighten your purse strings or losses are imminent. Your home front can be tumultuous. Outside interference can cause more problems at home. Some of you may embark on an exotic vacation, which can do wonders for your interpersonal relationships. Ownership issues can run into legal hassles. Students may need a motivational boost to perform better.

Capricorn Finance Today For the natives of Capricorn, certain positive financial changes are written in their stars. You can now have the ability to spend more on luxury items. However, watch out for overspending, as it could drain you financially.

The Capricorn family today Domestically, the natives of Capricorn are likely to experience a tumultuous time. Clashes with extended family members can keep the family atmosphere tense. Children can be affected due to negativity at home.

Capricorn career today The adaptability of Capricorn natives in all work situations can be praised by bosses. Your hard work is likely to be noticed professionally. You may be assigned additional work, which may bring you monetary benefits.

Capricorn health today Capricorns can enjoy a general state of well-being. There may be no ailments and you are likely to live a healthier life by incorporating meditation and yoga into your daily routine. A balanced diet can also help you stay fit.

Capricorn loves life today Capricorns, your heart may beat for that special someone you met at a social gathering. Getting in touch with them and trying to get to know them better seems like a promising start to an exciting new romantic relationship.

Lucky number: 1

Lucky color: The Peach

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Kindergarten is where the woke agenda begins at Portland Public Schools


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Portland Public Schools has launched a war on the “gender binary” and adopted a radical new curriculum teaching students to subvert the sexuality of “white colonizers” and begin to explore “the infinite spectrum of gender”.

I obtained a cache of documents from a source inside Portland Public Schools that exposes the nature of this program. The lessons aim to transform the principles of queer academic theory into an identity-forming program for elementary school students.

The premise is simple: Privileged white heterosexuals have created an oppressive gender system in order to dominate racial and sexual minorities. As the program explains, “gender is colonized” and Western societies have used language to erase alternative sexualities. “As white Europeans colonized different places, they brought their own ideas about gender and sexuality,” the program says.


“When the United States was colonized by white settlers, their views on gender were forced upon people who already lived here. Hundreds of years later, the way we think and talk about gender is still affected by this change.” (When contacted for comment, Portland Public Schools wrote, “We ensure our curriculum is LGBTQ+ inclusive for students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, gay, and queer to create a safe and inclusive environment for all our students.”).

The program begins in kindergarten with an anatomy lesson featuring graphic drawings of children’s genitals. The lesson eschews the terms “boy” and “girl” in favor of gender-neutral variants “person with a penis” and “person with a vulva” because, depending on the program, some girls may have penises and some boys may have penises. vulvas. “Any gender and any child can have any body type,” reads a related presentation.


In first and second year, students are introduced to the key principles of gender identity theory. “Gender is something adults invented to sort people into groups,” the program says. “A lot of people think there are only two genders, girls and boys, but that’s not true. There are many ways to be a boy, a girl, both or neither. L Gender identity is about how you feel on the inside.”

Next, students work on a lesson called “Our Nouns, Genders, and Pronouns.” The lesson tells them that “gender is like space because there are as many ways to be of different genders as there are stars in the sky.” Students, the program explains, can “change their name to match who they are, such as their gender, culture, or just whatever they prefer.” They can be ‘boys’, ‘girls’, ‘cisgender’, ‘transgender’ or ‘non-binary’ and experiment with pronouns such as ‘they/them’ and ‘ze/zir’, depending on their personal preferences. “Only you can know what your gender is,” they are told.


In grades 3 through 5, the district begins classes on “LGBTQIA2S+” activism. The program presents the categories “man” and “woman” as manifestations of the “dominant culture” which has used sexual norms to oppress minorities. “The culture, systems, and assumptions that everyone is hetero are called heteronormative. The culture, systems, and assumptions that everyone is cisgender are called cisnormative,” the program asserts. “Therefore, the culture, systems, and assumptions that everyone is straight and cis is called cisheteronormativity.” This system, according to the lesson plan, is a form of “oppression” designed to benefit “white straight cis boys” and to punish “LGBTQIA2S+” people.

The solution, according to Portland Public Schools, is to erase the “white colonizer” conception of sexuality, with its rigid male-female binary, and encourage students to inhabit “the infinite spectrum of gender.” This means destroying the system of “cisheteronormativity” and promoting “queer” and “trans” identities. Teachers are told to eliminate the terms “girls and boys”, “ladies and gentlemen”, “mom and dad”, “Mrs., Mr., Miss” and “boyfriend, girlfriend”, in favor of terms such as “people,” “folx,” “guardians,” “Mx.”, and “themfriend.”

Students view photographs of “gender nonconforming” individuals and are encouraged to celebrate flags for “non-binary,” “genderqueer,” “gender fluid,” and “two-spirit” identities.

