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The Department of Social Services is investigating EBT card skimming thefts across the state


California Department of Social Services officials say they are working alongside various statewide law enforcement agencies to gather more information about the extent of EBT skimming thefts in across the state.

Last week, we spoke with some Bank of America customers whose public benefits cards were skimmed when using ATMs.

“[The skimmers] are electronic devices that read the data on the card, and that data is sent to a person or a machine, one way or another, and they are able to reproduce that information on a new card,” said said Corporal Robert Dugan of the Lompoc Police Department.

Since then, we’ve heard from other victims across California saying the same thing happened to them.

Manila Johnson of Palm Springs says she used the drive-thru ATM at Bank of America’s Desert Hot Springs location and two days later received a notice of a transaction on her out-of-county EBT account. ‘Orange for $850. She says she is still waiting for the stolen money to be returned to her account.

We also spoke with the California Department of Social Services Public Affairs and Outreach team on Wednesday who said if you are an EBT cardholder who may have been robbed you should immediately contact your local county office or contact EBT customer service. hotline at (877) 328-9677.

Corporal Dugan says the skimming devices recovered from the Bank of America in Lompoc are different from the traditional devices they have seen.

“These devices appeared to be devices that actually fit into the slot where the cards go, so it’s not easy to see or locate them by someone using the machine,” he said.

He suggests that you double-check where you insert your card and report any suspicious transactions on your account.

Meanwhile, Theresa Mier of the Department of Social Services says her team is working to provide more ways to educate the public on how to prevent and report EBT theft. You can find a link to their recent public service announcement on the subject by clicking here.

We also heard from Bank of America on Wednesday in response to recent card skimming incidents.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “As noted by law enforcement, skimming devices can be found at various outlets, so it is always advisable to monitor your accounts for any unusual activity. Bank of America takes fraud and customer account security very seriously because we regularly check our ATMs for skimmers and will immediately remove and notify law enforcement if there are any. are covered by our zero liability policy if they report fraudulent activity and unauthorized transactions in a timely manner.

Ekklesia Mutual Fund Inc Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders


Notice of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Ekklesia Mutual Fund, Inc. will be held virtually via Zoom on December 16, 2022 (Friday), 10:00 a.m. for the transaction of the following business:

  1. Call to order
  2. Certificate of opinion
  3. Determination and declaration of quorum
  4. Reading and approval of the minutes of the General Meeting of Shareholders of July 27, 2020
  5. Presentation and approval of the 2021 audited financial statements and other fund manager reports
  6. Approval and confirmation of all acts of the board of directors and the fund manager for 2021
  7. Nominating and Election Directors
  8. Confirmation of BPI Investment Management, Inc. as Fund Manager, Principal Distributor, Investment Advisor and Transfer Agent (continuing tenure unless expressly terminated)
  9. Renewal of the mandate of SGV & Co. as statutory auditor of the Fund
  10. other business
  11. Adjournment

Only shareholders of record at the close of business on October 31, 2022, the record date and time set by the Board of Directors, are entitled to convene and vote at said meeting.

Given the restriction imposed by the community quarantine, shareholders can only attend the meeting by remote communication.

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In order for your share to be represented at the meeting, please complete, sign and date the attached voting ticket and return it by post / e-mail / fax before December 06, 2022 to the office of the Secretary General by the following means :

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  • By fax: (02) 8580-4682

The validation of the voting ticket will take place on December 09, 2022.

Shareholders who intend to take part in the meeting by remote communication shall inform the Company Secretary by sending an e-mail to [email protected] before December 06, 2022. The registered shareholder will receive an email confirmation along with the credentials to access the online meeting link. Shareholders may exercise their voting rights by remote communication or in absentia, subject to validation.


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NKY Chamber’s “Where We Stand” Legislative Agenda Preview Features Rep. Banta, Senator McDaniel


The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host the 2023 “Where We Stand” Annual Legislative Agenda Preview on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 4-6 p.m. at the Boone County Distilling Company (10601 Toebben Drive Independence).

The event will feature a panel including State Senator Chris McDaniel and State Representative Kim Banta from the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus, who will discuss House NKY policy priorities and goals as well as elements which they will work on during the next legislative session in 2023.

“This annual event is important to northern Kentucky business owners and those interested in the NKY chamber’s legislative priorities for the next year,” said Tami Wilson, the chamber’s vice president of public affairs. NKY. “Those in attendance will not only get an overview of NKY chamber advocacy priorities and goals, but will also have the opportunity to hear directly from our elected officials about their goals and agendas for the legislative session.”

Rep. Kim Banta

“Where We Stand” registration is $40 for NKY chamber members, $55 for future NKY chamber members, and the NKYP fee is $35. For more information and to register, go to NKYChamber.com/WWS. Pre-registration is required.

Duke Energy is the title sponsor of “Where We Stand”. Networking sponsors are Amazon and Delta Air Lines. Sponsors in attendance include altafiber/Cincinnati Bell, CVG and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, supporting sponsor is CT Consultants.


Senator Chris McDaniel was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2013 and represents the 23rd District. With a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, he has served as Chairman of the Credit and Revenue Committee since 2015. Additionally, he is a member of the Banking and Insurance Committee; the Capital Projects and Obligations Oversight Committee; Licensing, Professions and By-Laws Committee; the natural resources and energy committee; and the State and Local Government Committee. He is an ex-officio member of several Senate budget review subcommittees, including Economic Development and Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; Education; General Government, Finance and Public Protection; Human ressources; Justice and Judiciary; and Transportation.

Senator McDaniel was born and raised in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Covington Latin School. He attended the Citadel and graduated in 1997 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Army where he earned numerous honors before being honorably discharged in 2001. He received his master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and took over the family business, McD Concrete in 2008.

Senator Chris McDaniel

Representative Kim Banta was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2019 and has served on the Judiciary, Economic Development and Workforce Investment, Licensing, Professions and Bylaws and Education, as well as the Sub-Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education and Workforce Development. Additionally, she serves on the Child Welfare Advisory and Oversight Committee and is a member of the Northern Kentucky, Athletes of Kentucky, Pro-Life, and Kentucky Nonprofit caucuses.

For nearly three decades, Rep. Banta has served Northern Kentucky as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and director of studies in the Kenton County School District. She also holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Rep. Banta has been recognized for her commitment to education and children and has received several awards, including the KMEA Outstanding Principal Award, KAEA Principal of the Year, Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky Award, and the Albright Award as as director. She brings her extensive experience in education, from managing a building to running a school district in Frankfurt as a state representative.

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Hardworking Students Support Shocker Support Locker – The Sunflower


Mia Hennen

Students browse the Shocker Support Locker to find different food or hygiene items. The locker offered free products to students, faculty, and staff Monday through Friday.

For nearly six years now, the Shocker Support Locker has provided students, faculty, and staff with the ability to access items such as food, clothing, toiletries, and more.

Although the locker is hidden – tucked away in a small room inside Grace Wilkie Hall – the students and staff who work there have been able to donate needed items to thousands of people in the Wichita State community with the help of dollars from donors and community partners and supporters. .

“It makes me feel good, even though we’re in the weird little building on campus that no one knows about, like the school hasn’t forgotten about it. They are always working to make it better,” said Shocker Support Locker student assistant Emma Glover.

The locker opened in February 2016, having been approved by the Student Government Association (SGA) in November 2015.

Of July to October 26, 2022, the locker has been viewed more than 23,000 times, with almost 700 users during this period. Due to this overwhelming usage, the locker struggled this fall semester to fill the locker.

“We were trying to keep it fully stocked all the time, like a grocery store, and it was just impossible to keep up,” Glover said. “So the funds that were supposed to last the whole year were running out in the first few months of school.”

During the pandemic, the federal government gave states money for higher education. After using that money, the Kansas Board of Regents—the governing body for all Kansas higher education institutions—had $600,000. In light of the locker’s difficulty, the council provided the locker $105,000 for food and hygiene products.

“This is a complete game-changer for us as we continue to purchase locker inventory and supplies,” SGA Advisor Gabriel Fonseca said at the November 2 SGA meeting.

The locker sources its supplies from a variety of different places, with the Kansas Food Bank being one of the main ones. Students working in the locker help advise on supplies needed.

“Students are the ones who see what’s being checked, so they have a good idea of ​​what we need,” Glover said. “So sometimes we suggest things that we have to order.”

Nawaz Arsalan Mohammed works with the locker and offers a unique perspective as an Indian international student.

“A lot of Indian students come here to grab something because they like the things we provide for them, so they come regularly, once a week,” Mohammed said.

Of the nearly 700 users who accessed the locker from July to October, over 500 were international students. Since most international students don’t have personal transportation options, it can be difficult to get around to stores in the community.

“The campus doesn’t have a lot of grocery stores available around it, so it’s very important that [international students] can get food here,” Glover said.

The locker operates with a small team, with approximately three to four students working on any given day throughout the week. Many of the staff have applied to work at the locker as a way to give back.

“Last year I got the job and started because one of my sister’s friends had worked here,” Glover said. “I was like, ‘Wow, that looks like a great job.’ And I’ve always been a fan of volunteering.

Mohammed asked for the opportunity to meet and work with different people.

“I like interacting with more people and working there,” Mohammed said. “It’s just one of the coolest organizations.”

The locker is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To donate to the locker, visit wichita.edu.

How Jennifer Siebel Newsom Became a Youth Mental Health Champion

Credit: Jennifer Siebel Newsom/Facebook

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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The first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, has spent decades highlighting, examining and improving the mental well-being of young people. But for her, the subject transcends professional duties. It’s personal.

When Siebel Newsom was 6, her older sister died in an accident, leaving her to deal with grief and emotional upheaval at a young age. She knows firsthand, she said, what it’s like to be a child who has experienced loss and trauma, like so many California children have endured during the pandemic.

“I think we went to therapy once (after my sister died) and then it was like, move on, it’s fine, we’re just going to pretend like nothing happened,” he said. she said in a recent interview with EdSource, her eyes filling with tears. “And it was traumatic to lose your best friend and your sister. So I always knew, without your sanity, what do you have?

Siebel Newsom went to college, got an MBA, then worked in Hollywood for a few years before turning to documentary filmmaking. She has produced four award-winning documentaries focusing on mental health, equity, gender and related topics, starting in 2011 with “Miss Representation” about how representations of women are too often focused on beauty and sexuality , and the impact on young people. “The Mask You Live In”, published in 2015, examines how boys struggle with expectations of masculinity. In 2020, “The Great American Lie” examined racial and income inequality in the United States. More recently, “Fair Play” focuses on the difficulties women face when trying to balance work and family life.

Beyond the camera, Siebel Newsom has been a persistent and outspoken advocate in her husband’s administration for students with trauma, anxiety, depression and other emotional difficulties. This year, the Newsom administration earmarked $4.7 billion for youth mental health programs in California, seen as the nation’s biggest investment in the emotional well-being of children ever.

The money will go to a host of programs, including:

  • 40,000 new school counselors and other mental health professionals.
  • Community schools that provide social services to students and their families.
  • Simplified Medi-Cal coverage for young people to receive free mental health services.
  • A one-stop-shop online center for youth mental health services which includes hotlines, videos and advice for parents.

As the first partner, Siebel Newsom lobbied for better nutrition in schools, better access to the outdoors for children, and other youth wellness initiatives.

Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the State Board of Education, praised Siebel Newsom’s “constant and persistent” efforts on behalf of California’s children, families and teachers.

She has enormous empathy for the traumatic experiences that young people and their families have gone through during the pandemic and has been instrumental in organizing awareness of these issues as well as resources for social-emotional supports and practices for young people. schools,” Darling-Hammond said. “She has a dynamic vision of child, family and community education systems that truly nurture all students so they can thrive – nourishing their bodies with nutritious food, their minds with opportunities for inquiry. depth and their hearts with a sense of belonging, acceptance and love.

Siebel Newsom’s efforts are especially welcome after so many years of California’s funding shortfall for mental health services, said Loretta Whitson, director of the California Association of School Counselors.

“She knows full well that comprehensive mental health services in California schools have been inadequate. While the Governor’s recent investment will add additional school counselors to the workforce, there will be an even greater need for access to program support films and materials such as the Siebel Newsom documentary series. said Whitson. “(We) would like to work with her and support her efforts.”

Siebel Newsom is also a mother of four who, like most parents, has experienced the anguish of watching her children suffer emotional distress during the pandemic.

“I had to learn how to ground (them), and so did I. That really helped,” she said at a recent conference of school counselors and administrators in Napa. children face these challenges, we need to realize it’s not their fault…. As a parent, there’s nothing worse than seeing your child suffer and feeling powerless to help them.

Her own experiences, as well as those of other parents, have helped shape her advocacy efforts. In 2021, Siebel Newsom toured the state to listen to parents’ frustrations and challenges during the pandemic, gathering ideas on what could help families cope with school closings, quarantines, the loss of loved ones and other difficulties. She repeatedly heard about the technology addiction of children – young people who rarely left their bedrooms because they were glued to their phones, or spent countless hours a day playing games, or were consumed by the media. social, or had completely disengaged from family and friends.

Together with a group she founded, California Partners Project, she used the information to create tool boxes for families, schools and others to help children overcome technology addiction.

“I will always be the person who says the elephant in the room is technology and social media addiction and all that stuff,” she told EdSource. “Our children’s brains are still plastic and not fully configured, and they are manipulated by this technology which creates more isolation and disconnects us from each other and from relationships. So we knew we had to approach this from holistic way.

One of his solutions to these challenges is to get young people to go out more and eat more nutritious foods. She was a major funder of the state’s Farm to School grant program, a $60 million initiative to pay for school gardens, cooking classes and other projects aimed at bringing food more fresher foods to schools and teaching children where their food comes from.

To encourage kids to get outside more, she launched the California State Parks Adventure Pass, which provides free admission to all California fourth graders and their families to 19 state parks, and the California State Library Parks Pass. , which provides free state park passes. available initially with a library card.

Amy Cranston, executive director of the Social Emotional Learning Alliance for California, said Siebel Newsom’s advocacy has helped bring attention to the youth mental health crisis and promote wellness in schools.

“As we can see from her documentary work, she is acutely aware and informed of these critical issues that we face as a society,” Cranston said. “We are so grateful for his support and for the governor’s office to recognize the vital role this plays in student success, in school and in life.”

Darling-Hammond said that Siebel Newsom“cares for the state’s 6 million children with the same sense of concern and compassion that she has for her own.”

As the governor’s wife, Siebel Newsom feels in a unique position to merge her personal interest in youth welfare with policies that affect everyday Californians. With the pandemic, increased use of technology by young people and a general increase in vitriol and polarization, she said she felt a sense of urgency about her work and issues for children. Californians.

“This is a public health emergency,” she said. “Given what is happening in the country and around the world, it is critical that California succeeds right now. And that starts with the well-being of our children.

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The Cascador program holds its annual session 2022


Cascador Senior Faculty Member Chidi Okoro was part of the 2022 Pledge for Select Mid-Stage Entrepreneurs in Africa.

LAGOS, NIGERIA, Nov. 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cascador, a program for mid-stage African entrepreneurs, held its annual session from October 31 to November 04, 2022. Launched in 2019, the Cascador program is an intensive examination leadership skills, business models and value propositions from seasoned faculty. The program also includes six months of post-program mentoring to ensure fellows can apply their learnings in real-world scenarios.

“We are excited to host our annual sessions and introduce our entrepreneurs to an in-depth and personalized training program,” said Chidi Okoro, senior faculty member at Cascador. “Through a unique blend of experience sharing, learning, self-discovery and education, the Cascador program provides its fellows with personalized support to grow their business.”

The annual session was held at the Lagos Business School for its fourth year. The week-long in-person meeting features one-on-one meetings with faculty, as well as sessions focused on leadership development, branding, marketing, governance, operational scaling, funding, etc A personal mentor will be assigned after the program to support their business plan implementation and leadership skills. The program ends with a pitch in front of expert judges, including Yemi Osinubi, Sanyade Okoli, Fola Aiyesimoju, Shirley Somuah, Bayo Adeyemi and Soumobroto Ganguly.

Cascador is a free annual program designed for mid-term African entrepreneurs to develop the skills needed to successfully grow their businesses by working with American and Nigerian entrepreneurs from various sectors and industries.

Chidi Okoro is the Chief Transformation Officer of HealthPlus Limited, the first integrative pharmacy in Nigeria. With over thirty years of experience across Africa, he has worked in the pharmaceutical, personal care, food and telecommunications industries. Previously, he was CEO of Africa Region Lucozade Ribena Suntory and CEO of UAC Foods & Tiger Brands SA JV, General.


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Chabad Conference 2022 ends with record gala in Edison NJ


Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the relentless shelling around Rabbi Avraham Wolff was often unbearable.

But Wolff, chief rabbi of Odessa and southern Ukraine, worked determinedly to get his community through it safely, delivering food to the elderly and helping to evacuate dozens of people to Israel and other places. other parts of Europe.

What got him through those anxiety-filled days, he said, was the dream of attending the annual Chabad-Lubavitch emissary conference that was to culminate this weekend in New Jersey with a rally record.

Wolff’s dream came true this week as he joined some 6,500 rabbis and lay leaders of the Hasidic Jewish movement from around the world for the meeting. The conference will conclude with a gala dinner at Edison on Sunday.

The story continues after the gallery.

“I can finally stand alongside thousands of my colleagues around the world,” he told The Record and NorthJersey.com on Thursday. “I will continue to pray for the Creator to give me and my friends the strength to continue our mission to spread the light and make this world a brighter and better place.”

The rally is a get-together of sorts, where Chabad representatives from every US state and over 100 countries come together for five days of networking, learning and sharing ideas so they can return home rejuvenated. .

Chabad is a movement of Orthodox Judaism founded 250 years ago that emphasizes the study of Torah, the joy of religious life, and outreach to fellow Jews. At a time when many organized religions are in decline, the group has grown rapidly in recent years. Chabad now operates 3,500 educational, religious and social service centers around the world, with new ones springing up every year, said Rabbi Motti Seligson, a spokesman.

Efforts are typically spearheaded by husband-and-wife teams that run Chabad homes in small Jewish communities, on college campuses, and in Chabad schools around the world. Their work includes education, community building, challenging stereotypes and supporting the wider community. The idea is to be a welcoming “home away from home” for travelers and community members.

Last year, more than 120 couples joined the ranks, opening outposts in places like Zambia, Bermuda and the Canary Islands, Seligson said.

Much of this week’s conference took place at Chabad’s international headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but the finale will be Sunday’s gala in New Jersey, in what will likely be the region’s largest sit-down dinner. of recent history.

“After two years of scaled-down events due to the pandemic, this year’s conference is breaking attendance records,” Seligson said.

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The attendants are mostly bearded men in black suits and hats who have flown in from places as far afield as South Korea, Iceland, Vietnam and Mumbai. The female emissaries – the wives of this week’s helpers – met earlier this year in New York.

The emissary’s job, Seligson said, is to “attend to the spiritual and material needs of every Jew and to empower them and society at large.”

Sometimes the work includes humanitarian efforts, as was the case for Rabbi Wolff and his wife. They have been acclaimed for helping hundreds of people in Ukraine and evacuating dozens more.

With reports of anti-Semitic incidents at an all-time high, Chabad is working to counter hostility by instilling pride in the community and normalizing a visible Jewish presence through public events such as Chabad menorah lightings as well as than volunteer efforts, Seligson said.

It is difficult to determine the number of Chabad followers since the movement does not require membership and there is no hard data to track it, but independent research paints a picture of growth.

A 2021 Pew Research survey found that involvement in Chabad is broad and growing, with nearly 40% of American Jews saying they have engaged with the group. Chabad programs are open to Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews.

According to a 2021 survey of American synagogues, the number of Chabad congregations has tripled since 2001 and is now the largest network of synagogues.

Rabbi Dov Drizin of Valley Chabad in Woodcliff Lake reunited with his cousins, Rabbi Schneur Segal, an envoy to Azerbaijan, and Rabbi Mottel Segal, an envoy to Vienna, at the conference for the first time since before the pandemic.  (Photo: Rabbi Dov Drizin)

The group has also faced criticism over the years, from those who say some of its members revere their late leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, as a messianic figure in a way that contrary to Jewish law and tradition.

Nicknamed “the Rebbe,” Schneerson, who died in 1994, is credited with transforming Chabad into one of the most influential Jewish movements in the world. But some say the reverence is overdone, with ubiquitous portraits of Schneerson in every Chabad home and songs that seem to refer to him as the Messiah. Followers, however, say they draw inspiration and strength from his legacy. Many conference attendees visited Schneerson’s grave in Queens to pray this week.

Part of the appeal of the movement might be that it provides a non-judgmental atmosphere, while avoiding politics and focusing primarily on the joy of religious life. Many of its events, from holiday prayer services to dinner parties, are free.

The goal is a warm and inclusive atmosphere intended to make Judaism available everywhere, even in the most obscure places., said Mark Rosen, former professor at Brandeis University and lead author of “The Hertog Study: Chabad on Campus.” He attributed Chabad’s success to several factors, including the members’ passion for helping Jews, regardless of background. “They have interpersonal warmth and abundant attention,” he said. “It’s not a job for them, it’s a mission.

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“I also think the family model with a husband, wife and children makes it a unique experience for those who come because it’s a family business.”

Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, an emissary from Bangkok, Thailand, said this week’s conference reminded him of his mission. “It helps me rededicate myself to those values ​​and energizes me and feeds me with the camaraderie and energy of thousands of my like-minded brothers and colleagues,” he said. .

Rabbi Mendy Kaminker of Chabad of Hackensack said he felt the power of the gathered emissaries by looking around. “You can walk around and meet people from all over the world. There’s no place where there isn’t Chabad.”

Kaminker recalled receiving a call recently from a Hackensack couple who were stranded in Europe with COVID-19.

“They called me and within 20 minutes I was able to reach a Chabad near their hotel who delivered them a Shabbat meal with challah and wine,” he said.

“The Chabad evangelistic movement will continue to grow as it continues to meet a spiritual need among many Jews,” said Sue Fishkoff, journalist and author of “The Rebbe’s Army,” published in 2005. “Each decade brings a new harvest of children. [Chabad representatives,] most of whom seem to prefer to stay in their parents’ profession, so as long as there are Jews intrigued and moved by what they offer, Chabad will thrive.”

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING CITY OF PARKLAND COUNTY OF DOUGLAS SOUTH RANGE, WISCONSIN 54874 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that November 28, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at Parkland City Hall, 6221 E. Veterans Drive, South Range, WI , a public hearing on the proposed 2023 budget for the City of Parkland in Douglas County will be held. The detail of the proposed budget is available for inspection by contacting the Town Clerk. Please call City Clerk, Suzy StMarie at 715-398-6016 to review. Here is the summary of the proposed budget. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT following the public hearing as set forth above, a special municipal meeting will be held pursuant to Section 60.12(1) to approve the total budget for 2023 and the proposed tax levy. Budget 2022 2023 Revenues: General Property Taxes (LEVY) 94,501 95,270 Intergovernmental Revenues 282,526 284,045 Licenses and Permits 1,625 3,050 Public Expenses 708,251 808,914 Expenditures: General Government 172,172 214,172 Public Safety 0 Public Works 739,250 245,000 Sanitation 110,000 110,000 other funding 124,129 200,292 Total expenditure 708,251 808,914 (November 18 and 25, 2022) WNAXLP 123178

Biden invite list undermines human rights agenda, critics say


The Biden administration is preparing to welcome dozens of African leaders to Washington for a summit next month, and it is already under fire over who is invited and who is not.

Among those on the guest list for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, according to several current and former officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter: at least three heads of state indicted for war crimes or crimes against humanity, the foreign secretary of an autocratic country whose security services hounded and harassed senior US congressional officials earlier this year, and senior officials of a military junta that took power last year.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, scheduled for Dec. 13-15, is one of President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy priorities in the coming months. This is the first opportunity for his administration to show how it sees the future of US-Africa relations on its own turf amid heightened geopolitical tension with Russia and China and efforts to reset US-Africa relations. After the The Trump era. But extending invitations to autocrats and leaders with rights records has opened the administration to criticism from lawmakers and human rights advocates and exposed contradictions in Biden’s promises to revive democratic values ​​and rights. human rights abroad.

The Biden administration is preparing to welcome dozens of African leaders to Washington for a summit next month, and it is already under fire over who is invited and who is not.

Among those on the guest list for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, according to several current and former officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter: at least three heads of state indicted for war crimes or crimes against humanity, the foreign secretary of an autocratic country whose security services hounded and harassed senior US congressional officials earlier this year, and senior officials of a military junta that took power last year.

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, scheduled for Dec. 13-15, is one of President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy priorities in the coming months. This is the first opportunity for his administration to show how it sees the future of US-Africa relations on its own turf amid heightened geopolitical tension with Russia and China and efforts to reset US-Africa relations. After the The Trump era. But extending invitations to autocrats and leaders with rights records has opened the administration to criticism from lawmakers and human rights advocates and exposed contradictions in Biden’s promises to revive democratic values ​​and rights. human rights abroad.

“When you partner with bad actors, undemocratic leaders, you send a clear message to the people of those countries…and you give those leaders more power and legitimacy on the world stage,” Nicole Widdersheim said. of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch.

The summit comes at a crucial time in US-Africa relations as the continent seeks to recover from the global coronavirus pandemic and faces new economic and political pressures amid fallout from the war in Ukraine. “The war in Ukraine, but also the pandemic, all of these hugely significant changes have created a new geopolitical order,” said Rama Yade, senior director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. (Yade said the Atlantic Council is partnering with the Biden administration for certain events during the summit.)

The Biden administration, according to current and former officials, has sought to strike a careful balance by inviting as many leaders as possible without exposing it to criticism for arbitrarily preventing certain countries from attending. To do this, they used a simple metric: the top leaders of all countries in good standing with the African Union, the main political bloc overseeing the continent, received an invitation.

Administration officials wanted to avoid a diplomatic snafu similar to what the White House experienced earlier this year, when the leaders of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala refused to attend the Summit of the Americas. organized by the United States, after Biden refused to send out invitations. at three autocrats In the region. These four countries sent lower-level representatives to the summit, but the ordeal exposed fractures in US relations with Central American countries and overshadowed the summit’s main political agenda.

For the Africa summit, the metric of who received an invitation and who did not mean they could avoid this type of thorny political minefield. It also means that autocrats and leaders whose governments have been accused of war crimes now have the opportunity to come to Washington and potentially re-establish themselves on the world stage.

“It avoids any offense on the African side, but on the American side it looks like a betrayal of our values ​​and policies,” said Cameron Hudson, a former US diplomat and senior fellow in the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International. Research focus group.

The White House National Security Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Three invited African leaders lead governments accused of war crimes or crimes against humanity: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

William Ruto, Kenya’s recently elected president, is also expected to attend the Washington summit. Ruto has been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in fomenting a wave of violence following Kenya’s 2007 elections that left some 1,200 people dead. . The ICC in 2016 dismissed his case for lack of evidence, but refuse to acquit it.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Frederick Shava is also expected to come, officials and congressional aides said, though the Zimbabwean government is overseeing a violent and sweeping crackdown on political dissent and stands accused of sending its security services at stalk and harass US Congressional staffers on an official visit to the country earlier this year.

Due to a series of coups in West Africa in recent years, most putschists do not have tickets to come to Washington: Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea have all been suspended from the AU and did not receive an invitation. . But a coup leader apparently did.

Chad is still in good standing with the AU (at least on paper), although Mahamat Déby took power last year and deployed security forces from his military junta to repress violently on pro-democracy protests in recent weeks. Déby’s government has received an invitation, several current and former officials said.

In Ethiopia, Ahmed’s government has been waging a bloody conflict against rebels in the northern Tigray region for two years. An estimated 500,000 people died in the conflict and all sides have been accused of serious human rights abuses and war crimes. Representatives of Ethiopia and Tigray signed a peace accord earlier this month to end the conflict, but US officials fear the deal is fragile and risks unraveling, particularly if the forces of neighboring Eritrea not withdraw from the conflict zone.

Some experts were skeptical that inviting African autocratic leaders to the upcoming summit in Washington would allow the Biden administration to win on the human rights front. They point the finger at Egypt, where Sisi has continued a wave of political repression and a crackdown on dissent despite multiple face-to-face meetings with Biden where US officials say the US president pressed him on issues human rights.

“It appears the Biden administration follows a policy of engagement with any actor, good, bad or otherwise,” Widdersheim said. “If we saw substantial changes by engaging with bad actors, like Sisi, maybe it would be helpful to engage with all those leaders. But we just don’t see those changes.

Citadel Career Center takes off with Boeing grant to improve internship experiences


The Citadel produces special students, and we are grateful to the Career Center and Boeing for providing this opportunity for students.

For the first time ever, the Citadel Career Center has received a grant to help more cadets and students achieve their career goals. The $30,000 grant – provided by Boeing – greatly helped eight cadets and students who interned at various organizations in Charleston over the summer and fall. Grant money has also been allocated to several faculty and student projects, such as Supply Chain Management and the Port Club and Citadel STEM project. The Career Center hosted a Boeing Scholarship Recognition Appreciation Luncheon to show appreciation for Boeing’s investment as well as to highlight the results of each internship.

At the event, each individual discussed their internship and shared what they learned, the skills they developed, and the overall experience they gained. A representative from each site also spoke about how their intern trained, their contribution, assigned projects, and the difference between a La Citadelle intern and former interns from other colleges.

Each internship site varied from national political offices, local engineering firms, local financial investment firms, police departments and more.

Check out each student’s experience below:

The winners of the summer of 2022

Cadet Thomas Pipkins majored in political science. His internship has been in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, particularly with the offices of Representative Nancy Mace, Senator Tim Scott, and Representative Tom Rice. These internships are generally unpaid. This grant therefore helped Pipkins to cover the cost of transportation, accommodation and meals.

“This experience was a life-changing opportunity for me,” Pipkins said. “I’m so grateful to Boeing for helping me take this amazing step and allowing me to do something I had only dreamed of.”

Cadet Tiziana Ortega is a supply chain management major. This summer, Ortega completed an internship with Gnosis Freight to further his knowledge in this area, as well as gain valuable knowledge and certifications. She is also the chair of supply chain management and the Port Club de la Citadelle, which also received part of the grant.

Cadet Mason Bailey is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Fine Arts. This summer, he interned at Integrity Express Logistics and was responsible for over $100,000 in revenue through a brokerage account. Bailey credits her time at the Citadel for her preparation on the job site and plans to return after graduation to work full-time.

Dani Kinzer, Sales Engagement Manager at Integrity Express Logistics, said, “Citadel cadets are built differently. They are always professional, organized and overall have a completely different mindset than other youngsters.

John Clayton is a seasoned student majoring in business administration who has completed an internship with the Coastal Financial Planning Group. Through this internship, he learned more about investing and financial planning. He plans to work full-time at CFPG after graduating in December 2022.

Fall 2022 winners

A seasoned undergraduate student majoring in electrical engineering, Erika Hernandez has always made education a top priority. She enlisted knowing that the end goal would always be higher education, which she found through La Citadelle. His internship was in a familiar place, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department here on campus, but it still pushed Hernandez out of his comfort zone with new learning and networking experiences.

Tromaine Cobbs is a civil engineering major with a construction engineering minor. His goal is to eventually pass the necessary exams to become a professional land surveyor – his internship at HLA Inc. helped prepare him for this goal. During her internship, Cobbs assisted and supported her own projects, delivering weekly meals to various local government buildings.

Cadet Khang Hoang, a student of intelligence and security studies, was interned at the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Through this internship, he increased his thinking and analytical skills and coordinated special projects within the police department.

“This experience was rewarding because it gave me the opportunity to improve in the skills I need to succeed in this field,” Hoang said. “Coming from an immigrant family, this scholarship took a lot of the financial burden off my parents.”

As an evening grad student and parent, Hollie Lacey knew she needed the perfect person for her internship. She eventually found the “right one” through MUSC’s Children’s and Women’s Health Marketing and Communications Office. During her internship, Lacey created social media content and newsletters, conducted research and data analysis, and executed marketing plans. She was grateful for the real-world experience she had gained, and her site preceptor was equally grateful to have her there.

“Hollie expressed a desire to learn and had a drive that set her up for success,” said Molly Leff, senior campaign manager at MUSC Children’s and Women’s Health. “The Citadel produces special students, and we are grateful to the Career Center and Boeing for providing this opportunity for students.”

A portion of the grant also went to the Citadel STEM Project, led by English professor Alyson Eggleston, Ph.D.. This project is a hands-on technical communication project for STEM majors, in partnership with iFixit, a website repair guide for consumer electronics. . Focused on the user experience, the students created component replacement technical guides aimed at an international audience. Two teams of students were evaluated by iFixit to meet the standards. Supply Chain Management and the Citadel Port Club also received a portion of the grant and used the funds to improve the overall cadet experience and allowed some of the members to attend lunch on the state of the port and at the World Affairs Council luncheon.

“I have tremendous gratitude to Boeing for their interest and committed investment as a community partner in the talent of our Citadel students,” said Susan Pope, Internship Coordinator for the Career Center. “This initiative demonstrates its effectiveness through the return on their investment in our local workforce and beyond. Our students will be better prepared with the readiness skills needed to enter, contribute, and succeed in their fields through professional development opportunities. »

Wolf to hold new carbon pipeline meetings in December after some landowners failed to receive notice


The company building a carbon pipeline through four Iowa counties and crossing the Mississippi River will hold new public meetings in early December because not all landowners were properly notified of the first round.

Wolf Carbon Solutions is going through the application process to build a carbon capture pipeline that would take carbon dioxide generated by Archer Daniel Midland’s (ADM) ethanol plants and transport it through a 16-inch underground pipeline to a underground storage site in central Illinois.

Wolf held public meetings in August, but some landowners who thought they were in the path of the proposed pipeline said they weren’t notified by mail and questioned the legality of the process.

The new meeting in Scott County will be at 5:30 p.m. on December 6, 2022 at the Adler Theater, 136 E. 3rd St. Davenport.

In documents filed earlier this fall, company representatives said they found “anomalies that occurred” that resulted in some landowners not being notified of the first round of meetings.

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The Iowa Utilities Board asked Wolf to detail how landowners were notified and to verify that those notifications were sent. Company officials said in a filing this fall that they did not know until after the meetings concluded that some mail notices were returned with insufficient addresses.

Company officials wrote in filings this fall: “After an internal review, it determined that certain anomalies had occurred which likely resulted in some landowners not receiving certified mail notices as required. .”

Representatives for Wolf said they would hold further meetings with some changes to his proposed itinerary, which included the exclusion of Johnson County.

Carbon pipelines in Iowa are controversial — proponents say the pipeline would reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and encourage non-ethanol industries, such as high-emitting cement plants, to hook up to the pipeline.

Critics question the long-term necessity and economic/environmental viability of a pipeline as the country moves away from gasoline-powered vehicles and towards electric cars. Some farmers expressed concerns about declining crop yields, and locals questioned the likelihood and plans in case of accidents.

Wolf said he didn’t want to use eminent domain to grab land from reluctant landowners for the pipeline, but representatives said at summer meetings the company couldn’t take it off the table because the difficulty of laying the pipeline in certain spots, including crossing the Mississippi River.

The planned pipeline route crosses eastern Iowa including Scott and Clinton counties and crosses under the Mississippi River between Princeton and LeClaire.

Only after the public meetings are over can Wolf begin contacting landowners to negotiate. The filings also state that Wolf must demonstrate that landowners received proper notice of briefings to do the survey and easement negotiations.

The appointment times are as follows:

  • Cedar County: Noon December 5, 2022 — Cedar County Fairgrounds, The Matthews Building, 220th Street, Tipton
  • Linn County: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2022 – Hawkeye Downs Racetrack, South Hall, 4400 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Clinton County: Noon December 6, 2022 — Wild Rose Convention Center, 777 Wild Rose Drive, Clinton
  • Scott County: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2022 – River Center (Adler Theater), 136 E. Third St., Davenport

BPDA publishes action program for life sciences


I wonder what’s up with all this “life sciences” buildings being developed in the neighborhood? Well, the Boston Planning and Development Agency has released a new program. Read below.

BOSTON – Monday November 14, 2022The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) today released a Action Program for Life Sciences in response to the continued development of life sciences throughout the city of Boston. In an effort to meet industry’s needs for the built environment while addressing public concerns about the location and design of these developments, the Life Sciences Agenda provides transparency on how the BPDA will adopt a coordinated approach to guide the development of life sciences.

In partnership with the public, sister city agencies and the development community, the Life Sciences Agenda outlines how the BPDA will create clear pathways for development and predictability in the city’s urban fabric, while prioritizing the safety of Boston residents. The BPDA is committed to continuing to mobilize new investment in this industry to support equitable economic opportunities for Boston residents in order to encouraging job creation and the growth of a resilient economy, as well as prioritizing more housing options to support this growth.

“The development of the life sciences is critical to Boston’s economic health, as an important contributor to the city’s public services, job growth and training, and affordable housing,” said declared Head of Planning Arthur Jemison. “This action plan sets out a proactive and transparent roadmap for how the BPDA will support the growth of this sector, while ensuring that we meet the health and safety needs of Bostonians.”

Through the Life Sciences Action Program, the BPDA will shape the development of life sciences using new design guidelines and zoning language, and support public health and safety in partnership with our sister agencies. . The agency will ensure that the built environment and any other aspect within the agency’s jurisdiction does not contribute to any health and safety issues. In addition to these commitments, the BPDA will also continue to incorporate appropriate planning for life science developments into ongoing planning initiatives, which will then be incorporated into zoning.

With this action program, the BPDA is committed to:

  • Draft release Life Sciences Design Guidelines for public review to ensure life sciences buildings fit into the fabric of the city, within the next three months.
  • Released draft zoning code amendments for public review to define life science research and development uses over the next eight months.
  • Released an interactive map of life sciences development in Boston over the next eight months.
  • Work with sister public agencies like BPHC to improve communications, publish educational materials, and provide opportunities for community engagement, including a series of life sciences public meetings.

Opportunities for public engagement on these topics will be posted on the BPDA website. here.

AU Governing Council adopts FY24 Union budgets and contracts


Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) — The University of Alaska Board of Trustees approved FY24 operating and capital budgets at its Nov. 10-11 meeting.

The operating budget includes a $5.2 million increase in state funding to build capacity to train Alaskans for the workforce, provide better service to students, attract and retain high-level faculty quality and increase the possibilities of financial aid.

“This request moves the university towards our goals,” said AU President Pat Pitney.

The operating budget includes $12.7 million in state funding for pay increases for university employees and union members whose contracts were approved at the meeting. It also includes $6.8 million in government funding to cover unavoidable increases in operational costs due to rising insurance premiums, the first increase in employee health care costs in seven years, and increased attention to cybersecurity.

The capital budget includes $72.3 million for critical deferred maintenance funding and $32 million for facility upgrades to improve the student learning experience and increase the workforce training capability, including upgrading a facility to accommodate the expansion of the WWAMI program.

Reliable funding is needed to maintain AU facilities and infrastructure throughout the state.

After many years of unfunded postponement of critical projects, there is increased risk and evidence of building closures, as well as a deferred maintenance/renewal and repurposing backlog that has reached over $1.5 billion .

FY24 operating and capital budgets recognize the need to continue critical work to build drone industry capabilities and increase food security.

Approved tuition rates for the 2024 academic year remain unchanged systemwide, including community campuses, with the exception of lower division undergraduate tuition at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth campus Yeddha.

The increase would affect about 15% of AU’s total student population and normalize tuition at the system’s flagship research university with its peers.

The regents voted to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Alaska and United Academics.

The three-year agreement includes sustainable compensation increases, additional funds for faculty development, an increase in the retirement base and other elements, including changes to the dispute resolution process.

The contract represents the points raised by both parties while retaining the majority of the original principles that have formed the basis of the contract for decades. The regents also approved new collective agreements for the adjunct teachers’ and firefighters’ unions.

In addition, the Regents reviewed priority focus areas and targets for the Board of Regents goals and actions approved in February.

Increasing student enrollment remains the top priority of the eight focus areas and 31 actions supporting the goal.

The council celebrated regents John Davies, Lisa Parker, J. Scott Jepsen and Sheri Buretta whose terms end in February 2023.

They passed resolutions of appreciation in honor of their service to the University of Alaska system.

“Each year we have to review our goals and establish that these are still our priorities,” Pitney said. “These priority areas guide our budgetary investments, our management efforts and our daily activities within the framework of our five objectives.”

Young Haitians bond over sports, earrings and pineapple jam – Haiti


Young people from some of the most vulnerable and violent neighborhoods controlled by gangs in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince spoke of the power of coming together to share experiences and engage in sports and entrepreneurial activities.

Some 1,500 young people gathered at the Semans Lape (Seeds of Peace) project event supported by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

Rosemonde* (23 years old)

“I live in Cité Soleil which is under the control of gangs. There is only one road out of my neighborhood, and it is often flooded or full of trash, so it is difficult to participate in outdoor activities .

My mom isn’t home at the moment and I’m the oldest of six children, so I’m doing what I can to take care of my family. I am not comfortable where I live.

“I make crafts, like earrings. When I participate in activities at these large gatherings, I can talk to people, I can live and act normally. I come here to enjoy life.

I wish my neighborhood was like that, I wish it was peaceful.

Samantha (22)

“I am an entrepreneur. I produce jam and peanut butter and other products at home in Saint-Martin. I learned this during training. I would like to sell in local shops, but for this, I need more investment, so for now I am selling from home.

Young people in Haiti want to get ahead but it is difficult to get help, especially when there is no functioning social support system

Young people are very stressed, so I think it’s good to bring them together for activities like this, because it can help them see that they are not so different from people who live in different neighborhoods.

The situation has been deteriorating for several months, but despite this I think I can inspire other young people to progress. I believe in myself a lot. I am a leader for my family.

Parties (19)

Young people, including my three sisters who have finished school, spend most of their time sitting at home doing nothing. These activities, which include training courses, are important because they help us move forward. Of course, it’s good to spend time with other young people.

I like to play sports. Even when I was little I was strong and competitive and that still encourages me today to do my best.

My dream for other young people is that they see their life the same way I see mine. This means that they focus more on their job, on what they need to learn. I always encourage them to make an effort.

One of my dreams is that when I finish my studies, I want to travel, discover other countries, but now that is no longer possible.”

Jose (21)

“Life in Haiti is very difficult now, due to insecurity, political instability and the crisis due to the lack of oil. According to my grandfather, life was not like this before. It gets harder every year.

An activity like this is very important because it helps young people socialize and see their true worth. The country needs more recreational activities.

The Semans Lape project provided me with training and now I am an entrepreneur. I am also a student. I was already selling chocolate before the project, but now I have taken my business to a new level and the products are more beautiful and better presented. My company is called Happy Choco. I see myself as an entrepreneur and therefore school is important to me.

Mirlande (19)

“The situation at home in Cité Lumière is so difficult. There is violence obviously, but also, when it rains, the flooding is very bad. Life has never been easy, but it has never been so bad. It’s hard for my friends to visit me.

A lot of people judge us because we’re from that part of town. Everyone can have a good life. Most people who are victims of violence are innocent.

This activity allows us to chat, to get news. It’s really important. I love to dance and our neighborhood put on a show here. I think it would be better if these activities could take place more often.

My dream is to go to college to become an accountant and continue dancing at a professional level. But it’s hard and we don’t have the means to continue our education. This is the problem that we can say that most young people here have. Many of us have talent and intelligence, but we cannot use it to our advantage.

Today’s activity can change everyone’s attitude towards young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

*All names have been changed to protect the identity of individuals.

The Semans Lape The project is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and implemented by Concern Worldwide, in collaboration with national NGOs Lakou Lapè and Sakala.

Exploring ESG investing: political agenda or economic factor?


An expert panel consisting of Michael Kreps, Co-Chair of Groom Law’s Pension Services and Trust Group; Jeff Mindlin, chief investment officer at Arizona State University Enterprise Partners; and Timothy Calkins, co-chief investment officer at Nottingham Advisors, attempted to clarify the discussion of environmental, social and governance investment principles, and the politics that engulfed it.

The group spoke on Thursday at a panel titled Political Agenda or Economic Factor, hosted by CIO as part of the Exploring ESG Investing virtual conference.

Investment strategy or political agenda

The panel largely agreed that ESG is an investment risk strategy that includes ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors. This investment lens provides additional data when considering risk and is meant to guide investment decisions rather than dictate them. This is one of many considerations an investor or trustee could use. Calkins explained that “this is additional data to make better investment decisions.”

However, different ESG analyzes may result in different ratings for the same investment.

Mindlin lamented that different reviews for the same product make investing more complicated and noted that different companies have different access to data on the products they review.

Calkins expanded and said that even with the same data, different analysts would analyze it differently by weighting the same risk factors differently. He doesn’t think ESG ratings will ever be standardized because it’s a value-weighted investment. Due to its more subjective nature, different analysts will produce different conclusions. He recommends that an investor “find the agency where you prefer the process and then use their ratings” rather than comparing multiple ratings from different analysts who use different criteria.

For example, Calkins suggested that the “governance” part of the ESG might be the most important of all, as it relates directly to management and corruption, and failing to consider governance issues when carrying out and the investment could constitute a breach of fiduciary duty in itself. However, not all ESG rating services share the view that governance should be weighted more than environmental or social factors.

ESG vs divestment

ESG as a risk management philosophy contrasts with what Calkins calls the divestment approach or the intentional selling or avoidance of entire sectors of the market for reasons related to an investor’s political and ethical views. Although Calkins sometimes works with mission-driven clients who make exclusion and divestment requests, this is not strictly speaking what ESG is, since ESG-informed investment strategies do not normally exclude profitable fossil fuel companies.

Mindlin explains that he tries “to avoid divestment as a strategy”. Viewing ESG principles as providing additional insights, however, can lead to a better understanding of how to capitalize on the climate transition and the growing renewable energy sector, for example. ESG investment principles can be used as a method of reducing risk, but not at the expense of reduced returns, to which an investor favoring an exclusion strategy may be more tolerant, he said.

ESG and politics

Panelists acknowledged that political values ​​often influence how ESG strategy is executed.

Mindlin said of ASU that “sustainability is key to who we are,” but the challenge is how “to align with that philosophy from an investment strategy perspective.” He noted that ASU is proud of its sustainability ethic and its carbon neutrality.

Calkins said some of his customers based in the Rust Belt states were skeptical of ESG. If you frame ESG as a political agenda, it can look like an attack on someone’s political identity. When asked if liberal-minded investors were more open to ESG than conservative investors, Calkins replied that it was “definitely an easier conversation” and that there was “no the same potential setback”.

He lamented that “politics tries to get ESG to choose sides,” but making ESG a political issue will only make it harder to acquire the data investors need to make decisions. He said investors don’t “want to trade performance for social good, but it’s great if you can have both.”

Kreps noted, however, that political and moral opinions can cloud the judgment of any fiduciary, regardless of the weighting they place on ESG factors or their personal political views. He joked that “if you really hate shoes, you won’t want to invest in shoe stores, no matter how profitable they are.”

He urged trustees to focus on the interests of their clients or participants and to consider the fact that pension benefits are a social good in themselves.

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UVSS Annual General Meeting votes to lower threshold for proposing referendums


AGM Passes Three Motions, Maintains Quorum, Ends Promptly

Student Union building. Photo by Sie Douglas-Fish.

This year’s UVSS AGM, held on October 27, was comparatively less exciting than last year’s. The evening began with the ratification of James Coccola by the Board of Directors (BoD) as chair of the meeting, followed by the adoption of the agenda and the assurance that the quorum, set at 113 members, was reached.

The AGM maintained quorum throughout, starting with 191 attendees, dropping to 181 on the second motion, before hovering just above 170 for the third motion and financial motions. The motions on the agenda were: modifying the 10% student membership requirement to hold referenda, adding a manager to the list of authorized signatories and updating the wording of the bylaws.

Referendums proposing a lowered requirement

This motion was presented by Izzy Adachi, the Director of Campaigns and Community Relations. Previously, a student wishing to propose referendums to the UVSS board of directors would need 10% of UVic’s approximately 20,000 student members.

adachi proposed reducing that number by 75%, to just 500 signatories, saying the bar was too high for students.

This motion was adopted with 87% of votes in favour. Now, any student can bring a referendum paper to a UVSS meeting between September and April, as long as they have 500 signatures from student body members.

Manager added as authorized signatory

Proposed by Ton Tran, director of outreach and university relations, this motion was only a formality. The job description for the new Director of Administration and Services had included signing authority in the responsibilities of the role, so this motion would simply ensure that it is indeed in the bylaws and officially passed.

The motion passed with 83 percent of those in favor.

Updated language for PDU and subsidiary organizations

The third special resolution, also proposed by Tran, was to update the language and bylaws to include both subsidiary organizations and Professional Development Unions (PDUs) under the term Faculty Student Societies (FSS). The motion passed with 82% votes in favor of changing the previous wording and rearranging the bylaws to reflect the change. Tran stressed that this has no bearing on the funds that have been allocated to these companies, nor on their operation.

Audit 2021/22 and budget 2022/23

New Director of Finance and Operations, Lane O’Hara Cooke, reviewed the financial motions. The UVSS broke down the various dining options in the SUB, showing the differences between the Main Kitchen, International Grill, Munchie Bar and others.

The International Grill and Bean There has been a hit, thanks in large part to construction workers who have had coffee and lunch there every day. Many other services, such as SUBtext, Zap Copy and Cinecenta were in the red, largely due to the impact of COVID.

The budget was based on the expectation of a resurgence of these companies, and the UVSS reapplied the $50,000 grant it received last year to benefit Cinecenta. There is also a focus on improving financial support for the food bank and free store, which benefits those in need.

The audit and the budget are normally voted on separately as they are unique motions from each other, but Cooke’s proposal to start voting together for adoption was accepted. Thus, the 2021/22 audit and the 2022/2023 budget were adopted with 88% of favorable votes.

Highlights of the Board Report

Many representatives and administrators had the chance to speak about the issues and events on which they worked. Among major developments and events, Adachi is advocating for UVic and the BC government to house 30% of full-time students, as well as food security and DOMing (democracy, operations, and modernity) in the SUB.

Amber Powell, the events director, noted some upcoming events for the students, such as the ferry shuttles that took place on November 8 and puppy playtime that took place on December 2.

The direct nature of this year’s UVSS AGM was in stark contrast to last year’s meeting, where a referendum on restructuring was proposed at the last minute and then passed. The UVSS BoD in later times rejected because the referendum went against the statutes.

The UVSS will be restructured this year after the holding of this same referendum adopted at the semi-annual general meeting last spring. This upcoming election will see the number of CEO positions reduced from 11 to two, and students from each faculty will elect a faculty representative to the board.

With the new structure expected to be instituted in 2023, this AGM may have been smoother. This year’s AGM succeeded in giving students more opportunities to participate and effect change by proposing referendums.

Celonis enters the fight against carbon impact with new sustainability applications for purchasing and supply chain


New Celonis applications identify process inefficiencies to reduce costs, save time and improve sustainability – all at the same time.

NEW YORK and MUNICH, November 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CELOSPHERE 2022 – Celonis, the global leader in fulfillment management, today announced the launch of two new applications that will help customers meet the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, save time, reduce costs and improve sustainability throughout their supply chain. These applications have been developed in collaboration with Celonis partners Climate, EcoVadis and IntegrityNext.

The joint commitment of Celonis and its ecosystem of sustainability partners is part of Celonis’ strategy to enable every business to reduce its carbon impact and execute sustainably by eliminating process inefficiencies. Celonis’ vision is based on integrating sustainability practices into day-to-day process operations for all of its customers and partners.

Celonis customers have set ambitious sustainability goals – these new solutions are designed to enable companies to operationalize their sustainability strategy to achieve those goals. The solutions provide customers with the following capabilities and benefits:

  • Align people around the right priorities in a data-driven way
    • Break down departmental silos and align the organization with sustainability goals and actions
    • Identify the behavior and business context that drive the highest carbon emissions
  • Consolidate data across systems and sources and reduce manual effort to do so
    • Report scientifically accurate emission calculations based on real business activity
    • Eliminate the tedious, manual work of collecting and analyzing scattered sustainability data
  • Take targeted and prioritized actions against the greatest opportunities for impact
    • Empower operational teams to act on sustainability insights and manage trade-offs
    • Determine and prioritize the most effective opportunities to save carbon and reduce day-to-day business operations
    • Manage risks and prioritize spend to suppliers with the highest environmental, social and governance standards

“Sustainability must be part of daily business operations – there is absolutely no time to lose. And all it takes is for every business to look up and realize that each of us can make a difference – simply fixing one process at a time,” said alex rinke, co-founder and co-CEO of Celonis. “Celonis works with the best technology providers in the sustainability industry to help our customers reduce their carbon impact simply by improving their business processes – it’s a win-win of epic proportions.”

The Celonis Shipping Emissions Reduction app: This new Celonis app was developed in collaboration with Climatiq, a leading in-vehicle carbon intelligence solution, as well as Celonis customers including BSH Home Appliances, Delphi Technologies and The LEGO Group, who provided their own feedback on the products and the market to help shape the development. of this Shipping Emission Reduction app.

This new offering from Celonis integrates the Climatiq carbon calculation engine with Celonis’ Execution Management System (EMS), to enable companies to calculate their shipments’ emissions in real time with reporting standards approved by the industry. The app automates carbon emissions reporting by leveraging shipping data in an organization’s computer system. This allows customers to identify where in their logistics they have the highest carbon saving potential and identify the exact actions needed to eliminate those emissions. Clients also benefit from a deep understanding of underlying business processes to help identify the root causes of emissions hotspots and inefficiencies.

“Decarbonizing our business requires concurrent initiatives, working with sustainable partners, shifting to sustainable energy sources and more,” said Arindam Basu, Senior Sustainability Manager of the LEGO Group. “Identifying any inefficiencies in running our business and how they can lead to carbon emissions, as well as calculating where there is potential for additional carbon savings is critical for us and the opportunity to partner with companies like Celonis can be an important step in that direction.”

“The Celonis EMS has provided us with complete visibility into the carbon emissions of our inbound logistics for the first time ever,” said Chris Martin, Head of Process Analytics at Delphi Technologies. “But more importantly, it shows us how we can go beyond just reporting the numbers and dig deeper into what we can actually do about it.”

“Most carbon accounting solutions require manual uploading of business data into third-party tools. Climatiq automates this process and delivers emission measurements into software used in existing day-to-day operations via APIs. put the information in the hands of people who know the business and can take action,” said Hessam Lavi, founder and CEO of Climatiq. “That’s why our relationship with Celonis and the development of these sustainability apps is so unique”

The Celonis application for sustainable expense management: This Celonis app was produced in collaboration with EcoVadis, a leading sustainability assessment platform and IntegrityNext, a leading cloud-based supply chain monitoring and ESG risk management system. The application is available in beta in two different versions, one specifically for EcoVadis and the other specifically tailored for IntegrityNext.

The version of the app designed for IntegrityNext integrates with its monitoring system allowing companies to track compliance with international standards and regulations for sustainability in the supply chain. Supplier malpractice and reputation risks are automatically flagged and action can be directly triggered and documented for improvement. The IntegrityNext platform integrated into the Celonis EMS will help sourcing organizations monitor and improve supplier sustainability, increase sustainability transparency, and mitigate third-party ESG risks.

The technology partnership between Celonis and Ecovadis integrates supplier sustainability scorecards into Celonis’ EMS, as well as new ratings that can be requested using Celonis’ automation capabilities. The new app will allow businesses to automatically remove spend associated with high-risk vendors and prioritize higher-rated vendors. This provides procurement teams with a single source to more effectively view, prioritize and manage supplier sustainability.

About Celonis

Celonis uncovers and fixes inefficiencies businesses can’t see, enabling them to reach levels they never thought possible. Powered by its market-leading process mining core, Celonis’ execution management system provides a comprehensive set of platform features for business executives and users to eliminate billions of inefficiencies business, to provide a better customer experience and to reduce carbon emissions. Celonis has thousands of implementations with global customers and is headquartered in Munich, Germany and New York City, UNITED STATES with more than 20 offices worldwide.

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6 Tips for Meeting New IRS Information Reporting Requirements


By Wendy Walker.

In recent years, the American workforce has seen a major shift in worker classifications. Sovos reported a 33% increase in 1099-K forms filed from tax year 2020 to 2021, and a 17% increase in 1099-NEC tax forms, both reporting a significant increase in work on demand and under contract. With new tax reporting requirements coming into effect in 2023, it is imperative that small business owners understand the tax implications of these recent workforce changes, as well as the practices for managing any new obligations. tax.

Below are six tips to help small business owners deal with the latest updates to tax reporting and reporting thresholds:

  • Be prepared to receive a 1099-K – perhaps for the first time. The IRS reporting threshold has dropped for 1099-K forms, which means online platforms will issue forms for anyone whose transactions total more than $600. Closing the tax gap is a high priority, as evidenced by the $80 billion the IRS has received this year through the Cut Inflation Act, more than half of which is for the app. Small business owners will need to be vigilant about compliance.
  • Be aware of gross amounts reported on 1099 forms. If a small business uses online platforms to find work, it will need to be aware of the discrepancy between the gross amounts reported on 1099-K forms and what it actually received from the platform company. The amount reflected on their 1099-K likely includes expenses related to the business, including fees and credits. Small businesses should get a copy of all transaction details that make up the amounts reported on the 1099 so they can properly identify and account for deductible business expenses.
  • Do not use business accounts for personal transactions. Online platform systems can’t distinguish between personal and business transactions, which means the 1099-K they report may include amounts that aren’t even business-related. And, when the amounts reported by third parties on 1099 forms do not match the amounts reported by the small business on its tax return, it can cause red flags with the IRS (and states) and even lead to unnecessary penalty notices. Although taxes are not due on these personal transactions, the headache of proving it is not worth the risk.
  • Don’t forget the increase in the volume of tax declaration forms: With the IRS lowering the threshold for reporting income and payment transactions for gig workers, freelancers and contractors, businesses must now complete hundreds of thousands of additional tax forms by January 31, 2023. Be be prepared for the delays this may cause and don’t do it. expect everything to happen quickly.
  • Missing or incorrect information can be very expensive: Improper tax document collection and validation processes often result in incorrect information being reported on tax forms, which can lead to incorrect filing penalties and trigger withholding obligations for organizations, amounting to $280 per form, with a cap of approximately $3.4 million.
  • Zelle is not the same as Venmo. Zelle is an ACH payment network. Banks partner with Zelle to participate in the network and if your bank participates, you can use it to transfer funds via ACH to participating bank accounts. ACH networks are not subject to 1099-K reporting. Venmo is a digital wallet like PayPal – you can store money in your account, and you can top up Venmo account with funds from various sources like credit cards, and you can transfer money from your account Venmo to other digital wallets. Venmo is considered a third-party payment network for 1099-K reporting purposes.