For some students, subversion of the gender binary might also involve gender transition. The program provides a detailed explanation of how to “pause puberty” through “hormones and/or surgeries” and advice on adopting a “non-binary” identity and pronoun set. .


At the end of the fifth year, the program explicitly asks students to commit to change, in accordance with the precepts of gender ideology. Students are given a list of six commitments, including: “I am committed to learning more about the meaning of the words LGBTQIA2S+ and how they have changed over time”; “I am committed to learning more about the history and leadership of black trans women”; “I promise to practice pronouns and correct myself EVERY time”; “I am committed to participating in QSA/GSA and being a leader in my school”; and “I pledge to watch and read books, movies, and TV shows featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.” In other words, they pledge to become political activists for queer theory and the broader sexual revolution.

This type of pedagogy is, surprisingly, becoming commonplace in public school systems across the United States. But there will be an end point. Queer theory is a fundamentally weak academic theory. As this becomes a practice in public schools, it will begin to harm students, leading them to a series of broken promises, including, for some, disastrous hormone treatments and surgeries. Eventually, when parents understand the ideology and what it hopes to accomplish, they will revolt against it – a day that cannot come soon enough.


WVU Class of 2022 of Ruby Fellows Chosen for Postgraduate Research Funding | Today


Driven by a shared passion for scientific discovery, four promising researchers pursuing doctoral studies at West Virginia University receive funding from the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program to support their studies.

This year’s Ruby Fellows are Cameron Wilson, Ashley Martsen, Courtney Glenn and Quinn Hopen. Each student will receive a $34,000 stipend, a $2,000 travel grant, and a tuition waiver to enable them to continue their research at WVU.

Established in 2011 by the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, the fellowship provides financial support that allows new doctoral-level scholars to devote themselves fully to expanding their studies and using their research for the benefit of the people of WVU. , the nation and the world. Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in one of the following fields: Energy and Environmental Sciences, Biological, Biotechnical and Biomedical Sciences, or Biometrics, Nanotechnology and Materials Science, Security, Detection, Forensic Sciences and related identification technologies.

“WVU is fortunate to have the support of the Ruby Fellows program and the exceptional students it brings to our campus,” said Maryanne Reed, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This year’s scholarship recipients embody the excellence, resilience and curiosity of the mountaineers we value. These scholars have already made significant progress in their own lives and are poised to be agents of change in their communities and in the world.

Cameron Wilson

Buckhannon native Cameron Wilson first identified the symbiotic association between plant roots and fungi as a young single mother struggling to make ends meet. After becoming homeless, she took her son camping to teach him new skills and cope with their difficult circumstances. Those experiences in the woods resonated years later as she explored educational opportunities, which led her to pursue a doctorate in biology at WVU.

“The skills I learned in those tough times made me someone I never realized I had the ability to be,” Wilson said. “I learned resilience and how to be self-sufficient.”

After working various jobs in food service, retail and child care, Wilson was referred to an adult learning program called SPOKES – Strategic Career Knowledge Planning for Employment and Success. She completed the six-week course in two weeks and scored high on state tests, prompting her advisers to recommend higher education.

Wilson enrolled at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she learned about mycorrhizal associations—the plant-fungus relationship she observed in nature—and the growing research on the subject. She then worked with her mentor Katharine Gregg and others to further her knowledge and gain research experience as she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in ecology and environmental science.

Wilson will complete his doctoral work with Craig Barrett, assistant professor in the Department of Biology. After graduation, she plans to focus her career on conservation efforts, using mycorrhizal associations to mitigate the damage caused by human activity in the Appalachian region.

Ashley Martsen

After graduating from home school, Ashley Martsen never intended to go to college. instead, she got a job as a cashier at age 17. Yet she was inspired to dream bigger by a colleague who did her chemistry homework during slow shifts and Martsen is now chasing the stars, literally, as a physics PhD student at WVU.

Originally from southwestern Massachusetts, Martsen began her graduate studies at nearby Berkshire Community College, where she became familiar with a classroom setting and rediscovered her childhood interest in space. After earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts, she transferred to the Rochester Institute for Technology in New York.

While Martsen doubted herself amid early academic challenges, her unique educational journey ultimately helped her complete her bachelor’s degree in physics with minors in astronomy, Italian language, math, and English. She also conducted extensive undergraduate research in astrophysics, working with scholars – including a former WVU postdoctoral fellow – who highly recommended her to her WVU colleagues.

Much of Martsen’s research has focused on pulsars, spinning neutron stars that emit pulses of electromagnetic radiation.

“The more time I spend learning about pulsars, the more I realize that I enjoy working with real data to better understand what’s happening at the pulsar,” Martsen said. “WVU is the perfect place for me to pursue a Ph.D. because the strong presence of pulsars, fast radio bursts and the search for gravitational waves will allow me to explore my passions.

Courtney Glen

Courtney Glenn’s passion for discovery and problem solving led her to chemistry as a freshman at the University of South Alabama, where she gained valuable experience through undergraduate research, education and community awareness. Now, she’s pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at WVU as she seeks to reinvent chemistry education for a new generation.

“My goal is to become a representative of a STEM minority and develop a new vision for the applications of teaching methodologies within the chemistry community to reduce negative stereotypes associated with STEM content,” said Glenn, a native of Semmes, Alabama.

Glenn’s interest shifted to education after becoming an additional instructor for general chemistry classes and becoming involved in research targeting teaching methods and student outcomes. She presented research focused on chemistry education at the American Chemical Society’s Southeast Regional Meeting, where she spoke with Gregory Dudley, Eberly Family Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Department of chemistry C. Eugene Bennett of the WVU.

Dudley shared plans to expand chemical education research at WVU, and Glenn was drawn to research by faculty members Margaret Hilton, Jessica Hoover, and Michelle Richards-Babb that matched her experience and ambitions.

“WVU has a progressive chemistry department where I see myself thriving and growing as a researcher in the field of chemical education,” Glenn said.

Quinn Hopen

Originally from Sutton, Quinn Hopen came to WVU as an undergraduate majoring in immunology. She was struck by the incredible impact tiny cells and molecules can have on overall health, often with varying results in different people, and sought to find out more.

Hopen took advantage of various undergraduate research opportunities, which eventually led her to the lab of mentor Jennifer Franko. After earning her bachelor’s degree in immunology and medical microbiology in May 2021, Hopen was hired as a full-time research technician in Franko’s lab, where much of her work focused on sex-specific differences in the immune response.

Hopen will continue to work under Franko as an accelerated doctoral student in the School of Medicine. program in immunology and microbial pathogenesis.

“A culmination of collaborative opportunities, the breadth of groundbreaking studies found at WVU, and the strong support system I have within the Franko Lab will in every way prepare me to eventually lead my own academic research lab,” Hopen said. “The examples of community and care displayed by faculty will shape me to one day become a [principal investigator] who is understanding and inclusive, and the passion for discovery at WVU will only advance my own knowledge and skills, pushing me to seek out my deepest questions and curiosities.

The Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust established the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows program in memory of its namesake. Hazel Ruby McQuain was involved in philanthropic giving to support WVU for more than 20 years before she died at the age of 93 in 2002. One of her many gifts includes an $8 million donation for the construction of the JW Ruby Memorial Hospital, named after her late husband.



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Text description provided by the architects. Apple Brompton Road, another close collaboration between Apple and Foster + Partners, is now open. The new Knightsbridge store is located between the high-end department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols. It is flooded with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling arched windows.

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Stefan Behling, Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners, said: “Apple Brompton Road is a quiet oasis in a bustling and vibrant part of London. Customers interact with Apple’s incredible line of products and experience their personalized customer service in a unique setting that incorporates historical and natural elements.

Apple Brompton Road consists of a single storey and a square footprint. The seven-meter-high volume features a corrugated wooden ceiling and four-meter-wide floor-to-ceiling arched windows that frame eight graceful ficus trees. The trees refer to London’s famous Hyde Park, which is just a short walk down Brompton Road. Tree-lined seating at the base of each planter becomes a visual feature as well as a social gathering space or resting area for visitors, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors while bringing nature directly in the building. Natural light becomes dappled in appearance as it filters through the leaves and dances across the interior surfaces of the store.

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The store’s curved wooden ceiling reflects the existing geometry of the building’s historic facade. The ceiling’s integrated light fixtures blend seamlessly with the wood panels, having been designed to match their color and finish. A warm palette of materials has been carefully selected to create a calming and cohesive environment for visitors and staff. Stone, wood and terrazzo complete the building’s exterior facade of bath stone and red brick.

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People enter the store through the central arcade, mirroring the dimensions of the original Brompton arcade, which was built on this exact spot in 1903. This central spine is defined by Castagna stone columns and four Ficus trees which also have seats at their bases. At the end of the tree-lined arcade is the Forum – another focal point of the design which acts as a separate learning and event space – with a large video wall. The screen appears to float effortlessly on the surface with the audio equipment discreetly integrated into the stone walls. The volumes of the Forum are amplified by a mirrored ceiling made from a specialized stretched fabric, generating an uninterrupted reflective plane. A designated Apple Pickup area, for collecting online orders, is located next to the Avenue area on the left.

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Apple Brompton Road’s terrazzo flooring is made from plant-based biopolymers, the first of its kind in Apple’s global retail fleet. Like all Apple facilities, Apple Brompton Road is powered by 100% renewable energy.

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Elmo Fire: A public meeting will be held on Monday | ABC Fox Kalispell


Update of July 31, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.:

There will be a public meeting on Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m.:midnight to Elmo Pow Wow Grounds for people looking to get more fire information.