As Head of Solutions for Sovos, Wendy Walker uses her market expertise to create and implement product and solution strategies that help customers meet the demands of an ever-changing regulatory environment. Since joining Sovos, Wendy has helped lead the growth-focused go-to-market strategy for the Tax & Regulatory Reporting business line.

Control of Congress, future of Biden’s agenda in voters’ hands



WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of Congress and the future of President Joe Biden’s agenda were at stake in the tuesday midterm elections as voters decided races for the House and Senate as well as dozens of governorships and key campaign posts.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, a former congressman. The victory continues DeSantis’ rise as a national Republican star as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024 that could leave him well-placed to be a primary GOP alternative to Donald Trump. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was also re-elected, fending off a challenge from Democrat Val Demings and further illustrating the state’s rightward shift.

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Democrats overturned two governorships held by Republicans, Maura Healey the first openly gay person and the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts and Wes Moore Maryland’s first black governor. Republican Sarah Sanders, Trump’s former White House press secretary, was elected governor of Arkansas, becoming the state’s first female governor.

In Georgia, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker were vying for a seat which could determine the control of the Senate. In Virginia, Democratic Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria fended off fiery Republican opponents in what could serve as early signals of where the majority of the House heads as Republicans hope to reclaim suburban neighborhoods that passed to Democrats during Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency.

The outcome of the races for the House and Senate will be determine the future of Biden’s agenda and serve as a referendum on his administration as the nation reels from record inflation and worries about the direction of the country. Republican control of the House would likely trigger a series of investigations into Biden and his family, while a GOP takeover of the Senate would hamper Biden’s ability to make judicial appointments.

Democrats faced historic headwinds. The ruling party almost always suffers losses in the president’s first midterm elections, but Democrats hoped anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to void right to abortion could energize their constituents to reverse historical trends.

Even Biden, who planned to watch the results of the evening election at the White House, said late Monday night that he thought his party would keep the Senate but “the House is tougher.” When asked how this would make governance, his assessment was blunt: “More difficult”.

Republicans are betting messages focused on the economy, gas prices and crime will resonate with voters in a time of galloping inflation and rise in violence.

AP VoteCast, a extensive investigation of the national electorate, showed that high inflation and concerns about the fragility of democracy were strongly influencing voters.

Half of voters said inflation was factored in significantly, with grocery, gas, housing, food and other costs skyrocketing over the past year. Slightly less – 44% – said the future of democracy was their main concern.

Few major voting problems were reported across the country, although there were hiccups typical of most election days. Some tabulators did not work in a New Jersey county. In Philadelphia, where Democrats are counting on high turnout, people complained of being turned away as they showed up in person to try to resolve issues with their previously cast absentee ballots.

In Maricopa County, Arizona, which encompasses Phoenix and is the largest county in the state, officials reported problems with vote tabulation machines at about 20% of polling places. That has fueled anger and skepticism over the vote that has grown among some Republicans since the state narrowly went for Biden in 2020.

Polls were still open in several states with high-profile races for Senate or governor, including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona and Michigan. Voters in many of those states were also choosing secretaries of state, roles that typically get little attention but are coming under increasing scrutiny as GOP candidates who declined to accept the results of the 2020 campaign presented themselves to control the management of future elections.

In the first national election since the January 6 uprising, the country’s democratic future is in question. Some who participated in or were near the attack are set to be elected on Tuesday, including several candidates for House seats. Concerns about political violence are also rising less than two weeks after a suspect under the spell of conspiracy theories targeted the San Francisco home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and brutally beat her 82-year-old husband.

The 2022 elections are expected to cost $16.7 billion at the state and federal levels, making them the most expensive midterm elections ever, according to the nonpartisan campaign finance tracking organization OpenSecrets.

Republicans entered the final stretch of the campaign in a position of strength to regain control of at least one chamber of Congress, giving them the power to thwart Biden’s agenda for the remaining two years of his term. The GOP needed a net gain of just one seat to win the US Senate and five to regain the US House.

All House seats were up for grabs, as were 34 Senate seats – with cliffhangers particularly likely in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona. Thirty-six states elect governors, and many of these races are about to shrink to the slimmest of margins as well.

The dynamic was more complicated in the state capitals. Democrats have easily won gubernatorial races against Trump-backed candidates in Maryland and Massachusetts as well as in Illinois, where Governor JB Pritzker defeated State Senator Darren Bailey. The GOP also faced unexpected headwinds in toppling the conservative Kansas governor’s office. Democrats, meanwhile, were worried about their prospects in the race for governor of Oregon, usually a liberal stronghold.

If the GOP has a particularly strong election, winning congressional seats held by Democrats in places like New Hampshire or Washington state, pressure could build for Biden to opt against re-election in 2024. Trump, as for him, could try to capitalize on the GOP gains by officially launching another bid for the White House during a “very big announcement” in Florida next week.

The former president backed more than 300 candidates in the midterm cycle and hopes to use Republican victories as a springboard for a 2024 presidential campaign.

“Well, I think if they win, I should take all the credit. And if they lose, I shouldn’t take the blame at all. But it’s probably going to be quite the opposite,” Trump said in an interview. at NewsNation.

Biden’s late endorsement has left many Democrats in competitive races reluctant to campaign with him. Only 43% of American adults said they approve of the way Biden handles his job as president, according to an october poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Only 25% then said the country was moving in the right direction.

Yet Biden has for months urged voters to reject Republicans who have contributed to an extreme political environment.

It resonated with Kevin Tolbert, a 49-year-old who works in employment law and lives in Southfield, Michigan. “It’s something that needs to be protected and we protect it by voting, by being absent and by supporting our country,” he said.

It could be days or even weeks before the races — and potentially congressional scrutiny — are decided. Some states with mail-in ballots, such as Michigan, have seen an increase in ballot returns compared to the 2018 midterms. These votes may take longer to count because, in many states, ballots votes must be postmarked by Tuesday, but may not reach the polling stations until a few days later. In the Georgia Senate race, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to avoid a December 6 runoff.

Associated Press writers Corey Williams in Southfield, Michigan, Anita Snow in Phoenix, Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia and Jacquelyn Martin contributed to this report.

Follow AP coverage of the 2022 midterm elections at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections. And learn more about the issues and factors at play mid-term on https://apnews.com/hub/explaining-the-elections.

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The city council has a busy schedule this Tuesday


November 5—Thanks to strict standards put in place by China and India, recycling is no longer as profitable as it used to be and it looks like the city of Odessa will soon lose 326 recycling bins.

Utilities manager Tom Kerr told council members last week that BRI Recycling Services, which has had a contract with the city for about 20 years, was unwilling to continue handling recyclables from the most 300 bins placed in the city in schools and commercial businesses such as Dépanneurs DK.

He also told the board that the BIS was raising its rates.

“They informed us that the percentage of trash in commercial pickup was just too big to deal with,” Kerr told the council.

About 50% of materials in recycling bins are contaminated, Kerr said.

In 2018, China decided that it would not accept materials unless the contamination rate was 0.5%. Until then, 40% of US paper, plastic and other recyclables were destined for China. India has also tightened its standards. For example, it has a contamination rate of 1% on imports of mixed paper.

According to Kerr, the city currently disposes of about 100,000 tons of trash a year and about 700 tons of recyclables.

Knowing that BRI’s contract ends in January, Kerr told the board he sent out a request for proposals, but BRI is the only company to respond. As a result, he said the council had four options to choose from.

If the council wants to maintain the current contract with BRI, minus the 326 bins, it will cost the city $96,000 a year instead of the current price of $60,000, Kerr said.

The city would continue to pick up recyclables at the city’s seven collection sites and Time Machine and BRI employees would continue to separate trash from recyclables on city property on 42nd Street.

The second option would involve the city continuing to bring everything to the 42nd Street facility, but BRI would take and separate the materials from the company’s facility in Midland. The price: $276,000.

The third option would be for BRI to collect the bins from the seven collection sites and the Time Machine, transporting the materials to Midland and separating them there, Kerr said. The total cost: $354,000.

The fourth option is to stop recycling altogether.

The problem with the $96,000 option is that the city would save about $68,000 a year, but would have to replace the building where the separation takes place at a cost of $1.85 million, Kerr said. The 16,000 square foot building is in disrepair, he said.

All members of the city council indicated that they were inclined to go for the third option, where BRI would start picking up and transporting the materials to Midland. They will vote on the matter on Tuesday evening.

Kerr predicts that 70% of schools and commercial businesses using recycling bins will replace them with trash cans, bringing in $243,000 in additional revenue per year. They currently pay $33 a month for recycling bins, and trash cans cost $86 a month, he said.

Considering other expenses and cost savings, Kerr said the city needed to increase its budget by $149,766 if the council chose the third option. If the city council chose the second option and continued to haul everything to 42nd Street itself, the city would have to increase its budget by just under $112,000.

Halting recycling altogether would save the city just over $164,000, he said.

In addition, City Council will consider awarding Midland-based KDC Associates a $650,000 contract to design and oversee a downtown improvement project.

Kelly Cook, partner in the firm, and Casey Hallmark, executive director of downtown Odessa, told the council last week that KDC had been looking at downtown to see where an entertainment district could be located and where the city could get the biggest impact for the $7 million. issued in bond certificates three years ago.

Cook provided the council with artist renderings of Jackson Avenue, but noted that no location had been set in stone. They suggest Jackson Avenue because the project could take six months to two years and fewer businesses would be disrupted, there would be immediate changes that taxpayers could see, it would be tied to public-private partnership projects that are already completed and there would be less interaction between pedestrians and vehicles.

Cook and Hallmark said that before the project begins, KDC will engage businesses, members of the public and the city council in discussions about the characteristics of the entertainment district.

Anti-LGBTQ dominate ‘dividing’ topics in FOIA prosecution’s advice line


FAIRFAX COUNTY — Thousands of students at schools across Virginia participated in walkouts and rallies on Tuesday to oppose revised “model policies” on transgender students released by the Virginia Department of Education.

The VDOE policy revisions were published on September 16 and differ significantly from the policies adopted in 2020.

The original policies on the treatment of trans students were intended to protect LGBTQ students; but the revised “model policies” have been criticized by activists, educators and lawmakers for requiring students to use school facilities for the gender they were assigned at birth and preventing students from changing their names and pronouns without parental permission. Additionally, the policies instruct teachers and staff not to conceal a student’s gender identity from parents, even when a student requests to keep that information private.

The Virginia-based, student-run Pride Liberation Project responded to these policy changes by organizing mass walkouts and rallies at more than 90 schools from Alexandria to Williamsburg.

“These proposed guidelines essentially take that cornerstone and use it to undermine our rights. If these guidelines are implemented, it will be the biggest loss for gay rights in Virginia in years,” Natasha Sanghvi, student organizer for the Pride Liberation Project, said in a statement.

Openly gay Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said in a statement that “these new model policies, which flagrantly violate Virginia law, will cause serious harm to transgender students. They are not based on science or compassion and will lead to students leaving before they are ready, increased bullying and harassment of marginalized young people, and forcing students to jump through hoops legal just to be referred to by their proper name.

Ebbin joined several hundred West Potomac High School students in Alexandria at a rally opposing model policies proposed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

“The new policy proposals will only hurt more trans students who are already at risk of being exposed, harassed and hurt,” Fairfax County high school student Jules Lombardi told the Washington Blade. “These projects will take schools, which are meant to be safe environments for students, and turn them into spaces where students must hide lest their parents discover their identities.”

“It’s not a ‘parental rights’ issue, it’s a human rights issue and we deserve to be treated with the same respect as cis students,” Lombardi added.

Students at more than 90 Virginia schools participated in walkouts on Tuesday, September 27.
(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Andrea-Grace Mukuna, a student at John R. Lewis High School in Springfield, told the Blade that “gender affirmation matters. Something so easy to give to cisgender people is a right that our transgender and gender non-conforming youth deserve. I’m coming out because schools will no longer be a safe place for gay students if these policies are passed.

“The requirement for teachers to refer to students by their birth name and pronouns that match their gender, rather than trusting our students to know themselves and who they are best, reinforces the “idea that we, as students, have no power, control or knowledge over anything in our lives. Gay youth exist, and no policy can change that,” Mukuna said.

Mukuna continued, “Attempting to rob them of their ability to be who they are is a malicious attack on vulnerable students that could cause life-threatening injuries.”

“I walk for my queer community – there’s no way to erase us,” Mukuna said.

Several hundred students left McLean High School. The walkout was led by members of the school’s GSA and Pride Liberation Project organizers, including McLean High School senior Casey Calabia.

Calibia asked the crowd, “Do we want Governor Youngkin to understand that’s not what Virginia looks like?”

The crowd yelled, “yes!”

“Virginia represents trans kids. Trans and queer people are part of humanity. We will be accepted one way or another and seeing everyone here today is another step towards that change,” Calibia said through a bull horn.

Calibia told The Blade in a pre-walkout statement that “to call these policies in favor of respecting the rights and privacy of trans students is like calling an apple an orange. The Transgender Model of 2022 policies, even in draft form, have begun to actively harm the mental health of my community. »

“Instead of focusing on academics and our future, we need to sit in class and wonder if we will be safe in school,” Calibia concluded. “Not only does removing the 2021 policies, a cornerstone of LGBTQIA+ rights for Virginia, but mocking them with these replacements, is a devastating blow to myself, trans students, queer students, and the entire community. Virginia Public Schools student body. How can we be safe if we can be removed from school guidance, maliciously abused, and denied opportunities for other students simply because of our gender? Accepting gay students in class does not indoctrinate or brainwash children. It tells gay students like me that it’s okay and safe to be ourselves at school.

Students walk out of McLean High School on Tuesday, September 27 to protest the Youngkin administration’s school policies
(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The student protests in Virginia made national news.

“He is a president who supports the LGBTQI+ community and has supported this community for some time now as vice-president, as a senator and certainly as president now,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, attaché of White House press, in response to a question about the protests during his daily press briefing. “And he . . . is always proud to speak out against the mistreatment of this community… We believe and he believes that young transgender people should be allowed to be able to go to school freely, to be able to express themselves freely, to be able to benefit protections they need to be who they are.

“As far as this community is concerned, he is a strong partner and ally, as well as the vice-president,” said Jean-Pierre.

Walkouts and rallies were held at middle and high schools in Arlington, Bedford, Buchanan, Chesterfield, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Henrico, James City, Loudoun, Louisa, Montgomery, Powhatan, Prince George’s, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and York counties as well as the cities of Chesapeake, Newport News, Portsmouth, Richmond, Williamsburg and Winchester.

“Every parent wants the laws of Virginia to ensure the safety and freedom of children and to encourage a dynamic and engaging learning experience. But the Virginia Department of Education rejects these shared values ​​by advancing policies that will target LGBTQ children for harassment and abuse simply because of who they are,” Ebbin said.

Our role in innovation for climate action


Public and private sector delegates prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), the largest annual gathering on climate action.

This year’s conference, COP27, will be held November 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Khaled Hashem, President of Egypt and North Africa, Honeywell, spoke about the collaboration he hopes to see fostered at COP this year – as well as the importance of the venue, as Egypt is the first of two nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to host the COP in the next two years. COP28 is expected to take place in the United Arab Emirates in 2023.

“The region last hosted the COP in 2012, and much has changed since then, including a greater focus on the specific threats that MENA countries face if climate change continues unabated. current,” Hashem said. “Now is the time for the public and private sectors to come together to address these challenges.”

Hashem added, “COP27 represents the ideal opportunity for the public sector to advance the regulatory frameworks, financial structures and other policies that create the market conditions for technological innovation to thrive.

Ahead of COP27, here’s a look at some of the ways Honeywell is contributing to sustainable transformation and how innovation is playing a leading role:

Southold Town Planning Council Meeting


The Southold Planning Board Business Session will be held on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at the Southold Town Meeting Hall, 53095 NYS Route 25, Southold, NY and virtually via the Zoom online platform.

The public meeting of the Southold Town Planning Board will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the Southold Town Meeting Hall, 53095 NYS Route 25, Southold, NY.

This meeting is public; however, this is not a public hearing. Public testimony may not be solicited or received.

Pierce Rafferty will participate via Zoom from the HLF Museum.

Meeting agendas are added when available.

Agenda of the CP working session 17/10/22

Public participation options:

  • In person: Location: Southold Town Hall, 53095 NYS Route 25, Southold.



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Printable Southold 2022 Planning Council Meeting Calendar

Jessica Michaelis, office assistant
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Southold, NY 11971
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North Northants Visitor Information Center on executive’s agenda

Culture and tourism

November 03, 2022

As part of a report providing an update on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the executive of North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) will discuss a new visitor information center at Rushden Lakes.

The fund is a central part of the government’s upgrade program and North Northamptonshire has received £4,835,332 (a mix of revenue and equity funding) for local investment by March 2025.

Projects must focus on three priority themes, communities and place, support for local businesses, people and skills, with grant schemes, events to attract visitors to the region’s main streets and work on the existing DiscoverNN application have all been identified as projects suitable for delivery. in year 1, alongside a new visitor information center at Rushden Lakes.

The center will be the focus of capital allocation for Year 1, with an existing unit at Rushden Lakes being transformed. The works and day-to-day management of the center will be undertaken by NNC.

Once funding is received from the government, the unit will be transformed into a visually striking space, with local information on display and retail space, as well as community engagement and education, all encouraging visitor traffic to the area.

It is hoped that once opened, the new information center will become a hub for the region’s tourism offering and showcase the unique and exciting tourist attractions of North Northamptonshire, while encouraging visitors and residents to get involved, share their photos of the region and get involved. on social networks.

Following consultations and commitments earlier in the year, we are now looking in more detail at how North Northamptonshire’s share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will be spent, this includes a variety of exciting projects that will help develop the region and to increase footfall through the area. Once funding is released, work can begin with all projects due for delivery by March 2025.Cllr David Brackenbury, Executive Board Member for Growth and Regeneration

Once this fantastic asset is open, our agents will work with existing partners such as the University of Leicester and the Creating Tomorrow Trust to provide learning and volunteering opportunities. All staff, volunteers and students will be visitor-focused, providing exceptional customer service to visitors and helping to create bespoke itineraries for days out across North Northamptonshire.Cllr Helen Howell, Deputy Head of Council and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism

I look forward to receiving an update on the UK Fund for Shared Prosperity and the progress we are making in preparing to receive funds, as well as how the projects, including the new information center for visitors, will be delivered, along with details of how they will enjoy North Northamptonshire.Cllr Jason Smithers, Head of Council

The Executive will meet on Thursday 10 November from 9am at the Corby Cube, the agenda is available online through the NNC website and will be broadcast live via the council youtube channel.

Diversity Leadership Awards, Special Appointments and More


Colombia News produces a bi-weekly newsletter (subscribe here!) and a series of articles featuring a roundup of awards and milestones Columbia faculty, staff, and students have received in recent days. In this edition, you will find prizes and milestones from October 20 to November 3, 2022.

Do you have an award or milestone that you would like to see featured in the newsletter or online article? Please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Note that we will air this series every two weeks.

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Professors Ishmail Abdus-Saboor and Elham Azizi are among 25 scientists nationwide who have received the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s inaugural Scientific Diversity Leadership Awards for furthering their scientific research, the initiative announced this month. They will each receive $1.15 million over five years to pursue new research and undertake outreach, mentoring and teaching activities.

Gregory AlexanderProfessor of Nursing Helen Young CUPHSONAA, has been named Co-Chair of Committee #7 of the Moving Forward: Nursing Home Quality Coalition.

Donald Boyd (NUR PhD’17), Associate Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and Associate Professor of Nursing, received the Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Donald Edmondson, associate professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, will receive the 2022 Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Trauma Psychology. This award recognizes sustained contributions of leadership in the field of trauma psychology.

Lorraine FrazierDean of the School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of CUIMC, and Fried Lindadean of the Mailman School of Public Health and director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, were selected as two of Politics NY’s 2022 Power Players in Health Care.

Madelyn Gould, Irving Philips, professor of psychiatry epidemiology, is the recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest private funder of suicide prevention research.

Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, professor of clinical psychiatry, received the Wen-Shing Tseng Lifetime Award from the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry. The award is given every three years to an individual for outstanding achievement in cultural psychiatry.

A Columbia Mailman School report, “The Prescription of Trust Pharmacists Transforming Patient Care,” led by John McHugh, assistant professor of health policy and management and co-author with Express Scripts® Pharmacy won the PRNews Platinum Award for External Publication Campaign. It was presented at an award ceremony on October 12.

Elizabeth Park, assistant professor of medicine, received a Distinguished Fellow Award from the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals.

Carlos Paz Soldanassociate professor of applied physics and applied mathematics at Columbia Engineering, was named a member of the Department of Energy’s Fusion Energy Science Advisory Board.

Helene de PinhoAssociate Dean of Educational Programs at the Mailman School of Public Health has been selected as the 2023 Provost’s Faculty Teaching Principal.

Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is the recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) George Tarjan, MD, Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities. The award recognizes his distinguished career as a clinical researcher working with autism.

Warren Ng, director of clinical services in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry, is the recipient of the AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award on Diversity and Culture. The award recognizes her contributions to advancing the understanding of diversity and culture in children’s mental health and her commitment to recruiting members of diverse cultures into child and adolescent psychiatry.

Myrna Weissman, Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology (in psychiatry), has been ranked 34 among the top female scientists for 2022 by Research.com, a leading academic platform. In addition to this distinction, Dr. Weissman will be honored as a Mood Disorders Award recipient and speaker at the American College of Psychiatrists Annual Meeting in February 2023.


Noémie Pinardon-Touati, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, was recently named the winner of the European Finance Association’s Engelbert Dockner Memorial Prize for Best Young Researcher Paper.


Victoria Malaney-Browndirector of academic integrity at Columbia College, was elected president of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association for 2022-2024.

Top 3 Real Estate Digital Marketing Strategies to Attract Qualified Buyers


It’s no news that real estate is extremely competitive. Nor that the market has undergone profound changes since the dawn of digital, further accelerated by the pandemic.

When it comes to marketing, the industry employs a host of strategies to get buyers to sign on the dotted line, but as with most things, the question that needs to be asked is whether these strategies are still effective and whether the industry is moving forward with the times?

“The property developer must adapt to changing market conditions by expanding their traditional marketing territory, looking outside their usual geographic area, as well as finding areas where people are still considering buying,” according to Yvonne MA , CEO of Eighty20. “To thrive in a bear market, you need to be creative, resourceful, and open to new ideas. It’s time to rethink the marketing manual from time to time and embrace the changes.

Like meseveral winners in 2022 at INTERACTIVE-MARKETINGit is agency of the year, DigiZ and MARKies Awards, Eighty20 has carved out a place for itself by helping the real estate industry better exploit its marketing potential. Introducing clients like New World Development, Sino Land, MTR, ChinaChem Group, KWG Group and Savills Eighty20 help optimize their content and digital footprint.

Here are three marketing strategies for the best acquisition, conversion and optimization in real estate.

1. LinkedIn Inbound and Outbound Marketing

LinkedIn has become a powerful platform in the digital space. You might think of it more as a B2B space, but the 830 million users in over 200 countries hosted by the platform are also all consumers. Moreover, only 1% of these users generate content leaving a big void with little compositionetion.

More importantly, he has the eyes of powerful, wealthy individuals. Whereas LinkedIn allows you to filter your network by job title – CEO, VP, Director – it also allows you to sort by company size. This provides an unparalleled opportunity to market luxury properties to the most qualified buyers.

LinkedIn its ability to continue to generate organic reach sets it apart from other competitors on social media. The straight pole can easily reach thousands of eyeballs offering the possibility of retaining an audience and even a network of potential future prospects.

Combining inbound traffic through regular organic content that builds awareness of your brand by optimizing your profile and outbound strategies of targeting a target and proactively reaching potential leads is one of the most powerful weapons a brand has. can use in its marketing arsenal.

2. Leverage Social Monitoring Tools Effectively

Nine out of 10 consumers will buy from brands they follow on social media, according to the Sprout’s Social Data Platform 2021 Index. Additionally, 86% said they would choose this brand over a competitor. Around 85% of consumers said they will buy more often from this brand. Brands are going to have to compete for attention more than ever, as consumers become more comfortable shopping through social media.

Although brands are using social listening and monitoring tools, they haven’t fully exploited the potential locked in the data they collect. Analytics they are the gathering should be clearly articulated in a social media strategy that demonstrates an understanding of the wants and needs of potential customers.

Use the tools at your disposal not only to listen but also to respond. Social media monitoring tools can help you modify existing products, add features, or fix issues your customers are having.

3. Hyper-categorize your audience via dynamic and precise online targeting in different phases

This can be done via your target audiences interests, life stages and browsing history on various digital sites touch points such as social platforms, websites and apps – which could significantly increase the chances of acquiring and retaining your target audiences to engage with your campaign. And target your personalized content in real time.

Creating groups of target segments allows for micro-targeted messages. For example, investors will naturally have different interests in a property compared to those of a family. Think about how to dig those targets customers using online browsing behavior and the social communities they belong to not only on social media platforms, but also on messaging apps and location-based advertising.

This will help increase response rates and generate profitable leads to showcase your unique sale. points in digital space.

This article was produced in collaboration with Eighty20.

Average HELOC and Home Equity Loan Rates for the Week of October 31, 2022

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Key points to remember

  • Home equity loan rates rose slightly last week, while the rate for a HELOC remained stable.
  • Experts are predicting another rate hike from the Federal Reserve this week, which could impact home equity rates.
  • HELOC interest rates are often directly tied to what the Fed does.

Was last week the calm before the storm for home equity loan and line of credit (HELOC) rates? Ahead of the Federal Reserve’s November meeting, home equity product rates remained virtually unchanged.

This week will be a different story.

With inflation at 8.2% year-over-year in September, the Fed will almost certainly announce another big hike in the federal funds rate, a short-term interest rate that determines what banks charge themselves to borrow money. silver. Experts predict the Fed will go with a 75 basis point hike, the same as at their September meeting.

“Contrary to tradition mortgage rates, some home equity products, particularly home equity lines of credit, are directly tied to what the Fed does. As a result, we will almost certainly see rates on home equity loan products increase after next week’s announcement,” said Jacob Channelsenior economist at LendingTree.

Despite rising rates, consumers remain incentivized to borrow with home equity loans and HELOCs. Americans are sitting on a near-record amount of home equity, with the total net worth that can be tapped reaching $11.5 trillion in the second quarteraccording to Black Knight, a mortgage data and technology company.

“A lot of people, all of a sudden, have this extra equity in their homes that they want to leverage, so we’re seeing a huge demand for home equity loans and lines of credit,” says Lv PersaudCFP and Managing Director of Transition Planning & Guidance.

The interest rate for $30,000 HELOC remained at 7.30% week over week, while home equity loan rates only rose a few points.

Here are the average home equity loan and HELOC rates as of October 26, 2022:

Type of loan Price for this week Last week’s rate Difference
$30,000 HELOC 7.30% 7.30% nothing
10-year $30,000 home equity loan 7.51% 7.43% +0.08
Home equity loan of $30,000 over 15 years 7.41% 7.38% +0.03

How these rates are calculated

These rates come from a survey conducted by Bankrate, which, like NextAdvisor, is owned by Red Ventures. Averages are determined from a survey of the top 10 banks in the 10 major US markets.

What are home equity loans and HELOCs?

Home equity loans and HELOCs are secured loans. You use the difference between what your house is worth and what you owe on your mortgage as a guarantee.

here is the difference between the two products:

HELOC work the same way as credit card. You get it on a revolving basis and only pay interest on what you’ve borrowed. As with credit cards, there will be a limit to how much you can borrow at one time. Interest rates on a HELOC are often floating, meaning they go up and down with an index, usually the prime rate. This is something you should always pay attention to, but especially in today’s rising rate environment.

Home Equity Loans are closer to personal loans in that they provide a one-time cash injection. You will pay it back over time, usually at a fixed rate. Once you’ve taken out a home equity loan, your interest payments won’t change, even if rates go up.

“Home equity is still a very attractive option in this environment, compared to other forms of borrowing like a cash refinance, which has been the preferred way to leverage your equity for the past two years. “, declares Werner LootExecutive Vice President of Direct Consumer Lending at US Bank.

What the Federal Reserve means for home equity loans and HELOCs

Throughout 2022, home equity loan and HELOC interest rates have continued to move in tandem with Fed rate hikes.