Update of July 31, 2022 at 10:26 a.m.:

Flathead Lake State Park says it reopened their park’s Big Arm unit at 10 a.m.

It had been closed and evacuated on July 30 due to the nearby Elmo Fire.

All normal services will be open at the park.

Lake Mary Ronan State Park remains closed and under evacuation notice.

Update of July 30, 2022 at 9:19 p.m.:

The Montana Highway Patrol announced that Montana Route 28 has reopened to traffic. Drivers should always be aware of smoke and fire department vehicles in the area.

CSKT’s fire division said the evacuation of Chief Cliff Estates has been lifted.

The fire is estimated at 7,000 acres and the cause is still under investigation.

A temporary flight restriction has been issued for the airspace above the Elmo fire.

Update on July 30, 2022 at 4:40 p.m.:

The CSKT Fire Division says residents along Route 28 have been cleared to return home.

Route 28 is still closed to the public.

A Red Cross station has been set up for evacuees in Polson.

CSKT says the fire continues to grow toward Dayton.

The following is a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Region 1 at 9:06 a.m. on July 30, 2022:

Due to an impending safety issue, FWP is closing Mary Ronan Lake State Park and Big Arm State Park in Lake County due to wildfire danger.

An evacuation order has been issued for the Elmo area, on the west side of Flathead Lake, around Montana Highway 28 and Lake Mary Ronan Road, from Mile 5 to U.S. Highway 93, the morning of July 30. The Elmo 2 fire burns in the Region.

Campers at Mary Ronan Lake State Park and Big Arm State Park have been evacuated and the sites are closed until safety issues are resolved upon further notice.

Montana Red Cross opened a shelter at Linderman School, 312 4e Ave. E. in Polson, for those displaced by fire. Residents can also request services by calling 800-272-6668.

For more information on FWP site restrictions and closures, visit https://fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions.

For up-to-date information on the Montana wildfires, visit https://www.mtfireinfo.org.

ELMO, Mont. — A 2,000-acre wildfire broke out near Elmo, prompting evacuations and road closures.

Near the first anniversary of the Boulder 2700 fire, another fire begins to burn near Flathead Lake. Currently, the fire is burning along Highway 28, about seven miles to the west.

CSKT CT Camel Fire Officer tells us that Highway 28 is now closed and this fire has spread to more than 2,000 acres, making it the largest fire at the Montana resort this season. forest fires.

Camel also says three dozen homes near Elmo are being evacuated.

According to a Montana Department of Transportation report, there is no viability in the area and Highway 28 is closed between Hot Springs and Elmo. The Polson Chamber of Commerce posted on its social media account that at least seven different agencies responded, with nearly 120 firefighters heading north of the city. Several planes and helicopters also respond.

Crews are evacuating livestock and subdivisions from the area. And the Red Cross is setting up an evacuation center at Linderman School.

Level 3 evacuations are required near Elmo. The area southeast of Elmo is level 1. The area northwest towards Dayton is level 2.

This article will be updated with more information as it develops.

A new Australian foreign policy agenda under Albanese


Author: Allan Gyngell, ANU

Australian observers seem to think that the Albanian government’s foreign and national security policies will not differ much from those of its predecessor.

The argument makes sense. Australian foreign policy has always had a strong bipartisan core – commitment to the US alliance, engagement with the region and support for a rules-based international order. In the 2022 election campaign, Labor was determined not to allow any exploitable national security policy gaps to appear between itself and the Morrison government.

But while some of the early statements and speeches by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Defense Minister Richard Marles strongly echoed those of their predecessors, the changes ahead will be bigger than expected.

Albanese’s early trips to the Quad leaders’ meeting in Tokyo, to Madrid for the NATO summit and to Kyiv reassured allies that the new Australian government’s support for the United States and the Quad and his opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine were rock solid. The prime minister also mended relations with France, which had been shattered by the Morrison government’s cancellation of a contract to purchase French submarines.

Albanese’s first bilateral international visit was to Indonesia, which underscored the importance of Australia-Indonesia relations. He reassured President Joko Widodo that Australia would not boycott the G20 leaders’ meeting because of Vladimir Putin’s presence, as Scott Morrison had threatened. Regional solidarity and Australia’s national interest in the survival of the G20 trumped US pressure on Russia rather than Ukraine.

The announcement of a possible Chinese security agreement with the Solomon Islands allowed the Labor Party to attack the Morrison government during the election campaign. As soon as the new Foreign Secretary, Senator Penny Wong, returned from the Quad meeting, she made three quick visits to the Pacific before returning with Albanese for a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum. They underscored Australia’s intention to listen respectfully to countries in the region and recognize their interests, including their attitudes towards major power involvement in the region.

Australia’s shift to a more ambitious carbon reduction commitment was a precondition for co