“The Fed is trying to break the economy and unfortunately it has to,” says Charles Wagner, partner at Biondo Investment Advisors. “Until they see less consumer spending and lower inflation, they’re going to keep raising rates.”

As a result, borrowing with a home equity loan or HELOC is going to get more expensive — and stay that way — until the Fed can take its foot off the gas pedal.

Even so, experts note increased interest in home equity products.

“Going forward, I think we’ll continue to see a back-and-forth between home equity burning a hole in consumers’ pockets and higher rates making that loan less attractive,” Channel says.

How to get home equity financing

To obtain home equity financing, you will need to complete an application with a lender of your choice. It doesn’t have to be the same lender through whom you took out your mortgage. Experts recommend shop to see who offers the best rate.

“Remember that the average rate is not the end, everything is everything. You should always do common sense things like raise your credit score and research lenders before applying,” says Channel. “You can potentially get rates above or below average depending on your personal circumstances.”

Another option is to get pre-qualified for home equity financing. “In many cases, you can do a loan estimate to get an idea of ​​both interest and principal. This can help determine your comfort level,” says Loots.

How to Use Home Equity

There is a lot of ways to use home equity loans and HELOCsbut the most common are home improvement and debt consolidation. Unlike targeted loans, home equity products offer great flexibility in how you choose to use them.

Think about how you use the equity in your property.

“I think it’s easy to get caught up in ‘What’s the stock market doing? What’s up with house prices? What’s the interest rate today? and then we fail to link it. to our broader goals and aspirations,” says Jamie HopkinsManaging Partner of Wealth Solutions at Carson Group.

As long as you can comfortably pay both interest and principal, borrowing against your home can be a more efficient and cheaper way to access capital than a personal loan.

Be aware of the risks: Your home is both your greatest asset and your biggest cost. If you fail to pay a home equity loan or HELOC, you risk losing your home.

The Agenda: At local government this week

downtown Wilmington (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands)

SOUTHEASTERN NC – Every Monday, Port City Daily will share upcoming government meetings in the Tri-County area. If there is an element of public interest, we will also include it under the meeting indicated.

Monday October 31

Wilmington City Council will hold an agenda briefing at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 102 N. 3rd St. The meeting can be streamed live on GTV8 and Youtube.

Tuesday, November 1

The New Hanover County School Board will meet at 5 p.m. at the Board of Education Center at 1805 South 13th Street. The meeting can be streamed live on Youtube. The agenda understand :

  • Amendment to Seclusion and Restraint Policy 4302-R
  • Update of the strategic plan: academic performance and educational response
  • Calendar Committee Update

The Pender County Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Pender County Public Assembly Hall, 805 S. Walker St. in Burlaw. The meeting can be streamed live here. The agenda understand :

  • A rezoning application for two parcels, totaling 0.97 acres in Long Creek Township, ranging from general business to residential performance
  • A rezoning requesting 11 acres of land ranging from rural agriculture and general industry to general business and general industry

Surf City City Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Complex, 214 W. Florence Way. The meeting can be streamed live on Youtube. The agenda understand :

  • A public hearing for an annexation request
  • A Request for Contract Award for RCCP Phase III
  • A permit application for Carolina House Movers

Topsail Beach Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 820 S. Anderson Blvd.

The Wrightsville Beach Planning Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Wrightsville Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 321 Causeway Drive. An agenda has not been released at press time.

Wilmington City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 102 N. 3rd St. The meeting can be streamed live on GTV8 and Youtube. The agenda includes:

  • Public hearing to rezone the property at 107 Castle Street from a community business to a historic residential area
  • Ordinance amending the land use planning code various changes relating to authorized uses, borough standards, use standards, landscaping, alternative lot development, parking standards, administrative provisions, measurements and definitions
  • Resolution to reach an agreement with the Salvation Army of Cape Fear for road construction using $1,300,000 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding

Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Directors will meet at 4 p.m. at Rankin Terrace Place, 415 N. 12th St. The Housing and Economic Opportunity Board of Directors will meet next, immediately followed by the Glover Plaza Board of Directors.

The Belville Planning Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Belville City Hall, 63 River Road. Council will review and decide on a site plan application for 45 River Road – the proposed River Road apartments, as submitted by CSD Engineering, owned by Urban Smart Growth Belville LLC.

The Pender County School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Katherine Herring Resource Center, 798 US Hwy. 117 S. Burgaw. The meeting will be broadcast live via Youtube. The agenda includes discussion of district CCV planning and school surveys.

Brunswick County School Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Center for Applied Science and Technology, 1109 Old Ocean Hwy, Bolivia. The meeting will be broadcast live here. The agenda includes the extension of Jerry Oates’ superintendent contract.

New Hanover County Board of Elections will meet Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. in the Longleaf Room at 1241-A Military Cutoff Rd. to review mail-in ballots. Limited in-person seating will be streamed live here. To call, dial 1-336-218-2051 at 5 p.m. and enter conference ID 689 795 874.

Pender County Board of Elections will meet at 807 S. Walker St. to review mail-in ballot applications and discuss other election-related matters at 6 p.m.

Brunswick County Board of Elections will meet at 30 Government Center Dr. NE to consider mail-in ballot requests at 4 p.m., as needed.

Wednesday November 2

The Town of Burlaw Beautification Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 115 S. Dickerson St.

The town of Surf City organizes a public meeting on its right-of-way project 4-7 p.m. at City Hall, 214 W. Florence Way, for residents in Zones 4, 6, 7, and 8.

City of North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen will meet at 11 am at the Town Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court. The meeting can be streamed live on line. The agenda understand :

  • A Coastal Engineer Update
  • Acceptance of Don Harte’s resignation from the Board of Aldermen
  • Swearing in of new College of Aldermen Fred Fontana and Tom Leonard
  • A presentation on fire station #2

The Wilmington Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 102 N. 3rd St. The meeting can be streamed live on GTV8 and Youtube. The agenda understand :

  • A conditional rezoning of 938, 1121 and 1125 MOntclair Drive from a single-family, medium-density home to a mixed-use, medium-density residence for a 13-lot subdivision
  • A street closure two portions of Willard Street: an improved right-of-way 66 feet wide located between 2nd Street South and Burnett Boulevard and between Burnett Boulevard and Park Street, with a total length of approximately 297 feet. The applicant requested an extension.

The Village of Bald Head Island will hold a special meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety Building in the Multipurpose Room, 273 Edward Teach Extension. The public can access it via Zoom. An agenda has not been released at press time.

Kure Beach Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at 117 Settlers Ln. The agenda understand :

  • Continuation of the discussion on the municipal ordinances to be revised Recommended
  • Ongoing discussion of city ordinances regarding private beach access points
  • Ongoing discussion of green/sustainable planning and zoning elements

Cape Fear Utility Authority will have a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the IT Conference Room, 235 Government Center Dr. Agenda items include:

  • $603,000 consultant contract for HDR Engineering Incorporated of the Carolinas for the treatment of PFAS at the Richardson Water Treatment Facility
  • $325,485 Amendment #1 to the renewal of the construction services contract with Carolina Civilworks, Inc.

New Hannover Airport Board will meet at 5:00 p.m. in the ILM Executive Boardroom. Items on the agenda include:

  • Fourth lease amendment for Marathon FBO Partners LLC d/b/a AeroCenter Wilmington expanding lease by 78,800 square feet
  • Update on Coffman & Associates planning services related to ILM Business Park

Thursday, November 3

The Southport Planning Council will hold a special council workshop at 2:00 p.m. at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall, 113 West Moore St. The meeting will be a joint session with the Southport ABC Council to answer council questions and explain how the local ABC Council and the Council of aldermen interact. Meetings can be streamed live here. An agenda has not been released at press time.

The New Hanover County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Historic New Hanover County Courthouse, 24 North Third St. agenda to understand:

  • Rezoning application for 0.36 acres of land at 7100 Carolina Beach Rd. from R-10 to O&I
  • Special Use Permit for the installation of wireless communications at the intersection of Plantation Road and Military Cutoff Ext.

Burlaw City Tourism Development Authority will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 115 S. Dickerson St.

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ASI Reveals Latest Halloween Events and Upcoming Plans for November


Associated Students Inc. and campus leaders announced events to wrap up the Halloween season, as well as their plans for November, at the ASI meeting on October 28.

According to Claudia Catota, Director of Diversity and Special Assistant to the President, the Equity, Inclusion and Compliance Division will host its first community conversation via zoom on October 31 at 12 p.m.

Catota said, “I want to thank Carson and Ramneet for their insight on cultural appropriation, cultures during Halloween, and Halloween costumes.”

The upcoming Community Conversation will include a panel featuring Catota, ASI Coordinator and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association Co-Chair, Christina Contreras, and Outreach Director and Faculty and Staff Association Co-Chair blacks, Darius Riggins. The panel will be moderated by Marcus Brown, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance.

Catota also announced that the Equity, Inclusion and Compliance Division will present the documentary “A song for Caesar” at the Théâtre Dore on November 3 at 6:15 p.m. Special guest Andres Chavez, CSUB alumnus and vice president of engagement and outreach for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, will attend the screening. A panel will also take place after the screening of the documentary, which will be moderated by the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education, Dr. James Rodriguez

Rubicelia Alvarez, director of student engagement, said the sociology club will host a Halloween and Día de Los Muertos showcase event on Red Brick Road on Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m.

Alvarez also said the student union will have the best week ever from October 31 to November 4 in the student union’s multi-purpose room. Board games will be available to students throughout the week.

According to Veronica Catalán, director of campus programming, Campus Programming will work with Dr. Jonathan Young, associate professor of religious studies, to organize a celebration for Día de Los Muertos on November 1.

Catalán shared: “They will be out of the student union from four to six. They will provide pan de muerto and champurrado.

Catalán said campus programming is also working with the president’s office to host the First Generation Celebration on Nov. 8., and International Education Week on November 14.

Vice President for University Affairs, Daisy Alamillo, said University Affairs will resume Runner Hour on November 2 for Día de Los Muertos, where students will have the opportunity to paint sugar skulls.

“We will also have a section where you can give a note to a former loved one and pin them to a ribbon. We will keep it displayed on the altar that week in our ASI office,” Alamillo said.

Although Ignasio Castillo, vice president of legislative affairs, was unable to attend the meeting, Castillo left a report on the events leading up to Election Day on November 8.

According to Castillo’s report, Rowdy Rocks the Vote week kicks off Nov. 2 with the “Your Voice, Your Vote” event from noon to 1 p.m. on the Student Union Patio.

There will also be a Housing Rocks the Vote event in Student Housing East on November 3 from 3-6 p.m.

Take-out Friday will take place on November 4th. Students can complete the Legislative Affairs survey for a chance to win a burger and fries from Moo Creamery.

Athletic Director Kyle Conder announced that CSUB Wrestling, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball will open their seasons in November.

The CSUB men’s basketball team will play on Education Day Nov. 3 at the Icardo Center at 11 a.m., Conder said. The team’s home opener will take place on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Conder said CSUB Women’s Basketball will have its first exhibition game Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. and its home opener Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. against Fresno Pacific University. Both events will take place at the Icardo Center.

According to Conder, CSUB Wrestling’s home opener will take place on November 20 at the Icardo Center starting at the Roadrunner Open. This will be a one day event.

“The more students we can get involved in home competitions, the better. It creates the environment,” Conder said.

Magic: The Gathering Reveals New Command Cards for The Brothers’ War Expansion


The Brothers’ War reveals continue to roll out for Magic: The Gathering, and some very interesting cards have appeared. A set of Command cards, including one for Urza, Mishra, Kayla, and Gix, have been introduced. Unfortunately, the Gix card was only shown in very low resolution, meaning it could be a fake or tampered with.

Urza and Mishra’s revelations in Magic: The Gathering are confirmed, however. Players can learn exactly what these powerful new cards will allow Magic: The Gathering players to do in November below.

Three “Command” cards have been revealed for Magic: The Gathering’s next expansion

In Magic: The Gathering, “Command” cards are unique instants and sorceries, called modal cards. Players who roll a Command card will be presented with four choices. They will allow you to choose two to use each time you cast the spell.

They allow for huge levels of flexibility and power. Command spells have often been key elements of decks in the past, and these also show great promise. Three of them have been revealed, and each represents a particular color. Order of Urza is blue, Order of Mishra is red, Kayla’s Order is white, and the so-called Command of Gix is black.

Wow, Mishra’s Command is such a good modal map! This is going to be great at EDH. https://t.co/9rZzu9Zdtp

There will likely be another Command card revealed in the future, which will be green. Green will almost certainly be Titania’s Commandas she has been the most powerful figure among the green cards so far.

Urza's Command (image via Wizards of the Coast)
Urza’s Command (image via Wizards of the Coast)

Order of Urza is a Blue Instant, which also costs 2UU mana. This allows blue players to do quite a few interesting things. Of these, you can choose two.

  • Creatures you don’t control get -2/-0 until end of turn.
  • Create an engaged Powerstone token.
  • Create a 0/0 colorless Construct artifact creature token tapped with “This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control.”
  • Scry 1, then draw a card.

These abilities mesh well with how Urza is already designed in this Magic: The Gathering expansion. He is big on Powerstones and creates artifact creatures that slowly grow larger as the game progresses. It’s a very rewarding card that can be used in a number of deck archetypes.

Mishra's Command (image via Wizards of the Coast)
Mishra’s Command (image via Wizards of the Coast)

Order of Mishra, on the other hand, is an R+X sorcery, so it can only be cast during your turn. There are still four choices, and the X will affect any choices you make with that card. The more mana you invest, the more power you can access.

  • Choose the target player. He can discard up to X cards. Then, he draws a card for each card thus discarded.
  • This spell deals X damage to target creature.
  • This spell deals X damage to the targeted planeswalker.
  • Target creature gets +X/+0 and haste until end of turn.

As a 1 mana + X card, this card can be used in a variety of fun ways. You can use it as a discard engine or as a way to secure the winning kill in mono-red aggro. It also allows card draws with this discard pile, or it can be used to eliminate a threat.

Command of Gix has been seen on social media and is 3BB sorcery for black people. It fits the mono-black mold of sacrifice, creature buffs, and graveyard scavenging. As for the others, you can also choose two options.

  • Put two +1/+1 counters on up to one creature. It gains lifelink until end of turn.
  • Destroy each creature with power 2 or less.
  • Return up to two creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
  • Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the highest power among creatures they control.

Fortunately, Gix’s command does not allow these cards to return to play immediately. Another Command spell has been revealed, the White spell, Kayla’s Order. A sorcery for 1WW, its card also seems very much in line with what one would expect from a White Magic: The Gathering card.

  • Create a 2/2 colorless Construct artifact creature token.
  • Put a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control. He gains double initiative until the end of the turn.
  • Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle it.
  • You gain 2 life points and 2 gazes.

Kayla’s Command makes it easy for players to upgrade a creature to use in battle, find mana, and more. This could easily be used in a white/red or white/blue deck, thanks to the power to create another Construct artifact creature token. And who doesn’t like to earn a living?

Fans may not have to wait long for the final command card in this Magic: The Gathering expansion. Much to the excitement of fans, The Brothers’ War is set to launch on November 18, 2022.

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Green waste tops list of community concerns


By Pat Grubb

The second of two town halls hosted by the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) to discuss the curbside garbage collection system drew a larger crowd of about 25 people, either in person or on Zoom and then the first town hall attended by only 17 people, five of whom were PRCAC board members or the media. The meetings were held at the Gulf Road Community Center on October 16 and 22.

The town halls’ purpose was to discuss the current curbside garbage collection program, as the contract between Whatcom County and the supplier, Cando Recycling and Disposal, is about to be renewed. The current mandate ends on December 31, 2022; the initial contract has been extended four times since the initial contract was signed in 2018. Public meetings were scheduled during the regular meeting of the PRCAC in September.

During that meeting, PRCAC Chair Alli Calder read an email from County Environmental Specialist Jennifer Hayden who informed the committee that the Health Department would not be sending a representative. at meetings. Hayden wrote, “I will not be available to attend a public meeting. The solid waste management system that was put in place to serve Point Roberts followed two years of public process, including the county council’s decision. The county is committed to supporting the system which provides a high level of service to residents at a relatively low cost. Calder had expressed surprise, saying it was odd given that it was the county that suggested collecting feedback.

Calder was asked at the start of the first town hall meeting who in the county had sought community or committee input regarding the sidewalk program. She replied that it was requested by the Satpal Sidhu County Executive who forwarded a letter of complaint he received from a local resident who complained about the green waste scheme that took place this summer. The lawsuit was filed by Heidi Baxter, an outspoken opponent of the current system and called on the county to void the contract with Cando, claiming the company had breached the contract. Sidhu forwarded Baxter’s complaint with a one-sentence email:

“Alisson. Please share this PRCAC for discussion at your future meetings. Thank you.”

Calder said the committee discussed the email “and decided that based on Satpal’s request to discuss it, the best way to discuss it was to do community outreach.” to find out what the community wants”. Besides the single complaint email, Calder said the PRCAC had received only one other email regarding the sidewalk program which was generally supportive of the program but called for improvements.

Whatever input the town halls generate, it’s not clear whether the health department or the county executive is interested in reviewing the program. Executive spokesman Jed Holmes was questioned by the Bulletin all points if the executive had asked for a community review of the curbside recycling program. In a response dated October 14, Holmes wrote:

“To answer your question of whether the county has requested special garbage collection meetings, the answer is no, it has not. There are no plans to conduct a special and extraordinary review of the Cando contract.

“This spring, the County Health Department partnered with Cando Recycling and Disposal to temporarily offer free green waste disposal to community residents and property owners due to the extraordinary circumstances of the situation as property owners long absent have returned to Point Roberts. This was a one-time arrangement and agreement between Cando and the county.

“Executive Sidhu sometimes cites the lengthy discussions surrounding the county’s approval of the Cando contract as an example of the difficulties in reaching consensus among Point Roberts residents. However, such references should not [be] misinterpreted as an invitation to begin an effort to engage in a special contract review prior to the regular contract review and renewal schedule. »

The first town hall

Calder had mentioned at the start of the first meeting that people tended to fall into one of three camps; those who are in favor of the current system, those who wish to see improvements to the system and those who are totally against it. This became crystal clear when the participants started talking. First to speak was permanent resident Dee Gough, who said she fully supports Cando and feels no sympathy for those upset with the green waste program. “You shouldn’t have so much green waste if you had taken care of your property during the pandemic.” Pat Harper also expressed support for the current system. Brian Miller has spoken out against the program, saying he has lived in Point Roberts for almost 30 years. Prior to the system’s implementation in 2018, it self-hauled to the transfer station. “Since this system has been in place, I’ve thrown away less than six trash cans, so these trash cans cost me about $100 each.” He called for a referendum to ask people if they want the program and said everyone he spoke to is against the system.

Gough then addressed his comments opposing people claiming to represent the community, asking if the community is against the system, why aren’t they here?

Louise Cassidy said: “What I hear from people is that they want community service”, adding that composting would be welcome. Samantha Scholefield admitted: “I’m probably known as one of the anti-garbage people” and called for the level of service to be reduced from 26 cans to 12 cans per year. “If we set the minimum high, we’re not incentivizing people to reduce their waste. We need to do better.” Susie Black, presented by Zoom, would like some of the 26 cans to be taken to the landfill free of charge.

The second City hall

While many of the issues mentioned in the first meeting were raised in the second, such as cost, minimum service levels, unfairness to part-time residents, etc., the issue of green waste was occupied much of the time during the second meeting. “What I’m hearing from people is that one of the biggest concerns is our green waste. If there’s a way we can work with the company to do something where out of your 26 cans you could choose to put bags of green waste,” PRCAC President Allison Calder said, adding that it would be a great way for the community to come together. “I think we find as a community that we come together, we do compromises, let’s get to the middle and find solutions that work,” she said.

Barbara Armstrong spoke about the garden club’s work to develop a community site for green waste, adding that they were looking for grants and had identified a local farmer willing to take the green waste.

A number of people talked about the green waste program that ran for six weeks over the summer, a collaboration between Cando and the county health department. “The green waste management program has been a debacle,” said Leigh Moorhouse. Problems included an apparent lack of capacity and reduced delivery times without notice (see box).

Annelle Norman read the letter first mentioned at the first meeting which was sent to the PRCAC who then forwarded it to Cando and the county. Written by Point Roberts Taxpayer Association President Mark Robbins, it said, in part, “Overall, I am satisfied with the “new” mandatory universal collection system for household waste and recycling in terms of service and cost. In my experience, Cando’s performance has been good, with one glaring and serious exception… I didn’t mind too much when Cando informed customers that we had to keep our recyclables for two weeks while they repaired their recycling truck – not ideal, but acceptable. I strongly object to their performance the next time their truck broke down and they made the decision to collect the recyclables and put them in the landfill. This shouldn’t have happened; The WCHD (Whatcom County Health Department) should not have been (seemingly) oblivious and indifferent to this egregious behavior; and I ask the PRCAC to register its objections so that this never happens again. I don’t know who is more to blame: Cando or WCHD. He also asked why higher revenues hadn’t allowed Cando to build more redundancy into their system.

Robbins also expressed dismay at the response his letter generated from Jennifer Hayden, the county’s environmental health supervisor. “The general impression is that the county’s response is simply ‘no, we are not open to improving the program.’ I am really discouraged by the general attitude of the Whatcom County Health Department,” said said Robbins, adding that he thought the way forward might be to work with Cando.

PRCAC Vice President Bill Zidel was appointed as the liaison between the committee and Cando to work together to see what improvements could be made to the service.

The PRCAC intends to prepare recommendations based on emails and comments from town hall participants at its next regular meeting scheduled for November 17.

Resetting Southeast Asia’s Climate Agenda by Aziz Durrani


As they grapple with a cascade of economic challenges, from high inflation to volatile energy prices, governments across the region have scaled back their efforts to tackle climate change. But less dependence on fossil fuels remains essential to minimize environmental damage, ensure energy security and reduce dependence on the US dollar.

SINGAPORE – High inflation, rising interest rates, falling currencies and volatile energy prices, along with an economic slowdown and post-pandemic fiscal issues, could increase pressure on ASEAN+ 3 – the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, together with China, Japan and South Korea – to reduce efforts to mitigate climate risks. While this policy change may be fiscally sound, it is a mistake that could have serious repercussions for the region and ultimately lead to slower economic growth and higher great financial instability.

If not taken into account, the risks that climate change poses to ASEAN+3 countries could have far-reaching implications for agricultural production, water availability, energy security, transport and the region’s infrastructure, tourism industries and coastal resources. Over the past two years, floods, cyclones, droughts, sea level rise and landslides have become an increasingly frequent feature of life. Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are among the ten most vulnerable to climate country, having suffered the highest number of deaths and economic losses as a result of weather-related disasters between 1999 and 2018.

In addition to these physical risks, the transition to a low-carbon economy carries risks of its own. For starters, industries that rely heavily on fossil fuels increasingly face heavier regulatory burdens. Much of the region’s oil, gas and coal reserves could end up being left in the ground and discounted or written off entirely. Changes in energy policy are also likely to increase banks’ credit risks. If Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam meet their commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement, for example, coal-fired power plants valued at $60 billion will become locked-in assets in 15 years, instead of 40.

The green transition would most likely also affect the profitability of coal mines elsewhere in the region, such as in Indonesia. And European Union efforts to move away from palm oil-based biofuels and encourage the use of deforestation-free products could turn land reserves in Malaysia and Indonesia into blocked assets. But despite these transition risks, doing nothing would ultimately be more costly for ASEAN economies.

Admittedly, the ASEAN countries have taken steps to mitigate climate risks. Brunei has put in place coastal protection structures. Indonesia has promoted mangroves and climate-tolerant crop varieties. Laos has developed sustainable crop management techniques. And Malaysia has pursued climate-smart technology and organic farming.

But despite these improvements, there is still a long way to go to meet the renewable energy targets of ASEAN+3 countries. Several initiatives could support the region’s efforts: the ASEAN action plan for energy cooperation, for example, aims to increase renewables to 23% of the region’s energy supply by 2025, up from 14% in 2017. And the 2021 forum on China, Japan and South Korea’s carbon neutrality goals presented concrete ideas for achieve net zero emissions through trilateral cooperation on innovation and technology.

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Carbon pricing is essential to the green transition. ASEAN+3 countries have led discussions on the balance between pricing systems and the need to stimulate economic growth. In July 2021, China launched the operation of its national emissions trading system, designed to be a “important market-based instrumentto help China meet its climate goals. A year later, although still facing data quality issues, the Chinese ETS is the the biggest in the world in terms of emissions covered, and prices are steadily increasing. While there was calls for a regional carbon tax, this idea seems unlikely in the short term, given the differences in tax regimes. Nevertheless, a carbon tax is likely to remain at the center of discussions within ASEAN+3 for the next few years.

Promoting sustainable finance will also be essential for a successful transition, as the financial sector could drive economy-wide change. During the last years, many central banks and financial supervisors in Asia have implemented, or have begun to implement, such measures, despite continuing capacity and resource constraints.

In the short term, central banks and financial regulators in ASEAN+3 have significant leeway to incentivize the transition to a low-carbon economy by incentivizing businesses and lenders to reduce their carbon consumption. and to focus on renewable energy and green technologies. Such measures would encourage a similar shift across the economy, leading companies to integrate climate risks into their products and services.

By promoting low-carbon policies and encouraging green finance, policymakers could stimulate new renewable energy sectors and boost economic growth. Moreover, reducing their reliance on dollar-denominated fossil fuels would allow ASEAN+3 countries to redirect government revenues from maintaining large foreign exchange reserves to domestic policies.

To minimize the adverse effects of climate change on their people and economies, ASEAN+3 policymakers must implement risk mitigation policies that help prevent regional spillovers and encourage the emergence of new industries and technologies. It would also enhance energy security. Cutting off the sun and the wind is much more difficult than blowing up a gas pipeline.

SGC discusses campus sustainability and planned bills


At the Ithaca College Student Governance Council (SGC) meeting on October 24, the Senate met with Scott Doyle ’98, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability.

Doyle studied biology in college and taught environmental courses in college as an adjunct professor. After serving as an associate planner with the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability for the past 15 years, Doyle said he was inspired to return to campus after SGC passed the Green New Deal in the spring of 2021. He has now been working at the college for four months.

“I really enjoyed the way [the senate] took some of the attention that was in town with the Green New Deal and then made it here on campus,” Doyle said. “There’s a lot of stuff there that I’m really interested in advancing.”

When he took over as principal of the college, Doyle said he looked at the sustainability track record to see where the college was and how it could improve in the future. He said he referred to the Sustainability Monitoring, Evaluation and Rating System (STARS) for college, last revised 2019. STARS is a program for higher education institutions to self-declare their sustainability across categories such as academics, engagement, operations, and administration. In 2019, the college received a gold ratingthe second highest reward offered.

Doyle said he wanted to create a more unified promotion of sustainability by involving students, faculty and staff from all schools on campus. He said campus engagement would provide an opportunity to educate students about what the college is doing to be sustainable and to receive a wider range of suggestions for improvement.

Doyle said he attended a few freshman seminars to meet students and introduce himself and the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability (OEMS). He said he also met potential students at college open houses.

“I really hope that a strong incoming class will also help you move forward,“said Doyle. “I think that’s a really positive thing.”

Following his presentation, Doyle asked the Senate for any questions or suggestions they might have about college sustainability. Senior Senate Speaker Austin Ruffino made a suggestion regarding the recycling process in residence halls, particularly the Garden and Circles apartments.

“I know when I got there I defaulted to recycling like it works in my hometown,” Ruffino said. “I think everyone invents a little bit. I was wondering if there was any idea to promote the operation of recycling on campus to ensure that everyone who goes through the recycling steps does it correctly.

Doyle responded to Ruffino by sharing that the college handles its own recycling and waste. Doyle said the county has been successful in promoting what can and cannot be recycled, so he thinks it could be better promoted on the college’s website.

During Senators’ Reports, Senator General Maya Scriven said she was working to implement Braille books in the campus library.

Asata Rothblatt, Freshman, Class of 2026 Senator, and senator-at-IArge Dante Conde said they are working on two bills to plant trees and host stargazing events during sustainability week – an event organized by the college on Earth Day week, which will begin on April 22, 2023. Junior Utkarsh Maini, Senator of the School of Business, said that the cafe of the School of Business is now open and that the Council Dean’s student will meet for the first time this semester on October 27.

Senior Grace Madeya, student body president, said she was meeting with President La Jerne Cornish on Oct. 26 and asked the senate anything they wanted to discuss at the meeting. Madeya said she plans to raise catering issues, following up on Tompkins Consolidated Transit Area bus services, sidewalks from Circle Apartments to Terraces and the lack of garbage cans on campus.

Madeya said she will also meet with the Office of Residential Life and the Residence Hall Association on October 27 and again asked the senate if they had anything they wanted to mention at the meeting. Scriven talked about being more specific about when the fire marshal would come to each group rather than giving a multi-day window for when they checked the entire campus. She also said issues flagged in room condition reports at the start of the year were not tracked. Finally, Scriven asked that Residential Life consider the Medical amnesty policy (MAP) for Resident Assistants (RA) as there have been occasions when an RA tried to use MAP when calling the Public Security Bureau, but was still penalized.

Madeya said she was drafting a bill to create two new Senate seats, one for the Coalition of Students of Color and a firstGeneration Headquarters as she said she feels that large populations on campus should be represented. Madeya is also in the process of drafting an SGC code of conduct.

“One of the reasons I’m really passionate about this is that I believe in building a foundation that will impact future members of SGC and hopefully it will help people maintain respect and kindness on SGC even in 10 years when we’re all gone,” Madeya said.

Over 100 people gather for ‘Mighty Steps’ walk in St. George to celebrate loved ones with Down syndrome – St George News


ST. GEORGE- Southern Utah Down Syndrome Association presidents Celeste Hallman and Katie Christensen confirmed what seemed obvious for the annual Southern Utah Down Syndrome Extravaganza.

Families, friends and community members walking the Power Steps of Southern Utah’s Down Syndrome Extravaganza at UTU Atwood Innovation Plaza in St. George, Utah on October 22, 2022 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

“We exceeded our goal,” Hallman said of the turnout.

To honor National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which takes place throughout the month of October, families, immediate and extended, as well as friends and supporters, gathered at 3 p.m. Saturday to undertake a walk known as “Mighty Steps” to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. With over 100 people in attendance, most walked the course together, holding hands in support of their loved ones.

“They bring us joy. There’s nothing to worry about,” Hallman said. “We want them to be included and have everything a reciprocal person has.”

Besides the march, the event had a small carnival with stalls for face painting, Plinko, balloon pop (darts), fishing pond, cornhole, frisbee ring toss, coke ring toss, dart toss ladder, balloon art and lawn games, including Connect Four and Suite.

A silent auction was held to help raise money for the nonprofit organization with gift baskets, including special Halloween-themed baskets. Desserts and drinks were also available.

Former DHHS cheerleader Taylor Terry dances at the Southern Utah Down Syndrome Extravaganza at UTU Atwood Innovation Plaza in St. George, Utah on October 22, 2022 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

Some of the most visited booths included balloon art where kids could have balloon swords to fight with, balloon flowers to wave, balloon puppies to put in their treat bags and more.

Cheerleaders from Desert Hills High School were also on hand and cheered on participants during the march and games.

Even with the storm winds hitting an hour into the event, attendees continued even later than their scheduled 5 p.m. end.

Christensen and Hallman said the Extravanganza has been around forever, but Southern Utah is only in its second year. The march has been around for years, but the carnival and other activities didn’t exist until 2021.

“It’s so nice to have an event like this,” said Kate Snowden, mother of a child with Down syndrome. “It gives us a chance to increase social opportunities and find people with similar needs and lifestyles.”

Joab Hooper, 9, celebrates while playing cornhole at the Southern Utah Down Syndrome Extravaganza at UTU Atwood Innovation Plaza in St. George, Utah on October 22, 2022 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

The Uahh Children with Special Health Care Needs, under the aegis of the Utah Department of Health, defines: “Down syndrome as a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. … This extra copy changes the way the baby’s body and brain develop, which can lead to mental and physical problems for the baby.

“Down’s Syndrome remains the most commonly diagnosed chromosomal disorder in the United States,” the organization states, adding, “In Utah, an average of 77 pregnancies are affected by Down’s Syndrome each year. This means that Down syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 704 babies in Utah.

From family to family, each had a story of the joy brought to them by loved ones with the disease and the widely known motto, “The Lucky Few”, a phrase taken from Heather Avis’ book, “The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the most unlikely places,” could be seen on decorations and displays scattered throughout the event.

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STEFANUTTI STOCKS HOLDINGS LIMITED – Category 1 transaction circular and notice of general meeting – SENS


Distribution of category 1 transaction circular and notice of general meeting

Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Limited
(Registration number 1996/003767/06)
Share code: SSK
ISIN: ZAE000123766
(“Stefanutti Stocks” or “the company”)


Distribution of Category 1 Transaction Circular

Stefanutti Stocks’ shareholders (“Shareholders”) are referred to the announcement released by the
company on the Stock Exchange News Service (“SENS”) on 14 September 2022 (the “Announcement”)
wherein Shareholders were advised that the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Stefanutti Stocks
Mauritius Holdings Limited (“SSMH”), Stefanutti Stocks International Holdings Proprietary Limited
(‘SSIH’), Stefanutti Stocks Proprietary Limited (“SSPL”) and SS – Construções (Moçambique), Limitada
(‘SS Mozambique’), had (as relevant) entered into sale and purchase agreements and a loan
agreement (relating to the disposal of quotas in SS Mozambique, disposal of shares in Stefanutti Stocks
Construction Ltd and repayment of a trade receivable owing by SS Mozambique to SSPL) (the
“Transaction”), the implementation of which is subject to (amongst other things) the company obtaining
the requisite approval of Shareholders in terms of Section 9 of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements
(“Listings Requirements”).

Unless expressly defined in this announcement, or the context indicates otherwise, capitalised terms
herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Announcement.

Shareholders are hereby advised that the circular containing the full details of the Transaction and
incorporating the notice convening the general meeting of Shareholders (‘Notice of General Meeting’),
electronic participation form and form of proxy (‘Circular’), has been distributed to Shareholders today,
Tuesday, 25 October 2022. The Circular is available on the company’s website at
www.stefanuttistocks.com and can be made available through a secure electronic manner at the
election of the Shareholder by requesting an electronic copy of the Circular from the company secretary
at [email protected]

Shareholders are further advised that copies of the Circular (which is available in English only) can be
obtained from the registered office of the company at 9 Palala Street, Protec Park, Cnr. Zuurfontein
Avenue and Oranjerivier Drive, Kempton Park or at the offices of Computershare Investor Services
Proprietary Limited (“Computershare”) at Rosebank Towers, 15 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank,
Johannesburg during normal business hours from today, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 up to and including
the date of the general meeting of Shareholders (‘General Meeting’), being on Tuesday, 22 November

Notice of General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the General Meeting, convened in terms of the Notice of General Meeting,
will be held at 09:00 (CAT) on Tuesday, 22 November 2022 and Shareholders will be requested to
consider and, if deemed fit, to pass the resolutions to approve, and to grant authority to directors of the
company in relation to, the Transaction.

Shareholders are advised that the General Meeting (including any adjournment or postponement
thereof) will be held entirely by electronic communication as detailed in the Notice of General Meeting
contained in the Circular and as permitted by the Listings Requirements, Companies Act 71 of 2008
and the Company’s memorandum of incorporation. The instructions for electronic participation at the
General Meeting are contained in the electronic participation form annexed to the Notice of General

Salient dates and times

The salient dates and times relating to the General Meeting are set out below:

Record Date for Shareholders to receive the Circular and Notice of
General Meeting Friday, 14 October
Circular and Notice of General Meeting distributed and announced
on SENS Tuesday, 25 October
Last date to trade to be eligible to participate in and vote at the
General Meeting (‘Last Date to Trade’) Tuesday, 8 November
General Meeting record date for Shareholders to be entitled to
participate in and vote at the General Meeting (‘General Meeting
Record Date’) Friday, 11 November
For administrative purposes only last date to lodge forms of proxy
with Computershare by 09:00 Friday, 18 November
Last date to lodge forms of proxy with the chairman of the General
Meeting via email by 08:55 Tuesday, 22 November
General Meeting to be held at 09:00 Tuesday, 22 November
Results of the General Meeting published on SENS Tuesday, 22 November
Results of the General Meeting published in the press Wednesday, 23 November

1. The dates and times provided above are subject to amendment at the discretion of Stefanutti
Stocks, subject to approval of the JSE Limited, if required. Any material amendments will be
published on SENS.
2. All times referred to above are local times in South Africa.
3. If the General Meeting is adjourned or postponed, forms of proxy submitted for the initial General
Meeting will remain valid in respect of any adjournment or postponement of the General Meeting,
unless the contrary is stated on such form of proxy.
4. The register for certificated Shareholders will be closed between the Last Date to Trade and the
General Meeting Record Date.
5. No Stefanutti Stocks Shares may be dematerialised or rematerialised from Wednesday, 9
November 2022, to Friday, 11 November 2022 (both days inclusive).
6. Shareholders should note that as transactions in Stefanutti Stocks shares are settled in the
electronic settlement system used by Strate Proprietary Limited, settlement of trades takes place
3 (three) business days after such trade. Therefore, persons who acquire Stefanutti Stocks
shares after close of trade on Tuesday, 8 November 2022 will not be eligible to attend, participate
in and vote at the General Meeting.

25 October 2022
Sponsor: Bridge Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited
Legal Advisor: Webber Wentzel
Transaction Advisor: Birkett Stewart McHendrie Proprietary Limited

Date: 25-10-2022 03:30:00
Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited (‘JSE’).
The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of
the information published on SENS. The JSE, their officers, employees and agents accept no liability for (or in respect of) any direct,
indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage of any kind or nature, howsoever arising, from the use of SENS or the use of, or reliance on,
information disseminated through SENS.

Zoning code changes are on Monday’s city council agenda


Changes to the city’s zoning codes are on the agenda for Monday’s Homer City Council meeting. Public hearings are scheduled on several proposed orders.

A proposal would require that all new streets that serve as public access corridors have sidewalks. A paragraph in the ordinance would specify when developers of new streets are required to provide non-motorized transportation, such as bicycles and e-bikes.

another order could help meet Homer’s need for housing, according to Homer City Manager Rob Dumouchel. He said the ordinance would reduce the number of conditional use permits required by the city. Certain developments that previously required a conditional use permit would be permitted under an authorized use.

“For example, there were areas where a townhouse required a conditional use permit,” Dumouchel said on Wednesday’s show. Coffee table program on KBBI. “We saw it as sort of an unnecessary barrier to a form of housing that most people don’t have a problem with.”

The same ordinance would also allow more mixed-use buildings and allow up to four units on one lot, excluding mobile homes, in certain zoning districts.

During the broadcast, Homer resident Frank Griswold emailed KBBI with a number of objections to the ordinance that would change zoning codes in all districts of the city. In his written comments, Griswold noted that one of the conditional uses replaced by permitted use for most zoning districts is for group care homes.

He asked, “Would you like [group care homes] built next to your house? »

Griswold also sent a lengthy letter to council and the mayor, claiming there is no legitimate public need to change the codes and challenging the legality of the changes. His letter will be included in the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Ken Castner said he was present and active in meetings when planning commissioners drafted the ordinance and fully supports it.

The next regular Homer City Council meeting will be Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer Town Hall on Pioneer Avenue.

You can attend in person, by Zoom, listen here at AM 890, or stream it on kbbi.org.

To see the agenda, the proposed ordinances and find the city’s ZOOM link, go to the City of Homer website.

You can listen to the conversation with Mayor Castner and City Manager Dumouchel here or find the Coffee Table podcast on your favorite app.

The CSUB will reduce COVID-19 protocols starting November 18.

Associated Students Inc. meeting on Friday October 21st. Photo by Courtney Park/The Runner.

Members of the emergency operations team discussed California State University, Bakersfield’s plan to defuse COVID-19 protocols on campus at the Associated Students Inc. meeting Oct. 21. This plan will come into effect on November 18.

According to President Lynnette Zelezny, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced he will be lifting COVID-19 emergency protocols in the state of California. As a result, CSUB will modify its COVID-19 protocols to align with the Governor and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules.

CSUB Police Chief and COU Incident Commander Martin Williamson said CSUB will eliminate the on-campus COVID-19 testing center on November 18. The COVID-19 testing center will no longer provide monitoring or asymptomatic testing. If students are symptomatic or ill, they can always go to Student Health Services for further assistance. Student Health Services will provide home test kits as one of the resources for current students.

“It’s not like we’re taking everything away, but we’re trying to cut services and move on,” Williamson said.

Williamson also mentioned that after Nov. 18, students will no longer be responsible for completing the medical screening requirement. However, due to CSU policies, the vaccination policy will continue to be effective as usual.

Williamson explained that CSUB will still provide case management to students to provide some form of safety measure. Case management will no longer work seven days a week. Instead, they will work five days a week. However, if students have an emergency during off-hours, Williamson and Erika Delamar, the Associate Principal student health services, will be available and will provide home testing kits for students in accommodation over the weekend.

“If you have symptoms, if your COVID test is positive, call case management like we have for two and a half years. So we’ll keep cheering you on and we’ll keep doing everything we’ve done,” Delamar said.

According to Delamar, CSUB will always notify students and faculty of follow-ups and notifications regarding COVID-19.

Williamson said the Kern County Public Health Department reviewed CSUB’s COVID-19 plan and supported them in their decision. Williamson also mentioned that CSUB is trying to make the campus COVID-proof while making it more operational as they move forward with their new plan.

According to Zelezny, the CSUB plans to talk more about these changes during the virtual conference runner Walk and Talk which will take place on Monday, October 24 at 1 p.m.

How you can help shape Milwaukee’s next five-year health plan


Although a scheduled fire drill abruptly ended the first feedback session earlier this month for MKE Elevate, the community health improvement plan, several attendees continued to discuss the health needs of residents as they exited the building up five flights of stairs with the fire alarm sounding.

Residents now have one more opportunity (November 1) to provide input and help determine the final content of the Milwaukee Health Department’s comprehensive health plan for the city, which will be implemented over the next five coming years.

Many who attended the first feedback session on October 5 at UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health called the meeting constructive and important.

Elise Papke, special lecturer at Zilber and its assistant dean of accreditation assessment and community engagement, said the sessions are important because they signify “the Department of Health’s commitment to the health equity and the elimination of disparities”.

For Justin Rivas, director of community health initiatives for the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, in a city like Milwaukee, which has “a history of discrimination and is hyper-segregated,” addressing disparities is the very job of a service. health.

“You can’t really improve the health of an entire population if you don’t close the gaps and improve the health of those who need it most,” he said. The partnership is a nonprofit organization that aims to connect Milwaukee residents to services.

Department of Health staff facilitating MKE Elevate are realistic about the challenges inherent in addressing these disparities.

“I think there will always be a need for improvement and there will always be gaps that need to be filled,” said Langston Verdin, director of health strategy for the Milwaukee Health Department. But, Langston argued, that’s exactly what’s “special about MKE Elevate…it allows us to think about how responsible we are.”

Although most attendees at the Zilber Gathering have been professionally involved in health care in one way or another, this is not a requirement. In fact, the MKE Elevate staff intentionally planned other sessions in different parts of the city to reflect its diverse demographic.

Broadly speaking, MKE Elevate is both a set of general health priorities for the city and strategies for accomplishing those priorities.

Priorities are determined by the phase the process is currently in, the information and data collection phase, and the feedback sessions are the last part of this phase – the last source of input – before the ministry of Health analyzes all of this to see which five priorities are most important to city residents and what strategies can be implemented to accomplish the priorities.

Possible priorities include a wide variety of issues, ranging from expected things such as drug use, exercise, and vaccinations to more systemic influences on health, such as those Papke and Rivas had in mind, including including access to health care, educational opportunities, affordability of food. and even reliable Wi-Fi.

After the selection of priorities, action committees will be created to implement the strategies, and a steering committee will help oversee the work of the action committees.

The work of the action and steering committees will take place over five years, from 2023 to 2028. Rivas said he hopes to be part of an action committee because it is “the most important part of the process. If we don’t turn data into action, we will never truly improve the health of the community.

This is the second cycle MKE Elevate from the Ministry of Health. The first cycle ran from 2017 to 2022, and its priorities were economic security; equity and inclusiveness; and mental health.

But the Ministry of Health has been badly affected by the pandemic, which subsequently significantly hampered MKE Elevate, according to its own evaluation report, as it led to “… internal staff vacancies, turnover from partner agencies , the pivoting of MHD operations to the COVID response and exacerbated health disparities. by our community.

Nevertheless, the evaluation report provided an analysis of each priority, comparing several different indicators within each priority at the start of the cycle with the same indicator at the end of the cycle. Some of the indicators used to assess economic security, for example, included home ownership, food security, and access to childcare.

Results for each priority were mixed – some indicators within each priority improved, and others deteriorated.

For example, home ownership has declined, but access to food for low-income residents has increased.

In addition to the pandemic and its related challenges, Rivas said the health ministry faces a larger challenge.

“Upstream causes of ill health,” such as economic inequality and educational disparities, “took a hundred years of policy and practice to create.”

That means it’s “really hard, from a myopic perspective, to say how well the city has done over the last five years,” Rivas said.

For those wishing to attend a feedback session, registration links can be found here.

For people who do not participate in a feedback session, there will always be many ways to participate as the project progresses.

In the coming weeks, there will be a form to sign up to be part of an action team and steering committee, and MKE Elevate staff can be contacted directly via email at [email protected] and on social networks – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There is also a monthly newsletter which will provide updates.

Indian Olympic Association to amend constitution ahead of elections at extraordinary general meeting


The special general assembly of the Indian Olympic Association, to amend its constitution before holding elections by order of the Supreme Court, will be held on November 10.

On Friday, AIO Secretary General Rajeev Mehta issued the notice. He is the main point of contact for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) within the IOA.

“In accordance with the decision dated 10th October 2022 of the Honorable Supreme Court of India…The Special General Assembly of the Indian Olympic Association will be held on 10th November 2022 at 10.30 a.m. at Olympic Bhawan, New Delhi,” reads the statement. ‘notice. .

“The amended constitution shall be duly finalized in agreement with the IOC/OCA as decided at the joint meeting on September 27, 2022 in Luasanne at Olympic House.

“After the approval of the draft constitution by the IOC/OCA, the draft constitution shall be formally adopted and approved by the general body of the IOA during the SGM of the IOA on 10.11.2022.” The notice mentioned that the Supreme Court had appointed retired Justice L Nageswara Rao to amend the IOA constitution, the preparation and finalization of the Electoral College and the conduct of the Executive Council elections.

Previously, the IOC had proposed sweeping changes to the IOA constitution, including the appointment of a “CEO” instead of an elected Secretary General after the December elections, at a joint meeting in Switzerland last month. last.

Representatives of the IOC, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the IOA and the Ministry of Sports met in Lausanne on September 27, following a “final warning” from the international sports umbrella body to ban the national Olympic body if elections are not announced before. the next meeting of the IOC Executive Board (5-7 December).

Following the meeting, which was also attended by India’s first Olympic gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra, the IOC issued a summary which proposed, among other things, to change the post of elected Secretary General to an appointed CEO hired by the Executive Committee. .

“The IOC/OCA will also propose additional elements (such as transforming the position of elected Secretary General into an appointed position, so that the Secretary General serves as CEO appointed/hired by the Executive Committee, and including an independent Ethics Commission , a properly functioning Athletes’ Commission in accordance with IOC guidelines and safeguarding practices),” the IOC said.

The IOA elections were due to take place in December last year but could not take place due to a pending case in the Delhi High Court where a petition was filed seeking an amendment to its constitution before elections are held to bring it into line with the National Sport Code.

The IOC had “in principle” accepted most of the points raised by the Delhi High Court in its August ruling, saying they were consistent with the Olympic Charter and basic principles of good governance, except two major points.

The IOC has reservations about the proposed 25% sports membership in the IOA General Assembly with voting rights.

“The IOA Constitution will be amended to include necessary governance reforms. To this effect, the IOC/OCA will work with the Justice appointed by the Supreme Court of India on the draft revised Constitution,” the IOC had said. .

“In principle, most of the points raised by the Delhi High Court in its decision of 16 August 2022 are acceptable to the IOC/OCA and consistent with the Olympic Charter and the fundamental principles of good governance of the Olympic Movement, with the exception the 2/3 majority required for re-election (a simple majority, ie more than 50% of the valid votes cast, should suffice, as in any electoral process).

“…and, the appointment of 25% of athletes as voting members in the General Assembly and the Executive Committee of the IOA (which should be refined and whose mechanism should be re-discussed to make it operational and meets the basic requirements for membership of any NOC, in accordance with the Olympic Charter and customary standards within the Olympic Movement).” The IOC had said that once the draft constitution was finalized by the retired judge in agreement with the IOC/OCA, it would be officially adopted by the IOA General Assembly.

“The IOA elections will be held in accordance with the recently approved IOA Constitution and the Olympic Charter, under the supervision of the former Supreme Court and IOC/OCA appointed judge. The whole process ( including elections) should be completed before the IOC EB meeting in December 2022.” Judge (retired) Rao had called a meeting with the country’s main sporting bodies on October 14. The Delhi High Court on August 16 ordered the establishment of a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage the affairs of the IOA.

The high court said the IOA’s ‘continuing reluctance’ to comply with the Sporting Code made it imperative that its cases be assigned to the CoA, which is made up of former Supreme Court Justice Anil R Dave, of former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, and former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup.

But the Supreme Court on August 18 had ordered the status quo after the IOA filed a special leave petition with the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s decision.

Rao said he was convening the meeting in accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Court “to prepare a roadmap for the amendment of the AIO Constitution and for the conduct of the AIO elections so that the entire process is completed at best by December 15, 2022”.

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fireworks, council pay – ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE


FIREWORKS like this – shot in the air – are illegal in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster.

Two potentially burning issues are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Stanton City Council meeting.

Council member Gary Taylor called for a discussion on the future sale and use of “safe and healthy” fireworks within the city limits.

Stanton is one of 10 towns in Orange County where these fireworks can be sold and unloaded. The others are Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and Westminster.

These fireworks are sold as fundraisers for various non-profit organizations such as booster clubs and service groups.

Much of the problem cities have had with 4th of July fireworks has revolved around illegal devices, or altering the “safe and healthy” variety – as certified by the USA Fire Marshal. State – to make it illegal.

However, law enforcement officials say the discharge of the legal variety makes it difficult to enforce the ban against illegal products. As a general rule, any device that leaves the ground is against the law.

Also on Tuesday evening, council will accept a request from council member Carol Warren to consider a cost-of-living increase in the compensation paid to council members. Currently, Stanton board members are paid $850 per month.

In January, the Garden Grove City Council approved an increase from $486.05 per month to $1,312.35, with the mayor receiving an additional $200 per month. The increases will be effective January 1, 2023.

The board will meet in person at Stanton City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave., west of Beach Boulevard.

Student Union/Recreation Center One step closer to reality

Artist’s impression of the exterior of the proposed Arkansas Tech University Student Union and Recreation Center.

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees authorized the issuance of revenue bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $29,800,000 during its meeting at the Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room on Thursday, October 20. .

The bonds will fund part of the construction, furnishings and equipment of a new student union and recreation center on the ATU campus in Russellville.

As authorized by the Trustees, the Bonds will mature no later than December 1, 2052 and will bear an annual interest rate not to exceed 6%.

The new facility will be built on the parcel of land currently occupied by the WO Young Building, which will be demolished later this year.

The ATU Student Union and Recreation Center will include space for an on-campus lounge/lounge, individual and group fitness activities, two basketball courts, outdoor recreation, a cafe, multi-scale events, student organizations, food service, a convenience store/liquor shop, a multi-activity field, and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

Miller Boskus Lack of Fayetteville was selected by ATU trustees as the lead architectural firm in developing plans for the student union and recreation center in 2019. Staff from the Dallas, Texas, site of SmithGroup assisted plan the installation.

The construction cost of the facility is estimated at $49.3 million. Trustees voted in August to transfer $15.6 million in unlimited reserves to support the project. The balance of the cost should be covered by revenue bonds and private donations.

The schedule calls for construction to begin in August 2023 and continue through December 2024. Substantial completion of the project is scheduled for early 2025 with an estimated opening date between June and August 2025.

Thursday’s meeting also saw trustees approve the addition of a roof terrace to the student union and recreation center design scheme they approved in August.

Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, the ATU’s acting vice president for academic affairs, outlined a number of academic programming changes that were approved by the board on Thursday.

The following changes proposed by the ATU Communication and Media Studies Department were approved:

* establish certificates of competence in audiovisual journalism, print journalism and public relations;

*remove broadcast, print and public relations options from the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism;

* establish a Bachelor of Arts in Social Media Influencing.

The following changes proposed by the ATU Department of English and World Languages ​​were approved:

* establish a certificate of competence in diversity studies;

* establish a post-graduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages;

*remove the communications and fine arts options from the liberal arts master’s degree.

The following credentials offered by the ATU School of Business have been approved for creation:

*Advanced certificates in data analysis and entrepreneurship;

* Certificates of competency in business administration and Microsoft applications.

The following changes proposed by the ATU Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences were approved:

*change Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Science to Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science;

*reconfigure the Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education into a new Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with two options;

* add a sports science option in kinesiology to the MSc degree in strength and conditioning and enable 100% online delivery;

*change title of Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning Studies to Master of Science in Kinesiology, Strength and Conditioning.

The following changes proposed by the ATU Department of Emergency Management, Professional Studies, and Student Affairs Administration have been approved:

*change the name of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership-Industrial/Organizational Psychology Concentration to Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership-Psychology Concentration;

*add a concentration in Military Leadership to the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership;

*develop a new Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Learning;

*create a graduate certificate in organizational development and learning.

The following changes proposed by the ATU Engineering and Computer Science Department were approved:

*reduce the number of credit hours in the electrical engineering graduate program from 36 to 30;

*reduce the number of credit hours in the mechanical engineering graduate program from 36 to 30;

*reduce the number of credit hours in the Information Technology graduate program from 36 to 30;

*remove the computer-assisted teaching technology option as part of the master of science in information technology.

In other business Thursday, the ATU Board approved:

*a one-time payment of $1,000 to ATU faculty, unclassified staff, and classified staff;

*an amendment to the ATU Staff Senate Bylaws that clarifies the ability of the Senate to create a committee structure within the organization;

*a request for satisfaction and cancellation of the obligations of a 2019 internal loan which financed renovations to the physical education building in Hull;

* adjust the Instructional Program Classification (CIP) code for the ATU Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Leadership to align with a recommendation from the Higher Education Division of the Arkansas and change the credit hours required for the certificate from 21 to 22 to account for internship hours completed over two semesters, which are necessary to prepare applicants for the P-12 Curriculum Director license;

*request to offer ATU’s Master of Arts in History degree and its Master of Liberal Arts degree online, beginning fall 2023;

*an ATU international travel policy that establishes health and safety requirements and measures to support international education opportunities and minimize undue risk to students, faculty and staff at the ATU ATU engaged in official international travel;

* and selection of SCM Architects of Little Rock and Fayetteville as the architectural firm for an upcoming renovation and expansion of the Industrial Control Systems Building at the ATU-Ozark Campus.

In terms of personnel, the trustees approved the hiring of the following full-time employees:

*Megan Bell, Coordinator of Civic and Community Engagement and Student Leadership, effective September 14, 2022; Dr. Benjamin Garlington, visiting assistant professor of computer and information science, for the 2022-23 academic year; Addie Jensen, assistant softball coach, effective September 6, 2022; Dr. Aditya Limaye, visiting professor in accounting, for the academic year 2022-23; Ma De La Luz Montelongo, Visiting Industrial Training Specialist at the ATU-Ozark Campus, effective October 17, 2022; Dr. Johnette Moody, visiting associate professor in computer and information science, for the 2022-23 academic year; Brad Palmer, women’s basketball assistant coach, effective August 9, 2022; Blandy Pedrez, Financial Aid Specialist, effective October 1, 2022; Allen Schaidle, Assistant Dean of Career Services, effective September 19, 2022; Veronica Scott, Director of Teacher Education Student Services, effective August 9, 2022; Kennedy Shelstead, assistant volleyball coach, effective June 10, 2022; Brittany Thomas, Disability Services Administrative Analyst, effective August 23, 2022; Tyler Tober, career coach at Arkansas Tech Career Center, effective October 10, 2022; Shaun Wiseman, Women’s Tennis Head Coach, effective August 22, 2022; and Richard Wolaver, Regional Housing Services Coordinator, effective September 12, 2022.

The Board approved the promotions of Stephen Daniel from Equipment Manager to Farm Manager, effective September 1, 2022; Drew Dickey from Deputy Director of Facilities Management to Director of Facilities Management, effective October 1, 2022; and Nichole Edwards from Advisor in the Office of Student Support Services to Director of the Office of Student Support Services, effective October 1, 2022.

Samantha Huggins, who previously served as Assistant Director of Admissions for Visitation and Campus Experience, has been hired as Alumni Relations Coordinator, effective September 26, 2022.

The Trustees accepted the resignations of the following ATU employees:

* James Anderson, ATU-Ozark Campus Adult Education Instructor, effective September 30, 2022; Gracie Boortz, Admissions Manager, effective August 19, 2022; Jana Crouch, Associate Director of Admissions for Enrollment, effective August 31, 2022; Stacie Harden, ATU-Ozark Campus Project/Program Specialist, effective October 3, 2022; John Harris, assistant director of Arkansas Tech Career Center and student development specialist, effective August 12, 2022; and Rachel Whitman, Director of Budget, effective August 26, 2022.

The board has accepted the retirement requests of Dr. Ruth Enoch, Associate Professor of Mathematics, effective December 10, 2022; and Holly Ruth Gale, associate professor of music, effective Jan. 6, 2023. Enoch has been on the ATU faculty since 2004, while Gale has taught at Arkansas Tech since 1994 and became a full-time faculty member in 1997.

Anniversary of EMU | | lecourierexpress.com


BROOKVILLE — The Evangelical United Methodist (USM) Church of Brookville will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special service this weekend.

The service will take place during worship at 10:35 a.m., followed by a covered dinner.

Pastor Loren McQueen said the program would include time for “singing gospel songs by Elisha Hoffman, who wrote over 2,000 gospel songs and was the son of an Evangelical Association preacher. The roots of the congregation go back to the Evangelical Association. before the mergers, which brought us to The United Methodist Church. These songs are “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, “I Must Tell Jesus”, and “Are You Washed in the Blood?”

Church Historian Kevin Johns will share some of the history of the congregation. Pastor McQueen will preach from II Timothy 1:3-12. Entitled “Vital Lineage”. He will talk about “how our Christian heritage can and should inform the present and the future as we make disciples of Jesus Christ.”

The United Methodist Evangelical Church has its roots in the second half of the 19th century.

Early records relate that in the fall of 1872, the Reverend Henry Rhoades, an evangelical preacher, came to Brookville to transact business at the courthouse. He was detained Monday through Friday and each evening he preached at the home of Amos Hinderliter, who lived beyond Tunnel Hill. After his week in Brookville, pastors were assigned to the Brookville congregation.

Less than two years later, the growing congregation was ready to build a church. After some confusion as to where the church should be built, it was eventually built “on Pickering Street, one block south of the bridge, across Redbank Creek.” The church was dedicated on December 5, 1976. The total cost of land, materials, and labor was $4,890.

Eight years later, the land next to the church was purchased and a presbytery was erected.

Madison Avenue Evangelical Church was dedicated on October 7, 1897, and in 1938 the congregation purchased the house and land next to the church for use as a parsonage.

On the church’s 73rd anniversary, the congregation launched a new building fund. On June 13, 1954, a groundbreaking service was held on South White Street, the current location of the church. The first stone of the new church was laid six months later, on December 5.

The first service in the new church was a prayer meeting held on September 3, 1956, with the first Sunday services taking place on October 21.

The church was built at a cost of $125,000 and dedicated on September 22, 1957.

In 1986 a major restoration of the church building was completed.

The church’s pastor is Reverend Loren McQueen, who grew up in western Pennsylvania as the son of a pastor. He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and he and his wife, Sara, are the parents of three daughters: Caroline, Abigail and Kathryn.

As a pastor, he said, “I see the church as a place where we do the work of making disciples through preaching and teaching the word and through the fellowship of believers. I want to continue to build on what is already there. My passion is to see people follow Jesus 100% and to help people come to this place, fully surrendered to God’s will.

He said he sees the church “not just as a social gathering, but a place where we come together to glorify Christ in all that we say and so, walking in joyful obedience by the power of the Holy Spirit. “.

Sunday services at the Evangelical United Methodist Church include a contemporary service at 8:15 a.m., a Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and a worship service at 10:35 a.m.

Europe Daily News, October 19, 2022 | Insights and Events




  • JJudgment of the General Court of 19 October 2022 in the case T-850/19Hellenic Republic Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid – Activities linked to the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products – Aid schemes granted by Greece in the form of interest rate subsidies and State guarantees on existing and new loans loans to repair damage caused by natural disasters or exceptional events – Decision declaring the aid schemes incompatible with the internal market and illegal and ordering the recovery of the aid paid – Aid limited to the geographical areas affected by the disaster – Advantage – Character selective – Principle of good administration – Duration of the procedure – Legitimate expectation – Time-limit Legitimate expectation – Limitation period – Article 17 of Regulation (EU) 2015/1589
  • JJudgment of the General Court of 19 October 2022 in the case T-347/20Sogia Ellas AE, Vs. European Commission, supported by Myloi Sogias A
    Re: State aid – Activities linked to the production, processing and marketing of agricultural products – Aid schemes granted by Greece in the form of interest rate subsidies and State guarantees on existing and new loans loans to repair damage caused by natural disasters or exceptional events – Decision declaring the aid schemes incompatible with the internal market and illegal and ordering the internal market to be illegal and ordering the recovery of the aid paid – Aid limited to the affected geographical areas – Advantage – Selective nature – Principle of the private operator in a market economy – Principle of good administration – Right to be heard – Length of the procedure – Legitimate expectations – Limitation period – Article 17 of Regulation (EU) 2015/1589
  • JJudgment of the General Court of 19 October 2022 in the case T-582/20, Region Interessengemeinschaft der Hoteliers und Gastronomen 10 e. V. (Ighoga Region 10), MJ, MK Vs. European Commission supported by the Federal Republic of Germany
    Re: State aid – Construction of a hotel and a congress center in Ingolstadt – Decision finding the absence of State aid – Procedural rights of the persons concerned – Failure to initiate the formal investigation procedure – Absence serious difficulties
  • VSthe Commission adopts the revised framework for State aid for research, development and innovation – IP/22/6233 & Communication
  • VSCommission approves €20 million Italian measure to compensate Poste Italiane for creating coworking spaces (SA.64270) – Noon Express
  • VSCommission approves €24.3 million Austrian measure to support rail freight operators affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.103636) – Noon Express


  • JJudgment of the General Court of 19 October 2022 in the case T‑81/21production, trade and services ‘System ecologica’ doo Srbac, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 – Investigation into the circumvention of conventional, countervailing and anti-dumping duties imposed on imports of biodiesel into the European Union – Communication from OLAF to the national customs authorities – Investigation report of OLAF – Action for annulment – Act not open to challenge – Claim for damages – Sufficiently serious breach of a rule of law intended to confer rights on individuals
  • Aagenda for: 640th meeting of the Export credits Group – October 26, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) – October 25, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Generalized System of Preferences (SPG)) – October 24, 2022
  • Aagenda for: 47th CEG – Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (HS/WCO Coordination Sector) – October 24 to 28, 2022
  • NOTnotice to economic operators – New series of requests suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain industrial and agricultural products
  • Pproposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning exceptional trade measures in favor of countries and territories participating in or linked to the Stabilization and Association Process (codification) – See Annex
  • VScouncil decision (EU) 2022/1974 of 13 October 2022 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in forest products wood to the European Union
  • VScouncil decision (EU) 2022/1975 of 13 October 2022 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Trade Committee set up by the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part with regard to the modification of Annexes 10-A and 10-B of the Agreement
  • VScouncil decision (EU) 2022/1976 of 17 October 2022 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the Union, within the Trade Committee set up by the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore, as regards the adoption of the rules of procedure of the “Trade” committee
  • EFTA and Mercosur Heads of delegation to encounter to discuss the way forward



  • Aagenda for: 29th Meeting on Administrative Cooperation in the area of direct taxation – November 10, 2022


  • Mprinciple results – Agriculture and fishing Board – October 17-18, 2022
  • EEuropean Citizens’ Initiative: the Commission decides to register a new initiative on the availability of vegan meals – IP/22/6244


  • Ddirective on common rules for the internal markets for renewable and natural gases and hydrogen and regulation on the internal markets for renewable and natural gases and hydrogen (recast) – Political debate
  • sevene Report on the state of the Energy Union 2022 (in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 on the governance of the energy union and climate action
  • VSommission defines actions to digitize the energy sector to improve efficiency and integration of renewable energies – IP/22/6228, QaA, Fact sheet, Communication & Work document
  • VSthe Commission makes additional proposals to combat high energy prices and ensure security of supply – IP/22/6225, QaA, Communication, Proposal, Opening speech by Commissioner Simson and Commissioner McGuinness
  • SPresident’s statement von der Leyen on a new package of measures to tackle high energy prices and ensure security of supply
  • EU’s record growth in wind and solar avoids 11 billion euros in gas costs during the war – See Study by E3G and Ember
  • NOTThe Netherlands joins Spain and Poland in abandoning the energy treaty – FinancialTimes


  • Aagenda for: ad hoc working group on the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market (AHWP Deforestation) – October 26, 2022
  • VSCouncil (Environment) of 24 October 2022.
    – Directive on due diligence in terms of sustainable development of companies – state of play – Information of the Belgian delegation, supported by the Luxembourg and Spanish delegations
    – International Alliance for Drought Resilience – Information of the Spanish delegation


  • Adress by president Charles Michel at the world health summit
  • Aanswer presented by Mrs Kyriakides to a Member of the European Parliament written question – Draft opinion of the European Food Safety Authority on bisphenol
  • Aanswer presented by Mrs Kyriakides to a Member of the European Parliament written question – Agreement between South Africa and the Commission on the cold treatment of shipments of oranges that do not comply with the requirements in eight EU ports
  • EFTA-ESA find that Iceland controls the hygiene of fish products, but some controls should be strengthened


  • Aagenda for: Working Group on Audiovisual and media – October 25, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Working Group on Telecommunications and the Information Society – 25 & October 27, 2022
  • Aanswer presented by Mr. Breton to a Member of the European Parliament written question – The protection of authors and performers under the Digital Single Market Copyright Directive


  • Enstrengthen cybersecurity and the protection of EU infrastructure is vital, say MEPs
  • Aanswer presented by Mr. Breton to a Member of the European Parliament written question – Digital sovereignty in the European Union
  • Opinion of the ECB of 5 September 2022 on a proposal for a regulation on harmonized rules on fair access to and use of data (Data Act)



  • President co-chairs von der Leyen Tripartite Social Summit on tackling the energy crisis and the cost of living crisis – Noon Express
  • EThe xpert report identifies promising approaches on how best to invest in education and training – IP/22/6236
  • EEuropean Solidarity Corps – evaluation of current and past programs – Report – Feedback period: October 18, 2022 – November 15, 2022
  • EEuropean Year of Jobs 2023 – Proposed decision – Feedback period: October 17, 2022 – December 14, 2022


  • VSCommission provides an additional €2 billion in exceptional macro-financial assistance to Ukraine – IP/22/6237
  • EBC – Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem on 14 October 2022
  • ECB – What are the workers most affected by changes in the policy rate?


  • VSthe committee adopts its Work program for 2023: Meeting the most pressing challenges, while keeping a long-term focus – IP/22/6224 & Vice President’s Remarks Šefcovic
    Fact sheet on the Commission work program 2023 – Commission work program explained
    Fact sheet on the Commission work program for 2023 – Annex I: new political objectives
  • Main results of the General Affairs Board – October 18, 2022
  • Spresident’s speech von der Leyen to the plenary of the European Parliament on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 20 and 21 October 2022



  • Aanswer donated by McGuinness to an MEP written question – Protection of the manufacturing sector
  • Aanswer donated by McGuinness to an MEP written question – Violations of the EU sanctions regime against Russia by TotalEnergies
  • Aanswer presented by HR/VP Borrell to an MEP written question – Circumvention of EU sanctions by Ramzan Kadyrov, who is on the EU sanctions list

Agenda—Jacksonville School Board, October 19

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The Jacksonville District 117 School Board is scheduled to meet in regular session today at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at 211 W. State St.


The Jacksonville District 117 School Board is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today at 211 W. State St.

The meeting will follow a committee meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Review of $153,744 payment to General Waste Services for asbestos removal work at Washington Elementary
  • Consideration of disposal, recycling or resale of surplus maintenance equipment
  • Review of $1,452,517.01 Payment to Johnco Construction for Washington Elementary School Renovation
  • Appointment of a delegate to the joint annual conference
  • Recognition of Brooke Brannan, winner of the College Board’s National Rural and Small Town Award, and seventh grader Myah Mefford, as the first girl to qualify from Jacksonville Middle School since the golf program began
  • Approval of an administrator contract for a deputy program director

The board is also to meet behind closed doors to discuss staff, collective bargaining issues, student disciplinary cases and ongoing litigation.

TCU Remembers Dr. William “Bill” Tucker, TCU Chancellor 1979-1998


Dr. William Edward “Bill” Tucker ’56, former Chancellor of Texas Christian University, died October 14, 2022. Chancellor Tucker was a beloved visionary and leader during a pivotal period of growth for TCU, 1979 – 1998 .

“Chancellor Emeritus Tucker and his family have remained a vital part of the fabric of our TCU community over the years,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “For those who have not had the pleasure of meeting him, he always had a kind word for everyone he met – and he knew everyone on campus. He was also a friend and mentor to me and my family when we became part of the Horned Frog family.

Dr. Tucker was a proud horned frog and was instrumental in growing TCU from a regional university to the national university it is today. He was lauded as an academic administrator and US minister, and he touched the lives of many students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Generations of horned frogs are lucky to have had Chancellor Tucker as their leader who embodied integrity, intelligence and grace,” Chancellor Boschini continued. “His legacy also extends far beyond TCU; Chancellor Tucker was one of the most respected and loyal leaders of the Church of the Disciples of Christ.

Dr. Tucker is survived by his beloved wife Jean ’56, their daughter, TCU Trustee Jan Tucker Scully ’79, his sons William Edward Tucker and Gordan Vance Tucker, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren .

The TCU flag will be lowered in memory and respect for this remarkable leader, who left an indelible mark on the TCU.

Remembrance and celebration of Dr. Tucker’s life and legacy will be shared in the coming days at TCU Magazine.

Kanye West to buy right-wing social media platform Parler, company says


Kanye West plans to buy right-wing social media platform Parler, the company announced on Monday – just days after the musician and fashion designer was suspended by Instagram and Twitter for anti-Semitic posts.

Parent company Parliament Technologies said it had reached an “agreement in principle” with the artist, who legally changed his name to Ye, to acquire the platform, which is popular among supporters of former President Donald Trump. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

In a statement, Parler said the partnership “ensures Parler’s future role in creating an irreversible ecosystem where all voices are welcome.” A representative for Ye could not be reached for comment early Monday.

Twitter and Instagram remove Kanye West’s anti-Semitic posts

Ye has a verified Parler account, but hasn’t posted anything yet.

Parler began to make a name for itself in 2020 as a friendly gathering place for conservative politicians and pundits, including those who have been put off by moderation policies on major social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It gained millions of users in the weeks following the 2020 election.

But the platform that billed itself as a free-speech haven with minimal rules has also become a popular place for people to share conspiracies about the election. The app was effectively taken offline following the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol, when Amazon removed it from its web hosting service and Apple and Google took down its app. of their online stores, blaming the app’s inadequate content moderation systems. .

Major Trump Supporter Rebekah Mercer Orchestrates Parler’s Second Act

Parler found a way back online several weeks later. Its revival, including an executive reshuffle, was orchestrated by its founding investor Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of top Republican donor Robert Mercer, sources told The Washington Post last year.

But it now faces competition from a handful of “alternative” social apps that have sprung up to try to take on Facebook and Twitter, including Truth Social, owned by Trump Media & Technology Group, and Gettr, which was founded by a former aide to Trump. .

Many of these apps were created, in part, out of a sentiment that had become popular with conservative politicians that mainstream social media sites were moderating content too heavily and therefore restricting free speech. Republican politicians and pundits have for years accused major social media sites of “censoring” content.

The apps say they use moderation to try to keep violence, harassment and other rules-breaking posts off the sites.

Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla who sought to buy Twitter for around $44 billion, also said he wanted the platform to promote “free speech” and spoke out against banning Twitter. former President Trump. Musk also tweeted that he talked to Ye about the tweet that got him fired.

Parler CEO George Farmer said “Ye is taking a revolutionary step into the free speech media space and will never have to worry about being taken off social media again.” in a statement posted on the company’s Twitter account.

Ye has long used social media as a tool to air personal and political grievances as well as controversial and offensive claims. Twitter confirmed last week that it had deleted a tweet from the rapper and temporarily locked his account for violating company policies, without specifying which one.

Social media platforms have long been under pressure to crack down on those who use their sites to spread material that is offensive, hateful or threatening to groups based on race, religion and other factors.

Speak describes itself as “the world’s premier free speech platform”. Farmer said the deal will not only “change the world”, but also “the way the world thinks about free speech”.

Bryan Pietsch contributed to this report.

Another debt crisis is on the 2023 Republican agenda


The biggest issue in next month’s midterm elections has drawn only a fraction of the attention devoted to topics such as Dr Oz’s dog experiments, girls’ high school sports or drug addiction. by Hunter Biden. The biggest issue in this campaign is the Republican plan to cut spending on popular social programs and jeopardize the trust and credit of the US government.

Of course, ignoring tedious issues like the disposition of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending to largely contentless culture clashes is a long-standing tradition in American politics. But that doesn’t mean it makes sense.

Republicans have been somewhat circumspect about their plan, though it’s not exactly a secret. The four House Republicans seeking the top spot on the Budget Committee favor linking the debt ceiling to cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “Our primary focus has to be non-discretionary — it has to be about rights,” says Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia.

“Entitlements” and “non-discretionary” are Congressional talk for programs whose eligibility and benefit rules are set by Congress rather than subject to the annual appropriations process. The largest such program is Social Security, followed by Medicare, followed by Medicaid. A few smaller programs, such as the Affordable Care Act grants, food stamps, and most categories of farm aid and veterans’ benefits, also fall under the nondiscretionary umbrella.

These programs represent the vast majority of federal non-military spending. So if the goal is to reduce inflation by cutting spending — which Republicans keep saying they want to do — then those programs need to be cut.

It’s been a bit difficult to have a frank conversation about these issues, because every time the Republicans hint that this is what they want to do, the Democrats jump up and the GOP gets skittish. It happened in February when the leader of the Senate Republican campaign arm, Rick Scott of Florida, released a plan calling for all federal programs to be halted every five years. It would be the end of federal health and pension programs as we know them, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly distanced himself from the proposal — but released no alternative policy agenda.

Members of the Republican House will also no doubt refuse to say which specific programs should be cut, lest it be too easy to identify the beefs they want to gore. But the Republican review committee released a budget plan in June that called for cutting Social Security benefits for anyone who retires before age 70, raising the Medicare eligibility age to 70 and scheduling the age of eligibility for both programs to increase steadily over time. And it’s all on top of their proposed $3.3 trillion cut to Medicaid over 10 years.

The study committee is the largest bloc of House Republicans, though it mostly represents members with safe seats and a GOP majority would likely curb those plans for sweeping cuts to popular programs. It’s impossible to say how much that would do, as House Republicans (like their Senate colleagues) won’t be specific until November 8. But in terms of general direction, that’s clearly where the party is headed, with the debt ceiling. as a leverage point.

Using the debt ceiling as leverage to try to secure cuts to Medicare and Medicaid is exactly what House Republicans did in 2011, the last time a new majority faced off against an incumbent Democratic president.

Which reminds us that one of the greatest myths in contemporary politics – popular in both parties – is the idea that there is an interesting “new” conservative movement that has set aside the orthodoxy of the small government of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s 2012 presidential ticket. It is certainly true that the Republican Party has become home to a cast of more colorful characters and now relies on a much more economically inferior electoral base. But its main economic policy commitments have not changed.

Of course, just because Republicans have the same aspirations doesn’t mean they’ll succeed if they win. The latest round of the debt ceiling crisis produced economically costly financial uncertainty, but was ultimately resolved by cuts to military and national discretionary spending, rather than the privatization of Medicare that Republicans were calling for.

Another turn of the tightrope could lead to the same result. It could also work. Or it could fail dramatically. Whatever happens, however, a Republican victory is pretty much a guarantee of a political and economic crisis aimed at enacting fiscal austerity.

In a sane world, this impending crisis — and the prospect of cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — would dominate political debate right now. Unfortunately, as has been clear for some time, reason is lacking in American politics.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• Republicans, Don’t Ignore US Bills: Michael R. Bloomberg

• Ditch the debt ceiling before the Republicans win the House: Jonathan Bernstein

• US debt limit constrains nothing but honesty: Ramesh Ponnuru

• Raise the debt ceiling, Republicans. You’ll be glad you did: Michael Strain

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Matthew Yglesias is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. Co-founder and former columnist of Vox, he writes the Slow Boring blog and newsletter. He is the author, most recently, of “One Billion Americans”.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

United Nations visits Baruch – The Ticker


Happy Fall Bearcats!

The Undergraduate Government hopes everyone is enjoying jersey season and taking some time for themselves as the midterm season kicks off.

For the past two weeks, USG has been advocating for the needs of students and citizens of New York.

Recently, the United Nations Development Program visited Baruch College to discuss climate change issues and how students could engage in climate crisis activism.

USG representatives expressed concerns about the lack of inclusive and intersectional representation of environmentalism, particularly with climate change affecting the Southern and Caribbean islands.

Some examples include flooding in Pakistan and Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, for which USG will lead fundraising in conjunction with other student organizations on campus.

The United Nations will take the data, concerns, questions and more and consolidate them with the popular climate vote to push world representatives to act on climate change.

The Appreciative Inquiry Summit, led by President Wu, also brought together US government officials.

The AI ​​Summit was a community meeting focused on deciding Baruch’s “strategic goals” for the next five years, or essentially creating a blueprint for the school’s future.

Provost Essig, Chairman Wu, and most, if not all, of Baruch’s department heads, staff, and faculty attended.

During the summit, USG representatives discussed issues of overcrowding in campus facilities, lack of funding for departments, the need for more community spaces for clubs and organizations to hold events, d a need for more diversity in our institution, better support for the Marxist and Weissman schools, and much more.

Staff and faculty have also championed student needs and initiatives.

Baruch’s Strategic Planning Committee will host other sessions for students to voice their concerns throughout the semester.

It is crucial to have student representation at these meetings to ensure that the voices of the student body are heard.

While the USG has worked hard to advocate, representatives are also planning the annual reunion celebration.

Vice President of Campus Affairs Karen Guanga is spearheading homecoming events for this semester.

There will be gifts, food, merchandise and more planned for this year.

The most important event will be the Autumn Festival, which the USG will organize alongside President Wu.

There will be fun games, music and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Until next time Bearcats!

SLU secures $5 million to partner with local schools | New


Regarding the story “Tangi schools get $5 million to groom new teachers” in the Oct. 4 edition of The Daily Star, a spokesperson for Southeastern Louisiana University said schools in the parish of Tangipahoa had not received the $5 million grant; The University of Southeast Louisiana received the grant and partners with three school districts, one of which is Tangipahoa.

The Teacher Quality Partnership grant funds a partnership between Southeast District and selected partners. The project will begin by engaging partners in the Tangipahoa Parish School System in the second year of the grant.

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CDFW News | California Fish and Game Commission Holds Hybrid Meeting


California Fish and Game Commission Holds Hybrid Meeting

At its October meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. Here are some items of interest from this week’s meeting held in Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe with an option for the public to join via Zoom.

New commissioner Anthony Williams joins the stage at this Commission meeting. Williams served as commissioner from 2015 to 2019.

Regarding whether to list the Western Joshua tree as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), after lengthy deliberations, the Commission continued the agenda item until its meeting in February 2023, keeping the public record open for the specific purpose of continuing to provide input from tribal governments.

At the request of the Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has agreed to co-host with local tribes an emergency summit regarding tribal actions, environmental concerns, and needs related to conservation efforts of the Clear Lake Hitch.

For the 50th year in a row, the Commission has designated a lake and more than 25 miles of waterways as Heritage and Wild Trout Waters, celebrating two of the state’s many scenic trout fisheries. This year the Commission accepted CDFW’s recommendation to designate approximately 30 miles of the North Fork Mokelumne River which supports a robust trout fishery consisting of coastal rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout , and Silver Lake, a remote lake in Tulare County that contains a heritage population of Little Kern golden trout.

Commission passed 90-day extension to emergency regulations for conditional catch of Southern California rainbow trout after approving CDFW’s request for a six-month extension to deliver its review report one year on the application for listing the species under CESA.

The Commission has approved an application for an experimental fishing license to test the feasibility of catching king crabs and other deep-sea crab species using crab pots (traps).

The Commission passed emergency regulations to amend and clarify fyke net regulations to minimize the risk of federally protected species entanglement and to extend the current identification requirement in place south of Pt Arguello, Santa Barbara County, to apply statewide.

The Board cleared a Notice of Intent to Amend the Rules to allow CDFW to accept the electronic display of licenses on a CDFW mobile application.

The full Commission – Chair Samantha Murray, Vice-Chair Erika Zavaleta, Commissioners Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams – were present.

The agenda for this meeting and additional information are available on the Commission website. An archived audio file will be available in the coming days. The next Plenary Commission meeting is scheduled for December 14-15, 2022 in the San Diego area.

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The California Fish and Game Commission was one of the first wildlife conservation agencies in the United States, even before the US Commission of Fish and Fisheries. There is often confusion about the distinction between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Commission. In the most basic terms, CDFW implements and enforces regulations set by the Commission, as well as provides biological data and expertise to inform Commission decision-making.

Announcement of Agenda for Virtual Battery and Precious Metals Investor Conference October 18-20


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Individual investors, institutional investors, advisors and analysts are invited to attend this virtual event featuring live executive presentations on global opportunities in batteries and precious metals.

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Committee to review elementary Meriwether Lewis’s name prepares for first meeting –



ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — The community advisory committee selected to review the name of Meriwether Lewis Elementary School will hold its first meeting next week.

This meeting, which will take place virtually, will be held on October 18.

Twelve school and community members have been chosen to serve on the committee, which will review the school’s name to ensure it complies with Albemarle County Public Schools policies.

This meeting will not be open to the public.

According to a statement, Meriwether Lewis is the eighth school in the division to have its name reviewed since 2018, when the county school board decided to have all schools named for individuals reviewed.

In Albemarle County there are 25 schools in total, 14 of which are named after people. Of the seven schools that have already gone through this review process, the names of four have been changed and three have been retained.

The advisory committee will send out a survey to residents of the school’s catchment area to solicit name suggestions, which may include maintaining the current name.

He will then hold two public meetings, the first of which aims to narrow down the list of suggested names to five semi-finalists.

If the option to keep the name is on the final list of suggestions, the committee will consider the life of Meriwether Lewis.

The committee includes three school faculty members, four parents of students who attend the school, and five people who live in the school’s community but do not have children who attend.

The committee will make a recommendation regarding the name of the school to the superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, who will then make a recommendation to the county school board.

The new name will come into effect on July 1, 2023.

Updates on the process will be posted online here.

Best Bites and Soaks: October 13 – 16

Every week, we like to dig in and find unique, boozy, and indulgent things to discover around Dallas. It could be a festival, a social gathering of like-minded drinkers at a brewery, a special dinner party, or a pop-up. Here’s what we’re looking forward to next week.

The Texas State Fair is still rolling. With temperatures in decent territory, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy a festival or two. And there are many.

Greek Festival of Medium Towns
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
303 Cullum Drive, Euless

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 14, 15 and 16 Oct.
This Greek festival has existed for more than 30 years. All dishes are homemade according to long family traditions. Try the Athenian platter ($23) with Greek chicken, rice pilaf, two dolmathes, spanakopita, tiropita, Greek salad and pita bread. Or the Santorini platter ($25) with fish, or a Zorba platter ($27) with lamb. There are also a la carte offerings, like hummus and pastitsio, as well as sweets and gyros. There’s something to eat, that’s what we mean. To be hungry. And visit the website for a full schedule of events. Admission and parking are free. Greek Bank LAAND will be providing live music all weekend so you can show off your Greek dancing skills.

Guest Chef Attalie’s Dinner for Genesis Women’s Shelter
Attalie at The Exchange, 211 S. Akard St. (Downtown Dallas)
Friday and Saturday 14 and 15 Oct.

Local chef and James Beard nominee Misti Norris and guest chef Paul Liebrant will co-host dinner Friday night at 7 p.m. at Attalie at The Exchange. Then Saturday, Josh Harmon intervenes, with Leibrant, for a second dinner. All proceeds will go to the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $160 each, plus an additional $60 for a custom drink pairing. Learn more about the event here.

Live music on the boardwalk
Granite Park, 5880 State Highway 121, Plano
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, October 14

The Granite Park promenade is a collection of restaurants around a large pond that can be a pleasant setting for a dinner party, especially when the weather is cooperative. Like now. Local artists are scheduled to perform throughout October. This Friday, look for music from Charity Young, 6-9 p.m. Restaurants along the boardwalk include the Suburban Yacht Club, Blue Mesa Grill, Union Bear, Biscuit Bar, Golden Boy Coffee and Wine Bar, Fork and Fire, and Chip’s. Old fashioned burgers. All of these spots have large patios to enjoy the music. Not a bad way to end the week.

harvest festival
Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road, Richardson
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 16

The town of Richardson hosts its 46th annual Harvest Fest Saturday and Sunday at Huffhines Park on Apollo Road. There will be crafts, live music, a big pumpkin patch and all the necessary family activities. Plus, plenty of dishes like Leo’s Greek Food, Tounge in Cheek Ice Cream, TJ’s Dawg House, and Mrs. Lively’s Home Cooking, all washed down with craft beer. And because it’s the beautiful season, they will also have corndogs, lemonade and popcorn. Free entry.

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Malai’s Bia Hoi pop-up last year.

Malay cuisine

Bia Hoi pop-up
Malai Kitchen, 3699 McKinney Ave (West Village)
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 15
Malai Kitchen, the ever-popular local Thai and Vietnamese restaurant (we recently wrote about co-owner Yasmine Wages), will host its annual Hanoi-style street food pop-up this Saturday. They will be serving Malai’s signature Vietnamese beer (yes, they brew their own beer), Bia Hoi, which will cost $1 a pint. And for the full authentic experience, they will have tiny plastic stools and tables to sit on. Party in Malai. Goodbye.

McKinney Wine and Music Festival
Towne Lake, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 15

The 6th McKinney Wine and Music Festival will feature 30 award-winning wineries, 10 restaurants and four bands. You can purchase a food pass for $35, which allows you to grab bites at all restaurants from noon to 4 p.m. Wine tasting tickets ($40) will get you 20 one-ounce tastings. Purchase a food and wine tasting pass for $70 and get 20 sips and tastings from all restaurants. Parking is free. See a list of restaurants and wineries on the website.

The Piehole Project
Online auctions
From Monday, October 17 at 9 a.m. to Thursday, October 27 at 9 p.m.

The Piehole Project was started three years ago to raise money for Chefs for Tomorrow, which provides culinary scholarships to local children (aspiring chefs). Each year, local chefs auction pies to the highest bidder online, and each year has a theme; this year it’s the 80s. But the great news here is that you can get a one-of-a-kind pie from some amazing local chefs, all for a good cause. The auction begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 17. So set the stove alarm. Auctions run until 9 p.m. on October 27.

Halloween treats
La Casita Bakery, 580 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Through Halloween
We recently wrote about La Casita Bakeshop baker Maricsa Trejo, who is competing in The Food Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship” this season. Check out Instagram to see why she was nabbed to go on the baking show in the first place. Halloween is their better The time of year. Then pre-order an entire box of treats for pickup this weekend.

Meeting reports 156 Section 21 eviction notices from Wrexham owners – ‘more than half of them are selling’


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Job : Wed 12 October 2022

Wrexham Council said there were currently 215 households in temporary accommodation in the county borough.

The detail emerged during a debate on a housing report to yesterday’s board meeting where the discussion echoed some of the points raised by Wrexham.com with the senior member last week about empty properties and turning empty spaces into homes.

Senior Housing Member Cllr David A Bithell said: ‘We are really in the eye of the storm when it comes to homelessness, housing and waiting lists.

“It has been reported on Wrexham.com that we have 3,900 people on our waiting lists for homes. It’s the general waiting list, and demand for accommodation in Wrexham is really increasing. We cannot meet demand at the moment due to a number of factors, there is the phosphate issue where we cannot build new properties. So we were really trying to build new properties, but we were limited to doing that.

Cllr Marc Jones picked up our post and the comments on the phosphate issue seem to be blocking/blocking the building of new houses, he asked, “On the phosphate issue and not being able to build new council houses as a result, this that I hope is temporary. May I suggest we look at the empty properties we have in the county borough – we have 935 long-term empty properties.

“Some of them are low-hanging fruits. Not all of them are suitable for conversion. I know some in my parish who are suitable for conversion. We have a buy-back policy, we have funding for that. I would like that in the absence of any possibility of building new social housing, we buy back as much as we can.As you are the new member, the main member for this, perhaps you could take the initiative, that would be very encouraging given that we are stuck with phosphates at the moment”.

Cllr Mark Pritchard replied: “It is a very difficult situation in terms of homelessness, housing and benefits across Wrexham and across Wales. We’re going to have to work with the Welsh government and our partners and everybody really, to make things better, but it’s not going to be easy – it’s going to be very difficult.

“I’m really going to ask the officers a question so we can put some context into what we’re dealing with here. I just want all elected officials and residents of Wrexham to know and beyond that how many we have on our waiting lists? How many do we have in temporary accommodation? And, how long do we wait to enter temporary housing? »

The agent related some data that should have been familiar to counselors by now, but with new information: “We have 4,006 on the waitlist, we’re growing and growing on our general waitlist.

“We have 215 temporary accommodations, these are households and not people.

“Housing Options, our homeless team is working with a case count of 720. So 720 have come forward as homeless and those are the open cases.

“We also have 156 Section 21 notices, so these are landlords who have requested or intend to evict in the private rental sector.”

“More than half of them are selling, so they’re leaving the rental market.”

A Section 21 notice begins the legal process to end an insured short-term tenancy and is often known as a “no-fault” eviction.

The head of the council added: “Thank you for that. I just really wanted to open it up a bit more so we can all understand what we’re up against here at Wrexham.

“The officers explained the situation and this is what they face on a daily basis. This is what the new main member has in front of him and I wish him all the best. It won’t be easy for any of us. »

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Shawnee City Council declares support for banning transgender sports



Shawnee City Council passes agenda item declaring support for banning transgender sports

The measure, which passed by a 7-1 margin, does not enact an actual ban but provides an official council position on the matter.

On Monday evening, the Shawnee City Council voted 7-1 to pass its agenda item on fairness in girls’ sports. There was a large crowd at the board meeting and approximately 18 people spoke about the equity element in girls’ sports. 15 of them were against, while only three people were in favor. The city council cannot ban transgender athletes from competing within city limits. Nor can he ask the state to do so. Instead, it adopted what is called a staff guidance document. When a Shawnee City staff member is asked about the city’s position on the subject, the staff member should respond as follows: the city supports a bill to protect fairness in women’s sports; We believe everyone should have the same opportunity in sport, but allowing biological men to compete in female-only divisions robs girls of their opportunities at all levels. Alex Welch Blattner spoke out against the article Monday night. On Tuesday, she told KMBC: “For me the clear and overwhelming response said it’s clear that this is not what members of the real community want to see. Obviously, I was disappointed with the result. No member of the Shawnee City Council or the Mayor of the Town of Shawnee responded to KMBC’s interview requests. But former city council member Lisa Larson-Bunnell told KMBC: ‘It would be unfair to say that all of Shawnee supports a ban on transgender participation in sports, but that’s what they went forward with. And here is Shawnee’s face. Larson-Bunnell went a step further, referring to the transgender sports issue as a campaign stunt in the Midterms. “It’s absolutely something that can be used by our state legislature, lawmakers, who are interested in moving this type of legislation forward,” Larson-Bunnel said. “They can now use it and say, ‘Look, you have a big city in Johnson County, which is perceived to be the most liberal county in the state, wants this. And I think that makes real sense. Alex Welch Blattner, who covers Shawnee extensively on social media, added: “What is happening on Shawnee is not an isolated incident. This happens in our department. This is happening across our country. There is a manufactured moral panic against transgender people, and this is just one incident in that trend. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, approximately 1% of Kansas children between the ages of 13 and 17 identify as transgender.

On Monday evening, the Shawnee City Council voted 7-1 to pass its agenda item on fairness in girls’ sports.

There was a large crowd at the board meeting and approximately 18 people spoke about the equity element in girls’ sports. 15 of them were against, while only three people were in favor.

The city council cannot ban transgender athletes from competing within city limits.

Nor can he ask the state to do so. Instead, it adopted what is called a staff guidance document. When a Shawnee City staff member is asked about the city’s position on the subject, the staff member should respond as follows:

City backs bill to protect fairness in women’s sports; We believe everyone should have the same opportunity in sport, but allowing biological men to compete in female-only divisions robs girls of their opportunities at all levels.

Alex Welch Blattner spoke out against the article Monday night. On Tuesday, she told KMBC: “For me the clear and overwhelming response said it’s clear that this is not what members of the real community want to see. Obviously, I was disappointed with the result.

No member of Shawnee City Council or the Mayor of the Town of Shawnee responded to KMBC’s interview requests. But former city council member Lisa Larson-Bunnell told KMBC: ‘It would be unfair to say that all of Shawnee supports a ban on transgender participation in sports, but that’s what they went forward with. And here is Shawnee’s face.

Larson-Bunnell went a step further, referring to the transgender sports issue as a campaign stunt in the Midterms.

“It’s absolutely something that can be used by our state legislature, lawmakers, who are interested in moving this kind of legislation forward,” Larson-Bunnel said. “They can now use it and say, ‘Listen, you have a big city in Johnson County, which is perceived as [one of] the most liberal counties in the state, who want this. And I think that makes real sense.

Alex Welch Blattner, who extensively covers Shawnee on social mediaadded: “What is happening Shawnee is not an isolated incident. It is happening in our department. It is happening across our country. There is a manufactured moral panic against transgender people, and it is not just one incident in this trend.

According to Williams Institute at UCLA, about 1% of Kansas children between the ages of 13 and 17 identify as transgender.

Lakeshore HS tests steam detectors in bathrooms; SRO introduced


Administrators are hoping a new product installed in bathrooms will help deter vaping at school.

During his regular report at Monday’s Lakeshore Public Schools Board meeting, Superintendent Greg Eding informed board members that the district has installed multiple steam detectors in several bathrooms in the district.

“We are looking into installing them in all secondary bathrooms,” Eding said. “At the moment we are only in the testing phase with these.”

Eding did not specify which brand of vape detectors are tested, but a common device installed in many schools over the past few years in schools is called the HALO Smart Sensor. According to the product’s website, the vape detectors “accurately monitor air quality and detect hazardous vaping chemicals when present in school bathrooms and send notification alerts to members of the assigned faculty.They are an effective and affordable solution, and their visible presence acts as a deterrent.

During the meeting, Eding also introduced the district’s new school resource officer, Michael Dorr. Dorr is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and has previous experience as a school liaison officer before joining the Lincoln Township Police Department.

“[Dorr] has been busy entering buildings and developing relationships with students and staff,” Eding said. “He will soon be giving class presentations on several topics such as the dangers of vaping and other high-risk behaviors.”

In other school safety matters, Dorr announced that a group of administrators attended a Michigan State Police crisis training event at Western Michigan University.

“This event helped refine our threat assessment process,” Eding said. “There will be a follow-up training that will take place in January.”

Taiwan president calls for unity against Chinese propaganda ahead of local elections


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen addressed a rally on Monday and urged the country’s citizens to stand in solidarity against Chinese disinformation and cyber warfare.

According to a report by The Guardian, ahead of Taiwan’s local elections, Ing-wen said Taiwan must be resilient and not be discouraged by China’s growing authoritarianism. She further warned Beijing that Taipei would not sacrifice its freedom and democracy, and reiterated her willingness to resume communication with China, which was cut off after the 2016 election. She also said that the war between the two nations is “absolutely not an option”.

“I want to make it clear to the authorities in Beijing that armed confrontation is absolutely not an option for our two sides. It is only by respecting the commitment of the Taiwanese people to our sovereignty, our democracy and our freedom that there may be a basis for resuming constructive interaction across the Taiwan Strait,” she said during her National Day speech on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning claimed that Taiwan is part of China, has “no president and is not an independent country”. stubborn insistence on Taiwan’s independence and secession,” she said, adding that China is “willing to create broad space for peaceful reunification, but we will never leave space for activities. independence and secession of Taiwan”.

How has China used the internet to its advantage in the past?

Ing-wen’s speech comes as Taiwan prepares for a local election, which has been a breeding ground for Chinese disinformation in the past. China in the last Taiwanese elections attempted to obstruct democratic processes by allegedly spreading rumors and conspiracy theories on the internet.

In 2018, China facilitated campaign promotion for pro-China candidate Han Kuo-yu, who ran for mayor of the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, a place that had not voted for a party candidate. Kuomintang for two long decades. Han’s campaign garnered massive attention on social media, but it was later discovered that huge networks of Facebook accounts had been spreading misinformation to mislead voters in Kaohsiung.

This week in regulations for broadcasters: October 1, 2022 to October 7, 2022


Here are some of the important regulatory developments for broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information on how these actions may affect your operations.

  • On October 6, the FCC issued a Second notice of proposed rulemaking (Second Opinion) proposing to strengthen the process of identifying foreign government entities that sponsor or “rent” broadcast programming. The second notice was issued following the July 2022 DC Circuit decision in National Association of Broadcasters v FCC, which rejected the requirement that broadcast licensees independently check two federal databases to verify whether an airtime tenant is a “foreign government entity” (see our article on the decision of the Court here). Although the Court’s decision did not change broadcasters’ obligation to obtain certificates from all purchasers of program time that they are not representatives of foreign governments and have not been paid by foreign governments to produce the program (see our article here), the second opinion proposes languages ​​for these certifications. It also provides interested parties with an additional opportunity to comment on a long-pending motion for clarification of what constitutes rented program time, asking whether the FCC should establish a presumption that any broadcast question lasting two minutes or less, in the absence of any other indicia, should be considered “advertising” which is exempt from the application of the foreign sponsorship identification rules. Comments and responses to comments on the second notice will be due 30 and 45 days, respectively, after it is published in the Federal Register.
  • Global Music Rights (GMR) has sued three radio groups for failing to pay royalties for the public performance of songs written by songwriters who are now represented by GMR (see our article on the GMR lawsuit here). GMR is a performing rights organization (a “PRO”) representing songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Drake, Pharrell Williams, John Lennon and The Eagles (with a full list of their songwriters available at their website here). As these songwriters are no longer represented by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC, in order for a broadcaster to publicly perform the music of these songwriters, they generally need a license from GMR or a direct license to the music of the songwriters or their agents. The lawsuits seek $150,000 for each copyrighted work allegedly infringed – the maximum set by the Copyright Act for “statutory damages,” i.e. damages which may be levied even without providing proof of the actual harm caused by the alleged copyright infringement. Commercial radio stations that play GMR music and did not reach an agreement with GMR following the settlement earlier this year of its dispute with the Radio Music Licensing Committee should enter into a license or consult their lawyers. to see if there is a way to do otherwise. receive permission to use GMR music.
  • On October 6, the FCC released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which, if adopted, would propose a number of measures to enhance the security of the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”). The draft NPRM is scheduled for review at the FCC’s regular monthly public meeting on October 27, 2022. In general, the draft NPRM invites comments on ways to enhance the operational readiness of the EAS and the WEA, including, among other things, requiring EAS participants (including broadcasters) to report incidents of unauthorized access to its EAS equipment to the Commission within 72 hours of when it knew or should have known that the incident had occurred, and require EAS participants to submit an annual cybersecurity certification that demonstrates how the participant identifies the cyber risks they face, the controls they use to mitigate those risks, and how they ensure that these controls are applied effectively. If the NPRM is adopted, comments and responding comments would be due 30 days and 60 days, respectively, after the publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.
  • Also on October 6, the FCC released a draft Notice of Inquiry and Order which seeks information on the current use of the 12.7-13.25 GHz band (“12.7 GHz Band”). Licensed services in the 12.7 GHz band include satellite communications and mobile TV pick-up operations. The draft notice of investigation requests information on how the FCC could encourage more efficient and intensive use of the band, and whether the band is suitable for mobile broadband or other extended use. The draft order would extend the temporary freeze of applications in the 12.7 GHz band (see our reference to that freeze here). If adopted at the FCC’s Oct. 27 public meeting, comments and responding comments will be due 30 days and 60 days, respectively, after publication in the Federal Register.
  • The FCC Media Bureau (“Bureau”) issued Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) proposing a $13,000 fine against the licensee of two low-power television stations, finding that the licensee apparently violated FCC Rule 74.788 by filing its “license to cover” applications informing the FCC that he had completed construction of new facilities for the stations when that construction was completed, and for violating Section 301 of the Communications Act by engaging in unauthorized operations. Construction was reportedly completed in 2018 but no permit application was filed until 2022, a year after the permit to build the new facilities expired. The Bureau was not persuaded to reduce or eliminate the fine by the licensee’s assertion that it was unrepresented by counsel when it failed to file its license applications in a timely manner. He also found that the proposed fine is consistent with other recent FCC cases that have similar underlying facts (see, for example, the cases we noted in Weekly Updates here and here).
  • Due to the damage associated with Hurricane Ian that caused broadcasters in South Carolina and Florida, the Media Office extended October 11 through December 12, 2022, the deadline by which affected stations in those states must place their quarterly program listings with material covering the previous calendar quarter on their file for public inspection. All other full-power plants should remember to upload quarterly program listings to their public files by October 11. Likewise, for Florida resorts, the deadline to place their EEO Public File Report on their file for public inspection is extended to December 12, 2022.

The ADNEC group unveils the agenda of the ISNR Talks program


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Seif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, ADNEC Group has unveiled the exciting program for the all-new ISNR talks, which took place held during the seventh edition of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) Abu Dhabi.

Taking place October 10-12, ISNR Abu Dhabi, organized by ADNEC in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, provides a unique networking platform connecting regional government agencies with security solution providers around the world. The event will bring together the national community and the cybersecurity community to accelerate public-private collaboration for a safer connected world.

As a key part of the event agenda, ISNR Talks offers three forums over the three days of the event, free to all attendees. International experts and thought leaders will offer fresh perspectives and insight into the most inspiring case studies, with keynotes and engaging panel discussions. Over three impactful days, ISNR Talks sessions will shed light on the future of policing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

On the first day, participants will benefit from key learnings from the Forum on the Future of Policing. It will include an opening session on “The Future of Policing: Embracing Innovation for Crime Prevention Now and in the Future”, a panel discussion on “Smart Cities: Securing the Future: Innovations and New Techniques Transforming Policing in Changing Communities”, and a case study on “Challenges and Opportunities of Harnessing Technology for Better Crime Prevention”. In addition, topics such as “Integrated Multi-Agency Training and Collaboration for Better Oversight”, “Preventing Crime with Technology-Enabled Community Policing”, “Analyzing the Enhanced Skillset Required for Sustaining Order in the 21st Century” and “Social Media Policing: Who Should Be Held Accountable for User Comments and How Should Individuals and Organizations Be Held Accountable?”

Focusing on artificial intelligence, day two will feature two keynotes, “Highlighting the Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Homeland Security” and “Policing the Metaverse – Challenges and Opportunities”. Speakers will share their insights through an “Embracing Digitization in Homeland Security for Better Information and Intelligence Sharing” case study. In addition, panelists will discuss topics such as “The Future of Threat Management – Smart and Intelligent Technologies”, “Fighting the Digital Battle: Maintaining Security, Data Sovereignty and Scalability in Systems Could” , “Ensuring reliable, unbiased and non-discriminatory data for AI learning and decision-making” and “Predictive policing – Separating fact from fiction”.

The final day will see interesting discussions on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Topics such as “Building Multi-Party Security Mechanisms in Critical Infrastructure”, “Analyzing the Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Securing Supply Chains”, “Robot-Assisted Autonomous Techniques to Mitigate Evolving Threats” and “Using robotics, UGVs and electric vehicles for emergency response” will be explored. Participants may also have the chance to attend panel discussions on “Cybersecurity and Business Continuity: Defending National Assets and Mitigating Possible Threats through Better Cross-Border Collaboration and Intelligence Sharing” and “Doing More with less: Addressing the Resource Challenge with Technology in Infrastructure Protection”. in addition to a keynote on “Smart cities and new threats presented with integrated systems”.

ISNR Abu Dhabi will showcase a wide range of technologies in the areas of digital forensics, anti-malware and anti-spam and anti-virus, human factors, governance, compliance, business continuity, disaster response accidents, identity and access management and application security. The exhibition will also highlight the latest developments in Internet of Things (IoT) security, cloud security, mobile phone security, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare protection, network security, data security, managed security services (MSS) and encryption.


Student violence and underhanded union politics plaguing the VUSD


The race for four contested seats on the Visalia Unified School District school board takes on an ugly tone, with accusations from candidates of an inadequate staff response to student-to-student violence and anti-union policy. ethics on city campuses.

Attack on college students

What emerges as a troubling issue facing VUSD is student-to-student violence on VUSD campuses. While the problem of violence has been a constant at all schools, a recent incident at Divisadero Middle School, which became famous through a social media post by the victim’s mother, brought to the fore how the district manages physical violence between students.

Misty Mae – mother of the girl who was attacked by a fellow student during a break – has released video taken by a third student involved in the planned attack on her daughter. In the post, Mae said she felt compelled to share the video to increase pressure on the VUSD to change the way it responds to violent incidents.

“The last thing I wanted to do was post this video but the school made my hands tired because they refuse to do what is necessary to make my child feel safe at school!” Mae wrote.

Mae was not interviewed for this article.

In the brief video, Mae’s daughter is seen being attacked from behind by another student. The assailant pulled his victim to the ground by the hair, repeatedly hitting her on the back of the head as she lay on the ground. The attack ended when someone – identified by VUSD Superintendent Kirk Shrum as a staff member – pushed the attacker off the victim.

The attacker remained on campus

In communications with the district and on Facebook, Mae said her daughter’s civil rights were violated by the VUSD’s response to the attack.

Mae filed a report with the police regarding the incident and a restraining order was issued against the student who attacked her daughter. however, Mae said the district refused to enforce it, allowing the student who attacked her daughter to remain on campus. Her daughter has refused to return to school since the attack.

Mae asked the public to share the video to help “make some noise” about the issue.

Addressing the violence at the September 27 VUSD trustee meeting, Superintendent Shrum said posts like Mae’s misrepresent events surrounding incidents of violence on campus among students, presenting false narratives.

“When it comes to social media, you often see comments that don’t tell the whole story, which can sometimes lead to images that may not be accurate,” he said. “Since we have schools, we have students making bad choices on campus. But what has changed recently is the posting and use of social media to enhance a narrative that is simply not true, further encouraging or perpetuating student involvement in these types of behavior.

He did not say whether the violent student was allowed to remain on campus or what disciplinary action was taken.

Shrum: Seven fight-related suspensions a day at VUSD schools

The district’s response, Shrum said, is a crackdown on cyberbullying, including an effort to educate students and their families about the dangers of using social media.

“Students who use social media to cause disruption or bullying will face significant consequences and even potentially legal action,” he said.

He also said there had been a “slight increase” in “fighting-related suspensions” among VUSD students. Shrum reported 409 suspensions in August and September 2019, compared to 447 in August and September 2022. That’s an average of 6.7 daily suspensions related to fights in 2019 — the last full school year before the COVID-19 pandemic — versus 7.3 per day. This year.

Despite this, Shrum says the violence can be traced to a handful of problem students.

“When you take that number and divide it among our 29,000 students and distribute it across our campuses, that’s basically 10 students who have chosen to engage in inappropriate behavior,” he said. “Again, this is a generalization. Many of our campuses may not even have a suspension. »

The current suspension rate for VUSD students is between 1% and 2%, Shrum said. Despite the number of daily fights, schools in Visalia are not violent places.

“The narrative that this is a major problem that routinely disrupts our schools, perpetuated by [social media], is not the reality on our campuses. I want you to hear from me that this is not our story,” he said.

Candidates respond

VUSD Zone 4 candidate Crystal Reynolds, however, said there was a fine line between protecting students from potentially deadly attacks and violating the right of all students to speak freely. in public. She thinks the district doesn’t treat online threats of student-to-student violence as seriously as they should.

“As a parent, I notice there is a difference in how we respond to social media threats,” she said. “There’s definitely a difference when we get a threat on social media from a child who says they’re going to shoot a school versus what happens when another student threatens to beat up another student.”

The Divisadero attack is an example of the district’s failure to respond appropriately, Reynold said.

“In the recent case, that’s what was happening, and the student was attacked,” she said. “My concern is how far are we going to let this go? Where do we draw the line? »

VUSD Zone 1 candidate Jesse Perez, while not addressing the issue of campus violence and the district’s response to it, said VUSD leadership must lead by modeling preferred behavior . He was speaking at a candidates’ forum held on October 4.

“We (must) set the standard for education and excellence, not just demanding it from our students, but demanding it from ourselves, our faculty and our staff,” he said. declared. “We (have to) lead by example, because as I know as a parent, people don’t do what – your kids don’t – aren’t going to do what you say; they will do what you do.

“You just lost a student”

Melissa Brewer, a parent and community advocate, described a history of violent behavior at Divisadero, a school she attended. Speaking at the Sept. 27 meeting, she reminded administrators that it was a Divisadero student who killed Visalia policeman James Rapozo on Christmas Eve in 1997. The incident occurred as Brewer was also a student there. She also described being shown a handgun in class, an incident that was apparently ignored at the time.

“At Visalia Unified, we have a habit of pushing things under the rug. If we don’t talk about it, it didn’t happen. It’s not that bad,” Brewer said. “For the kid who was mugged in Divisadero, who doesn’t want to go back to school, it’s so serious. She may never go back to school. You just lost a student.

Brewer said she asked administrators to create a safety task force in January to address student violence. At the time, board members seemed receptive, she said, but later abandoned that position, ignoring what Brewer said was an obvious problem.

“Every day something happens on these campuses,” she said. “My children see it. The children of the world see it in Visalia. You are not fooling anyone but yourself.

She also expressed her anger that parents were talking online about the issue of campus violence, making it worse.

“I’m so disgusted to hear it wasn’t that bad, and social media is only making it worse, just to push it away,” Brewer said. “It’s our story, and our story is going to end very badly if we don’t start addressing the issues.”

A candidate alleges union insults

Meanwhile, Zone 2 candidate Paul Belt said he was slandered by a representative of the Visalia Unified Teachers Association during a meeting of teachers on the campus of Annie Mitchell Elementary School. The union representative, Belt reported, called him a “teacher hater.”

Belt’s wife, a veteran VUSD teacher, was present at the meeting. According to an account of the meeting by longtime VUSD volunteer Jerry Jensen, the union representative singled out Belt’s wife, allegedly describing candidates challenging sitting administrators as “teacher haters.” Jensen said the presentation was also given at Crestwood Elementary School.

Belt is a teacher, as are many of his relatives. He said the comments created a hostile workplace for his wife and asked administrators to respond to the behavior that caused it.

“I would like the board to reflect on when the union made such outright lies to its members on campus,” Belt said. “This is what happened last Monday following a staff meeting. My wife is now in a hostile workplace set up by the Visalia teachers’ union. This should stop.

He called the unsubstantiated claim about him unethical.

“If you can’t find real facts and information, don’t say anything at all,” Belt said.

Indian School and Stewart Indian School Cultural Center Exhibit Features Badges Related to Modern Pow Wows | Carson City Nevada News


Event date:

October 12, 2022 (All day)

The exhibition, Dancing for the Earth, Dancing for the People: Pow Wow Regalia and Art of the Great Basin at the Great Basin Native Artists Gallery inside the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum in Carson City will feature contemporary regalia from pow wow dancing, photography, mixed media sculpture, Grand Bassin beadwork, digital graphic design and more.

This exhibition was curated by Melissa Melero-Moose (Fallon Paiute/Modoc), founder of the Great Basin Native Artists Collective. It opens on Monday, October 12.

Curator Melero-Moose describes the exhibit’s purpose as “seeking to show a small view of powwow culture and how contemporary and historical regalia were never ‘costume’ for Indigenous peoples. of this continent”.

“The contemporary powwow is a social gathering, a competitive dance contest, an art exhibition, a cultural exchange and much more. Evolving over the years from the traditional tribal ceremony, which continues and grows stronger, the powwow brings people together several times a year in healing, dancing, drumming and singing,” she adds.

Some of the participating artists will include Phil Buckheart, Bucky Harjo, Linda Eben Jones, Jack Malotte, Lyndah Steele, Theo Steele, Janice Eben Stump, Chad Yellow John and Bhie-Cie Zahn-Nahtzu.

The exhibition will run from October 12, 2022 to May 26, 2023, inside the GBNA Gallery, inside the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, 1 Jacobsen Way, Carson City, Nevada. The mission of the Great Basin Native Artists Gallery is to gain greater knowledge and awareness of the art and peoples of the Great Basin and to create opportunities for this underrepresented region in all forms of the arts.

UDL Modaraba Management Private: Notice of Annual Review Meeting


Notice of Annual Review Meeting

Notice is hereby given to the certificate holders of the first UDL Modaraba (“FULM”) that the 22nd The Annual Certificate Holders Examination Meeting will be held at NBFI & Modaraba Association of Pakistan, Office No. 602, Progressive Center, 30-A, Block-6, PECHS, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi on Wednesday 26th October 2022 at 9:30 a.m. to deal with the following matters:

Ordinary business

1. Confirm the minutes of the last annual review meeting held on October 27, 2021.

  1. Receive, review and adopt the audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2022 together with the reports of the President, Administrator, Sharia Advisor and independent auditors.
  2. Inform certificate holders of the final cash dividend declared at 9% i.e. Rs 0.90 per certificate for the year ending June 30, 2022. In addition to the final dividend, an interim dividend at 10% i.e. Rs.1-/ per certificate.
  3. To inform the certificate holders regarding the appointment of the auditors and to fix their remuneration for the year ending June 30, 2023. (Subject to the approval of Registrar Modarabas).

Special cases

5. To consider and approve the conversion of FUDLM into a public limited company if deemed appropriate to pass the following proposed resolution with or without amendment Declaration under Section 134(3) of the Companies Act 2017.

“RESOLVED that, subject to the required approval of the Registrar of Modarabas, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the approval of certificate holders, First UDL Modaraba (“FULM”) be converted into a public limited company incorporated under the laws of Pakistan, by way of amalgamation with and in UDL International Limited (a company incorporated under the laws of Pakistan solely for the purpose of amalgamation) (“UDIL”).

RESOLVED that FUDLM’s Diminishing Musharika portfolio, will simultaneously, upon its merger with UDIL, be further split into an investment finance services company, incorporating a new wholly-owned subsidiary of UDIL, namely the (proposed) UDL Financial Services Limited (“UFSL”)or any other name available from SECP.

RESOLVED that the merger of FUDLM with and into UDIL and the concurrent divestiture of the Diminishing Musharika portfolio to UFSL will be in accordance with a plan of arrangement to be filed as part of a petition for sanction by the Sindh High Court in Karachi under Articles 279-283 and 285 of the Companies Act, 2017 read together with SRO 840(1)/2017 of 17 August 2017 (Scheme of Arrangement (Modaraba)), the surviving entity being UDIL which will be purchased for listing on PSX under a direct registration process instead of merging FUDLM with and into UDIL.

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized to appoint legal counsel and/or accounting consultants and to prepare the Plan of Arrangement for approval by the Board of Directors and to implement such changes in the required/advised action and to process the application(s)/petition(s) to obtain all required consents from relevant regulatory authorities, secured creditors, Registrar of Modarabas, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the High Court of Sindh at Karachi and take all actions necessary or required for the implementation of the Scheme of Arrangement (Modaraba) in terms thereof and all incidental actions in respect thereof and to make such disclosures appropriate to PSX and SECP as needed. »

  1. Certificate holders whose names appear on FUDLM’s Certificate Holder Register as of the close of business on October 19, 2022 would be eligible to attend the Annual Review Meeting.
  2. Modaraba management approved the final cash dividend at 9% or Rs 0.90 per certificate. The Modaraba certificate transfer books will remain closed from October 20, 2022 to October 26, 2022 (both days inclusive). Transfers which are received in order at the office of our Registrar, CDC Registrar Services Ltd., CDC House, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi before close of office hours on Wednesday 19th October 2022 would be eligible.
  3. Certificate holders of First UDL Modaraba are advised that the annual financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2022 have been uploaded to the company’s website http://www.udl.com.pk

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By order of the council

October 05, 2022

Syed Aamir Hussain

Company Secretary

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Statement of Material Facts

Under Section 134(3) of the Companies Act 2017

Special cases

This statement sets out the material facts regarding the special matter to be dealt with at the Modaraba MRA to be held on October 26, 2022.

Agenda item 5 – Conversion of First UDL Modaraba (FUDLM) into a public limited company

At a board meeting held on September 26, 2022, the board of directors of UDL Modaraba Management (Private) Limited decided and gave its approval in principle for the transformation of FUDLM into a public limited company through its fusion with and in UDL International Limited (a company incorporated under the laws of Pakistan solely for the purpose of amalgamation) (“UDIL”).

Whereas FUDLM’s Diminishing Musharika portfolio will simultaneously, upon its merger with UDIL, be spun off into an investment finance services company, incorporating a new wholly-owned subsidiary of UDIL, namely the (proposed) UDL Financial Limited Services (“UFSL”)or any other name available from the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The merger of FUDLM with and into UDIL and the concurrent divestiture of the Diminishing Musharika portfolio to UFSL will be in accordance with a plan of arrangement to be filed as part of a petition for sanction by the High Court of Sindh in Karachi under Articles 279-283 and 285 of the Companies Act, 2017, read with SRO 840(1)/2017 of 17 August 2017 (Arrangement diagram (Modaraba))the surviving entity being UDIL which will be purchased for listing on PSX in a direct listing process in lieu of the merger of FUDLM with and into UDIL, subject to the approval of the Registrar of Modarabas, the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Honorable High Court of Sindh Karachi and other competent authorities in terms of Modaraba and Modaraba Companies (Flotation and Control) Ordinance 1980, Companies Act 2017 and other laws .


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Biden contradicts his own top hurricane expert to advance climate agenda


President Joe Biden used part of his remarks in Florida on Wednesday to blame Hurricane Ian, a recent Category 4 storm, on man-made climate change despite recent pushback from experts.

“We’re in a situation where the Colorado River is more like a creek,” Biden said during a speech in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s a lot going on, and I think the only thing that’s finally ended is a discussion about whether or not there’s climate change, and we should do something about it. .”

Biden traveled to Fort Myers alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., to survey the damage from Hurricane Ian and reaffirm the federal government’s commitment to assist in the state’s recovery efforts. Last week, the storm hit the west coast of Florida, killing more than 100 people and killing more than a million people without power.

When the storm hit Florida, several Democrats, left-wing commentators and media claimed its existence and intensity were the result of carbon emissions and global warming. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., even seemed to suggest that voting for Democrats would help avoid future hurricanes.


However, experts including the Biden administration’s top hurricane expert have since pushed back against those claims, saying there was not enough evidence to link the storm to climate change.

“We can come back and talk about climate change later. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost over,” said Jamie Rhome, acting director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ) National Hurricane Center, told CNN in a Sept. 27 interview.


After CNN anchor Don Lemon reiterated a question about the link between the hurricane and climate change, Rhome again pushed back.

“I don’t think you can tie climate change to any one event. Overall, overall, climate change can make storms worse,” he continued. “But to tie it to a specific event, I would caution against that.”

On Wednesday, President Biden traveled to Fort Myers alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., to assess damage from Hurricane Ian.
(Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

A recent NOAA study also concluded that it is “premature to conclude with high confidence” that increased human-caused greenhouse gases have impacted Atlantic hurricane activity. .

And on Sunday, Michael Shellenberger, energy policy expert and founder of the Environmental Progress group, tweeted a series NOAA analyzes showing that there is no definitive long-term trend in hurricane frequency, there may be a negative trend in hurricanes that have made landfall since 1900, and there is no long-term trend of increasing hurricane intensity.


Additionally, experts told Fox News Digital last week that blaming Hurricane Ian for climate change was inappropriate politicization.

“Trying to blame global warming for Hurricane Ian not only defies scientific evidence – the clear weight of scientific evidence – but it is a despicable politicization of a real tragedy that requires our attention and focus on those negatively affected. “said James Taylor, the president of the conservative think tank Heartland Institute.

“These types of hurricanes existed before the invention of SUVs and coal-fired power plants. In fact, they were much more frequent and violent before coal-fired power plants and SUVs.”

College of Education and Human Services Dean’s Assistant Wins UWO October STAR Award


Mary Bartelt, assistant to the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, was named the October 2022 STAR Award recipient.

She was nominated by COEHS Dean Linda Haling, Dean:

“Most notable is Mary’s project management of moving the College of Education and Human Services out of the N/E to prepare for the renovation. Coordinating this effort was extremely time consuming, and Mary took the initiative to find alternate locations. She worked in conjunction with campus departments and with the COLS and COB Dean’s Offices to secure office and storage space for the over 70 faculty/staff and our teaching staff across the college. She worked with the facilities staff to manage the moving process required by the moving company. She communicated with the college weekly to provide updates regarding the move. Finally, she continues to coordinate and manage ongoing issues as a result of the move, working with both IT and facilities to resolve these issues.

A second way Mary has gone beyond this past academic year is with her support from all Associates of the Academic Department (ADA) at the college. Mary set up a weekly virtual meeting with the ADAs that began shortly after we began full remote work, and she has continued this weekly meeting even though we are back on campus. This ongoing meeting has increased communication within the college and resulted in greater transparency. She is to be commended for this effort.

Interview with Aissatou Barou on mobile money in Gabon


Mobile money holds the key to financial inclusion in Francophone Africa

In this exclusive interview conducted for TechCabal, Noel K. Tshianifounder of Congo Business Network, talks to Aissatou BarroManaging Director of Airtel Money Gabon, on her professional journey and how the mobile money industry is changing the financial services landscape in Francophone Africa.

Please tell us about your professional background and what inspired you to work in the telecommunications industry.

I was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, in an average, middle-class household with three generations of working women. After high school, I went to France to continue my university studies. I can confess that I was average in school because I have a more empirical learning system and I could not understand the correlation between what was taught in school and its use in daily life. I then had the opportunity to enter a business school and continue my studies by apprenticeship, partly at school and partly in business. This piqued my interest as I came to feel the way wealth is generated.

After my diploma, even if I could have had the opportunity to pursue my career in France, it was extremely obvious to me that my life, whether professional or personal, would happen at home. And that’s how I joined the world’s leading old economy company in the oil and gas industry in Senegal.

This return to Africa was triggered by a simple experience while I was struggling in France as a financially excluded student with few means who wanted to have a mobile phone. I remember my mother had a cell phone in Senegal in the late 1990s. Obviously it was expensive, but the acquisition program responded to the local environment with prepaid scratch cards.

This finding stems from my fascination with telecommunications companies and the tech industry in general. For those of us growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Africa, having a landline phone was a rarity. I remember very well our neighbors who came to our house to use the telephone, make a call and thus get in touch with people who they thought could solve a situation they were facing, because most of the time the need to make a phone call is related to some kind of emergency. It made me realize at the time the power of telecommunications and the impact it can have on people’s lives.

The revolution brought about by the telecommunications companies and the technology industry in Africa has gone through many stages – from “telecentres” in Senegal, places of social gathering and essential means of access to telephone services for cities and rural areas, mobile phones, internet, smartphones and mobile money. It has reshaped, in twenty years, our social interactions, the way we entertain ourselves, the way we pay for things, and especially the way Africa sends and receives money (and stays connected to the rest of the world and its diaspora).

How did you move from the oil and gas industry to technology and telecommunications?

My answer is simple and boils down to passion and the will to master change. When I was offered the opportunity to be an active part of this change, I didn’t think twice.

I started in the mobile money and fintech industry in Ghana in 2010; then [moved to] the insurance industry in Kenya. After that [I joined] the telecommunications and mobile money sector in Senegal. Prior to joining Airtel Africa as Managing Director of Airtel Money in Gabon, I had spent nearly five years representing a Silicon Valley regtech and fintech company advocating for central bank digital currency in the CFA monetary zone .

What does the mobile money sector look like today in Gabon? Who are the main players and how do banks and startups position themselves in the market?

Over the years, Gabon has made tremendous strides in leveling financial inclusion, driven by government policy, among other things, to make it mandatory for civil servants to receive their salaries through a bank account, on the one hand , and secondly, the rise of mobile money accounts. There are two major mobile money players on the market: Airtel Money and Moov Money. Both are telecom-led and bank-led, and they operate under a banking e-money issuer license.

The banking sector, for its part, is led by local company BGFIBank, which operates its own mobile wallet app, but African banking groups like Ecobank, Orabank, United Bank for Africa and Attijariwafa Bank have entered the market. And they have grown rapidly.

Airtel Africa, through its open API strategy, is also piloting homegrown technology solutions that positively impact lives across the continent and create unicorns in the tech industry. The dynamics of the Gabonese market are unique. It has a population of around 2 million people. And 70% of its inhabitants are concentrated in the two big cities: Libreville and Port-Gentil. It has one of the highest literacy rates, a mobile phone penetration rate of over 120%, and a growing smartphone penetration rate.

Due to the dense rainforest, access to some areas can be difficult for traditional financial institutions. When it comes to expanding brick and mortar branches and raising awareness, it may not make financial sense to do so in underpopulated localities. This is where the magic of mobile money happens, because we have the technology and the distribution infrastructure to facilitate access.

How has COVID-19 shaped mobile money and telecommunications?

As in any other industry, the mobile money sector has suffered from the lockdown measures of COVID-19, but the counter-effects of the pandemic have led to an increase in active mobile money accounts and transaction value, because people have understood the advantages of making financial transactions. transactions from the comfort of home, making Gabon the second largest mobile money market in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) region after Cameroon, and the highest ratio of active accounts .

This success was possible because from the start, the government, through its regulatory bodies, and the banking industry recognized the need for institutional partnerships between traditional financial institutions and their expertise in the financial sector and the operators of mobile networks and their expertise in channeling reach and scale to achieve the level of growth and financial inclusion that we are experiencing today in Gabon.

In terms of regulation, what can central banks do to accelerate the growth of mobile money in Francophone Africa?

As an industry, we tend to believe that regulators, primarily in Francophone Africa, have put barriers in the way of accelerating mobile money. Although some obstacles may exist, it is important to remember that the Central Bank of West African States in Dakar was the first regulatory body on the continent to pioneer regulation around the issue of electronic money for non-banking institutions in 2006.

In the CEMAC region, the Bank of Central African States in Yaoundé, through the GIMAC regional switch, has achieved full interoperability between financial service operators. These examples prove that central banks and legislators demonstrate in their policies their commitment to improving access to financial services for the underserved.

However, the mobile money model, as we knew it in its infancy, needs to evolve from traditional money transfers to more complex financial services that will better empower lives economically. To this extent, most telecom companies on the continent have completed the separation of their GSM and mobile money businesses by acquiring their own payment service provider licenses from central banks.

Obtaining this regulatory approval can sometimes be painful and time-consuming from the perspective of a telecommunications company where we are inherently accustomed to getting things done quickly and quickly.

You have worked in English and French speaking countries in Africa. In which country is the mobile money sector the most developed?

Indeed, I always say that I have had the privilege of having worked in multicultural environments in Africa. Needless to say, the most impressive experience was when I lived in Kenya, the birthplace of the world’s most successful implementation of mobile money transfers. I had to experience what it was like to live in cashless or low cash environments and its positive impact on improving people’s lives and a country’s economy on a larger scale. .

Do you have any advice for women starting out in their careers who aspire to get to where you are today?

As African women, we are often told from an early age to prioritize our roles as wives and mothers over our professional careers. I believe we don’t have to choose. We can be wives, mothers, and executives.

As former IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty once said, “Comfort and growth never mix.” Along the journey, we will encounter stereotypes and microaggressions such as women are ruled by emotions and are too fragile to make meaningful decisions. My answer to that is: the tiger cannot change its stripes. My true nature as a woman does not make me a good decision maker.

When I decided to move to Ghana for work, I left a secure job at a leading company to start fresh as a single woman in a new country, a different language, a startup, and an industry I didn’t know. had never heard of before. My family was very worried about my future. But they respected my choice and gave me their unconditional support.

Our vision of success in the tech industry is of a white man wearing a black turtleneck or a young adult man wearing a t-shirt, ripped jeans and sandals. We must deconstruct the narrative and collectively fight against gender stereotypes to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5, which concerns professional equality between women and men. It is one of the 17 SDGs established by the United Nations in 2015.

We need to change the paradigm and show success from a different angle. She’s African and she’s a woman. I recently found out that the creator of the Shazam app is an African woman. The CEO of Zoox, a subsidiary of Amazon and a Silicon Valley technology company developing autonomous vehicles, is a woman of Senegalese origin.

Their stories need to be told and mainstream African media need to show these role models to the younger generation. African and African women are taking the financial services and tech industry by storm. That’s a fact.

I recently signed up for a mentorship program for disadvantaged young women to help them make the transition to technology. And my message to them is the same: things will be difficult. Instead, focus on where you want to go, not what you fear.

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Agenda set for October 5th Five Town CSD Board Meeting


ROCKPORT — The agenda for the next Five Town CSD School Board meeting has been set.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Hall Council Chamber.

Live stream of the meeting: fivetowns.net/live


1. Call to order

2. Adjustments to the agenda

3. Public comment on items not on the agenda

4. Recognition: Sam VanLonkhuyzen, National Merit Scholarship Commendation

5. Minutes: Approval of the Minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting of September 7

6. Nominations (Note: Possible executive sessions for nomination)
a. Allocation appointments
F1 Coordinator/Intercultural Support Michele Metzler 23 0% $1,854.49
New Recruit Support Jenn Brassbridge 9 20% $870.80
Support for new recruits Patti Forster 9 0% $725.67
Support for new employees Lisa Delfino 9 0% $725.67
Support for new employees Craig Ouellette 9 0% $725.67
Support for new recruits Margo Murphy 9 20% $870.80
New Recruit Support Jenn Brassbridge 9 20% $870.80
Support for new employees Lisa Damian-Marvin 9 20% $870.80
New Recruit Support Jen Munson 9 20% $870.80
Support for new recruits Patti Forster 9 0% $725.67
Support for new employees Lisa Damian-Marvin 9 20% $870.80
Math Team Coach Rowena Motylewski 20 0% $1,612.60
Math Team Assistant Coach Trevor Vadas 15 0% $1,209.45

7. Healthy Relationships – Jen Curtis
8. Possible approval of the health and safety management plan of the CSD of five cities

9. Dr. William Stephenson’s possible endorsement as Camden Hills Regional High School doctor

10. Chairman’s Report
a. MSBA School Board Service Award
b. Open House September 29 at Rose Hall
vs. October 12 Webinar SchoolLaw LGBTQ+ and Other Politically Contentious Issues
D. October 27-28 MSMA Annual Fall Conference

11. Superintendent’s Report

12. Student Representative Report
a. First university courses

13. Administrative reports
a. Deb McIntyre, Assistant Superintendent
b. Jen Curtis, Director of CHRHS

14. Standing Committee Reports

a. Joint study program – Did not satisfy

b. Finance – met on September 7. Meeting on the day of the school board meeting
I. Finance Update – Finance Committee Chair

vs. Joint Staff – Did not meet

D. Joint policy – ​​Next meeting November 7

e. Joint Sustainability – Next meeting October 14

15. Reports of ad hoc committees
a. Facilities Committee – Next meeting October 11

16. Board Advisory Committee Reports
a. MCST – Marcus Mrowka

17. School Advisory Committee Reports
a. Strategic planning – Meeting on October 3. Next meeting October 24

18. Upcoming Agenda Items

19. Adjourn

SGA discusses systemic inequalities, plans to improve student life and welcomes new members


The SRJC Student Government Assembly discussed systemic issues in the SRJC emergency medical care system and the triennial student survey, and elected new members to the SGA at its September 26 meeting.

SGA members heard from Department of Emergency Medical Care faculty coordinator Arthur Hsieh about how his department plans to tackle discrimination in an industry he described as ‘family driven’ . EMC’s first step in addressing this issue is to offer a new course: Emergency Medical Responder, EMC 100. The program will initially be available only to residents of the Roseland area. Once the restriction period is over, registration will open.

“If there are people who are interested in fire services, EMC service, public safety aspects and just don’t know how to access it. We are here and want to be able to start this process for those people,” Hsieh said.

Hsieh stressed that these are just small steps to test how students respond to the programs.

Jeremy Smotherman, Co-Director of Institutional Effectiveness Research Planning, announced that the Triennial Student Survey will be available to students online via Canvas and social media platforms. “The goal is for everyone to be able to access the survey no matter where they are,” Sotherman said.

This year’s goal is to gather insights into the experiences of students transitioning to a post-Covid-19 world. In the past, the survey provided a better understanding of student needs, such as housing.

Smotherman said the investigation is confidential; when students log on, nothing links the student to their answers.

SGA also elected Indi Pelzl as Vice President of Student Life for the Petaluma campus.

“I am already so involved in the lives of students on this campus as a student success coach. I thought that might be a good position to give my opinion on how to help them even more,” Pelzl said.

Dori Elder was elected Dean of the Petaluma Campus Recruiting Committee. She will be part of the panel, interviewing the new candidates to the candidates

Elder also spoke about the success of Spirit Week and his plans for Petaluma Club Day, tentatively scheduled for October 10.

The changing dynamics of a quintessential Kolu


These houses in Navratri, Chennai came to life with dolls, clothes and the customary sundal

This NavratriChennai homes came to life with dolls, clothes and the customary sundal

A few days ago, vibrant, bright and beautiful dolls that were tucked away in boxes stacked in attics made their way back down to many homes.

Gorgeous silks and crisp cotton saris came out of the closets, shopping bags swelled with new clothes and gifts, and the smell of sundal envelops households – this scene took place this year in many homes in the city as kolu arrived .

For nine days, an array of dolls are presented to celebrate the divine presence with grandeur. After two years of avoiding public gatherings, homes rushed into kolu preparations with renewed enthusiasm this year.

Meaning of kolu

Kolu’s arrangement begins by placing the kalasam, followed by a multitude of deities in odd steps like five, seven, nine and so on. S. Amarnath of the ‘Mylapore Trio’ (S. Amarnath, S. Aparna and S. Surendranath), who judged kolu competitions for many years and conceptualized colus in many temples, says: “Although there is no rigidity or rules, many of them begin by placing the gods and goddesses at the top, the different avatar of God are placed below and in the following stages the sages, human beings, animals and plants are arranged. It tells the viewer many short and interesting stories.

The practice of kolu also depicts the way of life and how interdependent we are in one way or another, says Prema Krishnamurthy, a 73-year-old Mylapore resident who has kept kolu for more than four decades now. “Whether it be God, sages, farmers, workers, musicians, plants or animals, the kolu portrays and aims to celebrate everything,” she adds.

The changing facets and dynamics of kolu

S. Surendranath of the ‘Mylapore Trio’ says some facets of kolu have changed drastically over the years. What was once a humble display of dolls with a few steps and furniture available decades ago has become a much more elaborate setup in many homes now and it’s heartwarming to see it. “It has become a time of social gatherings for families. Furthermore, it has even moved beyond households to corporate offices, banks, stores and some gasoline bunkers,” he says.

New and contemporary dolls make their entrance

Ramanarayanan from Giri Trading Agency says that in more than five decades, although people are looking for new dolls every year, many are buying the quintessential dolls like the Dasavatharam Position , Ashtalakshmi settle or Durga Lakshmi Saraswathi Position. “We are seeing a wide variety of kolu end themes. From the Freedom Fighters theme kolu with Mahatma Gandhi, Saradar Vallabhai Patel and others, I even saw Spiderman, Batman and Superman dolls in some residences,” he added.

Santhi Balakrishnan, a 51-year-old resident of Chrompet, says she started babysitting kolu with about 10 dolls three decades back. Today, she has collected more than 6,000 dolls and they are arranged according to different themes in more than four rooms of her residence. “One of the remarkable changes I see is that you can now get any type of doll. For example, finding a Kuberan, Valli Thirumanam, Navagraham define or the vedha murthys was almost unimaginable at that time. But I have everything in my kolu now,” she added.

Notice of meeting of the Extraordinary General Meeting


(formerly Concepcion Airconditioning Corporation)



Notice is hereby given that DESIGN INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION (formerly Concepcion Airconditioning Corporation) (the “Company”) will hold its special meeting of shareholders virtually via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ld-6rqTkqE9QU5-mT6z8oB05lnzAhNUms) on October 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., during which the following questions will be discussed:

1. Call to order;
2. Certificate of existence of the quorum;
3. Election of the Independent Director;
4. Other matters; and
5. Adjournment.

The record date for determining the shareholders entitled to be convened and to vote at said meeting is set at the close of business hours on September 26, 2022.

To ensure the health and well-being of our shareholders during this COVID-19 pandemic, shareholders can only attend the meeting by remote communication and/or vote in absentia or through the chairman of the meeting as proxy. Shareholders wishing to participate by communication or remote voting in absentia or by proxy must notify the Secretary General by email at [email protected] of October 11, 2022 to October 15, 2022.

Successful registrants will receive an electronic invitation via email with a full guide on how to join the meeting. For questions regarding registration, please contact the Company at [email protected]

Any shareholder who wishes to vote by proxy or in absentia submit duly signed proxies or ballots, as applicable, to the office of the Corporate Secretary at 21st Floor, Philamlife Tower, 8767 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City and/or by email at [email protected] no later than October 15, 2022. Proxies and ballots submitted will be validated on October 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. We do not solicit proxies.

The information statement which contains a brief explanation of each agenda item and the procedures for attending the meeting by remote communication and for voting in absentiaand the Quarterly Report for the period ended June 30, 2022 in SEC Form 17-Q are posted on the Company’s website at https://cic.ph/investor-relations/#special-stockholders and PSE EDGE.

The meeting will be recorded in audio and video format and copies will be retained by the Company.

Atiku’s restructuring program is not lip service – Dino Melaye


Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye, said the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was committed to his program to restructure the country if he wins the 2023 elections.

Melaye, who was speaking on Channels TV politics today Thursday night, and addressing Atiku’s restructuring plans, said the former vice president had the ability to put the ball rolling on his agenda from his first day in office.

“It’s a question of when he wins. Atiku does not pay lip service to restructuring, I tell you that he is the author of a book on restructuring. While it wasn’t safe for a northerner to talk about restructuring, Atiku spoke boldly about restructuring. So he speaks from his heart, and whatever he says, he sticks to it. And I want to tell you that it’s not going to be a matter of one or two years, it’s something that he’s going to start right away. He has the capacity to ensure that his five programs start on the first day of his mandate.

On the issue of unification of the country, Melaye described elder Atiku as a “celebrated problem solver”, adding that the PDP presidential candidate was the only aspirant Nigerians could trust in all parts of the country. . He said Atiku could not be accused of being ethnocentric or religiously bigoted.

The former Kogi West senator said Atiku had worked to unify the party after months of turmoil within the party since the presidential primary was held in June.

“In every family, there are bound to be struggles; there are bound to be disagreements. But I can tell you that Atiku has been very successful in unifying the PDP. And it is a continuous exercise. As I speak to you, many people who were in the declaration in Port Harcourt that they will not be part of the Presidential Campaign Council were present at the inauguration of the campaign council yesterday. This is the effort of Atiku Abubakar. He showed magnanimity. He showed maturity. He showed that fatherly solicitude.

Melaye said the PDP standard bearer would quell divisive agitations in the country by ensuring that justice is done for every Nigerian regardless of their ethnicity or religion.

Accreditor’s loss of federal recognition puts three Virginia schools at risk


Unless they find another accrediting body within 18 months, three Virginia higher education institutions could lose their ability to offer federal aid after a recent decision terminated federal government recognition of their accrediting agency.

Last August, the U.S. Department of Education terminated certification from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools after it “failed to demonstrate that it could effectively assess, monitor, and enforce standards of quality for schools.

ACICS had certified dozens of institutions nationwide, including the Virginia campuses of the University of North America, the University of Stratford, Fairfax University of America and the California University of Management and Science.

The impact of ACICS’ loss of recognition in Virginia “will not be great, but three schools will have to find another accreditor,” wrote Joe DeFilippo, director of academic affairs for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in an email.

These institutions include the for-profit University of North America and the non-profit organizations Fairfax University of America and California University of Management and Science – Virginia.

None of these schools responded to requests for comment.

Accreditation ensures that higher education institutions achieve acceptable levels of quality. Importantly, the certification also allows students at these institutions to receive federal student aid.

Schools previously accredited by ACICS have been placed on provisional certification until they find another accreditor. Institutions that fail to find one within 18 months will lose their accreditation and their ability to accept federal aid.

US Education Undersecretary Cindy Marten wrote in her August ruling that the agency failed to provide evidence that a few of its credential evaluators had been trained, ignored its own standards when granting accreditation and had been ineffective in oversight institutions.

One of the issues Marten cited was the failure of ACICS to uncover the problems with the distance education programs at Fairfax University of America (then called Virginia International University) which were later uncovered by SCHEV.

Closure of Stratford

ACICS’ decision received renewed attention this week after the University of Stratford, a for-profit school that operates two Virginia campuses in Woodbridge and Alexandria, announced it would cease operations on Friday, a week before the end of the 10-week term. .

In an email sent to students obtained by the Virginia Mercury, Stratford President Richard Shurtz cited the decertification of its accreditation as the reason for its closure.

Stratford has also struggled for several years to retain its accreditation from ACICS and last year closed three of its Virginia campuses in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Glen Allen.

Shurtz said in his email that the decertification of ACICS and the conditions imposed on the school by the Department of Education, including a ban on new enrollment, made it “impossible to continue to operate.”

“Without new students, we wouldn’t have sufficient cash flow to operate,” he wrote. “We will be forced to close operations at the end of this term at all sites.”

Stratford told students that some other accredited schools will accept college credit on a case-by-case basis.

However, the students told the Mercury that not all of their credits are transferable. Stratford officials scheduled an in-person meeting with nursing students and the Chamberlain University College of Nursing on Wednesday, but the meeting was canceled.

Students said they also fear running out of federal aid and applying for loans.

“I just don’t know what my next steps are, and I don’t know if everything I’ve done is basically null and void,” said Amethyst Whitaker, a nursing student at the University of Stratford who divides his time between the Alexandria and Woodbridge campuses. “I think a lot of people are of the same mindset because a lot of people have sacrificed a lot to be in school and do well.”

ACICS said in A declaration that it “will continue to provide oversight and quality assurance, including tracking financial stability and student outcomes, to these institutions until they find another accrediting body and/or voluntarily withdraw from the former accreditation body”.

Persistent issues

Federal government concerns about ACICS date back at least to 2016, when the accreditor first lost recognition from the US Department of Education. It was later reinstated by then Education Secretary Betsy DeVosbut concerns were reignited under Joe Biden’s administration in 2021.

“ACICS has had issues for several years, so it’s no surprise that the US Department of Education withdrew its recognition,” DeFilippo said in his email.

ACICS said in its statement that over the past few years it has made changes to improve the rigor and quality of its accreditation process, including efforts to increase average student retention and graduation rates. students.

But the number of schools it oversees has declined. In 2016, ACICS accredited 237 schools with 361,000 students, according to the US Department of Education. By that year, its total number of accredited institutions had fallen to 44.

One of the institutions it no longer accredits is Reagan National University, which usa today found in 2018 had no students, faculty, or physical presence.

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Why winning our footballers is so important


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.

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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.

Zoning Board Discusses Potential Changes to Wind Power Ordinance | News, Sports, Jobs


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.

September 20 weekly business planner


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.

It’s Emily’s welding!

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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.

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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 .

Learn more about thebench.com

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.

Learn more about meed.com

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.

PMDA Notice

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

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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.

Jane Barlow—Pool Photo/AP

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.

Leon Neal—Getty Images

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 al